Russell exposes Laing’s role in his axing in the FNM
Nassau, Bahamas — What could possibly be in the head of Zhivargo Lying Laing to conjure the thoughts that the PLP government should stop bashing and start governing.
The headline appears today in the WUTLESS terlet newspapers on Shirley Street.
Laing in his usual arrogant motif hurled his political stone at the government while failing to address the fact that he was paid $6,000 more than his colleagues Byron Woodside, Loretta Butler –Turner and Phenton Neymour.
Papa’s Blue-eyed Baby was also the cause of the controversial axing of former Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell, who was lynched at an FNM event in Grand Bahama after speaking out against Ingraham’s decision to move him as a candidate in High Rock.
Russell told Bahamas Press that Laing was at the centre of that dispute. “You know, they wanted to move me from High Rock and replace me with this same young man [Laing] and I refused.
“I was not going to let that happen, and so I told them, if they want the seat, go to the people of the constituency and if they agreed I would go, but I was not going to let one man move me out for his favourite. That was not going to happen,” the former minister said.
What is indeed interesting in this morning’s newspaper article, however, is the fact that erased like chalk on a blackboard is the argument over the decision by the minister of finance to pay Laing more than his colleagues.
Russell told Bahamas Press someone must answer regarding how this happened, and said, “I believe this is a question that must be put to the former Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham.”