Speaker shows the middle finger during live broadcast of parliament

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House Speaker Sir Gerald Watt is alleging that former speaker D. Giselle Isaac used an expletive gesture in the House of Assembly last week and gave the middle finger to demonstrate what he says she did.

Sir Gerald gave the middle finger earlier today during a live broadcast of the Lower House in which he spent time berating his predecessor for what he said was her criticism of him.

The speaker said what he saw exhibited by Isaac during last week’s debate on the Barbuda Land Act was “nothing less than hooliganism”.

He accused her of heckling “constantly” and added, “you heard her mouth going, sucking her teeth, speaking loudly enough so that everybody in parliament could hear; it could even come over the microphone.”

“It was a disgraceful exhibition by somebody who holds themselves up as being elitist and highty-tighty”, he added.

Sir Gerald went further to demonstrate what he said the former speaker did by flipping his middle finger. “If that wasn’t enough…she stuck her finger, she gave the Prime Minister the finger in Parliament, during Parliament.”

The middle finger is commonly used to indicate extreme displeasure at another’s words/actions.

The British use a backwards peace sign (the first two fingers spread apart, while the others make a fist, with the back of the hand towards the offender).

The middle finger derives from the proctological practice of sticking up a male patient’s butt to check the prostate.

Literally, it means, “Stick it up your as*.”

Commonly, it means, “F you.”

The speaker ended his criticism of his predecessor saying, “you can put lipstick and weave on a pig, it’s still a hog”.

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44 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Watt please dont stoop to her level. Mrs. Issac is just displaying who she really is. She misses her 3 jobs with 3 large paychecks. I don’t know who anyone can call her a decent woman in society when she is displaying such rude behavior. I would advise any young girl or woman don’t not aspire to be like Mrs. Issac, Mr Watt gave a perfect example of what she is “you can put lipstick and weave on a pig, its still a hog”.

    • I don’t know whether or not she displayed the behaviour alledged but Mr. Watt should not be wallowing in the pig sty with his display as this makes him a pig.

      • Ar u jus believe even if she did it she is right because she does not support the ABLP….If she was being disorderly under the UPP’s governing many of u hypocrites would say she wrong…Tune woulda change….Jus accept she wrong!!!

      • I really dont car ho he name is spell. Sh nah have not damn respect. Mr. Watt should ban her ass from coming back to the house of representives. Even if sh is a member of the opposition party she show total disrespct not only to the pm but the house. If it was a common woman like m they would have thrown me out. There is no way I could ever look up to a person like her. Mr Watt was right she is just a hog.

    • I think most of you have missed the essence of what Sir Gerald was irate about. It stems from the Observer program last Sunday the Big Issues in which Ms. Isaac and the other buffoon Dr. Isaac took many hits at his character.

      A man if Sir Gerald statue has to defend his character and since he cannot go on Observer to do so. he used the bully pulpit in Parliament to do that. It is a norm now for Observer to invite ABLP bashers on their Sunday program and allow them to go after any person affiliated with the ABLP. They hardly have a balance panel to call the discussion balance. But than again one should know the objective of the Observer Media House is to bring down the ABLP at all cost. That was something the founder Winston and Fergie said from day one.

      And the children are continue with that quest. You know an American congressman once said the Media is there to educate the people. However it seems like Observer is here to create misinformation and therefore false education. Like the indoctrination the Barbudans have gone through now for decades. To reverse this a massive educational program needs to embark upon. It’s like being told you whole life long that the earth is flat only to be told after decades that the earth is round. That is not something that one can comprehend and believe overnight. The damage has already been done. It’s called Brainwashed.

      I am however very concern about the state of mind of the Barbudans that have o deal with this new fact. Which is to be read in the laws that were. Why did it had to take so long for someone to expose the myth. The people will need some sort of psychiatric help. And some may turn to violence in order to reject any notion that what they have believed for all these years was based on false pretenses. You think the BPM leaders can be held accountable for that. Is like suppose people came back from the dead and told us, listen this whole Jesus thing is a myth.

      I think we Christians would freak out. So let us look at this thing in all seriousness. People are already calling on the Observer Radio making all sorts of dead treats against the politicians. Again a responsible media would see the danger in this. We remember Mr. Buffy who guarded Guiana Island for years and when he was told to vacate and that a development is coming he almost committed murder when he went and shot Vere Bird Jr. in his mouth. The media should be very responsible when covering this issue.

  2. Disgraceful behaviour from Gerald Watt. If D. Giselle Isaac was so disruptive then you should have asked her to leave.” Roll the Tape make ah we see.”

  3. Is this the way a learned statesman chooses to vent? He does not understand how social media works? The Speaker has allowed himself to be portrayed as a cartoon example of a brain-damaged old fart. This type of sexist, divisive, vainglorious rant is nothing short of political warfare. If this is all our esteemed QC has to offer, our country is in big trouble.

    • Boi you people are son sure hypocrites on this site. Once it is a woman who is a support of the UPP she is a helpless victim. First Nickki Phenoix now D. Gesile Isaac. If it the shoe was on the other foot the lady would have been the worst woman in Antigua. Miss Isaac conduct was distaseful and Mr. Speaker was who just how distaseful it was. All 13, 000 of you UPP supporters just sicken now. Get over yourselves you people have been wholeheartly rejected.

  4. Two wrong don’t make a right.Sir if you know better dp better. I dont support Ms. Issac because she is one of the reasons why A&B is where it is today. What i mean the UPP losing the last election so badly because she supportHarold with his rubbish and push out Ms Massiah.She is only standing up for herself. Pls sir have some respect for the house.

    • Karen Jones u are part of the problem with Antigua…..She is one the reason why Antigua is where it is today?????? Jesus take the wheel…

  5. Clearly Watt had a bit too much to drink considering the time of day
    That aside he needs to stick to the business of the house and respect the office he now holds, this is not a rum shop and certainly not the time or place for such displays of vulgarity.

  6. We saw the present speaker showing us his middle FINGER, IS THERE A PICTURE SHOWING THE FORMER SPEAKER EITH HER MIDDLE FINGER? BEFORE WE PAST JUDGMENT, LET US GET THE FACTS BEFORE WE REACT, HIS PRESENTATION WAS LIKE OUT OF A CARTOON FACTORY, HOW DO WE JUDGE PEOPLE? IS IT BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCES WITH THEM OR BASES ON WHAT PEOPLE SAY? BECAUSE SHE WAS THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU KNOW HER, THE PRESENT SPEAKER SHOULDN’T NOT BE WORKING @ HIS AGE, IT’S TIME FOR HIM TO CALL IT A DAY & GIVE IT TO A YOUNGER INDIVIDUAL WHO COILD & WOULD DO A BETTER JOB, ONCE AGAIN SHOW US THE MIDDLE FINGER OF THE FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE & REMEMBER RESPECT IS NOT GIVEN, YOU MUST EAEARNED IT

  7. In ANY WHICH WAY IT’S A DISGRACE TO SEE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DIPLAYING SUCH VULGARITY THAT IS MAKING IT’S WAY ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA

  8. Who take me to the dance am going to dance with them. Maybe she forgetful. during her time as speaker there was a vote in parliament and those on the UPP side abstain and she made a ruling on their behalf. i wouldn’t go as far as calling her a hog a hypocrite is suffice

  9. I ALWAYS ADMIRE BOTH INDIVISUALS INTELLECT AND SOUND REASONING IN ANY SUBJECT MATTER; HONESTLY I DONT LIKE THIS “AT THE THROAT THING” MY VIEW………..

  10. He was showing the behaviour displayed by Mrs. Gisele Isaac-Arrindell. She likes to pretend that she is a person of class, but is proving herself to be crass and ghetto.

  11. So now who is sticking “the middle finger” in parliament???? The Speaker of the House is a total disgrace to one of the highest offices and the nation on a whole. SMDH. Can the “Sir” be recalled??

  12. Cassandra K you are on point.
    I beginning to think I should nominate you as the next Speaker of the House and say good bye, to Grand Papa.
    Just too many clowns and or actors make up the Antigua and Barbuda Parliament.

  13. When i read this article it seems like I’m reading an article written by someone who definitely is not a professional journalist. “Antigua News Room ” have some respect for the country and invest in professional journalism!!!!!

  14. LOL Antigua News Room has now become a place for UPP supporters to vent and continue crying….Judging from the comments it is very clear that the point Mr Watt was trying to make has been brushed aside and the actual picture of him demonstrating her alleged action is being used against him. U ppl who have a problem with him pointing her out are only bashing him because yall dont support the ABLP if it was the other way around yall know the cry would be SHE WRONG AND OUT OF ORDER!!!! Damn hypocritical Antiguans…..The man was annoyed and he pointer her ass out and ppl who know her well enough know Mr Watt is not lying…Next time kick her ass out if she cyah behave..

    • But if he was criticizing Gaston on being disorderly u would not be calling Watt a bully I know this for sure….She needs to quit with her crap and act right.. Political comments and using the picture against the man…Almost seems to me like most of u believe even if she did it she hab all right cause awe na like dem……WRONG AH WRONG….Next time kick her out…simple….

      • Indeed he should have removed her from the Parliament and banned her from coming back for a long period of time

  15. Lol. I really cant believe you clowns still at it. Elections long don’t and you people still ah cry?? Mr. Watt you shoul not have gone through all the trouble to expose Miss D. Giesel Isaac conduct. She is just expressing her true feelings. You think it easy to lose THREE (3) high paying jobs espically the one from Board of Education. Of course sh I going to feel the burn of no longer being adress as “Madam Speaker”. She is just exposing herself. Pleas pay her no mind. Still trying to make a dying party relevant. Peace out you cry cry babies 5 years is not all that long!!!!!!!!! 😂😂😂

  16. Our people are too polarized. Parliament is a place where certain rules don’t apply. I am sure most of you have seen parliament in our mother land where even fighting breaks out on live tv. The article made it clear that Sir Gerald was recounting the previous speaker of house behaviour. Now, if you went to court to describe someones misconduct, do you think you could just say that the individual spoke a bad word or would you have to state the actual word spoken??

    Why do we go on to personally attack the speaker on a personal basis? Has he been failing to perform his duties as speaker of the house? Many world leaders are past the age of 60. Most of the Supreme court judges in the USA are above that age of 60 and some are in the 90s. Wisdom also comes with age. Sir Gerald is a lot more eloquent than myself and many on here and I am sure he could beat us in a debate at anytime.

    As it relates to the former speaker, she is also exempt from the normal law while in the house but she should carry herself in the many she wish to be perceived.

  17. Every one of them who sticks up their middle finger in Parliament should just sit on it. How many heathen are there in that place anyway?

  18. As far as I can see, Mr. Speaker is the 18th member of the House and the 17th ABLP member. At one time, he even said “I don’t mean to debate” but that is exactly what he was doing. Walker could hardly get to speak before Mr. Speaker pounce on him.
    The older heads would know Gerald Watt is a vagabond from way back. Member he a Maisie Watt picknee. Crappo can’t jump and dem pickney walk. And he proud of it. He a de fuss one will tell you so. Nuff said.

    • Lemme shut u down early and bright u set of dunces that come on this site and let ur sluggish thought from ur coconut brains escape. When u go to court and the judge ask what did he say to you?? U cant say he said move my BEEP BEEP BEEP…………U have to say exactly what was said using the exact words…The man demonstrate exactly how she was acting and because she is not for the ABLP and because she is a woman u all believe the Gerald Watt is supposed to look away or ignore…Most of u actually believe if she infact was acting like a 5yr old she is right….SMH get ya’ll head out of the politics!!!!! I support the ABLP and if there is something I am against I will stand my ground. During elections a UPP supporter told me UPP politicians are God fearing politicians LMAO!!!SMH………… THE MAN RIGHT TO EXPOSE HER MAYBE NOW SHE WILL CHILL OUT A BIT…I love Antigua but the people, the stupidity and one-sided mentality really upsets me. I hope this will change one day…

    • Hmmmmm…. D. Gisel miss all the perks that can with her being refered as Madam Speaker. It must hurt her like hell to see Jerry Watt sitting in her seat and being address a Mr. Speaker. Jerry Watt just show the world who she be. She want act like a high class woman when she really worst the any ghetto gyal. Jerey should have throw she out. No wonder the UPP in a much they knew they were going to.lose the election did not make her run. Cause them.know the vagabond she be. Remember she done say when she go dance she only dance with who carry she ah dance.

  19. Those of us who know Giselle from close, know how condescending she is and how antagonistic she can be. And when she feels she has power she can also be very dictatorial and autocratic. Many who worked under her supervision can attest to that. That is why her removal from the Board of Education was celebrated by the majority if not all of the staff. Before she was employed at the Board of Education she used to worked at the Antigua Sun as Sub-Editor. But soon her character and manner of behavior robbed Mr. Stanford the wrong way. As he did not like her writing style which was constantly bashing the then ALP. He ordered her removal but strange enough the very same ALP that she was bashing hired her to run the Board of Education. And that thanks to the now Governor General Sir Rodney Williams. Presently she is chair person of the Christ The King High School and rumor has that due to her high handed action in which she took decisions without giving the principal the courtesy of a discussion. And it is sad that the principal decided that she can not work with a chairwoman like this and has resigned her position as of the coming school year. Given what we know of the investigation of the Board of Education we have heard some testimony of the chairperson whom had the same if not similar experience with Giselle. Antagonistic and outright rude. Persons like this cannot and should not belong in the political arena. No wonder she didn’t run for office. Just waiting to go in through the back door. Just like her friend Joan. These two ladies have hi-jacked the UPP and are using Lovell as their puppet as he has no balls to stand up against them. Until these ladies in the background and Lovell are at the head of this party, sorry guys you are going nowhere. Get rid of the cancer if you want to get better is my advise.

      • I prefer Gaston as PM of Antigua because atleast with him he doesnt hide his feelings behind an image which is what most politicians do. Smile and wave at the ppl but in their minds they know they scheming something…IF Lovell was PM yall would be asking all now how come Gas price the same?? Transport board charging me the same prices, How come??? Finance would eventually get mismanaged without a world economical crisis and Lovell would lie like he did in the past and say FINANCE LOOKING GREAT!! LOL

      • From the election result it shows a clear majority that Antiguans want Gaston Browne the bully. Stop you crying and get over it.

        • Talk to me in five years when Antigua has progressed and St. John’s has been sanitized and has becomes a first world city or even a second for that matter. There is running water and reliable electricity. Antiguans have gotten use to the bull.

      • You are either blind, stupid or both. We just had an election and he won his seat overwhelmingly. I mean Wilmouth just got a real trashing. Obviously his constituency loves him. It dies not matter whether I do. I do not live in his constituency. But I can tell you I do agree with most of his policies. Especially the economic ones. And I like how he speak the truth unvarnished. You many call that arrogant. But when you see your PM stand up for his country all the time it makes me proud to be an Antiguan and Barbudan.

  20. It is a disgrace to see the speaker of the house sitting on the bench and sticking up his middle finger to the public, he could have spoken about it and not demonstrate it on the bench, it looks disgraceful to the world, and that shows he is no better, both are wrong.

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