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October: Voices

“We don't normally stay at the Motel 6 if you don't mind.” Speaking at a media roundtable event at Berkeley Cafetorium, outgoing Premier Ewart Brown jokes about the barrage of criticism he received over the $320,000 he racked up on travel expenses in a single year, while urging everyone else to tighten their belts.

“As there are threats outside the party, there are threats within the party as well. There are those who believe that their personal interests and persuasions should come before the party and the Country. There are those that run to the propaganda arm of the Combined Opposition and, under cover of night and anonymity, attempt to divert, divide and destroy all that you, I and so many before us have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to build.” Dr Brown describes a mystery enemy he thinks exists within the PLP.

“I have no doubt that that was not done as a knee-jerk reaction. Many of them weren't even old enough to know my father. They voted for Paula Cox, not withstanding all the drivel that's been written about me.” New Premier Paula Cox dismisses suggestions her election victory was purely down to her late father, the former Finance Minister Eugene Cox.

“I think by far I had the best speech. I think the little bit that unravelled the delegates was when I mentioned that I felt that 'Team Bermuda' had to utilise the skills of everyone. I gave one example and said why couldn't we have ambassadors to the United States such as Calvin Smith, John Barritt and Grant Gibbons.” Dale Butler explains why he believes he lost so heavily.

“It will be a real change of direction, the last Premier having retired. It will be good for Bermuda having this team in place. Obviously I would prefer it if I had won but you don't win every race.” Terry Lister gives his backing to Paula Cox.

“I find it appalling that they can take that stand. I think it's a travesty of justice. The medical bills are in double figures.” Troy Smith, who suffered a broken nose, two broken cheekbones, broken bone above his eye and sprained jaw after police attended a domestic incident at his home, is told the policeman accused of the attack will not be charged with a criminal offence.

“He was almost Rainman-ish. He always had black socks with gold toes. He would search New York high and low but would only wear those gold toe socks.” Former chief of staff Wayne Caines recalls Dr Brown's strict personal dress code.

“Dealing with the media be it friendly or hostile, wise or ignorant is a basic political skill that Dr Brown never mastered. Without this skill, there was always an unnecessary gulf between him and the people. His intentions were unclear to people, at least an awful lot of them, so people were always suspicious. That's reflected in the poll numbers.” Former Bermuda Sun editor Tom Vesey reflects on Dr Brown's relationship with the media.

“Some of us will remember Dr Brown as a hero, while others will still be convinced that he was a villain.” Dr Brown supporter LaVerne Furbert predicts the public will be split over the former Premier for decades to come.

Premier Dr. Ewart Brown answers questions at a media forum before he retired.

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm)

October: Voices

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