"PLP Policy on Employment: A Series of Lies and Misrepresentations"
- Jul 17, 2014 - 10:10:47 AM
administration’s “policy” on job creation and employment in this country
has left much to be desired. In fact, it has been a series of
misrepresentations and even outright lies. Despite the release of
figures from the Department of Statistics which show that unemployment,
particularly among young people is at the highest it has ever been,
members of this incompetent government insist that they have created the
ten thousand jobs promised on the campaign trail.
the past several weeks, we have heard various government Ministers
including Labor Minister Shane Gibson boast about the 43 thousand jobs
which were allegedly created by this administration. Weeks later, the
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis declared to the media that his
ministry alone created 10 thousand jobs for Bahamians. The Department of
Statistics numbers show just over 3,000 NET JOBS added...
Roberts: Minnis should thank the PLP Government
- Jul 16, 2014 - 3:10:07 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
The problem with the
media comments attributed to Dr. Minnis is that it was he and the FNM
who were kicked out of office in May 2012 before the FNM “destroyed the
country” because their “record of poor judgment in governance” that
placed The Bahamas on a path to “disaster.” Further, Dr. Minnis needs to
be more concerned about immediate problems and turmoil within his party
and the threat of his leadership, let alone an early general election.
Minnis may have a short memory and
is banking on the Bahamian people having a short memory, but I must
remind him that his government’s mismanagement of the Bahamian economy
exacerbated the recession locally and the suffering of thousands of
Bahamian families where NO net jobs were created and unemployment
DNA: Two years For Freedom of Information is too Late!
- Jul 15, 2014 - 10:29:01 AM
While the country
grapples with countless social ills, and the throes of a stagnant
economy, we as a people are further forced to contend with an
incompetent government who has proven time and time again that they do
not have the growth and development of the country at the heart of their
Democratic National Alliance along with countless other organizations
has led the call for a Freedom of Information Act as part of efforts to
pull the country from the shadows of corruption and malfeasance.
Unfortunately, secrecy and mystery continue to shroud the government’s
dealings even as the people cry for greater accountability from its
elected officials. Unfortunately, the government has chosen to stonewall
its people by denying them access to key details on plans for forward
development, even as our greatest ally, the United States of America,
publicly questions the country’s...
DNA: Is this where we should be after 41 years of independence?
- Jul 8, 2014 - 5:37:08 PM
Are you satisfied with our country after forty one (41) years of Independence and 47 years of PLP and FNM Governance?
we look at our Bahama land forty one (41) years after independence I
would ask our Bahamian citizens to really take a look at where we are as
a country and ask yourself if you are satisfied with the status quo.
this: Crime in this country is at an all time high. Successive
governments have failed to fulfill their fundamental duty and that is
the protection of its citizens. We are daily under attack by the
criminal element. Illegal immigration continues to flourish in our
country with the continued growth of shantytowns. Unemployment is
perhaps the highest it has ever been with no light at the end of the
tunnel; the promised 10,000 jobs being just a political promise.
Bahamians continue to lose their homes on a large scale as the highly
promoted mortgage relief plan never materialized...
DNA: Accountability and Transparency: More than Political Watchwords!
- Jul 8, 2014 - 10:17:42 AM
Accountability and Transparency have become political watchwords of the local political arena.
administrations have promised governance that would be accountable to
the public where abuses of power, unnecessary government interference,
and outright cronyism would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this
government, as well as those before it, has paid only lip service to the
idea and has instead ignored real opportunities to prove themselves
worthy of the trust placed in them by the On the campaign trail, this
Christie led PLP Administration made countless promises to the Bahamian
electorate; promises which included a greater level of accountability
and transparency, and governance that was truly representative of the
will of Bahamians...
DNA: The PLP has Failed to Protect the Rights of Women
- Jul 4, 2014 - 7:58:36 AM
History has shown that Bahamian women
continue to make up a significant block of this country’ voting
electorate; however this Christie led administration – whose victory at
the polls was due in large part to the high voter turnout among women –
has proven itself unworthy of that vote of confidence.
government simply does not care about the rights of women. Over the
course of his term in office thus far, Mr. Christie has paid only lip
service to the idea of female empowerment and equality while allowing
those under his direction to further trample on the freedoms of Bahamian
women across this great country; women who continue to contribute in
meaningful ways to the development of our communities, and our
"Until She Gives Birth The Bahamas Will Continue to Travail"
- Jul 2, 2014 - 12:29:54 PM
the Politicians give birth to the promises of the declaration of
Independence and the promises as outlined in the Constitution of the
Bahamas, she will continue to travail and see a time of trouble.
Politicians and many other Civic leaders have forgotten the promises
made to our sons and daughters and the drive for freedom in the C
of Independence. I address this issue because it keeps coming before
me and as I declared 2013 the year of the woman, I will boldly say:
UNTIL THE BAHAMAS SEES AND ELECTS A FEMALE PRIME MINISTER WITH THE
NURTURING QUALITY TO BIRTH THE THINGS NECESSARY THERE WILL CONTINUE TO
BE PLUNDER AND CHAOS OF ALL NATURAL RESOURCES. IT WILL TAKE SUCH A WOMAN
WITH VISION, DESTINY AND PURPOSE TO CHARTER THE COURSE AND STEER OUR
BAHAMA LAND TO ITS DESTINY AND PURPOSE.
DNA: The Prime Minister and his Band of Merry Men Must Resign
- Jun 23, 2014 - 2:38:18 PM
The past two years of PLP governance have
proven to be a series of missteps, miscalculations,lies and half-truths.
On the promise of real economic change, transparency and a belief in
Bahamians, this administration was elected by the people with a mandate
to address the myriad of problems facing the country.
Christie led administration however, has shown recklessness with the
public’s finances and a disregard for the will of the people. Rather
than governing in a transparent and accountable manner, Mr. Christie and
his band of merry men have chosen instead to line the pockets of
friends, family members and loved ones, taking the levels of political
cronyism in this country to new and disturbing depths. The issuance of
countless government contracts without the benefit of due process, the
personal intervention of the PM...
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...
Fred Mitchell responds to Brent Symonette
- Jul 9, 2014 - 2:57:46 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The following is a statement by Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs:
I once told Brent Symonette the former Deputy Prime Minister to climb
back under the rock from which he came. I renew that call today. He
has accused me in this morning's Tribune of "grandstanding" because I am
standing up for The Bahamas. Here we go again with this nastiness.
There is a difference between the policy of the FNM
and the PLP when it comes to the defence of The Bahamas and our foreign
policy. The FNM and its spokesmen only see the case of the other
country, not the case for The Bahamas. The FNM 's foreign policy
supports silence, stupidity, and obsequiousness and apologetic
Bradley Roberts at PLP Mini Convention in Eleuthera
- Jun 23, 2014 - 4:38:53 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a welcome address by Bradley Roberts at PLP Mini Convention:
Mr. Party Leader, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance;
Mr. Deputy Leader, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development;
Area representative for Central and South Eleuthera, the Hon. Damian Gomez...
Bahamas 2014 -15 Fiscal Budget Passed in The House
- Jun 20, 2014 - 12:03:23 PM
The Budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year ending on the 30th June 2015 was
passed in the House of Assembly with 24 Members of Parliament from the
governing side voting yes, 6 nays from the opposition side and 7 absentees on
the evening of the 19th June 2014.
The leader of the opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis, notified the Honourable House during
his budget contribution that the FNM Caucus would vote “no” on the budget on the
basis that the budget violated the applicable provisions of the constitution as
regards detailed itemization salary allocations. Notwithstanding this position,
opposition members voted in support of the taxes associated with the budget.
"FNM & PLP: Two Sides of the Same Coin"
- Jun 20, 2014 - 10:28:23 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
revelation that Dame Marguerite Pindling owes the government over
$300,000 in real property taxes only proves that the Christie
administration is not serious about tax reform, Free National Movement
(FNM) Chairman Darron Cash suggested yesterday.
(14) years of which Mr. Cash speaks represents exactly seven (7) years
under the PLP and seven (7) years under the FNM proving that there is no
difference between the PLP & FNM; they are indeed two sides of the
Free Nationalist: "Dr. Minnis The Right Person to Lead & Become The Next PM"
- Jun 12, 2014 - 2:15:04 PM
May 8th 2012, one day after the defeat of
the Free National Movement at the polls and the resignation of former
Prime Minister Ingraham as leader of the party. There were many hurt
feelings and great disappointment that evident throughout the country
for FNMs. The FNM was in deep debt and bloodied in hotly contested
elections that party was soundly defeated.
However, there was no
time rest and cry, the party needed to forged forward to begin the task
of rebuilding. On May 26th, at a mini-convention the FNM elected as its
new deputy Loretta Butler-Turner and its leader Dr. Hubert A. Minnis...
Bradley B. Roberts: Butler-Turner's tirade proves FNM is anti-Bahamian
- Jun 12, 2014 - 1:47:38 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
Having sat around the cabinet table and
approved the privatization of BTC, giving the new owners Cable and
Wireless the sole right to select its CEO without government
consultation, Loretta Butler-Turner condemned and harshly criticized the
appointment of Bahamian Leon Williams as the newest CEO of BTC.
question FNM leader Dr. Minnis must answer and clarify to the public is
whether or not the uncharitable and mean-spirited comments of the FNM’s
deputy leader represent the official policy position of his party or is
he in lock step with his deputy? Further, what is the FNM’s current
position on Bahamianization and the general empowerment of Bahamians?
Butler-Turner’s tirade appears out of step with the expressed ideas,
plans and the role of Bahamians in this new Bahamas Dr. Minnis keeps
Bradley Roberts: Pintard retread proves FNM bench shallow
- Jun 10, 2014 - 12:26:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
During his second year anniversary
press conference, Prime Minister Christie characterized the FNM as a
“scrap gang.” The appointment of Michael Pintard to the Senate reaffirms
this FNM characterization as Pintard is a two-time loser and a
The public knows well that Pintard
was strongly defeated when he ran against Prime Minister the Hon. Perry
G. Christie in Farm Road and Centerville in the 2007 general elections
and later defeated by Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis in Cat
Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador in 2012. His initial tenure as
Senator apparently to build his national profile and political brand was
a dismal failure so one is left to question the wisdom and rationale
for this reappointment...
"Is the FNM Deputy Leader qualified to go further?"
- Jun 9, 2014 - 8:05:29 AM
The editorial in the
Nassau Guardian of Thursday June 6th 2014 entitled “The FNM Deputy
should go further” made highly provocative statements about the Prime
Minister and leaves no question or doubt in the public’s mind that the
Nassau Guardian is unapologetically aligned with Mrs. Loretta Butler
Turner, the MP for Long Island and by extension, the Free National
Further and as of late, there appears to be no
insulation between the rabid and extreme anti government rhetoric and
the fairness and balance of “hard” news that the Nassau Guardian has
taken pride in consistently delivering since 1844. An educated and well
informed public is one of the pillars of our democracy and the fourth
Estate is tasked with executing this solemn responsibility without fear
or favour. But to use a newspaper of record...
Michael Pintard's remarks upon accepting 2nd appointment to Bahamas Senate
- Jun 5, 2014 - 9:31:57 PM
extended to our leader the Hon. Dr Hubert Minnis for the confidence he has
placed in me and to the Parliamentary team along with key members of the FNM
family for endorsing me.It
is my intention to be diligent, meticulous and fearless in the discharge of my
duties on behalf of Bahamians. It will be an honour to assist our leadership
team in sharing our Party’s vision, policies, prospective legislation and the
plan of action we will employ once returned to government.
Ordinarily my comments
would have focused on my intention to commit to a bipartisan approach on
matters that require it, however, this government has proven to be extremely
tribalistic and no such posture by me would be received in good faith or cause
them to be more inclusive of Bahamians from different political persuasions.
Branville McCartney: "Without Labour, Nothing Prospers"
- Jun 4, 2014 - 11:44:18 AM
In a pre-majority rule
Bahamas, the labour movement, founded and propelled by a courageous
group of Bahamians led the way in securing racial, financial, and
economic equality for countless future generations.
over the last several decades, the movement has found itself under
attack and those freedoms for which those brave Bahamians fought,
rights of the worker have been devalued and infringed upon for the sake
of big business and unfortunately, the political directive in this
country has, in 40 years, done little to preserve the integrity of the
mandate given to us by our founding fathers.