LAST week’s church services and ceremonies in Nassau to mark Remembrance Day were conducted with customary solemnity, dignity and efficiency. They reflected, as they always do each November, the fine organisational work of those concerned in producing, with appropriate seriousness as well as pomp and pageantry, a national commemoration of those who perished in two world wars and other conflicts.
It will not take yet another traffic study to tell us what we already know.
Last week, most of the attention in the American political world was on the biggest, most significant election of this year.
In the country’s rush to taste blood and make the guilty pay for corruption, greed and graft, reports flying out of the Auditor-General’s office in the last week have been juicy teasers, tantalising pieces alleging, at best, financial indiscretion and at worst, blatant disregard for anything but the most self-serving gratification.
An outsider reading the headlines of local papers in the last few days would rightly think world events had passed The Bahamas by.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 is widely considered by historians to be one of the most important political events of the 20th century.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert A Minnis last week acted on what appeared to be a revelation – Members of Parliament, he said, are not earning enough. How can we expect them to govern giving their all, pouring through hundreds of pages of documents to prepare for every session of the House of Assembly, and serve their constituency on a salary of some $34,000?
While new nations were created in Eastern Europe and beyond by the break-up in the 1980s of the state of Yugoslavia followed later by the dissolution of the Soviet Union, borders in Western Europe have largely remained firm since the end of the Second World War.
READERS may recall news accounts of US president Donald Trump’s first full cabinet meeting. It was held at the White House on June 12. The nearly five month delay since his inauguration in January was due to confirmation delays for several of his nominees, as well as a few defections before the Republican-controlled Senate could even act to confirm them.
THE THEME of the PLP’s three-day convention, which ended in confusion on the final day, seemed to be that the country’s first political party must get back to its “core principles”. However, although everyone described much of what was lacking in today’s party, at no time during the conference did anyone enunciate the principles on which it was founded, nor where these principles have been hiding all of these years.
LAST week in this column, we commented on the US mainstream broadcasting media’s propensity to cover relatively trivial news at the expense of more serious topics.
IN THIS column last year, we wrote that it seemed The Bahamas’ “sovereignty”, which the Christie government claimed it was protecting in the Baha Mar transaction, is more threatened today than if it had been settled by Chapter 11 of Delaware’s bankruptcy court and left in the hands of a private investor who had become a part of the Bahamas.
IF THERE is one thing that political parties within The Bahamas and any careful observer outside the country could agree on, it is that the island of Grand Bahama has gone from shining star with rising property values and lives filled with optimism to a giant question mark.
DR HUBERT Minnis should not have to be reminded that one of the main tenets of his party’s political platform was to open wide government’s doors and expose the PLP’s five-year management or mismanagement of the people’s government and the spending or misspending of its finances. In some areas they have carried out their mission with great vigour, in others there is too much foot-dragging.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has requested the press to question Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, a noted cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, about the dual role he plays at the Cabinet table. Dr Sands is a newly elected Cabinet minister who has volunteered to continue to perform urgent and difficult surgeries on a voluntary basis should the need arise. For this generous gesture he will not be paid.