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Then-United Bermuda Party Minister Quinton Edness dismisses the emerging politician after he returns to Bermuda in July 1992: "People who have been away from Bermuda by choice for 28 years do not hold any magic formula for change — just fancy words."

Former PLP Senator Calvin Smith responds to criticism of Dr. Brown shortly before the General Election in December 2007: "Dr. Brown is well endowed with the qualities that most management schools call the characteristics of a good leader. He is articulate; he is honest and forthright; he is very intelligent; he has a clear vision; he has the ability to communicate his vision effectively to his followers; and he is a risk taker. These qualities Dr. Brown possesses in abundance."

Backbencher Ashfield DeVent on the Premier's falling poll results in July 2008: "The majority of people I speak to are not pleased with him, they are not feeling happy with him at the helm.

"Many just don't feel he's in touch with the common working man. There's a perception he's not there on the ground, he's not there with the people, there's a distance. People are questioning whether he is one of them or whether he is and always has been one of the privileged."

New Senator Marc Bean talks about his mentor as he joins the Senate in July 2008: "Many people see him in the public or in the media and their opinions are formed or shaped by what they hear, but I can speak from a position of being up close and personal.

"Dr. Brown is not a perfect man, I've said that on other occasions, but nobody's perfect and he is a very strong leader."

US President Barack Obama speaks on the Uighurs at a White House press conference in June 2009: "I have to say, by the way, that Bermuda has done us a great service, as well, on that front, and I'm grateful to them."

Works Minister Derrick Burgess describes the Uighurs' move as a Good Samaritan act: "That's what good people do. That's what this Government does. We do good things."

Energy Minister Terry Lister calls for Dr. Brown to resign in July 2009: "He is actually a very confident man, confident to a fault, but often very divisive. Very divisive. This member has no respect for this House. Now is the time to go. The time to go."

Race activist Eva Hodgson weighs into the conversation on Dr. Brown in July 2009: "An uncontrollable Ewart is a problem for everyone, but the real tragedy with Ewart is he is the best leader we have had, the most constructive person, has the most creative ideas.

"But his lack of respect for the people he's serving and the Cabinet's lack of responsibility towards their constituents and their inability or failure to influence Ewart has been our tragedy. We must take collective responsibility."

Dr. Brown-supporting Zane DeSilva joins the Cabinet in November 2009 after many others went the other way: "I totally support him. I think he's a great leader; I think he has a great vision. If you look at his track record, he's done more for Bermudian people than anyone. He continues to do so. I will continue to support him."

Former Attorney General Phil Perinchief as the Premier's tenure approaches its end in September 2010: "Dr. Brown, in a self-centred, orgiastic and narcissistic flight of materialistic avarice and greed, has in four short years respectively brought this Country and the PLP to the brink of financial disaster and internecine disunity. We all will rue the day he took office."




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Published October 20, 2010 at 12:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm)

'Quote' – 'Unquote'

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