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  • 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...

  • 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...

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