I always find it most amusing when politicians of the same political persuasion criticise their own and then those touched…
Scared to legalize web shop gambling on his own, disappointed by the failed referendum, under pressure from pastors, yet compelled to satisfy his financial backers, Perry Christie has decided to appoint another worthless committee to decide for him.
A Year after the referendum, every number shop is still in business. In fact, more have been opened since the election. So in essence the government is either powerless to shut them down or simply corrupt.
Obie Wilchcombe, Minister responsible for gaming, is apparently trying to convince church leaders to ignore the Bahamian people’s rejection of web shop gaming, presumably so the PLP can live up to the promises made to the gangsters before the last election.
The legalization of the numbers business is not a constitutional question. Legalization simply required action by parliament. Instead the government sought cover through a referendum process that proved costly and inept.
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation does not support the taxation of web shops as an alternative form of raising revenue, CEO Edison Sumner said Monday.
If Mr Christie is looking for a scapegoat, he need look no further than his Attorney General’s office, who could not get the correct wording on the ballot. The ballot paper asked if one wanted to regulate gambling. But you cannot “regulate” an illegal act.
In all of this running on by some in government about “fairness for Bahamians in gaming”, the country must not forget that this government planned to deal very dirty with the numbers business if the Bahamian people had voted “yes” in January’s shambolic Gaming Poll.
A prominent businessman argues that it is wrong that the government will not tax the numbers industry, yet seeks to impose valued added tax (VAT) on the rest of the business community.