Its with deep regret that I must also acknowledge that the New Onion blog has also decided to cease operations along with Politics.bm.
New Onion had been dormant for some time now, so I have to admit that I am not all that suprised at this development. New Onion provided some useful insights and I always percieved it as representative of certain elements of pro-UBP youth thought, and treated it accordingly. This meant essentially engaging it in critical debate on various issues and for insight into pro-UBP youth thought.
I found its style at times a bit OTT and not conducive to discourse, but on the whole I thought that it proveded a useful and interesting contribution to the Bermudian political blogosphere.
One must wonder in wake of the end of Politics.bm and New Onion, along with the general dormancy of IMHO.bm (which I also view as a UBP aligned site) what these developments mean for the Bermudian blogosphere and whether they are indicative of a greater shift in real Bermudian political terms. It is no secret I think that the formal UBP has been wracked by internal division about its general direction since the ousting of Grant Gibbons as leader, divisions that have since been amplified by the ousting of Wayne Furbert, the electoral loss of 2007 and the electoral defeat of Micheal Dunkley. This has lead to a weak and ineffectual Opposition that we see today and a general malaise amongst many UBP supporters and members, punctuated with fringe extremist positions and a lacklustre debate about reform.
I wouldn’t be suprised at all if these online developments will be echoed by real life developments in Bermudian politics. My feeling is that, despite all the rhetoric I have read online from the UBP of late on unity and movement towards reform, that it will in fact split. I also believe that out of this general malaise we will see the emergence of new political forces that will potentially lead to profound change to Bermudian politics. I believe that the emerging global economic crisis (did I ever choose a time to start a post-grad economics course…) and ecological questions facing us today will frame much of this resulting discourse, combining in various ways with the traditional issues of race, sexuality and class in Bermuda.
Of course, I could be wrong. But it does make one wonder whats going on.