So Dr Ewart Brown has been voted the most effective Premier over the past ten years.
I am not in the least surprised.
The story says: “Those polled and showed their support for Dr Brown, said he was “productive” and “got the job done”, that he was a “strong, confident, effective leader,” and had a “caring attitude to Bermuda and its people”.”
I would like to have known what the question was, because it is extremely subjective, however, as I said, the result does not surprise me.
Why? People like a strong person in a position of power, they don’t like to see a ditherer. They may not like them personally, or like their politics, they may actually be divisive, but they have to have some admiration for them as a person who has a strong personality, who is driven to get things done, who leads. I was no fan of Dr Brown (I was at the Gazette at the time….) but I would never play chess against him. I knew he would always be five or six steps ahead of me. I kind of admired that.
I felt the same way about Margaret Thatcher. She was responsible for me joining the Young Labour Party, but something inside me always respected her as a leader. Like it or not, she got things done.
The question that is obvious from this, is: why the incumbent Premier, who has been there for less than 18 months, polls so badly. He polls less that Alex Scott, Dame Jennifer Smith and Paula Cox, the latter whose use of the word ‘cog’, when she was finance minister and the public purse strings were stretched like never before, stuck with her like the proverbial millstone.
That is a worrying sign and his handlers need to look at this and ask why. As I have already stated, people like strong leaders, they like personalities. Basically they like being led.
Political parties like to have strong, charismatic, leaders as they know that is what the electorate likes. It can get them a long way and mask some of the less popular policies.
His people will say it is not a popularity contest and he is there to do a job. But that is not how the electorate will see it and polling just five percent will not get the OBA very far.
PS, it has been pointed out to me that Dame Jennifer Smith was the Premier more than ten years ago. Cedibility anyone?