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Editorial

A Fool And His Money Will Soon Be Parted

The P.M., Dr. Minnis reported that $21 million taxpayers dollars and counting has been spent to date on the Rand Memorial Hospital. The proverb, “A fool and his money”….  also applies to a country with bad leadership.  This hefty sum of 21 million dollars spent and the major components of our health care facilities are still not fully functional, i.e., the OperatingTheater; the Pediatrics Ward; and, the Accident and Emergency functions on the front porch of the Rand Hospital’s entrance.  Physiotherapy is held at the Sir Charles Hayward Library adjacent to the hospital.  The recovery surgical Ward is still in

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THE FIGHT WITH CARL BETHEL OVER P.I. LAND

One of the more interesting political actions last week was that of Toby Smith revealing to the press that the Attorney General Carl Bethel had sent him a text alleging that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines who have entered a deal with the Government to take land at Paradise Island west on lease was being unreasonable.  Toby Smith, a Bahamian businessman, says that he has a lease over the same land and there is an action in court to stop the government from take his land and giving it to Royal Caribbean.  We think that Mr. Smith is right. The Attorney

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A SUSTAINED ATTACK ON BRAVE DAVIS ON FACEBOOK

Last Saturday, if you examined your Facebook timeline, you saw five carefully designed ads or memes made in the same style which were direct, frontal assault o Philip Davis  None of those attacks have been answered formally by Mr. Davis’ team. The question is why are these attacks going unanswered. Mr. Davis and his advisors must be more aggressive in making his case and going after Hubert Minnis with their political hatchet.

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THE LAW SNAGS OZZIE, NEXT FACTS & ISSUES & OMAR

Three people on the loose should be in jail during this election season. Ozzie Poitier is one.  Finally the police have snagged him. He is charged with an intentional libel of Philip Davis, the Leader of the Opposition.  He could go to jail for two years.  Two more need to be before the courts: Omar Archer and Philip Johnson, who calls himself facts and issues. These FNMs are paid by the FNM to simply make up lies about the PLP. It’s really time they be sent to jail.

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Fred Mitchell In Blu Restaurant In Exuma

Senator Fred Mitchell with Exuma Chamber President Pedro Rolle and Samantha Wong, the co-owner of the restaurant Blu at Rolletown, Exuma following dinner. Food, service, ambience all excellent. On a bluff overlooking the sound. The full moon was out. Samantha is the daughter of former Cabinet minister Alfred Maycock whose picture adorns the wall, together with a picture of the founders of the People’s Penny Saving Bank, now dissolved. 26 April 2021.  

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THE BAD DECISION ON THE AIRPORT IN GRAND BAHAMA

So the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was up in Grand Bahama on Thursday 29 April 2021 to put the ink on the “ purchase” of the Grand Bahama International Airport from the combo of Hutchison Whampoa and the Grand Bahama Port Authority.  He and the FNM have been hoodwinked again. This is an asset such as it is that  was ruined by Hurricane Dorian almost two years ago.  The owners have done nothing to fix it.  They are in breach of their obligation to provide an airport for the city and the Government has now allowed them to take the

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WHEN WILL MINNIS RING THE BELL?

The talk was just after Christmas: get ready, he is going to ring the bell just after lent.  For you reading this from overseas” ring the bell” is a Bahamian expression for calling the general election.  If he had common sense, the Prime Minister Hubert Minister, would have been an idiot to call an election almost two years ahead of time. He would be an idiot to call it this year  at all but then again, he is what he is. So everyone led by his party is scrambling around to  get headquarters in place and doing door to door.

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SO JOHN PINDER IS LIKE HAMLET: TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Last week we reported in this space how Shonel Ferguson, the MP for Fox Hill, was forced out of office after one term.  The FNM deselected her and she will not get their nomination to run again in the seat in the next general election. She sent her swan song letter last week. Enter John Pinder, who is now the Acting Director of Labour, because he does not have the qualifications to be the Director of Labour. He is from Fox Hill and so they have asked Mr. Pinder to leave his good Government job to go run in Fox

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PRIME MINISTER HAS NO CREDIBILITY ON COVID

The FNM has a whole campaign built on Hubert Minnis as a kind of wonder boy who saved us from the Covid pandemic. The more this goes on though it is clear that his covid strategy is not working.  Half of Eleuthera is totally cheezed off by him because at the last minute he imposed the requirement for people to have a PCR test to leave Eleuthera and come to Nassau.  This has affected one family in particular badly and they are fuming.  Tomorrow was supposed to be an Easter egg hunt for the family  but 32 of them have

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THE WESTERN DEMOCRACIES HAVE LOST THEIR MINDS

Trudeau has let us down. So when the history of the covid 19 pandemic is finally written and the Bahamian part of the story is recorded, Hubert Minnis and his government will not fare well, We hope to be part of that group that writes the final chapter.  We intend to tell the story of a fool who was given a chance to govern a country with a large majority and made an absolute mess of it. The miss mash of rules and counter rules, the lockdowns and openings, the arbitrary decisions about business, all go down as stupid decisions

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WRONG TO CHARGE THE 14 YEAR IKD WITH DRUG OFFENCE

On Friday 26 March 2020, it was announced that a 14 year old had given some 7 children at S C McPherson Junior School, food containing marijuana which made them ill to the point where they had to be taken to hospital. The police announced that the 14 year old will be charged. While on the strict law this might the responsible party, clearly he is not the supplier of the drugs and so one hopes that the charges against the fourteen year old will be dealt with by another method and the adults who supplied the drugs will be

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WACKY FRED SMITH TALKING ABOUT ETHNIC CLEANSING

So there is a case now before the Supreme Court Justice Cheryl Grant Bethel Thompson about the Government’s move to remove squatters from the land in Abaco and other places in The Bahamas. Of course coming to the rescue is the legal eagle from Freeport who makes money and a habit of winning administrative law cases against the Government of the FNM and even the PLP, because the Government never seems to be prepared. The Government’s position is simply to capitulate. Then they pronounce that Fred Smith Q C is a genius.  He is not.  He is simply adept at

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PETER TURNQUEST SENDS A MESSAGE TO A PLP

So the smarty pants Peter Turnquest was sending private notes to PLP partisans last week saying that the Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell was doing the party no favours by his conduct.  Presumably they were all stunned by the response of the Chairman to the low down dirty remark made by the Leader of the FNM Hubert Minnis that the four PLP MPs elected in 2017 were “ contaminants” Mr. Mitchell told the Prime Minister if he wanted to know what a contaminant was he could go ask his ma. That sent all the sanctimonious and holier than

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HOW COME THE PUNCH THINKS IT KNOWS PLP BUSINESS

In the past week there have been two front page stories written as headlines in The Punch, the down market rag that specializes in gossip and the personal business of other people. Largely the stories are made up by the publisher of the paper Ivan Johnson who if nothing else has a vivid imagination.  And that is being charitable. So last week there was a story about Philip Davis plotting they say to give the seat of former Minister Obie Wilchcombe to an FNM. The fact is the Leader of the PLP cannot give a nomination to anyone and the

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LET’S BE BRAVE…REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO MINNIS

The nervous ones in the PLP who are walking on eggshells because in various constituencies there is one row or the other about who is going to be candidate should think carefully before they lose it. In the summer of 2016 Loretta Butler Turner, then MP for Long Island, challenged the now Prime Minister for the leadership of the FNM. She lost but not before scorching the earth with the most scathing and bitter comments about Mr. Minnis.  The next year she and the other MPs in Parliament with the exception of Renward Wells and Peter Turnquest went to government

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MINNIS THE COVID VACCINES CANT HELP YOU

So half the Cabinet led by the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis went down to the Lynden Pindling International Airport to greet the Astra Zeneca vaccine doses as they were taken off the United Airlines flight on Wednesday 10 March 2021.  Looks like a rep for the Indian Government was there.  Dr. Hubert Minnis who had been boasting, hoping and praying for the delivery of these 20,000 vaccines  waved his hands over them.  Let us hope he didn’t jinx them At the same time as the vaccines were arriving, you had a report that many European countries like Denmark decided to

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THE PLP LAUNCHES THE ECONOMIC PLATFORM

The Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Chester Cooper introduced the party’s economic platform last Sunday 7 March. Amongst its main points: a livable wage with a first step as the raising of the minimum wage from the present 210 to 250. There is also a plan to cut Vat from the present 12.5 per cent to ten per cent.  The PLP issued the following statement in support of the launch: 7 March 2021 The Progressive Liberal Party thanks and congratulates the Leader, Hon. Philip Brave Davis and Deputy Leader, I. Chester Cooper

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THE HIGH COST OF BORROWING MONEY FOR THE BAHAMAS

Reviewing the pricing of the Government’s bonds today show clearly that perhaps the crisis in financing for The Bahamas under the FNM is closer than we are aware. Please see attached the price of the Bahamas Government ten year paper in comparison to US$ debt issued by other countries in the region with a similar tenure (10 years). Two things stand out: we have the highest cost of any country other than Ecuador and Argentina and both countries are in an IMF programme; and the cost of our debt is 500 basis points (more than double) higher than Jamaica which

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STILL NO HOTEL, NO HOSPITAL, NO AIRPORT IN GRAND BAHAMA

The Free National Movement is feeling pretty good about itself these days.  They have gotten rid of the troublesome Lanisha Rolle, the disgraced sports minister.  The bump which the PLP got from that shock resignation was wiped off the front pages with a debate inspired by the PLP’s Picewell Forbes and his decision to quit. The FNM have shunted off  the disgraced Peter Turnquest and replaced him with Kwasi Thompson, the formless, blameless, all things to all men kind of guy as their rep in East Grand Bahama. Out west it seems the natives in Grand Bahama are restless and

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THE TESTICULAR HEAD OF THE COUNTRY

The Minister of Health Renward Wells who despite his penchant for situation ethics and disloyalty, is generally thought to be a cerebral fellow not given to malapropism. But on Tuesday 23 February 2021, he pulled a real whopper. He meant the titular head of the country but instead referred to the Prime Minister as the testicular head of the country. The butt of jokes, he  became.

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MINNIS GOVERNMENT MOST CORRUPT IN BAHAMIAN HISTORY PART 1

Dear EditorI am totally convinced that when the political history of The Bahamas is objectively told, this Minnis led FNM administration will emerge as the singular most corrupt government administration of the party era. The historical irony of the FNM is that it’s formation came amidst the dismissal of PLP ministers in connection with the scandal surrounding the lobbying and alleged bribery for the granting of a casino license up in Freeport. This was followed by a bombing, a murder and multiple accounts of violent acts of voter intimidation in the run up to the 1972 general elections. All of

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THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE, TIME TO ACT

Since the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis now says that despite the fact his public statement said there was an investigation into his outgoing Minister, there is none, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee must act.  We expect that there should be some action on this front as early as next week.  It is imperative for the Public Accounts Committee to get the  story of why the minister resigned?

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THE LUNACY OF BUYING AN AIRPORT IN GRAND BAHAMA

The FNM Government is now about to commit another act of financial lunacy. The Government has tabled legislation which will enable it to purchase the Grand Bahama International Airport from the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Hutchison Whampoa Group.  This is because the Port/ Hutchison Combo has refused to honour their obligations under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement to provide an international airport for the city. The  airport was wrecked some 19 months ago by Hurricane Dorian and the Port simply refused to fix the airport. This is the same scam the company pulled on the FNM government   after Hurricane

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Letter To The Editor From Kelly Burrows On Michael Scott Q C

Dear. Editor. Below is a quote from your Editorial February 16. 2016 from Mr. Michael Scott, he was rewarded for the attack on the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Hotel Corporation, now his open disagreement with the Minister of Tourism on the Lucayan Sale that he put together, also his involvement in the Deputy Prime Minister having to resign, causes one to wonder what’s is his agenda He should have never been made Chairman, he’s a loose canon, under Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, perish the thought it would have never entered their minds. Then we have Mr. Ruben Rahming

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ANDREW ALLEN WRITES

EDITOR, The Tribune. The reasons for the upcoming snap election (the first in Bahamian history) are as clear as daylight. The unprecedented fiscal challenges posed by a year of lost economic activity have the government facing a dilemma long in the making. Any attempt to borrow money (the favoured tactic of this administration), will be met with demands from would-be creditors to either dramatically cut spending or to reform taxes (either by increasing present ones, or shifting to new sources). The former choice will outrage a population already abused by years of irresponsible austerity, while the latter will force the

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CARL CULMER: THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM

Following the press conference of the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis on the FNM and the fake sites that it sponsors on Facebook on 16 February 2021, Carl Culmer said that the FNM does not do that. He said that they would never engage in such tactics.  We know that is untrue because the only party that has the resources and that would benefit from the disinformation is the FNM.  The Chairman of the FNM also told The Tribune that there will be no early election.  The Chairman of the PLP Fred Mitchell issued the following statement: 17 February

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LETTER FROM MICHAEL STEVENSON ON OIL AND DEMOCRACY

( This letter first appeared in The Tribune) EDITOR: In a previous letter (published on January 12, 2021), I maintained that a legislative ban on oil drilling and extraction would not amount to compulsory possession or acquisition without compensation of BPC’s property under Article 27 of The Constitution. I also pointed out possible risks with this position – risks the legislative branch of government should not allow to deter it from enacting a ban on oil extraction. These risks are even smaller if the limitations in Article 27 are considered. In a follow-up letter (published on January 20, 2021), I

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PETER WITHDRAWING HIS CANDIDACY: COWARDICE

The weekend of 6 February 2021, Peter Turnquest, the disgraced former Finance Minister, wrote this to his campaign team: “By now you would have no doubt heard the report that I have been advised by the party leader that I will not receive the nomination for East Grand Bahama.  “I assume that council will give final confirmation or otherwise on that decision at its next sitting.” Then on 10 February 2021, he wrote this: “ “Serving the people of East Grand Bahama has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. The relationships we have formed have nurtured my family

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RENEWING A CONTRACT FOR AN FNM TROLL

The report in social media is that FNM Troll Xavier Knowles has had his contract to continue writing filth on line renewed by the Minister of Health Renward Wells to work as an amanuensis at the health ministry.  This is the same man who got married and then his guests were all fined for violating the rules of COVID-19, including the son of the Attorney General, the joker Carlyle Bethel.  Mr. Knowles was Dr. Duane Sands’ man, having helped the disgraced former Health minister in the last campaign. But the king is dead, but long live the king

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