The One Bermuda Alliance has responded to Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert’s allegation that they have “secret troops” who post on Bernews and The Royal Gazette’s websites, saying that instead of taking responsibility for the terrible tourism results, the Minister is “trying to lay the blame for his Government’s failure on secret troops”.
The Minister’s “secret troops” accusation came just prior to his recently released press statement saying that he feels the OBA, the media and the anonymous commenters on websites “spit upon Bermuda.”
In one of his recent complaints on the social network he said: “There are those who write via RG, Bernews mainly for political reasons to attack the Government. Have those in the OBA ever thought that they are doing more damage to the people of Bermuda than the Government.”
“Here is an email that was sent me: After some discussion and monitoring the newspaper from Bermuda we have decided to pass on vacating [sic] there next spring. The environment on the island seems to be negative”
Minister Furbert then ‘tagged’ Senator Michael Dunkley, and said he should “tell your secret troops they are hurting this island.”
Responding to the Minister’s allegation, an OBA spokesperson said: “This is disappointing stuff from Mr. Furbert. He is Tourism Minister at a time of persistent Government failure to effectively manage this important industry – an industry that has real potential to create hundreds of new jobs for Bermudians.
“The reported FaceBook posting came within hours of a press conference at which he reported more bad tourism numbers, with second quarter air arrivals down 6.5%, business travelers down 12.3% and convention visitor down 61.7%. Hotelier forecasts for the Fall anticipate an even worse performance.
“Instead of taking responsibility for the terrible result, the Minister is trying to lay the blame for his Government’s failure on “secret troops”. This from a Minister whose Government had been operating without a tourism strategy for years,” continued the OBA spokesperson.
“The kind of thinking reflected in Mr. Furbert’s FaceBook post is exactly why this country needs a change in government. Bermuda needs people in government willing to be accountable for their performance, willing to take responsibility for what happens.
“This Government has been in charge for 14 years and they continue to blame everyone and anyone but themselves for what’s gone wrong. It’s time to look in the mirror,” the OBA concluded.
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