Weekly Comments

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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MINNIS CAUSES CONFUSION ABOUT CORRUPTION

  The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is doubling down on the nonsense that he has been spinning on a monthly basis about this nation and corruption.  He has been the subject of adverse commentary in this country since the day he was elected and decided to go down to Caricom in Grenada to tell the people of the Caribbean that his nation was corrupt.  His government did not stop there.  You know his government has been arresting and harassing his political opponents in the PLP since he got to office, actually bringing three former PLP politicians to court on charges

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A SLAVE HOB NOBS WITH THE QUEEN

Thursday 19 April 2018 The trip to London to see the Queen was just the best example of what big friggin phonies that the Prime Minster Hubert Minnis and his colleagues are.  They campaigned on not travelling saying that the PLP travelled too much.  Mr. Minnis took 31 people with him including his wife, the wife of some of his aides.  The lists seemed endless.  The cost of hotel rooms 150,000 dollars.  They had a grand old time. The other thing that the photo shows is that anyone can get to see the Queen. All you have to do is

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DUANE SANDS CAN’T SEEM TO GET OVER CORNED BEEF

It is a point of amusement in PLP circles that Dr. Duane Sands, the hapless Minister of Health, is still running on about how Bahamians shouldn’t be eating corned beef.  The PLP got him off course as he was trying to explain that he intended to use the price control mechanism, to get people to stop eating corned beef.  What a stupid suggestion?  His colleagues must have told him about it.  Ever since he has been on the radio and TV talking about corned beef.  His colleague the Deputy Prime Minister tried to help him out when he was opening

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THE FNM WALLOWS IN INCOMPETENCE

(THE STORY OF CORNED BEEF) To show you how lost the FNM and its leaders are, when faced with the bad news poll about their ratings in the country after one year, the Minister of Education Jeffery Lloyd said that the FNM was doing a phenomenal job.  Ha! Ha!  He actually said that. Let’s see what the Opposition Leader Philip Davis had to say about the state of FNM governance when he responded to Peter Turnquest attacking the Opposition on finance issues: “In real human terms, what does the FNM have to show for 1.7 billion dollars in borrowing? We

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THE BI POLAR MAKE UP OF THE FNM

  The FNM is in complete disarray; that much is clear. You cannot figure out what they are going to do next or for that matter what is going to come out of their mouths. Leading the pack of lost souls is of course the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. Before you get to his vacuous mind, bereft of ideas, you have to get past his grammar. Who can remember when he talked about the quagmire of a web? People said then: “say what?” Today they can only shake their heads. The latest was when confronted about the failure to appoint

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THE PASSING OF GEORGE COX

George And Setella Cox If you were born in the 1950s 1960s and 1970s, maybe even the 1980s, and a stranger asked you to name the Bahamian couple who epitomized panache, grace, class, quiet elegance, unobtrusive good sense, beauty and serenity, a good marriage, great professionals, a perfect family, you would think of Georgie and Setella Cox.  He was an engineer by profession, the premier engineer of his age. having graduated from the McGill University in Canada way back in 1956.  If you wanted something thoroughly designed and built and secure then you went to George Cox.  That was it.

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DOES BRENT SYMONETTE KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING?

The Minister for Immigration Brent Symonette was busy as the devil in the House of Assembly as he spoked in the interminable and wasteful midyear budget debate. He announced that there are going to be changes to the immigration act that will give people who were born in The Bahamas and missed the application deadline for citizenship of their 19th birthday as provided in the constitution  a new status. It would give them it appears a right to permanent residence with the right to work. You have to ask yourself if these people know what they are doing or are

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PETER AND BRENT FAIL US AGAIN

Peter Turnquest, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (second from right) with Brent Symonette, the Minister for Financial Services ( third from left) were two Ministers of the hopeless and hapless FNM government who flew off to Europe they said to get the European Union’s ministers to take The Bahamas off the latest blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions. The photo was posted on 14 March. The two ministers claimed that they were required by the EU to sign a letter at the highest political level to commit to the tax standards that the EU wants with regard to

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PETER TURNQUEST A USELESS BEAN COUNTER

(SOULESS AS A DEAD FISH) The joys of Bahamian democracy: one day you are a bean counter for a three aircraft company flying domestic routes in The Bahamas, the next day you are the Finance Minister for a nation with a 2 billion dollar or so budget. Some people take to it like a fish to water, others are simply lost and get too grand and take on a personality like you’ve never seen. Peter Turnquest, the Minister of Finance of The Bahamas falls into that category, the latter one. You cannot believe that this pompous silly, soulless individual who

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A SPECTACULARLY BAD WEEK FOR MINNIS

(Cavorting With Crooks To Get A Deal In Freeport) On 19 February, the man dubbed the dumbest Prime Minister the country has ever had sat in on what was supposed to have been a signing ceremony for a 5.5 billion dollar deal between the Government of The Bahamas and a company that was newly minted with no track record on oil called Oban Energy.  There was a man named Peter Krieger who represented himself to be the President and representative of the company and he was there next to the Prime Minister and the Secretary to the Cabinet and an

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THE RBC MAN IS GONE THANKS TO BRAVE

The Royal Bank Of Canada announced on 20 February that Tim Rider who spoke at the Bahamas Business Outlook Seminar and trashed Bahamians was going to retire as at the end of the month.  So that brings to an end the sad saga of a loudmouthed, uncouth and indelicate officer of the bank as its Senior Vice President for Sales.  He had complicated life for himself and the bank by trashing the people who live in the country that provided him his livelihood. It is a question, we ask all the time. What is it about Bahamians that is so

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THE SPEAKER STANDS CONDEMNED

A fitting addition to the photo above from The Tribune of Halson Moultrie at work in the House of Assembly would be a noose. There should have been a hangman’s noose and a trap door below and the PLP should have had a lever to pull and drop the floor. The FNM pulled a fast one, a Parliamentary trick and sleight of hand and voted to have confidence in the Speaker. In doing so they failed to address all the nasty perverted things that he said.  He called the Chairman of the PLP perverted and a reprobate but the real

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THE SOFT POWDER PUFF SPEAKER ACTS LIKE A CRAZY MAN

What happened last week was a good week for the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party.  They pushed the FNM with their 35 seat majority into doing something which was disproportionate to the remedy required. They expelled not only Glenys Hanna Martin MP from the House which they had done the week before but expelled all the rest.  So the entire PLP delegation in the House is unrepresented. This was done by the same Speaker Halson Moultrie who was marching in the streets for transparency and accountability.  What he did was foolish.  The Leader of the Opposition called him a buffoon.  That

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ROYAL BANK MAN CALLS BAHAMIANS DUMB

The Royal Bank of Canada has for the second year in a row had a speaker come to the Royal Fidelity Bahamas Economic Outlook Luncheon and trashed The Bahamas and its reputation, a country in which it has made billions of dollars of profits in the 110 years or so that it has been doing business here.  The Bank will no doubt say what it said the last time the lady from Trinidad came and trashed the country’s government saying it was incompetent.  They will say, the person was speaking for himself and not the Bank.  It is a distinction

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MINNIS: THE FAILURE OF THE DOG AND PONY SHOW

Official Photo of Pastor Joel and Victoria Osteen With Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis In The Sanctuary Of Lakewood Church In Houston, Texas. The Washington Post newspaper said that last year the now President of the United States Donald Trump told 2000 lies.  This is the President of the United States now.  We are not talking about the private record but on his public pronouncements.   The man who boasted that he has the larger nuclear button is also an inveterate and proven liar and so named by one of the most prestigious publications in his country. Let’s transfer

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EIGHT O’CLOCK PLANE CRASH

The news of tragedy spreads fast in The Bahamas although sometimes with a delay. The account seems to go like this on Wednesday 17th     January, six people including the pilot got on a Piper Aztec piston engine aircraft and took off for a ten minute flight to Nassau from North Andros.  The weather was bad.  Within ten minutes, four miles off Mastic Point, the plane fell out of the sky and disintegrated. Three bodies have been found floating in the waters off Andros. Hackers, our local name for illegal charter pilots, sit at general aviation in Nassau and hackers sit

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TRUMP: SHIT ASS CALLS AFRICA AND HAITI A SHITHOLE

When the news broke on Thursday 11 January that the President of the United Statas Donald Trump had described African countries and our sister country Haiti as a shithole, there was the usual outrage with which we have now become familiar with Mr. Trump as head of the United States Government. His response to our outrage was also similar. He lied. He said that he did not say it. We know from Senator Dick Durban of Illinois that he did say it. No doubt. This adds to what the Washington Post has said is some 2000 lies that Donald Trump

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MICHAEL PINTARD AND KB DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT

So a group of musicians, all young men under 30, one of them a specialist in air brushing for Junkanoo, were all gathered at the Freeport Airport and they were talking.  They looked up and asked the politician standing by, whether or not he thought the Government was going to cut the funding for the Junkanoo Carnival.  He ventured that they would given the specious and lying explanation that Michael Pintard, the Minister of Culture, gave for not supporting the Junkanoo Carnival which will now be going into its fourth year.  The Minister claims, falsely, that this is foreign culture

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ISMIRLIAN’S FOLLY AT BAHAMAR REVISITED

The PLP really got itself into a quagmire with Sarkis Izmirlian who was the original developer of the Bahamar project now open and successfully operating on Cable Beach. The project was a four billion dollar investment. There are now 2500 new rooms in the Bahamian hotel inventory that has been falling for years. There are 5000 new jobs available to Bahamians. When Mr. Ismirlian first started it all seemed rosy, even though there were those who said he was simply in over his head and did not have the capacity to bring the project to a conclusion. Amongst them was

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A MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OUT IN THE GALAXY

Last week when The Bahamas was called upon to vote in support of a resolution that would have decried the sabotage of the two state solution in the Middle East by a decision made by the United States, The Bahamas punted and abstained.  It was an act of moral cowardice.  It was made in the face of a threat first by the United States President Donald Trump, he is very special, and his Ambassador to the UN Halley Barbar.  They both said that the United States would take the names of those who voted for the resolution and would cut

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THE FNM LIARS WITH A STRAIGHT FACE

We suppose with Donald Trump in the American Office of President, we should not be surprised that we have someone in The Bahamas whose administration is known for its ability to lie with a straight face in The Bahamas. Hubert Minnis’ FNM administration is a set of liars. They are crude and untrustworthy people, who should be forced out of office as soon as possible. They are a national disgrace and embarrassment to this country. They have no moral conscience and are bankrupt of ideas. Nothing has demonstrated this more to us than the way they gone about this business

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Fred Smith Q C—Slime Ball Politics

Anyone who is not now convinced that Fred Smith Q C is a pretty sick individual should now be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt.  This is now time for someone to move under the provisions of the Mental Health Act have him committed to the crazy hill for the political lunacy which he has conducted over the last week. Mr. Smith showed up at the Immigration Detention Centre, obviously to make a scene and to have it recorded.  The press duly obliged. He was booted out of the facility because he had no right to be there.  The

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MINNIS IS IN BIG TROUBLE

Lies and more lies… can’t get the story straight turkey, stick a fork in him. He’s done. Seven months into the term, you have never seen a government disintegrate as quickly as this one. This is really a case of dumb and dumber. They stumble and bumble from one thing to the next. Dr. Minnis is a dead man walking. The Prime Minister himself was so despondent about this unfolding public story and the internecine fighting that seems about to imperil his own leadership of the party, that he spoke in a heart to heart with his Cabinet last week.

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BAY STREET AND THE UBP: BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

The Commercial Enterprises Bill is what it is called.  We call it the Brent Symonette Bill.  Mr. Symonette is the clearest example of the fact that the dreaded and racist United Bahamian Party who was booted out for their racist and anti- democratic policies in 1967 is back 50 years later, with consent of the majority population.  The Majority Population that spoke loudly and clearly in 1967 have now walked back all of the progress that was made in fifty years by allowing this UBP and son of Bay Street boy to take over and take away all the things

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