Editorial

Independence Dumbed Down … Just lousy

The Bahamas Government led by the Free National Movement and Dr. Hubert Minnis has decided that there will be no independence celebrations this year. This was announced by the head of the Independence Secretariat Mark Humes MP. You may as well say it’s nothing.  There are no flags around, no bunting on the public buildings. They say because of Covid 19, the celebrations this year they will have a virtual independence day celebration.  This is unacceptable.  Any excuse not to celebrate our nation.  You don’t think these lazy guys and dolls could not get themselves as a Cabinet a do

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FINDING A PLACE FOR CAROLITA BETHEL

There is a raging battle going behind he scenes between the Government and the PLP over the appointment of Carolita Bethel to the Court of Appeal.  We have already made out case here for why she would not be on the Bench period much less the Court of Appeal. Let’s see if good sense prevails. The Bar Association President Kahlil Parker issued a statement without calling any names said that he the process of choosing judges is not transparent, they would not be calling that appointed Justice Honourable.

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THE HYPOCIRSY OF THE JAMAICAN POSITION

So now the insignia of the Knight Commander of the most excellent order of St Michael and St. George (KCMG), the knighthood given by the Queen which is the highest such honour short of Grand Commander which goes to Governors General, is now a big problem for the Jamaicans.  It has  been suddenly discovered that the insignia has a racist symbol on it. The Governor General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he will no longer use the insignia.  We agree but isn’t that a bit hypocritical.  Jamaicans are as black as the ace of spades and  should

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THE MINISTER OF HEALTH, THE PRIME MINISTER, MUST GO

Only Kafka could have written a story as bizarre as this. The Government forgot that the order for the extension of the Proclamation of the State of Public Emergency expired on 29 June 2020. But they scheduled a debate on 30 June 2020.  That meant that the extension debate would be a nullity because the proclamation would already have expired.  Uh oh. They had a problem. So the Attorney General then convenes the Senate to say it’s his fault and that of his department but refuses to offer his resignation. But in the middle of his mea culpa on the

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A NEW LOW EVEN THIS PRIME MINISTER HUBERT MINNIS | 26 June 2020

The FNM Crew “officially: opening the Fishing Hole Road Causeway Bridge in Freeport Friday 26 June 2020 from left Minister Kwasi Thompson,  MP Pakeisha Parker, the Prime Minister, Minister Iram Lewis and Minister Desmond Bannister. The man next to the Prime is a rep of Waugh Construction. So anxious was Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his colleagues to show Grand Bahama that they were indeed doing something, they rushed up to “officially” open the Fishing Hole Causeway Bridge in Freeport  This is the road which links East Grand Bahama with West Grand Bahama. It has been a vexing problem and

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FRED SMITH USES THE SYSTEM TO MAKE MONEY

You have to laugh at this man with the actions of a clown,  Fred Smith Q C, who thinks of himself as the champion of human rights around the world.  So last week, The Tribune entertained him writing a column in the press about the state of and fight for human rights in The Bahamas. The only one who thinks he is the champion of human rights is he himself and the political dummy that he has on hand Joseph Darville to mouth his platitudes. So  after an article full of condemnation of his adopted homeland The Bahamas and then

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DUANE SANDS CAN’T HAVE HIS CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

Even The Tribune is getting  brave in its latter years. Dr. Duane Sands really thought he was saying something when he challenged the record of what happened with the souls who went missing after Hurricane Dorian last year in September in Abaco. You will remember and we publish it below this week, that Frankie Campbell, the Minister for Social Services told the country that 1208 people were missing.  The country has been demanding answers ever since then, about where are these people.  The official  tally is now 74 down from 1208.  But how did it get there? Dr. Sands was

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FREEPORT A GHOST TOWN

The economy of Freeport is so stressed. The town is flat out dilapidated. There is tarp on the roofs. There is debris everywhere that the eye can see. The roads need repair and every building looks like it can use a good paint job.  The lines are long outside the grocery stores.  They allowed Port Lucaya to open on Friday 13 June 2002, the usual gathering place for the young and restless and fights broke out that had to be settled by the police.  No evidence of social distancing and hardly a mask in sight.  You would not believe that

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THESE ARE THE FNM’S BUDGET FIGURES: DISASTER

When the FNM is done this term, there will be no cookie jar in which to put your hands. They are stealing right before our eyes. They lied when they came to office saying that the cupboard was bare, only to be able to raise within minutes almost 750 million U S dollars on the open market.  That’s what the PLP left in place. Now they cannot raise even 250 million on the open market. They had to abandon the rate reduction bond for the power company of 250 million because they had no takers.  They have now put in

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WHY IS THE BAHAMIAN PRESS SO WEAK?

The question which the Progressive Liberal Party asks itself is the one in the headline.  When the PLP was in power, the press had a daily drum beat of negative news and attacks. Now the FNM is in power, the Prime Minister talks to them any kind of how or not at all.  Nothing, not a peep from them. Case in point, the press conference of the Prime Minister on 4 June 2020 after not holding a press conference for several weeks and ducking the press, the best the press could come up with is a question from Jasper Ward

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THE FNM GOVERNMENT LIES WITH A STRAIGHT FACE

The business community is quite concerned about the Ministry of Finance of The Bahamas.  The talk is that relations between  the government and the business community is at its lowest ever with Bahamar, Atlantis and the Pointe all complaining that they are unable to meet with and get critical decisions out of the government.  The result is they are reaching out to the Opposition so see if some relief is offered there.  A low point came after the disastrous speech on the budget in the House by Finance Minister Peter Turnquest.  It was filled with political rhetoric but no facts

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THE EXTORTIONISTS AT WORK

It looks like it is some people who call themselves PLP and were the hangers on of the ancien regime who are busy spreading propaganda on the Leaders of the PLP.  There are a set of nasty voice notes going around claiming that they are PLP and want to save the party. All they say they need is a meeting with Philip Brave Davis. This is meant to evoke sympathy by claiming such an apparently low demand.  But that is not the true story.  They are really extortionists.  They want money. What they are threatening to do is to run

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THERE IS NO NEW NORMAL… STUPID EXPRESSION

Suddenly the colloquial vogue is to talk about a “ new normal” to describe what is happening now with the  rules of Covid 19 behaviour in place: the physical distancing of six feet apart, the washing of hands for 20 seconds, the wearing of masks in public, the refusing to shake people’s hands, and doing everything virtually and digitally. The claim is that Covid 19 has changed the world. Maybe it has and maybe not.  The evidence is from history that this is only a temporary phenomenon.  It may last years but to take one example, there is no way

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Inigo Zenicazalaya : A Bad Comic A Homophobe A Racist

The screenshot you see is taken from Facebook and we are only concerned with one comment, that of the first individual who we recognize as a columnist for The Tribune. The Tribune’s standards have fallen but we did not know how low. When Bennet Minnis described the Leader of the Opposition as a “black monkey”, The Tribune was in full throated indignation with major headlines. When they thought they had found on Fred Mitchell’s Facebook page a word which they said was a homophobic slur, they had stupid Fred Smith being quoted in righteous indignation. But this by their columnist

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VIRTUAL COURT ROOMS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

There is a love fest going on now that the Government has this Proclamation of Public Emergency in place, to suspend civil liberties, for virtual courtrooms. The Constitution says the following in Article 20  (9) “All proceedings instituted in any court for the determination of the existence or extent of any civil right or obligation, including the announcement of the decision of the court, shall be held in public.”  The Courts have been hearing various proceedings including bail and remand hearings  by virtual hearings. We do not agree that this is reasonably justifiable even now, unless the matter is urgent.

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PETER TURNQUEST: PIPER PICKING PICKLED PEPPERS

An old nursery rhymeIf Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppersHow many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? That is the question everyone is asking about Peter Turnquest, the Minister of Finance. He is lost.  He came to office saying he would run the lowest deficit and cut the national debt. In three years, he has borrowed 3 billion dollars with little to show for it.  He now proposes to borrow another 1.3 billion more. The country is in a mess with no revenue streams in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic and he has no

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CONFUSION ON FLIGHTS HOME ON BAHAMASAIR

Sandra Moss spoke to The Tribune to complain that while she herself needed nothing, she wondered how other parents could manage with all the complications to return home from the United States where people had been stuck as a result of the restrictions on Bahamians returning home in the face of the Covid 19 crisis. She complained that the consulates in Miami and Atlanta were not answering the phone.  The  government changed their position and is making everyone pay for their flight home.  She wondered aloud how those who had no money and were stuck in places outside of Miami

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CHANGE OF COMMAND AT THE RBDF

They say that outgoing Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Tellis Bethel feels hard done by because he has been pushed out of his job as the top man at RBDF and replaced by a new man.  Not many tears were shed for him by the men who thought that he was not effective at the Force and punished the PLP politically for putting him there.  Mr. Bethel’s tenure was marked by incursions by Haitian sailboats with hundreds of illegal migrants right up onto the shores of the Defence Force base. He then blamed in one instance the dead

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TIME TO OPEN UP THE COUNTRY… IS TRUMP RIGHT?

Donald Trump is going to be described here charitably as unorthodox but he has set the cat amongst the pigeons yet again by saying with or without a vaccine the United States economy is going to reopen. In The Bahamas, the Prime Minister has every Sunday in the last two weeks been announcing the fitful opening of the economy. He has to do so because he is losing the support of the population for the health measures that have been put in place. We think that the basic principle that Mr. Trump espouses is correct. We must get this economy

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THE PRIME MINISTER DISAPPEARS IN PLAIN SIGHT

Ever since the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was named Minister of Health, he has reduced his role to the set pieces of the grand stage, behind a podium making pronouncements ex cathedra.  He will not make himself available to the press, just keeps making these national addresses. They make him look more foolish as he stands there bedraggled, tired and looking put upon. What a sorry mess. He is leaving it to Dr. Mercline Dahl Regis, the technocrat to answer the questions. This is called hiding in plain sight.

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TIME TO CATCH CRABS: THE RAINS HAVE COME TO ANDROS

The people of Andros are asking Dr. Hubert Minnis when are they going to be allowed to go into the crab fields to catch crabs.  The rains came for three days last week and so the land is deluged with crabs.  The market in Nassau is hungry for them and money is scarce.  Meanwhile Dr. Minnis is refusing to open up Andros and the islands where the crabs are.  He maybe thinks it will mean the PLP will soon walk all over him. After all PLP uses the sign of the crab.

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MITCHELL:CARICOM MUST REACT STRONGLY TO EU SANCTIONS

For Immediate Release8 May 2020 There is a need for a more vigourous response to the recent announcement that The Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados and other countries are to be placed on a blacklist of countries by the European Union which will make it harder for our financial services sector to operate and for Bahamians to do business overseas and in particular in Europe. This will put at risk thousands of well-paying jobs in the region. Our Finance spokesman has already expressed the outrage of the party. The truth is this is quite a petty and cruel act at a time

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TRYING TO BLAME BRADLEY ROBERTS FOR MOULTRIE’S SINS DID MOULTRIE BREAK THE LAW?

Poor Halson Moultrie, the hapless dumbo who is the Speaker of the House thought he was doing a favour for his constituents by supplying hand water pumps in the area but alas the Leader of the PLP  exposed him as tapping into contaminated water fields.  When that backfired on him, there was no answer to it.  But never mind the FNM, always ingenious, has one solution, just blame the PLP.  So a days later came Adrian Gibson’s Water and Sewerage Corporation leak that yes it was the PLP’s fault because the PLP’s Board Chair the late Bradley Roberts delayed the

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DOES THE CENTRAL BANK KNOW WHAT IT’S DOING?

The head of the Central Bank is John Rolle. His wife is Dr. Nicola Rolle.  She is the head of National Insurance, the largest institutional investor in the country by far.  They have U S investments overseas pursuant to the loosened restrictions of the bank, prior to Mr. Rolle’s arrival.  Now comes Covid 19 and the reserves in the Central Bank under Mr. Rolle; the reserves appear to be threatened. First the  Central Bank said no foreign bank could repatriate their profits to their home countries.  Then last week, they said the  National Insurance Board and and other Bahamians should

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POTTER’S CAY ARAWAY CAY AND MONTAGU VENDORS

Potters Cay vendors have been told by the government that they can open if they compaly with a list of about ten things: current business license, Current food handlers Certificates for all employees, Current Health certificates  for all employees, National Insurance payments up to date, the Compliance Certificates, Covid 19 Complaint, Extermination of rodents completed, running water ( hot) and electricity available, grease traps installed, monthly installment plan for lease payments outstanding.  If they don’t they cannot reopen. Wow. No money in anyone’s hands. We guess it will be the Arawak Cay vendors next. The Montagu Vendors are also concerned

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HARASSMENT BY THE POLICE ON THE STREETS

Out of the blue, two cops show up on the streets and you can tell problems are being created. There is a long line of cars, traffic backed up for minutes. The other side is clear.  What are the police doing?  They are checking people to find out if they have identification on them?  Please.  People trying to get home, go to the food store. Is this the best use of police time? The Prime Minister is the cause of this because he issued an instruction that everyone when they go outside must have some form of government identification.  This

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