Blakeney Offers Nothing But Fear-Mongering and Spin
By Sylvan Richards, One Bermuda Alliance candidate Constituency 7 and member of the OBA Shadow Board on the Economy, December 7, 2012
This statement by Mr. Blakeney represents just about everything wrong in politics today – fear-mongering and spin to make a good idea seem bad.
We have more faith in the good sense of Bermudians to see through his electioneering.
Our SAGE Commission is simply a way to get broad input on ways to bring responsible spending back to government, to stop waste and make sure hard-earned taxpayer dollars go further to support programmes that help people get by.
It will include members of government, people from large and small businesses and other respected individuals from the community. It is to be a broad-based effort to restore sanity to Government spending.
A SAGE Commission will help Government live within its means, just like any family must. The Government’s record to date has been anything but that, spending with no regard for limits, responsibility or consequences.
A Government of Job Losses, Not Job Creation
By E.T. (Bob) Richards, Shadow Finance Minister, December 7, 2012
Bermudians have to ask themselves whether they really believe this Government can “create jobs, thousands of jobs,” as the Premier promised yesterday.
The Government’s record over the past decade is one of continuing job losses, not job creation.
The Department of Statistics figures show that more than 2,700 Bermudian-held jobs have been lost over the past ten years.
The number of jobs held by Bermudians declined almost every year from 2001 to 2011 (latest available figures).
And the recent Labour Force Survey shows more than 10,000 Bermudians are either unemployed or under-employed. Nearly 40% of young Bermudians don’t have jobs.
This is a terrible record. Thousands of families are struggling to make ends meet, thousands of Bermudians are suffering grim days every day because they don’t have enough money to pay bills and meet family needs.
Sports Minister Should Answer Questions On Pool Costs and Canadian CEO
Remarks by Anthony Francis, One Bermuda Alliance Candidate in Constituency 13, Devonshire North Central, December 5, 2012
Last week I posed several questions to the Minister of Youth, Sports and Families, Glenn Blakeney. These questions were an attempt to bring some transparency and accountability to the National Aquatic Center project, which cost $20 million – some 33 per cent over the budgeted amount.
The Minister has not responded, and so we call on him again to advise the Bermuda public of the full costs related to the Aquatic Centre. We call on the Minister to tell us:
• What are the projected monthly operating costs of the Aquatics Centre, including electricity, heating pumps in the winter, cooling in the summer, staff costs, the purchase of chemicals, maintenance costs, and any other costs related to the operation of the facility?
• What is the projected monthly revenue for the Aquatics Centre?
• If there is a shortfall between the monthly revenue and monthly operating costs, who will pay for that shortfall?
We also called on the Minister to advise the public who will manage the facility, and we said that we understood that a chief executive officer had been hired from overseas on a two-year contract.
Politics Must Be About Bringing People Together
By Craig Cannonier, One Bermuda Alliance Leader, December 5, 2012
I along with everyone in the One Bermuda Alliance condemn in the strongest terms the contents of a report about conducting “racist politics” and “racist propaganda” that was prepared by a former PLP consultant for the Young Progressives group.
We find every aspect of the language, quotes and strategies outlined in the report to be reprehensible and offensive, having absolutely no place in politics in Bermuda, or anywhere for that matter.
Politics must be about bringing people together. That is why I got into politics and that is my goal as leader of the One Bermuda Alliance – bringing the people of this country together.
It is time for this election to move beyond the politics of rumors and distraction to addressing the real problems of real people.
That's what people are telling us on the doorstep. That's what they are telling us in the neighborhoods. That's what Bermudians’ want.
The Island is less than 12 days from an election that will determine the future of the country.
We are in the midst of an economic and social crisis that has left thousands without a job, thousands earning less and gang warfare threatening the fabric of community life.
When Politics Goes Wrong
By Shadow E.T. (Bob) Richards, Shadow Finance Minister, December 4, 2012
One of the action items in the OBA’s Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan is to provide employers a two-year payroll tax exemption for every Bermudian they hire.
This is a job-creating incentive that can get out-of-work Bermudians back on the job by easing cost pressures on employers.
It’s a win-win-win proposition: An unemployed Bermudian gets a job, the person or firm which hires him gets a tax break, and the government starts earning tax income that it wasn’t earning before.
But David Burt, the Junior Finance Minister, calls the plan “unfair” because it will “cause taxes to be raised on both workers and some small business owners.”