Independence & The BDAP

So, I was reading the RG online today and came across the article where the newly elected leader of BDAP expands on some of his and BDAP’s political positions. In this article he focused mostly on supporting amending the HRAct to cover sexual orientation, but he also spoke on the issue of Independence.

Now, the HRAct Amendments I support. I recognise that it faces a good deal of opposition from our rather socially conservative society, especially amongst some of the religious community. This opposition needs to be understood and not condemned; people need to feel free to express their fears so that these fears can be addressed and allayed.

What did surprise me though is Mr. Cannonier’s support for independence. Granted, he hardly gave it an enthusiastic support, but all the same his lukewarm support is likely going to cause a good deal of surprise to many BDA members, as well as PLPers. For once the issue of independence has not been raised by the PLP, and this could lead to a more balanced discussion on the independence question as a result. It will be curious to see if Mr. Cannonier recieves any backlash from BDAP’s membership though.

All the same, it is good to see the BDAP finally putting some flesh to their positions and I look forward to reading the follow-up story in tomorrows paper.

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14 thoughts on “Independence & The BDAP

  1. for most Bermudians the discussion of independence isn’t the problem. Those people who are genuinely for or against can enter into a civil dialogue and can always agree to disagree in the end. And as Mr. Cannonier says (if i remember the article correctly – i just skimmed it) the issue (like many others) should be decided by referendum – i dont believe anyone could argue that would not be the most democratic approach – The problem with the independence issue in the past is that it has always been used cynically for poltical or ego enhancement – first by Sir John in the eighties (that whole sorry episode in UBP history) and then by the PLP (the BIC report which was so obviously biased towards independence)- thats always been the problem – no open honest dialogue. The older generation of persons wanting independence’s problem now is the world has changed so much – being british has a huge upside to the younger generation who aren’t interested in the previous generations battles.

  2. I am preferring to use BDAP as in ‘the Bermuda Democratic Alliance Party’ due to the confusion that ‘BDA’ lends itself too. If you like I’ll adapt it to BDA-Party, but that gets a bit clumsy.

  3. I believe he was vague enough on his preference to leave it in question enough to communicate that it must be decided by referendum. We are discussing it on BIAW, and I think as long as it is approached with much consideration and deliberation, with solid benefits that outweigh the cons then goes before an informed populace, we would be in good shape.

  4. Where is the confusion Jonathan, where? It’s Bermuda Democratic Alliance, PERIOD………… .

    Party is just a word……

    Your such a big fan of Socialism and it’s ties to the BIUP……………………….

    Enough said……………..

    Gotta run………….catch a flight to Bermuda International Party Hareport………………………..

    Maybe my mate Mytsy will pick me up at the Hareport tomorrow at 2:30 along with my friend Mr. Igotdooped from India………………….

  5. A comment about Independence from a new party makes you wonder?

    How much they paying you man……………

    He was probably asked a question, gave an answer and you come up with this?

    What do do think of Marxism as a way to reform Bermuda and do you think that it would help after an insurection occured without a vote…………………………

    If Bermuda was hit by a Sunami would the weather channel be liable or would Col. Burch be resposible because he did not have the reef area filled with excess plastic bags and dredgings from the filled Hamilton Harbour due to the $47 million clean up of watse from an area associated with Morgans Point where an African Diaspora Villiage is under contract from Indian Film Developers

    Larry ( related) can call what he wants and it’s all relative but as sure as snow is black …….Me?

    Crazy world and don’t blame me or expect me to say I played a part. I played a bigger part along with ohers to make Bermuda what it WAS………………………………………

  6. Johnny your quote,

    Now, the HRAct Amendments I support. I recognise that it faces a good deal of opposition from our rather socially conservative society, especially amongst some of the religious community. This opposition needs to be understood and not condemned; people need to feel free to express their fears so that these fears can be addressed and allayed.

    I’m sorry,
    this kind of prejudice needs to be understood AND condemned.

    Hating from behind a cross is unacceptable.

  7. Surely prefacing the party with, well, ‘The’ makes it pretty easy to distinguish between BDA and THE BDA? The Bermuda doesn’t really work….?

    Anyway.

    I hope the independence word doesn’t scare away people, because in a mature political environment any issue should be able to put on the table, and discussed openly. Personally I’m against it, but talking about reasons why people are for it is fine.

    Unless their reason is to free the oppressive shackles of the past. That’s not a reason. It’s a bumper sticker.

  8. @ Eastend – The problem is that just going about condemming people for their views doesn’t really solve the problem. It is far more likely to just entrench views and get people all defensive.

    What needs to be done is to understand where the fear comes from, and help people deal with their fears. Besides, simple legislative amendments are not going to mean prejudice disappears overnight, far from it. What it can do though is breed resentment and misunderstanding (like we already see, what with talk of ‘special gay rights’ or ‘gay agendas’).

    If these means showing the contradictions behind peoples fears, so be it. But beating people over the head as ‘ignorant bigots’ is not going to solve the problem.

  9. I take your point Johnny,
    but good luck with changing those religious views.
    You are going head to head with their God there.
    Meantime the bigotry and suffering will continue.

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