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Bahamian Politics Last Updated: Dec 4, 2019 - 4:33:12 PM


FNM: Chester Cooper still clinging to the past
By Free National Movement
Dec 4, 2019 - 4:30:44 PM

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The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding Chester Cooper’s call for the Prime Minister’s resignation:

“In May 2017, Bahamians overwhelmingly voted to end the corruption, incompetence and neglect of the woeful PLP, led by a Christie Administration that looked out for its corrupt politicians more than the people they were elected to represent. The election result came as a shock to no one, as the woeful PLP had not only failed to deliver on their campaign promises, but nearly brought our economy to the brink of collapse.

“Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, Bahamians are seeing promises finally come to fruition. The FNM Government believes in building trust among all Bahamians by doing what it says it will do and solving problems now, instead of rolling them on to the next generation of Bahamians.

“But no matter the day, no matter the issue, no matter the effort being expending to solve the challenges of today, the woeful PLP has found a default position that does everything in its power to talk down any and all progress the nation is making. Simply put they are rooting for failure not just of this FNM Government but of the country in a delusion belief that only if the country slips back to the dark days of their rule then the people will clamour for their return to power.

“Like a broken record, the woeful PLP drum up the same childish, nonsensical and erroneous attacks every time the Government keeps its word on stamping out corruption. The loquacious Chester Cooper’s latest claim is just one more prime example of their desperation. Bereft of leadership and ideas, Cooper and his mentor – Brave Davis – are left to serve as carnival barkers throwing out wildly, false and reckless accusations, absent of details and shrouded from responsibility. This is sadly what the PLP has come to.

“If Cooper and his mentor want to talk about neglect they only need to look at the abysmal record their PLP Government racked up in power as they broke one promise after another to Bahamian families. Double education expenditures, building schools? Never happened.   “Promises to improve infrastructure? Never met. Offering up hope in opportunity to the Family Islands after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the area? Never materialized. In fact, the PLP team took advantage of what they saw as an opportunity to line their own pockets instead.  Extinguishing the fires at the landfill? Never happened. 

“In fact, Marathon residents remember their own Government hiding the facts about the Rubis oil leak and its associated health concerns, lying to the people along the way. And who can forget the skyrocketing crime rates as the murder rate hit dubious highs year after year. 

“Copper must also be getting more forgetful of the recent past like his leader Brave Davis, as they both conveniently forget their disastrous policies brought our country four credit downgrades, five years of zero or negative economic growth and fewer jobs each and every year they were in office.

“So while Cooper may long for the days gone by when the PLP held sway and enriched themselves at the people’s expense, the FNM has turned the page on their corrupt practices and backroom deals. 

“Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, the FNM Government has executed a proactive agenda that puts Bahamians first – increasing education funds, reducing crime, lifting up the economy for the first time in years and improving infrastructure while negotiating projects that will provide jobs and revenue for years to come. 

“The FNM is determined to continue moving The Bahamas forward no matter how hard the corrupt PLP try to take us back into the dark ages, because all Bahamians deserve leaders who work to provide more opportunity and a higher standard of living for generations to come.”

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