Opposition Leader On Traditions, Ideas, Future

August 19, 2014

[Opinion column written by Opposition Leader Marc Bean] I would like to take this time to thank the people of Bermuda for their ideas, support and words of advice over the last few months. Your encouragement has rekindled a sense of Bermudian pride that is urgently needed at this point in our history.

With nature we see the times of sowing and reaping cannot be forced before their season. However, once the season arrives, the fruit of ones’ labour begin to show. Bermuda, we have shown great faith in each other over the last few months. I encourage each of us to not let our unity be for one day or for one event.

Hold hands daily. walk together daily. Look out for each other daily. Most importantly, stand up for Bermuda daily.

Please allow me to share a few key issues with you today -

To the students beginning to head back to university, we encourage you to learn all that you can within the academic or technical institutions. Keep in mind that comprehensive learning comes from real life experiences and interpersonal exchanges, in addition to formal education.

The skillsets of effective human relations and client building comes from you as individuals seeking to grow in a myriad of ways. We encourage you to retain the thirst for both formal and informal education and experiences.

Most importantly, please return to our island home and share in the building of a Bermuda that embraces the innovations of the 21st Century. Seek not to simply land a job. Seek to make your own footprint in our future.

On another note, during the summer months many of us will venture to the beaches and or out on jet skis or pleasure craft. Far too often some of us discard our plastic bottles or containers on the beach or in the ocean itself.

Please take a moment to consider that plastic will last for hundreds of years. Often these plastic bottles will kill marine life such as; Fish, Seagulls and Turtles.

Let us all be mindful that our natural beauty is our greatest asset to our tourism product. Please discard of our plastics in a safe and proper way. One of the things we will all agree on is that we need to preserve our environment.

Let us take time out of our busy days and greet each other as fellow Bermudians first and foremost. Take a moment to not just ask how the other is doing in passing, however take another moment or two to hear their answer and give some advice and support. As Bermudians, our culture is to care for those we know, and at times complete strangers. Let us never forget this foundation of our community.

Congratulations to Somerset Cricket Club for retaining the coveted annual Cup Match trophy for the 37th time.

Let us take a moment to commend ourselves for a great Cup Match game. Whilst there are two teams on the field there are tens of thousands at the game or watching at home or online .

We came together as Bermudians despite our differences in teams. We hugged, we kissed, we traded jokes and some even placed bets. When the game was over we all joined and celebrated as Bermudians have did for over 100 years.

Over 100 years ago we took it upon ourselves to commemorate what is rightfully ours. Our freedom. Let us continue to seek our traditions and freedoms as Bermudians in our own way.

Please be careful on the roads and on the water.

Stay Blessed

- Marc Bean

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  1. jon says:

    What a positive message!

    • Kangoocar says:

      Yeah right??? Next week he will start his calling certain people ” demonic ” and organizing more divide, independence nonsense and ganja tea parties??? This man if ever elected as our leader will be the final nail in all of OUR coffins!!!!

      • Jon says:

        A lot of the time I can’t stand what he writes… it’s just this time I was pleased how non political and positive this article was.

        • ERJ says:

          Er – you do realize he didn’t write this….right?

          • Hmmm says:

            It was a bunch of soundbites, not a cohesive article.

            They are not all “issues” either.

            The Summer is almost over bottle soundbite, although positive, is a little late.

            Did like the positivity, but it’s poor execution puts further doubt in his ability to be a leader of this Country.

        • Moonbeam says:

          Beware of the wolf in shee’s clothing !

      • Kunta says:

        Calling some “demonic” is not wrong if it is TRUE, even JESUS did it ……………..

        • Hmmm says:

          Prove demonic, you said it is ture, show us the evidence. C’mon. The internet will help you with the definition.

        • jt says:

          Remarkable.

        • Tolerate says:

          Ohhh, Jesus the son of God??? The guy who would know a thing or two about “demonic”…
          You are priceless
          RTFFOL

        • animallover says:

          I think it’s kinda OK for Jesus to call someone Demonic but not him, come on now…Judge not and ye shall not be judged, remember that?

    • George Brown?! says:

      Good sign. Hopefully he is maturing. I have not been a fan of his lately but hopefully he is turning over new leaf. Refreshing to see him say something positive for a change.

      Hopefully this a sign of real change in PLP.

      • Kunta says:

        I like him better when he’s flogging O’B.A/ubp with LYRICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Purple Koolaid says:

          Kunta, the sad thing about you is that instead of ever being positive and allowing others to pull you up, you find pleasure in pulling others down and keeping anyone from getting ahead.

          Another example of a child left behind.

        • 32n64w says:

          Oh how fascinating. Please do regale us all with the sweet lyrics of division and difference.

        • Jon says:

          Nah. Let’s stick with this constructive, apolitical, non-agenda-ridden persona. We need more messages from our leaders like this.

      • ERJ says:

        Give Dr. Jekyll/Hyde a moment or two….. I mean, let’s consider his change after giving it a bit of time. 5 mins. of reconciliatory words do not a changed man make. Especially not ones written by others..

        • Tolerate says:

          lol… backs up Senator Woolridge opinion piece on our Leader of the Opposition. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
          Wait for it…….

      • Cleancut says:

        There will be no change in the PLP. The old guard are in the background waiting for the next election.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        “Hopefully this a sign of real change in PLP”

        Keep dreaming.

        You are not one of the every Friday marchers are you?

    • Creamy says:

      Written by one of his consultants.

      • Evie says:

        Don’t hate SMDH I like M. Bean he keeps it real when he needs too not like Dunkley who smiles at you but thinks what a waste of effing film hahahahaha SMDH

        • Creamy says:

          Is that supposed to mean something?

          • Kunta says:

            Ya it means that Dunkley perpetrates a fraud by having a poster child image, like duping de Somerset fans at Cup Match and they fell for it but deep down inside he don’t give a F— about Bermudians, where as on de other hand Mark Bean will tell it like it is whether you like it or not, without hoping for Brownie Points.

    • Will the real mark bean Please Stand Up! says:

      Jekyll & Hyde!

  2. Felix says:

    This is the Marc Bean who in the beginning was / is hiding behind the Mr. Nice-guy mask. Never again will I be taken in by this. Marc Bean signed his name to this fluff but I am certain he didn’t write it!

    • 32n64w says:

      Agreed. Methinks the ganja tea has permanently affected the ability to take a rational point of view. On the one hand Mr. Bean can be optimistic, unifying and prophetic but in the next divisive, hateful and mean.

      When will the real Mark Bean stand up?

  3. mj says:

    Yes! I agree.. such an inspiration for all of us! Thank you Mr. Bean for your kind and thoughtful words filled with meaningful advice and encouragement much needed.. as for the plastic in the island, here is an idea for anyone who feels inspired,–collect trash and turn it into art for the upcoming Bermuda society of arts, Trash Art Show from august 29th2014..–(all BSoA for more info) You may surprise yourself with hidden talents you never knew you had… Once again great article!

  4. One more cup of ganja tea says:

    Dear Readers – please pass me another cup of that ganja tea

  5. We Are Not Amused! says:

    Go away Bean!

  6. Ringmaster says:

    An opinion piece written by Marc Bean? I’d hope not and would feel better if the truth was it was written by a 3rd grader. How will this help Bermudians with jobs, prospects, equality and justice? Jobs collecting plastic maybe. If so, no Bermudian will want that job so more work permits will be needed.

  7. Talk about a Jeckel and Hyde. This is the Mr Bean I respect NOT the other dude that talks s***. Are you sure that these are your words Mr Bean?

    • Kunta says:

      I respect him even more when he lashes de Reformed Oligarchy (O.B.A./ubp) because exposing an entity like that in de 40′s and 50′s would have cost him his LIFE.
      Gotta RESPECT that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Rasta says:

    Give me some Ganga tea.
    I can think more clearly with it!

  9. tahe out the trash says:

    Don`t be fooled by Beans BS !!!

  10. Unreal says:

    Some of you people are something else. It always seems like the outspoken people get kicked in the a@#. It seems as though the truth hurts and many of you are hurt because Mr.Bean is keeping it real. Not only that but hurt because the OBA has put in place some things that many don’t agree with including the ones who voted for them and expected a difference that would go in your favor. Next time think before you leap. I’m sure many of your forefathers are rolling over in their graves. If you think Mr. Bean is doing a poor job than take the reins and step up to the plate and enter the world of politics for your Country!

    • Kunta says:

      Its expected, just like de Klan and Tea Party supporters in de U.S.A, they will always come against outspoken people who defend de oppressed.

      • Creamy says:

        The Bermuda version of the Tea Party is the PLP. Right-wing, anti-foreigner, isolationist, anti-immigration. Describes the Tea Party and the PLP. You’re the same.

      • Hmmm says:

        PLP is the Tea Party equivalent.

      • jt says:

        the not de

      • Anbu says:

        Brah. U are NOT oppressed! Lmfao thank god u arent in politics

      • aceboy says:

        You look upon Marc Bean as your defender? I am assuming here you consider yourself “oppressed” right?

        If so, best of luck to you.

        This has nothing to do with oppression though, just a fluff piece commenting on an event that was over two weeks ago.

  11. Stumped says:

    A very Good Article positive and important its sad that there are some so bent on tearing down what ever PLP or OBA say

    • Hmmm says:

      Hardly it was a collection of disconnected sound bites and the summer message, although good, has been delivered at the end of summer.

  12. James Rego says:

    Marc Bean is trying to appeal to young potential voters who are 16? now but in two years time will be eligible to vote. It’s called, planting seed early. A smart, devious but necessary move.

    • aceboy says:

      This has everything to do with the People’s Campaign trying to recruit the young-uns with their meetings. The PLP need to show the Dr. Jeckle side of Bean right now. Mt Hyde will show up at the next march.

    • jt says:

      Theres nothing tricky about it. If the oba gets the economy moving and there are jobs for the present 16 year olds…or the prospect of jobs…the oba will get their votes. If not..well…

    • Impressive says:

      devious??? really? Care to elaborate?

      • James Rego says:

        He is hypocrite pandering to immature minds which is devious!

      • James Rego says:

        He is pandering to immature minds which is devious.

  13. Navin Johnson says:

    Is Kunta the real Bean?

  14. Tricks Are For Kids says:

    Wow…… even a POSITIVE message gets negative feedback…..makes me wonder…… #whatdowereallywant
    Do we want progress?.. .. productivi? ….. do we want to move ahead or stay where we are?…

  15. Cow Polly says:

    This is very encouraging Mr Bean – keep it up and you might find that people start listening to you again.

  16. PBanks says:

    This message is encouraging, positive and contains not a single iota of political chatter… yet as typical there are those who will disparage the content simply because it comes from someone of an opposing political stripe.

    We should be better than this.

    • Tolerate says:

      I agree, but consider ALL that has been done and said (by both Parties). I am neither a PLP nor OBA follower/member but I do have a pretty good memory. Yes people change and I for one would LOVE to see the nasty political attacks between Parties and their Supporters calm down. However to shake your head at comments made about an individual after one well written and caring opinion column after the numerous previous rants is a little premature.
      I believe there will have to be many followup opinion piece with this same vibe before MOST will trust the messenger. NO MATTER how encouraging the message.
      IMO

      • PBanks says:

        Fair enough, and points well taken.
        It gets tedious seeing how quickly people are to attack depending on who’s making the statements, though, and we should be able to at least appreciate when things on the surface appear genuine.

  17. aceboy says:

    No, PBanks. This is Marc Bean repeating a cycle.

    Did you read this piece back in June?:

    http://bernews.com/2014/06/opinion-dr-jekyll-mr-hyde-and-mr-bean/

    It was spot on.

    • PBanks says:

      If that’s the case, then lambaste him when he makes ill-advised, inflammatory, or offensive commentary. Doing it here when he makes decent statements just seems in poor taste, imo.

      Yes, I get it, if you’re an OBA supporter you’re going to be skeptical of what PLP leaders say regardless. But on face value, *this* shouldn’t be the article that warrants scorn.

  18. BermyL says:

    People – grow up! There was nothing controvesial about this article. So just take it for what it is and leave it. It is about time for PLP leadership to change their tone. Equally, the OBA needs to start talking about every issue not having been started on their watch.

    PLP needs to stop trying to make every issue about race (note- you lost many black voters by doing this). The way I see it politics in this country breaks down like this:

    OBA – we’ll grow the pie for everyone and everyone’s slice will get bigger (fine print – those who had bigger slices will have their slice grow faster)

    PLP – we’ll get you a bigger slice of the pie by any means necessary. Even at the expense of shrinking the overall pie.