I haven’t had much time to post as of late, and the next few months are going to get even more hectic for me, even as the PLP Leadership contest gets underway. All the same, I got an email when I got home from work concerning the Premier’s office opening a police investigation against the BIAW forum for a ‘threatened assasination’. The email was from the RG, and I understand other bloggers will probably have been asked for their responses too. I thought I may as well post my entire response here as a post, as no doubt only a few excerpts may be printed. It is only a first response, and I’ll probably write more about it later – and no doubt get some flak from all sides for my comments as it is.
My Response To The BIAW Assasination Investigation
When people post with their identities hidden, it’s kind of like Lord of the Flies, where the kids put on the war paint and this allowed them to express their more savage side, liberated from restrictions of social mores. I think that explains a big part of it. I do post on that site, but I do think it provides a unique insight into what I regard as the White Bermudian psyche. Of course there are non-Whites that post there, and even pro-PLPers; in general the site is apolitical in the sense that it is not officially partisan. It is however only as partisan or neutral as its members, and the vast majority of Bermudian bloggers are, for some reason, I believe, White and male. And that is reflected on that site – it often comes across as adolescent and chauvinist towards women, and it does serve as an expression of White fear in Bermuda. And yes, it does serve as a place for many to just blow off some steam and fantasise.
I do post there, but I haven’t posted much for the last few months. A small part of that is that I’m just busy at the moment overseas, but a much bigger part is that I got fed up with the White fear that is crystallised there. There are some others who keep up the fight, but I just don’t have the energy there right now.
Now this particular comment, it is stupid and distasteful. I don’t have time for such comments and I do think it invites attacks and misrepresents things. It is unhelpful for dialouge, that is for sure. Do I think they person was serious? No. Do I think the person was stupid and an idiot? Yes. Do I think the PLP has better things to do? Yes.
When I say PLP I should qualify it by saying ‘some of the PLP’.
As I was saying though, yes, to the letter of the law the Premier is right to investigate something like this. In common sense law though, as disgusting a comment as it was, I don’t think anyone really sees it as anything more than an idle bad joke, and many more people are going to say they would much rather have police resources being used to deal with the current gangwar and not have them tied up in something like this. It also opens the Party up to accusations of trying to distract from more serious issues, and some may say that, surely, Party members should have much more pressing issues to deal with than perusing blogs like the one in question.
Personally, my thinking is that you shouldn’t say/do anything online that you aren’t prepared to put your name too and suffer the consequences – kind of a treat others as you would expect to be treated in kind. I find jokes like the one in question quite poor taste, and this is hardly the first time something like this has occured. I remember a chef making some joke about poisoning the Premier’s food, for example, and there was consequences to that.
So yes, bad taste, very bad joke, something one shouldn’t even joke about, but at the same time I do think the energy and resources of the PLP, the Cabinet Office and the Police would probably be better used dealing with these shootings, ongoing racial inequalities and the education system.