JM | Dec 11, 2020

Norman Horne backs off, begins Senate resignation process

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Days after launching a second attack on the Golding camp, Norman Horne has seemingly reconsidered his stance and retreats from further confrontation.

The impasse in the People’s National Party (PNP) is closer to an end as businessman Norman Horne has communicated to Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen his intention to not follow through with his appointment as Opposition senator.

Horne, in a Thursday (December 10) statement, said he appreciated the need for a resolution to the Senate appointment matter, which threatened to further destabilise the PNP as well as hinder the operations of the Legislature.

“I have advised the Governor-General that I will not be accepting the appointment to sit as Opposition Senator. I have requested that the necessary steps be initiated to rescind my appointment,” he said.

What’s more, while admitting his US citizenship, Horne noted that he was in the process of renouncing his allegiance.

“On the matter of United States citizenship, as other members of the Houses of Parliament can attest, the renunciation of foreign citizenship can be a lengthy process further complicated by COVID-19 protocols,” the former PNP treasurer argued.

Horne, chairman of ARC Manufacturing Group.

The embattled PNP businessman reiterated that there is “much introspection needed” within the party, adding “there is a need for urgency to adopt a new approach to resolving contentious issues by those at the helm”.

“[A]ll concerned comrades can find some comfort in the ideas that ‘time is a great teacher’ and that ‘maturity comes with experience’,” he said.

“I remain steadfastly committed to the democratic principles and tenets of good governance essential to national development. My fervent hope is that the problems bedevilling the PNP will be resolved promptly with the wish that the party will one day return to its former glory,” Horne added.

Horne, who was recommended for the Senate by former Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips in October, acknowledged a previous commitment to give the next party president a free hand in his/her selection process.

While an exact timeline wasn’t so stated, Horne further indicated that during the PNP presidential race he decided to no longer pursue his citizenship renunciation.

The 61-year-old Horne accepted the blame for his role in the impasse between himself and recently elected PNP President Mark Golding.

PNP President Mark Golding.

“Despite my deliberately not having taken the oath, I was remiss in not delivering my resignation letter to the Governor-General in keeping with my statement. The matter was brought to my attention (last Thursday) December 3, and its resolution delayed due to an effort to bring amicable resolve to some of the interpersonal conflicts which continue to exacerbate deep divisions within the war-torn party,” he noted.

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