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The rituals of democracy
The rituals of a general election help to renew our parliamentary democracy and to teach new generations about our form of government. The commissioner of police, acting in his capacity as the provost marshal, has read the writ of election issued by...
Election campaign 2017 leadership scorecard
Below are critical qualities that a Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas needs to effectively lead the Government. Each of the leaders of the major parties can be assessed on these qualities. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 representi...
Tourism’s essential role in development
One of the most common complaints about tourism is that it does not spread the wealth it creates into rural and urban communities. This is particularly so in larger Caribbean nations, where many thousands are engaged in agriculture, opportunity and e...
The race is on
“Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” – Franklin Pierce Adams Today is the last day for citizens of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to register to vote in the upcomin...
Tales from South Caicos
South Caicos is an admired and cherished island. It is often referred to as ‘the Fishing Capital’ of the Turks and Caicos Islands. And it is now growing into a formidable competitor in the hospitality industry. The island has produced many promin...
If my vote truly counted
What if you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that your vote could determine the outcome of the next election? How might this change the way you approach voting? I do not mean that your vote will count in some abstract, “every vote counts” way. I...
How might the Caribbean respond to Brexit?
On March 29, after 40 years of membership, the British government formally gave notice that it will leave the European Union (EU) in 2019. In a carefully worded, conciliatory letter, the British Prime Minister, Teresa May, told the President of the ...
Where did the VAT money go?
“I have every right to know how my taxes are spent, how every single penny of it is spent. I have the right to know that.” – Jesse Ventura   For the greater part of the last century, The Bahamas was referred to as a tax haven. That is be...
Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset
According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St. Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final co...
Vision politics
Many political leaders think that the use of the term vision suggests a path well deliberated, and once achievement measures are attached, all will be well. There is no real thought as to whether vision clarity is achieved, or the possible hidden zig...
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