To disband or not to disband, that is the question.

Wayne Furbert sure didn’t hold back much in today’s interview on how the UBP should be reforming itself.  This writer can’t say he disagree’s with Mr. Furbert, at least not entirely, as certainly one could expect much more than term limits, at least from the UBP.  Those who believe the UBP doesn’t need change should likely wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.  Indeed, despite claims that half the electorate supported them in the last election, one could wonder where all those people went in recent polls.  Could it be that only 30 percent actually supported them with the rest simply having voted against the incumbent?

In the eyes of this writer the best thing the UBP could do for the betterment of our island would be to disband completely.   That means it won’t become the party formerly known as the UBP.  Nor would it play musical constituencies.   Further it wouldn’t attempt to bring in the token black politicians.  No, disbanding isn’t a modern day remake of the Emperor’s new clothes, it would mean the end of the UBP, full stop.  No party line.  No caucus.  No hierarchy.  No UBP.  Surely you may be thinking:  he’s gone mad.  Perhaps, but first allow this lowly writer to plead his case as to why the UBP should disband, and into what form. 

If the UBP are to really change, it is the belief of this writer that it should be to disband into independent candidates.  Why not a new party?  Surely it has been said that there is strength in unity, so why independents?  Ah, for the cognizant observer would note that strength in unity in the case of the UBP really means strength of unity for the PLP.  Unity for the PLP?  How could that be?  Simply put it is the belief of more than just this writer that the only reason the left and right factions of the PLP remain united is the existence of the UBP.  Put differently, the UBP is the glue that holds the PLP together.

So why independents?  Simply put, independents offer the strongest foot forwards.

  • First off, independents relinquish the title of being puppeted by the old white guard for they shall toe no party line, vote and stand for themselves and hold allegiance only to their represented constituents.  They are freed of the chains of the party and as such, are their own voice, a voice which can gain more respect from the middle block of voters than one that stands with either side.
  • Second, independents open the door for newcomers, those individuals out in the community who are highly capable of contributing to the betterment of our island but refuse to associate themselves with either the UBP or the PLP.  Such individuals would be free to stand on their own two feet without having to worry about succumbing to arguments that supporting them would split the vote and guarantee a win for the other side.
  • Third, independents, as well as a disbanded UBP, will empower frustrated PLP politicians.  Not having a party to battle against, frustrated PLPers will be free to stand as independents knowing that they won’t be easily challenged by the UBP and made as redundant and present day independents.  Such a move would open to door to individuals or even a group stepping out of the PLP to challenge the status quo.  The glue that binds the PLP would stick no more.

So, now that this writer has pleaded his case, let us recap.   A name change will not work.  Why?  Well if you think calling broccoli a cookie will get a kid to eat it than certainly you know something the rest of us don’t.   Filling the ranks with token black politicians will also not work.  Why?  Well with the UBP’s demographical support base it would make about as much sense as the chewbacca defense.  So, unless you think a wolf in sheep’s clothing looks that much different from a wolf, that doesn’t have much hope either.

As suggested, in the eyes of this writer the best course of action the UBP could take would be to disband into independents.  It would relinquish the claims of puppetry, open the doors to newcomers and empower the disillusioned members of the PLP who only hang on in spite of the UBP.  Disbanding the UBP could quite possibly put an end to both parties and give rise to a new political structure that is far more capable of moving beyond the petty bickering, childlike tantrums and ridiculous squabbles that plague our present system.  It may well serve as a move that could build a government fitting of Bermuda that is truly dedicated to the betterment of our future.

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Sal
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et tu Furbie?
Another distraction from the real problems that remain unsolved and worsening.
What does this babble have to do with Education,Tourism,Housing,Crime,drugs,hyper inflation,the homeless ,Health care and seniors?
Why blame the party?
Bermudians got the government they deserve, they would re elect Stalin if he was black,instead of a hard working honest Milkman.
Why does a 19 square dot in the ocean with a population of a small town spend $250,000 on a BMW limo,and ONE $ MILLION dollars per DAY on Govt travel?

Denis Pitcher
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Sal,
I disagree.
Why babble about something other than the issues? Why blame the party?
The party is to blame because its percieved historical legacy is holding our island back. As long as it exists we shall continue to avoid the real issues and our people will continue to be duped.
If the UBP truly wants to do the best thing for our future they should disband and put an end to this madness.

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“The party is to blame because its percieved historical legacy is holding our island back. As long as it exists we shall continue to avoid the real issues and our people will continue to be duped.”
What? How can a party that has been in opposition for almost 10 years be holding the country back?
Furthermore how can you blame the UBP for the PLP’s inability to properly govern and/or duping of the electorate?
With all due respect, I think you’ve got things bass ackwards.

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…the UBP is the party that actually created most of the institutions currently being wildly mismanaged by the PLP. Far from “holding this island back” the UBP were responsible for making it what it is today. Saying otherwise is a revisionist lie. Also, don’t underestimate the power of parties to bring together people – either the right people, or the wrong people. Coming up with the UBP’s platform would not be possible for one person and as Wayne has said, on the issues the UBP was (and is) superior – vastly so. The PLP has become a political machine focused… Read more »

ABC
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ABC

Alex, The UBP were also responsible for perpetuating and propogating the myths that black bermudians wouldnt be able to run the island, and were incapable of governing. Sounds like good governance to me. The UBP were responsible for decimating and destroying the education system and leaving it in total disarray when they were bounced out of government. Sounds like good governance to me. The UBP were responsible for the demise of the tourism industry by introducing international business as the predominant industry and leaving tourism behind. Why couldnt we have both? Sounds like good governance to me. I am not… Read more »

Sal
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Jamahl Simmons and Gwyneth Rawlins are opportunists,their remarks during the election had a racist aim,not only because they are racists, but because they knew that the decision to divide,to play the race card and openly engage in a verbal race war might win by a hair. They will say anything for power and cash payoff. The PLP do not have their “finger on the pulse of the wider community” ,they have it up certain a***holes. Follow the money: Brown’s relatives,US business associates for Pay-to-Play consultants and Stem Research investors, Dennis Coreia,Zane Desilva,John Jeffreys,and “condo-hotel” investors. The only” business they get… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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32n64w “What? How can a party that has been in opposition for almost 10 years be holding the country back? Furthermore how can you blame the UBP for the PLP’s inability to properly govern and/or duping of the electorate?” I do not wholly blame the UBP, however I do feel they shoulder some of the blame. ABC’s attitude, while I don’t agree with many of the points he makes, demonstrates the attitude held by many in Bermuda. The UBP’s percieved historical legacy and avoiding it is held of higher importance than the issues. Yes, we can certainly dance around and… Read more »

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ABC

If the UBP were to disband into independents, though, the public would still feel that they are a block of opposition to the PLP especially if their actions didn’t appear to be ‘independent’. That is, if they continually voted together in a bloc and opposed everything the PLP government said or done, then their ‘independence’ wouldn’t seem legitimate. IN the same breath, if they simply form a new party made of the same members, it would be an exercise in futility. The UBP brand is so sour at this point, that they need to totally disassociate from it, and whatever… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Denis, I am on the road and can’t type a decent post, but basically your response is so full of misconceptions and outright errors that you would do well to do some actual fact checking. Nothing the UBP did has been on the scale of what has happened under the PLP. For example, there was no suggestion of a term limit, but rather an apprentice system. I agree that the PLP have been winning the culture wars. The simple fact that I think we can all agree on is that we would be better off without the PLP in power.… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Denis, I am on the road and can’t type a decent post, but basically your response is so full of misconceptions and outright errors that you would do well to do some actual fact checking. Nothing the UBP did has been on the scale of what has happened under the PLP. For example, there was no suggestion of a term limit, but rather an apprentice system. I agree that the PLP have been winning the culture wars. The simple fact that I think we can all agree on is that we would be better off without the PLP in power.… Read more »

ABC
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ABC

Alex, That is simply not good enough. You cannot say that everyone agrees that the PLP shouldnt be in power, when everyone I talk to has no confidence at all in the UBP to govern. There are only 2 options currently. Most people that I talk to are quite fine with the PLP in government. Doesnt mean they agree with everything all the time, but things are not that bad. And many people that suffered under the UBP administration do not want to go back to those times. Alex, you are a clear example of why the UBP find themselves… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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Alex, It is interesting that you suggest the solution is for me to do some “fact checking”. I can neither confirm nor deny how bad the UBP was in comparison to the PLP and have never attempted to do so. Indeed, I was not alive for much of the UBP’s term nor was I very politically aware during my youth at the time when they were in power. To the best of my recollection, though I admit I could always be wrong, all I have ever done is point to the perception held by a great many Bermudians and pointed… Read more »