October 7, 2020
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis’ latest public comments on the pandemic:
“Philip Brave Davis has proven over and over again during this pandemic that he is lost as a leader. He is for restrictive measures right before he is against them. He is for opening up right before he is against it. His policy flip-fops during this crisis show he us unfit to lead The Bahamas.
“Demonstrating how lost he is, on Tuesday at his rambling press conference Davis said lockdowns have been useless tools. He went on to further mislead the Bahamian people by saying lockdowns have not proven or produced any results.
“Where has Davis been since March? During the first wave of the pandemic lockdowns reduced our cases to the lowest level. When cases spiked in Bimini a lockdown brought those numbers down. When cases spiked in Grand Bahama a lockdown yet again reduced the number of infections.
“It is clear Davis does not think before he speaks. It is also clear he and his party do not like facts or credible data. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced today in the House of Assembly that he invited Davis and the PLP to a Cabinet briefing with local and international health experts. Davis and the PLP did not attend the meeting.
“A party and leader who do not want the facts and who constantly spew misinformation and contradictory statements are dangers to the Bahamian people. Our country is fortunate to have a doctor in charge during this crisis.
“Prime Minister Minnis is calm, listens to the experts, and he consults. He speaks candidly with the Bahamian people and is not afraid to make tough decisions. Sadly, Davis had no faith in Bahamian doctors when he caught COVID-19. He left the country for treatment in the United States.
“Through it all Dr. Minnis, has been leading us through the crisis, working with the experts and community leaders to save lives. The restrictive measures announced today for New Providence and Abaco were designed to balance public health with allowing reasonable economic activity. That’s real leadership. Rather than making silly statements Davis would be well advised to pay attention, as he could learn something.”