With the seeming impending legalization of the illicit numbers trade and the PLP’s stamp of approval on a private lottery system favouring the superrich over the poor, the country is rushing toward a slippery slope with a potential fury of destructive gambling forces set to be unleashed on generations of Bahamians.
Akin to the pernicious effects of, and the complicity of the Pindling administration with the illicit drugs trade of the late 1970s and 1980s, the country may witness another mega spiral of social decay, illegality and criminality.
Just as many in the PLP traded their institutional soul to the drug barons of the last century, many in the party seem content to sell the Bahamian soul to certain numbers men at the beginning of this century.
What is still shocking but no longer surprising is the open and bold fraternizing of senior PLPs with certain web shop owners and the statements by cabinet ministers seeking to bless such owners as if their nefarious trade is legitimate. It is not. They are engaged in known criminal enterprise.