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Without Further Delay

As some had expected, the new Christie led team is today facing no end of challenges as it searches to fulfill its One Hundred Day challenge.

This new administration should have by now completed filling all the posts that were left vacated in the immediate aftermath of their coming to power.

In that blazingly clear instance, they should have also announced the names of the men and women who would head-up this or that law-mandated Corporation or Board.

Failure to do what they could have and should have done has therefore brought vitally important government agencies in vise-like position where both stasis and paralysis now loom.

This is bad news not only for Mr. Christie’s legacy, but for all who would support him in his overall goal of making things better for the masses of the Bahamian people.

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie is no stranger to criticism; having weathered some of the harshest evaluations that could ever made of a leader who has been so very successful.

We not only reiterate our general support for what he has promised, but also wish to counsel and caution him concerning how he is really not responding to a very correct assessment that – he appears to have been in error when he told the Bahamian people that he and his team would be ready to do what they had to do on Day One.

As his nemeses in the Free National Movement now crow in what seems so much righteous indignation: “…They claimed that they had a better way; that they could do more than the FNM were doing. On that basis they have been elected to office…Now at the midpoint of their self-imposed 100 Days of Action we are being treated to excuses and broken promises.

Broken promises this early in this administration do not bode well for this new Government…”

This criticism resonates.

What makes the matter at hand all the more galling has to do with the fact that this administration’s failure is not only highly embarrassing to them; but that they now find themselves on the receiving end of any number of salty street level insults and gutter humor.

In addition, some of what they say drips with scorn and mockery.

As FNM released copy mocks and scoffs: “…They said that they would be ready to govern on Day 1. And, they promised that they would make specific progress on a list of matters within 100 days of their election to office. National Health Insurance and Urban Renewal were but two of the issues which they claimed would receive priority attention. And they claimed that they would create jobs and reduce unemployment.

“…They won the election; already theirs is a pyrrhic victory. They were not ready on Day I. Mr. Christie failed, for a second time, to meet the Constitutional requirement to appoint an Attorney General on the first day of his Government’s return to office, that is, on the same day that he was sworn in as Prime Minister…”

And then there comes the clincher: “…Now at the midpoint of the first 100 days, he has yet to appoint Chairmen to head the Boards of three important Public Corporations: The Bahamas Electricity Corporation, the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas and the Water and Sewerage Corporation…” Were we to make an analogy from the field of boxing; we would have to say that the income administration is down but not out.

And let there be no mistake about some of the patronage-related challenges that will surely come this administration’s way even if things were somehow or the other to improve however marginally.

Whether you wish it were otherwise – the system we have is one where while the struggle for office and seat in Parliament is intense, the related struggle to determine who is to get what share of the spoils is all the more grueling.

Making the matter worse is the fact that this struggle takes place far from the unsparing eye of the public; thus the silence that now surrounds Mr. Christie’s [failure-to-date] to do what he had promised would be done by now.

At this juncture, continued delay may – in time – constitute one of this administration’s most egregious failings.

We hope that those things which should have been are now on the Prime Minister’s agenda to be done without further delay.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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