Videos: St George’s Budget Town Hall

March 9, 2011

Last night [Mar.8], the Premier was joined by Cabinet Ministers in hosting a Town Hall at Penno’s Wharf in St George’s. For approximately two hours, Cabinet Ministers spoke, as well as answered questions from the audience. Topics were wide ranging spanning the economy, transport, crime, employment and much more.


National Security Minister David Burch said he will touch on two “hot button” areas, and spoke on the Hustle Truck initiative, and the media reports that the Bermuda Police Service may reduce staff. He said the “Hustle truck is not dying, was never dying, is going nowhere, its going to be modified to reflect the funding that we have.”

Starting out by saying, “No, we’re not getting rid of Policemen,” the Colonel received applause at the end of his short speech, after saying “And the reality of the situation is if we’ve gotten the numbers wrong, then I will do as I did last July, I will go back to my Cabinet collegues and ask for more money and they will give it to me. Because we are committed to not allowing the success we’ve had with Police arresting crime in the country to stop. Bottom line.”

A man asked a question about telephone operators from overseas answering the phone for local companies including HSBC and BTC’s 411 service. Minister Blakeney said, “When it comes to private enterprise and businesses making business decisions in this country, we still operate in a democracy, and a free enterprise system. So when it comes to them making strategic decisions relative to their bottom line as businessmen, sometimes they do things that may not be popular, but allow them to survive at the end of the day.” Minister Blakeney went on to discuss Government initiatives to assist Bermudians in gaining employment.

Transport Minister Terry Lister said as the Town Hall was being held in St George’s, he would cut right to east end matters. Speaking on cruise ship arrivals, Minister Lister said Government “will do their best with buses and ferries to get them down here.”

Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith, the St George’s MP, was greeted with a round of enthusiastic applause as she stood to speak, and joked that she brought her own fan club with her.

Approximately 1.5 hours of the Town Hall is below, broken up into 17 videos of 13 different Cabinet Ministers. Use the scroll bar at bottom to navigate through the videos:

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  1. W.T.F.??? says:

    Blah…Blah…Blah…more spin doctoring

    • LOL (original) says:

      Even brought a “Fan Club”…………….


  2. Truth is killin' me... says:

    As long as I can still pick up my pay cheque as Minister I will tell you all what you want to hear and all that is needed so that my Party does not fall back into the hands of the EVIL WHITE UBP!!!

  3. Sigh says:

    I think it is great, and unprecedented that a government is hosting these Town Hall’s to explain the rationale behind their budgetary decisions and their plans going forward.

    Whether you agree with their explanations or not, isnt as much the point, as the fact that they are operating in a much more transparent manner of late, which if I am not mistaken, many critics have asked for.

    • Jus' Askin" says:

      Muddy Water is more transparent than Mud, but you still can not see anything!!!!! Did you not go to the magic show? All illusions, PLP should get a tiger!!!!

  4. crazytalk says:

    More transparent? I notice it’s all gone quiet on PATI.

  5. Hmmmmm says:

    What has Paula Cox ever done to show that she was supoprtive of PATI ? True colours are shining through and I hope you all are paying attention.Well spotted crazytalk.

  6. YungNthuggin says:

    Oh so here were all the elders of st geo were playing bingo.

    why are they speaking of employment to all these old ppl, who are most likely all working and went out just to look important or for fresh air.

    • Sheriff says:

      @YNT- OMG!!! I’ve flatlined!! you are funny!! breath of fresh air today.. the laugh I so needed!