Weekly Comments

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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FNM STILL BLAMING THE PLP

This we think is funny. There were lots of complaints from FNM partisans about the protocol arrangements at the swearing in of the new Governor General on Friday 28th June 2019. Dion Foulkes, minister of the government, turned around and said that he blamed Fred Mitchell, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for the snafus, because in his words Mr. Mitchell did not straighten out the protocol department before he left and therefore the mess in the square. Silly of course and a non sequitur but that’s the FNM: just blame the PLP. Earlier in the week, Carl Bethel, Attorney General,

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THE PRIME MINISTER IS LOSING IT

The video we show above is the Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis speaking in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 19 June 2019 as he wound up the debate on the Government’s annual budget.  He was making the false point that the PLP gave out 200 million dollars of untendered contracts and got only 3.5 million dollars in value. That was a big fat lie. The Budget Debate is a uniquely useless ritual in The Bahamas and its political calendar that almost never changes anything, yet we do the same thing every year. This year we got

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THE TWO DEAD BAHAMIAN MEN: SO SAD

Last week, we led at the top of this column with the photographs of two of our finest sons: Alrae Ramsey and Blair John. These were two brilliant young men.  The country and especially their family, friends and colleagues are wondering  how earth their bodies ended up in an Italian river in Turin. Everything was going so right for them and then this. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas was late in getting into the public fray.  From the very start, they ought to have let the country know what they knew and when they knew it and

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PETER TURNQUEST IS TOTALLY LOST

The word incompetent keeps ringing through loud and clear. The man Peter Turnquest, who is the Minister of Finance simply has no idea what he is doing.  Under his stewardship as Minister of Finance, he has borrowed a shocking 3 billion dollars in two years. He will not meet his revenue or deficit targets, that he wonderfully boasted about last year.  However, he continues to double down and say what a great job he is doing. One is reminded of that poem that reads: Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater.  Had a wife and couldn’t keep her.  Now we know why he

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PETER TURNQUEST HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING OR SAYING

While the Cabinet was laughing away and boasting about what a good job they were doing, the Hotel Workers in the country were preparing to go on strike. Their vote was overwhelming to do so.  Those who visited the scene of the vote heard the most caustic vitriol about the Government and the failure of them to grasp the real problems of those who they govern. One after the next on the line, former FNMs swore that they would not vote for these leaders again. Peter Turnquest is so bumptious that it is unbelievable.  He lives his life in a

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DAMES IS BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB IN HIS STUPIDITY

The PLP issued three statements during the past week in response to stupid comments from the Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, who is so shameless and devoid of a moral compass, that he continues to double down in public comments, even though what he says is utterly irrelevant. The statements by the PLP were caustic and biting. The Minister continued nevertheless to speak. We publish the PLP’s statements down below and we agree with them. The problem continues to be the Minister does not know that the game is up. He is coming off as dumb as a cluck.

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WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A MAD MINISTER?

The only female in the Cabinet is Lanisha Rolle. We say quite frankly that she is not doing women any favours for their reputations in politics. She appears to be as mad as a hatter. As the day came to a close on Friday 17 May 2019, the news started going around that she had called the police to have her father escorted off the premises of her ministry. She didn’t use the local security guards of the Ministry but actually, led the police to have her father taken off. His offence, he said some uncomplimentary things about the Government

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THE FNM IS LOST ON ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

Pile up of bodies under the FNM’s crime strategy Wednesday night 8 May 2019 at Potter’s Cay The FNM was busy all over town last week trying to make something important out of this unimportant event on 10 May 2019.  Like Franklin D Roosevelt we say that for the purposes of the marking of that election victory, it is a date, 10 May, that will live in infamy. The Bahamian people must have lost their ever living minds to have voted for these people who now govern this  country. They had no clue what they were doing. The laugh of

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DEATH AND DISGRACE AT GOV’T HOUSE

On Friday 3rd May 2019 in the waning hours of the day, the Crown charged one of the Able Seamen of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Javone Seymour with murder.  He is charged with murdering one of his fellow officers, a senior Petty Officer Philip Perapall.  The scene of the crime of all places the Government House, the official residence of the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling. She was not at home at the time but at the Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma. What we know is still in the realm of the murky.  The news started to leak out just

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THE FNM DON’T NEED BARBARA HANNA ANYMORE

Rodney Moncur, the talk show host, had a field day on the television on Friday 26th April as the scorched the earth in response to the news that Barbara Hanna, who was the person the FNM, put up to sink Frank Smith, the former Senator, had lost the contract she was given just before the case by the Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands.  Mr. Moncur said that he received a call from a distraught Ms. Hanna who told him the news that she was no longer the cleaner at the hospital. Just go back into history for a bit

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THE FNM MPS EXCEPT MACALPINE FREEPORT: HOPELESS!

For the second row in a week, the column highlights the issues in Freeport. It is a real crying shame. Ian Rolle, who is the President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the owner in law and the regulator of the city, published a statement in which he said that the city was built to accommodate 250,000 people but that at present it only has 50,000 people. We believe the former but we do not believe the latter. We think that when the official count is done, it will show that Grand Bahama and Freeport in particular has seen a

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THE STUPID REPORT OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL

There is something that the lawyer’s call similar fact evidence.  Similar fact evidence is a departure from the rule that previous consistent behaviour or statements are inadmissible as evidence of the truth of present behavior or statements. Normally previous activity is thought to be more prejudicial than probative. The Courts will allow the similar fact evidence though where there is a pattern which is so similar that it begs the question of whether or not it is predictor of the present situation. The Auditor General’s report on the National Sports Authority presented to the House of Assembly on Wednesday 3rd

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THE PNP CRASHES AND BURNS WITH DAMION CRAWFORD IN JAMAICA (WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE PLP?)

You would have thought: “ well okay, it’s Jamaica and what has it got to do with us?”  We are referring to a bye-election that was held in Jamaica on Thursday 4 April to replace a seat left vacant by Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield who was murdered. The seat had been held by the PNP for 30 years.  The PNP chose Damion Crawford, a young Vice President of the Party, who had served in Parliament before under Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and had been deselected because of a row with her.

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A YOUNGSTER IS STABBED TO DEATH

Once again, the screams of a mother and the despair of a father were recorded on the front pages of our newspapers.  This time it was the homicide of a young man who was barely 15 years old.  He was stabbed to death by another of his cohort.  The dead boy is from the C C Sweeting School and the other is from T A Thompson. The mother of the boy regretted that she was not there to protect him.  She said she wanted to move him to Orlando for his safety because he had been bullied so many times

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THE FREEPORT POWER COMPANY AND THE COOOPERS

The conduct of the Freeport Power Company over the past week with the issue of the allegations of meter tampering in Freeport was disgraceful.  The Freeport Power Company in a depressed economy declared a 40 million dollar profit last year while most of Grand Bahama was scrounging and scrapping to make ends meet. Last week the power company showed up and cut off the power to the Burger King and KFC franchises in Freeport. The fact is that these franchises are owned by the most prominent Black business family in Freeport.  They were dead in the water and had to

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AMERICA’S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT IS A NONSENSE

You know the American government must be full of sugar honey ice tea and have a friggin nerve to report on the human rights records of The Bahamas and not take the mote out of its own eyes.  You have to in some sense blame this lousy press we have in The Bahamas who insist on highlighting what is written in the so called Human Rights Report which is more often than not filled with  half-truths and inaccurate gossip which the Embassy officials pick up from the trashy press and in the Bars in The Bahamas. We think that paragraph

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THE PLP CANDIDATES MODULE

Opening night at Gambier House 7 March 2019 with Leader Philip Davis at the table. This week the PLP’s Chairman Senator Fred Mitchell had to write two statements answering a load of nonsense written in the Freeport News.  The newspaper’s editors have decided after ignoring the PLP for nearly 2 years that they want to fool with the PLP.  Two editorials about the death of the PLP and how it is not making its presence felt in Grand Bahama.  The newspaper has no evidence to support their propositions but there needs to be none in this dispensation.  All you do

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MARVIN DAMES IN FULL MELTDOWN MODE

If you have not already seen the film Rashomon (羅生門 Rashomon), you must see it as you ponder the words of embattled and unhinged Minister of National Security Marvin Dames about what happened in the House of Assembly last week. The film is a 1950 Japanese period psychological thriller film directed by Akira Kurosawa, The film is known for a plot device that involves various characters providing subjective, alternative, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same incident. The facts in the House of Assembly last week as we know them are these. Rev. Frederick McAlpine, who is an FNM Member

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THE TALK OF A SLIME BALL IN FREEPORT

The meeting of the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis with the FNM faithful had a high billing and a big build up. The Freeport News led the week with the story of a showdown of a kind in Freeport between the PLP and the FNM.  It was not supposed to be that way.  The PLP was at this time supposed to be dead quiet.  Not a word from them. That’s what the vixen at the Nassau Guardian would have happen.  The FNM is perplexed that 22 months since the general election, the PLP has their feet to the fire. So, Mr.

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NOT ABOUT ONE WOMAN BUT ABOUT THE PRINCIPLE

The Progressive Liberal Party’s Leader Philip Davis was incensed  when he received a call from the police as a courtesy on Wednesday 13 February that four people, all PLP supporters, were going to be charged in the courts that morning for money laundering and fraud. He decided that a gesture of defiance was necessary and pulled his whole team from the House and the Senate as a result. The party is likely to return to the Parliament in time for the midyear budget presentation. If Mr. Davis was incensed then you can imagine the supporters.  In a quickly held press

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MARVIN DIGS A DEEPER HOLE FOR HIMSELF

Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security is unrepentant and unreconstructed. He is digging down and doubling down. Where his colleague Dr. Duane Sands has refused to comment on the judicial findings in the case of the Commissioner of Police vs Frank Smith which condemned them both, Mr. Dames has been talking like there is no tomorrow. He has been protesting his innocence. Much like Lady Macbeth, he is protesting too much. He has said any suggestion that there is corruption in the police force over the call logs which the judge found had been manipulated so as to make

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