ALP Chairman says repealing alcohol ban can be discussed

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ST.JOHN’S, Antigua – Amid debate on the relevance of laws banning alcohol sale during Good Friday and Christmas day, the Antigua Labour Party Chairman says repealing the ban is up for discussion.

Paul “Chet” Greene says an ALP government would seek consultation on the issue.

“We will tackle those kinds of issues at the level of the constituency,” he said.

“We will have cottage meetings, town hall meetings to examine the impact of those kinds of things on the economy and on job creation.”

Greene added that at the same time the tradition and norms of, what he called, our “Christian society” must also be evaluated.

“Do we continue to uphold this particular position because its part of our Christian tradition?”

“Or do we pivot away from that to have it reflect our current day situation where a lot of jobs turn on it (alcohol sale), where our visitors in this particular period (expect it),” Greene said.

On Wednesday, John Duffy Commodore of the Yacht Club, called on tourism stakeholders to urge government to repeal what he described as archaic laws banning liquor sale.

Duffy said the ban was particularly worrying given that Antigua and Barbuda’s economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism.

The Yacht Club is located in St Paul the constituency Greene hopes to represent.

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12 thoughts on “ALP Chairman says repealing alcohol ban can be discussed

  1. The alcohol ban is ridiculous. It may be good friday for some, but it’s a regular friday for others. If you don’t want to drink on your good friday, then don’t. Forcing everyone to abide by religious law is from the dark ages. Keep church and state SEPARATE!

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  2. Pick a position. Nobody wants to vote for people that can’t make a clear decision. I can’t believe you can’t decide and give us these answers of well if elected we might do this or that. I don’t know why it’s so hard to figure out. If you must have a drink on a holy day then buy you bottle in advance.
    If you want people that can make a decision clearly you are not the group.

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  3. even in captalistist USA, you cannot buy alcohol on Christmas Day. Even some states are dry states. Grow up people

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  4. Do you know there are 363 other days where alcohol can be bought? Seriously, what is the issue? Good Friday and Christmas are the only 2 days out of 365 where the sale is banned and people wanna turn this into a “hot debate”?

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    • Yeah and I guess the tourists the Yacht club man is talking about spend 365 days here on island !!! At the end of the day this is why church and state have to be kept apart. If ya’ll don’t wanna drink on Good Friday don’t. But you believe you should force others into your specific belief.

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  5. Thinking out loud April 19, 2014 at 06:19 - Reply

    Even Jesus served wine at the last supper. The ban on spirits has nothing to due with the teachings of religion nor will you find it in scriptures. Once again man has done things to look more pious than the other guy. In a country where crime and political scandal is so rampant the wink wink drinking laws are one more signal we say one thing and do the just the opposite.

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  6. Once again, Politicos continue to relish in foolish arcane and outdated Colonial Thought!
    Independence Anyone?
    What kinds of laws would a truly Independent People enact?
    Surely, not laws created and enacted to please the People who created our misery!
    Our Politicos must rethink laws that are Enabling!

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  7. So it took John Duffy Commodore of the Yacht Club for our voices to be heard?? How long have the citizens of this nation been saying this was a bunch of hog wash?
    Maybe we need to have John Duffy Commodore of the Yacht Club lend his voice to the rise in crime as well!!

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  8. This law should be abolished. Why is there no separation between church and state in Antigua? The beliefs of any religion should be not be forced upon anyone. The government should know better.

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  9. Can the people of Antigua and Barbuda not sell booze for a day.I grew up in Antigua and on Good Friday. All liquor establishments were closed.As a matter of fact the Casino at Mamora Bay also closed on that day.So why is it a big deal now?

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