I read with some amusement the report in the Bermuda Sun that ‘it was not unusual to see the GP number plates of Government MPs‘ outside during these gambling events which have very unfortunately come to public prominence with the tragic shooting of Mr. Gaglio over the weekend. This just adds to the all to frequent reports of MPs exploiting the perks of their position, be it ridiculous travel expenses or abuse of GP cars, mostly reports of speeding, driving while talking on the cellphone or using the cars for recreational and not government business.
This got me thinking about the move to put GPS into the Taxis. Well, I’m thinking if we don’t already have the technology put into our GP cars, we should, and what more, we need to also include technology that keeps a track of their speed too. The use of these cars needs to be held accountable, and MPs are going to have to account for their use of these cars at obviously non-government business (gambling dens!) and speeds. Yes, I’m opposed to these gambling games, but I am aghast at the abuse of the peoples cars to transport MPs to them. Any MP abusing their GP cars need to be named and shamed. And to me at least, if these lot (and this includes Union leaders) have enough money to be wasting on thousand dollar gambling nights, then they are both getting paid way too much AND are totally out of touch with the reality of most working people. Again, I really don’t care if they go and play for fun and poker chips, but when they are introducing money – especially up to a thousand dollars or more – then they either have an addiction or have too much money than they know what to do with it. And if they have an addiction – and this goes for Union leaders – there will definitely be some who would question their ability to execute their responsibilities properly. For all I know government tenders and the like are being determined on the basis of these gambling games, either directly or indirectly in the smoke-filled backrooms of these dens.
These GP cars should be based at their respective ministries. The MPs should have their private vehicles or use public transport to get to and from work, and they can use their GP cars during the working day for government business. Either that or we need to install GPS and speed recording technology. Because quite frankly I am sick and tired of hearing about ridiculous abuses of these government perks.