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Debating issues is good

May 26, 2014, 10:12 AM

The members of the National Assembly, during their last meeting which ended last Thursday in Banjul, expressed their opinions on the government’s Vision 2016 plan to achieve national food security.

Their views are highlighted in this edition, and they come after earlier reports on the views of the opposition on Vision 2016.

We believe the exchange is good, and know that this is what is expected in a thriving democracy.

Indeed, tolerance and the spirit of live-and-let-live must be the watchword.

After-all, we all want the best for this country.

Politicians in parliament and those outside should be able to comment freely on national issues and government policies.

The debate is healthy, and must be encouraged, so long as it is done responsibly.

The media’s role is to provide access for the expression of divergent views and opinions, as mandated by the constitution.

We are determined to do precisely that, since we strongly believe that this is what best serves the supreme national interest.

"A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed."

Nelson Mandela

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