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Air Safety? People Can’T Afford To Ride The Bus

GOLDEN Isles MP Vaughn Miller.

GOLDEN Isles MP Vaughn Miller.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

GOLDEN Isles MP Vaughn Miller attacked the Minnis administration’s legislative agenda yesterday evening, saying in the House of Assembly that many of the bills the administration has passed have no relevance to the major issues facing the country.

He bemoaned the misery index and lack of financial opportunities for Bahamians during debate on the Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority and Regulations Bill.

He said the executive and Parliament appear to be “intellectually challenged and uninspired and unwilling or unable to legislate on all fronts, all at the same time.”

“My perspective as regards to this (bill), which the executive is eager to have passed before the end of the year, is to see it in the context of the total social, economic and political plight of the voters of Golden Isles,” the Free National Movement MP said. “Immediately, I am painfully aware of the economic plight of thousands of Bahamians including hundreds in Golden Isles who, because of ever-increasing taxes and inflationary practices, cannot afford to buy an airplane ticket to fly anywhere.

“These economic times are so rough that many voters are hard-pressed to find bus money to get to and from work, let alone buy an airplane ticket.

“This bill, while being necessary of course, has no pressing urgency for hundreds of thousands of Bahamians, simply because it is being considered at a very bad economic time. This bill has no impact on the price of cheese, or chicken, or bread, or fish. It does not solve one single pressing economic problem facing Bahamians. So it is impossible for me to have a sensible talk with my constituents about aircraft accident investigation authority, in a vacuum, leaving out the necessary legislative agenda of policies and measures to empower people economically to be able to buy a plane ticket in the first place.”

Noting wealthy people don’t feel the subtle increases in prices for daily necessities, Mr Miller criticised the Central Bank’s plan to eliminate the one-cent coin by the end of 2020, saying he believes this will cause massive inflation that will affect the poorest people the most.

The increase in value added tax to 12 percent, which he voted against, has already caused an increase in depression, he said, adding that “our bad idea to force an additional tax on electricity” will do the same.

Mr Miller said Bahamians feel elected officials have been unproductive over the last two years, noting Parliament only meets regularly for short periods “between long recesses.”

“Many voters find it offensive and unacceptable that in a modern Bahamas that has real and pressing issues, economic and political pressures to content with, we the legislators seem to be insensitive and unproductive in this place,” he said. “This bill, though very important, is out of step with the majority of the Bahamian people, who are on a forced march to poverty.

“At a time like this, when the economy has been shattered by Hurricane Dorian, many voters believe that we should have been bogged down from 9 o’clock in the morning until the late hours of the night, with draft legislation proposals and projects and serious debate as to how we are going to raise employment, (bring) down inflation, fight crime, maintain public infrastructure and order, all at the same time helping to decrease the misery index. This House should be a hive of activity, passing laws, continuously. Instead, we could be accused of being a glorified club house for the indolent and insensitive privileged class.”

Comments

Sickened 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I suddenly like this guy - A LOT!

I'm not sure what the time limit is for each member to participate but it needs to be shortened so that they skip the trivial talk and get to the matters at hand. Listening to the contributions of so many MP's is infuriating for the first and last few minutes. Most of their time is spent complaining about this and that person and what was done 5 and 10 and 15 years ago and who died and how nice a family is. Can't they just contribute to the pros and cons of the bill and sit down and shut up?

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Economist 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The passage of this bill is designed to increase employment and revenue of The Bahamas. The revenue is used to the social issues. No revenue and no employment means no solution to poverty, just more misery.

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Sickened 2 months, 2 weeks ago

No amount of money can help our social issues; they run fast and deep.

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geostorm 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Agreed @sickened. We have some really deep issues in this country. Decades of problems that will not be resolved in 1 term.

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Hoda 2 months, 2 weeks ago

But, his contribution had nothing to do with the bill. If he doesnt understand it is a revenue stream for the govt and a part of keeping up with international standards, that is problematic.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 2 weeks ago

His contribution had everything to do with the pattern of bills before the house.

he said "this bill is necessary". BUT we need to be walking and chewing gun, passing other legislation where people can feel immediate impact. I'm assured that no matter what income is generated from this bill it will all flow upwards against gravity. Pass something that helps people from the ground up. That's his point.

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sheeprunner12 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The Government's Agenda is based on its 2017 Manifesto Goals for the Five Year Term (and beyond).

Exigencies occur, like the hurricane, but the broader Agenda must be carried out ........ You cannot govern with/by emotion ......... but with vision, planning, strategy, and execution.

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TalRussell 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, no. Doubtful some politically high octane comrade getting paid $150,00,0 plus stipends every 365 days goin be caught riding aboard one them PopoulacesOrdinary's Jitneys? .....

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 2 weeks ago

"we could be accused of being a glorified club house for the indolent and insensitive privileged class."

nothing else to add ..

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