Weekly Comments

SHANE GIBSON WINS HIS CASE

After six weeks of tortuous trial days and two years of preparation, hardship and oppression brought on by the Free National Movement, David Shane Gibson walked out of court with this wife by his side, and his head held high. He was a free man.  A jury of nine people: eight women and one man decided that the case of the Crown against him was a tissue of lies. The PLP will hold a public meeting to talk about the case on Monday 2 December 2019 at its headquarters at 7 p m. There are so many things that can

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IT IS CLEAR PETER TURNQUEST IS LOST AND CLUELESS

It was not even a year ago that Peter Turnquest, the lousiest, clueless, worst Minister of Finance, in the history of our country, stood on his feet to boast about how he was going to run the lowest deficit in the history of the last decade of the country’s finances.

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THE TOTAL DISGRACE OF CARL BETHEL AND KAY FORBES SMITH

Against all the rules of the Senate, Senator Carl Bethel got up and attacked the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and the PLP for raising in the public domain the fact that the President of the Senate Kay Forbes Smith was in a position of a conflict of interest. Instead of simply walking away from the debate, accepting what is the plain and ordinary truth of things, the President of the Senate and the Leader of Government Carl Bethel did what the FNM always do and that is double down in wrong doing.

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LANISHA ROLLE MUST CARRY HER YOU KNOW WHAT

While the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was busy cutting ribbons and kissing babies and commissioning bridges, his Government seemed more in shambles than ever. The star of the past week in that regard was the hapless and hopeless gift that keeps on giving in the person of Lanisha Rolle, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Affairs.

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LGBT AND THE CHURCH

What we cannot figure out is why the Bahamas Christian Council is always falling into error and nonsense by engaging in homophobic rants. In the last referendum campaign, to give women the rights they deserve as equal to men , some homophobic and intellectually dishonest pastors engaged in the same pattern that we now see in response to the gay pride parade that is planned by the homosexual community in The Bahamas for this month. The Pastor Lyall Bethel, the late Myles Munroe, Pastor Mario Moxey and Bishop Walter Hanchell were instrumental in derailing the equality for women amendments by

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THE BANKS REFUSE THE MONEY

Bruce Raine was a letter writer to The Tribune. In his letter, he explained that the service of his bank the Royal Bank of Canada was poor. He is one of many Bahamian consumers who are daily vexed by the poor service of Bahamian banks and who seem to have no recompense for the sheer incompetence or negligence of the Banking institutions.  There is no one to whom you can appeal for a series of small but annoying instances of bad service. The Bank’s using technology as the excuse have cut back on services. You cannot get a human being

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WELL REECE IS GONE… WHAT ABOUT THE OTHERS

Reece Chipman MP for Centreville has resigned from the Free National Movement, the governing party in The Bahamas. It was not unexpected and the question most people were asking was: what took him so long. Mr. Chipman spoke at his grandfather John Chipman’s funeral on 28th September 2019 and gave a rally type speech. So people knew that something was coming. He was embraced right after the speech by another of the FNM rebels Frederick McAlpine. They say others are to come. The Leader of The Opposition Philip Davis said that he would look forward to Mr. Chipman’s thoughtful counsel.

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NO CELL PHONES A BLOW TO FREEDOM

The Bahamas could use the office of a public commentator. That person would have the responsibility to comment on the contradictions and nonsense that occurs in public life and public policy.  He or she should be paid by the state to point out to us how we do not live by the creeds that we say we want to live by.  It can be done in a declarative way or there could be the use of sarcasm and satire.   The FNM government is particularly vulnerable to this. The level of hypocrisy and incompetence and sheer bloody mindedness is mind

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THE SHANE GIBSON CASE

The police dragged Shane Gibson to court in hand cuffs even though he had an injured leg when he was first charged. The second of four politically inspired cases by the Free National Movement Government has begun.  Last week a jury was empaneled. This time the FNM is persecuting Shane Gibson in the courts.  Mr. Gibson is the former Minister for the Hurricane Relief effort under the PLP Government.  This is victor’s justice.  The FNM is seeking to fulfil the narrative that they have that the PLP is corrupt. So shortly after the general election, they arranged the arrest of

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THE WAR AGAINST THE HAITIANS

It got to the point on Saturday 20th September 2019 that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had to issue a statement saying that the foreign nationals in The Bahamas are safe and that there is no specific danger to them.  The ministry’s announcement said that all nationals of all countries who were affected by the storms were welcome in the shelters and that there was no discrimination based on nationality. They had to do that because in the weeks since Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas, there has been a raging battle in the general media and especially in social media

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MINNIS: JACK OF ALL HE SURVEYS BUT MASTER OF NONE

The Prime Minister of The Bahamas Hubert Minnis is having a great time right now.  If you were to look at him at work, in the public domain, you would think he does not have a care in the world.  He is flying up and down the streets of Nassau with police  motorcycles and chase car in tow.  He has his ministers on his flank. He is fielding calls from CNN and other international news agencies like BBC. He is the star of the show.  He even got a call from Prince Charles. So chuffed was the Prime Minister at

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THE STORM IS OVER NOW OR IS IT

Western Air Terminal In Freeport Wrecked Let us start from the outset.  We condemn Hubert Minnis and his entire government over the way they have managed Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath. They are lousy, incompetent and insensitive. There is no kumbyha moment here. There are scores who have died. They have died because of the negligence of Hubert Minnis’ Government. The Government knew or had to have known that the Hurricane was going to be catastrophic and did not take the steps to protect the population. In the aftermath of the storm the communications collapsed, the power collapsed, the land

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HURRICANE DORIAN: HERE WE GO AGAIN

The evidence is that the northern Bahamas is going to feel the hit and weight of a substantial hurricane called Dorian. The American press is going wild with predictions of winds up to 140 miles per hour.  Most Bahamians follow the drama which the U S media makes out of hurricanes, as if they some human motivations.  Is it going to turn  left or right?  Is it going to intensify?  Will it sit over The Bahamas? The result in the population is panic.  People rush out and start battening up.  The road as are packed. The stores are denuded of

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THE PHONY OUTRAGE OF PETER TURNQUEST

The following statement was issued by the Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party: Statement From The Chairman of the Progressive Liberal PartyOn DPM’s Response To The Alleged Attack On His Son For Immediate Release 22 August 2019 The PLP notes the response of the Deputy Prime Minister to an attack on his son which he has now denounced. While personal outrage at personal attacks is fine and understandable, what is incomprehensible is the silence in the public policy response to the slander by FNM appointed public officials of other public officials. Bennett Minnis, an FNM Board Appointee of the Water

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HUBERT MINNIS AND DESMOND BANNISTER ARE THE ISSUE

It has now been more than a month since Bennett Minnis, the Member of the Board of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, spewed a vile and hate filled message at the Progressive Liberal Party.  The message was homophobic and also racist.  It has been widely condemned by both FNMS and PLPs.  The mainstream press has been condemnatory as well. Notwithstanding calls for his dismissal or at least for the FNM to dissociate itself from the message, the FNM government has done neither.  Mr. Minnis continues to sit as a Board member of the Corporation. A rouge employee of the  Ministry

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THE POWER SITUATION GETS MORE RIDICULOUS BY THE HOUR

The President of the Electrical Workers Union, representing its line staff is Paul Maynard.  Paul Maynard is the spitting image of his pa Andrew Dud Maynard and is just as frank.  When he tells you something, you better believe it. He was in full flight on  Thursday 8th August 2019 when he told the country that the Bahamas Power and Light Company, responsible for the electricity supply in The Bahamas, and these days the lack of electricity, was not telling the truth to the country about the state of BPL and its ability to supply power to New Providence. Mr.

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THE JOKEY LEADERS OF THE COUNTRY

When Kirk Bodie aka K.B. was on the Save Bays payroll and wrote the song Jokey Leaders, he thought he was talking about the then PLP Government.  The problem is that the song has endured and we now have a new government.  The joke is now on the FNM.  They are a bunch of jokey leaders indeed. You just have to remember as one example the deep bow of Renward Wells, the Minister for Transport, when he was seeing the Prime Minister off at the airport.  It was embarrassing for a supposedly intelligent man to be found willingly in such

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BRAVE DAVIS TAKES COMMAND

The Progressive Liberal Party has put to bed its third general convention in two years. The first came in November 2017 when Philip Brave Davis MP defeated Glenys Hanna Martin for the leadership of the PLP which he had inherited by reason of office once Perry Christie retired after the general election defeat on 10 May 2017. The second was a special convention which was held in July of 2018 to review and amend the constitution of the PLP to make it more relevant to the modern age.  Then there was the convention of last week. On the surface, it appeared to

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ANOTHER IDIOT NAMED MINNIS

So, the press of The Bahamas paid no attention to the fact that the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis went to Clarence Town, Long Island on the 11th July 2019 to honour the founder of the Progressive Liberal Party Sir Henry Taylor. Sir Henry is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Clarence Town. For the second year running, the party had the permission of the Catholic Church to hold the ceremony and a family member Ms. Erica Darville, his grandniece also attended. The plan is for the Men’s Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party to upgrade the tomb and

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HOLOWESKO DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH

The Board of BPL partying with their Deputy Chairman Stephen Holowesko. Meanwhile the lights are off in New Providence. His brother Mark is the High Commissioner to New Zealand, his sister Diane is the Chair of the Town Planning Committee, his mother Lynn is on the ease of Business Advisory Committee to the Government.  The mother Lynn was just honoured in the National Honours of The Bahamas announced by the Governor General. Not bad huh for one family. The island of New Providence is regularly plunged into darkness and the 19th century on a daily basis as a matter of

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BRENT HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT HIMSELF

There is a well known Stalwart Councilor in Grand Bahama who has a favourite saying to describe his political enemies. He often says that they “ demons “; they are “wicked”. The Islam of Malcolm X and Lois Farrakhan often used the term “devils”. Those are all apt expressions that come to mind when dealing with the political chat of Brent Symonette, former Minister, over the past week. Wicked, demon, devil. How else can you describe the blatant rape of the political system for the economic benefit and good of Brent Symonette, his brother and his family. This is the

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FNM STILL BLAMING THE PLP

This we think is funny. There were lots of complaints from FNM partisans about the protocol arrangements at the swearing in of the new Governor General on Friday 28th June 2019. Dion Foulkes, minister of the government, turned around and said that he blamed Fred Mitchell, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for the snafus, because in his words Mr. Mitchell did not straighten out the protocol department before he left and therefore the mess in the square. Silly of course and a non sequitur but that’s the FNM: just blame the PLP. Earlier in the week, Carl Bethel, Attorney General,

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THE PRIME MINISTER IS LOSING IT

The video we show above is the Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis speaking in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 19 June 2019 as he wound up the debate on the Government’s annual budget.  He was making the false point that the PLP gave out 200 million dollars of untendered contracts and got only 3.5 million dollars in value. That was a big fat lie. The Budget Debate is a uniquely useless ritual in The Bahamas and its political calendar that almost never changes anything, yet we do the same thing every year. This year we got

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THE TWO DEAD BAHAMIAN MEN: SO SAD

Last week, we led at the top of this column with the photographs of two of our finest sons: Alrae Ramsey and Blair John. These were two brilliant young men.  The country and especially their family, friends and colleagues are wondering  how earth their bodies ended up in an Italian river in Turin. Everything was going so right for them and then this. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas was late in getting into the public fray.  From the very start, they ought to have let the country know what they knew and when they knew it and

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PETER TURNQUEST IS TOTALLY LOST

The word incompetent keeps ringing through loud and clear. The man Peter Turnquest, who is the Minister of Finance simply has no idea what he is doing.  Under his stewardship as Minister of Finance, he has borrowed a shocking 3 billion dollars in two years. He will not meet his revenue or deficit targets, that he wonderfully boasted about last year.  However, he continues to double down and say what a great job he is doing. One is reminded of that poem that reads: Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater.  Had a wife and couldn’t keep her.  Now we know why he

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PETER TURNQUEST HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING OR SAYING

While the Cabinet was laughing away and boasting about what a good job they were doing, the Hotel Workers in the country were preparing to go on strike. Their vote was overwhelming to do so.  Those who visited the scene of the vote heard the most caustic vitriol about the Government and the failure of them to grasp the real problems of those who they govern. One after the next on the line, former FNMs swore that they would not vote for these leaders again. Peter Turnquest is so bumptious that it is unbelievable.  He lives his life in a

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DAMES IS BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB IN HIS STUPIDITY

The PLP issued three statements during the past week in response to stupid comments from the Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, who is so shameless and devoid of a moral compass, that he continues to double down in public comments, even though what he says is utterly irrelevant. The statements by the PLP were caustic and biting. The Minister continued nevertheless to speak. We publish the PLP’s statements down below and we agree with them. The problem continues to be the Minister does not know that the game is up. He is coming off as dumb as a cluck.

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WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A MAD MINISTER?

The only female in the Cabinet is Lanisha Rolle. We say quite frankly that she is not doing women any favours for their reputations in politics. She appears to be as mad as a hatter. As the day came to a close on Friday 17 May 2019, the news started going around that she had called the police to have her father escorted off the premises of her ministry. She didn’t use the local security guards of the Ministry but actually, led the police to have her father taken off. His offence, he said some uncomplimentary things about the Government

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THE FNM IS LOST ON ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

Pile up of bodies under the FNM’s crime strategy Wednesday night 8 May 2019 at Potter’s Cay The FNM was busy all over town last week trying to make something important out of this unimportant event on 10 May 2019.  Like Franklin D Roosevelt we say that for the purposes of the marking of that election victory, it is a date, 10 May, that will live in infamy. The Bahamian people must have lost their ever living minds to have voted for these people who now govern this  country. They had no clue what they were doing. The laugh of

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