Column: ‘Take Time Before Putting Hat In Ring’

November 6, 2016

Eron bernews photo-001[Opinion column written by Eron Hill]

The political scene in Bermuda is in desperate need of refreshing change. Young people, you are the change that Bermuda needs. The dilemma is that whilst there is a great need for young people with innovative ideas, fresh energy, and a new vision, these young people must beware of rushing into front line politics.

Having previously ignored the advice that I now give, I entered on to political stage at a very young age. I have seen those who are in politics for the wrong reason, or who entered into politics for the right reasons but rushed in and did not set up a solid foundation professionally, and when politics was done with them, found themselves unable to find work or clinging on to any political position they could as a means of survival as opposed to service to their fellow Bermudians.

Before us, many have rushed on to the scene, demanding that those before them relinquish power and embrace a new generation. This has led to nothing but conflict and bitter divides amongst those who otherwise could have been great counterparts. Regardless of whatever party one supports, there is no secret that your affiliation, support, or connection with one party, or a member of that party can result in exclusion of opportunities, jobs, and scholarships that otherwise would have been afforded to you.

I dare say even an exclusion from certain social circles and segments of the community. It is sad, but a reality nonetheless, and if our past and current representatives are honest they will tell you of these truths. These things lead me to the conclusion that it is better for young people to build a solid foundation for ourselves, and our families before entering into the realm of front line politics.

There are many things we can learn from our current state of affairs to ensure that we stop this recurring cycle which has led to political calamity. Firstly, we must remember that you should only enter politics with one goal in mind, public service! Politics and public service can be a ruthless and sometimes thankless job. There will be those that try to tear you down, tarnish your reputation, and see your demise despite your good intentions. Don’t worry, you can handle it, just be prepared for it, and have something to fall back on.

Take the time before putting your hat into the ring to learn from those who have walked the course before you, experience is invaluable. You will learn what to do, what not to do, and what to expect. These individuals can assist you along the way, and provide useful guidance. You will be forever grateful to these individuals, but always remember, be beholden to no one or anything accept your duty to your fellow Bermudians. Always maintain your independence of both of mind, and deed.

Eron Hill TC Bermuda November 6 2016

I am not saying that we shouldn’t voice our opinions, but be wary of binding yourself to certain positions or allegiances before you have the ability to withstand what comes along with that. Engage in dialogue with the members of your community and your fellow young people. Join the youth wing of the political party of your choice, get involved at the grassroots level so that you can begin to learn, serve, and put in the necessary work so that in the future, when it is time to step out on the front line you are qualified and prepared.

Travel abroad and explore the world and all that it has to offer, get your education, qualifications, and experience in other jurisdictions. Soak up the various cultures, economies, and meet people from all over the globe. Build yourself professionally, focus on a family if you desire, and all of these colourful experiences will not only enhance you personally and professionally, they will make you an ever greater representative for our people when the time comes. You deserve it, and most importantly, Bermuda deserves it.

Return to Bermuda having experienced the world and being a ‘black-belt’ in your field of choice. Stop nothing short of greatness! We have reached the time in Bermuda when every fleeting moment must count for something done, something achieved in the cause for a greater, unified, and prosperous Bermuda. Young people, it falls to us to tear off the shackles of petty, ruthless, selfish, and divisive politics that has ruled our island for far too long.

Regardless of your political persuasion, I believe that we can agree that the handwriting is on the wall that Bermuda is in desperate need of change. As we continue on our individual journeys let us serve notice upon our island that we are preparing ourselves for service, and that we will return and despite our differences come back with a unified effort, united determination and common goal for a better and brighter Bermuda for all.

You are the youth of today, and leaders of tomorrow! Generation Next!

- Eron Hill


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  1. Karen says:

    Wow! Well said! I agree with you 100%! Great piece!

    • justin says:

      Smart kid, now he knows his political career is over before it even began. Tell him to post a pic of his Halloween costume a couple years ago.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Nice, I think that they should lower de wages of follytritians as most of them have their own buisnesses or living comfortable and de wages they make from follyticks (which is like a part time hustle) is double that de average worker makes.

  2. Respect says:

    Excellent! Lead the way Eron!

  3. Justin says:

    Next time be careful about your Halloween costume selection, young buck…

  4. TJ says:

    Although Eron’s post is valid, I think the youth need to dispell the current two-party political regime. Unfortunately, both parties have their base or foundation that votes for them regardless; however, the generations before them have only voted due to family affiliation and legacy voting.

    Bermuda needs a peaceful political Arab spring that breaks the cultural norm. Unfortunately, I believe the previous generation would negate any extreme effort that tried to disband parties on both sides. We have an unfortunate political divide that’s based on race. Our history needed this at the time to battle the oligarchs supremacy and that was just. But is it now? What if we had no party affiliation and went back to independents running the country? They’d take the constituents concerns to heart and express them in the house with fear of not doing so would lead to their demise.

    Eron’s on the right track, but in order to free us from shackles, let’s free us from the system first; then we can work on liberating the country as a whole.

    • TJ says:

      Meant to say “generations beyond” not before, for legacy voting

    • Tom 1 says:

      I second this and couldn’t agree more! Ive been saying this for a long time now, but sadly I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

  5. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Excellent Piece of advice from Mr. Eron Hill which we all can benefit from.One of the better pieces of information that I have seen in this media in a long time.Peace.

  6. BrightFuture says:

    Great article! I have had the pleasure of meeting him; a true intellectual. This young man is the next Julian Hall; and if he follows his own advice he’ll take the great things and learn from Julian’s mistakes!

  7. Vamos says:

    Politicians may go in with honorable intentions but I believe the temptations affect all of them. One can’t get involved without a “huge” (Donald Trump voice) ego. You want to do good, help out at a soup kitchen.

    • Say Whaat? says:

      Wow. This is the worst cynical outlook i have seen in a while. While helping out in a soup kitchen is commendable, being in power to actually change the law and keep things like money for the AC being pulled from education, etc. would be where the most help is needed.

      If the good only serve in the soup kitchen and leave the wolves in power, who looks out for the sheep/innocent/helpless? Certainly not the wolves! Rams have wool like sheep plus horns to fight. We need ‘rams’ who will help the ones who are vulnerable.

      • hmmm says:

        No money was pulled from Education or anywhere.

        The AC has brought money into this country !

      • wahoo says:

        OMG do you believe what you just wrote? The AC can only benefit this island in fact it already is benefitting us, you need to wake up and stop posting about things you clearly do not understand.

  8. Excellent says:

    A wonderful message that we can all benefit from. Well said young man!

  9. sid says:

    100% right. Excellent article.