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THE WORDS OF PHILIP GALANIS

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generic cialis check times;”>25th September 2015

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Philip Galanis, former MP and Prime Minister Perry Christie

Philip Galanis, the former Senator and MP, has been on a one man crusade to reform the PLP it seems. The frustration at what to do when seeing a train wreck is apparent. The problem is that with the PLP when you are too frank in public about the issues related to the internal problems, then you become an enemy to the PLP.  Mr. Galanis is at risk of that.  Anyway, he is his own man, been through the fire and pays his own bills.  This is what he said on the Jeff Lloyd radio programme on Guardian Radio on Thursday 24th September and reported in the press the next day:

 “The PLP came to government on a tremendous high and expectation that we would do a lot in a very short period of time,” he said. “I think we oversold what we could actually do because many of the things we said we would do, we didn’t do – we couldn’t do – because the money wasn’t there. Circumstances didn’t allow. Some of the things we promised were just too pie in the sky, let’s be honest.

 “If we’re not honest then we can’t really benefit from that honest confession about what has to be done, what could be done, what needs to be done differently next time. We’re dealing with an intelligent electorate and they are going to say, ‘you fooled me once, shame on you, you fool me twice, shame on me,’ and they’re not just going to accept any platitudes and promises, however well sounding they may be just because we come with them, particularly in light of the performance record in the last three years.

 “I believe it’s important Mr. Christie be tested (at the party’s November convention) because he needs to answer some questions about what it is that he’s going to do. What is he going to do differently that’s going to help us get out of this mess? Where is the vision? What is the plan? If we continue to present the same tired, stale positions, policies and platitudes that we have put to the people before going to the convention, and we present that to them after the convention, we’re not going to win. If we’re not going to make some really tough decisions as to who our candidates are going to be, we’re not going to win…10,000 jobs in the first year, that was certainly pie in the sky. Even if you expected Baha Mar to come on, though certainly not in the first year, that’s still a pie in the sky promise. And that we would be ready to address the growth of crime on day one that was pie in the sky. The PLP and the FNM, we made the mistake of politicizing crime. It ought not to be.”

 “I’ve seen how things have proceeded in the last three years. Things have gone downward under Mr. Christie’s leadership. The country has gotten worse. That doesn’t mean it can’t get better. I’ve also said publicly that we have about six to eight months to get better. In May 2012, the PLP won the election by 48 per cent. We won by a minority of voters. DNA and FNM together won 50 per cent. Anyone running for PLP has to convince me, how are we going to turn that statistic around?”

“(Bradley) Mr. Roberts (PLP Chairman) has not asked me for my support. Perhaps he doesn’t feel the need to or he doesn’t want it. In fact, someone told me to wear a bullet proof vest when I stand next to him.

 “We want the best person. I think we can find out there are other people who are equally as good if not better. The role of the chairman over the next six months is going to be vital in terms of (making sure) everything is operating properly. The optics of having a seventy-something-year-old man against young people in the FNM and DNA – doesn’t look good for a party that says it wants to represent the future and be for young Bahamians.”