THIS week, I discovered that police officers—particularly the police prosecutions department—are occupying a condemnable, rundown former Magistrate‘s Court building that is a slum-like structure on the fringes of the government’s complex on Nassau Street.
DISAGREEMENT in politics is par for the course. It is nothing unusual. Political parties incorporate individuals with different views on various issues, but who join a broad coalition to pursue common interests.
IN a 2009 tribute to Sir Clement Maynard, then Governor-general Sir Arthur Foulkes wrote that “politics, that most noble of professions, can sometimes, descend into something approaching savagery. And it seems that there is no greater fury in the political arena as when colleagues turn on each other”.
OVER the last week or so, two to three PLP backbenchers have out-FNM’d the Official Opposition and been more of a vibrant opposition force on VAT and in questioning the proposed Constitutional Bills than the FNM itself has done.
BAHAMIANS in and out of parliament seem to be having a hard time decoding the legal terminology that must inevitably guide the process of amending our constitution.
THE best rationale why sex should be added to Article 26 of the Constitution as a prohibited category of discrimination by any law, as the fourth bill provides, is offered by Justice Brennan of the United States Supreme Court in the case Frontiero v Richardson, 411 US 677 (1973):
JUST as forecast, support for the upcoming constitutional referendum has crumbled under the weight of political opportunism. What was initially pitched as a benign and straightforward bid to remove discrimination against women, has lit the stage for exploitation and fear mongering. Now contentious, the bills have been fated to a caustic half-life that has once again exposed the political cannibalism and unbridled personal ambition that have long characterised the country’s democratic system.
OVER the years, we have seen significant violation of our sovereign waters by Dominican, Cuban and American fishermen who exploit the hamstrung, diminished capacity of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and the rigidity of international maritime law which clearly sets out the rules of engagement.
Constitutional Referendum: Correcting an Historical Error, Part 2
CONFLICT is a normal and necessary part of healthy relationships. After all, people aren’t expected to agree on everything at all times. Therefore, learning how to deal with conflict—rather than avoiding it is crucial.
IT’S been 42 years since the Watergate break-in that eventually forced US President Richard Nixon from office, after an investigation that has been described as one of the greatest achievements of modern journalism.
For the last two weeks, I’ve been researching the local pharmaceutical industry, particularly after reading a report about an alleged counterfeit drugs scheme involving a pharmacy in Freeport (Grand Bahama) and hearing complaints - by reliable sources - about the propensity of some Bahamian importers and pharmacists to “pass off” fake pharmaceutical drugs as genuine and to engage in parallel imports of drugs from countries whose reputational standing is shot.
THE government last week added another level of uncertainty and ambiguity to the already emotionally-charged proposed constitutional vote by suggesting the process may be abandoned all together, despite its assurances to Bahamian women of its commitment to gender equality.
I had hoped to avoid talking about Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Chairman Leslie Miller again, but last week he went on the public airwaves (as they say) to spout so much nonsense I was unable to resist. In fact, after listening to Miller, I concluded that we are fortunate BEC is able to produce any power at all.
Illegal immigration is an emotive issue in this country and for far too long we have struggled with it, we have not found a way to effectively address it.