BRADLEY B. ROBERTS
SANDY POINT, ABACO PLP RALLY
SOUTH ABACO CONSTITUENCY, BAHAMAS
My brothers and sisters of South Abaco, I come to you tonight fresh from the festivities in Nassau, on what was Nomination Day. My brothers and sisters, I want you to know that all is well in Nassau. For as I moved around Nassau, all I could hear was people saying how they wish today was Election Day, so they could show the FNM once and for all what they really think about their two terms in office. My brothers and sisters, I was told that the FNM Candidates paid sixty dollars a person for people to play junkanoo music as they went to the nomination polls. And guess what my brothers and sisters, the junkanooís that I saw on the road, where playing junkanoo music for the FNM Candidates, but as I passed they were showing the PLP hand sign!
My brothers and sisters, the good news out of Nassau is that your PLP is ready to govern this Bahamas. The bad news is that you have to wait 21 more days before we take office. My brothers and sisters, the word also out of Nassau is that besides for the FNM running a dirty and lying campaign, they have panicked and now they are running what you call a ďdamned if you do and damned if you donít campaign.Ē It is called this kind of campaign because they have now enlisted Hubert Ingraham to take over the campaign cause it seems that Tommy T. canít get the job done.
My brothers and sisters, all of a sudden Hubert Ingraham has crawled from out of the hole he was hiding in for the past two months and now heís speaking at rallies again for the FNM. Well what happened to all the talk about him passing the torch over to Tommy? What happened to all the talk about him taking a back seat and letting the three stooges, Tommy, Dion and Algernon run the election show? I understand that Hubert told his Constituents in the North that this election will be the last time that he will be running. But didnít he say that in 1997, when at a rally in North Abaco, he claimed that then would be the last time that he would climbing a podium to ask for North Abacoís vote? Do you remember that?
And what about right here where we are tonight? How many times did Robert Sweeting say goodbye in the House of Assembly to you the South Abaco Constituents? In fact that is just about all he said to you and for you during his time in Parliament. And now heís coming back again begging you to elect him to waste your voice and his time in Parliament, where if he is elected all youíll hear him say his how much he loves his FNM Government.
†So my brothers and sisters, Hubert Ingraham and Robert Sweeting are running again because they believe that if they donít run, the PLP will win both of the seats. In other words, they know you are not fool enough to vote for any other FNMís, but they believe you are fool enough to vote for them again. Well this time you must show them better and let them know, like the people in Nassau will let them know; tell them they are damned if they bring Hubert back to the people again and they are damned if they donít. Cause either way, they are gone with him at the lead, or with that simpleton Tommy T. at the lead.
Hubert Ingraham and Tommy T. are bad news. And both are bad news for you. For example, look how the farming industry has suffered with the FNM in Office. Farmers in the Bahamas really have no need to grow anything because the FNM Government has destroyed the market for agricultural products. The big foreign hotels in the country have no need to deal with you the farmers of South Abaco, because the FNM Government has not put in place any policy to demand that they deal with you. Then they say that the farmerís product isnít up to the standard needed to service the big hotel entities of the Bahamas. But if it isnít up to the standard, it could be brought up to standard. But, it canít and wonít be because the FNM Government couldnít give two hoots about the Bahamian agricultural product.
My brothers and sisters, they would rather send our public money abroad to build up a good relationship with foreigners, while Bahamian farmers and your products die a slow and agonizing death. The FNM Government would rather have a surplus of food for the nation for six weeks at a time, and make another country even richer by buying their products, instead of putting real and serious money into our own industry, with our own people first. And then if we need outside products as supplements then we buy them. The FNM Government would rather import everything and take our money, then export some things and you make money.
†But my brothers and sisters, I have good news for you tonight, a new PLP Government, will finally end all of the questions of whether we can make agriculture work for us as a product that will guarantee that we can always eat and as a product that will guarantee that we can make real money from other nations. The UBP Government didnít do it. The old PLP Government started to do it. The FNM made sure that it wouldnít be done. But your new PLP Government will finally put to rest the worry about Bahamians not being able to feed ourselves. And you the Abaco farmer will play a real and vital role in that happening. So put on your farming hat! Break out your seeds to grow! And get ready to farm like youíve always wanted to but really havenít been given the chance. Your new PLP is gonna create for you the policy for an agricultural explosion.
My brothers and sisters, before I leave you tonight I want to deal with one of the FNMís many lies and that being that they donít victimize Bahamians. Well I want you to remind them of something when they come around you talking foolishness about the PLP victimizing people. I want them to be reminded of Bobby Jones, right here in Abaco, who in 1992 was moved from the Labour Department right after the FNM won? Why was he moved? I want them to be reminded of Albert McKenzie who was in charge of the Water and Sewerage right here in Abaco and he was transferred in 1992, right after the FNM took over? Why was he moved?
My brothers and sisters, I want to remind them about Richard Gibbs, who was in charge of National Insurance, right here in Abaco and was transferred in 1992 right after the FNM took over. Why was he moved? It is my understanding that all of these fine persons were PLP supporters. And the FNM wants to talk about victimization? I can talk all night naming people that the FNM has victimized in Abaco and in Nassau as well as every place else in the Bahamas. Look at how the FNM Government has treated one of the finest Permanent Secretaries in the nation and possibly one of the best in our history.
Here is an excellent professional who knows more about government procedure than any of the 40 FNM dummies, but they have that Permanent Secretary† in an office sitting and doing nothing, thanks to Hubert Ingraham. My brothers and sisters you should know only too well what a death sentence that is for people who believe in working; to sit and do nothing. For the FNM Government these last nine years have had you doing the same thing. Nothing!†
My brothers and sisters, I want to close by saying to you, that this is the most critical election that we will face in this countryís history. Everything is at stake. The FNM Government has all but wiped out your past, where you were proud to be Bahamian and the world knew it. The FNM has made your present miserable. And the FNM is plotting your fall into complete slavery as your future. Single handedly Hubert Ingraham has made the word Bahamian, a second class word. And Tommy T. and the rest sat right there silent while he was doing it. Single handedly, Hubert Ingraham forced you to have to accept that a job in your own country was all you deserved. And Tommy T. and the rest sat right there silent while he was doing it. Single handedly, Hubert Ingraham destroyed the moral principles and quiet decency of what was once a peaceful Bahamas. And Tommy T. and the rest of them sat right there silent while he was doing.
And yet my brothers and sisters, they now claim that are ready to serve you and right all the wrongs and make new promises, after breaking the many they made before. They believe that you are fool enough to think that the ones who caused the problems can also solve the problems. Single Handedly, Hubert Ingraham has caused this country to be in a position that if we donít elect the right people on May 2nd, our country will be ruined forever. That is the place that Hubert Ingraham has caused us to be at after nine plus years of FNM Government. And Tommy T. and the rest of them sat right there and was silent while he was doing it.
Well my brothers and sisters, I want you to know that your new PLP will run Hubert Ingraham back into his hole on May 2nd. And Tommy T and the rest of them will be right there with him sitting silent when we do it. My brothers and sisters you must do your part, bring your PLP Candidate Edison Key across the victory line in first place. Donít do it for him. Donít do it for the PLP. But do it for your country. Do it for your future. Vote Edison Key. Vote PLP.
PLP! ALL THE WAY! PLP! THE ONLY WAY!