Commission Appointments “Formally Revoked”

February 2, 2016

[Updated] According to a press statement from Government House, “on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition,” the Governor has “formally revoked the appointments” of Wayne Furbert and Walton Brown as the Opposition appointed members of the Boundaries Commission, and has appointed Michael Scott and Jamahl Simmons.

The statement said, “Under Section 53[5][c] of the Bermuda Constitution Order 1968 and on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, HE the Governor, Mr George Fergusson, has formally revoked the appointments of Wayne Furbert and Mr Walton Brown Jr as the Opposition appointed members of the Boundaries Commission.

Screenshot of the Bermuda Constitution Order 1968:

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“The Governor has appointed as at 2nd February 2016 Michael Scott and Mr Jamahl Simmons to serve as members of the Boundaries Commission nominated by the Leader of the Opposition.”

The reasons for the changes were not stated, however we have asked the PLP for clarification and will update if able.

Update 5.16pm: We also asked Mr Walton Brown for any clarification, and he said, “This is a decision made by PLP Leader Marc Bean, which is fully within his remit. Any rationale he has for making that decision can only be provided by him.”

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  1. jeremy deacon says:

    I was just thinking today that all had gone quiet on the PLP leadership issue, then out of the blue this happens. It seems quite gratuitious and I wonder how it will be received by the PLP parliamentary members. There really does seem to be not so much as a gap but a schism appearing with the PLP parliamentary ranks.

    • Mr. JiF says:

      This man is a Master!! … At making unnecessary noise …

      • Hey says:

        if the PLP win the next election, do you think the tax payers money will be in safe hands? There’s always a way to get your hands on the pot.

    • Spectator says:

      This officially confirms the civil war that is currently being waged in the PLP.

      • James Rego says:

        Doing this on the eve of a bye election. Very smart timing and the voters are taking notice.

        All our best to young Andrew Simons.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      How long before he officially changes the name to the MBP (Marc Bean Party), after all, he seems to be the one deciding who is rewarded and who is punished for being loyal to him. Has he pulled out the oaths of reality yet?

    • Betting Mon says:

      I thought he (Marc) would have been smarter and kept quiet and stayed away from the lawsuits and part drama at least until after the Dev election. Why piss off the voters that may support, like, respect, know, work with, go to church with, or even be related to Mr. Brown or Furbert. They might not vote OBA, but if this happened to me, I wouldn’t be voting PLP either.

  2. aceboy says:

    The long knives are coming out.

  3. There is NO SURPRISE about the revoke.Not even extraordinary!One must expect exactly what has happened.
    More than one way to —- a —–!!!!!

    • No says:

      better a future?

    • hmmm says:

      PLP are imploding…….so many grabbers. Completely expected.

      • San George says:

        Keep dreaming. This is a polarized country. There will never be a super majority again. Marc Bean is just a blip in history. He needs to get rid of that legacy – they did huge damage to the party. Poured a little water on my soul!

        Quo Fata Ferunt

        • hmmm says:

          The PLP have wanted the country to be divided. It is what they have relied on in elections.

          It’s all they got.

  4. jrsmith says:

    & the beat goes on….. dum dum dum

  5. wahoo says:

    HaHa…sorry that is all I got. LMAO

  6. jeremy deacon says:

    As someone asked me, is this a Cadmean victory – A Cadmean victory (Greek: Kadmeia nike) is a reference to a victory involving one’s own ruin,[1] from Cadmus (Greek: Kadmos), the legendary founder of Thebes in Boeotia and the mythic bringer of script to Greece.[2] On seeking to establish the city, Cadmus required water from a spring guarded by a water-dragon similar to the Lernaean Hydra. He sent his companions to slay the dragon, but they all perished. Although Cadmus eventually proved victorious, the victory cost the lives of those who were to benefit from the new settlement.[3]

    • Aware says:

      Actually it is usually called a “Pyrrhic victory” I believe.

    • mj says:

      It would be it they were greeks but they are not, why don’t you tell us exactly who the party represents in history, for real, can you be that honest Mr. Deacon?

  7. Cmbbda says:

    Very reserved and classy response from Walton Brown to what is a low blow from Bean. Way to shoot yourself in the foot PLP!

    • NCM says:

      And he learned about it when the press release came out from Government House. Nice…

    • Rhonnda aka Blue Familiar says:

      My thought on his response was that it was a heck of a polite way to say ‘no one has a clue what the heck he’s doing’

  8. bluwater says:

    So…..what the message two days before a by-election?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      My way or the highway.

      • frank says:

        What is wrong with the plp mp’s call a. Special delegates meeting. And get. Rid of. Bean
        Come on. Plp members it is. Time. For bean. To go if we have Tom March on Alaska hall then lets go.
        Now. I see. Why Terry. Left

    • O'Brien says:

      …That the PLP continues to be at war with itself, that its leader alienates even his own allies, that the party has no claim to lead the country if it cannot resolve its own problems etc. etc.

    • Unbelievable says:

      This event won’t make a blind bit of difference before any bi-election.

    • Devonshire says:

      A vote for Diallo is a vote for Beanie.

      • mj says:

        and I guess a vote for the oba is a vote for Mr. (smile your on candid camera) Dunkley!

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      The message is cross Bean and your out, be loyal to Bean and you will get rewarded… why do you think Diallo was picked by Bean to run. Effectively a vote for Diallo is a vote for Bean

  9. aceboy says:

    Putsch it. Putsch it REAL good

  10. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    A Fackowie bird,is BIRD which is known to fly around in circles when he loses his direction making strange noises like a crow, The P.L.P. leadership is like the fackowie bird flying in ever decreasing circles until he disappears up his own rear end crying.where?,the fackowie!That’s……P.L.P. my Party,/ boy do we need a change of leadership like yesterday.Real Talk.

    • Betting Mon says:

      And the Fackowie Bird says while flying “where the Fackarrwe”,”where the Fackarrwe”, !

    • hmmm says:

      You will get it… is all part of a 2017 election strategy.

  11. Bean der says:

    No, Bean is good for us. Bean will take the PLP where we need them to be, he has a plan and like all PLP plans it will take a very long time but trust me we will get there. Furbert and Brown had to go.

  12. Pirate says:

    Bean is taking PLP to one place, HELL!

  13. Unbelievable says:

    “Any rationale he has for making that decision can only be provided by him.”
    To me, that says a lot.

    Meaning: “Don’t ask me. Go ask him”.

  14. Zoab Yob says:

    Some interesting dynamics at play.

    The ex-communicated membership of the of the PLP are presently very busy; Furbert and Burgess are championing Shelly Bay, Kim Wilson is representing female employment issues, and Zane Desilva is addressing employment and home ownership.

    And yet what are the streamlined shadow cabinet doing? Absolutely nothing! It seems that the leadership and momentum of the PLP currently resides within its ex-communicated membership. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

  15. Fidel says:

    Just like the tyrant leaders of the Middle East that know the yanks are coming for them . They’ll do desperate irrational stuff that only verifies who they really are and what they’re about . The clock can be a lethal weapon that doesn’t shut off !!!!!

  16. rodney smith says:

    Brutus,” Is that you my good friend,? ” said Caesar. The persons we are to keep our eyes on are our good friends . The question is, “What will come from all this cutting and slicing ? Are we making friends, or providing the fuel for a big fire. Plans are being laid to remove Mr. Bean from the leadership of the PLP . You cannot leave seven powerful M.P.’s out in the cold, and not expect for there to be some blow back. The history of the PLP shows that they are prepared to delay victory by 17 years, just to remove certain people from the party. Is history repeating its’ self ?

  17. Widget says:

    Seems the PLP have shot themselves in the foot but once again. I am happy to see Furbert and Brown go but come on! Scott and Simmons, are you for real. You lost me.

  18. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Flying by the seat of your pants ,or flying blind,is the same thing.No direction is the recipe for disaster.The P.L.P is definitely the best way to go for Bermuda,when we get this Leadership issue resolved.We have changed leadership in the past ,and change is absolutely necessary for making progress.O.B.A. is definitely not an option.Money over People is a wrong Philosophy!We have 12 months to get it right or get some more of the Old B……Again.That option is totally Unacceptable.Peace.I make it plain that I support the P.L.P. Government so I do not have a choice.Get that Leadership issue right P.L.P.

    • Common Sense says:

      “Money over People” would be a dreadful philosophy but that is not in any way the philosophy of the present Government. The fact is that far from having any money in the coffers our country has an enormous debt which is pulling down the aspirations and dreams of our people. The one and only way of steadying the ship is for our Government to work 24/7 to reduce and eventually eliminate that huge debt burden.

      We can no longer spend what we do not have. We have to cut costs wherever possible and encourage investment in our country and in our people.

      While the PLP is engaged in its internal strife, we have to move forward and deal with our debt. Make no mistake, the PLP would have to do exactly what the present Government is doing it’s best to tackle if they were to return to power. It is a complete fallacy to believe that the PLP would be able to continue its past lavish spending after the coffers ran dry.

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      What are your reasons for supporting the PLP/UBP Mr. Sharrieff?

  19. Acegurl says:

    Whilst I may not agree with your politics Walton, your response was that of a gentleman and a scholar. I hope your colleagues can follow your lead.

  20. The Hon Edward N. T. Case. ABF BMF hons. says:

    The PLP is in self destruction mode. Thank god!

  21. rodney smith says:

    Could this just be a ploy to cause the OBA to call an early election?

    • serengeti says:

      The old double bluff? Deliberately make it appear they’re a bunch of whining idiots who all hate each other? yeah, could be.

    • bluwater says:

      That make zero sense. Why would they think that appearing divided makes them electable?

  22. PLP Delegate says:

    Marc’s leadership will come to an abrupt halt on Monday night February 8th when the votes are cast at Alaska Hall.

    • wahoo says:

      More resignations on the horizon perhaps?

      • We had to deceive you says:

        remember that slogan??

        It’s just as atonsihing today as it was back then!!!

  23. Balanced Facts says:

    If the PLP lose this bye election this will have to go down as one of the most obtuse moves by a leader in Bermudian political history. There simply was no logical upside to doing it two days before an election Bean..what the heck are you thinking ???

  24. Think About It says:

    It’s not “money over people”, (which is what the PLP did when it took all the money from the coffers and created an enormous debt so fast, it made your head spin.) It is money FOR the people. We need to climb out of debt so we can get the money we need for society. You know, building roads, providing education, helping the poor, attracting business (so we can have an economy, stupid). Try visiting some countries with no economy, and look at the desperate lives of the people there. That is what the PLP can bring you, and if they do, it will be your own fault.

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