When Parliamentarians are not wasting their time making fun of each other and squabbling over matters of pride, they are making empty promises. Crime remains a huge problem but we’ve heard the same strategies and procedures for the past five years and, in fact, the five years before that. Whoever is in charge seems to think if they simply speak something it will get done, magically, without any follow up. At least this is what I assume from watching our leaders address the same problems year after year with apparent obliviousness to the fact that they said the exact same thing eighteen months prior.
So, if your government tackles the problems of the country with all talk and no action then you change the conversation with your vote.
The new flats fishing regulations, pushed through without heeding the input of those it affects, is disastrous for Bahamian bonefish guides. Long time visitors have already begun cancelling their trips, instead opting for other, more accommodating locations. The fish aren’t even safer under these laws. Everyone loses.
So, if your government only listens to cronies and yes-men at the expense of the community-at-large, then you tell them “No” with your vote.
If your government can’t open a desperately needed clinic in five long years then you cure it with your vote.
If your government is selling your birthright out from under you, then take it back with your vote.
If your government can’t ensure that power and water stay on (because no money can be reallocated from hosting Carnival) then you to flush them down with your vote.
Or perhaps you have another understanding of where this country is going and want to reward your government with your vote. That is your right as well and just as valid in our democracy.
But you have no power if you do not vote and to do that you must register before it is too late.