George Smith is saying the Vote No people were irresponsible for not explaining the consequences of a no vote. I don't buy it. It was the government's responsibility to properly explain the consequences of a yes vote and a no vote. That is the crux of their failure.
stephen did you comment on the sign or report it to anyone, there was no sign at my polling station and the officers clearly explained that i could vote on both questions if i wanted...
@government did not explain because they were horseless.
after seeing the difference in total number of votes in both questions i can imagine that sign had a great impact on the result....
Stephen, George Smith hinting as to what is to come.
Duane Sands is making me dizzy with all of his spinning. George Smith is making me queasy with all of his squirming on Cable12. #referendumb242
I am very concerned about Bradley Roberts conceding on behalf of the government. Roberts represents the PLP and not the government. Roberts was out of bounds, yet again!
Results so far on Question 1: YES 14,522 - NO 21,415
Which is why PGC was trying to avoid expressing an opinion, no-one would ever believe him...
Clearly we need to educate ourselves on referendums, procedures, and proper governance. this referendum indicates the public was no moved to participate, or did not trust the explanations or understand the questions. we need to do better!
@Denez, constitutional referendum suppose to be binding...but in truth legislation is done in parliament. it is debated and passed there. so technically not.
My final two cents are on the implications of the No Vote: The web shops will live on in cyber space, but the Bahamian people will lose the opportunity for tax revenue and jobs. Why? Because the web shops will be able to continue their online operations and keep their money in their bank accounts outside of the Bahamas. They have no incentive now to move their businesses to be domiciled at home. If they are not licensed in the Bahamas then the Bahamas has no claim to tax their revenues. They will either voluntarily close their physical locations or be forced to close their physical locations, which only means job loses. But the Bahamian conscience will be clear for we have rooted out immortality, right?
@Noelle, only the government can push tax revenue...since they had no position, they did not ask the populace to consider such.
Good thing about referendums, they can come back again. and this referendum was non binding. if the government needs the money from the web shop, only they can decide to get it, not the people.