Undecided voters say they do not know which politicians to trust as the row over the BHC files rumbles on.

People with no firm allegiance to either of the two main political parties said they would be forced to "think a bit more" about who deserves their vote.

Almost everyone we spoke to agreed, however, that information from the allegedly stolen police report on alleged corruption at the BHC would affect the way they voted.

Islanders told The Bermuda Sun they were concerned politicians were thinking more about themselves rather than voters. One voter summed up people's feelings by calling recent events "a ball of confusion."

Several of the swing voters, whom we spoke to on the streets of Hamilton, suggested the BHC fallout would hurt the PLP as the party had been shown in a bad light. They questioned whether the government would be able to shake things off and hinted that recent events would make them sway more towards the UBP.

Corporate administrator Diane Perinchief, who is in her early 50s, said: "It does give you something to think about. We'll have a lot more to consider when everyone goes to the polls.

"If anyone is swaying towards the UBP, this whole situation would have people leaning a little more towards the UBP. It's not helping the PLP at all."

Food for thought

Accountant Jenae Painter, 35, said: "I'm undecided and everything that's happened will make me think a bit more. I don't think it will sway my decision, but you have to consider what has happened."

Many people we spoke to wanted their identities to remain anonymous - they said it would enable them to talk openly and honestly.

A 38-year-old self-employed woman said: "At this point I don't feel I want to vote for any of them. It's a ball of confusion. I don't know who to vote for and who to trust."

A 35-year-old female clerical assistant said: "It's been a scandal and it will affect how I vote. If the stuff is true, you can't have a party in power that is bringing down the country's reputation. I'm now more inclined to go with the UBP." A 29-year-old male insurance worker said: "I'm probably heading more against the PLP because of what has happened. They are being shown in a bad light and there is a lot of confusion about who has done what and why."

A 22-year-old female accountant said: "Ewart Brown has to step down. His character has been assassinated with all this craziness that is happening.

"I prefer to call it entertainment as that's what the politicians have been doing, entertaining us. But entertaining doesn't help voters."