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Bahamas Issues: Purpose of the Senate

Posted by in Mar 08, 2006, under Uncategorized

Purpose of the Senate?

The other day, I was lucky enough to be able to watch the proceedings of the House of Senate, the upper chamber of the Bahamas government on the parliamentary channel.

Being limited in my knowledge on what exactly takes place in the Senate, I watched with eagerness and delight. I am aware that both houses, the upper and the lower houses, usual conduct debates. Nevertheless, I assumed that the Senate main purspose was to debate whether or not a particular law will be passed which the Bahamian public will have to follow as a result.

But lo and behold, the debate was on whether it was appropriate for Mr. Ingraham to have returned as the leader of FNM. (Forget the fact, that he has been the leader of the FNM for several months now, and that the Bahamian populace have accept this fact, for there is not much anyone can do to change this). My God! The same folly that happens in the lower house is duplicated with the upper house. Absolutely no one is earning their keep! Exactly what are we paying these so called honorable men and women for, is it just to talk? They all seem to be just grand standing, speaking just to hear themselves, saying absolutely nothing.

When will they conduct the people’s business instead of playing with our intelligence. Stating and restating the unnecessary.

 
 
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8 Responses

  • Sonni

    DIDO, DIDO, DIDO!
    WHEN YOU THINK DEY GA LEN O GIVE SOME OF THAT PRECIOUS LIGHT AND AIRCONDITION BILL MONEY (DAT DEY WASIN’ ON DEM SELFS) 2 A MO “BEN-IF-FISH-AL” CAUSE.

    lIKE GIVE A OR SOMEMORE SCHOLARSHIPS 2 DESERVING PEOPLE!

    SIGN – A True blue non -F.N.M nor P.L.P!

  • CN

    Laughing hard at ya comment True blue…
    And I truly agree with you.
    It is clear that Bahamian politicians have us as fool.
    They have us as a donkey and they are riding us to the ground. Nobody in parliament seems to be working; in fact, not even pretending to work…they blatantly skylacking around…
    I vex
    CN

  • CN

    True blue you are not PLP nor FNM….
    sounds like you ain’t gonna vote or you voting CDR like the rest of ve!

  • tb

    we can just vote independent or through a process of elimination decide out of who we want to portect us or run ourselves…Have you ever watched C-span? When I was abroad, I had a habit of watching the US Congress on TV and what struck me as different when I came home and saw these jokers is that they have no respect for parliament or good governance but their actions…and we dont demand anything from them…All this to say, never again we have to demand “service” from them and hold their feet to the fire if they dont give it. I pray for whoever will run in my constituency, I honestly do because they know my name and Ill be on that person like white on rice. Maybe Ill even start my own think tank…who knows.

  • CN

    TB,
    it is always good to read one of your comments. But I always question whether or not independent candidates have any power. They always seem to sit on the sidelines, waiting; Simply waiting to see what will happen. It takes the majority in the government to make things happen.

    Besides, there are some who would say that this election is too important to waste their vote on an independent!

  • tb

    but if you doin ggood work, you doin ggood work…that cant be denied…and this election is too important to waste on the PLP!

  • CN

    You are right TB, this election will be the mother of all elections…This election will be too important to waste on Independant candidates. Everyone will have to link up to a major political party in order to have a fighting chance. The sad thing is I am dubious about both parties. The question is who I gan vote for?

  • ALLISON

    tb, DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY THE USA TAKE US SO LIGHTLY, IF WE
    WATCHED THEM DONT U THINK THEY WATCH US. THE SAD THING ABOUT OUR COUNRTY IS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO R IN GOVERNMENT
    HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS SO LONG AND EVERYONE IS EVERYONE
    GOOD GOOD BUDDY BEHIND THE SCENES, IT IS JUST A FRONT FOR
    THE POOR BAHAMIANS WHO DONT KNOW ANY BETTER AND IS STILL
    WILLING TO DIE FOR THEIR PARTY. COULD THEY HONESTLY TELL
    YOU WHO TRULY BELONG TO WHAT POLITICAL PARTY. I TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT EVERY DAY THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO READ MORE AND UNDERSTAND THE WAY THINGS TRULY R
    AND IT IS UP TO US TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.IT MAY TAKE SOME
    TIME BUT A CHANGE IS GONNA COM