Glad to know so many of you enjoyed last week’s column; in all honesty this week, like most Bahamians, I’m still fighting the Christmas hangover.
By all accounts, in 2017 the major political parties will no doubt be conducting a scorched earth policy in the lead up to what will likely be a hotly contested general election.
ON BOXING DAY, hundreds of under privileged children crossed Paradise Island bridge — many of them for the first time — to attend the Santa Claus Committee’s Christmas party organised especially for their enjoyment.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the House,
Dear Long Islanders, To use the words of founding father Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, today “my soul is dancing!”
WHAT a gift to be dropped into The Bahamas’ Christmas stocking a mere five days before Christmas!
‘I, Hubert Alexander Minnis, is the leader of the Free National Movement ...” Cringe.
TODAY’S politicians don’t seem to understand that Bahamians are no longer impressed by their promises, yet they continue to throw out the attractive-sounding bait still believing that there are enough voters out there of borderline intelligence to bite.
After a lifetime in Caribbean and international politics, I thought the time had long since passed when I could be outraged by any event.
Well, it was bound to happen. In a world that has given us infamous couples like Bennifer (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez), Brennifer (Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston) and Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), it was only a matter of time before we spawned our own super couple.
Wow! It is amazing what a week makes in local politics.
‘Revolution’ is a word that scares Bahamians. Progress, development, new look, fresh start - all are words we are happy to use, while the stronger term frightens us with images of Haitian anarchy or the bloody 19th century Jamaican slave revolt.
It’s the holidays and that means we get to rub our hands together, scratch our chin, ponder awhile and pronounce who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in 2016.
The sympathetic, empathetic me - which, in spite of my sharp tongue, does exist - wants to feel sorry for Hubert Minnis, seeing the shock and upset on his face on the floor of Parliament when the “subversive seven” defied him, and hearing his recent public statements that amount to desperate pleas to keep what he perceives as his leadership of the Free National Movement (FNM).
FROM TIME to time, one hears the suggestion that the Westminster system of government does not suit The Bahamas. In our opinion, the only reason that it doesn’t suit The Bahamas is because we don’t understand it and have, over the years, bastardised it.