Philip ‘Brave’ Davis Responds to Prime Minister
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham could be heard taunting his failed policies before a live national audience and the press on Wednesday as he addressed matters of national concern.
The Prime Minister’s event came following news that talks with Baha Mar developers and Scotia Bank had not been concluded, and thus the Prime Minister thought it was the opportune time to present a report to the people on where his government is taking the country.
Ingraham proved at that press conference how bad a manager he is when dealing with the affairs of state, giving examples of his government’s reckless policies, which have crippled projects; stopped, reviewed and cancelled by his government of indecision, poor management and bankrupt vision.
Many would remember how the Christie led Government not only attracted investments to The Bahamas, but also guided the continued expansion of developments left in place by the previous administration. The Christie led government worked tirelessly and accelerated the Bahamian economy, created thousands of new jobs, stalled the growth of the national debt, reduced unemployment to single digits and place more than 5,000 individuals into their own home for the first time. We wiped away the tears from the eyes of scores of Bahamians, proving to be better managers of the People’s affairs.
Unlike the record of the PLP, Ingraham’s Government has delivered the complete opposite. And his press conference on Wednesday proved his government to be a failure with the ‘TRUST’ placed in their care. They have resigned thousands of young Bahamians unemployed leaving scores more in fear of losing their jobs. Businesses across the length and breadth of the country under Ingraham’s Government are struggling; and are being forced to make decisions never dreamed of before; closing doors for good.
Hubert Ingraham as like for the past three years brought no new solutions to the country, delivered nothing new but his old sad song of hopelessness and despair. He is preaching the gospel of gloom, doom and borrow almost daily into the ear of Bahamians and is quickly becoming a messenger of bad news. Surrounded by some of his own around the Cabinet who are found wanting; bankrupt of ideas with penniless plans for the road ahead? Hubert Ingraham finds it hard to lay the blame at his own feet and is therefore, attempting to point fingers to the PLP.
Recently, concerns involving a conflict of interest have arisen against his own Minister for the Environment, Earl Deveaux, who used the helicopter of a developer to his private event in Abaco. Ingraham attempted to explain that he had no need to fire Deveaux from his Cabinet despite the fact that the minister had a report on his desk to approve the dredging of a protected Marine Park in the Exuma Land and Sea Reserves.
Ingraham confirmed at that press conference that he also rode the aircraft and one must wonder, is the Prime Minister also eager to disrupt the protected marine park preserved for generations to come?
As a footnote, Ingraham sought to pair my recent journey to Cat Island with landowners in my constituency to be equal to that of the miscalculated decision of conflict with his minister, who is being called by members of the public, including the press, to resign.
My travel with the landowners was No Free Trip, and it was not one for me to gain. As the Member of Parliament for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador it is my duty to encourage stakeholders in the community to uplift my people and expand our communities. My effort in this exercise is to assist with the development of the island, to gain an opinion from members of the community and to help build a brighter future for residents on Cat Island. If the development is successful by the landowners, I will welcome that project by the owners of the land who owned it since 1967.
Unlike in the case of Minister Deveaux, I make no decision in the matter of any development proposed by the landowners, nor do I sit in the sacred office of the Cabinet of the Bahamas, which has watch over such development.
Therefore, the Prime Minister should not attempt to minimize the actions by his minister, who has also breached the codes of conduct in his party as outlined by his government.