Brent Symonette, the FNM's Member of Parliament for Montagu (pictured) is not known for elegance of language but seemed inspired as he spoke near the end of the debate on a tiny bill put forward by the Government on Thursday 29th November in the House of Assembly to amend the Business Licence Act.
Nothing of course warms the heart of an FNM
more than foreign businessmen, but notwithstanding our cheek, Mr. Symonette
had a point.
point was that in an economy that requires foreign investment to survive, one should not be sending out signals from the front bench that the Government does not welcome foreigners to the country.
In this regard, he
said that all of us had better pray that there is some big job down the pipeline because when that job comes it creates jobs for Bahamian workers.
And right now he
said there was nothing in the pipeline to create projects that will provide jobs.
The Prime Minister on his
feet expressed similar concern to that of Mr. Symonette
admitted in the House
that we need those jobs in the pipeline.
said that the issue of protecting Bahamians is one that the Parliament should not divide on.
We all know of the problems we face with foreign contractors competing with Bahamians.
But the question that was rightly asked is whether or not this was the way forward.
The Bill now goes to Committee.
The Parliament was rightly sobered by Mr. Symonette's
Interestingly, Mr. Symonette can talk about fitness to be a Minister when he was removed as Chairman of the Airport Authority for being in a conflict of interest when he awarded a contract to do repairs at the Nassau International Airport to a company that was in part beneficially owned by himself.
Mr. Allen, we believe, has seen the move being played out by Brent Symonette
, the man with a plan and purpose to become the next leader of the FNM
We have been told that we should watch Brent
in the House
of Assembly as he
goes head to head with the PLP
We are also informed that Brent
has grown tired of the inactivity of his
This week, to our surprise, he
was reportedly able to pick up two endorsements; one from a local clergyman and another from a high ranking cleric whose view is for our democracy to be strong.
ON LYFORD CAY...
ON LYFORD CAY
What brought the Prime Minister to the House
was a comment by Mr. Symonette
that some 75 people had resigned as members of the Lyford Cay Club
The Prime Minister said that by leaving the matter hanging as it was Mr. Symonette
was giving the clear impression that it was the policies of the PLP
that had led to the resignations of the Lyford Cay Club members.
One Grand Bahama FNM
power travelled to the 'Same Ole Place' restaurant in Nassau this week with his
message of Brent Symonette
for leader of the FNM: "They have had there time," he