Editor’s Note: You’ll notice there is only one candidate response here. However, there are three candidates for Central / South Abaco. Questionnaires were confirmed delivered to all six candidates (North and South) the last week of January as well as weekly follow-ups. As of this printing we received only four …
James Albury was ratified as the Free National Movement (FNM) candidate for Central and South Abaco on December 21, 2016 at a FNM Central Council Meeting in Nassau. Mr. Albury was ratified alongside FNM candidate for Long Island, Adrian Gibson.
Errington “Bumpy” Watkins, a former police officer who was elected to the House of Assembly and led early, unsuccessful efforts by Abaconians to secede from The Bahamas ahead of Independence, passed away on December 26 at age 90.
Speculation and rumors abound after the historic, seismic event lead by Loretta Butler-Turner in the House of Assembly last week, defrocking Dr. Hubert Minnis as Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition, and many questions in the aftermath.
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) ratified their candidate for the constituency of North Abaco on October 31, announcing Claire Basden as their representative for the seat.
Earlier this month the Prime Minister opened up and expressed his hurt and pain caused by the nasty, vile song that was written about him and his family. I join with him and all right thinking Bahamians in condemning the song and gutter politics.
I write this a couple hours before the United States’ Presidential Debate. Many of my American friends have asked me, often in a fashion of disbelief, “How do our politics this year look to an outsider?” I laugh and say it’s like theater. A bad performance.
It is easy to get caught up in the big-time politics of our country. To weigh the failures or praise the wins, to condemn the arrogant missteps or embrace the benefit of the doubt, to be swept up in your party’s rhetoric or prognosticate the future (grim or rose-coloured). There is certainly both time and place to contend with big politics – there has certainly been enough ink spilled in this column detailing those issues.
Our country is sick. So we are being administered this NHI scheme. It is expensive. It is vague. And what’s worse: it was designed behind closed doors in secret.
We are a country discovered by the Spanish, reformed by the British, paid by the Americans and courting the Chinese. We are a necklace of 700 jewels that other nations have either taken from us or we have sold off willingly. And we never seemed to learn that they actually belong to us.