This encouragement became necessary earlier this week when a member of the public, while calling in to the weekly program on ZIZ, “Ask the Prime Minister”, said he has been criticized by supporters of the ruling Labour Party, for questions they felt, should not be posed to the Head of Government, Dr. Denzil Douglas.
According to the caller, he has been criticized by some Labourites for “disturbing the PrimeMinister” with the types of questions he asks on the radio program.
In his response however, Prime Minister Douglas told him that “You are not disturbing me. You are a critical part of the policy of good governance, accountability and transparency that is being pursued by my Government, my Administration through various means of communication and bringing information to people in a timely and reliable manner.”
Douglas went on to say that he welcomes the questions, comments and suggestions from all persons, on issues of national interest.
The Prime Minister added that his administration has employed various means by which the public could have access to their leaders. Some of the channels of communication outlined by Dr. Douglas were his monthly press conference, the Weekly Cabinet Briefing, Ask the Prime Minister Radio program, and consultations with the public on key pieces of proposed legislation ahead of debates in parliament.
He said these are some of the ways in which his Administration keeps in touch with the people to keep them up to date and informed.