OBA advocate’s logic fails to stand up to scrutiny
In the latest attempt by the One Bermuda Alliance to rewrite history, their most vocal advocate, Vic Ball, wrote things that are easily disproved.
Mr Ball said: “The PLP has gone all out, smearing the ten-year-old OBA with the worst of the racism of the past that it has nothing to do with.“
Perhaps, just perhaps, Mr Ball can explain why the majority of the OBA cabinet from 2013-2017, were "former" UBP MPs. If he cannot explain that, which he can’t, then maybe he can explain why the current OBA has at least three out of six MPs who are “former” UBP members, and the “de facto” - in my opinion - OBA Senate leader, Doug DeCouto, is a former UBP Candidate.
Come on Vic, you can’t erase those historic facts.
Moving on, he proceeds to make this claim: “We need only look at our political leadership to see that it is 100 per cent Black in a country made up of 40 per cent Whites.”
What he purposely avoids admitting is that the OBA leadership is 100 per cent Black as well. Well at least the last time that I looked at Cole Simons and Jarion Richardson they were Black.
Does Vic know something about the OBA leadership that we do not?
So, let's examine this failed logic a bit further for a few minutes.
By the same yardstick, the Berkeley Institute, CedarBridge Academy, and the majority of public schools must be exercising admission based on race as well. Likewise, community clubs such as Devonshire Recreation Club, Cleveland County and Warwick Workmen’s, should be written about as well, as their membership is primarily of one ethnicity.
Let's go one step further.
Neighbourhoods by the name of Loyal Hill, Verdmont Valley and White Hill, are also populated primarily with one ethnicity. Is Mr Ball going to use his failed logic to say those communities are racist as well because they are primarily Black?
Again, what Mr Ball wilfully fails to admit is that in the General Elections of 2017 and 2020, seats that the OBA had considered as their safe seats, either became marginal seats or PLP seats.
Don't believe me, here are the historical facts.
● Before 2017, the OBA held constituencies 1, 2, 4, 11 and 28. In the General Election of 2017, more voters chose to support the PLP in these constituencies.
● Again, before the 2020 General Election, the OBA held constituencies 7, 9, 19, 30 and 31. Once again, the majority of voters in those seats chose the PLP over the OBA.
The PLP could never win those seats with increased margins based on campaigns of negativity and division. Quite the opposite, the above numbers clearly show that more and more diverse voters identified with inclusion.
So, Mr Ball is, in actuality, insulting the integrity of thousands of voters of all ethnicities, who exercised their democratic right of choice based on the merits of each candidate and their respective parties.
Finally, the juvenile statements about low voter turnout being the fault of the PLP holds absolutely no weight. It was the OBA that failed to even field candidates in five seats in 2020. Fewer candidates equates to fewer voters.
Again, Mr Ball cannot erase this history.
There is not one country on earth where every single voter will vote for the same party. That is called democracy. As leaders, we have chosen to reach out to all. Some will agree with us, some will not. We actually enjoy avid debates among diverse voices.
The broader the opinions, the broader the tent one has to have. This is an evolution of our approach over the past few decades. This has served to put Bermudian politics and political discourse in a better space.
Of this, we proudly stand on our record.