Should Bob be called Philip?

Philip Hammond, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been forced to make a humiliating about turn on plans to introduce national insurance charges for small business. Here in Bermuda, while our Finance Minister Bob Richards, has so far not made any climbdowns, but he is facing his own problems. The latest is a  delay in the implementation... Continue Reading →

Time for secret ballots?

“The membership is not going back to work until those two matters are resolved.” So says Chris Furbert, the leader of the BIU who carries on to say that unless his demands are met, the America's Cup will be in jeopardy. I started with the quote because although Mr Furbert talks of the membership -... Continue Reading →

Mind your language

  Here are two definitions of the work 'mob' a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence: 2. a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence: Here is a definition of paramilitary: "a large crowd of people,... Continue Reading →

A winter of political discontent?

The ramifications of Friday's protest will go on for some time yet. We will hear, hopefully, of the police investigation into what happened and why. I am sure we will hear much more from those who were directly affected by the pepper spray, social media will keep us abreast of all the latest rumours and... Continue Reading →

Democracy at work? updated

I posed this question on Facebook: is the demonstration today democracy at work or is it stopping democracy from working? Of course, taken literally the answer is both, but the point being made is whether it is acceptable to use your right to freedom of speech to stop those who are democratically elected by the... Continue Reading →

What a sad state to be in

“What we have done is hire an international construction company to verify value for money before any deal is signed or ground broken. Let’s face it, the traditional tendering process has not worked well for Bermuda. The Berkeley Institute, the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building, the Sylvia Richardson building, the old departure terminal at the present... Continue Reading →

Do they have nothing else to do?

OK, maybe I'm reading this wrong. I understand if MPs need some time to take in the details of the airport stuff before it is debated but don't they have other work to do? I mean, the world doesn't stop, does it?  

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