Column: Put Your Politicians To Work

May 14, 2021

robin tucker bermuda senator 2021[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Robin Tucker]

I reflect on the car rally events of Sunday, 2 May and state from the outset that I respect people’s right to peaceably protest and use this medium to draw attention to another powerful tool that people have and that is to putting elected officials and other politicians to work, and to holding them to account.

At every election, we vote into Government the people we want to represent our views. Since the last election, we have been reminded by Government that the people elected the PLP to lead the country. Do we fully understand the power, we have when we mark that ‘X’ on Election day?

Currently, we have an economy in the toilet, an unstable education system, growing numbers of people out of work, businesses that have closed or are on the brink of closing, unemployment benefits not being paid on time, citizens unable to pay mortgage and rent, people unable to feed themselves, roads in deplorable states, increases in domestic violence and child abuse, mental health community challenges, homelessness, trash overflowing in certain areas, unkempt landscapes, unreliable public transportation, out of control feral chicken populations, and on and on it goes.

While many of these issues existed before the Covid-19, they are compounded by the effects of the pandemic and limited funds and resources. There are no easy solutions to some of these issues, but if you are unhappy with how things are going, contact your elected official so he/she can hear your concerns.

Hold the politicians in your constituency to account if you are not getting the help you need from public sources contact your elected official – voice your concerns and find out what they are prepared to do to help. Politicians work for you and should demonstrate that they are trying their best to address your problem even if they cannot solve it.

Opposition politicians too, although we are limited in the ability to bring about direct changes as the access to resources are not the same as what the Government has, we can provide advice on where you can go for help and can also speak out publicly to bring the Government and public’s attention to issues on your behalf. Remember Bermuda you hold the power of the vote.

If you are dissatisfied, exercise your voting power, and hire someone else to work for you at the next election. There are too many of us, me included, that have given the vote to a politician then complained about unaddressed issues to people who have no ability to help.

Last week’s rally, radio and social media discussions and others have shown that people are tired and concerned but the conversation must continue. Put your politicians to work for you.

- Robin Tucker


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  1. Vida Smith says:

    Mrs.Tucker..People driving up and down the Island,then having a rally were their shouting,screaming and cursing is not the way,like i said before,they are some of the same people that jumped for joy when the PLP won last year,so sad that they have such short memories.

  2. Calvin Swan says:

    While I do not agree with Robin Tucker’s Politics I agree with what she wrote in this column people need to take their concerns to their MP IT DOIESN’T MATTER if a Constituency has a PLP or OBA MP that MP is supposed to represent the entire Constituency

  3. I just want to respond to Mrs. Tucker from the O.B.A and thank you personally for speaking out and it is really needed, but the real failure is the Government and the opposition has failed miserably in speaking out against the injustice that this present administration is doing to the people of Bermuda.

    While we can all agree that the present Government has a real task on their hands, in trying to protect the community from this deadly disease, while also infringing on the rights of those who refuse to follow their approach as to how to protect one’s self.

    This vaccine agenda has so divided the community, to the point that peoples jobs are now at stake for those who doesn’t want to be vaccinated and how can you truly justify such actions, especially when their are other methods and means to combatting Covid19 disease without being vaccinated. The Government has failed to address the full options available and the opposition has failed to hold them accountable for the blatant mistakes they have made and the dictatorship style of leadership that they are displaying at present.

    Everyone from Government Ministers to Opposition Politicians and even Church Clergy have failed miserably in addressing the injustice amongst us for 13 months, but thankfully we are seeing more of you coming forth now and this is to be commended.

  4. Boston Whaler Owner says:

    Put Your Politicians To Work……give them a bloody shovel!