Premier talks of toll on family life
It was a landslide victory for the Progressive Labour Party, which had chosen David Burt as its leader just eight months earlier.
Now, after the high of triumph, the Premier has told how the cut-and-thrust of life at the top of politics has affected his personal life.
Mr Burt, at 38, became Bermuda’s youngest premier in July last year, but the father-of-two said age was not a factor in the job and the greatest challenge was juggling the demands of work with home life.
Mr Burt told The Royal Gazette as he reflected on his first year in office: “It has been incredibly difficult on my family.
“I think that’s the biggest thing. I have a very young family, a two-year-old and a three-year-old, a wife who works, who has a career. So it has been hard.”
Mr Burt and wife Kristin are parents to toddlers Nia and Edward.
Mr Burt explained: “I think the biggest challenge in this particular job, which is all-encompassing, is balancing the needs of doing the job for the people of this country and balancing the need of a very young family. They miss their daddy, all the time.”
Mr Burt added he and his team had gone full throttle to tackle their legislative agenda.
He said: “If I were to say what the year has been, I would say it has been difficult because I push myself at a high pace and I push my ministers at a high pace.
“I was joking with some of them the other day that I’m sure they cannot wait for the House to rise because I think that everyone needs vacation.”
Mr Burt added: “We’ve really accomplished a lot.”
He dismissed the notion his relative youth could affect his work. The Pembroke West Central MP, who is also Minister of Finance, said: “I don’t think that it actually matters, to be completely honest.”
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