In the words of Robbie Burns. “The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but building the new.”- Socrates.
According to The Tribune of May 19, 2020, a group calling itself the Organisation for Responsible Government (ORG) apparently sees it as quite responsible that a country that runs itself on revenues representing a mere 18 percent of Gross Domestic Product (among the lowest on the planet) and that derives the bulk (more than 70 percent) of these revenues from taxes that disproportionately impact the poor while exempting wealthier residents from worldwide norms of taxation on income, capital gains and property, should respond to the resulting fiscal imbalance by further downsizing the public sector.
The question which is baffling every Bahamian and resident in our wonderful nation is: ‘What is next?’ Obviously, no one in his/her right mind has a clue as to the thinking process of the Prime Minister much less that of the individual cabinet ministers and parliamentarians. The coronavirus has decimated the economy and the societal and mental dislocation caused by the effects of the same will wreak even more misery and pain on the average Bahamian.
Businesses are closing, jobs are disappearing, and the global economy is shrinking. The coronavirus has had a negative effect on so many lives and so many wallets. Many of us have questions we need answered:
Regardless of the COVID-19 related quagmire that led to his resignation, the former Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands deserves our appreciation for his historic, frank and passionate plea to make the nation’s wellness a serious and singularly important goal.
The late E. Dawson Roberts would frequently quote the unattributed maxim that “Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom”.
A few months ago, while appearing live, large and in charge at a political event at the Edmund Moxey Park off Blue Hill Road, the PM announced that “the campaign” was on. I am certain that he, not being a known prophet, had absolutely no idea how correct he would have been. Had he known better he would have talked about other issues and matters of concern. Indeed it has often been said: “Be careful what you ask or wish for”.
THE countdown to reopening has begun.
On Friday, April 24, The Tribune reported that paperboy Michael died after a car accident. According to the newspaper article, Michael was going to the Guardian to get papers. As he was walking he had a seizure. A car ended up rolling over him. He was hospitalised for one month before he died.
Government should be wary of the voices out there that are using the Covid-19 pandemic to promote their own agendas by advocating fiscal austerity as a response to the crisis.
As is commonly known, the public health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most of our economy being shut down.
It is amazing that on Saturday past and just yesterday (Tuesday, 12th instant) there were island-wide power outages for hours on end without a coherent explanation from Bahamas Power & Light.
If I may give an address to the graduating students of 2020.
For those of us who watch TV on WIFI, that familiar circling on screen as the image and sound lags behind due to inadequate bandwidth, it’s enough to drive you crazy. Of course as the peak use hours surge and retreat, you know that a few more users have connected to the network.