Apr 29, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 15, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 8, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Apr 1, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Mar 24, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Mar 18, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am
“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...
Mar 4, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 26, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 19, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Feb 12, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Feb 5, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 29, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 22, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Jan 15, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Jan 8, 2016 8:00 am
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.
Jan 5, 2016 8:00 am
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...
Dec 30, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Dec 24, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Dec 18, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Dec 11, 2015 8:00 am
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...
Dec 4, 2015 8:00 am
I don’t know about you, Mr Editor, but the cynic in me tells me that the dogs may bark but the caravan will move on. The reports and findings of the Auditor-General have caused a stir, but will anything really happen?
You may remember the...
Nov 28, 2015 8:00 am
Be careful what you wish for, yes? Be careful, too, what you promise, Mr Editor. You may reasonably be expected to deliver.
To its credit, the One Bermuda Alliance government announced in the Throne Speech its plans to deliver on a promise...
Nov 21, 2015 8:00 am
How rich it was, Mr Editor, that the most recent damning report of the Auditor-General should be released on the same day our Legislature reconvenes for another year. Poor pun, I know. A Throne Speech, you say?
For my money, and for your...
Nov 20, 2015 8:00 am
Steady as she goes? Maybe, Mr Editor, maybe.
Certainly, Throne Speech 2015 didn’t contain any significant surprises — nothing that new and nothing that dramatic — and it struck me as all very matter-of-fact and straightforward in tone and...
Nov 13, 2015 8:00 am
Pomp and pageantry marks the beginning today of a new legislative session. It’s one of the more pleasant (and pleasing) parliamentary traditions that helps to distinguish us here and abroad.
It also highlights our British heritage and...
Nov 6, 2015 8:00 am
This week’s column features the Throne Speech that will not be delivered next Friday. At least I don’t think so — and that’s because it is made up, by me. It comes with a disclaimer, too. Any resemblance to actual events, past or present, or...
Oct 30, 2015 8:00 am
We all get our fair share of criticism, Mr Editor, and JB is no exception. Nor should he be. Readers should have their say, too, and I appreciate the dialogue. But there are a couple of points that have arisen recently in conversation that are...
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