COMMENTARY BY THE PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL PARTY
18 APRIL 2011
There is a problem with being a copy cat. It only works up to a point. After a while though, the copy is revealed to be a fake and the people realize you must stick with the original. Today people see what a bad copy the Free National Movement is. People are more and more turning to the real thing: the Progressive Liberal Party.
In responding to the FNM’s most recent commentary published in The Tribune on Monday 18th April, we make the point that the FNM are the ones who are making Cassius Stuart an issue. He is past history and having made a political mistake by joining the FNM, he must live with it.
Of more urgent note and import is what is to be done about unemployment; about the fact that people cannot pay their mortgages and school fees and power bills; that people are sleeping in cars in Grand Bahama and throughout The Bahamas because they have been put out of their homes and have no place to live. The issues are the economy and how under Hubert Ingraham and the FNM we have gone from almost full employment when the PLP left office in 2007 to the fact that there is near record unemployment today.
This is the legacy of the FNM that they cannot walk away from. So to orchestrate the crossover of Cassius Stuart does not resolve any of those problems. BTC is still gone from the Bahamian people. Unemployment is still at record levels. There are unprecedented requests for money from Members of Parliament because people simply have no jobs and no cash to take care of their basic needs. One consequence of all of this is that crime is out of control and seems to be getting worse every day.
Another issue is the fact that there are five FNM Members of Parliament in Grand Bahama. Three of them are Cabinet Ministers, yet the economy of that island is going down the tubes. There is no hope for the people of Grand Bahama, just hopelessness. The Prime Minister says that he will not even speak to the owners of the Grand Bahama Port Authority on the future of the business in Grand Bahama; this is regrettable. The PLP will certainly change that.
Throughout the country there has been a sharp increase in the cost of living with food prices, the cost of gasoline and increases in electricity bills for those who have power. Inflation has become a major issue and there have been no increases in wages to offset the inflation.
It is interesting that while there are so many problems facing our people the Prime Minister can close down the House of Assembly and find monies to attend a Royal Wedding essentially on holiday in England while this country deteriorates. Imagine this unnecessary cost to the tax payer, monies that can be used to bring relief to hurting Bahamians.
The PLP commits itself as a government to people first. The first issue we shall tackle upon a return to office is the unemployment problem. We will seek to put Bahamians back to work. We have pledged to recapture BTC for the Bahamian people. We pledge to put in place a crime fighting effort to help break the back of crime and the fear of crime.
We have no doubt that the FNM acted and pressed to get Cassius Stuart because they saw that the PLP got Dr. Andre Rollins. The FNM was taken by surprise with the choice of Dr. Rollins and had to act quickly to copy the PLP’s success in recruiting from the next generation of leaders. Standby FNM. There is more to come but we do not buy support. We win friends and influence people. We fight for hearts and minds of the Bahamian people.
In the meantime, what the Bahamian people expect from the FNM is not more smoke and mirror politics and idle newspaper commentaries but policies that will solve the myriad of problems created by this government since they came to office in 2007.
Bahamians are paying attention to the failures of the last four years.