Lust for leadership

EDITOR, The Tribune.

For a “tribe” to be successful, there must be a strong, decisive and well loved chief. In recent times, everyone, his brother and sister wants to be “chief” or leader. This may very well be a healthy phenomenon but I beg to differ. In the splintered FNM we are witnesses to a never ending speculation about the leadership qualities of Dr Hubert Minnis (FNM-Killarney). In the PLP, we are relieved that the political wolves, who were once disguised in political sheep’s clothing, have now parted company with us. The DNA is a work in progress and is being held hostage by the oversized ego of its one man band leader.

I, for one, am glad that Gregory Moss and Andre Rollins have crossed the floor and will no longer caucus with the iconic Progressive Liberal Party. They will not, I assure you, be missed. They were becoming distractions and were gaining free publicity at the expense of the party while making the Prime Minister look foolish and dithering. They never should have been embraced by the PLP as none of them, including Renward Wells, were ever down with the core philosophy of our party. He should go now or be thrown out, sooner rather than later.

It is rumoured that there might be three more MPs who while claiming to be PLPs may wish to cross the floor. With general elections looming and with our agenda, politically; socially and economically still influx, the PLP must collectively go into a retreat mode. Hard decisions must be made. Personal loyalties and perceived friendships all have their places but nation building requires a whole lot more.

As we prepare to go into electoral mode, the first question is: “Are we prepared to take another five years of bumbling and chaotic leadership or do we jettison excess baggage and reset the political clock?”

Christie has proven to be a weak, indecisive and clueless leader. He allowed the party to be brought into public contempt and ridicule by embracing new generational leaders. He was the one who allowed functionaries to dictate public policy initiatives. He was the one who cried crocodile tears, massively, while Baha Mar twisted on the ropes.

Christie should simply retire and assume the role of Senior Minister pending the eventual retirement of Dame Pindling. After that, seeing that he loves prom and ceremony, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis (PLP-Cat Island), as he will become, may wish to throw Christie a bone.

Other than this, we must move on as time waits for no man; woman or child. If Brave wants to move forward, we are down with him. If he develops cold feet, he is on his own.

I have long held and still hold to this very day that Christie is now politically passé.  He is Minister of Finance, when he so chooses, but has yet to tell us if his former client Phil Ruffin has paid the millions of dollars in casino and other taxes which he allegedly owes to the hard pressed Bahamian people. It was a sense of deja vu with the recent ground breaking in central and south Eleuthera the other day with Dr Samientos. Did we not witness this same man breaking ground in Eleuthera some years ago?

Some opine that I am too supportive of Brave. Sometimes I believe that even Brave may believe that I am too strident in my very public support for him. I could care less. It is not about personalities, but rather about those forces which must drive the process of nation building. Brave, et al, are merely tools to be utilised to build the structure called The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Yes, I love and respect him to the maximum, both personally and politically, but his shelf life, like that of Christie, has a time limit.

The lust for leadership is crippling our political parties and continues to consume those who are currently in power; those who ascribe to power and those who are self deluded into believing that, by the grace of God, they have something of value to offer the people of this wonderful nation.

The Hon Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dr Kendal Major (PLP-Garden Hills) is a good man and a firm Christian. He made some initial missteps following his election as Speaker, but he has grown exceedingly well in office. The PLP and its operatives must cease and desist from the veiled and not so hidden attempts to derail or lambaste him.

There should be absolutely no foolish talk of denying him a renomination in Garden Hills by the party which we both support. I would not support this in any way, shape or form. The Speaker has a sacred duty to uphold and secure the parliamentary rights of all MPS, regardless of party labels. In fact, after we wipe out all opposition forces and fringe groups in the near future, electorally, Dr Major should be elevated to cabinet status as a Minister by the incoming Prime Minister.

The Hon D Shayne Gibson (PLP-Golden Gates) will make an excellent Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service & Commerce. With Brave and Shayne the PLP will reclaim the high ground and will, finally, set the ordinary Bahamian on track to become real stakeholders in our wonderful nation.

The size of the cabinet is too big and we should have no more than the bare minimum prescribed by our constitution. Party and personal loyalty should not and must not be based on the corralling of perceived supporters in the cabinet of the day. The lust for leadership and control are softly, sometimes violently, killing us, politically. I thank God daily that Brave has never overtly demonstrated any sort of lust for power, unlike so many others.

Yes, I am honoured to be perceived as a “general” for Brave Davis. No, I will never advise him, publicly at least, to overthrow Christie, but we will have to do what we have to do when we arrive at that cross road. Brave is advised to: “Be willing to learn, to listen and to grow in his awareness and abilities to perform the duties of his office. He will not, however, accomplish them without tremendous effort and sacrifice of other interests...”

His window of opportunity, however, is closing at a rapid pace and either he can let Christie, Allen & Company to continue to bamboozle him, politically, or he can draw a definable line in the sand. The lust for leadership and its retention are literally killing this wonderful nation.

I would advise my benefactor, however, never to render a political blow or insult unless you are able or capable of following it through. To God then, in all things, be the glory.



June 20, 2015.


Hogfish 8 years, 4 months ago

" With Brave and Shayne the PLP will reclaim the high ground and will, finally, set the ordinary Bahamian on track to become real stakeholders in our wonderful nation." .

It is obvious that you like the sound of your own voice in the paper but this comment alone negates any credibility that you have ever said or ever will say.


shortpants 8 years, 4 months ago

Sticky Fingers -Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis (PLP-Cat Island), Can he travel to the united States on a Bahamian passport , keep hearing talks about that.Why would you want a man to run our country whom the USA is looking into.......Drugs The Nasty- Hon D Shayne Gibson (PLP-Golden Gates) Broke to Overnight millionaire ORTLAND H BODIE Jr-Over sized ego for kissing Brave butt,delusional cause they did not give him his Radio station.


duppyVAT 8 years, 4 months ago

Criminals always see nothing wrong with criminality ............ Bodie is a disgraced disbarred lawyer and now he is lobbying for several super-gangsters to become national leaders ........ WTF????


asiseeit 8 years, 4 months ago

Bodie better check Braves prostate while he is in there.


proudloudandfnm 8 years, 4 months ago

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! Bodie is always good for a laugh.....


juju 8 years, 4 months ago

You and your tribe, women and children must go.


ThisIsOurs 8 years, 4 months ago

Bodie is hilarious, he will have you in stitches, and it may be why people don't realize how dangerous his words can be.

I heard Bodie say with my own ears that ~*there was nothing wrong with "skimming" off the top of a contract*. He said this was not the same as corruption (actually, this is the definition of corruption) . He didn't go into detail on examples of "skimming", but suffice it to say it was understood that such a cabinet minister was profiting personally from the granting of a contract. This is expressly forbidden by the constitution. It is ILLEGAL.

Bodie of all people knows this. He knows it is illegal to break a fiduciary trust for personal profit

What does Brave Davis have to say about "skimming"? What does URCA have to say about promotion of illegal acts on public radio?

Excerpt from the Bahamian constitution:

NO PERSON SHALL BE QUALIFIED to be elected to the House of Assembly...IF HE is interested in any government contract and has not disclosed

Every member of the house of assembly SHALL VACATE HIS SEAT ....IF he becomes interested in any government contract


duppyVAT 8 years, 4 months ago

Well .......... every Bahamian Cabinet Minister since Stafford Sands is guilty


duppyVAT 8 years, 4 months ago

We don't elect a Prime Minister ............ one is picked for us by the majority party in the House of Assembly .................. some democracy .......... whatever happened to the idea of the "right man for the job" ......... the PLP should not have chosen Perry Christie then ......... they should have chosen Glenys Hanna Martin .......................her pedigree is the best of that bunch.

The Bahamian fallacy is that the leader chosen by the party that wins is automatically chosen as the leader of the country .......... being a politician and being a statesman is like night and day

QUESTION: Does Barack Obama run the Democrat Party???????? .................... Ans. NO.


banker 8 years, 4 months ago

I like the fact that Ortland knows how to type the word passé with the correct accent mark. However, be it known that Ortland himself is passé. A tiger doesn't change his spots, a PLP diehard will never become enlightened and if he thinks Brave is good and honest and leadership material, then Ortland needs his head examined. However, you can't blame him for trying to ameliorate his financial circumstances, as that is the way it is done in this corrupt little nation. He just wants to suck off the taxpayer teat like the rest of them.


duppyVAT 8 years, 4 months ago

But why is Orthland Bodie all over MORE FM talk show bad mouthing Perry and his loyalists in favour of Brave??????? ......... and he says he is a PLP???? ........ that's political cannibalism

OR is this a true sign that Perry is going to step down as Prime Minister in November????????


duppyVAT 8 years, 4 months ago

Can Orthland Bodie make public who is part of his lobby group "Common Cause" ??????


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