One thing that I should have added to my list of pet hates was hypocrisy. Yes, the shit that is washing up on our south shore beaches needs to be dealt with as an urgent issue – it is ridiculous to promote ourselves as a premier tourist destination when we know that a whole load of garbage is washing up on our famous pink beaches.
But when I see something like these comments from former Health Minister Zane DeSilva I have to throw up my hands (again) and despair about politics in Bermuda. Here is what he said: “The OBA has once again been exposed as having lied to the people of Bermuda regarding the environmental conditions surrounding our Island. “The environmental safety and security of Bermuda is paramount, not just to maintain our viability as a tourism destination, but for the safety and well-being of everyone who calls this island home. For the OBA to engage in a cover-up of this problem is part of a pattern of deceptive behaviour. “The ongoing environmental nightmare playing out over the media is not just embarrassing to Bermuda but represents a clear and present danger to our very standard of life. It is obvious that this problem requires a swift and decisive response designed to target and punish those who are contributing to the environmental crisis. “So far the OBA have deceived the public, failed to address this issue, failed to get tough with the people causing this issue and failed to be honest with the people of Bermuda about the true state of our environment.” Let’s rewind a bit…. When did the PLP come to power… er 1998? Has this issue just happened? No. has there been time to fix it before? Yes. Why were measures not taken? Don’t know. If measures were taken, I’d be happy to be corrected, although if they were, why aren’t they working now? What priority did, or does, the PLP place on the environment? Marc Bean’s comments on the Blue Halo project don’t sound very environmentally friendly. Umum. I am tired of the PLP rewriting history – I am not a supporter of either party, they both have their faults – but I cannot stand this hypocrisy.
I see Vexed Bermoothes has taken a similar line: http://www.vexedbermoothes.com/incompetence/
On another note – yes a better sewage system is clearly needed to stop human excrement reaching our beaches, and hopefully that will happen soon – if Govt has enough money…. But, one of the answers also lies in public education and public action. How does the grease for the greaseballs get into the ocean in the first place? Largely because we pour it down our sinks and drains. Perhaps if Bermuda and its inhabitants stopped taking so much for granted – and started actually walking the walk – there would not be such a big PR and potential health problem that the Island is now faced with – the ramifications of which will affect us all. Yes there should be an outcry over this issue – but let’s look at ourselves as well and let’s stop hypocritical political points scoring.