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Governor to discuss pay cut with his successor

Governor Sir Richard Gozney plans to discuss the idea of a pay cut with his successor.

Former Premier Ewart Brown raised the topic in his speech to the 50/50 conference in the Cayman Islands yesterday.

Sir Richard, who is off the Island, declined to answer any questions about Dr Brown's central argument, but did broach the idea of cutting the Governor's pay.

“I leave in less than two months so this is a matter overwhelmingly for my successor. He is aware of the discussion about politicians' pay from April and I shall be discussing with him further,” said Sir Richard, who earns $231,800 a year before deductions.

Dr Brown argued in his speech that the relationship between Britain and its colonies was one in which the British would put their interests first, and that it was based on a belief of British superiority, a belief which was also sometimes held by the colonised.

“What about budget cutbacks? During these recessionary times, there has been a hue and cry all over Bermuda and other nations for leaders and public officials to voluntarily take a decrease in salary to lead by example,” he said in one of several examples in support of his thesis.

“Bermuda's Parliamentarians, led by our Premier, voted themselves a pay cut this past Friday.

“Union workers have been asked to take cuts, certain public services have been reduced, a few social programs have lost funding but not once have I heard even a whisper that the $1.6 million annual outlay that goes to Government House should be cut back.

“Is there no moral obligation for the British Governor to lead by example, and volunteer to take a pay cut? Oops, I forgot. The British are superior.”

The Governor was asked for his thoughts and why he had not volunteered one himself. Sir Richard is to be succeeded in May by career diplomat George Fergusson.

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Published March 23, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated March 23, 2012 at 9:54 am)

Governor to discuss pay cut with his successor

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