The ‘Say No to Gambling’ campaign easily won the straw poll vote held last week during Toastmasters Club 1600, ‘Gambling 101’ seminar.
“When you look at the prime minister’s comments that he has no horse in the race, everything he said points to him completely owning the race. Every horse in that race is his. He owns the racetrack.”
For the prime minister and junior minister of national security to suggest that if the public votes no, higher taxes and crime will result, would be laughable if not for the seriousness of the matter.
“In my view, the Government of The Bahamas has been most wanting, irresponsible and perhaps one can say blatantly deceptive with the Bahamian people. In essence, they have in my view caused our country to be viewed in the international arena as inept.”
Web shop chiefs are secretly planning to cut expenses by laying off hundreds of web shop workers and replacing them with automatic lottery machines, according to industry insiders.
Regardless of the outcome of the gambling poll, Bahamians are concerned about the Prime Minister’s ability to provide good governance and oversee the fair administration of law and order in our country.
The well-funded “Vote Yes” campaign argues that web shops account for almost 2% of jobs and gambling taxes could ease the budget deficit. The “no” movement is led by the islands’ churches.
By bringing in yet another group of foreign consultants to advise on the gambling laws and regulations, Prime Minister Perry Christie is demonstrating a lack of confidence in Bahamians.
FNM chairman Darron Cash yesterday said Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell’s attempt to “frighten” people into voting yes in the gaming ‘referendum’ was the most ridiculous pro-gambling claptrap from the government’s pro-gambling lobby wing.