Reduce the size of Parliament
February 10, 2012
I would appreciate you publishing the following letter to our Premier.
Dear Ms Cox,
In this morning’s edition of
The Royal Gazette, I was once again disappointed to see that you described a great suggestion from the OBA as “playing politics”. You are the leader of this country, yet you constantly fail to show the qualities of a good leader. For example, a few weeks ago when the suggestion was made that the politicians should lead by example and offer to reduce salaries, you scoffed at that idea. Now, as a result of you asking the Civil Servants to take a reduction, you are forced to make the Members of Parliament take a reduction. Without doing so, you must have realised you have little chance of convincing others to take a reduction in their salaries.
Recently when you visited the UK for talks about dependent territories, you indicated that Bermuda seemed to shine as a leader for the other territories. Whether or not that was true, or whether it was figment of your own imagination we may never know. However, it gave you a wonderful opportunity to shine not only in Bermuda, but on the world stage. You should have suggested that the time has come for us to shrink our Governments, by stating: “I am proposing that Bermuda will hold a referendum to reduce the number of Members of Parliament to ten prior to the next election.”
Just imagine how much money you would save, not to mention the greatly reduced number of vehicles on our roads. You might ask why ten members of Parliament. One for each Parish and one for St David’s, as they deserve their own representative. In these days of great methods of communication, we do not need all those Members of Parliament reaping high salaries and other benefits, we simply need ten honest men and women who believe in Bermuda and it’s people. After all, we have wonderful civil servants like the present Auditor General. With them working and guiding, I am convinced that Bermuda can be run efficiently and smoothly by the ten best people. I am also sure that had you proposed such a referendum, the majority of Bermudians would support it.
Madam Premier, politicians and political parties have done more damage to Bermuda than anything else. If we are forced to have political parties, make them work better and smaller. Debates in the House with just ten politicians would save hours of ranting and raving. It would save people’s time, save on the amount of coffee drunk to help stay awake, save on the electricity, but more importantly it would save on the need for you to ask those less fortunate to take a salary reduction.
I imagine you must be feeling very sad or maybe very happy that your tenure as Premier is soon to end. Hopefully my fellow Bermudians will have seen enough of the PLP and give others a chance to bring the country back to where it once again has a balanced budget. I am also sure you are looking over your shoulder, for in the event that your party wins the next election, you will surely be cast aside. Just look what happened to Dame Jennifer. The same individuals who did it then are still there, waiting to do it again.
FOR A BETTER BERMUDA