Statement from the Free National Movement
August 23, 2020
The Free National Movement issued the following statement in response the PLP’s out-of-touch criticism concerning the National Food Distribution Task Force:
“The FNM believes true leaders work to bring the nation together in times of crisis. Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, and his Administration have done that throughout their response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As he has directed Government resources and efforts to meet the growing needs of Bahamians adversely impacted by efforts to stop the spread, the Prime Minister and his Administration have been diligent encouraging all who can to help their fellow Bahamians to join the effort.
“The outpouring of support from people who can help shows most understand how we are all in this together. We will be strong when we start to rebuild and recover because of this spirit and attitude. Sadly, only the woeful PLP sees these efforts to bring the nation together as ‘quite puzzling’. It’s not unsurprising because their brand of leadership has always been focused on helping themselves at the people’s expense. So of course they would be puzzled by our efforts to provide Bahamians seeking to help their friends and neighbors with the tools to do so. Instead of criticizing the FNM’s efforts to bring in donations to the national food bank, the PLP should ask why haven’t they joined these efforts to encourage people who want to help?
“In a national crisis the PLP is eager to launch uniformed, ill-advised and nonsensical attacks like this last one criticizing efforts to help the National Food Distribution Task Force. This only serves to show out of touch they are. The drive to make everything a partisan political attack has forced the woeful PLP to lose focus on what truly matters: Bringing the country together to help each other during these critical times.
“COVID-19 was not a creation of The Bahamas but it has come to our shores and the Minnis Administration has worked night and day to try to find the right balance between public safety and responsibly getting our economy going again. This latest surge has everyone focused on containing the spread like the Government successfully did before. However, we all know that comes with sacrifice and hardship. The PLP would do well to take notice that the rest of the Bahamas gets that. Maybe the opposition party could do a little less of the politically motived PR attacks and start doing a little more leading.”