IT WAS not the best of times, but it was certainly the “worst of times” for a beaten Bahamas. The only bright light on the horizon was a belief that an “age of foolishness” was nearing an end.
ALTHOUGH Prime Minister Christie and National Security Minister Nottage have agreed to meet with the Police Staff Association to discuss compensation for the 12-hour shifts that police were assigned to combat escalating crime, comments made in October by Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell keep surfacing.
THE BEC union was jubilant. The country was angry – even staunch PLPs who, regardless of what nonsense their government did always remained loyal, had broken ranks.
OVER the weekend, Elcott Coleby, deputy director of Bahamas Information Services, sent a release to the press to announce the downgrade by Standard & Poor of Barbados’ financial rating – the second in four months. Barbados is listed in tenth place as one of the world’s most heavily indebted countries. From a rating of BB+ it has been dropped to BB-.
THE die is cast. Yesterday – November 21 – BEC chairman Leslie Miller gave instructions that from that day forward the electrical corporation will pay full salary for the first three days of a staff member’s sick leave.
THE mess to which Mr Bradley Roberts referred as the reason for the PLP’s introduction of VAT into The Bahamas began in earnest under the PLP’s watch between fiscal 2002/3 and 2006/7.
“FRUITLESS,” concluded Bahamas Electrical Workers Union president Stephano Greene as talks with government ended yesterday.
SINCE THIS government has come on the scene, it has stumbled from one sink hole into another. Nothing seems to be going right, because there is no planning, no co-ordination, and, as we have said before, each cabinet minister seems to have his own agenda and his own game plan.
TODAY, BEC chairman Leslie Miller is the Man of the Hour, and VAT is the vehicle that is going to send all of us — country included — to our economic graves.
WITH our Foreign Affairs Minister so interested in attracting investment to the Bahamas from the Middle East will this new money line eventually bring with it another problem — a clash of cultures?
GOVERNMENT IS making a big mistake by sanctioning a closed door hearing of the five marines in the Cuban detainees beating case.
LAWYERS, retained by CARICOM to make a case on behalf of the Caribbean community for compensation from Britain for the scars left on their islands by the 18th century transatlantic slave trade, have invited Bahamians to add their voices to the compensation fight.
IN his column on page 18 of today’s edition, Larry Smith writes about what is today called “counterfactual history”— as he explains, it is “an attempt to answer hypothetical questions by considering what would have happened if certain key historical events had not occurred”.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell’s arrogantly dismissive, often rude manner is certainly a lesson in how not to behave if one wants to win friends and influence people.
MANY Bahamians awoke Saturday morning to have a quiet cup of coffee with The Tribune’s weekend publication — The Big T.