Hard on the heels of the Premier’s has called the next General Election, the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) said Bermuda’s electorate will deliver “the verdict of no confidence… at the ballot box on July 18”.

In a statement issued last night, the PLP said the minority One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) government “had lost their mandate to govern and the PLP welcomes the forthcoming General Election so that the people of the country the OBA has worked so hard to divide can now decide their future”.

As far as the Opposition is concerned, the Premier “clearly” called the election to avoid facing a vote of no confidence. But Mr Dunkley categorically denied the assertion yesterday, saying “the people need to decide – we don’t need to have rancor in the House of Assembly about the direction that Bermuda is going”.

As Bermudians prepare to put their ‘X’ on the ballot, the PLP said: “Bermuda has suffered for four years under the OBA and our families cannot withstand another term of their divisive policies and arrogant leadership. In the last four years Bermuda has lost 2,000 jobs. Bermuda’s debt has doubled and the gap between the haves and have-nots has increased. Bermudians are enduring an ever increasing cost of living with wages that aren’t covering our needs. Bermudian parents, students, and teachers are suffering with an under-resourced public education system that is an afterthought to the OBA. Bermudians have had four years of job losses, downsizing, outsourcing, and an uncertain future. Bermuda can do better than we’re doing under the OBA.

“The PLP is ready to be your next Government. We have listened to you and we have learnt from you. We know that the most important issues that affect our country’s future require a measured and bipartisan approach. Our country is facing a jobs crisis. The next PLP Government will implement a fair immigration policy that promotes Bermudian employment and stimulates economic growth. Pathways to Status is not the solution, despite the OBA’s efforts to force it upon us. We will reduce the costs of employment through bipartisan tax reform and reduce healthcare costs through greater competition and the use of technology. Your PLP Government will introduce retraining programs to ensure higher levels of employment for Bermudians. Let’s get our Bermudians back to work.”

The statement concludes: “We’re confident that if we come together, on July 18, the people will elect a Government that puts Bermudians first.

“While the countdown begins today, this election is about a better tomorrow for us all.”