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Mitchell Defends His Right To Talk About Campbell's Heritage

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PLP chairman Fred Mitchell.

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell maintains he is in his right to critique the actions of Transport Minister Frankie Campbell, contending public officials are "subject to fair comment".

Mr Mitchell, in a statement released late Wednesday, warned politicians "uninitiated in the business of ministerial office and political life" that despite their personal feelings and fears, criticism is and has always been "an unavoidable "occupational hazard".

Earlier this week Mr Mitchell suggested Mr Campbell's position within the Minnis administration caused many to view the government as soft on immigration, due to the fact Mr Campbell's mother came to the country from Haiti as an illegal immigrant.

Those comments came in the same week a Haitian sloop landed in western New Providence with dozens of illegal immigrants on board.

Mr Campbell and Attorney General Carl Bethel criticised Mr Mitchell for the remarks.

Mr Campbell said illegal immigrants have come to The Bahamas' shores for decades and his position in the Cabinet has done nothing to with it.

Firing back Wednesday, the former Fox Hill MP said the principles have already been established, telling those criticising him that once elected, "Your life, both personal and public, becomes the cannon fodder for newspapers and other assorted rascals who wish to create mischief."

Mr Mitchell continued: "You can protect your own privacy by refraining from volunteering personal information which is otherwise not of interest to the public if you do not wish that information to become the subject of public scrutiny and comment."

Clarifying his initial comments, Mr Mitchell claimed he was only responding to questions by the press on why the government's policy on immigration is perceived the way it is.

"My answer was based on information in the public domain volunteered by the minister," Mr Mitchell said. "The circumstances of how he came to be Bahamian and the fact that he took the prime minister to a church to talk about immigration and acted as the translator for the prime minister."

He added: "I deduced from those public facts - and so did most other Bahamians - that the FNM was perceived to be softer on Immigration and they went to spread that message to the immigrant community; that implicit in their personal outreach and his personal example was that the FNM would be soft on immigration and people in that community would perceive him to be a liaison to the government on their behalf."

Mr Mitchell concluded that from a legal standpoint, his words would be considered "a fair comment" and that all public officials are subject to it.

"The PLPs policies on immigration were fair and strict and designed to protect the country. We stand by that," Mr Mitchell added.

"Do not personalise your response to me but rather abstract this lesson from what I said, one which all of your like-minded hypersensitive young politicians in the FNM would do well to follow: if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

Comments

birdiestrachan 9 months, 1 week ago

The Haitian Communities are always sending veil threats to PM Minnis. The Haitian woman said they put him there and Lobby George seems to be telling him to watch himself.

There is no respect for PM Minnis deadline. Instead of persons leaving they are coming by the boat loads. they are not just coming, they are finding comfort some place. and with some people.

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TalRussell 9 months, 1 week ago

Comrades, somewhere between Frankie's mother coming to the country from Haiti as an illegal immigrant - and the super job she did in raising her son Frankie - we all need opt for showing something we all tend forget when we get much too caught up in our party politics.... and that my Comrades, is compassion.
Freddy, I know the good person you are and you can do better 'petty' than this.... knowing as a first generation Bahamalander - Frankie, him did much better than just good.

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DEDDIE 9 months, 1 week ago

Fred Mitchell had a brilliant plan to become PM but it all fell apart during this election. Fred Mitchell made it a point from the 1970's to foster relationships with PLP voting delegates. He attended funerals, events and made it a point to take them out for lunch during island visits. He was convince if given the opportunity he would be able to fight off any of his comrades in a straight up fight. He figured that his tough stance on immigration would have endeared to the populace. Everything fell apart after he was kick out of the HOA even though he was a good MP.

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rawbahamian 9 months, 1 week ago

Why is it that the Former Minister of Flying always sees fit and seems to think he is qualified to speak on what he perceives are government faults but was devastatingly quiet when the P.L.P. was in power ? Oops, my bad, he off somewhere else in the world with his entourage cluesly extolling the virtues of home !

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banker 9 months, 1 week ago

Fweddie comes out of his closet to attack people, but then again, he never comes out of the closet. This is fair comment on public politicians.

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Porcupine 9 months ago

Fred Mitchell is an embarrassment to humanity. Every time Fred opens his mouth it hurts The Bahamas. Fred is where he is in the same way Trump is where he is. Voter stupidity and ignorance.

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sheeprunner12 9 months ago

Why is Fweddy not talking about his own Jamaican roots?????? ....... Like his idol, SLOP

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hrysippus 9 months ago

slop's father was Barbadian not Jamaican. There are lots of pings in Barbados but only one set in the Commonwealth as slop was a 2nd generation Bahamian citizen. He also always remembered who had paid for his education abroad but many people have forgotten or never knew who this was.

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banker 9 months ago

slop was originally of Haitian heritage with the occupation name of Pend-de-Laine which means " hangs the wool " or processes the sheep's wool. (English occupation names are Smith, for blacksmith, cooper - for barrel maker, Archer - obvious, Fletcher - guy who makes the arrows, Brewer -etc). It was bastardize to Pendelan and further reduced to Pindling. The only evidence of slop being born in the Bahamas is someone remembering seeing his mother pregnant. But there are other shards of evidence pointing to a birth in Jamaica while his father was there.

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jamaicaproud 9 months ago

Yinner can't tek Jamaica outta yuh mout? Every Bahamian you dont like has some other heritage, Why cant you guys live and let live? What is your hertiage? Is it traceable? Or you so quickly forget your Haitian roots thru TCI. Just be satisfied by being Bahamian why are you guys so insecure?

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sheeprunner12 9 months ago

Hey ....... watch out for the tin roof doon crash tru yuh pallet house on Old Hope Road .......... and sell ur bag juice and stay outta our business.

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jamaicaproud 9 months ago

I keep telling you bag juice and sugar cane is good business. Don't wait till the Haitians come and take it over. SLOP was Bahamian born and even if he was not, he was still your PM, go figure.

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stillwaters 9 months ago

Man, jamaicaproud is sure making this blog more lively!!!!

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EasternGate 9 months ago

This F idiot need to marry someone or something and shut the F* up!

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sheeprunner12 9 months ago

He is married ........ He got married in San Francisco. Did you not see his faggot ring?????

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EasternGate 9 months ago

Then carry his ass to San Francisco!

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