Freeport, GB: Bahamas Press is never amazed at the cleverness of the opposition PLP, particularly when they appear to say they speak for the people, but in many ways have disconnected from the people who made the party.
It is a fact when said that the PLP was built on the backs of the poor in this society. People who went to bed on tea and bread for many nights, believed one day a government would emerge with their interests at the forefront.
But if Cyril ‘Dry Bread’ Ferguson was alive today he would sing a new song for this PLP party that has turned their backs on so many in the society. Last week the ‘Big Wigs’ of the organization flew to Grand Bahama to take part in the home-going service for the musician. The leader included, attempted to herald Dry Bread as a ‘National Icon’. But the question must be asked, what did the PLP do to lift him to that status?
Two weeks ago when FNM government moved the Housing Bill in Parliament, Dry Bread had just passed. The leader of the PLP was the first to speak in the House of Assembly on the bill, but guess what, Perry Christie never once mentioned in his entire presentation the name Cyril ‘Dry Bread’ Ferguson. Mind you, Ferguson is a stalwart in the PLP. The first member to honour the man in the Parliament of the Bahamas was Kendal Wright, the FNM MP for Clifton. MY WORD!
And so if Dry Bread was with us today, what do you think he would say? We believe he would first tell the PLP, “How could you’ll forget me? Left me heartbroken, poor and weak.”
We believe he would remind the PLP how under them he had to fight to get a gig on Grand Bahama, whilst a Major Government Corporation brought in and sponsored foreign musicians.
Dry Bread would ask them how could you forget to approve my work in the Ministry of Education at the school in High Rock. And why was I refused a contract to sing for the guests at the airport for the tourist coming into Grand Bahama?
We believe Dry Bread would say, “With Bahamian music in my soul, why is it I was refused to sing a note at the PLP’s election Grand Bahama rallies, but in death I am an ICON?”
Where was the PLP when Dry Bread stood at his lowest point, and had to sell CDs under the stoplight on Grand Bahama to achieve some dignity in life?
Another one of their own left to dead in the heat of the day and left without mention by the leader of the PLP in the place of honour. “What has happened to the party of Pindling, Butler and Hanna,” must be the cry across Grand Bahama today, as the city returns to its horse and buggy days, whilst the opposition says nothing! Rest in Peace Dry Bread, rest in peace.
Grand Bahamian musician Cryil ‘Dry Bread’ Ferguson entertaining live before the camera. Click the play button to listen to an interview with Dry Bread by Mackeymedia Production host David Mackey. Enjoy!