Column: Leadership, Accountability & More

January 11, 2022

[Opinion column written by the OBA’s Dwayne Robinson]

Heavy is the head that wears the crown.

The task of navigating a global pandemic is very stressful and often overwhelming. No rational person could consider it an easy feat. Without a doubt, our leaders need vacation, including Premier David Burt. But the issue is not that vacations were taken but that the Progressive Labour Party Government has has produced a track record of poor transparency and accountability.

Who else can be held accountable for this massive blunder of our public schools reopening? This is where transparency is key. With a Cabinet of Acting Ministers, and a poor communication strategy, parents and students in the Bermuda Public School System again were left shrouded in uncertainty until the very last minute, only to be given one side of the story from the recently resigned Dr. Weldon.

In a high-performance organisation, the first steps taken would be to trouble shoot the error, hold someone accountable, engage in disciplinary actions for those at fault, and then contact your superiors/shareholders to reassure them. In this scenario the shareholders are us, Bermuda, and we are owed a thorough explanation. Along with reassurance on measures taken to ensure this does not happen again.

Despite pressure from the media and members of the public, the Government remains relatively tight-lipped regarding who should be held accountable for the mess with the schools, plans to appease the public for the blunder, and steps that will be taken to assure it does not happen again.

This has become a common practice for this Government: to simply never take accountability for its inadequacies.

Even with an overwhelming majority in the House, we are frequently treated to hollow articles and speeches blaming the Opposition for all the woes of the island. This is understandable as PLP was rewarded for its poor record of governance with a 30-seat majority in the last election. Will this Government surprise me and step up to the plate and take accountability for this major mistake?

In my opinion, a leader is truly measured by how well their team or organization functions while they are away or indisposed. An effective leader sets a clear agenda and process for how their organization should run.

They do not need to be the smartest in the room, but they require the vision and charisma to get the best out of their colleagues. If this school re-opening debacle has taught us anything, is that the Premier did not ensure his Cabinet was prepared for his absence.

On top of that, the Deputy Premier who has the sole purpose of stepping into the leadership role when the Premier is unavailable, was also indisposed. This is a failure of leadership and needs to be publicly addressed by the Premier in greater depth. Accountability cannot be shrugged off.

The Opposition awaits a detailed public address, measures for improvement, and reassurance that the Premier and his cabinet can move Bermuda beyond the pandemic.

- Dwayne Robinson, approved candidate for Constituency 30


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  1. trufth says:

    “What I can say is errr, ummm ahh uhhh, errrm urrr, ahh umm umm, err ahh urrrr…”

  2. watching says:

    So if the PLP was rewarded for a poor performance with a 30-6 victory, then what does that say for the OBA’s thrashing. They must be an absolute non existent threat politically.
    And what does it say for Mr. robinson who after running in a by-election then was shuttled to C28 and took a major drubbing from Dennis lister III and then wasn’t even appointed to the Senate. Now he is moving to C30 in desperation for a seat.
    Rather than criticize the Premier, and try and win brownie points, maybe he should find a seat to run in, and buckle down and actually do the hard work to try and get elected. His words in an oped won’t do it for him.

  3. What other proposals would OBA implement?
    What was implemented form 2012-2017 was destructive to a loving, peaceful race
    What difference would OBA do other than what it did from 2012-2017?

    • unknown800k says:

      give me 3 things this govt has done for the country on a whole, not just FOF

      • saud says:

        The PLP has plunged Bermuda further into debt.
        They continue to make Bermuda a laughing stock.
        They continue to display their homophobia, racism and xenophobia…without realizing that the internet exists.

  4. Kim Smith says:

    This is an interesting read. I’ll look forward to more from this young man. I think he will be one to watch going forward.