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Cash: Bah Mar – A Legacy of Failure

Former Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash is calling for Prime Minister Perry Christie to stand up and fix matters concerning Baha Mar, as he said it is becoming ‘a legacy of failure.’

Mr. Cash compared Prime Minister Christie to former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and compared their unique ways of handling national issues.

Mr. Cash said if the prime minister did things more in the style of Mr. Ingraham, the $3.5 billion resort would be completed and opened.

“The last time the Baha Mar project was on the brink of failure, it took an act of prime ministerial leadership by Hubert Ingraham to avert disaster,” he said.

“As recent developments unfold and Baha Mar is headed to the brink of disaster once again, Prime Minister Perry Christie is proving that he is no Hubert Ingraham. He is simply incapable of closing the big deal. He is failing to provide the leadership his country needs. Hubert Ingraham got personally engaged to solve the problem; he flew to China to seal the deal. But while time runs out for Baha Mar, Mr. Christie flew to Miami to serve as profiler in chief at CANTO. This is typical of a prime minister with misplaced priorities who loves to focus on the wrong things.”

Mr. Cash said as the disappointing reports emerge of the negotiations in China, Bahamians have seen that the prime minister is ‘ring master in a bad circus act.’ He said the prime minister continues to fail at a fundamental role, coordination of his own ministers and it is clear why negotiations seem to be on the skids.

“Even as his attorney general was in transit to China to reinsert herself into the midst of sensitive negotiations, from negative blog posts to churlish public utterances, her colleagues back home still could not resist the urge to discredit the Baha Mar developer,” said Mr. Cash.

“They don’t even know how to fake operating in ‘good faith.’ The recent comments from Damien Gomez about where Izmirlian got his money from simply prove yet again that the Christie Government refuses to take ‘yes’ for an answer. It is additional evidence of their determination to wrest Baha Mar from the hands of Sarkis Izmirlian and put it in the hands of their chosen special interest foreign investor with whom they already share a very special relationship.”

Mr. Cash said while in China, talks with the principals continued in the attorney general’s absence and those talks broke down once the attorney general returned to the table with her “not-so-well-hidden” agenda.

“The parties seemed to have made more progress in her absence,” he said.

“We had hoped that she would not go in there like a bull in a China shop calling people crazy and questioning who their daddy is and where he got his money. We were hoping for a demonstration of real leadership. We were praying for positive results. We were obviously asking for too much. The government of The Bahamas had a chance to facilitate the negotiations; they have now been relegated to observer status. If the attorney general is watching or ‘observing’ these talks, she is obviously doing so with a fair degree of bewilderment and helplessness. One has to wonder why she is really there. CLICO policy holders could have used the money.”

Mr. Cash said the government is now failing in spectacular fashion, and for a government that says this project is too big to fail, its leaders seem powerless to help it succeed.

He said the government and its leaders are a part of the problem and not part of the solution and are incapable of securing a win for the Bahamian people.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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