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FLYING FISH & COU COU: A cat among Cabinet pigeons


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FLYING FISH & COU COU: A cat among Cabinet pigeons

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IS IT TRUE that tempers flared in George Street on Wednesday and Cabinet on Thursday over Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss’ call for somebody to be held responsible for the environmental issues currently affecting several businesses on the South Coast?

Is it true that some ministers expressed frustration with the manner in which Inniss continually speaks out on issues in a manner that could be interpreted as him distancing himself from them?

Can someone break the silence that characterises the Government’s handling of most issues and state if it is true or not that many in Cabinet are concerned that by his statements Inniss is seeking to promote his leadership credentials over and above Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Richard Sealy?

Can someone in the Democratic Labour Party’s hierarchy confirm or deny that there is a general consensus in the party and Cabinet that Inniss’ statements tend to hurt the image of both as effective institutions and moves have been quietly discussed on what can be done to muzzle him?

And is there any truth in the suggestion that Stuart has been reviewing the performance of each minister with a view of reshuffling them to give his Cabinet a fresh look?

From what Cou Cou has been told, media-savvy minister Stephen Lashley has been tipped to take over responsibility for information and to be the primary spokesperson on all matters for every ministry to ensure the Government’s response to anything going forward is handled in a timely, efficient, professional manner.

Cou Cou awaits word on each of these with bated breath.

Holding noses over Boyce

A POLITICAL STINK is brewing on the South Coast even worse than the overflowing sewage seeping through the manholes and on to the road.

It involves the support businesses and residents will give to incumbent Christ Church South representative John Boyce when the time comes after he was a no-show at a town hall meeting to discuss the impact the sewage problem was having on them.

Cou Cou was told some business people and residents at the meeting were overheard saying among themselves that if Boyce could not be there to hear them in their time of need, then he better think again about coming to ask for their support in the forthcoming general election.

We are not sure what they meant by “their support”, so we can’t say if they were talking political or financial support. What we can say for sure is that the minister seems to be in “doo doo” over his non-attendance.

A container of worms

AN EMBARRASSING incident over the repossession of a newly renovated container is causing a bumpy ride in a certain ministry.

According to usually reliable sources, the rented container was renovated for $60 000 to house an outpost of a Government department. It had all the creature comforts – a roof, air conditioning and electrical fittings – and only needed tenants to move in.

But it appears someone in the ministry dropped the ball. Or there was no money to pay for the lease.

Whichever is the case, the fact is that the office which is supposed to house Government employees whose job it is to help the public prepare for a major exercise in the coming months now sits closed up, the new roof off and no one knows if it will be removed from the site or not.

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