Editorial

FIXING IT UP WITH BAHAMAS PRESS

There is some unhappiness with our friends at Bahamas Press.  This was an unalterable voice in support of the progressive cause during the four and a half year nightmare that was the Minnis Government.  So there is some of the reporting on the site that seems to attack the PLP. It is not good. Whatever it is, let’s fix this before it gets out of hand.

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GETTING CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT

The Chairman of the PLP Fred Mitchell MP described what Hubert Minnis and the FNM has done as planting obstructionists and poisoned pills everywhere in the service so that their operatives are blocking the work of the new administration.  So even though our system is supposedly run by a neutral public service, we all know that in fact that is not the case.  Nowhere is that more so than in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, where the Force seems split right in half between FNM and PLP. Last week, an officer in a highly sensitive position, who is a hard

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THE BAN ON HAITIAN TRAVEL SHOULD BE LIFTED

Each week Bahamians of mainly Haitian descent are stuck in Haiti unable to come home because of the unwise and discriminatory ban on Haitians travelling lawfully to The Bahamas.  It is clear that this does not stop Haitians from coming here but those who want to come the right way have no legitimate way of doing so at the moment.  Hubert Minnis put a ban in place and so from February of this year, no Bahamian could travel to their home country from Haiti.  Crazy.  This is just a patient country.  In any other country there would have been a

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WHO DO YOU HIRE TO DO THE GOVERNMENT’S WORK

The Leader of the Opposition Dr, Hubert Minnis, hapless and clumsy as he is, has been in the press over the past week making a fuss about those who have been reengaged as public servants to  do the work of the new Government.  That is hypocritical on his part, since he was the master at it when he was Prime Minister. Silly rabbit. However, it finds attraction in some quarters because of the argument  in favour of ageism, that somehow old people are no longer useful because they are old.  What is relevant is whether the person has the acumen

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HUBERT MINNIS: CLOTHED IN HIS RIGHT MIND? ( OUR HEADLINE)

A Message From Andrew Burrows on FB I called it “fake outrage” because it’s a reaction to something that has been around forever. Maybe I should have called it “new found outrage” since it was absent when previous administrations did in fact, re-engage former civil servants on contract while they were still able to collect pensions. Either way, folks will be upset. That’s understandable. Here’s my reply to that. Be upset. Then find out the facts. You may end up even more upset if you think this was a unique situation. It isn’t. You can go down the line of

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KWASI THOMPSON LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD

The Tribune headline in the Business Section on Friday 8 October 2021 was startling and inaccurate.  According to the former Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson, the Free National Movement administration left in place sound investment and plans for the PLP to build upon.  He is living in a dream world.  The same day it was revealed by Moody’s that The Bahamas would have to pay some 3 billion or more in principal payments to lenders by 2026 and the FNM had no clear plan how to deal with this and no fresh money coming in.  So clearly something

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WHAT IS THE FNM TO DO NOW?

The first days after the kind of devastating loss by the FNM are really bad days. From experience, the PLP can tell the FNM that you are shell shocked.  The brutality of our governmental system  says that you are in one day and out the next.  So one day Hubert Minnis was up and down with policemen at his beck and call and sirens screaming as he ran about the kingdom.  The next day he was just another lonely soldier like the rest of us.  The question in the headline is not rhetorical for Hubert Minnis.  It is real.  He

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IVAN JOHNSON AND THE PUNCH BITE THE DUST

It was announced on 4 October 2021 that Ivan Johnson, the Editor, owner and published of the down market rag The Punch died that day of a suspected heart attack.  Thus ended the career of the man who Lynden Pindling called “the lyingest reporter” in The Bahamas. In his career, he damaged thousands of lives by the innuendoes, half-truths and lies that he spun in The Punch.  He appealed to the worst nature in Bahamians and pedaled homophobia, racism and misogyny.  Many are glad to see the back of him for the nastiness which he pedaled.  In the Christian spirit

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A LOT OF HUNGRY PEOPLE

Bob Marley sang that a hungry man is an angry man. You can see the evidence of that with the general election done, but the problem of hunger and poverty in The Bahamas exacerbated by the mismanagement of the socials services ministry and the support for the hungry under Hubert Minnis.  Each week since the election, MPs have been deluged with cries for help for food.  Let’s get his problem solved.

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IS THERE ANY MONEY IN THE KITTY ?

Debt to GDP National Debt The first thing the new Government has to or had to decide is what to do about the money that the country needs to keep running.  That required a look see at what the last administration had done. Rumours abounded that they had agreed to a loan at exorbitant interest rates and one that tied the country to raising the VAT rates.  So the FNM went into attack mode and said that the PLP could not fulfil its promises to lower the VAT rate. That is false. The point is though, the  loan should be

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THE FNM PROPAGANDA WAR CONTINUES

According to the FNM, the reason that there is onslaught of Haitians coming to The Bahamas is because the PLP held a reception for Bahamians of Haitian descent in Fox Hill to encourage them to vote for the PLP. They say that sent out an invitation for all to come from Haiti.  This is nonsense. The evidence does not support it. The Haitian migration problem has been a long standing one from 1804.  It is not a new issue. Has nothing to do with the campaign to invite Bahamians of Haitian descent to vote PLP. Remember people that only Bahamians

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THE BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

Last week, the Free National Movement and its partisans were busy trying to spread panic in the population because Haitian migrants were on the move up The Bahamas chain, trying to get to the United States.  The weather is good, there is physical collapse in Haiti and no government, so this is a prefect recipe for smugglers.  It is not a new problem.  It is a predicable problem. The problem is that despite us as country having to deal with this for over 200 years, people still do not seem to be able to manage what is happening. Anyway, by

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JOHN PINDER SAYS IT’S A MORAL CHOICE

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

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WHAT DOES THE RESULT MEAN?

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

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OVERLY AGGRESSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT

Elections should not be about running the gauntlet of cranky policemen. The Royal Bahamas Police Fore did not put its best foot forward in the service of the Bahamian people by the men and women its sent out to guard the election process.  Too many reports came of them getting into contentious and emotional tirades with voters and with poll agents on Advanced Poll Day 9 September 2021. The Commissioner ought to give some of these folks a crash course in how to improve their bedside manner.

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES OF FNM FAILURES IN GRAND BAHAMA

Four years after its start the unfinished Government Complex in Eight Mile Rock SQUANDERING an OPPORTUNITY Of A LIFETIME History will judge the five (5) former sitting members of Parliament for Grand Bahama harshly for the part they played in this dispensation. The failure of this FNM administration is a direct result of the inattention given to the biblical admonition of “looking out for the least of these amongst us!! Instead, the MP’s have pandered to and concentrated on serving the rich and well connected as priority number one. They, then, cruelly exclaimed that it was the “people’s time.” Public

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HAS THE FNM THROWN IN THE TOWEL?

One Minister of the government told a source that he will not spend another dime of his money in this general election.  He says the best he will do is to help a few disgruntled FNMs with fifty or sixty dollars or so to tide things over but not another dime. He says the population has made their minds up against the FNM.  He says that the Adrian Gibson matter has thrown the whole FNM campaign into disarray  Every doorstep he goes on, they are asking about Adrian Gibson giving a contract to his girlfriend.  Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS: THE PARTYING MINISTER IN THE PRIVATE JET

Darren Henfield, the Member of Parliament for North Abaco, and the worst Minister of Forego Affairs the country has ever seen, is now known as the partying Minister. The Minister thinks he has a slam dunk coming in his favour up in his North Abaco constituency so is not paying attention to the fundamentals.  Instead he is still rocking with Doc, and in the process using up  all the good will he had.  He has a private jet at his disposal and he has it loaded with his constituents who support him, partying all the way up from Nassau to

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JOHN PINDER HAS NO SHAME

John Pinder is the Director of Labour. He presided in that job over the decimation of the  hotel working sector.  He allowed Atlantis to furlough the workers at the establishment and not give them their redundancy money after being off from work for 18 months. Yet he is going around Fox Hill seeking to get votes from the same people who he helped to destroy.  We hope that there is a resounding no vote against John Pinder in Fox Hill this time around.

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WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGN WILL IT BE?

There will be a short sharp shock of  campaign. This has been a long goodbye. The PLP has been calling for the general election ever since the Prime Minister at Christmas time sent out rumours that he intended to call an election just after lent of this year. He has been playing with things for months and finally rang the bell on Thursday 19 August 2021 trying to play on the sympathy of disgruntled FNMs who he thought would remember that infamous date when they were first elected to office.  The islands are now covered in posters from both sides. 

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ARE WE FEARFUL OF WHAT THE PLP MIGHT MEET?

There is no question that the country is deeper in debt than it has ever been.  The FNM administration has borrowed five  billion dollars in the four years that they have been in power and revenues have decreased dramatically with the shut down of the tourism sector. The FNM has not been very transparent about what they are doing.  There are doubts about the financial technical capacity of the Ministry, so no one is quite sure what they did and what they are doing and so what the PLP will meet should they win the general election.  Most think that

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SO LONG TO THE COUNTRY’S WORST PRIME MINISTER EVER

Even when he was doing what appeared to be right thing, Hubert Minnis couldn’t get it right.  So he finally got the point that he needed to dissolve Parliament.  All the Prime Ministers before him managed to do that simple act without a hitch.  There was Sir Roland Symonette, Sir Lynden Pindling, Hubert Ingraham, Perry Christie. This one only had to look up the damn files to see how it was done. But no, he got it wrong.  He first had a proclamation read to prorogue the House. That was on Wednesday 18 August 2021. They forgot it appears to

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BROTHER AL MC CARTNEY OF THE BRETHREN DIES AT 99

The following statement was issued by the Leader of the PLP Philip Brave Davis:  For Immediate Release 5 August 2021 I am saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Al McCartney, Pastor Emeritus of East Street Gospel Chapel. Pastor Al will long be remembered as a stalwart and a good and faithful servant in the work of the Brethren Assemblies in The Bahamas.  His impact on the religious community is indelible, his leadership has influenced many deacons, elders and pastors, and his erudite teachings have enlightened and edified many. Pastor Al ran a good race, he did not faint

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A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT JOHNSON POET DECEASED

BY REV KEITH RUSSELL Robert Elliot Johnson 1948-2021 An Ode to REJ Robert Elliot Johnson died two days ago, on 1 August 2021. For the most part, I don’t think the nation took much notice; it didn’t notice him much while he was here.  He was a poet of exceptional gifts. And he was a Bahamian, from Fox Hill.  In our present moment, any lowbrow person can create a voice note on social media, which contains inconsequential gibberish, and instantly it goes viral. Who reads and quotes Robert Johnson? Who reads? It is so unfortunate the level to which our

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The Chinese Provide Gifts To The Country On Covid

By Kathryn Campbell NASSAU, The Bahamas – On behalf of The Government of The Bahamas, the Hon. Renward Wells Minister of Health, accepted the sixth batch of medical supplies worth $78,000 — a gift of the Chinese Government. What is described as the “biggest and highest value” batch of medical supplies delivered by the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas was handed over by Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dai Qingli, during a brief ceremony today at the Ministry of Health (MOH), Meeting Street.   Senior executives including Acting Permanent Secretary Siobhan Deane of the

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BODYGUARDS HAVE MORE SAY THAN THE COMMISSIONER?

Here is how the promotions are supposed to work in the services both the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force.  The Commodore and the Commissioner respectively make their nominations  for the men and women in the force generally at the various ranks.  They are supposed to advance those who are fit and proper with seniority  and ability as the two watchwords. These lists are then forwarded to the political heads and in the case of the  Police to the Police Service Commission in the cases which are required by law.  The review by the Prime Minister

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MITCHELL IN WASHINGTON D.C.

The question came up at dinner with Senator Fred Mitchell: will you return home?  It is a difficult question and the issue is not just sentimental but structural and practical.  You have an offer of 28k to work  in The Bahamas as a doctor but one million dollars to work as a Doctor in the U.S.  No issues in the States about your family background and your political connections, you just do your job in the states and collect your pay. So the consensus when it started out, it was 80 per cent in favour of coming home and 20

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THE TRIBUNE’S FULL FRONTAL ATTACK ON CARL BETHEL

So the Carron’s, the owners of The Tribune, have a proposal before the Government to collect the revenues from the air overflights that traverse The Bahamas. They say it’s a slam dunk.  The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis wants the deal they propose or so he has told them. Looks so but well it ain’t happening.  So in a remarkable twist of events, The Tribune launched a full scale attack on Carl Bethel, the Attorney General, with a picture of a jackass on the front page and saying he is the reason why the deal won’t fly.  Sounds a little fishy

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ANOTHER BAHAMIAN KID KAI JONES JOINS THE NBA

30 July 2021 So Kai Jones ( shown with his parents Casprintina and Deyvon Jones) is another  Bahamian to join the ranks of the multimillionaires in the American National Basketball Association. That’s him with his parents all out in pink.  Bold fellow. Real men wear pink.  But the serious point beside the congratulations is the profile of a new generation of Bahamians, Black Bahamians who have come and will come into fabulous wealth by dint not of family inheritance or Bahamian government connections but  due to their talent and perseverance and that of their parents.  His Mom and Dad have

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AG LOSES YET ANOTHER CASE

The Attorney General Carl Bethel can’t win one case.  Remember his losing the cases of Shane Gibson and Frank Smith.  Then he lost the cases of the injunctions to Fred Smith, the quirky lawyer from Grand and Bahama, who likes to fight for non-Bahamians. The latest two: a freezing order against someone accused of being a  Mafioso from Italy was discharged by the courts

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AN ACT OF FOOLISHNESS BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Leader of the Opposition wrote to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the routine renewal of the US Visa offered and renewed on two previous occasions since the general election of  2017 to the Opposition’s spokesman for Foreign Affairs Senator Fred Mitchell. Everything was routine, except that there seemed to be a holdup  which could not be explained.  It was thought that the Americans might have been the reason. Turns out that the reason was that the Minister intervened and decided that the application should not be advanced because according to the Ministry there was

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BTC SALE WAS THE STEAL OF THE CENTURY

( Originally from Bahamas Press) NASSAU| In the four years since the termination of Leon Williams as CEO in 2017, BTC has gone through 3 CEOs: Dexter Cartwright, Gary Sinclair and now Andre Foster. Nothing seems to have gone right for BTC in the last 4 years.  Annualized Revenues have dropped $167 Million, from $348 Million to $181 Million. CBL Annualized Revenues are $200 Million for the same period.  BTC has 181 K mobile customers now while ALIV has 186 K mobile customers.  BTC’s Fixed Line business is materially stagnant.  BTC’s EBITDA (is essentially net income (or earnings) with interest,

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JOHN PINDER SHOULD RESIGN AS DIRECTOR OF LABOUR

The following statement was issued by Senator Fred Mitchell, Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party and PLP Candidate for Fox Hill on John Pinder’s remarks about the unions in The Bahamas: For Immediate Release 5 July 2021 It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the comments attributed to FNM Labour Director, John Pinder, in today’s national papers, 5 July, essentially down play the dedication and important work of union leaders in this country while dismissing the challenges being faced by a significant number of union members. It is regrettable that John Pinder has allowed his political ambitions to overshadow his

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THE FIGURES GET OUT OF CONTROL ON COVID

The following statement was issued by Senator Michael Darville, Shadow Minister of Health on the current state of affairs with regard to Covid 19 in The Bahamas: We note with alarm the sharp increase in the number of persons newly infected with COVID-19 and the recent announcement that the PMH is at capacity with COVID-19 patients. This information comes on the heels of reports that the highly transmissible Delta variant is spreading exponentially, especially in nations and communities with low vaccination rates. Medical data has shown that persons who have been fully vaccinated against the virus are unlikely to contract

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INDEPENDENCE EXCLUDES LOCAL MUSICIANS

The following statement was issued by Philip Brave Davis, the Leader of The Opposition on the exclusion of secular Bahamian musicians from the Independence Celebrations: For Immediate Release 6 July 2021 The Progressive Liberal Party notes the concerns expressed by the local music entertainment community in the wake of their apparent exclusion from participation in the 48th Independence celebrations. The PLP further notes that this yearly national celebration of independence should have two purposes: the inclusion of young people with their new traditions and ideas. There should also be a celebration of the legacy issues with  our culture, tradition and

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BRIAN SEYMOUR: WOE TO A SLAVE  WHO BECOMES KING

The FNM And Foreign Investment Foreign direct investment is an expedient tool used to developed our country, the Bahamas, 48 years after Independence. Foreign Direct Investment under this weak FNM government has become a yoke of oppression and bondage for beach vendors, hotel workers, and the average citizen. It should never be used as a tool to subjugate our people; or, as an instrument to use our people as doormats by big money interests. Sadly, this FNM Administration has adopted the path of subjugation and jelly back weakness in leadership, and is unwilling in defending our people in the hospitality

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