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It’s all a bit like Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in a scene from Game of Thrones (Photograph by Helen Sloan/AP/HBO)

Dear Sir,

I am a big fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the epic tale of the mythical world of Westeros and the ongoing battle over who gets to sit on the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms.

The King, of the moment, is advised by The Small Council, which at one point contained Tyrion Lannister (The Imp), Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) and Lord Varys (The Spymaster). There comes a point in the story when Tyrion and Varys are discussing Littlefinger and his ambitions. Varys says: “He would burn the city to the ground if he could be king of the ashes.”

Recent events in Bermuda have brought this line back to my mind. The leaders of the Progressive Labour Party, the People’s Campaign, the Bermuda Industrial Union and various other unions seem to have the same mindset: regain power at all cost.

In Bermuda, as in Westeros, the blind quest for power leaves the common people worse off and the country at risk of ruin.