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  • 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...

  • Let’s not lose sight of present while
fussing over Black History Month
    Feb 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Let’s not lose sight of present while fussing over Black History Month

    When Barack Obama won the United States presidential election in 2008, for the black Western experience it was monumental. Most of those born in the 1950s and earlier could not have imagined that such a phenomenon was possible in their lifetime.

  • Revving up the polls near and far
    Feb 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Revving up the polls near and far

    Two-and-a-half years gone and two more to go, thus the election bell begins to chime. America is into presidential-election mode, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, is defending his leadership and Bermuda is quietly slipping into its...

  • Sifting through the madness for the benefit of all of us
    Jan 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Sifting through the madness for the benefit of all of us

    Brexit, trade wars between China and the United States, commercial and diplomatic tension between Saudi Arabia and Canada, the dissolution of the North American Free Trade Agreement, aside from the Middle East crisis with migration worldwide and...

  • Historic human struggle 
for equality and liberty
    Jan 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Historic human struggle for equality and liberty

    “Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the...

  • Free media = free society
    Jan 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Free media = free society

    There is a saying that goes, “You don’t miss the water until the well runs dry” — a true maxim that has so many variations as examples in our lives.

    I am amazed at the tenacity of many of our retailers who continue to keep their doors open,...

  • No statute of limitations on sense of injustice
    Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am

    No statute of limitations on sense of injustice

    It is hard to tell a true story without names to avoid libel yet it must be told. Further, there are enough people on this matter, who can tell their own story. Understandably there was a time when to mumble would put one at tremendous risk of...

  • Modern-world demands require bravery
    Jan 4, 2019 8:00 am

    Modern-world demands require bravery

    A long time ago, or should I say “once upon a time”, while there was yet darkness in the lands, simultaneously there existed the brightness of a hope for a better day.

    The 1940s saw a band of newly educated persons pushing in the areas of...

  • A simmering story of repression
    Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am

    A simmering story of repression

    One day when we open up the books and be honest with ourselves, we will be able to look at the travesty that took place in the early 1990s. A travesty not quite of the proportion of the Tucker’s Town land reappropriation, but every bit as...

  • Rely on the free market for drive, initiative and genius
    Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Rely on the free market for drive, initiative and genius

    It’s good to look at history to see what works and to ascertain systems that are more effective or best.

    It’s not to suggest that we can come to a position of absoluteness, but at least we can have a comparative analysis from which to draw...

  • Exodus – movement of the people
    Dec 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Exodus – movement of the people

    There is perhaps very little difference between a supposition and a hunch. Of the two words, I think “hunch” is the more innocent. I have been a political observer for more than 40 years and for the most part the issues were clear and the...

  • A new Bermuda is required for us to be truly ‘another world’
    Nov 22, 2018 8:00 am

    A new Bermuda is required for us to be truly ‘another world’

    I have been pondering over several city and county names such as New York, New England, New Brunswick, and the list goes on.

    The common factor is the term “new”, but probably just as common is that at one time these were new visions by...

  • American way of life indebted to Bermuda
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    American way of life indebted to Bermuda

    America will celebrate its 400-year anniversary of colonisation through Virginia. The executive branch has mobilised a committee to recognise African inclusion, and Bermuda is integral to its existence. We often hear of Plymouth Rock and the...

  • Mandates come and mandates go
    Nov 10, 2018 8:00 am

    Mandates come and mandates go

    The sociological theory that crisis brings change rang true in the midterm elections. Many Americans, indeed much of the world, breathed a sigh of relief if not jubilation that sanity and human civility can be effectively be re-engaged in...

  • Does America want a president or a king?
    Nov 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Does America want a president or a king?

    The midterm elections today will be a referendum on whether Americans want a president or a king. No president until now has challenged the function of the republic as has Donald Trump. However, the self-proclaimed nationalist cannot do it alone;...

  • Art, not bombs, will reform Middle East
    Oct 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Art, not bombs, will reform Middle East

    What can we in the West do for the crisis in the Middle East? The present recipe of war stokes passion, promotes ideological conflict and raises tensions between people as they are thrust together running from conflict zones. This approach may...

  • Work with the Saudi Crown Prince and his reforms
    Oct 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Work with the Saudi Crown Prince and his reforms

    The latest issue of world news that has entertained us and kept audiences captive for the past week has been the murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist and US resident.

    It is so...

  • Ask what you can do for your country
    Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Ask what you can do for your country

    Does the sacking of Trevor Moniz, Michael Dunkley and Jeanne Atherden mean the end of their politics or another round in the battle for change? None of them is too old in a political sense and they each have a long list of experiences that cannot...

  • There goes the idea of a unified world
    Oct 13, 2018 8:00 am

    There goes the idea of a unified world

    The big news is that the United States, Canada and Mexico have a new trade deal called USMCA. The small news is that it is actually the same deal with some tiny but poignant adjustments that favour the Americans.

    The subtle truth is there...

  • We must avoid ‘analysis paralysis’
    Oct 9, 2018 8:00 am

    We must avoid ‘analysis paralysis’

    There are times and indicators that cause me to have great concern for Bermuda and its future. I don’t want to paint the illusion that the rest of the world has got it and is doing great because everywhere there are political squabbles over the...

  • Doth protest too much
    Oct 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Doth protest too much

    The Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the subsequent accusations of sexual misconduct is a traumatising experience for American politics but it throws the whole issue of ethics into another realm.

    I listened to the testimony of Christine...

  • ‘New’ OBA needs to raise game
    Sep 29, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘New’ OBA needs to raise game

    I am always impressed by the opinions of pundits, especially from longstanding opinionists such as Phil Perinchief. Perhaps it’s my naivetey, although I am sure he is right; it’s just that I cannot be as resolute as he.

    It’s fairly...

  • A thousand points of light
    Sep 25, 2018 8:00 am

    A thousand points of light

    “Don’t shoot the messenger”, a comment often heard in our political circles and debates. I can recall many years ago while still in my teens and perhaps what may be considered formative years.

    It was a time when I questioned the world and...

  • An inconvenient truth
    Sep 20, 2018 8:00 am

    An inconvenient truth

    While having coffee, a gentleman slightly older than I asked a question with gravity in his voice. He asked: “Khalid, what has happened to us?” He then said: “Somebody needs to tell the story because, otherwise, these children and this generation...

  • Leadership comes with an unwritten code of honour
    Sep 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Leadership comes with an unwritten code of honour

    As a columnist I don’t wish to be partisan by failing to speak about any matter of public concern. The recent remarks that the Minister of National Security confirms to have been said by him are graphic and concerning.

    No, it’s not the...

  • Envisioning our future
    Aug 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Envisioning our future

    What legacy would you like to see our youth leave behind? Better said, what legacy should they want to leave behind for themselves?

    I can almost hear the rumbling thoughts in the many adults’ minds who feel the youth today seemingly don’t...

  • Give more power to the people
    Aug 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Give more power to the people

    Under our parliamentary style of democracy, the leader of the country who is called Premier must first gain a seat in Parliament. They then must be selected by the majority of the House of Assembly and be able to demonstrate that they command the...

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