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by Larry Smith I think most of us would agree that the country could do with a strategic plan that looks beyond our five-year electoral cycles and pushes the public sector to deliver. As the Inter-American Development Bank notes, “without... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The complex controversy swirling around Peter Nygard is bewildering. And our government has deliberately contributed to the confusion. This fact sheet will help readers understand what is going on and what is at stake. Who is Peter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In February,the National Insurance Board's chief compliance officer declared a "zero tolerance” approach to those who did not pay their contributions. "That’s what we’re going after this year,” Stephen Thompson told the Tribune. "We’re asking them to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The Eternal Subordination of Women Doing business with a middle-class, 40-ish shop clerk last week I was questioned about the referendum. Actually, I am fed up with the referendum, so I pointed out that no date has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Have you noticed how Fred Mitchell appears to fancy himself as a secret service agent? A grim countenance framed by dark shades, he stands as close as possible to whatever VIP is available, ready to spring into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith A five-year management contract, worth at least $10 million, for the Bahamian state-owned electric utility was announced by the government in early February. The bankrupt Bahamas Electricity Corporation has been stripped of some $100 million in legacy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Simon We are fast approaching the next general election, likely in 2017. Bur we are facing much more. If an election is held in 2017, with the elected government completing a five-year term, the election after that will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Prime Minister Perry Christie says climate change “threatens the existence of the Bahamas as we know it”. So what does the recent Paris agreement to tackle climate issues mean for the Bahamas - and the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Larry Smith Did you know humans can levitate? It’s true. Monty Knowles did it in my office the other day - rising from his chair in a crossed-leg, feet-on-thighs, mid-air lotus position. Awestruck, and knowing he also had an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Last November, a regional conference in Guyana focused on abolishing the death penalty, which many Caribbean territories - including the Bahamas - want to keep on the books. Sponsored by the European Union, the conference went completely... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
We are drenched in a cesspool of official corruption, the stench permeating state and government. While many of our poor become poorer and much of the middle class is in financial crisis, a clique of mandarins and oligarchs and their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Prime Minister Perry Christie says climate change “threatens the existence of the Bahamas as we know it”. So what does the recent Paris agreement to tackle climate issues mean for the Bahamas - and the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Ever since Dr Marcus Bethel was named minister for energy and the environment in 2006, during the first Christie administration, we have been hearing about energy reform. Spurred by the Inter-American Development Bank, Dr Bethel launched the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Bahamas Eco-Forum
by Larry Smith Ever since Dr Marcus Bethel was named minister for energy and the environment in 2006, during the first Christie administration, we have been hearing about energy reform. Spurred by the Inter-American Development Bank, Dr Bethel launched the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez is stylizing himself as a defender of public virtue and ethics in politics. He has lacerated the political class for corruption and an unwillingness to tackle the issue. He advised... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith As the patriotic strains of the Marseillaise drifted over Paris following the recent terror attacks, social media around the world erupted with gushers of hate, anger, sorrow and solidarity. We were no exception. Many Bahamians superimposed the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Politics is a strange game in the Bahamas - full of “crazy per-sons”, as Holly laughs to Megan in the Coca Cola commercial that plays endlessly on television. You wouldn’t know it from Prime Minister Perry Christie’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith In 2005 I wrote a column about human rights abuses in the modern Bahamas. Among other cases, I gave a summary of what was perhaps the worst such abuse up to that time. It involved an unfortunate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Felicity Johnson On October 7, four days after the exit of Hurricane Joaquin, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) announced a $1million-plus donation to official relief efforts. Given the collective national shock at the devastating aftermath of Joaquin,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The response of the government and its emergency management agency to the recent smashing of the southern islands by Hurricane Joaquin has been astonishingly lacking in at least one important respect - the provision of public information.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith There is a simmering public anger these days about the evident impunity of the Bahamian political elite and their friends, families and lovers. You can sense it all around. It feels mushy on the ground. And you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Leandra Esfakis The Tribune published an interview with lawyer Wayne Munroe on September 23, on the Blackbeard’s Cay matter. Blackbeard's Cay is a small resort island off Cable Beach, which keeps eight captive dolphins as a tourist attraction. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Philip “Brave” Davis’s Suitability to be Prime Minister Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis recently declared that he is “ready for the job” of prime minister if a vacancy came about: “My plans are dependent on what the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith This weekend, social media land was in a tizzy - with many Bahamians aghast at a spoof produced like a promotional video. The film featured a syrupy narration illustrated by scenes showing some of the underside of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Felicity Johnson A telephone conversation with a friend a few weeks ago centred around her attendance at a funeral of the friend of her parents in Curacao. The late gentleman's daughter was a member of parliament there, and what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Bahama Pundit