Sunday, May 30, 2004

Bmda: Drug tests for thee but not for me

So says the government in Bermuda. The opposition United Bermuda Party wants all members of parliament to undergo drug and alcohol testing. The government is stonewalling on the most risible of grounds.

Government whip Ottiwell Simmons said the Opposition was not allowed to bring motions to the House which had financial implications.

The motion, introduced by Opposition MP John Barritt, called for twice yearly testing which Mr. Simmons said would cost money.
So, Bermudan athletes, bus and taxi drivers must be tested for drug and alcohol abuse, but not parliamentarians ... the ones who stand to gain the most from being involved in the drug trade and whom the public must trust to make decisions unimpaired either by drugs or alcohol.


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