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Commentary: What direction is Bermuda heading in?
Published on January 2, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Senator Diallo Rabain

As I walk about our island, I am being constantly asked what direction is our country heading in. More and more Bermudians are becoming increasingly concerned about the dictatorial style of governing that the OBA is embarking as each week passes.

Senator Diallo Rabain is a partner in a Bermudian-owned architectural drafting and land surveying company and is the opposition leader in the Senate.
Recently there has been the reversal of the referendum on gaming. And then the news that persons sitting on the new Tourism Authority Board will be paid $20,000 each, of taxpayers’ funds.

With these events, many Bermudians are of the opinion the OBA are interested in serving the whims and wishes of one sector of society at the exclusion of the remainder of society.

Senate Wrap up

During the last sitting of the senate on Friday December 20, we presented a list of alarming actions by the OBA.

In Bermuda we presently have a government that:

1. Proves over and over we cannot fully trust that they do what they promised us they will do.

2. Demonstrated they have no issue changing laws to allow them the power to void legal contracts.

3. Puts confidential conversations on speaker phones, with possible recording.

4. Stated they will suspend term limits. Yet scrapped them within one month in office.

5. Promised to look out for seniors. Then forced them to pay hefty car licensing fees.

6. Made an abrupt about face to close the Urgent Care Center. Only after a petition netted 5,000 signatures.

7. Allowed gambling aboard in port cruise ships prior to holding a national referendum.

8. Repeatedly promised pre-election there would be no government job cuts. Then immediately commissioned SAGE recommending government job cuts.

9. Promised pre-election no to privatization. Then immediately commissioned SAGE recommending privatization.

10. The chairman of SAGE is also involved in a major hotel development that received a letter of comfort from this government. The same hotel development that almost insists that gambling is approved for Bermuda.

11. Increased Future Care payments for the majority of seniors.

12. Shut off the water to residents of WEDCO

13. Decreased the cost and criteria for job makers to obtain PRC status. Allowing their spouses and children to obtain PRC status. Then announced they will seek to allow PRCs born here to obtain status

14. Has rushed through legislation to allow alcohol sales on Sundays.

15. Has rushed through legislation to allow large stores extended hours to compete directly against the smaller stores.

It would be interesting to note that not one objection could be heard from the OBA senators. Simply because each of the above points could not be denied.

Standing Strong

Slowly, yet surely, Bermudians are being treated as second class citizens in our own country.

I challenge you to look at the track record of the OBA and ask yourselves this one singular question.

Is the OBA working for you?

We implore the people of Bermuda to raise their voice and speak out against this alarming trend in governance.

The PLP remains committed to the evolution of our people, our economy, our society and our level of political performance and accountability.

As Opposition Senate Leader it has been my duty to defend the rights of my fellow Bermudians.
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