The problems that face us in Nassau are not unusual. They are not strange. They are foreseeable because they have happened to all cities. Our so-called solutions, our continued errors, are equally unremarkable. They are all absolutely, tiresomely predictable, and all the more so because the people implementing them are part-time dilettantes, people who are better at tearing down opponents and fighting elections than solving problems on a collective basis.Read more "Oban, the Glass Window, and other cautionary tales – Part III"
Any government I support from here on in must, must have a vision for the development of the whole Bahamian archipelago. This vision needs to be broad-based and involve a devolution of power. In other words, any government I support from here on in must recognize that it must be the architect of a loss of its central power. Sounds paradoxical, but it has happened elsewhere in the world, where nations were governed by individuals of principle, courage or vision. It is a question of short-term sacrifice for long-term gain.Read more "Oban, the Glass Window, and other cautionary tales – Part II"
Or, why I really spoiled my ballot Time and rope There is a great Bahamian saying: time longer dan rope. A year has passed, a year and a month or so, since #OutDaBox242 began its much-excoriated campaign to raise the profile of voter registration and float the option of not having to choose the best […]Read more "Oban, the Glass Window, and other cautionary tales – Part I"
Fifty-one years and two months ago, on January 10, 1967, the Colony of the Bahama Islands held the election that concluded with what we have come to call “Majority Rule”. In 2014, January 10 was officially legislated as a public holiday. And four years after the creation of the Majority Rule Day public holiday, we […]Read more "Reflections on Majority Rule 2018 (better late than never)"
What strikes me about hurricanes in The Bahamas is the one glaring fact that we tend to obscure while we are praying to be spared or engaging in rescue and clean-up: that the modern Bahamas fares better in hurricanes than almost any other territory on the planet.Read more "Irma: a meditation on hurricanes and The Bahamas"
Late last night, my husband Philip came out of his study and said: “I don’t know how true this is, but they are reporting on Facebook that Larry Smith has died.” I have to confess. I didn’t check Facebook. I couldn’t. This was news for which I was totally unprepared, and for which I was […]Read more "Columnist Larry Smith dies age 67 | The Tribune"
Elections are over. The Bahamian people have voted, and the vote was historic. It’s not just that it was the cleanest sweep ever in the history of party politics in our nation. It’s not just that for the first time since 2002 that any governing party has been elected by a simple majority of the […]Read more "The day after the day after"