Bradley B Roberts: Minnis’ over-the- hill plan spells G-E-N-T-R-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N
- Nov 24, 2014 - 8:26:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Bradley B. Roberts:
With all of his bravado and bluster about
how serious the times are and how these serious times call for serious
action, Dr. Minnis’ plan for the revitalization of over the hill is
nothing short of mass displacement and dislocation of poor people who
reside in the inner city. This is a terrible economic policy called
gentrification. It usually comes with catastrophic social consequences.
Pindling government wrestled with this issue with the Grants Town
project more than thirty years ago. Creating tax-free zones in the inner
city for commercial development always results in the age old question:
what will become of the poor who occupy much of the land in the so
called “over-the-hill” area. Minnis’ proposal will result in an increase
in homelessness and poverty...
"FNM denounced for supporting immigration raids"
- Nov 23, 2014 - 5:55:38 PM
rights association accuses party leader of condoning illegal tactics,
betraying core principles, and pandering to prejudice in a bid to
supporting the government’s new immigration “Gestapo tactics”, the Free
National Movement (FNM) has abandoned its core principles in what
amounts to a cheap vote-getting stunt, according to Fred Smith, QC.
president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), charged
that the “illegal, immoral and unconstitutional” raids and roundups
currently underway go against everything the FNM is supposed to stand
FNM Convention Results
- Nov 21, 2014 - 4:00:04 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are results from the Free National Movement Convention held today, November 21st.
Dr. Hubert Minnis wins for Party Leader who wrote on his Facebook page at the start of the day, "
look forward to the support and peaceful collaboration of the delegates
at today's convention. IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH! Stay focused on the
goal! VICTORY 2017!!"
Peter Turnquest, MP, East Grand Bahama is
the party's Deputy Leader.
DNA: The Horse is about to receive its Trophy
- Nov 20, 2014 - 11:50:28 AM
Prior to the 18th January 2013, the
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas indicated that he would abide
by the outcome of the Referendum/ Opinion Poll. His words were that he had “no
horse in the race”.
Subsequent to the Referendum/Opinion
Poll this country witnessed a travesty of Democracy (some have even called it
the “Death of Democracy”) when the Bahamian people voted NO to the
Referendum/Opinion Poll but the Prime Minister decided to ignore the Will of
the people and moved to legislate a Gaming Act. This Act will be enacted on the
24th November 2014 and on that date the government will start processing
license applications for web shop owners.
DNA: Crafting a firm and fair immigration policy
- Nov 6, 2014 - 11:24:39 AM
Former US President Ronald Regan
once said that “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation”. For
years, successive governments in this country have failed to adequately control
our borders and have failed to effectively address the long standing socio-economic
problems stemming from the movement of illegal migrants across our borders. The
absence of firm and fair immigration policy has given rise to resentment,
anger, hatred, frustration and fear that has, particularly in recent weeks, spilled
over in the public domain.
On November 1, this Christie led
administration took the first of what will undoubtedly be a series of difficult
steps to securing sustainability for future generations of Bahamians...
Butler-Turner shares her vision in Grand Bahama
- Oct 28, 2014 - 8:05:36 PM
Freeport, Bahamas –
The Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement spent the weekend in
Freeport meeting FNM delegates, attending the 5th Annual Chamber awards
and greeting students at a local basketball tournament.
Island MP traveled to Freeport on Friday to meet with her team in Grand
Bahama as she promotes her run for Leader of the FNM party. “I’m pleased
to be in Freeport, many people know the importance of Grand Bahama in
our party and in The Bahamas generally” said Butler-Turner. “I’ve come
to talk to my fellow FNM’s and attend some events I’ve been invited too
and listen to local constituents about their issues and where they see
This Week in Bahamian Politics
- Feb 22, 2013 - 11:48:36 PM
Check here for the past week in Bahamian Politics!
The Bahamas Weekly provides a category just for the political voices of The Bahamas, whether it be the Free National Movement, the Progressive Liberal Party, the Bahamas Democratic Movement, the National Development Party, or a place for anyone to write about their political opinion in The Bahamas.
Read the latest viewpoints or banter right here on The Bahamas Weekly...
Commentary: The chill of government financial irresponsibility
- Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15:21 PM
financial analysts the world over await the outcome of the
"negotiations" in the United States to see if they can avoid the so
called fiscal cliff - the day automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will
kick in - many people believe it will push their economy back into a
recession. To unsettle things even more, the fiscal problems have not
abated in Europe and right here at home there are unsettling concerns
among the business sector and taxpayers.
With The Bahamas debt to GDP ratio approaching 60% (including unfunded liabilities), and rumours of government
cash flow troubles, they remain remarkably quiet on plans to help revive
the struggling Bahamian economy and avoid...
DNA: No Bailout For Struggling Bahamians
- Nov 18, 2014 - 11:59:33 PM
Since taking office, this
PLP administration has neglected the mandate given to it by the Bahamian people
and has abandoned the litany of promises made on the campaign trail. Rather
than rescue struggling home owners through mortgage relief, the government has
stood by as countless more homes have been seized by the banks. Instead, those
families have watched as the Prime Minister, who failed to intervene on their
behalves, used his position to personally intervene in the mortgage affairs of
a man he called “a good friend.”
Similarly, the PM offered no
comment when it was revealed that a member of his government failed to pay his
own electricity bills while overseeing the disconnection of thousands of
Bahamian households. Most recently, the government intervened yet again on
behalf of PLP supporters and cronies...
National Chairman, Bradley Roberts remarks at PLP Prayer Breakfast
- Nov 16, 2014 - 9:23:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by
Bradley B. Roberts
Party under the theme "In all Things Give Thanks" at the Progressive
Liberal Party Prayer Breakfast held a Melia Resort on November 16th:
Let us begin by observing a moment of
silence in honour of the life of Rev. Dr. Myles and Ruth Ann Munroe and
seven others who perished in that tragic plane crash in Grand Bahama
last Sunday, the 9th November 2014...
is my honour and distinct pleasure to welcome such an attractive,
colourful and lively group to this prayer breakfast on behalf of the
Progressive Liberal Party....
Sarah Kirkby: Proud of My Party
- Nov 12, 2014 - 1:06:46 PM
There have been a
lot of letters and articles about who should lead the Free National Movement in
2015 and beyond. Some of them are nice and supportive and some are tinged with
a bit if dirt-throwing, but despite all that, the beauty of this upcoming
leadership campaign is that a woman is running! And whether she wins or not I
am so proud that my party is the first to have a women do this.
In today’s Bahamas
women are still classed as second-class citizens in legal terms as we do not
have equal rights for our children or husbands. It’s a sad fact that successive
governments have not changed this as of yet. But, despite this and the
negative comments made by some men and women when equality for women is brought
up, I have not seen anyone say that
Loretta Butler- Turner SHOULD NOT RUN BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. Of this I
am very proud!...
DNA: Provide JOBS, not JOB LOSSES!
- Nov 11, 2014 - 12:05:00 PM
The Progressive Liberal Party’s
(PLP) now infamous promise of ten thousand new jobs for Bahamians has failed to
come to fruition. In fact, despite the announcement of their grandiose
employment strategy, this past two years of PLP governance has seen thousands
of Bahamians, particularly in the banking and tourism industries lose their
jobs. That highly touted employment strategy has proven nothing more than
another empty campaign promise.
The termination of nearly 200
employees of the Bahamar resort property on Cable Beach and the reported imminent
redundancies that are expected to take place at a local bank are the latest in
a series of economic blows dealt to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas...
Dorsett: FNM should admit dire state in which they left Housing
- Oct 29, 2014 - 6:04:25 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Minister of the
Environment and Housing, the Hon. Kendred Dorsett in response to a
statement released by Mr. Brensil Rolle.
It is obvious from the statement released by the FNM's
Deputy Chairman, Mr. Brensil Rolle, that he and his party are in dire need of
political points and are seeking to get them by continually releasing
statements concerning the housing portfolio of my ministry. As minister
responsible for Environment and Housing, I have endeavoured to keep the public
abreast of the activities of my ministry as regards our efforts to provide
affordable housing options for the Bahamian people...
Roberts: Turnquest and Cash Shamelessly Promote Hysteria and Ignorance
- Oct 27, 2014 - 8:44:39 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
Political leaders and aspiring leaders must
be able to speak with reason and sincerity to national issues and not
seek to promote ignorance, hypocrisy and hysteria as smoke screens to
hide the truth.
The comments in the media attributed to both
Peter Turnquest and Darren Cash of the FNM were hypocritical, misleading
and downright disgraceful given the truth of the diplomacy and the
foreign and investment policies of the FNM relative to the People’s
Republic of China....
DNA: EBOLA and the Bahamas: Proper planning will prevent Panic
- Oct 22, 2014 - 1:04:36 AM
Amid rising concern
regarding the Ebola health crisis, Government officials from around the
globe are taking the necessary action to prepare their respective
countries for a potential outbreak and protect their citizens.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this Christie led
administration. The Government of the Bahamas has taken too lax an
approach to the handling of this disease which is now at our back door;
and as with countless other national issues, our leaders have shown
themselves ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.
National Alliance, more than two weeks ago, called for the Ministry of
Health, helmed by Dr. Perry Gomez, to begin a widespread education
campaign on the effects of the disease and outline specifically...
(Video) Duane Sands announces bid for FNM Deputy Leader
- Oct 17, 2014 - 1:21:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Just
two days after Loretta Butler-Turner announced her bid to run for FNM
Leader, Dr. Duane Sands has today, October 15th announced his bid to run
for Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement.
Sands, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, was born in Nassau to
Basil and Roberta Sands in 1962. During his formative years, he spent
quite a bit of time with his grandmothers who resided on Freetown Lane
off Kemp Road and Hay Street in Grants Town (his paternal grandfather
died before he was born and his maternal grandfather died when he was
four). His parents and grandparents hail from Long Island and Eleuthera.
(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner's official announcement in her bid to run for FNM leadership
- Oct 17, 2014 - 11:00:18 AM
Bahamas - Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for
Long Island, announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her
decision to run for Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s
convention on November 21st.
In attendance were her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister
Clarice Butler and her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the
announcement from her home, she was introduced by her husband, who noted
in his introduction: “As a father and as I citizen I want the very best
for our country. I have seen the kind of leadership that Loretta
offers. I know her values and her convictions. I know where her heart
is. Her heart is with the Bahamian people. She has a passion for public
Roberts: Minnis must have bit tongue during LOI comment
- Oct 15, 2014 - 5:15:41 PM
I hope Dr. Minnis bit
his tongue during his media comments about the Prime Minister’s decision
to enforce discipline regarding Renward Wells and the LOI.
record clearly shows that Minnis was confronted with tough decisions
time and time again both as a minister and as the leader of the
opposition and each time he either failed to make a decision or he made
the wrong decision.
For five whole years he failed to make a
decision or act as the substantive minister of Health where repeated
systemic failures, irregularities, risks and vulnerabilities plagued the
Public Hospital Authority (PHA), costing taxpayers tens of millions of
DNA: Government Crime Scenes and Unsolved Mysteries
- Oct 15, 2014 - 1:56:33 PM
Wasteful; Corrupt; Dishonest; these are just some of the words which can
be used to describe the governance of the Progressive Liberal Party since taking
office in 2012. While in opposition this administration led by Perry Christie,
promised Bahamian voters transparent, accountable, governance. The now PM
promised to Believe in Bahamians, provide jobs and improve the quality of life
for the entire citizenry. The PLP even promised to lower electricity rates. What
the PLP has delivered however, is slack governance, a blatant mismanagement of
the country’s resources, cronyism, increased government wastage, higher taxes
and a system of corruption which continues to cost taxpayers some 200 million
(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner to challenge Minnis for Leadership of FNM Watch NB12 Report
- Oct 14, 2014 - 8:45:08 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for Long Island,
announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her decision to run for
Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s convention on
In attendance were
her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister Clarice Butler and
her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the announcement from her home,
she was introduced by her husband, who noted in his introduction: “As a
father and as I citizen I want the very best for our country. I have
seen the kind of leadership that Loretta offers. I know her values and
her convictions. I know where her heart is. Her heart is with the
Bahamian people. She has a passion for public service.” He also stated:
“I introduce not..."