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Top of the pops: David Burt was not yet born when Carly Simon recorded her iconic hit for the 1977 James Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me, but Nobody Does It Better seems as though it was made with the Premier and Minister of Finance in mind (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The first person as a former MP to publicly infer that David Burt did not tell the truth was Rolfe Commissiong, and it was over the terms of his resignation from the Senate appointment. Now, did we just hear the former Minister of Finance say the Premier lied twice — once about the reason for his resignation and also over the facts and nature of the once-proposed $50 million guarantee?

The highest office in the land is that of the Premier; next to that is the Minister of Finance. To be brutally honest, I don't know how any Bermudian or member of the international community can decipher at what point Mr Burt is to be believed.

The record of what occurred is public. The e-mail exchange between Gencom and the Premier is also public. There is no hiding of the facts, so why the delusion over the reason the guarantee was reintroduced and supported or the disagreement between him and Curtis Dickinson?

On one hand, I think much of the public would be happy to know that our largest resort will be reopened; I can hardly wait.

OK, so let’s take the high road and say the Premier felt so aggrieved by the state of the economy and unemployment that he took a wise shot and carried this issue on his own shoulders, saying it was better the hotel be open and we all have a meal for a day and then figure out how we get the next meal tomorrow. At least we’ll live today. Like the song says, “We’ve got today babe, who needs tomorrow?" We all hope the country benefits in the long run, not just the developers.

Was there a path between the risk of aiding a potential default and having an opening nonetheless that limited our exposure? I believe somewhere between heaven and earth there was a pathway, but it required a little patience. The larger issue looming, however, is this tendency to be suave and conveniently bend truth.

I guess there is no law against leaders not telling the complete truth; after all, Donald Trump did it for four years as President of the United States and leader of the free world, and developed a loyal fanbase as a result — a base willing to kill, even if there are more lies told in the process. They call it politics, and it’s good politics when it works. Put truth on a scaffold; the ends justify the means.

Mr Burt took a gamble on this one; he rolled the dice and let’s hope it wins. I think, though, he should have let his finance minister conclude the deal on this unless we consider his bank acumen a bit too conservative for the “arts of the deal”. Then on the other hand, it just shows as another of the Premier’s proclivities where he likes to micromanage, like when he micromanaged a party branch to develop his own protégé.

For a spell, he had control over three ministries, each of them a key and major cog of government, and has now forwarded legislation to micromanage the Corporation of Hamilton with the rationale that it will have a “closer alliance” with the Government.

Basically, the country must become a stew, not a salad. That way the children don’t run around wanting this and that; you eat what’s on the table, or it’s no food at all — it’s called discipline.

This leadership style reminds me of another great song popularised by Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better.

Some may prefer to call it something else; however, this is a democracy and when you have 34 others in the House of Assembly, excluding the Speaker, that let it happen, one could only assume it is because he is the one prepared to work the hardest.

We should make it official and fire the rest, for they have proved to be too weak. Contrary to parliamentary principle which dictates that the Premier is first among equals, such underperformance defies logic whereby the 1 is greater than the 34 combined.

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Published April 08, 2022 at 8:05 am (Updated April 08, 2022 at 8:05 am)

When David met Carly: nobody does it better

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