The Minister of Public Works is “abusing his power by trying to make Somerset Cricket Club responsible for who presents the Cup Match Trophy,” according to the One Bermuda Alliance.
The OBA said, “Last week in the House of Assembly Lieutenant Colonel David Burch said he had been asked by the Club to repair a wall before Cup Match and had given two conditions for the work to be done – putting recycling facilities in place and asking that the Governor should not be invited to present the Trophy.”
Shadow Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz said the conditions “almost amounted to blackmail,” adding: “The Minister has put Somerset Cricket Club in an impossible position. That is not acceptable behavior for anyone let alone a Minister who should adhere to the highest moral standards.
“The issue of who presents the Trophy to the victorious team is a matter for the Club and making it a condition of doing some work is reprehensible and an abuse of the Minister’s power. If it is the Minister’s responsibility, then just get on and do it.”
Moniz added: “How many times does Minster Burch have to step out of line before he is censured by the Premier, or does the Premier condone this type of behavior? It is embarrassing to have this loose cannon constantly behaving inappropriately.”