John Holdipp To Hold ‘Summit Of Understanding’

April 7, 2015

John Holdipp III will be holding what he said was a “Summit Of Understanding” at 6.00pm on Wednesday [April 8] at the BIU building on Union Street, inviting people to “come and hear of the One Bermuda Alliance party’s launch of economic turmoil…”

While this meeting will be held at the Ball Sweeting Memorial Hall at BIU Headquarters, the meeting is not being organized by the BIU, and in promoting the event, Mr Holdipp said: “Come and hear of the One Bermuda Alliance party’s launch of economic turmoil against people born of Bermudian Ancestry.”

Mr. Holdipp holding a one-man protest outside City Hall in October 2014


When asked what will it entail, will it be a march or speeches, Mr Holdipp said, “No, not a march, not a speech, an explanation,” adding that “before you leave, you will observe, a financial drain with no stopper has been attached to Bermuda.”

Mr Holdipp recently filed 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,” saying the “writ was activated as a result of decisions of the sitting government against the Bermudians residing in their homeland.”

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  1. Joonya says:

    “before you leave, you will observe, a financial drain with no stopper has been attached to Bermuda.”


  2. Nelson says:

    I think MAWI is missing another patient.

  3. hmmm says:

    Where was this guy when the PLP were spending and borrowing?

    • wow says:

      spending and borrowing lmfao

    • SF says:

      He was probably helping with all the spending and borrowing. Now maybe he’s angry the PLP friends and family benefits plan has dried up.

    • Creamy says:

      On the take like the rest of them.

    • Sorry Sir says:

      What gets me is that when I was a 21 year old construction worker, I voted UBP not because of the promises of the UBP but the lack thereof. I asked many of my peers, “Yes, the PLP have given us many elaborate and exquisite promises, but how are we going to pay for all of it?”. Yes the PLP made good on their promises, but at what cost? As the years went by the promises started getting taken away and the global economy tanked bringing us with it.

      What gets me is how a 21 year old construction worker can predict this but non of our well educated politicians???? Common sense much?

  4. serengeti says:

    “people born of Bermudian Ancestry”.

    Which means what exactly?

    Like we don’t know.

    • Skeptic says:

      I think Mr. Holdipp is of Barbadian or American descent, so I guess that rules him out.

  5. Terry says:

    You gotta know when to Hold em
    Know when to dipp them……………………….
    I need a rum……………

  6. Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

    Well, Mr Holdipp, I can’t help but respect your tenacity regardless of how misinformed or misguided I think you might be.

    • impressive. says:

      Agree, while others complain and discuss, he at least is fully committed to what he believes in.. whether you agree with him or not, one has to respect the fact that he is not comprimising his stance based on what people think,, kudos to him..

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      True, true, just can’t shake the hypocrisy about why he wasn’t complaining when the PLP were on their way to selling our children’s future to the IMF

  7. swing voter says:

    Economic Turmoil? LOL yur funnie bie

  8. High Road says:

    Beyond words….

  9. Jeremy Deacon says:

    I really must stop reading stories like this, I really can feel my blood pressure go up …

    • Joonya says:

      Don’t let the pro-PLP anti-OBA propaganda machine do that to you bie.

  10. Huh says:

    Coffee, you’re on the bench. Alcohol, suit up!

  11. C James says:

    Hope he got a discount on the sign.

    He should start a Realty show.

    I mean REALiTY.

  12. stunned... says:

    …stuff like this is a reminder of how we live in a democratic country. there’s a lot of things right with Bermuda.

    • Casual Observer says:

      Amen to that.

      Bermuda is a paradise, despite our problems, when compared to the majority of countries in this world of ours.

  13. Trulytruly says:

    This guy reminds me of the man who ran for parliament in the UK back a few years ago, for the Raving Loony Party. All he needs is the oversized flower in his lapel.

  14. Navin Johnson says:

    I believe you have it wrong Mr Holdipp the PLP put the stopper in and the debt filled up….the OBA has pulled the plug to drain the debt ……this guy has to be in orbit as he comes around every 3 weeks with some ridiculous gobbledygook….

  15. jt says:

    Would Mr. Holdipp III kindly share his academic and employment background?

    • impressive. says:

      Who the hell are you to ask for this?

      • aceboy says:

        Why can’t this question be asked? This man wants support for his “Summit of Understanding”. I’d like to know what his qualifications are for suggesting we all support him. I am Bermudian and this joker thinks he speaks for me. Who is he? What are his qualifications? Why wasn’t he protesting the ridiculous largesse under the PLP?

        Bermudians want to know.

      • jt says:

        He has chosen to put himself in the public arena and to speak on topics which relate to finance, economics, job creation, immigration among others. You may not think his background in these areas is relevant, but I certainly do.

  16. wow says:

    why don’t you just go out and say “black” people. funny enough does it not really affect white people or are white people just all rich, wealthy, etc? ignorant

  17. Dees says:

    When you are dead you dont know you’re dead. It is only difficult for others. It’s the same when your stupid.

  18. Starting Point says:

    You got to really be out there for posters from both the OBA and PLP camps to call you a lunatic lol, finally something the country can rally around lol.

  19. North Rock says:

    The BIU must be really desperate for hall rental revenue….Burtsie, you should go…you might learn something !!

    Mr Holdipp, dont you listen to these bloggers…you tell them OBA’ers how to do it…!

  20. Silver Lining says:

    The scary part is that there will be others on the bandwagon cheering him on. The main ones to claim the country is being stripped from them were the primary recipients of all the handouts from the PLP/BIU which put us in this mess. The sense of entitlement has to stop…

    • Soooo says:

      I’m sure the shadow finance minister will be there lending support.

  21. Kangoocar says:

    Anyone that supports this nonsense can only be put in the ” MEAT HEAD ” camp!!! Dead from the neck up!!!!!!

  22. Tmc says:

    Some village is missing its idiot

  23. Unbelievable says:

    I may go to this just for the comedy.

  24. John H. Holdipp III says:

    I find it so pathetic that the bulk of you hide behind isms. I am curious why you are in this country in the first place. Is it because you cannot make a livable wage in your homeland? I mean really, you chastise me for my concern for Bermudians both present and future. Well if you think I am over the edge ask yourself if you were in your country and it was beginning to overflow with foreign nationals denying your own families and cousins work – what would you do, I bet you would become me…Right now many English in the UK want a divorce from the Euro states for the same reason, so I am not alone in this thought process. Truth is, why won’t you go back home? That piece of status paper will not anchor you in this country. Like it or not – Bermudians will and must have first opportunity in regards to jobs, houses and land. Respica Finem

    • Kangoocar says:

      @holdipp, I am Bermudian with roots that go all the way back to the early 1700′s!!! I do realize I am white so in your eyes I am still not Bermudian but get over it because I am!!! You ar e nothing more than a xenophobe that should just stay quite and let us all assume your are not the sharpest knife in the drawer as opposed to opening your mouth and re moviving all doubt!!!!!

    • Toodle-oo says:

      You have made a mistake common to many others around here .
      You believe that the posters , thus far , are not Bermudian.
      You are sadly mistaken .

      • hmm2 says:

        You know quite a few people don’t live here or just have work permits that post on these forums.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          And how can you (positively) identify them ? Other than the nasty troll who lives in Toronto I can’t recognize them by black characters on a white screen.

        • Jus' Wonderin' says:

          How would you even know that?! YOU’RE JUST ASSUMING…YOU’RE A DUMMY for real lmfao!

    • Lois Frederick says:

      Your assumption that the posters here are not Bermudian is misguided. I for one am a (born) Bermudian. I just think very differently from you and for that I am thankful.

      • hmm2 says:

        So what if you think different. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I for one would like to hear what he has to say. He may actually have a few good points.

        I’d much rather hear what he has to say in comparison to you and some of the others who have posted to insult him.

        I for sure don’t think like you, and I may not share his opinion either, but I would definitely like to know how his opinion formed.

        • impressive. says:

          exactly. The immature comments and insults are nothing new with the OBA supporters however,, shame. If we all thought the same way, what a boring world this would be.. If you don’t agree with fine, but why the insults? He hasn’t come out and attacked anyone personally.

          • Onion says:

            One doesn’t need to be an OBA supporter to oppose racism.

            • Impressive says:

              How is it racist for someone to be concerned about their country, and the future of the people whose families have been here for generations?? Your accusing him of being guilty of racism on an assumption. That’s not fair.. You and others throw around these terms so loosely.. Your assumption would not stand up in court therefore without proof, please give this gentleman the benefit of the doubt. smdh

              • Jus' Wonderin' says:

                white and black families have been here for generations….are some not as born Bermudian as the other?

        • Lois Frederick says:

          You really only just proved my point, that Bermudians don’t all think alike. Holldipp’s comment above assumes that because we didn’t agree with him we must all be foreign. Yes, we all have our own opinions and this comment section allows for us to share those with others and we don’t all have to agree with each other.

    • Simon says:

      The opinion of one Bermudian does not have to be a reality for Bermudians in Bermuda.

      I’ve fixed your sign for you.

    • Creamy says:

      Your way of thinking is considered right wing neo-nazi in the European countries you bring up.
      I know I’ve probably taken the discussion way over your head.

    • jt says:

      Academic and employment background please.

    • C James says:

      Mr Holdipp: A holder of ‘That piece of status paper’ actually is a Bermudian. You need to accept this because it is not going to change. In addition, I’m not going anywhere. I’ve only been here 47 years yes – and you have the nerve to infer that I am NOT a real Bermudian. We all know what you really mean and it is not pleasant.

      Stay in your dream world – you obviously don’t belong here.

      • Coffee says:

        You’ve wasted your whole life living abroad is what you done ! Your mother country loved you and you’ve not returned that love ! She reared you , schooled you and you turned your back on her ! How could you be trusted with Bermuda status if you’ve treated your birth country with such disdain ?

        • Kraken says:

          did you say to to former premier brown who was an American?

        • Strike fund says:

          What if C.James’s mother country to is the UK?

          This is British soil after all. If Bermudians have full UK status maybe Brits should get full Bermudian status.

          On a side note, it sounds like you’ve wasted your being bitter.

        • C James says:


          1. You have no clue.
          2. You have even less of a clue.
          3. I am as Bermudian as you.
          4. Wake up and smell the coffee.

        • stunned... says:

          lol…surely this is sarcasm…why then the dislikes?

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      I am in my country, several generations worth, and unlike those that rant about the OBA only being for business and not giving a damn about the common Bermudian, and selling this country out from ‘born Bermudians’. I understand the very simple truth, the OBA are trying to promote business in this country because business is what employs hard working and honest Bermudians, and big business is what employs Bermudian business and hard working and honest Bermudians. So what the OBA is really trying to do is create an environment where every hard working and honest Bermudians and Bermudian businesses can once again thrive in and have a chance at ownership of.
      My question to you has always been, is why weren’t you protesting and fighting against the PLP, when they were and have been the only ones in our history to fully set us on a course to selling this island out to foreign creditors, and would have kept on that course to the even worse state of being owned by the IMF.

      • hmm2 says:

        And businesses also fire people so they can make more profit on top of profit. It’s a never ending story. I actually would like here what Mr. Holdipp has to say.

        Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just because he has a different way of thinking than you doesn’t mean you have to insult him.

    • Common sense says:

      I happen to share exactly the same concerns as Mr. Holdup about the need for my fellow Bermudians to have the first opportunity in regard to jobs, houses and land in our own country. I also agree with him that “a financial drain with no stopper has been attached to Bermuda.” That is the best description I’ve ever heard of the financial disaster that existed in Bermuda when the OBA came into office 2 years ago. Tragically, the former Government seemed to completely ignore the financial disaster taking place around them and left us in such huge debt that whichever political party is now in power, the coffers are empty and we have a huge debt to service.

      I would be very interested in hearing Mr Holdipp’s reaction to the clear warnings that Larry Burchall has been giving us about our economy and what needs to be done to get us out of this gigantic hole. Perhaps Mr. Holdipp will invite Mr Burchall to speak at any meetings he organizes so that public can hear just where we now stand, when the hole was excavated, and what we need to do to get out of it.

      I would also be interested to know just exactly who will NOT be anchored to Bermuda by their status papers. Let’s take, for example a born Bermudian married to an expat with “status papers” who have children, or grandchildren. It might be more than a little ironic to note that practically every leader of the PLP married an “expat” . The only exception I can think of has never been married. Are these spouses of former leaders the people Mr. Holdipp is referring to?

  25. Alvin Williams says:

    Don’t let them deter you John Holdipp we must do something to liberate our country; the future of our children is at stake.

    • Kangoocar says:

      Alvin, thanks for confirming what I said concerning those that support this nonsense!!! You also are a ” meat head “

    • Barracuda says:

      Two peas in a pod .

      • North rock says:

        I hope they don’t get near water…..

        • Barracuda says:

          Well when I stand next to them I can hear the ocean .

    • Simon Theodore says:


      Steady on Fidel!

    • Yahoo says:

      You’re both nuts.

    • jt says:

      Alvin – I know you realize that a significant minority want what you pine for so please don’t portray the situation otherwise.

  26. Navin Johnson says:

    I may go just to see his outfit

  27. sandgrownan says:

    Not exactly playing with a full deck is he

  28. gta says:

    His ship has sailed… Quo Fata Ferunt!

  29. Rasta says:

    Wow, some people’s opinions, cannot even be found in MAWI!

  30. stunned... says:

    i am surprised and disappointed to note that bloggers have chosen to resort to hurling insults at Mr. Holdipp. i have read many a post of some of the more prolific bloggers here and know that they can express an opinion or two about a topic. so to see a trend where a person is attacked rather than his ideas is akin to the degradation of the behaviour seen in the House of Parliament. i don’t happen to share all of Mr. Holdipp’s views but i don’t have to insult him personally. we are better than that.

    • Tolerate says:

      I agree with you stunned; and it’s unfortunately he (or someone using his name) came on here to further the attacks (even though it was his right to). I think as Mr. Holdipp who has HIS own views; people are tired of others who assume they represent us ALL. I have NO problem with one airing their views but to portray that YOUR views are EVERYBODYS; or worst off a selected bunch “True Bermudian”, sets one up for attacks.
      If you have a view state it; but don’t try to fool people that these are the views of ALL black, white green or purple people?
      These are JUST your views.

  31. Common sense says:

    I have to agree with “stunned” about those bloggers who are throwing insults at Mr. Holdipp, Alvin Williams and all those who express contrary views. I happen to strongly disagree with Mr. Holdipp’s views and with Alvin Williams comments on this blog, and will say so emphatically, but I respect the fact that we all have varying views on practically every issue, and we live in a free society where we all benefit from hearing and understanding the views of everyone, even when they might be a very small, or even minute minority.