CEO of Bermuda Inc?

During all the allegations and counter allegations, the anger and the accusations coming from the House of Assembly recently, I suggested having a Mayor of Bermuda.

I am not advocating any particular position, I am posing a question. Could it work?

With the population of around 65,000 is there a need for a cabinet, a shadow cabinet and a total of 36 MPs?

Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of NYC. Could Bermuda be run by a Mayor?
Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of NYC. Could Bermuda be run by a Mayor?

In effect the Mayor would be the CEO of Bermuda and would appoint people to key posts such as education, finances and health. Crime would be the remit of an elected Police Commissioner and law, the remit of an elected Attorney General. They could all run on a joint ticket.

It may be possible, this way, to run Bermuda with less than ten people (a Mayor-appointed CEO of the tourism authority would be another).

There would be fixed term elections for the posts of Mayor, Police Commissioner and AG and meetings, by law, would be open to the press and public to help ensure transparency and accountability.

Theoretically, I guess, decisions could be made more quickly and the whole system be streamlined to favour efficiency. Because Bermuda is so small, the Mayor could effectively run Bermuda Inc.

It will not stop the politics of pleasing as elected officials tend to want to hang onto their jobs, but it may help stop some of the rancor we have seen recently, it may speed up the painfully slow bureaucratic process, it would not stop party politics, both parties could put up their candidates for election. It would open up the field to more candidates, though.

Parish councils would have to step up to deal with ultra-local issues and there would be a need to scrap both corporations and the Mayor appoint a ‘Tsar’ to have oversight for both places.

As I have already stated, could it work? Would Bermuda ever want it? Clearly it needs more thought than I have given it here.

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  1. I generally support more democracy and accountability than less, so not sure I can support this.

    I could support increasing the size of constituencies from 1000 to 1500 – leading to 24 constituency MPs.

    However, I’d also like to add a proportional representation system to that, so everyone elects a constituency MP and then an additional ‘list’ MP – say ten MPs elected that way. That would give us 34 MPs in total.

    And I’d abolish the appointed Senate and move us to a single-chambered parliament in that case.

    I would also like to see the Parish Councils given more power and democratic legitimacy. Perhaps have them elected, also on fixed term elections, say, in between the general elections, and have any referendums held at the same time. Or just run them all together with the General Election. Give each Parish Council a sum of money weighted according to population size and allow them certain discretionary funding powers – like a sidewalk or road maintenance program, street lights, stuff like that. Not that the central state wouldn’t do any of that either, but this allows the individual parishes some degree of more local power. Say, five councilors per parish, or adjusted to population density.

    I’d retain local governments for St George’s and Hamilton, and incorporate a new local government for Somerset Village.

    I’d like that, greater devolved power decentralised throughout local governments and parish councils, reduced constituency MPs and list MPs, elected through PR, replacing the Senate with a single chamber.

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