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Commentary: Zero confidence
Published on June 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Christopher Famous

Pressed on their conscience. Oh yeah.
And they live their lives
On false pretence everyday

Bob Marley

The subject of trust has been the topic of much discussion due to JetGate.

John Locke wrote that voters give governments power with "express or tacit trust, that it shall be employed for their good, and the preservation of their property".

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:
It is imperative that a significant level of trust exists between the electorate and government. Once trust is shaken, a government is unable to effectively govern and ultimately a party loses the privilege to represent.

For 17 months the OBA has violated the electorate’s trust by failing to hold themselves, and their colleagues, to any level of true accountability and transparency.

Violations of trust

1. our highest elected officials misleading the public regarding JetGate

2. refusing to answers questions regarding JetGate

3. waiting a year before instigating an internal investigation of the JetGate allegations

4. commissioning the secret Corey Butterfield report to explore methods to abandon the referendum

5. reneging on the gaming referendum

6. enabling foreign companies to own residential properties

7. Plans to sell Bermudian Status

8. Failure to create 2,000 jobs

9. OBA plans to privatize the civil service

10. Minister Fahy changing the law to make private contracts retroactive

11. Campaign chairperson Minister Michael Fahy assisting in the opening of the account used to transfer funds from Nathan Landow. To then be used in an “underground campaign against the PLP”


According to Premier Dunkley, when asked if he thinks the electorate will trust the OBA again: “I do. I believe that there’s been some doubt about the way forward and we will rebuild on some of the challenges we’ve had and we will make sure the people are confident as we move forward. Be open and transparent and that’s what I intend to do.”

Ironically, immediately following this statement, he declared JetGate as DeadGate.

According to MP Leah Scott: “Before we can even begin to move forward, the current level of mistrust between and among members of this government and its party, between members of this government and the opposition, and between members of this government and the people of this country must be addressed.” [May 17]

Zero confidence

In a survey released on May 22 by Profiles of Bermuda, a view of the people’s trust in the OBA was revealed. Twice as many voters think the PLP is more in touch with the people’s concerns than the OBA.

Premier Dunkley arrogantly dismissed the results as a mere “snapshot in time.”

The OBA has a razor thin, two seat majority in House of Assembly. The OBA has not only squandered its mandate, but has made a mockery of its narrow majority.

For the above reasons outlined, MPs Mark Pettingill, Shawn Crockwell and Senator Michael Fahy must be censured for their part in deceiving and concealing the facts of JetGate from the public and Parliament.

The OBA must also be sanctioned for its attempt to protect and shield its elected and appointed members from public scrutiny. Actions that fly in the face of accountability and transparency, which have damaged Bermuda's reputation here and abroad.

Most Bermudians no longer have confidence in the OBA.

“There remains still in the people a supreme power to remove or alter the legislative when they find the legislative act contrary to the trust reposed in them.”
John Locke

Well you get on your feet
And out on the street
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
John Lennon
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