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Why not cut the number of MPs?

June 1, 2013

Dear Sir,

It was great to see a wonderful turn out and support for the Parade celebrating Bermuda Day. In addition it was nice to see more floral floats this year. Certainly there was a air of excitement and togetherness that day.

Recently our Premier and members of the OBA have quite rightly been stressing the need for people to pull together in order to get Bermuda back from the depressing Brown years under the PLP. Surely the Bermuda Day celebrations are an indication that Bermudians can work as one happy family.

Indeed it was a sad day when Bermuda started party politics, as I do believe that politicians under the party format have done more harm than good in dividing people. Take the present situation where the PLP is forever crying and picking on anything that the OBA does. They never say anything about their years in Government and the awful mess they left after they lost the election.

On the subject of politicians, I believe most people in Bermuda would be pleased to see a proposal put forward by the present Government to reduce the number of politicians at the next election. In this day of a strong civil service, instant communications, there is absolutely no need to have two Members of Parliament for each parish.

Our Government has a hard task getting the economy on a sound footing and reducing the horrendous national debt that they inherited. Sooner or later they will have to trim excesses, talk seriously to the unions and the civil service about reductions. That task should be made much easier if they start at the top and trim the number of politicians. Lead by example.

Just think of the money we will save, not to mention having the best man or women representing our needs in each parish. If the Falkland Islands can run their country with just eight private citizens, surely with all we have learned, we can easily have Bermuda governed by a smaller, more efficient Parliament.

No doubt the PLP will scream, but if they had the best interests of Bermuda in their hearts they would see the merits in this proposal and embrace it. If and when the OBA do the right thing by tabling it in the House of Assembly.

Before closing I must bring up the question of honours, as we will soon be hearing if anyone receives an honour in this year’s list from the Queen. We in Devonshire are proud to have been served so well for maybe 20 years by John Barritt and before him by his father. If ever there is a person suitably qualified for an honour it is John Barritt.

He worked hard to help create the present Government, indeed had Mr Barritt not offered to vacate his seat in parliament for a by-election, our Honorable Premier would not be where he is today. John Barritt could have simply been a lawyer and made plenty of money, but instead chose to put his best years serving his country. He is without doubt one retired politician who to say the least commands respect.

He is truly an honourable gentleman. To all those present politicians who would like us all to pull together, please remember that their sincerity and leadership must also include working together with past and present politicians. The politicians of today should honour those who have come before them.

OBSERVING BETTER ADMINISTRATION

Devonshire

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Published June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm)

Why not cut the number of MPs?

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