No more drama

The move today by 7 UBP MPs effectively short circuited any legal attempt to block the merger of the UBP and BDA and has ended, in every meaningful way the UBP.

It's a shame that the dissolution of the party descended into a farce courtesy of the actions of Kim Swan and a couple of others. Kim is a friend, and someone who loves Bermuda in the purest sense, but he did himself and the party a disservice with his actions of the past week.

There is so much to say about what happened, but this is a time to look forward not back. Bermuda been doing that for far too long.

I am energised by the emergence of the One Bermuda Alliance, and am convinced that despite the predictable attempts to try and re-UBP it that will come, this signals the closing of a chapter of Bermuda politics.

Bermuda's politics remains today largely structured, defined and constrained by the events of the 1960s and 70s. That time was one of huge significance and progress for Bermuda, but the Bermuda of today is not the Bermuda of yesterday. We need new leadership, around today's issues, with the next generation of Bermudians stepping up and claiming their place in shaping Bermuda's future.

I welcome the emergence of the One Bermuda Alliance and the change that it will bring, despite those who will feel threatened by it and try to brute force it back into the only box they know.

I also congratulate John Barritt on his imminent appointment as interim leader. John is someone who over the past decade or so I have grown to know well and respect immensely. Bermuda will be well served by John, even temporarily.

I fully intend to join the OBA after spending the better part of the past 5 years with no political affiliation and look forward to working again with so many of my friends. Of course there will be ups and downs, but I hope, I sincerely hope, that this can be the end of the debilitating and endless internal drama of the Opposition of the last decade.

This move tomorrow can be the beginning of a substantive change that is long overdue in Bermuda politics.

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