In the wake of the terminations of three government MPs fired from posts they held after voting against the VAT bill component of the 2018/2019 budget, leader of government business in the Senate, Attorney General Sen. The Hon. Carl Bethel charged that MPs have their voices to speak for constituents on the floor of parliament, but under the Westminster system, they are required to vote with the governing party they were elected under, once the whip is on.
Bethel says every MP has the inalienable right to free speech, noting that he has had occasion to speak for his constituents against the government, but fell in line when it came to voting with the government. Bethel says the Westminster system under which The Bahamas operates is the most efficient one, despite some suggesting changing the system.