[Updated w/PLP response] Last night’s [Dec 11] PLP rally was an “endless stream of negative attacks aimed at the One Bermuda Alliance,” OBA C#27 Warwick North Central candidate R. Wayne Scott said.
The rally featured the candidates from Constituencies 24 through 36 including Michael Scott, Dennis Lister, Kim Wilson, Randy Horton, Scott Simmons, Stephen Todd, Zane DeSilva, Jonathan Smith, Lt. Col David Burch, Marc Bean, Dale Butler and Lawrence Scott.
Our 2.5 hr webcast replay of last night’s rally is below, drag the bottom bar to fast forward:
Mr Scott said: “Tuesday night’s rally at T.N. Tatem School was a telling reflection of the Government’s election campaign to date – an endless stream of negative attacks aimed at the One Bermuda Alliance saying absolutely nothing to the people of Bermuda about the problems they face.
“There were nearly a dozen speakers and yet nothing was reportedly said about growing jobs, making neighbourhoods safe again, reducing Government’s massive debt, reforming education or turning around the economy.
“If the Government spent just half the time on the problems of the people that it has spent attacking the OBA, people might have a better idea of what it’s for in this election.
“But the rally showed a Government thinking more about itself than the people, with no mention of the future, no discussion of ideas and no solutions; making it more clear than ever that this election is about more of the same with the Government or change with the OBA.
“I was canvassing in a neighbourhood with the sounds of the rally coming across, talking with out-of-work residents who felt they’d been abandoned, with no one listening to them and everyone wondering about how they were going to find work again. The disconnect between the Government and the people is deep.
“The OBA has put forward a comprehensive Jobs and Economic Turnaround Plan to grow 2,000 jobs for Bermudians. We have put forward plans for safe neighbourhoods, great schools and making Bermuda more affordable.
“It’s about jobs, jobs and more jobs, for a society based on economic and social equity, leaving no one behind. Let’s end the negative politics. Let’s use this election to move forward together. It’s time for change,” Mr Scott concluded.
Update Dec 13, 8.07am: A PLP spokesperson said: “We are not surprised that the OBA is criticizing and opposing an event that attendees viewed as positive and uplifting. The OBA has consistently opposed, criticized and rejected virtually everything positive advocated and achieved by the PLP.
“The rally featured PLP candidates talking about how we’ll create jobs and opportunities for all Bermudians. It featured speakers talking about building a fairer Bermuda that doesn’t work for just the privileged few, but, for all of our people.
“We talked about how we stood strong for Bermudians during the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression by helping our seniors get affordable doctor’s visits and medication. We talked about how we introduced the EEZ to help our job creating Bermudian small businesses in areas that need it most. We talked about providing DayCare assistance to working families.
“We talked about our vision for the future which includes creating job opportunities for Bermudians with the One Stop Career Centre, Job Corps Bermuda and the red carpet for returning graduates. We talked about growing our economy by establishing a bond market and bringing in new types of international business.
“That is what the rally was really all about. We encourage the OBA to hold rallies of their own to allow the public to have the opportunity to see and hear what they are really all about.”