Well, it gives me great pleasure to introduce what appears to be a fledgeling new Bermudian political party. And no, I am not referring to the NewBP group that has split from the UBP. This is the Bermuda Green Party.
I don’t know who the individuals are behind this Green Party, or how many members they have, let alone their level of organisation. From what I can tell of the group they originated formally over the June days, although it is likely that the idea was in formation before then. I know that they started with a launch on Facebook back in June/July, and have spent the summer apparently working out a plan of action. They have now launched a blog ‘Change Bermuda’ with which to both flesh out their program and encourage awareness of their group.
As stated, I don’t know who’s behind this organisation, and if they will be successful in developing sufficiently to field candidates in parliamentary elections at the moment. I do however welcome their formation and the contribution that they may be able to offer to our political discourse. I hope that readers will take the time to visit their site and offer their advice or constructive criticism; and of course anyone who wants to join them and help build their organisation I wish them the best of luck.
I remain supportive (although critical) of the PLP as the best Party for the country at the moment (although I think they can certainly do better!). I do consider myself an eco-socialist however, and look forward to the impact that this group may have on the political discourse in Bermuda. These are certainly some interesting times for Bermudian politics, with a fractured Opposition, growing civil society initiatives (like The Bermudians) and talk of various new political organisations. I sincerely hope that this marks the greater maturation of our political system, away increasingly from racial politics and towards more ideological ones.
Best of luck to the Bermuda Green Party!