No problem with Bloomberg speaking up
May 11, 2013
The comments made by Kim Swan about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his 'outside the diplomatic line' remarks about Bermuda and the OBA tell us a lot about why Kim Swan is playing golf these days. First of all, although Mr Bloomberg is the Mayor of NYC, he is not a diplomat along the lines of an ambassador or someone who is protected by diplomatic immunity. Second, Kim, I didn't hear you bleating and protesting when the PLP brought (and continues to bring) all those politicos from the Caribbean to Bermuda to tell us how things should really be done. And even your blessed UBP brought in overseas politicians to tell us what they thought (Corey Booker comes to mind) and I didn't hear you complaining.
Michael Bloomberg is in a bit of a different position when it comes to making comments. Not only is he the type of person Bermuda wants to attract but he is a homeowner here and he can, and does, wonders for all Bermuda when he says things that attract people here. And the basic change that is attracting high net worth people and capital is the OBA.
Now, to his comments about the raising of eyebrows and the raising of 'questions' by some of the things that the OBA government has done. Yeah, Kim, where are the specifics ... what don't you like ... what do people question? I'm sure people do question their decisions, and I'm sure you do too, but maybe if you'd tell the rest of us what you object to? So far all I see is dramatic improvement and so far the business community and virtually anybody who does not support the PLP thinks they are doing a fantastic job. The alternative is almost too much to even think might have happened.
To your point about a "four vote victory' and 'landslides'. The only reason you talk about a four vote election win is because it was the last seat counted and it was your loss. In fact, Kim, if you hadn't been so intent in pursuing an obvious lost cause for your personal edification, it would have been a bigger victory. But even having said that, every single seat that was won by the OBA and lost by the PLP was as important as any other decision. Let’s face it, a Party that had been in power for 14 long and unsuccessful years was displaced by a brand new Party that had only been in existence for one year. And that, my friend, is a fact no matter how you want to spin it.