October 14, 2020
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding Chester Cooper’s recent criticisms of the Government’s fiscal management:
“Between managing the largest hurricane relief effort in Bahamian history and working to keep Bahamians safe during a global pandemic, our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, and the FNM Government have maintained core services and continue working to provide financial relief to those impacted by both events. While prioritizing safety and working with health experts to develop data-driven decisions, our FNM leadership has fought to safely open The Bahamas for business and meet the challenges of this unprecedented crisis.
“True leadership requires making the tough choices in difficult circumstances. The Minnis Administration has done that throughout. It has taken action and prioritized the health of our people while working to provide financial relief to those struggling.
“As the Administration offered leadership and relief the woeful PLP stayed true to form, offering only a series of contradictory partisan attacks on a weekly basis. So, it comes as little surprise to see Brave Davis’ leading protégé, Chester Cooper, step into the spotlight to take his turn at being the PLP’s broken record, this time bizarrely attempting to place blame for the financial impact of a global pandemic at the feet of the Government.
“Cooper and his PLP leadership allies prove once again why they lack credibility and stature in the eyes of Bahamians to lead the country in such a crisis. They are only interested in their weekly political ranting and raving.
“Sadly, the woeful PLP fails to see the irony is being led by Davis, who flouted the medical experts’ advice to stay safe and then promptly fled the country after getting the virus. So, despite fighting this pandemic without the support of our friends in the opposition, the FNM Government will continue to maintain core services, work to re-open the country to tourism in a safe and responsible manner, and will always prioritize the health and safety of all Bahamians.”