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I’m calling Bermuda out over its political immaturity

I’ve been watching and listening to the news as well as the debated in the House of Assembly over the last week, and went to my trusty RG website for same, when I happened upon a poll that asked if the Premier, and two Cabinet Ministers, were right to take a trip on a private jet to meet with potential developers.

Last time I checked, some 65 percent of the people who responded to the poll said yes. Great. I have no problem with that, and for the record, you can include me in the 65 percent.

However, I have to ask the question: Would the answer be the same if it was a PLP Premier, and two PLP Cabinet Ministers?

I think we all know the answer to that question, and it is most likely no.

And this, dear readers, is the problem.

Lets leave record, and legacy issues, aside for a minute, and admit that the people of Bermuda, well, those who take the time to subscribe to such polls, are practicing two sets of rules.

If we had found out that former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown, or former Premier Paula Cox, had done this, the blogs would be blowing up with accusations of corruption, daring us to wait and see who is awarded the contract, etc, etc.

I reiterate that I have no issue with Premier Cannonier, and his band of merry Ministers, being flown up to meet with the potential investors, as it appears to have been an information exchange meeting, and nothing pertaining to a particular project.

It saves us, the taxpayers some money, and was fine by me.

Similarly, I would have been fine with Dr. Brown, or Mrs. Cox, doing this, and taking Cabinet Ministers as well.

But, the problem, is that a lot of the supporters of the UBP, and now the OBA, will not admit that they would not have been okay with the former administration doing exactly what they see as perfectly fine by the new administration.

My issue is that people only had a problem with such actions when the PLP was in power.

It is clear that we still have a long way to go with regard to our political maturity. A person, and by extension a country, is politically mature when they can vote based on; performance not party affiliation, when you judge all parties by the same criteria, and when we hold all representatives to the same standard.

I don’t think we are there yet.

If you’re practicing two sets of rules in assessing your politicians, you’re not politically mature, it really is as simple as that. And, because it is this simple, I don’t need to say anything else on this subject.

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Published June 07, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 06, 2013 at 5:33 pm)

I’m calling Bermuda out over its political immaturity

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