Following Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine’s scathing criticism of the government last week, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday hinted that his party would welcome him should he choose to leave the Free National Movement (FNM).
“I don’t want to at this time comment on any views as to whether he should leave his party and join me or otherwise,” Davis told The Guardian.
“What I do know…politics is about numbers and every time you can add one, it means the other doesn’t get that one.”
During his contribution to the budget on Thursday, McAlpine said that the government claimed “it’s the people’s time” but “only for a select few, a resurrected oligarchy, special interest and elitist with foreign influence”.
He also said that since he voted against the value-added tax (VAT) hike in 2018, he has been victimized by his party and has been excluded from all FNM meetings on Grand Bahama.
“…We are the government of transparency and accountability,” he said.
“Now if they do this to their own people, what do you think they would do to you, the people who they claim it’s the people’s time? Don’t get mad with me, all I’m doing is being transparent and accountable to the people of Pineridge. I think the word here is victimization.”
McAlpine was one of four FNM MPs who voted against the government’s decision to increase VAT from 7.5 percent to 12 percent last year.
He was subsequently fired from his post as chairman of the hotel corporation. Travis Robinson and Vaughn Miller, who also voted against the increase, were also fired from their posts as parliamentary secretaries.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said he fired them in line with principles of the Westminster system.
McAlpine noted that several UK MPs voted against British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal but were not fired.
The outspoken Pineridge MP had to fend off numerous bouts of heckling and points of order from his FNM colleagues.
As he stood to speak in the House, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield and Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar exited the chamber.
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