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Column: Bermuda Is Unique, Not A Tax Haven

Column: Bermuda Is Unique, Not A Tax Haven

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Like a broken clock that tells the correct time twice a day, the giants in the world climb down their beanstalks and go hunting for John because they believe that John, not Jack, stole their hen that lays golden eggs. Happening again now. Global giant Oxfam is accusing Bermuda of being nothing but a tax haven,... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Airport Is A Bad Deal For Bermuda’

Column: ‘Airport Is A Bad Deal For Bermuda’

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] The Airport Project, as proposed, is a bad deal for Bermuda. First, look at all the facts set out in the Financial Comparison Report and in the most recent hand outs to Parliamentarians on the airport re-development scheme. Then start reading this comment by studying and understanding this chart.Actions... Read more of this article

Remembrance Day: Grunshi & Thomas Survive

Remembrance Day: Grunshi & Thomas Survive

[Written by Larry Burchall] In May 1916, about halfway through the First World War [1914 – 1918], an augmented company of what was subsequently re-designated the Bermuda Contingent Royal Garrison Artillery [BCRGA], left Bermuda to serve on what was then being called the Western Front. This contingent followed the First Contingent of the Bermuda Volunteer... Read more of this article

Column: ‘The Winds Of Donald Trump’

Column: ‘The Winds Of Donald Trump’

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Like many other people around the world, after having followed one of the ugliest and lowest of political campaigns, I never seriously thought that the outcome would be President Trump. However, having worked as co-Chairman of the PLP campaign [1996 – 1998] and having publicly collaborated with Sir John... Read more of this article

Column: Bermuda’s IB & Hurricane In Florida

Column: Bermuda’s IB & Hurricane In Florida

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] A state Representative in Florida, Frank Artiles [R] was critical of Bermuda based reinsurers. According to an article published in the Insurance Journal, back in March 2015, Artiles was criticizing Florida’s plan to lay off some of the State’s hurricane risks by paying up to $2.0 billion in hurricane insurance... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Negative Birth Rate’ Of Bermudians

Column: ‘Negative Birth Rate’ Of Bermudians

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Over the past fifty years, certainly since the 1960’s, un-married and married Bermudian couples have chosen to have fewer and fewer children. This pattern is replicated throughout all the developed western economies, which includes Bermuda. This creates a huge problem for Bermuda. Before the 1960’s, in... Read more of this article

Column: 182nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

Column: 182nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Today, 1st August 2016 is the actual 182nd anniversary of Emancipation Day, 1st August 1834. Past political and racial shenanigans caused Bermuda’s machinery of Government to legislate that Emancipation Day would be a shifting date falling in either late July or early August. However, like Christmas Day... Read more of this article

Column: Grey Area After Crockwell’s Resignation

Column: Grey Area After Crockwell’s Resignation

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Shawn Crockwell’s resignation from the OBA on Friday, takes Bermuda into interesting political and Constitutional waters. There seems to be a ‘grey area’ in the Bermuda Constitutional Order, 1968 [BCO1968]. This ‘grey area’ deals with the exercise of powers that are the preserve of the Governor himself.... Read more of this article

Reflecting On The Start Of WW1 Battle Of Somme

Reflecting On The Start Of WW1 Battle Of Somme

[Written by Larry Burchall] The WW1 Battle of the Somme, began exactly one hundred years ago on 1st July 1916. It still ranks as the worst day in the history of the British Army. The battle itself continued until November 1916, when, after having caused over a million casualties amongst the attacking British Empire forces, the French forces, and the... Read more of this article

Column: What Is Our Real Unemployment Rate?

Column: What Is Our Real Unemployment Rate?

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Bermuda’s true level of unemployment is likely much higher than the rate – seven percent [7%] and 2,348 Bermudian persons 2015 – that is officially and recently reported. The higher and real number creates a need for a massive difference in the fundamental approach to fixing Bermuda’s economic... Read more of this article

Column: Are We Full Hot Or Just Fullish?

Column: Are We Full Hot Or Just Fullish?

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Fact is often stranger than fiction. Started happening in Bermuda in 2004. Thirteen years later, in 2016, still happening. Here’s a simple explanatory scenario. You’re at a bar drinking Heinekens with a drunk sailor beside you. He is also drinking ‘Heinies’. Every time the sailor’s glass empties,... Read more of this article

Column: Overheated Or Not Understood? Part II

Column: Overheated Or Not Understood? Part II

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Race runs through it Race is the thickest part of the strong thread running through the connected matters of dealing with Bermuda’s $513,356-a-day Debt ‘habit’ and the need for increasing ResPop. Underneath Bermuda’s national political radar, race plays a constant, little understood, but large part... Read more of this article

Was Economy Overheated Or Not Understood?

Was Economy Overheated Or Not Understood?

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] In 2008, with minimal unemployment, GDP hit $6.11bn. There were 27,180 Bermudians plus 13,033 non-Bermudians filling 40,213 jobs in Bermuda. In 2015, with what is said to be as many as 3,500 Bermudians unemployed, there were only 33,177 filled jobs with Bermudians filling 23,513 and non-Bermudians filling... Read more of this article