Mr. Barton Scotland, Speaker of the House, is viewed by a large majority of Guyanese as very biased and partisan in his rulings on critical issues (points) before the parliament. This is one opinion found in an ongoing survey being conducted in Guyana on contemporary issues. Many people are of the view that Mr. Scotland is the worst Speaker of the National Assembly in the country’s history. The majority of the nation lacks confidence in the Speaker and feels he should resign or be replaced. They say Speaker Scotland lacks objectivity and neutrality as is required of the position. They say he should not take a pro-government position even though he is appointed by the government. Several prominent lawyers feel the Speaker erred in several of his rulings.
The opinion poll is being conducted by Dr. Vishnu Bisram for the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) that has been polling Guyanese since 1990.
Asked if they think the Speaker is biased (against the opposition) in his rulings, 56% said yes with 28% saying no and the others (16%) not offering a response or saying not sure. Similar numbers feel the Speaker should relinquish the position or be replaced since he has been very partisan in favor of the government.
The poll also questioned voters about the budget, social issues and favorability ratings of the government and leading politicians. The findings will be released in a subsequent report.