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Mitchell Blasts ‘Dumb’ Speaker

PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell.

PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell.

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Deputy Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie’s recent comments in Parliament have drawn the ire of opposition Senator Fred Mitchell, who accused the Speaker of committing a “blood libel” against him, adding he would seek “adequate compensation” for this grave injustice.

Claiming that Mr Moultrie’s swipe at him put “enmity” between their houses, Mr Mitchell said he would use all of his energy to pursue the matter.

The Speaker, Mr Mitchell also said, was too “dumb and thin skinned” to understand that public figures are often subject to attacks.

Last week in the House of Assembly, during what some have described as a “bizarre” presentation, Mr Moultrie accused Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Davis of taking advice from reprobates and perverts, a seeming jab at Mr Mitchell. He also targeted the nationality of Mr Davis’ wife and launched a scathing attack at former House clerk Maurice Tynes, who had criticised some of the Speaker’s decisions.

In an apparent reference to the senator, Mr Moultrie said: “Member for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, he is fully aware of past encounters with myself, that I do not have a track record of hating women. You know, the member and I have a mutual best friend and if the member had consulted our best friend on this matter I’m sure he would’ve been advised to leave that path and to leave this matter alone. Notwithstanding, the member has allowed in my estimation reprobates and perverts with track records of denying and hating women to insert such a ludicrous assertion into his press release.

“My name might begin with ‘M’ but the first three letters are Mou and not Mit. Don’t mix me up. I am not a soft powder puff man. I am a real man.”

These comments at Parliament were in response to Mr Davis questioning whether misogyny played some part in Mr Moultrie naming and suspending Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin from the House.

Mr Mitchell said when Mr Davis made these comments he was not calling the Speaker a homosexual. He said all of this became a problem because of fundamental “dumbness” on the Speaker’s part.

“So we are in the belly of the beast,” Mr Mitchell said as he addressed PLP supporters at a rally in the Speaker’s constituency – Nassau Village – on Thursday night.

“I am saying here tonight in his constituency that he owes all of us the leader, the leader’s wife me, (former parliamentary clerk) Mr Maurice Tynes and the staff of the House of Assembly a complete and unqualified withdrawal and apology of all those hateful remarks without conditions, no conditions. This is not subject to negotiation, a complete and unqualified apology and withdrawal.

“I am not joking. The attack was personal on me. I have told everyone that I reserve the right when someone attacks me personally to go at you, ya ma, ya wife and ya children.

“I am not joking. This is the second time I have had to say this in my public life and I said this to another public figure in the Free National Movement who serves in the government today and he may think I forgot it, but I haven’t forgotten it.

“And I say this to the Speaker, you have committed a blood libel against me. You put enmity between my house and your house to the end of my days, I want you to know it,” Mr Mitchell continued.

“I will not relent and I will use all of my energies to seek adequate compensation for this libel. And when I am gone I promise you my nephews, my nieces, my brothers, my sisters, my family, all of them will be pursuing the redress in my name for this grave injustice. You can take that to the bank and cash it.”

Mr Mitchell said what transpired in the House of Assembly last Wednesday was proof the FNM and its leadership were unfit to govern the country.

“Who asked him whether he was a powder puff or whether he was soft. Who asked him that? No one as far as I was aware. He put his own character into question when he put that information into the public domain. Presumably a man who claims he is a text book husband and a lover for 30 years presumably his wife is aware that he is not soft or a powder puff.

“You, Mr Speaker, fail to remember that amongst your FNM colleagues there are many of them who would be offended because in their own lives when they were growing up people called them powder puffs and soft. I saw some of them banging on the tables in the House of Assembly and laughing, I could call the names. Someone sent me a list and I don’t know the origins of the list and I am sure I’m not the only one who has the list, but I am not going to go there tonight. But I got the list and I can call the names. Dig one grave and dig two.

“And then, Mr Speaker, you claim that you are a real man, I don’t care who asked you to declare that either, that is a sure sign of mental instability when you question your own gender identity,” Mr Mitchell said.

Comments

TalRussell 9 months ago

Will Ma Comrade Rapper House Speaker “Real Man's”, not a “Soft, Powder Puff Man's” Halson - accept the challenge former "Flying Minister" Freddy to a public dual down in the Peoples Public Square that could effectively end both his Speaker's and political careers. Will the Speaker show up to prove to constituents he's a real fighting man’s both inside and outside the House. Will the Speaker make his grand entrance onto the public square without his official colonial office issued regal robes to settle one time and for all Bahamalanders - that he does has all the requisite honor, courage, and fight in him to represent them in a public dual? {Can't make this up}. Amen, let the dual commence!

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bogart 9 months ago

Odds 6 to 5 in favour Flying Freddite

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TalRussell 9 months ago

What say ye Ma Comrade, let's gives public double bang their price admission - make it Double Billing Sword Event - "King's Counsel" Freddy fences off against "AG" Carl Wilshire -The two most light-skinned in all Nassau Town..I thinks I needs create a promotional double dual fight poster.

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John 9 months ago

It’s not just a poor reflection on the speaker as he allowed his emotions to get the better of him, but is is also a poor reflection on the PM, Brent Symonette and other members of the ruling party who knows better but use their hands to bang on the table, rather than fixing the problem. The sign of maturity would have been to get the speaker to calm down, adjust his suspensions and carry on with the business of the House and the Bahamian people. Sore egos heal over time.

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bogart 9 months ago

.....Double header ...who gets top billing?? Queensbury rules.??...

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TalRussell 9 months ago

Ma Comrade, imagine drama played out tourists cameras as they's capture frame by frame the colonial wigged King's Counsel and House Speaker dueling it out- sword one hand and pistol other.This sure by far beats hell out Bran McCartney's plan for all criminals being taken directly from courtroom after sentencing over to be publicly whipped in Rawson Square. {Likes I says - can't make this kinds eternal shi#, up}.

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hrysippus 9 months ago

Flying Freddie denies he's a powder puff, ................. ..... ... Tal Russell says you cant make up this stuff, .. . ... .... And what's a blood libel anyway? ....... .. .. .. .. ....... Is it to do with having a menstrual day? .. .. .. ... .... If you really upset a Viking Norse, .......... .. .. .. ...... A blood eagle was the way he would take his recourse. .. ......... .. Perhaps Blood libels the same without pulling out lungs, . . .... Not using a knife but slaying with tongues, . .. .. .... ... using a tongue that's dripping with venom, . . . ... ...... Phrases and words sourer than lemon, . .. .. . ......... This speaker might just be roasted alive, . . . ... ....... With a thousand bee stings from the queen bee's hive.

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bogart 9 months ago

...the gun and knive and blood eagle stuff sounds too gruesome.....the tourists may instead prefer to see a face off wid conch shell in one hand and coconut husk in the other hand .....and pictures taken czmeras flashing. The most horrible part might actually see two gladiators showing up at PMH and have to wait like everyone else....

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seamphony 9 months ago

Mr. Mitchell, instead of suggesting a fist fight or further name calling this guy, just be honest and come out if you like. You might be surprised to learn how many bahamians don't care what your sexual orientation is or how many bahamians would respect your courage and pride if you did so by calling out these homophobes.

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Sickened 9 months ago

Yup! Until he comes out and declares himself gay, he will remain a sissy! Man up Mitchell!!

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seamphony 9 months ago

please don't call him that! we should respect his choice. if he were a selfish man, he would live his life as he liked ( the man is intelligent and very well educated) but he spent the last 40+ years dedicating himself to the political life in the bahamas. not easy.

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sealice 9 months ago

Fweddy he was attacking you with the truth oh my oh my!!

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pablojay 9 months ago

There goes Fred the liar,sorry lawyer, saying "I will go after ya ma, ya wife."We all know better than that. Jay Z can leave Beyonce alone with Fred in a hotel room , naked for a week and he will meet her just as he left her.The only conversation will be her being asked if she has any brothers.

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sheeprunner12 9 months ago

These, my dear people. are the words of the former Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs ....... who addressed the United Nations on our behalf ........... and he is in a bitchy spat with a Speaker ........ SMDH

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stillwaters 9 months ago

Seriously though, if you're thin skinned and can't take the roasting, you need to stay the hell away from being a politician. Trump is so thin skinned, he can't let one little insult slide by him. Yall grow the hell up......this damn country has placed it's hope in you!!!!Suck teet!!!!

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