Weekly Comments

IS THE STATUE TO BE MOVED OR NOT?

Tribune image National Heroes Day passed on Monday 11 October last week. Some 16 Bahamians were honoured for their contributions to the country.  The highest award this year went to Algernon Allen, the former Minister, who is now to be styled Right Honourable.  He got the Order of The Bahamas. Meanwhile, there was a raging battle outside in the mainly intellectual community about the statue of Columbus which was put there in front of Government House in 1830 during the British governorship of Sir Carmichael Smith.  Now we add also that Columbus Day before 2016 would have been 11 October.

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IDIOCY AND STUPIDITY AT ITS HIGHEST: MINNIS

Hubert Minnis, the former Prime Minister, must be punch drunk after that shellacking that he and his party received at the hands of the Bahamian people on 16 September 2021.  That must be the explanation for his public commentaries since that election day loss. We start with this: Dr. Minnis showed up on 6 October 2021 at the Bahamar convention centre to get sworn in as a Member of Parliament.  As a legal fact, you cannot get paid until you get sworn in.  That’s the first day of work so to speak. So that must be the explanation for his

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TAKING CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT

When Philip Davis took over the reins of the Government, he was surrounded n the privacy of the Governor General’s office at Montagu by a few trusted counsellors.  There was no media but there were a few private cameras.  That was Saturday 18 September 2021 and he had just arrived from his constituency in Cat Island. The Governor General administered the oath and that was that. The new Prime Minister did that because in this country there is no interregnum  There is no transition period. You are in one day and out the next. And until the new Prime Minister

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THE MYSTERY OF CARL CULMER: DUH

So Carl Culmer, the feckless Chairman of the Free National Movement, finally found his voice from the grave  by issuing a long press release in answer to the decision by the Prime Minister Philip Davis to appoint his Cabinet. According to Mr. Culmer, the Cabinet of Mr. Davis is the largest ever and that this was exactly the opposite of what Mr. Davis had promised in the run up to the general election. There were other discordant voices some of whom had become recent allies of the PLP in the general election who were expressing surprise at the size of

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THE PLP WINS THE GENERAL ELECTION

Prime Minister Philip Davis and Mrs. Davis with Governor General Cornelius Smith and Lady Smith. 18 September 2021 The new Prime Minister of The Bahamas is Philip Edward Brave Davis. He is from Cat Island.  That was where Brave Senior was from and his mother was from Smith’s Hill in Exuma.  He lived first in a little house off the then rocky Wulff Road and then moved a step up on Rolle Avenue, the servant cluster for the Sears Addition people of the Valley. His formative years were spent in Old Bight Cat Island. His daddy was a fireman and

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WEIRD AND MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF FNM REALITY

On Advanced Poll Day in The Bahamas 9 September 2021, some 19,500 people were registered to vote on that day. If they missed that day, they can still vote on Election Day 16 September.  The point here is that they may well have to vote on that day because the 9 September was a study in absolute chaos. Clearly, this was an exercise that neither the Parliamentary Commissioner nor the Prime Minister were ready for.  They made a complete cock up of the whole thing. People in their 80s and 90s were having to sit or stand in lines for

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THE BACK STORY ON THE POLICE PROMOTIONS

Many people do not appreciate the extent to which promotions in the police force and the public service generally are important to public service workers.  People wait on these promotions with bated breath and are devastated when they do not receive them. That was what happened last week as the Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle announced the Government’s choices for promotion in the Royal Bahamas Police Force at the mid-management level.  What typically happens is that people who are adversely affected go on vacation.  The Force is already tight for manpower. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis ordered the calls to those

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THE LABOUR UNIONS AND THE PLP BACK TOGETHER

Labour leaders congratulate Brave Davis (yellow tie) after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Wednesday 25 August 2021 was a great day for the labour movement and the Progressive Liberal Party.  They were back together again.  The Labour Movement as represented by two umbrella unions signed an historic agreement or Memorandum of Understanding to work on objectives to improve the lives of working people in the country.  The two unions: the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB) and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Trade Union Congress (BTUC) signed the agreement. The agreement was signed by Obie Ferguson and

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MINNIS RINGS THE BELL AT LONG LAST

The worst Prime Minister in the short history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas should now be counting his reign in weeks. That he was a shame and disgrace as a public official is an understatement.  As man he has proven to be without substance, character or a moral compass. He has been a complete and utter failure. This is a sad ending to a man who came to office with such hubris and certainly swagger but more importantly the most potent mandate from the public in a generation. He could amend the constitution with the majority of 35 to

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MINNIS CAN’T CALL THE ELECTION

One month ago Prime Minister Hubert Minnis reportedly called his 39 candidates together. This was shortly after he had himself, Desmond Bannister, and the two public service Welbourne Bootle receive their nominations.  He told the troops, the election would be called within 8 days.  He asked the two public servants to resign their offices.  He said the election would be called before school opened. All that is gone with the wind.  It now seems clear that there is no possibility of an early election, and certainly not one before school opens in two weeks. The talk of elections has all

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THE FNM CANT DEFEND THE COUNTRY ON CORRUPTION

It is always interesting to find out what your friends really think of you. The United States has this system of reports on countries: a drugs report, a human rights report, a human trafficking report, what else, oh yes there is a report on investment. The Bahamian press loves this stuff particularly when the PLP is in power because it helps to feed the narrative of the FNM/UBP and press confluence that the black people who run the PLP are crooked and corrupt. The PLP tried to tell the FNM that there are no exceptional negroes when it comes to

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THE SPEECH OF MINNIS WISHY WASHY FLAT NONSENSE

Mama used to say that if you don’t know what to say, the best thing to do is to say nothing.  That is a twist on the saying that it is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and it be confirmed that you are one. That is our message to the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis after a most vacuous address to the nation on Wednesday 28th July 2021.  The Friday before that 23 July 2021, the Minister of Health like a thief in the night announced a raft of new measures to

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JOHN PINDER’S SWEETHEART DEAL?

The Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle, who has a less than stellar reputation for being upfront, told an informant that if he could produce proof that John Pinder, the FNM Candidate for Fox Hill, still had the Government’s car in his possession, he would pay him 1000 dollars. That was on 22 July 2021.  We don’t know how it turned out. However, on 21 July 2021 one day after declaring that he wasretired : from the public service, John Pinder, was seen painting his FNM headquarters in Fox Hill with the government car parked up in front of the building.

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OUR JIVY PRIME MINISTER SAYING HE CALLING ELECTION

So the decree went out on Tuesday night that there is to be an election.  So said our trusted Prime Minister to his troops the night before.  He told then that this would be a sprint and not a marathon.  It would be a short campaign. Of course the law provides for a short campaign and every election since Sir Lynden Pindling amended the law, it has been for the minimum 21 days. That is not news. The problem we have is a fellow who doesn’t know anything about anything at the helm of the country and  that is the

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THE FRENZY ABOUT GENERAL ELECTIONS

Just before Christmas of last year, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called in his top five ministers and indicated to them that there would be a general election as early as the post Easter period.  He told them that he was ready to go as soon as Lent was done. The Ministers went out and spread that news far and wide.  They themselves took to the streets to campaign.  One day poor Renward Wells, in the middle of the pandemic and his new job as Minister of Health, he was seen hoofing it  on the East Street south. But alas

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KANOO SHOULD SIMPLY KEEP QUIET…NOT YOUR BUSINESS

Nicholas Rees is at the centre one supposes of this photo with the co-founders of Kanoo, the money payment solution company, that is at the centre of a public row about  the Health Visa that the Bahamas Government commissioned.  They collect the money and hold the money and well we are not quite sure how or if it gets into the consolidated fund. They issued a statement to the press which was published on Friday 2 July 2021 saying that they were clean as a whistle and denouncing their critics as politically and ill motivated. The Leader of the Opposition

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BETHEL AND THOMPSON DION FOLUKES: LOST

One is married to the sister of the other: they are two peas in a pod. They serve in the Senate together.  Dion Foulkes, the Minister of Labour, has been on a vacation since he became the Minister.  His service as Minister of Labour has been less than stellar. The Attorney General Carl Bethel, well the losing cases are evidence of how he has performed. They both said during the interactions last week on the Senate that they are done with public life. They proclaimed that this would be their last budget debate. First, we don’t believe them. Secondly, if

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YOU’RE RIGHT MR. LEADER FNM TALK IT IS BULL SHIT

The people of The Bahamas, certainly those who are supporters of the progressive cause, are cheering from the rafters because their Leader Philip Brave Davis stood up to the nonsense that Desmond Bannister, the Deputy Prime Minister, was running on with in the House of Assembly on Thursday 16 June 2021.  You have to keep pinching yourself when you watch these folk on television.  You have to ask yourself where the hell do these people come from? These FNM Ministers have the ability to lie in plain sight. Right before your very eyes, they will swear on their mother’s grave

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MINNIS: THINGS FALL APART

 The poet William Butler Yeats was writing about the turbulent times in Ireland during his time. He said in his poem “ The Second Coming”: “ Things fall apart…the centre cannot hold.” You could not help but think about that line this past week as one FNM after the next got up to attack the very government that four years ago they were praising to the high heavens. This dumb crew has finally found  out that governing is hard work and that it is not all that it is cracked up to be from the point of view of glamour

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MINNIS MISSTEPS BY CANCELLING LABOUR DAY MOTORCADE

Hubert Minnis put another nail in his political coffin on Friday 4th June 2021.  He communicated at 4:15 p m on the eve of the 60th anniversary of Labour Day in The Bahamas, that his government would not allow the Labour Movement to have a motorcade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sir Randal Fawkes accomplishment. The Movement is livid.  People are sick and tired of the suppression of rights. The Labour Leaders had since two weeks before written letters asking the Prime Minister to allow them to hold the motorcade.  The Prime Minister ignored them until 4:15 p.m. on

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THE BUDGET IS A PREDICTABLE BUMMER

Tribune photo The Government under Hubert Minnis as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance has dug a deeper hole for this country than we have ever been in. This is after coming to office on the lying premise that they would be able to slow the growth of national debt and eliminate the deficit. The reality has been just the opposite.  The national debt will reach 10 billion and change by the time these clowns are kicked out of office.  The deficit at the end of this fiscal year will be 1.2 billion dollars by their own predictions.  That is

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ON THE MCCONNELL MISSION

Senator Fred Mitchell with Senators Michael Darville, JoBeth Coleby Davis, Clay Sweeting at the Senate 20 May 2021 voting against the extension of the emergency order. Senator Fred Mitchell coined a new expression in the Senate while speaking on Thursday 20 May 2021. He was talking about the fact that the PLP would not and did not support the extension of the dictatorial powers of the Prime Minister during this covid emergency.  The emergency was extended by Parliament to 13 August 2021.  The PLP  voted no. Senator Mr. Mitchell told the Attorney General that contrary to what he the AG

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THE GREAT DEBATE: PLP UBER ALLES

On 11 May 2021,  six young people participated in a  debate sponsored by the Eyewitness News station and the University of The Bahamas on the general election and its themes. It drew a substantial audience on line and by live TV.   The debaters included Justin Smith of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP); Boykin Smith of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA); Willinique Wilson of the Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM); Cara Ellis of the Coalition of Independents; Alexander Kemp of the Kingdom Government Movement (KGM); and Shaquille Johnson of the Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP). Although many seemed to make fun of some of the

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THE AVALANCHE OF CURSING IN OUR COUNTRY

AN EVENING AT POOP DECK ALMOST SPOILED The evening with the Mitchell siblings was to be a nice quiet reunion.  Fred and Lilla’s Children together again, who knows for what time.  There are countless gatherings of this type going through the country on a typical weekend.  Families are trying to hold it together. They get together in the face of the pandemic, the economic recession, the hurricane, the deaths and the deconstruction. Trying to remember what your parents taught you, the values that were supposed to let you get through any time or place. All went well.  The Poop Deck

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IN ONE CORNER THE SPEAKER: IN THE OTHER THE P.M.

The price which Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister and the FNM, are paying for denying the renomination of Halson Moultrie, the Speaker, is like the poetic fury of a woman scorned. Mr. Moultrie will be, it seems, a thorn in their side from now until the general election is called. He has hung his hat on the themes disrespect of Parliament by the executive and parliamentary independence.  He is now champion of those. It was not so long ago that he was champion of denying Glenys Hanna Martin, the PLP MP and the only woman in the House for the

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CHANGING THE COVID RULES IN THE END GAME

Last year this time, the country was in the middle of its second full lockdown at the behest of the Prime Minister who named himself “ the Competent Authority”. This is the name given to the person at whose behest the constitution once suspended, allows  the civil rights of citizens to be taken away. With it came also the power to create offences like: you must have an identity document in order to walk the streets, that you had to confine yourself to indoors, that you had to wear a mask, that you had to go home by a certain

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MINNIS CANNOT MAKE UP HIS MIND

At the end of the last year, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who is affectionately known these days as the incompetent authority, briefed his favourite ministers and told them to get ready, he intended to call an election one year and some months early, just after Lent this year. Turns out it was a false alarm. Yet the country seems to be in a frenetic pace as if the general election will be called any minute. Maybe or maybe not. Dr. Minnis clearly cannot make up his mind. He is going ahead ratifying his candidates.  So far he has dumped

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BRAVE FRESHENS UP FOREIGN POLICY CREDENTIALS

On  8 April 2021, the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis left for the United Sates capital Washington D C or a series of meetings with public officials there. He returns to The Bahamas today. Mr. Davis is about to become the Prime Minister of The Bahamas. It is important in the run up to that event, that he burnishes his credentials in the foreign affairs arena. The United States is our most important relationship and so it is important for  him to get a feel for what is happening there from the inside and to explain what plans he

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THE COVID DISASTER IN ELEUTHERA

So the smarty pants Prime Minister that we have named Hubert Minnis, who is also called “ the Competent Authority ” decided in his canonical discretion that as of 1 April 2021 ( April Fool’s Day ), all people in Eleuthera will have to take a PCR test in order to travel to New Providence.  He had no thought about consequences in financial terms, for example, on the people in Eleuthera and those who intended to travel there or from there. He just imposed it. Senator Clay Sweeting, who is the PLP’s candidate for South and Central Eleuthera, issued a

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FORMER MINISTER LOFTUS ROKER SPEAKS UP FOR KEN DORSETT

We publish today a letter which appeared in the mainstream press by the Hon, A Loftus Roker, the former Minister for National Security. In that letter he makes the point that Kenred Dorsett who he said is his god son has been unfairly treated by the state. Mr. Dorsett you will remember was the Minister for the Environment under Perry Christie. Shortly after the general election of 2017, the FNM Cabinet and Attorney General decided to charge Ken Dossett with several corruption offences and the matters have not after four years come to trial. The main witness Jonathan Ash has

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THE VACCINE IS HERE

Senator Fred Mitchell receives the first dose of the Astra Zeneca anti covid vaccine 18 March 2021. Next dose 27 May 2021. Well the most relieved man in the country this week  is Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. It’s a pretty safe bet that he is gonna call general elections now.  It doesn’t get better than this for the good doctor. His whole plan is to campaign back to the next term with the  thought that he has done a good job saving lives and protecting us through the pandemic. You have seen the ads about how he is a doctor

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THE PLP FRANCHISE BELONGS TO THE BODY CORPORATE

There is a lot of public chatter about the nature of a PLP nomination.  It is interesting how so many in the press seem interested and the public at large in what is being done with PLP nominations.  Interesting because at the same time, the folk who are so interested seek to dismiss the PLP as a spent public force. What we also find interesting is the number of internal PLP campaigns for  a nomination who encourage their followers in the  mantra: so and so or nothing. Some will go up to leaders of the PLP and say something like

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DR MINNIS MOVES IN TO PROTECT HIS GIRL LANISHA

So Lanisha Rolle, the troublesome, quarrelsome, incompetent Minister of Youth Sports and Community Affairs resigned in a long letter to the Governor General. She said everything but the real reason that she resigned.  It was only minutes later that the statement from the Cabinet Office gave us a clue as to what the reason or reasons might be. The statement said this “ Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the prime minister and are under investigation.” What were these certain matters?  Nothing more was said but the press was able to secure the answers if not the full

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PAKIESHA PARKER EDGECOMBE: EXAMPLE OF WHAT NOT TO DO

It was a textbook example of what not to do.  Do not start a squabble with a constituent.  Just leave certain things alone, especially when you know you are vulnerable. The MP for West Grand Bahama committed that error on 16 February 2021, when Jackson Cooper, a resident and voter of Grand Bahama asked the dear lady what had she done to deserve re-election. Her answer was dismissive. “ Enough,” she said, “ to ensure the PLP never sees it again”. This is coming now from a lady who has by all accounts been the most useless MP that West

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PETER TURNQUEST: DEAD MAN WALKING

It is all a sad ending to what, had it ended differently, would have been a stellar political career. Peter Turnquest MP announced with a whimper that he had accepted what seemed to be the inevitable, he is retiring from front line politics and saying good bye. One remembers maybe eight weeks ago or so, he was at his haughtiest.  He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He got up on a point of order and in answering an exchange which had preceded across the floor with his then opposite number Chester Cooper, he scoffed at objections

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MINNIS’ SHIP IS SINKING: TURNQUEST DENIED NOMINATION

( Et Tu Brute – Julius Caesar as he watches his friend Brutus stab him to death ) Late on Friday 6 February 2021, Peter Turnquest the MP for East Grand Bahama, for the FNM and  latterly the Deputy Prime Minister circulated the following note to the people of his campaign: Colleagues, By now you would have no doubt heard the report that I have been advised by the Party leader that I will not receive the nomination for East Grand Bahama.  I assume that Council will give final confirmation or otherwise on that decision at its next sitting.  With

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NOBODY BELIEVES THE LYING FIGURES OF HUBERT MINNIS

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was a master at fanciful stories, boorish attacks and low life behaviour in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 27 January 2021. He was speaking, trying as he might, to defend the indefensible request to extend the emergency orders that have now been in place for 11 months, that have crippled the economy and pissed off the citizenry. According to the Prime Minister, he needs these emergency powers so that if something occurs in the nature of  another wave in the pandemic, he will have the powers to restrict our movements to bring the wave 

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IS SANITY BACK IN THE U. S. WITH JOE BIDEN?

On Wednesday 20 January 2021, Joseph Biden Jr became the 46th President of the United States. They are still arguing American exceptionalism.  Kamala Harris, a Black woman and a woman of Indian descent , is now the 49th Vice President of the United States. That was history, they said, being made.  There seemed to be a sigh of relief now that the petulant, racist idiot named Donald Trump was sent sulking back to Florida in defeat as a former President. That is all fine and good for them and since they are our allies and trading partner and protector, we

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WHERE IS THE JUSTICE FROM THE BAHAMAS JUDICIARY?

A Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree noted for pomp, pageantry and technology but where is the mention of justice. BIS photo. All during that last year, there was  a  state of public emergency declared by the Free National Movement administration. The emergency was declared on 17 March by the Governor General at the behest of the Prime Minister they said to protect us from the Covid 19 virus.  There are now almost 9000 cases and almost 200 dead as a result of that virus.  The state of emergency did nothing to prevent those infections nor stop the deaths. The state

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TRUMP MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE

The scenes which unfolded last week in Washing ton D C, the capital of a country that regards itself as the citadel of democracy were disgraceful.  These are our neighbours and friends, our kith and kin descending into the pit of civil insurrection.  This is the world’s police, turning in on themselves. They had a traitor as their President Donald J Trump.  All the world could see it but they could not. Push came to shove on 6 January 2021, the 12th day of Christmas, and it was an epiphany for them apparently. You have to ask yourself the question,

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