Posted by: J Starling | July 18, 2009

Open Mike – Focus on what unites us, not what divides us

This is a post submitted by Martin for discussion.

Focus on what unites us, not what divides us:

Putting aside whether blogs are anti or pro for either party, the reality is that local blogs are, in the main, about politics. It’s almost as if there is a direct correlation between the RG going on line at 10.00am and the first post materializing a few moments later on one blog or another. Every so often, there is a different type of topic, but some often have a limited shelf life and enjoy limited response.

The problem is that even in what can be called normal circumstances, politics is (of itself) divisive. Politicians are dividers. Add to that, the Bermudian Factor of race, and the situation deteriorates further. Politics becomes all consuming.

We hear frequently expressions like “I’m a Bermudian too”, and “I am thinking about all Bermudians”, which suggests to me that some can see a bigger picture than the myopia of the Westminster system.

Now we can’t avoid or ignore politics, but maybe love of country and not purely political partisanship should be our common denominator and should be the driving force in making decisions that are best for the country; not whether they be based on PLP or UBP ideology.
The condition of this country and world is still in a questionable state as to overall health. In the final analysis it may not be a matter whether you’re a PLP or UBP supporter, but rather whether you’re a contortionist and you can kiss your own rear end goodbye that will matter.
A week is a long time in politics. We must stop thinking on a weekly basis, and take a longer term view of the country’s overall health. There must be lots we can celebrate and build on.

Just a thought.


  1. Well said Martin.

    Unfortunately the things that unite us (and not just in a political sense) are few and far between. In Bermuda we don’t celebrate anything well. We are a society of have and have-nots, a society of a shrinking middle-class, a society of race, a society of thought police where everyone has a right to their own opinion and can publish it in any fashion that they like. A society that for the most part has had more money than brains, and with no ability to properly plan for the future.

    Politics, like religion, is an endless bowl of fodder that allows us to connect to something beyond the colour of our skin. Unfortunately at the most opportune times even this is broken down to the most basic of issues … black and white. It is not only a tactic, but a cross that each one of us must bear. We will only ever move away from it when each and every one of us accepts our own personal part in it.

    Politics is a stupid argument in Bermuda. There is not enough substance for debate, a government on a power trip against a useless and out-dated opposition. Here in In these forums, blogs and journals, rarely do we seek solutions, rarely do we find a common ground. Instead we are brought to argue issues of the day in places like this that offer us sanctuary. Rarely do we find the peace of mind we are looking for, most often finding cause to continue this war of words, seeking embers of a fire that blazed before us and unless we truly do change will continue on long after we’re gone.

    I agree with your idea that we need to have a vision beyond the current week. If change is to happen in Bermuda we need to see beyond this week, beyond next month, next year and the next election. We need to incorporate our ideas, our plans, our hopes into a single action with the hope for the future.

  2. Great followup sparxx and Martin to the original post. Not much to add to what you guys have said; perhaps the politicians, news media and others will see this and take to heart what’s said here.

  3. Well said, Martin. Perhaps the message won’t fall on deaf ears.

  4. Try’gle…

    In a way, that’s really what I was hoping. The thoughts don’t necessarily lend themselves to much debate, but I am conscious of everything from ‘daily spin’ to political speeches that are designed to shape the way people think.

    I sometimes wonder though whether people generally here are confident enough, to risk thinking outside of the square they live in.

    Arguably, you have to feel ‘secure’ to do that.

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