Approximately nine months after the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) was reelected under the leadership of Phillip Davis, there were some failures, failures and controversies.
Among them, the Prime Minister’s careless decision to break the COVID-19 quarantine to buy Christmas gifts.
They also received negative attention about how prison chiefs were sent during their vacation.
Early on, the Prime Minister’s spokesman’s attempt to impose meaningless rules on the media has been criticized for several quarters.
The prime minister’s retreat to the announcement by one of the prime ministers to raise the national insurance premium rate this year was another rant by the administration.
Another failure that shook his head was the unspeakable reaction of the Minister of National Security to sexual violence against minors.
The composition of an oversized government delegation and its delegation to Expo 2020 in Dubai has also aroused the wrath of some of the cultural community and many other Bahamas.
The government has fulfilled an important campaign promise to reduce value-added tax (VAT) from 12% to 10%, but the government’s decision to impose VAT on previously zero-rated breadbasket items and medicines It called for some repulsion.
While these and other issues are distracting to the Davis administration and are like death from a thousand cuts, the government’s major “outcome” to date has avoided major scandals. We believe it was the ability to do or messed up.
Therefore, Davis and PLP were able to retain goodwill when they took office.
It is very important for any government to do what it can to maintain people’s trust for as long as possible. Especially if you were elected with very limited support in the first place.
Despite winning the majority of parliamentary seats (32 out of 39), PLP took office with the support of only 34 percent of registered voters, as many have pointed out.
This was the lowest turnout in modern Bahamas political history, with a turnout of only 65%, as many registered people did not vote.
There is no doubt that the deadly delta mutation wave of the coronavirus kept many from voting last September, but multiple votes leading up to the general election showed a high degree of indifference to the voters.
Therefore, it was even more important for Davis and PLP to do everything possible to avoid compromising the already limited credibility they had at the time of their inauguration.
So far, it’s been very good for PLP on this rap in avoiding damaging scandals and major controversies.
However, we will not participate in some of the things we know that Davis and PLP have already declared well on their way to reelection.
This is wishful thinking for some of the stubborn PLPs, and perhaps others are still sick during the disastrous period ending September 16.
We believe it is premature to make this kind of declaration, as many factors in the coming years can affect the outcome.
Rapid depletion of goodwill
For the former Minis and Christie administrations, the depletion of goodwill banks was swift. Neither was able to recover from the turmoil of the first few months in the office.
Eight months later, then Speaker of the House Halson Mortley had already experienced an epic and annoying meltdown from the chair, and ministers and other FNMs who turned over the distrust resolution brought by the opposition. Think of it as being supported by a member of parliament. Distrust resolution with shameless display of the party.
To make matters worse, in the first eight months, then Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has already overseen the scandalous signature of the Oban contract on oil refining and storage facilities in the East Grand Bahamas, without an environmental impact assessment. was doing.
The deal exposed the government’s incompetence and caused irreparable damage to the Minis administration.
As we have observed before, Oban was a precursor.
The incompetence was further exposed by the unprecedented challenges faced by the government in the second half of the quarter, including the 2019 Hurricane Dorian and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minis administration was also damaged by the failure of the corruption case against former PLP lawmakers and the decision to raise VAT from 7.5% to 12% within a year of being elected.
What appears to be Minis’ contempt for the media, his apparent disregard for the feelings and concerns of many other Bahamians, and the abuse of power as an authoritative authority is the last in his administration’s political casket. I hit a nail.
The office FNM never recovered.
Waiting at Tsubasa were Davis and PLP, who confidently approached the campaign with many organizations and contemporary flares.
PLP came across as a winner, despite a sudden election called when Minis thought he had a clear political advantage compared to the implosion and increasingly desperate FNM. rice field.
Prior to the Minis administration, there was a Perry-led PLP, which was also a rough start to the term and eventually a disastrous term.
Eight months later, the Christie administration made a fateful decision to hold a referendum on the game. Prime Minister Christie at the time was ultimately characterized as a “public opinion poll.”
It was a tremendous waste of time and public money.
Christie admitted that the majority of people who participated in the referendum were surprised to vote against the normalization of the Bahamas’ Web shop.
He promised that those gambling venues would be closed if the vote failed.
Although the vote failed, Christie decided to legalize the web shop anyway, ignoring the will of the people in a move to seal his political fate.
That decision early in his term was only the beginning of what proved to be an era of government turmoil, scandalous, and dark ages.
By the time the referendum was held in June 2016, the loss of confidence in the Christie administration was irreparable.
The minis-led FNM performed terribly in opposition and fought most of the time, but the party won 35 parliamentary seats in 2017.
It was refreshing to see Christie retire, but I couldn’t expect Hubert Minnis to provide good governance.
On the contrary, he is a wise political opponent, but he has shown that he is not ready for the government’s golden time.
He and his team were unable to offer in a convincing way due to some major crises. So many were arrogant and untouched, so they didn’t work in their favor.
Lift heavy objects
Davis and PLP today benefit from another weak opposition that is struggling to appear united.
FNM does not want or cannot adequately defend aspects of records that are worth defending, and there is no apparent scandal or controversy to earn political mileage. Does not seem to have many grounds.
The country may not necessarily feel like a parent PLP, but it certainly doesn’t feel like an anti-PLP.
Davis still has a good impression. He is fascinating and pays homage to various groups, and even if some of his administration’s policy decisions are questionable, he looks genuine in wanting something better for the Bahamas. increase.
At this point, the issue of trust is not his concern.
This is useful because it means that the Davis administration does not have to constantly work on defense. Public support and trust will help advance the government’s agenda.
No need to operate in unfavorable recoil or panic mode. You can do more.
For clarity, this does not mean that a smooth voyage forward is guaranteed. The government is facing serious headwinds, despite the enthusiasm that the country continues to claim to have been rescued.
During the Prime Minister’s recent budget communications and ongoing budget debates in Congress, the PLP continues to downplay the seriousness of the nearly $ 12 billion debt we are currently facing.
In a newly released report, The World Bank’s Outlook, the World Bank’s global economic growth will fall in 2022 amid wars in Ukraine, rising inflation and rising interest rates, and it will be unstable to low and middle incomes. It states that it may bring about good results. Economy.
Thus, there is a lot of hard work before for those in control of the government.
There is no doubt that there is a crisis ahead of us to test the true spirit of the Prime Minister and the true spirit of his team in charge of managing our operations.
I hope they continue to recognize the value of maintaining political capital.
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