The misrepresentation of the lottery “report” undermines any hope that this government would provide transparency to its intentions.
I have several questions for the government of the day regarding the proposed gambling referendum.
After promising the Bahamian public that he would release the report from UK gambling consultants after he reviewed it, Prime Minister Christie now admits there is no formal report, just a few pages of advice.
If the referendum fails, the PLP will be in a difficult position… with the task of doing something no administration has been able to do – that is, close the numbers houses.
As the campaigns for and against web shop gambling gather momentum leading up to the December 3 referendum on the issue, already two groups have laid out reasons why Bahamians should either vote for or against the legalization of gaming.
Prime Minister Perry Christie finally confirmed what many informed, discerning Bahamians already knew from day one – there is no actual UK consultant report on gambling in The Bahamas.
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.
The proposed gambling question must be published as soon as possible, but the question must be logical. It will be difficult to legalize web shops without legalizing gambling in general for Bahamians.
Mr Christie is supposed to be the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, when in reality he appears to be nothing but a lackey for a mafia-like group of illegal numbers kingpins.