Jet Gate & Casinos

I’m a little busy right now, however I figured even a small post was better than no posts!

Casino Legislation

I continue to be amazed at how farcical the entire handling of casino gambling by the OBA has been.

Quite frankly, if they’d focused on moving forward with a referendum on casino gambling like they promised in their election platform, rather than getting involved in scandals and using public monies to devise a strategy to ditch the referendum, well, we’d likely:

Gambling

  1. Have a clear idea of what casino gambling in Bermuda would look like and operate.
  2. We’d have a clear idea of the full pros and cons of casino gambling, including the negative social costs.
  3. We’d likely already have had the referendum on the issue and, if it was a yes vote, be much further along than we are right now.

Moral of the story?  Do what you said you’d do rather than mess around and end up further behind than if you’d just did what you said you’d do in the first place…

Also, I’m disappointed that the Minister, who says the draft legislation is ready, just being tweaked, hasn’t sought to make it publicly available at this moment in time so that the public – a key stakeholder – can review it.

Jet Gate

Despite the desire of Premier Dunkley and various OBAers to spin this as ‘Dead Gate’ this scandal is turning into a ‘gift that just keeps giving’.

OBA logo

It’s far from ‘dead gate’, that’s for sure.

My initial thoughts on reading the OBA Chairs report:

  1. The report doesn’t go as far or as in-depth as was/is needed to restore credibility to the party and remove the stench of scandal and/or corruption.
  2. Minister/Senator Fahy is a central figure in this scandal and his involvement calls into question his very character.  As it stands, he may not have done anything illegal.  Unethical, perhaps.  And in Bermuda today, well, we’re tired of ‘unethical but not illegal’.  In my opinion he needs to resign.  Which is a pity as he’s actually one of the more effective OBA Ministers.  However, the longer he stays on the front line, or is seen not to be reprimanded for this scandal, the more he becomes a liability for the OBA.  He (and the OBA) would be best served by his removal now, and perhaps his rehabilitation in the future.
  3. The report leaves more questions unanswered than not.
  4. It also asks more questions than it answers.  Seriously, as if this is just going to ‘this too shall pass’? “I discovered in the course of this investigation other matters of equal concern.  However, I have been instructed by Resolution to stay within the original statement of 14th May, 2014…”
  5. It’s not clear what the actual consequences of these findings will be.

Ultimately, it’s a rather unsatisfactory ‘conclusion’ to this scandal which I doubt will please anyone.

To give credit where it’s due though, I do commend Mr Hollis for at least trying, and I hope this sets a new standard for our political parties going forward.  Hopefully though it’s a standard to be improved upon…

Beachlime has a piece up about the further delay in casino gambling legilsation.

Bermuda Blue has a piece up about the Jet Gate report ‘can-of-worms’.

 

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3 thoughts on “Jet Gate & Casinos

  1. “Quite frankly, if they’d focused on moving forward with a referendum on casino gambling like they promised in their election platform, rather than getting involved in scandals and using public monies to devise a strategy to ditch the referendum, well, we’d likely:

    1. Have a clear idea of what casino gambling in Bermuda would look like and operate.
    2. We’d have a clear idea of the full pros and cons of casino gambling, including the negative social costs.
    3. We’d likely already have had the referendum on the issue and, if it was a yes vote, be much further along than we are right now.

    Isn’t there an assumption that even if they had had a referendum, that the Govt would have accepted the outcome?

    I seem to recall a referendum on Capital Punishment which was significantly in favour of retaining it, yet the Govt chose (ultimately) to abolish it.

    I agree that it very poor that they promised it and then walked away from their promise, but I am left wondering………..why have one if the people are ignored. I can’t recall the % in favour of retaining Capital punishment, but it was significantly in favour.

  2. You are right. Jet Gate proved that Craig Cannonier and at least a few other did some shady things. However, even though it doesn’t make it right, I believe the OBA is 1,00% better than the alternative which is the PLP. The money in question was never the publics money and Craig’s head rolled as a result. Now let’s move on and get back to the business of making Bermuda prosperous again!

  3. If I recall correctly that was something that was one of those UK interventions overruling Bermudian government decisions, but it was before I was politically conscious – I think back around 1990 or so?

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