Roberts: FNM is a scrap crew
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Feb 10, 2016
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts last night blasted the “scrap crew” Free National Movement (FNM) and its “reckless” leader, Dr. Hubert Minnis.
During a Mount Moriah monthly branch meeting, Roberts asked supporters if they can “imagine this scrap FNM crew being the government of our Bahamas”.
Minister of State for Works and Urban Development Arnold Forbes is the MP for Mount Moriah.
Roberts said while the Christie administration has been working “miracles” the FNM is fractured.
“Former Cabinet Minister Tennyson Wells is now throwing his support behind Dr. Hubert Minnis,” he said.
“[This] has caused much upheaval in a powerful segment of the FNM who...I am told are prepared to offer a reward of $100,000 to keep Tennyson Wells out of the FNM as he is likely to cause further division in the ranks of an already fractured opposition.
“Can one imagine the ongoing bitter fight between Wells and MP Loretta Butler-Turner? There is no love there. I hope Wells has a strong jaw?”
Roberts was making an obvious reference to the incident in 2013 when Butler-Turner slapped Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins in the House of Assembly.
“Mt. Moriah, I am compelled to ask can all the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men put the FNM Humpty Dumpty egg back together again?” he said.
“On a very serious note, can you imagine this scrap FNM crew being the government of our Bahamas?”
He added, “So my message to you is very simple: Arnold Forbes is a model new generation leader and his approach to his assignments in government and his constituency duties are admirable.
“Secondly, Rome was not built in a day. The government was dealt a terrible hand by the FNM, did not complain but went to work and made remarkable progress on behalf of the Bahamian people over the past 45 months.
“Much of the heavy lifting and the ground work place the country in a position to emerge from this recession and from its structural challenges a stronger and more prosperous nation.
“Contrary to the naysayers, Baha Mar will open this year and Bahamian contractors will be paid.”
Roberts also responded to Wells’ charge that Minnis is a good businessman and Prime Minister Perry Christie is not.
The chairman said, “The PLP government under Mr. Christie’s leadership created the Nassau Airport Development (NAD) Company that is 100 percent Bahamian owned and performing quite well while the FNM sold BTC (the Bahamas Telecommunications Company) at a fire sale price.
“It took Mr. Christie to get the majority economic interest in BTC and return it to the Bahamian people.
“The PLP government under Christie’s leadership is reforming BEC (the Bahamas Electricity Corporation) through a management agreement while this valuable national asset remains 100 percent Bahamian owned.
“The Bahamas Power and Light will emerge strong, profitable, on the cutting edge of energy technology and 100 percent Bahamian owned.
“I will go further, BAMSI (the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute) is an excellent business model through which to build the agriculture and agribusiness sectors of the country.
“The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN and regional ministers of agriculture agree on this point. We must remain focused and ignore the preachers of doom who keep betting against the Bahamian people.
“So what bad business decision was Mr. Wells referring to? He must explain himself.”
Roberts added, “There could be no question about the business acumen, the wisdom, the decision making skills, the protection of Bahamian interests and leadership when it comes to Mr. Christie in dealing with the country’s affairs.”