Nassau, Bahamas: Many Bahamians watch in awe as PM Hubert Ingraham sets up his Minister of National Security for a massive political down fall. What they cant understand is why Tommy Turnquest, a seemingly, bright and intelligent young man, has chosen to go along with this Mugabe styled dictator on a trip geared towards his political demise.
From day one Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham always looked at the Turnquest clan as a thorn in his side. He despised them but knew he had to go through them to lead the FNM as the Turnquests are part of the founding members of that party.
As far back as his first term in office, which began in 1992, Ingraham was hurling sarcastic remarks at the Turnquest clan. All should remember when he publically humiliated Sir Orville Turnquest, father of Tommy Turnquest, by denouncing him as hissaying he doesnt have a deputy and he doesnt know why Sir Orville chose to bear the DPM plates on his car.
When the FNM was unceremoniously kicked out of office in 2002, Tommy Turnquest had to keep the party together as leader, taking blows from all around, while spiteful Ingraham gloried in the party’s loss because like a child, he didnt “want to play no more”, because party members no longer wanted him to be leader. They didnt want him because he was screwing up our nation.
In 2005 when the FNM geared up for their convention, Ingraham had already put in place his team to knock Tommy off course and bring Ingraham back as leader. He had people from the press working for him (one of them was stupid and loyal enough to lose her job for him), running all the PRO-Ingraham stories they could muster up and of course he had a few Ingraham loyalists who rose to the occassion. As usual big promises were made by Ingraham to these people for them to act quick as time had almost run out on him.
What Ingraham wanted was for FNM heirarchy to come to his office and BEG him to come back as leader and “save” their party and kick Tommy to the curb. This did not happen so he got his goons in the media and his political lackys to organize a motorcade and a mini rally to show their support and desire for him to lead.
The Tommy Turnquest supporters stood firm and saw what was happening and decided they did not want to throw away their leader for Ingraham who abandoned them after they lost the 2002 election.
Turnquest would not budge no matter how much messages the Ingraham loyalists gave him and Ingraham was forced to throw his name in the hat to vie for leader at the convention like everyone else. He came out victorious and the real trouble began.
Right now the question is, does Tommy Turnquest really trust Hubert Ingraham as he so boldly stated at a rally before last year’s election.
Upon winning the government Ingraham put Turnquest in a HOT seat – The Ministry of National Security/Immigration. He knows crime is outrageous in this country and no one seems to be in a position to stop it and as far as we can see illegal immigrants are running things here – controlling shops, committing numerous crimes and coming and going as they please.
Why didnt Ingraham put Tommy Turnquest in a nice Ministry like TOURISM, instead of giving watch over our Golden Goose to a man who CLEARLY could not handle it – a known BUMBLER.
Ingraham is not to be taken light, he is WORSE than Mugabe. He is setting Tommy up for a big fall. Tommy will be placed in every hot oven, hot seat, hot frying pan, Hell’s Kitchen…you name it and he will be there, ALL in an attempt to ruin him to the satisfaction of Ingraham who despises this man for his proper upbringing and the power that his family has.
Wisen up Tommy !! Resign and save face! Get from under Ingraham’s gown tail and free yourself. You have no reason to suffer under this man. Use the next four years to boost your campaign as leader of the FNM with a view to becoming Prime Minister. Remember YOU are an original FNM, not a PLP has been or a reject like Ingraham. Ingraham wants you to leave political office in disgrace without hope of ever being the Prime Minister. Dont Trust him!!