Nassau, Bahamas — It was another ugly fight, a spectacle of shame and disgrace in front of the public. It was video taped and soon the general public will get the news. The open row was so “stink”, just like the BTC Cable and Wireless Deal; the Mighty Tribune reported today that it was to be held tonight. But why? It was held Monday NOT Tuesday, and ONLY BP has the blow-by-blow coverage.
The town meeting could best be described as like the motion picture ET with a young boy riding his bicycle across the moon into the extraterrestrial. The residents who are opposed to the deal sat in SHOCK_N_AWE as a “goon squad” from the FNM showed up with bully tactics to intimidate and disrupt the meeting.
A bold resident was said to have told Mavis Collie and others to please leave, as they were not residents of Bamboo Town. The PAPA FNM ‘Goon Squad’ was defiant, and they refused to leave. [Now that was a violent scene to watch] Where was the Tribune then? The fractured FNM heckled and heckled and heckled an FNM MP’s event “night of thunder” was hushed into chaos and confusion.
The mood of the evening was so poor, political party activist, Rodney Moncur, called on the powers that be within the Free National Movement to “CONDEMN THE ACTIONS BY OPERATIVES OF THAT ORGANIZATION” Monday night. He called on Ingraham to apologize to the people of Bamboo Town. The FNM goons insulted union officials present as they attempted to stop, review and CANCEL the rights of the residents to have their voices heard at the evening event in the community.
Rodney told the radio audience on Hard Copy with host Steve McKinney on Tuesday evening: McCartney is unaware of the violent history of the FNM and what he saw last night, was a picture of that violence that had transpired years ago.
Bahamas Press remembers that violent page in political history of the Bahamas, many of which were burnt out of the Tribune of the time, but is secured in the pages of The Bahamian Times, written and edited by the now Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes. Some are too young to remember how Foulkes, who was news editor of The Tribune, ran as a PLP candidate in the 1962 election, but lost and subsequently resigned from The Tribune and started The Bahamian Times, which was highly instrumental in the PLP’s momentous victory in 1967. Another paper that contributed greatly was The Herald, owned and edited by Cyril Stevenson.
Some are too young to remember how Foulkes was a PLP, and served as the scribe in the organization assisting in its momentous rise to victory in 1967.
Those of us who remained, remember much more of the TORCH, the goon squad of the FNM and it militia rebel regime tactics of the 1970s. Violence was the FNM’s motives in those days and some suggests that is where the “V” symbol originated.
Others like my now 89 year-old grand father would tell you the “torch” became the FNM’s logo in those days, because they believed in torching, burning, setting ablaze and creating chaos in everything Bahamian.
That FNM torch burnt down the late Oscar Johnson’s printing press company and shoved the Cat Islander out of business. But again, people forgot what the Torch stood for.
That same FNM Torch flashed like the light of the Klu Klux Klan outside the headquarters of then PLP Fox Hill MP, Lionel Davis, during a meeting one night. The former FNM goon squad opened gunfire on those gathered inside attempting to burn the building with PLPs inside. That was the violence Moncur spoke about.
That same night six foot-five resident of the area, Gladstone Cash, the brother of Sir Gerald Cash, fled the meeting at a speed of almost 100 miles an hour. Some record, his tracks were so swift that night, when he turned the corner he leaned so low he collected dirt in his shirt pocket like Scooby Doo.
That same FNM Torch is alleged to have burnt several other PLP businesses to the ground at a time when they sought to command control of power for their foreign sympathizers and destabilize the young country then led by a 36 year-old.
That same ‘Torch-bearing militia’ of the FNM gathered and lived in historic Spring Hill Farms, owned by FNM Jimmy Shepard. Men like Scaboo Newton, Barry Thompson, Pocka Humes operated that ‘FNM Goon Squad’ division of the FNM and was regularly visible standing outside the former FNM Headquarters on Poinciana Drive in the 1970s.
They were so vicious at the time; some have alleged the men to commit acts of murder, one, which stood out, was the horrific death of a whole man in Perpall Track.
Moncur was right, Branville like many others, are unaware of the horrid past of the FNM. Few know the true history of the Party and how it evolved onto the political scene. Few know how it was financed and leaving it to the FNM, the one eye man in the land of the blind is KING!
Residents in the Bahamas are unaware how the “V” once represented the sign of “Violence” and how the Torch evolved into the logo, representing the symbol of that Violence in the 1970s.
We know men like Dr. Eldwood Donaldson could tell the rest of the story as many others who know it have gone mute into silence; whether via the grave or by choice.
Branville, you have a choice, you could side with the people or choose the side of the new GOON SQUARD LEADER IN THE SALE OF BTC TO CABLE AND WIRELESS!
WE Report, Yinner Decide!