17 Nov 2017

Dunkley Not Happy With Bermuda Day Changes

The Public Holiday Amendment Act 2017 was passed in the House today , as expected due to the large majority of the Government.

This amendment changes Bermuda Day, May 24th, from May 24th to the last Friday in May.

In short the Government reasoned the change due to schools and businesses experiencing disruptions, mainly due to absenteeism, when the holiday fell on a weekday and the next day was a work day.

While I have some sympathy for the argument I could not support the change for a few reasons.

- Bermuda Day for me, and I am sure many others, is May 24th, the start of summer. That should not change.

- it is not a valid reason to change the holiday to a Friday allowing some to have a long weekend to recover. Let’s us also not forget that many work on Saturday’s.

- I don’t believe in changing a holiday because adults and children are tired from the holiday and can’t make obligations the next day. What standard do we set if we lower the bar rather than raise the bar?

If Bermuda Day is a drain on people we need to make the events of the day, especially the parade, flow smoothly and in a timely fashion. This will allow anyone, especially our children to get home at a reasonable time, have dinner and rest for the next day.

- if the argument is we need a day to recover after Bermuda Day then why not a day to recover after January 1st and all the partying around that and dancing with the Gombeys through the day? How about a day to recover from Christmas and Boxing Day?

The Government had the votes however in a respectful way I presented my thoughts.

We have lowered the bar today and May 24th should always be May 24th.


Read 4031 times Last modified on Friday, 17 November 2017 20:30
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  • Comment Link Igrunt n lazy in Southampton Sunday, 19 November 2017 09:20 posted by Igrunt n lazy in Southampton

    I’m a bull headed 'mudian. I celebrate the Queen's Birthday and I will celebrate 24th May on the 24th May. Government can do what they want I bet dingy racing will still be on the 24th.

  • Comment Link Ssi Sunday, 19 November 2017 07:50 posted by Ssi

    I wholeheartedly have to agree with Michael Dunkley on this. We've did this for years and managed. Bda day is Bda Day no matter what day of the week. The only time the festivities shld change is if it falls on a weekend other then that leave it be. #teamgreen

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