THE much-feared Value Added Tax (VAT) bill was rushed through parliament this week — and the only persons who seemed proud of the achievement were government members who, in the words of Labour Minister Shane Gibson, had to find money to pay government’s bills.
IT IS unfortunate that so many Bahamians — feeling they were duped by the recent failed “referendum” on gambling — have vowed to shun all future referendums.
“‘YOU SETTLE it…’ and they picked up their geordie bundles and came home for Christmas!”
THERE IS little wonder that Bahamians have no confidence in their leaders. The behaviour of politicians in their attempt to guide the constitutional referendum bills through parliament have exposed some of them to having more interest in winning their seats in the next election than ensuring that Bahamian men and women have equal rights in this country.
“WHERE there is fear and doubt, then there is disaster,” said Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis in the House yesterday as he seemed to back away from his party’s promised full support of the constitutional reforms needed to give Bahamian women equal civil rights with their men.
TODAY, government is to debate the issue as to whether gender discrimination is to be eliminated from the constitution so that Bahamian women can have the same rights as Bahamian men, especially in their family life.
YES a flag was burned, but it was not the Bahamian flag, nor was it a real flag. The Constitution was also burned with the perpetrator vowing that the ashes would be sent to then Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling “as a reminder of how our country is being destroyed”.
AS ANTHONY “Ace” Newbold took his place at the lectern of Holy Trinity parish church on Friday, he looked down on the draped coffin of his friend of 30 years, then donned the mantle of a Marc Antony come to bury his Caesar. This Bahamian Anthony, like that Roman Antony, and his Caesar, was determined not to let the good that Edmund Spencer Moxey, 80, had done for his people be interred with his bones.
THERE was much discomfort in the official pews at the state funeral on Friday of Edmund Spencer Moxey when Anthony “Ace” Newbold recalled with sarcasm how “our leaders said Edmund was ambitious and had to be stopped and punished – and so they did… and our leaders were all honourable men.”
SPEAKING to reporters at the opening of Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation’s executive offices last Thursday, Prime Minister Christie exuded confidence in a buoyant economic future for these islands.
THE Department of Statistics is now being dragged to the Mad Hatter’s Ball. First it was the crime statistics, now it appears that the Department of Statistics and National Insurance are out of step with the score sheet set for them by the politicians.
MALLIE Lightbourn – mother of Michael, Richard (MP for Montagu) and Timothy – was not only a remarkable woman, but an extraordinary Bahamian.
IT WOULD appear that our intrepid foreign affairs minister is putting up his dukes in preparation for another unpleasant Cuban-American exchange over the treatment last year of Cuban refugees in our Carmichael Detention Centre. In fact, his words on Sunday seem to invite a quarrel.
BAHAMIAN businessmen are becoming more agitated as the date for the implementation of VAT nears with only reassurances from legislators that draft legislation as to what it will mean to them is on its way.
THE US government’s 2014 Investment Climate Statement on The Bahamas has certainly shaken the establishment as one by one PLP ministers come out of the woodwork, dragging their red herrings behind them, to discredit the statement.