Archive for November, 2008

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Disgruntled youth

November 21, 2008

Sounds like the PLP is beginning to run into the same speed bumps the UBP has been dealing with for years judging by the splinter group the Bermuda Sun is reporting. Several young members of the UBP have been disgruntled for a long time – not having their voices and ideas heard or actually taken seriously.  Instead, being shoved into secretary roles and organizing parties to try and attract more young people to lick envelopes.  I would have no problem licking envelopes if people actually took my ideas seriously.  Most of today’s youth coming back from universities are more in touch with the issues facing the island – housing, job markets, cost of living etc.  One would think it would be advantages to be in touch with the youth of the island. It seems that the UBP is still stuck in their ways – lots of talk of change and fresh blood, but have yet to really see anything different.  Will be interesting to see how the PLP manages to bring in fresh blood from this splitting group.  Maybe the UBP could learn a thing or too.

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Furbert running his mouth again…

November 18, 2008

Wayne Furbert continued pouring out against the UBP to the Royal Gazette again yesterday with the following:

During the Throne Speech debate in the House of Assembly, Mr. Furbert said: “The UBP mentions that people need to feel free to express themselves. When I expressed myself a few weeks ago, I was almost thrown out of the whip.”

Of course!  You sat there and publicly criticised the candidate your party chose to represent  constituency #31 in the upcoming bi-election.  You make you’re opinions know in caucus and let it rest on what the party, as a whole, decides and you move forward with them.  I’m pretty sure when the UBP bring up freedom of speech and change they are talking about the freedom of the public to bring forth new ideas – not their own candidates running to the papers every time they don’t get their way.  Either grow up or get out!

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Expat ID cards

November 14, 2008

So Expats are to be issued ID cards so that immigration can track down illegal immigrants.  There has been some interesting comments over on Bermuda is Another World. Blankman read my mind when he responded to the following question:

How is “Immigration Enforcement”gonna differentiate between Bermudians and Guest Workers…??

Easy.  Does the individual look like a “real” Bermudian?  If not, ask for their ID and if they claim they’re Bermudian/SoB/PRC either (1) take their word for it, (2) send them home for ID [of course if they’re illegals what are the chances of them coming back], or (3) put them in custody until they can produce acceptable proof of their status [which means that you could be jailed simply for not looking like a “real” Bermudian, or sounding like one, or for simply annoying the Compliance officer

A while back Doug over at FreshieBlog commented on what a ‘Real’ Bermudian seems to consitute here and I completely agree with him.  I freqently get mistaken as Canadian after having living there for 9 years for education purposes. However, I am a born Bermudian…should be interesting to see what happens here…

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Sport Developments

November 5, 2008

An article in the Royal Gazette brings up an interesting point:

Questions marks now hang over the numerous multi-million dollar projects James had unveiled in recent months including; a sports complex at White Hill Field, mini-centres of excellence at Cooper’s Island, and a promise to finally start construction on the long-awaited 50-metre swimming pool at the National Sports Centre.

With the new Minister Blakeney being the father of national team cricketer Glenn Blakeney, my guess is the sport complex at White Hill Field will stay since there’s talk of putting in an international standard cricket pitch.  My bets are on the long-awaited 50-metre swimming pool being scrapped – hell we’ve waited this long, what’s a little longer?!