On multiple grounds, Bahamians should roundly defeat the upcoming referendum question on legalizing web shops. First, there is a stunning and insulting lack of transparency.
Moreover, the PLP that cried foul over a lack of process during the last referendum has been breathtakingly hypocritical and cynical in terms of the lack of process in its rush to give certain numbers houses an early Christmas gift. This referendum involves both a perceived conflict of interest and a betrayal of the common good.
A part of the back-story of the PLP’s decision to hold a referendum solely on the question of legalizing the current criminal enterprise of selected web shops involves a bizarre statement recently made by Prime Minister Perry Christie.
When asked if his party accepted campaign donations from various illegal numbers houses for the recent general election, former prime minister and FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham said that while individual candidates may have, he did not accept such donations on behalf of the party.
By stunning contrast Christie said he didn’t know whether the PLP received donations from such illegal enterprises. Bahamians will have to judge whether they find credible Christie and his stated ignorance on this matter.