By The Progressive Liberal Party
15th June, 2011
The Progressive Liberal Party, in the national Interest, continues to review the Nassau Guardian’s publication of the WikiLeaks documents as they relate to our beloved Bahamaland, specifically Freeport Grand Bahama.
The revelations in the June 14th edition of the Nassau Guardian represent the U.S.’ assessment of the FNM’s handling of the Freeport’s economy. There was focus on the Prime Minister’s conduct of government business, and its subsequent ill-effects, the brunt of which are borne by ordinary Bahamians.
The confidential cable characterized the Prime Minister’s behavior as placing the Grand Bahamian economy in “jeopardy”, and also expressed the view that that same behavior may have “stalled” other projects.
Well that certainly sounds like Mr. Ingraham. We know that Standard and Poors expressed the view that his “stop, review, and cancel” program deepened the effects that Bahamians felt during the recession, and that pain was felt not by the Prime Minister, his Ministers and his rich financiers, but by ordinary Bahamians who only want the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Instead we were subjected to the vicious placement of Mr. Ingraham’s boot on our collective necks. Fellow Bahamians we must send Mr. Ingraham home forthwith. We simply cannot afford him any longer. Our children and grandchildren will ask us why we let one man’s bellicosity, vindictiveness, and arrogance diminish their prospects. No wonder Freeport suffers so!!!
The WikiLeaks cable opined that Mr. Ingraham’s motives were petty, and his actions were” made out of anger” that the Grand Bahama Port Authority sought to bring in investors without first paying obeisance to the “chief”. At least one sitting FNM M.P. in an unguarded moment recently expressed his view that “Ingraham would bring the whole country to its knees in order to get at one person”. A truer word was never spoken. We have evidence of this everyday in this country.
More frightening was the U.S.’ belief that these moves were designed to pave the way for the Chinese (his new best friends) to take over Freeport, and that he may have also thwarted an opportunity to secure reduced fuel costs for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.
That is Mr. Ingraham’s way isn’t it: pave the way for foreign interests while throwing stumbling blocks to the hopes and aspirations of the Bahamian people.
To the Grand Bahamians we say: “hold on because it aint long now”.
Shame Mr. Prime Minister, shame.