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Bias against Edison Key

Dear Editor,

In your editorial of October 24, 2011, the bias against Edison Key was in keeping with the rush to judgment others have made concerning the Free National Movement (FNM).

The obvious bias was demonstrated by the fact that the editorial seemed to have adopted wholesale the narrative of Branville McCartney in spite of information provided by the chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC).

The facts are clear.  McCartney owns the law firm, Halsbury Chambers (see page 138 of the telephone directory).  Halsbury Chambers was paid to represent BAIC in the collection of debts owed to the corporation.

One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that BAIC would not have issued a check to Halsbury Chambers without prior discussion and agreement.  Confirmation has been given by Don Saunders, who was employed at Halsbury Chambers at the pertinent time, establishing that he did not know how the business came to Halsbury Chambers, he simply received instructions to take the business.

Besides offering a heavily-biased version of these events, the editorial made some points which demonstrate a poor understanding of the workings of government.  The suggestion that the status of the chairman of BAIC is elevated to that of a cabinet minister level is nonsensical.

Further, the suggestion that Key should have received cabinet consideration and approval to engage a company for a $5,000 retainer fee to collect money owed to the corporation is also nonsensical.

By the way, the government of the day has introduced Freedom of Information legislation which your newspaper has written in support of on numerous occasions.  The idea behind the legislation is to enhance the accountability of public officials by enabling citizens and journalists to gain greater access to government information.

Having campaigned for such accountability, one begs the question: Will The Nassau Guardian do likewise and publish the names of members of its Editorial Board, a common practice with most Editorial Boards around the world?

I trust that you will find space in your newspaper to permit the publication of this letter.



Yours, etc.,

Senator Anthony Musgrove

Deputy chairman, Free National Movement

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