Column: Debate Ideas And Not Personalities

May 17, 2022 | 12 Comments

Kim Swan 2018 generic[Opinion column written by MP Kim Swan]

I read the recent comments from former Premier Cannonier with great interest.

I had hoped that he would be bringing forward a vision from the OBA on tourism or any other issue critical to the elevation of the condition of our people. It would have been refreshing to hear their perspective and that we would be able to have a debate on the issues rather than a debate about personalities.

Alas, this was not to be.

Instead, we see a weak, rambling attack on a subject that was laid to rest weeks ago. Is this the best that the OBA and a former Premier of Bermuda have to offer?

I will not waste either my time or yours but rather devote my time to solutions and urge the opposition to do likewise. Instead, I am going to focus on what is vital to Bermudians; creating jobs and opportunities for Bermudians.

We have fought to gain more and fairer access to capital for Bermudian entrepreneurs as a government. Our sincere hope is the OBA will join us in encouraging the business community to enact lending practices that promote equity.

As the world learns to operate and live with the coronavirus, the OBA opposition can indeed live up to their constitutional and moral obligations to produce constructive views for consideration.

quotes MP KIm Swan May 2022

The time has come for there to be a real debate on the direction of this country—a debate on ideas and the best path forward for all of us. The reality is, the Fairmont Southampton deal creates jobs and greater opportunities for Bermudians.

We look forward to support in the Senate to assist our economy to move forward and encourage the OBA to bring forward their ideas and join us in debating ideas and not personalities.

- MP Kim Swan, Constituency 2 – St. George’s West

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  1. Unknown800k says:

    Flip flop furberts flip flop flapper.
    Wonder how much he got paid to waste that bit of hot air

  2. sandgrownan says:

    So now the PLP is going to focus on “..what is vital to Bermudians…”

    So what have they being doing for the last 20+ years? Apart from presiding over catastrophic failure, mismanagement, homophobia, decline in public services and an exodus of population.

    And it’s still the OBA’s fault according to Kim Swam. Jesus, what a pr*ck.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      The PLP Government has, over the last 24 years, made sure certain Bermudians got what they were due. Those who have not yet benefited just need to wait their turn. Once our $3.4 billion of current debt is paid down, more money can be given to the voters by the PLP Government.

    • question says:

      Now that I agree with.

    • LOL says:

      But the pri ck beats you clowns every election. lol

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Instead, we see a weak, rambling attack on a subject that was laid to rest weeks ago. Is this the best that the OBA and a former Premier of Bermuda have to offer?”

    Really? Is this be best former UBP leader Kim Swan can offer?

  4. Recalcitrant says:

    I suspect there will be as many Bermudians working at the hotel as before, how many is that? Not enough.
    As a voter I can assure you we are tiring of your blunders at our expense! It is nigh time we rid the government of these parasitic entities continually burdening our future with debt and burden derived from thier consistently terrible decisions!

    • watching says:

      There was a great many Bermudians working at Fairmont Southampton when it closed. And guess how many are working there now? Pretty close to zero. This project will employ hundreds of Bermudians and yes some non-Bermudians as well, and that’s ok too. But we will get more money in this economy in various ways. Well done PLP, and well said Kim Swan.

  5. watching says:

    There was a great many Bermudians working at Fairmont Southampton when it closed. And guess how many are working there now? Pretty close to zero. This project will employ hundreds of Bermudians and yes some non-Bermudians as well, and that’s ok too. But we will get more money in this economy in various ways. Well done PLP, and well said Kim Swan.

    • question says:

      Typical PLP. The SP closed under their watch, after 50 years of success, putting 1,000 out of work.
      And now there is finally a plan to re-open it, backed by government money, they want us to think they ‘created’ jobs.
      All they did was clear up the mess they created, using vast amounts of taxpayer money.
      The PLP lurches from one catastrophic failure to another.

  6. kevin says:

    one would be very blind not to think that an open S princess is better for Bermuda but its what was given that is the problem ..think back to Caroline Bay the plp made them change to Morgans point gave them acres of more property to move but failed to use the millions given to them by the US Government to clean it up then promised it would clean it up ..but lost the next election guess who had to pay to clean it up ..yup the OBA government but more importantly you and I .So did the OBA do what the plp are doing today ah yes …but the flock are well trained and will be obedient and say nothing …the concessions are far reaching and if history repeats itself they probably will lose one of the next 2 elections and claim they arent responsible ….MO is still the same they never take the blame for bad decisions miss management and very poor contracts
    Hospital – Berkerely- Police Headquarters- port Royal- Kings Port Docks – Grand Atlantic the list goes on but the flock is silent

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