Weekly Comments

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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TRAVIS: IGNORANT AS A JACKASS OR NAIVE AS A BABE IN THE WOOD

In the House of Assembly on Wednesday 25 June, the MP for Bain and Grants Town Travis Robinson was the batter up.  We keep saying that there is a tide in the affairs of men which when taken at the flood leads to fortune. It’s Shakespearean and the fate of Mr. Robinson in the last few weeks had all the makings of a Shakespearean comedy or tragedy.  It would depend on him. The question was could he turn what seemed a bad outturn into an opportunity and thereby launch himself into another plain?  The eyes of the country were on

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A VIEW OF TRAVIS FROM THE ROUND TABLE

This observation was posted on line 30 June. What is wrong with this picture?   The Picture: ( A Poetic Commentary In Blank Verse)   Fifteen months ago the present Bain Town MP was unemployed He contests a seat Wins Appointed PS More money than he is known to have ever earned Car Personal driver He is fired Makes a rather sophomoric address to Parliament Announces his continued commitment to the FNM Because his vote is not for sale Within a matter of days announces the start Of a consultancy   Press speculation that he had contract with Government or with

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TRAVIS ROBINSON GETS A LESSON IN CIVICS

Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister, fired his poster boy for youth Travis Robinson. One year after putting Mr. Robinson forward as the future of the FNM and as an example of how unlike the PLP the FNM listened to young people, Mr. Minnis dumped mud all over the poster boy.  Mr. Robinson put a brave face on it and headed into his constituency where he was given a hero’s welcome. That’s all well and good but it is very much  like when you cut a  chicken’s head off, it still runs around until the energy left in the body dissipates.

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FRANKIE CAMPBELL ONE SILLY ARROGANT SON OF A GUN

We want to say that Frankie Campbell is a silly arrogant son of a (word that rhymes with rich) but out of deference and respect to motherhood we won’t.  However, Frankie Campbell, the Minister of Transport is proving to be a public policy terms a great disappointment. a twit and well just plainly an idiot. You would have thought that after the mix up about his citizenship, this is a fellow who would sit small but he has taken on the role of the protector of the Prime Minister and having two passports, and in that role he tried to

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PETER TURNQUEST ENDS ON A SOUR NOTE

  When you form a government, everyone is supposed to be singing from the same hymn sheet. The music is supposed to be in time and everyone on the same note. That is the way the Government has credibility.  If it sounds like a choir and the chorus is concordant then the country may be convinced that you are on the right track. Mixing all those metaphors in the first paragraph was simply to say, that if you use that as a standard to judge the performance of Peter Turnquest and the Minnis led Administration of the FNM, they are

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Breaking News: Wilton Brown Homicide 47

Our photo of the week spoke of the spike in murders in three days. Before the ink was dry, we report yet another shot and killed as he arrived at his home last night at 10 p m. His assailants got clean away.  

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TWO CELEBRITY SUICIDES

    The Beatles, the 1960s pop group, sang a song Money Can’t Buy You Love.  It seems that it certainly does not.  This week, two American celebrities died at their own hands. The press reported that Kate Spade, a fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain, a Chef, both committed suicide.  It is a phenomenon that is a result of mental illness, depression, something that you simply can’t deal with unless you get help like you would for a physical illness. Joan Rivers, the American Comedienne said, when her husband committed suicide that she was so angry after the death at

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SOME SAGE ADVICE FOR MARLON JOHNSON FINANCIAL SEC

On Saturday 9 June, Marlon Johnson, the Financial Secretary got himself into a position where he was apologizing for what appeared to be a slight to workers in the hotel sector and to those recently dismissed by the government.  He appeared to say on television in an interview on Friday 8 June with Clint Watson of Eyewitness News that those who were fired from the government service could work as space cleaners and housemen at Bahamar. That did not sit well.  He was forced to climb down. The rules of the public service ban people at his level from getting

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CHESTER COOPER TRASHES THE TURNQUEST BUDGET

We think our man Chester Cooper MP, the Deputy Leader of the PLP, did a good job in his response to the Finance Minister’s Budget debate.  Mr. Cooper said that Peter Turnquest, the Finance Minister and the FNM have a credibility gap when it comes to the budget. He said: “I wonder, Mr. Speaker, which one of them had the courage to just level with their constituents and apologize for the FNM’s hypocrisy and level with the Bahamian people that their party has no idea what they’re doing and in the absence of any sensible plan to grow the economy,

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REECE CHIPMAN JOINS THE BAND OF ANTI TAX PEOPLE

Speaking in the House of Assembly in 6 June, Centreville MP Reece Chipman rubbished his own government’s tax policies. Here is what he had to say: On Vat raise to 12 per cent: ““I would like to say Centreville is not in support of a full 12 percent VAT increase as we believe it will be channeled to additional bureaucracy, leading to a tougher business model, and more hardship on the people of Centreville and the entire Bahamas.” On Gaming Taxes: ““Centreville does not believe in discriminatory policies, one for Bahamian owners and another for foreign owners, especially as it

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MCALPINE TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET THERE BUT HE DID

“We told the people take the job and vote FNM. The other people told them if they vote FNM they will lose their jobs. We said it’s not so. THE PEOPLE LOSE THE JOB!” June 7th, 2018.— Frederick McAlpine MP Pineridge When Frederick McAlpine the rogue FNM MP got up to speak in the House to make his contribution to the debate on the country’s finances, it was perhaps the most anticipated of all the addressees.  While there was some thunder, there was little lightening.  He ended his address on 7 June, by telling the FNM that there was still

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DEATH ON LABOUR DAY

Labour Day was supposed to be a happy day.  It is supposed to mark the culmination of the day when workers achieved the right to bargain collectively, to be represented by someone of their choice in the workplace and the coming into being of common work standards and conditions across the country.  It all started so well. Labour Day is usually a proud display for the Progressive Liberal Party.  It has been a part of the Labour Movement since its inception. The General Strike of January 1958 was led in great measure by the PLP.  Randal Fawkes was the leader

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WHAT DID BRENT GIVE TO U B?

This is the 156 million dollar man.  The man whose net worth in what he said was a badly run economy by the PLP increased in five years by 100 million dollars.  Quite a haul.  He got re-elected to office after a five-year hiatus.  You had to ask yourself why would a man worth 156 million dollars want to chase after a job for 66,000 dollars per year?  He declared an annual income of 2 million dollars in his election-year declaration. Last week, we published as our Photo of The Week a picture of Sir Franklyn Wilson, the entrepreneur, and

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THE FNM MOVING AGAINST MACALPINE

The flavour of the month is now Frederick McAlpine, who was elected as an FNM, but you wouldn’t know it from the way he has been talking over the past weeks.  If you took his words and placed them in the mouths of a PLP MP, you would not skip a beat or be surprised. Rev. McAlpine as he is also known, having been a successful preacher over a number of decades. Has a colourful life and past history.  He started out as a PLP, the son of the right-hand man of Kendal Nottage when he was the chief of

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10 MAY TWO WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD

There are two ways of looking at the world since the 10 May 2017 under the FNM Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.  You can look at the statistics.  He says crime is won. He says, he has laid a good foundation.  His Finance Minister says that the economy is on the right track.  They claim that they have paid off the bills left by the PLP.  That means things are tracking in the right direction. But then look at those stats of the FNM’s meeting and the PLPs meeting.  One was held on the evening of the 9 May, the PLP,

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COMMENT OF THE WEEK | THE GOVERNMENT FAILS AT MONTAGUE RAMP

It was like déjà vu all over again.  Senator Fred Mitchell was walking on the Montagu Ramp, the scene of his early rise to political prominence as a fighter for the rights of people way back in the 1990s. This walk took place on Wednesday 2nd May. On that day, he joined the Leader of the PLP Philip Davis on the ramp.  They both spoke to the fish and conch vendors and then had a look at the damage that was unfolding in around the Montagu Ramp.  Mr. Mitchell had helped to make sure that the market was established and

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