Full Text, Photos & Videos: “People’s Manifesto”

May 2, 2014

The “People’s Campaign for Equality, Jobs and Justice” March was held yesterday [May 1], with large crowds of people — many dressed in red — gathering at Victoria Park and marching to the House of Assembly.

The crowd made their way to the House of Assembly chanting “What do we want, Jobs/Equality/Justice, When do we want it, Now” and chants of “PLP, PLP, PLP” were also heard from the crowd at the House.

Marchers arriving at the House and presenting the Manifesto:

Rev. Nicholas Tweed presented the People’s Manifesto to both Premier Craig Cannonier and Opposition Leader Marc Bean, with both political leaders thanking the crowd for coming out.

According to the Manifesto, “From its origins, Bermuda has existed under a system driven by mercantile interests, viewing people as a means to a profitable end. This People’s Manifesto demands systemic change for the benefit of the people.

Speeches before the march got underway:

The Manifesto continued, “The narrow confines of the centuries old business centered system that privileges the narrow interests of the few over the many is incompatible with the enduring, fundamental principles of Equality, Jobs and Justice.

“405 years of history tells us that this cannot be achieved without systemic change and the establishment of core principles upon which to build a new foundation for the empowerment of the People.”

Slideshow of the march:

The Campaign was launched last month, with committee members including Reverend Nicholas Tweed, Keith Simmons, BIU President Chris Furbert, BPSU President Jason Hayward, Dr Michael Charles, Linda Meinzer, Molly Burgess, LaVerne Furbert and Dorita Rogers.

The full Manifesto is here [PDF] and the 12 points listed in it are below:

  • 1. Every Bermudian should have the opportunity for post secondary education and should not be prevented from attaining education due to lack of funding.
  • 2. The Government must implement an equitable taxation system that would structure taxation based upon levels of total income and the value of assets and holdings.
  • 3. Quality healthcare must be accessible and affordable to all.
  • 4. All Bermudians must have equal treatment under the law: the criminal justice system and the civil legal system must be accessible irrespective of financial well-being and must be administered at all levels in a manner that truly demonstrates that justice is blind.
  • 5. Every person should be entitled to a livable wage in proportion to the cost of living. That is to say, a wage that permits its citizens to meet primary needs of food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and from a primary source of employment.
  • 6. Full employment for Bermudians must be a national priority.
  • 7. The Government must hold all employers accountable so that all workers will be respected and afforded the same standards and working conditions.
  • 8. All workers must have the right to join Unions or form associations to defend their rights.
  • 9. The Government must implement a program specifically designed to provide true economic opportunities for persons who historically have been prevented access.
  • 10. The Government must establish regulatory constraints over the market to ensure that the business community share the sacrifices and participate in practices that serve the common good recognizing that the economy must serve the people and not the other way around.
  • 11. Equal rights must be the same for all citizens in Bermuda, as such age cannot be a barrier for access to services, capital and employment.
  • 12. The Government does not own public property but holds it in trust on behalf of the people and therefore should exercise proper stewardship that protects the assets of the people against privatization

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  1. CBA says:

    Bermuda must be the only country in the WORLD where people are begging to be taxed. Does anyone realise how much taxing a salary hurts? If taxation is introduced (not that it ever will be if Bermuda is to maintain its major commercial advantage), we will soon after have marches against it because it will prevent individuals from surviving. And no, it will not help by taxing the rich because the rich will not stay. Let’s face it, once the money advanatge is gone, so are the people. And that just leads to more of what we are experiencing now.

    Eveyone should have equal rights under the law. Just how do you propose this is to be done? We already have quite a generous legal aid system compared to most countries. This problem has been around for hundreds of years. To expect the OBA to fix it is absurd. Just saying it may sound nice, but you need to provide a solution to it!

    I thought joining a union was already a guaranteed constitutional/human right? What more do you want the Government to do about it?

    Regulatory constraints on businesses? You do realise that once this is done, there will be no point for businesses to stay in Bermuda. And once they’re gone, we will have marches demanding more jobs. You can’t have it both ways.

    • Real Talk (original) says:

      Um. Where is anybody “begging to be taxed?”

      FACT: We are already taxed. The point they are making is that the tax system should be more equitable.

      FACT: Deducting 4% payroll tax from somebody making $40,000 who is alread likely just barely scraping by, differs from deducting 4% payroll tax from somebody making $200,000 who may not even notice (or whose employer pays the employee deduction, effectively allowing this individual to be free of the tax).

      • anon says:

        Then the only way taxation could work without causing I&B to leaves in droves (which we all now know from experience they do), would be to charge payroll tax to Bermudians only. This might not be a bad idea but then the risk is that the richer, mobile Bermudians would just leave as well leaving only the poorer segment of the population paying tax.

      • jt says:

        People who earn more spend more. Put simply, if consumption based taxes (duty, sales tax etc.) were 20%, someone spending 100K per year pays 20K in taxes. Someone spending 20k per year pays 4k in taxes.
        Land tax is already pegged to property value. Vehicle duty increases with value.
        We would be better off closely analysing consumption based taxes than subscribing to income tax.

        • Real Talk (original) says:

          I agree.

          I was using the payroll tax as an example of across the board taxation (which we already have) that presents an inequitable outcome.

          • jt says:

            So an equitable payroll tax would be a higher rate for those who earn more?

      • Benny Trump says:

        If a 4% across-the-board tax isn’t ‘equitable’ in your mind I’m sure everybody paying the same $X as tax won’t be ‘equitable’ as well. So by ‘making the tax system more equitable’ do you mean making higher earners pay higher taxes? If so, you don’t want to make the tax system ‘more equitable’; you want to make it anything but…

        • Real Talk (original) says:

          From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.

          • jt says:

            Ah yes – a quote that is the defining principle of the purest form socialism.

            • inquiring minds says:

              I agree a good number of the points are very much the purest form of socialism. While not in any way taking anything away from those who have needs the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money.

            • inquiring minds says:

              Unfortunately the challenge with socialism is eventually you run out of other peoples money.

              We have a difficult situation but many cannot do some jobs, others have other challenges but the frustration of a failed education or life choices cannot be the overwhelming majority which is who will be burdened with the debt to pay for this.

            • WESLEY BERNARD says:

              Socialism is a label. Jesus Christ said that loving God was the most important commandment and loving our neighbors as ourselves was just like it. How can the wealthy live high on the hog, like parasites, and deny the poor and working class a wage that allow them to live a decent life be considered LOVE?

              Personally, IMHO, some whites will never, ever be concerned about equity or caring for each other. The history of whites documents the cut throat, sociopathic, selfishness and greed that speaks volumes about their spirituality. It is superficial. We must understand that this is a spiritual problem where one group of people lack love for another group of people.

              A spiritual problem cannot be resolved with a political solution. This problem can only be resolved with a spiritual solution. This is why we pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy Will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” The kingdom of God is the solution. The kingdom of the white man will never resolve these problems, because they are the cause of the problems and profit from these problems.

              On a second note, blacks in Bermuda and worldwide, need to open their eyes and realize the institutionalize christianity is a racket and a snare. She has made a deal with the devil long ago and sits on the back of the “beast” – the powers that be – and reaps the rewards. Beware of her and her destiny – destruction by God Almighty. He tells all of you, “Get out of her my people, if you do not want to share in her sins, which have reached all the way into heaven.”

              Or you can continue to cling to the christinity (Titantic) and go down with her. Let be clear – what Jesus taught is above reproach and is wholesome and the truth. However, what the churches teach is loathsome, wicked and deceitful, standing between you and the Almighty. Remember, the blind leads the blind where?

              Into a ditch. Get out of the ditch while you still have time. The crisis’ that is being felt all over the earth are like the “labor pains” Jesus spoke about 2,000 year ago. But he also said that the majority of people would pay no attention, just like in the days of Noah before the flood.

              Will you pay attention? Will you quit begging the white man for something that you can do for yourself? Will you stop worshipping the white man’s system and look to the Kingdom of God for solutions?

      • Serengeti says:

        I thought the idea was to ‘get everyone to pay their fair share’.

        I see that has changed. Now you want certain people to pay more than their fair share, and others to pay less.

      • Silence Do Good says:

        Last time I checked 4% of $40,000 is $1600 where as 4% of $200K is $8000. I think the person earning $200k is already paying the larger share of taxes. What would be the personal incentives to earn more if you raised the taxes on individual who wanted to achieve a higher salary?

        I really do believe the manifesto is lacking any real insight into the economic outcomes of a more socialist agenda.

        Point # 11 is interesting, I wonder how this group really feels about equal right for all citizen inclusive of PRCs, guest workers, long term residence etc. or is it just for us Bermudians and everyone else can just leave if they don’t like it.

        I wonder how many of us Bermudians it takes to run this community and still enjoy the life style we are accustom to. Visit some social states and third world countries for a real look at life on the other side because that is the future you are asking for.

        • Real talk (original) says:

          I think you missed the point.

          To somebody only making $40,000/year, losing $1,600 is probably going to hurt a lot more than the person losing $8,000 (or nothing at all!) on a $200,000/year salary.

          The same for the government paycut…Civil servants across the board took, what… 5%. Those in the upper PS’ got off light while those at the lower end are getting screwed.

          Incentive? Um. Not flirting with the poverty line is a pretty good incentive to earn more.

          Heck. Losing say $16,000 on a salary of $200,000 is still a hell of a lot better than making $40,000… and STILL being taxed.

          I’m not certain that income tax is the solution. It probably isn’t. The point was simply to illustrate that a) we are already taxed and b) the present form of payroll tax can be viewed as producing uneven results.

  2. Bailing says:

    There is no doubt that this movement will either eventually become a new political party or be absorbed into the PLP and Marc Bean will be pushed aside by Rev. Tweed. You can sense the political ambition and Mr. Bean’s comments yesterday were not what the marchers wanted to hear.

    • RJ says:

      Marc Bean is an admitted (and proud) free-market capitalist! Has said so on numerous occasions. I wonder if the marchers know that.

      • Al says:

        He is more of a right-wing and free market capitalist than anyone in the OBA – he was quite clear about that when he was Minister of Planning.

    • marshing on says:

      As a member of the Peoples campaign, I want to let you know, that we have no intentions of forming a new party. And as much as Rev. TWEED knows about politics and history, i’am quite sure his first love is GOD. So to let you know, Mr. Bean is doing a great job, and I do not want him to go anywere. So you don’t need to worry about that, and put your focus on the things going on around you that is not right.

      • Bailing says:

        Dear marshing,
        Thanks for your clarification. Time will tell. Mr. Bean permanently lost my support when he was Minister of the Environment and over-rode his technical officers & granted Planning a number of permissions to his friends/colleagues, followed up by his anti-gay comments, etc.. Good luck with the Peoples Campaign. When is next march/event? Have a great weekend.

  3. Betty Dump says:

    1. Every Bermudian student should work hard, pay attention in class, take up extra curricular activities, not be a disruption in class, do all assignments and homework in order to avail themselves for the hundreds of post secondary scolarships that already exist…

    2. Lets increase the taxes on people that have money so that they leave and our tax base is even smaller.

    3. I agree that healthcare should be available to all, but at least if we as a community eat healthy, don’t smoke, exercise and generally live healthy, we can reduce the cost if healthcare.

    4. So cold blooded murderers hiring QC’s and going to the privy council on the tax payers dime and having their sentences slashed doesn’t sound accessible?

    5. Every person should be entitled to providing high quality work for their living wage. You know… Show up on time, produce quality work, show up everyday, and dont leave early…

    6. Full employment for all those that understand work ethic…

    7. Employees should hold theselves accountable dor producing quality work

    8. All people should be protected from unions when they have their tissy fits

    9. People need to study and increase their qualifications… Learn basic grammar for crying out loud.

    How about we Bermudians do somethings for ourselves and not depend on the goverent?

    • Steve Biko says:

      I agree with some points but apart from being sarcastic and stereotypic it shows how some people in this Island will never be able to move past their hatred toward organized labor and for all you Blokes who think like that ya Firemen have gone on strike back in ya mother land,and you cant blame Chris for that!!!!!!!!!!! LMFAO

  4. Y-Gurl says:

    RED……its the new GREEN!

    • inna says:

      has been for the past little while now.. OBA ring any bells?

  5. BlueFamiliar says:

    I read this and all I can think is how well off Bermudians as a whole are that some of these things are what’s being demanded.

    1. I agree. But the means to do that will mean greater taxation of citizens.

    2. Income and asset tax? Really? I tell you what. Those behind the protest can take the appropriate percentage of their publicly declared income and assets and hand it over to the charities of their choice a and I might believe itssometing they’re behind.

    3. See 1.

    4. & 11. Cant wait to see these people out there supporting the LGBTQ community, and their push for marriage and other civilrights.

    5. Minimum wage is a fantastic thing. Well overdue. Like 15 years or so.

    6. Clearly not paying attention. This IS the national priority.

    7. Needs rewording. “The Government must hold all employers and workers accountable so that everyone will be respected and afforded the same standards.”

    8. Clearly someone didn’t do their due diligence. that right already exists.

    9. I can’t wait to see how they are going to suggest these people prove they’ve been historically prevented access.

    10. Equal taxation?

    11. See 4.

    12. Government works for the people. But in the same thought, the people must be willing to support and fund the Government.

    CBA seems to be right, this group wants us to be taxed.

    When it comes down to it, I think they may want the best for Bermuda, but have sadly not thought through the means of getting what they want.

    Bermuda doesnt need another group making demands. We need one coming up with workable ideas and implementing them.

    • Joey-Bag-O'Doughnuts says:

      You know all they want is to unionize every job on the island and thereby hold every emplyer captive to their demands. And the minimum wage, where do we start, $20/hr, how about $50/hr or imagine $65/hr and when will everybody start to complain when Bermuda’s hamburgers, which are already very expensive will be even more so.

      • Steve Biko says:

        Ya and what’s your view when some of these employers ancestors had people working for free and then later next to nothing, that’s why you have Unions DREAMER, Karma’s a B1***!!!!!!!!!!

  6. jt says:

    1. Every Bermudian should have the opportunity for post secondary education and should not be prevented from attaining education due to lack of funding. (fair enough – access to interet free or low interest loans sounds reasonable)
    2. The Government must implement an equitable taxation system that would structure taxation based upon levels of total income and the value of assets and holdings. (those who spend more currently get taxed more, income tax will be a dangerous slope)
    3. Quality healthcare must be accessible and affordable to all. (I agree. We need money. It is gone now.)
    4. All Bermudians must have equal treatment under the law: the criminal justice system and the civil legal system must be accessible irrespective of financial well-being and must be administered at all levels in a manner that truly demonstrates that justice is blind. (I agree – what do you see as the root problems in the system to any inequalities that you percieve to exist? Where is the problem?)
    5. Every person should be entitled to a livable wage in proportion to the cost of living. That is to say, a wage that permits its citizens to meet primary needs of food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and from a primary source of employment. (Ok – but remember, this list does not include flat screens and trips etc. Having a job means doing a good job and being let go if you don’t.)
    6. Full employment for Bermudians must be a national priority.(fine goal, what are your suggestions?)
    7. The Government must hold all employers accountable so that all workers will be respected and afforded the same standards and working conditions. (workers and unions must be held accountable for their behaviour as well – two way street)
    8. All workers must have the right to join Unions or form associations to defend their rights. (or not to join and to not have their wages garnished regardless)
    9. The Government must implement a program specifically designed to provide true economic opportunities for persons who historically have been prevented access. (specically, which persons and what opportunities have been denied?)
    10. The Government must establish regulatory constraints over the market to ensure that the business community share the sacrifices and participate in practices that serve the common good recognizing that the economy must serve the people and not the other way around. (This sounds ominous. At best I think this is a two way street, Viewing it as one way and the notions presented here seem to lean towards a communist line of thought)
    11. Equal rights must be the same for all citizens in Bermuda, as such age cannot be a barrier for access to services, capital and employment.(or sexual orientation to marriage, rental properties etc.)
    12. The Government does not own public property but holds it in trust on behalf of the people and therefore should exercise proper stewardship that protects the assets of the people against privatization. (some examples of when this stewardship has been abused and where it stands to be abused would be helpful)

    • Agreed says:

      Well said! All I saw here were a lot of ideals and no suggestions/workable solutions.

    • Steve Biko says:

      So drip bag if workers choose not to join ,not to have their wages garnished would they still be entitled to ALL the benefits?

  7. Joey-Bag-O'Doughnuts says:

    Looks like all those people want Cuba. A government cannot provide a job. It can merely put into place policies that enable one to start a business without too many cumbersome regulations. Yes, everybody has a right to live a reasonable life but not at the cost of somebody else’s hard work. Look at the welfare state in the U.S, corruption is rampant and those that truly need help cannot because of the abuse and where does it end?

  8. jt says:

    With a comnsumption based taxed system, those who spend more get taxed more – this is fair and equitable taxation as spending is a choice. Equality is one of the group’s three pillars.

    • JD says:

      No this is not entirely correct.

      First I favour a consumption tax system over income tax any day of the week. Income tax is a disincentive to personal advancement, as in “why should I work hard if I’m just going to end up in a higher tax bracket paying more to the government”. Also the richest people can afford to find a way not to pay their share of income tax, we know this.

      However consumption tax is regressive. Poorer people spend a higher percentage of their income on taxes in a consumption tax system. $1 in tax on a loaf of bread means more to someone earning $500 per week than someone earning $5,000 per week.

      I would propose shifting more consumption taxes off the basics like food, and I mean healthy food, there should be a fat tax – you can pay for your own heart attack treatment thank you very much. Medicine should be tax free.

      The difference should be made up by really severe taxes on luxury and unhealthy items (SUVs/BMWs, prada bags, iphones, boats, alcohol, cigarettes, cheese, soda, a pool tax?).

      Of course you need to consider the Laffer curve here, but that’s the direction I think we should be heading rather than just saying we should bring in income tax. Its pretty clear that this has not been very well thought out by this group.

      • jt says:

        I have pointed out previously that a review of the structure of our consumption based tax system would be a sensible approach.

        • JD says:

          We are totally in agreement then.

          I think looking into this is a no-brainer for a political party that is trying to be painted as only catering to the rich.

          • jt says:

            …and for one that knows better than to implement an income tax.

  9. Real Talk (original) says:

    OBA still losing on the PR front…

    Notice the PLP MP’s decked out in their red… not so much with the OBA.

    Again creating a subtle US vs THEM…

    OBA = disassociated, elitist, out of touch
    PLP = in touch, connected, grassroots

    Granted we are still feeling the effects of the recession, I wonder where the people’s manifesto was prior to this government.

    Just some observations.

    • jt says:

      **Recession and poor fiscal management.
      Grassroots = real Bermudians?

  10. Terry says:

    Just another PLP rally.
    Nothing here.
    TGIF.

    • jt says:

      Nearly time for that rum Terry. ;)

      • Terry says:

        Wish I had one.
        Just a line with me.
        Thanks for the wink.
        A blessed day to all.

  11. running from the cure. says:

    Actually the color red was worn in recognition of international workers day which is on May 1st.. And the March was not pro plp, or pro oba.. It was pro people.. And about the peoples concerns..

    • jt says:

      Thus the chants of “PLP”.
      I’m afraid the timing – why not 2, 3 or 4 years ago when the same problems existed?……and the resumes of the organizers make it extremely difficult to believe there is not a political angle to the march. Sorry, but most will call it on what they see – and hear.

  12. Saaay Whaaat??!! says:

    Yeah OK….I guess the crowd chanting “plp…plp…plp….plp” is evidence that the march was NOT pro plp huh????

  13. Silence Do Good says:

    Great another group crying about how hard it is to live in Bermuda without offering any real sustainable way of fixing it beside creating a more socialist state. The unions got their May 1st march that all that counts I guess.

  14. aceboy says:

    We’ll be a socialist paradise….like….Cuba! Yay!

  15. Jim Bean says:

    Chants of plp. Tweed is on a work permit

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      I know this. If a politically active expat from the UK organized an anti-union march through Hamilton there would be hell to pay.

      “Equality” my a__.

    • Justice! says:

      Jim Bean,

      So what if Tweed is on a work permit. He is the product of a Bermudian father. Further, there are ‘no term limits’ on work permit holders.

  16. Scotty says:

    I know this May sound facetious to some but who is Reverend Tweed and where did he come from? I have looked through all of these comments to see if I could be enlightened. It would appear he is trying to do a good job and is a pacifist but he has assumed a major role in this movement and yet I have not heard of him in connection with any church activities.

    • J Starling says:

      Reverend Tweed’s been quite prevalent in the various news media since coming here a couple of years ago. He’s the son of Kingsley Tweed, who was instrumental in the labour movement and the struggle against segregation in Bermuda decades ago and who later found it necessary to flee into exile, I believe to London. He’s ministered in the UK and the USA, and has been involved in progressive advocating in all those areas.

  17. Ringmaster says:

    If indeed Rev Tweed is on a work permit then is he working outside the terms of his permit? Why do the People’s movement have a non Bermudian to lead them? Not a Bermudian, or Real Bermudian, or born Bermudian or even a paper Bermudian (using the various terms so loved by many). So this group, marching for jobs, equality and justice for Bermudians is lead by a foreigner. What a joke. If this had been a march on the PLP there would have been no end of condemnation.

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      Exactly. If an expat from the UK organised an anti-union political march, I’m sure the PLP would be up in arms.

    • J Starling says:

      Seeing as his father is Bermudian, I would be surprised if he needed a work permit to work in Bermuda.

      • Sandy Bottom says:

        Since he was born outside Bermuda it would depend on things like the domicile of his parents at the time.

        • J Starling says:

          That would have been the UK, our ‘evil colonial overlords’ ;-)

          If he doesn’t currently have status, I would be surprised is all I’m saying. And I imagine he would have the ability to acquire status if he doesn’t already hold it.

          • Sandy Bottom says:

            Only if a Bermudian parent was, at the time of his birth, domiciled in Bermuda.

            Which may be the case, or may not.

    • Justice! says:

      Ringmaster,

      So what if Tweed is on a work permit. He is the product of a Bermudian father. Further, there are ‘no term limits’ on work permit holders.

      • Sandy Bottom says:

        Let’s hope he’s not working outside of the terms of a permit. As we all know, that would be illegal.

        • Ringmaster says:

          @ Justice. Your reference to term limits has no relevance. A work permit states what work duties the holder can undertake. If they are found to be performing duties or other activities outside that stated on the permit that is illegal. I doubt if political activism is included in a work permit for a man of the cloth.

          If as you say Rev Tweed’s father was a Bermudian then it is highly unlikely Rev Tweed was on a work permit.

  18. Where were all you people that find so much fault in the Bermuda of today when for decades the same problems existed? As far as I am concern this “protest” was in fact an up-rise initiated by the B.I.U. and without a doubt, the Progressive Labour Party all in an attempt to discredit the Government of the day, One Bermuda Alliance. Please, remember the influx of foreign workers started when the Progressive Labour Party had taken over leading the Island,(check it out for yourselves)It’s time to get over the O.B.A. leading the Island and become part of the solution by “stop being a stick in the spokes” every damn chance you get :-(

    • JustAskin2 says:

      Hmm, not sure I see it that way. This has the appearance of … chickens coming home to roost .. as they say.

      IOW, treat working class Bermudians as second-class citizens and what do you expect?

  19. mumbojumbo says:

    morons…..don’t start messing with taxation ….it could get much worse than it is!And then you would be responsible for it!nice red shirts….but no banana!Now…on that note Mr. Tweed….if you feel so inclined to bring church to state and so implicate the need to be vocal and participate in due process then do so at a par due statesmen and or general citizen level and pay due taxes to participate in said process….you are entering a tax zone and are required to pay taxes as a participant….you are fiddling with church exemption by very definition….so fine participate no problem….but pay taxes when doing so….or remove AME exempt status while doing so.Can’t have your cake and eat it too….what do you want to do?”PAY TAXES”…..when do you want to do it”NOW!”Moron!

  20. mumbojumbo says:

    do not fiddle with the system…,..taxation are likened to Pandoras box…or Forest Gumps truest sayin….Laff is Lack o’box o’ chocolates yadda yadda….and by the way Martin Luthor you are not….no ….you may emulate all you wish but your little footsies cannot fill those shoes……red shirts well fed to the point of needin a chair to sit in…..wanting that which you nevah had with plp….you brought the reason you have no work with you…plp spent all the money….that is why you don’t have now….the rods haven’t been paved completely in 16 years or more….go look at the swing bridge in St. Georges….needs paint don’t it…has for 16 years….the lighgthouse is now getting paint….it needed paint for sixteen years….the ferries needed paint and maintenance ….date=ing back…..how long…..16 years…p-lop spent more money than was coming in….but refused to maintain existing ifestructure….let us look carefully at what needed doing that was not….and then look at proprietary budgeting that transpired to what was actually done for that expenditure……and be gratefull you have OBA to save you from certain American indentured slave taxation…..and to save you from yourselves….if you can’t see plp for what they are and have done….you need glasses!Your own flease will bite you…nobody elses fleas will harm you….

  21. mumbojumbo says:

    there are a couple who are good in plp…the rest are rubbish…get your house in order.

  22. mumbojumbo says:

    if you go you get a free t shirt and a hat….and five dollars….and you get off work….an gat pade…is it true? I don’t know…I’m makin it up as I go long…but it could be….it is a distink possibility….I mean…it could very well be……think about it…to motivate that many couch potatoes and gather this many of them together in one place …..to be as attentive as they actually were….for that amount of time….I mea…dey don’t spendat much time work!

  23. mumbojumbo says:

    you would think it….it was like a miracle….
    I was thinkin….wow…..dey mustah had some free lunch or sumthin…..sumthin for just bein there and participatin…I looked about thinkin what’s happnin…de second comin o’ de Lawde Jesus!….dey hadah preachah nawlah dat!

  24. mumbojumbo says:

    whatsah manifesto? zdat got anything to do wiffah vooman?!?I want a vooman festo!

  25. mumbojumbo says:

    See dat? see dat?….yah gottah give a plate o’ foooid annah nice red hat….annah nice red t shirt….the colors were a nice touch though….I muss sayit….

  26. Looking in says:

    Pastor Tweed is not Bermudian? You are kidding?

  27. Shrek says:

    Ussually…but that aside….wow ….mr. tweed not Bermudian?….now that makes sense….now i understand….misery needs and desires company….hence #2/……An inherant need for we lot to endure bloody taxes as others do…..yeah right…..you can just want that all you want to….O wanted to purchase a wrangler for my buisness….apparently it’duty is 75% of total cost up to ten thousand dollars….and then 150% of cost past ten thousand….making an inexpensive utility ,work purposed vehicle,lisence as a work vehicle some 62,000 dollars….then they take a mini cooper which can be had for …what 10-12 thousand in Florida some 75,000 dollars….this vehical belongs on our roadsit is English and it is the purfect size….but who’s got 75000 dollars to put into transport…..what does govt do gor this transport duty….you need an suv as the roads are in dissrepair…..Personally….leave two aloneand reduce the dury on wranglers and cooper minis……Mr. Tweed if you wish to participate in govt. Or it’s issues….in Bermuda …perhaps you might want to apply for Bermuda status….and pay taxes here…..in fact perhaps ame church should pay taxes….it is part and parcel with due process…..or is insurgency at the forfront of church agenda?

  28. Shrek says:

    Dury ;- duty….damn teeny tiny keyboard…

  29. Shrek says:

    He got goin…..he fled….he ran away…..run forest run…

  30. Shrek says:

    Only in refrence to number two….what do you want?…”a brain!”….when do you want it? “Now!”.

  31. Shrek says:

    OOOooooooOOoOoooohhhh!!!…..”geeeeetttooooffffofim…..donchew know yahurtnim!

  32. Shrek says:

    Does he pay taxes?…I do…..does he pay taxes?….if not he should shut the hellup!