Phillips to punish party members for bad behaviour on social media

President of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips has threatened to discipline unruly members of the leadership structure, adding that protocol will be established to govern how members relate to each other on social media.

He gave the warning this afternoon (June 24) – days after reports emerged that Councillor for Trafalgar Division Kari Douglas was involved in a social media feud with PNP vice-president and parliamentarian Angela Brown-Burke. Other members of the party’s leadership also had previous social media clashes.

Dr Phillips, during a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting today, did not call names.

But he noted that the establishment of protocols for social media behaviour will be discussed at the next NEC meeting.

“We going to have to develop a pattern of discipline in the party,” he declared.

“We have to have a protocol about how we manage social media… All of us have trained ourselves how to behave in public. We behave in public different from how we behave at our yard.. It is not impossible for us to understand that we need to be mindful as to how we communicate – what we say to each other, what we say about each other and what we say generally.”

President of the PNP Dr Peter Phillips. File photo

Dr Phillips also noted that the protocols, when formulated, will be enforced against persons in leadership positions. He said they include councillors, NEC members, officers of the party and persons in constituency leadership.

“Let me put it this way, if people can’t learn to be self-discipline, then we will have to impose the discipline of the party on them,” the party leader said.

By Horace Mills

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