Acting like the PLP
January 15, 2013
As an ardent supporter for change I am disgusted at how the OBA has begun by appointing or planning to appoint personal advisers and consultants, just like the PLP did.
We have a Civil Service that is generally acknowledged as grossly overstaffed and costing us a fortune. Senior civil servants receive salaries now approaching $200,000 a year. The primary role of these senior civil servants is to efficiently and effectively manage their departments and advise their Minister. If these senior civil servants are unwilling or incapable of advising their new Ministers then they should be fired and replaced with someone who is capable of doing so.
While consultants have been around since the beginning of time, before the PLP we didn’t have special Government advisers and hordes of consultants gorging themselves at the trough called the public purse. The UBP Ministers, who received a tiny fraction of the salary the PLP Ministers later awarded themselves, spent the time to learn their Ministry and generally utilised in-house civil service knowledge and experience for the advice they needed. Are our new OBA Ministers so lazy that they want a personal advisor or consultant to learn and to do their job for them so that they can attend photo shoots and just be a ministerial mouth piece?
I had considered leaving Bermuda had the PLP retained power but on these first showings it looks like the OBA is no different. They have already let power go to their heads and some seem to want all the benefits of public service without the work. The OBA will lose all support if they continue to hire or retain these personal advisers and consultants and hide their cost to the public who have to pay them. The OBA accused the PLP of a lack of transparency and accountability. Guess what — if this is how the OBA plans to manage and spend our meagre resources then it is time to reconsider my future in Bermuda