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Legislation Coming To Govern Alcohol At SVG Funerals


Legislation will soon be in place to govern alcohol consumption at funeral processions and in cemeteries in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

The announcement came from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

On Monday on state-owned NBC Radio, Gonsalves disclosed that it is one of the Bills down for the Meeting of Parliament on Thursday next week.

He said he had discussed the matter with the cabinet.

“There is a lot of disrespect. It is one thing to say we are celebrating the life of somebody who we are moving in a procession with. It’s a terrible thing to see people drinking beer and rum while they jumping up as if is a carnival,” the Vincentian Prime Minister said.

“And you go in the churchyard, and you see people with ice box selling alcoholic beverages and so on. I think we have to do something about this,” Gonsalves asserted.

He declared that the situation had gotten out of hand.

As a result, the Vincentian leader explained that legislators had to do something to bring order to the celebratory, though solemn event.

In addition to addressing alcohol consumption at funerals, Gonsalves outlined other legislative priorities.

They included measures to combat gun and ammunition-related crimes, as well as reforms in court reporting and handling sexual offenses.

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  1. Not Helpful
    A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

  2. This is the result of the glorification of alcohol consumption in our music, art and culture.

  3. Utter nonsense. Do you mean to tell me that Ralph can find no better cause to pass legislation for but alcohol at funerals. So he gonna send police to enforce it by going to harass mourners. This is draconian. Time for this autocrat to go.


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