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  • Bermuda’s primal politics and the undecided voters
    Jul 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Bermuda’s primal politics and the undecided voters

    In Bermuda, there have historically been two primal political philosophies with little support from the voters to venture on middle ground for fear of risking the unknown, even if the unknown might bring about positive change.

    There is the...

  • We need all hands on deck to bring this ship home
    Jul 15, 2017 8:00 am

    We need all hands on deck to bring this ship home

    “I believe that party politics is the basis of our demise.”

    The idea of independents in the House has been raised by a few persons, with the resounding response being: “It will never happen” or “They just simply do...

  • Five things to look out for in the election
    Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Five things to look out for in the election

    If recent experience is anything to go by, the General Election on July 18 will be close. Here are five things to watch for in the run-up to the vote:

    Populism versus Open Society: Political pundits have been...

  • Early release for violent offenders is wrong
    Jul 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Early release for violent offenders is wrong

    As we approach this opportunity to let our candidates know what is important to families the Coalition for the Protection of Children has shared its 2017 Legislative and Policy Agenda. These 37 recommendations reflect what we hope all candidates...

  • Only one choice for managing money best
    Jul 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Only one choice for managing money best

    Bermuda, I know that things have not moved ahead as quickly as any of us would have liked, and the economic changes that we would like to see for all of us, seem to be slow in coming. However, we can see that things are turning around. The...

  • Coalition’s points to note for political adversaries
    Jul 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Coalition’s points to note for political adversaries

    The Coalition for the Protection of Children has developed a 36-point set of legislative and policy recommendations that The Royal Gazette will publish in three parts between today and Saturday with a view to raising the level...

  • Summer of adventure awaits for students
    Jun 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Summer of adventure awaits for students

    “Keep calm and hike on” is a recurring theme throughout the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme, especially here in Bermuda. Perseverance is one key to success and there are times when participants in the Award may feel like giving...

  • AC35 teams on their foils to conquer cancer
    Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am

    AC35 teams on their foils to conquer cancer

    If the America’s Cup trophy could speak, I imagine its voice, in silvery, baritone whispers, counselling the human spirit to “challenge and defend”.

    This wise advice works for contenders among us all, particularly those dealing with an...

  • Restoring dignity where there has been none
    Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Restoring dignity where there has been none

    Every night hundreds of Bermudians, instead of going home, find shelter in our bus stops, public parks and sometimes the doorways of businesses in Hamilton. A few find themselves in our Emergency Housing Complex on Parsons Road looking for...

  • I get the poll but we had to take action
    Mar 28, 2017 8:00 am

    I get the poll but we had to take action

    I would like to comment on The Royal Gazette’s polling report that shows people think the investigations into the activities of Ewart Brown, the former premier, and the misuse of public money by Progressive Labour Party...

  • Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere
    Feb 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

    We may have just learnt what is behind the police raid on Ewart Brown’s two businesses. Without this recent revelation, the raids seemed “over the top” and potential harassment.

    Sadly, from a spectator position there would have been some...

  • Why I got involved in politics
    Feb 17, 2017 8:00 am

    Why I got involved in politics

    During the past few months, Bermudians from a variety of backgrounds have reached out to me, wanting to talk about issues important to them.

    Three of the most frequent questions I am asked are: Why did you get involved in politics? What...

  • In defence of sponsored black athletes
    Feb 14, 2017 8:00 am

    In defence of sponsored black athletes

    When I read the recent Royal Gazette editorial “Something to smile about amid the gloom”, I was delighted that Bermuda’s only daily newspaper was recognising excellent athletic performances by young Bermudians abroad.

  • Cross Island costs wrongly maligned
    Jan 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Cross Island costs wrongly maligned

    I have to set the record straight after an opinion piece written by Christopher Famous and published on January 13, regarding the cost of the Cross Island project.

    The article is thin on facts, inaccurate and misleading.

    The reality...

  • Black America’s progress misjudged by all extremes
    Jan 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Black America’s progress misjudged by all extremes

    As we celebrated Martin Luther King Day, most Americans seemed to be in agreement about one thing: Black America isn’t doing well. The Right seems to perceive black communities as hopeless morasses of violence and dysfunction, as Donald Trump’s...

  • Sailing is our shared heritage
    Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Sailing is our shared heritage

    Talking about news liners being in sync, after reading the December 19 article about the 35th America’s Cup concerns in the wake of the House of Assembly issue, I recall it being one of the first things I thought about on that eventful day of...

  • No morally better than we were 100 years ago
    Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am

    No morally better than we were 100 years ago

    Looking back at 2016, it is remarkable how often the year was invoked as an argument against its own events.

    Take just a few examples. A CNN article implored: “It’s 2016. What’s with all the sexism?” A Los Angeles Times...

  • Just who ordered police to clear the gates?
    Dec 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Just who ordered police to clear the gates?

    On this latest House of Assembly protest, I have to first acknowledge my own bias. My sister, who is a retired senior citizen, was one of those pepper-sprayed and I believe her portrayal of events.

    She is a sympathiser and supporter of the...

  • The importance of trust
    Dec 6, 2016 8:00 am

    The importance of trust

    “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer”

    Albert Camus

    In December 1977, as a young man living temporarily in London, I had an experience that...

  • Burt’s speech hopefully signals a change of attitude
    Nov 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Burt’s speech hopefully signals a change of attitude

    As an individual who has spent a lifetime fighting for economic inclusion, I found there to be some key aspects in the Opposition leader’s Reply to the Throne Speech that sounded encouraging.

    Although no specifics were given, the figure of...

  • Blindness of US pollsters pervades our politics
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Blindness of US pollsters pervades our politics

    The Trump victory is a continued manifestation of a worldwide trend, similarly dramatised with the shocking Brexit vote. Donald Trump, as an outsider, understood that phenomenon, but so did Bernie Sanders, whose message was effectively out there...

  • ‘Tis the season to celebrate entrepreneurship
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    ‘Tis the season to celebrate entrepreneurship

    Once again Global Entrepreneurship Week is upon us and the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation is pleased to have so many events that we had to spill out into the whole month.

    With a team so enthusiastic about supporting and...

  • Committed to promoting an environment of safe care
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Committed to promoting an environment of safe care

    As a passenger on an aircraft, you know the pilot is trained, the engines checked and the flight path clear.

    As a customer in a restaurant, you know the establishment has its liquor licence, the food is prepared in a clean environment and...

  • Trump’s first clash with the Constitution
    Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Trump’s first clash with the Constitution

    Donald Trump will face wide-ranging questions about his ethics and integrity from the moment he enters the White House in January.

    The president-elect says he will turn over his vast financial holdings to his children. But many doubt a...

  • Bermuda’s future in Bermudian hands
    Nov 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermuda’s future in Bermudian hands

    Your MPs are returning to work as Parliament resumes and today we will hear in the Throne Speech about what Bermuda can look forward to in the coming year. One of these things will be the Airport Redevelopment Project. The project is a key part...

  • New leader could re-energise support for PLP
    Nov 7, 2016 8:00 am

    New leader could re-energise support for PLP

    While Marc Bean in political years has had a relatively short life, in cricket terms it was an aggressive innings. He has done the right thing for himself and the party.

    In spite of his desire to clean the deck, the deck did not belong to...

  • Young people, you are the change we need
    Nov 6, 2016 8:48 pm

    Young people, you are the change we need

    The political scene in Bermuda is in desperate need of refreshing change. Young people, you are the change that Bermuda needs. The dilemma is that while there is a great need for young people with innovative ideas, fresh energy and a new vision,...

  • Anonymous trolls are crippling Twitter
    Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Anonymous trolls are crippling Twitter

    I love Twitter. I use it every day. I’ve made a number of friends using the service, and often have interesting exchanges with an even larger number of colleagues and smart people. It has been essential to my career; it is hard to imagine doing...

  • A free internet may prove costly
    Oct 29, 2016 8:00 am

    A free internet may prove costly

    Modern economics has little room for parasites. In the vast majority of models, there are only buyers and sellers — there is no one who just comes up and steals your money. In the real world, of course, there are parasites galore: thieves, con...

  • Mother role may be what we need
    Oct 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Mother role may be what we need

    With November almost here, another parliamentary year begins and the fourth Throne Speech by the One Bermuda Alliance is upon us. The high point, of course, will be the United States presidential race, which may result in the first female being...

  • Nobel committee got it wrong: Ngugi is your man
    Oct 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Nobel committee got it wrong: Ngugi is your man

    Every year I root for Ngugi wa Thiong’o to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

    The Kenyan writer has been a favourite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-1 in Ngugi’s favour, with Haruki...

  • Scary presidential race faces low turnout
    Oct 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Scary presidential race faces low turnout

    It is hard to imagine a presidential election with higher stakes than the present one: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer radically different ideas about the country’s direction, and many people believe that one or the other would be...

  • Cold cases a symptom of inexpensive black lives
    Oct 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Cold cases a symptom of inexpensive black lives

    “Hunt isn’t one of us.” Rico, a black friend of mine, said those words about me behind my back. To him, I wasn’t authentically black. I grew up in too nice of a neighbourhood around too many white people. My family was picture-perfect, and I had...

  • Economic inclusion the central tenet to a new Bermuda
    Oct 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Economic inclusion the central tenet to a new Bermuda

    In two years Bermuda will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of responsible government. Can we ask now what is the aim or vision of our country? Seemingly, aside from gaining or maintaining power, there is little else that our leaders aspire...

  • The whole, unvarnished truth about cupping
    Sep 24, 2016 8:00 am

    The whole, unvarnished truth about cupping

    Cupping is in the news these days. Many watched Olympians battle it out in Brazil with large red or purple circles on their skin. So you may be asking, “What’s this new thing called cupping?”

    Let me begin by saying that it’s not “new” nor...

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