• Island deserves better than divisive party politics

    Island deserves better than divisive party politics

    “Give it to Mikey, he will eat it.”

    We all know that politics is not a popularity contest and at times leaders must make tough decisions, but, jeez, do the tough ones follow Senator Michael Fahy or does he create them? A single issue will not necessarily cause persons to withdraw their vote, even though positions are important. It’s when positions continue to mount on the opposite side of the fence where a pattern...

  • Skill not skin should be the benchmark

    Skill not skin should be the benchmark

    The recent fiasco surrounding the infamous <i>Royal Gazette</i> sports story of Somerset Cup Match captain Jordan DeSilva by sportswriter Colin Thompson was irresponsible and somewhat disrespectful to his family. Some may even say the article had malicious intent.

    Either way, it misrepresented the ethnicity of DeSilva unnecessarily. It caused the public to question or to be divided on racial lines over our top sporting event’s team leadership selection.

    • Jul 27, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Erm ... exactly when were we granted independence?

    Erm ... exactly when were we granted independence?

    My eternal thanks to Adam Zacharias for drawing my attention to the recent <i>Times</i> 20-page supplement on Bermuda. It is jam-packed with useful information and beautiful pictures of our island home.

    One of the amazing things I learnt was that Bermuda actually has independence.

    I have lived here since 1964 and have never been told that.

    Elizabeth Grice writes: “In 1957, Britain granted independence to its oldest colony.”

    Really? Have we...

    • Jul 27, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Target of ex-Premier’s outburst misplaced

    Target of ex-Premier’s outburst misplaced

    Having just returned to the island after a family holiday, I found myself catching up with the news and an article in the Saturday, July 23, 2016 edition of <i>The Royal Gazette</i> got me worked up. I am referring specifically to the article reporting the outbursts from our former Premier, Ewart Brown, about the costs undertaken by the Bermuda Police Service investigating corruption allegations against him.

    Dr Brown, above, attempted to blame the One...

    • Jul 26, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Sad to see poor sports coverage

    Sad to see poor sports coverage

    Knowing what a good sports editor you were, it is now too sad to see the very poor coverage this past weeks of:

    1, The Newport Bermuda Race, which brings in so many dollars to our economy

    2, Nothing on the Seagull Around the Island Race, which is part of our heritage, with so many restoring the old boats and old engines

    3, No real coverage of the junior tournament at the Tennis Stadium, which included international...

    • Jul 26, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Simple changes can improve political process

    Simple changes can improve political process

    The recent editorial titled “The rationale for kicking party politics to the kerb” as a leading news organ is just more evidence that Bermuda is facing the same political tide prevailing around the world. In America, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders tapped into a population weary of establishment politics. The Brexit vote in Britain to leave the European Union is another example of the electorate being in an entirely different place from the leadership and direction of both...

    • Jul 23, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Technology means taxi profession will gradually die

    Technology means taxi profession will gradually die

    The recent limited industrial action by taxi drivers in response to the proposal to allow tourists to rent small electric quadricycles was possibly understandable if not anticipated. This is arguably a long overdue move and tourists, particularly those over the age of 55, have never felt comfortable renting scooters, which are, we all know, inherently dangerous. So for them, the quadricycle rental would be a huge benefit.

    We are making efforts to make Bermuda a more...

    • Jul 21, 2016 8:00 am
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  • PLP’s politics more important than tourism

    PLP’s politics more important than tourism

    I can’t think of any Bermudian who would disagree with the Government’s big push to rebuild the tourism industry.

    New hotels are in development, old ones are getting a makeover, cruise ships are returning to St George, tourist arrivals are up and Bermuda Tourism Authority marketing is hitting its mark.

    Good things are happening.

    But after last Friday’s House of Assembly debate on concessions to strengthen hotel operations, I am disturbed that the...

    • Jul 21, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Thanks for not allowing homophobia to become law

    Thanks for not allowing homophobia to become law

    Imagine that two people are standing before you; they are in love.

    They have travelled the world together and they are committed to spending the rest of their lives together. They are bonded in every single way, bar their lack of a marriage licence.

    There they stand, at the registry office, waiting to cement their bond through a legal precedent that unites them in the eyes of the law and gives them rights.

    Just as they are about to sign their certificate,...

    • Jul 20, 2016 8:00 am
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  • A case of history repeating

    A case of history repeating

    During Oliver Cromwell’s time, a period of stark religiosity, life was grim for many in England.

    The Restoration, which followed, is epitomised in this song with words by Dryden and music by Purcell:

    <i>“We ha’ cheated the parson, we’ll cheat him again,

    For why should a blockhead ha’ one in ten?”</i>

    It’s history here repeating itself.

    <b>ROGER SNAPE</b>

    • Jul 20, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Democracy is not perfect but we advocate it

    Democracy is not perfect but we advocate it

    Walton Brown’s recent positions, which he has published since the marriage vote in Parliament, had me wondering what his position is on democratic rule and even the subject of self-determination or sovereignty.

    Let me be the first to acknowledge democracy is not perfect and at times not even right, but we advocate it. What else do we have as an alternative source of rule? He proverbially leaves a tropical storm and heads straight for a hurricane when he lambasted the...

    • Jul 20, 2016 8:00 am
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