Congratulations to Marc Bean!

I just wanted to give a quick note of congratulations to Marc Bean who has just been appointed to the Senate to replace former Senator Wayne Caines who resigned earlier this week in order to pursue his interests in the private sector.

Marc is a progressive young man of great intellect and vision, and I am sure that he will excel in this new position. I look forward to his contributions in the Senate. The ‘Breaking News’ of his appointment can be found here, and more information will follow in tomorrows papers; I will appendix links to them at that time. And here is a bio of Marc from the 2007 election.

Well done Marc!

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20 thoughts on “Congratulations to Marc Bean!

  1. Fantastic! I’ll look forward to more juicy quotes from him regarding the UBP’s “neo-Fascist agenda”, and how “if they have the opportunity, they will lock all of us up. It’s true.”

    Drinks for everybody!!

  2. loki = hater

    i totally agree starling – i’ve known marc since he was a kid – he was friends with my brother at berkeley and i’ve always found him to be community minded and a good guy – his mother died when he was a young kid and he handled it very well – i wish him luck

  3. I feel that Marc was qouted widely out of context in reference to his ‘neo-fascist’ agenda. His words may not have been the best chosen at the time, but the presentation of the UBP’s platform on crime did truly come across as quite hardline reactionary, and I feel that is what he was trying to convey. I’m sure he can clear that up better than I. In fact, I think he did try to do so, but I cannot recall if it got through the media filter or not.

    But I’ll take you up on that offer of drinks!

  4. “presentation of the UBP’s platform on crime did truly come across as quite hardline reactionary”

    Care to comment on the PLP’s hardline reactionary agenda post-election? Burch wants to lock parents up now. Imagine if the UBP had suggested that.

    What a bunch of disingenuous hypocrites.

  5. The difference is that the UBP might have done what they said they were going to do while we all know that the PLP just talks about things and then goes and does the opposite (parole boards anyone?)

  6. “What a bunch of disingenuous hypocrites.”

    do any of the pro ubp posters know any of the ubp mps – i knew kim swan growing up, my dad is very good friends w/ cole simmons, wayne furbert is a neighbor and a cousin, i’ve listened to hours of interview tapes of shawn crockwell (for a proposed documentary on shawn) and spokem w/ shawn in depth on several occasions, as i have w/ dunkley – the bulk of the ubp mps are pretty clueless – i mean talk to kim swan and cole simmons for a minute and u’ll see that – and those are the leaders of the ubp – all this to say that i really doubt if most of the plp haters/ubp supporters actually know these guys and gals of the ubp -it sure doesn’t seem like it – or they wouldn’t be wishing for them to be running this country – they’re nice but clueless

  7. I also have to congratulate Marc on being named to the senate.

    To those of you that are spouting the negative rhetoric, there will always be haters. What is more important is that Marc and the Government do whats best for Bermuda and its people and i have every confidence that they will do so.

    As far as The Truth’s comments, you are disingenous at best. Minister Burch obviously meant that in many situations, such as proceeds of drugs, and delinquency of minors, where parents are benefiting from and encouraging anti-social behavior and criminal activity, that the parents should bear some responsibility. I agree. I have always said that where parents are allowing new cars, washers and dryers, houses etc to be purchased by children who have no legal sustained income, that the parents should also be charged with perpetuating this behavior.

    As far as Marc’s comments – they were meant to hit on the UBP’s platform which was to basically lock up all people after 3 strikes. We know who those 3 strikes were for. The same 80% or more of the prison population. The PLP supports being tough on crime, however, it must all be within reason.

    I feel that pretty much any person who would have been named would have been dismissed negatively by many of you, so there is really no reason to debate this. Let’s wish Marc well, and encourage him to do his best as a representative of the PLP and on behalf of the people of Bermuda.

  8. “The PLP supports being tough on crime, however, it must all be within reason. ”

    and yet there are discussions on bringing back Capital Punishment happening at this very moment, very reasonable.

    and as for “if they have the opportunity, they will lock all of us up. It’s true.” perhaps some government coffers could pay for a PR firm to damage the repair on the UBP’s reputation these slurs had mmmmm

  9. Creg,

    There can be discussions on many things. One should always be open to discussions. No one has committed to anything. There is some support for capital punishment, and there is opposition to it. hence the discussions.

    I highly doubt those comments damaged the UBPs reputation more than their own doing did.

  10. My congratulations go out to Marc. I think he will be a much better fit than any of the other options that were mentioned, one of which would have been very scary indeed. I know he is approachable.

  11. a small minded bigot would make a nice change to the narcissistic yes-men appointed after the last election.

    Congrats Mr Bean.

  12. One question I have to Slowhand is who else was mentioned?
    I understand the RG (which presumes to be the authority on all things) felt the short list was Laverne Furbert, Rolfe Commissiong, Dawn Simmons, and also mentioned Jane Correia. All this was from a “party insider” or “senior party source’. I can tell you that no party insider with any credible information would be feeding it to the RG. The reporters know how the names of Laverne Furbert & Rolfe Commissiong rub a certain segment of the community, whether rightly or wrongly. To put their names in there automatically gets a certain segments’ backs up and hair on end. I am fairly confident that neither Laverne or Rolfe were ever going to be named Senators. And I am confident that the reporters never talked to any ‘party insider’ with any up to date information.

  13. I’m genuinely curious here Mambo, under what basis do you consider Marc to be a ‘small minded bigot?’ Knowing Marc as I do I find it suprising to hear him described in that fashion. Perhaps you know something about him I’m not aware of?

  14. Whether UBP MPs are clueless has nothing to do with the current PLP leadership being disingenuous hypocrites. Chapman, like his small-minded bigoted mother, is a disingenuous hypocrite himself. His desperate redirection is to be expected.

    Back on topic thought. If Bean wants an example of neo-fascism he can chat with his fearless leader about Parliamentary questions and press releases.

  15. Look, I”ld rather my blog didn’t degenerate into a highly moderated one. There is no need for personal type attacks. I really don’t know on what basis either Marc or LaVerne are being called ‘bigoted.’ At least not in the sense that I am interpreting its use here, in a racialist manner. If you mean that they are PLP biased, sure, thats obvious.

    Should someone say something that you think is disingenous or whatever, please choose not to respond; stay focused on what you are saying. Do not retaliate. Its really that simple.

  16. Dear The Truth – i was responding to this: “DeOnion Says:The difference is that the UBP might have done what they said they were going to do while we all know that the PLP just talks about things and then goes and does the opposite (parole boards anyone?)”

    how is my response redirection

    and this “Chapman, like his small-minded bigoted mother, is a disingenuous hypocrite himself. His desperate redirection is to be expected.”

    just makes u sound bitter – but i liiikkkeee it 🙂

  17. Seriously, the guy’s job at the Cabinet Office was overseeing our relationship with Caricom. Yeah, I bet that kept him busy.

  18. The “insiders” who speak to the press are actually the frustrated shut outs. Has always been that way. I am told that Dr. B was a leaker too during his days in the wilderness. These days most of the insiders have financial dependencies on the Premier or Government contracts – they ain’t likely to spill the beans except in mischief and misdirection.

  19. Jobs For the…

    actually, prior to his Caricom association, he was the organizer and coordinator of the Mirrors Programme which was highly successful.

  20. Well done Mr Bean

    Day 1 in the Senate and he’s proved he’s no lickspittle, toadying yes-man.

    Congrats and kool aid all round,

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