What do you think should be top of the OBA’s priority list for their second year in power?

Well, my wish-list would be for them to move ahead on their promised political reforms, namely fixed-term elections and absentee ballots.

And most definitely they need to move on PATI.

I also feel they’ve been overly focused on approaching government as a business.

While the rhetoric of the tyranny of the bottom-line has some virtues, they’ve neglected the social and environmental aspects of governing, in my opinion.

And if one neglects those, well, it doesn’t matter if on paper we have a great business model, if in the streets you have destitution, desperation, poor infrastructure, a closure of opportunity, a loaded playing field and gated communities.

I hope they move on improving the situation for seniors and the differently abled – our built environment and transportation system is in desperate need of being made accessible, with the current situation being almost segregationist and leading to social isolation for many, which has a host of additional public health problems [as a consequence].

Although it wasn’t in their platform, I’d also like to see a move towards a minimum wage and campaign finance reform.

Right now I feel our politics is beholden to financial donors, to big money, and not to the electorate.

Elections are won on a mix of PR and slick advertising rather than policy and reasoned debate.

We need some sort of campaign finance reform to remove what I see as political corruption through donors pulling strings behind the scene.

A to-do list for 2014?

A to-do list for 2014?


5 thoughts on “What do you think should be top of the OBA’s priority list for their second year in power?

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  2. I’m glad you aren’t running the country or aren’t an MP, because you’d have this island broke in no time. Here’s a tip – You should learn that a country SHOULD be run like a business, because without money you cannot fund social programs or infrastructure projects. Want an example of your model? Greece.

  3. @ Tryangle: My response was in reference to this statement in his post: “I also feel they’ve been overly focused on approaching government as a business.”

    Ding dong! lol

  4. Fair enough and I think governments do need to have that business-minded approach especially when it comes to budgeting and accountability. That said, they’re different from a standard business in that if a business fails, they go out of business, life goes on around them. Government fails, well we can guess that things become significantly worse 🙂

    I think the term ‘balance’ has been discussed a bit elsewhere, and it’s pretty clear, government needs to balance spending and revenue. Can’t put more money into sinkholes (like excessive payroll), yet needs to keep certain things operational (like functioning hospital, public transport, garbage collection), at least until it’s feasible to push those programmes into the private sector, for example.

    Not to speak for Jonathan, but he’s been focused on society-based issues for a long time now (such as environment, seniors, disabled person accessibility, etc) so it stands to reason that he’d still lobby for things to be done in that department, but the question may be asked if those things should take a chunk of the pie that may be earmarked for debt-payment, etc. Far more intelligent people than myself have to figure that out.

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