It is often a cliché to speak of a crisis of leadership in the political arena, a claim made by ancients and moderns alike.
And yet, at the start of 2013 and approaching the fortieth anniversary of independence, we are beset by arguably the weakest and most incapable leadership at the helm of the major political parties since 1973.
This is not an argument for a third party, especially as none of the current groupings offer much by way of leadership.
Hands down, the governing Progressive Liberal Party is now led by the most lacklustre and unimpressive prime minister in an independent Bahamas. At the end of last year, Perry Christie was again entertaining audiences with his signature Junkanoo shuffle.
The Christie shuffle is characterized by a frenzy of activity of limited duration, a fit of ersatz passion and performance art, and gyrating in place, giving the appearance of motion. It is a fitting metaphor of his prime ministership since his return to office last May: Plenty activity but little forward motion.
At least Christie is able to project the illusion of leadership, much as the Wizard of Oz projected the illusion of omnipotence, at least for a spell.
For his part, Dr. Hubert Minnis is unable to disguise that he holds the joint distinction as the most unimpressive Leader of the Opposition and as the least capable Leader of the Free National Movement.