I think Bermuda may well be approaching some form of singularity regarding the recent explosion of ‘-gate’ scandals.
As many know the suffix ‘-gate’ has over the years come to refer to a political scandal, and, like it or loathe it, has come to feature prominently in Bermudian political discourse since the OBA were elected to power in December 2012. The use of the suffix itself comes from the Watergate Scandal of 1972.
The biggest scandal taking up this suffix to date, in the Bermuda context, has been Jet Gate, which led to the downfall of the first OBA Premier and – arguably – also led to the resignation of the first OBA Attorney General.
This developing story (and it’s been dripping out slowly since 2013) might just eclipse Jet Gate, if the allegations involved are true. And as it refers to the City of Hamilton’s waterfront, is this going to literally be our ‘Water Gate’?
The Sherri J Simmons show today had a lot of explosive revelations, and this ZBM account gives a summary of it all. I don’t know about anyone else, but I get the feeling this story has a good chance of developing legs.
And with the OBA so far taking a ‘no comment’ approach (at least on various FaceBook threads when questioned about this), they’re not exactly inspiring confidence in themselves…