Monday, 20 November 2017

Roberts: FNM must get to work

Statement
By
Bradley B Roberts
National Chairman
Progressive Liberal Party

 
FNM MUST GET MUST GET TO WORK AND QUIT FOOLISH GRANDSTANDING

As the days go by Bahamians are mercilessly and painfully subjected to one more outrageous claim from the FNM more ridiculous and reckless than the previous one. The last lie by Finance Minister that the PLP government “horrendously blew” $234 million is a damnable lie and an irresponsible statement.

WHEN WILL THESE PEOPLE GET TO WORK AND QUIT THIS FOOLISH POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING?!

First the FNM claimed the VAT money was stolen; that turned out to be a damnable lie.

They also claimed the Baha Mar deal was government inspired corrupt and secret agreement; that too turned out to be a damnable lie and they were forced to walk back and climb down from that fallacy.

No 10,000 acres of land in Andros were given to the Chinese and no 500 citizenships were sold to the Chinese as the FNM foolishly and dishonestly claimed. These too were damnable lies.

The FNM claimed the country was insolvent and had to grudgingly walk back that bold faced lie.

Whenever the FNM speaks Bahamians should automatically and instinctively question the veracity of their statement. Are these claims true? Immediate doubt is reasonable because none of the FNM’s claims to date turned out to be true. The FNM is on record during the budget debate assuring the Bahamian people that they would honour the financial commitments of the government. $722 million in borrowing is the proof so what is this bit of salacious non-sense about horrendously blowing $234 million?

The PLP lectures Peter Turnquest that public financial administration is governed by settled law – specifically the Financial Administration and Audit Act. Further, the chief accounting officer or the accountable officer under the law is the Permanent Secretary and not the Minister; Ministers do not sign checks. If Turnquest has evidence that applicable laws were violated then he should present the same and allow the law to take its natural course.

THE PLPs ADVICE TO PETER TURNQUEST IS TO “CUT THE CRAP AND GET TO WORK AS THE FNM’s LYING POLITICAL CAMPAIGN IS OVER. IT IS TIME TO GOVERN!”

There are myriads of challenges facing this country that require vision, a strategic plan, focus and strong leadership. Running off to the media every day with one lying and deflective hyperbole after the other in search of salacious headlines is not governance and will get this country absolutely nowhere.
 

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