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Reckless Comments By Davis

EDITOR, The Tribune,

In a story reported in a local daily last week the Hon Philip Davis, PLP Leader, is quoted as saying, “I think it’s an act of punishment” following Prime Minister Hubert Minnis’ address in the House of Assembly where he, among other things, announced new COVID-19 restrictions in order to attempt to arrest the increasing number of infections, particularly in New Providence and Abaco.

What an extremely reckless and highly irresponsible statement by the Leader of the PLP, in the face of the increasing infections and by someone who seeks to lead our beloved country.

Every right-thinking Bahamian and, indeed, any casual observer, as to where we are in this country, given the high daily new infections of COVID-19, particularly in New Providence and Abaco, would conclude that direct action needed to be taken and taken as soon as possible to curb the increasing infections.

Absolutely no one wants any new restrictions or lockdowns, including the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, Members of Parliament, Chief Medical Officer Dr McMillian, Deputy CMO Dr Brennen, Senior Consultant Dr Dahl Regis, nor the Bahamian people. But in face of the daily new infections, the Prime Minister, as the Competent Authority, and the Cabinet could rightly be accused of a dereliction of duty if new restrictions and lockdowns were not employed, especially for just the past holiday weekend.

The fact is that many countries around the world are doing the very same thing: employing new restrictions and even lockdowns! We are not alone by far in these circumstances for employing these restrictions.

Many countries around the world are experiencing a second wave and clearly, so are we. Some of these countries include our friends to the north, the United States, several in Europe, among them the United Kingdom and Germany, which has one of the largest economies of the world, also Australia, India and South and Central America and the Caribbean.

In the circumstances, I suppose, the PLP Leader would say that the counties that take similar steps, including the United Kingdom, are also punishing their citizens. It is interesting to note that in the United Kingdom the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Keir Starmer, yesterday called on the government to do at least a two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown in England. And, I suppose Mr Davis would say that many other countries around the world, are also punishing their citizens.

It is stunning, unthinkable and unimaginable that the PLP Leader would suggest or have such outrageous views!

What utter nonsense! And expressed by the person who desires to lead our beloved country. The comments by Mr Davis suggest just how seriously, or not, the Bahamian people should take his expressed desire.

The reality is that the Prime Minister, as the Competent Authority, and the Cabinet of the Bahamas, are not employing any new restrictions that are not being used around the world to beat back and indeed, defeat, as we will, by the grace of God, this second wave.

Sadly and most unfortunately, the PLP Leader is fully engaged in nothing but pure, unadulterated, one hundred per cent politics! He is playing pure politics with people’s lives, their health and their ability to earn a living!

Rather than talk utter nonsense about “punishment” and even coercion, he properly, in the circumstances, ought to have focused his attention on doing his best to encourage our brothers and sisters, as our Prime Minister did, to follow the health protocols – the life and job saving protocols:

Wear a mask

Physically distance at least six feet

Wash your hands or sanitize them regularly and

Do not gather.

One might have thought that, being a responsible Leader of the Official Opposition, one desirous of leading our county, in less than two years and having regard to his recent experience and so many other Bahamians, he would have expressed a more cautionary message to the Bahamian people, especially headed into a three-day holiday weekend.

However, he chose not to do that. Instead, he chose to be purely and unashamedly political during these perilous times and indeed, during a national health crisis, one being experienced around the world.

Right-thinking Bahamians who want better for our beloved country, expect considerably more from the Leader of the Official Opposition during these perilous times and a national health crisis unifying us, not attempting to divide us.

MICHAEL A FOULKES, MP

Nassau,

October 14, 2020.

Comments

proudloudandfnm 2 weeks, 1 day ago

This idiotic weekend lockdown plan cannot work, the virus doesn't take Monday thru Friday off. Weekend lockdowns are senseless... Minnis' plan is senseless. And no way in hell Nassau is ready to take tourists. Time for this FNM to do the right thing and get rid of Minnis. We need leadership now, surely the FNM can do better than an empty suit?

Why is government not procuring the tests and tracing programs we need? They need to be procured immediately so Nassau can be locked down to curb the spread then go to a test, trace and isolate plan. Do that and we can avoid future lockdowns. Sheesh....

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ThisIsOurs 2 weeks, 1 day ago

I also think it's an act of punishment. Just go back and examine the patterns.

Remember Eleuthera who was "punished" for having a socially distant drive by after a funeral? They were literally punished. All other out islands had restrictions relaxed except them for no logical reason, they didn't have case spikes they hadn't behaved irresponsibly, there was not one thing wrong with the drive by, other than they used their heads and did it themselves. They didnt wait for someone to tell them it was ok. It was in line with what we are told to do, normal activities but keep your distance.

Cutting down the shade trees on yamacraw beach was a punishment, MPS were literally giggling with glee in the house after they did it.There was no urgency to cut those trees down. There were tons of trees interfering with powerlines still up and about. How do I know, because Quincy Parker said so. Too much work for the team. So why take resources to cut down the shade trees? punishment.

The countrywide shutdown with no notice was punishment. Y'all can't listen, I taking away all y'all toys.

Why we can't park on the beach? Not go in the water not sit on the sand. Why you can't park 6ft away from another car and enjoy the view? Why? The only logical reason has to be punishment. Cause they say in 2 weeks the tourists could do it and walk on the sand and play up in the water too! And they is be drunk.

If you examine the PM'S tone it's a constant y'all can't hear you guh feel. It shouldn't be that way. If we're truly in this together as they like to say after their plans fail, we cant be getting beat with the stick every other week because the competent authority mad at us.

Try getting people to want to comply. It might be too late given all the scars from overly aggressive authorities, but try. then target the truly irresponsible, not the entire ciuntry. Nothing is make you more mad than getting beat because your brother do something wrong.

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birdiestrachan 2 weeks ago

Mr: Foulkes at this time should be searching the want ads to find out what jobs are available.

The Bahamian people do feel that doc is punishing them. It seems as if when the FNM cabinet meets. the question is what can we do to hurt poor Bahamians. and they do all they can to hurt poor Bahamians.

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