Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) wants him gone because he is doing his job properly, and insisted he was fully in control when he made an outburst against Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine.
The comments came in response to PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis’ calls for Dames to resign and enroll in anger management classes after Dames hit out at McAlpine as they exited Parliament on Wednesday.
Responding to Davis, Dames said, “Well, they would want to say that. It’s obvious that they have their big plan. They want to get rid of Marvin Dames.
“Why? Because Marvin Dames is addressing the issue. Marvin Dames is representing the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”
He insisted he is helping to restore respectability to The Bahamas. He said there were too many people in power who were raping the country.
Dames lashed out at McAlpine after the House of Assembly suspended and McAlpine approached him.
Days earlier, McAlpine had called on the prime minister to address resignation calls after the magistrate in the corruption trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith was highly critical of Dames and Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands.
Dames soon told reporters he was tired of the “sideshow” that has emerged since the magistrate’s ruling on February 1.
McAlpine said outside Parliament that he had no intention of antagonizing Dames and was taken aback by his reaction.
Asked yesterday if he felt he was misrepresented in media reports on the incident, Dames said, “Of course.”
He explained, “I was approached by the MP, Mr. McAlpine, who obviously wanted to apologize for some comments he would have made, and maybe give the impression as if he was misrepresented.
“I was not interested in hearing it, because as I said before, I’m not in the business of playing games. We have a country to run. Let’s run our country. Some of us are getting caught up in these political antics.
“So, I made my point. I left the floor, and I went to the restroom, and when I was done in the restroom, I walked out and came back upstairs and I answered some questions from members of the press.”
Asked about reports that he had to be restrained, Dames said, “No, I wasn’t restrained at all. Once I was done, I walked away and went to the restroom and came back out and dealt with the press. I was fully in control of what I was doing.”
Referring to McAlpine’s comments earlier this week, he said, “You don’t say something in the press, and then when you’re done saying it, damage done, you come back and you try to butter up. That’s standing on a fence.
“Let’s run this country and stop playing games.”
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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