I think the most recent posts on the political parties web sites says a lot about the state of Bermuda’s two main parties.
The closest thing the UBP has to a blog has an opinion piece by Opposition Leader Kim Swan where he expresses the following:
Today, our state of mind is anything but tranquil. Tensions are running high. More and more I see people frustrated, people irritated, people confused. More than a few are getting angry.
As a politician, it is incumbent on me to try to understand why things are happening, to connect the dots and draw conclusions that might help our society work better.
As I see things today, the tensions are growing out of a variety of developments that can be traced to one common source – PLP Government policies and actions.
Let’s look at a list of incidents, decisions and events over the past few months to see if this observation makes sense:
He takes a while to get into the meat – which loses most people because let’s face it, it’s boring. But by the middle he has moved to a wholly factual and specific list of items which I suspect will get a nod from most of us as they focus on the real quality of life issues that are facing our island and our government. Then he closes with:
Each of the items I’ve listed above emanate from the decisions and actions of Government ministers under the direction of the Premier.
People more and more are seeing this government as out of touch and arrogant, and not really interested in their views. That labour unions are feeling the brunt of this callous style of government speaks volumes about the leadership of the Progressive Labour Party Government today.
It is time this government learned how to work with people. It is time this government started treating people with more respect. It is time the government started governing for the people.
…meanwhile over at the PLP Blog there is a post by Premier Dr. Ewart Brown about medical tourism. If you look at the line in italics, you’ll note that he has either written the article on medical tourism or plagiarized from it.
So, you see, I am a busy guy – with a lot of interests in a lot of areas. Today, I want to focus on two of my converged interests – medicine and tourism. I want to spend a few minutes talking about this fairly new term – Medical Tourism.
What is Medical Tourism? It is simply a term initially coined by travel agencies and the mass media to describe the rapidly growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care. So, while it is a new term, it is an old art. All of the pilgrimages we have heard about from biblical times when people traveled hundreds of miles for the lame to be made to walk and the blind to be made to see are grounded on the same premise – people will travel to be healed. Wouldn’t we all?
What strikes me is – who benefits from Dr. Brown’s vision? Not most Bermudians. My life is no better if we become a medical tourism destination, and neither is yours. We don’t have lots of doctors and nurses living in poverty. In fact, to support medical tourism we’ll have to import lots of doctors because we don’t have enough, which squeezes the rest of us out of our limited space. The one person who benefits from medical tourism in Bermuda is Dr. Brown with his clinic. How typical.
I get the impression that people are starting to wake up that they thought they were getting fillet mignon when they voted PLP but are waking up to table scraps.