by Bradley B Roberts,
National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party:
While the Free National Movement has a right to select candidates of their own peculiar choosing, we in the governing Progressive Liberal Party are amazed at the choice of hapless, perennial losers and visionless personalities comprising the initial group of eight.
It was Dr. Minnis who keeps saying how he wants to build this “NEW BAHAMAS” which he says require a new vision and that he will recruit the “best and the brightest” (his words) to achieve this.
Well I invite the Bahamian people to critically review Minnis’ “initial handiwork of eight” and make their own judgment. Dr. Minnis’ decision-making skills are in a fish bowl and under a microscope because the future of The Bahamas is at stake.
We in the PLP expected (and reasonably so) that Dr. Minnis’ candidate choices would reflect the skill sets and competencies required to connect with voters and inspire their confidence in addressing the challenges facing The Bahamas. Instead he seemed to have quickly thrown together a disparate group of individuals whose singular qualification must have been their blind allegiance to Dr. Minnis’ leadership ambition and maintenance in the face of continuous challenges to his leadership and the constant public torment, taunting, affront and ridicule he faces from his detractors, led by Mrs. Loretta Butler Turner, the FNM MP for Long Island.
In his desperate attempt at political survival, Minnis apparently rummaged through Hubert Ingraham’s political junkyard (or graveyard) and salvaged what could only be described as a “POLITCAL SCRAP GANG!”
THE 2017 ELECTION IS NOT ABOUT MINNIS AND HIS POLITICAL SURVIVAL; THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE BAHAMIAN PEOPLE!
I offer Dr. Minnis some unsolicited political advice: The Bahamian people, a discerning, informed and responsible electorate, will not be insulted with slim political pickings that fail to inspire their confidence in the areas of competence, community linkages and electability.
This initial group of eight might very well be nice guys, but there is a huge difference between having a social drink at one’s favorite spot or Fish Fry with a group of nice guys and assembling a competent team of proven and committed leaders ready and able to effectively address the myriad of daunting challenges facing our country while negotiating our strategic positions in the region and in the world.