STEVIE AND SHAUNAE THE OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS: The Golden Twins in Tokyo. It was Steven Gardiner's turn on 5 August 2021 to win gold in the 400 metres at the Olympics. The next day 6 August 2021 day belonged to Shaunae Miller Uibo. Gold again for The Bahamas in the 400 metres. We predict one day she will be our Minister of Sports. CONGRATULATIONS and well done. 6 August 2021. OUR PHOTO OF THE WEEK. They celebrated each other in the stands.
Prime Minister Philip Davis and Mrs. Davis with Governor General Cornelius Smith and Lady Smith. 18 September 2021
The new Prime Minister of The Bahamas is Philip Edward Brave Davis. He is from Cat Island. That was where Brave Senior was from and his mother was from Smith’s Hill in Exuma. He lived first in a little house off the then rocky Wulff Road and then moved a step up on Rolle Avenue, the servant cluster for the Sears Addition people of the Valley.
His formative years were spent in Old Bight Cat Island. His daddy was a fireman and his momma a maid. He is a self-made man. He has raised all his children as successful professionals in their own right. He is a Queen’s Counsel. He was vilified in the campaign because of his profession. But now as of the 17 September 2021, he is the Prime Minister of The Bahamas.
The turnout for the election seemed to be quite low. The question was why? In some places it may have been a low as fifty per cent. The speculation is that many people chose to stay home with a combination of the dangers of the pandemic and general disgust with the political alternatives. But as the late Frank Edgecombe once said: “ My brother you only have to win by one”.
The PLP now has 32 seats and the FNM 7. This is a dramatic turnaround from the disastrous result of the 2017 general election, with the PLP down to 4 seats and the FNM by 35. But the coalition did not last long that 2017 one. And that is the lesson this victory. These coalitions do not last long. The large majorities appear to be inherently unstable. It didn’t last for Pindling, Ingraham, Christie or Minnis. Brave Davis will pull a hat trick if this can be sustained over the five years.
There are too many people to satisfy and it is difficult to do so.
Quite apart from the Members of Parliament and the Senators, there are the people themselves who are in a desperate mood. They have no patience. Time is not on the PLP’s side. There are ticking timebombs and the foes press forth on every side.
We wish the new Prime Minister Brave Davis well. He has a tough job and he will need all the support that he can get. We give that to him along with our best wishes. He has done a remarkable job for the PLP.
In the last days of the campaign John Pinder, the FNM’s candidate for Fox Hill invaded the public space in Fox Hill to put his stamp on the Fox Hill Parade. He did this knowing that this would cause a problem with the PLPs who were already planted there. This was the problem with the campaign of Mr. Pinder, always seeking confrontation where none was necessary. In one of the speeches on the park he told the people that he was husband of one wife and children. He said that Fox Hill had to make a moral choice between Fred Mitchell and himself. We do not agree that morality had anything to do with it, however, Fox Hill has made its choice. Since John Pinder said it was a moral choice, what does the result in favour of Senator Mitchell say about Mr. Pinder and his moral standing?
The PLP should not misread what the result of the general election of 16 September means. It is true that the majority of the seats are vastly in favour of the PLP but that does not mean that every soul is a PLP. The PLP has won the majority of the votes cast. There are plenty who stayed at home and that is the question the PLP ought to be asking themselves: why did that happen and what can the PLP do to re-engage that group that stayed home? To be sure some of it must be due to the pandemic but is some of it due to apathy and if so what does that mean going forward? We just want to say to the PLP: be careful how you interpret what happened on Thursday past. It is imperative that the same thing that happened to Hubert Minnis does not happen to the PLP.
Prime Minister Philip Davis with Governor General Sir C A Smith
Senator Fred Mitchell with three of the five Prime Ministers of The Bahamas after the ceremony of the presentation of the instrument of appointment to the Prime Minister 18 September 2021. Left to right Perry Christie, Hubert Ingraham and Philip Davis.
Bishop Neil Ellis with Glenys Hanna Martin MP
Dame Marguerite Pindling
PLP Supporter James Julmis
Rev. R E Cooper and Bishop Neil Ellis
Sir Franklin and Lady Wilson
Senators Fred Mitchell and Michael Darville
From Left Ann Marie Davis, Prime Minister Philip Davis, Governor General Sir C A Smith and Lady Smith
The third party the Democratic National Alliance which began as a breakaway movement from the Free National Movement has by this general election become a spent force. They could not field candidates in the 39 constituencies, managing to place candidates in only 15 of them. None of them got beyond 100 votes. So that appears to be it for them. In 2012 they were able to get 8 per cent of the vote, which allowed the PLP to win on a plurality. Last election they got about 3 per cent and this time there less than one per cent.
PLP Leader Philip Davis leads the PLP’s delegation to speak with the OAS observer mission for the general elections for 16 September 2021 at the PLP’S HQ in Nassau. He was joined by party Chairman Senator Fred Mitchell. 12 September 2021
Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis with the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the Bahamian general elections on 16 September 2021. The team is headed by former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding. From left Linford Andrews, Commonwealth, PLP SG Barbara Cartwright, Attorney Philip McKenzie, Kevin Simmons, Election Coordinator, T’Sean Mott, Men’s Branch, Glenys Hanna Martin MP, Senator Fred Mitchell, Mr Golding, Mr Davis, Senator Jobeth Coleby Davis, Valentine Grimes, Deputy Coordinator, Winston Pinnock, Andrew Edwards, National Progressive Institute. 12 September 2021.
Prime Minister Philip Davis speaks the day after the swearing in at the ceremony for the presentation of the instruments 18 September 2021.
In a private ceremony at the Governor General’s office on Friday 17 September 2021 Philip Brave Davis was sworn in as the fifth Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He was presented with the instruments of appointment on Saturday 18 September 2021 by the Governor General Most Honourable Sir Cornelius Smith at Bahamar’s Convention Centre.
Hubert Minnis, the now former Prime Minister, could have gone down in history as man who lucked into a substantial parliamentary majority and should have been able to convert this into a love fest by the Bahamian people. Instead he goes down in history as the only Prime Minister in a post-independence Bahamas that could not complete a full five year term. He ended it on some pretty bad terms, going down to ignominious defeat and with a record of nastiness and a filthy mouth. It was pretty clear on the night of 16 September 2021 that the fix was in. The rumours were that he would concede the election which he did by a phone call to the now Prime Minister but he did not have the decency to appear before the press and say to the Bahamian people thank you and farewell. Instead he simply told the press that he was gone. Shame on him. No decency in the end.