Yet another must-read Opinion by Mid Ocean News Editor Tim Hodgson on the state of affairs.
Recently in Tim Translated Category
No need for a translation this week. Just allocate a few quiet minutes and have a read.
Mr. Hodgson's comments on the Premier's recent totally false claim about the historical lack of referenda for Independence is particularly relevant and will be incorporated into the claims vs fact entry on that topic.
"Let's twist again... - Tim Translated Version"
Politics in Bermuda is an ideal place to observe larger political themes at work.
Alex Scott is a terrible Premier, his ego is out of control, he suffers from delusions of grandeur and is a threat to Bermuda's future success. He's lost so much credibility that few people will defend him anymore and those who do are looking out for their Party.
Rather than clarify his position it's easier to pretend he didn't mean what he said. It's easier to manage perception than reality. Attempting to understand Alex Scott is a pointless exercise.
The speech regarding Bermuda's Social Agenda will have far reaching consquences to not just the Premier and his party's credibility, but that of Bermuda and our economy. The PLP are returning to the discredited socialist roots that helped them remain in Opposition for 30 years and have been abandoned worlwide.
'Social Engineering' isn't a term used anymore, particularly not in academia, and when it is it's to discuss long lost authoritarian and dictatorial regimes. Anyone who still believes in social engineering is at least smart enough not to use the term, let alone name a whole Government agenda with it.
This Premier can't even engineer the new Berkeley school competently, let alone people.
After unsuccessfully floating the income tax trial balloon in London the Premier backed off, trying to play off his wealth redistribution through taxation as corporate mentoring programs. This doesn't need a 'major cross-Ministry initiative' taking ten years to get done. It could be done in days or weeks if that were really the case. He's lying.
His disavowal of his party's interest in implementing income tax rings hollow. The Government has started collecting income data in the Literacy, Household Expenditure, Census and Employment surveys. You collect data for a reason.
Bermudians are indifferent to the stench of corruption and threats to democratic principles eminating from our shores. Cabinet prefers not to talk about what they're up to. Evidently we're too dumb to know what's good for us. No-one trusts this Premier.
Alex Scott represents the old agage: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
I'm starting a new category and regular weekly feature called 'Tim Translated'.
What is Tim Translated? Well, in response to today's post urging people to read Tim Hodgson Mid Ocean Editorial I received several emails all with the same theme. These reaffirmed what I've thought and heard people say for some time.
Tim Hodgson's editorials are masterful works of writing, insightful and of critical importance. They're also so dense with literary references, complex sentence structures and advanced vocabulary that they can be tough to plough through. As a result, they almost certainly don't get read by enough people. Those who do read them will be by far 'the choir'.
In fact, I read them in two sittings. The first involves reading the first two paragraphs and the 2nd section. Then later in the day I read it again in totality.
This is not to say that writing well is a bad thing and to suggest that the editor should change his style. I enjoy them and many others do as well. But many people could benefit from the ideas contained but find them too intimidating.
So, in an effort to widen the audience for the valuable insights of the Mid Ocean's wise editor I'm providing a consise and simple summary of the week's column, beginning this week with "Let's twist again...the Tim Translated Version".
I can't guarantee when I'll get around to this weekly, and I have no idea whether Tim will appreciate this or not. Oh well.