Column: OBA Reply Was ‘Same Old Attacks’

November 18, 2021

[Opinion column written by PLP Deputy Leader Walter Roban]

The OBA’s reply to the Throne Speech was little more than a series of hollow attacks that trivialized the serious economic and social situation our island is facing. This pandemic has wreaked havoc on Bermudians economically and socially.

Many of our people have lost jobs, income and opportunities. Schools have been opened and closed and opened again, creating stress on our students and families. Tourism crashed and that sector continues to struggle. Now, there is inflation in the United States making our already high cost of living even worse.

These are serious problems and instead of offering real ideas or solutions, the OBA’s Reply to the Throne Speech was full of the same old tired and angry political attacks we’ve been hearing for years from those politicians.

The fact of the matter is that the OBA is not in a position to lecture. They can’t talk about fiscal responsibility because they are the ones that doubled Bermuda’s national debt.

They can’t talk about sustainable development because they got us into the bad Morgan’s Point deal that cost Bermuda $200 million. They had no plan for a clean, diversified, renewable energy Independent future. Last but not least, the really bad airport deal that has cost us an additional $41 million in revenue guarantees to date. They can’t talk about good governance because they’re the ones who brought us JetGate.

At the end of the day, tough decisions must be made and are being made to move our island forward and to continue to see us through the recovery.

- Walter Roban


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  1. Ringmaster says:

    The PLP really need to get an adult script writer. Clearly it’s the same person writing the OP Eds for Caesar and Swan too., but I suppose if they are communicating to their voter base, the style makes sense.

  2. Trump supporter says:

    Similar to the satellite your going to put in space, or paying unknown entertainers..

  3. sandgrownan says:

    Roban is actually lying.

  4. Micro says:

    Pot calling kettle or something or the other.

    Cost overruns, missed deadlines, missing hundreds of millions, etc

  5. Joe Bloggs says:

    “The fact of the matter is that the OBA is not in a position to lecture. They can’t talk about fiscal responsibility because they are the ones that doubled Bermuda’s national debt.”

    Only if one assumes that the OBA had any control over the finances of Bermuda when it came to power in 2012. I seem to recall Bob Richards saying that our debt was structured such that we had to borrow money in order to meet interest payments on our debt.

    If that is correct, it seems more likely that the debt doubled because of the way it was structured, not because of any particular political party.

    • TRUTH says:

      The real fact is that the UBPOBA put us on a leach paying $185 mill for an unfinished hotel. The airport that was supposed to cost tax payers nothing has cost us over $25 mill and counting. So yes the UBPOBA has to say something about Bermuda’s NATIONAL DEBT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!