The mother of all own goals

  • Fact-finding mission: Zane DeSilva’s cruise cost taxpayers almost $4,000

    Fact-finding mission: Zane DeSilva’s cruise cost taxpayers almost $4,000

As a young man in sport, Zane DeSilva was a goalkeeper with Somerset Eagles. He wasn’t the best; he wasn’t the worst, either. But this week, in football parlance, you could say he simply threw one in.

How did the tourism minister think it would go over with the Bermuda public that he has just spent the best part of $4,000 in taxpayer funds to take an incognito tour of his own country?

What a public-relations clanger!

It is not so much that the name “Zane DeSilva” to many is like a red rag to a bull, and for obvious reasons, but the timing ... the timing ... could not be any worse.

At a time when businesses are closing.

At a time when those that are not closing are on redundancy watch.

At a time when heavily taxed families are scrambling to make ends meet.

At a time when schools and schoolteachers are short of supplies.

At a time when the Eliza DoLittle Society is without food, ostensibly because it cannot afford a generator.

At a time when there is a right old moan in progress about a 3 per cent voluntary gratuities “tax”.

The entire episode smacks of privilege, abuse of power, tone-deafness and very little discovery that could not be otherwise gleaned from using the data that is accessible by the already heavily funded and extremely well-paid people of the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

You really could not make this up.

The minister plans to explain himself and deliver his findings to his peers at a future date. What he may find is that this future may be upon him sooner than it takes to shout “Blackjack”.

Having thrown one into his own net, he has given the Opposition an open goal to shoot at during the motion to adjourn tonight, and we hardly believe the likes of Leah Scott, his tourism shadow, or Leader of the Opposition Craig Cannonier will pass on it.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Sep 27, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 27, 2019 at 7:57 am)

The mother of all own goals

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts