The OBA have stumbled again in announcing the elimination of term limits without having demonstrated that they’ve seriously considered the issue as promised in their election campaign. Term limits definitely need to be eliminated but there also needs to be a clear solution to the problem term limits was perceived as solving. Many Bermudians mistakenly believed the goal of term limits was to create opportunity for Bermudians. The OBA needs to address this perception with a solution, and fast.
The work permit process is deeply flawed and needs serious revision. We need a better solution. Both Bermudians and Expats feel disadvantaged under our current environment and it has turned us into adversaries rather than partners. Term limits did not solve the problem. It created the dangerous perception of a solution while damaging our symbiotic relationship with guest workers. We need a solution which clearly addresses the issue of creating opportunities for Bermudians while not damaging our relationship with guest workers.