June 25, 2012
It is unfortunate that Dr. Minis has not come to accept the fact that the FNM lost the last general elections and is no longer the government. His party will fail in their attempt to distract the PLP government from its overwhelming mandate to restore this weak and stagnant economy and fundamentally make Bahamians safe.
It was the failed policies of the FNM that significantly contributed to the sorry state of this economy and the high rate of crime. The simple fact is that the FNM lied to the Bahamian people about the severity of the local economic crisis and the PLP will not allow them to get away with deflecting from this fact.
Further, if Dr. Minnis can gain control of his party that is clearly in disarray and stop the infighting, then perhaps the Bahamian people might listen to him.
He is plain wrong in his statement that the constitution mandates the immediate appointment of the Attorney General on the same day as the Prime Minister. Since Dr. Minnis’ position is a constitutional one, we suggest that he reads the constitution to assist him in making more informed interventions instead of embarrassing himself and his party.
On the issue of Urban Renewal, the people of the Bahamas gave the PLP a mandate to create Urban Renewal 2.0 in the fight against this insidious scourge of crime. It is the legal right and responsibility of the government to review available manpower resources and allocate the same as it sees fit to ensure the success of its policy objectives. The PLP is intolerant of lectures from the FNM who stopped, watered down and politicized Urban Renewal, rendering it virtually ineffective in the fight against crime. If Dr. Minnis, Mr. Maynard and Mr. Foulkes believe that they can tell the government how to execute its policies, they are men most confused.
Regarding the appointment of boards and statutory bodies, Dr. Minnis is again reminded that his government was late in appointing boards as it was not until the 8th July 2007 that the FNM saw its way to appoint boards and statutory bodies. Prime Minister Christie was clear when he said that the existing boards expire at the end of June 2012 and the new boards will be in place by July 1st 2012. This policy stands.
The PLP is committed to fixing many of the problems facing this country – problems that the failed policies of the FNM either created or made worse. The FNM clearly has no solutions, but are content to sit on the sidelines and engage in grandstanding and political posturing in hopes that the government and by extension the country fails. This is most unseemly for an opposition that aspires to national governance.
The PLP remains confident that with God’s help and the joint partnership of the government and the people of the Bahamas, we will overcome these challenges.