Audio: Minister Fahy On Immigration Issue

March 21, 2016

“I acknowledged that perhaps, certainly from my point of view, I misjudged some of the deep sentiments in the community on the issue of immigration,” Minister Michael Fahy said, adding that “I think we’ve heard the message and we’ll live and learn from that.”

The Minister’s comments follow after a multi day protest over the proposed immigration legislation, which saw people gather on the House grounds for five days and resulted in the Government agreeing to withdraw the Bill and “enable further community input” into immigration reforms.

The Government officially withdrew the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2016 this morning, with Junior Minister Sylvan Richards making the statement in the House of Assembly

Audio of Minister Fahy:

Speaking outside the Senate today, Minister Fahy told Bernews, “I introduced the budget in the Senate, but I prefaced my remarks with some comments about the happenings in the last couple of weeks.

“I acknowledged that perhaps, certainly from my point of view, I misjudged some of the deep sentiments in the community on the issue of immigration.

“I’m of the view that there’s far many other issues that are coming on board that are exacerbated by immigration, but we’re looking at people that are very disenchanted with the fact that they have been long-term unemployed. Perhaps, they have been unemployed and had a job, they’ve lost their position or they have been unable to find work at all. Obviously, we have to really continue to keep that in mind.

“One of the things we’ve probably, failed at is to properly communicate sometimes about some of the initiatives that we’re doing as a Government to fix some of the very issues that people on the Hill were complaining about.

“I went and talked as well about education and perhaps that’s an area we can really try and take politics out of it, and make sure we have a first class education system to give people real opportunity in Bermuda.

“It’s making sure that we have heard what people have said. Now, polls seems to suggest that the community is behind immigration reform, and I think they are, but it cannot be at the expenses of those who are really hurting, and we’ve never wanted to run from that.

“We need to do a better job on communicating and making that message more solid to really get people to, hopefully, understand what we are trying to achieve for all Bermudians.

“I think with some of the work that we are going to do with some of the committees, looking at some of the data and coming up with answers and finding real ways to continue to protect Bermudians in the workforce will go a long way. But there is lots of work to do and I’m convinced we can do certain things with our partners to move the country in the right direction; I’m looking forward to that.

Minister Fahy added, ”Certainly, people have deep seeded feelings on the issue and all of those will be taken into account. I think we’ve heard the message, and we’ll live and learn from that and continue to communicate in the best way in which we think is possible.

“It’s important that we stay the course in terms of making sure we have that stabilized economy, increasing confidence in Bermuda but, again always hearing that there is some that feel they’ve been left out and we have to do an even better job in making sure that we bring them along with us so, they benefit as well.”

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  1. Unbelievable says:

    …and 3,2,1…..

    • Ian says:

      You realize there’s no credit given for anticipating the warranted responses to this right.

    • CUBA says:

      THIS IS ABSOLUTE RUBISH IN THIS DAY AND AGE. I’M TYPING THIS AS I STAND IN LINE FOR 90 MINS AT THE AIRPORT.FAHY CAN YOU TELL ME WHY YOU HAVE ONLY 3 CUSTOM OFFICERS ON DESK?????????AT THIS SPEED CUBA IS THE LAST DESTINATION BERMUDA WILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN IT INVOLVES LOSING TOURIST.IS THE STRIKE OR SICK OUT STILL ON?

      • Dark Star says:

        Where do we start–
        Must be nice to travel when people have no jobs

        Ask Brown & Co to give back money so that the Gov’t can afford to have people wait at the airport to work 60-120 min

        Go travel to other countries-you will wait in line so stop bitching

    • He said, “he misjudged some deep sentiments in the community” well I remember one time you came to the defense of ex-pat bloggers while ignoring the fact that Bermudians were being slandered by the same bloggers and then Grandstanding at the candlelight vigil while alienating yourself from the People on the Hill, and he also says “he THINKS they’ve heard the message, while Dunkley says he’s listening. Well obviously there is a difference between listening and hearing”, well I guess they are not sure.
      It’s a shame that the island had to come to this in order for a just resolution, but this is something the People had to resort to in the past, so as the saying goes, same S!@# different day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • hmmm says:

        what are you trying to say, are you Marc Daniels alter ego?

  2. Me says:

    I think it’s all bull and they are working thier way around the bill and it’s acually still gonna go down..it’s in stages they say yeah right it’s just in small writing is what it is

    • Unbelievable says:

      Paranoia much?

      • Ian says:

        Paranoia?? Are you frickin kidding me? The oba is judged by their actions. You think anyone in their right mind is foolish enough to believe this guy, of all of them, has had an “awakening” because some “dangerous” members of the “vocal minority” slowed down his momentum. For the oba, this is a political game. This show of humility is per paid advice. So long as the oba have fahy on the frontlines they will NEVER move the dial up on trust levels amongst the majority of Bermudians. Heck even at this time he’s making reference to polls that are HEAVILY weighted on foreigners’ accessibility and opinions.

        • Air Canada is waiting says:

          We have more Bermudians unemployed in 2016 and more foreign employees coming in taking the jobs. Where is the equilibrium and does this occur in the Bahamas and the other islands in the Caribbean? Fhay stressed that he wants to grow Bermuda but I really don’t think he wants to use the Bermudian children to grow it with. My guess is he could jump on the next available flight and move back to Canada if he desired.

        • hmmm says:

          Ian, either a pathways legisilation will be passed in some form or people can take their case to the courts and be granted a court order for status to be granted followed by a civil case where the individuals sue the government for damages for the periods before the status granting.

    • Law says:

      I don’t trust Fahy. I think he wants the OBA to fail with his arrogant attitude. He needs to work like the other MPs and knock on people’s doors. He is so out of touch with the people.

      • frank says:

        After the events that. Happened. The. Last week. On. The. Hill as. A direct result. Of. Fah the premier
        For. The good. Of. Bermuda. Needs. To. Remove. This. Guy or does. John have to. Do. That for him

    • Noncents says:

      @Me

      The OBA have caved to the vocal minority, disenfranchising the majority (every poll supports this) and still the critics won’t accept victory. Its been a sad few weeks for the country when a largely uninformed group of individuals dictate how we run this country despite never being elected to speak for us.

      I acknowledge that the OBA could have handled this better but the fact that 15 people are still protesting and the PLP are refusing to engage in a essential budget debate shows that no matter what that how much humble pie the OBA eats, some people would rather see the island crumble than have them govern- as they were elected to do.

      • Ian says:

        Lol!! It just sounds funny now coming from you guys.

        • Jus' Wonderin' says:

          Not as funny as your beloved party as a whole lmfao!

      • @Me, the only poll that will count is a Referendum, which U.B.P are avoiding very conviently and you need to acknowledge that they could’ve handled EVERY one of their shady dealings better.

      • JustAskin2 says:

        So listen to this in the comment:

        “… when a largely uninformed group of individuals dictate how we run this country…”

        WE.

        So… who is the WE that are running this country???

  3. standing firm says:

    Fhay is far from stupid, this is a calculated apology, but he went to the candle light vigil but didnot address the protestors,this act makes his apology false

    • Verly says:

      I noticed he used words like “perhaps”, “I think” and “probably” during this statement. How can he say he “thinks” they’ve heard the message…either they have, or they haven’t. He isn’t making this statement with confidence or sincerity. This reeks of a statement he was forced to make.

  4. Coffee says:

    ….. Oh Canada …..how I long to live in thee .. Remember , he has somewhere to go when his next experiment fails . His recent utterance smacks of ignorant , scripted foolishness . I can’t wait to see the back of Fayhe The Usurper !

  5. Darkside says:

    Thing is, you make it all about personalities. This isn’t a two-bit TV show, this is about the future of yours, and mine, country. Fahy and the OBA might have messed up the presentation, but the end result of what they are trying to achieve is EXACTLY what Bermuda needs to survive as a country, let alone prosper.

    Look past personalities and skin color.

    • Ian says:

      Yeah because the make up of that candle light vigil group makes it so easy to look past personality and race.

      • Full Fuulish says:

        It goes both ways there fella! The same could be said about the makeup of the protesters. Not only that- a select few turned people away based solely on race. That cards gotta be on almost out in the deck!

      • Herb says:

        Yes Ian and the makeup of the protesters on the hill doesnt look like a race event either and many of us are not looking past that event, we know what it is all about

    • frank says:

      If you saw. Who was. At. The. Rallly last. Sunday you would. Clearly. See. How. Divided. Bermuda. Is
      And fahy. Was there with them.
      Every bill that fahy. Has presented. Has severely. Effected the Community and that is the truth.

    • @ Darkside you need to be exposed to de light, majority white people at de Cabinet building and majority Black people at de House of Parliament, Ray Charles could see that.
      “Fahy and U.B.P. might have messed up on the presentation”, no matter how fancy you dress up S!@# and present it its still gonna smell like and be S!@# !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • darkside says:

        Again, you fail to see my point. The intent of the legislation is GOOD for Bermuda, and that includes you.

        The fact you singularly fail to see/understand/accept that is your problem.

        Unless of course, you want the country to sink even further. If we stay on your path then I guarantee the UK government will step in. Is that really what you want, or would you rather we sorted out our own affairs?

  6. Truth Teller says:

    Will someone please tell Fahy and his enablers such as Dunkley and Moniz, that
    it is customary for a Government Minister who having bet his political future on a policy that so spectacularly failed that he should not only apologize butmore importantly tender his resignation.

    Fay had a personal score to settle on this issue and it blew up in his face and in the face of his government.

    • Unbelievable says:

      It is not customary for a Govt Minister to resign. Where did you get that nonsense?

      If that’s the case, ho many PLP ministers resigned over their bugling of events? Not many was it?

  7. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Minister Fahy and other failed ministers are the reason we the people will never vote them in Power again.The old modus operandi of trotting out their *********** to clean up their mess after they blundered is old and tired.P.L.P. should learn a valuable lesson from this,I do not and can never understand how ********* can do the bidding of their,,,….after being kicked in the butt so many times.Shame,shame,shame.Congratulations Bermuda for having stood up to these,one more time.

    • Not smart says:

      Why do you keep saying you voted them in. You didn’t vote for them! The People on the hill didn’t vote for them! The people that voted in the last couple of bi elections in PLP strongholds didn’t vote for them but guess what. They still won the Government!!!!! Looking at the likes and dislikes to a lot of the post on here, it would appear that they just might win the next election too! Especially if people are back to work with all the construction that’s about to start on the hotels and airport.

    • alternates says:

      Right. So you re-elect a party who left us how much in debt?? You have no clue, you really don’t. You don’t care how many Bermudians are suffering because of the actions of Brown and cabal, so long as some isn’t on the hill.

  8. mmm says:

    As a Minister of Immigration, one would have set down with the top civil se rvants who have worked in that department for many years and learnt about how immigration works, what it seeks to preserve and the challenges that employers have, which also means including the Minister of Labour and Train ing and his top civil servants as well. And as you continue your talks you would have looked at education and its top civil servants. In essence you may have had to sit down with various committees, for as long as two years. Further, to this would have also meant meeting with former Ministers of Imm igration over the last 15 to 20 years. Then we have territories in the Caribbean to consider how they handled their work permit situation and status seekers. And what is immigration anyhow ? is another question the Minister needs to ask him-self and what was it like in the 1940,s and every ten years since then. You cannot be just talk, you must roll up your sleeves and meet the people…and be fair to the people…..

  9. San George says:

    of course he had no idea. Bob is Bermudian and he has no idea – the impact of more than doubling land tax for people who are getting squeezed from both sides, introducing 5% service tax, increasing payroll tax, etc. all at one time. No worries people – Dunkley is going to help our community. Now that’s a cruel joke.

  10. mixitup says:

    He made no error going to that candle light vigil at all, the error he made was going there after practically stepping over Bermudians on the hill… It was a naïve move, but then again he was just doing what felt normal to him….and this is why the people don’t trust him… I also laugh at folk who believe the majority of Bermuda supported the Gov’ts modus operendi regarding this bill…. I’ll tell you disconnected ones this, the discontent going thru the community was unlike I had seen in my lifetime… For every one you saw on the hill, many more supported from the sidelines…I really hope this Govts testing of the waters last week taught them a valuable lesson…..somehow I doubt it though.

  11. justkeepsgoing says:

    Theres nothing to discuss. We simply need foreigners in our workforce or this island would be s__t. All these people protesting and complaining but I bet a whole lot of them arent Pure bermudian because everyone arrived on this land by boat!!

  12. history says:

    Fahy’s statements are ridiculous and xenophobic.

    Bad Man

    You need to resign.

    • The “man” expresses his opinion/s and of course many will disagree with them…Personally, I believe the Progressive Labour Party / Bermuda Industrial Union and all other Unions are bias towards him and afraid because Minister Michael Fahy, “shoots from the hip” and is preventing them from, “doing their thing”

  13. Not Accepted says:

    Minister Fahy:

    Your apology is not accepted. Your faux explanation does not fool anyone and I am disgusted that you and your party believe that we, the Bermudian community, will just forgive this level of betrayal. You are mistaken and misinformed.

    Your agorance has proven to be your undoing. Speak to the people in the same truth you speak to your colleagues, cause that’s why we have a new Minister of Tourism and Transport. Your 15 mins of fame are up.

    • Thanks but no thanks says:

      I see you have taken it upon yourself to speak for me – a member of the Bermudian community – but you really didn’t have to, especially seeing as I disagree with what you’ve said.

  14. CCT says:

    No matter what the OBA do, the PLP and their supporters will never be satisfied!!! Yet, they were content under the dictator PLP Premier who vowed to ruin Bermuda and came close to doing so!!!! They don’t want to see Bermuda in a better place as far as I’m concerned. I just can’t figure that crowd out!!

    • If not mistaken, three Bermudians (had) worked at his clinic… There you will see very large % of “his” employees aren’t Bermudian…

  15. Not smart says:

    Speak with Protestors?! People on the Hill wouldn’t have let him speak and him appearing up that hill could’ve kicked off a whole lot of ignorance. I certainly didn’t want him to go up there. Smartest thing he did was stay away from there.

  16. Trisha says:

    We need to see think getting better in this Island, minister fahy needs to make sure that guess workers who’s contrac has expired are not remaining in the island because that gives them the chance to get hire again and not opportunities are left for Bermudians.
    This is the problem, not all expats get treated the same and immigration is not handling things as they should be.

    • Think says:

      Stupidest comment ever! Go back to school and learn how to type!! Then learn about the world!! No x-pats = no hospitality industry!! You name one restaurant with no foreigners working?? Many GUEST works who’s permits have expired have been hunted down I could give you 1st hand proof! Many people who comment on here just say what they want they don’t think before they speak!

  17. Oh,I see now says:

    I see Fahys comeuppance has arrived sooner than expected heh heh the writing was on the wall with that one.His attempts at reconciliation with the people on the hill is being seen as in his own words…… a farce.It takes more effort to build a bridge than to burn it, then again that’s the power of hindsight.I still don’t think he learned anything from the ordeal arrogance is a b?$ch.

  18. mixitup says:

    What ‘Kicked off ignorance’ was Fahey’s own arrogance! If you cannot talk to the people of the country it can’t be their fault… Sir John Swan walked through that crowd (An OBA Supporter I’m Sure) with easy, WHY? Well there in lies your answer.

  19. Navin Pooty Tang Johnson says:

    no Politician is infallible and Fahy should never be the face of the immigration issue…..but I can never forget the words of one Politician who said “We had to deceive you”

    • JustAskin2 says:

      “We had to deceive you.”

      Well listen up people, the OBA are doing the exact same thing only they don’t have the b@lls to come out and say it.

  20. Coffee says:

    Bermuda will be better served if Fayhe The Usuper was permanently removed from that ministry .. He has done enough damage . Many hundreds of PRC’s are having their papers for status processed monthly

    Fayhe must resign !

  21. Rica says:

    Really? You only noticed that the struggle is real in the last two weeks. Have you been living under a rock? I’m going to take this with a grain of salt.

  22. mmm says:

    The Island has not shrunk much in terms of its population, what has shrunk are two of its major industries, construction and hotel, where at one point there were in the region of 9,000 jobs. Over a period of years over 20 gues t-houses closed from Banana Beach to 9 Beaches in the western part of the Island, on Harbour Road, Inverurie, Glencoe, Greenbank, several closed as well in the eastern part of the Island, Coral Island Hotel, Palmetto Bay Hotel, Castle Harbour Hotel. If you want to speak about construction, if it takes 15 men to build a 3 bedroom home in six months, that home will stand for at least 30 years before it will need some kind of renovations, and that will not require those 15 men. Some , learnt other trades/skills some stayed in construction, and some are un-employed…thus the estimated 6,000 persons unemployed, with no other industry able to absorb them. If you wish to speak of international business, it is a major industry in Bermuda involving for the most part finance..which means a college degree and some experience.

  23. Jonathan Land Evans says:

    I have discovered, by making a Public Access to Information (PATI) request to the Ministry of Home Affairs, that (as I had suspected) NO documentary evidence or other factual evidence or information had formed the basis of Senator Fahy’s surprising statement in ‘The Royal Gazette’ on February 8th 2016 that he “fully accepts” (sic) that in the 1960s and 1970s “Government manipulated immigration law to maximise votes” (sic). Senator Fahy, it would seem clear, was just ignorantly and panderingly mouthing-off, hoping that it might serve his political purposes. I have written a letter-to-the-editor of the newspaper on this subject (further to my letter of February 15th 2016), in which I have more fully expressed my views on this.

  24. Keeping pace says:

    Minister Fahy your apology and comments and explanations are not welcomed and we call for your resignation! Why should you resign you and your supporters asking, well here you go:

    1. You have demonstrated that not only do you not understand the people who you are making policy for you also do not respect the people them. You have told us that we are not native to this country, we have no heritage and have no vision. Who wants someone who hold such views about you making decisions for you.

    2. While your Premier still has confidence in you the majority of Bermudians do not. And before your political supporter start chiming in that they still support you let them understand this. You are not the majority in this country. How do I know this, because you are either white foreigners, white Bermudian or a marginal black voter who votes for the OBA. And all of you together cannot out number the rest of us and therefore you are not the majority.

    3. You represent what this country really does not need. A person who has no respect for the history and culture of the community you desperately want to live in and control. You see contrary to what you or any other status Bermudian thinks Bermudians are not stupid and can think for themselves. Too long I and others who have worked with foreign workers who come here thinking that they are saving the natives and too long our governments have also thought this too. While I will never concede that we do not require foreign workers, I will never conceded that we need saving and therefore minister Fahy you need to take your attitude and go sit on the sideline. And I want thank you for helping to ensure that those of your colleagues which currently sit in parliament never sit there again in the future. We do not care how many jobs you create Bermudians cannot and will not support a government which systematically divides this nation. We do not need your help to heal. We are knowledgable, educated, and intelligent enough to do this ourselves.

    I call for the Premier to ask for your resignation and if he does not, we ask for his resignation as well. It is time for the NATIVE Bermudians to stop following those who call us names and play folly with the future of our children. Fahy MUST go!

  25. Bermy Realist says:

    There is CLEARLY a RACE ISSUE is BERMUDA! The government needs to address it and acknowledge it and work on making it better for both sides, because both need help and stop the finger pointing! SWEEPING under the carpet technique isn’t working because this dust bubble is about to BURST! CLEARLY!

    • Blazer says:

      GROWING UP IN MY BEAUTIFUL BERMUDA, I NEVER FELT THE STING OF RACISM. I STILL TO THIS DAY HAVE A “WHITE” BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER. (NO, WE DONT HAVE THE SAME DAD) AND HE LIVED IN A “rich part of Bda”. MY BELIEF IS THAT ONCE THE GATES WERE OPEN FOR FOREIGNERS, IN CAME MUCH RACISM.

    • JustAskin2 says:

      “There is CLEARLY a RACE ISSUE is BERMUDA!”

      Really, what was your first clue? You didn’t need the candlelight vigil to tell you this, you only need to read some of these comments.

    • Awake says:

      Let’s start with you (since you so conveniently left it out). What are YOUR recommemdations? Oh, that’s right…you don’t have any! SMH!

    • @ Bermy Realist. I totally agree there is a serious “skin-tone” problem in Bermuda that must be addressed if the people wish to progress.
      Having traveled around the world several times I yet to visit a country, (not saying there aren’t any) where the people are abusive physically and mentally against one another because SOME are lighter or darker than the others. What about the “natives” that are of mixed blood; are we accepted? :-(

  26. Think says:

    The government needs to stop allowing the international business that come to Bermuda for tax breaks bringing in CEO’s and CFO’s and the rest giving them 6 figure Salleries and a house to stay in! Those jobs should be held by bermudians and the government needs to address that!!

    • YesWeCan says:

      Ignorance abounds… again

    • serengeti says:

      despite your name, I you don’t think a lot, do you.

    • Toleratate says:

      OK… I don’t come on here to call people names; my purpose is to read the opinions of others on my small Island… but when I read such statements as what “Think” just said, and see already they have two “Like”???? I truly am scared for Bermuda if this is the mentality of our voter base. Maybe a short test should be required prior to being allowed to vote… damn.
      “Those jobs should be held by bermudians and the government needs to address that!!”
      So help me understand this thinking; International Business should bring all their money and business to Bermuda but…… wait for it……should be made to hire Bermudians for the positions of CEO’s and CFO’s??????? Even if…. that’s a big IF.. there was a qualified Bermudian, how do you TELL a Company who their CEO of CFO should be????
      I have heard words like “Entitlement” but damn… You basically just stated that Government should allow International Business to set up in Bermuda, but must give the position of CEO and CFO to a Bermudian am I correct????
      You Sir/Madame just won the idiot award…. Congratulations and have a nice day
      SMFH

    • Come Correct says:

      This is sarcasm, right?

    • smh says:

      Wow. I agree, there absolutely not reason why a Bermudian without a GED shouldn’t be able to run a hedge fund and make the same salary as the CEO. I mean, it’s our country after all and we are entitled to have all those jobs and the housing allowance that go with it. Who do these people think they are coming here like that and taking “our” jobs

    • I heart 441 says:

      You must be young or been under a rock for the last 20 years cause your statement is borderline “ignorant”. Even green Bermudians will disagree with what you are saying.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      So you want to dictate to a foreign institution on who they can have running their mega corporations…do you have the expertise to maybe have these perks forwarded on to you…6 figures plus exquisite housing…I wonder how you would support the poor with your trickle down effect…or would you be too busy spending your lavish paycheck elsewhere.

    • Noncents says:

      @ Think

      if you can’t spell salaries you are hardly in line to replace the CEO or CFO.

      If we stop them from being here, not only does their job go, but the job of all those that report to them go as well.

  27. So Tired says:

    You want to make a pathway? Clear the path for Bermudian students here without work and studying abroad, many of whom have attained the highest standard of education at the best schools in the UK and US and have them replace the foreign worker head for head. You told them they need higher education and that’s what they’ve done. So what’s the excuse now? Bermuda for Bermudians first, then fill in the gaps!

  28. maybe just me says:

    I think MR. Fahy just need to resign as there is nothing in my opinion he can say that will make me comfortable.

  29. clearasmud says:

    Mr. Fahy is his own worst enemy. As the saying goes “it is better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt”!

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

    It really is mind boggling…The aptitude of the plp supporter…neigh do they acknowledge the cause and affect of the present situation of Bermudas terminal condition…yet are fully ablazened to hand them back the reins to continue their unrelenting decay of the utmost importance…Instead of foreseeing the future when the Smiths and Triminghams closed up shop…They knew what time it was but the blind saw it as a opportunity to overcome…guess what you will never overcome the Wealthy…

  31. Need Peace says:

    The OBA is incapable of running anything!! They haven’t a clue this is why we continuously arrive at this same position. Their supporters constantly say leave them alone and let them do the peoples’ business! Shame them have this blind loyalty that is baseless. They have no proven record! The only record that has been proven is their unscrupulous business dealings. A government like that will eventually crash and burn! So to the worst government Bermuda has ever seen…. See ya! Wouldn’t want to be ya!!

  32. Ironic says:

    I find it ironic that the PLP are demanding apologies for an immigration bill (that was not passed) yet not one single solitary PLP member has ever had the balls to apologize for the piss poor fiscal management of this country over the last 8 years. It is amazing that all the talk about Bermuda for Bermudians never was a thing when their government was putting us down an abysmal hole of debt for our children and grandchildren to pay off!!! Why weren’t they protesting back then if they are sincerely about bettering life for Bermudians??? Your party s*** in your face PLP supporters!!! Do you not understand that??? When push comes to shove the very people that you want outta here can leave this country when the debt collectors come calling and you will be the only ones left to pay the piper.

  33. PANGAEA says:

    I wonder why the candidates up for the next election are not knocking on doors now, are we being denied the political process ? We need the requisite time to investigate their credentials, work ethic, educational back ground, they are after a high paying responsible and demanding career that is required for this country to recover.

    Most people have to present their credentials to the private sector when they apply for employment, so should they, better still Government should set minimum standards for all employment.

    It is about time we elect people to the post who can manage the business of this country . Not only is Bermuda facing hard times our infrastructure is falling apart, the fix it list is unbelievable long from buses to bridges.

    Where is the accountability of the public purse that flows like Niagara falls, time to cut some budgets and eliminate duplication.

    We deserve to have a choice and not an individual who a Political party thinks is a nice person, nice does not cut it any more, it is about managing the business of this country, understanding social economics and not wasting time with ridiculous issues and petty concerns.

    • Ironic says:

      Infrastructure is falling apart you say? While I wholeheartedly agree it is interesting that many in the PLP still maintain that the mountain of debt in Bermuda is due to investing in infrastructure. It is hilarious that people actually believe that. My earlier post was a little over the top and harsh and I apologize for that. However, I am just tired of the Bermuda for Bermudians fasade. If they really and truly felt that way they would have never let their party get away with creating all the debt. The sad part is no value for the money that was spent.

  34. PANGAEA says:

    You want it in a nut shell !

    Taxation makes Bermuda too expensive,they all go else where or stay home.

  35. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    I am a born bread and buttered Bermudian who gave up a long career with a big local bank, I quit, as advancement in the business was not an option and never was,simply because, my ex patriot boss (An alcoholic tyrant deceased by booze) would only import, hire and promote his own people.

    One more reason for the Bermudian people to get angry?

    Mistakes were made on both sides ! stay calm !

    What took you so long ?

  36. Chris Famous says:

    Fahy seems to think that he can imply that the only people who were against this bs are persons who are unemployed.

    The majority of Bermudians who are against OBA immigration policies are fully employed.

    • Ed Case says:

      PLP should put forward their ideas on what immigration reform should look like. Of course they won’t because they only have one idea, and that is to do nothing at all. The same goes for our overall economic recovery, PLP has no plan, nothing, nada. Given their past, PLP simply cannot be trusted with our future. Anyone who thinks they can be trusted, is quite simply unaware of how devastating another PLP term would be.

      Moan about Fahy all you like, and I’m sure you will, but his actions were economically sound. The same cannot be said for the PLP.

      Have a nice day at belco.

    • Coffee says:

      But , but Chris , how did you manage to overlook the fact that Fahy The Usurper doesn’t know anyone who is unemployed by choice . The unemployed in his world are basically the wives of expats who make six figures and could afford to keep them home .