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Thinking for the long-term

June 4, 2013

Dear Sir,

Approximately six months has now passed since our last general election, the dust has now settled and the new Government has had the opportunity to ‘show their hand’.

As a matter of perspective, and perspective being the operative word, there appears to be mixed emotions as to the performance of the OBA.

A certain segment of our community are singing their praises, heralding a change for the sake of change, perhaps for personal reasons or perhaps for the mere fact of the perceived notion that they are totally in control, both politically and economically.

Apparently, the attitude of the new Government is that we can now revert to the ideology of Bermuda Inc, that we treat our community as a private business.

Prior to the election there were lots of negative rhetoric and propaganda putting Bermuda in a ‘bad-light’. Since December 17, 2012, Government has had the task of trying to reverse the rhetoric, attract potential investment with potential players of ‘their’ choice to achieve their election promises.

To what extent/measures are we to undertake to reach those goals? Are we now experiencing a scenario where principle, commonsense and good ethical governance are being compromised? Is Bermuda as a Country prostituting herself to justify or rationalise the ‘whims’ of a Government that appears to be targeting the interest of a particular segment/voter base by any means necessary?

Comments have been made recently to the effect that the time has now come for a ‘new way’ of doing business. However, at what cost? In addition to the social deterioration of values and morals, we now have potential erosion of ethics. For some this seems to be okay, locally. We need to seriously consider our global image. The international stage probably will never publicly convey their true sentiment of our affairs, as long as they can continue to prosper from the inefficiencies/ignorance/lack of foresight from our Parliamentarians. We honestly need to be thinking long-term, not just for the next five to ten years for election votes.

GLENN CHASE

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Published June 05, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 04, 2013 at 11:14 pm)

Thinking for the long-term

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