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An unfamous opinion

Ajai Peets is a founder of Bermuda Youth Connect, a prominent community and political youth organisation

This is in response to the opinion piece written by Christopher Famous titled “Anti-PLP propaganda: the Siamese effect”.

First, I should inform you, Mr Famous, that your reference to “Siamese twins” is in fact a derogatory term used towards Asian people who have a biological birth defect, which is now referred to as conjoined twins.

I am not a fan of politicians these days. Like many others, I find our politicians ignoring aspects central to their job, such as understanding the basic concept of democracy and freedom of speech. Instead, they seem to associate serving with an elevated status over others. This is made clear by many who have egos the size of the stratosphere. For the past few months, it has been quite difficult to read the opinion pieces of Mr Famous, who writes the exact same one-liners and empty insults about others who actually can offer competent and thought-provoking ideas.

Before I digress, I find it pertinent to clarify that this is an opinion piece and I am entitled to my opinion. Within the same breath, I acknowledge that others have the same right, and also have the right to reply or make critiques on my opinion. However, this is not the case with Mr Famous, as he blatantly bashes, disrespects and degrades the opinions of others — very much a bully mentality.

As a prominent and respected public figure within the community, I would have expected a different approach. You say that the Progressive Labour Party is living rent-free in the minds of individuals such as Khalid Wasi and Vic Ball. However, I would argue that they live rent-free in the minds of all Bermudians, as we are sick and tired and tired of being sick with the state of affairs of Bermuda’s education system, economic system and social system — as well as the continuous broken promises.

Moreover, the role of the Opposition is to rebut and challenge the policies of the Government. Without that fundamental component, how do you expect there to be checks and balances within Bermuda’s legislature? So, if Mr Ball is “constantly attacking” the policies that the Government brings forth, I am sorry to break this to you, but that is his job.

Furthermore, you say that our opinions do not offer any “tangible solutions to everyday challenges”, but that’s your job, correct?

I am not here to defend the opinions of Vic Ball or Khalid Wasi but to shed light on how your hot takes towards them can be viewed by a person such as myself.

My final thought that I leave with you is that I suggest instead of being quick to dismantle the opinions of others, maybe you should consider listening. Then you can take up our concerns in the House of Assembly. I eagerly await your reply.

• Ajai Peets is a founder of Bermuda Youth Connect, a prominent community and political youth organisation

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Published March 02, 2023 at 7:54 am (Updated March 02, 2023 at 7:54 am)

An unfamous opinion

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