Hanna-Martin: Minnis is ‘lousiest PM in Bahamian history’

FNM: Hanna-Martin’s response only reveals how deeply she has been stung by the truth 

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Englerston member of parliament, Glennys Hanna-Martin, on Friday lambasted Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for the recent comments he made about her at a mini rally held last week.

At the mini rally, the prime minister told attendees that the Englerston MP was ‘plenty talk and no action,’ and ‘spends all her time in the House [of Assembly] rowing morning, noon and night’.

The PM also claimed at the mini rally that Hanna-Martin is ‘busy trying to get rid of [PLP leader Philip] Brave and has been a ‘ very, very poor representative’ of Englerston.

But on Friday, Hanna-Martin said the prime minister should be careful not to expose his ‘rank misogyny’.

The Englerston MP said she wanted to stress that women leaders don’t “row”, but they speak for the people, which she will continue to do until she takes her last breath.

The PLP MP said she also took exception to the PM’s comments as it came from a man who has, in less than two years, secured his position as the ‘lousiest PM in Bahamian history’.

“The man who has proven he stands for nothing and will shamelessly say one thing and do the complete opposite; the same man who says he hates VAT but almost doubled it up on Bahamians; the man who is that awkward gymnast in the Parliament who has mastered the art of flip flopping,” Hanna-Martin said in an issued statement.

“Is this the  dummy who was  sitting blank-faced  next to Oban’s Krueger in the Cabinet Office and now the file has gone missing,” Hanna-Martin asked.

The Englerston MP said the prime minister prioritized eating stew fish before answering serious questions about matters resulting in the death of a young woman and also expressed how he fell in love with Haitian bananas after a recent trip to Haiti, rather than state how the Bahamas would have benefitted from that trip.

Hanna-Martin also asked, “Is this the man who cried fake tears for Dominica but can’t hear the cries of the people of Ragged Island?  The same man who has fake love for over-the-hill while he hands the entire  country over to the wealthy oligarchs?”

Hanna-Martin said the prime minister cannot speak to the special relationship that she holds  with the people of Englerston, as the fruit of this relationship is manifested throughout the community.

The PLP MP said as the prime minister queries her political future, he must appreciate that she has been elected by the Bahamian people more times than he has been elected.

Meanwhile, the Free National Movement released a statement on Sunday, stating that Hanna-Martin’s response only reveals how deeply she has been stung by the truth.

“Mrs. Hanna Martin had a lot to say in response to the Prime Minister calling her and the PLP out for their miserable failure to deliver results for the Bahamian people but, unsurprisingly, she did not refute the Prime Minister’s message,” the FNM said.

According to the FNM, the PLP’s talk has always been ‘cheap’, but the actions in government of Mrs. Hanna-Martin and her PLP cohorts cost all Bahamians dearly.

“We are still paying for the PLP’s misfeasance and malfeasance in office” the FNM said.

The party said Prime Minister Minnis has achieved in three terms in the House of Assembly what Mrs. Hanna-Martin never achieved in four terms, and will likely never achieve as he became leader of his party and prime minister.

The FNM said it is unlikely that the Englerston MP will ever become leader of her party or prime minister, because she allegedly lacks the support in her party and the wherewithal and temperament to be leader.

“They know her all too well,” the FNM said.  “Mrs. Hanna Martin failed to achieve re-election as the chairman of the PLP because her party no longer wanted her in that position.

“She also failed to get a more senior ministry after the PLP was re-elected in 2012.

“She had a well-deserved reputation for being indecisive,” the FNM claimed.

The FNM said since taking office in 2017, Prime Minister Minnis has put Bahamians back to work and is creating economic opportunities for all and is making significant progress on improving the nation’s credit rating, which was devastated under the Christie administration.

The FNM said the PLP are consistent in one thing and that is ‘pushing their revisionist history so as to not be reminded of their historic failures of leadership including during the abysmal years of two Christie administrations in which Hanna Martin participated’.

The FNM said it supports the prime minister’s demand for accountability and despite the misdirected rhetoric or tantrums of Mrs. Hanna Martin and her PLP cohorts, the FNM government will continue to remind the Bahamian people why the former government was voted out of office.