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DNA Leader: "You cannot trust the PLP!"
By Branville McCartney DNA Leader
Feb 5, 2017 - 7:03:37 PM

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This present PLP administration cannot compare to any past administrations when it comes down to misrepresenting the truth to the Bahamian people.

Last week we saw the PLP continue with their untruths.

It was revealed that the Prime Minister and his cabinet blatantly and intentionally mislead the Bahamian people in December 2016 at a press conference held in the cabinet office with the revelation that Baha Mar was sold. Last week the President of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd., in contradiction of the Prime Minister’s pronouncement in December 2016, stated that the sale for Baha Mar was NOT completed but they had promised the Bahamian government that they would open in April 2017, notwithstanding there NOT being a closing on the property. Bear in mind that April would be just weeks before the general elections. In the meantime Bahamian have applied to this resort in expectation of jobs being had.

In light of the fact that the resort has not to date been sold, the question remains as to who or what entity the Bahamian people are applying to for these so-called jobs. It certainly cannot be the proposed owner, who has not closed, or purchased that property. So, it can only be the Chinese Bank, which at this stage holds the title to the resort. But is the Chinese Bank able to execute an employment contract with the Bahamian people? I think not.  I am very curious to see the employment contract for the Bahamians. Bahamians…beware!

The PLP government also intentionally and blatantly mislead the Bahamian people when they attempted to say where the VAT money had gone. The government has to date collected approximately one billion dollars from the Bahamian people by way of VAT. It was stipulated by this PLP government, prior to the implementation of VAT, that the monies collected would go primarily to reducing the country’s debt.  Well, the fact of the matter is that out deficit has increased and our debt has increased, notwithstanding the fact that the government has collected more in VAT than they had originally anticipated. Additionally, since the introduction of VAT, we have been downgraded to JUNK STATUS! How can this be? Hence the cry by the Bahamian people… “Where the VAT money gone?”

The Junior Minister of Finance, who works under the Prime Minister, on National TV, blatantly and intentionally misrepresented to the Bahamian people, “where the VAT money gone”. As a consequence of the Junior Minister’s misrepresentation, the Prime Minister has subsequently said that he will, in due course, explain “where the VAT money gone”. The question is…did the PM know what the utterances of the Junior Minister of Finance were, prior to them being said? I would assume he did, as the Prime Minister is the substantive Minster of Finance.  What is he, the Prime Minister, going to say that is different from the Junior Minister?

My take on it is because the PLP government has taken so much heat over “where the VAT money gone”, the Prime Minister wishes to try and clean up this mess. It is going to be interesting, if the Prime Minister ever decides to tell us “where the VAT money gone”. Will he contradict the Junior Minister’s utterances? If so, what does he intend to do with the Junior Minister?

The bottom line is that I do not think the Prime Minister will ever explain “where the VAT money gone”, as new scandals and misrepresentations of the PLP will come to light in the upcoming weeks.  This is the modus operandi of the PLP. You cannot trust the PLP!





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