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Let gov't decide on gambling

The Perry Christie administration is being called on to take responsibility for any decisions relating to legalising gambling for Bahamians.

NASSAU — President of the Bahamas Christian Council, Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, yesterday urged the government to take responsibility for any decisions relating to legalising gambling for Bahamians and “leave the people out of it”.

Patterson was responding to a Nassau Guardian article that revealed most members of Parliament have declined to state how they intend to vote on the planned referendum on gambling or claimed they are undecided.

“No one wants to seem to take responsibility,” he said.

“Take responsibility. Do what you need to do as a government. That is all I’m asking them to do. You don’t need us to legalise what you’re doing.

“Leave the people out of it. Don’t wash your hands on this one. Just do what you have to do. If this is such a major issue for you, just do what you have to do. State your position.”

“Members of Parliament have a responsibility, I‚believe, to be up front and to speak exactly the way they feel,” Patterson said. (Nassau Guardian)

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