[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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