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PETER YOUNG: When politics wasn’t a dirty word and rivals showed respect

With election fever in Britain building up towards polling day on December 12, this is perhaps a good moment to reflect on parliamentary relationships of the past compared with the deteriorating quality of modern-day political discourse, group values and affinities.

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PETER YOUNG: Taking stock of the feeding frenzy on Prince Andrew’s disastrous own goal

“Never complain and never explain” is a mantra said to be favoured by The Queen and has been attributed to the late Queen Mother.

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PETER YOUNG: Edging closer by the day to disaster in Hong Kong

As so often, the US media has been obsessed recently with domestic affairs to such an extent that, until this last weekend, foreign issues like the continuing serious civil unrest in Hong Kong have been receiving little coverage.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: We owe our freedom to those who served

At this time of year it is a pleasant duty to write about Remembrance Day on November 11 and to note that interest in honouring the casualties of war has not waned over the years.

PETER YOUNG: Over to the voters at last - and anything could happen

“There is a widespread view in the country that this Parliament has run its course.” These strong words by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have been finally heeded by his fellow MPs who have voted overwhelmingly that the nation should go to the polls on December 12 – and many ordinary people, who have lost patience with the political class and their outright obstruction of the UK’s departure from the EU that has resulted in disruption and division, say that this will be none too soon.

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PETER YOUNG: Imagine a tidal wave of refugees like we saw from Vietnam... North Africa ... Syria - but this time it’s from Haiti

So much has been written recently about the treatment of Haitians post-Dorian that I hesitate to comment further. But criticism of the Government, both here at home as well as overseas, has been growing and this prompts me to address the issue again.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Following in some mighty footsteps

Since the US media tends to concentrate on domestic news and, nowadays, in particular on the behaviour and tribulations of their President, it is hardly surprising that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Pakistan last week has not attracted much attention this side of the Atlantic. During a jam-packed five-day tour, which was the first royal visit there for a decade, the general view has been that they did not put a foot wrong on what was their own first trip to the country and that overall it was an outstanding success.

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PETER YOUNG: Enforce the law but show good will

LAST week’s controversial exchanges about the treatment of displaced migrants following the destruction by Hurricane Dorian of the shanty towns in Abaco should have come as no surprise. As everyone knows by now, the potentially explosive issue of Haitian immigration to The Bahamas goes back a long way.

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PETER YOUNG: Britain’s contribution to hurricane relief

IN the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas has received so much aid, assistance and support from such a wide variety of sources, both at home and from overseas, that it would be invidious to single out any particular ones as being more worthy than others.

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PETER YOUNG: New structure for handling disasters

YESTERDAY’S press reports about the creation, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, of a new ministry to deal with disasters will no doubt be widely welcomed.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: All hands on deck to recover from Dorian

OLD habits as a diplomat die hard, so even in retirement I shy away from commenting in this column on domestic politics. However, in the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Dorian perhaps, for once, such self-restraint can be put aside temporarily in offering a view following the publicity last week about the involvement of two former Prime Ministers in dealing with the crisis.

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PETER YOUNG: The rescue and the rebuild need a strong hand at the helm

So much has been written already about the catastrophe of Dorian that it is hard to find further words to describe its deadly effects and the horrors inflicted on people in Abaco and Grand Bahama. The destruction and loss of life is almost beyond belief and the extent of the suffering unimaginable. So it is heartening that the worldwide publicity has produced an extraordinarily positive response from other countries and that an international humanitarian aid operation is now under way.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Britain down and out - don’t you believe it

As a final reflection on our lengthy summer visit to England, I was genuinely puzzled by the degree of negativity, particularly in the media, about Britain and its status in the world. According to some, the nation’s standing and influence as a leading global power has suddenly been severely curtailed or even no longer exists. Such a view is often expressed by those who believe the UK’s departure from the European Union is an act of extreme folly and that it will be unable to prosper on its own.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Is the nanny state taking over?

Another fascinating debate being aired during my wife’s and my extended summer visit to England was about the balance between civil liberties and state intervention in people’s lives.

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PETER YOUNG: The man to deliver Brexit or is Boris just full of flashy hogwash?

In last week’s column, I surmised that Britain was in for an autumn of political disruption over Brexit. The nation has been overwhelmed by this thorniest of issues that has provoked deep divisions and the resulting uncertainty and instability could become even worse.

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PETER YOUNG: Millions may march but China’s calling the shots

An important international development that ought to be publicised but has received only limited US media coverage is the Hong Kong government’s current controversial plan for extradition to mainland China.

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THE PETER YOUNG COLUMN: Populism and nationalism - what happens when the people feel abandoned

It is said the rise of populism is a dangerous phenomenon in world politics. This has come to the forefront again following the heavy losses suffered by the mainstream political parties in last month’s European Parliament poll.

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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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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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