Nassau Bahamas — Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham delivered his crime address Monday night and was short on selling anything new to the country. There was no Three Strikes your out policy for prolific offenders or any plan to stop the illegal number businesses or the Wicked Cash for Gold trading shops, which have been at the centre of the crime crisis.
After dismantling the Urban Renewal Programme and sending marching bands into retreat, where instruments are collecting dust, Papa has now decided to tell us to get involve into a new plan for community building, and here’s what is wrong with politics of the Bahamas!
After stopping, blocking and canceling the youth programme in Andros and Urban Renewal in the country. After cutting subventions to private schools and stopping the construction of schools left in place by the PLP. After raising taxing on books, pencils, uniform, bags, children underclothes [panties and jockey] and most of all the Holy Bible – the one he now is quoting from, the leader of the FNM had the gall after 4 years and five months to tell the young people and underprivileged of this country, “Poverty is not excuse for crime.” Well blow us down!
Hubert Ingraham should hang his head down in Nasty ‘Dutty ‘Shame to pin the crime crisis on poor black children. We wonder who stole more than $78 million dollars in public money from the pensioners at CLICO – it sure wasn’t the young boy from Bain Town. We wonder who stole the copper from BEC and ZNS in the government vehicle, certainly not the child from Rockcursher. We wonder which MP is it who refused to declare his millions as required by law? We are almost positive it was not the young boy from Farm Road.
The Crime Problem cannot be placed on the backs of the poor and done in the same fashion as we recalled how Duane Sands called the people of Elizabeth ‘GREEDY’!
Rather than passing the blame on young people, who have been deprived most from the FNM government, the Prime Minister should have joined Perry Christie by saying he BELIEVES IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY and that NOT ALL ARE LOST OR WAYWARD!
Perhaps rather than blaming the country’s crime crisis on poor black youths, he should have advised the intention of his government to put those massive, huge numbers of the unemployed Bahamians back to work.
Rather than castigating young people and suggesting that that they are the purveyors of crime, he should have announced some initiative to expand funding for education in technical and trade skills to put by the thousands back to work.
Poverty is no excuse for crime and blaming the poor is no solution to it either!
What was also strange is Ingraham’s suggestion to only find $1 million to throw at Urban Renewal centres, something what he tore apart when returning to office back in 2007.
The Prime Minister said:
There is no denying the role played by young males in the crime scourge of our nation. These males are predominantly from the urban areas of the country, most particularly Nassau and to a lesser degree, Freeport. We cannot bury our heads in the sand about this reality.
To address this reality, the Government will make $1 million available immediately to initiate programmes within urban areas of Nassau and Freeport. These programmes will be developed and executed in conjunction with social partners such as the church, civic groups and sporting groups. The funds for these new initiatives are in addition to the resources that are already budgeted for various urban renewal and youth development programmes in Nassau and Freeport.
When we read this line we wondered what drink the Prime Minister was on. This is the same government which found $6 Million to pave roads now dug-up for the Miss Universe Pageant. This is the same government which found $28 Million to give to 19 wealthy FNM benefactors in the Arawak Port Development Project. The same government which borrowed $70.5 million to build a road from the airport at $10 million per mile. The same government which bought the Ansbacher House at $15 million to find out later the roof was no good. The same government which found over $270,000 to build a bathroom at Saunder’s Beach for more political cronies. And we could go on and on for days, yet, the Prime Minister could only find $1 million for a youth based initiative?
And with all this happening, Papa finds the time to go out with his cronies on the July Rock to go fishing! WELL MUDDOS!
Papa you are LATE AGAIN and is void of ideas. Them same young poor people you blame for crime, will be the same to deliver your government a PINK SLIP at the next General Elections.