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by Larry Smith Disagreement in politics is par for the course. It is nothing unusual. Political parties incorporate individuals with differing views on a variety of issues, who join a broad coalition to pursue their common interests. Labelling such disagreement... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bahama Pundit
by Simon During debate in the House of Assembly on the upcoming referendum, in yet another display of astonishingly mangled syntax, pronunciation and thinking, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis spoke of “a quagmire of web”. As is generally the case,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
At a commercial bank a woman in her 20s pulls into a parking space clearly reserved for the disabled. When told it was a handicapped spot she breezily responded, “I know,” sauntering into the bank, leaving two toddlers in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith "Under the present constitution, the way in which Bahamian citizenship is conferred on the spouses and children of Bahamian women is, to say the least, irregular.” — COB lecturer Nicolette Bethel in 2002 Bahamians in and out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith It’s been 42 years since the Watergate break-in that eventually forced US President Richard Nixon from office, after an investigation that has been described as one of the greatest achievements of modern journalism. That “third-rate burglary” in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon With the seeming impending legalization of the illicit numbers trade and the PLP’s stamp of approval on a private lottery system favouring the superrich over the poor, the country is rushing toward a slippery slope with a potential... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith I had hoped to avoid talking about Bahamas Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller again, but last week he went on the public airwaves (as they say) to spout so much nonsense I was unable to resist. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon The very essence of the PLP’s deep-seated and arrogant sense of entitlement may be seen in Lady Pindling’s dismissive and contemptible attitude toward paying property taxes. She has received large sums of money from the state in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith My Country, Right or Wrong... I subscribe to the view that true sovereignty begins with independent and critical thought -- Prof. Norman Girvan (1941-2014) Eileen Carron’s recent editorial on Fred Mitchell’s use of the jingoistic slogan “my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon DNA Leader Branville McCartney’s central political equation is that he’s not A or B, but C, with A or B representing the leaders of the PLP and FNM, respectively, Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham and now Christie and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you do and I’ll tell you what you believe. This adage captures Prime Minister Perry Christie and his government’s ever growing disdain for democratic norms even as they profess... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith One hundred years ago last Saturday, the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist struggling for independence. Germany, then the new rising power of Europe, supported its neighbour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
By Richard Coulson The wind of reparations has been blowing throughout the Caribbean for several years and will soon begin to flutter feathers here in The Bahamas. On March 24, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell announced Cabinet appointment of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” — Leona Helmsley Leona Helmsley was the billionaire owner of the Empire State building and other lucrative real estate in New York City. But she is best... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Freedom of Information took centre stage for a brief moment last week when a coalition of ginger groups demonstrated in Parliament Square. The demo was organised by Save the Bays, an environmental lobby whose leaders include Freeport... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith NORMANDY, France - As we eased along the peaceful wooded lanes in Alan Wilson’s powerful green Bentley, it was hard to believe that one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War lay just around the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Narcissism – “Excessive self-admiration”; “overestimation of [one’s] abilities and an excessive need for admiration.” Megalomania – “An excessive enjoyment in having power over other people and a craving for more of it.” “Delusions of great power and importance.”... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Following questions raised by FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner on the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) National Security Minister Dr. B. J. Nottage personalized the issue, angrily suggesting that the queries constitute an attack on his character. Mrs.... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith TREASURE CAY, Abaco — During a visit to the site of Abaco’s first loyalist settlement last week, Antiquities Corporation chief Dr Keith Tinker and senior archaeologist Dr Michael Pateman retrieved cultural remains for analysis and talked about... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon By royal mandate the House of Assembly was established in the Bahama Islands in 1729 during the governorship of Woodes Rogers. The institution was intended for white men of means. Slaves, their descendants and women did not legally... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith It’s difficult for a layman like me to figure out how this struggling $8 billion economy can withstand all that is coming down the pike - without a substantive improvement in governance and political collaboration, which doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The king of beasts may soon be dethroned, scientists say. Trophy-hunting tourists are one of the causes - and three concerned Bahamian residents recently travelled to South Africa to take part in an international demonstration against the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon For many poorer Bahamians, incomes and prospects continue to worsen. The Bahamian middle class is under enormous pressure and threat. The fallout from the Great Recession continues with a new normal of largely stagnant wages and significantly less... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, I cannot avoid commenting on the latest piece of religious nonsense, in which a convicted sex offender has formed a church with some 200 enthusiastic congregants endorsed by a bevy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith It's a sign of the times that strawberries now grow in Greenland, on the Arctic Circle. Until a few years ago farming was difficult to impossible in this ice-covered landscape because the temperatures did not stay warm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit