Opinion: 90% Of Pie, Must Go To 90% Of People

December 4, 2014

deacon[Opinion column written by Jeremy Deacon]

The dust has hardly settled on the news that Bermuda has done the unthinkable – landed one of the world’s grandest sporting spectaculars, the America’s Cup – yet people are already asking questions.

It is an absolutely phenomenal result for Bermuda that will put it in the world’s headlights for years, that will raise its profile to previously unimaginable levels and which will undoubtedly spur construction of new hotels.

Yet, people are already asking the question: how will this benefit me? I personally have had several street conversations about this and I have seen the question repeated countless times on social media.

It is a totally valid question and I sense one borne out of desperation. The people have been hurting, they want that to stop. They do not want to see the benefits that the America’s Cup pass them by.

So it is imperative that the Government, or any semi-autonomous committee set up to over-see the America’s Cup in Bermuda, makes sure that 90 percent of the pie does not go to ten percent of the people.

Ninety percent of the pie must go to 90 percent of the people. The people cannot be asked to scrap for crumbs, while the rich feast, especially if they are off-Island outfits. That is how you will build real engagement with this event.

To that end, Government must, very quickly, produce a plan, it must hold roadshows, produce videos, take out ads explaining what the process will be and what services are required and when.

It must encourage entrepreneurship [how about a floating bar in the Great Sound where you can raft up to watch the race…?], it must be fair and transparent, and it must make every attempt to get every cent possible to every corner of Bermuda.

Speaking about every corner, while Dockyard does look like the obvious place for the main event [and the plans to develop it look great] there is a middle and an east to Bermuda and they have to see the colour of money too.

Can we close off Front Street for a month and allow people to put up high-quality pop-up bars, restaurants, cafés and shops. Can we get good quality, live entertainment there, can we encourage cruise ships to visit and stay in Hamilton, can we ensure that the infrastructure is set up to transport people to the Island’s capital.

Better still, can we spend the $200 million not on a new airport, but on new waterfront facilities?

And don’t leave out St George’s which has a natural charm that needs exploiting and a perfect area for entertaining – the square – which must also be exploited.

Again, infrastructure needs to be spot on to take people to and from the Olde Towne, the proposed marina must be given a shot in the arm to encourage super-yachts to berth.

Then encourage the entrepreneur who is going to set up their own top-rate ferry service to take high-earning passengers [with high expectations] to view the races from a specially created viewing pop-up platform………

On another note, what legacy will this leave? It must leave one, and it must leave one that extends to all the people of the Bermuda. There is a view that sailing is a rich white man’s sport [all the more reason to cascade the AC proceeds down], so what would a legacy be?

Despite the association, I would still create a sailing legacy that opened the doors to everyone by subsidizing the cost – so there was no cost. It seems to me that Bermuda’s best chance of international honours lies in sailing.

Also, this is a maritime country. As the Premier said, sailing, the ocean, is in Bermudian’s DNA. Let us continue that tradition, help local people and make Bermuda the sailing capital of the West. The go-to place.

Capturing the America’s Cup is an outstanding achievement that dwarfs anything that has happened in Bermuda before.

At last night’s ceremony on Front Street there was a palpable sense of pride [which I shared] and it presents so many opportunities on so many levels, yet there are so many questions, so many unknowns.

I totally support bringing the America’s Cup to Bermuda and think it will do great things for the Island and I am sure [I certainly hope] that Government has a plan and for the moment wants to bask in the glory of winning the Cup, but people are already looking ahead.

I heard on the radio this morning that an America’s Cup Bill will be tabled in the House of Assembly next week, let us hope it tells a lot more about what will happen next. Please roll out the plan……

- Jeremy Deacon

Footnote: For those who read my blog, Bermuda Blue you will know that I support the Bermuda Blue Halo concept. Wouldn’t it be nice if the America’s Cup was sailed within the waters of a Blue Halo – what a powerful international message that would be. Jeremy Deacon runs his own public relations business, Deep Blue Communications.

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  1. Yahoo says:

    And the “what’s in it for me?” and entitlement begins…

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      It not a ‘what’s in it for me’ piece: it is a piece that says Government must ensure all people benefit. Yes, there are entrepreneurs who will already be planning what to do but there will be others who are not so canny and who might just need a leg up. That is what this piece is about ……

      • serengeti says:

        The ‘others who are not so canny’ can still benefit if they are prepared to apply for jobs, be useful, show up when they’re supposed to, and work hard. There’s nothing particularly special about it. The government bends over backwards to try to involve people in ‘not so canny’ jobs. And in getting this event in Bermuda, it has created conditions favorable for employment. There are no “guarantees” for anyone Jeremy.

        • BetttyTrump says:

          Jeremy Deacon you are spot on! I hope that 90 percent will go to the People of Bermuda! That this AC can have a big benefit if all get a little piece of the Pie. Bermudians have been hurting and maybe the government will move on its promise. I seek equal rights and opportunities for all.

          90percent and not only 10 percent is the way forward! Hope the Government is listening!

          • Creamy says:

            There you go JD. You see things the same way as Betty Trump.

      • lauren bell says:

        Why is it when Chamber of Commerce makes their pre-Budget wish list there are no accusations of “entitlement”? No one told them to get off your a**?

        Over the last 2 years, we have granted over $20m in hotel concessions and who knows how much in payroll tax relief to retailers without a blink of an eye

        And yet when there’s a call for the govt to ensure there is an equal ACCESS to opportunities, there’s an outcry

        Why?

        • Double D says:

          The Hotel Concessions Act and the retail exemptions has been in place since the early 2000s.

          • A Better Bermuda for All says:

            …because like costs, it’s only now (since Dec 2012) that these are an issue. SMH

          • Kunta says:

            Since de early 2000′s and camber maids make peanuts.

        • bingo says:

          this is a very good point – the sociopolitical landscape in Bermuda is utterly complexing

    • Real Talk (original) says:

      The AC has been touted as providing a much needed boost to the local economy.

      Of course people are entitled to ask what opportunities exist for Bermudians?

      A well-written piece by Jeremy Deacon – public buy-in is paramount in ensuring that the event runs smoothly.

    • Ian says:

      Gotta love how that response is almost a knee-jerk reaction for people like Yahoo. If only they could stop for a minute and recognize that in actuality they do not view a certain segment of the community as “equally human” and deserving of an opportunity to express real, valid concerns that stem from the historically disgraceful conduct of another segment of the community.

  2. serengeti says:

    Entitlement.

    If you want a piece of the pie, get off your a**. As always.

    • PBanks says:

      But people need to be shown how, which is what Jeremy’s piece is suggesting the powers that be do, so that the populace is aware of which avenues to pursue for their benefit.

      • Yahoo says:

        Is it really government’s job to tell people how to become an entrepreneur? I’m all for supporting entrepreneurs but the creativity and ideas need to come from them, not spoon fed by government.

        • Jeremy Deacon says:

          No, it is Govt’s job to show what is available for the entrepreneur – that is what this piece is all about

          • sage says:

            Exactly, and don’t give heads up and unfair bias towards friends, which already seems to be happening.

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            The paradigm that 90% should go to 90% simply does not exist in any fashion, in any place in this world. It would require a massive evolution in human society to ever come about. I do occur that 90% should not go to the 10%.
            This event is going to spur a labour requirement that has not happened for any event in our history and many will benefit, but it must be recognized that a unskilled labourer is not going make the same amount as a project manager and while there should be lots of opportunity for small independent vendors/entrepreneurs, there will simply not be enough for everyone to get a piece of the entrepreneurial pie. Primarily as not everyone can be an entrepreneur, or at least not a successful one. We also must recognize that there is going to be a need for a high level of expertise the this island simply cannot supply.
            I am sure there are many trades persons out there with years of experience ply their trade, but there will be a requirement that the works meets with the latest standards and best practices. While not dimishing the skilled and experienced professional out there, I know they would agree with me when I say I have seen many ‘years experienced’ trades people at work, but not all of them produce works as what I would describe as professional and probably wouldn’t meet the standards that will be expected.
            There will be great possibilities for many people to benefit from this event in virtually all areas of our society, but in order to do so we must step up, professionally as well as personally, to achieve those benefits and not expect Governement to give them to us. It can only be the expectation of Governement to ensure that the opportunities are openly made available for as many as possible to strive for.

            • A Better Bermuda for All says:

              Agreed. Step up and grow up.

            • Bright Star says:

              Agreed. Case and point… the production of Wednesday’s show on Front Street was lack-luster at best. When you get the cue for the video to play, and the video doesn’t play, this is simply unacceptable when playing on the same field with the America’s Cup. Don’t be surprised if Bermuda just lost the contract to provide infrastructure for entertainment! Bermuda can make themselves look silly on the international stage, but I am VERY sure the Americas Cup won’t let Bermuda take them down too. If we want to the work, we need to pick up OUR game, myself included, and produce at a standard acceptable on the international stage, cause that’s where we are… on display for the WORLD to see.

              • Build a Better Bermuda says:

                Gotta recognize the one thing is that Wednesday was a bit more on the fly, planned last minute

    • @ serengeti: What better way to show others how they too can obtain “a piece of the pie”. It will take determination and perseverance.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      Yes some will, more will once they know the opportunities that are open to them ……

      • Trulytruly says:

        Jobs fair to be held in coming months. 1000 team members will descend on bermuda to live here until event, kids and all. Plenty of opportunities will develop for ordinary bermudians just like my unemployed self. Let’s try and hold off until ministerial statements are made and legislation tabled next week. What a wonderful uplifting time for our sorry selves.

  3. TS says:

    Why limit the pop-up restaurants and bars to only Front Street. Why not close the entire City? Pop-ups on Queen, Reid, Court and Victoria Street.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      These were just examples off the top of my head… there is room for a whole lot more

      • David Gedge says:

        Agree wholeheartedly on the waterfront development. What a waste that the best views in town are a car park.

    • Tough Love says:

      Reid & Queen are too congested already. The genius in using Front Street is that there are parking lots which are literally empty space that could be used.

    • hmmm says:

      Pop up restaurants and bars, but what about those restaurants and bars that have to pay all these fees and rents on Front street. Seems unfair to steal their trade on their doorstep does it not?

  4. TS says:

    Oh, i forgot Church Street…..

  5. hmmm says:

    We are not spending $200m on a new airport.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      My point is, why not do a PPP for Hamilton waterfront?

      • hmmm says:

        “Better still, can we spend the $200 million not on a new airport, but on new waterfront facilities?”

        Should write PPP then. Come on you are better than that.

        I do love the idea of closing off front street or at least part of it.

      • Regina says:

        Then say that. Why insitagate negativity toward the airport deal? We need a new airport…these people aren’t ALL going to arrive here by boat.

      • Trulytruly says:

        The airport is really the only asset that actually works with this arrangement,as it generates revenues and has the potential to increase revenues into the future with all that a new facility brings. The waterfront while a nice idea generates a great deal less as of now and a renewed waterfront would all be potential revenue as the docks would move. It just isn’t a sure steady earner as with the new airport. Maybe once the economy grows substantially it might be a viable project. Long way off though. I see that 10 years down the road in the next wave of development after this new one is over.

      • serengeti says:

        And then Bean etal would be whining that we’re ‘privatizing de waterfront’. Can’t win really.

  6. hmmm says:

    I think what percentage goes to an individual depends on what work that individual does… I think 90+% of the opportunities would have been better.

  7. Cow Polly says:

    Grant Gibbons stated last night that his team worked tirelessly for nine months to put a plan together – they didn’t just win the right to stage the Americas Cup overnight. And that plan would have been reviewed and challenged and reviewed numerous times by the America’s Cup committee and I’m pretty damn sure that we wouldn’t have been awarded the Cup had the plan not been sustainable.
    So just be patient. Good things come to those who wait. Have a bit of faith and all will be revealed shortly. I have a sneaky suspicion that Mr Gibbons wasn’t looking at benefiting 10% of our population when he negotiated the deal.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      I believe you are right, but it needs to be stated

      • serengeti says:

        So – we need videos to tell us that if you want to look for them, there will be business opportunities in this. Like food stalls, temporary street bars, a top-rated ferry services.
        Got it.

        • Jeremy Deacon says:

          you take the reference to videos out of context

          • serengeti says:

            I could argue that I’m repeating and adding context.

            Equally, I could argue that your article takes things out of context.

    • Tough Love says:

      That also explains why education got the short end in scholarships, etc.

      Since most of MP Gibbons’ time is going to go toward the Cup can we separate the ministries so that Education can get the focus it deserves?

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Tough Love: Correction. Our scholarship money went into the $20M cost over runs at Port Royal.

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    What’s in it for me has already started. Somebody sold that spanky new Mini. Somebody got paid to prep it for the road. Somebody did the insurance paperwork for it etc. A bunch of people, who might otherwise not have been working yesterday, were out getting things ready for the celebrations on Cabinet grounds & at the Flagpole. The Regiment band got paid, the entertainers got paid, the sound people got paid. Notice how many restaurants were jam packed last night?People had to be paid to take it all down afterwards.

    How many tens of thousands did yesterdays celebrations put in peoples pockets? Money that went into pockets that might have stayed empty yesterday.

    • Yes, what a difference a day / night can make!

    • Cafe Au Lait says:

      TD that is so true and a great example of the trickle down effect and how we can all benefit from this.

      Well….those who get off their behinds will benefit. The inefficient and the lazy will just complain as usual.

    • mixitup says:

      I understand Jeremy very well. Bermudians understand that much will be asked of us. They have put trust in this government to do us right, capturing a sporting event does not equate to doing best for the people, it’s what this Government does going for to allow this event to touch every bermudian. After all, after 2017 we all will still be living here. (god willing). Will we wake up to a better days or a serious hangover.

      • hmmm says:

        It’s already touched every Bermudian.

        If I work in a Reinsurance Company I wouldn’t expect to directly financially benefit.

        • Lush says:

          What has working in a reinsurance company got to do with this?

          • hmmm says:

            Well, IF I worked in a reinsurance company I very likely wouldn’t be getting any of this theoretical 90% of the pie directly.

          • Better Bermuda For All says:

            hmmmm means that not every one will be involved in the American’s Cup directly (building the village, restaurants, etc.) but that everyone will benefit indirectly through the trickle down

        • Cow Polly says:

          More than likely a Reinsurance company will either be sponsoring a hospitality tent or boat or some such thing so whilst you may not get $$$$ in your hand unless you can work a second job, you will benefit from freebie dinners, tickets to a world class event and lots of parties. Won’t help your retirement fund but a hell of a lot better than sitting at home watching telly.

    • America`s Cup says:

      How can any Bermudian not see that this is great for all of us to prosper from? Last night was just the beginning of the trickle down effect for all Bermudians.Thanks to all of you who made this happen for all of us in Bermuda.

    • Jay says:

      If you look at the car one thing I noticed is that there is no license tag in the window sheild…. So question is are those cars licensed?? And more importantly are they insured???

  9. LiarLiar says:

    “It is a totally valid question and I sense one borne out of desperation”

    No its borne out of an overwhelming sense of entitlement and the belief that Govt must do everything for you. That sort of dependent thinking is rife within this island. It’s Govt’s responsibilty to educate my children, ensure I have a job, ensure I am successful etc. While I don’t agree with Marc Bean on many things his repeated statements on the need to stop beign so reliant on Govt for every aspect of your life is spot on.

    Real entrepreneurs don’t wait for handouts they make their own way through determination and hard work. Yes the Government should highlight opportunities avalable, but they shouldn’t be the be all end all in this aspect. They won’t have all the ideas and it is up to the entrepreneur to put forward their proposals and ideas.

    And I too have already heard the racist ‘it’s a white man’s sport’ line. If the people who say that don’t want to partake because of the color of the competitor’s skin then don’t complain when you don’t benefit. Does it really matter what the color of the person is that bring much needed forein dollars to our shores? Unfortunately for may on this island it does and just highlights Bermuda in a completely negative fashion.

    Again, if you don’t like the color of the people’s skin who will be bringing much exposure and investment to our little island then please stay far far away from this event, because we need to show Bermuda as a tolerant and accepting society as opposed to your simple narrow minded view of the world.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      With respect, you miss the point of the article

    • fedup says:

      ” we need to show Bermuda as a tolerant and accepting society”

      It’s not and never has been.
      Bermudians protest the inclusion of all in the human rights code.
      Bermudians chased away a cruise ship full of gays and lesbians who were willing to spend money here.
      Bermudians fought against removing homosexuality from the criminal code in 1996. These are not the actions of a tolerant and inclusive society.

      • A Better Bermuda for All says:

        hear hear! Society needs to be accepting to ALL

  10. Workingclass says:

    You get what you work for!
    It usually starts with paying attention in school and then hard WORK!

  11. So how much did bringing Beyoncé here benefit anyone?? Stop complaining and being negative and get to work helping to make this a success for everyone in Bermuda!!

  12. Chris Famous says:

    The Mini was sold by Bermuda Motors

    Owned by the Ginbons Family

    Front Street is owned by whom? The 90%

    Good luck with this piece Jeremy

    • Double D says:

      How come you don’t mention the hundreds of jobs that the Gibbons’ provides on this island?

      Or the fact that they subsidize any employee (i.e. BDA motors, Burrows etc.) mortgage payments that fall short due to the elimination of the staff mortgage benefit enacted by the new owners of Clarien Bank Ltd? You haven’t even contributed 1% to the betterment of the island as the Gibbons family has done and continues to do.

      And where else should the trophy unveiling been conducted? Front Street on the harbour front with the background of the Spirit of BDA was the perfect setting for this event. How come you don’t complain about Harbour Nights? And no one knows the events that will be planned to support this event, but yet it doesn’t stop you from spewing your usual nonsense based on nothing at all.

      Your hatred and nit picking is becoming seriously boring now. Keep crying wolf and you will be ignored even further.

      PS: Did the 90% benefit from Port Royalgate? Strange that being the self professed defender of Bermuda that you haven’t mentioned that report as of yet? Hmmmmm…

      • A Better Bermuda says:

        Did the Grand Slam benefit the marginalized? Funny I didn’t hear you or anyone in the PLP go on about that?

    • A Better Bermuda says:

      How pathetically predictable. This type of narrow minded, stuck in the 50′s crab mentality is what caused the PLP to completely destroy our economy and cause record hardships for their support base. Why not encourage entrepreneurial spirit to benefit from this monumental event? To work along side their fellow Bermudians to make us shine in the eyes of the world and make our economy better, together. You have such low regard for your supporters and Bermudians in general. Good luck with that Chris

    • TSOL says:

      And how many pepole are employed by the Gibbons family and benefit when any business they prospers? And please stop with the elitists business owners kick your on, at least they can run a business. All you want to do is get rid of them and replace them with yourself and your crew, you don’t give a damn about the average person getting a “piece of the pie”. And given how the island was run form 1998-2012, it’s a good thing you are not replacing the Gibbons.

    • Cafe Au Lait says:

      CF: Who owns the Gombeys who were employed last night? How about the DJ and sound guy? How about the Regiment Band? The guys who put on the firework show? The guys who erected the barriers? The restaurants that were full? The guys in the band. All the people who otherwise would have had a quiet uneventful, unpaid Wednesday evening?

      Your unfortunate negative thinking will only ever have a negative result.

    • WillSee says:

      Front Street is owned by Bermudians whose families settled here 300-400 yrs before yours did!
      What is not owned by US,was purchased by foreigners!!

    • hmmm says:

      Was the mini sold or part of a sponsorship deal?

      Perhaps the distributor wanted their car to be used?

      Why jump to a conclusion without knowing the facts.

      • Yahoo says:

        I guess you haven’t met Chris Famousss. Those are his two specialties – jumping to conclusions and ignoring facts.

    • Chris why weren’t they donated by the Gibbons family? Knowing there are them that think as you’ve pointed out :-( Also I don’t know the last time you’d been on Front St. but there are a number of successful businesses owned by “people of colour” So, Chris, (and others that think like you) stop the “ig’rance”!

  13. Toodle-oo says:

    What is so difficult to understand about who benefits from this ?
    If you sit at home (or behind your keyboard)for the next 3 years and moan that these people coming here are the privileged , the elite , etc and you don’t like the fact that they don’t look like you , you end up with what you deserve = 0

    If you apply yourself and figure out how to offer services and goods that benefit these visitors and the others servicing them then you get your share.

    Of course , that doesn’t count the people in industries like food and hospitality who will benefit from the guaranteed employment .

    So in the end , it is very possible that 90% of the people who apply themselves will all be better off after the event.

    • Tell the Truth says:

      Spoken like a spoiled elitist. Isn’t it funny that those who had it easiest in life always figure they can dish out advice to others that they need to just do it as if it is that simple?

      How are you going to apply yourself? Use daddys card to buy a boat and set up a waterbased delivery service? Lol. Or use your own funds from that nice job you got after going to university overseas on mom and dads dime? Just curious.

      • A Better Bermuda says:

        Yawn…time to put down that massive chip and enjoy a good thing for all of us. Hopefully you don’t work for Government and live off our dime because that would be rich, but not unexpected.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Seeing you’re so curious and pre-judgemental allow me to enlighten you .

        I’m one of those unthought of , unrecognized people because of what I look like, who are making more than their fair share of the sacrifice. I lost my job 3 years ago and now get by doing hustles.
        I’m not one of the many who have only taken a pittance of a 4.6% cut and others who you still see taking their 4 trips a year and eating take out food every day complaining that they’re making too much sacrifice

        No yacht , or daddies boat to fall back on. Sorry.
        You and many others make the false assumption that only certain people speak the way they do if they’re not looking for or expecting handouts. And no overseas education either .

        ‘Spoiled’ .. no way .. sent out to work at 11 years old ,and took a legendary amount of cut azzes from home discipline.

        Unlike you and yours I know where opportunity lies when prepared for ,and I’m looking forward to what I might be able to do to earn a bit off of this huge event. If not , I’m sure that there’ll be some trickle down economics at work along the line. as there will for most residents.

        Others like yourself though will probably sit back and do squat and make noise about the 1% versus the 99%
        Am I offended or surprised at your response ? No. Not one bit. I’ve lived here long enough to know the ignorance and nastiness that abounds .

        • Double Standards says:

          Well said.

          It is amazing how such stereotypes are supposed to be acceptable while others are completely abhorrent.

          I too am not surprised about that posters ignorance as I have experienced it on a regular on this island.

        • A Better Bermuda for All says:

          Toodle-oo. You have a great attitude and have no doubt will do well in life through sheer perseverance. You are a role model.

          • Toodle-oo says:

            Thank you for the kind words. It was quite a boost.
            By the way , I forgot to tell Mr ‘Tell the Truth’ that I own no real estate or land and actually rent !
            I have no car and I haven’t been on an off the island vacation or holiday for 19 years.

            Daddy (and mommy) haven’t given me a cent since I moved out of home many years ago and the advice then was ‘goodbye , you’re own your own , don’t come back’. In my world that’s normal behavior . Bet it isn’t though for mr nasty chip on his shoulder tell the truth.

            Some privilege and elitism , eh ?

            Guess I just don’t sound like all the others looking for a freebie or handout .

            • A Better Bermuda for All says:

              Again. You should be so proud that you are able to stand up on your own two feet. Your sense of responsibility and openess to seek opportunity does you proud. I have absolutely no doubt that in a few years from now you will be a very happy, sucessful person. I wish you all the best. Hang in there, chin up, and carry on. It is also very important that you mentor the younger people around you so that they too can benefit from your great story. Well done you.

      • hmmm says:

        “they can dish out advice to others that they need to just do it as if it is that simple”

        Nothing in life is simple. Anything you want you have to earn by working hard for it, otherwise it has little to no value.

        What are you doing today to change your situation?????

        • Tell the Truth says:

          Another spoiled brat with no concept of reality. You also have poor reading comprehension skills. That is not what I mean, scarecrow. Yes everyone is lazy and doesn’t work hard. That MUST BE IT. I appreciate your great words of wisdom.

  14. Family Man says:

    It’s a good thing that 90% of us are above average.

  15. A Better Bermuda says:

    Even if people aren’t in a position to be able to get contracts (i.e./ they have full time jobs etc.) there will be so much opportunity if you are willing to work hard and be creative. I watched the great H&H Gombey show last night and immediately thought, there will definitely be a market for Gombey outfits for tourists wanting to buy gift for their children, or the hats for decorations. What about putting on Gombey shows? Gombey dancing lessons? Dark and Storm stations? Water taxis? Packaged fish cakes, fish cake stands? Home made black rum ice cream, prepackage rum flavoured anything? You get the gist. Tourists will want to get the Bermuda experience, why not be the one to give it to them? That’s up to you, not Government.

    • Sickofantz says:

      I love your ideas. Can you think of a special America’s cup cocktail? Maybe it should include a spirit from all the participating nations diluted with our own dark rum?

      • Trulytruly says:

        Goslings as an official sponsor will probably like that idea too!

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        Brilliant….America’s Cup cocktail…I thought the same thing. What about an America’s Cup “uniform”, Bermuda shorts, pink socks that everyone could buy to watch the races, go out to eat. The mind absolutely boggles at the possibilities. OR I guess I could spend the whole time calling in on talk shows and moaning about how didn’t get a piece of the pie. I can guarantee that the people that make the most off of this will be the entrepreneurs!

  16. watching says:

    Well said Mr Deacon.
    sad that so many commenters really don’t give a rat’s tail about the marginalized members of the community. As long as they and theirs are getting what they want then everything is A OK.
    Everyone wants the Americas Cup to be a great success, but unless the benefits are spread around and the opportunities are there for everyone, then how successful will it really be?

    • A Better Bermuda says:

      Keeping their member marginalized is what keep the PLP in power. Do you think the average Bermudian worker was doing better after the PLP got into Government or worse. I think we both know the answer to that. No one is saying they don’t care about our marginalized members, no one. This is a great great thing for Bermuda, the smart people will find a way to prosper, and the ones that feel entitled, such a yourself, will sit back and moan about hard done by they are. Your choice.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      Exactly, what will the legacy be then?

      • Lush says:

        The government being re-elected.

        • Trulytruly says:

          It’s their trump card!

          • A Better Bermuda for All says:

            No they don’t need a trump card they’re clearly improving the economy, which is the most important thing to people right now. The PLP self destroyed themselves without help from anyone else. The Port Royal debacle is only one of many that are all about to come out. $20M in overspending is a stupid amount of money and shows complete incompetence, Grand Atlantic with it’s one tenant, same thing. No, the OBA don’t need a trump card, they’re clearly improving the economy.

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          what u gonna do wen de PLP is re elected in 2016…?

          • A Better Bermuda for All says:

            Wake up from my nightmare and realise with immense relief that it wasn’t true!

    • Onion says:

      All of us are concerned about the marginalised member’s of Bermuda’s community. Deacon is setting a mathematically impossible standard and is getting skewered for it as he should be.

      The America’s Cup organisation is working hard and opening every door to people who want to benefit from the Cup and all that’s left is for people to stand up and walk through those open doors.

  17. Sickofantz says:

    So interesting to contrast this with when London won the olympics. People didn’t think what can I get out of this? They thought how can I help my country do this right! Millions stepped forward to volunteer their time to be ‘Gamesmakers’ and Hosts for the games.

    Apparently greedy homeowners have already been beseiging realtors trying to let their homes for huge amounts.

    If we try and Rip off this event, then no other event will ever come again and Bermuda’s rip-off reputation will be confirmed.

    In order to reap the greatest rewards Mr Deacon it is sometimes necessesary to play a long game. Instead of trying to grubbily grab what we can from this event we should view it as a huge advertisement raising our global profile and then the rewards will filter through in years to come to ALL those who deservedly work for ti.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      You miss my point: I am suggesting that Govt outlines to everyone what opportunities are available, then the entrepreneurs can get on with it. However, to be judged a real success, any revenue that comes out of the AC must be spread as widely as possible. This is not about hand-outs it is about knowing what opportunities are out there and making sure the cake is spread evenly.

  18. watching you says:

    Girl bye, OBA

  19. Rubber Bong says:

    I think this can be applied to what Jeremy was trying to get at…

    http://www.boredpanda.com/lesson-about-privilege-awareness/

  20. Onion says:

    The Blue Halo is 50 miles offshore where nobody ever sees it and where nobody ever goes (even fishermen).

    Bad place for a TV sailing race.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      I should have been more explicit: 1. we get great publicity out of announcing the blue halo. 2 a few months later we get great publicity from hosting the AC. The best part is, the publicity does not come from the same types of media so Bda hits a huge audience with its PR …..

      • Double D says:

        Still don’t understand how a reserve 50 miles or so out in the ocean will provide any economic benefits.

        Do people really think that tourists will flock to BDA to get on a boat to go that far out to look at the ocean.

        What actual benefits will the Blue Halo bring for the island?

        • Sickofantz says:

          I have asked Jeremy this before and got no response!

          • Jeremy Deacon says:

            eco tourism around the world is estimated to worth about $4bn annually. I can see no reason why Bermuda cannot press on with this concept to at least try and earn extra revenue and publicity. It can always be revoked

            • Double D says:

              Again, do you honestly believe that people will flock to Bermuda…to get on a boat…to go miles offshore to simply look at the open ocean…and say this is a nice reserve? I mean it is all open ocean out there and not some exotic diving sites.

              We have some of the best diving sites in the world as well, but that doesn’t seem to have boosted our eco tourism dollar. How will an opean ocean reserve do that instead?

    • Postman Mat says:

      I have seen dozens of car bumper stickers, but I don’t have the faintest idea what the blue halo is.

      • serengeti says:

        It’s a way of magically creating money out of water.

        • Better Bermuda For All says:

          The PLP magically did the opposite, creating water of money that completely evaporated.

  21. ImJustSayin says:

    keep dreaming because that is not gonna happen. Those on top like the Dunkleys, Barrits, Butt Vallis, BGA etc will make the most.

    • A Better Bermuda for All says:

      Evil people should just give you their money because you deserve it. Just because they had to work hard and study is no reason why they should get to keep their capital when you deserve it so much more. Right?

      • ImJustSayin says:

        Yeah study how to minipulate the people. Plus some of them inherit it. And most forget where they started from. So keep dreaming, because some people are not buying Bull.

        • Redman says:

          @ ImJustSayin

          Manipulate the people, hmm clearly not happening by others who claim to be looking out for the people is it? LOL

          So what if people inherit something. So what should happen? It be given to you, me or throw all into a magical pot that goes to whom??? Chip, Meet Shoulder!!

          What does it matter to you or anyone if other people ‘forget’ where they started from? It’s none of your business is it?! Get over it already.

          Jealousy, bitterness much?.

  22. Terry says:

    So much negativity already.
    I could give a rats a** about the “90%”.
    I am more concerned about the 100%.
    There are hundreds of welders, carpenters, riggers, masons, electricians, mariners, et al awaiting to be part of this.

    If the big bouys get the contracts that’s where the money will go.

    Should be lots of sub-contracting for all of the above; and laborers just to push barrows and hand out nails. If non performing, then there are a few wall sitters that will work for $10 an hour.

    A great opportunity is in the works to build something that will have use after the event and done right and strong.

    The race will come back again and Bermuda will benefit once again.

    This to me is a wake up call for the people and their children.
    Government can only do so much.

    Irony is that it really upon reflection lies in the hands of the people.
    And yes, even the nay sayers.

    Shalom and best of luck.

    • Lois Frederick says:

      Our best bet is if Oracle wins and they decide to defend back in Bermuda in 2021. That would be awesome. Wishful thinking for sure but why not?

  23. Coffee says:

    I’ll like to open up my Starbucks franchise !

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      i’d like to open up my very own “Bermuda Green Dreamery”…well, we got 2 years.

  24. Tough Love says:

    Bermuda isn’t a huge capitalist society like the US. We are a community more than just everyone for themselves. Mr. Deacon is just reminding the government, that as they rally for us to come together, as in the speeches given yesterday and last night, that the same be done with opportunities.

    We are a community. We help each other, as evidenced in October. Let’s continue to operate in that spirit in everything.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      thank you

      • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

        can we at least have a transparent AC bank account..? at least let us see what enters and exits…will make void all assumptions from the assumers..yeah? online jus like checking your balance or a lil mini statement…now, what BERMUDIAN would have a problem with that..?

        • A Better Bermuda for All says:

          Transparent like the Port Royal bank account? Maybe Zane can be the auditor. Don’t worry luckily the PLP is no longer in charge

  25. Alicia says:

    Just as an FYI, the youth sailing camps that are held at RBYC over school breaks and the summer are one of the best priced camp options in Bermuda. Perhaps people just assume that because it’s sailing that it’s out of their price range, but really it is very affordable for the camps.

    • Tough Love says:

      Thanks for letting us know! Please share the website with the info as well. I’m sure many young people will be interested in this now.

      • Lois Frederick says:

        Great program and very open to all. The coaches are first class.

      • Alicia says:

        You can get more information from the RBYC website or email them to be added to the list for the camps and programs.

        • Jeremy Deacon says:

          It is a good programme and my kids have loved it! I am suggesting subisidising this and other programmes so they are free and therefore accessible to all.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      you know what i find amazing..? even with all the history surrounding Bermudas’ Sailing Heritage…we have to pay a handful of people to teach us how to live our heritage…in other words , I know how to sail A boat, and i didnt have to pay for it…when i came up it could have been a brother sister cousin whatever, and they would teach you…if you cant relate to this comment , then i’d say you’ve been lost your heritage.

      ps. this comment is not directed to the poster but i jus jumped inline.

  26. Tell the Truth says:

    A lot of “entitled” comments but no “Bermudians” after that word. What an entertaining turn of events. The “oppressed” anti-Bermudian crowd are so confused to hear this come from Jeremy Deacon. Their fingers were just itching to bash lazy entitled Bermudians. Oh well there’s always tomorrow! LOL!!

    • A Better Bermuda says:

      The village is missing you. Pathetic but not expected.

      • Tell the Truth says:

        Truth hurts which is why you resorted to an ad hominem response. Typical and expected.

        Like I said your kind always has tomorrow and the day after to spew your ignorant anti Bermudian rhetoric. No need to worry. Now let me enjoy this moment and have a laugh at you hateful ignorant hypocrites.

        • A Better Bermuda for All says:

          Interesting that you think WE’RE the hateful ignorant ones here. SMH

  27. js says:

    the OBA needs a Mandela Moment as when he unified South Africa during the rugby world cup

    rather than focusing solely on the money they should spend the next 3 years putting their energies into establishing reconciliation programs focused on bringing the very separate communities together through sport and not simply sweeping longstanding issues under the carpet

    if not this event stands a good chance of being a further polarizing agent and any net gains they stand to make financially will end up being a net loss politically

    in other words they will be standing around scratching their heads trying to figure out how they lost the next general election despite hosting the America’s Cup in the same year

    • Double D says:

      I for one am glad that a Party is finally putting the country’s best interests first and foremost as opposed to being worried about what’s best for their political ambitions and thirst for power.

    • Better Bermuda For All says:

      js…a very inspirational idea. Good one. I’d support you 100%. Using sailing, especially amongst our youths to bring us together…I like that A LOT. Well done

    • @ js: That’s exactly what we in Bermuda need!

  28. Ignorance can be cured says:

    If Tell the Truth were given a $1,000,000 he’d complain that the bills were dirty. There’s a word for people like that but they won’t let me post it here. All is take is just one bad apple………

    • Tell the Truth says:

      Actually I wouldn’t. That was a poor example but you get an A for effort. I’m not one bad apple when Jeremy Deacon is the one who wrote this column. Asking questions and having concerns is not the same as complaining. I’m not complaining. Imagine if everyone went through life thinking like you. Unfortunately your ignorance cannot be cured.

  29. Just a matter of time says:

    This airport project should be shelved for now and wait until after the AC when we may be in a better position financially with all these ‘ideas’ that can stimulate the economy. That way perhaps a bond can be floated to finance it and Bdians can benefit from the revenue and not an overseas contractor. It stays home. We do not need a new airport now. Maybe upgrades here or there but that’s it. Need more bathrooms in the arrivals hall. I barely remember the airport in my travels. No to CCC there are other ways not the least of which is a proper tendering process!

    • Trulytruly says:

      You obviously have never been to Hong Kong. I am sure Bob will take your advice.

    • Better Bermuda For All says:

      I agree that we don’t want to overheat our economy (we all know what that did) and save the airport construction until after the AC. However, I think that even if they start the ball rolling now on legislation etc, it will taken that long before it would actually start anyway. I might be wrong on that though

  30. Just a matter of time says:

    I’ve also been hearing some crazy price gouging taking place of real estate rentals. Some are experiencing early advantages and an inside track already. And private school enrollments are spiking upward. How many people are the AC authority brining in? And this is only Day 2. Wow. Watch your leases all you tenants, they may not get renewed by greedy landlords who hope to capitalize and throw your behind to the curb. Hope there’s some controls there cause this could get ugly.

    • A Better Bermuda for All says:

      …scaremongering 101. Are you really that pathetic and sad?

  31. 60,000 Entrepreneurs says:

    Entrepreneurs don’t usually need government to tell them what to do. They are typically creative, self-motivated individuals.

    More than entrepreneurs, we will need people to actually work in the hospitality industry. Judging by the number of old postings on the Bermuda Job Board, Bermudians do not want these jobs.

    • Tough Love says:

      Bermudians apply for the jobs, but for some reason that are not hired. I know of a few people who have been applying and have heard nothing back from the hotels, not even an acknowledgement that their resume was received.

      Somehow I don’t think that Bermudians aren’t working in the hospitality industry from lack of applying.

      • A Better Bermuda says:

        Then this needs to be reported to immigration.

  32. Jeremy Deacon says:

    I know that by writing this I am playing with fire, but it has to be said. I am genuinely surprised by the attitude displayed by the majority on this comment thread.
    I am also very saddened by what I perceive to be a ‘I’m alright Jack’ attitude. What is wrong with saying that everyone should be advantaged by this event? Why it is wrong to say that? Why is it wrong to ask that Government takes the lead here?
    There will be many people who read these comments and have their beliefs solidified.
    Shame.

    • LiarLiar says:

      No one is disputing the need to ensure all benefit from this event.

      My gripe with your message (as was the case in a previous opinion piece of yours) is that you are seemingly advocating for Government to create businesses for others and basically hold your hand each and every step of the way instead of taking on the initiative yourself. That goes for any Government in power, not just this one.

      In my opinion it should be the other way around. Come up with an idea and present your business plan to Government for consideration and to the BEDC for assistance, if necessary, in making them become a reality. If one really has the drive to make their dream a reality then you will have the motivation to have all your ducks in a row for the best possible outcome.

      It is a much more beneficial approach as opposed to the people that you mentioned in your article that have stated, “how is this going to benefit me?” and that this is a ‘white man’s sport.” These phrases, and I have heard them this week as well, indicates an unwillingness to find the opportunities yourself and instead of “grabbing the bull by the horns” it sounds as if the people stating such will just sit around and bitch and moan that Government didn’t give them anything and that only certain people benefits.

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        I am not saying that. I am saying Govt needs to present its plan so that Bermudians can then work up proposals. I do believe that Bda proposals should come first over overseas proposals

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          This is a First Class event is it not..? guess what is required..? can you meet the “requirements”. This booster rocket that just took off, could give us Fame n Fortune, or it could be the Death of us. Ryde or Die!

      • abracadabra says:

        racist ranting

    • serengeti says:

      In the article, you said “ninety percent of the pie must go to ninety percent of the people”. In other words, work hard or don’t, it doesn’t matter, you deserve exactly the same reward at the end of the day as everyone else. At least, that’s how I read it.

      If the message is actually a suggestion that there should be an effort to make sure Bermudians have a fair chance to participate as an entrepreneur, or as an employee, or a contractor, that’s a little different. That isn’t the same thing as making sure that everyone ultimately benefits equally.

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        No it does not mean that at all – you work hard and come up with a good plan and that plan is favoured above an elitist bid

        • Jeremy Deacon says:

          Sorry in arush trying to feed kids – elitist is the wrong word, really it should mean ‘not the usual suspects’

        • serengeti says:

          As long as the best proposal gets the contract, based on its economics and the ability of the people involved to actually deliver whatever they promise, fine. But that doesn’t mean that the rewards get spread out equally. You’re saying two things at once.

    • Double Standards says:

      Jeremy I am disappointed in you. Your post above is disingenuous at best. No one on this thread has stated that being granted equal access is a silly concept and no one has stated that only the 10% should benefit. Not one.

      My problem with your post is based on the quotes you noted about some asking how will this benefit me. Instead these persons should be asking how can I benefit from this? The difference being between the two quotes is that one is simply waiting around for an opportunity to drop in their lap while the other actively seeks to see what they can do to reap the rewards.

      If one subscribes to the former how can this benefit me approach then they will never succed in the real world and always feel aggrieved. Effort, motivation and preparation more than likely will lead to a positive result.

      Jeremy, these are grown people you are speaking of, not some teenager. And there are Govt entities that assist with small business ideas. But it is up to the individual to come up with an idea and put it forward through the proper channels. Sitting around sulking about this “white mans” sport (which is an ignorant statement in and of itself) not benefitting them despite no effort being put forward will result in the exact outcome they predicted in the first place.

      So again not one poster has stated what you have said in your above post. For you to even insinuate that is very disappointing and I expect much better from someone like yourself.

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        On one point I agree: it is up to the individual to come up with ideas, but …… until you know the big picture, the plans, the needs etc it is difficult. All I am saying is Govt needs to lead in that respect.
        You can come up with every idea in the universe but if it does not fit the overall plan you are wasting your time…
        And I (and many others) disagree with your last post.. i think the insinuations are there.
        If you are disappointed in me, well I am sorry about that, I saying it as I see it…. it is just an opinion

    • CommonSensenBda says:

      Jeremy, the challenge I personally have with this article is the fact that you apparently came to the conclusion that only 10% of Bermuda will benefit BEFORE any ministerial statement has even been articulated. Now you are surprised!?

      You and Sen. Daniels just can’t seem to rejoice at the accomplishment, you both decided to commence Bit@#ing & Moaning, right off the bat….Why wasn’t the Cup paraded on Court Street instead of Front Street…..Are 90% of those who have been out of work going to be GIVEN jobs now?

      The OBA government was elected because they stated that they would come up with ideas “outside the box”….does securing the America’s Cup sailing race QUALIFY!?

      Is it now a near certaincy that investment will flow into our economy and produce more than 2,000 jobs Jeremy? How about those empty apartments across the Island, do you think those will now be rented by the sailing teams and their families?

      Patience is supposed to be a virtue, but I see that you and many PLP supporters are devoid of that trait.

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        I came to no conclusion. I wanted to warn against that happening although perhaps i am cynical because of all the friends and family deals that have gone on for decades. i do think that this could be seen as a rich white man’s sport and to get real engagement the revenue and potential has to more than trickle down ….

        • Sickofantz says:

          So Where do you see the revenue coming from and how would you distribute it?

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        Please – don’t patronize me with that ‘patience’ thing and you have failed to read my column properly

    • Tell the Truth says:

      Because those that are already “alright” and will be afterwards are the ones writing comments and clearly they have no concerns.

      • Jeremy Deacon says:

        thank you, while the rest feel disenfranchised

        • Trulytruly says:

          Why start the negative slant already? Can’t you wait to hear the house tomorrow at least to hear what is said? It was only announced on Tuesday. You might be surprised.

  33. Just a matter of time says:

    Jeremy Deacon I hear you. The NIMBY and me only attitudes are alive and well in Bda. Welcome to the world and frustrations that the disenfranchised in this country have been experiencing and voicing for years. This AC will either be a great divider or a great unifier. We shall see.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      It has the potential to unite all in one cause – if …..

  34. Just a matter of time says:

    @ LiarLiar: the Govt has not demonstrated effective transparency and refuses to put the airport deal, some $200m out to tender so what does that say? This creates a huge mistrust factor that the playing field will not be leveled with this AC. This is nothing new, especially in the Black community. It’s more exemplified when people realize this is an uber rich white man’s sporting event with closed door networking accesses and history has shown the playing field has never been leveled with this type of money floating around. May get some trickle down crumbs but that’s it. I am all for creativity and entrepreneurship. But when a ‘small’ man gets a good idea, bigger white money investment always pushes them out. Prove me wrong…

    • A Better Bermuda for All says:

      Were the Port Royal gold course fiasco and Grand Atlantic, Court House, TCD level playing fields to or did only the elite get to line their pockets there. Did the black community benefit directly at all? Did the bigger white investment capital push them out? $2B of debt was incurred, how much of that actually benefited the marginalized? Frees bus rides maybe. Stop spreading the hate and acknowledge some cold hard facts.

    • Double Standards says:

      If you don’t try and base it on your own personal opinions then you forfeit the right to complain about failure that comes your way and any success that doesn’t.

      There are plenty of black owned businesses in this island that dispute your claim. But this event shouldn’t be just about black businesses but all of Bermuda.

    • TruthHertz says:

      Or more exemplified when golf course contracts are sole sourced and overruns reach into the tens of millions.

      At least this Govt has been transparent in terms of the non-tendering while the previous governments antics are only found out years later via an AG. But I note that you and others have stayed ominously quiet on that matter. Why is that! Don’t you feel that the previous Govts actions did not level the playing field and adversely affected black Bermudian opportunities?

      If the Govt want transparent how do you know that it has been sole sourced while only a non-binding MOU has been signed thus far?

  35. Just a matter of time says:

    Serengeti he is talking about equal access to opportunity, not simply handouts which I am certainly never in favour of. Interesting how the negative labels of lazy, entitlement, handouts etc sticks as the reason why much of the ‘poor’ remain poor. It’s their own fault. Never mind the leg up that much of the rich have had with passed down inheritances, etc. smh.

    • serengeti says:

      The headline doesn’t indicate equal access to opportunity. It’s a headline indicating he wants equal distribution of the ultimate rewards. If the cry is that everyone should get the same ultimate reward, yep, that’s a handout.

  36. Malachi says:

    Unfotunately, I can’t remember a time when 90% of the finanacial rewards from ANY event inured to the direct benefit of 90% of the population.
    It’s just not the way capitalism seems to work, at least not to date!

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      Perhaps it is time to leave capitalism behind, at least for one event? Don’t just say ‘well this is how it works…. so it’s going to happen like this anyway…’

  37. Tough Love says:

    Here’s a thought, not one contractor, mason, plumber, carpenter listed with the Work Force Development should be unemployed as we get underway in building the infrastructure needed for the AC.

    Not to much to ask, but we will see.

    • A Better Bermuda says:

      I absolutely agree that Bermudians should be hired first. At least now there’s a place that they are able to register their availability which will really help

    • bingo says:

      what if they are grossly negligent and a safety risk? should they be hired then?

      • What u say? says:

        You would have to prove that claim. Stop throwing out stuff and hope it sticks.

        • Redman says:

          What u say,

          Actually what bingo suggests is being proven daily. As much as the tired old tale that Bermudians are lazy is BS, too many are becoming unemployable (outside of Govt) because of their past performances.

          Bermuda is a small place and while many a good worker is unemployed due to the economic times so too are many here unemployable in their present state be it of mind/attitude. Many are ‘blacklisting’ themselves daily with their behaviour & poor work ethic with little thought to how their behaviour today will affect them tomorrow.

          Employer of nearly 20 years

  38. aceboy says:

    90% of the pie should go to those who get off their butts and earn 90% of the pie.

    0 effort 0 pie.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      aceboy – a lot of people will work their butts off. but you miss the point of the article ….

      • aceboy says:

        No I didn’t. You open up the government to criticism should a person be unable to benefit…because the government didn’t help enough. Government needs to hold people’s hands and show them how where and when they can collect part of their 90% according to your article.

  39. Jeremy Deacon says:

    If nothing else, this has stimulated a discussion. I won’t call it good because I think most of the posts here are totally misguided. Thatcher would have been proud, though.

  40. Looking for work says:

    Thankyou OBA for creating opportunity for me and my family!

  41. Chris Famous says:

    Jeremy Deacon

    The salient points you raise cannot be pushed to the side.
    Let the critics be critics.
    He who has eyes to see will see.
    He who has ears to hear will hear.

    Oh yea thanks for those 3 points last week.

  42. Bermuda123 says:

    Let’s have faith people wand wait for the plan before we all start complaining about sharing profits and proceeds. Remember that these blogs are read internationally and we need to show our best face to the world. Everyone looking to participate must also look to contribute – look at yourself and ask what you can do to help make this a success and let’s work together.

  43. fourtwo says:

    Jeremy,
    Interesting that you bring up Thatcher. As someone that grew up and experienced the 1970s and 1980s as a young person around the mining communities of England when Thatcher was trying to close unprofitable pits I can testify personally to (and completely understand) the anger and hostility generated against the woman. On the other hand, however, from a distance now I can see that the changes that she oversaw were crucial to future prosperity of the country. Sometimes even socialists have to be realistic.

    • Jeremy Deacon says:

      If Maggie was involved in this, only a few would benefit.

  44. Jeremy Deacon says:

    A socialist government would at least TRY to spread the wealth…

    • TruthHertz says:

      The problem being every time they try it more than likely fails.

      You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

      “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money [to spend].”

    • serengeti says:

      Is that what you think happened in the USSR? Or East Germany?
      You might want to look more carefully into that assertion.

  45. Alvin Williams says:

    The elephant in the room; an embarrassment for all of those in Bermuda who would rather ignore the obvious.

    • C James says:

      The obvious would be to ignore you Alvin. It works for me.

  46. fourtwo says:

    Jeremy
    “A socialist government would at least TRY to spread the wealth…”
    I’m afraid you revert to stereotype too easily. There are many socialist Governments worldwide both past and present that have stolen from their people and looked after themselves in spite of their rhetoric. Likewise there are many examples of “capitalist” Governments looking after their people. Surely it’s the end result that counts, not the label you attach to it?

  47. Jeremy Deacon says:

    revert to stereotype – you obviously know me intimately ….. you must be my wife in disguise

  48. Stunned... says:

    show me a good socialist country ie. thriving with ‘happy’ citizens, an abundance of food, jobs and human rights.

    “A socialist government would at least TRY to spread the wealth…” yeah, after the fat cats were finished stuffing their pockets is what likely happens.

  49. Tell the Truth says:

    Petty.