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PLP deliberately spreading disinformation

Dear Sir,

Our politics in Bermuda has reached such a low standard. Former Members of Parliament must shake their head in disgust at the vile statements by Opposition MPs and the disinformation that propels so much public discussion.

For the record, disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately to deceive. In politics, it is used to undermine support for an opponent or to turn thinking on a public issue.

It can take any number of forms, from the spreading of rumours, to the use of third parties to spread falsehoods, to talk points with sketchy connections to facts.

Does all this sound familiar?

If one was inclined to connect dots, you could easily conclude that the Opposition's politics have been inspired by the thinking in a recent e-mail message from the former Premier, Ewart Brown, in which he outlined a strategy for the PLP of a “sustained programme of ... disinformation and criticism ...” to remove the OBA from government.

As far as I can tell, this is their playbook; this is their plan — an unrelenting campaign of disinformation and criticism to remove the OBA from office.

It would be satisfying to fire back shot for shot, but to do so would be to play the Opposition's game, dragging the Government into the gutter with them and to lose the point of 2012, which was Bermuda's need to pull itself back from the brink of economic disaster by rebuilding the conditions for jobs and opportunity.

Sometimes the OBA hits back to counter the disinformation and set the record straight, but we think the people of Bermuda would rather see the Government working to make things better for them. We're OK with that because at the end of the day, it's going to be about accomplishments — jobs and opportunities, recovery and renewal, not political jousting — that will be the difference.

Bermuda needs less “politics first” and the disinformation that comes with it, and more people working together on a recovery that lifts everyone. That's the focus of the OBA government.

The Opposition will continue to throw bombs and the Government will knock back what needs knocking back, as long as it doesn't distract from the people's business.


Deputy chairwoman One Bermuda Alliance

Ewart Brown, former Premier of Bermuda

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Published August 13, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 13, 2015 at 1:50 am)

PLP deliberately spreading disinformation

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