The Punch, in an obvious and sustained campaign of character assassination, continues to propagate outright lies about me.
In the Thursday 11th March 2010 edition of The Punch, this pattern of attack has been repeated and expanded.
The Punch has continued to misrepresent the achievements of my tenure as Minister of Education. For the record, I was the Minister who conceived of, and set up, the Sexual Complaints Unit in the Ministry of Education, with the hardworking members of my staff, not Minister Desmond Bannister, as was untruthfully claimed in The Punch.
The Sexual complaints Unit was set up at my command when it became clear that the ministry had no institutional mechanism, or capacity, to appropriately and expeditiously investigate all complaints involving alleged sexual misconduct by teachers and support staff in our schools.
While some commentators (and the Parliamentary Select Committee) were apparently more concerned about the right “Public Relations”, I as Minister was much more concerned to ensure that the correct response capacity was put in place in the Ministry to ensure a safe environment for students in every school in The Bahamas. That achievement is among other positive initiatives which I left for Minister Bannister and every succeeding Minister of Education, and for the benefit of generations of Bahamian students to come.
Further, at no time did I ever ask to re-join, or even so much as hint to anyone, that I was interested in re-joining the Cabinet. In fact, had I been asked to re-join the Cabinet in any capacity, at this time, I would have refused for the same reasons that I decided to resign from it in November 2009 namely, that the Party needed a Chairman to help prepare it for the next general elections.
As a “Cecil Wallace-Whitfield FNM” who was present at the very foundation of the Party at Spring Hill Farms, I learned from him the need, sometimes, to sacrifice “position” in order to ensure the best prospects for electoral success of the Party.
In the same vein I resigned from Cabinet in order to do everything in my power to help my Party prepare for the next general elections which, if we were to judge by the closeness of the margins in the Elizabeth bye-elections, will be an important function.
Those reasons have not changed, and I am not interested in returning to Cabinet until that job is done.
Carl W. Bethel,
MP for Sea Breeze Constituency
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Carl was at the inception of the party at Spring Hill Farms. BP would remind our readers and educate our young readers that Spring Hill Farms was owned by Jimmy Shepard and home base for the FNM goons squad in the early 70s.
The goons squad members like, Scaboo Newton, resided at Spring Hill Farms and launched his attacks from that very same compound. Just to give those of you who don’t know where Spring Hill Farms is, Elma Chase -Campbell has her residence on part of the estate on Fox Hill Road just north of the traffic light on Prince Charles Drive. Plenty ghost resides at that estate.
This is what you get for attacking Hubert Ingraham Carl and we at BP will drag out the goon squad in short order!
Carl you would see is now fighting back after his firing from the Ingraham Cabinet in November last year.