The great hypocrisy 

Dear Editor,

Politics all over the world is an art and a science which individuals employ to advance their particular agenda. There is nothing inherently wrong with this in my considered views. To the victors, go the spoils. Having said that, it should be borne in mind that The Bahamas belongs to all of us. It is a given that political parties and entities will seek brownie points.

The former prime minister came to office, unexpectedly, in 2017, having made many campaign promises which beguiled many Bahamians. Inter alia, Dr. Hubert Minnis promised accountability and transparency. He went on to say that he would watch public spending and that individuals convicted of murders who have exhausted all of their appeals should be executed. He did none of these things, especially accountability and transparency.

It was the Minnis administration that locked into the Dubai World Trade Fair long before the Progressive Liberal Party came to high office.

The people and the current administration would have been very disrespectful and ungrateful to have turned down a long-standing invitation by the government of Dubai and not attend the event which was subsidized to the tune of $3.5 million by our friends in that nation.

It was also a great opportunity for the prime minister and his diplomatic delegation to interact with their counterparts in the United Arab Emirates. Bilateral agreements were executed.

Minnis and supporters are complaining that the Bahamian delegation was too big and cost the taxpayers too much money. They have also called for a full accounting of the composition of the delegation; the selection process employed and who paid what for what.

I am not going to second guess anything nor would I get bogged down in utter foolishness with a grotesquely rejected former prime minister. Minnis is no longer relevant and poor Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Michael Pintard is trying his utmost to carve out a fleeting attempt at stamping his “leadership” on the FNM.

I applaud the prime minister on the way he and the delegation represented the nation in Dubai. I am certain that Brave did not personally hand pick the members of the delegation. In hindsight, some members should not have been selected but everyone learns by experience. Next time around, I am certain that different criteria will be employed.

Minnis and Pintard should be the last people to demand accountability. Is this a case of pot calling kettle black or merely the politically dying throes of irrelevant politicians?

I’d prefer to refer to their shrill and nonsensical cries for accountability and transparency as bogus attempts to capture elusive headlines.

Hypocrisy is like a pandemic in Bahamian politics. Brave and his team are seeking to rebuild and rebrand The Bahamas as we build back better. Sour grapes seem to now be the mantra of the FNM.

I urge the prime minister not to be distracted by foolishness.

Ortland H. Bodie, Jr.

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