Editorial

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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STATEMENT FROM THE PLP ON KAY FORBES SMITH

Statement From The Chairman  of the PLP On Kay Forbes Smith  Continuing  As President  of The Senate  For Immediate  Release  13 November  2019 What is taking place in the Senate  today with a debate on hurricane  relief and the President of the Senate who is also in charge  of hurricane relief in Grand  Bahama, sitting in the chair  is a natural disgrace. She is responsible for the chaos  and disorder for hurricane  relief in Freeport. We thought that Kay Forbes  Smith had higher public standards  than this. We thought  that despite the fact that she is part of a corrupt  and

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FNM PROPAGANDISTS AT WORK IN THE PUNCH LIES ON THE PLP

The down market rag called The Punch, written and directed by ethically challenged and amoral Ivan Johnson, was at it again last week.  First he claimed that Senior PLPs were being investigated because a commission was paid to someone named Stephen Hobson for brokering the deal to Damen Shipyard in in the Netherlands to build the 9 new Defence Force boats. The truth is that the investigation is not one into any PLP official at all. The investigation is into Stephen Hobson. The PLP issued a statement saying the whole allegation was nonsense. The contract was the same one that

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TRUMP AN EMBARASSMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES

The Chinese and the Americans have agreed to remove the tariffs they now impose on each other. Who is the winner of that? Clearly the Chinese. Donald Trump, the US President, accomplished nothing. He did not bring the Chinese to their knees.  He did not lessen the deficit in trade between the countries.  In fact in the last week it was announced that the deficit had in fact widened. In the meantime, the farmers in the US lost their shirts.  All because of an idle and jingoistic policy which  was ill thought out and rambling.   The world order that

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JOAN SAWYER NEEDS TO GO SIT HER CRANKY BUTT DOWN

So the press keeps giving the mad hatter a berth every week in the press.  Well she is not actually mad but she is eccentric and unreliable. We are talking about Dame Joan Sawyer, former President of the Court of Appeal, whose latest rant in the press was to attack the Charge of the Haitian Embassy in The Bahamas because he said that it was not a good idea to send his citizens to prison who came here as illegal or irregular migrants.  Old law and order Joan was having none of that. She attacked him and told him he

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WHAT ABOUT NO VAT FOR RAGGED ISLAND? ( Because they have a PLP MP)

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis broke his promises to the people of Ragged Island, about one hundred souls, when their island homes were wrecked by Hurricane Irma two years ago.  The truth be told when the Prime Minister made the promise, his heart wasn’t in it, because his first sentiment in public was that Ragged Islanders should abandon their island community and move. It was only political pressure by Ragged Islanders in Nassau that caused them to say that they would rebuild and he promised to rebuild a green city. Today it is green alright but only green because the

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Calsey Johnson To Get State Funeral

The former Senator, Ambassador, PLP Secretary General and General Manager of the Broadcasting Corporation Calsey Johnson will have a state funeral on Friday 8th November 2019 at Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

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THE FNM’S TRIBALISM WILL REAP A BITTER HARVEST

You have a Prime Minister who has engendered so much hatred amongst the supporters of the other side, that it is difficult to see how Hubert Minnis can continue to live in The Bahamas once he loses office. The same will go for so many of them. The country has an unprecedented level of tribalism, with PLPs being fired from positions, overlooked for positions for which they are obviously qualified and the FNM continues oblivious to the hurt being caused.

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RIGHTS BAHAMAS ARE MAD AS HATTERS

Fred Smith sadly did not die in the accident in Italy and was back of the front pages of the newspapers of The Bahamas clowning around in wheel chair in Italy as if he were some conquering lion. That he has survived the accident and promises to return to The Bahamas to  create much more mischief in The Bahamas, was not as a result of the prayers of the faithful.  His front organization called Rights Bahamas was in the press denouncing The Bahamas again because our usually timid government stood up to these international bullies who want to tell us

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PRESSURE ON THE HOUSING MARKET

The Government is proceeding apace with the building of a tent city or dome housing in Abaco.  They are doing it without regard to the fact that the city is being built on the well fields in Abaco.  There is a desperate need for housing in Abaco as people begin to drift back to the island from the U S and from  New Providence where many have run to find shelter.  It is creating quite a lot of housing pressure on New Providence. People report that rents are sky high in New Providence as a result of the increased demand.

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WHAT THE HELL WAS THE SPEAKER THINKING?

The Leader of the Opposition Philip Brave Davis told the press on Friday 25th October 2019 that the Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie MP is not fit to be Speaker of the House. There is no question that he is not a fit and proper person for that post.  He is thin skinned, does not have the temperament for the job and is just plain dumb. As a presiding officer, it appears that he does not know how to take advice.  The result is he falls into error. You probably all remember the attack on Glenys Hanna

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DESMOND BANNISTER AND MARVIN DAMES DULL STARS

Watching the House of Assembly is painful these days.  The folk who have 34 seats now reduced to 33, that is the FNM government, and their Members of Parliament, think that they are the smartest people in the world.  Their performances in the House come off like something from a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. It is a comedy.  Examples. On Wednesday 9th October 2019, they would not let the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis finish his explanation about the report from the Pacific Disaster Centre whose experts have helped The Bahamas in every hurricane for the last ten years.

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SERVICE ISSUES IN THE BAHAMAS

The flight was supposed to leave Long Island’s Deadman’s Cay Airport at 9:30 a m. It did not. True to form in The Bahamas the flight was late.  It was two hours late. The Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell was in Long Island on Monday and Tuesday 7th and 8th October 2019 to visit the grave of the late Captain Alphonso Moree. He needed to be in Nassau for the Leader of the Opposition’s press conference scheduled for Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 11 a.m.  There is no reason why if the flight had not been on time

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THE COURTS ARE CUTTING BACK ON FREEDOM IN THE BAHAMAS

The Bahamian people are too silent on this issue. We have raised the alarm several times since the ruling of Indra Charles in the Bahamian courts that sought to stop Parliament from discussing a matter of public importance.  Neither the Speaker nor the Government stood up to the bad ruling that she made in law. The FNM Government craven as they are withdrew the appeal. They love Fred Smith Q C who funded their campaign. He was the lawyer who secured the bad ruling and now of course he is kicking them in the ass because of the immigration issues

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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH DWINDLES

If Laish Boyd is not careful with the Anglican Church which he now superintends, he is looking at the graveyard for the church. There is a lot of promise. The great promise is the fact that so many young men and women want to join the church as priests.  However, as Bishop of the Anglicans and this same applies to Patrick Pinder of the Catholics, if they do not engage in a more dynamic evangelism and a more inclusive leadership, they will continue to have declining memberships. The age has changed in a way, the younger ones have a shorter

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A Happy Birthday Greeting To Fred Mitchell From Kevin Tomlinson

This was posted on Mr. Tomlinson’s Facebook page on 5th October 2019 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR Over 26 years ago, at the age of 17, I approached you and asked if you would be my mentor, with a confused look you declined and stated that you have never mentored anyone and don’t have the time for that. Since then each time I saw you I continued to re-introduce myself and ask the same question and I always got the same response until 2 years later when we spoke at Bahamas Faith Ministries one evening after one of my performances. Since then

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WORDS ON HURICANE HAUNT THE PM

A video circulated last week on social media of the then Leader of the Opposition Hubert Minnis saying how the Opposition must be involved in the hurricane relief effort. What a difference a few years makes.  He is the Prime Minister now and he shows not a care in the world about the Opposition being involved in the hurricane relief effort.  It shows that you can’t believe a word he says.  He who criticized public travel by Ministers was up at the United Nations with his ministers surrounding him in his luxury hotel suite.

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THE HAITIAN PROBLEM

A video surfaced last week on social media which showed that Haitians were coming back to Abaco and the commentary was that despite the “no build ” order for the Mud and Pigeon Peas slum, they were headed there to rebuild.  Worse than that the commentator was accusing Haitians of forming gangs going to occupy the abandoned homes of Bahamians and stealing their goods and vandalizing their homes.  The report was that there is no law and order and it appears that the official government of The Bahamas has abandoned Abaco. We don’t know if its true or not but

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Romi Ferreira Flubs It

There is no other way you can say it: the video of the Minister for the Environment and Housing Romauld Ferreira answering the question of the Nassau Guardian on 24 September 2019 outside the Cabinet Office makes him look like a frickin idiot. He has the reputation of being red eyed and inebriated looking. They teasingly call him “ Rummy” Ferreira, because of the long nights he used to spend at Da Bing Bar in Fox Hill during the General Election campaign. The Environment community has been shocked at his behaviour since coming to office.  He has been silent as

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ANGLICAN BISHOP SHOULD NOT BE AN APLOGIST FOR THE FNM

On 18th September 2019, the following statement in part was issued by Bishop Laish Boyd of the Anglican Diocese of Nassau, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  While we appreciate that a Bishop is supposed to preach love and reconciliation, the facts should always be borne out. The Bishop was upset that there have been attacks on the Government and in his words so much negativity about the government since the storm. It is not the role of the church to protect the government.  The church was strangely silent when the PLP was in power when attacks of

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THE LITTLE BOY WHO IS THE MP FOR SOUTH ABACO

Where Oh Where Can that Little Boy beOh, where oh where is he? — adapted from an old nursery rhyme James Albury was elected to the House of Assembly at the tender age of 23.  He was the choice of the Abaco whites for their representative, simply because he was an FNM. Eva Bain, the PLP’s standard bearer in the last election would have been a better choice.  Not that he Mr. Albury had the talent or the ability just they liked him and he was FNM.  His performance after the hurricane hit Abaco has been underwhelming.  He has been

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THE EVIL WORDS OF DAME JOAN SAWYER

She is the Bahamian equivalent of the wicked witch of the East. She is irrational in her arguments and stupid in her interventions. She comes off as crazed and illogical. She was a bad judge and should not have been chosen as Chief Justice or President of the Court of Appeal.  The first sign of her ill intent was when she became Chief Justice, her first pronouncement at her swearing in at Government House was that she did not think that it was correct that Bahamians only should serve on the bench. This after activists fought for her to get

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THE GREAT HATIAN/BAHAMIAN DEBATE

There is a spirted debate going on in the country now about Haitians and their continued stay in The Bahamas. There are some political and economic realities. First, the Haitians helped to build and help to maintain the country as it is today. If they left, the country would collapse.  The dominant English based culture and Black and White elites of that description have a love hate relationship with the Haitians and their offspring. The country is largely integrated but every time there is a pressure point like this storm, this issue comes up. One group is virulent in their view

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