A BP NEWS ALERT!
Nassau, Bahamas — February 16th was marked in history as the day when Leo Ryan Pinder became the duly elected Member of Parliament of Elizabeth. The historic cut_you_know_ what left Papa and the FNM weeping and wailing for days and tonight, your BP is warning all politicos to mark the date down in your calendars.
We brought you the story in early December one year ago, how ‘SELFISH’ Malcolm Adderley, the defeated former MP, was set to abandon the good people of Lizzy. We then told you how the ‘Bad Candidate’, Duane Sands, called the people of that community “GREEDY”, and that he would not become the elected MP for the area. Well, BP was not wrong! We believe we have an excellent batting average, and tonight once again, if providence don’t commit it otherwise, our credibility and stake in the landscape of media in the Bahamas will expand into a new territory.
In what is being called, “THE COALITION OF INDEPENDENTS”, Bahamas Press can confirm Branville McCartney has entered talks with a number of free PLPs and DISGUSTED FNM to form an organization of the same.
We can comfortably confirm, the MP for Bamboo Town shall become the Parliament’s newest Independent Member if talks proceed successfully. It is quite possible that if the men who seek to disrupt the political plans of Ingraham find success, the country we believe could be thwarted into high pitch election fever overnight; derailing Ingraham’s Parliamentary agenda for the rest of the year.
Bahamas Press can confirm some ten (10) men inside the support base of the FNM and other fraction politicos throughout the country have met on a consistent base to form the new COALITION. We are told South Abaco hopeful and former FNM meritorious council member, Roscoe Thompson III, has agreed to play a meaningful role in establishing the new political base.
BP can confirm the group have sought talks with former South Andros MP, Whitney Bastian, among others.
We can confirm, the group has composed in its rank leaders of several powerful Union blocks in the Bahamas.
One member associated with the pack told BP, “We are prepared to throw a political wrench in the wheel of the FNM and make sure true representation reenters the Parliament next time around.”
A headline article appearing in today’s Guardian carried comments from the Bamboo Town MP stating: PM lacks Compassion. The statement forced a response from the FNM, which we know, is under a heavy barrage of infighting.
In a press statement issued late tonight, FNM Chairman Carl Bethel stated:
RE: THE COMPASSION OF THE PRIME MINISTER
The vast majority of Bahamians were surprised to read comments attributed to FNM MP Branville McCartney in the newspaper this morning accusing the Prime Minister, Hubert A. Ingraham of lacking compassion.
The Free National Movement was formed and has always conducted its affairs in a manner that encourages the free expression of ideas and even an element of dissent within the confines of the Party. Freedom of speech has always been fundamental to the FNM. Hence, the public personal attack launched against the Prime Minister is surprising since Mr. McCartney has always had within the councils of the Party the right to express any concerns about compassion, or the alleged lack thereof. Indeed, Mr. McCartney attended the Central Council meeting of the Party last week and had every opportunity to voice his feelings to his colleagues, peers, and those Party Officers and activists who he hopes to lead some day.
He said nothing about “compassion” even though he spoke about other issues.
The public record showing the extraordinary compassion, empathy and love of the Prime Minister for the Bahamian People, the poor and the oppressed, cannot be thrown into dispute by Mr. McCartney.
Indeed, compassion is a virtue best expressed by actions, not words; and the Prime Minister throughout his political career has always shown great compassion for others. His policy initiatives, infrastructural improvements, stimulus packages, assistance with electricity bills, social spending, unemployment insurance and educational innovations in these tough times all speak louder than words of the Prime Minister’s compassion.
The Prime Minister’s personal journey from the bowels of dire poverty in his childhood, to the heights of achievement for the Bahamian People as a visionary, compassionate Leader and Prime Minister is well known. His efforts to uplift the poor are also well known. What is perhaps less well known are the private and individual interventions made by the Prime Minister personally to assist hundreds, if not thousands of Bahamians over his years of leadership and public service.
The Prime Minister’s love and compassion for the Bahamian People is second to none!
There may be policy differences which divide politicians, but any attack based upon an alleged lack of compassion is nothing short of political posturing! There is no question that such an attack upon the Prime Minister is totally without any foundation and must be viewed as merely the manifestation of a personal agenda.