John Holdipp Holds “Summit Of Understanding”

April 9, 2015

John Holdipp III held what he called a “Summit Of Understanding” at the BIU building last night [Apr 8], inviting people to “come and hear of the One Bermuda Alliance party’s launch of economic turmoil.”

The meeting saw a limited turnout, with nine attendees in total through the course of the evening. Speaking after the meeting, Mr. Holdipp said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I just want to tell you, you missed something. You truly missed something.

“As I see it, this was a ‘Summit of Understanding’ and the wonderful thing about it, we are a small group of people, where we sat down and began to analyze who we are, where we are, and where we came from.”

Holdipp meeting april 2015

“You missed something. But we have another meeting. Hopefully you’ll come. It’s not about me, it’s not about my opinion. It’s about us as Bermudians. And it’s not a racial thing; we all need to come together and figure out how we can move forward because the world is changing,” added Mr. Holdipp.

“There is a real transition in term of migration going on around the world – not just here, around the world.

“So, I invite you, next time you hear about us getting together, don’t look at me, look at you, look in the mirror, decide what is it you want to see Bermuda achieve.

“Where do you want it to go, to grow and go, so that your children and your children’s children can have something positive in their life, can have stability? So all I ask is next time, come on by.”

Mr. Holdipp speaking after the “Summit Of Understanding”

Mr. Holdipp is an outspoken critic of certain policies, holding his own protests and recently filing a writ in the Supreme Court against Minister of Finance Bob Richards, Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy, Premier Michael Dunkley, and the “Elected Members of the OBA Government.”

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  1. LiarLiar says:

    I do agree with Mr. Holdipp’s words in the above.

    But I do not agree with his singling out this Government and placing the blame solely on them for our current position. The finances they inherited were atrocious ($408mn deficit and $2bn debt) and as such monies required need to be sourced from foreign investors.

    As he noted the world is changing and Bermuda must learn to adapt.

    Isolationist and protectionist policies will not work in a globalized world.

    Our peer jurisdictions have long recognized this need and as such have overtaken Bermuda as a more desirable jurisdiction in which to do business or vacation.

    It is time to realize Bermuda is no longer another world and the time has come to either sink in our own pride or swim with the rest of the world.

    • Vote for Me says:

      They say if you tell a lie often enough, people will start to believe it.

      It is not true that the OBA inherited a debt of $2bn. It is true that Min. Richards borrowed a total of $800m in his first year of Minister of Finance.

      • Kangoocar says:

        @vote for me, speaking of lies, you need to stop believing the lies the plp has told you!!! Yes the OBA borrowed $800 million their first year!! But, do you want to hear the truth why??? Probably not but I will tell you anyway!!! The first year the OBA were the government they were operating under the plp BUDGET for the fiscal year!!!! And they NEEDED to borrow the money to pay for the plp BUDGET that year!!! If they did not borrow that money, within the first 3 months of them being government, they would have NOT been able to make payroll for the OVERBLOATED CS!!! Now do you get it?????

  2. Unbelievable says:

    Looks like a gripe session

  3. Muhammad Goldberg says:

    Mr. Holdipp,
    From now on, when you claim to speak on behalf of Bermudians please keep in mind that you speak on behalf of approximately 0.00015% of the population.

  4. C James says:

    ‘The world is changing’ is the most profound thing this man said.

    Bermudians must change with it, or be left behind.

    And there lies the problem.

  5. Joonya says:


  6. Kim Smith says:

    Everything starts small and grows from there… or doesn’t. While this fellow’s focus may be misdirected in some ways, at least he stepped up and did something. You never know what could have come out of this meeting.

  7. C James says:

    He may be misguided (or not) but at least he stood up.

  8. Unbelievable says:

    Mr. Holdipp, where were you between 1998 and 2012? In particular 2006 – 2012?

    Why is this all of a sudden so urgent?

  9. serengeti says:

    Are these the same 9 people that voted for Laverne when she stood as an MP?

  10. animallover says:

    and just who are you to involve Bermudians with your nonsense? I rely on my representative that I elected to assist me, not you.

  11. Ryan W says:

    I disagree with this man’s views, but I will try to be at the next meeting. Of course, I will be respectful.

  12. Kangoocar says:

    I am relieved to know that there is only a limited amount of of extreme radicals on this island!! Here is a list of those in attendance to this nonsense.
    Chris Famous

  13. Navin Johnson says:

    Serengeti you took the words from my mouth

  14. sobbing_sob says:

    I’m so annoyed that I didn’t go to the summit, certainly appears that it was a massive success. Mr Holdipp has a big future. Once he gets Bermuda back on track he could move onto something else – the middle east or even world hunger

  15. real change? says:

    John Holdipp seems like a sincere man with views not represented by either the PLP or OBA.

    Only 9 turned up to his meeting, but you’re hardly going to have a mass rally for a first meeting only modestly publicised.

    It would be interesting to see him set up a political party for like-minded people and contest the next election. I think he could, if organized and with a team alongside him, get enough votes to affect the outcome.

  16. jt says:

    Good luck with the law suit.

  17. aceboy says:

    9 people were willing to listen to this man talk of the OBA’s economic turmoil. No mention of the PLP causing the turmoil though.

    9 people too many.

  18. hmmm says:


    why don’t you summarize what we missed. I’m sure there were some folks who couldn’t attend due to other commitments.

  19. stunned... says:

    the name of the summit says it all. seems all participants should take a principle from Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” -Habit 5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood. there might be some common ground. i shall consider attending the next summit.