It's not often I agree with the Chamber these days, but they've finally taken a public stand on WTO, with its chairman, Mr. Chester Cooper, complaining that there needs to be "more engagement and education on these issues".
As should have been anticipated, Mr. Ryan Pinder (PLP), Minister of Financial Services shot back by suggesting the Government went to great lengths to consult industry.
If the other consultations were anything like the meeting I attended, they shouldn't have made an offer to the WTO.
As is typical with these "consultations" Government tells you their position, full stop. Oh they might politely listen for a few seconds, while they answer text messages and e-mails on their cell phone, but they do not change their position.
When you spend months convincing Bahamians you're for them, and The Bahamas is for Bahamians if they vote for you, it's hard to tell them you were not serious.
You gotta love it.
Is it that chauffeur driven syndrome rearing it's ugly head yet again?
I hope the Chamber's next stand will be on VAT?