The BDA.

December 10th, 2010 by De Onion

I don’t think the BDA is selling itself the right way. It’s not about UBP or PLP anymore. It’s about getting the right people in as candidates.

The PLP can’t attract intellectually honest experts who are unwilling to check their conscience at the door of Alaska Hall for the good of the party.

The UBP can’t attract young people.

From a policy standpoiunt there are right answers and good ideas that are pretty fundamental. Because the UBP and BDA have very similar policy standpoints that only means that those things are good ideas and the PLP’s general failure to embrace those ideas underscores its unfitness to govern.

I’m talking about things like:
– Balance budgets
– Don’t lie to people
– Address education/economics and not race

I agree with that the likely outcome of the next election will be a PLP clean-sweep, but the BDA is expecting that and they are expecting to continue to have candidates working constituencies even without any sitting members.

Fundamentally the failure with the UBP was the failure to get the proverbial right people on the bus. At this point neither the UBP nor the PLP can attract and retain the right people as evidenced by the current by-election – where a blowhard senator who plays fast and loose with his facts is representing the PLP and a former drug dealer is representing the UBP. It’s a farce.

The party that will succeed in the long-run is one that can attract the right people – and that party is the BDA or something that grows outside the UBP and PLP.

Not impressed

December 3rd, 2010 by De Onion

For the record, this isn’t much to be proud of from such a large school.

Finally, there was Ivan Sanchez, who graduated in June and is presently pursuing an economics degree at McGill University. This young man was an Advanced Placement Scholar who achieved a score of 4 on a 5 point scale in three advanced placement subjects. In addition, he earned 9 GCSE passes.

The AP exams are pretty standard – I earned my first college credit at age 15 and by the time I graduated from high school I was a semester ahead and that was not at all exceptional. The top students in the school to be able to skip ahead an entire year of university by getting 8 or more scores of 4 or 5.

Also, anyone whose self-esteem is dependent on a Bermuda GPA of over about 3.8 is in for a rude awakening. If you’re scoring that high then the classes are too easy and there has been significant grade inflation. There’s abundant research that shows that the key to personal growth is continual challenge. My school dealt with this by having A-B-C level classes for each subject. Earning even an 3.7 in an A level class was a challenge for anyone and people earning a 3.0 often scored a 4 or 5 (out of 5) when taking Advanced Placement Exams.

The value of education is not in the numbers on a report card, they’re subject to grade inflation and school quality. The value comes in the ability to solve problems and grasp concepts – that’s what gets you ahead in life. By the age of 23 nobody cares what your university GPA was, let alone your high school GPA. People care if you can deliver quality work on-time and be trusted to get things done.

Walton Brown’s Blog

December 1st, 2010 by De Onion

Looks like PLP Senator Walton Brown has a blog at so if you’re interested in reading spurious reasoning and straw man arguments then head on over.