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  • A resident’s plea: leave Shelly Bay alone
    Jul 20, 2018 8:00 am

    A resident’s plea: leave Shelly Bay alone

    There are some people in Bermuda who have access to the luxury of a private pool. There are some people in Bermuda who have access to the more than 100 private beaches and coves. For people in neither of those categories, Shelly Bay Beach is the...

  • When will PLP put Bermudians first?
    Jul 19, 2018 8:00 am

    When will PLP put Bermudians first?

    “The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe as its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them” — Anonymous

    The role of the Opposition is to point out the...

  • We need a clear vision of progress
    Jul 16, 2018 8:00 am

    We need a clear vision of progress

    I have been driven to a saturation point with some social-media displays. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a person’s sharing, but nowadays one has to be judicious about how much information they want to consume.

    Watching the police shoot...

  • New banking proposals could transform Bermuda
    Jul 7, 2018 8:00 am

    New banking proposals could transform Bermuda

    One of the great advantages Bermuda has enjoyed historically is the fact there were no wars fought on its shores, unlike most other countries.

    Unless we count the single cannon ball fired from Gates Fort in St George’s at a Spanish rowing...

  • Tax systems favour the wealthy
    Jul 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Tax systems favour the wealthy

    In the second part of his two-part commentary on inequality in Bermuda, economist Robert Stubbs discusses tax burdens on people of varying incomes.

    If governments globally are reluctant to publish data concerning poverty, they regard...

  • Inequality’s conditional legitimacy
    Jul 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Inequality’s conditional legitimacy

    In the first of a two-part commentary, economist Robert Stubbs examines inequality in Bermuda.

    My recent column exposing our unenviable, internationally extreme degrees of income inequality and poverty in Bermuda,...

  • Progress and disparity not working hand in hand
    Jun 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Progress and disparity not working hand in hand

    In one of my books titled It’s Between What They Say, I talked about the environmentalist bubble. I used the term “bubble” here because bubbles can be burst and many children do it just for fun. The point is, it’s a...

  • The politics of misinformation
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    The politics of misinformation

    “At times, just as it is wise to give a fish some line to get hooked, it is also prudent to let a politician talk.”

    Recently, after comments by Zane DeSilva regarding the relationship between the United States and...

  • A matter of substance: we must not get the short end of the EU stick
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    A matter of substance: we must not get the short end of the EU stick

    It is a well-known truism in economics that you cannot control both the price and the supply of an item at the same time — you can control the price (price controls) but the supply will self-adjust. You can also control the supply, but the price...

  • Take the politics out of it and save the regiment
    Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Take the politics out of it and save the regiment

    As we understand it, the Bermuda Government is about to announce legislation that would abolish conscription once and for all. In our long-considered opinion, that will be a serious error in judgment.

    A survey analysis done by Global...

  • Truth is the essence of life
    Jun 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Truth is the essence of life

    He who feels it knows it”, a reggae tune, is an experiential truth played out in so many scenes. There is something to be witnessed about having one’s appetite satisfied that shows even lions are pacified when full.

    It may even be a safe...

  • A warning from the voters
    Jun 15, 2018 8:00 am

    A warning from the voters

    Recently, a significant political event took place in the Caribbean nation of Barbados — coincidentally on May 24. If my view is correct, it has profound implications for Bermuda. There was an absolute trouncing of the incumbent political party...

  • Positives of marriage equality far outweigh the negative
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Positives of marriage equality far outweigh the negative

    I wanted to write a follow-up to my previous opinion, titled “The campaign for equality”, which was published on May 7 of this year.

    A comment was made that I felt needed answering in greater detail. The comment was this:

    “Why is the...

  • Blame Trump if US fails to get 2026 World Cup
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Blame Trump if US fails to get 2026 World Cup

    Ken Bensinger

    This morning, several hundred representatives of Fifa, the supreme body overseeing global football, will be presented with what will surely seem a tempting opportunity for a measure of revenge against the United States — and...

  • Sugar tax toothless and tax-grabbing
    Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Sugar tax toothless and tax-grabbing

    On Friday, the Minister of Health announced that the Customs Tariff Amendment (No 2) Bill 2018, more commonly referred to as the Sugar Tax Bill, would be amended during the debate to take into account “further consideration of the...

  • Time for action on ocean risk
    Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Time for action on ocean risk

    The world’s first Ocean Risk Summit held in Bermuda recently drew leaders from across political, economic, environmental and risk sectors to identify the potential exposures to ocean-related risk and tackle its broad-ranging consequences.

  • Understanding our poverty
    Jun 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Understanding our poverty

    Not surprisingly, the island’s extreme income inequality, severe tax regressivity and exorbitant cost of living provide the perfect cocktail for widespread economic deprivation and poverty. Like many jurisdictions around the world, Bermuda has...

  • Going it alone should not be an option
    Jun 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Going it alone should not be an option

    The past few weeks have provided an invaluable insight into what some of the electorate are talking about and what their concerns really are.

    Every time I stop and talk to the voters in Warwick North East, the same issues crop up:...

  • Fifty years later, what is there really to celebrate?
    May 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Fifty years later, what is there really to celebrate?

    It’s the year of the 50th anniversary of our constitution. Wow. What a celebration; the silence is almost palpable. Like a kite on Good Friday when there is no wind or, worse, like a tradition that has died, there is no noise waking you in the...

  • The long arc of progress
    May 24, 2018 8:00 am

    The long arc of progress

    One of former United States President Barack Obama’s guiding principles was this statement: “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

    That statement, first made by an American abolitionist in the 1800s,...

  • Independence Day: if not now, when?
    May 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Independence Day: if not now, when?

    The following is a repurposing of the Premier’s speech to the House of Assembly on the 50th anniversary of Universal Adult Suffrage in Bermuda:

    Mr Speaker, Madame President, Honourable Members of the House of Assembly and...

  • Public should not be sweet on a thinly veiled consumer tax
    May 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Public should not be sweet on a thinly veiled consumer tax

    In January I wrote two opinion pieces on the proposed sugar tax. Given that the Government has now laid the Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 2) Act 2018 before the House of Assembly, it is worth reminding you of what the World Health Organisation...

  • A Mother’s Day memory: my almost daughter
    May 14, 2018 8:00 am

    A Mother’s Day memory: my almost daughter

    I am the mother of boys. High-energy, bug-loving, “cross-stream peeing for the fun of it” boys. But I also had a daughter.

    I don’t talk about her. Not even when people, my well-intentioned relatives among them, do that thing where they...

  • Twizy the way forward to protect tourists
    May 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Twizy the way forward to protect tourists

    Last week, I witnessed what could have been a horrendous accident. Travelling west, not far from Harrington Hundreds Road at 10.15am, I watched a livery scooter with a driver and a pillion passenger lose control in the eastbound lane and hit a...

  • A few inconvenient truths
    May 11, 2018 8:00 am

    A few inconvenient truths

    That white males earn 70 per cent more than black men in the category of personal income with respect to full-time employment of those aged 16 and above in the 2016 census should be pause for significant concern.

    Similarly, the companion...

  • Local blood ties cut across racial lines
    May 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Local blood ties cut across racial lines

    Christopher Famous in one of his recent columns reminded many of us about our connections with the West Indies, more particularly the bloodline connections. He is, of course, correct. I for one cannot deny it, having direct roots from St Vincent,...

  • Room for improvement in midwives’ quality of care
    May 4, 2018 8:00 am

    Room for improvement in midwives’ quality of care

    May 5 is the recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives. International Day of the Midwife was launched in 1992 when the International Confederation of Midwives asked the world to focus on the role of midwives and midwifery, and to widen...

  • Farewell, Bermuda: you have a special place in my heart
    Apr 30, 2018 8:00 am

    Farewell, Bermuda: you have a special place in my heart

    As I prepare to leave Bermuda after nearly three years as the US Consul General, people have a range of questions for me: What did you think of Bermuda? Has it been a good experience? What will you remember? What were the highlights? And, most...

  • A reaction that reeks of no justice for all
    Apr 28, 2018 8:00 am

    A reaction that reeks of no justice for all

    On April 25, the Governor of Bermuda made an announcement that the next Chief Justice of Bermuda would be Narinder Hargun. This after an exhaustive process that began when the post was advertised locally and internationally starting on December...

  • The West should beware Korean peace trap
    Apr 28, 2018 8:00 am

    The West should beware Korean peace trap

    On the surface it looks as if the doubters were wrong.North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, travelled into South Korea yesterday to meet his counterpart. They agreed in principle at least to formally end the war that has divided the peninsula they...

  • Canada not immune to overpolicing in black communities
    Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Canada not immune to overpolicing in black communities

    For many Canadians, the viral Starbucks video is both shocking and abhorrent. The incident, like the Stephon Clark shooting in Sacramento, California, sparked broader public discussions about the ubiquity of racial injustice in the United States.

  • Trump’s historic unpopularity is a big story
    Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Trump’s historic unpopularity is a big story

    A new Gallup poll has some folks excitedly tweeting that President Donald Trump’s re-election chances are similar to those of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton before him — both of whom, you may recall, did get re-elected — but the more important...

  • All our young people need is a leg up
    Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am

    All our young people need is a leg up

    On April 6 last year, The Royal Gazette published an article titled “Benefits to all when our graduates thrive”. It spoke of 2017 graduates of the Berkeley Institute as they participated in the mandatory “exit interview” for...

  • A Zuckerberg win is a loss for the rest of us
    Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am

    A Zuckerberg win is a loss for the rest of us

    Mark Zuckerberg did just fine in his first turn in the Congressional hot seat. He was confident. He capably tackled many of the queries proposed last week by Bloomberg columnists. The 33-year-old billionaire appeared humble throughout much of the...

  • Bitcoin provides lessons on financial market bubbles
    Apr 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Bitcoin provides lessons on financial market bubbles

    The recent bitcoin bubble was not the first, and it might not be the last. Once in 2011 and twice in 2013, the price soared and then crashed.

    Each peak was bigger than the last. If you think there will be another, even bigger bubble...

  • If loving you is wrong,
I don’t wanna be Right
    Apr 11, 2018 8:00 am

    If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be Right

    Last weekend, the rise of the Right in Europe continued at pace. In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party, Fidesz, with its coalition partner reportedly secured at least 133 of the 199 seats in the Hungarian Parliament. The Prime Minister...

  • Trump meltdown over Cohen raid self-defeatist
    Apr 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Trump meltdown over Cohen raid self-defeatist

    In an extraordinary series of events, the FBI executed a no-knock raid on the office, home and hotel of Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

    The President, seated alongside his top military and civilian national security...

  • They came, they marched and they inspired a nation
    Mar 26, 2018 8:00 am

    They came, they marched and they inspired a nation

    By the hundreds of thousands, they came. They gave impassioned and articulate speeches. The shared their experiences in Chicago, South Los Angeles and Florida. They gave one TV interview after another, displaying remarkable poise and...

  • Delete Facebook? No, just do what the founder does
    Mar 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Delete Facebook? No, just do what the founder does

    “It is time. #deletefacebook.”

    That declaration came from Brian Acton, co-founder of the messaging service WhatsApp — itself a Facebook property, sold to the company for $19 billion in 2014 — in a tweet after news of the social network’s...

  • What’s more difficult: maths or the humanities?
    Mar 19, 2018 8:00 am

    What’s more difficult: maths or the humanities?

    As a mathematician, I have dreams about Pi Day: strangers would offer me flowers, give up their seats on the subway and even let me cut in line during rush hour. After all, the power of mathematics is extraordinary, allowing us to land a rover on...

  • Year of the Woman? this time feels different to 1992
    Mar 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Year of the Woman? this time feels different to 1992

    The video begins with Democratic congressional candidate Sol Flores standing in her childhood bedroom in Chicago, recalling happy times when she decorated it with unicorns and rainbows and posters of her boy band crushes.

    Then Flores’s...

  • Our differences can be put down to invisibility
    Mar 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Our differences can be put down to invisibility

    A while ago, my spirit became weary as a thought crossed my mind that much of the efforts for the greater portion of my life to heal the divisions and to break down the walls that keep our society lingering in separation may have been like...

  • The interest rate elephant in the room
    Mar 16, 2018 8:00 am

    The interest rate elephant in the room

    In a previous opinion — “Are black OBA members on the white side of history” — I explained my reason for joining the One Bermuda...

  • If Russia can get away with this, what next?
    Mar 15, 2018 8:00 am

    If Russia can get away with this, what next?

    By now, it really should not come as much of a surprise that yet another Russian has been attacked in Britain. Opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin have been showing up dead in and around London for more than a decade. In some cases, the...

  • American military nostalgic for great-power wars
    Mar 14, 2018 8:00 am

    American military nostalgic for great-power wars

    “Great-power politics is back,” is a mantra civilian and military officials have repeated with increasing frequency over the past half-decade. The diagnosis has now been formally enshrined in the Trump administration’s National Defence Strategy,...

  • Nothing magical about Brown’s blatant show of disrespect
    Mar 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Nothing magical about Brown’s blatant show of disrespect

    A Bill to provide greater supervision of the corporations of Hamilton and St George was debated in the House of Assembly on July 10, 2015. You may recall I brought forward that legislation as Minister of Home Affairs during my tenure as steward...

  • Google has a diversity problem and a lawsuit problem
    Mar 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Google has a diversity problem and a lawsuit problem

    On the face of it, the idea that Google is discriminating against white men is laugh-out-loud funny. In 2016, according to the company’s most recent diversity report, Google was 69 per cent male and 56 per cent white. Some 53 per cent of the...

  • Sweet conclusions: road to hell
is paved with good intentions
    Mar 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Sweet conclusions: road to hell is paved with good intentions

    There is no doubt that Bermuda is as free a country as can be found anywhere, but we should be aware that there are Bermudian busybodies on our case, and if successful, they will make us a little less free. All with the noble objective of telling...

  • March Madness: black men play, white men profit
    Mar 12, 2018 8:00 am

    March Madness: black men play, white men profit

    Whichever teams found their names on March Madness men’s basketball brackets across the United States yesterday, two things are certain: the overwhelming majority of the players will be black, and most of the handsomely compensated head coaches...

  • We must own what we post
    Mar 12, 2018 8:00 am

    We must own what we post

    The miracle and the menace of the digital revolution stem from the same root: wired communication empowers the individual.

    Because the internet and social networks give each person previously unimagined power — over communication,...

  • Educational opportunities abound for the disabled
    Mar 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Educational opportunities abound for the disabled

    Securing a scholarship and/or an award can be a tough exercise. It can be an even tougher exercise for those students with physical and/or learning disabilities. Such disabilities or funding barriers should not limit worthy students the chance to...

  • The future of money is here and we must embrace it
    Mar 8, 2018 8:00 am

    The future of money is here and we must embrace it

    The bitcoin and cryptocurrency intervention has brought a new layer of a technological mystic, particularly to the older generation and those of my era who are still grappling with simple things, such as how to answer a smartphone — a task that...

  • Before Black Panther, there was John Lewis
    Mar 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Before Black Panther, there was John Lewis

    This past weekend was the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual civil rights pilgrimage to Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery with John Lewis, the Democratic representative of Georgia. Because I went last year, I didn’t think there could possibly...

  • Doing what I can for SSM rights
    Mar 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Doing what I can for SSM rights

    The following is an op-ed that has been republished courtesy of the author and The Huffington Post

    I am a Bermudian, but my love for Bermuda has always been unrequited. Because I am a gay Bermudian. The island of...

  • Can anything save Europe’s centre-left?
    Mar 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Can anything save Europe’s centre-left?

    In the cold light of day, things do not look much better for Italy’s political establishment. After voters delivered astonishing mandates to two populist parties on Sunday, the biggest losers seemed to be Matteo Renzi and Silvio Berlusconi, the...

  • America is failing its children
    Mar 7, 2018 8:00 am

    America is failing its children

    American parents are forever bombarded with information about how we are doing it wrong. Our helicopter-rescuing, “a trophy for every child because every child is a winner” cosseting ways are going to result in a generation of future adults...

  • Talking heads and the real deal – spot the difference
    Mar 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Talking heads and the real deal – spot the difference

    Over the course of the next few weeks, we shall be witness to the biggest charade in the parliamentary calendar — and that is the Budget debate. One week of this charade has happened already and I’m willing to bet that most people had no idea.

  • A police chase, a brain-damaged child, a family changed for ever
    Mar 6, 2018 8:00 am

    A police chase, a brain-damaged child, a family changed for ever

    She never saw it coming. There was no boom. No crash. No crunch of metal on metal like in the movies.

    It was just Filsan Duale and five children in the minivan — four of her own plus a friend they took go-karting — heading to their home in...

  • The pirate’s cut is the deepest
    Mar 5, 2018 8:00 am

    The pirate’s cut is the deepest

    “Old pirates, yes they rob I;

    Sold I to the merchant ships.”

    Those words were so profoundly placed at the very beginning of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. The song had a message that was...

  • Sugar tax leaves a sour taste
    Mar 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Sugar tax leaves a sour taste

    The following doubles as a response to the request for consultation on the Bermuda Government’s plans to introduce a sugar tax.

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit a response to the Government’s proposal to...

  • Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin
    Mar 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

    On March 2, 1955, a 15-year-old high school student named Claudette Colvin was arrested on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat.

    This happened nine months before Rosa Parks’s famous arrest in the same...

  • Burt has it within him
to fulfil hero’s calling
    Mar 1, 2018 8:00 am

    Burt has it within him to fulfil hero’s calling

    George Benson’s 1978 hit song, The Greatest Love of All, later popularised by Whitney Houston, has within it some very important phrases that are appropriate for our political dispensation.

    In particular, the words...

  • Oaths matter for spouses – and the officiant too
    Mar 1, 2018 8:00 am

    Oaths matter for spouses – and the officiant too

    The state of North Carolina is paying $300,000 to a magistrate who quit rather than marry gay couples as ordered by the courts. Something is seriously wrong here. The magistrate was entitled to resign as a matter of conscience. But the religious...

  • A case of putting lipstick on a pig
    Feb 28, 2018 8:00 am

    A case of putting lipstick on a pig

    Last Friday, we witnessed some more masterful manipulation by the Progressive Labour Party government with the release of the long-awaited LF Wade International Airport Redevelopment Project Agreement Review Report. Of all the days that the...

  • Arming teachers would endanger blacks and Latinos
    Feb 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Arming teachers would endanger blacks and Latinos

    Donald Trump wants to arm teachers to prevent or reduce the carnage from future school shootings, such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this month.

    “A teacher would have shot the hell out of him...

  • Government spending is the elephant in the room
    Feb 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Government spending is the elephant in the room

    Budget time is also a time to think about taxes and tax systems. The Budget speech lamented that the tax system exacerbates the gap between the rich and poor. I recall making the same speech. The Government has pledged to find a new system to...

  • Enough with the spin on the airport
    Feb 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Enough with the spin on the airport

    Bermudians should understand that the Progressive Labour Party government will never ever say the airport project is a good deal for Bermuda — no matter the facts, no matter the positive professional judgments on the deal. Even by its own...

  • Focus should be on fans at the next Olympics
    Feb 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Focus should be on fans at the next Olympics

    It has become a widely accepted tenet of modern economics that markets are flawed and need fixing by experts to engineer desired outcomes. At the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, which just concluded, the International Olympic Committee appeared to...

  • Much to be applauded in Budget but real growth will take time
    Feb 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Much to be applauded in Budget but real growth will take time

    Budget time is always an interesting part of the calendar for Bermuda because it is a time when the focus of public discourse is the economy, government finances, taxes, debt and our future prospects as a country. Unfortunately, this focus wears...

  • Revisiting the concept of the weekend
    Feb 24, 2018 8:00 am

    Revisiting the concept of the weekend

    My rights! “Son, there is no such thing as ‘your rights’. The only rights that exist are the ones you create and learn to protect.”

    We have so many positions we take as truths, but are merely assumptions — and society often contributes to...

  • ‘Arrive alive’ has to be mantra if we are genuine about driving for change
    Feb 23, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘Arrive alive’ has to be mantra if we are genuine about driving for change

    I am by profession a lawyer who has had the misfortune in my long career to see the terrible results of fatal accidents from every perspective: inside courts and witnessing punishment, acknowledging the bereavements and grieving families, and all...

  • The Budget: it’s not cricket – but then again it is
    Feb 22, 2018 8:00 am

    The Budget: it’s not cricket – but then again it is

    When I read this year’s Budget in the relationship with the state of the economy and society, I had to fall back on my cricket analogies. The comparison I give would be that my opponent has declared at 350 and my team are on 110 and we just lost...

  • How an ageing Graham approached his death
    Feb 22, 2018 8:00 am

    How an ageing Graham approached his death

    Evangelist Billy Graham tackled the topic of death often and with surprising frankness for a man who made his living telling people the Good News of salvation in Christ. Graham died yesterday, aged 99.

    When Graham preached, he said that...

  • ‘Putting Bermudians first’ betrayed by relaxation of 60:40
    Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘Putting Bermudians first’ betrayed by relaxation of 60:40

    I have said it in a previous opinion (“Strong opposition to PLP is needed”) and I will say it again, that when all is said and done, the...

  • Legal eye on the Budget: payroll tax
    Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Legal eye on the Budget: payroll tax

    David Burt, in his recent Budget Statement, has announced plans to crack down on payroll tax abuse. The Premier gave the example of a partner in a law or accounting firm who might declare a notional salary of $200,000 but actually earn $1 million...

  • Budget may prove unsustainable sooner than we think
    Feb 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Budget may prove unsustainable sooner than we think

    The first thing I was vividly reminded of when reading the 2018-19 Budget in detail was just what a fantastic job the Progressive Labour Party did in opposition and how it truly is the master of spin, hyperbole and blatant trickery.

  • Burt opens his Budget innings with a straight bat
    Feb 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Burt opens his Budget innings with a straight bat

    David Burt, the Minister of Finance and Premier, has a tough job. Nothing is easier than a critic who carries no responsibility to snipe from the sidelines and say what a rotten job he is doing. I have no intention to do that, and right from the...

  • What is blockchain? Biggest invention since the internet
    Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am

    What is blockchain? Biggest invention since the internet

    “Everything will be tokenised and connected by a blockchain one day.”

    — Fred Ehrsam

    Recently my mother asked me: “What’s all this fuss about blockchain and cryptocurrency?” The question my...

  • Inconsistency in the way sugar tax is applied to products
    Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Inconsistency in the way sugar tax is applied to products

    As Valentine’s Day is upon us, there tends to be a focus on all things sweet and/or chocolate.

    Coincidentally, I just finished reviewing the Consultation document produced by the Government’s Ministry of Health in connection with the...

  • Burt’s maiden Budget must be mindful of everyday Bermudians
    Feb 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Burt’s maiden Budget must be mindful of everyday Bermudians

    Bermudians will not have to hold their breath any longer as the 2018-19 Budget Statement will be tabled on Friday. This will be David Burt’s maiden budget as Premier and Minister of Finance, and it will set the tone for Bermuda’s fiscal policy...

  • You could do worse than a Lincoln comparison
    Feb 14, 2018 8:00 am

    You could do worse than a Lincoln comparison

    Kehinde Wiley’s spectacular new portrait of Barack Obama speaks to the resolute seriousness of the former president and, at the same time, it radiates a sparkling freshness. How exactly can one picture accomplish that? By dividing it into two...

  • A Korean Spring after the Winter Games? Unlikely
    Feb 13, 2018 8:00 am

    A Korean Spring after the Winter Games? Unlikely

    Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang.

    The North is contributing athletes to a...

  • Porter departure holds key to effective journalism
    Feb 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Porter departure holds key to effective journalism

    It never should have taken a photo of Colbie Holderness’s bruised eye to get Rob Porter out of the White House.

    He shouldn’t have been there as a top aide to President Donald Trump to begin with, given the longstanding and credible charges...

  • One vital job for Germany’s grand coalition
    Feb 13, 2018 8:00 am

    One vital job for Germany’s grand coalition

    More than four months after German voters punished their coalition government at the polls, the two main parties have agreed to try again.

    If the Social Democratic Party’s rank and file approve the proposed new pact with Angela Merkel’s...

  • Kim’s charm offensive is a step in right direction
    Feb 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Kim’s charm offensive is a step in right direction

    Does anyone think that sanctions will stop the North Korean Government from pursuing its nuclear programme? If you do, I not only have a bridge to sell you but a tunnel from here to America as well.

    Let’s assume for a moment the North...

  • Olympics could help solve Korean crisis
    Feb 12, 2018 8:00 am

    Olympics could help solve Korean crisis

    Seeing Kim Yong Nam in Pyeongchang is a bit like seeing a ghost. The nonagenarian figurehead of the North Korean regime and unlikely survivor of many a political purge, the unsmiling Kim has emerged as the public face of North Korea’s charm...

  • Olympics 2018: five myths about figure skating
    Feb 10, 2018 8:00 am

    Olympics 2018: five myths about figure skating

    Another Olympics is here, and it’s time for that ritual: becoming an armchair expert in sports you have not watched in four years. Figure skating is one of the most popular and misunderstood events at the Winter Games. Here are five persistent...

  • Students don’t want to know black history is US history
    Feb 8, 2018 8:00 am

    Students don’t want to know black history is US history

    It has happened ever since I began teaching as a graduate student in 1991. Most semesters in which I have taught a course related to US history, the complaint appears at least once on my students’ course evaluations: “too much time on...

  • The crackdown in Kenya
    Feb 8, 2018 8:00 am

    The crackdown in Kenya

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta could have presided over a landmark consolidation of democracy last year that would have positioned Kenya for political leadership in Africa. Instead, he is leading the country back towards the autocracy it thought...

  • Burt can redefine what it is to be Premier of Bermuda
    Feb 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Burt can redefine what it is to be Premier of Bermuda

    I don’t think there is much glamour in having the job of Premier of Bermuda any more; even if we were to take into account the transitional years of Sir Henry Tucker, who was climbing through the wall of segregation. At least for him, there was...

  • The Patriots aren’t evil – they’re just losers
    Feb 7, 2018 8:00 am

    The Patriots aren’t evil – they’re just losers

    Palpatine has perished, the Governor has fallen, Voldemort has been defeated, the virus has brought down the mother ship. The Rohan have survived the assault on Helm’s Deep, Voyager has survived its transit through Borg space, Westeros has...

  • OBA suffers for not knowing
whether to stick or twist
    Feb 6, 2018 8:00 am

    OBA suffers for not knowing whether to stick or twist

    A few weeks ago I undertook to proffer an opinion on the place the One Bermuda Alliance inhabits on the political spectrum.

    You will recall I remarked that the Progressive Labour Party leadership is definitely not a strict labour political...

  • Sad to be wrong on delivery of gay rights
    Feb 6, 2018 8:00 am

    Sad to be wrong on delivery of gay rights

    When my wife and I married in 2016, we had the wedding of our dreams. We each wore wedding dresses; our fathers walked us down the aisle, one after the other; and we danced to Sam Cooke’s We’re Having a Party at the end of the...

  • The window to shore up Macedonia is closing
    Feb 6, 2018 8:00 am

    The window to shore up Macedonia is closing

    The heightened perception of a Russian threat to the West could have at least one positive consequence: The admission of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the European Union. But the massive rallies in Athens on Sunday, with at least...

  • The mother of all budget statements
    Feb 2, 2018 8:00 am

    The mother of all budget statements

    Every Bermuda Government budget is consequential to our fate, but none is as potentially critical as the 2018-19 Budget Statement soon to be presented by the Minister of Finance. Why? Because Bermuda finds itself at a critical fiscal crossroads.

  • Another thumbs-up for Richards
    Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am

    Another thumbs-up for Richards

    The book written by former finance minister Bob Richards, Bermuda — Back from the Brink, is an interesting read. Richards suffered politically because he was often considered as talking down to people. However, he did what some may consider as...

  • The same-sex marriage struggle: in the beginning
    Jan 31, 2018 8:00 am

    The same-sex marriage struggle: in the beginning

    There is absolutely no doubt that Bermuda is one of the best places in the world to live. It is stunningly beautiful. Bermudians indeed are lovely people.

    It saddens me that in the 21st century there are some who would use politics and...

  • Spinning our wheels on arbitration
    Jan 30, 2018 8:00 am

    Spinning our wheels on arbitration

    Over a number of years, we have witnessed a massive decline in public bus services. Why is the service in such a poor state and what can be done to make things better in terms of efficiency for the riders, the drivers and the mechanics? Why are...

  • Art for all. And all. And all
    Jan 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Art for all. And all. And all

    When the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art opened its doors to the public on March 2, 2008, it gave up a 20-plus year history of being “Art on the Gogh”. Along the way, the collection had travelled abroad and created “pop up” displays wherever...

  • Are we witnessing a coup by stealth?
    Jan 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Are we witnessing a coup by stealth?

    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

    — Abraham Lincoln

    Like many of you, I watched with interest the press conference of January...

  • Dangerous precedent set with Brown-Darrell ruling
    Jan 26, 2018 8:00 am

    Dangerous precedent set with Brown-Darrell ruling

    The Bermuda Health Council’s severe reduction in fees, in some cases as much as 87 per cent, for MRI and CT scans came into effect on June 1, 2017 and has resulted in Brown-Darrell Clinic’s recent announcement that it will close its CT scan...

  • Power, greed and their singular
ability to corrupt absolutely
    Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Power, greed and their singular ability to corrupt absolutely

    Many years ago an elder mentor said something to me that was perhaps a proverb: “Be careful following old men because they may not care where they are going.”

    Certainly, my mentor, who was chief executive of a substantive international fund...

  • Why it’s exhausting to defend Trump
    Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Why it’s exhausting to defend Trump

    Donald Trump’s apologists in Congress are learning that defending him is like playing whack-a-mole; every time they think they’ve knocked down some embarrassing revelation related to the Justice Department probe of Russian election meddling,...

  • Tech starting to lose its war on journalism
    Jan 25, 2018 8:00 am

    Tech starting to lose its war on journalism

    It seems like only yesterday that journalism faced existential challenges from technology platforms that helped anyone publish whatever they wanted, took over the distribution of news, and usurped the advertising market with promises of precise...

  • We should all follow our dreams
    Jan 18, 2018 8:00 am

    We should all follow our dreams

    It is unfair and possibly unethical to posthumously attribute words or positions of individuals, particularly if they have not in their own lifetimes published them.

    The interesting thing for me is having the rich opportunity of meeting...

  • Uncle Bob’s parting shot is value for money
    Jan 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Uncle Bob’s parting shot is value for money

    To someone who has written about the Bermuda economy for many years, Bermuda — Back from the Brink, by Bob Richards, the former finance minister, is like a breath of fresh air. It is clear, succinct to the point and written...

  • Improving access to justice for all
    Dec 18, 2017 8:00 am

    Improving access to justice for all

    It is an inconvenient truth that “access to justice” invariably involves associating with lawyers. As everyone knows, lawyers are expensive, especially if they charge by the hour, and litigation is the preserve of the rich and the well-to-do.

  • Jerusalem recognition does not end peace process
    Dec 15, 2017 5:00 pm

    Jerusalem recognition does not end peace process

    Donald Trump was repeatedly warned not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept the decision, and an Abbas adviser said it would signify the “complete destruction of the peace...

  • Enter the Dragon: inside the acquisition of Aecon by CCCI
    Dec 5, 2017 8:00 am

    Enter the Dragon: inside the acquisition of Aecon by CCCI

    The acquisition of Aecon by China Communications Construction Company International may come as a shock to some Bermudians, after the recent approval of the Airport Redevelopment Project this year and the controversy surrounding it. CCCI has...

  • Opportunity wasted for OBA
    Dec 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Opportunity wasted for OBA

    The devastation of the July 18, 2017 General Election constituted the death knell of the One Bermuda Alliance. That papier-mâché party, stuck together by the tenuous glue of the former Bermuda Democratic Alliance and United Bermuda Party, has...

  • 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...

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