I understand that today is supposed to see a ‘picnic for change‘ organised by the group ‘Bermudians’ which emerged out of the June days of protests against Dr. Brown’s questionable constitutional actions concerning the Uighurs. As readers of this blog may recall, based on my reading of the Constitution as it is, I believe Dr. Brown did act unconstitutionally in this incident, and I believed a motion of censure (not a motion of no confidence) should have been called.
I am not sure what the focus of the group’s picnic is. I know that the RG article opens with the line ‘calling on voters to rally together to ensure Premier Ewart Brown is forced to resign his post’, but it doesn’t really mention to much beyond that, so I am not sure what the exact focus of the picnic will be.
Personally I am not comfortable with the picnic being simply a rally against Dr. Brown. I think it is far too narrow a call, and besides I don’t see how they envision seeing Dr. Brown leave the post. I feel the group would profit more from building community activism and critiquing some more widespread sentiment against Dr. Brown’s leadership (namely, more transparency, accountability and consensus decision making), as well as general social issues. A critique on these issues, combined with the implosion of the Opposition, may have some impact on the upcoming PLP Delegates Convention. However a picnic solely in opposition to Dr. Brown will be seen as an attempt to demonise him and will not have much impact on internal PLP politics.
I certainly encourage greater civic participation in our politics, especially with the collapse of parliamentary opposition. It will be interesting to see how the turnout and focus of the picnic develops and I wish them the best of luck.