Former United Bermuda Party MP and interim leader of the One Bermuda Alliance, John Barritt flatly denied that he was “jilted” because he was promised a seat in the Senate, when he gave up his seat in the Lower House for Craig Cannonier.
He was responding to the report by Bermuda Real this weekend on the reaction to the General Election results by former Premier Dr Ewart Brown, who said: “The OBA is in the Intensive Care Unit and their blood pressure is falling rapidly.”
In our post election wrap up our report said the Progressive Labour Party’s Vance Campbell “took the seat in C9 vacated by the OBA’s Trevor Moniz”.
“As it turns out, he was canvassing with the OBA’s jilted former MP John Barritt, who was promised a seat in the Senate by the OBA for giving up his seat to Craig Cannonier,” the report added.
“How Trevor Moniz feels about his long stronghold grip on that constituency that vanished – we will ask him in due course, but for now how he feels doesn’t matter.
“As for the six OBA MP’s left still standing with a party that’s literally dead at the end of the day, who knows.
“Either way the OBA’s Craig Cannonier, Michael Dunkley, Cole Simons, Susan Jackson, Scott Pearman, and Jarion Richardson, ultimately were reduced to five of the 11 seats they once held and they stand alone.”
Mr Barritt contacted Bermuda Real after reading the report to say: “Jilted? Because I was promised a seat in the Senate?
“There are no political differences between Vance and I when it comes to public service and working in the best interests of the people of Bermuda, in this case seniors,” said Mr Barritt.
To be clear; in no uncertain terms, that means no one in our crew was watching them. Frankly we didn’t care – we were busy doing our own live programme!
In any case, this follow up report sets the record straight.