THE 2013/2014 fiscal budget is supposed to be presented in Parliament in less than two weeks. The Budget is the most important group of Bills presented each year, and this year’s Budget will be particularly crucial because The Bahamas is facing a credit status review by Wall Street in September. Continue reading
The worst crime levels in The Bahamas are not of murder, attempted murder or armed robbery. And the worst assault taking place in our communities is not at the hands of street thugs or gangsters.
The darkest, dirtiest aspects of Bahamian society – the aspects that get the least amount of public attention until the offense results in a death – are child molestation, incest and statutory rape (sex with minors). Continue reading
It was promising to see some average, everyday Bahamians gather at Rawson Square this week to demonstrate about matters concerning them. In last week’s column, I spoke about the need for us to break out of the mindset of sitting and waiting for a general election to take an active role in our democracy. To the extent that right-minded Bahamians are starting to get that message and go beyond just talk to action, I am encouraged. Continue reading
This week was a particularly frustrating one for me. It is a very difficult thing to watch the government of the day conduct itself in a way that brings threat to our economy and livelihood, and shame to our name throughout the world. It is even more difficult to watch far too many of us sit in fear and indifference as this goes on, too scared or disinterested to stand up for ourselves and our country. Continue reading
We all know the words of our beloved national anthem penned by Timothy Gibson. But have you ever stopped to truly pay attention to those words? If you have, you may have noticed that those words hold a key to unlocking doors we have yet to open as a nation. That golden key is cut with four words: lift up your heads. Continue reading
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” – Leonard H. Courtney. Lord Courtney’s quote refers to the twisting of information including statistics for one’s advantage. Over the last few months, the Bahamian people have been dealt one of the most untenable forms of dishonesty and disrespect their government could spin – the consistent insistence that the country’s very serious crime problem is not as bad as we and they know it to be. Continue reading
The Royal Bahamas Police Force is in the spotlight following the recent police custody deaths of Jamie Smith and Aaron Rolle. Neither man died of natural causes. When it comes to discourse about police brutality and cover-ups, it is very easy to discuss the subject in terms of the usual generalisations and popular notions about policing and the Police Force. Continue reading
I struggled to decide on how to approach this week’s column. Writing for me comes very easily, but this week it was a challenge.
It was a challenge because this week, more so than others in recent months, the weight of the hurt I feel as a young Bahamian watching my country slide down the slopes it has been set upon is a bit much. In many ways, this train called The Bahamas has come to a screeching halt, with many passengers who were unable to brace for impact.
I BEGIN by pointing out that the government says it spent $956 million in fixed and capital costs in five months, between the period of July and December 2012. That is a spending rate of about $191 million per month. But don’t ask on what, because that is none of our business based on what was supposed to happen in Parliament this past Monday, and what actually did take place. Continue reading