November 16, 2020
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP deputy leader’s latest attack on the Government:
“Philip Brave Davis must be proud that his protégé, Chester Cooper, is sounding more and more like him each week. Like Davis, he’s grown comfortable with casually ignoring the PLP’s disastrous history as well as the facts of the present day. The truth is, as the pandemic has raged across the globe many countries have faced credit downgrades. Regardless of what Cooper says, no country has been immune to the economic hardships.
“And like his mentor Davis, Cooper also conveniently fails to mention that S&P noted that former Governments had failed to implement meaningful fiscal reforms that would have better prepared The Bahamas for the economic shock this pandemic caused. Implicit in S&P’s statement is that when the woeful PLP last held power we had five long years of disastrous mismanagement; five years of no growth or net negative growth; high unemployment; reckless spending leading to uncontrolled annual deficits; and rampant corruption. In fact, under the PLP’s watch the country was subjected to a series of credit downgrades that brought our economy to the brink.
“From the start of the pandemic the Minnis Administration has prioritized the health and safety of Bahamians. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has demonstrated true leadership, working with experts to analyse the data and make the tough decisions to position us for a strong rebound.
“Along the way, the Prime Minister has stayed focused on our long-term economic growth. He continues to line up agreements to expand our economy, train Bahamians and create jobs. The recent CISCO Systems signing is an example of this Government’s efforts to diversify our economy.
“Cooper and Davis launch their weekly, nonsensical, partisan attacks for attention. There is rarely substance in what they say. Prime Minister Minnis continues working for the people he serves because that is what real leaders do.”