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 every day is trot out a whole lot of propaganda and call it truth.
So now the late Paul Adderley used to tell a story about the first owner of a newspaper called The Herald which before it became the official voice of the PLP under Cyril Stevenson, was owned and operated by a man called Stanley Lowe. Mr. Adderley said that Stanley Lowe would give the headline in the paper the next morning to anyone who paid for his breakfast the night before. You get the impression that this is the issue at the Freeport News. What does whoever is writing the stuff at the Freeport News want?
It must be something. Perhaps the individual has fallen out with his minders in the FNM and didn’t get to serve overseas in one of our offices or something like that so there is now some light taps at the FNM but seeking to get the attention of the PLP. It is a cry for help maybe: see what problems we can cause along the way.
The PLP is up to that old trick.
The facts are these with regard to the PLP and what it is doing. We quote Mark Twain with approval: reports of our death are greatly exaggerated. The PLP is not dead at all. Quite alive and well and will win the next general election. These folks in power are like cooked turkeys. They are done. Just stick a fork in them.
In the meantime though, the party is working. The first thing was to reestablish a sense of order and openness and fairness in Freeport. The party had gotten the reputation of being too tied to one individual and that individual did not give people a sense of openness but was single minded in the determination to serve and please the allies but not the wider good. The individual became a lightning rod and when spoken to about it refused to accept the divisions that were being caused and simply step back from the forefront. It took the loss of office by the PLP to solve that problem.
Now it is a question of slowly rebuilding trust. Opening the HQ in Freeport. Refurbishing the HQ in Nassau. Putting the organization back on a rules based platform and establishing the branches and getting them up and work again. All of this is happening in plain sight while the people in the mainstream press continue to preach doom and gloom.
This week in Nassau, there was the third candidates module. It is a course that everyone has to take in order to run for office at a national level. If you do not take the course you cannot apply and the only exceptions are the four candidates who are now incumbent MPs.
So all this noise you hear about who is going to run and not run. We cannot say. What we do know is that if Philip Davis is to be believed and no reason to doubt, if you follow the rules you get your shot. If you don’t you’re out.
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