‘Actions Signal Renewed Push For Colonialism’

February 15, 2021

[Updated] “I welcome deeper engagement with the UN as Bermuda works with other non-sovereign territories to protect against recent actions that signal a renewed push for colonialism by administering powers, ” Premier David Burt tweeted.

The Premier tweeted the photo below, saying: “Recently met the new United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr. Garry Conille. I welcome deeper engagement with the UN as Bermuda works with other non-sovereign territories to protect against recent actions that signal a renewed push for colonialism by administering powers [UK].”

Bermuda, which is a British Overseas Territory, is one of 17 jurisdictions the United Nations defines as “Non-Self-Governing Territories.”

The Premier just posted this tweet, and we have reached out to his office seeking further information and will update if able; however since we only just asked, if we do update we would not expect to until later tonight/tomorrow.

Update 9.39pm: In response to Bernews queries, the Premier said, “I think we have seen recently that the United Kingdom has taken actions that are not in line with the wishes of democratically elected local governments.

“As the United Nations are responsible for the decolonization movement through the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, I thought it would be important to raise these matters on behalf of Bermuda as well as other Overseas Territories,” the Premier concluded.

Premier Meets Dr Garry Conille Bermuda Feb 2021

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  1. Leona says:

    Bermuda you cannot have it both ways. You cannot keep rejecting sovereignty and expect to be treated like an independent sovereign nation.

    • anon says:

      Think that’s more to do with size than sovereignty. The UK provides a power check and deterrent against corruption, like what happened in Turks and Caicos.

    • Cushi says:

      Yes we can.

  2. Question says:

    Thank goodness for the UK, or we wouldn’t have any vaccines. We got them free, from the UK. If not for the UK, we would have nothing for months.

  3. Watching says:

    Don’t be such a coward Burt and announce a referendum on independence. Anyone can throw stones but it takes a man to stand up to convictions.

  4. Sandgrownan says:

    Glad the messiah is focused on something really important instead of the crippling debt.

    Happy to running off to London to restrict basic rights though.

    He really is the empower without clothes

  5. Joker says:

    He is a complete joke and it’s high time we replace this arrogant man as our Premier! Talking about stuff he knows absolutely nothing about and throwing his little rattle around instead of doing the job he was hired to do – get us out of this downward cycle!!!!

    • Warrior says:

      Totally agree

    • wahoo says:

      He never said what “actions” made him believe this. He is relying on the word “colonialism” to bear enough weight to rile the masses who he hopes need no proof of wrong doing. He isn’t a joke, unfortunately he belongs to us and he is starting to think he can do whatever he wants…..

    • trufth says:

      Agree! This guy is just throwing out soundbites to his uneducated supporters. He throws them a bone like this every now and then to keep them placated. And it works. Never mind he has no idea what he’s talking about. He says “Big bad UK!” and his voters applaud. Cue the cheesy smile, collects paycheck.

      Hey buddy, you work for us! We pay your salary. DO THE JOB YOU WERE HIRED TO DO!

  6. saud says:

    Colonialism….isn’t that the same as preventing some Bermudians from getting married?

    Can you say hypocrite?

    • Cushi says:

      Seeeeee… This the kind of comments that let us know how much healing we need as a country.

      Colonialism and LBGTQ rights are NOT the same.

      That is so disrespectful to think they are, and I understand where you’re coming from, you believe that the fundamental basis of denying a person’s freedom is the basis by which this comparison can be made…

      Nahhhh that can’t fly. You cannot mention Colonialism and overlook the literal TENS OF MILLIONS of lives of People of Color that were lost for FIVE CENTURIES!

      Yes, everyone deserves to marry who they want to. I believe that fully and completely and think it’s senseless to do otherwise, AND that has LITERALLY NOTHING TO DO WITH COLONIALISM!

      Please redact your offensive comment.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Bermuda wasn’t colonized, it was settled.

      • saud says:

        Absolute nonsense…

        You have absolutely no credibility.
        You wish to discriminate against some Bermudians, you can pretty it up all you want, it’s still discrimination and it makes you no better than anyone else.

        Spain, Portugal, Bermuda…all colonisers…do you rail against them as well? No, your ignorance precedes you.

        Your disrespect for you fellow man is noted, and is disgusting.

        Grow up..look inward and recognise your bigotry.

  7. Vortex says:

    Burt you hypocrite! And what timing.

    Yes please on the vaccine and the photo op, screw you UK. He is an arrogant joke, self obsessed with a legion of green jesters telling him he is smart.

    Look at BVI, look at Cayman, in fact look at most Caribbean nations where corruption ruled. And then look at the PLP and their friends and families policies, no wonder the UK are clamping down and thank heavens they are.

    • Cushi says:

      All due respect, it is not hypocritical to ensure that any other party in a partnership is doing their due diligence.

      Example, a husband buys his wife flowers on Valentine’s day and the next day says something demeaning to her, not necessarily from a place of malice, and she let’s him know that she disapproves of the way he spoke to her and would like to work towards a more respectful way to communicate.

      Should the wife not have accepted the flowers?

      We are supposed to hold each other accountable when we fall off track, when we are not focused on progressive actions that will heal and empower our community.

      Accepting the vaccine and this action he took regarding colonialism ARE IN ALIGNMENT because they are BOTH FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY and the people (human beings, real actual people like you) in it.

      And I can’t tell if you’re black or white, I’m Black and it’s important to me and a lot of other black people, that we continue to move towards decolonizing this island and the minds of its people.

      • Double S says:

        Can you please list three TANGIBLE (ie not emotional) benefits that would come to BDA and her people from going independent?

        Again, real benefits and not emotional ones.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          You’re asking , for at least the one millionth time , the question that none of them have , or ever will , answer .
          The reason being that they will never admit what ‘independence’ to them is really all about.

      • sandgrownan says:

        It wasn’t colonized, it was settled, and there was no displaced indigenous population.

        It would be better if the buses ran and the trash was collected. And weren’t over $3bn in debt, and we weren’t running off to London to further discrimination.

      • Coloinzing says:

        Did I miss something when reading the definition of colonizing?

        ‘come to settle among and establish political control over (the indigenous people of an area).’

        Am I wrong in saying that there was no colonizing as Bermuda was settled officially as a British colony in 1612 after the Sea Venture (a British vessel) crashed here in 1609?

        There have been many issues, but I don’t see how we were ever colonized, as there were no persons here and those first people who stayed after the Sea Venture crashed were British.

        No one came and invaded over the years and then said we were now a British Colony. We have always been one, through the bad and good times the country has enjoyed and for better or worse.

      • saud says:

        You clearly have no respect for anyone, why start with that?

        You have a deep hatred for Bermudians. got it. You’re homophobic…are you a government minister?

  8. Ringmaster says:

    The Premier is a politician and loves the sound of his voice. He is in the standard PLP permanent election mode which is far easier than actually making the tough and unpopular decisions, assuming he knows any, to get Bermuda out of the financial chaos that the PLP created.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      *He is in the standard PLP permanent election mode *

      ^^^^ This

  9. Comfortably numb says:

    We need the UK far more than the UK needs us. Think how much more financial assistance would be paid out here if all those Bermudians on welfare in the UK came home. Try and see if you can start your COVID Conference on time for once tonight Mr Burt and stop playing with your phone like a 16 year old when you think the camera is not on you.

  10. Holy Cra* says:

    Biggest smoke screen ever. What a load of cra. Like we could obtain thousands of doses of vaccine etc.WE are probably more of a nuisance than an asset that needs re colonialization. FFS get a grip you lot The UN could care even less about us

  11. Hmmm says:

    This guy is a joke. Country is locked down, thousands are without jobs, debt is soaring, and all he can think about is his “legacy” of being the one who took BDA independent. This is not what leadership looks like and Bermuda deserves better.

  12. aceboy says:

    Precisely what “actions” does Burt refer to?

  13. Joe Bloggs says:

    ” … recent actions that signal a renewed push for colonialism by administering powers, ” Premier David Burt tweeted.”

    The PLP Government has just won an election and it is still in election mode

  14. No Go says:

    y’all should look forward to the day you can’t travel cause your assort aint worth toilet roll, and your money is even wort less. And dont expect the UN to come help when it goes butt in the air wrong