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Burch wants Governor Cup Match dismissal

issuing ultimatum: Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch refused to repair wall (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A controversial government minister told MPs last night he had refused to repair a wall at a Cup Match venue unless the club agreed to not invite the Governor to present the trophy.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch told the House of Assembly that he had given the ultimatum to Somerset Cricket Club, this year’s venue for the annual cricket match and where he is also a member. Colonel Burch said that he disagreed with the Governor handing over the cup as it is a celebration of the emancipation of slaves in the then British Empire, which came into force in 1834.

He added: “I think if people look at it historically, this is a celebration of emancipation of slaves.

“So why would we still accept, in 2018, inviting he who enslaved us to come and not only celebrate with us but also be the person who presents the cup.

“I would really like to help our club, but they have to work with me.”

Colonel Burch, speaking during the motion to adjourn, said he had often asked the club to dismiss the Governor as presenter of the trophy.

He added he had been approached about repairing a wall in the area before the club hosts Cup Match in August.

He said he gave the club two conditions — that the club should provide adequate recycling measures and that the Governor should not present the trophy to the winner.

Colonel Burch added: “They have been unable to find the fortitude to tell the man on Langton Hill thank you very much, but watch the cricket on television.

“I figured I should stand on the floor of the House and give them some cover.”

He later added: “Cup Match is seven weeks away. We could build a wall in a lot less than that, but we are going to need some courage.”

Colonel Burch received some support from the Opposition.

Michael Dunkley, the former OBA premier, said the Premier should present the trophy.

He said: “This is an important Bermudian holiday, a community holiday. We should never forget our past, our history.

“It’s appropriate that the Premier present that cup at the end of the day.”

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