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Atherley all for assemblies


Atherley all for assemblies

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Leader of Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley is supporting the proposed local governance instrument of people’s assemblies. But he has warned against becoming another arm of a political party.

The People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PDP) leader, declined to share any advice on how to avoid going down this route for fear of appearing “overly critical”, but said he would prefer to hear first “what the people of Barbados throw out from their bosoms”.

“I do agree with you that good ideas can be put to ill purposes or good notions can go bad and I think the whole matter of constituency councils in Barbados, which may have been a good idea, you saw a situation where it became very politicised, and that is not the intention.

“I hope that this and whatever comes out of it is not an instrument that becomes politicised because if not we just changing one horse for another,” he told the media on the sidelines of the Thorne Commission on Local Governance at the Valley Resource Centre, Glebe, St George on Wednesday night.

Stating that he had some differences on the specifics and mechanics of how the assemblies would be structured and implemented, though declining to repeat them, Atherley felt the bodies would augur well for more democratic forms of governance that encompasses greater participation of the masses. (SDB Media)

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