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  • Celebrating a great yet quiet hero
    Apr 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Celebrating a great yet quiet hero

    I know, Mr Editor, I said that I was going to stop writing for a time. But I trust you will allow me this exception, a tribute for an exceptional person: the late Dr the Honourable Clarence James, CBE, JP.

    We were not contemporaries, but...

  • National service’s cause for pause
    Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am

    National service’s cause for pause

    Readers will know that last week the Commission of Inquiry started its work in earnest, much of it preparatory at this stage, Mr Editor.

    I have had a decision to make and I have made it. I am going to stand down as a columnist and...

  • Consultation: what exactly does it mean?
    Apr 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Consultation: what exactly does it mean?

    Ps, Mr Editor, is an unusual way to begin a column. Postscripts are usually found at the end. But I want to begin this week with a follow-up to last week’s column.

    Consultation does have its sceptics, critics and detractors — and I want to...

  • Consultation must be real and genuine
    Apr 1, 2016 8:00 am

    Consultation must be real and genuine

    Inquiring minds want to know, Mr Editor, following last week’s column and recent events: OK, Barritt, any bright ideas on how consultation could work? Fair question.

    First, any attempt needs to be real and genuine. People will quickly...

  • Destined for failure right from the start
    Mar 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Destined for failure right from the start

    The problem, Mr Editor, is that you really only get the one chance to make a good first impression. A second chance is, well, just that, a second chance, and if you are fortunate to get one in life, you try to make the best of it that you can.

  • Time to examine failing system
    Mar 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Time to examine failing system

    Words almost fail me, Mr Editor, so I won’t be so long this week. So much has already been said; too much in some cases, and so much of it nasty, ugly and unhelpful, and, sadly, said by some who hide behind the cloak of anonymity. Shame on them.

  • Division and discord in this debate was utterly predictable
    Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am

    Division and discord in this debate was utterly predictable

    “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg ...”— Unknown

    I am no political consultant, Mr Editor, and with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get down to it. The business of...

  • Willingness to seek common ground would help us all
    Mar 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Willingness to seek common ground would help us all

    Compromise, collaboration and consensus are not four-letter words, as you well know, Mr Editor, but it sure seems like it when it comes to modern-day politics, if you get my drift.

    This can be one of the drawbacks to the Westminster system...

  • People want to be heard before decisions are made
    Feb 26, 2016 8:00 am

    People want to be heard before decisions are made

    Pathways, Mr Editor, can be a very useful way for the Bermuda Government to signpost the direction in which it intends to lead us. The 2015-16 Budget is a very good example of this — and, yes, this reference to pathways is deliberate; to make a...

  • Seniors spell future for all of us in Budget
    Feb 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Seniors spell future for all of us in Budget

    It’s Budget time. Brace yourselves, people. But while you do, spare a thought for our seniors. It will be revealing to see whether they will merit a line or two in today’s Budget Statement. They ought to; maybe even a paragraph or two.

  • Sense and sensibility
    Feb 13, 2016 8:00 am

    Sense and sensibility

    “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past”

    — William Faulkner

    It wasn’t just the timing of the February 5 announcement of pathways to status, Mr Editor, coming as it did so hard on the heels of the Government’s loss in the Devonshire...

  • Have division and discord been cemented under our system?
    Feb 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Have division and discord been cemented under our system?

    Riveting, exciting and unpredictable even, Mr Editor. This is what elections hold not just for political junkies, but the casual observer as well. No, I do not have in mind the recent by-election in Devonshire North Central, which seemed to be...

  • Oversight critical to get value for money
    Feb 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Oversight critical to get value for money

    Now we all like to be in the know, or at least think we are, Mr Editor, but it isn’t always easy to keep with everything that is going on with the Government. So we come to rely on the news media to keep us informed of the affairs of state, thank...

  • Why AC is already a missed opportunity
    Jan 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Why AC is already a missed opportunity

    There is this conversation I have been having with one reader that I have been meaning to share, Mr Editor. After last week’s column, this is as good a time as any. Our conversation was about politics, race and the America’s Cup, an interesting...

  • The Trump phenomenon: what lessons for us?
    Jan 22, 2016 8:00 am

    The Trump phenomenon: what lessons for us?

    How long, I wonder, before the Trump phenomenon reaches our shores, Mr Editor? And I don’t mean the man; I mean his brand of politics.

    Unlikely, you say? Well, maybe not. In politics, as in business, as in life really, nothing succeeds...

  • System of accountability not been working
    Jan 15, 2016 8:00 am

    System of accountability not been working

    It might be laughable, Mr Editor, were it not so sad. OK, maybe “laughable” is not the right word, but a wry smile would not be out of line.

    This Commission of Inquiry is needed, we are told, because Bermuda’s reputation is at risk.

  • Power and loss of power are what count most
    Jan 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Power and loss of power are what count most

    Charisma, huh? Well, I agree, Mr Editor, to this extent: as has been often said, style is a good indication of substance. Not always, mind you, but often enough. This can be particularly true of those who perform in the political arena.

    We...

  • Can Environment Charter help airport plan?
    Jan 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Can Environment Charter help airport plan?

    The proposed new airport project has given flight to a lot of discussion — to put it, er, mildly, Mr Editor — and is likely to continue to do so for some time to come. It’s not surprising either, when you consider what’s at stake and how the...

  • Transparency needs sunshine of scrutiny
    Jan 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Transparency needs sunshine of scrutiny

    “Where had I heard this wind before/

    Change like this to a deeper roar?” *

    By John Barritt

    Finally, Mr Editor, a much-needed Commission of Inquiry, the announcement of which has met with initial endorsement from the Man on top...

  • Enjoy some year-end fun with my quiz
    Dec 30, 2015 8:00 am

    Enjoy some year-end fun with my quiz

    Oh, the things that people say, Mr. Editor. They often make for good copy, as we say in the trade, and for interesting reading for sure. So this week, by way of my “Year in Review”, readers are challenged to identify who said what in 2015 but...

  • No need to check my wish list twice
    Dec 24, 2015 8:00 am

    No need to check my wish list twice

    Yes, Virginia, politics could use a little more Santa Claus. I don’t necessarily mean more jolly and I am not thinking of more gifts; nice as that might be.

    Instead I have in mind the give and take of politics, the cut and thrust of debate...

  • Snap elections, integrity and credibility
    Dec 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Snap elections, integrity and credibility

    The urge to go, Mr Editor, can be strong; compelling even. Pressure can mount, becoming, well, quite intense, practically unbearable. You know the deal, and thus it appears that there is but the one solution.

    It can be like that with the...

  • Step up and start the Pati brigade
    Dec 11, 2015 8:00 am

    Step up and start the Pati brigade

    Inquiring minds want to know, Mr Editor, what it is they can do in the wake of the most recent reports of the Auditor-General. Of course, they want action and many have lost confidence that anything meaningful will happen.

    Well, I have an...

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