By Cecil Newry
There has been much hullabaloo recently regarding whether the PLP is in cahoots with the FNM party concerning the “ending” of the political career of Bamboo Town Member of Parliament Branville McCartney.
Clearly, McCartney believes that the two political parties are out to get him and his fledgling political party, the DNA. He said as much, causing the PM to respond that he has nothing against the Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town; and in fact, if the Boundaries Commission comes back to say cut out the Bamboo Town Constituency, he would not have it, as he wants McCartney there to get what’s coming to him.
So there you have it; no animosity, no conspiracy, there is no one out to get Branville McCartney; just good old fashion Bahamian politics at work, where the best candidate wins.
But is it just that?
In a humorous exchange in the Honorable House of Assembly, the PM pokes fun at the Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town, suggesting that he is not in the same league as the Prime Minister nor the Leader of the Opposition. In fact, the Prime Minister said McCartney is little people and that he is in fact, a part of a “test case” which both the FNM and the PLP are engaged in.
But surely, the Bamboo Town Constituency seat race, is much more than just a “test case?”
Isn’t McCartney the same Junior Minister that had a Cabinet post, and according to the papers was the FNM’s blue eyed boy, until he embarrassed the party by walking away? Clearly, this seat means much more than what Mr. Ingraham is letting on; this seat is personal.
The Bamboo Town Constituency seat will be contested by former leaders of political parties, (who once were interested in being the leader of the Bahamas until both the PLP and the FNM parties convinced them to do otherwise) against the incumbent Member of Parliament and leader of the DNA party, Branville McCartney. The Prime Minister said these men need to fight in their “own league” “down there” to see which of them may be eligible of becoming leader of the country. He went on to say, if the FNM doesn’t win the Bamboo Town seat, then the PLP can have it.
In spite being obviously silent when the Prime Minister made his entertaining commentary about the Bamboo Town Constituency, members of the PLP went on the defensive on radio talk-shows days afterwards, denying that such a “test case” or arrangement with the FNM was ever made. The Chairman of the PLP said, he does not know what the Prime Minister was talking about and that he needs to speak for himself; as the PLP’s Bamboo Town Constituency branch independently selected their PLP candidate to represent them and not the party’s leadership.
Of course this statement flies in the face of social network commentators who oddly knew months in advance of any PLP or FNM official announcements of whom the candidates for the Bamboo Town Constituency will be. Shortly after both PLP candidate Renward Wells and FNM candidate Cassius Stuart said that they were promised nothing for abandoning their political parties, online bloggers rightly and coincidently predicted that the two gentlemen will be sent to contest the Bamboo Town Constituency.
But surely, this must have been a mere coincidence, for no such agreements with party officials were ever made or discussed, right? Nevertheless, the PLP’s comments forces voters to now question who to believe: Hubert Ingraham who means what he says and says what he means or the Honourable Perry Christie.But, that’s neither here nor there, as we are the discussing the possibility of a political plot to “end” the political career of Branville McCartney.
Obviously, McCartney’s fears would have had to have been dismissed due to lack of evidence, until perhaps when the Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Edison Key rise to defend the integrity of both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Key made an apparent first wave of attack, questioning the honesty and character of the Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town. Key admitted that ordinarily he would not have mentioned such an issue, but he felt compelled to, as the reputation of the PM and the Leader of the Opposition was in question.
Of course Mr. McCartney took exception to Mr. Key’s comments and refuted such claims, which resulted in the war of words in parliament between the two, at the delight to those seated in the House and members of the public. In the exchanged, Mr. Key, chairman of BAIC admitted to giving a contract of sort to a sitting member of his party, however, the official Opposition ignored his startling comments and allowed McCartney and Key to have their exchange.
A political plot out to get Branville McCartney, perhaps not, but when a white Bahamian can stand up in the Honourable House of Assembly with a straight face and call a young, black aspiring politician an “ole UBP” conjuring up an association with an old Bahamian monster, and not one of the sitting members of parliament interjected or peeped a word, clearly something is a foot and this is just the beginning.