April 13, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s revelation of another PLP multi-million-dollar, taxpayer boondoggle:
“Sadly, Philip Brave Davis is nothing if not true to himself. Unfortunately for Bahamians Davis’ ‘true self’ is that of an out-of-touch, elitist politician. When confronted about his party’s $10 million Government entertainment mansion – a multi-million-dollar, taxpayer-funded boondoggle – all Davis could say was, ‘it was never that amount to my recollection.’
“The facts are the PLP Government – in which Davis served as the deputy prime minister – paid $4 million for the property and then sunk up to $3 million more in renovations. And, the PLP’s pleasure palace was still not completed. The $10 million figure for the incomplete pleasure palace may be too conservative, knowing how much Davis and his PLP like to spend the people’s money.
“It seems odd the PLP would need another luxurious estate to hangout at. We all know of their fondness for spending time with their chief benefactor, Peter Nygard, at his opulent mansion.
“The PLP’s pleasure palace is another costly reminder of where Davis and his PLP place their attention. We are still paying for the former PLP administration’s incompetence and uncontrolled spending. During their previous tenure, Bahamians suffered through record crime rates, underinvestment in schools, four consecutive credit downgrades, rising unemployment, missing VAT dollars and lack of relief for Hurricane Matthew victims.
“Our FNM administration is currently focused on saving lives in a pandemic and restoring the economy. That the PLP was building a pleasure palace for entertaining dignitaries when it had power perfectly sums up the difference between our party and them.
“Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis continues working to invest in a future for all Bahamians. From opening up more Crown land for the people, to targeting Over-the-Hill for development resources, and working to establish a sovereign wealth fund, this FNM Government serves all Bahamians and not just the chosen few.”