Weekly Comments

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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FRANK SMITH IS FREE… SANDS, BETHEL, DAMES MUST GO

First the legal facts: Senator Frank Smith was charged with 13 counts of bribery and one count of extortion in August 2017.  The Magistrate Joyann Pratt found that he had no case to answer because the Crown had not provided evidence to support its case. She dismissed all charges, acquitted him and pronounced his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt on 1st February 2019.  The Crown has not said whether it will appeal or not but it can do so in law. As bloody minded and immoral as the FNM Government is, don’t put it past them. Second the meaning of

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ERIN GREEN AN AMAGINGLY BRAVE LBGT BAHAMIAN

After last week’s report on 22 June 2019 that Erin Greene, the LGBTQ activist was threatened with her life, we think it is time that someone stand up for her.  She is the lone voice in this country for some sanity in the public domain when it comes to the lives, safety and public policy of those people who have a gay orientation.  Notwithstanding the changes in the law here, there is a deep seated prejudice about a phenomenon that is as old as mankind and is almost certainly as old as The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas. Ms. Greene’s offence

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SEBASS’ STATION

The PLP had an exciting rally on Wednesday 16 January 2019.  The rally was held to mark Majority Rule Day which was celebrated the week before on 10 January.  The Party did not want the partisan spirit of a rally to be mixed up with that of the celebration for Majority Rule Day. The press were all there but when the press reported the next day, it was like nothing at all had happened.  No pictures and instead an attack by The Nassau Guardian on Chester Cooper, PLP Deputy Leader. who up to that moment in the editorial of the

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REWRITING MAJORITY RULE DAY

The PLP enshrined in legislation the celebration of 10 January 1967 as Majority Rule Day.  It became a public holiday after almost twenty years of argument for it by a group led by Senator Fred Mitchell and Fr. Sebastian Campbell called the National Heroes Day Committee.  After we got the holiday, the question was how would it be celebrated? Some people started sulking that it was just a PLP victory day and they would not participate. This year for the second year in row, the FNM is the Government and they have held a national service.  This year again it

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THE JUNKANOO MESS

Senator Fred Mitchell with the Leader of the Platinum Knights Junkanoo Group in Freeport Thomas Curry. Well Junkanoo is over.  The litany of complaints abound as usual.  The art of Junkanoo has come a long way since the time of newspaper and sponge for costumes. This is fine art.  You have to credit the late Winston “Gus” Cooper, Percy “Vola” Francis of the Saxons and the Burnside Brothers amongst others for the conversion of this Christmas festival of old to the national past time and preoccupation.  It dominates the cultural scene. It used to be a sport of participatory festival

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SAD CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR (LIFE IN THE THIRD WORLD)

As we approach Christmas, we have to point out how sad things seem to be in this country.  The traditional good cheer will not be available this year because of a combination of factors: the meanness of the people who run the country and the fact that there is simply no money in the circulation.  Everywhere you go, someone has their hand out in desperation. This one wants a fifty, the next one needs 200 hundred for the children, the community associations are seeking donations.  It is simply not there to give. Perhaps the one exception might have been the

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THE PASSING OF SHEILA ROLLE (THERE MUST BE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE ROOM)

Senator Fred Mitchell speaking at the memorial service for the late Sheila Rolle at the PLP’s Headquarters in Nassau on Friday 14 December 2018 said that with the passing of the generations, there is an urgent need to have young people in the room.   He recalled that he had just visited Jamaica where the leaders of the Jamaica had gathered to pay tribute to former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson who launched his new memoir on 12 December in Kingston.  Mr. Mitchell said he looked around the room and there was a room full of hundreds of 60-plus-year-olds in

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MINNIS GETS WORSE AND WORSE

There is an expression from a song in The Bahamas which says: look what you could get when you’re tired of what your gat.  That is exactly what is apt now that we look at Hubert Minnis who is our Prime Minister.  He is an embarrassment to the country, not because there is anything wrong with him intrinsically, but the external factors are so bad, you keep saying: Lord how in the world did this happen?   Those how litigate the last general election result and are wringing their hands over and over keep saying it’s Perry Christie’s fault.  More

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IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! NO IT’S RANARD HENFIELD

  Senator Ranard Henfield who organized the fake march when the PLP was in power that was the cover for the FNM to take over the country is in big trouble.  He is being labelled a liar, prevaricator and at minimum someone who exaggerates for no reason.  In the middle of the scandals plaguing the FNM administration, perhaps he thought that his account of what happened at Little Caesars Pizza on Carmichael Road on 23rd November might bring him back into the limelight.  After all the FNM isn’t paying any attention to him and the country has forgotten him, thinking

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HOW POLITICIANS BEG FOR MONEY?

The Attorney General Carl Bethel released last week a draft bill to the Leader of the Opposition for the control and regulation of political parties.  As they say in Jamaica: ya must be mad.  The bill seeks to force political parties to register with a Government agency specially created for that purpose. It seeks to restrict most importantly the funding that they can receive.  They limit in particular donations from people and businesses who are connected with gambling. Bullseye!  Senator Fred Mitchell was criticized by the now reportedly en ventre sa mere Candia Dames at the Nassau Guardian as speaking

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