Letters to the Editor

A voice in the Commons is a good start

  • Seat of power: Langton Hill, the Governor’s house, off North Shore, Pembroke

Dear Sir,

I have for many years pointed out that no colony could ever be considered a true democracy if it is subjected to the will of another national that has almost absolute political control over it.

Not only do I believe that our elections are superficial and limited, but they can be dissolved by another parliament to dissolve our House of Assembly, and also have the power to suspend our Constitution and govern Bermuda directly from London, some 3,000 miles away.

All of the above can be done whether we like it or not. If you don’t believe me, ask the people of Anguilla and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

In the past few weeks, I have been hearing that there are some members of the House of Commons who are lobbying the British Government to allow members from each of the Overseas Territories to have a place sitting in the British Parliament.

Even though I believe that we do have the ability to run our own affairs, having a member or two sitting in the House of Commons is at least a step in the right direction.

It may be also in our best interest to move in the direction of associated statehood and have the ability to appoint our own governor-general to the “House on the Hill”. That would put us one step away from becoming a sovereign state.

Mr Editor, the time has long passed that we should have put our own stamp on our political future. Having a voice in the House of Commons may, for a start, help to point us in the right direction.

It has always been clear to me that the Governor represents the Crown, but who does he really represent on the ground in Bermuda? He has the power to delay legislation from becoming law and doesn’t have to sign legislation he doesn’t agree with, which the previous two governors showed us over the past five years.

In the meantime, I would like to ask the people of Bermuda what they think about having representation from Bermuda sitting in the House of Commons in London, England, and the appointment of our own Bermudian governor-general, someone who can truly relate to our needs and us as people?

This should be given some serious thought.

E. McNEIL STOVELL

Pembroke