By Christopher Famous
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” –
I had thought I had seen and heard it all in politics. Then along came along February 14, 2014.
Probably the most contentious sitting of parliament in recent Bermudian history, the following is small collection of quotes from our paid politicians representing us in the House of Assembly of Bermuda.
OBA MP Madness
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MP Dunkley: “He (the Speaker) starts late every time, every [expletive] time.
“Hey… Starling, Kim Swan and Cindy Swan were talking to ZBM on camera for about 10 mins and I thought to myself what a [expletive] waste of time.”
This from the deputy premier of Bermuda?
MP Crockwell: “Bring it on. Say it outside these chambers… I don’t care where he’s from… I don’t care if he is from White Hill.”
Interesting, this sounds a lot like gang turf talk.
MP Pettingill: “Gone on TV with his Tourettes… .it is a disorder… it’s kind of being nice… it’s a good word Tourettes… someone is crazy… prepared to say whatever, whenever, however.”
So now the attorney general is insulting persons with mental challenges. He has not learned much since his “Kool-Aid drinkers” tirade last year.
MP Sylvan Richards: “I suggest that learned member go to the pharmacy and get that stuff that cleans out your ear wax… Thank God for Hansard.”
Hansard July 26, 2013: “I can talk that black, black, blackity-black stuff all day too, you know.”
MP Cannonier: “If they take a look at the Hansards and take a look at the statement we made concerning our reversal on our position on the referendum is concerned, the opposition leaders name was never called, it… only stated what he said in this Honourable House concerning flip flopping of the decision of the opposition on gaming and referendum.”
Yes let us look at the Hansard –
December 13 MP Pettingill: “So when I sat in my honourable premier’s office and that phone got clicked on …and I heard the honourable opposition leader saying, if you don’t change the wording of the referendum question, then our people are going to vote against it… as the opposition leader said, are going to get the people -- their people -- to vote against it.”
MP Sousa: “I want to state here now that I travelled to Trinidad on behalf of the Auditor General Dept and my ticket… was paid for by that department and NOT by the taxpayers.”
Dear Jeff Sousa, the auditor general is funded by you the taxpayers. So, yes, your trip to Trinidad was funded by taxpayers’ money.
MP Gibbons: “As for the so-called report… Cabinet was completely unaware of that particular report… It was never discussed.”
So, once again, another secret report or is MP Gibbons distancing himself?
MP Cannonier: “I have heard what that tape says and… we would have put the tape out there already! It is not illegal.”
Bermuda Telecommunications Act 1987 and Electronic Communications Act 2011 state that not only is it a criminal offence to record someone without consent, but it is also illegal to possess the recording.
OBA MPs are now on record:
• using profanity to disrespect the Speaker of the House, and Bermudian citizens
• gang-like threats
• no knowledge of how government works
• contradicting each other over the gaming referendum
• admitting to illegally recording other MPs
When I read about recent political events in the Caribbean, and compare them with what is going on in Bermuda, I realize we really are of similar mindsets, regardless in which island we may reside.
In America, there was once a gangland Valentine’s Day Massacre. Anyone listening to the audio of the events on February 14 will more likely think they heard a Valentine’s Day Suicide.
Audio may be found on www.parliament.bm