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Mitchell Denies Infighting But Says Supporters Must Be ‘Straight Soon’

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Public Service Fred Mitchell. Photo: Racardo Thomas/Tribune Staff

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Public Service Fred Mitchell. Photo: Racardo Thomas/Tribune Staff

By TANYA SMITH-CARTWRIGHT

tsmith-cartwright@tribunemedia.net

WHILE accusing the opposition of spreading lies on infighting in his party, Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell said it is imperative for party supporters to “be straight soon.”

Mr Mitchell, also minister of foreign affairs and public service, is currently in Rome, Italy, for a CARICOM Foreign Ministers Conference. He blames rumours of the restlessness of party supporters wanting to be appointed in various roles on “Free National Movement trolls using voice notes.”

Last week, a PLP stalwart councilor spoke to The Tribune and expressed serious concern about the new government being slow to appoint boards and key governmental positions to party supporters.

The stalwart councilor also spoke about many FNM supporters remaining in high profile roles in the government who, in their opinion, should have been already removed.

At that time, in response to the stalwart councilor’s claims, Mr Mitchell said those positions will be settled “in as timely a manner as humanly possible.”

The stalwart councilor said supporters were giving the government one week to settle its affairs. That week has passed.

“If PLPs are not careful, we will allow the FNMs idiots spreading the latest stuff about infighting to gain traction by spreading nonsense around,” Mr Mitchell said. “I keep saying, please PLPs, first thing is this stuff is untrue. Secondly, why would we spread false propaganda on ourselves?

“Next year this time we will be in a different place under Philip ‘Brave’ Davis. Everyone complaining will be straight before that, I believe. I believe that. We must believe it can be done and it is imperative for it to be done.

“Remember, the worst day in government is better than the best day in opposition. So let’s put our shoulders to the wheel, ignore the wingnuts and the FNM and their voice notes. If they were so smart, they would have won the general election.”

The Tribune contacted FNM Chairman Carl Culmer to get his reaction to Mr Mitchell’s accusations. He denied the claims saying his party does not use trolls to do its work.

“This party does not use trolls to do our business,” Mr Culmer said. “The chairman or someone from the PR will speak to issues and our names will be attached to what we say. I will not follow up Fred Mitchell on what he is saying.

“The problem I have with Mitchell, which I have said before, he is now a minister representing all Bahamians, not only PLPs. He needs to give up the role of chairman. Why is he afraid to give up that role?

“There are competent people within the PLP who can take on that role until they have a convention. It’s about time he starts speaking on behalf of the people of The Bahamas and not the PLP.”

Still lashing the FNM, Mr Mitchell turned his attention to former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis accusing him of poor leadership and governance and recalling contents of a recent statement.

“So Hubert Minnis, the prime minister that was unceremoniously dumped by the people of the country for his poor leadership and hapless governance has now accepted the inevitable,” he said.

“I happened upon Hubert Ingraham, the former prime minister, in the public square on Friday who said to the press at that time, it was clear as day that the FNM would have a new leader come November 27, 2021.

“Within hours of that statement, the campaign of Dr Hubert Minnis, to stay on as leader, collapsed and he announced that he would not allow his name to be placed in nomination for the leadership of the party. It couldn’t have happened to a finer person and good riddance.”

Mr Mitchell advised PLP supporters to be strong against what he deemed “mischief and treachery.”

“Today I will not dance on Hubert Minnis’ grave, I want to appeal to PLPs to stiffen their spines in the face of mischief and treachery afoot,” he said.

The PLP stalwart councilor refused to speak to The Tribune yesterday stating that they were “too vexed to speak to anyone,” but their voice will soon be heard at another level.

Comments

TalRussell 1 month ago

What in the brjesus is a much substantive crown minster, far too astute in internal and external politicking, hoping to gain by his inviting chatter can only fuel a rise in those whose interests differ greatly from that of government's and everything else likes this and that, — Yes?

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tribanon 1 month ago

Mr Mitchell, also minister of foreign affairs and public service, is currently in Rome, Italy, for a CARICOM Foreign Ministers Conference.

All this guy ever wants to do in life every chance he gets is travel the world first class and stay in five-star hotels with his boyfriends at the Bahamian taxpayers' expense. LMAO

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birdiestrachan 1 month ago

PLP stalwart councillor pseudonym FNM trouble makers.

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birdiestrachan 1 month ago

Mr: Mitchell is a good representative He loves to travel

and he travelled even when he spent his own money.

He represents the Bahamas well

He is indeed a wise and intelligent man.

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moncurcool 1 month ago

Davis talks about unifying the country. Yet, Mitchell, mind you in a global pandemic traveling to Rome already, talks about getting party supporters straight.

So much for the unity talk. Clearly we see who running this government.

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ThisIsOurs 1 month ago

straight? supporters have to get straight?

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tribanon 1 month ago

LMAO. Yup, we certainly know there's nothing at all "straight" about Freddy Boy.

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sheeprunner12 1 month ago

Sad day in 242. No hope for unity with a fool like Mitchell in govt. Brave is a lost cause with Fweddy

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The_Oracle 1 month ago

That he even annunciates and advocates for the primary plague of the Bahamas since 1969: cronyism. Greasing the wheels, patting the backs, shingles. Insanity.

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themessenger 1 month ago

Seems like flying Freddy isn’t the only minister from the region with a proclivity for jet setting on the taxpayers money. The Caricom Ministers needs to meet in Rome, not the Caribbean, fancy that? Well, as they say, when in Rome……..

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Dawes 1 month ago

Not sure why they say thats why he is in Rome. I looked it up and that meeting was held in Miami over 10 days ago. I have no idea why he is Rome but it appears the Caricom meeting is not correct.

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licks2 1 month ago

This man is "off his rockers". . .childish and silly for a government represetative!! He is carrying on like a "mad black woman". Somebody needs to "tie dis goat" in the back yard before he "eat" all the flowers in the front garden so to speak!!

Frankly, as a Bahamian. . .this level of national pettiness is not call for!! I hope Mr. Mitchell will be able to take "them scud big rocks them" that he is encouraging to creep into our national dialogue . . .bringing out some of his "dirty secrets" out in the open!

This "low talks" he carrying on with will "bite him in he bungy". . .Bahamians like a good row. . .but they een for "big man" carrying on like "lil girl chirrins dem". A word to the wise!!

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tribanon 1 month ago

Couldn't agree with you more. There are very few more churlish than Freddy Boy.

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