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July 24, 2012



I enjoy your in-depth historical perspective of how you became a big fan and advocate for Mr. Ingraham’s sainthood bid. I'll preface my opinion with this...I have read your articles/opinions on this blog in hopes of finding commentary that is objective, even-handed, and allows me to see the full picture. Your knowledge of the political history and landscape is deep but it hard to get an un-skewed picture of it. This is a nice advocacy piece to highlight the positives that Mr. Ingraham brought to the Bahamian Diaspora. Greta job Mr. Ingraham. Well done. We cannot deny the fact that he has done his part to move the Bahamas forward. All of these men have positives and negatives, but Mr. Ingraham seems to be of a different lot. I know of many who have not been on his “good” side and have unfairly been victim to his “bad” side. I long for the holistic truth in these articles and sad to say it's just not here, in the Guardian, Tribune, Cable 12 – The Eye Candy Station, nor is it in ZNS (we know that of course). Mr. Ingraham had his share of negatives. He led/governed just like his mentor, like a dictator. L.O. was Papa Doc, Ingraham was Baby Doc. Don’t know where Mr. Christie will fall when it’s all said and done.

Peter Barrat

Great article Larry.

Lindsey Cancino

may I congratulate you on yet another excellent column that focuses on accuracy, relevance and an unbiased rendering of the topic rather than the usual pandering to some ill-conceived notion of what 'people' want to hear or who they need to impress. It is always encouraging to know that when an issue of national importance becomes contentious or clouded by misinformation, we can inevitably rely on you to set the record straight. Let us hope that Bahamians, particularly the ones under 40, pay attention to it before the truth of the way the Bahamas was run pre- 1992 becomes a figment of our imaginations.

  Sinclair E. Crawley-Jones

This was one hell of story and I loved it!!! Well done!!!

nicolette bethel

A very fair assessment of HAI's legacy. Thanks, Larry, as usual!

Dawn Bethel

Your article encourages me to share a true story about my little grand-niece who lives in West End, Grand Bahama - five-year-old Deveigh Turnquest, a student at St.Paul's College. Her Social Study exam question was a multiple choice: Who is the
Prime Minister of The Bahamas? (a) Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, (b) Sir Lynden Pindling & (c) Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham.

Lil' Deveigh circled C for the answer, knowing well that was the WRONG ANSWER. Lil' Deveigh tearfully expressed to her mother that she loved "Papa" Hubert Ingraham & preferred not to circle the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and accepted her loss of points on her exam.

I do hope you can share this because I think it significant for a child to be able to appreciate a leader like Mr Ingraham.

kevin evans

I thoroughly enjoyed your latest submission on Ingraham. It is a classic. I just thought I that I should commend you for it. As a 13-year-old living in the PLP bastion of North Andros in 1992, I was overjoyed that the FNM had finally won the government. I cannot tell you how happy I was. That date (August 19) is just as important as January 10, as far as I am concerned. Ingraham, despite his flaws, is the greatest prime minister this country has ever had. Thank you again for the article. It is simply a very good read.

Ricardo Rolle

I disagree with your comparison of the Pindling victory vs. the Ingraham triumph. Without Pindling, Ingraham would not have been possible; they simply cannot be equated. Nonetheless, Mr. Ingraham's contributions, good and bad, have made us a better country, although a more divided one.

Another thing, the FNM's loss in 2002 was not the result of Bahamian unfamiliarity with the transition of power, but of genuine dissatisfaction with the FNM, a public sympathetic to the so-called "new" PLP after the death of the former Prime Minister and of course the albatross of youth and incompetence in the new FNM leader.

Mr Ingraham's vision failed the country at this most crucial time. His focus on roads, the new port and BTC, to the exclusion of social initiatives, sealed his fate. The FNM's cavalier dismissal of crime as "criminals killing criminals" was indicative of its detachment from the reality of Bahamian life; Imgraham paid for that detachment with his job.

And you have been unfair to Mr. Jones. His complaint was not that Mr. Ingraham commented on public affairs, but that his comments were crass, confrontational, self-serving and distinctly unstatesmanlike. Ingraham was still campaigning long after the last shot had been fired. It seems strange to laud a man for freeing the airwaves, only to criticize those who used their new found freedom.

But all said, I agree with your friend who commented that perhaps Mr. Ingraham fell short of the democratic standard that he himself set. I think that the trials ahead are fewer because of Ingraham's leadership and I trust that we can say the same when Mr Christie leaves public life.

larry smith

There were several factors that led to the FNM defeat in 2002 - some of which you have listed - but this particular analysis was focused on leadership issues.

Obviously, one came before the other, but I place Ingraham's and Pindling's achievements on the same level because without either of them (or individuals like them) we would not have a functioning democracy.

That is the whole point of my article.

To say that Ingraham left the country more divided is like saying Pindling divided the country by overturning white supremacy.

I did not think Ingraham's comments at his press conference were as (you say) Jones depicted them. And I wonder if you recall how long the PLP campaigned after the FNM won the 2007 election? Initially, they refused to accept that they had lost.

I could agree that his remarks were "unstatesmanlike", but there is plenty of time for that.

Laura Siddons

Thanks Larry for having the courage of your convictions, regardless of the political climate.

Danae O'Brien

I've always said that the philosophy of the Progressive Liberal Party is 1 step shy from communism.

So while i'm quite appreciative of SLOP leadership in getting us out of slavery...he didn't really lead us into the Promise Land either. He lead us back into slavery....just with a fancy and shiny new name: "Progressive Liberal Party". It was more like the Regressive Conservative Party. It's vision was "Get white man out of power" and it's mission statement was 'your government will take care of you'.

that was NEVER the case for the FNM and its Leader Hubert Alexander Ingraham. They lead us out of "victimization" into the land of FREE speech, FREE press, and a FREE spirit to do whatever you wanted to do within the limits of the law without having to worry about the government coming to look to find you. Thats what the FREE National Movement was all about.

earl deveaux

I entered front-line politics because of the courageous stand Hubert Ingraham took, which caused his expulsion from the Progressive Liberal Party. I vividly recall offering my support for him following that fateful period.

HAI has the unique ability to permit representation and service to fuse. He recognised, acknowledged and nurtured the necessity to be relevant to one's constituents and mindful of ministerial obligations.

His fairness is not credited, but to me is one of his strongest traits. Why else would a politician pave roads in Stafford Creek where his party rarely got 5 per cent of the vote?

This abiding sense of fairness was evident and manifested over and over. It was most visible to me during the process of the Planning and Subdivision Act, the Forestry Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Even in things not done or left incompleted, HAI allowed national issues full expression and the opportunity to gel and fuse or fizzle.

He is a man who demanded one's best and delivered his best. I am forever grateful for his example, support and service.

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