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The Peter Young column: A time to bow our heads, remember and give thanks

Keeping alive memories of significant events in its history is a mark of a civilised nation. An important aspect of this is public recognition and remembrance of those who lost their lives in war so that honouring their sacrifice should continue for years afterwards.

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The Peter Young column: We’ve got the space, all we need is the Big Idea

Having commented briefly in an earlier column about utilising the potential of the Family Islands, I found the recent exchanges in the House of Assembly about the Immigration Bill’s amendments concerning foreign business visitors especially interesting, not least because of the indication of an easing of immigration restrictions.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: In the horror of Sri Lanka, the BBC falls short of the mark

In today’s world of instant communication via the internet, news of the horrors of the recent evil and cowardly terrorist attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka will have reached far and wide.

THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Rebellion? Just mayhem and misery for millions

Memories of youth seldom fade. I still recall a teacher in my far-off schooldays who seemed more interested in demonstrating his own intellectual prowess than in leading young minds to new ideas and concepts. ‘Liberty or licence’ (see below) was one of his favourite topics for essay-writing, without bothering to explain the difference in advance.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Can Assange’s actions be justified? Not in my book

The sudden news of the arrest in London of the co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, not surprisingly hit the headlines last week.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: There’s no escaping it - Britain’s a laughing stock

Having written in preceding weeks about the thorny issue of Brexit, I turn today to the related subject of parliamentary representative democracy in Britain.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Mother of Parliaments? Rather the mother of all messes

Since Britain’s departure from the European Union is causing political upheaval in a nation divided on the issue, it remains top of the news agenda. So, reluctantly, I am covering Brexit in this column for a third week running. This time, while mentioning the latest developments splashed daily across the British and European media, a brief look at the background that has led to the impasse might be interesting.

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PETER YOUNG: Is this the end game? God knows how it’s going to play out

While it is essential to vary the content of this column, the massively controversial issue of Brexit is reaching a climax so this is a follow-up to last week’s report on the subject.

PETER YOUNG: Rejected it may be, but May’s deal may be pill which has to be swallowed

For many people in Britain it is mind-boggling that with so little time remaining before the nation is due to leave the European Union on March 29 the terms of its departure have still not secured parliamentary approval.

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PETER YOUNG: Bahamas’ contribution to the struggle against apartheid

Press reports of remarks by the Prime Minister in New York last month in praise of the Nassau Accord ought to stimulate renewed interest in the role played by The Bahamas in the eventual ending of apartheid some 25 years ago. This agreement, which called for sanctions against South Africa and demanded it should dismantle apartheid and negotiate with the country’s black majority, was the outcome of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Nassau in 1985 attended by The Queen.

PETER YOUNG: EU standoff as Britain needs a trade deal

WHILE Britain’s departure from the European Union in March next year is fast approaching, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is still embroiled in negotiations about the nation’s future economic relationship with the bloc after Brexit – a term now firmly in the modern lexicon.

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PETER YOUNG: Brexit - so how did Britain get to this painful Euro exit?

The decision by Britain to withdraw from the European Union following a referendum in 2016 continues to stimulate endless debate and controversy, not least because of a relatively narrow poll margin of 52 to 48 percent in favour of departure. In a high turnout of some 72 percent, 17.4 million voted to leave.

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INSIGHT - THE FIRST YEAR: Promising signs for FNM

Since governments are elected under the Westminster system for a five-year period, the Prime Minister is surely right to discourage people from judging him prematurely. Equally, it would be unwise simply to dismiss last month’s opinion poll showing a

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PETER YOUNG: The economy is the key priority in 2018

New Year crystal-gazing is invariably guesswork and can be hazardous. But, having been asked to provide brief comments on The Bahamas’ prospects for 2018, it was not hard to single out the economy as the issue likely to be of major concern in the coming months.

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INSIGHT: Uncertain times for European Union

DURING our lengthy visit to England recently, my wife and I were struck by the extensive coverage in the media of developments related to the European Union.

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INSIGHT: China asserts authority over Hong Kong

Following the 20th anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China, Peter Young offers a personal view about developments . . .

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BRITAIN’S HUNG PARLIAMENT IN SHOCK ELECTION RESULT

In the wake of the shock result in the British election, Peter Young looks at what lies ahead for the troubled Prime Minister Theresa May after seeing her majority slashed.

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Council results boost government’s UK general election prospects

The received wisdom about local council elections in the United Kingdom is that they are normally an opportunity, between general elections, for voters to give the national governing party a good kicking with the result that it usually loses seats at this level.

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INSIGHT: Why Britain seeks pre-Brexit stability

Theresa May caught people unawares last week by calling a snap election for June. Peter Young explains why another poll is necessary . . .

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The lessons of the deadly Westminster attack

A random act of terrorism in London last week has brought the issues around multicultural Britain into sharp focus again, Peter Young says . . .

INSIGHT: Britain faces difficult balancing act over EU exit

Peter Young finds Britain’s future with Europe top of the agenda after a holiday in England . . .

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INSIGHT: Leadership scandal threatens Commonwealth economic optimism

As the the world’s oldest political association of states looks to be entering a new golden era of prosperity, its relevance is being tested by allegations of corruption and cronyism against its top executive, Peter Young says

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INSIGHT: New British PM strikes positive notes on ‘Brexit’

The real work negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union starts today with the return of Parliament, says Peter Young . . .

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INSIGHT: Tony Blair’s legacy in ruins after Iraq war inquiry

A long overdue report reveals the former British Prime Minister deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in justifying going to war, Peter Young says.

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‘The most important decision British voters will have to make in a lifetime’

Stay or go? Peter Young examines how the UK’s place in Europe is in the balance before tomorrow’s referendum

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‘Brexit’ vote too close to call

The outcome of Britain’s referendum on European Union membership next month is in the balance, says Peter Young . . .

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PETER YOUNG: Overblown focus on endless election campaign

Peter Young argues that saturation coverage of the race to the White House is justified for a nation founded on rebellion.

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Looking back on ten years leading, looking ahead to debate on the EU

LAST month marked the tenth anniversary of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s leadership of the ruling Conservative party. Having emerged unexpectedly to take the helm of his party after only five years as a Member of Parliament, he became prime minister in 2010 at the age of 43, assuming charge of the first coalition government in Britain since the Second World War.

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PETER YOUNG: Rising tide of humanity borders on chaos in Europe

The harrowing images of desperate refugees highlight the immigration crisis facing the European Union. Peter Young looks at the problem and its implications for Britain

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