Sun | Sep 23, 2018

Opposition asleep like 5 foolish virgins

Published:Saturday | November 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I see that the Opposition is complaining bitterly that there has been a lack of consultation over the national identification bill now just waiting for the governor general's signature to become law.

My understanding of the concept of parliamentary representational democracy tells me that persons seek and are elected to serve as members of parliament (MPs) to represent the interests of their constituencies in the parliamentary House of Representatives.


Consultation necessary


Assuming my understanding to be correct, it seems that if consultation with the people is necessary on any matter being discussed in the Parliament, it is the duty of the MPs to conduct such consultation among their constituents and bring those views to bear in the parliamentary deliberations. To me, it does not appear to be incumbent on the Government, per se, to undertake such consultations, though it could be a facilitator in the process.

If with an almost 50 per cent representation in Parliament, the Opposition is at this stage complaining that there has been a lack of consultation regarding the NIDS bill that is shortly to become law, it tells me that their MPs have been fast asleep like the five foolish virgins in the Bible story, when they should have been wide wake. And alas! It might now be too late.