PLP: ‘Heroes Championed Needs Of Many’

June 19, 2017 | 11 Comments

“On National Heroes’ Day, the PLP joins with the People of Bermuda and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs in honouring Bermuda’s National Heroes,” Opposition Leader David Burt said.

Mr Burt said, ““There can be no coincidence that the majority of Bermuda’s honoured heroes championed the needs of the many, not the few; and shattered many ceilings to do so.

“The roll of our National Heroes shows that there has always been a struggle against forces that seek to divide us, while also seeking to crush the forces that seek to empower and inspire us.

The Department of Community & Cultural Affairs National Heroes Day poster [PDF here]:

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“Whether it was Dame Lois Browne-Evans or Gladys Morrell their political achievements are all the more worthy because of what they had to overcome to succeed in a country that did not want their contribution to society’s political development simply because of their race and/or gender.

“On this day, we also honour and remember our National Heroes in whose mighty footsteps the PLP walks. We cannot forget Dr. E.F. Gordon whose vision for fair labour and equitable law founded the Bermuda Industrial Union.

“Today we particularly revere Dr. Pauulu Kamarakafego whose efforts lay the foundation for ‘one man, one vote, each vote of equal value’, which was achieved by the PLP Government in 2003. As Pauulu said in his speech at the Bermuda College Commencement in 2000:

“My parents told me… “Pauulu, whatever you learn doesn’t belong to you. It doesn’t belong to you because if society did not exist you would not have learned anything in the first place!” Therefore, I must give back to society.”

“The challenge of the Two Bermudas was established early in our history – one Bermuda that has it all and another Bermuda that is struggling to get by. Over the last few years, the divide has worsened, not improved.

“However, over the course of our history, there were many leaders who fought to make Bermuda a more fair and equitable society – a society where all our people might have the opportunity to excel.

“The fight for justice and for equality is far from over. We have more work to do and Bermuda can do better. Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Let us not make the mistakes of the past.”

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  1. John says:

    How about the PLP quit the divisive rhetoric and try the unity route hey it just may work equality for all Bermudians not just the FUBU Crowd we all need each other to succeed not to many will make this list from our current mud slinging politrickers and definitely no statues .

    • Bermuda has been divided ever since we got here.
      Now you want to talk about equality?

      • Coffee says:

        Who divided the UBP ?

        I bet you’ve never ever entertained that question . As a matter of fact you’ve never thought about it quite that way !

      • Enough says:

        So you weren’t here first?

  2. Two Bermudas
    Two sets of Heroes.

  3. Rich says:

    Goodness. Mr Burt sure loves the sound of his own voice and the sight of his own text.

  4. colourless says:

    We are making the mistakes of the past because we are finding it difficult to move out of it. It would seem that we would prefer to stay ‘stuck in the mud’ rather than use it as a stepping stone in order to move out of it!

  5. Political Political political says:

    Surely there is a better way to honour the good people and things in our community and our history than making political speeches and trying to score points.

    Yuck.

  6. Joe says:

    well Mr Burt Wayne Furbert is one of those stuck in the mud and will become a liability for the PLP as the rest of our diverse island is moving on point to note the PLP did nada for equality in Bermuda they hid in the closet

  7. Up D Hill says:

    To move forward YOU HAVE TO WANT TO !!!

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