Editorial

THE FNM Q.C.’S APPOINTED BY MINNIS

First Hubert Minnis has been packing the courts with his FNM friends.  So justice is not what it ought to be, soon it will turn out to be for FNMs only. Now he further perverted the system by  choosing a largely FNM corps to join the ranks of the Queen’s Counsels.  This is supposed to be the elite of the profession of law which allows you to charge double and to wear a long wig in court. The lawyers long for it and it is a prized plum. Unfortunately, the way the law is set up, it is a political

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MINNIS TRYING TO ATTRACT THE GRASS HEAD VOTE

Unfortunately for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis smoking grass is not gonna help him get re-elected.  He has been in the press lately and just as recently as 5th February 2020 espousing in the House of Assembly the wonders of a policy to decriminalize possession of grass and  letting people out of prison who are imprisoned for minor offences.  This is all a cynical campaign to gain votes.  If you remember, the last campaign he put out this teary eyed video which sought to portray him as a man of the poor.  He was not telling the truth.  Even though he

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THE CORONA VIRUS: RACISM, TRADE WAR, NO CIVIL LIBERTIES?

The talk du jour these days is the corona virus that is supposed to be spreading exponentially from its discovery in China about a month ago. The news is it has killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands. The Chinese Government is accused of being sluggish in response. Its ubiquitous President Xi Jinping has said nary a word, at least, according to the US media that dominates our information systems. In The Bahamas we have banned travelers who have come in  from China and who have come in from the last 20 days.  They grab you at the airport and

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FOREIGN MINISTER WASTING TIME PLEADING TO THE U.S.

So the United States  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had the foreign ministers of Jamaica, The Bahamas, St Lucia, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize and the Dominican Republic over for tea. They met in Jamaica on Tuesday 21 January 2020 and in this round table discussion, the US pressed their support for the overthrow of the Government of Venezuela and the support of the present OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro for re-election.  The re-election takes place in June in Nassau.  The Bahamas supports the overthrow of Venezuela’s Government and supports Mr. Almagro’s re-election.  The government is wrong on both

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THE STRANGE CASE OF THE JUNKANOO RESULTS

So the Junkanoo results this year remind you of the saying “ not every good-bye is gone”. On Boxing Day 2019 the Junkanoo Corporation (JCNP) announced that the Valley Boy’s  A Group had won the parade. They did so by a hair’s breadth. The Saxons were hard on their heels.  The Corporation said that the results were unofficial.  The Saxons appealed the results.  Under the agreed procedures, the Saxons appealed. Last week, the Corporation announced that the appeal was successful and that the result now conferred the winning laurel on the Saxons. The Valley was incensed and in a fit

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BAD SERVICE IN THE BAHAMAS AT AIRPORTS AND ON AIRLINES

The traveller’s in The Bahamas are not well served by the airlines that fly them around, nor by the regulator that is to be looking after their safety.  Flights on each of the airlines are late routinely.  They keep passengers waiting without explanation and there is no explanation at all for late departures. What folks can’t understand is why a plane that has been sting on the tarmac all night waiting for the flight  departure at 6:30 a m or 7 a m cannot leave on time? Why can’t they stop cancelling flights at will or abandoning their schedules just

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SHARON TURNER WRITES ON A VIOLATION OF TRUST | 27 January 2020

Originally appeared in the Nassau Guardian The governing Free National Movement (FNM) launched its bid for re-election last week on a foundation of disinformation, misleading some of this country’s most disenfranchised communities in a telling signal that the Bahamian people could be in for a political period marked by desperation and untoward attempts to maintain power at any cost. A fundamental violation of trust was executed by government at its event in central New Providence, which set a tone for the remainder of the term that the administration is not only unwilling to heed the fervent calls of Bahamians for

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SO MINNIS LAUNCHES HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN So Minnis launches his campaign huh! Nothing can save him

The following statement was issued by the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party about the fake Town Hall meeting held by the Prime Minister at which he then announced was the launch of his re-election campaign.  This sent some PLPs into a tizzy calling on the party to get in the field and to get candidates ratified. The party has never been out of the field. If Minnis is bad, let him call the general election now.  It is clear he will not.  He will not call the election before 2022 and if you listened to what he actually said

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JOHNNY RODGERS IS WRONG ON EXCHANGE CONTROL

Dr. Johnny Rodgers was in a  sense to the manor born. He is now a successful businessman, built on top of a successful career in eye medicine.  He is the son of another Doctor Rodgers.  He has two well to do sisters both successful in their own rights having retired from the public service. On top of that he is a Bahamian citizen with political ambitions.  He ran for the DNA once and funds them with money. Given his antecedents, he cannot be a PLP ever. But the UBP , to which his antecedents would cause him to aspire, do

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EVER TRIED REACHING AN RBC MANAGER?

Have you ever tried to reach someone at a Branch of the Royal Bank of Canada or Finco in The Bahamas?  You should try it for yourself even if you are not “a client” as they say of the Bank.  You dial a number in Nassau and someone in Jamaica picks up the phone. You are told that the  people manning the phone are busy and cannot speak to you so hold on. You can hold on for up to thirty minutes and ultimately most people give up in disgust we can imagine. This is banking in The Bahamas.  As

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MARVIN DAMES PUTS HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH ON C O P

The Progressive Liberal Party has asked several times for the resignation or dismissal of Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security. The cry first came out because he was condemned judicially by a magistrate for interfering in the case against Frank Smith, the former MP and Senator.  He has also shown time and again that  he is intemperate and just not generally fit for the job. He simply talks too much for one. It’s that talking too much that calls for us to say it again. He must resign or be dismissed. Things are so bad between the PLP and

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BRIAN MOREE AND THE GOVERNOR GENERAL COLLECT A TITLE

The pompous Brian Moree, who is now the Chief Justice of The Bahamas, ( god help us all ) is now Sir Brian Moree.  Now that he has the knighthood, he can probably retire and go back to his practice. For good measure, the Governor General C A Smith now has another title to add to his collection as well. He is now Sir Cornelius.  All by writ of Her Majesty the Queen. In 2020, we are still doing this nonsense.

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MINNIS SAYS HE HAS SEVEN YEARS ( DREAM ON BROTHER)

In his New Year’s statements to  reporter Leandra Rolle of The Tribune and published in 2 January 2020, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that he has seven years to fulfill his campaign promise to fulfill his campaign promises. This is chutzpah of the highest order.  He is clueless as to how unpopular the Government is and that he has not a  chance of hell in getting his mandate renewed. What a hapless hopeless Prime Minister.

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THE AMERICANS FOMENTING WAR AGAIN | GILBERT MORRIS COMMENTS

(Editor’s note: The U S President Donald Trump ordered the killing of the general of another country with whom it is not at war. This is a serious issue. Gilbert Morris, the public commentator, writes a thoughtful reflection.) Gilbert Morris comments on Facebook:2 January 2019 THE SHADOW MASTER…! Whomever reads me knows, I believe diplomatic strategy and geostrategic understanding lie at the centre of a nation’s capacity to defend itself; and requires persons of insight, uncanny ruthlessness and gracious élan, to carry out a nation’s objectives.  The man below was a shadow master with the qualities and skills mentioned above

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GLENYS HANNA MARTIN’S ACTIVE POLITICAL COMMENTS

We repeat a series of posts by Glenys Hanna Martin, the Shadow Minister of Transport, from her Facebook Page. Boxing Day On The Commissioner Of Police As we approach 2020 we must not tolerate the blurring of constitutional lines between the political directorate and the RBPF. We have constitutional protections as citizens in a democratic state and they must not be compromised under any circumstance. The COP, in the execution of his mandate according to law, does not work for the PM nor any politician and he must not allow a perception which would bring that into question. He must

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THE BIG DRONE RIP OFF

That Marvin Dames is a political nitwit and an insensitive twit, the world knows it. The part that they do not know is that he is a spendthrift. Last year he signed a two million dollars contract to install something called shot spotter technology which was supposed to spot gunshots in the town and stop all the shootings.  It turned out to be an absolutely useless piece of technology, Now comes the drones. He has a man Warren Johnson on the Force who is an expert on drones and drone systems and technology but they think he is too close

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UH OH! MICHAEL PINTARD: YOU CAN’T BE HALF PREGNANT

From The Tribune13 December 2019 (Editor’s Note: we print below the report from The Tribune of the statement in support of Prime Minister Hubert Minnis by Michael Pintard MP. This does not sound like a ringing endorsement to us.  This sounds like a man who is struggling to be free. We say to Mr. Pintard: you cannot be half pregnant.  We know that you are unhappy in there.  We know that you and Minnis don’t go two steps together. Just leave. After all there are fifty ways to leave your lover.) MARCO City MP Michael Pintard joined his Free National

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BORIS AND LUNACY IN THE U.K.

The people of the united Kingdom have surely lost their minds. They have now given the Government into the hands of an imbecile, albeit one educated at Oxford.

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WHAT DOES HIRING KAY FORBES SMITH MEAN POLITICALLY

The dirty deed has been done by Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister. He passed a whole act to create a superfluous hurricane relief agency, just to create a sinecure for Kay Forbes Smith, to whom he owes the slogan: It’s the people’s time.

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THE SAD TALE OF A SCUM BAG NAMED OMAR ARCHER

The question everyone is asking and in answer to which all FNMs from the Hubert Minnis own down are blind, deaf and dumb, is how is that a man who is obviously a damn fool, wacky in the extreme, a crooked bad a criminal, continuing to be on the public payroll dissing officials of the country and there appears to be no one who can govern him?

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THE JUSTCE SYSTEM MESS

The picture shows the now discredited Jonathan Ash, the star witness in the concocted case of the Crown against Shane Gibson.  This big grown man who claimed to be a born again Christian came to court hiding like a little bitch behind seven policemen and sung for his supper, that is, got immunity to tell lies on Shane Gibson. He couldn’t remember 136 times. Good man he. Then the police investigator admitted she tampered with the evidence and said that the Commissioner of Police was aware of it.  Glory be. Our justice system is in a mess. When it came

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BIASED HEADLINES IN THE PRESS ON GIBSON

This is but one example of the tendentious and inflammatory headlines by the press over the course of the Shane Gibson trial.  They were obviously designed to create prejudice against the defendant. There is no press council or legislation to provide redress for this and the Judge on the case Carolita Bethel refused to do anything about it. But in the future, we have to consider whether in these circumstances it is possible to get a fair trial. Or whether this sort of headline, prejudicial statements, are the new normal particularly if a PLP is on trial.

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THE FAKE AND PHONY RIGHTS BAHAMAS

 So the fake and phony Fred Smith front organization was offended this past week because someone, who they didn’t name and couldn’t seem to identify, published what they claimed were lies about the principals of the fake and phony organization that were unflattering and defamatory, so they said. In an angry press statement, they claimed that they will hunt down their detractors and  will bring legal actions against them. In the meantime, they issued a warning to all people who received the  posts allegedly defaming them that if they passed it around, they too would be responsible for the alleged

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FAKE STORY BY DUANE SANDS ON THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS

 The headline in The Tribune last week was as startling and it was untrue. According to Dr Duane Sands, the PLP put in place a contract with a vendor called All Scripts, for the installation of a Health Management Information System. This system was designed to rationalize the billing process across all public service health entry points and thus capture more revenue for the Public Hospitals Authority. The contract was signed in 2016.  According to Dr. Sands, the vendor never delivered.  He forgot to say that he cancelled the contract before the vendors could put in the first phase of

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