So Jennifer Smith's hand-picked successor seems to be much more of a chip off the old block that he'd like us to believe. The latest issue to reveal the hypocrisy of PLP claims to be the 'People's Government' is the Premier's latest backdoor attempt to add another perk to his position.
I'm not necessarily against our Premiers having additional conveniences but let's get real here. This is Bermuda, our leaders have never had huge entourages and excessive special treatment until we entered the New Bermuda. (Jack Sharpe was famous for riding his Vespa to the Cabinet Office and Pamela Gordon was the least pretentious individual you'll ever meet.) You'll recall that the first matter of business for the PLP after winning election in 1998 was the ordering of oversized cars for the Cabinet elite. Little did we know what was to come. Who approved those cars? None other than the Minister of Works & Engineering Alex Scott.
While on the car topic, has anyone noticed that this Premier actually has 2 official cars? GP8 is the car Mr. Scott drove as Works & Engineering Minister and seems to have lingered as his personal car, while GP1 (the oversized oversized car for the oversized ego of former Premier Jennifer Smith) gets regular use as well. Mr. Scott's predecessor drove a Government issued green Mitsubishi Lancer sedan with private plates in addition to her military driven GP1 - much less obvious.
So, Alex Scott's trademark seems to be a love of special treatment while treating the public as a bunch of dopes with his tired "I'm just a regular guy who didn't ask for all this treatment" act, every time he upgrades.
Exhibit A: After pouting about the Chief Justice appointment, Mr. Scott decided to move into the home expected to be occupied by that same Chief Justice (get the hint Mr. Ground and Mr. Vereker?) and then move the incoming Chief Justice into the former Premier's residence, the Laurels. Message: 'Don't think I can't one up you'. Then he embarrassed us all with the "When we met him he was a little shorter than I had thought because I had expected him to be ten foot tall the way the Governor had talked about him" quote at the swearing in of Mr. Ground. No class.
What did Mr. Scott have to say? "This Premier is happy at home" and anything that would take him away from his Bob Marley record collection and his current surroundings was "not an attractive proposition". To summarize, 'Cabinet made me do it, I'm just the Premier following my Cabinet's wishes!'
Puh-lease. You're the Premier. If you want to stay in your current home then do so.
Exhibit B: After having his driver pick him up on the runway at the airport Mr. Scott then pretends that it was a mistake but hey, now that it happened I think it's something that should continue - for the office of the Premier, not me...I'd never have requested that. Give me a break!
Does the Premier have nothing better to discuss in his Monday meetings with the Governor than that he'd like to get the VIP treatment when he arrives in Bermuda? It's seems that Mr. Scott is trying to keep his grass roots appeal while lapping up as much privilege as he can.
This Premier got rave reviews for his actions in his first few weeks after Jennifer Smith coronated him Premier, but now he's just insulting our intelligence.
We're not that stupid Mr. Scott. The public is seeing right through the tired act.