Phil Wells over at A Limey in Bermuda hits it dead on with his commentary regarding the PLP and it’s fear of criticism.
Well, why should a political party’s website link to or publish comments from its critics, you may ask? Isn’t that expecting a bit much?
Not if that party has any self-confidence, it shouldn’t be. A link isn’t an endorsement, it’s an acknowledgment of the existence of another point of view. It’s what blogging is all about: a debate between people with different opinions. You link to your intellectual opponents because you respect your readers’ right to make up their own minds, while remaining confident that your own arguments are the stronger ones.
Thus far the PLP have proven themselves incapable of rationally debating any point which serves as a grave disappointment. Instead, they continually resort to demonizing every critic as if everyone who holds an opposing point of view must be evil, a racist or both. Acting as if having a different point of view is unhealthy and wrong when in reality it can help strengthen proposals.
Unfortunately the PLP have failed to realize that for many bloggers it isn’t simply about targeting the PLP, it’s about coming up with solutions that will yield the best results for our island. We care about Bermuda, it’s why we blog. We care about ensuring we have the just and accountable government that we so much need and deserve, UBP or PLP. Despite people who attempt to attest to the contrary, the internet isn’t a fad and likely many of today’s blogger’s would still be critical of a UBP government if they won the coming election. Undoubtedly, if the UBP did win and PLP supporters chose to rise up and rationally criticize and debate issues, policy and proposed solutions of a UBP government they’d be welcomed by the blogging community. Healthy debate is essential and regardless of the government, PLP or UBP, our leadership had better get used to it because the people finally have a voice.