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Party politics fails to put Bermuda first

April 9th 2013

Dear Sir,

In light of all the past and current political rhetoric expressed, and the admission of the Government of the day to work with all stakeholders, for the betterment of the Country, one way to address this would be to have a review of our political party system. That is if the parties concerned are sincere and genuine, subsequently to be taken for their word.

To eliminate the guesswork of whether or not the Country’s interests are paramount, as opposed to individual groups’ interests, why not consider coalition government. After all, as we are technically still under the British flag, and a segment of our community is so patriotic and loyal, why not embrace or adopt the same style of government currently in place in England.

An example of this style of government is, to deal with a situation in which no clear majorities appear through general elections, parties either form coalition cabinets, supported by a parliament majority, or minority cabinets which may consists of one or more parties.

Coalition cabinets are common in countries in which a parliament is ‘proportionally representative’, with several organised political parties represented. In other words, where no party is in the majority.

The result of the December 17, 2012 General Election, is an opportune time to pursue such an initiative. There was a difference of only two seats, and those seats were only separated by less than 20 votes.

Therefore, my parliamentarians and the rest of Bermuda, now is the time to stop talking and start doing what is best for the Island. That is, once again, if you’re sincere in having the Country’s populace interests at heart, before individual interests. Coalition government is the way forward, or should be the best way forward, for all.

Glenn Chase

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Published April 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 09, 2013 at 7:53 pm)

Party politics fails to put Bermuda first

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