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by Larry Smith The unravelling of Dr Arthur Porter’s life didn’t begin in the Bahamas. But it could be said to have ended here - more or less. Porter is a leading cancer specialist. He became an international lobbyist, and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “We don’t make choices in politics - others make them for us.” — Earl Deveaux With less than eight months to go before the next British general election, the opposition Labour Party appears to be having buyer’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon The level of ignorance about our constitution is widespread and disturbing. The ignorance is particularly alarming on the part of those who pretend to know about such matters, including certain pastors who repeatedly demonstrate a stunning ignorance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith My reading list recently has included two personal memoirs by individuals connected to the Bahamas. Hermione Llewellyn was born to a wealthy Welsh family, which her father bankrupted by gambling when she was only 13. Leaving home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Oddly, last week the head of government bared his soul in front of the press. It is important to note that in our system the prime minister is not the nation’s chief executive. In our parliamentary democracy the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The gambling debate in the Bahamas has always been surreal - part of a weird fantasy world that is difficult to navigate with logic. And the weirdness continued in Parliament this week. There are two zones to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon In a wild-eyed jeremiad cum response to an event for gays and lesbians set for Grand Bahama last weekend, Dr. Myles Munroe delivered his latest panic attack assailing gays and lesbians. It was an overreaction steeped in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith "The Rev Nev and family flew out on Friday to the Uk having been recalled by the Methodist Missionary Society at the request of the Synod here. It was all a most unsavoury controversy triggered by Sean... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Perryland: A wonderful world of fantasy and make-believe, brimming with gold pots at the ends of rainbows, where we all live happily ever after. We are living in a tale of at least two countries, with starkly parallel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
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 Aug 26, 2014 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
by Simon 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... 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