Bahamas: Last Thoughts on Elections

Bahamians go the polls in the country's general election on Monday. With less than a week left before voting day, bloggers are posting their thoughts about their political choices.

Rick Lowe, writing at Weblog Bahamas, calls it “an interesting time in Bahamian politics” as he examines, point by point, the claims of a former Free National Movement (the incumbent) Cabinet Minister that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is “untrustworthy”:

Is this being untrustworthy or is it the way majority rule works? More than 51% of the FNM supported Mr. Ingraham and not us. But should we harbour resentment or lick our wounds and move on?

All this begs a question. Did Mr. Ingraham and his supporters feel they could not trust the Dupuch team? Looking back on all this, it seems quite plausible.

Circumstances and information change perspectives. I know my perspective has changed over the years and my epiphany was coming to the realisation that the larger government gets the worse off we become as citizens.

However, when we get knocked down we have to get up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. I licked my political wounds, so to speak, and prefer to spend my free time learning, thinking about and critiquing public policy and offering alternatives that might make our country a better place for those of us here today and future generations.

Meanwhile, Political Bahamas Blog reports that the new political party on the scene, the Democratic National Alliance, is calling for the resignation of the Leader of the Opposition, Progressive Liberal Party leader Perceval “Perry” Christie over alleged connections to the Bahamas Petroleum Company.

While Weblog Bahamas’ Edward Hutcheson wonders “what the nation would look like now if a different choice was made in 1984″, Bahama Republic sees it fit to give “a last prediction” about the upcoming elections:

The Bahamas will have the same government after the election as it does now. Nothing will change. That's right, I called it. But: This is not saying that I believe the FNM will win, that Hubert Ingraham will be Prime Minister again. This is saying that regardless of which party will send more MPs to the House, and regardless of whether the Prime Minister's name is going to be Hubert Ingraham, Perry Christie, or Branville McCartney, the policies put before us, and the style of governance will not significantly change.

Bahamas, you deserve better. But unless you demand better, you will only get same old, same old.

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