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Global Voices: Bermuda
The world is talking. Are you listening?
Updated: 26 weeks 6 days ago
a bermudian's view weighs in on the country's bus strike.
“Bermudians Against the Draft have launched a campaign to persuade young black men not to cast their ballot in the next general election [because] neither political party supports their position”: Respice Finem disagrees, on the grounds “that disengagement keeps the status quo in place and renders you voiceless.”
According to Vexed Bermoothes, “there is no sign of ‘freedom of information act' preparation in any part of Government”, despite the fact that a year has passed since the Public Access to Information Act was passed in the Bermuda Legislature.
“Every nickel of deficit translates to more debt. The costs of the PLP Government are a noose around the Bermuda economy’s neck”: Vexed Bermoothes points out what he considers to be the elephant in the room.
Of the controversial Bazarian development, Vexed Bermoothes says: “We have some screwy priorities in this country. We refused to plan for housing that our international executives could buy…and then we give concessions in order to develop the same thing under the guise of tourism.”
“The Web has been around for 20 years now. It’s a pity the Bermuda Government has yet to use it to distribute the bills that have been tabled for debate in the House of Assembly…”: Still, Vexed Bermoothes manages to get a copy of the Good Governance Act and shares his thoughts.
Five years have passed since Bermuda “agreed to extend the UN Convention Against Corruption ‘at the earliest opportunity'”; Vexed Bermoothes thinks action is long overdue.
As news breaks that the former Premier plans to open a new health agency with “the consultant who coordinated Dr Brown’s trip to India last year”, New Onion asks: “How is this not corruption?”
“We need anti-corruption laws. We need whistleblowing statutes. We need political finance reform. We need to take the political Register of Interests seriously”: Vexed Bermoothes has had enough of all talk and no action.
The tabling of the Public Accountability Act in Parliament “sounds phenomenal…on the surface”, says Vexed Bermoothes, who goes on to explain that “the new law merely lays the ground work, as required by European directives, for the supervision of accounting firms performing audits of companies that are listed on stock exchanges in the EU.”
Take some time out to read a beautiful poem by a Bermudian writer, at tongues of the ocean.
Politics.bm says that 30 years after tourism's heyday, “Bermudians are wondering where all the tourists went” and fears that the same thing will happen to the country's stake in international business; Vexed Bermoothes echoes his concern about Bermuda's economic outlook, saying: “At the rate we are going, we may soon have a 1998 sized economy that is struggling to support the masssive debt taken on during the past few years.”