Roberts mocks defeated FNMs


Bradley Roberts


Tribune Staff Reporter


PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday roasted political rivals for their losses in the recent Free National Movement convention.

However, he praised newly re-elected FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis as “astute,” adding that the Killarney MP “knows what he is doing”. He said Dr Minnis understood the “game of numbers” involved in courting the support of delegates.

Regarding Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner and her failed bid for FNM leader, Mr Roberts said: “The former deputy leader seems to have gotten the wind taken out of her sail and I suppose her aggressiveness will be modified from here on end.”

However, Mrs Butler-Turner has said she can rebound from her loss.

“I made the transition from being in government to losing and I think that one of the things you have to understand, I’m a person that is able to adjust to whatever the circumstances are,” she said on the sidelines of the convention, shortly after Dr Minnis gave his victory speech. “We lost after we were in governance and in opposition I haven’t lost my enthusiasm. So you have a very clear picture of how I react to negative situations.”

Mr Roberts also criticised former FNM Deputy Chairman Dr Duane Sands, who vied unsuccessfully for FNM deputy leader.

He said: “I have already dubbed Duane Sands a serial loser. He and defeat have a loving relationship.”

As for his former counterpart, Darron Cash, Mr Roberts said: “I was taken aback by the former chairman, Mr Cash, who I am told had a difficulty finding someone to second his nomination and received only 19 votes. That’s a repudiation of his tenure as chairman of the party. If I were him I would certainly consider embracing a permanent retirement from politics; he is in pretty bad shape.”

Mr Cash also ran for deputy leader, however, East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest won that race.

Mr Roberts said “time will tell” if Dr Minnis proves to be a tougher opponent for the PLP than Mrs Butler-Turner.

He added that Dr Minnis “still got a lot to learn”.

However, he had no comment concerning Dr Minnis’ recent pledges, including his promise to create an “inner city tax-free zone” if he is elected as prime minister.

At Friday’s convention, Dr Minnis retained the leadership of his party after a landslide victory over Mrs Butler-Turner.

Senator Michael Pintard was named party chairman.


Publius 8 years, 6 months ago

Ofcourse a PLP would praise Mr. Minnis for what he did at convention, seeing as there was cheating, unconstitutional choices of delegates and vote buying. Right up the PLP's alley Mr. Minnis and his team chose to travel. Birds of a feather.


mostsickandtired 8 years, 6 months ago

Its really laughable that when FNM does skull doggery that FNM supporters still manage to twist the truth to make it seem as if the PLP were involved! LAUGHABLE! FNM supporters have to get their rose tinted glasses off their eyes and see the weaknesses of their party leaders and judge them on their own merits. Stop bringing the PLP into it, ALL THE TIME!


Publius 8 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps you did not read this newspaper article. The PLP is talking about the FNM, so nobody brought the PLP to the party, they hosted the party in this instance and sent out invites.


TalRussell 8 years, 6 months ago

I second Chairman "Big Bad" Brad's, strong emotion, for all da deep pain we both feels over how they's gone kicked out their Red Shirts Chairman Daron



asiseeit 8 years, 6 months ago

I do not know what Mr. Roberts is gloating about. His government is just as much a FAILURE as the FNM. No political party can hold it's head high, they are the root cause of the state this sorry nation is in. The PLP nor the FNM have NOTHING to be proud of! Failures the lot of them! Tell me of one government service that is world class. Tell me if we are educating our children so they have a chance in the real world. Tell me if crime is not out of control. Tell me if unemployment is not high. Tell me if illegal immigration is not out of hand. Tell me that poaching is not out of hand. Tell me if corruption is not the order of the day. Tell me if the people have hope of a bright future. I will tell you that the ONLY thing government, both PLP and FNM does well is steal, waste and mismanage out money!


afficianado 8 years, 6 months ago

Bradley Roberts is daft. How can you has a "leader" debase another person because you don't think they were up to par?! Just disgusting.. Opinions are the cheapest commodity!!


UserOne 8 years, 6 months ago

Why is this even a news story? This is on the level of a gossip rag. I expect more from The Tribune.


pablojay 8 years, 6 months ago

Bradley has always been a disgrace. Remember he said that if Loretta had slapped him instead of Dr Rollins,the result would have been different. Yes it would have been because he would have roughed her up just like he did his former sweetheart , who almost had him charged for rape.No REAL MAN would be bragging about not walking away from a woman she if were to hit him.


pablojay 8 years, 6 months ago

By the way, hold your own convention !


countryfirst 8 years, 6 months ago

Pot calling the kettle black. They are all crooks PLP and FNM the real losers here are the Bahamian people constantly being mislead by the same old corrupt goons.


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