On balance, I think the OBA’s budget was a good one. It’s not easy balancing the need to downsize the Government with the knowledge that layoffs would undermine economic recovery.
And it is not made easy by the Great Green Goofballs who are working doubletime to shuffle all blame for Bermuda’s economic woes onto the OBA. They really have no shame (and if actually listen to their political speeches recently they still don’t have a clue how to run a country).
But here’s the crux of the problem: When the OBA came in, the word was that they would not drag the previous administration’s dirty laundry out into public as they didn’t think it would be constructive for Bermuda, and they wanted to get down to fixing the problems.
The PLP, on the other hand, are always laser targeted on getting political advantage. I believe that there’s no stunt too low that they won’t take it to solicit a reaction from their political base. They don’t have to balance the budget (lol, did they ever?) and in my opinion they place party before country.
Unfortunately the PLP tactics have shown success: each month that goes by, all those problems caused by the PLP become a little more disassociated with them. And anything they can do to prevent resolution of the problems, makes the OBA have to own them. They have a perverse incentive to muck things up.
In short, the OBA needs to move to take political advantage. In politics, doing a good job doesn’t always win elections.
February 21st, 2014 · Economy
Thus far, I find the OBA budget statement to be detailed, responsible, and a good path forward for Bermuda. It is designed to spur economic growth and start reining in the debt without increasing the already difficult hardships on Bermudian taxpayers. The budget is dense in facts and analysis rather than the Green Dreaminess of recent budgets.
The PLP are already making noises mocking the budget as continuing to operate in deficit, sidestepping the fact that the financial sinkhole was caused under their rule!
So, why oh why do the Great Green Goofballs get so horny over Craig Cannonier? What’s with all the “whiff of sulphur” silliness and constant barrage of manufactured outrage against the Premier? Here’s my opinion:
- While he is politically inexperienced, and has made some cringing mistakes, unlike most Premiers in Bermuda’s recent history Cannonier has made consistent and vocal efforts to be a unifier. The Green Machine is fed on bile and a sense of class warfare. A unified Bermuda – and a successful black moderate leader – are a risk to them. Therefore, through their green tinted lenses, he’s gotta go.
- Bermuda’s problems were largely created under the PLP Governments. They desperately need to “transfer blame” for those huge problems to the OBA, to make someone else “own” them.
- They dream of displacing Cannonier in the hope of elevating a Gibbons or a Dunkley to the position, returning to the good ole days of racial polarisation politics (aka bash the white boy).
I was amused to hear on a talk show one of the smirking accusers say they’d welcome Cannonier back to the PLP. That’s pretty much an admission that their accusations are manufactured … that these are simply manouvres to neuter him politically rather than genuine acts in Bermuda’s best interests. In short, in my opinion, they are placing party before country.
The Green Machine likes to claim that their opponents are puppets of some sinister hidden group. It’s funny because, in my opinion, their current tactics have all the signs of being orchestrated by external political consultants. Puppeteers, if you will.
PS: It’s budget day. For context, there is a wealth of Bermuda data at http://bermuda.io/.
For the past week, Bermuda’s warring political elites have done their best to prove their unsuitability to hold public office.
Like many, I am pretty disgusted with the lot of them. I always thought Bermuda politics was a constant circus, but who knew there’d be so many clowns?
I am gobsmacked at the suggestion that the Top Clown should ask the taxpayer to fund a slander lawsuit against the Wannabe Clowns. This just isn’t right. It’s another failure in judgement for them to even suggest it.
Stop the sideshows: we have one of the most important budgets in Bermuda’s history tomorrow. It’s time to grow up.
Update: The Premier has corrected DCI’s previous statement to say that Government and the taxpayer will not foot the bill for the threatened slander proceedings. Good. Sue away kids. Bermuda’s lawyers need the economic stimulus.
I have to laugh when I hear a politician saying “the economy is tough, and yes my family is struggling.”
Our part time politicians are quite well paid for their skullduggery. And, with only a short service requirement they get a lifetime pension up to 2/3 of their annual MP salary (or their entire salary if they held a senior office)!
Now you see why everyone wants a turn at being top dog.
As this weekend’s revelations reveal, most Bermudian politicians are just internet trolls with a bigger budget.
One thing the “he said-she said” exchanges of the last few days have proven is that many of Bermuda’s leading politicians are loathesome and inadequate.
If any exercise could be designed to create an aura of distrust around the entire political class, this is it.
Bermuda deserves better. Our country is in deep trouble, and you are fiddling away with self-absorption.
To all the politicians alleging that they have proof of past misdeeds by the other side in their pocket, here’s my advice:
- If you have evidence of illegal behaviour by a public figure, take it to the police or the press immediately. Don’t hide behind parliamentary privilege, or store it away hoping it can be used in future for political leverage.
- Only speak to each other in public, on the record or taped.
- Success is not about you ending up on top. Success is about Bermuda getting on its feet again.
One has to wonder if the recent BIU muscle flexing has less to do with the fate of the Fairmont bar porters and more with wanting to generally make life difficult for the OBA government.
We’ve been there before in the early 80s – and that general strike laid the seeds for the demise of Bermuda tourism. Any labour unrest now will deeply damage the 2014 tourism season – and thereby stick another dagger in the Bermudian economy. This is a very dangerous game to play, when we need every single external dollar we can earn. Any loss in that revenue will have to be made up in higher taxes on you and me.
Yes, I sympathise with the workers who lost their jobs. I think Fairmont tried to push the envelope and that the union responded with the nuclear option even though the conflict has gone into formal arbitration. I see both sides’ rationale – and know that their fight is screwing the rest of us.
We need both parties to resolve this calmly.
They say that “Eskimos have 93 words for snow”.
I wonder how many words Bermudians have for “useless politician”?
The criticism of Mayor Graeme Outerbridge and the dysfunctional Corporation of Hamilton sounds like the words of the most abrasive blogger:
“The maladministration that permeated the Outerbridge Administration – especially as reflected in the Waterfront Development – seem to have crept up at every corner in a dazzling, infinite, relentless variety and willfulness of ways.”
Umm, err, except they from a report from the highly respected Ombudsman, Bermuda’s independent Government watchdog. Wow. With our misguided Corporation of Hamilton leadership, we have a huge problem screaming at us in the face.
Repurposing a bit from history, I propose the situation be known as “the Mayor’s Bind”.
The “Mayor’s Bind” is a situation where one is unable to explain one’s actions except by ascribing them to either a) malicious intent, or b) glaring stupidity and/or incompetence.
Because, in my opinion, there really is no other explanation for the swirling cesspool at the CofH.
Read the Ombudsman’s report here. You’ll either laugh, cry, or get very angry.
December 2nd, 2013 · Tourism
So they are finally moving ahead with a referendum on gambling. The question in the referendum is:
“Do you favour the introduction of regulated casino gaming for the purposes of creating new jobs for Bermudians and encouraging hotel development.”
Good grief, no. I only support the introduction of gambling for the free booze and cheap hookers!
Part of me is offended by the partisan tone of the question. But I understand their need to blunt the morality vs economics debate on the subject: we’re in this for the money, and if we do it it will be a) regulated, b) implemented in a way that drives employment, and c) as a lure to open new hotel rooms in Bermuda. What’s not clear is what they include in “casino gambling”? Does it include slots?
I do not believe that gambling is the salvation of Bermuda tourism – but it might help. And we need every little bit of help we can muster.
This referendum will take gambling from the “impossible” to the “theoretically possible – let’s talk business” in marketing Bermuda to hotel developers.