Philip “Brave” Davis sought to justify the failure of the Progressive Liberal Party Government to deliver a completed Smith’s Point seawall when he was Minister of Works.
Regarding the official opening of the extremely handsome venue on Friday, his words seemed a bit sheepish, as he had no choice but to acknowledge the reality.
He told The Freeport News that he was pleased with the outcome.
There was of course, the rhetoric.
“First of all, we all knew the (process) of the seawall would come to fruition. It was just a question of the administration seeing it through. I heard them say that the work was stopped by us in February of 2017. That was true. We did stop it to ensure that the proper protocols and procedures were being executed, but it was restarted. When they cancelled the contract with the former contractor and they gave it to the other, that was their choice.
“There are a lot of things that I can say about that, but I do not wish to, because this is a celebratory moment for the people of Smith’s Point and I am happy to see that they now have protection from climate change and natural disasters, to ensure that the seashore is now protected.”
We ask just the one question.
February of 2017 was about four years into the project, under the PLP and only then it was thought to ensure “proper protocols and procedures?”
It would have been best for Davis to leave that part out, because it speaks to the inefficiency of his government, and in particular, his ministry as he was the chief of capital works in the land.
Davis is not eloquent and he fumbles the ball often when he tries to make a point. It is largely because of his shakiness, we think, in making presentations related to Grand Bahama, and the silence on other important issues, why in this island presently, the PLP brand is considered weak.
The PLP has no representation from the five constituencies in the House of Assembly. Nothing has happened since May 10 of 2017 to indicate that the PLP has become more appealing to Grand Bahamians.
The party releases statements, (which we carry, in fairness, and to give political balance), that argue the PLP is quite relevant in Grand Bahama. Yet, the PLP’s visibility is very limited and whether the party hierarchy accepts it or not, the brand is perhaps at its weakest ever.
No Grand Bahama voice at all in the House of Assembly, and very little activity on the ground, thus far, makes that point.