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The PLP has a good team

Dear Editor,

While I haven’t decided as to which party I will vote for in the upcoming elections, I am confused by reading all the local papers, listening to the many call-in radio talk shows of the many criticisms of the Progressive Liberal

Party (PLP) by the political pundits and potential voters.   I simply cannot understand if the PLP is so terrible a political party why is it that so many exciting, impressive and extraordinary young women and men seem literally to be ‘knocking down the doors’ of the PLP to run as candidates for that party?

One cannot ignore such notable candidates as a Khaalis Rolle, a Dion Smith, Drs. Kendal Major and Michael Darville, Alex Storr, Cheryl Bazard, Damian Gomez, and the list can continue.  If one were to believe the newspapers reporting of possible Free National Movement (FNM) candidates, when analyzed, there are no comparable potential candidates to those named with impressive backgrounds as the PLPs, except for Monique Gomez.  We are also not hearing about the many persons desirous of running as candidates in the ‘movement’ group (FNM).  It is apparent that the PLP has attracted noteworthy persons who could be considered ‘honorable’ and accountable in their various fields of accomplishment.  So the same thing should be expected of them as politicians winning their respective seats.

Similarly, there are presently inspiring persons among the PLP incumbents – for example, Glenys Hanna-Martin (for the life of me I can’t understand why she was replaced by Bradley Roberts who appears to be repetitious in all his approaches on issues facing the citizenry); Hope Strachan; Melanie Griffin; Frank Smith; Obie Wilchcombe; Alfred Gray, etc.  One has only to look at the government’s parliamentary television station, and you would be pleasantly surprised at how hard these opposition members work.  I am particularly impressed with the Smith guy and Hanna-Martin, who seem to work so hard in conscientiously voicing the needs of their constituencies.

I am also confused by the constant attack on the leader of the PLP as being ‘indecisive’ and not aggressive enough, among other criticisms.  And, when these carpers are asked to give an example of instances of the leader’s indecisiveness or unassertiveness, none of them can give credible or plausible examples of these condemning traits of a leader.  As a result, therefore, it seems the criticisms are mere repetitions to the fullest extent of propaganda.

Although I do not know this man, and personally I am not endeared to him, but what I will say is I would listen more readily to anything Perry Christie says or does, as it is a daunting task for any intelligent, right-thinking, sane person to listen to the prime minister.

I have never seen so many angry Bahamian people and I have lived in The Bahamas all of my 45 years of living.  And, as Malcolm X once said: “Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything.  They just cry over their condition.  But when they get angry, they bring about change”.

The people cannot continue in this horrible way of life, and they will change the government at the next election.

Finally, I was delighted that there is a credible organization of a third political party.  But after watching Branville McCartney on the Parliamentary Channel, I am convinced that he merely reflected the character and behavior of the same old type of politician.

Sad to say, McCartney was unimpressive.  In all fairness to a prospective voter who is looking for a different type leader, as McCartney says he is, the manner in which he dealt with Edison Key on national television was not endearing to the public.  That televised session of the conduct in the House of Assembly may be regarded as McCartney’s nadir in a supposedly budding leadership role.


– E. Albury

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