Editorial

THE LAST WEEK OF DONALD TRUMP

It looks like we are finally near the end of the nightmare which the United States voters imposed on the world.  The elected an idiot, a man sick in mind, a racist, a liar and a mad man.  He was helped by a group craven senators who would rather bow to his nonsense than fight back.  Last week he was impeached for the second time for inciting a riot to overthrow the legitimately elected government of the United States.  This is the work of a traitor.  This week his presidency comes to an end. He is not going out gracefully

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THE STUPIDTY OF THE OIL DRILLING OPPONENTS

The Progressive Liberal Party’s Shadow Attorney General issued the following statement after the news that despite the promise of the Government to resist the trifling application of Fred Smith QC, the Government has now conceded that the action can proceed without the demand for security for costs: 15 January 2021 The government’s decision to forgo security of costs in the ongoing oil drilling court is a show of weakness and a lack of political will on the part of the government. How else can this decision be explained when this FNM government approved the oil drilling; filed a notice of 

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THE COURTS SHOULD END THE FRED SMITH POLITICAL CHARADE

The disappointing news came from the Courts that despite the fact that the Court would not stop the exploratory oil drilling from proceeding by Bahamas Petroleum Company, the Court was going to allow the judicial review of the decision of the Government to licence the drilling to proceed.  This is most unfortunate.  The dog and pony show of the dummy and the ventriloquist Q C and his phony environmentalist  now gets a life. It is quite a shame that these political clowns are able to interfere in the country’s public policy with their treacherous behaviour.

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NATIONAL HONOURS FROM THE QUEEN DISGRACE

Merceline Dahl Regis M D So the first thing is you want to congratulate all those who got these British honours from the Queen on the 31st December 2020. So this comment is not about their service but about the silliness of these British honours. Amongst them is Merceline Dahl Regis who saved the backside of Hubert Minnis from the pandemic disaster by at least putting some order into the  health care system, even though it is almost now right back into a state of collapse. They made her a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG), the status

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WILL PETER TURNQUEST GET THE NOMINATION AGAIN?

Some white Bahamian business people who live in Peter Turnquest’s East Grand Bahama constituency were all exercised a couple of weeks ago about the way Hubert Minnis is running the Government that they were for the first time considering, they said, a vote for the PLP. We all know that because of racism, they could not do it, but nice try. The have now begun to  tack as is  expected.  Hubert Minnis has apparently heard their cries and  has decided that Peter Turnquest will not get the nomination for the FNM. Instead, Kwasi Thompson, his new man at Finance, will

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THE FNM PICKS UP THE PLP’S FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

The FNM has been circulating a video with the man in the picture who they are crowing to the rafters about as a former PLP, now FNM. This is the same fellow who not six weeks ago, he was slamming an FNM MP for being hopeless. There is plenty parking space up there in that skull. He and Carl Culmer deserve each other.

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MAURICE TYNES SAYS RENWARD WELLS IS WRONG

Dear Editor, I was shocked to hear Renward Wells, who is the leader of government business in the House of Assembly, publicly berate David Forbes, the clerk of the House, for allowing a Private Members Bill to be read for a first time. Even though Minister Wells was seated at the time, in the moment of his anger and frustration, he spoke loud enough that he could be clearly heard over the television. Fred McAlpine, the member of Parliament for Pineridge, had given notice the previous week that he intended to go through the procedure of having a bill placed

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FRED MITCHELL SAYS DO NOT LET THE FNM PLAY MIND GAMES

Senator Fred Mitchell denounces the FNM’s statement  issued  last night  on Peter Nygard and encourages all our  aspirants  and political  leaders  to be strong. Do not allow weaklings  like Hubert Minnis, Fred Smith and Carl Culmer  to play mind games  on us. Be strong. The country  needs  the PLP more than ever. PLP ALL THE WAY. 16 December 2020

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BURYING YOUR MOTHER IN MINNIS’ BAHAMAS

In today’s Bahamas this is what we have come to. You have people who have not been working for nine months or more.  There is no social safety net for any emergency. So there is constant demand for food, for housing and get this for burying your loved ones. Every step you take, there is a request from someone that they do not have the money to bury their loved ones. No wonder the morgue is full. This is Minnis’ Bahamas.  There appears to be no relief in sight.

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THE CABINET MEETING THE DAY AFTER

When a ministerial colleague resigns, the mood in the cabinet is like death warmed over. One day you are sitting in a powerful seat and making decisions, with policemen saluting to you.  The next day, you are gone.  That is the case of Peter Turnquest.  Only one colleague has spoken up for him that is the man who is condemned himself Marvin Dames.  He too needs to go, so birds of a feather flock together. Speaking in the Senate on Friday 27 November, Senator Fred Mitchell said that if Peter Turnquest had been a different kind of person, less haughty,

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TURNQUEST HAS A BILL COSBY PROBLEM

Bill Cosby, the American comedian, is sitting in jail, an old man, his reputation in ruins for a rape that he did not commit. But he is there because the usual protection for a Black man unjustly accused in the United States did not come to his rescue.  The Black community instead of coming to his rescue., helped to put him under.  He spent his considerable fortune and public platform in his heyday trashing young black males about the way they speak and wearing their pants down below their waists. In return, it was a young Black comedian that accused

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MICHAEL SCOTT Q C: ASSASSIN

At the end of the movie “The Prime of Jean Brodie”, the young woman who she had mentored but who had turned against her is walking away in satisfaction at the work of undoing Ms. Brodie her former mentor.  Ms. Brodie shouts out: “Assassin! Assassin!” That is the cry one could give to Michael Scott who is the author and finisher of the fate of Peter Turnquest.  Peter Turnquest learned that in Dr. Minnis’ FNM in a contest between the word of white man and a black man, even a brown skinned Long Island man who thinks he is a

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Carl Bethel Withdraws The Allegation Against Fred Mitchell

https://fb.watch/1WoLpjNRS1/ On 12 November 2020, the Leader for the Government in the Senate Carl Bethel alleged that Senator Fred Mitchell broke the quarantine laws. Senator Mitchell demanded a withdrawal which was refused. Senator Mitchell revisited the matter at the last sitting of the Senate on Monday 15 November and Senator Bethel withdrew the allegation.

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TO DRILL OR NOT TO DRILL THAT IS THE QUESTION

It must be his days as a monk that informs his sanctimoniousness.  We are talking about Brother Joseph Darville, the anti PLP campaigner, who is dressed up in environmental protection clothes. He is the other half of the ventriloquist and the dummy team of Fred Smith, Q C.  So this week he is in the newspaper preaching the gospel of no drilling for oil.  The water is too pristine and the environment will be ruined. He was moved to write the missive because James Smith, the former Minister, trashed the idea of the other half of the ventriloquist and the

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BEGRUDGING OF RICK FOX

So a Bahamian posted a note about Rick Fox and his success. Another Bahamian immediately wrote and trashed Rick Fox claiming that he had done nothing to help The Bahamas along with Klay Thompson and his dad Mychal Thompson. This is what Lynden Pindling used to call “begrudgefulness”. The fact of Rick Fox’s success is a good thing for The Bahamas and Bahamians.  He need do nothing more.  He does not owe any of us individually anything.  He got there by dint of his talent. The fact is though he does contribute in all sorts of ways.  But that is

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THE STUPIDITY OF THE SLIMY COWARD CALLED THE GRADUATE

The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune continue to give in its pages aid and comfort to a jackass and a slimy coward who cannot even sign his or her own name to the articles they write. They want to take jabs in the arena but like the sniveling coward he or she is are hiding in the tall grass.  The Graduate can take their advice to Senator Fred Mitchell and stick it up their derriere.

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TRUMP GETS A REAL DOSE OF REALITY

Donald Trump, the United States President, is living in a world of unreality.  The General Election results are in and he lost the election.  He can count his reign in weeks.  He and a few of his cohorts like the Secretary of State of the United States are the only ones that don’t seem to know that the game is up.  So long good bye.  Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the President elect and Vice President Elect of the United States.

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ATLANTIS AND ALBANY A LAW UNTO THEMSELVES

Since the pandemic started, the Bahamian population at large accused the Bahamas Government of applying two sets of rules, one for the rich white foreigners and the other for the local Black Bahamians.  So people were saying that Albany the exclusive enclave out west in New Providence operated like nothing had changed, so did the Holowesko operation out at Lyford Cay.  Now comes the latest news not from The Bahamas government but from the Chief Of Brookfield Bruce Flatt, the asset management company, that owns Atlantis at Paradise Island with its 4000 rooms. He announced that they would be starting

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PETER TURNQUEST ATTACKS THE SHARKS AND THE TURTLES

Politicians end up sometimes saying the most stupid things. The statement by Peter Turnquest, the Minister of  Finance, to the House of Assembly on Wednesday 4 November 2020 that turtles and sharks were proving to be a nuisance to fishermen ranks among some of the most stupid statements.  It shows his ignorance.  Maybe he was in grief having lost his mother that he was just not thinking straight.  He was speaking because one of his constituents got his hand bitten by a shark while diving for a living.  News flash. The natural home of sharks and turtles is the water. 

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THE PROBLEM WITH MARLON IS NOT ATHEISM

Marlon Johnson is the Acting Financial Secretary. Instead of policy being discussed, he is consumed now in controversy over the fact that he does not believe in God. His name was never called but by deductive reasoning, an address by Bishop Neil Ellis last Sunday in his pulpit led to the conclusion that the atheist he was talking about was Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson helped in that matter by a post he put on his Facebook page in which he identified himself as atheist.  He saw it as an attack on his individual freedom of choice to be religious or

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DIANE PHILIPS SPOUTS FNM PROPAGANDA

So Diane Philips, the public relations lady, parades herself around as this sweet charming figure who cannot hurt a fly.  Certainly works on some but there is a darker side to the portrait.  She is allied with Fred Smith, the Q C in Grand Bahama and that is not a good thing. She proved that pushing this silly article in the Tribune last week praising Louby Georges, who we call affectionally Loopy Georges, as some kind of big hero because he caused a trouble in the Haitian community, essentially misleading the country about the last Government’s policy toward immigration.  She

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DUANE SANDS BAILS ON COVID SUPPORT

Politics is an all or nothing game, sometimes.  You cannot be half pregnant and you cannot straddle the fence for long. We say that in the context of the double declarations made Dr. Duane Sands MP, sacked by Hubert  Minnis as Minister of Health, and now desperately searching round for a role in life. From the public declarations, the only one who knows you can stick a fork in him is Dr. Duane Sands. The political community knows that Dr. Sands will not be renominated by Dr. Minnis to run again. The FNM already has a putative candidate running in

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BUT PETER YOU SITTETH AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER

This pandemic is a serious matter but we be having jokes every day with these folks in the Free National Movement government. Peter Turnquest who is under attack for stupidly and ill advisedly taking on a 600 million dollars US loan at the exorbitant rate of 8.95 per cent was in the House of Assembly defending the stupid deal last week Wednesday 21 October 2020.  He was righteously indignant.  Spewing forth invective about how his critics were talking pie in the sky.  Sound and fury signifying nothing.  As we point out in another article in this column, The Punch which

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DELON BRENNEN GETS A COMFY JOB.. BUT WHY?

So after days of speculation in the social media press, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis finally fessed up with this line of bull to defend the fact that the number two man on the Covid Task Force and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delon Brennen had disappeared from New Providence and  was said to be living in the United States. Now you have to take Dr. Minnis’ explanation with a grain of salt. He has no compassion for people; he has the reputation for being  cold, vengeful, calculating and with loyalty to no one but himself.  So you have

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THE USELESS ECONOMIC REPORT OF THE PRIME MINISTER

The following is an analysis provided to us anonymously of the Government’s 600 million dollars loan and the report of the Government’s Economic Recovery Committee.  You will see from this that we have been badly served by Hubert Minnis, Peter Turnquest and the whole FNM administration.–  Editor Any right thinking Bahamian must be very exercised about the fiscal and economic direction of the country.  The Minister of Finance’s recent statements has made it clear to us that either he is not being advised or he does not understand the advice being given.  From the statements emanating from the officials of

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PROPAGANDA ON ARAGONITE MINING IN THE BAHAMAS

Some people in The Bahamas are in a state of frenzy because of a documentary they put together by the activist and preacher Lincoln Bain about the aragonite resources in The Bahamas. It appeared on the television station Eyewitness News om Friday 16 October 2020. We ask people to take this stuff with a grain of salt, plenty salt. This idea that the aragonite mining was somehow given away at a  song to foreign investors is not all that it appears and people are being sold snake oil on this. What is clear is that the United Bahamian Party government

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PROFESSOR GILBERT MORRIS ON THE ART OF AMOS FERGUSON | 8 October 2020

( Amos Ferguson, a Bahamian intuitive artist, according to the National Art Gallery “ Amos Ferguson was born in 1920 in Exuma. He received his primary school education at Roker’s Point School in Exuma.  Ferguson came to Nassau in 1937 to learn a trade. He dabbled in various enterprises such as upholstery and furniture finishing. Finally he went into house painting and began painting on cardboard, drinking glasses and whatever he could find after receiving divine instruction. He first sold his works in the Straw Market but soon made his home on Exuma Street (now Amos Ferguson Street) his studio”. 

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FOR THE PLP WHAT A DIFFERENCE 3 YEARS MAKES

Three and half years ago and some, the PLP and its supporters slinked into the good night, tails between their legs, many hiding and certainly most were down cast.  17 May 2020 seemed like a nightmare, a bad dream.  The wind was knocked out of the sails of the party as even its Leader Perry Christie ended up losing his seat in the House.  The PLP was left with 4 seats. Those that survived were Philip Davis, Glenys Hanna Martin, Picewell Forbes and Chester Cooper. If you called a meeting, it seemed that people were afraid to show up.  The

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO RESIGN?

The reports are circulating that J M Pinder, the former Member of Parliament, who is now the Chair of the Airport Authority that owns all the airports in The Bahamas is to resign.  It is said that things came to ahead following a meeting in the Prime Minister’s office when he made certain complaints about the activities of various consultants to the Authority who were exerting in his view undue influence over the process of contracting vendors for the Authority.  Mr. Pinder became suspicious when suddenly the normal pricing process seemed to be interrupted by an invisible hand asking for

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FNM POLITICAL EXTORTIONISTS CONTINUE THEIR WORK

Now that the general election is almost certainly within the next 12 months if not sooner, the extortionists are as busy as ever. There is one who calls himself the Watchman.  This week we added him officially to the FNM’s Nanny Brigade, people who work for the FNM and seek to pretend that they are PLP.  Poor fellow he calls himself Watchman, because he likes to watch man. The thing about him is that he is almost always wrong.  He has no idea what he is talking about and   joins the list of other miscreants who think they have more

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TIME FOR MACALPINE TO JOIN THE PLP?

The talk all around town is that elections are coming, sooner rather than later. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was spotted this weekend in Abaco for the second time in a two weekends.  He does not care about quarantine rules but has imposed the denial of movement on the PLP and its leaders.  The FNM Council met during the past week, defying the rules again, while the PLP worries about it, and the FNM’s National Coordinator Nigel Lewis told them in the meeting that from now until the general election only FNMs will be getting the benefits of government.  They

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DUANE SANDS SAYS HE AIN’T VOTING FOR NO EXTENSION

The die is cast.  He has crossed the Rubicon.  Any of those expressions you want to use but it looks like Dr. Duane Sands has separated himself from the competent authority, the Prime Minister.  In an interview last week with the Our News and also reported in the Nassau Guardian, Dr Sands said that he, the Member of Parliament for Elizabeth, an FNM member less, and recently booted from the Cabinet, will not be voting for the extension of the  emergency order which the Prime Minister wants to continue his dictatorial powers, using Covid 19 as an excuse. Dr. Sands

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TOURISM MUST OPEN

The Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar, the FNM’s favourite motor mouth, was delivered yet another blow over the past week when his best laid plans for opening up the tourism sector seemed doomed.  We remind you that before the words even got out of his mouth about opening on 15 October 2020, the Bahamar President said, it ain’t gonna happen. On the heels of that came Club Med, the only employer in San Salvador, where Brave Davis is the MP, and Club Med says because there is no hospital facility down there, and no emergency airlift to a hospital because

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT: Peter Turnquest insult

“Manners maketh a man; manners and respect will take you around the world.” A humble child tastes the grace of God.The Honorable Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance would do well to reflect on these three proverbs. Yesterday in Parliament; Turnquest in an unprovoked attack insulted the Member of Parliament for South Andros, and Leader of Opposition business in the House of Assembly, Picewell Forbes. Mr. Turnquest insult had a two- fold meaning: firstly, he inferred that Forbes did not have the intellectual capacity to grasp the subject matter; and secondly, he inferred that family island people

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SIR FRANKLIN’S HUGE SUCCESS AT JACK’S BAY

Sir Franklin Wilson at the signing of the Heads of Agreement with the Bahamas Government at the Cabinet Office on 4 September 2020. He heads the group that is developing the old Cotton Bay planation of Juan Trippe plus more with a headlining golf course developed and designed by Tiger Woods. It will feature condos and a hotel.  It will provide work for hundreds of people from Eleuthera and throughout The Bahamas. What else does the FNM have to boast about?. Nada. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis at the signing tried to make light of the irony of the event

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THE PNP GOES DOWN IN FLAMES IN JA NOW WHAT ?

Last year this time the People’s National Party of Jamaica, the party of such giants as Michael Manley and P J Patterson, met in convention and divided almost in half.  The MP Peter Bunting challenged Peter Philips, the then leader.  Mr. Bunting was rich and dynamic.  Mr. Philips, smart and wooden, they said was not up to the job. Mr. Philips rallied the establishment behind him and pulled off victory by 71 votes.  He took the victory to be something other than it was. He cleaned house in his inner circle of leadership. Then proceeded to shut out his MPs

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AFTER JAMAICA WILL THE P.M. RING THE BELL?

The Jamaican elections on 3 September 2020 turned out to be a rout by the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party and its incumbent Prime Minister Andrew Holness. The once mighty People’s National Party headed by Peter Philips has lost its moorings.  He is the first leader of that Party not to become Prime Minister and the party is now reduced to 14 seats with the governing party getting 49.  For some reason the PLPs in the country were following the Jamaican elections closely. Looking for clues no doubt as to what will happen here. This is the third incumbent government in

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