By INIGO ‘NAUGHTY’ ZENICAZELAYA
THERE’S an old expression that goes, “same (ahem), different day.”
As the “New Day” Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government fills out and quickly ages, I’m beginning to think of that expression. Often.
The latest red flag came with the announcement that former Marathon MP and education minister Jerome Fitzgerald would be “posted up” in the Office of the Prime Minister, leading the PM’s Delivery Unit.
You would have to have a very short memory to forget the myriad scandals Mr Fitzgerald gleefully spearheaded as an elected official.
Here’s a primer: the Rubis gas leak scandal, the “political garbage can” email scandal, and the “Please, sir, can you spare a contract for my Daddy?” scandal.
In a more mindful administration, particularly one that touts “a new day” as its catchphrase, there would be no place for someone as tainted as Fitzgerald.
But not here.
Here in Narnia, our new PM Philip “Brave” Davis has already rolled out the gold carpet and welcomed – even celebrated – the return of ‘Jeromie the Homie.’
Curiously enough, back in their early days of banishment following their 2017 general election defeat, one of the real bright stars in the PLP, Chester Cooper, was quoted in The Tribune as having this to say about how the party had lost its way (and their seats):
“We were not accountable enough and not transparent enough,” he said, according to his prepared remarks released to the media. “And we ignored scandals – protecting the interest of offending individuals and condoned things we should not have by our silence.”
Cooper, back then, all but called out names like “Fitzgerald” and many other “offending” politicians.
Fast forward to today, and it’s Bahamians who are offended. Again.
Not only has PM Davis “propped up” one of the most polarising politicians of a generation, but Brave has also afforded him an exalted seat at the table, having snuck him through the back door, of course.
There was no apology for past offences, as our new Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper suggested should have come back then.
There was no learning from those ‘‘teachable moments” former PM Christie liked pontificating on.
Instead, we have Brave asking, “What past scandals, what past scandals? No, no, no. It was nothing to do with him. There was no harm, no foul in relation to that.” It’s surreal, three weeks in office and the PLP is already gaslighting a whole nation about gas-leak man’s terrible past transgressions.
Is there none in the party who could have filled this advisor position? Preferably someone without the stench of “political garbage can” juice wafting around them?
Wait, did Fitz advise Davis to make this obviously absurd statement?
Anyone, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
(I have a ton of movie questions, like: Is this your king? Are you not entertained? Who watches the watchmen? What’s in the box? Yes, I probably watch way too many films. But I digress).
I wonder if Cooper or any newly elected MP’s has uttered a word to the PM advising against this selection.
Cue Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence,” which, ironically, begins with the words, “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again...’’
Earlier I asked why the PM would set himself (and his administration) up for the inevitable own-goal we know is coming with this polluted appointment, but we already know why.
It’s because same day, different…
Well, you know how it goes.
themessenger 1 year, 7 months ago
Bravo Naughty! As you once so quaintly put it, the PM in this case not ma homie Fitz, is indulging in some serious dumpster diving.😂🤣
Honestman 1 year, 7 months ago
Spot on Naughty. This is the PLP resorting to type after only a few weeks in office. If you are a "made man" in Mafia parlance then no one can call "foul" against you. In any remotely ethical organisation, Fitzgerald would not be allowed anywhere near the corridors of power. A definite early own goal by the Davis administration.
bahamaslovenest 1 year, 7 months ago
wat do u expect from a person such as Brave Davis , who during the campaign & other times, stated emphatically that , the PM should not be the Minister of Finance; I am wondering , who is the Minister of finance now ?? of course , we have 5 years of more lies , corruption , & devious misdeeds to go; hunker down , brothers & sisters.
realfreethinker 1 year, 7 months ago
New day same old shit. These jokers never learn. I don't between Fitzie and Munroe which appointment is worse.
IAmOne 1 year, 7 months ago
That’s a good question. The race is tight between those two.
birdiestrachan 1 year, 7 months ago
Mr: Fitzgerald will do well. it is too bad the Jack Daniels man did not have any problems with Brent Symonette deals.
They will all do well because they have been blessed with vision and intelligence.
Dawes 1 year, 7 months ago
Why is it that party loyalists seem to think if another party did something wrong then its ok for their party to? When will you lot on both sides start demanding better governance and more accountability so that the country benefits and not the party.
moncurcool 1 year, 7 months ago
My parents use to say, silence speaks consent. Not one PLP has spoken up against this shameful appointment of Fitzgerald. It all shows that they consent to what he did, even Chester, with his speech from 2017.
And don't tell me sh*t about they in cabinet and Westminster system, as people with integrity speak up regardless, and are willing to be fired to do the right thing.
FrustratedBusinessman 1 year, 7 months ago
My only question is who was dumb enough to think that anything would be different? This crew is basically the same as the last one, with the former DPM now PM, and people thought that they would govern differently? Wake up.
Didn't vote for either FNM or PLP in this past election, and have no plans of ever voting for either again. Might give the FNM a vote if they dump Minnis and his cronies, and brings the party back to government in the sunshine days. Otherwise, I can only hope that the next hurricane to roll through here blows both out of the country. We would be so much better off.
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