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Column: “Did Not Vote Won By A Landslide”

Column: “Did Not Vote Won By A Landslide”

[Opinion column written by Shadow Legal Affairs Minister Scott Pearman] So, did you vote in the Election last month? Really? Well you’re not alone, but the voter numbers may surprise you. Over 20,000 registered Bermudian voters did not vote. Yes, over 20,000. That means nearly half of our 46,311 registered voters shunned the Polls. This is a staggeringly... Read more of this article

Column: What Does “Capable & Steady” Mean?

Column: What Does “Capable & Steady” Mean?

[Opinion column written by Scott Pearman] If you are reading this, then I suspect you are someone who is naturally curious. Curious about what other people have to say about things. Curious as to whether you may agree or disagree. Perhaps you are seeking to confirm your existing viewpoints? Perhaps you are shaking your head in frustration at the words... Read more of this article

Column: Snap Election, Sunstroke & Questions

Column: Snap Election, Sunstroke & Questions

[Opinion column written by Shadow Legal Affairs Minister Scott Pearman] Snap! Makes you think of that breakfast cereal: Rice Krispies. Snap, Crackle, Pop. A ‘snap’ election is when a government decides to call an election unexpectedly and sooner than needed. The Burt Election is some two and half years sooner than needed. Premier Burt does not actually... Read more of this article

Column: Multiple Choice, Airport, Gambling, More

Column: Multiple Choice, Airport, Gambling, More

[Opinion column written by Shadow Legal Affairs Minister Scott Pearman] How are you with multiple-choice? Try this one: which of the following things is the biggest threat facing Bermuda? Is it:[A] Bermuda’s flat-lining economy;[B] The COVID-19 global health pandemic;[C] Bermuda’s eye-watering Government debt [with newly increased ‘ceiling’... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Must Grow The Population In Bermuda’

Column: ‘Must Grow The Population In Bermuda’

[Opinion column written by Shadow Legal Affairs Minister Scott Pearman] Do you recall who said that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life? I didn’t. But Professor Google set me straight – it was Benjamin Franklin. Writing a letter about the US Constitution in 1789, he said: “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an... Read more of this article

Column: Time For ‘Old Fashion Plagiarism’

Column: Time For ‘Old Fashion Plagiarism’

[Opinion column written by Shadow Legal Affairs Minister Scott Pearman] See if you can spot the link between the following three vignettes. Ready? [Hint: it’s the economy]. First There Was SAGE How did you spend your weekend? Me? I blew the dust off the SAGE Report [well only the Executive Summary, if truth be told]. Remember SAGE? That was the one... Read more of this article

Column: Hansard Shows The True Statement

Column: Hansard Shows The True Statement

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] In April it was somber solidarity. Two weeks ago, a fledgling bi-partisanship. So how did your MPs do in Parliament on Friday? Well… Clint Eastwood comes to mind: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. First, the Good. A few weeks ago, National Security Minister Wayne Caines, to his credit, invited OBA Shadow... Read more of this article

Column: Change In The Political Landscape

Column: Change In The Political Landscape

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] A funny thing happened when the House of Assembly resumed this past Friday…Peace broke out. Well, not completely. There was still the usual political snipery. This is politics after all. But the twin threats that Covid-19 poses to life and liberty brought a real sense of solidarity to the House. The... Read more of this article

Column: Does Solidarity Require Silence?

Column: Does Solidarity Require Silence?

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] Many of you will have seen the recent news about the captain of a US aircraft carrier who allegedly ‘broke ranks’ to warn that a large number of sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt had the Covid-19 virus. His letter of concern to the US Navy was leaked to the media and, as a result, Captain Crozier... Read more of this article

Column: What Does Consultation Mean To You?

Column: What Does Consultation Mean To You?

[Opinion column written by Scott Pearman] What do you think of when you hear the word consultation? What does consultation mean to you? If I tell my kids that I must “consult” with their mother before getting a dog from the SPCA, consultation used in that sense means I need to seek her agreement [or, in my house, must get her permission]. I will... Read more of this article

Column: Issues ‘Too Important For Partisanship’

Column: Issues ‘Too Important For Partisanship’

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] It will very soon be my one year anniversary as an elected MP. People often ask me how I am finding it up on the Hill. My first year as the newest member of the House has certainly been interesting, sometimes frustrating, and, occasionally, profound. The legislation is probably the most “interesting”... Read more of this article

Column: New Reality Of Economic Substance

Column: New Reality Of Economic Substance

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. These emotions, doctors tell us, are the five stages of grief. And the people working in Bermuda’s international business community – ‘Bermuda Inc’ – have experienced most of these emotions since the gunboat of EU Substance appeared on our horizon,... Read more of this article

Column: UK Parliament, Bermuda’s Register Law

Column: UK Parliament, Bermuda’s Register Law

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] With our Premier in London meeting with the UK Overseas Territories Association, this may be an appropriate moment to reflect on Bermuda’s current relationship with the UK. There are times when Bermuda’s Premier [or Finance Minister] needs to politely disagree with our UK counterparts – to ensure... Read more of this article