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The man in charge of BEC owed BEC nearly a quarter million dollars. The same man, weeks before his sum was revealed, was quick to blame BEC’s troubles on two things: Bahamians not paying their bills and BEC workers for giving breaks to friends.

From the Editor’s Desk: Surcharges

The man in charge of BEC owed BEC nearly a quarter million dollars. The same man, weeks before his sum was revealed, was quick to blame BEC’s troubles on two things: Bahamians not paying their bills and BEC workers for giving breaks to friends.

Those two things may be true. What IS true is he owed BEC a quarter million dollars.

Fellow Abaconians, your fuel surcharges (you know the ones that are often double your actual usage charge?) they go to subsidize men like BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller. Men and women who are entrenched in the political system and feel protected because they have never faced consequences. People who try to shame you and me for calling them on their own hypocrisy.

Meanwhile we can’t go a week without the power dipping, surging or cutting off.

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation has enough stacked against it. The logistics of operating a power plant on every major island is overwhelming – countries with nearly ten times our population, like Jamaica, only have to operate a small handful of power plants. Decades of politicized appointments and cronyism rarely shuffle the deck in a beneficial manner. Natural disasters and copper thieves destroy the physical infrastructure of the electrical grids. The Union seems to enjoy stunts more than progress. And our country’s ability to borrow, and benefit from resulting discounts in bulk purchases of fuel, has been diminished through successive governments’ botched financial dealings.

So why should BEC be made to suffer executives who are equal parts arrogant and incompetent?

Mr. Miller, of course, paid his bill once he was caught. But not before lashing out and playing the “It’s political” card.

That is classic. When you single out someone in the government for hypocrisy or poor performance their response and defense is usually: “The other guys are doing it too! Why are you picking on us?”

Because, you are the government. When you conduct the business of our country you are not the PLP. And when the FNM is in power they are not the FNM. Leave politics to the pundits and campaign speeches. When you’re in, you are in for all of us.

Start acting like you belong there. At the very least start acting like you’ve been there before.

Instead they act like they will be there again…regardless of what they do or how much they fail the people.

What Do You Think?

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About Bradley Albury

Bradley Albury
Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

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