We have a right to answers – The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community

Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

We have a right to answers

February 3, 2012

Dear Sir,

Yesterday I received a letter from the Governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Gozney, in reply to my letter that was published in

The Royal Gazette on January 30, 2012. In this letter I once again stated the need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to which Sir Richard replied and I quote in part:

“I would want to consider the pros and cons of setting up a Royal Commission if I believed that it would likely lead to criminal investigations and convictions which would not otherwise be obtainable. I do not believe that a Royal Commission would serve Bermuda at this juncture because I see no sign yet that those who talk of bribes being extorted have usable evidence to support their case, or that individuals who have allegedly been asked for bribes are willing to give witness statements and later take the stand in court.

“You imply that the recent Special Reports by the Auditor General are evidence that a Royal Commission is required. I take a different view. We need first witnesses of alleged bribery or abuse of funds who are willing to testify.” End quote.

Mr Editor, this is the very reason a Royal Commission is needed. How else are we going to get evidence if there is no thorough investigation done to prove there is or there isn’t? We cannot afford another Mickey Mouse investigation; we need an outside body of people who are unbiased in their opinions and will do the job they are paid to do. Bermudians have the right to have the answers to all of these unanswered questions and the spin that we are getting is not good enough. We need action and we need it now and before the next election.

My contention is that Britain does not want to intervene due to the fact they don’t want another Turks and Caicos on their hands. If a Royal Commission of Inquiry turned up evidence of corruption, bribery and illegal Government actions, this would mean Britain has not been paying attention and has neglected to monitor its Overseas Territories in a proper manner thereby, seriously neglecting to protect the citizens of their Overseas Territories which would not look good on the international scene.

So where do we go from here? Do we continue to sit back and let people violate our rights as citizens of Bermuda to endure a Government which in my opinion is unreliable, untrustworthy and dubious in their almost every day running of this island, or do we stand and fight? I believe Sir Richard Gozney is wrong in his assessment of the whole situation and needs to rethink. Time is running out and I am not getting any younger.

By the way Mr. Editor, as fate would have it, in today’s

Royal Gazette you ran a poll which stated:

In the light of the Auditor General’s report on the alleged misuse of public funds, should the Governor now step in?

And the results, even though they are not scientific, came back with

84 percent saying YES

12 percent saying NO

So what does that tell you and your readers, Mr Editor?

PAT FERGUSON

Warwick

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published February 07, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 07, 2012 at 8:24 am)

We have a right to answers

What you
Need to
Know
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