Weekly Comments

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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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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