Bahamas, May 16th 2017: Fred Mitchell’s rant against the FNM’s victory is the latest voice coming from the PLP camp following its massive defeat at the 2017 polls. On Sunday Mitchell released a statement, dismissing the FNM’s win, as “nothing revolutionary”, instead attributing it to a slew of “clever phrases” and the “manipulation of a population suffering from the ill-effects of the economic recession” and the “money of foreign interests”.
In a tone well acquainted to Mitchell over the years as minister and senior PLP member, his statement read “I have read a lot of rubbish over the past few days since the election from the FNM leadership and its supporters”. His take that, IN quote, “The FNM and its supporters should not believe their own propaganda”, end quote. Mitchell went on to call on PLP’s not to accept the propaganda the FNM is telling them about themselves. He went out to call names, “Eileen Carron, Louis Bacon. Fred Smith, Sarkis Ismerlian”, describing them as “the rich now in charge”, and the start of the “fight now against rich and powerful monied interests. The rats are guarding the cheese”. Mitchell warned those in the PLP camp, that “The road will be difficult because these people in the FNM are especially vicious and vindictive. They have no moral or ethical underpinnings which will prevent them from doing anything that they can get away with. That is the reality.”
Meanwhile, in an effort to wipe away the dismay, PLP supporters might be facing, Mitchell urged the party’s support base not to “get into boo hoo and woulda, shoulda, coulda then we are lost ourselves”. He says instead called on the party “to get to work and defeating these people”.
He adds while “Politics is not a crying game. It is a competition for power. Power is the only fact. They have it, we want it and need it to govern and protect the poor in this country”. Mitchell ended thanking his colleagues whom he worked with, and voters who supported him in Fox Hill.
Many have described his comments as sour grapes coming from a sore loser, with the newly sworn in Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Peter Turnquest describing Mitchell’s comments as hypocritical, as they to exploited the recession card during their campaign to get into office in 2012. Queen’s Counsel, Fred Smith, says Mitchell’s comments are insulting to Bahamians and are low attempts at remaining relevant post the elections. Mitchell lost his Fox Hill seat he has held since 2002, to the FNM’s Shonel Ferguson.
Regressive recession looming, forces UN to issue Cease and Desist message to ‘big’ countries
By Dana Malcolm
October 6, 2022 – Central Banks in advanced nations must stop pushing up interest rates now or risk sending the globe into recession where developing nations suffer most according to the UN.
In the last several months, The U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and Bank of Canada have all spiked interest rates in an effort to control borrowing power, buying power and possibly push down inflation
“The world is headed towards a global recession and prolonged stagnation unless we quickly change the current policy course of monetary and fiscal tightening in advanced economies.” It said, mincing no words, the agency described the potential global recession as ‘policy induced’ by developed countries. And this recession could be worse than the 2008 crisis. This is especially true for developing countries like those in the Caribbean.
“While all regions will be affected, alarm bells are ringing most for developing countries, many of which are edging closer to debt default.” The agency said.
And if it happens the recession could set developing nations back years in the struggle to increase their standards of living.
“As climate stress intensifies, so do losses and damage inside vulnerable economies that lack the fiscal space to deal with disasters let alone invest in their own long-term development— The global slowdown will further expose developing countries to a cascade of debt, health, and climate crises.”
If the globe proceeds as is the world will lose 20 percent of its income by and push developing economies growth rate below 3 percent which the UN says is ‘insufficient for sustainable development’
The Bahamas PM says the country is in a much better place than 12 months ago, reviewing one year in office
#TheBahamas, October 6, 2022 – Prime Minister Phillip Davis believes that since being in office for 12 months, marked on September 22, The Bahamas is in a “much better place.”
In his statement to the House of Assembly, Davis noted that the country’s economy was headed downhill when he was appointed 12 months ago, however much has been accomplished since then.
Improvements such as a reduction in import duties on several food items have already been made. The Prime Minister added that other policies are yet to be implemented to help mitigate the high cost of living. Davis noted that his administration is committed to improving local clinics which also involves hiring more doctors and a salary increase for nurses.
Union agreements have also been made with educators, counsellors, teachers, customs immigration and allied workers which resulted in increased stipends for these workers.
Prime Minister Davis mentioned that the government has made large investments in food security initiatives and social assistance for residents.
The Defence Force was also a major focus for the Prime Minister, who said recruitment has been dramatically increased and a sum of $6 million was allocated to vessels for the Force to improve border protection.
Bahamas Police first to answer call for help, as TCI grapples with deadly gang turf war
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2022 – Significant physical support for the Turks and Caicos is on the way from The Bahamas to help with the crime situation. The announcement was made by His Excellency Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor in an address to the House of Assembly on Monday.
“We are not releasing a date or more detail, just now, for operational security reasons, but very substantive support that the TCI public will see, and the criminals will feel, is inbound from The Bahamas,” said Dakin.
Based on his address The Bahamas is the Caribbean country that has mobilized fastest to come to the TCIs aid.
Jamaica, which now has an extra stake in the conflict after gangs affiliated with the country were fingered as partially responsible for the violence is also working quickly to respond to the Premier’s request.
“The Jamaican Cabinet is meeting — and we hope for support from them, as well. The trans-regional criminal links to their country makes a strengthened intelligence exchange a priority,” Dakin revealed in the address delivered shortly after 10 a.m.
In addition to the Bahamian officers the TCI will likely see physical support from the UK in the coming weeks. Governor Nigel Dakin revealed that after the third double murder over the weekend he has also joined with the Premier in making requests to the UK, this time for soldiers.
“I was on a call with the Directors General in No10, Ministry of Defense, Home and Foreign Office, at 5:30 am this morning working through with them the events of last night.” He said “I have asked for significant Armed Police and UK military support; the nature of that is being determined.”
Already on the ground are firearms specialists from the United Kingdom, governor Dakin in a decisive statement said plainly ‘more help is coming.’ In fact he was confident enough to gamble his job on the surety.
“I can also say that ‘His Majesty’s Government knows that should the UK not be able to live up to its obligations, what my honourable position will have to be.”
No response from the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has yet been shared publicly but Dakin promised to keep the country up to speed.
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