PLP Xenophobia & Ethnic cleansing is hypocritical & a sham
Xenophobia is contributing to our failing economy
The latest anti-Bermudian quotation attributed to Senator Burch is this: "It is a personal wish of mine that if you bring one foreign spouse and you divorce them, you can't have another one."
This should be a cause of concern to all right-thinking Bermudians. Such a comment is so ignorant I can barely believe it has been uttered.
What makes it all the more insane is that the Minister of Immigration has expressed it as part of his "wish list".
Failing to vocally protest against these outbursts indicates that there are people in Bermuda who believe such comments are perfectly reasonable.
I absolutely and unequivocally disagree with Senator Burch's sentiments - as do my colleagues in the Bermuda Democratic Alliance. Allowing such remarks to go unchallenged is where we have failed as a society - a society I have always wanted to believe is based on tolerance and mutual respect.
But when there is no general public outcry, no vocal distancing by other ministers and no public slap-down by the Premier about such divisive and xenophobic remarks, I start to rethink my views about our society.
The excuse often given for such remarks is that they are a personal view, not a Government view, or that the comments were made in a private conversation.
Frankly, such defences are absolute hogwash, especially when made by ministers and consultants paid by the public.
Just a few weeks ago, the Premier's race consultant was embroiled in a dispute with a black member of the Alliance over the phrase "house n*****".
A couple of years ago, Senator Burch directed the same disgusting phrase at someone on the radio. Last year a PLP spokes-person wrote that anti-Ewart Brown protesters had "a genetic predisposition to anti-PLP bias".
Time and time again, insults against non-Bermudians and un-parliamentary language have gone unchecked. Not a single person has been disciplined politically or otherwise.
How can these same leaders demand our young people and their parents behave in a "proper" fashion when those very same leaders behave in a way that in other western democracies they would be either censured or fired?
It is simple. The leaders of our country are not leading by example. We, the people, have allowed this hypocrisy to happen and the pigeons are coming home to roost.
The tacit acceptance of racially charged and xenophobic remarks has become the norm and is an indication of a more sinister underlying issue - the total lack of accountability and "it's not my problem" attitude which is destroying Bermuda from within.
Ewart Brown, and his drama queen Col. "Handbag " Burch latest campaign of Ethnic cleansing will severely sabotage local business, already struggling to survive massive Govt tax increases in the worst recession since the hungry 1930s
I find the hypocrisy quite laughable.
Ethnic cleansing of a select few,yet the thief in charge,Ewart Brown,and his sissy sidekick, "Handbag " Burch , smuggled 4 terrorist Uighur Muslims from Cuba,in the dead of night, who don't know a word of English,without the consent of UK, or even his own party!
Then gave them well paid secure jobs at a Govt. golf club!
Four unemployed Bermudians should have those jobs .
This is a sham, shakedown, to force Portuguese , Asian and other construction and landscaping workers off the island and replace them with lazy,non productive BIU- union backed PLP operatives,who will sabotage and agitate strikes, shutting down construction and landscaping firms.
Hotels and restaurants are 90% staffed by foreigners, because Bermudians refuse to work the long hours and hard labor involved.
Requiring English proficiency will probably hurt the Portuguese construction and landscaping workers coming from the Azores more than any other group. – reason being is their Bermudian employers are often fluent in Portuguese themselves, hence they can communicate with their workers fine in Portuguese and don't need them to have a great understanding of English. they have their own community here