No national heroes
A few weeks ago the government bowed to public pressure and moved it's National Heroes Day holiday from October
to today. Previously Bermudians celebrated today as the Queen's birthday but the government last year decided to scrap poor old Queenie and go for something with a more civic meaning. People didn't seem to be bothered about what the holiday was called, they just preferred a day off in the summer. Well people power won, and the government moved the day but haven't named a National Hero, which after last year's fuss, seems a bit silly.
Talking of silly, we have the countries Premier, who forgot to tell anyone last week about he accepting four Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs
onto the island fresh from their 8-year stint in Guantánamo Bay. Like most inmates at Guantánamo, the Uighers have been cleared of any terrorism activities and are not considered non-threatening, which is good to know.
I am sure these four gentlemen are very nice chaps and the island could do with a decent Chinese restaurant (it is rumoured they will be given the funds to start one) but whilst us guest workers spend a fortune on rent, have our jobs advertised to Bermudians at a drop of a hat and have no hope of status, the Uighurs have been offered homes, jobs and passports. All rather perplexing.
Rarrely does anything that happens on this island make the world's headlines
but Dr Ewart Brown's autocracy has made him front page news and not much of a National hero. The British government, whilst taking a break from doing it's expenses, are up in arms at their lack of involvement as they are supposed to oversee the foreign and security policy of this British overseas territory. All a bit of a cock up, particularly as it was also done behind the British Governor of Bermuda's back and almost everyone else in parliament.
Of course this will all be brushed under the carpet and good luck to the four Uighurs, but at some point many people in Bermuda will be waiting for the quid pro quo that Dr Ewart Brown did with President Obama. When no other country has opened their doors to former inmates from Guantánamo Bay, why did this sleepy sub tropical financial paradise?
Obama has talked consistently about clamping down on tax havens, of which Bermuda is considered one and also Dr Brown's son is currently standing trial
in Los Angeles for molesting an alleged 12 victims including an undercover vice officer and a 15-year-old girl.
Meanwhile I saw the Premier looking very relaxed having dinner on Saturday night. Perhaps it's because he knows he has a day of work today?