Statement by The Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda and National Security Minister, August 16, 2015

Mr. Wayne Furbert’s call for a formal inquiry into hearsay allegations made in a court case that is not yet concluded should tell Bermudians all they need to know about the anything-goes political motives of the PLP leadership.

It is now a well-known fact that they are carrying out a “sustained program” of "disinformation and criticism", as directed by a former PLP Leader.

Mr. Furbert, in making his call for an inquiry, is just following orders.

It does not seem to matter that the court case in which the hearsay allegations were made is not yet finished.

It does not seem to matter that the allegations were made by a man whom the Supreme Court of Bermuda has already labeled as dishonest.

It does not seem to matter that the man did not provide the court with any direct or corroborating evidence to support the allegations made.

It does not seem to matter that the man’s own lawyer made not one reference to the allegations, or indeed anything in the man’s affidavits, during the course of arguments presented to the Chief Justice.

It does not seem to matter that there were four affidavits countering the man’s allegations, including one from a lawyer-consultant with the Attorney General’s Chambers.

It does not seem to matter that until the case is resolved, the issues are sub judice with the result that an additional and alternative form of inquiry would be wholly inappropriate and, indeed, might be construed as indicating a lack of confidence in the judicial process.

None of these things seem to matter to the PLP leadership.

What does matter to Mr. Furbert and his colleagues is doing whatever they can to raise doubts about the Government, to distract peoples’ attention from the progress we are making on their behalf and to drag the whole system down into their gutter.

The Government will not allow the Opposition to undermine the system in order to serve its narrow-minded, self-serving political motives. Their sustained programme of mud throwing has nothing to do with serving the best interests of Bermudians and nothing to do with progressing the Island’s economic recovery that can help so many.

As for Mr. Furbert’s motion, we will deal with it accordingly when it comes up in the House of Assembly tomorrow.

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