Chairman Thad Hollis On OBA’s First 100 Days

March 27, 2013

[Written by OBA Chairman Thad Hollis + Updated with PLP response] The Progressive Labour Party seems, to judge by the statements yesterday of Mr. Bean and Mr. Roban, to have returned to the tactics of misdirection, distortion and exaggeration that became so familiar to Bermudians during their term of Government and more particular during the election campaign.

It was, as we all remember, a losing election campaign. People saw through what they said then, and I think they will see through what they are saying now.

The truth of the matter is that the One Bermuda Alliance, in its first 100 days in office, has realized that the problems it has inherited are worse than ever the PLP was willing to admit. We now know that the country’s economy is in worse shape than even the most pessimistic of us predicted.

The OBA Government inherited a bloated and unsustainable budget, thousands of Bermudians out of work, an education system that had been tinkered with, but core issues never resolved, and neighbourhoods where we didn’t feel safe. The One Bermuda Alliance did make promises during our Campaign; in only 100 days here are some of the deliverables we have met:

  • A member of the Opposition was invited to sit in Cabinet.
  • Employers were given a two-year payroll tax exemption for new hiring.
  • A Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission has been set up to streamline government processes, improve delivery of services, and make government more efficient, more cost-effective, more transparent and more user-friendly.
  • Consultancies and frequent travel have been reduced.
  • An Economic Development Committee has been set up to remove red tape and speed up approvals necessary to encourage inward investment in Bermuda from abroad.
  • Ministers’ pay has been cut.
  • A concerted effort has begun to improve public safety with an Operation Ceasefire-type approach.
  • The Police are being equipped with the resources and support they need to get the job done.
  • A fully-integrated technical curriculum is being set up.
  • The preschool programme is being expanded.
  • A serious commitment has been made to professional development for teachers and principals.
  • An independent standards board has been implemented, to restore trust in educational testing results.
  • A longer school day has been expanded, to provide more time for sports, music, arts and remedial support.
  • Positive initiatives, such as the Cambridge curriculum, are being continued.
  • Re-training of Bermudians has begun, and programmes are being enhanced that will open new doors for them.
  • Support is being given to career and job training for young Bermudians.
  • A Tourism Authority is being set up, with the goal of turning our moribund tourism industry into a going and growing concern.
  • We have begun partnering with the private sector to aggressively market Bermuda to the international business world, inviting and welcoming job creators to the island.

Everything this Government is doing is directed towards Social and Economic Equity for all Bermudians, great schools for great kids, safe neighbourhoods and getting Bermuda working again. Everything this Government is doing is directed towards helping the thousands who are unemployed, the thousands earning less than before and the thousands looking to grab onto anything that can help them pay their bills.

To make these things happen, there is only one thing to do – the economy must be made to grow. This is the number one challenge facing Bermuda today. If we fail to succeed in that, the unemployed and the underemployed will continue to suffer and more will join their ranks. If we fail, there will not be enough working opportunities to absorb the hundreds of young Bermudians who enter the workforce each year. If we fail, we face a stark future as a country.

The PLP created some policies that have deeply embedded themselves in the way Bermuda does business. Just one example is those immigration policies that in truth did nothing to protect Bermudians. They didn’t reform the law; they confused us with the concept of term limits but did nothing to address their issuance of more and more work permits. They were PR gimmicks in an attempt to show that the PLP was a party that put Bermudians first. But as we all know, they had the effect of alienating people whose business and support the Bermuda economy needed and, in the end, hurting Bermudians.

The PLP knew from the beginning that they were mistakes, and should have had the courage to correct them. They did not. Now, like weeds in the field, their mistakes have to be pulled out by the roots to make space for productive crops to grow.

For the avoidance of doubt, let me say that the OBA is deeply committed to the wellbeing of all Bermudians. Our overarching aim in political life is to improve the lot and the lives of Bermuda and all its people. We have no interest in putting foreigners first and Bermudians last. We have no interest in hurting anyone, least of all our seniors and other vulnerable people in the community.

If the OBA took the easy way out and simply continued with all the feel-good/do nothing policies the PLP put in place, we might be a popular Government for a while. But things wouldn’t get better – they’d get worse.

We cannot go on in the way we have been going. That would be like committing a kind of slow economic suicide.

- Thad Hollis

Update 5.55pm: In response, A Progressive Labour Party spokesman said, “The OBA still has not answered questions raised regarding their first 100 days in office. Instead of coming clean and telling the truth, the OBA has run, hid and weakly attempted to deflect attention from their broken promises.

“We call on the Premier to explain why under his leadership the OBA’s promises to:

  • Suspend Term Limits for 2 years
  • Reduce spending and reduce the debt
  • Cut the travel budget
  • Decrease the size of cabinet
  • Not hire consultants
  • Lower the cost of health care
  • Immediately cut Minister’s salaries

were all broken. Now we understand that the OBA are stealthily beginning to use GP cars, in a clear violation of yet another campaign promise. Their record speaks for itself.”

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  1. Measure Twice says:

    As with most things from the OBA. A long statement that says nothing!

    Also ignores all the broken promises from the OBA.

    Funny they count as accomplishments things they continued.

    Soon people will see right through them.

  2. Hmmmmm says:

    So let me see if I understand this. The Opposition Leader attacks, sets out the catalogue of broken promises. The Premier responds, hiding behind some bizarre press release which ignores the point of Marc Bean’s statement. 24 hours later, the Party Chairman issues an op-ed to defend the Government’s record. This dysfunction is pretty scary. If the Premier can’t be trusted by the insiders to defend the record in person or at all then we have a problem at the top. 13 Ministers in Cabinet and the unelected Chairman of the Party surfaces to defend the Government’s record? Mr. Premier,one brother to another: please lead; don’t make the surrogate stuff a reality. At least try and make it look like you’re really in charge.

    • Mad Dawg says:

      “Let me see if I understand this”? ……

      No, you don’t understand it.

      Bean is lying about the “promises” that he says were made.

      An example. Where was the purported “promise” to ‘not hire consultans’? It never happened. It’s just nonsense.

      Bean is making himself look pretty immature.

    • Zombie Apocalypse says:

      Let me see if I understand this.

      The PLP ruins the country, and after 14 years of incompetence, leaves it in a complete mess. Such a mess, in fact, that they attempted to cover up how bad things were before being booted out of office.

      And then, 3 months into the new government, the PLP wants to know why all the problems it created have not already been sorted out.

  3. Bermudican says:

    i hate to say this , buh i feel it needs to be said,
    For all the good works now in process ,
    Scant consolation it is to the people who lost out by having their businesses trashed
    and families torn to shredds under the PLP .
    OBA really needs to get all over the fricked up judicial system
    and all the phoney little bureaucratic ‘Fiefdoms” , for the benefit of the populace at large.

  4. Seriously.... says:

    Thad Hollis – Stop ducking and say why your party broke its election promises!

    The OBA’s promise to suspend term limits for two years has been broken

    The OBA’s promise to reduce spending and reduce the debt has been broken with spending skyrocketing, the deficit escalating and the debt ceiling pushed to 2.5 Billion Dollars

    The OBA’s promise to cut the travel budget has been broken

    The OBA’s promise to decrease the size of cabinet has been broken

    The OBA’s promise not to hire consultants has been broken

    The OBA’s Promise to lower the cost of health care has been broken, with them raising health care rates by 20%. This will cost families at a minimum $1,300 more a year and seniors $2,600 more a year.

    The OBA’s promise to immediately cut Minister’s salaries was delayed for 3 months while they pocketed the full salary with part time Ministers pocketing FULL salaries while still holding down their jobs in the private sector.

    The OBA’s promise that “privatization is not part of our plan,” has been broken with their SAGE Commission now tasked with identifying which parts of government will be privatized.

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Show me where they promised not to hire consultants.

      It’s just absurd rubbish.

      • smh says:

        okay you mentioned ONE thing Mad Dawg, are all the other broken promises acceptable just because the PLP brought it up?

        • Mad Dawg says:

          Let’s do them one at a time.

          First, do you admit Bean was miskeading the public about an alleged promise not to hire consultants?

          Yes or no?

          • Johnny says:

            So mad dawg, do you by intention disregard people’s comments when you reply, or is it that you really don’t know what you re talking about?

            • Zombie Apocalypse says:

              Are you afraid of answering him?
              Did Bean mislead the public or not? Yes or no? It’s quite a simple question.

            • Mad Dawg says:

              So Johnny. Bean. Liar or not? Yes or no?

    • Pastor Syl Hayward says:

      @ Seriously: Seriously, this is some real spin! The OBA did not make most of those statements you call “promises.” Different people may have said various things, but “promises” are what is included in the platform. I have been back through their platform and the only other promise beyond term limits (which should be a dead horse, it has been beaten so exhaustively – yet people still refuse to accept that rational people make changes when they receive information that makes their previous position detrimental)that is relevant to your accusations is the promise re the cost of health care, which y’all cherry-picked. The promise actually states that they will reduce the cost of health care “through a strong focus on the Bermuda Hospitals Board which accounts for 40% of all health care spending in Bermuda.” This is being done as we speak.

    • in the know says:

      first of all get the facts n not the lies the plp are putting out there,

      the sage commission is not tasked at looking at privatization.

      second the oba promise to cut down on the use off consultants.

      third you can’t expect to reduce the debt in 3 months of being government, the debt would be reduced over the length of their full time as government.

  5. Jim Jones says:

    By citing the things they continued they are acknowledging that not everything PLP was bad. They are keeping what was good and only fixing or eliminating the policies that were not.

    How you claim that statement says nothing is beyond me. It says plenty. I’m sure you would have paid more attention if they just listed a bunch of handouts that we can’t afford like the PLP did.

  6. Argosy says:

    The PLP diehards who were harping on about secret reports before their defeat are now harping on about “broken promises”.

    Sounds like a broken record.


    • Truth says:

      Consultancies and frequent travel have been reduced.
      Ministers’ pay has been cut.
      A longer school day has been expanded, to provide more time for sports, music, arts and remedial support.

      All 3 of these statements are false, with the caveat that the Ministerial pay was cut after 3 months of recieving full pay for part-time work.

      I am tired of OBA supporters who only rip the PLP and never admit when their own party does things wrong – - the PLP did not corner the market in faults and mistakes. . . I simply want you, Argosy (and other like you) to realize that everytime you make statements like “YOU LOST THE ELECTION! GET OVER IT!!” – - YOU yourselves are feeding into the same mentality of those PLP supporters whom you seem to mistrust and shun.

      The OBA is the government and should be allow to govern – - the PLP is the opposition and should be allow to question and oppose – - that is our system – - and I will use your tagline – - if you don’t appreciate those points, then “get over it!”


    • Webster says:

      Mark Bean,and Roban had the nerve to talk about over spending ????
      I hope that Mark Bean will get some help with his diction… it is those… members of the O.B.A. not does members !!!! my lord can you imagine this man being the leader of this Island ? and else for Roban !!!!!!!!! this man has trouble reading what some one else has prepared for him … P.L.P. if you have any hope in hell to regain power, get rid of you current leader.

  7. impressed says:

    Wow, the PLP blog response team is in full effect. I am impressed. They got thier messages up quickly. I guess they are not busy doing much else…

    Hang in there OBA. Stay true to your words, be open, transparent and work hard for us. We need economic growth and pointed social programmes with the best prospect for return.

    Dont try to be everything just to placate people and end up screwing it all up. Also, spend money for the good of Bermuda and not so that your friends can take our money through supposed legitimate contracts. Not saying you are doing this, but dont follow the PLP in how they did it…

  8. media says:

    Nice strong response Thad Hollis. As someone who voted for the OBA you have my support. As for the PLP defenders, who are you trying to kid. The PLP broke a lot more than promises, they broke Bermuda.

  9. Felix says:

    The green regime trolls are first out of the blocks. One thing they are very good at is cutting and pasting and as usual, nothing of substance.

    Thad, don’t let these clowns distract our new government, the more they can keep you off balance, the less will be accomplished and that’s their objective! We have a very small window to turn this economy around. There is nothing in their presentation that will benefit Bermuda, as has been said before, it is designed to divide and confuse. These individuals are truly hurting now that the gravy train has been cut off after slobbering at the trough for 14 years, this really hurts! They are in it for their bankrupt party, nothing to do with Bermuda for Bermudians! Be wise OBA pick your fights carefully, don’t be drawn into this silliness by these puckering sour grapes!

  10. weedy says:

    Once again I am disappointed in this written response from the OBA, it says nothing, nor do they admit they have broken the promises made pre-election. It also fails to admit the truth, as Senator Jardine just highlighted last week in the Senate that TRAVEL and CONSULTANTS HAS GONE UP, and there was no significant cut by the OBA govt. Yes, I voted for the OBA, but his is not what I voted for, they are not living up to what they promised TRANSPARENCY, OPENNESS and FAIRNESS. Tell the truth OBA and stop spinning this thing, as it make you look bad, and folks can see right thur the lies.

    I can not help but post what a few folks above have mention that is true. Lets be honest, and just admit what has not gone right so far, and push forward to solutions in the future OBA.

    As with most things from the OBA. A long statement that says nothing!

    Also ignores all the broken promises from the OBA.

    By citing the things they continued they are acknowledging that not everything PLP was bad. They are keeping what was good and only fixing or eliminating the policies that were not.

    Consultancies and frequent travel have been reduced.
    Ministers’ pay has been cut.
    A longer school day has been expanded, to provide more time for sports, music, arts and remedial support.

    All 3 of these statements are false, with the caveat that the Ministerial pay was cut after 3 months of recieving full pay for part-time work.

    I am tired of OBA supporters who only rip the PLP and never admit when their own party does things wrong – – the PLP did not corner the market in faults and mistakes. .We must hold all governments accountable, especially this was a big thing the OBA promised Pre-election.

    This latest statement by the OBA makes them look bad, at best.

    • Come Correct says:

      Did you copy and paste that Betty?

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Hi Betty.

    • media says:

      Trying to sound so reasoned but just doesn’t come across as sincere. Try again.

    • Jim Jones says:

      “By citing the things they continued they are acknowledging that not everything PLP was bad. They are keeping what was good and only fixing or eliminating the policies that were not.”

      Nice copy and paste from my comment from 4:48pm. Credit sources much?

      I was responding to Measure Twice.

      I don’t see the problem with them bringing up the fact that the policies that were actually working have not been scrapped.

      • Johnny says:

        If you read weedy’s comment you would see they clearly state that “I cannot help but post what a few folks above have mention that is true”.

        • Come Correct says:

          If you read weedy’s comment it’s a cut and paste from another blog. I highly doubt she likes this other bloggers spelling mistakes and incorrect terminologies enough to cut and paste them too thus making weedy=Betty Trump. Betty Trump has talked down the oba since early last year (maybe longer) but “weedy” says she voted oba which is an outright lie and takes all credability away from anythig she says. I believe they call that a troll these days.

          “In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”

          In short, everything she says is a steaming pile of horse sh!t. I can’t even read her comments on this other blog because its like a cheese grater to my brain. The real kicker is she was on this blog as Betty Trump not too long ago, so why the need to change the name to weedy? Oh right, because nobody takes Betty seriously.

        • Jim Jones says:

          Sorry, I may have been enjoying the ‘weedy’ a little too much. Carry on…

    • Eastern says:

      @ weedy

      I cannot take what you say seriously as you yourself are misleading the public; the OBA’s 10% pay cut will not come into effect until the new budget comes into effect on April 1st. So who is misleading who?

    • Truth and consequences says:

      Honesty is refreshing when we attempt not to address areas we expose ourselves more let us be known as a government that is not afraid to admit our shortcomings INTEGRITY is important.

  11. weedy says:

    By the way Mr Hollis all governments makes mistakes, the OBA have made a few already, and what stops them in the future. I think that was mere childish remark coming from the OBA camp, which is not required. Stand up and be accountable, and stop with this attempt to always call or lean on the PLP’s mistakes. The OBA is now the government, show the people you know how to govern. This is getting really silly coming from the OBA, I am growing more disappointed and so are others whom are not willing to express their feelings openly. It is those that do not speak that make the loudest noise later on.

    The PLP already are aware of their errors, and folks as well, that is why the government changed on Dec 17, so there is no need to keep dwelling on the past. OBA is the government, so do what you must do, but grow up and govern without calling the PLP names. I did not sign up for this child play by the OBA, I expected more. After all you did promise to do “Politics Differently” .

  12. O'Brien says:

    Most of these ‘broken promises’ are outright lies by the PLP:

    Ministerial salaries — the OBA could not cut their salaries for three months because that can only be done by Parliament, and Parliament did not meet until February. As for ‘part time’ Ministers, do they forget that Ms Cox was Finance Minister while keeping her corner office at ACE? Short memories….

    Consultants — nowhere did the OBA promises ‘not to hire consultants’, government could not run properly without bringing in outside expertise from time to time. They promised to curb the ridiculous over-use of consultants by the PLP, and I believe they will.

    Privitisation — the SAGE commission is entitled to make recommendations on how to improve government efficiency, which may include privitisation. The Government has not committed to any such move, so how can this be a broken promise?

    um um Bean needs to try a little harder…

    • weedy says:

      OBrien, There are no lies, your just disappointed in the OBA and now your attempting to defend them at all cost. That is not smart move, wake up and accept the OBA has failed to keep many promises, and it looks like this will continue in the future. WHERE are the JOBS? THE SAGE will make significant cuts in government jobs, what else are they there for ah? How many reports have been done on the organization and running of government, too many to count, another was not needed, until cuts is the major objective.

      • O'Brien says:

        The PLP had 14 years and started with a clean slate.

        These guys have had 3 months and inherited a fast-deteriorating economy.

        Yes, I will give them time to prove themselves. You should do the same.

      • Eastern says:

        Weedy; WHERE are the JOBS you ask? Ask the previous Government where they went. After 14 years of mismanagement of the local economy you expect all the jobs to return in just 100 days. Come on and get real!!!

      • Mad Dawg says:

        Betty, where’s the jobs? Do you mean the jobs that now have to be created to re-employ the 4,000 Bermudians thrown out of work by the PLP?

  13. Bermuda Male says:

    How could they lower health costs within 100 days of being in power? The PLP couldn’t do t in fourteen years and only grew more expensive during their reign of terror.

    They never said, once, that no consultants would ever be used and exactly are the travel budgets for comparison.

    I am glad they got rid of term limits as they were stunting our growth and the PLP knew this since 2006, but didn’t act because of politricks. So instead they kept a policy which hampered our ability to attract business as a means to placate their support base despite the fact they knew it didn’t protect Bermudian jobs and in the end cost Bermudians thousands of Bermudians their jobs and livelihoods. Exactly how is assisting with increasing unemployment and underemployment standing strong for Bermudians?

    Ministers salaries could not be cut until parliament passed the bill and these cuts come into effect on Monday. The PLP offered a lower pay cut over a year ago and never enacted it.

    And as for the budget it is a shame that it has to be increased. But it is either that or cut the civil service as Grant Gibbons noted the other day without further borrowing the Government wouldn’t be ale to meet its payroll obligations this month due to the financial mishandling and downright incompetence of the previous PLP regime. So instead the OBA had to immediately borrow to ensure Bermudian civil servants were paid to ensure they can me their bills, rent etc. That is actually standing srong for Bermudians as the other option was deep and radical cuts that the PLP propaganda machine was babbling on about in the run up to the election. So no matter what this Government would’ve done you would have the same peanut gallery spouting the dame nonsense as they are now.

    Not one of you have two sh&ts about the PLPs mishandling of our finances during their reign of terror and constantly lambasted the likes of Mr. Burchall, Sir John Swan, Min. Richards when they brought these issues use. Not one of you had the balls to stand up to your own Party when they squandered our money on massive overruns and friends and family funding. You all just sat back and allowed us to be run rough shod over and attacked anyone that dared to disagree or voice their concerns. And not one of you has held the PLP accountable for their massive and I mean massive screw ups that the new Government now has to clean up.

    Keep on parroting what your shepherds say without actually thinking through yourselves. It only makes you look stupid as rational thinking people can actually see through the politricks and lies. This attitude that you are now demonstrating shows to me that your a simply PLPians as opposed to Bermudians. You hate Bermuda so much that you sat idly by and allowed the destruction of our economic and social fabric of our island simply because it ws your team doing the damage.

    Go on OBA, do what you have to do to fix this mess left behind by the PLP.

    • Eastern says:

      My goodness “Bermuda Male” you just wrote the reply to the opposition’s reply. Because of your reply thankfully to the opposition’s reply the OBA don’t need to waste their time replying to the opposition; they can now get on with running our country and get it back on track.

      Thanks “Bermuda Male”

      • Rhonda says:

        Bermuda Male….you have proven that you understand the OBA’s talking points, as programmed …

    • Felix says:

      Thank you BDA Male, couldn’t have said it better myself!

  14. Justine says:

    Oh my word, do you guys just not get it?

    The OBA has a country to run, and they are getting on and doing it rather than wasting their time running to answer every ridiculous and frankly crackpot remark the PLP make. PLEASE – judge them in 1 year, 2 years, whenever, but not after 100 days!

    By the way – before the PLPites jump on me for being an OBA diehard, I’m not. I don’t believe that the SAGE commission is the right way to go when there are already depts. doing that work and I’ve stated that again and again. Other than that I’m very impressed with OUR new Government.

  15. Bliss says:

    The PLP has done a great job, running the country for 14 years,that is why, Bermuda is in trouble now. You can’t blame the OBA.

  16. god1st says:

    @ measure twice

    It doesn’t take long for a wolf to remove sheeps clothing.

  17. Rhonda says:

    One day a man was walking down the street on his way to work. As he walked down the street, there were dogs on just about every front porch and they all would bark as the man walked passed them. However, there was one dog that he remembered, because this dog was just sitting there and he was whimpering and whining and moaning, you know the little whimpering sounds dogs make when they are wounded or in some sort of pain. Well this particular dog was just sitting there on the front porch making those sounds. The man was curious as to why this dog wasn’t barking like the other dogs and why he was whimpering. He couldn’t figure it out, so he just kept walking to work. The next day he was in the same situation where he was walking down the street and saw the dogs once again and this same dog that was moaning and groaning the other day was doing the same thing today and he just couldn’t figure it out. Well, he walked past for an entire week and every day the dog would be there moaning and groaning. So, finally, the guy got fed up, he said “let me find out what’s going on.” So he went and knocked on the door and a guy came out and said, “Yes, how may I help you?” He said, “Sir, is this your dog?” “Yes, that’s my dog.” “Well, what’s wrong with him?” The owner of the dog said, “What do you mean?” “Well, he’s been sitting here moaning and groaning, whimpering and whining for an entire week. The rest of the dogs are barking, your dog should be barking too, why is he moaning and groaning?” The owner said, “Well, he’s actually sitting on a nail.” He said, “What! Your dog is sitting on a nail. Why doesn’t he get off?” “Well, it just doesn’t hurt him enough.”

    Wow! You know most people are like that dog sitting on a nail.

    • Bermyman says:

      Is this the only proverb you know because you repeat it almost weekly and does anything you say ever come from your own brain or is it always borrowed from something else? The same could be said for the PLP, how deep did the PLP nail dig into Bermuda, a lot of us are hurting because of it!

    • Jim Jones says:

      Yup, and finally on December 17, 2012, that poor dog finally had enough, hadn’t he?

  18. Rhonda says:

    O’Brien says:
    March 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Most of these ‘broken promises’ are outright lies by the PLP:

    Ministerial salaries — the OBA could not cut their salaries for three months because that can only be done by Parliament, and Parliament did not meet until February. As for ‘part time’ Ministers, do they forget that Ms Cox was Finance Minister while keeping her corner office at ACE? Short memories….

    Did you ask yourself why the OBA made the increases of salaries retroactive, back pay in layman’s terms, but not the cuts…

    Mrs. Cox always receive only one salary…..while performing two roles… Mr. C is receiving the same pay as Mrs Cox did.. with no direct ministerial responsibility… yet he still needs speech writers to address the public…

  19. Bermyman says:

    Do Election promises even exist and if so is there a time frame? To expect a government to reduce an inherited debt within 100 days while the previous one left it with empty coffers is absurd. It will take time as revenues must be increased and costs/wastage must be reduced. It does not happen in 100 days. Rome was not built in a day. The PLP need to start thinking rationally and accepting they lost and that they can add value by giving valid input and suggestions. Instead it is petty attacks from the start with no reasonable time frame for many of the goals of the OBA to be carried out. I can assure you that the OBA governments operating costs will be far less than the PLP’s ever was. Let’s see what the numbers look like in another 265 days. Let’s see how the economy looks then shall we when we may actually have a hotel being built and an increased I.B. presence.

  20. seriously says:

    PLP get a life, all you do is complain i didnt see you help the country in anyway! if you were a good party you would still be in power, stop being a sore loser and give these guys a chance

  21. navin johnson says:

    The PLP put thousands of Bermudians out of work all the while lying about the true numbers of people who were unemployed….the PLP lied for 5 years about the start of work on the Park Hyatt….the PLP have left hundreds of Bermudian families in the dark as they cannot afford to pay their electric bills…..and yet they still drone on about what the OBA should be doing…..The PLP Ministry a group of people who enriched themselves on the backs of Bermudians should just slink away for a few years and let honest people do the peoples business….

  22. swing voter says:

    It doesn’t matter what comes out of Alaska Hall. What matters is that we now have a Government in place that has the skill, know-how, talent, common sense to run this little rock. The great experiment is over. I’ll never vote PLP again.

  23. Rhonda says:

    @ Bermyman says: I except PLP lose…..but it is a lie to say the OBA could not cut salaries effective Dec 18 2012, it is also a lie that they had to rescind the 5% cut that plp put in place, in fact raising their salaries then cutting it by 10%… which means they really took a further 5% cut from the year previously, but increased the size of cabinet, resulting in a net gain for the public purse….

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Rhonda. For once get the facts. When Cox reduced the salaries by 5% last year, the law that she and the PLP passed said the reduced salaries would last until March 31, 2013, or the next General Election, whichever comes first.

      That was the law passed by the PLP.

      So the salaries reverted to the full amount at the date of the election, because the PLP law set it up that way.

      The first chance the new government got to change the law and reduce salaries by 10%, they did it.

      Stop being such a f//cking idiot.

  24. Bobmarlin says:

    Good job OBA.You have a monumental task ahead,we know the alternative!