As was raised in my Tribune Column for today, what is the future of the casino at Our Lucaya? The government needs to advise on what is happening with the casino and what is expected to happen with its employees in the coming weeks and months. Continue reading
After reading media reports of the Prime Minister’s comments about raises in salary and pension for MPs, getting a new multi-million dollar Parliament building and a new residence for him that he says he only plans to use for parties, this is the only logical conclusion I could come to… Continue reading
In speaking to the media about how the government wants to try to bring down the deficit figure of $550 million (which is not the true deficit anyway, but the inflated number the government created to justify it borrowing a half-billion dollars on the backs of taxpayers), State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitus said:
“A part of our problem is that we give so much concessions, not only to the hotels, but duty-free concessions and other concessions.” Continue reading
I hope The Bahamas realises what happened today with the over 100 workers fired from the Wyndham Resort. BAHAMIANS now thrust onto the unemployment line walked to THEIR Office of the Prime Minister, and what did the Prime Minister do? Order that the police stop them from being able to access the office, and officers consequently formed a human chain to keep Bahamians from coming to see the man they put in office. Continue reading
I begin with this truth – we as Bahamians say we want crime to decrease, but what we really mean is we only want certain crimes to decrease, while at the same wanting to be otherwise free to ignore the rule of law whenever doing so provides us personal benefit or pleasure. Continue reading
WE DON’T NEED a new Parliament building. The cheapest and actually best form of renovation that building can get right now is to get most of the MPs who now sit in it, out. The building is in fair shape as long as many of them never see the inside of it. Continue reading
Back in July of last year, Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez instructed the immediate termination of Chief Hospital Administrator (CHA) of the Princess Margaret Hospital Coralie Adderley. She was fired without cause (unless you consider victimisation a cause) and was one of only two regionally accredited persons in her field in all of The Bahamas’ Public Hospitals Authority.
THAT WAS SIX MONTHS AGO. Continue reading
It is not possible for The Bahamas to tackle and beat the scourge of crime if crime in any form is being purported and indeed exalted as untouchable. Either we are going to crush crime, or crime is going to crush us. Lawlessness breeds lawlessness.
Any government Minister who is telling the Bahamian people that the courts have ordered the government and the police not to enforce the law with respect to illegal activity is willfully being untruthful to the nation. No court will ever order that a crime not be handled as a crime, and that crime can no longer be fought and prosecuted. Continue reading
I watched Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd tell the Constitutional Commission that sexual orientation should be protected under the Constitution (i.e, a person being gay, bi-sexual, transsexual or lesbian) and that capital punishment should be removed from the Constitution. Notwithstanding the fact that what he should have said is that capital punishment should be removed from the Penal Code, not the Constitution, the larger concern I have is this: Continue reading
What we watched unfold from the gaming poll and its results, to the Prime Minister’s subsequent decree, to the court action that followed aptly demonstrates two things.
Firstly, that Mr. Christie and his government, while usually being accused of incompetence, are supremely capable of orchestrating a teeming mirage to distract a people made thirsty by the desert of games, waste and lack of transparency that is their governance. Continue reading