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The Many Gaffes Of Leslie Miller

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

SINCE the start of the year, outspoken Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller has retracted or apologised for several controversial statements he has made to the press.

These recent blunders follow several contentious remarks made by Mr Miller last year, which brought a number of calls for his resignation.

Mr Miller’s latest gaffe occurred on Sunday, when he blamed Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) workers for last weekend’s fire at the Blue Hills Power Station and resulting blackout.

Mr Miller, BEC’s executive chairman, told the press that “improper maintenance and negligence by BEC workers” caused the power failure. He also said he believes no one will be punished because of “union interference”.

Less than 48 hours later, Mr Miller distanced himself from his earlier statements and said that no one was at fault for the blackout. He then commended BEC workers for a “job well done” and said there was nothing that could have been done to prevent the outage. His comments came the same day that Minister of Works Philip Davis released a statement saying the blackout was not caused by employee negligence.

Last month, Mr Miller found himself apologising, this time to the family of a man he claimed had died while “attempting to steal copper from BEC”.

On February 24, a BEC crew arrived at the corporation’s substation on Coral Harbour Road where they found a man with severe burns to his body. An ambulance and police arrived at the substation and the injured man was taken to hospital.

Three days later, Mr Miller told the media that the man had died in hospital after being hit with 33,000 volts of electricity while attempting to steal copper from BEC.

The following day, after police confirmed that the man was still alive, Mr Miller apologised for announcing the man’s death saying: “That is what the people told me.”

In January, Mr Miller was also apologetic, this time for his “ignorant” remarks regarding the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

Mr Miller initially told a reporter that he believed carnival was “garbage” and was not in the best interest of the country. He also suggested the event could have a negative impact on youth by being sexually suggestive and said he had “no appetite” for the festival’s sexually charged nature.

One day later, Mr Miller told The Tribune that when he first spoke, he was “ignorant of the facts” and “spoke out of turn”. He said that after he had all the information on the event presented and explained to him, he had a “change of heart” and fully supported Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

His contrition over the matter came after Prime Minister Perry Christie publicly criticised him and revealed that Mr Miller’s own daughters were avid supporters of the Junkanoo Carnival.

In February 2014, the Tall Pines MP also found himself in the middle of controversy when he joked in the House of Assembly about “beating his girlfriend”.

“That’s like beating your wife or your girlfriend every time you go home. You just beat her for looking at her. I love you. Boom, boom, boom. I had a girlfriend like that. When I didn’t beat her she used to tell me I ain’t love her no more cause I don’t hit her.

“But seriously I had one like that. I had one. She used to tell me...”

At that moment, House Speaker Dr Kendal Major interjected stating: “We know that you are joking with that.”

However, Mr Miller continued: “No I serious with that. I tell her I get tired man. My hands hurting a little bit, give me a break. I am telling you the truth. One thing I don’t do is lie.”

After a public outcry from women’s rights advocates, Mr Miller backtracked a few days later insisting that he had “never abused a woman” and that his comments were spoken in “jest”.

Mr Miller said at the time he made the comments, he did not realise the severity of the domestic abuse problem until he visited the Crisis Centre. He then made a donation to the centre; however it was not accepted.

Mr Miller also came under fire last June after it was revealed that he, and his family-owned business, Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace, collectively owed BEC more than $200,000.

Shortly after the information was leaked to the press, one of Mr Miller’s daughters reportedly made a $100,000 cash payment on the bowling alley’s BEC bill.

Comments

birdiestrachan 5 years, 3 months ago

Mr: Miller is a reporters dream. One reporter said to the other you go and interview him. He will say what ever comes to his mouth. He has a serious problem . He does not know when to say nothing. Nothing at all, No comments. He should know by now the tongue can be your biggest enemy. The reporters intention is to trap ,and trap you again and you fall for it.

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Romrok 5 years, 3 months ago

Fine. But a back track on BEC now is to do with votes by order of the party and not the fact that it probably is a worker issue.

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DonAnthony 5 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Miller is quite the dichotomy, he both revolts and amuses in equal measure supporters and detractors to no end.

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duppyVAT 5 years, 3 months ago

He is a genuine hot rod politician .................. old school bad ass braggadocio. He is a throwback to the politicians of the Sir Cecil mold ........... likeable but volatile!!!!!! But there is a sense that he is personally sincere even though his political choice of words and actions are suspect and damning for his party. But his legacy is well documented and history will be kind to him................. he is only a hatchetman for his Cabinet bosses.

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John 5 years, 3 months ago

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me." The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me." The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700." The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?" The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence." "Done!" replies the government official. And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.

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Cobalt 5 years, 3 months ago

Lol lol lol!! Good one John!

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duppyVAT 5 years, 3 months ago

So........... what is the Bahamian equivalent???? Give an example for BAMSI.

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banker 5 years, 3 months ago

Thank God it is just BEC, and not the country. The last time Potcake had a government job, he almost sold Bahamian sovereignty to Hugo Chavez's cockamamie Petro-Caribe plan. All that we had to do, was kick out every current petroleum supplier in the country, never do oil bizness with the US, create a nationalised petroleum consortium with Venezuela, and they would take equity -- up to half, buy all hydrocarbon products from Venezuela, get a break on the price, get it all on credit, and owe Venezuela money for the next three generations. And Potcake Miller was hot to do this. The only reason why it didn't happen was that Christie was away on stroke-leave, getting his head valves repaired in the US, and Mudda Pratt was in charge, and she thought that Venezuela was a disease.

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