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THE SHAMEFUL COLLAPSE OF PETER TURNQUEST

The dramatis personae in the scandal of the collapse of Peter Turnquest and Sky Bahamas. The rumours have abounded for the past year that there was going to be a big scandal in connection with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest and the collapse of Sky Bahamas, the airline that he owned with Randy Butler and behind the scenes the financier being Fred Kaiser. The bomb dropped on Thursday 19 November 2020 when a writ was laid in Parliament by the Opposition’s Leader there Senator Fred Mitchell and a set of Parliamentary questions asked: To the

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THE FNM POPPY SHOW MARRIAGE

The FNM is a homophobic organization. To be sure there are homosexuals aplenty in the party but they hide their light under a bushel. The talk around town is that the Competent Authority sent out a decree last year to all those who had their eyes on FNM nominations for Parliament that they had better get married. The exception to the rule is Travis Robinson of course. But that is one and done. The past is the past.

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WITH TRUMP GONE MAYBE DECENCY WILL PREVAIL

The black community in the United States and people of goodwill joined together and it seems barely ousted the incumbent President of the United States Donald Trump from having a second term in office.  Just barely and the smoke has not cleared yet. He continues to insist with his  lies and deceits about votes being stolen and creating confusion with his followers and trying it appears to foment division and violence. This is the action of a spoilt brat. He came to office with no qualifications and with the mind of a child that it was his way or the

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THE PRIME MINISTER REVERSES COURSE ON COVID CHANGES – THEN REVERSES COURSE AGAIN

So about 4 p.m. on Friday 30 2020, the equivalent in journalism to the dead of night, the Government published the rules that are to govern us under their new emergency powers which are to last until 30 November. Now remember that the Minister of Tourism and the Prime Minister were both boasting about how the country was going to open to tourism on 1 November 2020 and that there would be no need to quarantine in place for 14 days after you arrived. The Minister of Tourism rightly said that no one would  come to The Bahamas as a

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THE WHOLE CABINET IS DOWN WITH COVID EXPOSURE

Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Works, said he was headed to Abaco to do some work when he took a test to see about his Covid status and bingo he was positive.  Scramble, scramble, scramble, the whole Cabinet was exposed to him and so all an em are in quarantine. It could not have happened to a finer bunch.  Now we know that it is possible for the country to run without them.  We should make it a permanent state.  We should officially sanction it by having an election so we can vote these Covid exposed folks out of office.

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THE PLP’S LEADER LAYS OUT HIS PLANS

On Wednesday 15 October 2020, the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Davis appeared one on one with Clint Watson on Beyond The Headlines.  The programme was a one hour tour de force of the life, work and times of Philip Davis and what we can expect from him in the government. This is a fitting pushback on all the propaganda about Mr. Davis about his work as an attorney, the lie about his inability to travel to the United States and the fact that he is a totally different man from Perry Christie. The Christie era is over

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MINNIS IS TAKING AWAY OUR FREEDOMS

Navigating through the Lynden Pindling International Airport to travel to another island in The Bahamas is a nightmare. Can you imagine in this year of our lord 2020, the common era as some say, we have to now fill out elaborate paper work; you now have to get a visa to travel from one island to the next within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It gets worse than that. They also now require that you, a Bahamian citizen, must get a  negative test for Covid before they will allow you to get back into the country. Imagine that. Bahamian citizenship

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THE TRAGEDY AND DISGRACE THAT TRUMP IS AS U S PRESIDENT

When looking at the reports of the news that that U S President Donald Trump was Covid positive, we all thought “ good for his ass”.  We told you so.  In The Bahamas, we would say: “you too stupid”.  But when you watch the coverage in the U S media there is this false equivalence; one supposed that they are trying to be even handed, even though the man is so antagonistic and unfair to them. Joe Biden for example who is running for President and was interrupted rudely time after time by the imp in the White House  offered

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NO CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE PLP

During the past week, there was a letter circulating on line and in what’s app groups which purported to be from one of the aspirants for candidacy for the PLP in the next general election.  No one knows whether the letter was genuine or not but that did not stop the FNM sites from leaping on the letter as evidence that there was something nefarious or amiss about the selection process for candidates for the PLP. The FNM was also promoting the fact that they had the PLP scrambling or so they said, to think that the Prime Minister Hubert

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THE LOW DOWN DIRTY COMMENTS OF THE PRIME MINISTER

The late Ena Hepburn, the mother of Athama Bowe, the retired tourism executive used to say: “ You can’t put a goat on a board floor, it will prance.”  It is another way of saying that no matter what you do with some people, no matter what office they get or what station in life they rise to, if they are simply crude and not fit for purpose, then they simply are. That is the conclusion that many have now come to with regard to the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.  The monks who taught him at St Augustine’s must be

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DO THE COVID RULES MAKE SENSE AND DO THEY WORK?

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, wife and grandson are in Abaco this weekend. The reports are that he joined several ministers of the Government up there. The Prime Minister went to Grand Bahama earlier in the week to make an announcement that counteracted what the PLP Chairman was doing in Grand Bahama the week before. The Prime Minister is in campaign mode. The rules say you must quarantine when you go to these islands from New Providence. Do these ministers and the Prime Minister do so? Certainly there was no evidence that the Prime Minister did so in Grand Bahama. 

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THE CRAZY MINNIS RULES ON COVID FAIL

If ever a time the phrase from the poem The Second Coming “: things fall apart” can be used  for The Bahamas, it is now.  This is like the situation where the dyke keeps springing holes and pretty soon the Government of Hubert Minnis is going to run out of fingers to plug those holes. The rules of the anti Covid regime in the state of national public emergency are so arcane that even the most practiced lawyer cannot understand them or appreciate them. The public officials seem to be in a state of national confusion. The borders of the

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Who spread the virus?

The Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis announced on 16 August 2020 that he and Senator Michael Darville had been hospitalized as Covid 19 patents.  Four days later Mr. Davis announced that he was leaving for the  United States for further treatment. He went to the special unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Mr. Davis said that his daughter Dr. Philippa Davis wanted him to be closer to  where she was.  She is a physician and she would be managing his care. She practices medicine in Washington D C Ok so here was the line of thought of these

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A FASCINATION OF THE FNM WITH GAYS ANAL SEX AND PENISES

What is a bottom feeder? In biology those are the sea animals that feed off the bottom of the sea like lobsters.  The Seventh Day Adventists refer to them as scavengers and unclean so their members are not permitted to eat them. By analogy we argue today that the Prime Minister, the FNM Cabinet, their MPs and especially their trolls and supporters at large are bottom feeders. Last week as the pressure mounted on them by protestors in the streets because of a stupid decision by the Prime Minister to shut down the country without notice, they started their campaign

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KATHERINE KELLY SAYS WHITE IS RIGHT

The Punch is the progenitor of much of  the nastiness in public life we experience today. Its owners have no conscience and are without moral anchor.  The same is for the writers there. No matter they’re dressed up in fancy clothes, it looks like their disdain for propriety has totally lost its anchor. Catherine Kelly proves it; what we had long suspected. Monday 10 August 2020 Catherine Kelly, the columnist and daughter of another columnist Niki Kelly wrote in the down market rag The Punch: “We must ban all Bahamians from foreign travel for the next six months.  However, rich

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THE COLLAPSE OF THE MINNIS ADMINSTRATION

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Hubert Minnis administration.  The evidence is there that the country has had it with him and can’t wait for a general election to be called to get rid of him and the group of insensitive incompetents that inhabit around him. He leads them in incompetence. The one that strikes  us is the report from the nurses who walked off their jobs in both Grand Bahama and Nassau last week.  They said that the Prime Minister was visibly irritable and obviously tired in their meeting on Thursday 6 August 2020.  He told

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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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