Video: PLP Press Conference About Election

June 9, 2017

[Updated] The PLP held a press conference today [June 9] about the upcoming General Election, which will be held on July 18th, with Opposition Leader David Burt saying the “people can now make their voices heard.”

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The press conference has just concluded and we will have additional information later on, and in the meantime the 20-minute live video replay is below.

Full remarks by Opposition leader David Burt:

With yesterday’s election call, the people can now make their voices heard on July 18th.

The OBA called this election to avoid a no confidence vote in the house, so now they must face a no confidence vote by the whole country.

The OBA has stood in front of the people and claimed success, all while failing Bermudians.

The OBA has spent the last four and a half years working to divide our country and will spend the next 40 days trying to make us all forget about that.

But the people know better. They know that our families cannot withstand another four years of OBA broken promises and failed policies.

  • Under the OBA, we have lost more than 2,000 jobs
  • Under the OBA, our national debt has doubled
  • Under the OBA, the gap between the haves and have nots has increased
  • Under the OBA, our schools have fallen into disrepair and our children and teachers are suffering

What their leadership has taught us is that they will say and do anything to grow the divide between the Two Bermudas, because it suits them and their supporters.

But the PLP knows the Bermudian spirit survives their broken promises and lies.

The PLP has always been the party that has worked for the people and we will continue to work tirelessly for you.

A PLP government will promote Bermudian employment by empowering entrepreneurs with a new tax relief system through bipartisan reform.

The next PLP government will implement a fair immigration policy. We know that policies must recognise that the needs of local business are separate and distinct from the needs of international business and we must do everything we can to ensure the success of both. Pathways to Status is not the answer.

Crippling healthcare costs must be brought down for individuals and employers. The PLP is committed to creating incentives to expand competition in the local insurance sector to drive down costs. We must make it more affordable for employers to employ Bermudians. They want their businesses to grow, and so do we.

The PLP will fix our failing public school system by reversing the OBA’s education cuts. No longer will we allow our schools to be mould-infested and unfit for human occupancy. The asphalt has barely dried for Cabinet building renovations, but our Premier calls teachers “mischievous” when they dare to demand better for our students. This is the Two Bermudas.

Under the OBA, West Pembroke School – in my constituency – has two working computers for the entire student body. Under the PLP, we will ensure there is Wi-Fi throughout all public schools and that our students are equipped with the technology they need to advance in the 21st century.

This is our call to all Bermudians: if you are eligible to vote, then please register to do so. It is your right to vote – a right that was hard won.

Only since 1968 have all people had the right to vote. Only since 2003 under a PLP Government, have we had one man, one vote, each vote of equal value, and every Bermudian, regardless of who you vote for, should be proud to be part of the process.

Over the coming 40 days, The PLP team will continue to lay out why this team is the best team to govern Bermuda. My colleagues know that there is hope for Bermuda and that we as a country can do better than we are doing under the OBA.

We can build a Bermuda where a senior doesn’t have to choose between her medication and her dinner. We can build a Bermuda where a student can have the resources at school to focus. We can build a Bermuda where a person working a full-time job on a fair wage can afford to live in the country he belongs to.

Two Bermudas exist, but we know that together, with a government that puts Bermudians first, we can break this division. We can bring out county together, we can make public education a priority, we can upgrade the skills of our young men and women, and we reduce the cost of living, and we can ensure out seniors live in dignity.

I’m proud to represent this great party with its rich history, I’m proud work with these great men and women, and I look forward to the next 40 days where we will share our plan for the country and give Bermudians a government that puts them first.

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  1. Proud Daughter says:

    I am so proud of you dad, Bermuda needs a voice like you. Fighting for people like me who feel belittled and outspoken. Dr. Peets is a true believer in supporting the youth and especially the community, and is someone to follow. He is a natural born leader, and I am so excited for the future.

  2. Double S says:

    PLP’s mantra should be – ‘Diversity for thee, but not for me!’

    • A Chap called V says:

      Zane’s thinking Port Royal could do with another makeover!!

      • Say So Say Right says:

        Is it me , or am I the only one disgusted at the fact that the driving range fence that blew down in the last hurrican , a year ago , has not been erected. It is a safety issue. I Blame OBA and PLP and here is why.

        OBA for not ensuring that a fence that was erected to protect the general public, vistors. transport vehicles and golfers has not been erected.

        PLP because , Zane Desilva a Trustee and member and Mr. Swan, the pro and someone that uses that driving range EVERY F’N day have not done anything either.

        It is sad, pathetic and disgusting. Both to blame!

    • Mad dog says:

      Young man support Burt and the PLP he is only 35 years old you can be something if you put your mind to it..don’t listen to those people trying to pull him down he is doing a excellent job at his age…..PLP PLP PLP PLP ALL THE WAY…..

      • Justin says:

        Burt talking about he’d implement Campaign Finance Reform and wouldn’t even reveal who is top 3 donors are in the press conference when asked. You mean to tell me that nobody in his entire party standing behind him didn’t know the answer either?! This guy and the PLP can’t be trusted! Definitely the ‘say anything’ party.

        • Father Ted says:

          Take my pension. Please.

        • bermyguy says:

          common sense says maybe he would want to consult with the donors before he just puts their names out there. what if the donor dont want their names out there it could be a legit business person or some one who for fear or reprisal by their job chooses to remain anonymous. if your were one of the 3 donors would you wnat him on the spare of a moment throw your name out with out consulting you first ?

          • Double S says:

            One of their promises is to make transparent campaign financiers.

            But when questioned on it he refuses to name his top 3 donors.

            Are you not seeing the disconnect here or the rampant hypocrisy?

          • Say So Say Right says:

            Huh??? Common Sense would say that before you put and idea out there and promise the public that you can and will do something , that maybe…just maybe, you should talk to your donors first!

            However, he is a politician, promise first and apologize later.

            • JH says:

              Except for the apology, you will never hear one from plp.

          • aceboy says:

            Then what does he mean by Campaign Finance Reform?

        • Jus' Wonderin' says:

          Yet they berate the OBA for “Jetgate” bunch of jokers lmfao….ya gotta be dumb as rocks to vote them back in lmfao!

        • frank says:

          I don’t recall any reporters asking Dunkley that question
          and if they did he would not tell you
          look if you watch Dunkley’s interviews you will notice
          he is very good at spin and comes of sounding very rude
          watch his next one

    • Truth Teller says:

      Is it diversity or just white paternalism writ large?

  3. inna says:

    The guy cant go 15 words without mentioning the OBA!

    • wahoo says:

      I noticed that too, it seems easier for them to try and make the OBA look/sound bad than it is for them to make themselves look/sound good.

    • And de other guy cant go without mentioning 14 years.

      • wahoo says:

        Ya and de fettin’ $800M

        • Auditor says:

          it was $890 million!

          • Well SpongeBob spent that much in 4 years.

            • wahoo says:

              But it is ACCOUNTED FOR YOU DING DONG KEEP UP!

              • wahoo says:

                Sorry Onion Juice I shouldn’t have been so hard on you. You are not a ding dong you are a minion and that is better than a ding dong. Minions have feelings.

    • YoudoIt says:

      That is politics! So what if he is calling the other party. What are YOU doing to better our country. All you complainers do the same thing complain. Do something to create change for the betterment of the Country. If you don’t put up than shut up!

  4. Bermudian says:

    Yep…this party looks like its about diversity and working for ALL Bermudians. Paleeease!You know they sprinkled a couple of certain candidates in there to make it look good.

    • It can be diverse but some people are afraid to be ostrisized by their community, like Dr.Barbara Ball and them.

      • wahoo says:

        You do nothing to encourage diversity.

      • Kevin says:

        maybe you can tell me who will stand up for the LBGTQ Bermudians, who will be sure they will be represented or will they be brushed aside and hope they dissappear

      • aceboy says:

        It CAN be…but isn’t because people are ostracized….lol Pathetic.

  5. Jus' Wonderin' says:


  6. A Chap called V says:

    Right wing nationalism worked for Donald Trump.
    PLP must idolise him.

  7. Guy Smiley says:

    De bie donneen sound Bermudian!

    “Can’t stand another 4 yrs of OBA policies” – LMAO!

  8. Concerned says:

    Why the posters?

    • aceboy says:

      The posters are to show that have moved on from the tired old Standing Strong and are a brand new party……because a sign man…..a sign!

      • wahoo says:

        In the interest of transparency who paid for de signs?

    • Hmmm says:

      Bermudians First… Ironic as they helped more Non-Bermudians take our by backing Tweed… (wait for all those ex-husbands to arrive back)!!

      • Just the facts says:

        And wait for those expats whose permits don’t get renewed – they can now appeal and stay!! Thanks for setting precedence!!

  9. That is one of the remarkable things about life.It’s never so bad that it can’t get worse.

  10. Ty says:

    Go get em PLP… LOL LOL – Keep in mind as you are campaigning, in order to speak from your ‘heart’ it CANNOT be written down on paper. How phony when you have to READ to me that you are speaking from the heart.

    • A Chap called Vanz says:

      Many of them can’t read.

    • June says:

      Sometimes you have to write things to cover everything, no shame in reading. Doesn’t make it less personal. People read wedding speeches, no?

  11. King Jammys says:

    Zaney got you all hoodwinked! You can make this stuff up….classic!

  12. Rocky5 says:

    I’m voting to keep PLP outta my wallet

  13. Northrock says:

    Zane looks like he is seeking guidance from above…or below, depending on your perspective

  14. Hey says:

    Who is hiding behind Weeks?

  15. wahoo says:

    Wayne looked confused.

  16. Kevin says:

    a picture paints a thousand words
    i may be mistaken but that where is the diversity
    how can they proclaim to represent all Bermudians

  17. shutthemdown says:

    The UBP/oba is done.

    Come back with a new name in 5 years.

    Cya UBP/oba

    People of Bermuda don’t sleep this election day, it is time to get rid of the UBP once and for all.

    • Anbu says:

      Lmao. U plpers sure love to count them chickens huh? Hahahaha oh this is gonna be great. For your sakes i honestly hope u lot win. Cause if u dont……… hope u all have really thick skin.

    • Cow Polly says:

      How many UBP you got in your party? Yup that’s what I thought

      • Soda Baron says:

        And a little Birdie tweeted they got another UBP/OBA lined up to be announced.

  18. Comfortably numb says:

    Zane joined the PLP as soon as he realized their color was green, as in greenbacks.

  19. diversity matters says:

    I would like the PLP to explain how their party is going to make ALL Bermudians feel that they will work for them and make them feel WELCOMED–not just one demograhic of the country.

    Bermudians come in all shapes, sizes, colours and ethnicites–a modern party would be working hard to embrace Bermuda’s diversity–not suppress it.

    Sorry—but I don’t believe this slate of politicians with the exceptionon of one or two who are fair minded and modern thinkers have ALL Bermudians best interest in mind.

    I see and hear a younger version of the previous administration.

  20. just wondering says:

    curious – on looking at this picture and a picture of the OBA yesterday I can help but ask myself “Self – which party is more diverse?” Has the PLP really changed that much in 4 years or is it still the party of “we don’t care what you think”???

    • wahoo says:

      30 people and only 4 of them women. Nobody smiling, it looks more like a funeral and Zane please hold your sign up! Mr. Anonymous paid a bundle and the people cannot see the damn sign!

      • PBanks says:

        I think there’s 6, but point taken. Guess it remains a slow crawl to getting more women on the front line.

  21. BullyBreed says:

    I can’t watch or listen to the BS anymore i would like to Debate him real talk and no BULL S—T ON THE REAL Bermuda not a bunch of made up facts.

  22. Cowpoly says:

    The PLP are a hot air party with nothing to actually say. I noticed Jonathan Smith has been switched by Maule this election….laughable this attempt at diversity

  23. Hold on! says:

    Wait a minute! Burt doesn’t want Scott Simmons and Michael Scott to run and is upset with Lawrence driving for the Americas Cup people, Why are they there?

  24. Francis says:

    What a gang! They really mean Bermudians that look like us first. This is the Ewart Brown non diversity party at work. Dress up looks good but no substance. Makes me shudder. Green ties and suit don’t make a team that will help our beloved Bermuda. Go away Pathetic Loser Party.

    • YoudoIt says:

      Francis tell me what you have done to make Bermuda better?

    • Shutthemdown says:

      You should probably be the first person they are looking for.

      Nothing has changed Bermuda!!!!

  25. karen says:


    • June says:

      The only people full of hatred are the OBA, for dividing our country even more and increasing the debt. Remember that the PLP was in power during a global recession, all countries were suffering. The oba has had their chance to improve, but instead they are cutting school funding and investing in things that only give temporary relief. Real change comes with the PLP.

  26. ImJustSayin says:

    It doesn’t matter who wins the next election nothing is gonna change. Is the cost of groceries gonna drop. Is the cost of electricity gonna drop. Is the overall cost if living gonna drop. Hell no! When are people gonna wake up and smell the Roses? It’s all a bunch if lip service from both parties. And every voter has the favorite deceiver. Oh I mean candidate. Good grief!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Talking nonsense. The cost of everything is what it is because of the cost of human labour. The crude oil in the ground is free. The cost of it is what it takes for the humans to get it out of the ground. Same with the food that we eat. It starts with the seed producers & moves all the way through to the packers of the market shelves before you get it.

      What is so hard to understand? Are you prepared to do your part in cost reduction & take a real cut in pay? Didn’t think so.

      • Game Changer2017 says:

        That’s what School taught you Triangle Drifter? The real reason is Government keeps either printing or burrowing fiat money that has no backing such as gold. Since they took money off the gold standard back in the early 70′s, money turned into currency and it’s purchasing power is degraded which causes inflation. What your talking about is what they want you to believe..

        • aceboy says:

          You have no clue how this economy works, clearly. Sit down and let the big boys talk.

  27. Triangle Drifter says:

    Whatever Zane is doing you can be sure that he is not hanging his head in shame.

  28. What's the plan? says:

    I think first the PLP must be honest with us and admit that the previous administration made serious mis calculations with Bermuda’s economy and also admit that they shoulder responsibility for our national debt overhang.

    Revising history isn’t going to work. There are too many intelligent people living in Bermuda that see through the election rhetoric

    Next tell us please how you are a party that represents the interests of ALL Bermudians. Your narrative and use of certain terms seem to indicate otherwise.

    Then please tell us how the PLP slate plan to build on the economic momentum created by the OBA and please tell us who in the current line up has the practical experience to manage the internal and external challenges facing Bermuda.

    We are not interested in the response being spun back at the OBA and what they have done or are doing. We want to hear what you have to say about yourselves.

    To be clear we will be looking for the exact same information from the OBA.

    Have a blessed weekend!!!

  29. Kathy says:

    Not all Bermudians can vote. Where is the absentee ballot for people who live overseas? If the PLP gets into power, I hope they put this on their agenda. The OBA has failed to tackle this issue (or even discuss it!) in 5 years!