PLP MPs Not In Parliament For Second Week

July 18, 2014

[Updated] In a repeat of last week, none of the Progressive Labour Party MPs are seated in the House of Assembly this morning [July 18], with only One Bermuda Alliance MPs and Independent MP Terry Lister seated as of this writing [10.40am].

Also in a similar vein to what occurred last week, many of the PLP MPs appear to be present on the property, but none are actually sitting in the House — which they normally are at this time, as Parliament gets underway at 10.00am. The proceedings are underway anyway, with various Government Ministers delivering Ministerial statements at this time.

This boycott of Parliament by the Opposition is in relation to the Governor’s decision over the Commission of Inquiry, with the PLP saying they will “abstain” from Parliament until a solution is found.

Tweet sent by MP Walton Brown last week:

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On July 4th the House of Assembly passed a Motion which proposed the Governor appoint a Commission of Inquiry into certain historic land transactions

Opposition MP Walton Brown brought the Motion which read, “That this Honourable House take note of the historic losses in Bermuda of citizens’ property through theft of property, dis-possession of property and adverse possession claims; and be it resolved that this Honourable House calls on His Excellency the Governor to establish a Commission of Inquiry into all such known claims and to determine, where possible, the viability of any such claims and make recommendations for any victims of wrongful action to receive compensation and justice.”

However, Governor George Fergusson issued a statement saying the debate “raised serious concerns” but “they are not clear enough or urgent enough to justify a Commission of the type proposed.”

Following that, the PLP said the Governor “made a mockery of Parliament and disrespected the Bermudian people” and said they will march on Government House and call for the “immediate recall of the Governor.”

The march took place on July 15th, attracting a massive crowd who descended on Government House to protest the Governor’s decision.

Video of the march:

Update 11.35am: The situation remains the same, only OBA MPs and Terry Lister in the House.

Update 2.18pm: The House broke for lunch at 12.30pm, and came back at 2.00pm, and the situation remains the same, no PLP MPs are in the House.

Update 4.44pm: The House has now adjourned until November.

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  1. Yahoo says:

    Another productive day in the House.

    • sonso says:

      Precisely, stay away trouble makers!

      • hmmm says:

        They obviously don’t think PATI is important to debate.

        Shame on them.

    • Luis Suarez says:

      The question should not be recalling the Governor, but by-elections in PLP held seats.

      They clearly have more interest in sitting on the beach than debating the issues they are paid for.

      Resign PLP MPs, we are running out of patience.

    • Put pupils first says:

      The PLP MPs have been democratically elected by their constituents. It is the PLP that are making a mockery of democracy by boycotting the house.

      Maybe a march should be organized to call for by elections for these seats.

      • SNS says:

        My thoughts exactly! They’re up there ranting and raving about democracy and depriving their own people of it!!

        If the PLP voters are supporting this boycott they are insane! Amongst all the kicking and screaming they have no voice at all!!

  2. cmbbda says:

    Good! Long may it continue. Why would the UK foreign office even respond to these lazy clowns?
    YOU LOST THE ELECTION – get over it and get onboard with the OBA who are TRYING to save this Island!

  3. jaybird says:

    I will probably be a lot more productive than normal!

  4. Navin Johnson says:

    Excellent……would love to have seen them dance around PATI though but having them boycott saves a lot of time and is far more productive than listening to Marc Bean pontificate

  5. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    Good, with the children out of the house, it should be a productive day for our MP’s who care about our democracy.

    Guess they don’t want to answer to why they lied to the people on Tuesday night, wonder how many would have marched if they knew the PLP were going to use it to call for independence and try to have our Parliament un-democratically dissolved

  6. Concerned says:

    Not going in the place to stand for the people that voted them in yet they will be milling about on the grounds – A/holes did they bring their lawn chairs ez ups coolers and flags? They should be fined tremendously and ALL days ducted from their salary

    • nuffin but the truth says:

      @concerned,
      the plp were not voted in!
      the plp are not needed, or wanted!

    • enough says:

      considering we pay their salaries they should be have it deducted.

      Next they’ll get the union to negotiate

  7. Kangoocar says:

    I sure as heck hope they are not being paid for their absence?? On the bright side as was said by ” yahoo ” this will be another productive day in the house!!

    • REAL deal says:

      Very productive as the OBA likes to hear themselves speak. Shame on Horton and Lister. They should be recalled.

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Why should they be recalled and by whom?

      • PBanks says:

        Recalled for what reason?

      • REAL deal says:

        16 dislikes – if 2 oba mp crosses the floor – watch how many dislikes will be posted. But if they did, good bye oba and PMD would make history as the shortest lived premier of the land.

        • cmbbda says:

          You are being obtuse. The Speaker has a responsibilty to be there and should be commended for rising above PLP NONSENSE.

        • really... says:

          …if

      • George says:

        Your post makes no sense!Neither the Speaker of the House(Horton) nor an MP (Lister) can be recalled. Learn how Parliament works!

        I agree however that there should be a statute that allows for the recall of MPs – then we could recall all the PLP MPs for dereliction of duty!

    • JD says:

      Exactly. Can anyone tell me how many times parliament meets in a year?

      I would like to know what percentage of salary we should demand is withheld.

      Or maybe the PLP MPs will agree to donate the money they earned for playing marbles on the lawn today to a worthy charity, or maybe the pension fund, or maybe one of the thousand pressing things that we urgently need money for today and don’t have because certain people have no clue how to run a government.

      • REAL deal says:

        A dumb jackass is smarter of those calling for salary withholding. They are elected to stand for democracy and the governor was out of order. Who drafted the letter he wrote? Check out the AG and ask him was he the co-author or Don Greason? A language expert needs to be hired to look into that fact.

        • BlueFamiliar says:

          Even if the Governor was out of line, which I don’t believe, do you really think their response is a good one? Sorry, as important as the inquiry is, there is also other business to be attended to and they are failing to do their job.

          If I failed to do the rest of my job when one thing went wrong, I wouldn’t be employed long.

        • enough says:

          Why was he out of line when all he basically said there was not enough to form a commssion, and to please ore to the table and then we can do somithing. Mr Bean is trying to make people think that they have money coming to them, which in essence will never happen no matter which way it goes. People don’t be misguided by this ignorant man

        • cmbbda says:

          A Language expert?? Now I’ve heard it all… you been drinking Tea round Marc’s house this afternoon??

        • Allspice says:

          ” They are elected to stand for democracy and the governor was out of order.”

          The PLP have always wanted to be independent of the Governor and his superiors at Whitehall and this Governor acknowledged that by basically saying that Bermuda is self-governing and that this is not a matter for the Crown to decide. He is conceding to your belief in Bermuda’s need for autonomy, and the PLP should be all over it but there is political hay to be made, and hay is priority number one.

        • SNS says:

          They are sitting outside the door! How are they standing for democracy?!?! Listen to what your saying!!

        • theothersidebda says:

          “They are elected to stand for democracy”….in a representative democracy, representatives are elected by the people to bring forth their views. By boycotting the HOA, they are in fact doing anything but representing my views! They know full well their little antics of boycotting the HOA is going to do nothing to get the governor recalled. If they want to handle the situation like mature adults, get back to work (the job of representing me!) and then put forth a proper proposal to the governor as clearly stated by the governor what was missing. The PLP is unnecessarily playing with the fragile emotions of people for their own political gain. Many of the folks who I spoke to about the march thought it was a march against the oba, a march for jobs or any other numerous issues other than what it was “supposed” to be about. They are doing nothing but confusing people and trying to stir up anger in the people in a sick attempt to wield power. Sit down and get on with the job you were employed to do. Can you imagine what would happen if I boycott my job for 2 weeks because I didn’t like the tone/attitude of someone in my workplace????

  8. Double D says:

    So who is going to do the rumor mongering and name calling about and of their fellow Parliamentarians this week?

    That’s become my favorite thing to read on Saturday and Monday mornings. We need you Marc!

  9. Starting point says:

    Mr. Speaker – “The government would like to call a vote requesting the Governor forge a Commission of Enquiry into forced land sales. You will note our submission outlines a commitment of XX dollars from the consolidated fund with a matching request from the UK government to pay for this initiative and clearly states the requested goals and objectives of this commission. ”

    Call for vote:

    OBA – 100%
    Independents – 100%
    PLP – abstain

    Simple process and now the OBA can 1. support those who feel confusion over the land issue, 2. demonstrate how to effectively communicate with government house 3. show the ineptitude of an opposition who feels they are qualified to run a country.

    • REAL deal says:

      Lister wasn’t voted in as an Independent. PLP voters voted him in, believe me he will not be returned, until OBA gives his Craig’s seat.

    • well.. says:

      Mr Speaker, any MPs who refuse to do they work they were elected to do will, with immediate effect, forfeit their seats and a bye election for those constituencies will be held on August 24th. Hold to a vote

      OBA: 100%
      Independent: 100%
      PLP: abstaining due to continued temper tantrum.

  10. WTF says:

    Perhaps this is the best way for the PLP MPs to take care of the peoples’ business…stay away so the Government can get its work done without being side-tracked by a pack of hyenas nipping at their heels!

  11. Mr Stevens says:

    The PLP are like a spoilt teenage girl asking their parents for some money to go shopping with her friends. The parents have said “Sure, but first tell me where you are going and how much you need.” to which the teenage girl has responded by screaming “OMG I HATE YOU! STOP TRYING TO CONTROL MY LIFE!” before storming off to their room, refusing to come down and threatening to run away.

    The key like with a teenage girl will be to just ignore them until they realize their tantrum is not helping them get what they want and come back of their own accord.

  12. Anon says:

    I also want them to pass the following Bills: 1) the amount of people working in the civil service is hereby reduced by 20% and 2)all Gov. pension plans are changed from defined benefit to defined contribution.

  13. aceboy says:

    This is ironic…the day PATI is to be debated.

    • sonso says:

      Must be some revelations coming that they themselves could not even see coming!

    • James Rego says:

      The Pati Bill passed, thanks to the PLP.

  14. Well ….it is a lovely day …who wants to sit in a room full of hot air and flatulence?……on good days the house should sit outside like the romans…..

  15. Perhaps a change of venue is in fact needed…

  16. brigadooner says:

    If they want the inquiry just pay for it out of the striking MPs wages. That’s as fair as paying them to strike on the parliament lawn.

  17. WTF says:

    Any bets on whether any PLP MPs will show up at some point today and try to create some chaos just so they can prance around afterward, crowing about how they are looking out for “their people”?

  18. Terry says:

    Whilst in power for 14 years what would have transpired if the then opposition did same.

    Think of the statements and actions the PLP would have taken.

    A great day to all and thanks OBA for sticking to the wicket.
    The runs will come.
    Shalom.

  19. FREE BERMUDA says:

    I wish I could skip work and still get PAID with BERMUDIANS HARD EARNED TAXES. I don’t get taxes taken out of my paycheck to pay for a HOLIDAY! Maybe the PRC should pay for this stupidness instead of FREELOADING on our ISLAND! PRC = OBA = ALL THE SAME CORPORATE SHILLS! We will nver be freee until the TRUE bermudians stand up and KICK OUT these TRESSPASSERS ruining out island! FREE BERMUDA

    • Anon says:

      Free Bermuda. Let me guess. You belong to a union in a non-mgmt. position, didn’t finish high school and are somewhere between 50-65?

      • BermTimez says:

        Clearly Anon is another racist set on keeping the stats quo in Bermuda… If you want to have your life run by foreign businesses tresspassing on bermudas soil fine but im not gonna take it sitting down. Its prejudiced people like you who are keeping bermuda back. You know what I say… If you arent with us your against us!

        • Starting point says:

          Where did he/she reference race? Comment seemed to be anti union for sure but racist? this is half the problem, people using inflammatory language to change the argument.

          I am a member of the BPSU and glad they are here but the trespassers comment is foolishness.

          I am interested to see how you get through life never using the airport (foreign built and paid for) or use any products brought in from overseas in foreign ships buy foreign workers etc.

          or use the roads for that matter which are paid for by income tax on foreign workers, import duty on foreign goods, hotel and arrival taxes on foreign tourists…etc…

          now you may be pure rasta, who travels by hand made rowboat and grows your own food vegan style, having borrowed someone phone to make that post in which case I apologize but i doubt it – oh and before you say that is a racist statement, Rastafarianism embraces all races into their religion and rowboats are non sex, race specific.

        • You are special says:

          Foreign businesses trespassing on Bermuda’s soil while contributing 60% of Bermuda’s economic output. I’d hate to think what would happen if the People’s Campaign was somehow successful and all of the businesses left this island.

        • sonso says:

          and if you are that concerned about foreingers taking your job… get qualified like they are! take a course, class, exam, certification, something! or are you going to keep complaining that you wont work for 15 an hour and kick holy s*** when expats come in to take your job! be the master of your own destiny, you are relying too much on others to help you out!

        • SNS says:

          Racist? Prejudice? Take a look in the mirror…you’re the one who’s prejudice!! (And most likely racist)

    • BermTimez says:

      @FREE BERMUDA speaks truth. I work hard for my $$. And all we see is goverment and PRCs taking it all. I agree, we need to get the tresspassers out! They can take their businesses and badly behaved children wit them. The island is already too small, thats why houses cost so much, I cant even afford to buy a house cause the PRCs and the bank are CONSPIRING against true Bermudians.

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Examples of PRC’s “freeloading” please on the public dime. Otherwise, STFU.

      • Anon says:

        How are PRCs taking your $? Aren’t they contributing to the economy that doesn’t currently have enough people to pay for Gov. pension and health care? BTW Who created the PRC’s? Who passed the law created the loop holes? You’ve been fed some pretty big lies my friend

      • cha says:

        Dude you are crazy.

      • Anon says:

        I am not a racist in the least but I do believe in having basic human rights…for ALL. There are certain demo graphics in Bermuda (both white and black) that have a certain mindset that refuses to change. the only way Bermudian will even more on is when the more open minded generation coming up now take over. Sad but true.

        BTW how’s Bermuda’s economy doing now that all those evil foreigners and their business have gone? Better get out your fishing pole because soon that’s the only way we’re going to be able to make a living.

        Bermuda today has no place for “if you aren’t with us then your against us” thinking.

    • sonso says:

      Sorry?

    • WillSee says:

      What makes you a real Bermudian?!

    • REAL deal says:

      You can, if your boss went out of his remit and disrespected you. Justice would not be denied.

    • Really??? says:

      I just have a few questions that I honestly would like answers to. Not being sarcastic I truly want to know because comments such as FREE BERMUDA are made quite often but there is never any follow up with what would happen if the sentiment shared by FREE BERMUDA came to fruition.

      What is a true Bermudian? When all non Bermudians are gone what happens then? Are PRC’s who pay rent, bills, pay for services freeloading? Are people contributing to our economy ruining Bermuda or helping Bermuda? How are PRC’s ruining Bermuda?

      Corporate Shills are you aware of the impact of removing Corporate/International Business?

      Is there any country in the world that exists without persons that are not native to the area?

      I am really interested in a decent response, not looking for emotion or ignorance just someone who can answer my questions that way I can decide whether to add to the banter or stay silent.

      • RealTalk says:

        What is a “True Bermudian” -
        Somone who put Bermudas interest before other countries, someone who doesnt live here becuase of a tax break, someone who would live here if there were no international business because it where they believe the belong.

        When all non Bermudians are gone what happens then? -
        The people of Bermuda live free from oppression. We dont need to be rich to be free.

        Are PRC’s who pay rent, bills, pay for services freeloading? -
        Yes. They make money in Bermuda and pay rent but they also buy houses in other places or send there kids to school away. They just come here to escape tax.

        Are people contributing to our economy ruining Bermuda or helping Bermuda? –
        They are helping their own idea of bermuda not the bermuda that bermudians want

        Corporate Shills are you aware of the impact of removing Corporate/International Business? –
        Yes. Richness is not freedom

        Is there any country in the world that exists without persons that are not native to the area? –
        Didnt your mother ever tell you just because everyone else is doing something doesnt mean you have to? If the people chose no foriegners then that it. I dont need to live in a fancy house and wear fancy clothes and travel to be happy and free.

        Decent enough for you “REAL” deal.

        PS – #FreeBermuda

        • OneNationUnderGod says:

          This is some real talk right here!! Any PRC’s/Foreigners that work here should have to pay a 50% Tresspasser tax out of their pay checks to help us Bermudians that cant get work becuase they come waltzingin here with their degrees from fancy colleges that they’re parents paid for well guess what some of us had to work for everything we have and we cant even afford to buy a home or rent because companys give you rental allowance of 10’000 so rent is high so all the bermudians have to live down in St Davids and that is not fair? WELL? TELL ME?

          • Ex-pat says:

            This is hilarious. I worked three jobs to pay my own way through university. I then worked an entry-level job for less than what a bar porter earns here so I could get the experience and designations required to get a good job in Bermuda. My company does not give me a rental allowance. Stop complaining about the hand you were dealt. Stop waiting for your government to make it easy for you. Get up and do something for your own life.

            Oh and RealTalk, I would gladly live here even if there were no international business, except I would not be allowed to because of the draconian immigration policies.

          • hahaha says:

            hahahahahahahaa ur too funny. These people are educated and are spending their money here so you dumbies can have jobs selling them stuff and offering them services. What do you do for a leaving, gaurintee it relies on these people you hate so much being here. You are uneducated blind follower, well done for repeating what others are saying on being unable to think for ureself

          • Yahoo says:

            Your inability to construct coherent sentences is one clue as to why you are unemployable.

          • theothersidebda says:

            I’m pretty sure that most of the companies they work for donate heavily to Bermuda…not to mention that the guy with that fancy degree and 10,000 a month housing allowance is at a level where he is employing many others….many Bermudians.

            It kills me when other people that other people’s success “should have been theirs” but they were somehow denied it. You have no idea how that person got to be CEO of that company, nor what struggles and sacrifices they went through to get it. You just assume they went to a fancy school and out pops this great job in Bermuda. There are many Bermudians who have more than worked hard to put themselves in similar positions. There are even young Bermudians working hard to fulfill dreams of owning their own business (just one this week opened a hair salon) and home ownership. So stop this woe is me crap…seriously life is what you make it and if you make it a pity party, then that’s your choice. Despite whatever advantages or disadvantages someone starts out with in life, it’s about the choices we make along the way. The boy born with a silver spoon in his mouth is just as likely to wind up in the gutter if he makes the wrong choice to waste his life on drugs. The boy coming from nothing is equally likely to make a successful life with the right choices. So while not everyone has access to the same exact paths, we all have access to decide how we choose to face life.

        • Anon says:

          Real Talk,

          No one will be screaming louding than you that you when there’s no $ and you’re living in a shack. Let me know how this “you don’t need to be free” works out for you. If that’s true than why were all the civil servants screaming when they implemented the furlong day? My pay, my pay!

      • Kangoocar says:

        @Really, well, you had to ask?? The two responses you got are indicative of a brainwashing plp campaign!!! Did anyone else notice that both of them only want, what they think??? What the majority of educated Bermudians want, means nothing to them???? Sad but true!!!!!!

        • Anon says:

          Shocking that there are really people living here in 2014 that think like “Real Talk”. That crazy a$$ Ted Kazinski comes to mind.

  20. A Dingo says:

    Fantastic news. Stay away for as long as you like, PLP MPs (just make sure you hand back your Parliamentary salary, m’kay?).

  21. somuchless says:

    The PLP is out preparing for cupmatch.

    • Um.... says:

      Too soon. Eastern County is tomorrow. Gotta finish building their spots down Seabreeze.

  22. serengeti says:

    They can hardly complain about the laws being passed if they’re not there to contribute to the debate.

    Long may this continue.

  23. Paulette Richardson says:

    Good. Saty away forever. Now I can return to listening to the House without having to listen to a bunch of children fighting.

    • REAL deal says:

      So Polly, only the PLP fight on the floor? You must not be listening to the same HOA I’m.

  24. Tommorrow….is the day when idlers work ,and fools reform, and mortal men lay hold of Heaven…until you value yourself , you will not value your time…
    Until you value your time….you will not do anything withit.

  25. Fed UP says:

    Two words to elected PLP members: Grow UP!!!!!!!

  26. Triangle Drifter says:

    Looks like all of the Bettys have boycotted the forums as well. Orders have down from on high to all the little people as well.

    I’d like to see the OBA try to shut their supporters up if there is a disaggreement. Never happen.

    This surely should be a short & productive day in The House.

  27. Cow Polly says:

    It has occurred to me that the opposition (a) doesn’t like the fact that we are Colony and voted to remain one (b) doesn’t like the fact that Bermuda has become a successful financial institution that attracts foreign businesses and foreign workers (c) doesn’t like the fact that Bermuda is becoming more tolerant of people’s differences be it race, gender or sexual orientation. Well, as they are so quick to tell anyone outside of their own party that if they don’t like it leave may I suggest that may be it is time that they do just that. Leave and go back from where you came from because, after all, we all came from somewhere. Not very nice when the tables are turned is it?

  28. Navin Johnson says:

    Standing wrong for Bermudians since 1998…

  29. frank says:

    they need to take their seats in the house and do what they were elected to do and stop acting like little chidren

    • nuffin but the truth says:

      the plp were not elected,they are supposed to be the Opposition Party but recently they are acting like children

  30. Serious Though says:

    Even in 3rd world countries democracy does not look like PLP version!

  31. swing voter says:

    Saddening……just saddening ;-(

  32. nuffin but the truth says:

    Would make my day if the plp were ordered to disband

    • somuchless says:

      I’ll have tears of Joy

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Better still, it would be great if this was the last straw for a few of them & they grow a backbone & either go the route Terry Lister did or join the OBA, if the OBA will have them. There are some who should stay right where they are, seat warmers, putting a hand up when told to.

  33. Crab Mentality says:

    Let’s try listing the TOP crabs:

    1. Mark Bean
    2. Walton Brown

  34. Quinton Berkley Butterfield says:

    I know that there is a lot of anger out there. And a lot of people may not agree with what the PLP is doing. But I think we should all be grateful that we have a government structure that can do these sorts of things. Can you imagine what it would be like to live under the rule of a dictatorship? Look at North Korea. We have seen march after march, debates in the house, and now a boycott. Whether the decisions are good or bad on the part of either party, I think we should all look at the bright side of this and understand that we live in a wonderful country! Humans are not perfect, but we do have it pretty good over here in lil ole Bermuda.

    • BlueFamiliar says:

      You make an exceptionally good point.

    • Agreed says:

      Agreed completely.

      I believe it is a serious over-reaction by the Opposition and that won’t achieve anything.

      But as you said it is their right to take any action they see fit as Bermuda and her people do not live under an oppressive regime(s) despite the hyperbole being spewed by some regarding ‘liberating our country’ and the lot. This mindset is a total slap in the face to people who face true oppression from their respective Government’s on a daily basis.

      We are just too spoiled to understand.

  35. Rockfish#1 and 2 says:

    Don’t pop the corks yet. They will likely return and demand all business done while they were absent, be rendered null and void!

  36. Gobsmacked says:

    So am to take this as the PLP are now on strike ?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      No, they are having ‘a meeting’.

  37. Joonya says:

    While these children are having a second day off fully paid by MY tax dollar, many PRCs (born in Bermuda) are out working hard and cortibuting to our economy and helping the rest of us move this island forward.
    As tax payers we should march to Alaska Hall demanding wage refunds, meanwhile the OBA are on the Hill working hard fulfilling their elected roles.

  38. aceboy says:

    Since there is no article to comment on it….what happened to the People’s Campaign Wear Red Day?

    I don’t see a whole lot of red out there. I see alot of blue and those who I make eye contact with wearing blue has given a knowing smile.

    • Anon says:

      Yup, I’m in blue!

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Got a blue shirt on, equal right for hardworking citizens that have earned them.

  39. Officer says:

    PLP on strike without pay,great!

  40. Gobsmacked says:

    I think this is an appropriate poem for ALL to step back for a moment and have a read.

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

  41. PLC says:

    GET THE PLC’s OUT SO WE CAN RUN OUR OWN ROCK. TIRED OF THEM BRINGING THEIR MONEY TO THE ISLAND AND BUYING ALL OUR STUFF. NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR THEM HERE, TAKE BACK BERMUDA FOR BERMUDIANS, AND NOT THOSE OLD RACIST ONES DOWN OBA, REAL BERMUDIANS, THE ONES WITH NO JOB LIKE WE GUS THAT SIT OUT ON THE CORNER EVERYDAY BECAUSE THEM PLC’s TAKN OUR MONEY THAT WE SHOULD JUST BE GIVEN BEING BERMUDIAN. GET OFF OUR ROCK!!! STAND UP FOR YA RIGHT TO GET PAID FOR DOING NOTHING BERMUDIANS, ITS THE BERMUDA WAY

  42. Bermuda4Bermudians says:

    Should keep striking until all non-bermudians leave this country. GET OUT ITS NOT YOURS. We were here first therefore we deserve more than you. I dont care if we are not ‘qualified’ for your stupid jobs we dont want them. We are treated like second class citizens in our own country. Horrible, inhumane treatment. No where welse in the world are people treated as badly as bermudians are treated in this country. We have no chance to succeed if these people are here, strike for freedom, strike for independence. kick them all out!

    • Ex-pat says:

      Are you kidding? Nowhere else in the world do you get first pick for a job just because you were born there. Some Bermudians have the worst attitudes and poor work ethic.

      • Yes you do says:

        Are you serious. I lived in Toronto for 6 years, I have my Ontario Secondary School Diploma and Bachelor of Honors. I was not able to get a job (as a foreigner)because they wanted Canadians, by the way that was about 30 interviews and rejections. In most countries they support their local population first then facilitate the foreigner.

        In Bermuda it is difference under educated ex pats are hired and promoted.

        • Ex-pat says:

          I don’t know what kind of jobs you were applying for but I doubt that the reason you were not hired was because they wanted Canadians.

          And under-educated ex-pats are certainly not hired here (except for service industry jobs which Bermudians don’t seem to want.) The extensive work permit process prevents that.

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          There isn’t an IB in the world that would hire and promote an under educated expat, with your attempt to finish your statement as such you have effectively rendered the rest of statement questionable.

        • Yahoo says:

          What is a Bachelor of Honors? I’ll give everyone a hint – it is completely made up.

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            Actually, I looked it up, it is an addition to a regular Bachelors degree, what Yes You Do failed to mention is what degree he/she holds it in. There are many bachelors degrees that are pretty effectively useless in the business world. It may be that the jobs Yes You Do applied for had Canadian candidates that they could have hired, rather than have to try and get a work visa for Yes You Can.

            • Moojun says:

              I’m sorry. I remain confused, is this the same as a Bachelor ‘with’ Honours degree? Or are we still struggling with the basics of the English language here? Please re-read your post. What they should have said was; I have a Bachelor of Science ‘with honours’ or; I have a Bachelor of Arts ‘with honours’. It’s simple stuff if really.

        • Beware says:

          Yes you do,, your full of it !

    • Anon says:

      Bermuda$Bermudians….if you look up the definition of entitled, your response would there. Same if you looked up the definition of xenophobic.

      Guess the BIU isn’t very busy this afternoon, I mean it’s Friday after all.

    • Trulytruly says:

      Can’t work out if you are joking or serious…

    • SNS says:

      LOL!! wow…another one!

  43. Alvin Williams says:

    We will march around this house of iniquity that is our house of parliament;sounding our horns and beating our drums until it’s wall crumble taking this OBA government with it and thereby liberate our country.

    • Cow Polly says:

      Mr Williams with all due respect, you do not speak for the vast majority of Bermudians evidenced by the fact that the OBA were elected to Government in 2012 and that only 2,000 marched on Wednesday whilst the rest of us continued on with our lives. So we thank you but we have no desire to be liberated by you and your colleagues, go bang on your drum elsewhere please and let our democratically elected government get on with our business of making Bermuda better for every one of its citizens and guests.

    • Yahoo says:

      Please, please, please Alvin. Put down the drink and try to make some sense.

    • Beware says:

      Nobody cares what you think Alvin, and by the way,, no one ever has! So go and beat your empty PLP BARRELS FOR YOUR DRUMS! Your lot are a bunch of non performing windbags! Boom,boom,boom,boom blah,blah,blah!

    • Wow – if that is going to be the result then those must be some powerful drums? Maybe we can sell them gombey drums to the Iraqi’s and make some real $ off of Bermuda’s weapons of mass destruction?

      What a joke!
      Drink more rum – it does help to kill the brain cells which you obviously have no use for!

  44. Anon says:

    It looks like MAWI let the patients out this afternoon and now there’re blogging.

  45. Air conditioning down anywhere along the way?….because …..that would be fairly legit, this isn’t a proper boycott by definition,to me it seems to be like a strike…where you remove your services.Also I believe govt. To be an essential service of which a resposibility exists to a country and it’s people.One more thing, thos is also a matter of not wanting to be second fiddle,….if I don’t get my way it’s my ball and glove and I’m going home….not wanting to be opposition and being are senonymous, but that is to be expected….why didn’t dey expect dat?Is there a proxy representative such as a reserve independant or a few of them to fall in by proxy?

  46. Kevin says:

    Please make sure each one of them are deducted 2 weeks of salary hell if i’m paying for their childish antics,a sham, well Bean your proving why the right choice was made 18 months ago

  47. Beware says:

    Keep it up Pro Lazy People! Your just what we knew you would be as a PLP/BIU opposition. Downing tools ? What a surprise that is! Lazy,Lazy,Lazy PLP!!

  48. Cleancut says:

    How will the random drug testing of the members of parliament be administered? Will it be done in the house? Has it started yet?…………..anyone?

  49. Rockfish#1 and#2 says:

    Ho hum, another day is with us and two things are abundantly clear:

    1. The Governor will not be recalled.
    2. The general public will never know all the facts regarding private donations made to any political party or its affiliates, in Bermuda.

    We have far more important issues to deal with, so let’s move on. Time is running out!

  50. bluebird says:

    Here is a ‘WELCOME” opertunity………..
    Cut there pay off and Goverment will save money towards the $276Million we had to borrow this year.
    TO PAY THESE BLOOD-SUCKERS.
    wHEN THE “ecconomy” COLLASPES we will not have to put up with this nonsense because they will all be too busy looking for “FOOD” every day
    and dreaming about the good-ole-days.

  51. Jahstice says:

    Can the PLP stay out of The House for a year or so? It will take longer than that,to start to fix the mess they put us in!

  52. I agree – things work better without them!

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