By Walter Roban
The OBA has displayed a pattern of behaviour that should be very disturbing to Bermudians.
The assurances by Minister Fahy that the OBA cash for passports scheme is “not a done deal,” should provide little comfort to those who have figured out that the OBA’s version of inclusion of Bermudians in the process has historically been nothing but a sham.
Walter Roban is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and International Studies. He then furthered his studies at the University of Birmingham in England where he received a Masters of Arts Degree in International Studies, specialising in international politics, political risk and foreign policy analysis. A former minister of transport, he is now the shadow minister for home affairs.
Let’s look at the OBA record:
In October 2011, OBA leader Craig Cannonier said, “The PLP deliberately distorted the OBA’s position on term limits. They said we would ‘end’ term limits instead of what we actually said, which was to ‘suspend’ them for a period of two years…”
In June 2012, Bob Richards said, “Lie Number 1: The PLP say the OBA’s policy is to end term limits. The OBA policy, as stated in our Budget Reply and other releases, is to suspend term limits for a period of two years pending a review for a policy that works better for Bermuda.”
In January 2013, the OBA broke their promise and scrapped term limits.
In August 2011, the OBA’s Patricia Gordon Pamplin said, “The OBA has already said that the issue of gaming should be put to a referendum preceded by a comprehensive education campaign. This would highlight the pros and cons of the proposal and enable the public to render the most informed decision.”
In December 2013 the OBA broke their promise and scrapped the gaming referendum.
The OBA’s Craig Cannonier and Michael Dunkley were both asked about the OBA plans regarding PRC status during a radio interview in March, 2012. Both denied any such plans were on the table.
How many times have the OBA claimed something wasn’t a “done deal,” and it was later revealed that they were not telling Bermudians the whole story?
The OBA’s pattern is to give Bermudians the illusion of inclusion in shaping the direction of the country when really the decisions are being made behind closed doors by who knows who, motivated by who knows what.
Bermudians need to be included in shaping the direction of our country, not lied to and not pushed to the sidelines. It’s time for the OBA to drop the illusions and start really including Bermudians.