Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that he’s not bothered by the public criticism leveled against him in the wake of the defeat of the Shell Saxons Superstars at the 2018 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade.
“I’ve been rushing for the Saxons for umpteen years,” Minnis said.
“The public knows that I am a Saxon. I don’t hide that.
“I am still a Saxon. Win or lose, I will remain a Saxon.
“But we are competitors. We are a professional group of competitors. We go out and we do our best. Everybody goes out to do their best. There are winners and there are losers.
“We analyze and assess and see what we did wrong and what we can do better.”
He added, “I’m here at Cabinet right now working, doing the people’s work. I was here at Cabinet from 7 a.m. When I leave here at about 8 p.m. I will go down to the Junkanoo shack, because I would have done the government’s work, and do my personal work what I also love.
“I will pick up my grandson and he will go down and we will prepare for the new year.”
As for the New Year’s Day parade, Minnis said he’s a “competitor”.
“As any competitor, a competitor goes to win,” he said.
“They never go to lose.
“We will go with the intent to win. That’s every competitor. Nobody enters a race with the intention of losing. If they do they are a fool.”
Minnis and his 12-year-old grandson Joshua rush with the Saxons.
He said the defeat will serve as a valuable lesson for his grandson.
“It is good for him at this stage because he would know now that in the world of competition there are winners and there are losers,” Minnis said.
“You must always strive to do better even when you win because you know those who lost will come even better at the next sitting. Therefore, it is a good teaching and training ground for him.”
The prime minister was publicly criticized earlier this month after he jokingly told a reporter that he was more concerned about the Saxons winning Junkanoo than about a potential national strike.
Shortly after the Boxing Day results were announced Wednesday night, social media was inundated with posts poking fun at Minnis and the Saxons’ fifth place finish.
“Let’s count to five in Spanish: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, Saxons,” one post on Facebook read.
Another said, “Working a nine to Saxon today. Wish I was off though.”
“You could change $10? Yep, I got two Saxons,” someone else posted.
In one post, the Saxons logo was edited onto a five-dollar bill. And on and on it went.
One Family was declared the unofficial winners of the 2018 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade.
Education: College of The Bahamas, English