Weekly Comments

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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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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