Marc Bean’s Speech Prior To Censure Motion

May 18, 2015

As Opposition Leader Marc Bean spoke before the Censure Motion against him passed during Friday’s sitting of the House, he said when he said “I will take you out” on March 13th, it was in a “political sense” and a comment made when the “House was in disrepute.”

Censure Motion Passes

On March 16th, OBA MP Mark Pettingill gave notice of a motion which “condemns and expressed disgust at the words and actions” of the Opposition Leader Marc Bean, and “censures the member accordingly” and “suspends the member from the service of the House.”

This follows after the heated session on March 13th, which saw the PLP MPs exit the Chamber in protest over the Speaker’s decision to eject David Burt, with Mr Bean saying “I will take you all out” as he left the Chamber.

Audio excerpt of the exchange on March 13th which saw the Speaker call for Mr Burt to be removed

During Friday’s sitting, the Censure Motion passed with 19 “yes” votes, with all OBA MPs voting in favour; while all PLP MPs abstained from voting saying the “PLP felt that to participate in the vote would legitimize what we believe to be a flawed motion and flawed procedure.”

After the vote passed, Mr Bean was asked to leave the floor of the House and, with the police present, he was escorted out to begin his one-week suspension.

Objections Raised During Mr Bean’s Speech

During Mr Bean’s speech, for which he was allocated the standard 30 minutes, he was interrupted multiple times, with the Speaker repeatedly stopping him, OBA MPs raising various objections including saying the Opposition Leader was “impugning improper motives,” while Opposition MPs spoke in support of allowing Mr Bean to speak on the topics he was trying to address.

The Speaker stopped Mr Bean on multiple occasions, the first time being when Mr Bean tried to bring up “Jetgate,” with the Speaker saying he cannot impugn other members without a substantive motion, saying the topics Mr Bean was trying to raise were for “debate another time.”

Opposition MPs who spoke during Mr Bean’s speech included Michael Scott, Derrick Burgess and Jamahl Simmons. Mr Simmons asked the Speaker if he felt he had a conflict of interest in regards to Mr Bean, Mr Scott said Mr Bean “should not be constrained in defending himself,” while Mr Burgess said the “Leader of the Opposition has a right to defend himself.”

Multiple OBA MPs raised objections saying he was “impugning improper motives,” with Minister Dr Grant Gibbons saying “he is making it up as he goes along”, Attorney-General Trevor Moniz saying Mr Bean should “not shout at members and gesticulate across the floor at people,” while Mark Pettingill called it “absolute baffling nonsense” at one point.

Mr Bean’s Speech

Mr Bean began his speech by saying, “Mr. Speaker, I would like to first begin by extending my profound apologies to the people of this country for the tumultuous period of transition that we find ourselves proceeding through.

“In fact, Mr. Speaker, earlier this week, I spoke to my Deputy Leader, and I said ‘You know David, I look forward to the day when we can turn our swords into plow shears, Lord knows all the people in our country desire and require us to work to turn the corner for this country.

“Mr. Speaker, I can’t wait for that moment, so I apologize to everyone who desires to see progress and peace and prosperity in our island home, for what has occurred for the last two and a half years.

“Mr. Speaker, every cause has its effect, every action has its equal and opposite reaction. Our responsibility as the loyal opposition is to hold the government to account.

“Mr. Speaker, I will now send out a note to all those who hear my voice in the general public who, for some reason, do not like to hear the truth and take offence to hearing the truth. Here’s your opportunity to turn your radio off. Turn it off and come back in 30 minutes.

“Mr. Speaker, before I give my presentation as a response to this bogus motion lead by none other than honourable and learned member Mark Pettingill, I would like to preface my comments with a prayer….

“Mr. Speaker, this motion is based on comments that I made and I said, ‘I will take you out…I’m the Opposition Leader.’ This was made when the House was in disrepute. But I understand the game, whether it’s political or legal games, that the One Bermuda Alliance like to play.

33 minute audio of Mr Bean’s full speech prior to the Censure Motion being passed

Mr Bean continued, “Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Act speaks of bribery laws – Parliamentary Act 1957 [PDF] – because I also said that, after I take you out – it’s because according to the Parliamentary Act 1957, you are all facing 15 years up Westgate.

“And for the learned persons who don’t understand the esoteric meaning of the western gate, it is the gate to hell. The esoteric meaning…some of us, I guess, are a little more learned than others.

“Mr. Speaker, may I quote: ‘Acceptance of bribe section 15, Parliamentary Act 1957. Any member of either House of the Legislature who seeks, receives or obtains, or who attempts or agrees to receive or obtain, any bribe, fee, compensation, gift, reward, or other property, or any other benefit of any kind..

Mr Bean continued, “Let me tell you what the fine is…’That person should absent themselves from that House or legislative committee. The punishment on summary conviction is a $50,000 fine or imprisonment for 5 years, or both; and on conviction on indictment, an unlimited fine or imprisonment of 15 years, or both.’

“So Mr. Speaker, may I explain what I meant when I said that,” added Mr Bean. “We have already noted in this honourable Chamber the Jetgate debacle….

Speaker of the House Randy Horton then stopped Mr Bean saying: “Honourable member, just let me, if you just take a seat for a moment, then I can help guide you, all right. This motion is a substantive motion regard to behaviour of the Leader of the Opposition. In order to impugn improper motives of any other member or to indulge in personalities, there must be a substantive motion.

“There is nothing wrong if one wants to go that route, you can go that route, but it must be on a substantive motion,” added the Speaker. “You cannot impugn improper motives, and not in this regard. The reason why members are allowed to speak about your personality, is because it is a substantive motion.”

Mr Bean then continued his speech, saying: “There is a reason why I mentioned 15 years in the Parliamentary Act…Jetgate investigation is still ongoing. It’s open. And what people suspect, what the investigation hasn’t proven yet, is that there is potentially something untoward. We have money being received, $350,000…”

He was then stopped by the Speaker again who said, “As you speak, you cannot impugn motives of whatever anyone else has done. If you want to impugn other members you must do it by a substantive motion, which is what this is.”

Mr Bean then continued his speech, which saw additional interjections from the Speaker and MPs from both sides of the aisle, and the full audio of Mr Bean’s entire speech is posted above.

Delivering Information To Police Financial Crime Unit

At one point in his speech, Mr Bean said “I am privy to certain information” and also said he “had a meeting with Stephen Decosta.” He reeled off a list of what he said were four pre-paid phone numbers and made some comments referencing Mr. Decosta, a text message, an offshore bank account and more.

Mark Pettingill said that if he knows anything, he should take it to the police, and Mr Bean replied, “Don’t worry, I will deliver these phone numbers to the Financial Crime Unit. Soon as I finish.”

“Actually, I will walk down there now,” Mr Bean added as he finished his speech on Friday.

marc bean may 15 2015

After Mr Bean finished his speech, he was seen to leave the Chamber and walk down the street [pictured above], with it appearing he went to the Hamilton Police Station.

He returned a short while later, and was then removed from the Chambers as the Censure Motion against him had passed and the Motion had called for him to be suspended from “the service of the House,” so he was suspended for a one-week period.

Mr Bean Says Speaker Position Not “Tenable”

Speaking after the Censure Motion against him passed, Mr Bean had strong words about the Speaker, who is reported to have filed a police complaint against him a few weeks ago.

The Speaker also has a Censure Motion pending against him following his decision on March 13 to eject PLP MP David Burt from the House for trying to make Points of Order over an amendment being taken straight to a vote without debate. The Speaker subsequently said.“I now accept that I should not have allowed the amended motion to be brought to a vote…”

“Next we will bring a Censure Motion to explain why the Speaker’s position is no longer tenable,” Mr Bean said, adding:“next week will be the last week that Randy Horton will be a Member of Parliament in this House.”

After notice was given of both Censure Motions in March, Mr Bean told Bernews, “We have seen a pattern of decision making and governorship by the Speaker and this House over two and a quarter years, and I think any casual observer can recognize what is at play.

“When the time comes for dealing with this Censure Motion against the Speaker, rest assured I will reveal everything, and at that point, we’ll see what happens, but there wouldn’t be no laughing from the One Bermuda Alliance.”

Other Police Involvement

In addition to Mr Bean apparently delivering documents to the Police Financial Crime Unit on Friday, the police are involved in other matters pertaining to politics, including pending charges against Mr Bean in relation to alleged words outside a polling station last year, the Speaker making a complaint to the police about Mr Bean, the police investigation into the BPAC bank account funded by the $350,000 donation, as well as the police complaint filed over the alleged ‘throat slitting’ gesture at the House in December 2014.

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  1. A Front Ed says:

    I look at the last paragraph of this story and just don’t know how the PLP can keep him as leader. Anywhere else and this sort of behavior would have had him up in front of the party hierarchy to explain his behavior – at the very least!

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      BDA is another world – in many areas!!

  2. Cow Polly says:

    My oh my what a tangled web we weave Mr Bean. However, the only substantive result I’ve seen so far is that you’ve been censured. Mr Horton is still Speaker of the House and the OBA are still passing bills. Instead of being so combative and making prosaic threats of things to come, perhaps you should act like a Leader of the Opposition and assist the Government in crafting their policies to ensure they have not overlooked any issues or created loop holes instead of looking for deception and criminal motives all the time.
    At the moment you sound like Chicken Little and we all know what happened him.

    • hmmm says:

      So Bean wanted something to happen or he would go to the police.

      Does that smell a bit like bribary to anyone here?

      • Redman says:

        @ hmmm,

        Yup spot on.

        Mr. Bean claims to have evidence of wrong doing but doesn’t bring it forward to the proper authorities, got it. PLP please keep him as your party leader as then we know you won’t be forming the Govt anytime soon.

  3. Lesson for, “disagrible” people: “Smiles don’t make any noise.” On top of all the rhetoric it’s a crying shame to see an individual who,(potentially)can become our / Bermudas next Premier :-( Sad yes…

    • Mockingjay says:

      How can you smile and say nothing when U.B.P./oba are doing the same thing the Oligarchy did in their heyday, and he is just verbalizing himself like Dr. Gordon and Roosevelt Brown did back in the day, and they said worst.
      History repeating itself with the help of the Surrogates.

      • hmmm says:

        Huh?

        Making things up again.

      • SANDGROWNAN says:

        I always wait for Mockingjerk’s comments. They brighten my day.

      • Come Correct says:

        Worse…said worse not worst.

        John said “That was the worst accident I have ever seen.”

        Billy replied “I have seen worse.”

        Seen that way too many times for my OCD to let it slide any longer.

  4. jt says:

    Bizarre. Again.

  5. Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

    I’ve read it.
    I’ve listened to it.
    Uhmmmm

    They voted this man the leader … and want to keep him?

  6. Concerned says:

    Is this picture showing Mr. Bean crossing the street on the opposite side of the new police station??? or is he taking a long way back to Court street just asking

  7. Terry says:

    Last comment here.

    Nothing more than a hill of Beans.

    Shalom.

  8. BTCHECKER says:

    I appreciate this is difficult for Mr Bean. I appreciate he is under pressure and this is difficult – but listening to this is quite shocking.

    He actually says at one point do you want me to give proof of what you have done, is that what you want?

    This is beyond appalling – if he genuinely has evidence of criminal activity the fact he has held onto it for political capital. Whatever the OBA may or may not have done he has to go – this is disgusting.

    If he has evidence that someone should go away for 15 years then why has this not been presented.

    This is nuts.

    • aceboy says:

      But he prefaced his remarks with a prayer, so it is all cool.

      • mj says:

        all prayers are not heard and are like empty words in the wind , just because people pray that does not summon The Most High as he says He does not hear all prayers.. (jeremiah)people are so hypocritical, we cannot just think we can call on “GOD” through some prayer and he will hear, no,.. obviously people don’t read his words, he does not hear every prayer and is not in the midst of everyone that offers up a prayer.. on the real..

  9. Navin Johnson says:

    A waste of time…Mr Bean seems to have lost it

  10. Plpallday says:

    Case in point as to why horton should have never take the speaker job…mark needs to release his info and stop playing with these lot…do what’s right because it’s right not because they left you with no other choice…they will never give us the benefit of the doubt so stop the games and execute the play…they think we are not serious!

    • Come Correct says:

      Jahmal?

      • Zevon says:

        I dunno. Wouldn’t jamahl’s name be ‘plpsometimeswhenconvenient’?

  11. pit bull says:

    The truth hurts yet u people voted for oba lol funny thing is neither party is best to run the country

  12. Sparky says:

    Has Mark Bean been withholding evidence? 15 years is a life sentence now. Must be some serious evidence or an idle threat. I’m hedging my money on the latter going on his record of hot air !

  13. Unbelievable says:

    man this guy is a loose cannon.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Yes he is but he is not the first. He does get the prize for shooting off the wildest.

  14. Charlly X says:

    The Truth the whole truth n nothing but the truth !! Why is the JetGate Crew still in the HOUSE !! They’ve already admitted to guilt 350k worth ! N they the paid bloggers talk about friends n family !! If one of them had the last name Brown Scotland Yard would be probing questions !! The Waterfront and Parliville Scandal Stinks just as Bad !! Anyone who is in denial of this ” is not smarter than a fifth grader ” !! No matter which party you support shouldn’t stop you from wanting the B/S to stop in our Country’s political system !!

    • I’ll entitle your submission, “bitter – sweet”. You’ve added a bit of truth along with a great deal of lies. :-(
      “They’ve already admitted to guilt 350k worth!” That,(whoever you really are that’s hiding behind the pseudonym of,”Charlly X”)had been done before the One Bermuda Alliance became our Government and to help your memory, it had been a private contribution to the O.B.A. And now the so called, “Jet Gate” it has no foundation otherwise the Opposition would still be “beating their war drums”. Please tell us all, who are these bloggers that have been or being paid to talk about friends and family? Prove it or “eat them words” as well :-(

    • BTCHECKER says:

      huh?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Got anything to backup your assertions?…. ….. Not hoping for any answers. Just the sound of treefrogs.

  15. rhonda says:

    They don’t mind if you see, hear or verbalize, as long as you do as They say. Stand strong Marc Bean, however learn to avoid their trap.

    • Balanced Facts says:

      “Stay strong…” I agree, please keep doing exactly what you are doing, we love you just the way you are in the place where you are! PLP Family stay behind your Leader. You must all be very proud of Mr. Bean given your history of great leaders from Hon. Freddie Wade to Alex Scott and Paula Cox, honorable, strong and respectful people.

    • hmmm says:

      I think the PLP trap themselves without any assistance quite well…shameful, nasty arrogance, playing games with peoples futures. Everyday someone new sees through the PLP charade.

  16. Unbelievable says:

    Alright Marc Bean…..Ball is in your corner now. Let’s see if anything you say has any validity. If it does, then we have a cleaner Govt. If it doesn’t, how much egg is going to be on your face?