PM: I didn't order FNM to pay for reception


Prime Minister Perry Christie


Tribune Staff Reporter


PRIME Minister Perry Christie denied yesterday that he instructed Government House to charge the FNM for a reception following the appointment of Senator Carl Bethel.

While making his contribution in the House of Assembly, Mr Christie said it was the decision of the Governor General to charge for receptions held on Government House grounds.

The Prime Minister also warned Dr Hubert Minnis, leader of the FNM, not to “demand” action from him through the media, if he wants a favourable response.

“You have to make a judgment as to when you want a result from a Prime Minster. When you write me and you publish the letter before I see it you are not expecting me to help you pay no bill. If you write me a letter saying that Government House caused your people to have to spend $2,500, the first thing you should do is understand what the policy of Government House is and to know that no Progressive Liberal Party Government sits down and makes a decision as to who has a party and who doesn’t have a party, we don’t do that,” he said.

“Go and talk to Alergnon Allen when his wife was made president of the Court of Appeal, she wasn’t even a politician and he spend $4,000 of his own money with Sir Arthur Foulkes being the Governor General because of this policy. And so when I spoke to Sir Arthur I said: ‘What is this all about and he said ‘this is the policy‘ and I said ‘write me, tell me what the policy is in writing and then tell me how I can change it so that we don’t have to have confusion’. But I know you don’t expect for me to help you pay no $2,500 the way you approach me.”

The Tribune contacted Government House to find out more about the new policy, but calls were not returned up to press time.

The issue arose after opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis said he “does not care” if he is never invited back to Government House after he refused to pay for a reception held there last week.

The FNM was charged almost $2,500 for a reception following the appointment of Senator Carl Bethel, the Governor General’s son–in–law.

Speaking with The Tribune Dr Minnis said if the government does not have the money they should cut back on all expenses, not just FNM events.

“Why should we be charged for us carrying out our constitutional duty? We have senators to ensure that the government is doing what they say they are doing and in the best interest of the people. If they don’t have the money maybe they should stop sending Mitchell all over the world; be conservative in your spending,” he said.

“Why should I have to pay? Why are they paying for PLP and not FNM events? In a crisis like this the government must be wise and enact policies going forward saying ‘we will pay for the first 50 people and you pay for the rest,’ but do not say we have to pay for the entire thing when they are having events at the cost of the government. They had an event on Friday, big event, I am sure the PLP did not pay for that. “

When asked if he is worried he may not be invited back to Government House if he does not settle the bill he said: ”I will not die if I do not go back, it won’t kill me, I promise you.”

In an invoice sent to the FNM, the charges for the reception totalled $2,474.26.

Dr Minnis said the party was not informed until a day before the reception that they would have to pay.


banker 9 years, 11 months ago

But I know you don’t expect for me to help you pay no $2,500 the way you approach me.”

Can this man speak the Queen's English? corrected version without the gratuitous negative: "But I know that you don't expect me to help you pay (the) $2,500 considering the way that you approached me". Gawd amighty, our Prime Minister is done gone illiterate.


TalRussell 9 years, 11 months ago

You must download some Hubert's grammar clips. Them clips are even more hilarious with his Idi Amin like laugh-track.


ohdrap4 9 years, 11 months ago

People are hurting, VAT is coming. and these people ar arguing who is going to pay for the fois gras.


banker 9 years, 11 months ago

Minnis is playing politics. It's not about the $2500. Its about both side paying the same.

Incidentally, I don't know much about Minnis except that he is a good businessman. However, I did rush at a birthday party for him by accident. He was having a birthday dinner at Bimini Road on PI (long before he was leader of FNM). I went to pick up my niece and I met a friend in Junkanoo costume who asked me if I wanted to join into a birthday rush for Hubert Minnis. They brought a van load of drums, cowbells, instruments and I joined them. He seemed like a good sport then.


TalRussell 9 years, 11 months ago

My, my how two leaders have a tendency to act so much alike. Wasn't it Hubert who out of the clear Cooper's Town retirement blue had jump the cue and called a press conference, before Minnis could, to announce how he had changed his position on the numbers referendum vote, despite his promise to stay the hell out the red shirts business.


concernedcitizen 9 years, 11 months ago

I like HAI ,he is like a crazy ass uncle that makes decisions and don,t give a shit ,,THX for the roads ,harbour , port ,and don,t go on about him giving shipping to the bay street boys ,they had it already ..Would you have rather trusted our food source to a bunch of politically connected hacks getting loans from the development bank for frieght boats that don,t know sh@@t bout shipping ,,THX for the new hospital too ,i know its our money but Papa had the b@lls to do the roads ,,Kensian economics borrow and spent on projects in a recession ,,FDR started it


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