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Improving client service in the public service
Some years ago a woman in her 80s who was at the Passport Office to get a 10-year passport, exclaimed, “Thank God!” When asked if everything was OK, she replied: “This is the last passport I will ever need to get.” It was not the seemingly i...
 
 
Making Minnis the primary target a flawed political strategy
Dr. Hubert Minnis, leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), is not a compelling politician. Compared to Hubert Ingraham, his predecessor, he is weak. This might explain why he distanced himself from Ingraham in the first place; he wanted to erase ...
 
 
Trade options and the Commonwealth
Before the end of this month, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, will invoke article 50 of the European Treaty, starting a process that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union (EU) in 2019. This is because, irrespective of the informal ...
 
 
Civility and the coming campaign
“Civility is not about dousing strongly held views. It's about making sure that people are willing to respect other perspectives.” – Jim Leach   The next general elections in The Bahamas will likely be held sometime in May, less than two...
 
 
Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution
Thirty-eight years after the Grenada Revolution, what are the lessons learnt? What are the lessons ignored? If I may borrow an analysis from a comrade and a former captain of the People's Revolutionary Army, we – as a people – must go past the s...
 
 
A family, like a nation, is a continuous creation
Ernest Renan in his treatise on how to build a good nation could as well preface his essay: how to build a good family. Indeed, Renan implied a nation is like a family where the members are linked by blood and by consent as in the case of the in-laws...
 
 
The dangerous consequences of a growing gambling culture
The drug era of the 1970s and 80s had a devastating effect on our social culture, effects which are still being felt decades later. Similarly, the rise of a gambling and casino culture fueled by a few business houses will adversely and negatively aff...
 
 
We need policy, not pandering
“Your Free National Movement government will engage and execute a real sale of Baha Mar to a qualified and respectable purchaser who believes in Bahamians; a purchaser who will utilize only Bahamian labor to complete the resort, and will put Bahami...
 
 
Responding to the coming trade disorder
A few days ago, an astute observer of the U.S. political scene told me: “Watch what the new administration and Congress does, not what the president tweets. That is the secret of understanding future U.S. policy.” If this is correct, the Caribbe...
 
 
‘All Things Considered’
Nearly 10 years ago, I began to write a column in The Nassau Guardian almost by accident. Inspired by events going on all around us, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on The Bahamas and the direction it was going in letters to the editors of the ...
 
 
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