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Put your politicians to work

I reflect on the car rally events of May 2 and state from the outset that I respect people’s right to peaceably protest and use this medium to draw attention to another powerful tool that people have — and that is to put elected officials and other politicians to work, and to hold them to account.

At every election, we vote into government the people we want to represent our views. Since the last election, we have been reminded by the Government that the people elected the Progressive Labour Party to lead the country. Do we fully understand the power we have when we mark that X on Election Day?

At present, we have an economy in the toilet, an unstable education system, growing numbers of people out of work, businesses that have closed or are on the brink of closing, unemployment benefits not being paid on time, citizens unable to pay mortgage and rent, people unable to feed themselves, roads in deplorable states, increases in domestic violence and child abuse, mental health community challenges, homelessness, trash overflowing in certain areas, unkempt landscapes, unreliable public transportation, out-of-control feral chicken populations, and on and on it goes.

While many of these issues existed before Covid-19, they are compounded by the effects of the pandemic and limited funds and resources. There are no easy solutions to some of these issues, but if you are unhappy with how things are going, contact your elected official so they can hear your concerns.

Hold the politicians in your constituency to account; voice your concerns and find out what they are prepared to do to help. Politicians work for you and should demonstrate that they are trying their best to address your problem, even if they cannot solve it.

Opposition politicians, too. Although we are limited in the ability to bring about direct change, as the access to resources is not the same as what the Government has, we can provide advice on where you can go for help and can also speak out publicly to bring the Government and public’s attention to issues on your behalf.

Remember, Bermuda, you hold the power of the vote. If you are dissatisfied, exercise your voting power, and hire someone else to work for you at the next election.

There are too many of us, me included, that have given the vote to a politician then complained about unaddressed issues to people who have no ability to help.

Last week’s rally, radio and social-media discussions and others have shown that people are tired and concerned, but the conversation must continue. Put your politicians to work for you.

Robin Tucker, a One Bermuda Alliance senator, is the Shadow Minister for Social Development and Seniors

Robin Tucker, a One Bermuda Alliance senator, is the Shadow Minister for Social Development and Seniors

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Published May 17, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated May 16, 2021 at 1:17 am)

Put your politicians to work

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