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Editorial

 
Minnis now has no excuses
Dear Editor, Dr. Hubert Minnis’ performance as party leader has been deeply flawed and the damage is possibly irreparable. Even those closest to him acknowledge this. Despite that unfortunate reality wise men in the senior ranks of the FNM decided...
 
 
Minnis cannot go back to business as usual
FNMs have spoken. At last Friday’s convention, an overwhelming number of the party’s delegates decided to keep Dr. Hubert Minnis as leader of the party, rather than replace him with his former deputy, Loretta Butler-Turner. Addressing the hundre...
 
 
Intellectually curious and creative
In a parliamentary democracy such as ours, the quality of the respective teams of candidates chosen by major political parties to contest general elections is crucial. From among these candidates new governments are formed, including a Cabinet with ...
 
 
Backing up words with action
The government has yet again reiterated its commitment to the passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bills and the realization of gender equality. The bills, which have remained in committee for more than two months, are expected to be amended afte...
 
 
Mature bipartisanship on display
The governing party is charged with leading the country. The opposition is charged with holding it to account. This does not mean, however, standing in opposition to all things suggested or done by the government. A good opposition is able to commen...
 
 
There should be fairness with tax collection
Value-added tax (VAT) is scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 percent. The purpose of VAT is not to grow the economy or to modernize the system of tax collection in The Bahamas. The tax has been created to increase the re...
 
 
International criticism on renewed immigration policy seems excessive
Amnesty International joined the critics of the renewed Bahamian immigration policy yesterday. The international human rights group said in a release that the government’s policy is “leading to human rights violations” in The Bahamas. “There...
 
 
Mitchell’s citizenship warning was unhelpful
Once a citizen, not necessarily always a citizen, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell has reminded us. Mitchell was responding to Florida State Representative Daphne Campbell, who called for tourists and businesses to boycott T...
 
 
The failure of the state and the illegal immigration issue
Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell held a news conference recently. He was responding to the comments of a man of Haitian ancestry that were aired on ZNS. The man made threats against Bahamians in an interview during a demolition ...
 
 
Paying lip service to competition
In the face of frequent dropped calls, lack of signal and other indicators of chronically poor service, it seems the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) will maintain its lucrative monopoly on cellular services for nearly a year-and-a-half longe...
 
 
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