Politics in Flux

There’s a lot going on today, and I’m scrambling to figure out what’s going on.

There’s talk of a:

Increasingly our politics is in a state of flux, and we’re seeing a Government act in an increasingly hostile manner to journalists and refuse to answer questions, engage in unethical activities and flagrantly break the Ministerial Code of Conduct – which we continuing to find out they broke even more seriously than they let on.

And we’re increasingly seeing, at least somewhat, the allegations of corruption made by the Opposition more and more plausible.

I’m not necessarily saying the allegations around the September meetings, or the December 10th bribe, are true – although I am increasingly thinking they are – just that the murkiness around the Jet Gate trip alone is such that it seems increasingly plausible that those involved were not just acting unethically but also illegally.

As every day seems to bring new information surrounding Jet Gate, and the Premier comes across as more and more desperate and reactionary, the more I am becoming convinced that there is something seriously wrong going on.

At this moment in time I have no confidence in the current OBA Government.

This situation is, I think, unprecedented in Bermudian politics.

We have a Government which is increasingly losing its legitimacy to govern, while we have an Opposition which many would agree has a hard time regaining the legitimacy to govern once more.

Our politics is becoming discredited, with extreme polarisation, extreme apathy and disgust (as contradictory as these two tendencies are!), and we stand on a precipe where we may even see a collapse of our existing government through democratic means.

It is possible that out of this state of flux we see new poltical forms and tendencies emerging, to some degree breaking free from two party system which has dominated our politics for far too long, and in doing so have helped deform our island along racial lines to date.

As it stands right now, I do believe the Premier is bringing our island into disrepute and that he, in addition to the AG, the Minister of Tourism & Transport and MP Nandi Davis all need to offer their resignations – if not I think we will likely see them being forced out of office one way or another.

Exit

They are too great a liability for Bermuda today – and too great a political liability for their party to sustain.

It’s time for them to go.

It’s time for us to create a new politics, one that helps break the two-party system.

It’s time for change.

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8 thoughts on “Politics in Flux

  1. Hi there – the reference there is regarding the PLP losing it’s mandate to rule in the December election (which it lost primarily due to it’s supporters not voting, and losing a chunk of the swing voters).

    Quite frankly, the PLP lost it’s way over it’s 14 years in power – I believe the new Leader said as much himself, and I’m sure a post-mortem report from the election would likely say the same.

    I agree the PLP would likely win any election called now; my point is though that they would be winning it just as much by default as the OBA won in December 2012. People are seeing their options as being between bad and bad. It’s not ideal – by far.

    They’re on their way, and at the rate things are going, I’d much prefer to see them (the PLP) in power, but I think they need a lot of improvement still, in order to make sure the same errors of the past aren’t repeated.

  2. In further response to Mr Famouss, in relation to additional comments posted by him on a related Facebook thread, I would like to clarify something.

    When I wrote above “we have an Opposition which many would agree has a hard time regaining the legitimacy to govern once more” I am referring to what I consider as the PLP losing their way over the duration of their 14 year tenure. And as a result of losing their way, and the accumulation of various errors, the PLP lost their mandate to rule – they suffered a loss of legitimacy.

    This manifested itself in the form of the PLP’s loss in the 2012 election.

    In the 2012 election, a significant number of traditional PLP voters simply did not come out and vote – they ‘voted with their feet’. At the same time, a significant number of swing voters opted to give the OBA a chance.

    These two factors were the key to the PLP losing the election – in my opinion the OBA essentially won by default as a result of the PLP losing its legitimacy to govern at the time.

    My statement referred to my wondering if the PLP has since regained that legitimacy to govern – have they regained the people’s trust, or would people simply be voting for them out of reaction (or simply not voting for the OBA), leading to the PLP winning by default.

    I have complete faith that if a snap election is called now – and I think we may need one in order to restore some legitimacy to our Government – the PLP would win right now.

    I’m just not convinced the PLP has fully learned the lessons of December 17th, 2012.

    This isn’t to say they never will – and they may do so through returning to power in a hypothetical irregular election – just as the OBA can regain legitimacy in the future too.

    It’s just to express that I share the sentiment that right now I’m not convinced either party deserves to be government right now. That can change.

  3. If all these allegations are true that the PLP are making, how much money has gone missing from the public purse? How much money from the public purse went missing during the 14 years the PLP were in charge? Therefore, I still believe the OBA are the best of the worst at this moment. The OBA at least knows how to govern very well versus the PLP who didn’t have a clue for 14 years and is the reason why the country is in the position that it is in today. Bermuda is finally showing signs of growth after years of decline and the Chris Famous’s of Bermuda put politics before Country. What a shame. I hope the PLP have done their homework, because they have bet the house on these allegations. If the allegations are unfounded and they are guilty of slander then it is curtains for them. It could be the demise of the PLP!

  4. Well – the ferry employees are on strike. No notice again.

    Furbert says he is not being facetious when he says “3 years is enough notice”. Frankly, one year would have been sufficient, but then we had a different Govt in power.

    Maybe it’s time to put out the lights and lock up once and for all.

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