MPs Pass Censure Motion Against Marc Bean

May 15, 2015

[Updated] At 5.40pm today [May 15], MPs passed a Censure Motion against Opposition Leader Marc Bean in the House of Assembly, with 19 “yes” votes, while the rest were abstentions.

The motion was moved on March 16th, which followed after the Opposition’s walkout on March 13th to protest the Speaker’s decision to eject Shadow Minister of Finance David Burt from the House after he tried to make Points of Order over an amendment being taken straight to a vote without debate. The Speaker subsequently said that “with the benefit of hindsight, I now accept that I should not have allowed the amended motion to be brought to a vote at such an early stage,” and there is a seperate Censure Motion being brought against him in relation to this by the Opposition.

Notice of the motion seeking to censure the Opposition Leader

A Motion moved by Hon. M. J. Pettingill that this House:

  • Condemns and expressed disgust at the words and actions of the Member from Warwick East Central, the Leader of the Opposition, on Friday, March 13, and censures the member accordingly
  • Abhors the action of the member for Warwick East Central in verbally threatening Members of the House and showing total disrespect to the Office of the Speaker of the House, and by this action, seriously reflecting up on the honour and dignity of the House; and
  • Suspends the member for Warwick East Central from the service of the House. In addition, the Opposition Leader failed to acknowledge the seriousness and gravity the behaviour identified, which is not the type of behaviour that should be associated with Bermuda’s Opposition Leader, or any Member of Parliament

Those that spoke on the motion include Mark Pettingill [OBA], Patricia Gordon-Pamplin [OBA] ,Walton Brown [PLP], Sylvan Richards [OBA], David Burt [PLP] and Marc Bean [PLP].

Mr Bean said that when, on March 13th, when he said “I will take you out”, he meant in a political context, and said he is privy to certain information, and went to discuss aspects of the waterfront development deal, a text message from Stephen Decosta, an offshore bank account and more. The Speaker interrupted Mr Bean on multiple occasions, and we will have separate and full coverage of Mr Bean’s comments later on.

At around 5.40pm, the MPs took a vote on the Motion, with all names being called. The vote was passed with 19 “ayes” and the rest were abstentions. The Speaker said this means the “Honourable member will return to the House next week.”

We will continue to update as able.

Update 5.53pm: Audio of the vote being taken and the Speaker saying Mr Bean is suspended

Update 6.03pm: Quick video of Mr Bean leaving the House after the Motion passed, as you can see the Police were present

Update 6.23pm: Speaking to the media outside, Mr Bean confirmed the suspension is for one week and said he will be back in the House next Friday.

He also had some strong words about Speaker Randy Horton, saying: “Next we will bring a Censure Motion to explain why the Speaker’s position is no longer tenable.”

Mr Bean said “the Speaker was compromised the day he became the Speaker,” adding that “next week will be the last week that Randy Horton will be a Member of Parliament in this House.”

When asked what prompted the action against him, Mr Bean said, “They are afraid I will speak the truth.”

Update 7.06pm: After he finished speaking and prior to the vote being passed, Mr Bean was seen to leave the House and walk away, as pictured below. He returned some time later, and we understand he may have visited the Police station to pass on information to the police. We are seeking confirmation from the police now.

marc bean may 15 2015

As we reported above, during Mr Bean’s speech today, he discussed aspects of the waterfront development deal, a text message from Stephen Decosta, an offshore bank account and more.

At one point today in the House, Mr Bean reeled off a list of phone numbers and made some comments, and then said, “I will deliver these phone numbers to the Financial Crime Unit. Soon as I finish.”

As Mr Bean walked down the street, we attempted to chase him down and get comment, and he said, “I am doing what I promised.”

Update 8.36pm: The vote on the Censure Motion was 19 “ayes” [all OBA MPs], with all PLP MPs abstaining, and when asked why their MPs abstained from voting, the PLP said, “The PLP felt that to participate in the vote would legitimize what we believe to be a flawed motion and flawed procedure. Therefore as a caucus we decided to abstain in support of due process for our Leader.”

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  1. Family Man says:

    Not even members of your own party voted for you. That says it all Mr. Bean.

    • hmmm says:

      Bean has been out of favour for a long time. There has been a power struggle. Plain for all to see.

      • stunned... says:

        don’t be surprised if you hear a, “That’s it! I quit.”

        • Mike says:

          Here’s hoping.

          • People of Bermuda says:

            RESIGN Marc Bean. Loose cannon, time to go.

            • Raymond Ray says:

              Well, Min. Randy Horton Sir, it sounded as if that bie’ is vexed and is going to “resign” you from representing the Progressive Labour Party. In which case your need to be House Speaker will be over :-(
              I can only pray it don’t nor can be done since you had been elected by the people of the Constituency you represent :-(

              • Project Fail says:

                As long as Bean is in leading the PLP will not govern again. I have voted UBP , PLP& UBP when we had two votes, PLP and then OBA. Dr. Bean is cut from the same cloth as Dr. Brown. They both confused arrogance with being “strong” and pushed others away.

                As a Bermudian a wish for the day when we have TWO strong, honest and fair political parties with the brightest people leading them.

                The PLP made some mistakes in their first years, as does any new government, and most were tollerant and hopeful. Then we entered the Brown years and the Party and the Island changed. PLPs biggest mistake by far. I understand why Cox resigned after the election but Bean was not the answer!

            • hmmm says:

              When asked what prompted the action against him, Mr Bean said, “They are afraid I will speak the truth.”

              So that is why they abstained !!!!!!!!!!

              • mj says:

                @hmmmm—If you listned to the HOA you would have heard and understood that whilst Mr. bean was trying to respond to the censor motion , he was continually disrupted by the speaker and some on the other side from explaining why nhe made disparaging” comments which bought about the censorship, ..If you listened to the HOA you would have heard again a fumbling speaker who could not explain under what regulation, policy or parliamentary proceedure that this motion of censor by the ruling power exists through a vote, ONLY THE SPEAKER CAN SUSPEND ANYONE FROM PARLIAMENT< not the opposition or ruling power through a vote, it is unheard of and has never taken place in our parliamentary proceedures, so the opposition plp abstain so that it would not appear that they participated in a FLAWED process! SEEMS the SPEAKER was at great pains to explain himself and quite frankly he did not do a good job, citing the west indies as his guide is ludacris!!!!we live in BErmuda and when it comes to the law and proceedures under legislative rule "WE ARE AOTHER WORLD" you just cannot say, i checked out what another island was doing so i think I will just implement it! and the oba know very well that the exercise was not legit! thats why mr. Pettingill will not respond.

            • Build a Better Bermuda says:

              I am really confused, here is a man that says he represents the people. So now he has gone to the police to pass on information… what confuses me is that if he has had this information, why has he waited all this time to pass it on to the police. There can only be one answer, rather than losing this supposed ace, he has been hanging on to it to perhaps try and use it as a leverage over people. Yup, that is really the actions of a selfless individual… self serving more like. And now he has gone and had his little tantrum, so let’s see what falls out.
              It has been clear from the get go that the only democracy Marc Bean believes in is a democracy that he controls, he has refused to accept that that the PLP were voted on for their abysmal record and that the OBA are government, believing that he is the rightful leader of Bermuda (even going so far as to almost call the OBA the opposition in a massive Freudian slip), he has no respect for anyone that does not follow him and tote his line and the hiprocrisy of this is that for all his grandiose postulating, had the roles be in the reverse, he would have no problem with any of this. Thank the Devine that the PLP were voted out, because if they had won and he and who ever else was aligning behind him to coup out Ms. Cox had succeeded, he would have been the worst Premier Bermuda could possibly have had.
              So the question still remains, if he had all this information worth handing over to the police for action, why didn’t he hand it over earlier?

              • Raymond Ray says:

                Precisely my sentiments…By the way, does everyone see a certain individual, (who has been involved literally with every political party on the Island of Bermuda) following Marc up the road? “Another snake in the grass.”

                • aceboy says:

                  Yea, Simmons was right there. Thank goodness he was kicked to the cub a couple of weeks back. Pretty clear he was a PLP stooge.

              • sandman says:

                It’s not just selfish to withhold details of criminal activity for your own advantage, it is also a very serious criminal offence itself of compounding a felony or blackmail

              • Rockfish#2 says:

                This raises questions. Did the other PLP MP’s (two of which are lawyers)know that their leader had in his possession information that he felt could be useful to the police. If so, did they agree with his plan?
                Did Marc plan on passing this information on to them, whether he was suspended or not?

                With respect, may I suggest Marc try Tetley, Brook Bond, or Greys tea going foward!

            • frank says:

              mr bean suffers from the same sickness as dr.brown it’s all about me and far too much built up hate.
              it is time for a new leader one who is in touch with the real world

      • frank says:

        mr bean needs to go

    • David says:

      Mark, you must know by now that you have no leadership skills … and you need to look in the mirror tonight and see what you are all about…you might want to get out of politics….to think that your fellow members do not have any faith in you says a lot…time for a new leader of the PLP….

    • J Starling says:

      They abstained, presumably to not give any legitimacy to the vote which is in breach – as understand it – of the principles and rules of parliamentary democracy.

      • hmmm says:

        If you abstain you don’t want to go on record as voting against or for…

        The legitimacy defence is a cop out. Are you there to speak for the people or abstain. Speak for the people isn’t it.

        • Varied says:

          You’d think so, but this is Bermuda *party* politics we’re talking about here

      • Family Man says:

        I knew we could count on Johnny to come to the defense of the plp, but no Johnny, they had the chance to show their support for Bean but they chose to remain silent instead.

        • J Starling says:

          It’s not about defending the PLP.

          In this case they are simply right and the reasoning behind their abstentions are obvious based on the context and what they were arguing during the debate.

          I note the story has been updated with a statement from the PLP confirming exactly what I said.

          This sets a dangerous precedent where any Government can now have any Opposition MP removed at any time. This is not good, in a rather fundamental way, for a parliamentary democracy.

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            So you feel Mr. Bean’s behaviour in and out the house should go unresponded?

            • aceboy says:

              Now you are going to get the “silent treatment”.

              • Franklin Jr says:

                NO no, it’s “abstaining” because it’s not a legitimate question!

                Starling’s always good for a laugh… SO principled most of the time, at times admirably so (even though I disagree with him virtually 100%). BUT, let something get a bit inconvenient for him? Odds of hearing back are vanishingly small

            • J Starling says:

              I have no issue with a motion of censure if members believe his behaviours warrant it. I am concerned only with a motion of censure which includes a clause for the suspension of said member, which to me is contrary to the rules and a worrying precedent.

              • Build a Better Bermuda says:

                That is just it though, a motion to censure in itself it just plain pointless unless it carries some weight of penalty. We have seen some of the worst behaviour in the HoA in the last couple years than there has been in the last couple decades, at at the Center of it in almost every instance has been Mr. Bean, and it is glaringly obvious, just now, but throughout their history, the PLP will not speak out against their leaders for fear of exposing that there is actually division in their ranks.
                They maintain this illusion of unity, but it is there, everyday, at the very core, a division, primarily based on the incompatibility of right and left wing ideologies, and the egos that that lead these ideologies, and only reason they hold together is for the pursuit of political power with their combined voting bases. At this stage, everyday the PLP put up this illusion, they are only continuously misleading the public and their voter base.
                So yes, a penalty had to be implemented, because if we waited for the PLP to acknowledge and take action on their own ranks, we would have a better chance building a new airport out of the loose change in our couches.

                • J Starling says:

                  It is the responsibility of the Speaker to maintain order. If there has been consistent behaviour by any member warranting a suspension, that there hasn’t been one is a failure of the Speaker.

                  A motion of censure serves more as a record or humiliation. However, it has less weight when used against a member of the Opposition, as Government MPs are in the majority and could pass a motion of censure against any Opposition MP at any time. It’s much more weighty when applied to a Government MP, especially a Minister, or the Speaker. Usually a motion of censure against a Minister or Speaker would lead to their resignation.

          • steve says:

            Bean “they are afraid I will speak the truth” Well I am not afraid, in fact i would like to see you speak the truth regularly.Give it a shot and for god sake think first before you engage your mouth.

      • Redman says:

        @ J Starling,

        hey abstained, presumably to not give any legitimacy… Yup that’s exactly how I see it.

      • johnny says:

        All these individuals with negative comments know exactly why the PLP abstained from voting. They are trying to trick others into believing their rubbish. It is plain to see that some of the posters here don’t care about the average Bermudian. They would rather us be second class citizens in our own country. We see them spew hatred towards Bermudians on a daily basis, calling us all sorts of vile names, in their quest to devalue our Island, to demean us, and to denigrate our very existence.

    • NO MORE WAR says:

      That is so true. By the PLP not voting they actually voted albeit silently. They clearly don’t stand by the Oppostion Leader for if they did they would have voted even it they lost. Voting would have sent a clear message that they stand by their leader.

    • conscientious objector says:

      you idiot they abstained because their vote would not have mattered as they where out numbered stop reaching

      • NO MORE WAR says:

        Conscientious objector, it is you who is a true idiot and by your remarks it shows that when push comes to shove you will have no loyalty whatsoever. Your logic leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe you should take time out to understand what it is you are writing.

      • aceboy says:

        Why did they bother to vote on the airport motion then? They lost 19-12.

    • Mockingjay says:

      They’ve been trying to Shut up our Leaders for centuries, nothing new.

  2. stunned... says:

    looks like somebody is in time-out having to sit on the naughty stool

    • stunned... says:

      i believe the visit to the police mesns that the marbles have now been thrown out of the pram

  3. Zevon says:

    The rest were abstentions. Even his own party wouldn’t vote against the motion to censure him.

  4. Never Never says:

    Did you listen to the house @family man guess not stupid comment

  5. Terry says:

    Looks like the Koolade /Koolaide has been diluted by many who seek a better future for the PLP.

    Power struggle.

    Shalom and good on them.

  6. Me says:

    I used to act like that when I was weeded up some days

  7. Devonshire says:

    Mr. Bean refused to leave chambers even when the Sargent of Arms was called to escort him out so the Police had to be called in to remove him!!! SMH!

  8. Terry says:

    He was privy to certain information”.

    And Cannonaire was also re-Walton Browne.

    Gotta love this crap .

    Keep digging Captain Censor……………..

  9. Rhonda says:

    LOL, Timeout makes you stronger…. Study up Marc Bean, see next Friday… bright eyed and bushy tailed.

    • su says:

      rhonda, i wondered what time-out meant for old people. now i know lol..thanks

    • 32n64w says:

      Your remark is spot on. Timeouts are for children.

  10. jt says:

    Who cares? He’s approaching irrelevance anyway.

  11. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Marc was selected from the beginning to play a role which he did quite well…Ras Mykal had it correct when he wrote the poem “political football match”…but marcs role has come to an end.

    • steve says:

      I could possibly go with that theory,however that would require foresight and planning more than 1 day in advance.

  12. Coffee says:

    The UBP/OBA continues at an alarming rate I must say , to dig their own pit !

    • hmmm says:


    • 32n64w says:

      You’re right. The rate of progress must be alarming for the PLP.

      • What progress!!! Please explain????

        • aceboy says:

          Just ask any lawyer from the big firms how they are doing today compared to say 2010. They would smile and say “Just fine thanks”. The law firms are BUSY. That means structures are being set up and business conducted.

          It takes a couple of years for the seeds being sown now to sprout. They will, as long as a calamity doesn’t happen….like the PLP getting back in power again.

        • Come Correct says:

          Yes because that speedy sail powered race boat is obviously just a well made card board cutout tied to a buoy. Did you just wake up out of a coma? Those “cruise ships” in Hamilton and St. Geo, yea they were card board too. Thank Santa that platinum period is over.

  13. MC Hammer says:

    Hey look at the crazy sign lady!

    • Come Correct says:

      She’s still here? I guess she hasn’t found her “never never land” where eveyone looks like her.

  14. Barracuda says:

    Has Bean .

  15. Kangoocar says:

    I can see beany has still not learned anything, he is now saying ” next week the speaker will not be a member of parliament??” Did he not get the memo that the plp lost the last election and don’t have the votes to remove anyone??? To me he sounds just like that child that says, I am taking my marbles and going home!!!! Grow up beany!!!!

    • blow in says:

      MARBLES ARE MISSING if found return to ………..

    • johnny says:

      I wonder what you will say if next week the speaker is removed from the house.

  16. Paul Revere says:

    @ MC Hammer
    is she crazy because she doesn’t look like you, or because she doesn’t agree with you.
    Who know’s maybe they will say the same about you after the RED Koolade is all gone, and you dancing around punch drunk, singing hammertime.

    • hmmm says:

      I think it’s because she is crazy.

    • MC Hammer says:

      Paul R. No.. It’s because I believe she is crazy and had a crazy sign. Oh and you have no idea what I look like.

      • Redman says:

        @ MC Hammer,

        Yup she’s certifiable. I look like her but luckily for Bermuda not many think like her.

        Whenever I see the Psycho tune come to mind. She’s seems such a sad and Bitter Person.

    • Zevon says:

      Yes, it’s her. More evidence that the People’s Campaign is just a mouthpiece for the extreme views of the PLP.

  17. Sick & Tired says:

    For those of you commenting about Mr. Bean’s support or lack of in the house today, it is evident that you don’t understand what an abstention is, so here’s a little help . . .

    abstention [ab-sten-shuh n]
    1. an act or instance of abstaining.
    2. withholding of a vote.

    I guess it wouldn’t make sense to you all that they abstained from even voting on such ignorance!!!!

    Randy Horton . . .smh . . .simple money chaser!!!!!

    • hmmm says:

      It means wasting the voice the electorate gave you.

      It is a cop out, nothing more and nothing less.

    • Bill Stephens says:

      Money chaser?

      Try an “awesome Bermudian” who doesn’t take any crap from anyone!

      Randy is good in my book – I have known him for many years and he is a very decent and kind man and active in our Community. Bean is not even a shadow of Randy and needs to be sent home with a butt whooopin’!

      Abstaining on this vote means they are supporting Bean’s actions – hands down and are scared to speak out – get a set of *****!

  18. A Front Ed says:

    This and the forthcoming court case means he has to go. God help us tho is Burt is the new leader …..

    • hmmm says:

      Brown is taking over….it’s been planned for ages me thinks.

      • Bullseye says:

        Actually it is Kim Wilson. Bean is the punching bag, and frankly he is going overboard, but Kim Wilson will be the leader come election time. It’s already set if the party holds together.

        • Greenie says:

          Not Burt?

        • Raymond Ray says:

          Personally, I would appreciate seeing Ms. Kim Wilson as the new Leader of the Progressive Labour Party as oppose to Walton Brown or that other loose cannon Mark Bean who’s just another
          “wanna-be”. Ms. Kim Wilson is by far more astute an extremely wise attorney.

          • Trulytruly says:

            The ironic thing is she could have been the premier right now for the OBA govt. Should have stayed with her first choice. She’s the best the plp has. The rest are all windbags.

  19. Y-Gurl says:

    Bye bye Bean, please don’t slam the door on your way out!

  20. Highlife says:

    The PLP are imploding as their leader is no longer commanding respect.

    • Zevon says:

      And I love how Simmons is following him across the road.

      • mj says:

        well afterall it was whilst Mr. Bean was supporting Mr. Simmons at the by-election that the incident took place that led to the vote of censorship in the house …quite normal to show support for your LEADER..

    • Raymond Ray says:

      @ Highlife: He’s grasping at straws in an attempt to remain the Leader of the P.L.P. If they were to have or had more s****** to sling don’t you think it would have been done by now?
      I predict a no vote of confidence from the Progressive Labour Party and then eject Mac as the P.L.P Leader then a fight amongst themselves on who’ll become their new Leader…

  21. pot stirer says:

    Just another cog in the wheel!

  22. Ann says:

    I am not a PLP supporter, but at least The Doc and Mrs Cox could speak the English language! Listening to Marc Bean is like listening to your children whining, I can’t imagine what dignitaries from other countries must think when we are forced to listen to him. It is infuriating that we as an Intelligent country have stooped to the level of having people In our government that don’t have enough training to sit and speak properly around a table.

    • Redman says:

      @ Ann,

      Spot on!

    • Lois Frederick says:

      While you are correct in that they both spoke well, the two of them are the reason we are in such a state now. They oversaw the uncontrolled spending spree that the whole of Bermuda is paying for now and for the next 50 years. Dislike if you want but that is the truth. The numbers back me up. It is an inconvenient truth for all of us. But at least with Bean he is not controlling the spending.

  23. Ann says:

    Please could someone tell me how it is ok to basically threaten the Speaker of the House?when are we going to put an end to this trash talking and get on with things that matter to this country

    • Terry says:

      Because the Speaker Mr. Horton is a traitor to him and the PLP.

      Quite simple really.

    • Varied says:

      Actually curious, how could Marc Bean get the Speaker removed? Only thing they could do would be to boot him out of the PLP, but it wouldnt change his status as an MP or as speaker…

      …unless the OBA implemented that right-of-recall initiative that was floated around at last election period?

      • Raymond Ray says:

        From everyone of us who aren’t,(or may have less) knowledgeable of Laws and the rules and regulation in the H.o.A. I extend our gratitude for clarifying this matter.

        • Varied says:

          Oh it’s nothing like that, I’m just a layperson like many here, no great knowledge of P&P with the HoA etc over these parts :) Just curious as to what the PLP are planning with regard to the Speaker’s position.

  24. Kangoocar says:

    Oh good Lord??? I just read the latest update?? Now beany is running down the street with his ” marbles ” and telephone numbers concerning the waterfront deal to the police station?? Again!!! Did he not get this memo?? The waterfront deal was pulled by the very astute OBA in order for us to not LOSE hundreds of millions of $$$$ of our prime waterfront city property!! I guess the parlaville parking lot lost means nothing to them??? And the plpers are concened about our airport??? Get real???

    • Terry says:

      Spot on Kangy.

    • Redman says:

      @ Kangoocar,

      Umm Umm sorry to correct you but I think he just lost his marbles… again!! ;-)

      With a leader like Mr. Bean & a party that supports him and his deplorable behaviour do we really need any further proof as to why the PLP are unfit to Govern Bermuda?

  25. Hmm says:

    And people in my country want this and his party running Bermuda!? Sickness runs deep when blind loyalty is all you have going for you! You dislike the OBA, then so be it, but you can’t hate progress so much that you wish this mess to be governing the country. Tell me it isn’t so.

    While you’re in adult time out for the week, do us all a favor and grow some maturity, or better yet take an extended vacay… Fewer and fewer supporters like what you have brought to the House anyway, and you are simply fodder for those who know what your party has done to our economic climate in their previous years of financial devastation. Adios Bean

  26. Balanced Facts says:

    Bean will have a lot of credibility in a report to the Police…”I HEARD from a guy that a Minister sent him a message on a phone with an off shore account>” Thanks Mr. Bean (facing Criminal charges) we will get right on that…great stuff!” WAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAAA>>>>
    How much longer can you be lead by this guy PLP? Hopefully into the next election!

  27. Rhonnie aka Blue Familiar says:

    You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.

  28. Marlon says:

    As he turns in that information to the police, arrest him for obstruction of justice and withholding pertinent information.

    ….if it turns out to be anything at all.

  29. King Jammys says:

    PLP died the same day the UBP did…….they just dont realize it yet!! If they want the OBA out the PLP needs to be laid to rest and a new party formed……new people new ideas…the current PLP crew do not have what is required.

  30. aceboy says:

    Good lord.

    It is like watching a train wreak.

  31. Oh,I see now says:

    The OBA have made some recovery in this island whilst simultaneously setting their own agenda.The PLP are not capable of running this island even on their best day.Our lack of natural resources and limited population size have inevitably become our undoing.We only have a small watering hole of young talent to dip from which is very nearly depleted in part because they choose to live and work overseas.Where do we go from here I don’t know ,I wish I had the answers.Are you telling me that no political party back when could foresee a ttime when or if the well runs dry?Dont trust the OBA fully,won’t trust the PLP and no 3rd choice.My take on Bermudas futures is sheer cliffs on one side shark infested waters on the other and it’s about to rain.

  32. impressive. says:

    don’t like it at all, from either side at the moment..,,

  33. Charlly X says:

    Smh the Peanut GALLERY has gone wild with their stupid comments ! Let’s. See what happens when his accusations are produced n proven !

    • Northshore says:

      Proven,, by this guy??? Your dreaming, Bean is all bark, no bite!! The PLP are truly out of their depth on all issues! Can`t you see Marc Bean is hurting you? Do something !!!

    • Watcher says:

      What kind of public servant sits on potentially damaging information only to use it when it suits his petty agenda. You’re welcome to him as a leader.

  34. Unbelievable says:

    The Progressive Labour Party abstained from voting because they aren’t allowed to show weakness in front of the evil children-eating OBA.

    They do not, will not and cannot show anyone that they have the ability to self-reflect. That paltry and silly criticism from Kim Wilson and Walton Brown several months ago did nothing. They couldn’t even name the person they were trying to criticise within their ranks.

    Go ahead, Marc Bean. Bring the house of cards down.

  35. Christopher Notorius says:

    Please please please do not make Bean resign. Do all you can to encourage him to stay at all costs.

    While he is the leader, the PLP has less than zero chance of being re-elected.

    Make him leader for life and hope he lives to be 100.

    Loose cannon perhaps, but OBA’s gift from heaven.

    • Redman says:

      @ Christopher Notorius,

      Agree Lol, seriously though Bermuda deserves better from it’s opposition party and a Govt elect. It’s past time the PLP went the way of the UBP and was dissolved.

      The deceased members who started the PLP must be turning in their graves seeing what it has become.

      • Watcher says:

        “The deceased members who started the PLP must be turning in their graves seeing what is has become”.

        I can’t tell you how many times I have thought or spoken the same thing. I particularly wonder what Paula Cox must think when she is alone with her private thoughts, considering the part she played in this country’s demise.

        It’s time for all of us to accept that what we have now is NOT the PLP it once was and for whom many of us had high hopes for as a government back in the day. Those that claim to be PLP for life need to take a close look at what they are committing themselves to and take an honest look at what the party has become.

        Also, while we’re here reflecting, if the OBA is constantly being referred to by some as the OBA/UBP because of prior UBP members that are now a part of that party, why isn’t the PLP now the PLP/UBP?

        The OBA may have their flaws, but do we honestly believe that putting the PLP back in power will be our salvation? We are certainly caught between a rock and a hard place!

  36. unus sed leo says:

    I would like to see Robert Downey Junior as speaker…in full tropical thunder character!…the dude playin the dude …playin the other dude… was really well done.

  37. unus sed leo says:

    Just because evehbody doin it don’t make it right…

  38. Alvin Williams says:

    The speaker of the house in this great travesty carried out by the OBA government in carrying on it;’s censure motion of the opposition Leader; attempted to play the role of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate who presided over the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ; when it was pointed out to him that only the speaker can order to suspend an elected member of the house. Like Pilate the speaker sort to wash his hands of the deed claiming that it was not up to him and thus allowing the OBA government to carry out the dastardly deed since they had the numbers in the house to do so. The PLP political opposition was right not to vote on this farce allowing this government’s maliciousness to be fully exposed before the people. This is the some total of their rule of law; resting on pillars of injustice.

    • Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

      Did you really mean to liken Marc Bean to Jesus Christ?

  39. Burn the bridge I can swim says:

    Could you imagine that guy running a country? So unprofessional.. He is a flop

  40. Triangle Drifter says:

    Wonderful! He gets sent off the playground shortly before it closes & he gets to return as soon as it opens next week.

    Real punishment there.

  41. needs to go says:

    Moving onto sexual orientation, Minister Bean said he doesn’t feel there is any need to alter the Human Right Act. “If I am a landlord and I do not want gay persons in my apartment, I think it’s their right to deny anyone to rent their apartment. You know why, because they are responsible for that mortgage, it’s their house, it’s their property.” “In other words, gay people can go and buy a mansion and they can have the biggest rainbow circle gay parties and bashments all they like on their property. And even if their next door neighbour doesn’t like it, even if their next door neighbour is a Bishop of a Church, that Bishop has to suck it up.”

    Bean needs to go. How can someone as bad of a person as him represent a people.

    • Trulytruly says:

      Thanks for reminding us of his nasty comment regarding gays. He is living in an angry and hostile state of mind. Potential investors shake in their boots with the thought that bean could possibly be the premier along with the plp and their double talk. Scary stuff. For anyone that dismisses that thought, take off your blinkers.$

  42. marge says:

    The people of Bermuda,are sick and tired of the antics of Marc Bean, PLEASE must have someone else in your party that could be a better leader !!!!!

  43. Just a matter of time says:

    Mr. Bean has been one of the most bold, outspoken straight up politicians Bermuda has ever seen who is not afraid to stand up for truth and not afraid to go against the status quo. Such traits in a Black man have always invoked insults, fear mongering and mockery particularly for those who can’t handle truth. History has shown it time and again.

    By the way can someone please break down using critical thinking rather than emotive reaction, in honest bite sized pieces what is untrue about Nana Peggy’s sign who was insulted as the crazy lady on this board? Do you know her? She has a wealth of knowledge many here will never be able to touch. And only conscious minded people understand the deep historical pathologies of her message which doesn’t make it ‘racist’ as some would like to think it is as a convenient way to attack. If you dare to step back with a wider lens, her sign is an inconvenient truth many here in this society are terrified to face. You see if Bermuda continually refuses to understand these deep seeded racial pathologies that drive our broken system of institutionalized racism and Black disenfranchisement on this tiny island which is also driving the dysfunctionality of our politics today with all the divisivness and polarization, expect more of the same or worse in this powder keg of a ‘polite’ society.

    There are two Bermudas and it shows on this board and other places. Why is that? Let’s take our head out of the sand for once and have some true honest dialogue now on racial matters. It’s all connected folks like it or not and rears its ugly head in all sorts of ways. I mean we cannot even mention the word race anymore without powerful censoring coming at you in a heartbeat. And for those who think that systemic racism is not part of the issue if there are Black on Black situations or confrontations, think again. It’s all part of the sick historical pathlogy. I truly think that people actually believe that purposely not addressing race matters in Bermuda means the problem just goes away. Dream on. Race only gets addressed now (still barely) when crap hits the fan, not just in Bermuda but other places as well. I put the challenge out there to prove me wrong.

  44. unus sed leo says:

    I have said it before…and i’ll say it again…let us hire politicians from overseas…are we do apathetic…are we as stupid as to accept the droll we endure these days…personally i am sick and tired of govt tendering out work that we can do…our electricity should be coming from hydrogen solid fuel cell…manufactured from usage of hyydro electric power sun and wind…Holland is doing this NOW!Our govt. Are our employeez…that is their job description!…and yet…and yet they tender out construction work…let us tender out their vocation…see how they like it….where is eighteen million dollars?If we don’t like their behaviour …we send them home…threatening behhaviour be unnacceptable…i don’t take kindly to threat myself…and i am from varrick….it requires quelling.

  45. Lois Frederick says:

    The timing is perfect. Disgraced and suspended from Parliament and the following week before the courts to answer charges for an alleged outburst of a similar nature or worse than in the House. This shows bean’s character perfectly, though the PLP still find it appropriate to publicly support him. How can anyone justify this kind of foul behaviour? It now reflects on the whole of the PLP and not in a good way. I can only imagine what people within the party are saying and the division that is taking place. When will the charade end? The glue is beginning to become unstuck for all to see.