Defending our interests from the front
As the Government seeks to execute our agenda and deliver on the promises made to Bermudians, we must also remain vigilant against those who wish to spread misinformation, create disunity, or undermine that work.
With the Progressive Labour Party's mandate, it would be easy to be arrogant and ignore the forces that plan to undermine our agenda and the people's desire to put Bermudians first.
In opposition, we fought against an agenda through which Bermudians were marginalised in our own country.
Yet, while that agenda was thoroughly discredited and overwhelmingly rejected last year by Bermudians, we must never forget that there are those who still want to implement the agenda.
You can see it in Craig Cannonier's praise of Michael Fahy, the orchestrator of the One Bermuda Alliance's anti-Bermudian immigration agenda.
You can see it in Scott Pearman and Nick Kempe fighting against the wealthy, elite and privileged having to pay their fair share of taxes.
You can see it in the growing calls from the OBA for further loosening of immigration policies and a return to its failed, rejected anti-Bermudian approach.
As we focus on getting more Bermudians hired, trained and promoted, and as we focus on getting more Bermudian business leadership and ownership, we must also continue to fight against those who oppose that vision.
We cannot and will not remain silent when misinformation is spread.
We cannot and will not remain silent when attempts are made to create disunity.
We cannot and will not remain silent when the work being done to put Bermudians first, drive down the cost of living and create a better, fairer Bermuda are undermined.
The OBA may not have learnt its lesson from the people's rejection of its agenda, but we in the PLP have certainly learnt our lesson from the OBA's time in office.
We have learnt that when it comes to putting Bermudians first, there will always be those who will find an excuse, reason or rationale to oppose it.
We have learnt that when we take on the forces that keep you unemployed, keep your wages low and keep your bills high, there will always be those who will find an excuse, reason or rationale to oppose it.
We have learnt that there are those who will never accept, never support, never embrace a better, fairer Bermuda. So we will not be distracted. We will not be deterred. We will not be swayed.
We will continue to fight for Bermudians by implementing our agenda and fight against those who seek to return to the days of “anyone but Bermudians first”.
• Dennis Lister III is a government back bencher and the MP for Warwick West (Constituency 28)