The Royal Gazette is reporting that it emailed all candidates five questions and did not recieve any real response whatsoever from either Party. The questions and my own answers to them are:
1) Do you support independence for Bermuda?
Yes. I would advocate a British Federal Republic along the lines of the Britain Bill proposed by Tony Benn in the UK where each region has its own parliamentary body, and a federal parliament exists with representatives from all component parts of the British Federal Republic. However, after recently visiting the UK, I am of the opinion that while this will no doubt be the path that the British people will go I cannot see it legitimately working for people outside of the British Isles itself. I envision Bermuda ultimately becoming an independent nation within the next two decades, and ultimately part of a Caribbean Federation.
2) Do you support conscription for the Bermuda Regiment?
Yes. I served in the Regiment from 2003 to 2006. While I think the Regiment requires some radical restructuring more along the lines of a national service but complete with basic martial training and post-hurricane clean-ups, I do ultimately support it being mandatory. I do advocate universal conscription however, both male and female, and for everyone, not by a lottery – exception by medical reasons only. So while I do support conscription, I do not necessarily support the Regiment in its current incarnation.
3) Do you wish to see the words ‘sexual orientation’ added to the Human Rights Act?
Yes. I think its a no brainer. Yes.
4) Would you have approved the Southlands development in Warwick?
I doubt it. At least not by way of the SDO that it was given. I would have preferred a full environmental impact assesment, and had some serious reservations about the design and location of the hotel, as well as the tunneling of South Shore.
5) Would you support an independent inquiry into the Bermuda Housing Corporation scandal?
No. But I do support full publication of the files, as well as any other investigations of similar scope (public monies and power, etc. UBP and PLP).
But hey, I’m not a candidate. But its good mental practice all the same. 🙂