and the Future of Electricity in the Bahamas-A Contradiction in Terms
I had hoped to avoid talking about Bahamas Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller again, but last week he went on the public airwaves (as they say) to spout so much nonsense I was unable to resist.
In fact, after listening to Miller
, I concluded that we are fortunate BEC is able to produce any power at all.
was a guest on Jeff Lloyd's afternoon chat show last week.
began with the tired complaint that the Guardian media group was unfairly "lambasting" him because its owners hated the PLP and loved Hubert Ingraham.
You know, the usual defensive tribal stuff for popular consumption.
got down to brass tacks.
"No-one in this country has paid off their light bill, either corporate or personal.
That's 90 per cent of us," Miller
"I owe BEC like everybody else.
My home bill is pretty much up to date, like everybody else.
The average person owes BEC
over $5,000 - I don't owe them over $5,000 - that's just the way it is.
Everybody should pay - including Leslie Miller
There's no point analysing this corkscrew logic, but let me paraphrase it.
is simply asserting that almost no-one in the country pays their electricity bills - and he
is no different from the rest of us.
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Lady Pindling, Leslie Miller
& the PLP's Culture of Entitlement
And Chairman Leslie Miller (who also owes BEC hundreds of thousands) says his personal businesses must be kept open by public subsidy to protect jobs.
When you think about it, there is no way that a failing business can pay down hundreds of thousands in outstanding electricity bills. Any "deal" to do so is doomed to failure because the bills will keep mounting.
It is an irreconcilable situation once it gets to that level.
Miller is not the only one (we know about Jones too), but he was made chairman of BEC - and that should never have happened.
Meanwhile, Chairman Miller condemns BEC workers for ripping off the company - using practices he and other politicos agreed to over the years (Miller was also BEC chairman in the late 1980s) - and rages in the House of Assembly that copper thieves are living off the rest of us.