Pot calling the kettle black?

Ask any heavy PLP supporter about the BHC allegations and they’ll use the old, “but they were exonerated”.  Investigations were carried out, noone was arrested and the best that people could come up with was that no illegal crime was committed.  Of course, some actions could be deemed unethical and due to our antiquated laws, they could have been deemed illegal, but weren’t.  So that’s it. Wipe your hands, sweep it under the rug, clear your mind.  Forget that BHC ever happened.  It wasn’t illegal, unethical maybe, but that doesn’t matter.  Only things that are illegal are worth pursuing.  Only things that are illegal deserve admissions of guilt.  Only things that are illegal deserve reparations.  There’s no need to update our laws to make these things illegal now because they weren’t illegal before.

This is where I draw the very striking line between BHC and another “not illegal, but unethical” practice.  Go back and reread the above paragraph replacing PLP with UBP and BHC with Slavery.

It wasn’t illegal, only unethical.  Does that make it right?

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Hi, my name is Somers and I am Bermudian
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Denis,
As a frequent reader of your blog, I do enjoy your point of view.
But I have to raise an objection with your last paragraph. Please don’t try and rewrite history – or muddy the waters. The UBP was not even formed until 130 years after slavery was abolished in Bermuda.

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Somers, I am aware of the date of formation of the UBP. I said “ask any heavy [party name here] supporter”. Do you contest that no present heavy UBP supporters (note supporter is different from party) have benefited from historical injustices that were once legal but unethical? How about heavy PLP supporters and more recent injustices? Do you contest those too? I made no claims of the UBP being responsible for anything in the past just as I have made no claims of the PLP being responsible for what happened in the recent past. However, allegations do ensue on either… Read more »

Hi, my name is Somers and I am Bermudian
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Hi Denis – I see where you are coming from now. I think when I read your original post I wasn’t paying enough attention to where you were going with your argument – sorry, my fault.
In any event I do agree with you that behaviour that is deemed to be unethical by the majority of the populace should be worthy of being made illegal.