The Year Of Games

AuthorDerence A. Rolle Davis
The Law: The Social and Economic Effect on The Bahamas 2000 - 2020
In 2013 the government decided that a referendum would be held on
whether gaming in the form of web shops should be legalized. The majority
votes decided against the numbers games yet the result showed differently and
many considered it to be a trick, crying “no way, go away!”
Covertly illegal and clandestine gambling operations called "web shops"
where Bahamians bet on numbers that are televised U.S. lotteries had become
commonplace from as far back as one could remember. The shops operated in
violation of Bahamian law, but police and political leaders largely turned a blind
eye to them for years.
The 2013 referendum was held with the aim of legalizing and regulating
web shops and gambling to a degree and to establishing a national lottery, but
both proposals were rejected. Once the results were in, the country said a
resounding “No!” "This is a victory for the church,” “We are excited and thanking
God", said Dr. Ranford Patterson, President of the Bahamas Christian Council.
The Economic Effect
The belief in “getting without giving “will destroy the labour force and
mindset of many in the long term. Bargaining even when one has the means
available (that is those that have). The beneficial comfort can be seen in the need
to pay what something or a service is worth is obvious (for those that have not).
The disproportion is reflected in the many ways in which the economy has
developed. The law and its effect on society allowed for the first time in an
independent Bahamas, gambling for Bahamians. This was an unusual yet a
known secret activity for decades amongst many who engaged in the illegal
numbers game. Proponents for and against legalising gambling felt the sting or
stench of what the majority of the voters decided.

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