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'Ignorant' Miller Apologises For Junkanoo Carnival Remarks

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

TALL PINES MP Leslie Miller has apologised for his "ignorant" remarks regarding the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

Mr Miller told The Tribune yesterday that at the time he said Junkanoo Carnival was garbage, he was "ignorant of the facts" and "spoke out of turn". In fact, he said now that he has had all the information presented and explained to him, he has had a "change of heart" and now fully supports Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

Mr Miller blamed his ignorance on bad public relations from the Junkanoo Carnival Committee and "misinformation" from someone who was "angry" at the government.

"I was going home and I heard someone from the committee on the radio explaining in detail what the event was going to be. I was really impressed at what he said and was surprised how good he was at going into detail, everything he was asked, he was able to answer," Mr Miller said.

"I found out that this is going to be a Bahamian thing with 64 Bahamian musicians and entertainers taking part. It is not as vulgar as people think, as I thought and what he said made sense. I really got some bad information from one of the Junkanoo fellas and I went off of that.

"I was wrong and I apologise. I think those guys have a poor marketing and public relations team. I think what the government should do is have a two-hour programme where the committee can explain exactly what is going to happen with the festival to the people. So I was wrong and I am not afraid to admit I was wrong. I called the Prime Minister and apologised to him personally as well."

Mr Miller said he thinks those who are against Junkanoo Carnival should "give it a chance" and not condemn it "before it begins".

"I think if it is done properly, this will benefit us greatly as  country. All Bahamians need to give it a chance, see what happens before you judge it. The Prime Minister assured me that it will not be a negative thing and said he would never promote 'garbage'. This is going to be a good thing for us and now I am on board."

On Thursday, Prime Minister Perry Christie passionately defended the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival from detractors and hit out at the “intrusiveness” of Mr Miller, who called the planned festival “garbage.”

On Tuesday, Mr Miller suggested Carnival could have a negative impact on youth by being sexually suggestive and said he had “no appetite” for the festival's sexually charged nature.

Mr Christie said he “welcomed” Mr Miller’s “grave reservations” about Carnival, adding the MP could have simply talked to him personally about his views. The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival takes place in May.

Comments

ohdrap4 2 years, 5 months ago

this is better than watching honey boo Boo.

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URD 2 years, 5 months ago

He is also "IGNORANT" on matters related to BEC, so he needs to apologize for that and step down as Executive Chairman

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 years, 5 months ago

And to think Perry Christie has Leslie Miller aka "The Lady Smacker" making decisions of any kind at BEC! The Lady Smacker is often over heard saying he ain't afraid of any one in da PLP party, including da PM himself, cause he gat da goods on all of 'em and they all know it. One can only begin to imagine the hard evidence of corruption that The Lady Smacker must have in hand!!!

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Reality_Check 2 years, 5 months ago

Let's just start with the $27 million plus that Leslie Miller and entities/individuals closely related to him supposedly received from Bank of The Bahamas and never repaid!

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TalRussell 2 years, 5 months ago

I got's Pot cake in my direct ESP telescope's aim.
I'm not going to say Comrade Tal told you so but I did have such a strong gut feeling 24 hours ago warn my dear red shirts Tribune bloggers, enough to blog advisory be ever so careful when singing the praises of BEC's MP Pot cake Leslie's carnival opposition, that it would take less than 72 hours Tribune publish his retraction.
You reds need take much closer look at ditching your most favorite PLP MP, cuz he isn't working to your party's political propaganda advantage. But Dr. Andre, Renard, Greg and possibly a upset with his PM, Minister Crown all fall within the same political potential low grade political propaganda spin-off down scale.
Next time appreciate all hard work behind Tal's pronouncements. There isn't a big winded move Pot cake can take that my extrasensory perception cannot see through.

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ohdrap4 2 years, 5 months ago

do you provide divination consultations?

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TalRussell 2 years, 5 months ago

Comrade unlike many who use tarot cards, my preference are dominoes, so if you know someone local we can borrow a set dominoes from for an hour or so, we can give it a try.

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SP 2 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Miller blaming his ignorance on bad public relations from the Junkanoo Carnival Committee is justified as they have done the usual lousy PLP job of public relations.

Having the luxury of direct access to the committee and P.M. himself, and not doing so prior to shooting off his mouth condemning a major government initiative is inexcusable and reckless.

Junkanoo Carnival is a brilliant concept that will create numerous opportunities and a great feature to add to our ailing tourism product. It must be allowed to evolve into all that it can be.

Mr. Miller is also on record confirming his ignorance regarding renewable energy which he says is a nonstarter because it is too expensive. Leslie Miller is the sole individual on planet earth that cannot come to the understanding that renewable energy technology is expensive on the front end and practically free on the back end.

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TheMadHatter 2 years, 5 months ago

I must give credit to Mr. Miller for admitting a mistake. It takes a big man to do that. Like that old Purdue Chicken commercial used to say "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken."

TheMadHatter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN37i9qr0zY

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Cobalt 2 years, 5 months ago

Who's the bigger fool??? Leslie Miller..... or the Bahamian public who actually voted for him??? The answer is obvious!

Yall stupid ass, jack-ass Bahamians voted for a pot-cake..... and now y'all mad at it for barking an deficating all over the place!! Shut the hell up!!! Y'all getting exactly what ya vote for!!

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digimagination 2 years, 5 months ago

Isn't that the real genius of democracy? The voters are ultimately to blame!

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TalRussell 2 years, 5 months ago

In bible Comrade Sister Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter." And, everyone who reads Pot cake’s ‘plead ignorance retraction’ will laugh at him.” Scriptures also says, Isaac means laughter. And, there was good guidance for the Bahamalander people laugh, cuz in same bible it also says that MP "Isaac" Leslie, will bring laughter to a nation of many islands. And by things the "Isaac" of Tall Pines constituency be saying, we are living in prophecy fulfillment days..
Amen!

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