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The PLP has had its chance

December 11, 2012.

Dear Sir,

Despite a faux pas by the leader of the OBA at a recent press conference, the voters of this country need to carefully consider which party to support on December 17.

The PLP has had its chance; I voted for the PLP on three occasions within the past 15 years but the PLP has failed to live up to expectations and will not get my vote this time. The reasons are many and varied. Primarily, the elected PLP members including the current Premier, then Finance Minister, remained silent while the country went in to unmanageable debt. The theory that the Cabinet must act in unison does not hold water with me because the Cabinet seemed free to voice separate views when it came to the issue of gambling. Somehow inexplicably, the Premier of the day had a “yes chorus” when it came to creating our humongous debt.

Here are some examples: an Immigration amendment sometime in 2003 or thereabout that the effect of granting Bermuda status (which can now be converted to British citizenship) to some child or children of expatriates born in Bermuda while siblings also born in Bermuda of the same parents a few years apart, remained in essence second class citizens who could gain nothing more than a PRC certificate. The PLP were informed about this anomaly over and over again but did nothing about it. A QC in the UK stated that this piece of legislation represented a classic case of “pedantic absurdity”.

More recently, the PLP promised to look at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana after the upcoming election. No sane person would believe this gibberish. This problem with its negative effects on offenders who by default on conviction in the courts are banned from travelling to the US was talked about by the PLP when it was the Opposition many decades ago and now after 14 years in office they are going to consider it after the next election? This is shameful last-minute pandering. Most likely, some of those young men who may have benefited from implementation of this or similar policies are now full time gang members at least those who are not six feet under the soil.

On a related matter, years ago, way before any worldwide recession, when crime began to show signs of severity and malignancy and many Bermudians became worried, the PLP at the time advocated what was described bed as a “softly softly” approach. Even at that time, many members of the community were dumbfounded by this reaction of the PLP to a problem that seemed destined to get worse; and worse it became with now no end in sight.

The PLP does not deserve a further chance. There is not a single policy I heard from the PLP that addresses the unnecessary huge debt. The Premier’s proclamation sometime ago that the recession was over was met with a cynical embarrassed laugh by the business community. It would also appear to me that the business community has lost any confidence it had in the current government. The PLP has sadly lost its way and to return it to power is a huge gamble this country cannot afford. At the very least, the OBA cannot do any worse.



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Published December 17, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am)

The PLP has had its chance

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