Updates: Premier Announces Cabinet Shuffle

February 23, 2017

[Updated] A “Ministerial swearing in” is expected to take place this afternoon [Feb 23] at Government House, with unofficial reports suggesting a Cabinet shuffle will be announced. We will provide live updates/video, and more information as able.

Summary Update: The Premier announced a Cabinet Shuffle with Wayne Scott stepping down from Cabinet and being replaced by Cole Simons as Education Minister.

Sylvan Richards is the new Environment & Planning Minister, Nandi Outerbridge is the new Minister for Social Development & Sport, Leah Scott will be the Junior Minister of Education, and all other Ministers remain the same.

Premier Announces Cabinet Shuffle Bermuda Feb 23 2017

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  1. OMG says:

    hahahahhahahahhahahahhaha #doomed

    • Onion Juice says:


      • Spectator says:

        Nothing more goofier than the end result of today’s cabinet reshuffle.

      • 2017 Swing Voter says:

        Bermuda is racist due to the fact there is a structural and racist system that was implemented to keep a certain group of people oppressed and is still in place to this day.

        The Premier is trying to smoke screen it. He fails to address the real problem in Bermuda. Whites vs Blacks and vice versa.

        Ask any black men or women who has left the UBP. I spoke to many of them and their stories are very sad. :( and they call the PLP a racist party but they refuse to check their own party problems so they changed the name to OBA.

      • sage says:

        “Crazy Baldheads”

        Them crazy, them crazy -
        We gonna chase those crazy
        Baldheads out of town;
        Chase those crazy baldheads
        Out of our town.

        I’n'I build a cabin;
        I’n'I plant the corn;
        Didn’t my people before me
        Slave for this country?
        Now you look me with that scorn,
        Then you eat up all my corn.

        We gonna chase those crazy -
        Chase them crazy -
        Chase those crazy baldheads out of town!

        [Scat singing]

        Build your penitentiary, we build your schools,
        Brainwash education to make us the fools.
        Hate is your reward for our love,
        Telling us of your God above.

        We gonna chase those crazy -
        Chase those crazy bunkheads -
        Chase those crazy baldheads out of the yown!

        [Instrumental break]

        We gonna chase those crazy -
        Chase those crazy bunkheads -
        Chase those crazy baldheads out of the yown!

        Here comes the conman
        Coming with his con plan.
        We won’t take no bribe;
        We’ve got (to) stay alive.

        We gonna chase those crazy -
        Chase those crazy baldheads -
        Chase those crazy baldheads out of the yown.

  2. watching says:

    Lord have mercy.

    So Nandi is now Minister Outerbridge? This should be an interesting ride.

    Cole to education? Well I guess options were limited, but I can’t see him doing any different than Wayne Scott. But another education minister is disappointing. No consistency yet again.

    Sylvan to Environment? In my opinion, after his behavior in the House, he should have gotten the axe, but Premier Dunkley knows he has to play a delicate balance in the House.

    It appears this is the top team the OBA can assemble to represent them down the home stretch. We will see how it holds up.

    • PBanks says:

      They keep saying the Education Ministry is like a poisoned chalice; it’s disappointing that wave after wave of reappointment only prove it to be true.

      • Say Whaat? says:

        And the ones who lose are our children. Very sad from both parties.

        I would LOVE to see Ms. Foggo take a stab at it. She’ll be like Joe Clark in Lean on Me! Lol!

        • sandgrownan says:

          Except Foggo isn’t very bright. And she’s wrapped up in racial politics….so no..we don’t need that in the Education Ministry.

          I do agree it needs a steady pair of hands.

        • wahoo says:

          That would teach Ms. Foggo to be careful what she wishes for. You will always be doomed with education it is the go to for any opposition and for good reason.

          • Truthofitall says:

            Education can be a very tricky Ministry and difficult, as success is not overnight indeed.

  3. Mac says:

    O my gosh, this is halarious!!!

  4. Terry says:

    Popcorn time

  5. Chris Famous says:

    Shuffling chairs on the deck

    • sandgrownan says:

      Well, the PLP did drive us into the iceberg in the first place.

      • Gargoyle Wings says:

        Womp womp

      • sharonlyn wilson says:

        How can you blame the PLP it was under the UBP we got the senior schools and we had 30 yes of them dealing with education,

        • Sandgrownan says:

          If you remember- cross party team including the great educator herself….

    • Yahoo says:

      How many education ministers did the PLP have in their 14 years? I don’t expect an answer from Famoussss. Once again, facts will get in the way of his nonsense.

    • Terry says:

      Irony is Chris something you won’t get.

      The “on the deck” is not stacked.


  6. Enough says:

    Sylvan’s ‘International Business experience’?! Really…..

    Why not reshuffle him to the bottom of the deck, that would be a far more productive move.

  7. watching says:

    Oops I didn’t see Leah was back as Junior Minister.
    they certainly offering all the olive branches and giving people 1 more year.

  8. hmmm says:

    Nandi in cabinet???!? What in the world is going in this island? ANYONE can officially be a government minister.

  9. Terry says:

    Key here is Leah Scott.

    Gives a new meaning to grasping at straws.

    Once the AC is over PLP gonna win by a landslide.


    • bdaboy says:

      “Once the AC is over PLP gonna win by a landslide.”

      You mean, once the OBA fixes the 14 year disaster known as the PLP, you haters will vote them back in so they can destroy the island again?

      • Counting says:

        That’s the difference. We vote people out for bad performance. IF the PLP come back in with that crap, we will vote them out too. It will continue until MPs realize that they work for the people.

  10. Yahoo says:

    Doesn’t show much bench strength when one minister steps down and the reshuffle gives ministerial responsibilities to some of the most unimpressive politicians in Bermuda.

    Richards should have been placed permanently on the back bench after his Brazil boondoggle.

    I can’t decide who is the bigger disaster – Scott or Nandi?

    Cole Simons has never done anything of value so the MOE is probably a good fit. Nothing ever changes in the MOE.

  11. college student says:

    another sad day in paradise…..Nandi? OMG, let’s get Scientist, he’s an experienced cyclist :-) )

  12. San George says:

    Stock-up on USD!

  13. San George says:

    How about Kenny Bascome?

  14. C13 Voter says:

    I remember when Wayne Scott was appointed, he alluded to the constant change of Education Ministers. He stated unequivocally that he was committed to that Ministry and in it for the long haul. Or so he thought. So much for that.

    • watching says:

      until something better came around…

    • MHMMM says:

      You cant stay where you are not wanted

    • sandgrownan says:

      I wonder…maybe it’s not the minister…but rather the ministry itself. How about a reshuffle of the civil servants within the ministry?

      It’s a thankless task, imagine being education minister? Everyone has an opinion, most not very good, and you no doubt have a bunch of civil servants who are..um um..used to doing things a certain way…

      And we have too many, way too many, single parents, and we have way too many undernourished kids. You have the Coalition, Beyond Rugby and others stepping in because the Ministry is collectively crap.

      Can you imagine trying to change things and hitting a brick wall…?

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Hmmmmm, wonder how many of all those dislikes came from MOE computers?

        • Sandgrownan says:

          Well, that’s piqued my interest. So, in the DoE, how many have any experience in education. I mean, there must be some admin – records, coordination, maintemce etc., hr etc etc, but what do the test do?

          I mean, we know there are more cs’s than teachers? What do they do all day? Where is the accountability?

          How many are actually tasked with improving standards? How do they do it? How is performance measured?

    • frank says:

      Nadir as a minister now she won’t have time to play with
      Her cell phone

  15. Sad day in politics says:

    Both Parties have failed our youth… I don’t think the OBA are looking any further than this RichRace.. how long has Mrs. Outerbridge been involved in politics? Now she is a minister? that’s not a well thought out appointment….

    By the way, I am not convinced that PLP could do any better, at the moment.. to be honest….

    I feel for our Island

    • bluwater says:

      Yeah we need more long-time party sycophants in Ministry positions.

  16. Vote for Me says:

    It would have been interesting to see MP Scott as Education Minister.

    Whether OBA or PLP we must all wonder what conversations took place after MP. Scott’s initial melt down after Dec 2 when she expressed her outrage over how the OBA effectively handled the matter.

    … they say 24 hours is a long time in politics…

  17. bluwater says:

    Funny all the oldtimers who can’t understand getting with the times and some generational change. Good luck Nandi.

  18. Alex says:

    Congrats Mr Richards,
    You have always been involved directly in the community as a whole and yes you do have a real relationship and understanding of the people concerns.

    • Spectator says:

      With all of those dislikes its safe to say Sylvan’s approval ratings are low.

  19. Somebody's Momma says:

    Let’s give Minister Outerbridge a chance. She has had the opportunity to learn and grow.