You can’t have your cake and eat it too says MP Chris Famous

“You can’t have your cake and eat it (too) is a popular English idiomatic proverb or figure of speech. The proverb literally means “you cannot simultaneously retain possession of a cake and eat it, too”.

For quite some time it has been known that Bermuda, as with most countries, has a low birthrate. This has led to the need for all countries to rethink their immigration policies in order to maintain or grow their working populations. Minister Jason Hayward is on record stating that Bermuda needs to grow our numbers by 8,500 persons over the next few years.

The salient questions then become:

A: What industries will create thousands of jobs?

B: Where will these people live?

At present, the only industries that will create a near instant demand for thousands of jobs would be the construction and operation of a number of hotels. There will then be the knock on effect of increased renovation and construction for residential units to house these persons. This then leads to an increase in retail and service jobs.

Sounds simple right? Not so quick.

For the last year there have been 3-5 planning applications submitted for several hotel developments.


Southampton Princess
Nautilus Hotel – West of Azura
Ariel Sands
Phoenix group submission next to Bermudiana Hotel

Most would be excited to actually see these developments come to fruition. Low and behold, we have witnessed a concerted effort to launch objections to each and everyone of these projects. Yes, there are those who seemingly do not want these projects to go ahead.

So, the question has to be asked.

How can we grow the working population, if there are constant organized objections to the numerous  projects that will create thousands of needed jobs?

Simply put, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

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