While some lies by politicians are almost too stupid to be worth responding to, what the country needs to understand about the consistent lies government Ministers are telling on the number of jobs they’ve created, is that those lies discredit the work of the Department of Statistics.
Author Archives: Sharon Turner
The media’s job is to be the watchdogs for a society and hold to the fire, the feet of all public officials. The media is supposed to report information accurately, truthfully, factually, contextually, knowledgeably, ethically, with balance, without bias or agenda and without favor or fear – no matter who the information is about.
A staggering $48.9 million extra has been budgeted this year for new contract workers. Almost every Ministry and Department has hundreds of thousands to multiplied-millions in increases for these new contracts.
In every annual Budget, each Ministry or Department has a main head salary and staff document page that lists the individual salaries of the Ministers, Senior Public officials and all employee groupings, as well as any changes in those salaries and number of persons employed.
Over one year ago last February, I publicly raised the matter of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) back when I previously wrote a weekly national newspaper column.
I always stress how critical it is not to allow any government to either prick your emotions or use the distress of social ills to get you to support them doing things they have no legal right to do.
Where politics has so poisoned the minds and souls of so many Bahamians, we don’t see right and wrong as right and wrong – we only see something as right or wrong depending on who it is done to or who is involved.
My people never cease to amaze me. There is not one single salient thing said on VAT by the two visiting consultants from New Zealand that has not firstly already been said to our government by the IMF, or that has not already repeatedly been said to the government by Bahamians, yet the government and the Bahamian media are behaving as though salient points stated by these gentlemen, with all due respect to them, are brand new or independently consequential.
The reason many Bahamians don’t strive to excel is that our culture systemically praises and rewards mediocrity and ignorance.