Weekly Comments

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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TRYING TO FIRE TRACY COOPER AT BAHAMASAIR

Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Minister for Bahamasair and Tommy Turnquest, the Chairman of the Board have some tall splaining to do.  They dropped the ball with Bahamasair and are now in the embarrassing position of in the middle of the tourist season, three of the airline’s jets cannot fly into the United States. It has caused tremendous expense and inconvenience. What has the Minister to say about the matter?  Well he told the press that Bahamasair made a mistake.  In other words don’t blame me, it ain’t me.  So what had the Chairman to say.  He said that he was blindsided

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THE NATIONAL PLASTIC BAN RIP OFF

It must have been through a drunken haze that the officials of the Free National Movement decided that they would impose the economic costs of this ban of single use plastics in The Bahamas as of 1 January 2020.  This is laudable for the environment on the face of it but ruinous for consumers in the short term.  No one seems to have properly thought it out.  No doubt the Minister is still in his watering hole in Fox Hill and so has no ability to comprehend the kind of mess he has created. So the deal is this. You

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UNCLE TOM’S FNM CABINET HONOURS UBP MINISTER

Most Bahamians if you ask them today would not know the name Godfrey Kelly. He is an old man now, a conchy joe Bahamian from the ancien regime of the United Bahamian Party. He served in the Cabinet of The Bahamas as the Minister of Education.  So it is he who was responsible for the under education of Black boys and girls in The Bahamas before the advent of Majority Rule in 1967. Before Majority Rule in 1967, Godfrey Kelly and his friend in the racist UBP government had one public high school called the Government High School which took

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THE HATRED THE FNM HAS FOR THE PLP

This week Barry Griffin, the National Vice Chair of the Progressive Liberal Party, spoke at the Fox Hill Branch of the PLP on Wednesday 18 December 2019.  He said as he reviewed the events of the past year politically that he believed that 2019 was a year of reckoning for the PLP, the FNM and the Bahamian people.  In speaking about his experience at the House of Assembly watching the vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister, he was shocked to find the hatred which the FNM has for the members in the House for the PLP.  He said

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WE WELCOME VAUGHN MILLER TO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE | THE MINNIS HOUSE CONDEMNS ITSELF

With the words  spoken on 11 December 2019 “ The FNM will not repent and I will not recant”, Vaughn Miller who was elected two and half years ago as the FNM MP for Golden Isles for the Free National  Movement departed the FNM.  He said that he will be sitting as an independent. He spoke from  a place not behind the Government benches in the House but next to Reece Chipman, the MP from Centreville, who himself left the FNM and now sits as an independent.  The immediate cause for such a move was the fact that the Leader

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TO MINNIS IT’S ALL ONE BIG JOKE

The Tribune cartoonist made the point last week that every thing is now a joke to the Free National Movement.  Indeed there have been so many calls for resignations that it may seem funny but it is not funny at all.  The Prime Minister sits over a corrupt Cabinet.  Those who are not individually corrupt are adopting the corruption by continuing to sit in the Cabinet where their members have engaged in behavior that is unethical and immoral and may even be illegal. Start with the Prime Minister himself who fooled the nation that he was at a signing ceremony

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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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