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  • Out with the brown, in with the green
    Feb 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Out with the brown, in with the green

    Previously, I wrote about ingenuity and today I will focus on the value of earning foreign exchange. There is much talk about revitalising the economy. Added to that conversation is that of closures of many local shops and businesses.

    Then...

  • Ingenuity trumps confidence
for meaningful turnaround
    Feb 11, 2020 8:00 am

    Ingenuity trumps confidence for meaningful turnaround

    I read Sir John Swan’s opinion with interest, and let me first say I don’t disagree with his take on the state of Bermuda’s economy because it has become a manifest reality.

    When the Premier himself concludes the same, it means it is not a...

  • Don’t replace one form of colonisation with another
    Feb 6, 2020 8:00 am

    Don’t replace one form of colonisation with another

    The recent tabling of a motion to change the Somers Day holiday to Mary Prince Day will stir emotions. There are a number of issues surrounding the date, historical relevance and context that collide and need to be guided.

    Indeed, the Cup...

  • We need to work harder for freedom
    Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

    We need to work harder for freedom

    The fight against being oppressed is not the same as fighting for freedom. Every liberation battle does not end with freedom as an automatic consequence.

    Liberators and seekers of freedom are often conflated; the very ideas are often...

  • Our leaders should always serve with integrity and openness
    Dec 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Our leaders should always serve with integrity and openness

    Once again history has been made with the congressional impeachment of Donald Trump. The President of the United States is the third in my lifetime — fourth in 200 years, out of 45 presidents — indicted to be impeached. I recall the first...

  • Understanding the dynamics of doing business
    Dec 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Understanding the dynamics of doing business

    I had a close friend who at one time in his life was an absolute radical. He would not have minded being called a Communist because he saw himself as a victim of capitalism.

    This sense of being a victim, particularly of capitalism, was in...

  • The one-party state
    Dec 7, 2019 8:00 am

    The one-party state

    If by the year 1993, the United Bermuda Party had reached the point of being a diminished political entity, what is the One Bermuda Alliance’s value to the electorate using the same social formula?

    Lets go to racial demographics, which is...

  • A new vision of prosperity is needed
    Nov 14, 2019 8:00 am

    A new vision of prosperity is needed

    Two contrasting ideas that underscore a tale of two cities: the Premier’s speech about market intervention, and Robert Pires’s purported comment that Portuguese were brought to Bermuda because blacks after slavery did not want to work.

    The...

  • For a functional independence
    Oct 21, 2019 8:00 am

    For a functional independence

    After watching the funeral of the late MP Walton Brown Jr, I am mindful of an old comment put on fallen soldiers’ graves: “Let my death have more meaning than my life”.

    I listened carefully to all the commentaries, and, indeed, they...

  • See the world with a fresh perspective
    Sep 30, 2019 8:00 am

    See the world with a fresh perspective

    Greta Thunberg gave the world a dose of youthful vigour. If we are fair with ourselves, most adults will admit we, too, have been there.

    Political expressions from youth are often either of utopias or of catastrophes. They speak purely and...

  • A clarion call for Bermuda’s progress
    Sep 25, 2019 8:00 am

    A clarion call for Bermuda’s progress

    Is this protracted trade war and conflict between the United States and China a test of will, money or systems?

    The US is a market economy, where the producers are entrepreneurs with their own capital at risk, while China is a command...

  • The pendulum has swung towards more civility
    Aug 22, 2019 8:00 am

    The pendulum has swung towards more civility

    I think of myself as a Democrat, but not strictly because I also believe in the liberty of the individual. As an example, I believe when a person represents others, they should do so with the best that they can personally offer, and not merely as...

  • Be strong. Things must get better
    Aug 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Be strong. Things must get better

    On both sides of the northern border that connects the United States to Canada, economists are bracing themselves for the possibility of a recession. Some are pointing to the trade war between the US and China as partially, if not totally, the...

  • Taking the Premier at face value
    Aug 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Taking the Premier at face value

    Sitting relaxed behind my computer, I was abruptly but pleasantly interrupted by a telephone caller who was listening to the Premier, David Burt, on the Sherry J talk show.

    To paraphrase the comments, when the Premier was asked what he was...

  • Ensure that the net good exceeds the harm
    Aug 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Ensure that the net good exceeds the harm

    I don’t smoke anything and I have no prejudice for those who do. For me, it was perhaps a degree of fate that prevented me from being a smoker.

    I, just like so many schoolboys back in the Sixties, sneaked away to have a draw on what was...

  • Our world is interconnected
    Jul 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Our world is interconnected

    Social media reveals much about how people think. In short bites thought to be quotes of brilliance, whole worlds of thought and ethics can be released.

    Take, for example, this comment made on one of my articles: “It’s amazing how...

  • Now is the time to protect freedom
    Jul 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Now is the time to protect freedom

    There is a hell of a debate going now in the United States about the autocratic style of leadership that Donald Trump seems to prefer.

    The word there is that “he is destroying our democracy, he is taking away the very sense of who we...

  • We must celebrate our own
    Jul 3, 2019 8:00 am

    We must celebrate our own

    There are tangible benefits for persons belonging to sophisticated jurisdictions whose services are international in scope. Experience is gained through opportunity and exposure. In Bermuda, as everywhere, the opportunity may arise in either the...

  • Stop with the bias – Iran does not want war
    Jun 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Stop with the bias – Iran does not want war

    It would be very easy to start a war with Iran and there is no question of whether the United States is the stronger of the two militarily with its superior airpower. However, war is about outcome and achieving goals that neutralise the...

  • Not too late to love thy neighbour
    Jun 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Not too late to love thy neighbour

    I am not one for conspiracy theories, although it is patently obvious that there are too many incidents that are not above board. Like this near imminent war with Iran, which has the air of being so similar to the war on Iraq.

    I was never...

  • An example not to follow
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    An example not to follow

    This crisis along the United States southern border with Mexico is in reality a humanitarian crisis and a reflection of a failed regional policy. Hundreds of thousands of persons, many of whom are women and children, are fleeing from...

  • It’s the economy, stupid
    Jun 8, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s the economy, stupid

    How many times have we heard the expression “It’s the economy, stupid”? Well or, in that old familiar Bermudian vernacular, “Oh well”, it truly is the economy.

    To my detractors on this subject, I acknowledge my self-interest. In some ways,...

  • We must work together to reinvent Bermuda
    Jun 5, 2019 8:00 am

    We must work together to reinvent Bermuda

    “Beware when you bring in a prince to get rid of your problems because, while he may get rid of your problem, the next problem is how to get rid of the prince.”

    That is a proverb that has a myriad of literal and...

  • Journalists must tell it like it is
    May 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Journalists must tell it like it is

    They say “fair is fair” or, otherwise put, “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.

    News and journalism are meant to be objective and impartial. I hear CNN is losing viewers and, as one such viewer, I may be able to attest to...

  • The illusion of democracy
    May 27, 2019 8:00 am

    The illusion of democracy

    Democracy is an ideal that is not easily achievable. Unfortunately, too many people think we have achieved it already, simply because we are allowed to vote.

    The right to vote is only one principle and even there the right is not exercised...

  • Praying for peace and diplomacy
    May 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Praying for peace and diplomacy

    “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is...

  • More pack shuffling to come
    Apr 27, 2019 8:00 am

    More pack shuffling to come

    It’s just a fact the Progressive Labour Party has 29 Members of Parliament from which to choose the make-up of its 12-member Cabinet. However, the selection process is not as simple as spinning the wheel of fortune, and every person that comes up...

  • Crabs in the barrel
    Apr 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Crabs in the barrel

    It may be hard to imagine better days are coming, particularly when everything around us represents chaos: the closure of the Rosebank branch of Butterfield Bank, school populations declining, some very old established businesses folding and the...

  • Big Lloyd: a giant and an icon
    Apr 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Big Lloyd: a giant and an icon

    Bermuda will mourn the death of Lloyd James, a tall, imposing batsman who was a true legend.

    My memory goes back to his first Cup Match century of 147 runs. His century was devastating to Somerset, who at the time had dominated the Cup...

  • The ultimate mayoral manifesto
    Apr 3, 2019 8:00 am

    The ultimate mayoral manifesto

    OK, I am not running for the mayoral election of Hamilton on May 13, but if I were, here are a few things I would promise as a candidate:

    1, Every resident at the age of majority, landlord and business owner will have a...

  • An ocean of conflict
    Apr 1, 2019 8:00 am

    An ocean of conflict

    As the former sportscaster Joe Brown used to say: “My, my, my.” This Mexico Infrastructure Finance and $18 million affair ain’t gone anywhere yet. If anything, it is getting deeper by the day in the courts. With claims for fees and improper...

  • Out with the old – it’s time to embrace a new world
    Mar 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Out with the old – it’s time to embrace a new world

    So Bermuda is blacklisted with the European Union and the hopes are to get off the list as soon as possible to avoid future losses in business and real damage to the economy. The perception of Bermuda as a tax haven, in spite of everything the...

  • Principle over blind loyalty
    Mar 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Principle over blind loyalty

    I recall back in and around 1998, Bermuda’s change to politically appointed MPs for the post of Attorney-General, which caused me to ponder the difference in efficacy between those government systems that have the AG’s chambers as part of...

  • Pure hearts required to deliver a city for the benefit of all
    Mar 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Pure hearts required to deliver a city for the benefit of all

    Many years ago, somewhere in or around 1996, the Human Rights Commission, during one of its sensitivity training sessions for the commissioners, employed two highly reputable psychologists to conduct the sessions. During one such session, they...

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