Weekly Comments

MINNIS: THE STORM IS COMING

So the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis took to the air waves in a rush on Thursday 30 July 2020, to tell us that he had decided that he was not going to lock us up in prison after all on emancipation day.  He said that this was to allow us to go out and prepare for the storm that was coming and that would be coming right over the capital or so it looked. In the end the centre went over Andros the wind and rain promised more than it delivered. As this piece is being written, the winds are

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The PM Knows Reverse Gear On Covid Best

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is learning reverse gear on Covid 19 policies.  The latest gaffe was his Minister of Tourism, mister motor mouth Dionisio D’Aguilar, announcing that  if Bahamians want to stay in hotels in The Bahamas, they had to have a Covid 19 negative test.  That led to the hotels saying that if that were so, then the hotels would have to close.  The Prime Minister quickly reversed gear and that was the end of that.  Hotels like the Marriot are making a go of it by Bahamians checking in on these lockdown weekends so they can have

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PRIME MINISTER MINISTER HAS CLEARLY LOST IT

On Friday 25 July 2020, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis panicked and announced a series of measures which will restrict the movement of the Bahamian people for God knows how long and that will contract the economy even further.  He is full of himself and therefore full of something else that rhymes with “bit” but it is the Bahamian people who have to suffer for the rank incompetence.  This he says all has to do with Covid 19. We don’t believe him. We do not accept it, In the House of Assembly and in the Senate, he has a group

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FOR ERMA WILLIAMS AND CESS AT THE HOUSE AND SENATE

It is reported that Erma Williams, a hard core FNM and the vendor who provides the food for the House of Assembly, had some choice words to say to the Minister of Finance. If those words are about the stupid decision of the Minister of Finance to cut the food budget of the House of Assembly and Senate, then he deserved to be cussed out.  His was simply  a stupid decision and it will have no effect on the budget deficit of 1.3 billion. Stupid in the extreme. In the Senate,  Senators who receive the princely sum of net 900

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THE CONTINUED CONFUSION IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE

Confusion had not run its course when the Senate met on Monday 6 July 2020 at 3 p.m. The Senate was supposed to affirm the new proclamation that was executed by the Governor General on 29 June 2020, after the old one lapsed due to the defaults of the Attorney General and his office. But on Monday 6 July 2002, the Attorney General Carl Bethel tabled that which everyone thught had already been tabled.  He said he was doing so out of an abundance of caution because he thought he had done so but he was advised that he had

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THE GREAT COCK UP IN THE HOUSE

We have started calling the Speaker of the House Halson Moultrie MP, his royal dumbness. If you review any of the tapes of his performance in the House of Assembly you will see why we say it.  Not only is he ignorant of the rules of the House and unfit for the job of Speaker, he is so dumb he doesn’t know that he is dumb. What a time we have in this country. In the early stages of the time he became Speaker, the Opposition moved a vote of no confidence in the Speaker.  This came after an unseemly

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DEFENDING SENATOR JOBETH COLEBY DAVIS

The Attorney General Carl Bethel made a serious error in judgement when responding to Senator JoBeth Coleby Davis in the Senate on Thursday 25th June 2020 he said to Senator JoBeth Coleby Davis on his feet: “ Don’t shout at me young lady”. It was an amazingly insensitive and tone deaf and insulting thing to say. The Progressive Young Liberals issued a statement echoing what Senator Fred Mitchell said immediately in the Senate, the remarks were sexist.  They added they were ageist as well. Senator JoBeth Coleby Davis demanded an apology. One never came. When you listen to the exchange

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THE MARVIN DAMES LYING MELTDOWN

Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security, has big balls… a lot of them. He stood in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 17 June 2020  and repeated a  narrative which for the FNM is all too familiar.  Life began when they were elected on 2017 and history began at the same time. You would have thought that a man who is judicially condemned for his conduct in the Frank Smith case; who has been caught out supporting a  police officer condemned for fixing up the evidence in the Shane Gibson case and now embroiled in a row with his

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THE U.S. WILL FORCE US TO OPEN COVID OR NO COVID

Covid 19 is not dead.  It is still with us.  Our lousy no good government has taken 11 weeks to find that out. In the midst of their confusion, the Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar launched the tourism product reopening.  It’s to be 1 July 2020 and there is no stopping it.  The fliers and posters are all out. There will be no testing for Covid 19 either. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis tried to be cute at his last press conference when he said that there is no distinction in treatment and the demand for testing because both foreigners

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ENOUGH OF THIS COVID 19 CHARADE

When we were put in this state of public emergency by the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and the FNM on 17 March 2020, they told us this was for our own good.  The PLP said it was not necessary. The FNM said yes it was necessary because it would give the health care system time to prepare itself for what was to come with Covid 19.  The idea was the emergency was to help slow down the rate of transmission of the disease. Okay, the public went along with it.  Except now ten weeks later, the public is asking everywhere

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THE CHARACTERS OF FNM YOUNG POLITICIANS

There is a moral and ethical character flaw in a number of FNM politicians who are new to the game.  The crop of FNM Senators and Members of Parliament who came in for the first time all seem to have a problem with telling the truth or in understanding the mode of behaviour in public life. What brings this to mind is the conduct of Senator Jamaal Moss in the Senate and later on his social media platforms. The conduct in the Senate on 28 May 2020 does not meet the standard of conduct expected of a public official and

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THE FNM SAYS: LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD HUH?

The PLP has to start looking at all sorts of scenarios as the countdown gets on toward the General Election.  One of the little noticed orders of the Government was the postponing of the local government elections.  It was very serious the drafting.  It said that the elections were postponed until the end of the emergency order. That means if this emergency goes on indefinitely, then no local government elections. It also says that the people who are now in the seats of local government will remain until the next election is called. Immediately one must ask whether or not

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THE FNM DOGS ARE HOWLING

The FNM is apoplectic. Who are these guys? Five PYL members took social media by storm. Amad Burns PYL NGC, T’Sean Mott PYL Second Vice Chair, Jerad Darville Aspirant Candidate for Pinewood and PYL Youth Officer, Donneldo Harris, Duran Saunders PYL Chair.   The first recourse of  the FNM like every scoundrel is to say nasty things about them,  Even that foul mouthed lady who says she supports the PLP did them a grave injustice. Just nasty stuff.  Even their allies were perplexed.  Unorthodoxy was being challenged. The firmament shaken. It was a breakout moment. When your voice is all you

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PLP Goes Live On Facebook

On Monday 11 May 2020, the Progressive Liberal Party led by Leader Philip Brave Davis conducted a Facebook livestreamed rally.  It brought the country up to date on the PLP’s views on the Covid 19 crisis in the country. The meeting is archived on the Progressive Liberal Party’s page on Facebook.  Mr. Davis was joined by Deputy Leader Chester Cooper, Picewell Forbes MP, Senators Jobeth Colby Davis, Fred Mitchell and Michael Darville.

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RETURN OF THE BAHAMIAN COVIDS AN FNM DISASTER

This was the welcome home for the Bahamian Covids The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis just showed The Bahamas how utterly incompetent he is by how it managed the return of the  Bahamians who have been trying to get home now for five weeks, since he declared the Covid 19 Emergency.  The Covids ( as we will call them) are home now only because of the controversy with Dr. Duane Sands who let in some non-nationals. The public saw the double treatment given to Bahamians as against the free pass for the foreign nationals. This was in exchange for some 2500

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DUANE SANDS’S BIG BOO BOO

Things get curiouser and curiouser. Dr. Duane Sands should resign or be fired. There are three reasons we think so. Barbara Hanna  was the star witness in the case that the FNM trumped up against former PLP Senator Frank Smith. The evidence in the case revealed that Dr. Sands gave a contract, bypassing the Public Hospitals Authority’s board with multi millions of dollars to Ms. Hanna to clean the Prince Margaret Hospital just before she was scheduled to testify for the Government in the case.  When the Government lost the case, her contract was not renewed. Dr. Sands told the

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BALL OF CONFUSION WITH THE FNM GOVERNMENT

Last Sunday when the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis addressed the country, he was giving his usual wooden performance, a recitation of statistics about his or that about Covid 19.  Bottom line the situation was worse than the week before. Yet he was going to open up parts of the economy to normal work. It was not until he got near the end of the speech that this dude as they say when completely off the rails.  He attacked the business community saying that  he was offended that they had laid off people who had given them years of dedicated work.

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THE HATRED OF OUR POLITICAL LEADERS OVER COVID 19

So a 71 year old man was walking in his neighbourhood for his morning exercise. Except it was during that period when the Prime Minister put in place what he called a 24 hour lockdown, so you were not permitted to walk outside your yard to exercise but you had to remain within your yard. The police arrested the man.  Charged him before the court.  He pleaded guilty and explained why he was outside his yard.  The Magistrate fined him 400 dollars Other cases mainly from  people in the bottom as they say.  Four people were found in a car

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SUPPORT FOR ANTI- COVID 19 MEASURES NOT THE FNM

There is this cleavage in the country between those who want us all to sing kumbaya and those who want us to speak up when we see something going wrong.  At the moment the former group has the advantage but they are wrong and if we keep silent while this mess continues, the country will sink further into the muck and the mire. The present Leaders of the Free National Movement, from the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis right on down to the foot soldiers are the most incompetent, self-serving, deceitful and useless leaders this country has ever had.  They are

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DOES THE MINISTER OF FINANCE KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING?

The Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest has taken a beating. There is a video going around of Peter Turnquest expressing condolences to the people of Bimini following the news of the first Covid 19 death last week. He was unshaven and overweight and his voice was grim.  He looked like he had just been through a storm and was beaten down into the ground. One thing they say the Englishmen used to do when they were exploring or trying to tame the jungles of Africa, you know as they were stealing other people’s lands and trying to subjugate the local

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MINNIS HAS US ALL IN PRISON

This is a letter from one Bahamian in prison as a result of the curfew proclaimed by the Governor General and the orders issued by Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister.  We must never forget ( Editor): Dear Prime Minister: I write you today from prison. It is my own House in Lyford Hills. It is a fancy house. It is my dream house. I have worked all my life to be able to borrow the money to live in this house. I had no idea that I would be locked up in this House without being able to move, unless I

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HUBERT MINNIS’ SHAMELSS POWER GRAB

From the Lion In Winter: Eleanor: Pure delight. I’m locked up with my sons. What mother does not dream of that? –James Goldman So the excuse is that the corona virus is going to kill us all.  Following the guidelines of the World Health Organization and other countries, the FNM government of Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister, has us all bottled up in our houses from 9 p. m. in the night to 5 a.m. in the morning.  They say it is for our own health and protection. Just before 9 p. m  on the evening of the 20th March 2020,

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TRUMP SAVAGES HIS EUROPEAN KIN OVER THE VIRUS

There was a virus going round papa caught it and he died last spring And now mama doesn’t seem to want to do anything –The Ode To Billy Joe ( Since this piece was written, the U S President Donald Trump has now extended the ban to Ireland and the United Kingdom. Go figure.  You just have to roll your eyes – Editor) The whole world has gone friggin mad over the corona virus. It is like Shakespeare said in the play Hamlet that men have become brutish beasts and all reason has fled them. The chief amongst them is

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LEARNING TO TELL YOUR CHILDREN NO

Elma Campbell Chase and her son Che are now charged with defrauding the Ministry of Tourism of 1.2 million dollars.  They pleaded not guilty and presumed innocent. Who is she? She is a high society gal and at 64 years old stands to go to jail for a term of years with her son for a similar term. He is already out on bail for defrauding BPL of some 250k.  He was charged in 2017.  Her father was Percy Campbell, a migrant from Trinidad, who came to The Bahamas first as a policeman, then joined the public service and became

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SO MINNIS WANTS TO TALK ABOUT NYGARD HUH

He obviously had nothing better to talk about on Tuesday 25th February 2020. That was at the so called Town Meeting in the southern corridor of New Providence sponsored by the governing party the Free National Movement.  At peak they may have had 150 people show up.  The Prime Minister was said to be bitterly disappointed. We wonder why since it should be plainly obvious that the government of the Free National Movement is the most unpopular government in the history of our country. They are being cussed left, right and centre.  In the road, people are stopping you and

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CALL TO MINNIS AFTER FNM MAN LOSES HIS HOME

The now Prime Minister Hubert Minnis ran a campaign in 2017 that portrayed him as a man of the people.  He came from poverty he claimed. He was one of the poor and he therefore should be given a chance because he would look out for them as Prime Minister. The public bought into this lie and nonsense and allowed him to become Prime Minister. In practice the Prime Minister has not been a friend of the poor.  He has heaped taxes upon them, the most infamous was raising the Value Added Tax from 7. 5 per cent to 12.5

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PATRICIA DEVEAUX UNFAIRLY ATTACKED

You probably never heard the name Patricia Deveaux before last week. She has  been since 2017 and the dramatic loss by the PLP one of the right stars of the party.  She is a strong supporter of the effort by Philip Brave Davis to become Prime Minister and she fights for him every day. She is phenotypically Black and recently changed her hair style to that of the afro replacing the straight hair which is the fashion. All of that is external but it speaks to the internal and where her head is at. As National Vice Chair she has

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BRAVE FINDS HIS STRIDE

“Be Brave” was the slogan chosen to lead the campaign for the leadership race at the convention following the general election loss of the PLP in 2017.  It was clever and it rallied people around the man who had been the number two to the charismatic Perry Christie that led the PLP since the resignation of Sir Lynden Pindling in 1998. A much quieter man, not known for a dynamic speaking style, but more for the ability to befriend and to negotiate and to represent was taking over the helm of the PLP. The PLP had only been used to

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THE DEATH OF KOBE THINKING MYLES MUNROE

As soon as the disturbing news of the death of Kobe Bryant started to flash across our phone screens on Sunday 26 January 2020, the conspiracy theories abounded. These are the last days some said. There were nine people on board the helicopter all together including Mr. Bryant. There were nine people on board the plane including Rev. Myles Munroe, the famous Bahamian pastor who died in a plane crash on 9 November 2014. Later in the week there were earth tremors reportedly felt in Nassau and yes that’s it, people were sure that God was telling us that these

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MARVIN DAMES HATES ACP FERNANDER

Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security hates Clayton Fernander. Clayton Fernander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who used to tease Marvin Dames when they were both on the police force together that he had no number. This was a reference to the institutional revulsion in the police force for those who came into the force as direct entries.  Mr. Dames was among the first of them to come directly as an inspector, never serving in the subordinate or non-gazette ranks.  The policemen who have come up through the ranks believe that Mr. Dames is no real policeman. Now that

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