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  • AC35 expectations surpassed in a big way
    Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am

    AC35 expectations surpassed in a big way

    As the One Bermuda Alliance government minister with responsibility for the 2017 America’s Cup, I was pleased to read PwC’s independent assessment of the event, which clearly demonstrates the significant contribution that AC35 made to Bermuda’s...

  • Learnings of ‘undercover’ white supremacist
    Aug 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Learnings of ‘undercover’ white supremacist

    As soon as Theo Wilson started making YouTube videos about culture and race, trolls using racial slurs started flocking to his page. After engaging in endless sparring matches in the comments section, Wilson began to notice something curious: his...

  • Bermuda’s primal politics and the undecided voters
    Jul 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Bermuda’s primal politics and the undecided voters

    In Bermuda, there have historically been two primal political philosophies with little support from the voters to venture on middle ground for fear of risking the unknown, even if the unknown might bring about positive change.

    There is the...

  • We need all hands on deck to bring this ship home
    Jul 15, 2017 8:00 am

    We need all hands on deck to bring this ship home

    “I believe that party politics is the basis of our demise.”

    The idea of independents in the House has been raised by a few persons, with the resounding response being: “It will never happen” or “They just simply do...

  • Five things to look out for in the election
    Jul 13, 2017 8:00 am

    Five things to look out for in the election

    If recent experience is anything to go by, the General Election on July 18 will be close. Here are five things to watch for in the run-up to the vote:

    Populism versus Open Society: Political pundits have been...

  • Early release for violent offenders is wrong
    Jul 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Early release for violent offenders is wrong

    As we approach this opportunity to let our candidates know what is important to families the Coalition for the Protection of Children has shared its 2017 Legislative and Policy Agenda. These 37 recommendations reflect what we hope all candidates...

  • Only one choice for managing money best
    Jul 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Only one choice for managing money best

    Bermuda, I know that things have not moved ahead as quickly as any of us would have liked, and the economic changes that we would like to see for all of us, seem to be slow in coming. However, we can see that things are turning around. The...

  • Coalition’s points to note for political adversaries
    Jul 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Coalition’s points to note for political adversaries

    The Coalition for the Protection of Children has developed a 36-point set of legislative and policy recommendations that The Royal Gazette will publish in three parts between today and Saturday with a view to raising the level...

  • Summer of adventure awaits for students
    Jun 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Summer of adventure awaits for students

    “Keep calm and hike on” is a recurring theme throughout the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme, especially here in Bermuda. Perseverance is one key to success and there are times when participants in the Award may feel like giving...

  • AC35 teams on their foils to conquer cancer
    Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am

    AC35 teams on their foils to conquer cancer

    If the America’s Cup trophy could speak, I imagine its voice, in silvery, baritone whispers, counselling the human spirit to “challenge and defend”.

    This wise advice works for contenders among us all, particularly those dealing with an...

  • Restoring dignity where there has been none
    Jun 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Restoring dignity where there has been none

    Every night hundreds of Bermudians, instead of going home, find shelter in our bus stops, public parks and sometimes the doorways of businesses in Hamilton. A few find themselves in our Emergency Housing Complex on Parsons Road looking for...

  • I get the poll but we had to take action
    Mar 28, 2017 8:00 am

    I get the poll but we had to take action

    I would like to comment on The Royal Gazette’s polling report that shows people think the investigations into the activities of Ewart Brown, the former premier, and the misuse of public money by Progressive Labour Party...

  • Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere
    Feb 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

    We may have just learnt what is behind the police raid on Ewart Brown’s two businesses. Without this recent revelation, the raids seemed “over the top” and potential harassment.

    Sadly, from a spectator position there would have been some...

  • Why I got involved in politics
    Feb 17, 2017 8:00 am

    Why I got involved in politics

    During the past few months, Bermudians from a variety of backgrounds have reached out to me, wanting to talk about issues important to them.

    Three of the most frequent questions I am asked are: Why did you get involved in politics? What...

  • In defence of sponsored black athletes
    Feb 14, 2017 8:00 am

    In defence of sponsored black athletes

    When I read the recent Royal Gazette editorial “Something to smile about amid the gloom”, I was delighted that Bermuda’s only daily newspaper was recognising excellent athletic performances by young Bermudians abroad.

  • Cross Island costs wrongly maligned
    Jan 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Cross Island costs wrongly maligned

    I have to set the record straight after an opinion piece written by Christopher Famous and published on January 13, regarding the cost of the Cross Island project.

    The article is thin on facts, inaccurate and misleading.

    The reality...

  • Black America’s progress misjudged by all extremes
    Jan 19, 2017 8:00 am

    Black America’s progress misjudged by all extremes

    As we celebrated Martin Luther King Day, most Americans seemed to be in agreement about one thing: Black America isn’t doing well. The Right seems to perceive black communities as hopeless morasses of violence and dysfunction, as Donald Trump’s...

  • Sailing is our shared heritage
    Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Sailing is our shared heritage

    Talking about news liners being in sync, after reading the December 19 article about the 35th America’s Cup concerns in the wake of the House of Assembly issue, I recall it being one of the first things I thought about on that eventful day of...

  • No morally better than we were 100 years ago
    Jan 4, 2017 8:00 am

    No morally better than we were 100 years ago

    Looking back at 2016, it is remarkable how often the year was invoked as an argument against its own events.

    Take just a few examples. A CNN article implored: “It’s 2016. What’s with all the sexism?” A Los Angeles Times...

  • Just who ordered police to clear the gates?
    Dec 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Just who ordered police to clear the gates?

    On this latest House of Assembly protest, I have to first acknowledge my own bias. My sister, who is a retired senior citizen, was one of those pepper-sprayed and I believe her portrayal of events.

    She is a sympathiser and supporter of the...

  • The importance of trust
    Dec 6, 2016 8:00 am

    The importance of trust

    “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer”

    Albert Camus

    In December 1977, as a young man living temporarily in London, I had an experience that...

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