Senator Fred Mitchell with Portia Nottage, the widow of the late Dr BJ Nottage at a memorial service by the Bain Town Branch of the PLP 6th July.
Senator Fred Mitchell with Senator Clay Sweeting and Commodore Butch Scavella in Tarpum Bay Eleuthera 29 June at PLP Branch meeting in South Eleuthera.
Senator Fred Mitchell with Senators Clay Sweeting and Jobeth Davis and Fox Hill Chair Charlene Marshall at PLP Branch Fox Hill meeting 21 June
Senator Fred Mitchell speaking at the Golden Isles branch of the PLP at Gerald Cash Primary School 22 January. Michael Halkitas is the PLP’s caretaker for that branch. Branch Chair Greg Smith is standing next to Senator Mitchell.
Senator Fred Mitchell with Dame Marguerite Pindling at her 85 th birthday celebration at Government House 23 June
Senator Fred Mitchell with Elaine Williams Pinder at the 85 th birthday celebration of the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House 23 June
Senator Fred Mitchell with his siblings seated Marva, Ian and Carla with Matthew standing next to him. Everyone is in town and so they took the photo of the whole family of Fred Sr and Lilla nee Ford at the plaque in St Agnes Church in Grants Town in New Providence 11 June.
Senator Fred Mitchell with Sterling Wilkinson from Bimini, St Agnes Rector Ranfurly Brown, Rev Dr James Moultrie and Paris Cartwright at the service for Fred Sr and Lilla Mitchell at St Agnes Church in Grants Town 29 May
Senator Fred Mitchell with former Prime Minister Perry Christie at the end of the memorial service for Fred Sr and Lilla Mitchell at St Agnes Church 29 May
Senator Fred Mitchell welcomes Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling and Bradley Roberts former Minister of Works at the Memorial Service for his parents at St Agnes Church in Grants Town 29 May
Senator Fred Mitchell with Sir Orville Turnquest and Rev J Carl Rahming at the Memorial Service for his parents Lilla and Fred Mitchell at St Agnes 29 May
Carla Mitchell Seymour looks on with her children Carlton Jr and Celine and a friend Anabelle
Robert Ian Mitchell looks on at the reception in St Agnes Church Hall
Senator Fred Mitchell with Senator Sharon Ferguson Knowles at the Memorial Service for Fred Sr and Lilla Mitchell at St Agnes Church in Grants Town 29 May
Former Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell at St Paul’s Church Fox Hill with the campaign team 14 MayFormer Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell at St Paul’s Church Fox Hill with the campaign team 14 May
I have read a lot of rubbish over the past few days since the election from the FNM leadership and its supporters.
My take on it is this. The FNM and its supporters should not believe their own propaganda.
The objective reality is that they simply have a mandate to govern for five years. There is nothing revolutionary about their victory or far reaching. They were able to manipulate a population suffering from the ill effects of the economic recession which was never overcome and the turn of clever phrases plus the money of foreign interests to accomplish what they have and the failure of the PLP to correct the problem.
Michael Manley said in Jamaica when he was at his darkest hour: we routed them before; we can rout them again.
I say that to PLPs. Let us not get caught up in silly sentimentality, and believe the FNM’s propaganda about ourselves. It is simply rubbish. This is not the second coming but a simple election victory which can be reversed in five years. Emphasis on “can”. We have got to move quickly though and put this past behind us.
The problems are glaring and obvious but we will need professionals to guide us through the process.
The road will be difficult because these people in the FNM are especially vicious and vindictive. They have no moral or ethical underpinnings which will prevent them from doing anything that they can get away with. That is the reality. If we get into boo hoo and woulda, shoulda, coulda then we are lost ourselves.
Politics is not a crying game. It is a competition for power. Power is the only fact. They have it, we want it and need it to govern and protect the poor in this country. The rich are now in charge. Eileen Carron, Louis Bacon. Fred Smith, Sarkis Ismerlian. That is the fight now against rich and powerful monied interests.
The rats are guarding the cheese.
It was an honour working with all colleagues. I thank those in Fox Hill who voted for me. I have no special analysis to offer. We lost. We can win again.
Please don’t bore me with too much analysis and crying.
There is nothing else to say. Let’s get to work and defeating these people.
STATEMENT BY FRED MITCHELL MP
ON THREATS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER ON THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND PUBLIC SERVANTS
7 May 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
I have waited for several days now to hear the Free National Movement publicly repudiate the statements made by the former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on the stage at the FNM’s rally on Tuesday 2nd May. In my various addresses from if the public stage and through social media, I have asked whether the FNM intends to follow through on the various threats to end employment summarily in the public service if (god forbid) they become the next government. There has been stony silence and contempt from the FNM. It means they mean to fire people if they come to power.
The attack by Mr. Ingraham is particularly egregious and worrisome since he was the author of similar policies from the public platform as far back as 2007.
This is a new low even for Mr. Ingraham and it reminds us of the adage that we employed against him in 2002: Don’t put a goat on a board floor because it will prance.
It is embarrassing for a former Prime Minister of this country, a country that wants and expects an elder statesman, who can speak to issues of national import without vitriol and nastiness and partisanship, and who can be comfortable and respected in his retirement by all sides. Now he comes back into the public fray and attacks the Governor General, threatening her post, in a move which violates all traditions and norms. He is attacking someone who he knows cannot defend herself. She can say nothing but be subject to nastiness and filth from man who ought to know better.
He also knows that the PLP came to office with two Governors General who were former FNM politicians. In each case, their tenure was secure until they themselves decided it was time to leave. The PLP believes in protecting our national institutions, not prostituting them.
Finally it is advisable for the former Prime Minister to give it a rest. Bitterness over his dismissal by Sir Lynden Pindling, the Governor General’s late husband back in 1983, is something he ought to let go. As a retiree himself, he ought to be preparing for Jesus and leave his bitterness to the Lord.
Is his revenge on Sir Lynden in 1992 not complete enough? He is reminded that he said when he took over as Prime Minister on the night of 19 August 1992: “the maid gone, the dog gone, the car gone.” He was speaking of the official support given to a Prime Minister. He ordered them unceremoniously stripped away from Sir Lynden.
That night he showed how spiteful and hateful he was as a person. Twenty-five years later Sir Lynden has gone on to his eternal reward and now he turns on the man’s wife. What type of man does that? It is time for him to let the hurt of being fired go.
Since Independence we have only had three prime ministers. That office carries with it public responsibilities even in retirement. It would be a sad thing if the post script on Hubert Ingraham were to record he left the public gaze a bitter and angry man.
I again call on the FNM to repudiate these threats, separate themselves from the former Prime Minister and say whether public service jobs will be protected when should they prevail.
Ray and Lisa Garcia ( nee Karas)
Fred Mitchell MP, Nikos Karathanassis, Calvin Brown
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell with friends James Pryor and Barbara, his wife to the left of the Minister.
With Mr. and Mrs. Ofer Jonasoff of Isreal
With Carmen, the mother of the bride
With friends James Pryor and wife Barbara, Attorney Barry Resnick and Stephen White
Ray and Lisa exchange vows with Rev. Dr. J. Carl Rahming
The father of the bride Nikos with Lisa
Nicholaos Karathanassis ( contracted to Karas) came to The Bahamas almost twenty years ago. He loves it. He is the Honorary Consul for Sierra Leone in The Bahamas. His daughter Lisa came to The Bahamas to get married in The Bahamas where she met her husband Ray Garcia. The wedding was presided over by Rev. J Carl Rahming of Fox Hill. Fred Mitchell MP Fox Hill, a friend of Mr. Karathanassis, attended the wedding. The wedding in photos.
Thursday 4 May PLP Rally
Fred Smith QC has once more gone over the top. He circulated a video tape on Saturday 22 April where he is seen speaking and a black man shining his shoes. Mr. Smith is so mentally obtuse that he probably does not realise how patently offensive his conduct is. It is purely racist. The more important point from the statement however is that he confesses that he is supporting the Free National Movement financially. This means that he is confirming that the Save The Bays money is actually going just as we thought to help the FNM. Secondly in the video tape, Mr. Smith offers the Minister for Immigration Fred Mitchell money. Mr. Mitchell said speaking at a meeting in Exuma on 22 April that Mr. Smith has a client before him and a request of the Minister for Immigration to make a quasi-judicial decision. He questioned the crowd as they re-joined that this was bribery. Mr. Mitchell said he would be asking the Attorney General to investigate this as a possible bribery offence.
Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell said goodbye to the staff of the passport office in Freeport on what was his last day in official work in Freeport. The Minister started the practice in March 2013 of going to Freeport very Friday to conduct immigration and passport business. The Minister explained to the staff that there is a beginning and an end to everything. With elections coming this means the end of the present term and so he thanked them for all their work and wished them well in their future endeavours. To mark the occasion, he took a photograph with them.
(One of the new areas of the Fox Hill constituency)
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell meeting with the residents of Garden View Estates 27 March
In his last statement to the House of Assembly on 27 March in this term, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell spoke out for the resolution conveyancing lands with poor title to the various residents of Moore’s Island in the Abacos. The video was captured by C Allen Johnson.
Fred Mitchell MP spoke in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 8th February on the Freedom of Information Bill.
The video was captured by C Allen Johnson.
BY Peter Ramsay of the Bahamas Information Services
Watch here: https://vimeo.com/201153817/709a4054c4
Interview with Silbert Mills in Abaco 27 January on governance and Immigration
The following statement was released by Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on the passing of Pastor Wilbur Outten in Freeport, Grand Bahama today 15 January:
Once again the sadness of death strikes us, having stolen one of our most beloved sons away too soon. We do not complain although we are sad. We are a people who live in hope.
I join with the Grand Bahama Community in expressing condolences on the passing of Pastor Wilbur Outten.
I want to express my public thanks to his family both biological and the extended church family for his civic leadership, and the example of fairness and equanimity which he set in the Freeport and the wider Grand Bahama Community.
Under his leadership, the church engaged in significant outreach to all communities and was a centre for learning, teaching and civic exchange. I deeply appreciate his role in promoting a civil polity. That extended hand was instrumental in explaining our immigration policies and other public policy matters to the wider public. I am deeply appreciative for his help.
He will be missed. May he rest in peace!
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