We’re now counting down the hours to when Premier Dr. Ewart Brown leaves office. Judging from poll figures, nearly 90 per cent can’t wait for him to go. That sentiment is echoed on talk shows and blogs.

Of course, there are some who continue to hope he does not really go — mostly those who depend on him for their inflated salaries, station and influence.

They seem oblivious to the damage Dr. Brown has done to Bermuda’s economy, image and psyche.

Race relations have suffered under his treatment. He hired a ‘race consultant’ whose every word on the subject seems intended to inflame emotions, inspire guilt and score points.

His entire Big Conversation was more a big harangue and had no plot beyond pointing fingers and causing pain, getting even and settling scores.

Education reform, the most desperately needed upgrade, could have used the level of attention and funds given to gambling, golf and race. It wasn’t, and we all suffer.

Dr. Brown’s so-called ‘freebies’ are mostly not free.

Their costs contribute to the huge debt the island has incurred under his watch.

Then there is the big difference between the provision of healthcare and giving car-owning seniors free registration, for example. Keeping people healthy reduces the disease cost burden and keeps productivity high.

Free car registration, on the other hand, benefits only those seniors who own cars.

Of course, some will be grateful for the handout — perhaps to the point they would hand over their vote just to keep the perk.

Votes

That is my take on just about everything the doctor has done.

He has spent the public’s money to tempt and secure votes for the party.

That could be an acceptable practice if the party’s benefit piggybacked on the people’s benefit — but too often the benefit secured by Dr. Brown’s practices have NOT benefitted the public, but hurt us, now and in the future. One case where Dr. Brown’s actions hurt everyone was the importing of four Uyghurs, who were smuggled into Bermuda from Guantanamo Bay.

We now have to ‘nanny’ them. It’s a gift that will keep on giving.

Contracts for construction projects and services have been awarded without a prudent level of tendering.

Laws have been exploited to favour one or two larger construction firms.

They have been permitted to put gigantic trucks on our roads, wrongfully taking jobs that smaller truckers could do, and putting some of them out of business.

The contract and lease that turned over the Stonington Hotel College, renamed Coco-Reef, to a private hotelier was kept secret for years — always a bad sign — and is now under Judicial Review at the request of the Auditor General.

Of course, everything has been given a slickly spun explanation  —via named or un-named spokespersons, or the PLP’s own blog — that was uncritically accepted as gospel by the faithful.

What the faithful don’t see, or perhaps don’t care to see, is that a host of the schemes being used to keep the PLP in power are making life in Bermuda an economic disaster, a congested nightmare, a social basket-case and a psychological strain.

These schemes are also helping brand the PLP as no less a pariah than the worst of the UBP it replaced.

There will be much to repair once Dr Brown has gone.