Video: PLP Accuse OBA Of ‘Wanting It Both Ways’

November 19, 2012

[Updated] With 27 days to go until the General Election, the PLP has released a new video accusing the OBA of “wanting to have it both ways” and “telling the electorate whatever it wants to hear.”

“It is not about principle with the OBA, it’s about politics,” said Minister Glenn Blakeney who is running in C#13 “This ad is effective not just because it’s funny, but, because it speaks to a deep truth about the both ways OBA. They are not driven by principle, they are about saying whatever it takes to win back power.

“Out of the one side of their mouth, they say that deep and radical cuts to jobs, FutureCare and DayCare are necessary in order to reduce debt. Out of the other side of their mouth, they say that they are going to engage in $500 million in new spending and new tax cuts. The OBA cannot have it both ways, and they need to tell the Bermudian people the truth about their real agenda.”

The two parties had exchanged words last week, with the OBA saying that under an OBA Government seniors currently enrolled in FutureCare will see no change in their benefits and said the “government election machine” is trying to win seniors’ votes through “fear-mongering and lies.”

The PLP responded saying the OBA continues to try and have it both ways on FutureCare, and accused the OBA of telling voters what they think they to hear and “not being honest about what they will cut or how much they plan on adding to the debt.”

Update 9.43pm: In response OBA Chairman Chairman Thad Hollis said: “Sadly for Bermuda, it’s now clear that this Government, its ministers and candidates are more interested in playing with puppets and chasing “secret plans” than addressing the serious challenges facing Bermuda’s families, workers and seniors.

“Let’s keep the focus on what is real. Because of this Government’s failed economic policies:

  • More than 10,000 Bermudians – a staggering 25% of the workforce – are now unemployed or underemployed.
  • Nearly 4 out of 10 young Bermudians are unable to find a job.

Mr Hollis continued: “Bermuda is in a deep economic crisis that is causing hardship and pain to thousands of families across the Island while the Government spends time playing with puppets.

“Bermuda needs a government focused on the real problems that real people are facing, bringing forward real change to improve the quality of their lives.

“The One Bermuda Alliance will bring that change. We will ensure seniors’ FutureCare health care benefits are protected. We will preserve Day Care for families in need. And we will grow jobs.

“Our Economic Recovery and Jobs Plan contains specific measures to support small business, stimulate investment, protect Bermudian-held jobs, and get the construction industry back on its feet.

“It’s time for change… to a government that faces up to its responsibilities to tackle real problems facing real people every day.

“This is the change Bermuda needs, and the change the people of Bermuda deserve. This election is about more of the same excuses government or change for Bermuda. The choice is clear,” concluded Mr Hollis concluded.

Update Nov 20, 4.01pm: A PLP spokesperson said: “The OBA and activist supporters failed to address the substance of our argument. The truth of the matter is that the OBA is trying to have it both ways.

“One OBA has called for rapid and radical cuts. This OBA is on the record opposing PLP investments in job training, FutureCare, DayCare and EEZ grants. The other OBA has called for an estimated $500 million in new spending and tax cuts.

“The OBA is trying to have it both ways. They’re trying to tell you that they can magically balance the budget while also radically increasing spending. The OBA is at war with itself and it’s time for them to tell us who they really stand for and what they’re really about?”

Update Nov 21, 6.53pm: The OBA has released their own video ad in response to the above video

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    Sums up the PLP perfectly. They use puppets because they can't find anyone prepared to appear in person to spread their message of deceit.

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    • Friendly Faces says:

      Jesus, who sanctioned this at PLP HQ? This is TERRIBLE. It's like some school film class. I really believe we actually might get change you know. And the irony is, that the US voted Obama (twice) which is against the grain, but right, and Bermuda has to do the same, and rid itself of this awful, awful government.

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    • Blurt says:

      Oh dear, once again the PLP Bermuda look pathetic, thank you PLP for making us look like a clueless bunch if idiots, a dog and pony show that no investors worth their salt would actually invest in. Vote these fools out, SMH

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      • OBA is just like romney says:

        Kinda crazy that there have been a whole bunch on new insurance companies and hedge funds setting up this year.

        But yes, no investors want to come.

        any more lies to sell people?

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        • Truth (Original) says:

          Aside from SAC Re, can you state the "whole bunch" of companies you are referring too?

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        • Blurt says:

          They are investment vehichles, no fully functioning new full suite employee companies. In reality it is more like a new product being offered for sale by an existing company. It has to be a separte legal entity to ringfence the ownership and leally protect the investment. New company does not equal new employer.

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          • navin johnson says:

            and most of their employees came from other insurance companies on the island....

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          • simon says:

            OBA, PLP and the UBP before them are all political parties and as such they have and will continue to make hollow campaign promises because we as an electorate are LAZY and they know this, and play to it! We don't bother to dig beneath the surface, heck, we don't even scratch at it. The vast majority of us sleep walk through the process and tend to wake up when someone shouts the loudest.

            I really like Minister Blakeney. For me, he is one of the very few good guys. But Minister while I watch the video with some amusement and for sure get the points being made, it really amounts to no more than the pot calling the kettle black and here's what I'm referring too:
            1. Leading up to the historic 1998 election the PLP hammered home the point that the then leaders of the country, the UBP, had all but given away the rights of Bermudian workers, as the non Bermudian work force at the time hovered around 18.5%. Fast forward several years after assuming the reigns the non bermudian workforce swelled to almost 28%.
            2. The PLP told us that under the UBP, Blacks continued to be disenfranchised and local Black contractors and small black owned businesses where frozen out of government contracts and that would change under their rule.
            Last time I checked, the names Correira, Lopes and DeSilva didn't belong to Black folks.
            3.The PLP told us that the UBP had all but destroyed the education system when they built that mega-school, Cedarbridge Acad...and yet in quick time the Berkeley Alum in Cabinet destroyed that argument by doing the same thing and simultaneously blew the budget by over $50,000,000.00
            4.The PLP had us convinced that they had all of the answers to turn around our public education system that the UBP had all but destroyed. Fast forward 14 years later, and at least 8 different Ministers of Education later (could be more) and over a Billion Dollars spent and you would be hard pressed to find many educators that would agree that we have made any progress.
            5.Tourism--Sigh! It's to painful to discuss just how far we have declined under the PLP. And the vast majority of the little tourism business received comes from the least profitable sector --cruise ship passengers.
            6.The PLP slammed the UBP for being poor custodians of the public purse but 14 years later we have gone from a deficit of approximately $165 million to close to $1.5 Billion under the PLP
            7.The PLP slammed the UBP for their record on dealing with crime--do i really need to go much further with this? I think not!
            8.The PLP pointed to all sorts of scandals that apparently happend on the UBP watch, 'Wreck Hill', The National Stadium development, Tynes Bay etc etc, ..but again do I really need expand on what has unfolded over the past 14 years.

            By now I think that you get the point....

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    • Blurt says:

      Glenn Blakeney is a LIAR, the OBA have never been in power. Did the PLP produce this BECAUSE THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING TO WIN BACK POWER!!!

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    • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

      Who did the PLP contrat to organize their campaign - Sesame Street!

      Todays message brought to you by the letters S.T.U.P.I.D.

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      • Annie says:

        Uh, Waldo...I don't think you should accuse anyone of being stupid when you can't even spell C.O.N.T.R.A.C.T...

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        • Annie says:

          BTW: It's 'today's' message...you know, with an apostrophe (ever heard of that?)...and the PLP is stupid???

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          • Come Correct says:

            Congratulations, now you can give the rest of your bloggers grammar lessons too. Good to see the plp got their own grammar nazi.

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          • Sledge Hamma says:

            He or she was probably educated in Bermuda under our current education system. Annie, something tells me you we educated here prior to the PLP.

            Sometimes a typo is just a typo.

            I think the point was that the video and idea was stupid.

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      • Come Correct says:

        Even if they did contract Sesame Street how can you take them seriously? The cookie monster doesn't really eat ALL of the cookies, half of them just fall out of his mouth. Isn't that a tell tale sign of bulimia?

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    • Pimpingalltheway says:

      why is the oba pepsi logo used for their articles and not the same for the others.

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    • Knobby says:

      What a bunch of muppets!

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  2. Liars says:

    lol looks like Darius Tucker, Kim Swan and l don't know who the evil white man is but l'll bet you he's NOT more evil then Dr. Brown and company!

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    • OBA is just like romney says:

      OR Michael Dunkley and company

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      • the real truth says:

        Funny feeling Ms --- you can't be anonymous if you spread the same message on every site but good try.

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      • Annie says:

        I really wish I could put Michael Dunkley on blast with the way he treats his staff, but I doubt it would get printed. I have a relative who works there and I don't know how s/he stands it..they really need to get the Union in there..-----------------

        Oh, well...the truth will come out one day-ugliness always does...

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        • Come Correct says:

          Noo don't tell me he runs the place like a successful business?! One where people actually have to work for their money?! Oh the horrors.

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        • Hey says:

          If it is so bad, why do they work there, why don't they go work somewhere else....they don't move, because there are no jobs elewhere due to the PLP driven unemployment levels or in fact it is probably quite a good job to keep.

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        • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

          They need a union there? To do what destroy them? KFC didnt even want you.

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        • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

          Hey Annie... didnt you send me a not so nice message yesterday because I made a little spelling mistake (actually a typo). Maybe you should read your own post before you point out the errors of others.

          People that live in glass houses, should not throw stones.

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        • Dunkley's Staffer says:

          Annie...I'm Bermudian and I have worked for Dunkley's for 2 years and I love my job...there are many BERMUDIAN staff members who have been working here for decades...there are even families who work here...can't be that bad eh? The benefits are excellent and you have a guaranteed paycheck each week...a security right now that should not be taken for granted. The problem is that too many Bermudians (I'm generalizing here and I apologize to those who buck the trend) do not appreciate what they have...there are always problems at every job...that's why it's called 'work' and not 'play'...too many focus on the negative and forget the positive...too many focus on doing as little as possible instead of as much as possible. What ever happened to taking pride in your job and doing your best? Whatever happened to everyone pulling together to get work done instead of behaving in a polarizing manner stating:'that's not my job'...perhaps the only good thing that will come from these hard times is some level of appreciation!

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  3. Liars says:

    To " Win back power" says The Minister....hmmm they have never had power......suggestive cartoon polytriks.....or just plain deceit or is it subliminal message tactics of the regime?
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    You be the judge!

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    • OBA is just like romney says:

      Sounds OK to me. The UBP are trying to win back power. Sad thing is, they can't get their story straight.

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      • Mad Dawg says:

        Out of interest, does the PLP actually have a "story", or is their whole campaign going to consist of smearing the OBA?

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      • Goose says:

        Take a long hard look at the ad, and think back to the time of Eugene Cox and Freddie Wade and what their generation would have to say on it if they were still around. The children of the labour movement have made it clear that they've no substance and no dignity.

        Is the PLP going to put out anything beyond rhetoric or a smear campaign over the next 27 days? The island is in a bad way, and the only credible thing they've put out is a Job Corps program that will cost $6.5mil a year, with only 4 people bothering to turn up to hear about it.

        The PLP in it's current form are childish, arrogant and clearly out of ideas on how to turn the economy, social ills and a failing education system around. It's pathetic, standing on the shoulders of giants and loosening their bowels all over their heads.

        While I'm here, WHERE ARE THE GCSE RESULTS? Do our current students stand any chance of finding white collar work? All well and good to say "You must hire Bermudians", unless the system's failed them and they lack basic skills in maths and English. What hope will parents have of their children surpassing them in earnings if they've no opportunity to achieve a good education.

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        • M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

          Goose you well know that the generation of Mr.Cox , Mr.L.F.Wade and , Dame Browne Evans were collectively denied access to the Largess of this country . Truth be told , if people like you who dare to lead off a comment dropping the names like you have , if you had your way ,then this generation of people who looked like them would have faced the very same challenges and outright , blatant denial of many of the freedoms that you and your family have always enjoyed . So don't go there .

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          • Goose says:

            So you're fine with the current PLP claiming to be a part of their legacy while sitting in the corner eating play-doh and sticking pencils in their ears?

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          • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

            The generation of Freddie Wade and Dame Lois Browne Evans include Dr. Brown & Paula Cox??

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  4. Liars says:

    ok another word....Zimbabwe,,,um Mugabe

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  5. Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

    “It is not about principle with the OBA, it’s about politics,” said Minister Glenn Blakeney who is running in C#13 “....so what are you running for ..? the position of Principle ? or Politician..? oh man this is C#13 choice ...i pray for your guidance from above on that day of reckoning.

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  6. Y-Gurl says:

    The PLP have had it all in many ways, honest, dishonest , controversial, legal, and much much more, to the point we are 1.5 billion in debt with them at the wheel, it's time to give someone who has actually run a business and hasn't been over run with personal and corporate credit issues which all went away all those years ago, the PLP need to stop assuming we are all stupid people, they hold us down in poverty and unemployment just like the do in other 3rd world countries, all to keep their people in fear and keep the government safe and secure does the proposed "Bermuda defense force" (PErinchief) tell us what's ahead under the PLP. Enough is enough the stakes are to high to ignore this and it's not just about an election it's about years more of self serving individuals reaping huge benefits and perks while sinking Bermuda even further

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    • Unhappy Bermudian says:

      Well said. People we cannot allow this to continue... Our children will suffer.. We are continuing to suffer.

      I want the old Bermuda back!.

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  7. PLP Puppets says:

    As usual, typical amateur PLP performance from a bunch of puppets spreading nothing but lies, hate and deceit,

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  8. PLP Puppets says:

    Thats the first WHITE counterpart i've ever seen in a PLP ad!!!!!!! PLP PROPAGANDA WARFARE

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  9. Y-Gurl says:

    I thought after Brown left , the PLP stopped being puppets, apparently little has changed

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  10. Where is the platform says:

    The PLP points out all the wrong with a potential OBA plan but they have yet to share their platform. Where is it? How are you standing strong for bermuda? As the PLP slogan is in present tense but what about the future? We need to know their plan for taking Bermuda in to the future?

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  11. Time Passages says:

    Did PLP actually pay for this rubbish. Jees are they TRYING to lose the election? Honestly, this is even worse than the three muppets on that disasterous press conference the other day. OBA does need a secret plan! Just sit back and watch the PLP train wreck.

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    • OBA is just like romney says:

      Yes, its much worse than a train wreck of a party that is saying different things to different people that don't add up.

      No thats not a train wreck at all!

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      • St. Davids says:

        You've got nothing but smearing and pointing fingers.... Have some pride and answer any of these questions people have been asking you... besides just smearing away.

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  12. Really says:

    TIME FOR A CHANGE THATS ALL I HEARD OUT OF THOSE PUPPETS......OBA!!!! OBA!!!OBA!!!OBA!!! LOOKS LIKE PLP IS SCARED. OUT THERE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WITH THEIR SIGNS VOTE PLP, WELL WHY CAN YOU GO OUT THERE AND DO THAT BUT THEN YOU MAKE OBA TAKE THEIR SIGNS DOWN.....STOP BEGGING AND COME CLEAN. YOUR NOT GETTING BACK IN THE SEATS. OBA OBA OBA!!! TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE.

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  13. Wow says:

    This proves they really have NO money.

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  14. BDAPhoenix says:

    I really do not know what to say in regards to this political add. I watched it and shook my head. I feel as if us, the voters are being laughed at by this type of advertising. How can we as voters take our own government seriously if this is what the produce to try and get our votes.
    I know this election is going to get ugly but both parties need to just tell the truth and what there goals are. We know many of the facts just show us what your plans are, how you are going to get there and stop the name calling on who did this, who didn't and all that nonsense it is as if we are in a kids playground.

    I also think the puppets and puppeteering could have been a little better for 1.5 billion dollars as well. It was a good attempt.. but honestly they would of have to been pretty amazing puppets for me to take this seriously.

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  15. Les B. Frank says:

    Who is the silent muppet in the middle?

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    • Hmmmmm says:

      A PLP puppet!

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    • Real Talk (original) says:

      More than likely the Premier.
      Cannot believe this atrocity of an ad was approved (and presumably paid for) by the PLP. Smacks of a whole new level of desperation.

      Signed,
      Not an OBA 'blogger'

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  16. It's about time! says:

    Oh come on....I just can't wait to read what the likes of Betty Trump, Laverne, upfromslavery, John Charles, Game On, John Thomas, Rhonda & the rest of the "machine" have to say about this embarrassment!!! Give it a shot...it ain't like it's gonna hurt your credibility when you support this latest fiasco.

    Please, please, PLEASE!!!! Feed me!!!!

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  17. Hmmmmm says:

    This is going to be my first time voting & I am voting for CHANGE!!!! OBA gets my vote! Tired of the PLP puppets and their foolery!

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    • OBA is just like romney says:

      Change, change to what? People who'll sell you out and screw your family just to make their budget balance.

      Go ahead, see what that gets you.

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      • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

        Tell us @OBA is just like Romney...what has the PLP done for you! In 13 years what part of this country is better pre PLP? I would say that TCD is far more efficient and tat is about it. But at what cost to us? Bermuda Emissions contrevery and what about the awarding of the building contract that never went out to tender.

        Go ahead educate us! Here is you chance.

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      • hypocriticalmuch? says:

        it's funny how u mention screwing over your family with who you have in your ranks...

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      • Felix says:

        Can it really be any worst than what your government has done? Impossible!

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  18. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Art imitating life ; Muppet Bob Richards hollering for cuts by attrition . We all know that he is lying and will cut anyway he See's fit . Muppet Micheal Dunkerley's the other dude there puttin his foot down , knowing that if deep cuts are really made , then less milk , eggs 'n' and chicken will sell .
    Muppet Bob sells dreams , Muppet Micheal buys them . Now for all you OBA dreamers , who comes first , the super chicken muppet (Micheal) or the egghead muppet (Bob) ?
    We all know the Mute muppet in the middle is the Big , Strapping Eunuch OBA leader . Can't wait for the two party leaders to debate , what a cut a$$ and lesson to remember for the Mute Muppet in the Middle .

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    • Ryan says:

      Reality check needed.

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    • IB says:

      Before commenting, try finishing sixth grade so you can string a sentence together, use a comma and period properly, and use the proper tense of "sees".

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      • M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

        @#1Btch ..Old Monty farts and walks away .

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      • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

        Dont blame him! He finished high school. He just had the unfortunate luck of being educated under this governments failing education system. Don't balme him -Blame me , I was one of those the VOTED to MAKE IT HAPPEN AND VOTED PLP. For that I apologize.

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    • Bullseye says:

      Art? You call that art?

      At least you can explain it so you must have an insiders view. Strapping Eunuch OBA leader? What is wrong with you? What is wrong with Cannonier? Too much sense for you so you call him a Eunuch? I don't know how you can write this stuff.

      I am skipping anything you write going forward. Your post here is just so rude and unjustified. No use talking to you either for you have no concept of what is going on or you simply don't care.

      PLP- Equal Poverty and Hate for All

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    • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

      I kind of get the feeling that you might have had something to do with this Seasme Street joke. Was this your bad idea, is this why you feel the need to explain this bad idea!

      I have voted for the PLP in the past (pre Dr. Browne era) and I will say that I will not be voting that way this time. However, as a Bermudian I am so embarrassed that the current leaders and possible future leaders of this country would think that this was a good idea!
      And to post it on Youtube for the world to see! WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS FUNNY AND A GOOD IDEA! I am embarrassed and offended!

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      • M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

        As we stand on the eve of a very important election , we the people have yet to hear from the leader of the opposition Party . We really don't care What you want to call the Party , we the populace deserve the right to actually hear from the leader . When will He FACE THE NATION .

        Reality check , Mr.Cannonier has so far denied the electorate a chance to see , to get an unbiased view into the intellect of the man . He has ignored calls for him to come on any and all talk shows , he has been invited to participate in a one on one debate with the party leader of the ruling party . He simply refuses to step up to the plate . Therefore , unless and until such time that he does , many people , manypeople have took to calling him a tightly controlled Eunuch .

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    • navin johnson says:

      I think we have found the script writer for this insanity...meet M.P. Mountbatten JP....

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  19. welldone says:

    this is hilarious! i love it!
    and all the comments from OBA folks show that they realize it is so true!!

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    • Blurt says:

      Yes it is true the PLP have nothing to offer for Bermuda except desperate childish puppet shows, empty promises, failure and no plans. They are attacking and trying to destroy the OBA who are just doing their job. I never thought the PLP were this clueless. Frightening that we voted them in last time. Were we blind? Not this time !!!!!

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      • OBA is just like romney says:

        Since when was it the OBA's job to say 2 completely different things?

        Any why is the PLP wrong for pointing that out?

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    • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

      I think you mean it is a joke...not hilarious - a joke. And jokers the PLP party is full of.

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  20. IB says:

    Anyone who cedes re/insurance risk to a company domiciled in a country where these muppets run the government ought to be really concerned. Doesn't the PLP think that just perhaps people other than Bermudians will see their antics and question the mental stability of the people running this country and regulating the billions in risk taken by Bermuda-domiciled companies?

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    • IB-too says:

      I can't vote in the upcoming election and therefore have no measurable affect on it's potential outcome.However,I can tell you that the senior execs at our international business are getting totally disgusted with the antics. of the ruling party.How will we ever justify a long term investment to our shareholders with bufoons like this running the country.Totally unprofessional and childish commercial.

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      • OBA is just like romney says:

        I'm sure you execs care only about their bottom line! As do you!

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        • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

          Their bottom line has an effect on our bottom line ....idiot! Our governement should be worrying about our bottom line! If they did we wouldn't be in this position!

          If you are going to defend the PLP,tell me for all the money they have spent (not to mention the money that is unaccounted for) what have you gotten for it. How are we better off after 14 years of the PLP?

          Education - worst results ever in our countries history.

          Crime - highest serious crime ever.

          Economy - worst since the Sea Venture landed.

          Toursim - worst results ever in most years under the PLP
          since we started using planes.

          Employement - How many people do you know that have a job today and are not concerned that they might lose it soon.

          We have seen more scandals under the PLP the EVER before. To name a few...T-Street home, Posrt Office Cedar gone missing, Pro Active / Berkeley, TCD contract, Cruise Ship Pier, Bermuda Cement Company, 800 million dollars in accounted money. The list goes on , and on, and on. How can you defend that!!!!!

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        • navin johnson says:

          true and they have been voting with their feet for the last 3 years....they could care less about who is running the country but make a move that hurts their company or its bottom line and they are gone as fast as a button can be pushed....how many more do you need to see leave before the penny drops that this Government has been a cancer to Bermuda....

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        • Who done it says:

          So you admit you don't care about the bottom line? Great. You now know why the debt is so high, can you cover my portion because I do not feel I am getting value.

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      • Vote for Me says:

        @IB-too
        Get real. Do you think any of the senior IB execs are unfamiliar with politica and all that is entailed during a national election?? We all know that despite the recent negativity, Bermuda's election period is quite tame when compared to most other jurisdictions.

        You will also know that Bermuda remains an attractive jurisdiction despite its high cost of business.

        Lets go Bermuda...

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        • Mad Dawg says:

          You think it makes Bermuda look good when the ruling party puts out a racist cheap childish puppet show? The election is serious. The government should deal with the serious issues.

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          • Tolerate says:

            I agree 100%. While I also like a giggle now and then, what was the PLP thinking? We get nothing solid on plans to fix this mess that has become Bermuda; but we get a childish puppet show. Fire the idiot who came up with this idea. Premier Cox, as the Leader of the PLP you should be ashamed for letting this ignorance taking place. I used to think at time I was being talked down to by the last couple of PLP Leaders; but attempting to secure my vote in this manner? Really feels insulting that this is the media you feel is required to pass your message over to me. I’m not a damn child and this country is in some serious sh!# so keep on track.

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        • IB says:

          Did you ever stop to think that perhaps I might be a "senior IB executive"? People in business are far more tuned in to local politics than you think, and this sort of cheap childishness from your governing party is embarassing.

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          • IB says:

            Yes pople know what an election entails, but one of the things they want in a domicile is long-term stability. The expectations of Bermuda are a bit higher than other jurisdictions because companies on this tiny island take over a trillion dollars of risk.

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  21. And the greatest puppeteer of all? Our last plp premier.

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  22. Ummmmm says:

    I didn't see the humor in this at all... Just shows that bermudians aren't serious about this election.. Didn't you learn anything from watching the US election?? They would NEVER use PUPPETS to get their point across! I don't think anyone OVER 18 watches sesame street.. Address the adults who CAN vote!! Those are the people you need!! GROW UP and stop wasting more money on petty videos like this!! SHOW US YOU'RE MAKING A CHANGE!!! BERMUDA NEEDS A CHANGE!!!

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    • OBA is just like romney says:

      Humour... SO the OBA says different things to different people, PLP points it out, and you say you can't find the humour!

      Pay attention!

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      • bermy$hotta says:

        WE HAD TO DECEIVE YOU...$till PLP bra! Find de humor?

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      • Down with the fools says:

        Of course they're going to tell people different things. In fear of it getting back to PLP. Why chance them taking their good ideas, as PLP quite clearly have NONE!

        There was absolutely NO humour in that "puppet show" whatsoever and if humour is what you saw, you're as clueless as our current governing party!

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  23. Soooooo says:

    Well I hope they didn't pay more than the quote for that garbage....

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  24. elementary says:

    Tomorrow meet the cast of Sesame Street when the Count will count to 1.5 BILLION arr ha ha ha!

    I always thought they were a bunch of muppets. Still they spend most of their time with their finger up their butt so I guess they're used to this sort of thing.

    At the end of the day they're just trying to get their message across to the public that they are the people pulling the strings (the puppet masters of P Hell P) and sticking their fingers up peoples bottoms to make them vote.

    On another note, it looks as though they're rapidly running short on campaign money. Maybe the OBA will draft in Michael Douglas for a reply.

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  25. Grubster says:

    This is the most truly awful, childish and unsophisticated advert ever and embarassing to Bermuda to be part of a political campaign. It looks like a project given to primary school children. Either the advertising industry here is rubbish, or the PLP really don't get it - or both. I shook my head with utter disbelief

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  26. please leave politics says:

    As I said on an earlier thread... this elect I n gets stupider with each passing day... smdh

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  27. yep says:

    This is ridiculous and offensive. The PLP are making an absolute mockery out of Bermudians like we have no pride, no intelligence, no reason and no voice. Standing strong? You're not even standing. You've officially been stood on. Time for change, Bermuda. We deserve better than this and we will get it.

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  28. 32n64w says:

    Just when you think the PLP couldn't look any more stupid ... But at least this proves what their opinion is of the electorate.

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  29. MJ says:

    The PLP have shown their level of maturity on this one. My 5 year old grandaughter thought it was funny.....but she can't vote! This will cost them a vote or two....hahaha.
    Vote to be free...vote OUT the PLP.

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  30. theothersidebda says:

    Pathetic

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  31. William says:

    You lot are being churlish..lol

    Think of all the PLP voters now lined up waiting with baited breath for part 2 , 3, and 4...
    I do not get angry with the fast food workers who can barely make change for a 5.. it doesn't do them any good and it messes with your digestion...lol
    Takked Deezy... TakKed Deezy.....
    it is seldom that one gets an opportunity like this to delve into the inner mechanics of the PLP government hive mind , like this... Here, let me feed them a little more rope ...... hell, i might even go down and buy them a new one... its that Damm Good ! :)

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  32. As Bermuda sinks! says:

    OMG.... icing on the cake!

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  33. Familiar says:

    The fact that this ad begins with "The following is a paid political broadcast from the Progressive Labour Party" makes it a remarkably good explanation as to why this country is as deeply in debt as it has become in the last 14 years.

    Even if the message they were trying to convey was true, I can't begin to understand what possessed any intelligent person to choose this as their means to express it. What do they think it says about how they perceive Bermudian voters?

    I can only hope no one chooses to follow in their footsteps and use this style of political ad or I will have to seriously reconsider who I'm voting for.

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  34. As Bermuda sinks! says:

    I'm still in shock, and I think they have done so much damage to their party...... how childish. We are talking about people suffering, people losing jobs and they are making comedy puppet shows...... how insulting.

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  35. OBA is just like romney says:

    Oh this is Hillarious.

    OBA talking out of both sides of their mouth just like Romney.

    Sink them PLP!

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    • Local says:

      With a following like you, PLP is very likely to sink the OBA, as well as you, me and the rest of this country.

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    • Come Correct says:

      Talking out of both sides of your mouth is aligning yourself with Obama and his victory while you hire republican key stratefic advisor, Erin Tanemblatt. How does that saying go? Don't point fingers if your hands aren't clean...

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    • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

      Hey OBA like Romney...one question!? Do you and all members of your family have full time employment outside of the Bermuda Government? My guess is no! If I am wrong I aoplogiize, but I'm guessing that if you were in business for yourself, working in tourism, construction, insurance, reinsurance, banking or anywhere else other than for the Bermuda Governement you would not be feeling so good about your future. Some of us don't work for the government, many of us have been laid off, and some of us have invested our hard earned money in our childrens College and University Education and have little hope that they has something to look forward to!

      Based on past results and based on what the future holds, why would you expect anyone to vote for the PLP. The blasted the former UBP about haow they ran the country and they have not made on F'n improvement in 14 years. Every single project that they have touched from Berkely to Whites Island has cost us millions extra and has been involved in some sneaky way.

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  36. Rockfish #1and#2 says:

    This ad is straight from the bottom of the dumpster. Did Cox approve of this insult to Bermudians intelligence?

    It isn't difficult to figure out who is laughing at how we sophisticated we are becoming--Damn!

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  37. Winnie Dred says:

    Looks who is talking Glen Blakeney our MP in absentia the man who from the day he was voted in has never looked back on us. What ticks me off the most you have now moved over to a different area and still running. Sir you have no moral,principled,integrity ground to stand on, you got some nerves after you abondoned the area you were elected to represent, now you come spouting crap. The saddest part is you will be voted back in, at this point I do not cares who wins the election, but you of any one being re-elected to Parliment will be a great travesty.

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  38. SLAVE MASTER 2012 .. says:

    PLP = MUPPETS , if you vote for the muppets (PLP), GUESS U ARE A MUPPET!!!

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    • Disgruntled says:

      This has got to be a paid PLP supporter. No sane person would go by that name and say that. Disgusting, I see through your facade, and so do most people.

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      • Come Correct says:

        They have no other way to win other than hopelessly clawing at peoples emotions. They want people angry at the white man when they walk into that booth. Sorry plp I think you put the icing on your own goodbye cake with this ad. A puppet show...really?! What are we 3? They were right though, it is funny, to see how desperate they are is hilarious. If I even considered voting for these fools after watching this I'd end my own life before I got to the polls. This is quite possibly the saddest thing I've seen since old yeller was taken out back and shot.

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    • Wheerzs Waldo? says:

      Sorry slave master 2012??? Race card was played way to many cards. Nobody falls for that crap anymore. People are wiser and won't fall for that BS. All cards in the deck have been dealt already except you and the other jokers.

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  39. UK Dependent Territory Citizen says:

    the strategists approved it

    get a refund

    no buzz.

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  40. Wow says:

    W....T....F?!?!?!?!?!

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  41. I can only imagine what a Top Level IB Exec (who has just brought his Company here to Bermuda may think if they saw this crap.

    Oh - I forgot they have'nt

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  42. Les B. Frank says:

    As a former PLP supporter this poorly scripted and badly executed ad is an embarrassment to me and to current supporters who think they are supporting a forward looking positive party with something to offer. The ad offers absolutely nothing. For potential investors and current investors in our economy this ad signifies absolutely no hope. C'mon PLP surely you can do better. Where is the plan. Where is the spirit lifting, goal setting, hope generating, inspirational leadership that a 'Governing' party should have.
    Absolutely pathetic guys. Grow the f^(k up. Where is the 'PLAN????? This is no game. 60,000 people(minus your core supporters) are on their knees begging for hope.

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    • Ride says:

      @Les B. Frank

      I'm not interested in hope. Hope's horse has long since bashed the fence, bolted the lane, careened into the oncoming reality of economy, crime, and education, and subsequently has been put down.

      What I am interested in is action. Not the
      * commitment to,
      * review of potential for,
      * construction of panel (committee, board, ...) to discuss (reach out to, ...) possible,
      * investigation of,
      * drawing together of stakeholders for intention of (commitment to, ...),
      * hiring of consultants for,
      * commissioning of report for,
      * brainstorming of ideas that may one day, in the forever distant future, potentially and/or perhaps lead to,

      ... action. But the realisation today and tomorrow and every day, hour, minute, second, and fractional second thereof, of the sustained implementation and public monitoring of solutions to the real critical issues facing this island territory today.

      Who has a plan? A long term plan. With clear goals and measurable milestones and deadlines to its implementation. With public transparency of these without political rhetoric. Communication of progress that removes "I" from successes in favour of "we" and includes "I" in failures instead of "they".

      A plan. Deliverables with measurable milestones. Clear deadlines. Transparency. Accountability. Ownership of responsibility.

      These are the things Bermuda needs. Not fracking puppet shows.

      Ride

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  43. 1minute says:

    The scary part is, people will still vote for them...
    Come on PLP tell us what you are going to do for Bermuda. Spending the whole campaign picking on the OBA is becoming a little childish. It is like you don't have any ideas so you need to put the attention somewhere else.

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  44. HelloGoodbye says:

    Is this real life!?!?!

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  45. Roger says:

    I don't understand, do Bermudians as a majority want their country run by this instead of people able to debate issues like adults?

    Do the ruling party think that with the education they have provided that this is the only way to convey a message to the voters?

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  46. Sandgrownan says:

    Wow, that's pretty pathetic.

    Oh, and for those that continue to try to draw a parallel between Bermuda and the recent US election. Give it up. There is none, no comaprison , no similarity. Except, that of cousethe PLP ae liars and have no tangible plan.

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  47. navin johnson says:

    funny that viewing this joke you can see the "brains" of the PLP approving it.......also just listened to Zane's most recent speech where he made repeated references to the UBP slash OBA he used the word slash so many times he got confused and referred to the UBA slash OBP...hard to try to read everything and concentrate on the words Zane? health minister? how did we get into this position? and this with 27 more days until the election?

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  48. Victor says:

    Why does the lady muppet say nothing? Is there a strong racial undertone to this ad? From my point of view, it's use of stereotypes is offensive and the public are owed an apology for it. I trust the Premier will have the good taste to disown this piece of propaganda.

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  49. More Confused says:

    What an embarrassment. The PLP have taken Bermuda down from being a respected and leading International Financial centre. Can you imagine what the likes of Middle Eastern potential investors will be saying? They certainly won't be saying "I can't wait to do business with the PLP Government". Do the PLP even pause to think how this comes across to the world?

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  50. LOL (original TM*) says:

    I do not know what to say. Never in my life have I ever seen a political broadcast done using pupets.....wow. This is a new low Bermuda is a first world country and the PLP can't take this serioursly enough to put out a serious advert where they actually talk about their plan for our future instead we get this......I'm sorry I can't even take the PLP seriously anymore. Take some pride in yourself PLP and our country please, cause if this is how seriously you take running a country you need to be back in the opposition seats. You have a lot of changing to do .....much more that I had though evedently ......................................

    LOL.....you did it to yourself PLP = Pupets Lining their Pockets

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  51. GoodIdea BadIdea says:

    Reminds me a lot of "Terrence and Phillip" from South Park - only Terrence and Phillip are a lot funnier with their fart jokes than this is with its' political commentary.

    This ad HAS to be for the sole purpose of poking the badger (opposition) - I hope no one who has seen this ad actually takes any of it seriously.

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  52. Undecided says:

    OMG OMG, This is all I can say. I voted for the PLP for change; the change I expected never came. Instead, we have outdated ideas and a bunch or arguing lunatics, so called role models for our children.

    I am sick and tired of the direction of Bermuda; my home. We need change and although I do not fully support all candidates in the OBA, guess what? After this ad it's a done deal. How much worse can it get?

    Sorry PLP, you lost my vote and my families vote today. So sad.

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  53. Terry says:

    Over 100 posts and nothing substansive.
    See yah.

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  54. Concerned says:

    A friend and I went to a function on Sunday night - where the Premier was chief Patron and at the end of the event, the Premier shaerd a few words and at the end, she blessed the Pastor of the church with a financial blessing - she didn't say the blessing was for the Church. There were ooh's and aaah's from those present and oh yes, the Amen's. My feeling was that this was another way of sweeting the vote pot. After the wnderful evening of inspiration through singing and music - the above took away from it all, I would suggest all blessings shoudl be given in private by MP's. May the Lord bless and keep us from more of satan's snares.

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  55. Triangle Drifter says:

    What a hoot!!! Everytime you think that the PLP has sunk to the lowest possible they outdo themselves & go even lower.

    This ad looks like something a middle school IT class might put together in one session.

    I spent most of September, October & up to just past the elections traveling the lower SE States. Everyday we were inundated with not only the professional ads for the Presidential race but also all the local political ads for whoever was running for Senator or Congressman in whatever area we happened to be. These were nowhere as slick as the National Presidential ads but nothing, I mean absolutely NOTHING was as childish & amateurish as this PLP ad.

    I guess it does say what needs to be said of the PLP. No plan to correct the mess they made, 0nly childish put downs.

    Silly slogans don't count for much. Where is the plan?

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  56. Mr. B says:

    I wonder if Ewart controls these puppets as well

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  57. theothersidebda says:

    Personally, I'd take a muppet over Derrick any day. Maybe this is a step towards transparency...a government run by actual muppets rather than muppets pretending to be independent thinkers.

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  58. Xeno Kills says:

    Wow I thought American political ads were bad. Bermuda is toast, folks.

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  59. Sorry Sir says:

    De hell did I just watch? hmmm, nice touch of subliminal messaging...

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  60. theothersidebda says:

    Maybe Mitt Romney was right about Big Bird....beware of the puppets.

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  61. OMG says:

    OMG So you’ve blown up one hotel, knocked down another, forced many to close,built various projects embarrassingly over budget, wasted millions on who knows what? Doubled the public sector staff, ran up a debt of over 1.8 billion dollars, we still have not seen
    The balance of the pension fund and now you make a JOKE out of an election…
    Bermudians are NOT as stupid as you think.

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  62. Hardly Amused says:

    I will vote for those muppets over our current leadership which consists of a rare species of morons who can't tell their arse from their elbows on the best of days. Give us a break green army!

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  63. small fry says:

    Politics is a serious business, after all our very future is at stake. There is no way that this is the party any longer of Mrs. Browne-Evans, Mr. Wade, Mr. Robinson, Dr. Ball, Mrs. Thompson etc.. I would humbly suggest that this is not how a party which calls itself The PROGRESSIVE LABOUR PARTY should be campaigning. This is just so REGRESSIVE and childish. Please stop this behaviour. I think it insults the intelligence of the electorate and indicates that this party does not really care about Bermudians at all...

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  64. PLP Puppets says:

    WHERE ARE THE GCSE RESULTS?

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  65. Mitchell says:

    This is really bad and its not funny,and Minister Glenn Blakeney talks about truth (Ha Ha) now that is funny, the bottom line is the PLP need to tell Bermudian people the truth about their real agenda." and how are they going to fix this terrible economy that they created by bad management of the Island.

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  66. Vulpes says:

    I think these muppets' next performance should be as a gay couple discussing their rights suchas they are in present day Bermuda and where the two parties stand on this issue. Alaska Hall should have no problem coming up with an informative dialog.

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  67. Victor says:

    There might be a job opportunity for one of these guys post election - taken from the BBC today:

    Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street after claims that he had sex with an under-aged boy.

    Last week a man accused him of having sex with him when he was a teenager, which he denied.

    The next day the man recanted the charge. A lawsuit by a second accuser has been filed, according to US lawyer Cecil Singleton.

    Sesame Street says the controversy surrounding his personal life was "a distraction that none of us want".

    Kevin Clash, 52, created the voice and persona for Elmo in the 1980s.

    The character has since become one of Sesame Street's most popular.

    Kevin Clash was given a leave of absence from the children's show last week.
    'Sad day'

    A Sesame Street statement said: "Kevin Clash has helped us achieve a mission for 28 years and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organisation.

    "The controversy surrounding Kevin's personal life has become a distraction that no-one wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street.

    "This is a sad day for Sesame Street."

    Kevin Clash did not deny the original relationship, but said it happened after the young man was an adult.

    "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest," he said in a statement. "I will not discuss it further."

    Sesame Street producers defended Kevin Clash last week but said he had shown "poor judgement" in breaking company policy on using the internet.

    Mr Clash was the subject of a documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey last year and has also won several Daytime Emmy awards for his work on Sesame Street.

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  68. Black Bermy in IB says:

    This is an embarrassment to all Bermudians. Collectively we need to hold our government to a higher standard. PLP please stop bringing shame upon this country.

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  69. Black Bermy in IB says:

    Debt is out of control. Education failing. Unemployment rising due to more business closing or relocating than new ones starting up. Murderers in our streets killing our sons.... And you put up an ad with a bunch of f*****g puppets!?!?!?!?!?

    WOW we've hit a new low. I'm disgusted!

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  70. Kim Smith says:

    So... whos the girl in the middle???

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  71. Vote For Me says:

    "Embarrassed to be Bermudian wow-o wow-o wow-oooo. Embarrassed to be Bermudian" I hope that video doesn't go viral. What a bloody bunch of jokers. I guess they are targeting the kindergarten vote. Get them out now please!!!! End this nightmare....OMG!

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  72. CCJKMOT says:

    Really? A puppet show? I'll never know what was said because I can't bring myself to watch this garbage. Please speak to all of us, not just the least prepared intellectually.

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  73. Pastor Syl Hayward says:

    Please stop with the "This OBA is on the record opposing PLP investments in job training, FutureCare, DayCare and EEZ grants. The other OBA has called for an estimated $500 million in new spending and tax cuts."

    That is a gross misrepresentation of the facts. The OBA has been critical of the way in which FutureCare and DayCare have been handled, with good reason, but they have not opposed them, and they have repeatedly stated they do NOT plan to cut these services. Nor do they plan to cut seniors' free bus and ferry rides, as the PLP have told seniors (they should be ashamed, scaring a vulnerable population with outright lies).
    The OBA have opposed EEZ grants, which is the giving away of money, allowing only a select few to be assisted until the money runs out. They support the original concept of assisting businesses in obtaining loans - money which would be paid back. That makes better fiscal sense to me.

    The PLP, in the person of David Burt, has pulled the figure of $500 million out of thin air, and it keeps getting repeated as if it were reality, till some folks believe the OBA actually said it.

    What the PLP have not said, in all this spin and double speak, is what they actually WILL do to get us out of this very deep financial hole they have got us into. They can talk all they want to about debt ratios and GDP, but that has no bearing on the actually amount of money we owe (which, by the way, is increasing daily) and the dwindling workforce available to help pay it off. Simple equation - no job = no paycheck = no payroll tax = no money in government's coffers to pay even the interest.

    Surely the PLP have something concrete in the works beyond this airy-fairy 10 Point Plan. Are they the ones being secretive? Or do they just not know what to do and are busy spending what little is left on more vehicles and travel.

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