John Barritt http://www.royalgazette.com John Barritt en-us Dont squeeze the Charmin! <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150327/COLUMN01/150329763/AR/0/AR-150329763.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Forget for a moment if you can recent events on the Hill. The story of that week, possibly the month, or maybe even the year, Mr Editor, may yet turn out to be the one headlined Charman Corporate tax would benefit Bermuda. Heads were spinning, phones ringing and tongues wagging, I bet, after that one and I wont even get into. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150327/COLUMN01/150329763&source=RSS Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:22:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150327/COLUMN01/150329763&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150327/COLUMN01/150329763/AR/0/AR-150329763.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Forget for a moment if you can recent events on the Hill. The story of that week, possibly the month, or maybe even the year, Mr Editor, may yet turn out to be the one headlined Charman Corporate tax would benefit Bermuda. Heads were spinning, phones ringing and tongues wagging, I bet, after that one and I wont even get into. .. Why our politicians need tighter briefs <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150323/COLUMN01/150329911/AR/0/AR-150329911.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> There must be some other way, Mr Editor, and of course there is. It is just a matter of will and reorganisation on the Hill. We just need Government to lead the way and Ministers to start by tightening their briefs. Say what?I am, of course, referring to the recently concluded annual Budget Debate, which actually very rarely. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150323/COLUMN01/150329911&source=RSS Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:14:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150323/COLUMN01/150329911&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150323/COLUMN01/150329911/AR/0/AR-150329911.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> There must be some other way, Mr Editor, and of course there is. It is just a matter of will and reorganisation on the Hill. We just need Government to lead the way and Ministers to start by tightening their briefs. Say what?I am, of course, referring to the recently concluded annual Budget Debate, which actually very rarely. .. Reform is possible with required political will <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150320/COLUMN01/150329973/AR/0/AR-150329973.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> It aint easy. Mr Editor, never was and most likely never will be. Think about it for a minute long days, late nights, three times a week for two weeks. A Budget debate that is anything but a debate. Two parties, two viewpoints and some very strong differences of opinion and thats putting it mildly maybe too mildly in view of recent. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150320/COLUMN01/150329973&source=RSS Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:44:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150320/COLUMN01/150329973&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150320/COLUMN01/150329973/AR/0/AR-150329973.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> It aint easy. Mr Editor, never was and most likely never will be. Think about it for a minute long days, late nights, three times a week for two weeks. A Budget debate that is anything but a debate. Two parties, two viewpoints and some very strong differences of opinion and thats putting it mildly maybe too mildly in view of recent. .. PAC we can learn a lot from across the pond <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150313/COLUMN01/150319857/AR/0/AR-150319857.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Readers write, Mr Editor, and I am grateful. They are never wrong and I generally enjoy what they have to say. This week I feature what one astute reader had to share with me the views of the retired head of the UK Civil service, Lord ODonnell, on the importance of the work of the Public Accounts Committee PAC across the pond. This. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150313/COLUMN01/150319857&source=RSS Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:20:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150313/COLUMN01/150319857&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150313/COLUMN01/150319857/AR/0/AR-150319857.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Readers write, Mr Editor, and I am grateful. They are never wrong and I generally enjoy what they have to say. This week I feature what one astute reader had to share with me the views of the retired head of the UK Civil service, Lord ODonnell, on the importance of the work of the Public Accounts Committee PAC across the pond. This. .. Collaboration? Maybe alot more than you think <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150306/COLUMN01/150309795/AR/0/AR-150309795.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Heres a novel exercise to undertake, Mr. Editor, when assessing the Annual Budget Debate. Lets look for a change at the issues and approaches on which the Government and Opposition appear to agree and put to one side for a moment the differences, the real, the imagined and the manufactured. You might be surprised pleasantly, I hope at the. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150306/COLUMN01/150309795&source=RSS Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:50:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150306/COLUMN01/150309795&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150306/COLUMN01/150309795/AR/0/AR-150309795.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Heres a novel exercise to undertake, Mr. Editor, when assessing the Annual Budget Debate. Lets look for a change at the issues and approaches on which the Government and Opposition appear to agree and put to one side for a moment the differences, the real, the imagined and the manufactured. You might be surprised pleasantly, I hope at the. ..