Deception in the works?

“It is inaccurate to say I hate everything.  I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency.  This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.”

–H. L. Menken


I am sorry to say that the level of trust I have in our present government decreases as time goes on.  A perfect example is the review of the first quarter tourism numbers I recently did in which I ultimately posed a very simple question:  Does the definition of visitor equal that of tourist in the government’s statistics or does it not? 

Somehow this has been deemed as an “unfair” question because these questions apparently wern’t asked when the previous government was in power and suddenly because of this I’m supposed to obsolve the current government of any responsibility.  Perhaps I’m simply too idealistic to sit back and accept this form of reasoning but for me this goes against the very nature of common sense.  I believe it is a fair and reasonable question.  I even went so far as to pose it on the PLP’s own blog to which I have still recieved no answer.

I’d like to take a moment to get something straight with regards to any who believe I am anti-PLP, which would somehow automatically sideline me into the UBP camp.  Due to age limits on the right to vote, I was born into a UBP government which I did not choose and was not ever of age to have any say during their reign in office.  Subsequently I have never voted UBP and furthermore the arguement that just because they may have been a terrible government gives no justification for me to blindly accept the continuation of any form of terrible government, should one be deemed as so.  Very simply I don’t buy into such pretentious arguements for I am no yes man which likely will make me forever ineligible for public office.  I’m going to tell it as I see it or say nothing, plain and simple.  If that means I stand alone because I stand behind my principles then so be it and by that I’ll remind you that it is by your own choice that you read my blog.

The longer my question goes unanswered the more I wonder if the reason is dishonesty and deception as opposed to the alternatives.  What is the harm of admitting if the numbers indeed do not represent tourists specifically unless you’re intentionally trying to inflate the perception of how well we’re doing?  By either not answering my concerns or trying to quell them with rhetoric that I simply don’t buy, it causes me to wonder if it’s really about deception more than it is about honest government that has our people’s best interests in mind.  I had the same issue when the budget was released

Last year’s budget was in a beautiful tabulated form that was easy to read and contained data covering 3 years worth of numbers.  This year’s budget was a sham in comparison containing no tabular structure and for the most part hiding the real numbers.  Did it come as any surprise when it was announced that there is now $520 million unaccounted for?  Do you realize that when divided by 65000 people that works out to some $8000 per person?  If the bank came to you and told you that $8000 was misteriously missing from your account, would you not feel concerned?  Of course the unaccounted for money came as no surprise given the odd change in the structure of how the budget is presented that helped hide the fact that many of the numbers wern’t in.

I ask the hard questions and I do so because I hope that my questions can be defended with justifications that will convince me that our country is headed in the right direction.  If they cannot, then I must wonder if we are indeed headed in the right direction.  Using rhetoric to try to sway my opinion does little as I refuse to be decieved into following like I’ve got blinders on.  I’m simply too tired of poor government to accept previous poor government as an excuse for present.  I have done my part to point out areas where our present government is doing good things along with even submitted many constructive ideas, just as I shall point out things I disagree with and would like more information on.

The constant deception used by political parties throughout history simply to decieve the public at election time is tiring and too much to bear.  All too often it is more about getting reelected than solving the long term issues that our country has to deal with, for this is how we’ve ended up in the predicament we’re in.  However, that may be  less of a fault of either party then it is a fault of the structure of our political system as a whole.  Ultimately deception is a large part of the game of politics no matter where you are.  One can only hope that in the end the true ideals filter through so that Bermudians out there like I still have a future worth looking forward to forward to.

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Upping the ante

Over on fellow Bermudian blog site, the question of whether Bermuda’s blogging scene has officially jumped the shark was posed with the entry of the PLP’s into the blogging scene.   Personally, I am pleased to see more online media and discussion happening amongst Bermudians as hopefully it will do more to encourage and develop a sense of freedom of speech and growing participation in our political environment.

Adjustah of does have a point with the growing number of blogs that have taken the trend from being something that a small group of dedicated individuals undertook to one that is beginning to reach the masses.  So, as one individual who won’t be outdone I’ve decided that perhaps it is time to up the ante a bit and see how far we can go with online media.  The result?  The beginning of amateur video based commentary along with typical written media.

My first entry?  Taken shortly after purchasing my new camera while off-island on training, let’s ask the question of why a free medical clinic creates a “culture of entitlement” when free transportation does not?

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A drink for the road?

Bacardi recently announced that it will be sponsoring a late night mini bus service on weekends to far ends of the island to discourage drinking and driving.  Personally, I believe this is a tremendous idea and it is something I have believed should be done for some time.

I am absolutely disgusted however that taxi drivers are talking about boycotting Bacardi.  First off they’re targeting a very well meaning initative to decrease accidents on our roads.  Second, catching a taxi at 3 in the morning on front street is near impossible and one grows a severe dislike for taxi drivers who refuse to take you if they find out you want to go to St. Davids.  Third, taxi’s to the far ends of the islands are rediculusly expensive and finally, it would be nice if they actually showed up when you tried to arrange one.   For the most part, my experiences with taxi’s in Bermuda late at night has severely turned me off of even considering them and I applaud Bacardi’s initative.

Typically I’m not a fan of white rum however Bacardi can count one more person who will be buying a bottle of their liquor as an attempt to reward their great initative and counteract the rediculous greed expressed by taxi drivers. 

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Wait… who chose the Premier?

Ok, so I love the article in today’s gazette where Premier Brown discusses the “long overdue” change in the way Bermuda’s political parties decide election candidates.  While the process of polling a constituency to see who they favor the most is a welcome change over the typical forcing of a candidate, Premier Brown’s quote does makes me laugh.

“Bermuda has recently witnessed how dysfunctional a political organization eventually becomes when power brokers operating as a controlling clique are permitted to call the shots on who should lead”

It must be just me but this sounds an awful lot like how our latest Premier was appointed…

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