•Simon is a young Bahamian with things on his mind who wishes to remain anonymous. His column 'Front Porch' is published every Tuesday in the Nassau Guardian. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite his talk, talk and more talk, Perry Christie is not a reformer, an innovator nor a paradigm shifter as he endlessly brags. Just the opposite: he continues to preside over and protect hidebound and entrenched interests within the PLP.When Sir Lynden handed over leadership of the PLP to Mr. Christie following its crushing 1997 electoral defeat, he further bequeathed to the party’s only third leader in over half a century, a political culture characterized by a sense of entitlement.
An entitlement that the PLP should govern in perpetuity and a bizarre notion that it is traitorous for the Leader of the PLP to be challenged from within his own party. It is precisely this entitlement mentality that Prime Minister Ingraham was mocking in the House of Assembly, when he advised Mr. Christie to crush his opponents, utilizing all the tools at his disposal to so do.