Dear fellow Bloggers, in my previous communications, admittedly, I sat as an ‘Armchair Quarterback’ in Nassau reporting secondary information and anecdotes from other people in my social and professional networks.
This time, however, I am happy to report to you firsthand from the city of Freeport, where I have observed for myself the sorry state of affairs and supplemented my observations with feedback from people on the streets, including Taxi and Bus drivers, Shopkeepers, Waiters/Waitresses and other residents, many of whom are either unemployed, homeless or both.
My primary observations of what is going on in Freeport have led me conclude that the present government, starting with ALL of the Grand Bahama Members of Parliament, particularly those that represent the Greater Freeport area, MUST resign forthwith because of the following.
*Grand Bahama is dead, with a capital “D”. Upon returning to Grand Bahama recently, I personally see NOTHING in the foreseeable future for Grand Bahama. Thousands of people are without electricity, water and very little food.
*Buildings that were once local landmarks have been taken over by homeless squatters. Unemployment is extremely high and seems to be the ‘norm’ here in the Nation’s second city.
*Some of the things I’ve noticed within a day of my return almost brought me to tears, once well-known and maintained properties, (apartments, condominiums and Hotels) are now in such bad repair that I would be hard pushed to allow my dog to live there.
*Scores of businesses are without power, telephone and street vendors are out on the streets as late as midnight trying to survive. The once bustling International Bazaar has scant signs of economic activity, for example the Arcade has little life, BUT, other areas including the Straw Market and surrounding area are dying a slow death.
* If it was possible to close down an Island, like one would do a restaurant or a business, Grand Bahama would be CLOSED by now. No wonder Nassauvians have said that Grand Bahamians are gluttons for punishment!
* I’ve also noticed another ‘strange’ phenomenon; Many people, men and women, are hunting for scrap metal like copper and that appears to be ‘big business’ … of course all over the world the Chinese are buying hard metal to feed their insatiable industrial appetite, but this causes a lot of stealing.
* Also I observed firsthand the adage that the last refuge for the working class is Pawn broking; CASH-4-GOLD seems to be a way of life in Freeport now. Petty crimes have escalated with some criminals snatching gold jewelry from people’s necks, including tourists, in broad daylight – this is a disgrace!
If you drive around Freeport, you can count the tourists on one hand and will be left with enough fingers to count the Chinese Army. What is left of the Freeport tourist product is tired, over-priced and under-promoted.
I cannot make it any clearer; it appears to me that Grand Bahama’s days are numbered. Things are so bad in here; I wonder how the governing Party (Free National Mess) will feel when they go to these people’s houses and ask for their vote? I’m sure they will encounter lots of Bahamians without electricity, water and jobs so what will be their story to the people? When will Grand Bahama get on its feet again?
My blame starts with HAI or ‘Papa’ and the Grand Bahama Port Authority; followed by the lackadaisical and counterproductive Grand Bahama Ministers who don’t deserve the salaries they’re paid, starting with Mr. Neko Grant, who in my opinion, is a loser in everything he touches. This clown must get up off his butt and talk with the people in the Lucaya constituency he represents!
Second, Mr. Kenneth Russell appears to struggle with any intellectual challenge (by the way, where did he go to school. in fact did he go to school at all?)
Finally, Mr. Zhivargo Laing, (a.k.a. Mr. Arrogant) who claims to be a Christian, must now know that his destination is hell.
In conclusion, having done some journalistic research to establish the state of affairs in and around Freeport, I am forced to conclude that the people here have been ‘FAILED’ by their Representatives. Having talked to the residents since arriving here, it is clear that they detest the mess they are in, are seriously disillusioned and have nothing good to say about their MP’s.
So, whether you consider me rude or not, Mr. Laing, I have presented you with evidence, so resign NOW to preserve what little honour you have left. By the way, RUDE could be taken to mean: REALITY UNCUT, DEFINED and EXPOSED….. Contrasted with your reality, which appears to be figments of your fantastical imagination
May 11th 2011