Senator Brangman Resigns As Junior Minister

August 23, 2014

naltonB[Updated with PLP statement] Premier Michael Dunkley announced that Senator Nalton Brangman has resigned as the Junior Minister of Tourism and Transport and has given up serving on any committees that could conflict with his new employment at Morgans Point Limited effective immediately. Senator Brangman will remain in the senate.

Premier Dunkley said, “I have accepted Senator Brangman’s resignation as Junior Minister of Tourism and Transport and I have invited Senator Lynne Woolridge to assume this role as well as her current Junior Minister responsibilities.”

Earlier this week Morgans Point Ltd., which plans to develop a hotel property in the west end, said that Senator Brangman has been appointed as the Director of Infrastructure and Development.

The company cited Senator Brangman’s training in construction technology and related experience, saying that “due to the accelerated pace that the Morgan’s Point development is experiencing, the team is starting to expand to address the needs of the project.”

Morgans Point Ltd. added that, “Upon receiving his appointment to Morgan’s Point and in the spirit of transparency, he has declared his interest in the Morgan’s Point project to the Premier, Cabinet and the OBA Government.”

Following the announcement the Opposition said, “We are shocked that Premier Michael Dunkley has allowed Senator Brangman to retain his Junior Ministerial portfolio of Tourism & Transport; a role that has already, and will, in the future, put him in a position where direct conflicts between his private and public employment are sure to arise.”

Update 10.21pm August 24: PLP Leader Marc Bean said, “The Progressive Labour Party is pleased to see that following our call for Junior Tourism Minister Nalton Brangman’s removal from this position, he has complied and resigned.

“We believe it is unfortunate though that the conflict of interest in these appointments was not recognized earlier by Premier Michael Dunkley or Senator Brangman. Ideally, this resignation should have happened prior to the acceptance of the private sector post with Morgan’s Point.

“We reiterate our questions that have gone unanswered by both Premier Dunkley and Senator Brangman -

  • How long has Senator Brangman been working for Morgan’s Point Ltd.?
  • What “specific activities” has Senator Brangman’s new role at Morgan’s Point “already precluded him from”?”
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  1. From Beyond says:

    This OBA government is governing dangerously!

    They are a do as I say, not as I do government!

    • Kunta says:

      Like de Governor gave up his membership at Mid Ocean, this is the most Pathetic and Embarrassing time of Politics in Bermuda’s History, and what’s hilarious is O.B.A/ubp supporters endorse this Bull s— !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Hmmm says:

        It is the most shameful because of the divisive, vacuous and shallow actions of the PLP to attempt to cheat the people into voting for them.

        Todays PLP are disgusting.

        • Evie says:

          I definitely agree with what you said but I do think the OBA owns all of that IMO WTH SMDH are you for real get the hell out of here

          • Cleancut says:

            The OBA are here to stay, deal with it. They may even break the UBP’s 30 year record. In 5 years time just watch all the old UBP now PLP boys try to get back on board ship.

        • Kunta says:

          Cheat the people to vote for them???????????????
          You mean like de $350,000 to sway de desperate fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          LMFAO

          • aceboy says:

            When the PLP won the election in 1998 they waited a couple of weeks before running to the press crying that they were not offered cushy positions in private companies.

            Paula ended up at Ace drawing a nice fat salary as Finance Minsiter. No conflict there?

            Butler ended up at the LV Group, no conflict or problem there?

            Patrice Minors ended up at Butterfield.

            They did not resign despite the apparent conflict of interests.

            Why?

    • Hmmm says:

      This makes sense… Well done OBA.

  2. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    There it is folks.

    • Rick Rock says:

      So you complained when he didn’t resign and now you complain when he does.

      • @ Rick Rock: It’s asinine isn’t it :-(

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          you two clowns aren’t referring to my comment are you..? obviously you are to asinine to comprehend it.

          • Kunta says:

            Its a waste of time, the best thing that de P.L.P could do would never be better then de worst thing that de O.B.A/ubp do.
            Welcome to de Two Bermuda’s

  3. Dummies says:

    When Marc Bean is your ethical compass, you know the OBA have problems!

    Why didn’t Dunkley ask for this as soon as he heard that Brangman had a job with Morgan’s Point.

    OBA making dumb mistakes like they are trying to be a one term government.

    • mixitup says:

      “OBA making dumb mistakes like they are trying to be a one term government.”

      TRYING? They know they will be a one term gov’t. Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice – ain’t gone happen.

      • Christopher Notoriouss says:

        …..cos another PLP run would be such an improvement right?

        In yer dreams. It would be the end for Bermuda if those fools got back in.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        And the PLP fooled you how many times?

      • Cleancut says:

        IB is our biggest asset in Bermuda. Bermudians know they cannot risk another PLP government, at very least those whom work in the industry that is.

        • BermyL says:

          …Those who work in the industry plus those who have even a very basic understanding of the way this economy functions.

  4. frank says:

    he has done the right thing he now has one more to do

    • Dockyard Lackey says:

      Sadly too late to avoid criticism. The correct thing to do was resign prior to this appointment being made public.
      I am confident the OBA is the right party to run the country at the moment, but they are still very naive in the way they handle certain situations.

      • Creamy says:

        There is no point at which he holds both positions. He resigned his Jr Min post immediately. What he did is beyond reproach.

        People here are real idiots at times.

  5. We O.B.A. supporter hope you are all happy now :-)

    • RU Kidding says:

      like clearing your cache much?

    • youcantdupeme says:

      Sorry Raymond, but this move is nothing more than political maneuvering! Since Mr Brangman has been part of the OBA he has been moved,shoved,replaced,and shelved too many times! No dust on this guy, he doesnt stay in any position long enough to allow the dust to settle!
      I find this comment amusing by Morgans Point “The company cited Senator Brangman’s training in construction technology and related experience”
      What related experience? Hes an Electrician with a certificate he obtained from the Bda Collage and nothing more! As he remains a senator I agree with the opposition, there remains a conflict of interest! There sure has been a great deal of shuffling the cards lately within the OBA LOL

      • Bingo says:

        You have summed up this move perfectly! The OBA have been involved in a lot of furniture moving recently!

      • Granted, he may not be the brightest crayon in the box but he’s working… And in due time he will be having many other Bermudians working as well…(Not so dumb in’it?)

        • Bingo says:

          Thank you Raymond for confirming my belief that the only reason he was given the job is because of his affiliation with the OBA! Because Brangman is that someone you sometimes find in the bunch,that is normally discarded because it dosent meet the standard! But yet he finds employment as the Director of Infrastructure and Development which he has little to no experience in with Morgans Point ! Family and friends plan at its finest!

          • Thank you Raymond for confirming my belief that the only reason he was given the job is because of his affiliation with the OBA!
            Bingo, you had stated it’s your belief…It’s not mine and I don’t want the vast majority of readers to feel we’re on the same page. That would be a real grave mistake. :-(

      • rich says:

        How can you say that as long as he remains a senator there is a conflict of interest? By that same logic, every MP and Senator should resign except for full time cabinet ministers.

        It’s simply not realistic to expect that in Bermuda today. Legislators in both parties need to eat and feed their families. If all legislators were to be banned from taking any other job, we’d be back to the old days of politics being the plaything of the rich.

        If they cannot take outside jobs, then we as taxpayers had better be prepared to significantly increase salaries in order to attract anyone of calibre to what should be a noble profession. Let’s see if taxpayers go for that?!

  6. Dicktators says:

    shows that the man is in charge.

    how many times fahy should of resigned? too many to record. but he gets a free pass all the time.

    • LOL (Original TM*) says:

      This comment makes no sense just shows that the haters hate Fahy. Worst part is this story has nothing to do with him.

  7. Time Shall Tell says:

    OBA seems to of had a lot of resignations as in such a short period, Seems personal gain over public interest is the motto. Or are there just a lot of quitters among their ranks?

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      & Before you PLP fanatics jump on this, don’t get me started on that leaky ship.

      • youcantdupeme says:

        Leaky ship? Oh you mean that drifting OBA ship with no sails and a broken rudder! I smell mutiny on the horizon, I sure hope the milk man can hold his herd together before they begin to break down the corral!

        • Time Shall Tell says:

          Actually both ships have their fair share of holes above & below the water line to tell the truth.

  8. Bullseye says:

    If this means a Morgans Point development is imminent then I am very happy!

    • Bullseye: That is one way of looking at it :-) Power to the One Bermuda Alliance for dotting the “i” and crossing the “t”
      Now, lets get busy and hire many of them that have been asking for work for years…

    • Robert says:

      I agree, well done nalton…..now lets get that hotel built.

  9. Coffee says:

    As expected ! Now , like Pettingalll he will not last long . Due to incompetence I’m sure !

    • Barracuda says:

      Do you not want Bermuda to survive?

      • Barracuda says:

        why do you dislike Bermuda so much?????

        • Coffee says:

          My love for Bermuda runs deep , so that’s not the question you should be asking . It’s the unsavory , obtuse and shady personalities currently weilding political power that rankles many Bermudians .

          • Ringmaster says:

            So you wouldn’t have the same anti Bermudian stance if the PLP were voted back in with their current slate of MPs? Were you happy between 1998 and 2012?

            You are clearly someone who dislikes Bermudians in political power. Have you criticized Chris Furbert for taking more money out of workers’ pockets – Money over Bermudians – so he and the executives can probably give themselves a pay rise?

          • Rick Rock says:

            You’re anti Bermudian.

          • Kangoocar says:

            @coffee, being you are a known liar, I have to ask you how on earth if what you just said is true about your love for Bermuda runs deep nonsense!!! How is it then that you were not concerned with the “unsavory” plp folks/government that occupied the same position for the last 8 long years before they were finally ousted, but not before they left us ALL in a financial big mess??? But somehow a certain few seemed to amass great wealth????

        • @ Barracuda (& others)Has anyone considered them that are writing letters of criticism possibly being non-residents of Bermuda and are only writing “bull-crap” to stir up some “crap” locally?
          There are many people lately presenting letters under a pseudonym / pen names. Can it be another attempt from outsiders to have us fighting among ourselves,literally?
          Just a thought :-(

          • Bingo says:

            Raymond has it ever occurred to you that their actually exists many Bermudians who are not happy with this OBA and the constant hopscotching moves? Or do really belief your drivel?

            • Toodle-oo says:

              There is no doubt many who are unhappy with the OBA for various reasons . Impatience is probably a large factor too.

              But would they trade that unhappiness for the certain disaster and misery that would result if the PLP were to be voted back in ?

            • Of course. I do acknowledge there are many “unhappy Bermudians” and why ? Because they don’t see the results they were expecting to see as soon as possible, yet in reality, things are happening A.S.A.P.
              Here is an example. When one plays that card game of “patience” they keep shuffling the deck and re-dealing them cards out until all the cards are placed in order.
              Well in Politics that’s how a Govt. must work until they have all players in the correct position/s.

              • Bingo says:

                “Here is an example. When one plays that card game of “patience” they keep shuffling the deck and re-dealing them cards out until all the cards are placed in order.
                Well in Politics that’s how a Govt. must work until they have all players in the correct position/s.”

                So in other words Raymond the OBA are gambling and shuffling the cards until the hand suit them……

    • X man says:

      I almost agree with you –
      Hey look’ we have a Premier who is not going to stand for no nonsense .
      If you can’t do the Job – he’s going to remove you -

  10. IJS says:

    The Premier should have reassigned him to another Ministry as soon as he became aware of this new career opportunity for Senator Brangman that could be seen as a conflict of interest. Brangman should not have had to resign. Premier Dunkley needs to start leading!!!!

    • keven says:

      get a grip, this is a new Bermuda Gov. move on and keep working

    • rich says:

      It’s not just a question of a conflict. It could also be something as banal as not having enough time to maintain junior portfolio responsibilities as well. Or the premier being concerned about how he will be able to attend to ministerial responsibilities with such an important and potentially time consuming new job.

  11. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    only children and fools find fault with unfinished work.

  12. Derek A. G. Jones says:

    This makes a lot of sense and was likely going to happen sooner rather than later. There tends to be a lot of conflict of in interest in Bermuda regarding politics no matter what. Premier Dunkley appears to be conscientious of it and seems to want to correct it when it happens. The important thing is if Senator Brangman can do a good job for Morgans Point it is always best done unburdened by conflicts of interest. There are a lot of great opportunities for Morgans Point that will help Bermuda.

  13. Proud2bbermudian says:

    You can’t judge a book by its cover. In the case with the OBA you sure can we the public never got to read the book. Bermuda if you don’t need one more slap in the face. Well idk what else needs to be done to us as a people.

    This whole government is about self. Plz an OBA supporter tell me how you still have faith in this government???? And don’t let ur response have anything to do with the PLP.

    This makes me so sick as I think of the mess my children are going to have to deal with. All b/c the govt of the day wanted to make sure them n theirs where all taken care of

    Shay will go once his deal comes through. You don’t see the trend?

    Disgusted to say the least.

    A government who says they for the ppl but all they do is jump ship once their deal has been set up.

    OBA supporters you need to march and demand that ur government do a job. You might get some results. They may just listen to their own.

  14. X man says:

    This is going to be Big talk and speculation tomorrow amongst all Bermudians about this – eventurly more deatils into this matter will surface.

  15. Navin Johnson says:

    jumping up and down over a “Junior” Ministry in the Senate….wow what an important job how could we ever survive without all of the junior and shadow ministers? now get on with Morgans Point unless the PLP wants to sabotage that so that some of the 2000 jobs do not become reality…..

  16. moving forward says:

    If Premier Dunkley had forced a resignation the PLP fools would be jumping up calling the race card! Instead it is more demorcratic to have Mr. Brangman make his own determination and I’m sure he did it with consultation with the Premier. That’s integrity. It continues to astound us how the PLP continue with so much hypocrisy. Their whole reign of terror was based on a foundation of conflict of interest and self servitude.

    • Dummies says:

      So interesting how the excuse for everything among the OBA is “the PLP did it too” or “we’re no worse than the PLP”

      He should have resigned in the first place! Everyone could see that!

  17. Ronaldo 10 says:

    A business opportunity presents it’s self and you don’t want him take it ??? Remember he has a family to feed …politics isn’t life to everyone ..family first ! You complains when he hadn’t resigned yet then you complain when he does ??? People are dopey as f?$& .put your self in his shoes especially if you are living off 2800 senate check

    • Dummies says:

      Ok Nalton… calm down

    • Kangoocar says:

      @Ronaldo, you are absolutely correct on all your points, but you have to understand the fact that the vast majority of the plp mp’s are UNEMPLOYABLE anywhere else, so they actually do think a life in politicks is all that they have in life!!!!

  18. non political says:

    Shameful friends and family plans.

  19. Independent says:

    OBA,you are leading Bermuda in the right direction.
    Just imagine if the PLP were to be the govt again,Bermuda would die!

  20. Triangle Drifter says:

    Oh dear, now the PLP will have to find some other non issue to trot out & whip up for their fans to go on about.

    Junior Minister of anything…there was a time when there was no such thing as a Junior Minister. Who created that fluff title to make somebody feel important? Don’t spend too much time guessing the answer.

    Whose turn is it this week to make the PLP look silly? It is the Silly Season in politics after all.

  21. the world moves on while Bermuda bickers says:

    Come on Bermuda–if we put the energy we expend in criticizing and bickering into finding solutions to the many problems that confront Bermuda–we would be on the road to recovery.

    Stop the political bickering and get to work figuring out how to be part of the solution.

    The theme in all of these blogs is consistently petulant and lack vision..

    How about we challenge ourselves to provide our policy makers with constructive and helpful advice and move on from the political oneupmanship.

    Who cares who is the government–either party need serious help as each are way out of their depth given the current circumstances–

    Be part of the change–and I do not mean a political one.

    Come on folks–grow up!

    • Dummies says:

      I think the opposition does a decent job of suggesting alternatives; but true to form the paid OBA bloggers just attack attack attack!

      It is quite disheartening, but take solace in the fact that the “crazy” bloggers online are the minority.

      • LOL (Original TM*) says:

        Take heart on the fact that the Carzy PLP bloggers are included in your minority of bloggers. And wtf care to show examples of workable solutions the PLP have come up with as they don’t even sit in the house at this point.

        LOL go ahead list the workable solutions.

  22. oooooo says:

    The difference between the OBA and the PLP is that the Oba looked at the conflict of interest and deal with it. Its called transparency and accountability (what the Plop cries for from the OBA). The PloP on the other hand sees the conflict of interest and they will utter “it’s ok when we do it”! ObA just get Bermudians working at Morgan’s Point.

  23. Terry says:

    Well um cunfoozed.
    If he resigned and Lynne Woolridge has taken his position as Junior Minister; what do that him in the Senate.

    Minister without a Portafino?

    Guess he just sits there.

    Help me folks.

    • Creamy says:

      There’s no reason why a Senator has to be a Minister of anything. He just goes back to being a Senator, unless he is appointed to be a Minister or Junior Minister.

      • Terry says:

        But then again he could have a conflict of interest as a Senator.
        Where would his loyalties lie.
        With a Government move or with a contractor.

        Guess some don’t get it.

        • Creamy says:

          Well you could say that about anyone. MP’s and senators can and do hold jobs. Some of them own businesses. They recuse themselves when there could be a conflict. There is nothing wrong with it. In fact, it’s a good thing if MP’s and senators are not otherwise unemployable.

  24. Terry says:

    The person who disliked my comment, thanks.
    Why not answer instead of being a d ..head.
    Must be M. H.

    • rich says:

      Not answering you doesn’t make that person a d…head. he just didn’t agree with you.

      I know it’s wishful thinking with the Internet, but it would be nice to engage in political dialogue that doesn’t involve unnecessary ad hominems.

  25. Ian Hunter says:

    A very good move Nalton but you should have resigned before your new job was made public. I do hope that the OBA takes note of this. Handle it right and you don’t get flack.

    • Unbelievable says:

      I would agree, Ian Hunter. The OBA makes a lot of rookie mistakes after the infraction.

  26. Unbelievable says:

    Jeez…first you wanted him to resign. So he did. Now that he has it’s still not good enough.

    Can’t satisfy everyone can you?

  27. Navin Johnson says:

    A positively momentous day for the PLP…..the resignation of a junior minister …..that’s one small step for man one giant leap for mankind…..Bermuda can now rejoice….good luck Mr Brangman

  28. Bingo says:

    If one reads N. Bragman vast resume of the vast experience and qualifications required for Morgans Point newly created position as Director of Infrastructure and Development, would wager you could fit in in a postage stamp!