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MINNIS CANNOT MAKE UP HIS MIND

At the end of the last year, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who is affectionately known these days as the incompetent authority, briefed his favourite ministers and told them to get ready, he intended to call an election one year and some months early, just after Lent this year. Turns out it was a false alarm. Yet the country seems to be in a frenetic pace as if the general election will be called any minute. Maybe or maybe not. Dr. Minnis clearly cannot make up his mind. He is going ahead ratifying his candidates.  So far he has dumped

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BRAVE FRESHENS UP FOREIGN POLICY CREDENTIALS

On  8 April 2021, the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis left for the United Sates capital Washington D C or a series of meetings with public officials there. He returns to The Bahamas today. Mr. Davis is about to become the Prime Minister of The Bahamas. It is important in the run up to that event, that he burnishes his credentials in the foreign affairs arena. The United States is our most important relationship and so it is important for  him to get a feel for what is happening there from the inside and to explain what plans he

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THE COVID DISASTER IN ELEUTHERA

So the smarty pants Prime Minister that we have named Hubert Minnis, who is also called “ the Competent Authority ” decided in his canonical discretion that as of 1 April 2021 ( April Fool’s Day ), all people in Eleuthera will have to take a PCR test in order to travel to New Providence.  He had no thought about consequences in financial terms, for example, on the people in Eleuthera and those who intended to travel there or from there. He just imposed it. Senator Clay Sweeting, who is the PLP’s candidate for South and Central Eleuthera, issued a

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FORMER MINISTER LOFTUS ROKER SPEAKS UP FOR KEN DORSETT

We publish today a letter which appeared in the mainstream press by the Hon, A Loftus Roker, the former Minister for National Security. In that letter he makes the point that Kenred Dorsett who he said is his god son has been unfairly treated by the state. Mr. Dorsett you will remember was the Minister for the Environment under Perry Christie. Shortly after the general election of 2017, the FNM Cabinet and Attorney General decided to charge Ken Dossett with several corruption offences and the matters have not after four years come to trial. The main witness Jonathan Ash has

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THE VACCINE IS HERE

Senator Fred Mitchell receives the first dose of the Astra Zeneca anti covid vaccine 18 March 2021. Next dose 27 May 2021. Well the most relieved man in the country this week  is Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. It’s a pretty safe bet that he is gonna call general elections now.  It doesn’t get better than this for the good doctor. His whole plan is to campaign back to the next term with the  thought that he has done a good job saving lives and protecting us through the pandemic. You have seen the ads about how he is a doctor

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THE PLP FRANCHISE BELONGS TO THE BODY CORPORATE

There is a lot of public chatter about the nature of a PLP nomination.  It is interesting how so many in the press seem interested and the public at large in what is being done with PLP nominations.  Interesting because at the same time, the folk who are so interested seek to dismiss the PLP as a spent public force. What we also find interesting is the number of internal PLP campaigns for  a nomination who encourage their followers in the  mantra: so and so or nothing. Some will go up to leaders of the PLP and say something like

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DR MINNIS MOVES IN TO PROTECT HIS GIRL LANISHA

So Lanisha Rolle, the troublesome, quarrelsome, incompetent Minister of Youth Sports and Community Affairs resigned in a long letter to the Governor General. She said everything but the real reason that she resigned.  It was only minutes later that the statement from the Cabinet Office gave us a clue as to what the reason or reasons might be. The statement said this “ Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the prime minister and are under investigation.” What were these certain matters?  Nothing more was said but the press was able to secure the answers if not the full

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PAKIESHA PARKER EDGECOMBE: EXAMPLE OF WHAT NOT TO DO

It was a textbook example of what not to do.  Do not start a squabble with a constituent.  Just leave certain things alone, especially when you know you are vulnerable. The MP for West Grand Bahama committed that error on 16 February 2021, when Jackson Cooper, a resident and voter of Grand Bahama asked the dear lady what had she done to deserve re-election. Her answer was dismissive. “ Enough,” she said, “ to ensure the PLP never sees it again”. This is coming now from a lady who has by all accounts been the most useless MP that West

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PETER TURNQUEST: DEAD MAN WALKING

It is all a sad ending to what, had it ended differently, would have been a stellar political career. Peter Turnquest MP announced with a whimper that he had accepted what seemed to be the inevitable, he is retiring from front line politics and saying good bye. One remembers maybe eight weeks ago or so, he was at his haughtiest.  He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He got up on a point of order and in answering an exchange which had preceded across the floor with his then opposite number Chester Cooper, he scoffed at objections

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MINNIS’ SHIP IS SINKING: TURNQUEST DENIED NOMINATION

( Et Tu Brute – Julius Caesar as he watches his friend Brutus stab him to death ) Late on Friday 6 February 2021, Peter Turnquest the MP for East Grand Bahama, for the FNM and  latterly the Deputy Prime Minister circulated the following note to the people of his campaign: Colleagues, By now you would have no doubt heard the report that I have been advised by the Party leader that I will not receive the nomination for East Grand Bahama.  I assume that Council will give final confirmation or otherwise on that decision at its next sitting.  With

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NOBODY BELIEVES THE LYING FIGURES OF HUBERT MINNIS

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was a master at fanciful stories, boorish attacks and low life behaviour in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 27 January 2021. He was speaking, trying as he might, to defend the indefensible request to extend the emergency orders that have now been in place for 11 months, that have crippled the economy and pissed off the citizenry. According to the Prime Minister, he needs these emergency powers so that if something occurs in the nature of  another wave in the pandemic, he will have the powers to restrict our movements to bring the wave 

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IS SANITY BACK IN THE U. S. WITH JOE BIDEN?

On Wednesday 20 January 2021, Joseph Biden Jr became the 46th President of the United States. They are still arguing American exceptionalism.  Kamala Harris, a Black woman and a woman of Indian descent , is now the 49th Vice President of the United States. That was history, they said, being made.  There seemed to be a sigh of relief now that the petulant, racist idiot named Donald Trump was sent sulking back to Florida in defeat as a former President. That is all fine and good for them and since they are our allies and trading partner and protector, we

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WHERE IS THE JUSTICE FROM THE BAHAMAS JUDICIARY?

A Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree noted for pomp, pageantry and technology but where is the mention of justice. BIS photo. All during that last year, there was  a  state of public emergency declared by the Free National Movement administration. The emergency was declared on 17 March by the Governor General at the behest of the Prime Minister they said to protect us from the Covid 19 virus.  There are now almost 9000 cases and almost 200 dead as a result of that virus.  The state of emergency did nothing to prevent those infections nor stop the deaths. The state

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TRUMP MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE

The scenes which unfolded last week in Washing ton D C, the capital of a country that regards itself as the citadel of democracy were disgraceful.  These are our neighbours and friends, our kith and kin descending into the pit of civil insurrection.  This is the world’s police, turning in on themselves. They had a traitor as their President Donald J Trump.  All the world could see it but they could not. Push came to shove on 6 January 2021, the 12th day of Christmas, and it was an epiphany for them apparently. You have to ask yourself the question,

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MINNIS HAS TAKEN LEAVE OF HIS SENSES

Despite being warned by the PLP that what he is doing is inappropriate, indeed maybe unlawful, Hubert Minnis continues to double down with these political visits to the police stations in New Providence. This is designed it seems to further strengthen the police state that he is trying to build. On Christmas Day, he told the police to give people tickets if they are out one minute beyond the curfew time of 10 p.m.  On his most recent visit to the  Central Police Station, he told them that if the officers do not believe people are going to church on

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SO THIS IS MINNIS’ BAHAMAS AT CHRISTMAS

Nassau Guardian image of Lewis Smith waiting for service at Social Services in Fox Hill on 17 December 2020 Senator Fred Mitchell told this story on Christmas Day. He got up at midday to take a gift to Mrs. Katherine McKenzie.  She celebrates her birthday on 25 December and on this past Christmas Day 2020, she turned 87 years old.  It was a great visit.  However, just before he got here, someone, a long time resident of Fox Hill, stopped him to say hello.  He asked the resident how he was doing.  The resident replied something like thank God for

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THE FNM PRESS WORKING FULL TIME TO ATTACK BRAVE DAVIS

The  Free National Movement, its leadership and its trolls are in full throated attack mode on the Leader of the PLP Philip Brave Davis. This past week, they started with the same playbook that they used in the last general election, a campaign of lies, tied to salacious information about Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion designer, who has a home in Lyford Cay. Last week Mr. Nygard was arrested in Canada on an extradition request from the United States on a variety of sex trafficking charges. The United States does not have a record of justice in its courts.  It

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THE NIGHTMARE OF TRAVELLING WITHIN AND TO THE BAHAMAS

Today, we publish an angry statement by the Deputy Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Chester Cooper on domestic travel within The Bahamas. This FNM government has made it near impossible for an ordinary man or woman to fly within their own country by the various addons that you have to put up with. The newest thing now is that you have to get a  domestic travel visa to travel within The Bahamas. So you no longer have the right to travel freely within a unitary state called The Bahamas but you have to get permission of the people at

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BRENT SYMONETTE WANTS PETER TURNQUEST’S OLD JOB?

The relentless attacks by his own side have continued ever since Peter Turnquest fell on his sword on 25 November 2020, admitting that he had to go as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.  The jockeying began immediately as to who would replace him.  Many said it would Renward Wells the ambitious and unprincipled Minister of Health.  The bets are though it will be Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Works.  He will become Deputy Prime Minister.  He is scheduled to retire from politics at the next general election. The most curious candidate of all in this mess of assassins

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OH, DEAR WHERE IS PETER TURNQUEST NOW?

You remember when Peter Turnquest at the height of his power as Minister of Finance in the House of Assembly last month got up and ridiculed Picewell Forbes saying that he was not surprised at Mr. Forbes because he did not expect him to be able to understand figures.  Even the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called Mr. Forbes so say he just couldn’t understand the nastiness of the comment.  Well look who is down on his ass ow. Last week we carried a report here and headlined it the Collapse of Peter Turnquest.  We turned out to be right. It

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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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