Nassau, Bahamas — We keep hearing like a scorched record the FNM saying, it’s the recession, it’s hard, it’s bad, it’s terrible and that things will get worse before it gets better. All we keep hearing it that this is global and that the US is broke. Well FNMs would remember when they came to office they met in place the largest reserve in the history of the country. They met a booming economy. They met unemployment under 7.5%. They met the national debt more than $1 billion dollars blow its current mark. They met developments on the drawing board on almost every island in the country. So what has the FNM’s ‘Tested Leadership’ done with all that wealth under the PLP? Yes, they Stopped, Cancelled and Reviewed every project started by the PLP and fast-tracked the pain now being inflicted upon people in the country. And all they have done is rewarded Bay Street with every conceivable contract under the sun.
Ingraham’s ‘Tested Leadership’ fired more than 1,200 temporary government workers including a single cripple mother with two babies in 2007. The firing, of which we said then, will ignite a trend throughout the country with private companies firing more workers. And as we said then, so did Baha Mar, Atlantis, then ColinaImperial, Breezes, Isle of Capri, The Royal Oasis, Ginn, Sandals, The I-Group, Four Seasons, Windermere, The Club Med, The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, City Markets, The Tribune, First Caribbean Bank, Royal Bank Trust Company and many more purged their stockpiles of talented workers throughout this country. They all followed Ingraham’s ‘Tested Leadership’.
Ingraham’s ‘Tested Leadership’ caused to happen with his review policy the cancellation of over $20 billion in anchor projects throughout the country to be STOPPED. The FNM stopped Baha Mar and they stopped Ginn. Ingraham stopped the I-Group. Yes they stopped, and stopped and just stopped everything racing away INVESTOR AFTER INVESTOR long before the global economy took a downturn. Readers would remember when we were loosing tourist in 2007/8 countries like Jamaica were gaining. And the government refuses to this day a report the Tourism figures to the people!
As a result of Ingraham ‘Tested Leadership’ he made it hard for carpenters, painters, masons, tile layers, electricians, plumbers and many contractors to find work after construction died in the country, all except for Brent Symonette’s Hot Mix. YES INGRAHAM’S ‘Tested Leadership’ has done that to Bahamians in 2008.
And so they are right when they say ‘TOUGH TIMES’! Yes, but the real question should be who created these TOUGH TIMES when Bahamians cannot find a dollar in their wallets and more than 3,000 students were forced to leave private schools. Yes it bad, in fact in Grand Bahama it’s worse than any place else. We on this blog know it better as FNM COUNTRY!
But after all the backstabbing yesterday at the FNM Convention one thing is certain, no one has the gall to stop the ‘Madman’ we liken to MUGABE! No one would stop the DEVIL in his tracks, no one will tell Hubert Alexander Ingraham it is time to pack his bags and carry his you-know-what home!
We need Change Bahamas!