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Lies, damn lies, and election promises

April 3, 2013

Dear Sir,

I have been silently observing the OBA and their time in office and I have to say as many Bermudians are saying, that I am totally disappointed. And, I am beginning to question whether anything that the OBA promised pre-election was true?

I am so sick and tired of hearing the rhetoric, that things are worse than they thought (making reference to the PLP’s time in office). Quite frankly OBA, pre-2008 or pre-recession ... however you want to coin it, Bermuda was faring very well.

The labour Government was working hard for the people of this country and their emphasis was on Bermuda and Bermudians. The recession hits and we have a delayed reaction to it, because of our preparedness and stability, but once it hits home with us, all of a sudden, it becomes a political football and the OBA uses it to their advantage.

So, now, OBA, you made big promises and attempted pre-election to make the PLP look like the bad guys, but I’ve taken off the rose -coloured glasses and see you for what you are — empty promises and nothing has changed.

Let me ask a few pertinent questions, questions that are important to me and perhaps other young Bermudians such as myself.

1. How does the OBA put down the PLP for using the Government cars and pledge to do different, but GP 5 (and who knows which other car) is seen driven by a Government Minister all the time?

2. How does the Minister of Tourism obtain a waiver to travel, when the average Bermudian, who perhaps had only a marijuana conviction at the tender age of 16 or older has to apply for a waiver and is many times denied?

3. How does the Minister of Finance in good conscience prescribe that budgets for essential services like Financial Assistance, residential treatment Services etc be cut, when the budget for police has increased?

4. How does the OBA promise some 2,000 jobs pre-election, but post election now tell us that these jobs have to be created by the employers and will take about one to five years to happen?

5. How does the Public Works Minister hire persons from outside of Bermuda to complete some of the jobs at the Heritage Wharf that can be done by Bermudians, with just as many skills?

6. How can Michael Fahy initially decide that children of those on work permits can work — when Bermudian children returning from school for the summer have a hard time working? And yes he changed his tune midstream, but to even assume that was OK?

7. How does the Premier allow Ministers to work in a full time capacity (outside of their Government responsibilities) even one day beyond their winning the Government? So that means that they were or still are making upwards of $300K, when people are suffering.

8. How does the Premier make a statement in the House of Assembly, that the ten percent cut that the OBA will take in salary is symbolic?

Mr Premier, we are tired of the OBA’s symbolism and pretence. I would encourage Bermudians rather than talking about it in the barber shops, hair salons, at the bus stops and water coolers, to make your feelings known. This is an outrage!


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Published April 06, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 10:33 pm)

Lies, damn lies, and election promises

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