Opposition must not abdicate role

Published: Saturday | December 14, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir: I am concerned with the Oppo-sition's threat to cease participation in parliamentary debates arising from the increased pace with which legislation is being brought to, and passed through, the House.

While the concern of the Opposition has merit, I disagree that withdrawing from the process is the correct approach. Being the parliamentary Opposition is a grave responsibility. It provides the necessary checks and balances on the Government and can even provide a different perspective that the Government has not foreseen.

A dissenting voice, an enquiring voice, and a voice of wisdom are all essential elements of a democracy. Forgoing this responsibility is an abdication of their role as Opposition. So even if the bills are being brought to Parliament, do not walk out. Let Hansard reflect your dissent, your concern, your thoughts. Let history and the records show that there was an Opposition as opposed to abdication.

DALE STAPLE

dale_staple@yahoo.com

St Andrew

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