Weekly Comments

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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NO ONE QUITE AS DULL AS CARL CULMER FNM CHAIRMAN

The story is that Carl Culmer, the Chairman of the FNM, is about to get dumped by the party. The rank and file and some of the leadership thinks he is a dull as nails and certainly as thick as a concrete block. Despite the denunciations of his intellect, Mr. Culmer just keeps on coming with one bit of nonsense and non sequiturs after the next. So last week with hundreds of well-organized protestors in the streets on Wednesday 21 November, with them saying Minis had to go to the point where the Prime Minister was run off Bay Street;

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THE FNM FLUBS THE SEARCH FOR BYRON FERGUSON

In the waning hours of 8th November at about 9 p.m., the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was notified by the Civil Aviation Department that a plane had gone down some 1.5 miles off the coast of New Providence on approach to the Lynden Pindling Airport. There was uncertainty just where but a mustering party led by the RBDF gathered at Love Beach in New Providence and boats set out to sea. According to the RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel at a press conference on 16 November, they spotted the tail of the plane but were searching for life in the sea

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THE GOVERNMENT OF BUMBLERS AND BLAMERS

https://dai.ly/x6x0rv8 Shortly after the official funeral for the late Bradley Roberts, it appears that Prime Minister Hubert Minnis must have taken off for a town meeting in North Eleuthera in the Bogue settlements.  Introducing him that night as “the man of the hour” was Ellsworth Johnson, the Minister of State for Law.  Mr. Johnson who earlier had to apologize to the man for speaking out of turn about the appointment of a Chief Justice was doing his best to suck up, one supposes by introducing the Prime Minister not only as the man of the hour but as a man

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PETER TURNQUEST SPINS A YARN… FNM LYING THRU THEIR TEETH

In this column, we have stopped putting up these statements issued by Ministers of the Government because too often they have borne no semblance to the reality on the ground.  This FNM Government has got to be the most lying Government in the history of Bahamian politics. We quote that line from the Lion in Winter. They cannot even ask for water when their thirsty. We can tangle spiders in the web of lies they weave. That is a fit and proper response to the latest statement by the Government and its Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest that they have

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WHAT BRENT WANTS BRENT GETS

Brent Symonette is insensitive to the racial history of The Bahamas. He is clueless about his family’s role in supporting the racism that sustained their way of life during the first 60 years of the 20th century and now even into this century.  Brent Symonette went to St Andrew’s School, a school that was racially segregated up until 1968 when it admitted its first Black student under threat of losing its government subsidy. When Sir Durward Knowles, another white Bahamian, apologized to Black people for the way White Bahamians treated them in this country prior to majority rule, and Brent

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LINING BRENT SYMONETTE’S POCKETS

Mr. Symonette knows conflict of interest well. He got it from his pa who the FNM has just declared a national hero. He himself was fired before for a previous conflict of interest while in government.

So, the thieves are in charge of the bank and they are stealing left right and centre. The Bahamas the saying is pee on me and call it rain.

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MINNIS: THE FIX IS IN ON LIGHTHOUSE POINT

There was a town meeting in Rock Sound on Wednesday evening 10th October.  The Prime Minister was the host.  You knew something was up when there was a video circulating with a Junkanoo group waiting outside the airport for the Prime Minister’s arrival and he is dancing with the maidens of Rock Sound when he got on the ground.   The next step was a so called democratic vote which took place at the town meeting.  The video showed all those in favour raise your hands and those against well you know the drill.  There were both hands raised across

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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CONFESSION

One of his colleagues speaking to the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis corrected Mr. Davis when he said that the Attorney General’s office was in shambles. “No”, said the Minister, “ Not the Office of the Attorney General, it’s the Attorney General”. One cannot help but think that, now that Carl Bethel Q C, the Attorney General, has intervened publicly in the case of Ashe vs Shane Gibson or more particularly the Crown vs Shane Gibson. You all know the story.  The FNM in pursuit of victor’s justice brought three cases against former PLP Members of Parliament.  Shane Gibson

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RENWARD WELLS: WHO THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE IS?

The now Minister for Transport and Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly Renward Wells needs a good dressing down and brought down to size.  This is a fellow who in the proverbial Bahamian language hardly has two pots to piss in; big grown man who doesn’t even own his own house but gets up in the House of Assembly and talks to Philip Brave Davis like the is school master and Brave is his charge. This took place on Wednesday 19th September 2018.  Renward Wells is too big for is breeches.  He has forgotten himself.  In the

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FAREWELL INSPECTOR CARLIS BLATCH

You used to see him at the side of the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling over and over again.  He was at the side.  He was at her back.  He was her front man. Carlis Blatch, tall black and handsome, an officer and a gentleman, the kind of man the girls would like to take home to mother.  The kind of son that a mother or father would want.  He was the Governor’s aide de camp and protocol officer.  He made many things at Government House run smoothly.  He was there for fourteen years doing just that with the Governor

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THESE FNM MINISTERS HAVE BAD MANNERS

The picture of the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest are pictured at the state funeral for the late Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs in Christ Church Cathedral on 7 September in Nassau. Dr. Minnis looks totally out of it and lost. Peter Turnquest is having a look at his phone.   The picture sums up perfectly what we want to say about the FNM and their government.  They simply have no feel for this stuff.  They are in over their heads.  They are out of their depth. Dare we repeat what we said many moons

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ON BPL THE FNM BLIND DEAF AND DUMB

The thing that strikes you about the FNM is just how dense they are.  Is it that you think or is that they are just inherently stupid, arrogant and corrupt?  Something must be wrong with their heads.  We know for sure that the 35 to 4  general election result has certainly gone to their heads and all reason has fled from them. Ask yourself this question: you come to office campaigning on the theme of corruption and management issues.  You came to office arresting PLPs with no reason to show that the PLP was corrupt. So, you would have thought

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MINNIS THINKS WE ARE ALL FOOLS

The Tribune photo of the Cabinet visiting Grand Lucayan Hotel 22 August 2018 There was a real dog and pony show in Freeport last week on Wednesday 22 August.  The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was the master of the circus.  He took his entire Cabinet and flew up to Grand Bahama to look at the newest possession of the Bahamian people, bought without their leave and to considerable opposition amongst thinking people in the country.   The pictures of the tour were there for all to see.  The Prime Minister open necked shirt and jeans, leading his Cabinet to look

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THE FNM IS INVOLVED IN A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY

The Leader of The Opposition Philip Davis has called for a Commission of Inquiry to look into the conduct of the Government with regard to the prosecutions of PLPs now before the courts on alleged cases of corruption. These cases aren’t worth the paper that they are written on. The affidavit of Shane Gibson which was filed on Thursday 16 August shows a pattern of conduct by the state which is criminal in nature. This must be exposed and brought to heel.   It has been more than 48 hours since these shocking revelations were made that the witnesses were

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INGRAHAM DECLARES WAR ON HIS OWN GROUP

How things change in twenty four hours.  Hubert Ingraham launched a full scale war on his own side and on his protégé Hubert Minnis.  He told the press last week and his favourite woman in the press Candia Dames that he was against buying the Grand Lucayan Hotel, buy the Grand Bahama Port Authority instead.  He said he thought that the policy of the FNM Government on the school uniforms is wrong and should be reversed. Now we wait for the other shoe to drop.  Will Hubert Minnis or the resident apologist for the Lyford Cay crowd Peter Turnquest answer

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MINNIS HAS CRAP ALL OVER HIS FACE IN GRAND BAHAMA

The administration of Hubert Minnis is learning a lesson the hard way.  You can come up with all kinds of ideological nonsense on economic polices but at the end of the day if you want to save your hide politically, you had better act.  Such was lesson number one as the Prime Minister, speaking at a meeting of branches in Grand Bahama on  27th July, told them that the Government would not allow the Grand Lucayan hotel to close because it was the heartbeat of Grand Bahama.  He claimed in aid, relief and comfort and support of this stunning turnaround

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FNM IN FREE FALL…NO WAY FORWARD

With just about 15 months in office and with some 45 months left for them to do something, the Free National Movement and their leader and leaders just seem lost in space.  They make one blunder after the next.  They seem so insensitive to public opinion. It is hard to believe that these are the same people who 15 months ago said in opposition that they would listen to the people. They promised to do better than they and their adoring media friends had portrayed the PLP as: feckless, insensitive and lacking in transparency.   Fifteen months on, we know

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MINNIS NOR THE FNM READY FOR THE BIG LEAGUES

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis (left) meets United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at UN headquarters in New York yesterday. BIS/YONTALAY BOWE   The people of The Bahamas are entitled to ask whether or not Hubert Minnis, the now Prime Minister, is ready for the big leagues.  He seems to be just having a good time flying all about, talking this thing and the next and has no clue as to what exactly he is talking about. He seems to allow his speech writers to put the most silly things in his mouth, which simply end up embarrassing this country.

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UNCLE TOM’S CABINET TRIES TO REWRITE HISTORY

  They are descendants of slaves, all of them.  Even Brent Symonette, who passes for white in this society, is the descendant of a slave.  How then can these descendants of a slave, using the power vested in them under the National Honours Act, make Sir Roland Symonette, the Leader of the racist United Bahamian Party, a national hero of the Bahamian nation.  They are all Uncle Toms. You can one supposes forgive Brent Symonette; that was his daddy, so one supposes that he was so blind that he could not see.  He of course is not one who stands

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THE FNM DECONSTRUCTS THE BAHAMIAN STATE

The FNM wrecking crew that runs this country. Shame on all of them.   We want to wish everyone a happy independence day.  We have managed to keep ourselves together for 45 years.  It is unfortunate that we have the Government that we have.  They have no feel for this.  They want to enjoy the fruits of other people’s labour but they are busy wrecking the very concept of a Bahamian state. Everything they do, is designed wittingly or unwittingly to deconstruct that which was   created in 1973.  Don’t mind their words, you judge them by their actions. Within days,

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