There’s a lot going on today, and I’m scrambling to figure out what’s going on.
There’s talk of a:
- A new strike (see also here) involving Marine and Ports (no doubt related to this);
- There’s apparently a radio report of unprecedented Regiment activity around the Cabinet Building;
- There’s an attempt to eject and detain a journalist from a press conference;
- The Premier, in said press conference, uses hyperbole and then storms out of the conference refusing to answer any questions from the journalists;
- There’s revelations that the Premier’s private business manager not only took part in the flight and hospitality of Jet Gate but also took part in the business meetings involved (despite the Premier on Friday saying he was ‘just bumming a ride’).
- There’s talk that the Nandi Davis/Outerbridge tape, while damaging to the Opposition Leader, also incriminates Ms Davis in the crimes for which she was arrested last year, only to have the charges mysteriously dropped (and if that is the case, don’t the police have the right to seize the tape as potential evidence?).
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.
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.