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Fnm 'Will Lead From Opposition'

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

THE Free National Movement is prepared to “run the government from the Opposition” and on Wednesday will table “numerous Bills” in Parliament to that end, Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

His comments come a week after he promised to table a Bill that would make it possible for death sentences to take place once again.

“Since the PLP doesn’t have the fortitude to make decisions, we’ll make the decisions for them,” he told The Tribune, adding that he expects the government to accept his party’s propositions.

A Constitutional amendment that will cut the London-based Privy Council out of the appeal process in cases where a death sentence has been imposed is among the issues the Bills are expected to address, he said.  

But he declined to discuss how many Bills will be tabled in total or which other issues will be addressed.

“If the government does not know how to do their job,” he said, “I’m not going to let the Bahamas sink because of them. You’re going to see us bring numerous Bills and run the government from the Opposition. If the ss PLP wants to sink, then the ss Bahamas won’t go down with it. The FNM will ensure the ss Bahamas has a life vest on and will float while the ss PLP sinks.”

Told of Dr Minnis’ statement that the FNM will “run the government from the Opposition,” PLP chairman Bradley Roberts laughed and said: “You tell me anywhere that happens in the world, and I’ll send you a billion dollars.”

And while declining to discuss the FNM’s proposed plans for addressing the issue of capital punishment, Mr Roberts said: “I don’t know who put that thing for Dr Minnis together, but this government is not opposed to capital punishment. The Prime Minister is a strong advocate of capital punishment. But going about bringing the necessary changes to allow it to happen is a legal quagmire.”

During his national address last week, Dr Minnis said: “It is the considered position of the Free National Movement that immediate steps must be taken to restore the integrity and effectiveness of all laws on our books, including capital punishment.”

“In so finding, we acknowledge the preponderance of modern research which asserts that it cannot be shown that the death penalty has a deterrent affect upon the mind of the would-be murderer. That may be so, but what is also clear in our Bahamas is that today there is a hardened criminal element who have nothing but contempt for law, order, or human suffering, and for whom there is no respect for human life even the lives of innocent bystanders, and children. At the very least there should be the certainty of sure punishment, and punishment which is appropriate to the crimes committed. Our policy is not based upon any concept of deterrence; it is based on the right of national self-defense.”

“The Opposition,” he added, “will table and publish in advance a Bill to amend the Bahamas Constitution so as to address several of the weaknesses in our procedures which have caused the Privy Council to overturn several capital sentences for convicted murderers in the past; and to strengthen and to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of the trial process in serious gun-related and murder cases.”

The Bill, he said, will allow death sentence appeals to be made only to the “Bahamas Court of Appeal and nowhere else.”

He said it will also give the Governor General the power to prescribe time limits for “the lodging and conclusion of all appeals against conviction.”

The Bill, he said, will remove the Constitutional right to trial by jury “either at the requests of the Prosecution or at the request of the accused where there is a charge of having committed murder, manslaughter, or crimes involving the use of firearms to inflict harm or death, and particularly in instances where there is a likelihood of jury or witness tampering or intimidation.”

Comments

nationbuilder 6 years, 5 months ago

run the government from the Opposition? this guy never knows what to say. the job of the opposition is not to run the government as it ofcourse cannot do so. this year is already shaping up to be the year of the supremely sublime

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TalRussell 6 years, 5 months ago

Comrade Reds Leader Minnis take off those damn plastic spectacles cause they is impairing your vision of what really took place on vote day of the 2012 General Elections. Is it any wonder PM Christie has denied you a government car and driver. If he relented, might I remind you that your blue car plate would still read opposition leader, not PM. You can also now forget the PM allocating money for Her Majesty Liz's Official Leader of the Opposition to have he own taxpayers office.

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nationbuilder 6 years, 5 months ago

??? opposition leader is a constitutional post. the things that come along with it are not the prime minister's personal property to withhold or give out depending on how he feels about the person holding the post. that being said, an office (which the government is supposed to provide) was provided for mr. minnis. apparently he turned it down because he felt it was too small.

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Guy 6 years, 5 months ago

This entire debacle is such a joke. Why on earth would Dr. Minnis even articulate such an asinine position?

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herecomestheboom 6 years, 5 months ago

They say laughter is the best medicine, so the good doctor is helping everyone's health. Lead from the opposition..haha

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TalRussell 6 years, 5 months ago

More reason even his own reds think Minnis is no more than a "Cutout Cardboard" Leader. The only notice Comrade Minnnis has always been required to give since becoming opposition leader in House was to give notice to the speaker of any impending acts, bills or amendments he wishes to peruse before the House. It has zero to do with the PM receiving notice of Minnis. Successfully getting them through the House is a different story altogether. What's next. Comrade Bran wising-up to Minnis's silly moves to propose his own political agenda on the PM?

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TalRussell 6 years, 5 months ago

We need to create a Comrades Against Her Majesty's Minnis Facebook Page for urgently collecting signatures against Minnis ever receiving either a government paid car and driver or an official staffed office. Can you imagine the degree of nonsense this man is capable of coming up with, if only the PM was foolish enough to be aiding and abetting him with making taxpayers an accessory by using their taxpayers dollars for staffing his office. Good Lord Almighty, No. Don't you dare even think about doing it PM.

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nationbuilder 6 years, 5 months ago

lol why are you focusing so much on him having an office though, an office he is supposed to have and that he ought to be working from as we speak? that's off subject from this stuff mr minnis is on about in this news story.

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SP 6 years, 5 months ago

WHAT THE.....????

Dr. Mrs. Minus Minnis...Has made some really S-T-U-P-I-D statements but this one SO FAR beats them all!

Who in there DEMENTED WRONG mind is going to vote for this clown in 2014?

Bring Hubert Ingraham back.....At least Ingraham was laughable!...

Dr. Mrs. Minus Minnis is a full blown certifiable quack job....LOL

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SP 6 years, 5 months ago

Dr. Mrs. Minus Minnis says this crap....with a straight face!......LOL...LOL...POOP!

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