Talking shop: Young mother Trisha Curtis has her hair cut by Havanna Brown at Exclusive Beauty Centre near Court Street. The Premier’s fancy new car, and his Playboy partying, have been hot topics of conversation in the bars and salons. *Photo by Tim Hall
Talking shop: Young mother Trisha Curtis has her hair cut by Havanna Brown at Exclusive Beauty Centre near Court Street. The Premier’s fancy new car, and his Playboy partying, have been hot topics of conversation in the bars and salons. *Photo by Tim Hall
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In the bars and the barbershops and in the salons, talk of politics is never far away. Recently, there has been a lot to discuss: a 5,000-strong protest march by disgruntled workers; the Premier's private-jet jaunts to Playboy parties; a shiny new top-of-the range GP1.

In PLP heartlands around Court Street, most voters appear to agree: government has to do more for ordinary working Bermudians.

Latasha Zuill, 29, who works in Exclusive Beauty Centre and Barber Shop, said: "I work from 9am till 9pm and I can't afford a $30,000 car.

"I don't want to see the Premier rolling around in a big expensive car. People talk politics here a lot and that's the way people feel. It's always worst on a Wednesday: the PLP have their meetings and they all park out there in their expensive cars: it's like a fancy showroom."

Customer Trisha Curtis, a single mother, said: "I don't like to get involved in politics, but it is getting harder and harder. Everything is getting more expensive. Should the government be doing more? Well, yes, we should be priority."

At Leopards Club bar yesterday, the mood was similar. Denny Richardson, 67, said of Dr. Brown: "He is so busy doing things for show - it's too much about cosmetic appearance. Brown is not a typical PLP type.

"He talks about being part of the struggle, really in the trenches, when in reality he's always wallowed in glitz. He talks about working in his father's bar; it's different because his father owned that bar."

Barman Ebony Souza said of the Playboy saga: "As a Bermudian and knowing the struggle that the average Bermudian goes through I just feel there is more use for that money than to put it into Hugh Hefner's pocket."

He said of Dr. Brown: "I think he is being selfish. All about him; not enough about the public. My faith is lost and there is not a lot he can do to come back from his drastic mistakes."

However, 44-year-old engineer Raymond Rochester said: "The UBP never did any good when they were in power, and neither is the PLP so what's the difference?" On the Premier's new car, he said: "It was all right for John Swan to drive around in his Mercedes. If you're the head of a country, you should be driving around in a fancy car. You don't want to look stupid. I don't get the elitist impression from Brown."

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