By Christopher Famous
Many had high hopes of the dashingly handsome and tall son of the soil leading Bermuda in a direction that brought forth unity, transparency and collaboration.
Many felt that he actually had the ingredients to do so. The attention and economic backing of the upper class, combined with the hopes and aspirations of many middle and working class Bermudians.
Christopher Famous is a Caribbean real estate developer and business owner. Raised in various Caribbean islands such as; Bermuda, Jamaica, St Eustatius and St Kitts and Tortola. He has a weekly social and political column in The Bermuda Sun. Feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
It would seem to some that indeed a new day had dawned in Bermuda, and a “Billy Boy” from St David’s would lead us to a social and economic utopia.
Putting OBA First
Yet alas, as quickly as utopian pipe dreams begin, they just as quickly dissipate in the vapours of vanity.
Where many believed Bermuda would finally see social and economic unity, we now see class division of epic proportions.
Where many truly believed Bermuda would finally see racial challenges proactively discussed, we now witness polarization rising.
Where many truly believe Bermuda would see 2,000 jobs created, we daily see the numbers of unemployed Bermudians growing.
Whilst many see all of these markers of failure increasing, they see a political party obsessed with the art of “Putting OBA First”
The details of “Jetgate” and financial follies have been laid bare for all and sundry around the world to view. As one OBA MP has openly stated, “Bermuda’s reputation has been tarnished.”
Yet the OBA circles the wagons.
Alas it is not the OBA leader alone who had the culture of “Person above party” and “Party above country”. It is indeed the entire 19 MPs, 5 senators and party executive.
It is this culture, that no matter how much hope that many had in the OBA, allowed the OBA to begin to be revealed as a party controlled by power hungry local and international individuals. Whatever grass roots momentum it could and should have gained over the last 18 months, never took place.
It is this culture of “Foreigners first, OBA insiders second and then Bermudians” that permeates the political air we breathe.
Craig Cannonier was not only a victim of his own stupidity and greed, but more so a consenting agent of those that enabled him, and turned a blind eye to nefarious actions, because they were "getting while the getting was good."
Not only did Premier Cannonier need to go, but there are a number of other ministers who needed to get to stepping as well.
Yet the OBA circles the wagons.
Most Bermudians are now asking themselves two main questions;
• Are there no persons within the OBA with enough of a moral compass that can reform the OBA from the inside out?
• Is there no one within those pink walls, who is willing to truly defend the principles that the OBA claimed that they stood for?
Barring a true reform, and rethink of how they carry out the people’s business, the OBA has did nothing put on a contrived stage show to appear to be cleaning house.
This indeed is a day that every person who voted for the OBA should ask themselves if they truly believe that the OBA is “Putting Bermudians first?”
Or are they simply circling the wagons?
In order for the OBA to remotely repair their tarnished international image they must do a few things;
• Remove Attorney General Marc Pettingill
• Remove Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell
• Allow for a full external investigation
• Re instate the Gaming referendum
The people of Bermuda demand nothing less than total transparency and will no longer accept the constant deflection and distractions from the OBA.
Anything short of that, they are only shuffling the deck and replacing one joker with another joker.