John Barritt http://www.royalgazette.com John Barritt en-us Do we really need outsiders to do our work? <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/COLUMN01/150229761/AR/0/AR-150229761.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> This is serious business, Mr Editor, governing Bermuda. If you had no sense of how serious and thats no small if, you do now. The 201516 Budget Statement makes it pretty clear, although I agree pretty is not exactly the right word here. What makes it even clearer is the apparent about-face the Minister of Finance and his. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/COLUMN01/150229761&source=RSS Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:29:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/COLUMN01/150229761&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/COLUMN01/150229761/AR/0/AR-150229761.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> This is serious business, Mr Editor, governing Bermuda. If you had no sense of how serious and thats no small if, you do now. The 201516 Budget Statement makes it pretty clear, although I agree pretty is not exactly the right word here. What makes it even clearer is the apparent about-face the Minister of Finance and his. .. People pin hopes on results, not promises <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150220/COLUMN01/150229974/AR/0/AR-150229974.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Tough that is what we have been told to expect with the 2015-16 Government Budget. We will soon know whether that means tough for those who had to put it together, or tough on all the rest of us. Or both. No guesses or predictions or special wishes here the document is drafted and ready for delivery, and instead today, Mr Editor, a kind. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150220/COLUMN01/150229974&source=RSS Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:12:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150220/COLUMN01/150229974&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150220/COLUMN01/150229974/AR/0/AR-150229974.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Tough that is what we have been told to expect with the 2015-16 Government Budget. We will soon know whether that means tough for those who had to put it together, or tough on all the rest of us. Or both. No guesses or predictions or special wishes here the document is drafted and ready for delivery, and instead today, Mr Editor, a kind. .. DUI stats say it all, lets find a solution <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150218/COLUMN01/150219721/AR/0/AR-150219721.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Traffic, Mr Editor, traffic it seems everyone has an opinion about the problem and the solution and why not?We are all drivers, riders or users of the road in some way, form or fashion and if we are all a part of the problem and we are then we should all be part of the solution. Road summits are good. So, too, will be any. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150218/COLUMN01/150219721&source=RSS Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:23:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150218/COLUMN01/150219721&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150218/COLUMN01/150219721/AR/0/AR-150219721.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Traffic, Mr Editor, traffic it seems everyone has an opinion about the problem and the solution and why not?We are all drivers, riders or users of the road in some way, form or fashion and if we are all a part of the problem and we are then we should all be part of the solution. Road summits are good. So, too, will be any. .. Time for PAC to flex its legislative muscle <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150216/COLUMN01/150219788/AR/0/AR-150219788.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> PAC, man, is no game. Nor should it be, Mr Editor. At least not the one I am constantly going on about. Readers will know where I stand on the matter of the Public Accounts Committee. It is long since time that this bipartisan parliamentary committee started to flex its legislative muscle and got on with the job of tracking how our Government. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150216/COLUMN01/150219788&source=RSS Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:12:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150216/COLUMN01/150219788&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150216/COLUMN01/150219788/AR/0/AR-150219788.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> PAC, man, is no game. Nor should it be, Mr Editor. At least not the one I am constantly going on about. Readers will know where I stand on the matter of the Public Accounts Committee. It is long since time that this bipartisan parliamentary committee started to flex its legislative muscle and got on with the job of tracking how our Government. .. Conflation we need more of it, folks! <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150213/COLUMN01/150219854/AR/0/AR-150219854.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Talk about juxtaposition Mr Editor. Former Premier and astute businessman Sir John Swan thinks we are about to fall off the edge of a cliff. An OBA spokesperson affirms her partys confidence in a confidence survey of Bermuda businessmen which indicates that we may be turning the corner, and declares that the Government is on the right. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150213/COLUMN01/150219854&source=RSS Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150213/COLUMN01/150219854&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150213/COLUMN01/150219854/AR/0/AR-150219854.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Talk about juxtaposition Mr Editor. Former Premier and astute businessman Sir John Swan thinks we are about to fall off the edge of a cliff. An OBA spokesperson affirms her partys confidence in a confidence survey of Bermuda businessmen which indicates that we may be turning the corner, and declares that the Government is on the right. .. Brace yourself for possible health rates shock <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150211/COLUMN01/150219932/AR/0/AR-150219932.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> It was only a small slip, of information, Mr. Editor, but it struck me as a possible tell. In the throes of the dispute over furlough days, the BPSU declared that they had been threatened with a 19 per cent hike in health insurance premiums. Around about the same time, the rest of us were put on notice by the Finance Minister to expect his. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150211/COLUMN01/150219932&source=RSS Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:50:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150211/COLUMN01/150219932&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150211/COLUMN01/150219932/AR/0/AR-150219932.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> It was only a small slip, of information, Mr. Editor, but it struck me as a possible tell. In the throes of the dispute over furlough days, the BPSU declared that they had been threatened with a 19 per cent hike in health insurance premiums. Around about the same time, the rest of us were put on notice by the Finance Minister to expect his. ..