Videos: PLP ‘Standing Strong For Warwick’ Event

November 8, 2012

[Updated with videos] This evening [Nov 8], the Progressive Labour Party are hosting the “Standing Strong for Warwick – Road to the Election” event at the Warwick Workman’s Club.

The speakers are scheduled to include Warwick candidates Lawrence Scott, Dale Butler, Marc Bean, Lt/Col David Burch and Jonathan Smith, along with Premier Paula Cox. The audience is a sea of green t-shirts, and they are reacting very enthusiastically to the speakers.

The first speaker was Jonathan Smith [C#28 Warwick West vs OBA's Jeff Sousa]. The next speaker was Marc Bean [C#26 Warwick South Central vs OBA’s Ras Mykkal] As of 8.26pm, Minister Bean is still speaking.

Dale Butler [C#25 Warwick North East vs OBA’s Mark Pettingill], Lt/Col David Burch [C#27 Warwick North Central vs OBA's R. Wayne Scott] and Lawrence Scott [C#24 Warwick South East vs OBA's Alexis Swan] are also scheduled to speak.

Other PLP candidates present include Lovitta Foggo, Derrick Burgess, Dawn Simmons, Marcus Jones, Dame Jennifer Smith, Wayne Perinchief, Michael Weeks, Rolfe Commissiong, Wayne Furbert, Kim Wilson, Vince Ingham, Zane DeSilva, Vance Campbell, Diallo Rabain, David Burt and Makai Dickerson.

With an election call pending, speculation continues to swirl about when the Premier will make the call. We will update with any major statements from the Premier if they should happen, and video coverage of all speakers as able.

Dame Jennifer & Premier Paula Cox:

Dale Butler:

Lawrence Scott:

Jonathan Smith:

Marc Bean:

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  1. media says:

    @Bernews – Is Vance Campbell a candidate?

  2. Webster says:

    who the hell cares what this party has to say ? the likes of Commisiong.Burgess,and the dame BERMUDA WAKE THE HELL UP.

  3. media says:

    Thanks – I must have been off the island when that was announced.

  4. Soooooo says:

    No election called yet??

  5. Teddy says:

    Dec 17th……..Election Day

  6. Bout time says:

    The PLP are not for the working man. At last this once working man can vote you out, life has never been so miserable and life has been a struggle under the PLP.

  7. Familiar says:

    Was this a meeting for PLP supporters only?

    As a side note, I haven’t seen hide nor hair of our PLP candidate, nor could I tell you a single thing he’s done for our area, though I have seen the OBA guy, including prior to the recent electioneering, and I can list a number of things he’s done for the area over the years.

    Funny really, given I live in PLP ‘stronghold’.

    • theothersidebda says:

      It was open to the public, but as expected, most people were supporters. I was there and not wearing a green shirt. So definitely open to the public and not just supporters.

  8. Autumn Fire says:

    YAYYYY!!! ELECTION DAY!!! Come on Bermuda!!!! The time has finally arrived! Cast your vote!

  9. William says:

    Standing Wrong for Warwick sounds more like it….

  10. 21 Questions says:

    not a single white person there…

    • theothersidebda says:

      that is an incorrect statement

    • SoMuchMore says:

      …cause all the fools are black LOL

    • sure. says:

      yep, and it wasn’t like they weren’t invited, just chose not to come maybe?? wonder why

      • theothersidebda says:

        There could be any number of reasons beyond the one (I’m guessing) you are intimating. Some whites (I’m sure) feel that they would not be welcomed at such an event. It’s a shame too, because that wasn’t the case but you certainly needed to be comfortable in an environment where you are in the minority; there were about 3 whites (outside of the white PLP candidates and reporters). I’m sure some people do not wish to be in that sort of environment.

        I went and found, in particular, that Marc Bean was quite enlightening and shared views (which I believe to be genuine) that if were anonymous in the paper, most people would not identify them as PLP views. Point being, there are individuals (many of the younger ones) in the PLP that are not spewing the rhetoric of Derrick and Rolf.

        The more important date is December 18th, not the 17th. The 17th may determine the next government, but on the 18th the issues facing the island will still exist…no matter who wins. What we, as individuals, choose to do on the 18th and beyond will be the real deciding factor.

        • sure. says:

          blah blah blah. excuses.

          • theothersidebda says:

            who’s making excuses? just stating facts. Like I said, I was there. But can see how others may not want to be.

            • sure. says:

              still an excuse. so by this you are indicating that the party does not welcome other races? or do you think that might be a personal problem of those who are fearful of coming? this say it’s more of a personal problem.

              • theothersidebda says:

                What I am saying is that it is easy to understand (based on the rhetoric of a few vocal members of the party such as Derrick and Rolf) why people of other races might not feel that they would be welcomed. Had I not been told otherwise, I might not have gone due to the same misperception. I went, and found that there was indeed no issue with regard to being welcomed.

                • The nitty gritty says:

                  What’s the deal with race here?
                  There are 30,000 black people who did not show up to this event!

    • Exactly says:

      Who’s fault is that?

    • Hoping for change. says:

      Last time I looked Jonathon Smith was white.

  11. SoMuchMore says:

    Why would she call it close to the holiday when many families might be off-island already.

    Great Date Paula.

    • haha says:

      So then they can vote before they leave in the advance polls.

      • Alsys says:

        You mean the one six days before the election? Yeah, that’s “advance”…

        • haha says:

          Oh Alsys take a break. you try and act so knowledgeable but if you did your research you would know that the PLP government passed legislation to provide for 3 advance poll days instead of just one. And they will likely be earlier than 1 week out of the election? So stop being disingenuous.

          • Real Talk (original) says:

            @ haha – looks like the jokes on you. There are TWO advance polls dates (plus one for institutions, whatever that means) and they are a week before the election.

            Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, my friend.

          • alsys says:

            My comment was provided by the Registrar so…um, yeah. The 11th, correct me if I’m wrong, is exactly 6 days before the election. I don’t try to act knowledgeable. I source out information first and speak second. Have a try at it. It’s fun…

      • Moojun says:

        What, you meen the ONE week advance poll? Why not make it a two week advance poll so that suckers who happen to go away for more than 7 days at a time can still influence the direction their country goes in. ONE week, please!

    • sure. says:

      let’s consider college students being included. what other time would include many of the students?

  12. OMG says:

    Help me here but is that out “Premier” in a camo outfit? Pleaseeeeeeeeeee help me!!!!!

    • Moojun says:

      Conscription OUT, military fashion IN.

      • Moojun says:

        It’s a flip-flop thing…

        • SoMuchMore says:

          but there is ‘so much more’ ways to dress but in order to stay in fashion you have to dress like our premier! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  13. Aware says:

    Time for a change

  14. Kneedeep says:

    I am so disheartened to see the comments that white bloggers make. (don’t waste my time asking how do i know you are white). They are very vile and come from a deep place. Just imagine these are the ones on the bus with us. The man that takes your money at the register. The woman at the red light sitting in the car next to you. Your neighbor, your doctor, your waitress. They are all around. The racist is the average white person who has been conditioned to believe that they are superior. Most white people have had this indoctrination no matter how many times they say that their best friend is black and they dont have a racist bone in their body. No matter is if they have s.e.x. with you are simply flirted on the dance floor. Because They swim in the water of white supremacy most likely they are wet with racism…Some may be drying off but still a bit wet…The blogs show that some are drenched and drowning. Now that the election has been called we will see the fury of white machinery crank up. It is an old machine it is resting off of northshore under the rocks but they will wheel it on for a good dusting and drying off and she is ready to get to poping off. The RG the TV the fake smiles. The confused pastors, the radio talk shows etc. They are knee deep in this stuff. Now that they have been sensitized to the detrimental effects of blogging their hearts desire some will try to temper it…but Bermuda…yes Black Bermuda dont be deceived…it is the same racist man. Like a prowler looking in your windows standing knee deep in your garden wathing you with his blue eyes…it is the same man hoping to come in and take over your house…wake up and look him in the eye and let him know that you know his nature, he is vile and vitriolic, he is nefarious and disingenuous, you cant trust him…He does not care about you…the best racist is worse than even Ewart Brown and you know thats pretty bad…SO when you go to the polls remember that he is a prowler looking in your windows hoping to come in and take your stuff….he is knee deep in your garden stamping on your roses and trying to climb in the vindah…dont let him in!

    • Paul says:

      That’s so batsh*t crazy, it could be a John Gibbons online rant……

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      I don’t know what is worse people that believe that others believe they are superior to them (based on what telepathy?) or people that believe they are inferior to others. This is defiantly something that is wrong but wrong with who? Do people actually buy into this though process that is completely manipulative? No, I think in fact this is the writer thinking or wanting to be in control of others thoughts by making the suggestion, due to the history of the west note I did not say Bermuda cause it seems to me that many here wished they lived in the US, that with this one the writer is the devil’s advocate (or maybe I should put antagonist)…………

      LOL with those around that wish this type of control its no wonder way race will continue to be an issue …..for them…….

    • Come Correct says:

      Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide yo husband, they be creepin in ya vindas…lol here’s some advice betty, don’t stand directly in front of the microwave. I’m pretty sure this is exactly what the Premier meant about division, nothing to do with math.

    • The nitty gritty says:

      To Kneedeep …your paranoid rant trying to frame MOST white people as secret racists is exact;y what racism is all about!
      Tarring the group with the brush of some individuals.
      All races exhibit all qualities and character flaws.
      Nobody cares about color. They react for or against cultural differences.
      Our black Bermudian brothers can get upset at the Phillipinos at times, or the Asians or the Uighurs.
      This is often due to the imagined threat that they are getting something that is unfair such as a job,more money or marrying a Bermudian. Humans bind with others of similar culture naturally, it doesnt make them racist. Bermudians abroad will not feel all that comfortable when alone in the midst of North Koreans! Why? Because of the difference in skin tone?! Clearly not. So when you can shake off your paranoia that light skin is somehow disturbed by darker skin you will move forward and be able to vote out the party who bankrupted our country and put thousands out of work. By the way, there is another round of closures and layoffs coming right after the election, aint nothing to do with race bro.

  15. Concerned Citizen says:

    Ummmm, ok, I understand what you are saying, but I wish you would have heard Mark Bean tonight in Warwick. If he represents the new generation of the PLP, they have my vote on the 17th. Powerful, insightful, and thought provoking, and quite a departure from the last post! As bean said, it’s time to stop blaming other people(white I guess) and start to have self respect. Tonight was a good experience, and the PLP looked strong. Nothing negative from anybody in the room, but a desire to do better.

    • sure. says:

      point taken!!

    • LOL (original TM*) says:

      Wish I could believe that but history tells another story Concerned Citizen maybe if it wasn’t election time. I’ve spent some time in Alaska hall and seen for myself how mental scars are past down. D Morris, S Brown and a few others in my age category I would have believed and some of the old PLP people I know don’t seem to have the hang ups but they do not make up the majority no matter how much the PLP party spokesman tries to make it seem. You expect me to believe that now when the PLP are looking for votes that the party has changed … not likely I bet on the night of their victory (yes I do believe the PLP will win) how many of the PLP supporters will be delighted they beat down their “vile enemy” as it seems OBA = white. No I don’t think they have changed as they have had no need to yet…………


      • Concerned Citizen says:

        Is that you Davida? FYI, both the PLP and the OBA have younger candidates and active members which is very positive. From what I heard last night, and by the reception of the message by the older folks in the room, I feel that the PLP is changing for the better. Nothing wrong with that. Bermuda needs progress, regardless of who is the government.

      • LOL (original TM*) says:

        OK listened to it all and the only progressive candidate is Marc Bean, the rest, to put it in Mr Scott’s context is just sand. Although getting W&E to do something near election time is the power of the ruling party and is real to try to get votes. The best part of the speach was getting the 10 jobs again string pulling for votes but atleast they got something back. As far as Marc Bean’s speech alot of “do for yourself” which is great and what others have been sayin for years (pull up your boot straps and all that), but he’s still one step away from speaking to the whole country and not just his party. This is another issue but also contributes to the divide of the country. Sorry but I could put John Smith in the US and switch him in a Repulican rally and he’d fit right in with some minor adjustments to his speach. Also he has not once come to my door or to my hood so where has he been canvising for a whole year to.

        LOL I think I’ll put LOL on my ballot and tick that…………

        • Concerned Citizen says:

          Young Scott has a bright future, as does Alexis Swan. IMHO, Bean’s message was empowerment, so I feel he was speaking to the right people, and not in a divisive manner at all. While others have said it before, it is rare to hear it from a senior Party official, and that goes for all the Parties. If it can be put into practice, then more harmonious Bermuda will become. With the condition Bermuda is in today, we need MP’s that get get us out of this mess, not just somebody who knocks on my door every so often and smiles in my face, and collects a pay check. But I agree, you still should knock on my door if you want my support!

          • LOL (original TM*) says:

            I’m not Davita. Although I can see how you can see the positive in the messages spoken that night the tones of us vs them which is what I’m talking about is there and it’s not the party their on about, I can see the positive in allot of things but I know when someone is talk to me and when some folks are talking passed me. Do I completely blame them? No given the history I know I can see why it happens but know it’s there and maybe we can make people aware of it thus minimizing it or putting us in a better position to finally as a people over come the bonds placed on us by “our” history.

            LOL guess that’s life as stated I think the PLP will win. My question will they win with dignaty or will the sore winner syndrome kick in again.

          • The nitty gritty says:

            If you are waiting for the knock on your door to get us out of this mess you will wait a long time!
            This thinking is part of the problem. How can talking to politicians who are the most egregious creators of the mess possibly repair damage they continually cause by simply being involved??
            YOU are the solution! You and I and other private citizens need to vote them out and pursue our businesses and aspirations under a business minded leadership who cut the red tape, cut the anti International business policy. Corruption and animosity toward all not in THE FAMILY has stifled spending and loans. Those with money will not spend now and the smart banks will not lend when they see the direction we are headed. You think your house is still a million dollars. Try getting an equity loan against it and even if you got it (unlikely now) they would value it at half what you think. This is getting woorse by the day and you actually are so blinded?unaware that you think a little friendly chat will make it all good again? Not in 25 years.

    • Who done it says:

      However, when you are standing you are not moving forward so the PLP slogan of standing strong really means going nowhere and being stubborn about it… So no change is really what they are saying

  16. Animal Lover says:

    What a bad day to call election. Why they did not make it Decemenber 20 or 21 when all schools will be out for the hoilday.

    • sure. says:

      the 21st? why so close to Christmas? than that would be another rant…

  17. US Observer in Pink Sand says:

    I need to educate myself on why the “Premier” gets to choose when election day is held. Or is it the “office” of the Premier?

  18. Small fry says:

    PLP must win as they are the only party that has the ability to reduce the cost of doing business in Bermuda. Lower rents, lower wages, lower house prices, lower household income, lower working hours, lower employment, lower tourist visitors, lower international companies, lower profits for local companies, lower education standards, lower health care services, lower taxes, etc.. Once all these things are really low then foreign investors can come in and buy properties like Sonesta Beach for $100,000.00 and develop new hotels and Bermudians will be willing to work 10 hour days for $5.00/hour. Then we will be once again competitive in the Tourist Industry..

  19. Small fry says:

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of
    government. It can exist until the voters discover that
    they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury.
    From that moment on, the majority always votes for the
    candidates promising them the most benefits from the public
    treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses
    over loose fiscal policy….
    The world’s great civilizations have progressed through
    this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from
    spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty;
    from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness;
    from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to
    apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back
    again into bondage.”

    Alexander Tyler (ca.1770

  20. Cleancut says:

    Keep Col.Burch locked up _______, another television speech by him my cause another exodus.

    • Cleancut says:

      Keep Col. Burch locked up in a back room__________

      now, now Larry.