This morning’s top stories

Having wondered this morning whether the causeway would be closed due to high winds, I took the rare opportunity to flip on my radio and listen to the morning news on Mix 106.

Businessman and longtime PLP supporter Harold Darrell steps forward publically for the first time to proclaim that he leaked the BHC report.  Suggesting further allegations include money laundering and drug trafficking and that the people have the right to know who they’re voting for in the next election.

Premier Brown calls out to fellow PLP parliamentarians asking that they wait until after the next election before mounting a leadership challenge.

Premier Brown calls out to the newspapers telling them to go ahead and publish the entire report as he “never had anything to hide anyway.”

Gerald Simons of Argus speaks out against proposed workforce equity bill.

As mentioned before, this is getting very interesting.

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Harold Darrell should be awarded the Community Patriot Award
He says the public needs to know the details of the corruption,
theft,drug laundering schemes,Cuban connection
and homosexuality contained in the BHC report

silencedogood
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silencedogood

…and will continue to get more interesting. I think that Mr. Darrell is a true patriot in Bermuda. He focused on what was right regardless of politics, party, or race. He did what a lot of people wouldn’t—step forward to do the right thing. And he did so at the risk of his reputation, standing in his party, and (as reported) his life. Talk about testicular fortitude. To me, the fact he would risk so much to do what he thought was right shows a true love of Bermuda and a commitment to forging a positive future. He has earned… Read more »

vanz
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everyone knows that harold darrell has an axe to grind w/ dr. brown – and was a UBP supporter for most of his life b4 switching parties – what’s next, accusations of virgin sacrfices?

32n64w
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32n64w

Perhaps now Laverne Furbert, et al will cease and desist from proclaiming the person who leaked the documents to the media was a UBP insider … even though she has known from the beginning (as well as most curious Bermudians with a vested interest in our current & future political landscape) that the ‘Son of the Soil’ was a long time PLP supporter who has understandably become totally and completely disenfranchised with the myopic, self-serving direction her party’s leadership hierarchy has repeatedly and unfortunately taken since coming into power. It is in fact rumored that both of the people who… Read more »

vanz
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as a private citizen, how did harold darrell get the documents to leak? is there some illegality in how police files found their way into his hands?

vanz
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“Bermuda’s middle of the road swing voters (who effectively elected the PLP in 2003) to seriously reconsider their previous voting decision when we next go to the polling booth and instead support a party with a clear agenda for change and a willingness to unite Bermudians” this statement is false and funny – harold darrell’s anti plp rants will change as many blk voters minds as jahmal simmons, max burgess and gwyn rawlins anti ubp rants changed white voters minds – get real. what the haterz fail to realize that the more dr. brown and the plp are crucified –… Read more »

silencedogood
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silencedogood

Oh, but Jamahl Simmons, who has burned bridges with every party he’s ever been in, is credible? I would think Mr. Darrell undoubtedly has an axe to grind with EB, hmmm, probably because of what he knew about the BHC. Great deduction. Unlike Jamahl, who has only his word, Mr. Darrell produced documentary support. Unless you are willing to strain the bounds of reality even beyond your normal limits and suggest Mr. Darrell somehow fabricated the underlying evidence and manipulated the US, UK and BDA governments into creating the files, what is your point? Keep trying to kill the messenger,… Read more »

silencedogood (The Dictionary)
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Fanaticism
Pronunciation[fuh-nat-uh-sahyz-uhm]
n. Fanatical character, spirit, or conduct.
n. Excessive, irrational zeal.
n. Excessive intolerance of opposing views
n. (Too) great enthusiasm, especially about religion
n. Fanatic outlook or behavior especially as exhibited by excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions on some subject

vanz
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is maxwell not credible either – or gwyn – as far as the fan bit (so funny) that also applies to u. years ago when i saw farenheit 9/11 – i walked out of the theatre thinking that bush was toast – he’d never get re-elected after seeing all of the crazy thing she’d done – guess what he did. when people were coming out of the woodwork in the mid 90s accusing clinton of all sorts of crazy shit i thought – no way he’ll get relelected – guess what he did. there is no way that the ubp… Read more »

silencedogood (The Abridged Dictionary)
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Fanaticism
Pronunciation[fuh-nat-uh-sahyz-uhm]
n. Excessive intolerance of opposing views

Rummy
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Rummy

Vanz….take a pill man….jeese…….I am not all up tight with this why are you? If any criminality has taken place, the system will deal with it.If not, then Quo fata Furunt.
What always amazes me about your comments is the fact that you offer one side and it scares me.

32n64w
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32n64w

Typical and anticipated PLP spin from both Vanz and Laverne (over at the Sun).
(http://www.bermudasun.bm/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=135&ArticleID=35495&TM=41448.39):
1) Shoot the messenger … ignore the message.
2) Misdirect the discussion to something completely irrelevant, unrelated and nonsensical.
3) Immediately characterise any criticism as a black / white thing.
Vanz, et al, are unable to engage in a reasonable exchange because, as silencedogood pointed out above, their Fanaticism has gotten the best of them.
Quite unfortunate really that all that energy couldn’t be focused on something more productive … like uniting Bermuda rather than dividing.

love and respect equals harmony
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love and respect equals harmony

I agree Mr Darrell is a National Hero…the fact remains that whether convicted or not, once elected a a representative of Bda one must act in an ethical manner!!! and any unethical behaviour that they may in the smallest way be a part of should be grounds for immediate dismissal….As for the UBP I truly believe that they have learned from past mistakes and until we learn to focus on the future and not the past…yes learn from it but move ahead…then we will continue to run around in these circles … getting nowhere fast. We will never get past… Read more »

32n64w
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32n64w

Ok Vanz … how about a challenge?
If you are so sure the PLP will increase their current representation in the House why don’t you promise to engage in reasonable dialogue should the UBP end up exceeding their current allotment?
By reasonable I mean ACTUALLY provide facts and figures to support your suppositions versus the pure over the top hyperbole we’ve been subjeted to presented thus far?
Deal (or more appropriately given your current geographical position) … Game on?

vanz
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deal – just so you know – my issues re; race have to do with bda specifically – bill clinton is my favourite politician of all time – blk or white – i have canvassed door to door for white candidates here in toronto (Carolyn Bennet, LIB) – but many white bdans have nasty streak of persistent racism to them – john barritt even admitted that when he went to school in canada he had blk friends but when he got back to bda that wasn’t the case (i’ll post the email if you want) – i’ve said b4 that… Read more »

vanz
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“agree Mr Darrell is a National Hero” i’m not being coy here – but who is mr. darrell – is it this nutty guy: From The Royal Gazette July 19, 2002 Dear Sir, In an opinion column in The Royal Gazette (July 18), Dr. Grant Gibbons discussed a case involving Mr. Harold Darrell. We would like to clarify a suggestion in that article that the Bank of Bermuda would not participate in the Human rights Commission’s original efforts to resolve the matter. In fact, the Bank was timely and responsive in its information to the HRC. In our correspondence, we… Read more »

vanz
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this harold darrell is a national hero? From The Royal Gazette July 9, 2007 MR. Harold Darrell has many flights of fantasy and he has engaged in misrepresentation of fact to such an extent over the last few years he is now convinced of the truth of his statements. With regard to the specific comments attributed to him about me and my company (Bermuda Airport Advertising) (Mid-Ocean News, July 6) in your front page story, a few easily verifiable facts should be shared with your readership. First, in 2000 there was an Department of Airport Operations RFP issued seeking an… Read more »

vanz
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This national hero sounds a bit didgy:
The Royal Gazette
Published: July 6. 2007 12:00AM
THE businessman at the centre of Bermuda’s biggest discrimination case has spoken of his seven-year ordeal for the first time.And entrepreneur Harold Darrell claims the reason his complaint to the Human Rights Commission against the Bank of Bermuda is still dragging on is because Government plotted with bank officials to stonewall the process and put him out of business.
wow – the bank is out to get him as well – poor guy

vanz
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since when does the UBP go out on a limb for a member of the PLP as Mr. Darrell says he is… From The Royal Gazette Published: July 18. 2002 12:00AM Does fairness still exist in the New Bermuda? ….the moral to this story is obvious to anyone who supports fairness and civil rights. Mr. Darrell had the resources at his disposal to pursue justice, but justice must be available to all, not just to those who can pay for it. Our Constitution guarantees justice to everyone in our community, regardless of station in life, skin colour, gender, religious or… Read more »

harry
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harry

I have made an observation , vanz is just like his MOMA!
Just for the record, the head of the BANK of BERMUDA……….Phil Butterfield brother of E-WART Brown , the un-elected premier of Bermuda.

vanz
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harry – u r right – a son is like a mother in some ways – u should win the nobel prize in genetics having discovered that unique connection. and do u think that a global corp. like the bank of bda is somehow singularly run by phil butterfield – so it’s a bit of a stretch even for a crimson necked nutcase like urself to try to piece together a conspiracy theory where 2 blk men are using bermuda’s oldest bank to some how destroy a “longtime plp supporter”. this rationality sounds a bit like how southern law officials… Read more »

wiaruz
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wiaruz

Vanz, why do you always, always try and shoot the messenger? I personally have no idea as to the validity of Mr. Darrell’s case against the Bank of Bermuda or his travails in bidding for contracts at the airport. None of that has any relevance to the fact that it is the contents of the a police investigation file which has highlighted the sad lack of ethics on the part of senior PLP government officials. Mr. Darrell has put this in the public forum. None of your personal rants against him matter. He is merely the messenger. He has stated… Read more »

vanz
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1st off – several posters on this site trumpeted this man as a hero – all i did was put some perspective to who he is – and not from hearsay – but verbatim from the royal gazette – how is that shooting the messenger – all i did was copy what the RG has printed about the guy.

vanz
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2ndly – do u know that in rape cases that judges often rule against the defense using the victims past sexual history because it unfairly affects the jury – but sneaky defense attorneys (see Kobe Bryant in Colorado) will leak the victims sexual past to the press in order to get their clients off. the fact that an enemy of the PLP was illegally given police files that he then illegally leaked to the press is a travesty. what if sealed divorce proceedings that included accusations and hearsay where illegally given to a third party and that third party leaked… Read more »

wiaruz
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wiaruz

“it’s so assinine that dr. brown’s enemies are so out to get him that they trample real laws to prove that he “broke non existent laws – lolol”
not according to the privy Council, but heh, what do they know?

vanz
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u r smarter than that – the privy council did not rule that it was legal or okay to leak stolen files – they simply agreed with (as they almost always do) with the local courts – if the local courts had agreed with the gag order so would the privy council – so don’t get it twisted –

wiaruz
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wiaruz

Vanz, I think that it is you who is getting the point twisted. Had these been files relating to a regular old member of the tax paying public I have not doubt that the initial court application would have ruled that the information was private and, while it had been stolen/leaked from police control, the media would absolutely have been gagged. In this case, and it has been made clear by the courts here and the Privy Council, that as this leaked information concerned the unethical behaviour of publicly elected officials the public were entitled to know the contents and… Read more »

vanz
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vanz
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i found this on the web… Double Talk & Double Standards. And it begins…. Within hours of the election writ being dropped the UBP kicks things off with another of their website hit pieces, this one called “Bermuda Deserves Better’” – more like Dunkley deserves more power. You don’t need to read more than the first paragraph to see the tone of campaign that the UBP intend to run: The Brown Government has: # Failed to build affordable housing # Failed to educate our children # Failed to care for our seniors; and # Failed to protect people from crime… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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Vanz, Do you really feel it is necessary to hijack most of my posts with this “is Brown better/worse than Dunkley” debate? No doubt, if people want to debate it with you then you could start up a blog of your own and people would come. I’ll even write about it and add the link to my sidebar. However, I think you and I both know that people don’t want to have that debate with you. “Gutter politics” is “vote yourself back onto the plantation”, not debating issues. The only problem I see with Dunkley’s statements above is that he… Read more »

vanz
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1st dennis – that was actually an almost verbatim reposting of a dunleavy post – i just switched the parties to see how peopel would react. 2nd – u don’t really think that wayne stepped down willingly u do u – did u read how he called out his party for not backing him up even over his lawsuit? u know what dennis – i like u and i like this site – but the truth is that a chunk of plp supporters are not interested in cyber politics probably because the racial make up in bda makes it more… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

I don’t think Mr. Darrell’s motivation should even be a consideration. Even if the only reason he dug up the investigation and made it public was to embarass a personal rival, it is the content of the materials gathered during the investigation that is relevant.
The argument, when broken down into a simple premise and conclusion, is “If the allegations in the BHC investigation are true, then the politicians involved should not be trusted for public service.”
Stop attacking the messenger and the motivation and start attacking the argument.

vanz
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again – unless the governor, chief of police, the DPP etc. are all committed to protecting dr. brown for some reason we don’t know about – then if their was any merit to the “accusations” then the case would’ve been sent to the courts instead of being thrown out – so why r we to believe a nut with a personal vendetta over the governor, police chief, dpp etc? homosexuality, drug dealing, x ray machines – it all sounds ridiculous – and i guess when the PLP win the elction i guess we can also say that the tens of… Read more »

vanz
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* correction” UBP deputy leader’s HUSBAND” is arrested for money laundering

Denis Pitcher
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Vanz, 1. Great, but thats a dunleavy post and not a Pitcher post, so why are you having the discussion on a Pitcher blog? If you want to debate Dunleavy’s posts than create your own blog and use trackbacks to his posts. 2. No doubt Wayne Furbert would have liked to have stayed in leadership. Did Alex Scott step down willingly when he allegedly sped off in GP1 the night of the delegates conference? Wayne Furbert resigned and has remained a party member and continues to serve in Michael Dunkley’s shadow cabinet. That suggests he was willing to put the… Read more »

vanz
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dennis – i agree with almost all that u said – but this bit is off “Many people fear retribution from speaking out publicly in disagreement with the PLP. Even I wonder when the day will come that I’m stalked, have protestors outside my job, get mugged, assaulted, shot or murdered for questioning our leadership.” the plp has not and does not wrk that way – that’s the UBP way and u know that – as far as white fear in bda – i don’t know what the answer is – i do know that living in a fairly multicultural… Read more »

Denis Pitcher
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The PLP may not work that way, but some of their supporters do. As for white Bermuda not interacting with black Bermuda, I think it goes both ways. I’ve seen instances where whites were made to feel unwelcome at black events. There is no doubt that blacks experience the same, but to paint it as one sided doesn’t truly do the issue justice. The reality is that our people are divided. I don’t think white Bermuda needs to produce it’s version of bill clinton. What we need is a leader who is truly interested in putting blame aside and working… Read more »