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Take five: what we learnt from the Throne Speech

The Premier, David Burt, and Dennis Lister, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, leave Veritas Place after the Throne Speech. (Photograph by the Department of Communications/Mark Tatem)

Here are five things we learnt from today’s Throne Speech:

1) A day of firsts: Rena Lalgie, the Governor, made history as the first woman, and the first Black person, to deliver the Speech from the Throne. She used the occasion to subtly, but firmly, stress that she valued independence in public office.

2) Hospital care: It looks like there could be job losses looming in the health sector given the use of fuzzy phrases like “streamlining” and “merging” of administration to cut costs.

3) Be like Tom: Like Tom Cruise, David Burt is on a mission – a mission to get the island moving again. Mr Burt insists the economic havoc wreaked by Covid-19 is just “mission interrupted“, not Mission Impossible.

4) If in doubt, bring Flora out: Ms Duffy was mentioned several times in the speech as the Government sought to bask in her reflected gold medal glory and use her as an example of what Bermudians can do when they try hard enough.

5) Praying for time: It was a virtuous as well as virtual event as the pre-speech prayer took up so much time it felt like it lasted almost as long as the speech itself.

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Published November 06, 2021 at 7:41 am (Updated November 06, 2021 at 7:23 am)

Take five: what we learnt from the Throne Speech

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