FNM GOVERNMENT Treated Bahamians like Talibans these four years says BP!

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Today is the 4th anniversary since the Free National Movement grabbed power in 2007 and today, May 2 we hear from them no celebration. This is so because after four years of hardship, there is absolutely nothing for Bahamians to smile about. Ingraham left the country for the Royal Wedding while scores of Bahamians workers on Paradise Island are set to lose their jobs. Below, the PLP issued a statement yesterday:

PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL PARTY

“FOUR YEARS LATER BAHAMIANS ARE WORSE OFF”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 01, 2011

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Hubert Inrgaham...WHAT A FAILURE!!!

Monday May 02, 2011 will mark the fourth anniversary of the FNM becoming the government of the Bahamas and Bahamians are measurably worst off than they were before the FNM came to office. Notwithstanding the global recession, much of the deterioration of the quality of life of Bahamians is due to the bad policies and decisions of this FNM government.

In the tourism sector, the most relevant sector, stop over arrivals are at the same level they were 26 year ago. In 1985, stopover visitors stood at 1,368,000 and today it is around that number. Under the PLP administration, stopover visitor arrivals were as high as 1,600,000 per annum. The decline under the FNM government represents over $300 million in lost tourism receipts. The effects are rippling. The Bahamas Hotel Association reported that 60% of hotels lost money last year and this is in a dismal winter season as hotel workers are reduced to 2 and 3 day work weeks and hundreds have been sent home. This winter season has been effectively lost and the Bahamas has lost its position as a premier winter destination. Bahamians can expect a further deterioration in our tourism performance in the coming months as many of our competitors in the region are boasting of gains in their respective tourism sector.

It has been 18 months since the last unemployment study was commissioned. This and the reasons given by the government for failing to conduct this survey are unacceptable and an example of bad governance as the unemployment report is used as an objective measure as to the impact on social services agencies and provides key demographic statistics that assist the government in formulating its policy decisions.

A report by The International Monetary Fund (IMF) conservatively estimated current unemployment at around 19% but the National Chairman of the FNM unwittingly, deliberately and dishonestly told the Bahamian people that unemployment remained unchanged at 14%. School closes in 8 weeks and thousands graduating students with scores more returning home will join the unemployment lines with no prospects for finding a job.

On the issue of crime, the FNM never produced a comprehensive plan on crime and we are satisfied that they have none. This and the increasing amount of violent crime demonstrate the government’s glaring incompetence in protecting the Bahamian people.

Since the FNM has been in office, some 364 Bahamians have been murdered in what has been recognized as the most violent period in recent history; many of the deaths are still unclassified. The FNM claims to have a plan for crime, but during the Prime Minister’s national address, he promised to get back to the Bahamian people on his plan for crime. This is proof positive that the issues that are most important to the Bahamian people are not the priorities of the FNM government. Further, on their watch the fear of crime has increased so much so that people are afraid to leave their homes. Whatever measures the FNM government has taken were ineffective in arresting this scourge that threatens our national security and continued economic viability.

The FNM government has been unable to stimulate the economy and the record shows that the Bahamian economy contracted by 1.7% in 2008, 4.5% in 2009 and by an estimated 1% in 2010 even though the government is yet to release the figures for 2010 on GDP growth, revenue and expenditure.

Contributing to the destabilizing effect on the Bahamian economy has been the FNM government’s tax policy. The FNM government decision to impose draconian tax hikes in the middle of a recession has been the major factor that has kept the Bahamian economy in a protracted state of recession.

Bahamians are worse off now and much of it has to do with the policies and poor decisions made by the FNM. Four years ago, it cost $120 to license a car; that same car will cost you $375 to license today. Despite this and many other tax increases on many breadbasket items, mainly on those least able to afford it, FNM policy makers are baffled as to why government revenues have not increased. It’s simple, taxes should not be increased in a recession because it would drive an economy deeper into a recession or hold it in recession. The recent hike in gasoline and diesel prices will further negatively impact the economic recovery of the Bahamas.

The priority of the government, the road works and the associated traffic management were poorly executed, destroying local business, disrupting lives and creating unnecessary confusion, frustration and road rage.

The external reserves at the Central Bank have been propped up by the FNM government borrowing hundreds of millions in foreign currencies to stabilize the Bahamian dollar which has been under serious threat of devaluation. The PLP government calls on the government to lower the prime rate thereby reducing the cost of capital and operating costs to the government, the private sector and lowering mortgage costs to homeowners.

The series of bad decisions and poor policy and planning by the FNM is a clear indication to the Bahamian people that it is time to vote the FNM out of office when the next elections are held.

It is important that all eligible Bahamians register to vote and make their voice heard. The PLP therefore, encourages all eligible Bahamians to register to vote today.

  • Take a good look at who goes quiet, who does absolutely nothing and while tyranny reigns all things that were once orderly now becomes obscene. 2011 calls for the immediate abolition of Bahamas independence 1973, a rewritten constitution, a commission of inquiry and fly the Brits back in. Self governance the first stage since 1964 was a rising challenge, 1973 granting of independence from order now look at the disasters. Jack and Jill in the box popping totally clueless of the priceless and rare value of a country which had nothing to offer the world save hospitality from her people. There have been severely harmed mentally and it is time to let Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II know it is time to take control of her colony as her territory has been take over by savages who understand nothing save the British Navy sailing on in. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. GOD SAVE THE BAHAMAS BY RETURNING THE BAHAMA ISLANDS BACK TO THOSE WHO KNOW HER WORTH.

    • The first settlers of the Bahamas came from EGYT,AND NOT BRITAIN,WE AS BAHAMIANS THOSO NOT NEED TO PUT THE COUNTRY BACK IN THE BRITISH HANDS,WE APPRECIATE THEIR HELP,BUT IT IS TIME FOR US AS MAJORITY RULE GO TO ANOTHER LEVEL,AND THIS LEVEL CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISH IN YAHWEH,WE MUST MOVE FORWARD AND CREATE OUR OWN PHILOSPHY FOR THE WORLD TO ADAPT INCLUSIVE THE WHITEMAN,WHO CAN NOT STAND WITHOUT A BLACKBROTHER IN HIS PRESENT,WE OUR TO THANK GOD FOR THE QUEEN,LET US NOT FOR GET THE BRIDGE THAT CAUSE US TO REACH THIS FAR.LET US NOT BURN THE BRITISH BRIDE:BUT IMPROVE UPON IT .AND THANK GOD WE KNOW THEIR WAY AND OUR RICH INHERITAGE.ETHIOPIAN ARE WORLD PACE SETTERS,WE MUST NEVER FORGET IT.WE MUST CONTINUE TO BE INNNOVATIVE OF OUR PAST LEGACY.ONE OF THE WOLRD GREATEST QUEEN RESPECT DUE TO QUEEN NEFERTARI AND QUEEN HATTSHEPSUT.SO LET US LIVE AS ONE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

  • WTF

    Has anyone every questioned why the PLP’s press releases are so flipping long? Do they really expect journalists to read the whole thing on the air? If not, then why not condense it so that the points that you really, truly hope to make it over the air are the only ones written?

    • media

      WTF you must be the writter of the FNM epistles they are that long or you never read them.

      BP

  • Bahama Press I have never commented and chose to keep my words to myself however……the title alone for this article is ridiculous….how could you compare an extremist group to the Free National Movement…..what happened to responsible journalism and having fair and impartial views to the social issues affecting our nation?? I feel sorry for the persons that read these articles and soak up the propaganda that you spew on a daily basis!!!

    • media

      Well you read it, you ain’t sorry for yourself right? It is Typical FNM, want dictate to people! Go in that BAD FAILING CABINET OF INGRAHAM! They are told what to say.

      BP