Bloomberg: “People Love The New Government”

May 8, 2013

[Updated with audio] Speaking at today’s [May 8] christening of the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who has a home in Bermuda — said the new Bermuda Government is like “night and day” and people “love the new Government.”

In December 2012, the One Bermuda Alliance defeated the then-ruling Progressive Labour Party at the polls, taking control of the Government for the first time.

Speaking at the event, the Mayor said, “Premier Cannonier is a new Premier. They have a new government in Bermuda. And I can just tell you it’s like night and day.

“This has always been a wonderful island and today it is an awful lot better than before. It keeps getting better every time. People love this new government. And tourists will as well.”

Audio of Mayor Bloomberg’s statement about the new Government:

Mr. Bloomberg, whose Bermuda residence is located in Tucker’s Town, was one of many attendees at today’s event, along with Premier Craig Cannonier and Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie.

“One word comes to mind … wow!” said Premier Cannonier. “This is just unbelievable that you can build something like this on the water.”

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie joked with the Mayor saying, “To the mayor of New York, I’m told that you actually come to the Bahamas often. I appreciate that you will say so when you come up here, huh? Even though Mayor Bloomberg, the Premier of Bermuda recognize you as a friend.”

“Mr. Prime Minister, you do not have to worry,” said Mayor Bloomberg according to CapitalNewYork. “Nor Mr. Premier. I will spend a lot of time, particularly after the next 238 days, when I’m gonna be unemployed, I’ll have plenty of time to go to both your wonderful islands.

“And, Mr. Prime Minister, I play a lot of golf both on your island and on the premiere’s island. And I think it’s fair to say that these two islands, and I’ve been to a lot of islands in my last 71 years, you never are made to feel as welcome as you are in both of these places. ”

The cruise ship was built in Europe, and made the transatlantic cruise to New York arriving yesterday morning.The ship’s first cruise will be to Bermuda, with it scheduled to arrive on May 15th.

The 1063-foot long ship will be the largest cruise ship to ever visit the island, and is expected to be carrying around 4,000 passengers. Work has been ongoing at the Heritage Wharf in Dockyard to prepare for the ship’s arrival.

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  1. Onlooker says:

    You’ve gotta love a man that speaks as he finds – Love it! :o )

    • Lebron says:

      And he’s damn right too. The witch is dead!!

  2. Been There Done That says:

    He does not have to “deceive” us……

  3. Huson says:

    NOT Marc Bean, not Kim Wilson, not Lawrence Scott, not Michael Scott and definitely not Zane DeSilva!

  4. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    did ya’ll see how he was wearing a RED tie and not a green tie.

    plp will never get back into government in Bermuda.
    they lied and took and many want to see them prosecuted!

    btw,plp,WE DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK!

  5. SoMuchMore says:

    thanks Bernews for picking up my comment and baking a story out of it.

    Fackin funny that the mayor can say such words. gosh I wonder how many other people in the world feel the same way.

    I will never forget this and when I’m down Im’ma giggle too this lmfao

    • Bernews says:

      Thanks for that…as your comment was why we went looking. We didn’t hear it originally, but once you said it we looked into it.

    • Navin Johnson says:

      Everyone with a functioning brain feels the same way

  6. Jesus is Lord says:

    Amen to that. It is night and day, Bermuda is SUCH a better place. It’s going to take a lot to go back to PLP.

  7. js says:

    the comment like “night and day” may be interpreted by many on the island as the difference between “black and white”.

    It would seems unwise for any politician to make such a declaration since we all know that 24hrs is a long time in politics especially local politics

    • RawOnion says:

      Those that infer the comment by Bloomberg as ‘black and white’ are exactly why we are in a state of bad race relations now. The only see colour in everything. I saw his statement as saying ‘the dark days of the PLP are done and the OBA is the light that will lead the way’.

      • Hey Mayor says:

        It’s always been black vs white and it always will. I wonder if this Mayor knows the history of how blacks got sick and tired of the ubpoba party. We got so sick and tired that they had to change the name. I wonder if he understands the REAL reason why the OBA keeps a black man as the poster child or face of the OBA.

        We all know that the people that control the party are afraid to place a white man as leader. What’s to be afraid of if everything is so much better now? I guess Paula wasn’t light enough for you DAY Timers……..hmmmmm

        • Um Um Like says:

          You wonder if the mayor knows the history…? I’m sure you can’t forget it. After all, that’s the entire reason you exist!

          Go out into the bush and fornicate. One day by our sheer numbers we will rule…

          Unforgettable, isn’t it!

          • onion says:

            Um Um, They followed Louis Brown Evans request to fornicate in the bushes, they did and that is why we have so much crime on the island. Children having children.

            • Sad says:

              How dare you speak about a PLP member who has past away. We all know that you are WHITE TRASH!!!!!

        • Truth (Original) says:

          @ Hey Mayor, remind us again of why “blacks” got tired of the UBP and then remind us of why the “blacks” got tired of the PLP.

          Do that please…

          • Answer says:

            Yes blacks got of the PLP. What’s interesting is blacks are still tired of the UBP oba and YOU people as you call us weren’t even in charge these last 14 years. After 14 years blacks still have a bitter taste in their mouths. The OBA didn’t win the last election it was given to you, why because many blacks didn’t come out to vote. You only won by seats that were given away. My girl Paula set on her a$$ and didn’t do her home work and lost to a white man in a majority black area and sister Jennifer only spoke to her people as the election drew near in St Geo. On any other occasion the sister would walk right by you. Kenny Bascome was promise more then a hand shake after he beat Jennifer. OBA told him “thanks Kenny for helping us but we don’t trust you enough to make you a Minister” when everyone knows full well he wanted and deserve it. Over the years the UBP or OBA as it called now has used many black men and women. Why tell me why? Know one wants to talk about it but it exist. May 24th most whites go front street and most blacks will go Cedar Ave, people go where they feel more comfortable with people who look and talk like them. Yes at the end of the day we all bleed red, but we are not the same no matter how you slice it.

            • Not a Mooncricket says:

              Damm right were not the same and don’t you forget it!

            • Truth (Original) says:

              @answer – what are you talking about? You didn’t answer my question at all.

              Not even almost.

        • John S says:

          Such a shallow comment. Please take yourself into the new world and its not about that. Its such a shame that some people just have to take it and put race into something that was not even implicated. Sad sad person

      • js says:

        whether the mayor’s comment is perceived as racial or political it was nevertheless an unwise comment for a foreign political figure to make in respect of another foreign political party

        whether you love or hate the plp they are still a major political party who may still have a triumphant return to the polls in five years time

        if so would it not be then said that such a declaration would have hindered the island’s international standing if such a return happened

        the mayor should have diplomatically congratulated the oba on their unexpected political victory and leave the divisive political commentary to the only ones that matter the local electorate

      • Moojun says:

        Agreed. We are overly sensitive to what is nothing more than a colloquialism. By way of a counter example, when referring to finances, if you’re said to be ‘in the black’ that is a GOOD thing, but of course that phrase is never picked up on as being racially charged, because it doesn’t fit in with the ‘Theory’.

        That said, let us all remember that 400 years of European initiated slavery and the decades of segregation that followed it is probably the main reason why this particularly egregious wound is still raw…

        • cannon says:

          Your last paragraph is true, but incomplete. Consider that these were injustices done to and received by people who are long gone. Slavery is history, let it exist in the books, not as a wound that needs healing.

    • I’m sorry but this post is SO typical of the PLP mindset…turn EVERYTHING into a black and white issue…enough already!!

      The majority of people on the island actually WON’T bother interpreting it that way at all…the majority have moved past all that and have seen it for what it really is….nothing but a nasty ploy to create divisiveness amongst the population in order to garner votes.

      “Night and day…” is nothing more than a creative way of describing the vast difference between one thing and another…

      The difference between “black and white” is like “night and day” and the difference between “night and day” is like the difference between “black and white”…there is no further extreme to describe the difference…and it ain’t got nuffin’ to do with race!!

  8. Concerned says:

    Mayor Bloomberg, you are correct, as I have said for the last year, I would not be voting for that hating party again!! They could keep my membership, what we done to Bermuda, and I say we because I supported them for years and helped them! Yes this new party is a breath of fresh air and the rest of the world is starting to see it as well. Please come back and help build our economy and create jobs for us again, something that the haters just don’t understand.

  9. SoMuchMore says:

    things are getting better and bloomberg confirmed it. ka-pow

  10. SpiritBodyMind says:

    Wow! Who paid him to say that. The only haters sound like you all above. Love thy neighbour! Mayor Bloomberg say that to all the people who are unemployed it’s still night for them.

    • Mad Dawg says:

      “Who paid him? ” Nobody could pay him enough. He’s very wealthy. That’s part of the reason why he’s such a good politician. He has no interest in making money for himself out of it. Anything he does or says is purely because he believes it’s right. He has nothing to gain financially.

      • Independent says:

        @ Mad Dawg,

        Please tell me you ain’t that stupid to believe everything that comes out of a politician. It’s called talking points. Get your head out of your A$$.

        • Zombie Apocalypse says:

          So, “Independent”, who paid you to say that? How much per post you getting from the PLP to be their message boy?

        • Mad Dawg says:

          Independet, I was responding to the suggestion he was “paid” to say the things he said. Try to keep up. It isn’t that difficult. Wanker.

  11. Chuckling says:

    @Its about time- Thanks for clearing up the night and day thingy. Where do you get off speaking for MAJORITY of the people of this country. You don’t even know the majority you claim to represent. Even if you know SOME people by sight or by name even, you don’t know what they think.

    • @ Chuckling…let me clarify it for you…I do not speak FOR anyone…I speak OF the majority that decided it was “time for change”…in spite of the great lengths taken to divide the nation along racial lines. The majority speak for THEMSELVES…I am merely pointing out the obvious.

      Your innuendo as to whom I might know and not know has no bearing on the statement whatsoever…

      • Chuckling says:

        What you attempt to clarify is not what you stated in your first post. What is blatantly obvious is that we get a daily serving of divisiveness in the tone of most of the post by bloggers on just about any topic presented.

  12. In Mark's Opinion says:

    All them private jets parked at the airport love the new Government too. Have not seen that many private jets in Bermuda in years, even by Pizza House is full.

  13. Warden says:

    Mayor bloomberg. How oftern do you come to bermuda. No one give 2 s#$ts about you .oba is full of crap.. canonaire and all.. oh wat happen to nandi davis? Did you just use her as a pretty face to get votes y i dont here bout her anymore. Oba is a joke and bloomberg is full of s#$t. Half of bermuda is on the stop list y do u think we dont care about your stupid a#s america. No1 cares bloomberg stfu and go back home you dont live here.

  14. Victor says:

    You see, HONESTY really does pay.

  15. Dear MP Furbert JP MP,

    Time for you or Walter Roban JP MP, to chime in with a “Standing Strong for Bermudians” statement or put Mayor Bloomberg on your referral line list at the airport so he gets fined $250 every time he enters Bermuda for making an ‘anti-PLP’ remark.

    Come on PLP MPs, continue along your noisy unconstructive path as opposition that stands strong for jobs, like the plastic wrapping at the airport for example

    All the way, PLP

  16. Moonbeam says:

    Those diehard racists need to get off the black and white issue. The OBA are NOT racists – that’s one of their best qualities – and Bermuda will be better for it ! UNDERSTAND ???

  17. Xman says:

    NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a history of saying what ‘s on his mind instead of the facts.
    but I do believe that the OBA are out to make a lot positive fixing,changes,and work for Bermuda
    and some of the results are beginning to show.Lets just hope the OBA does not become arrogant like
    the PLP became.- the When PLP first started as Govt. 1998 some 65-70% of the population in Bermuda liked them too.
    What the Mayor of NY has to stop imposing his personal will on common folk in NY such as the Racially enhanced stop and frisk which came out of 9/11 – or used it as an excuse to hunt down people of color – and Him along with the Hateful NY Police Commissioner Kelly who has promoted open killings by the NYPD – he does all this because he is a billioner.
    and can say and do what he wants.
    The Bermuda Govt.needs to keep this guy on there side because he will say anything.

    • frank says:

      maybe the mayor has promised to donate $10000000 to the oba

  18. Navin Johnson says:

    Then PLP diehards will attempt to make this racial that’s all they know and part of their propaganda

  19. thief says:

    Marc Bean, Kim Wilson, Lawrence Scott, Stephen Todd, Michael Scott and Zane DeSilva only want OBA failure and they dont want Bloomberg and they dont like watching a cruise ship arrive under anybodys watch but their own, and they resent success.
    The PLP may be reelected in 5 years because their followers accept that the expression night and day is racist and personal, and they accept a mantra that encourages insulting Bloomberg and anyone who is successful like him and looks like him.

    • swing voter says:

      @ thief…. just how stupid do you think voters are? the old school politics is dead, younger voters have no political affiliation. they are college educated, ask more questions, and do not forgive easily. the older generation of PLP and UBP supporters are fading away, Bermuda has matured beyond the black/white foolishness of the past, its time to build a better bermuda. Have you noticed that Stormin’ Normans (UBP) and Laverns (PLP) can’t adjust to the new Bermuda?

      • LOL (original TM*) says:

        Maybe hopefully they have not taught too many young people about their hate…

        LOL

      • Independent says:

        @ Swing voter,

        You keeping thinking we are in this New Bermuda you speak of. Just don’t scratch your head when this topic keeps coming up, over & over again.

        Don’t take this personal, because I have even had to say it to my Pops. You can speak of the world you hope to live in, and I will pay attention to the world we do live in.

      • thief says:

        I don’t believe anyone’s stupid but I believe 48% of voters would prefer continued PLP failure over OBA success at least on some level!

  20. Vulpes says:

    I do wonder what Mr. Rolfe Commisiong thinks of Mayor Bloomberg’s statement given that it appears to be a direct swipe at his mentor Dr. Ewart Brown and that entire brand of narcissistic politics. Of course, it probably makes little difference to Mr. Commissiong as he is, I gather, NOT free to travel to NYC as a result of his part criminal activity.

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      Sure he is he just would get a waiver…..and I’m sure he’ll state something along the lines genetic predisposed mind set or something of that nature and then quote something from Post Slave Syndrome……..

      LOL come man you should know by now

  21. flikel says:

    Let’s not forget, the PLP government should be credited with landing this new ship….not the OBA.

    This was secured under the PLP watch, well before the election.

    If the PLP government was so bad and this OBA governments is like ‘night and day’ then how was the PLP government able to secure this new, innovative ship?

    • swing voter says:

      @ flikel….yes give credit where it is due, and discredit when necessary…..unfortunately there was more discrediting over the last 8yrs and so justified.

    • Building a better Bermuda says:

      While the PLP may be credited with getting this new ship here, they need to be taken to task for not preparing Bermuda better for it. One of the reasons we are having to spend over $20 million + is to repair and upgrade a brand new cruise dock that wasn’t anywhere near ready to receive it, and we are having to do it on a extremely limited timeframe as the PLP failed completely to get the work done early enough for it to have been done at a lower cost. When you shorten the time frame to complete a project and still need to keep the quality of work high, then you will have to pay more.
      Instead, the PLP didn’t want to have to explain why they were spending millions more on a brand new dock, that didn’t meet the specs it was originally designed for, before an election. Rather than having the works ready to go at the end of the last cruise seaon, they sat on the embarrassing report that highlighted the failures and lowed standards on the previous work, in order to deceive the voting public in the lead up to the election. With the OBA’s surprising victory, they inherited the need to have this massive project done on a heavily constrained timeframe in order to have the work need to get the docks ready. And the PLP have the audacity to criticize the OBA on the work and say they are doing it for the benefit of the Bermuda people.
      Will we ever see the return of the business we once had in the quantity that is once was, possibly not, but at least now there is an optimism that it will return. It’s just a shame the PLP sought to exploit it so selfishly when we had it, rather than nurture it into something that could have brought greater benefit for all Bermudians for a longer run.

  22. Yng Black Mind says:

    People:

    I had taken a long absence from commenting on this or any other blog, but I could not let this slide.

    Mayor Bloomberg was disrespectful to the people of Bermuda – - all of the people of Bermuda – with his comments. I am offended by his comments and how those who support the current government are relishing in this utter bs.

    You are so blinded by your hatred for the former government that you are willing to let this blatant “in your face” disrespect by him stand – it is absolutely disgusting!

    It is not the “black and white” thing that is killing this country – - it is your unwillingness to accept that people don’t think like you and are entitled to feel differently than you – - You can hate on the PLP all day – I don’t give a crap! But don’t stand there and be pissed and indignant when those who do disagree with you.

    The OBA has a long road ahead of them – - they need to get on with the work of the country and their “vocal supporters” need to shut the hell up and just let them do it – plain and simple.

    Yng Black Mind
    (those who know understand)

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      “it is your unwillingness to accept that people don’t think like you and are entitled to feel differently than you”

      I disagree with your assertion that he “Mayor Bloomberg was disrespectful to the people of Bermuda -all of the people of Bermuda” Guess the top quote applies in this situation as I see it as it has been presented in the story above that he was referring to the PLP Government who had made it quite clear that they don’t rep those who look like me. It appears for the most part that vocal PLPers are the ones taking offence to this comment.

      LOL Perspective is the key to understanding.

      • Yng Black Mind says:

        As usual, you (as most OBA supporters) missed my point.

        All Bermudians should be upset that the Mayor of NY made those comments about our country – period. I would still be upset if the previous government was the OBA, UBP or the NLP – - to say something like that about our people is wrong – plain and simple.

        Regardless of your political group, the comments made by Mr. Bloomberg were insentitive to the people of this country – - and the further comments in my original post indicate what I believe to be the cause – - the utter disrespect of one another we have in this country.

        Yng Black Mind
        (perspective is just like an opinion – everyone has at least two)

        • Joonya says:

          I just read it again, and sorry I do not feel “upset” or “disrespected” by the Mayor’s comments. Its positive publicity. The guys trying to help us out. Why cant people just take it at face value and stop being so damn sensitive about everything. SHEESH!!

          • Yng Black Mind says:

            It’s the “taking it at face value” that has put this country in the state that it is in – - your position that you were not upset or disrespected is fine – I can accept that; however, you are one individual.

            Just because you are willing to have someone slap you in your face and then say “it was for your own good” doesn’t mean that I will.

            Yng Black Mind

            • SMH says:

              Would it be correct if Premier went up to New York next year and share that New York is like day and night without Bloomberg and New Yorkers are happier? No it would not. All you need is love

          • Me says:

            SO when Ewart Brown took the Uigers as a “gesture of good faith” or as a good humanitarian gesture shouldn’t we have taken that as good publicity as well instead of condemning him for it and trying to figure out what was the trade off for such an agreement or publicity??

        • Zombie Apocalypse says:

          I take it Yng Black Mind that you would therefore agree that all Bermudians should refrain from commenting on any aspect of American politics, or the politics of any other country. No comment can be made, in your view, whether positive or negative, because the voters there might be offended somehow.

          Do I have that right?

          No more commenting on Obama or Bush. No more commenting on the politics of anywhere outside Bermuda. Right?

          • Yng Black Mind says:

            ZombieA:

            If the Premier or any other elected official of this country spoke at a public event and said those things that the Mayor of NY (an elected official) did – - yes, I would still be upset and offended. They would owe the US an apology.

            Don’t try to make it as simple as an individual talking about the country – - HE IS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL – not some common aceboy on the street – - don’t insult our collective intelligence by trying to deflect from the actual issue.

            Yng Black Mind

            • Mad Dawg says:

              So you presumably agree then that the PLP shouldn’t have congratulated Obama when he won the election. When they made a big public announcement commenting on that and US politics I didn’t see you commenting about it, oddly.
              You wouldn’t just be a frikkin hypocrite would you?

            • Zombie Apocalypse says:

              From PLP candidate Dawn Simmons:
              http://bernews.com/2012/09/obamas-values-remind-me-of-plps-values/

              From all 3 parties:
              http://bernews.com/2012/11/plp-oba-congratulate-president-barack-obama/

              Didn’t see you commenting how “upset and offended” you were that spokesmen and women from the main Bermuda political parties were expressing opinions about overseas politics that have nothing to do with them.

              Let me guess: “this is different too”, right? Am I “insulting your intelligence” again?

        • LOL (original TM*) says:

          Guess I would not get your point without knowing you as all I have is your comments on this and past stories.

          LOL one thing about me is I atleast try to see other perspectives in this case I see where those in the PLP camp would take offense but still fail to see way the whole of Bermuda should. So I will end this where I began with ……..

          “it is your unwillingness to accept that people don’t think like you and are entitled to feel differently than you”

          • LOL (original TM*) says:

            should be why

          • Yng Black Mind says:

            Any I can agree that you don’t have to understand me fully to get where I’m coming from – - – it is what it is.

            Hope this helps – - I am not a PLP supporter – - I believe in Bermuda and her people – so when someone says something that rips down any part of BERMUDA, I take offense – - hopefully, you get me now.

            Yng Black Mind

            • Mad Dawg says:

              “Not a PLP supporter”? So you’re outright lying now, right?

        • Building a better Bermuda says:

          I disagree that Mayor Bloomberg disrespected all Bermudians with his comments. While they may have been somewhat of an exaggeration of the current political mood of the voting public, they did in fact reflect the perceived optimism that has taken old since the election about the future prospects for Bermuda. Most on this island know that we aren’t out of the woods yet, but are glad that we have a government that has picked a direction and isn’t just wandering around hoping we might stumble across a map.

          And to fix a mistake in your comment, the NLP were the previous government, at least whenever they were able to grab the reigns from the PLP left wing.

    • Me says:

      I absolutely agree with your comment. I felt very offended by Major Bloomberg’s comments and those comments made by OBA supporters that followed. I am a PLP supporter because it is my choice and because I know the history of my country and of the civil liberties that the labor party fought for that enabled me to have the rights that I have today. According to the OBA supporters all PLP supporters are dumb black folk who should just shut up. Well I am here to say that I am an educated and well established young black woman and I will not be silenced and be made to feel bad about the party I support. What is killing this country is a lack of respect for other people yes the OBA won but in all honesty the have not’s still have not this bright new day that you OBA supporters refer to has yet to reach the mothers and fathers who still cannot find a job and who are still struggling to put food on the table. Maybe it’s a bright new day for Mayor Bloomberg and for the expats who will now be allowed to stay here and work due to no more term limits but it’s still very much night for the many Bermudians who have master’s degrees but can’t find work and the many Bermudian workers who are still being made redundant. If you ask me this election has divided the country more and brought to light the true racial and social divide of this country. OBA supporters say over and over that this is not black and white and that this is a new day but the constant repetition of this comment only makes me believe that you’re only trying to convince yourself.

      • Yng Black Mind says:

        Well said.

        Yng Black Mind

      • LOL (original TM*) says:

        “OBA supporters say over and over that this is not black and white”

        Herd lots of people say this on a regular guess they too are trying to convice themselves…

        LOL

      • Bermyman says:

        “What is killing this country is a lack of respect for other people yes the OBA won but in all honesty the have not’s still have not this bright new day that you OBA supporters refer to has yet to reach the mothers and fathers who still cannot find a job and who are still struggling to put food on the table”- Why is that under 14 years of PLP rule that we find ourselves in this situation, and if you are educated you will realize that the economy will take time to recover and people like Bloomberg are influential in supporting that recovery. Lack of respect? The PLP Government respected very few people on this Island, just ask any Bermudian born and bred who married a foreign spouse (one example of many). The racial division was the goal of the PLP , the only way they saw to win is to divide and rule and the PLP did it by making sure that black and white were in opposition. You need intelligent people to run the country, not just people who use history as a reason for someone to vote for them. History is is the past so voting for the PLP because of their History means you don’t care how they perform or what they do for Bermuda, you only care about what they did. Well what they did the past 14 years was some good but also some very bad and they were judged by rational people who voted them out. History is important yes, but don’t let it blind you from what has happened in the present.

        • LOL (original TM*) says:

          Better said.

          LOL

        • Building a better Bermuda says:

          Well responded, there is an excellent argument that could be essayed out in a longer statement than a posting would allow, that one of the greatest impediments to building a stronger black community has if fact been the PLP as far back as the late 70′s. In its pursuit of power, the PLP have made too many compromises to be able to lay claim to its origin, and yet it uses that history as a whip to keep its faithful devoted. The past 14 years in particular has been rife with the PLP’s unspoken devotion of party first, which is why the election lose came as such a surprise to its most devote and as a perceived betrayal, because too many in the party believe the PLP to be Bermuda.
          Many of us know full well our country’s history, the good and the bad. We know the histories of the parties, what they tell us, and what they don’t. Which is why we have chosen to live for Bermuda’s future and that means we will not live bonded to any party.

    • Vulpes says:

      YBM, you say Mayor Bloomberg was “disrespectful to the people of Bermuda.” I respectfully reject your assertion. What would be more disrespectful is not telling us his real opinions, something we ourselves do all too often to each other in this country.

      There is a Bermudian tendency (and I’m talking about all of us)that when we hear something we do not want to hear, we revert to the RESPECT word rather than have a proper discussion. Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg is teaching us an important lesson – that of listening, tolerating and even genuinely respecting diverse opinions. As the saying goes, it is the truth that hurts the most.

  23. Hmmmmm says:

    Bloomberg, do you honestly expect us to believe that it matters to you who is in charge in Bermuda? Was Tucker’s Town closed during the last 14 years? I don’t think so. You and Sheldon Silver spent plenty of time on the links at Mid-Ocean without a care in the world. However, maybe now you’ll actually do something to help Bermuda and its business and tourism because up to now you, like so many in the 1% of your country, have been focused on self. The ride from your private jet to your home hardly qualifies you to speak intelligently about my country, least of all what we may thinik about our Government. Your comments were ill-informed, in poor taste and expose you as the disingenuous “friend” of Bermuda you have claimed to be all along.Imagine, the first time you speak about Bermuda as mayor of our major tourism market and its to wade into local politics? Some “friend” you are.

  24. LOL (original TM*) says:

    Oh snap this is funny. Ever notice when the PLP were in power they hailed anything that they could spin into a positive from any foreign entity or person of influence. Now the shoe is on the other foot and they are calling this guy a racist and to borrow the phrase I here often “Anything but a child of God”…………..

    PLP

    LOL and they say OBA supporters are hypocrites. Here’s a line for them “No Government is perfect”…………lolololololol
    (Disclaimer this is not directed at all PLPers but just the few that for political reasons try to turn everything into a racial issue and push the divide further apart.. Real leaders of successful countries bring people together not tear them apart. Just so we’re clear Thad Hollis could also take something from that.)

  25. Prayerful says:

    I agree with Young Black Mind. M r. Bloomberg certainly offended me.

    I thought that he and Ewart were good buddies. I guess that he is now good buddies with Craig.

  26. Smh says:

    Plp will be the NEW Govt in the next election so all you OBA voters enjoy it while it last!!!

    • Concerned says:

      enjoy what? Wirking through the mess that was left behind. This is not a game to enjoy, this is recovery from the debt that was left to every woman , man and child born on these isles. Alot of us just won’t get it until we have truly nothing to eat, finally they would see what your beloved PLP had done.

  27. really? says:

    Love it bloomberg obviosly the change worked

  28. outkasted says:

    Hmmmmm.Be careful of Mr. Bloomberg, Craig and the O.B.A.
    I really do not care what he says, I just do not fully trust him. This is just a gut feeling.Keep him in your corner maybe… but keep him at arms length.

  29. bGibbons says:

    that’s bull

  30. Rastagirl says:

    Mr Bloomberg in the past portrayed himself to like the previous Gov’t. Guess he lied. He said Bda has always been a wonderful place. True. He also said it’s a lot better than before and keeps getting better. False. He don’t have a dam clue. In his circle maybe. He’s just saying what the New Gov’t wants to hear. I agree with outkasted, Don’t trust the freak.

  31. street wise says:

    SMH. People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.

  32. Bermudian says:

    Go OBA, go OBA do your thang! People all over the world are recognizing that the good ole PLP were distructive and no good for this Country. Don’t let the haters sway you from task. If you continue what you’re doing, you will always have my vote along with the many that WERE hard PLP supporters. Go OBA, go OBA!!!!!

  33. SoMuchMore says:

    do you all understand the plp’s slogan, standing strong for bermudians? it means we are out for ourselves and if you aren’t bermudian we could care less.

    now you all see why so many businesses, etc have left? their slogan says it all.

    change it up plp and use standing strong for everyone (and not just a particular group of people).

    people like bloomberg see what has been going on. when you think people are not watching, they are.

    just my 4 cents.

    • SoMuchMore says:

      and trying to help you out for next time around

  34. Bobmarlin says:

    The PLP are recognized worldwide, as a destructive party.Mayor Bloomberg says it is like day and night.Let me translate for those that do not understand.The PLP were for themselves ,the OBA are for the people.

    • Building a better Bermuda says:

      I have little doubt, that OBA aren’t in it for themselves as well, they at after all politicians, but the measure will be of how much they try and grab, and how much they share? As we all know, the PLP aren’t willing to share.

  35. So sad says:

    Only four more years of this Yng Black Mind . Keep your head up and prepare yourself to be a part of the New group of young leaders to work toward the best Bermuda. What you need to understand is that you are actually engaging expat bloggers who really don’t care about Bermudian people. I am sure by now you have noticed this. They only care about a Bermuda that benefits them. So when the disrespect toward Bermudians displayed by Bloomberg means nothing to them you can no appreciate why? They were not born here.

    • Deliverance says:

      oh i see. so only black people who were born here can actually care about the Island. backwards much?

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      I’m Bermudian born and bread. So I take offence to your statement, see Young Black Mind thats an example of misguided plp mind set that insults BERMUDIANS and is another reason the PLP would not get a vote from me. Shucks my family has been here for 7 generations. How about you guys………

      LOL PLPers can’t ever bring the country together nor do they want to.

    • Mad Dawg says:

      Bermudian here. So there goes that theory. But if course the PLP uses the divisive label ” real Bermudian”. We all know what that means, I think.

  36. Building a better Bermuda says:

    I wonder if we will get the ‘Getaway’ when it sails next year out of Miami?

    Wonder what the mayor of Miami will say then if it does come here? : )

  37. So sad says:

    @ Deliverance–I will show you what is “backwards much”……because you probably have difficulty reading so I will encourage you to revisit my post and show me any reference to black people. I will borrow your ending if you don’t mind. Backwards much?

  38. So sad says:

    @LOL— Yng Black Mind have a look at how culturally brain damaged we have become.
    This person is more offended by my post to you and even claims how it insults Bermudians. My remarks encouraged you to keep your head up and to become a part of your islands future (POSITIVE)….despite the barrage of negative remarks you were receiving from individuals who I am sure are much older than you.
    I repeat, they are more offended with me but have no problem with Bloomberg, a man who doesn’t live here, whose statements polarized us which clearly evident . In the end they loudly proclaim to be Bermudian, 7 generations deep. #helpus

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      You are as you name suggests……..

      LOL I see you did not answer the question I possed how come? Oh and I’m under 35 not that thats your business.