Web shops have “openly admitted, on numerous occasions and platforms”, to being involved in illegal gambling.
Perry Christie has done serious damage to his brand and the PLP’s. Christie, the supposed man of the people, is seen by many Bahamians as an agent of special interests and the greed of a few.
This was not a victory for the prohibition campaigners. We had an opportunity to bring this game into public scrutiny and government regulation. Keeping it in the shadows allows it to run rampant.
The lesson of the gambling referendum is found in the following Aesop quote: Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Bahamians believe they have been both misled and ensnared by our Prime Minister. The question now is, what will we the people do about it?
Despite a ‘no’ vote by Bahamians, the court system has protected the web shops from having to close down, thus sparking criticism
“The Bahamian people today are incredibly confused, and quite frankly angry,” said East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest because some injunction has basically “negated the whole exercise” of voting.
By accumulating massive earnings over the years, the web shop operators have made a lot of money for themselves and should have tucked away some for employees who get laid off.
The relevant Government and law enforcement officials may not take any action to close down web shops or prosecute web shop operators and patrons pending the hearing of the matter by the Court.