Video: Premier Dunkley’s Cup Match Message

July 25, 2016

[Premier Michael Dunkley's Cup Match message]

Hello Bermuda. It’s Cup Match time! One of the biggest holidays of the year;

When we gather to celebrate our unique way of life.

On the field, we will see the Island’s best cricketers battling for victory. We will see teamwork and players stepping up. There will be setbacks and comebacks, and moments of glory.

The struggles and triumphs that characterise Cup Match resonate throughout this special holiday, as they have across centuries of Bermudian life.

Emancipation Day celebrates freedom from slavery; teaching us that freedom – and the opportunity and equality that make it real – are not givens; that they must be fought for and protected.

Struggle is the one constant that reveals who we are as a people – our shortcomings, our goodness and our everlasting hope for a better tomorrow.

Somers Day commemorates the perseverance of our first settlers, finding new life in a new world.

Each generation of Bermudians works hard to overcome the particular challenges it faces; and like Cup Match, there are setbacks and comebacks, but the push is always for a better Bermuda.

Every Government shares this goal.

Our focus has been to restore opportunity – turning back an economic crisis that hurt thousands and threatened our future.

We have made progress.

The economy is growing, confidence is returning, hotels are developing, tourism is reviving, and businesses are hiring.

St. George’s is on the verge of revival with the return of cruise ships, higher revenues for civic improvements and a new hotel.

We have taken care to prepare people through the National Training Plan, Career Pathways and small business support such as micro-loans.

Community life is stronger for Cash Back grants, Team Street Safe and the GREAT programme that has graduated more than 600 children.

Seniors have further protections through pension hikes; home care help and financial assistance.

We have outlawed forms of discrimination, and the work for equality under law will continue. We have also used our time to make Bermuda more transparent and accountable – to grow participation, protect people and ensure good governance.

We are making progress, but there is always much more to do. The goal is one people – equal, prosperous and safe. We can all play a part in this national effort, and I invite everyone to consider what you can do for a better Bermuda.

For this Government, it means doing a better job communicating, and we’re working hard every day to do that.

In addition, we will endeavour to detoxify the political environment, to make it more collaborative, compassionate and civil. Politics should bring people together, not drive them apart, but that has been the tendency here for too long.

We will do more to prepare people for the opportunities coming our way, in all sectors of the economy. And we will continue working hard in communities across the Island, to break the cycle of violence that is hurting so many, and to help young Bermudians find their way.

Progress on these big challenges will depend on our willingness to work together.

We live in an age of hyper-criticism and quick judgment, which sows division and discord. I believe it is better to be civil and positive and to give the benefit of the doubt. In breaking with negativity, we will see that we have much more in common than we thought.

Which brings me back to Cup Match – an excellent time to celebrate our identity as Bermudians, our life together and our faith in a better Bermuda for all.

And let us also use this moment to honour Fiqre Crockwell with a great Cup Match that demonstrates the competitive spirit he always brought to the game.

In closing, I want to extend thanks and appreciation to Somerset Cricket Club president Alfred Maybury and his members. I visited them last week and they have done a great job preparing the club and grounds for what promises to be two days of first-class cricket.

And to everyone, no matter where you spend this holiday, let’s show our visitors true Bermudian hospitality and spirit.

Happy Cup Match Bermuda.

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  1. drunken ursula says:

    oh please ,the only positive thing about the milkman is that he supports Somerset..!

    • Eyes wide open says:

      He wants to work together now, but he refused to listen to Ms. Leah Scott & Mr. Shawn Crockwell advice. Now with the election around the corner his OBA desperately needs 20% of votes from black voters to secure a victory. Now he wants to work together. LOLOLOLOL

      Listen voters right before every election these clowns say sorry but after the win they forget their promises.

      Hate him or love him Dr. Brown wasn’t afraid to tell you “we had to deceive you” …….. but Jim Woolrridge said it best ………….“those little white boys don’t mind you being in charge as long as they can tell you what to do – “The House That … C.V. (Jim) Woolridge.

      We already know the true face under the OBA mask…………………..…UBP UBP UBP UBP UBP UBP!

      • wahoo says:

        I gotta ask what exactly did the UBP do that was so bad? Do not answer me with hearsay innuendo I want actual facts. What I know of the UBP was that they always operated with a surplus of cash, busses worked, tourism was up, international business boomed, black and white Bermudian entrepreneurs minted themselves as millionaires etc. in short this place was a boom town.

        Enter the PLP and after 14 years we are broke and we have an element of haters that blog all day to push their disturbing agenda of misinformation and racial division. We have hate radio and we do not trust anyone…this is not the Bermuda that I want.

        • mayonnaise says:

          well said… unfortunately for so many people moving on from segregation and doing our best to forget the negatives of our past is so hard they are letting it ruin our future

        • Andrew says:

          Excellent post….I will be waiting for the replies that probably won’t come!

        • High Road says:

          The truth hurts

        • CUPMATCH says:

          Maybe you should ask the OBA that question. I’ll tell you what ask the current Premier. He and his boys changed the name!

          Not my People!!!!

          • wahoo says:

            9 dislikes and not 1 answer, come now you must have something.

        • mixitup says:

          lol must be a ‘new Bermudian’… Do ya research my friend, the UBP saw many unprecedented things happen on their watch.

          1. Assasinations
          2. Riots
          3. General Strikes
          4. Failed Independence Referendums
          5. Failed ‘restructuring of the schools system
          the lists can go on forever (that’s after you take off your OBA glasses)

          And if you believe that racial division just popped up in the past few years, you really need help that I can’t offer you.

        • mixitup says:

          As Donald Trump say’s “Make America Great again”…..for us, when we did not have to confront the rampant structural racism embedded deeply in the UBP’s system… But of course you won’t see that.. Let me guess, you are a white male? My bets are that I am right, there is your answers to your question.

    • Onion Juice says:

      All de Anti-Bermudian policies that he Legislated and neglacted funds for our Education and Infrastructure for a sailboat race and he allowed Fahy to denounce his office (which he says its too plush, WTF), to rent space while they’re renovating his new office, while our Fire Service dont have de adequate equipment to opperate at full capacity.
      And he expects me to listen to this Bull S!@#.
      What a waste of F!@#ing film !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • wahoo says:

        We do not use film anymore….shows how stuck in the past you are.

        • Onion Juice says:

          Just repeating his words from de Kim Swan comment when he forgot his mic was still on.

      • mayonnaise says:

        u need a brain mr scarewcrow?

      • Toleratate says:

        you can always head over to Burt’s blog and show how you REALLY feel…. lol…

  2. mixitup says:

    *hits head* I coulda had a v8

  3. Terry says:

    With all respect just let it go.

    2017 is coming and you will be gone.

    Only thing you will have is milk.


  4. Peter says:

    No no no no no no no no no no no ………….

  5. T. Smith says:

    I’m sorry Bermuda I can’t take this man serious politics sucks bad in this Country.

  6. OMG!!!!!!!! says:

    He appears to begging for support from the Black Voters. White Voters will vote for one of the Milk Man’s cows he has at farm if you call it OBA. They will never vote for the PLP cow.

  7. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ???


  8. Mr. Premier please stop with the rhetoric, what we would like to hear is something positive to clearing of the madness of last years cup match, were the young white female was sexually taken advantage of by a white male, and I quote a white male in broad day light.

    Had that same white young lady been seen having sex with a black young man, that traveled from a foreign land, with all the resources and technology of today, I along with many Bermudians still ask the question, how soon after would this young man have been brought to justice.

    Why does it seem like a year on that there seemed to be some form of cover up, the airport has camera’s everywhere, and you mean to tell me that footage of every white male leaving Bermuda last year days following or even weeks could not be combed through and produce the person who is alleged to have left the island.

    Just maybe we are dealing with a rich white young man whose family has wealth, that possibly, left here by yacht or marine transport, well then customs I am sure have a copy of every vessel entering or leaving our shores, I think the best thing Mr. Dunkley can do at this point is accept the fact that his time as the Premier is over, give up before your entire party gets to the point that they have to deceive you to overthrow you.


  9. John says:

    sound bites and pleasantries are not getting us anywhere

  10. Not Dunkley….again.
    …and disrespecting Cup Match Holiday with his political rhetoric.
    Very disrespectful.
    What immediately comes to mind is the disrespectful white pair at Cup Match last year.
    Does this man really care about the thousands of lives he has affected ADVERSELY???
    Does he care about Bermudians?
    Does he care MORE for money and political power with NO REGARD for whomever he treads on?


    • smh says:

      Dunkley has “disrespected Cup Match”…haha that was funny.You sure seem to be one twisted sicko

  11. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ???

    dunky – The donald trump of bermuda.