In just a few hours Bahamians will be going to the polls to express their opinion on whether web-shops should be legalized in The Bahamas.
I have heard many good arguments for and against this referendum. But despite what happens in this referendum there is one thing that I feel very strongly about. Our Government, PM.. Christie and His administration, have done a piss poor job of leadership.
I don’t know if I can express how strongly I feel on this point. Through a total lack of leadership they have allowed this debate to spiral into chaos and have further divided this nation.
I reject this notion that by bringing this referendum, PM Christie has somehow shown a great act of democracy, more like a great act of cowardice.
The “No Horse in The Race” position was an insult to the intelligence of right thinking Bahamians everywhere. Especially when every action taken by the government indicated that a yes vote was preferable, even to the extent of threatening increased taxes if a no vote won. When everyone knows that taxes will have to be reformed (and probably increased) regardless.
Would I have preferred that the government simply passed the law and be done with it? No. That was the way of the former PM and I don’t support that kind of governance either.
What I would’ve liked to see the government done is take a clear position supported by proper research and examination of all facts. Bring forth legislation that lays out the government’s plans to regulate the industry and answers all questions. Then go to the people in a referendum and say;
- Here are the facts,
- The advantages and disadvantages
- This is our position and why we took it.
- This is the legislation that will govern the industry
Their position may not have been popular and the churches probably would still be protesting, but it would’ve been the right way to go about this in my opinion.
Instead we’ve been given almost nothing, figures that change daily according to who you’re speaking to at the time, contradiction after contradiction, promises and more promises.
Many have questioned the motivations behind this referendum and the way the government has conducted it gives some credence to those claims.
I’m voting against slackness and corruption, for decency, the rule of law and good governance.
— Straight Talk Bahamas —