Can you please publish my letter in your top-rated newspaper so I can extoll the virtues of an up-and-coming, dynamic member of Parliament, Shanendon Cartwright?
I can recall a prominent cousin of mine telling me a few years ago that he is not a zealot for local politics as he was back in the day. He saw the puzzled look on my face and so he went on to explain that the candidates and subsequent members of Parliament are not in the same class as those of the ‘60s and early ‘70s.
According to none other than Philip Galanis, former PLP MP, in his opinion piece in The Nassau Guardian, “The last general election demonstrated that the Bahamian people were weary of and unimpressed by most of the PLP candidates, which resulted in the party winning only four of 39 seats in Parliament.”
I have also heard this cry on some of the talk shows and at various watering holes in the capital in reference to current MPs.
Well, that may very well be the case but in my mind, young Cartwright, MP for the St. Barnabas constituency, is the exception to the rule.
As a matter of fact, he reminds me very much of those politicians of days gone by.
He spends a considerable amount of time in his constituency and he is very proactive.
The laudable work that he has done leading the Bahamas Parks and Beaches Authority is nothing short of spectacular.
He responds very promptly to the request of all Bahamians. He provided reusable bags to his constituents on a very timely basis. His leadership team from the St. Barnabas constituency office is on one accord with him and they work very well together.
In the Caribbean, political giants like former prime ministers Norman W. Manley of Jamaica, Vere C. Bird of Antigua & Barbuda, Eugenia Charles of Dominica, Robert L. Bradshaw of St. Kitts and Nevis, John Compton of St. Lucia, Grantley Adams of Barbados and Eric Gairy of Grenada, all possessed what we call “the right stuff” — a combination of vision, sense of purpose and stick-to-it-ness.
Their love for their people and the subsequent development of the country trumped their personal agendas.
Cartrwight possess these characteristics and in my opinion is a rising star.
For a rookie politician, his political savvy is simply unbelievable and very impressive.
During Hurricane Dorian, he not only served the members of his constituency but led a group of persons with a generous supply of water, food and clothing for the people of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
His view is national and that bodes well for his political matriculation. He is a team player, even from his early days as a standout high school basketball player at SAC and in college at Franklyn Pierce College.
His mother is a serious business woman and his father is a top flight engineer, so he was given some great tracks to run on from early.
So I leave you with some words from Jack Welch, former manager of General Electric, “The biggest advice I give people is you cannot do these jobs alone. You’ve got to be very comfortable with the brightest human beings alive on your team. And if you do that, you get the world by the tail. It’s too bad that we can’t define people in business or government as easily as you can on a basketball court or a hockey rink. If the guy couldn’t shoot, he wouldn’t be the forward. He wouldn’t be on the team. And it’s no difference in the business or government team you have to build. Always get the best people. If you haven’t got one that’s good, you are short-changing yourself.”
Shanendon Cartwright was a great shooter. He is a rising star on the political stage. He is one of the best and brightest.
– Aaron Thompson, diehard FNM supporter