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  • Judging a cover by its record
    Jul 10, 2017 8:00 am

    Judging a cover by its record

    On May 9, 2016, the Progressive Labour Party held a press conference where acting Opposition leader David Burt alleged that JetBlue had been pressured by Aecon to fire shadow transport minister Lawrence Scott because of his opposition to the...

  • Fake truths and real mistakes
    Jul 7, 2017 8:00 am

    Fake truths and real mistakes

    Mr Burt said last night: “Information has come to us, as is often the case in Bermuda’s small community, that indicates that the Premier and some ministers knew in advance of the deployment of police support units (PSUs).”

    This...

  • A few observations about independent Cox
    Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am

    A few observations about independent Cox

    Paula Cox’s recent resignation from the Progressive Labour Party demands our attention for more than a few reasons, but there are at least three key observations that must be made.

    The first observation is regarding the candidate selection...

  • Past vital when evaluating future leaders
    Jun 30, 2017 8:00 am

    Past vital when evaluating future leaders

    “When The Royal Gazette contacted Mr Burt by telephone, he insisted that any conversation be off the record, before asking for questions to be e-mailed to him. He later e-mailed a statement asking for a deadline time, but did not respond...

  • Not enough to fall back on OBA/UBP rhetoric
    Jun 9, 2017 8:00 am

    Not enough to fall back on OBA/UBP rhetoric

    “The Honourable Member is misleading the House. Mr Speaker, I was very clear in validating what the people in this country are saying. What I said was, and it is a fact, that the Opposition used race to exacerbate the...

  • Crockwell case more than a touch of sour grapes
    Jun 2, 2017 8:00 am

    Crockwell case more than a touch of sour grapes

    During the May 19 motion to adjourn in the House of Assembly, independent MP Shawn Crockwell spoke for 20 minutes about the next General Election. The crux of his speech was that the election will not be won by hotel developments or the economic...

  • Hard to save face when party is put before country
    May 26, 2017 8:00 am

    Hard to save face when party is put before country

    Since the America’s Cup was announced, the Progressive Labour Party has been talking out of both sides of its mouth. One moment it is saying it will have nothing to do with it; the next moment, it is claiming that it supports the event. But talk...

  • Let’s reap the benefits of the America’s Cup
    May 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Let’s reap the benefits of the America’s Cup

    The 35th America’s Cup is Bermuda’s most ambitious tourism event ever. Especially given our continued economic struggles, we must use this opportunity to show the world that our island was a wise choice for hosting the competition.

  • Being fit for re-election is about character
    Mar 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Being fit for re-election is about character

    If I was asked to describe the fundamental character of successful organisations, the first attributes on my list would be integrity, empathy, experience and competence. The degree to which successful organisations possess these attributes would...

  • OBA’s education record disappoints – profoundly
    Mar 3, 2017 8:00 am

    OBA’s education record disappoints – profoundly

    “It is important to note that the Score remit did not include evaluating the quality of programmes or students and staff”

    — Score Report, December 17, 2015

    When I first learnt of...

  • A good deal for Bermuda but why the circus act?
    Feb 17, 2017 8:00 am

    A good deal for Bermuda but why the circus act?

    “In summary, we have found that this transaction is commercially sound and reasonable, likely to meet Government’s stated objectives of long term sustainability, increased traffic volume and revenue, while effectively...

  • Beware the politricks of smoke and mirrors
    Feb 11, 2017 8:00 am

    Beware the politricks of smoke and mirrors

    As is the case with every election, over the next 12 months voters should expect both the One Bermuda Alliance and the Progressive Labour Party to do everything possible to win their vote. Not only will they be clawing at each other’s necks, but...

  • Political theatre: you couldn’t make it up – or could you?
    Feb 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Political theatre: you couldn’t make it up – or could you?

    “We have an idea of what’s going to come down,” Mr Scott said, suggesting CCC — an entity of the Canadian Government, which acts as Canada’s agent for procurement and contracting — would renew its lease of...

  • The PLP is peddling ‘alternative facts’
    Jan 27, 2017 8:00 am

    The PLP is peddling ‘alternative facts’

    “You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave — alternative facts.”

    — Trump senior adviser Kellyanne...

  • Why let facts get in the way of spin
    Jan 26, 2017 8:00 am

    Why let facts get in the way of spin

    “Post-truth: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”

    — Oxford Living...

  • Bullying tactics require closer look
    Jan 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Bullying tactics require closer look

    The last time I checked, Bermuda was still a democracy. It’s therefore critically important for voters to take a close look at the Opposition’s response to Chris Furbert and Jason Hayward’s latest attempts to bully the public into submission.

  • Crossing the line to make a fatuous point
    Jan 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Crossing the line to make a fatuous point

    “For many, this was no different than the events that happened on Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge near Selma, Alabama.

    For many, this was no different than the events of March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville,...

  • ‘Santa’s elf’ Cannonier won’t be coming back
    Dec 16, 2016 8:00 am

    ‘Santa’s elf’ Cannonier won’t be coming back

    Ho, Ho, Ho! What nonsense is this? Last Friday morning a friend sent me a note that read, “The RG headline today is insane”. So I checked the Gazette and immediately found the cause for disbelief. An anonymous source has...

  • Tragic irony of democratic rights denied
    Dec 8, 2016 8:00 am

    Tragic irony of democratic rights denied

    So, what is next, Bermuda? Are we to expect Parliament to be locked down every time the “corporation” of Progressive Labour Party, Bermuda Industrial Union and the People’s Campaign feels like it? I really want an answer to this question because...

  • We need an honest conversation
    Dec 7, 2016 8:00 am

    We need an honest conversation

    “It is not the role of the Auditor-General to report on the very many things that are right in the financial affairs of the public sector. The Audit Act requires his reports to focus mainly on observed problems and deficiencies.

  • Modern-day collective parenting
    Nov 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Modern-day collective parenting

    So the Bermuda Police Service have decided to ban known gang members from playing football at Police Field. Also, they have decided to clamp down on the open consumption of drugs at football matches. Well, what do you think, Bermuda? Do you...

  • Like Trump, Burt wants to make Bermuda great again
    Nov 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Like Trump, Burt wants to make Bermuda great again

    “To the people of Bermuda, the people we were elected to represent, we ask: Has the OBA Government’s approach of taking from the workers, the youth and our seniors, while giving concessions to the elite and privileged, worked for you? Do...

  • The Opposition’s fundamental problem
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    The Opposition’s fundamental problem

    “On the night of the election of the PLP leader, MP Michael Weeks gave a good speech to become leader. He was not selected. Walton Brown was excellent. He was not selected. They both addressed the issues and had solutions, but they lost.

  • Sabre rattling, drum beating and hint of martyrdom
    Nov 4, 2016 8:00 am

    Sabre rattling, drum beating and hint of martyrdom

    “If the Government thinks they can play games with this one, then the house of cards will come tumbling down. We will do everything in our power to make sure that this will not happen. Make no mistake about it, this is a very serious...

  • Hard to believe OBA would attempt to push Tweed out
    Oct 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Hard to believe OBA would attempt to push Tweed out

    Soon after the Reverend Nicholas Tweed arrived in Bermuda, he made his political agenda quite clear. For example, he has been the guest speaker at Progressive Labour Party functions. He has played a significant role in maligning the airport...

  • Newsflash: money does grow on trees
    Oct 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Newsflash: money does grow on trees

    I have a great deal of respect for Minister of Finance Bob Richards. He doesn’t come across as the type to kiss babies. He doesn’t make cheap attempts to flatter you or try to gain your trust by pointing out family connections.

    When being...

  • Trump modus operandi carries eerie similarities
    Sep 30, 2016 8:00 am

    Trump modus operandi carries eerie similarities

    “If he had just gone home, gone to sleep, relaxed, he would have been a hero. But he made a deal with the Devil. She’s the Devil. He made a deal with the Devil. It’s true.” — Donald Trump on Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton,...

  • Education success begins at home
    Sep 16, 2016 8:00 am

    Education success begins at home

    In the third and final part of his series on education, Bryant Trew spells out how public schools can return to their former glory if we, as a community, take greater responsibility for our children and our neighbourhoods.

  • Racial inequality and public education
    Sep 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Racial inequality and public education

    “Mr. Speaker,

    There are black people and white people of goodwill who see racism as the evil that it is and who seek to dismantle it wherever they find it. This should be the work of all citizens of our country, especially those to whom...

  • Fix education? First, understand it
    Sep 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Fix education? First, understand it

    There’s a bit of rule in certain circles that if you send your children to private school, then you have no right to discuss public school. Some of us get branded as traitors or sell-outs for choosing private. I’d even bet that some choose public...

  • Record suggests Bean is not a martyr
    Sep 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Record suggests Bean is not a martyr

    In Monday’s lead column “More to Bean than meets the eye”, Nicolette Reiss proposes that Marc Bean, the Opposition Leader, is a genuine reformer, and she proposes that the challenges to his leadership come from those who have been less than...

  • Freedom of speech has to work both ways
    Aug 25, 2016 8:00 am

    Freedom of speech has to work both ways

    Since about early 2012, the Progressive Labour Party has turned demagoguery into a national sport. It started off very early, with Marc Bean characterising the Bermuda Government as “the demonic, Harry Potter One Bermuda Alliance”. If I had to...

  • PLP and the politics of deception
    Aug 19, 2016 8:00 am

    PLP and the politics of deception

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! On Thursday, July 24, 2003, the Progressive Labour Party sealed its second election victory with a very clear eight-seat majority. But, by the very next morning the voting public would learn that there was very...

  • PLP proves adept only at exploiting communications problems
    Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am

    PLP proves adept only at exploiting communications problems

    “The Premier and his supporters have convinced themselves that they have a communications problem. They might. But more importantly, they have a policy problem.” — David Burt, Acting Leader of the...

  • Valuable lessons in political sincerity
    Aug 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Valuable lessons in political sincerity

    The July 25 Op-Ed by Progressive Labour Party MP Jamahl Simmons was just one of many that are designed to convince Bermudians that more and more people are regretting the outcome of the 2012 General Election.

    Like toothpaste commercials...

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