Minister Sylvan Richards Ejected From House

February 4, 2017

Speaker of the House Randy Horton asked Minister Sylvan Richards to leave the House of Assembly last night, telling him he “won’t be back in this House until you apologize.”

This followed after Lawrence Scott, who was pepper sprayed at the protest outside the House on December 2 2016, said that Minister Richards said that he “deserved to be pepper sprayed.”

Audio extract of the Speaker asking Minister Richards to leave the House:

Speaker Horton said, “The member that said that really needs to apologize right now, so stand up and apologize for that. I’d like for you to stand up and apologize.”

“You’re not going apologize then leave the House right now,” the Speaker. ” You won’t be back in this House until you apologize.”

Mr Scott can be seen in the crowd in the video below showing the police pepper spraying people

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  1. Terry says:

    Pepper sprayed? Lucky not arrested.
    MP’s are not above the law except PLP members.
    Should not have been among the demonstrators after being told numerous times it ‘was unlawfull’
    Can’t make it up.
    Oh well……
    Quo fata………………………………..

    • Onion Juice says:

      This F!@#ing deal is unlawful, wanna talk about that?

      • Tony says:

        Why is Sylvan always acting like trash you never see the Honorable Grant Gibbons behaving like a rented caveman. It’s know wonder the young people are acting up in Bermuda.

        • Onion Juice says:

          Well if you’ve notice ONLY the surrogates act up.

          • Sit Down Onion Juice says:

            Onion Juice. YOU are the problem with our Island. Your ignorance is laughable. I do hope that you suffer severely, in some way shape or form. I know i personally will laugh at every single misfortune of yours, as i enjoy MY island.

        • Equality Rules says:

          There are more than a few cavemen and women in the House. 20 of them denied Equality and Human Rights for the #LGBT community.
          Richards needs to apologize for more than his inflammatory comment.
          Mr. Speaker, hold Richards to the fire. Apologize or stay home.
          Double standards are the height of hypocrisy, I’ll say no more.

        • Lualaba says:

          He told the truth… Sorry but the truth hurts sometimes… there was more than 1 PLP minister at the forefront.. they all gonna cry?

          • Earth watch police says:

            Just heard the bernews clip mp Scott you are disgraceful and a charlatan claiming to protect a senior citizen as you hid behind her.

        • pin point says:

          Good try on the trolling Tony

      • Kidder says:

        Yes. You start. Give us a simple fact supporting your claim without rhetoric.

      • jt says:

        O.J. how so?

      • Earth watch police says:

        Where’s are ##coking money juice so we could build our own airport?

        • mj says:

          earth watch– watch carefully– the aecons will use our money to build airport the same revenue we add to our budget, the same money we could use as well as other investors who could possibly bid lower and include bridge, we have a wonderful airport, planes can land all day long, the terminal building for immigration purposes and cargo freight shed need attention especially for workers there, also hurricanes and heavy downpours seem to create problems where the terminal is currently located.If the project so big we cannot do it ourselves then it shouldn’t be done! heller! nothing for free! So how do we know what deal would be better if bids were not open to others? duh! you may not know of the cashflow available in this island but certainly we all do not work and have not worked for free eventually EVERY DEBT WILL BE PAID!

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        People have, more than once proved just how false you are about it… people who deny facts because they cotradict their ideologies are called extremists, and have never done anything to benefit humanity.

      • Terry says:

        What deal.
        What are you talking about Juice.

      • bdaboy says:

        “This F!@#ing deal is unlawful, wanna talk about that?”

        so is the missing $800M, you wanna talk about that?

    • RE Word says:

      Bermuda 2017 NO more like Bermuda 1960s under this government

  2. Clint Eastwood says:

    So he was scolded by Speaker Horton for having an opinion…wow lol…

    • Onion Juice says:

      Well their goes his votes from senior citizens.

      • pin point says:

        Onion Juice , you and your PLP members should be ashamed of yourselves. You PUT Seniors and Children in harms way on that day. Sylvan Richards is absolutely right. The speaker wanted him to apologize, he should have said “I’m sorry, but you knew what was coming, you knew of many threats of violence from your very own members. instead you were willing to look the other way and make them your sacrificial lambs”! You got pepper sprayed, again you got what you deserved!

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        By the sounds of things…There goes your right to freedom of speech too…

      • aceboy says:

        Why? Scott was not there to calm the situation and tell people to disperse. He was there inciting. He is a PLP Minister. HE was part of the crowd acting unlawfully as stated by the Chief Justice.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Seniors should be denied the vote, as should anyone to the left of the peak on the bell curve of IQ’s.

        Sorry that will include you.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Well I guess you supported Mark Bean when he had his opinions.

  3. wahoo says:

    Seems to me that Mr. Scott should be apologizing for acting unlawfully.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Thank you Speaker, even though you sold out.

      • Up D hill says:

        OJ is the problem in this IslaND and has always been , because he see others getting ahead and he is not there for acts out and throws tantrums! Your boooooorrrrinģgggg!

  4. longbay trading says:

    As said already – Washington DC cops used pepper spray at protesters at Trump’s inaguration – yet you did not see them squeeling like a bunch of babies!!! PLP and friends at their OSCAR worthy best!!! Get a grip folks – you WERE WARNED AND ASKED TO STEP ASIDE AND CHOSE NOT TO. If you can’t stand the heat GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN !!! Mr. Richards is the only person to call it how it is if indeed he did. PLP/PC you have milked this for all it is worth – STOP YER BLUBBING and take responsibility for your deliberate choice and actions and the part YOU played in the incident.

    • Rightok says:

      I wish you would pepper spray my granny. We would see who can stand the heat in the kitchen alright…

      • Onion Juice says:

        Shame on you telling our Senior Citizens they deserved to be peper sprayed, who paved the way for you and your fellow surrogates, after over 50 years ago sacrificing and were being denied social and economic Justice.
        Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

        • Earth watch police says:

          Hey juice shame on those plp cowards who hid behind grannies when the police came bunch of spineless cowards.

        • sandgrownan says:

          They did. They were breaking the law and should have been arrested.

          • Onion Juice says:

            JetGaters should have been arrested.

            • Sandgrownan says:

              For what exactly? What crime?

              Don’t expect an answer though.

              • Jetgate Part 2 says:

                OJ, love to talk about what he love to call Jetgate. None of the publics money was used and no government contract issued. However, OJ never wants to talk about the PLP Jetgate where Dr E.B. did the same thing. He took a flight on the Globalhue jet and then awarded them a Tourism contract. He then awarded that same contract for a second term, but this time no RFP and not one other agency was asked to even make a submission. It made CBS news, but OJ pretends like it never happened.

              • Onion Juice says:

                So why did Craig step down?
                Don’t expect an answer though.

      • pin point says:

        Rightok, if you were there would you have let you granny be put in that position? Would you allow your granny to be used and encouraged to NOT move by the same individuals that were standing safely like cowards in the background?

        Your frustration is misdirected.

      • Kidder says:

        Why would anybody pepper spray her unless she deserved it?

        • Jetgate Part 2 says:

          She wasn’t targeted to be pepper sprayed, someone else was. However, some of the overspray went in her eyes, like many others nearby.

    • Fact Checker says:

      Washington protesters were also setting trash cans on fire and destroying property like limos. STANDING IN PLACE is non-violent!!!!!!!!

      Comparing the two is wrong and you know it!

      • Lualaba says:

        Illegal is illegal… is it ok for someone to drive a car over someone as long as they don’t kill them?

        Lucky they aren’t all in jail!!!

      • Onion Juice says:

        Well the US is a special case, you have to be careful even if you’re DWB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • pin point says:

        Peace, what f’n march were you at? I wasn’t there. Some of have to work for a living. But, I saw three video clips that were passed around and people were not just “standing in place peacefully”! They were blocking the house, refusing to move, uttering threats, swearing and more. They were asked to move, told to move, warned and then pepper sprayed. It is unfortunate that people that like to call themselves “the government in waiting” would encourage seniors to even be in that position when they knew that the police were coming. It wasn’t a surprise and what you were doing was UNLAWFUL.

      • aceboy says:

        Not if standing in place in front of the entrance to the HOA and refusing to let MPs in. That is what they were doing and that is unlawful according to the CHIEF JUSTICE OF BERMUDA. You think he is a surrogate? I doubt you’d dare say that to his face.

  5. Ouch says:

    Not one social programme from that Ministry since is was renamed. Unless “Pepper spraying” was one of them and that is why he is upset.

  6. Revelations says:

    Sylvan – fist bump, bro!

    • Earth watch police says:

      Yes I minister Richards don’t apologize to that snake if anyone should apologize it’s the plp where,s our ^^&&&&& money karma,s gonna get you guys .

  7. Triangle Drifter says:

    Stand your ground Minister. You voiced your opinion. It happens to be fact. Everyone, including cheer leading MPs, were warned numerous times. They ignored the warnings. They got sprayed. Standard police procedure around the world.

  8. Alvin Williams says:

    I wonder what the minister will say when he knocks on granny’s door hoping to get her vote? It wasn’t me I am not the big bad wolf’.

    • wahoo says:

      Granny would be all like “you tell ‘em Sylvan! That lot can’t go blockin’ parliament”.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Mr Williams the minister said what he felt and that’s what I want politicians do do more of if some people can’t handle the truth so be it.It does not matter what he tells people on the doorstep people gonna vote for who ever based on emotion and misinformation plp is going to win next election anyway so just stop bowing down to the plp they are not the government just do it.

      • Ouch says:

        What a load of crap many ministers have been viciously reprimanded for also saying what is on their mind. You are so hypocritical.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Alvin – granny’s shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

    • the real Terry says:

      @Alvin Williams, I think he will get her vote when she hears Mr. Scott’s people were spitting on the police. Most Granny’s I know would have given that person a slap up side of the head, just as yours would have probably done if she caught you doing that.

  9. L0l says:

    Shall we stage protests for the minister to be let back in like we staged protests for that foreign ‘minister’ several weeks ago? Hahaha

    The world must be laughing at us. Our politicians are like middle schoolers having an argument. “You’re not coming until you say sowwy!”

    • Onion Juice says:

      Well organize your Tea party movement to form your protest.

      • 32n64w says:

        The Tea Party has far more in common with the PLP (anti-immigration, anti-LGBT, etc.) than any other local political party. Suggest you take the time to research the facts before confirming your ignorance.

        • Anbu says:

          Never happen. The gears in ojs head are missing quite a few teeth. Oj just upset cause he realizes he is actually a trump supporter and is in all factuality a “surrogate”.

          • Onion Juice says:

            How about de white racist aspect of Tea Party.
            Tic Toc

            • Build a Better Bermuda says:

              Racism, doesn’t discriminate, racists do. It will live in the heart of anybody who will allow it or ignore its possibility.
              The PC was the PLP’s Tea Party response to the OBA win just as the Tea Party was the Republican response to Obama’s. Both are for function of ideology and not reality, dismissing facts that don’t align with them and dispensing misinformation for their narrative, knowing that they would have a willing following to that narrative, even in the face of irrefutable truth to the otherwise, simply becuase of who the other side is.

  10. wahoo says:

    Ï am sorry you got pepper sprayed while you were blocking your own way into work.

  11. Terry says:

    Looks like they brought out the juice patrol tonight.

  12. Kevin says:

    Mr Richards
    I cant say i support all of that you voted for but you are dead on with this one
    Scott should have been arrested and can someone answer this why havent all of the MP’s that were part of the illegal blockade being brought before the house for conduct unbecoming of a Member of Parliament

  13. concern_bda says:

    Thank You Mr. Speaker for standing up for what is right!

  14. Realist says:

    Every time I see this video I have total support for the police!! I dont condone the pepper spraying but certainly the arrest of many of those pushing and cursing on the front line. Instead of pepper sraying, handcuffs and arrests should have been made on the spot. The video clearly shows aggressive blocking of Parliament by a mob including irresponsible PLP Ministers. The acts of those in the video is wrong any way you slice it! Whilst Sylvan Richards expressed what he felt towards one PLP representative, I don’t believe he was making a blanket statement about everyone in that crowd. But frankly, those elderly persons, should not have been in that unruly disrespecting group. So was the loud cursing and shoving okay for the elderly?

  15. wahoo says:

    Perhaps being pepper sprayed was a “beautiful experience…” or something like that.

  16. Real Deal says:

    Some one must have told him to say that. Why would he say such a thing.

  17. Fluffy says:

    I don’t know if this demonstration was illegal or not…seems the law changes with each “event”… But my opinion is this…1. Politicians should not have been in the crowd…this was for the peoples’ voices to be heard…not yours! 2. The BPS need better training in crowd control. They came at the crowd like raging bulls!! Then to pepper spray?? And spray seniors? What the hell they gonna do?? Shake their finger at you and say “Boy/Girl I know ya mama…” This island really needs to get it together!! Both parties need to grow up!! Take responsiblity of their actions…stop the lies…false promises…verbally attacking each other!!!

  18. Ty says:

    This whole political scene in Bda would make an excellent “lifelock” commercial.

    ‘Oh sorry – I’m not a politician – I’m a politician monitor’
    ‘I only tell you when there are politicians in the house’

    ‘There are NO politicians in the house’ :)

    • steve says:

      Press play and listen to the exchange between speaker, scott and richards. These are your elected leaders. God help us!

  19. Terry says:

    Alternate Facts

  20. property owner says:

    He will apologise he needs to vote next week

  21. shutthemdown says:

    lol, get out!!!