Hi all. Yeah, I know i’ve been very quiet lately but yeah, not even I could sit this one out.
“Brown and the Uighurs” Sounds like a sitcom, init? Except, this isn’t funny (neither are most sitcoms) and unfortunately it’s real life. I would go into all the sordid details of how our illustrious premier decided to bypass the Bermuda constitution, the British government, the cabinet (that which he put into place), both Houses of Bermuda government and the Bermudian public to make a deal with the US to bring 4 chinese muslim Uighurs to Bermuda… and offer them naturalization. I could go into a spiel about how there was no real risk assessment done on these guys – in fact the standing risk assessment is a report given to the US by these gentlemen’s laywers (and we all know how strictly honest those lot are). But frankly, I don’t give a crap. Helping our fellow man is a good thing. Giving unto others that which you can spare is more than admirable.
THAT however, is not only what happened here. Our premier, out of the goodness of his heart, has offered unto others that which he does not by any means own. Bermuda is a British Dependent Territory. Which in layman terms means we are owned by the british. Which means the passports we all hold are issued on british soil by the british. It appears the premier forgot that we aren’t independent.A mere oversight I’m sure. There’s no way he actually intended to give 4 men effectively british status (which he couldn’t even if he wanted to). He must have gotten that whole Constitution thing confused. And there’s no way the US would have gone into negotiations with the premier knowing that he was offering something he doesn’t own. Oh crap, according to them, that is exactly what they did – for the UK to be allowed plausible deniability by… well, actually having no clue. Good on them. Not so good for our premier who is now a political laughingstock because the US apparently knows more about his constitution than he does.
I have said all this stuff and more in other mediums and frankly, I’m a bit tired of going over the same posts over and over. So I’m boiling it down to this. STOP DOING SHADY SHIT! Stop doing the business of the people under the table and telling us “you had to deceive”! Stop acting like the bermudians who put you in power and who pay you to do a job are intellectual idiots and you are the only ones who can possibly know anything! Stop obscuring the issues by attacking the messengers! Answer an frigging question for once, no matter who it comes from! Stop playing games with our livelihood! Govern like adults!
Please… please, be the government and the people I voted for and believed in. Be people I want my child to look up to, be someone I can look up to. And for god’s sake, be honest and transparent. It’s not that hard.