are they referendumb/ or are they uninformed? or have they been misinformed?
so are you suggesting their are more zealots in the Bahamas?
so what is the demographics of the zealots...white/black/educated/poor?
did anyone hear George Smith's comment on Cable12 earlier in the broadcast where he suggested that Hubert Minnis' comments to Vote NO, mobilized the more sophisticated Bahamian (i.e. the more affluent Bahamian) to change their minds and vote (presumably NO)
Here is the government's challenge: the government has more standing to prosecute the Bahamians who gambling in web shops under the Gaming and Lotteries Act. The web shops themselves as licensed businesses are not going to be as easy to just shut down. I think the web shops will voluntarily close as they have indicated. At least, the government should encourage them to do so. It's the cleanest way.
why would you have to vote against something you support, you could have voted for what you support, why abstain?
but its a non-binding exercise...
Thank you George Smith for making the point. Sir Roland Symonette was a bootlegger. He was a run runner. He was an illegal crime boss. He was legitimized, because the government chose to bring into the open legitimately something that had been happening for forever. What is wrong with doing the same for the black man?
the man was engaged in illegal activity, Noelle raises a valid point also... is this a matter of economic oppression of the black man in the bahamas?
I have no respect for a law that makes no sense, just as I have no respect for an unjust law. The law that has criminalised the local gambling industry in my books is an illegitimate law in my view. So I could care less about the legality question.
The numbers business bank rolled majority rule. Why was their money good enough then but not now?
we need to stop comparing black people to crabs!
no its a matter of international politics and finance, a history of oppression and the perpetuation of this oppression from colonization to the post colonial plantation tourism model that we are forced to live under, where the Bahamian is nothing more than labour to serve or entertain the foreigner...
I am officially calling this #referendumb242. Call me crazy, but it's gonna be NO, by a landslide. 2morrow is gonna be an interesting day.
@erinlvgreene: You know who is laughing all the way to the bank. The white boys who are running the Atlantis casinos.
are they really taxed by the black government? and what is a black government? you think this parliamentary democracy is black government?
what percentage of taxes owed by casinos is collected every year?
yes, and i am responding to your comment, i think my question is valid... i also critiqued the other poster ...
Bahamalive...Atlantis was supporting this referendum. that's why Ed Fields was leading the charge. Atlantis needed the yes vote to expand their casino operations to the internet.
is it? isn't this also a discussion about the equitable distribution of wealth, the legitimization of activities in the country? class, race, and economics are intrinsically linked....
It is insulting and a farce to have this debate as black and white...
in fact Atlantis paid for and sponsored the consultants that came from South Africa.
@CecilNewry: I beg to differ. I am willing to bet my bottom dollar that the casino operators, who have led the charge in crafting the new gambling legislation they are pushing, will be able to get internet gambling passed for themselves. Remember, the constitution allows the government to discriminate in their favour.
This election has no bearing on them. The reason I say they are laughing, is because at the end of the day, they will be able to get what they want, but they won't have the competition from the black boys.
And which black government owns the casinos?
but the debate requires us to discuss issues of race class and economics, how can we not talk about black and white? about religion and morality? the question is in what context do we discuss these issues?
where should religion be located in the discussion? where should race be located in the discussion?
Nothing we do is void of race and class politics. I am sorry. It is relevant. Race and class has a persistent and pervasive impact on our society, whether subtly or overtly.
It is race and class politics why we accept the Bay Street Boys as legitimate businessmen and not gangstas and the web shop bosses as illegal crime bosses.
i'm more disturbed by the fact that it seems that both campaigns are having entirely different conversations, and the government is on an entirely different page, im afraid that we didn't see the plantation through the palm trees with this one... this exercise is more about complying with international obligations to do with intellectual property and the technology of gambling, and less to do with whether god has given us permission to gamble.... and im shocked that the Vote NO campaign didn't foresee the possible consequence of gambling remaining unregulated in the country...
@Noelle, another constitutional referendum coming up, and the casino gaming availability will be available. if we only had one referendum on gambling, the conclusion may have been different.