A man for all parties and all peoples
”This is the time for direct action. Civil disobedience. I will consult with other like-minded people and we will act ... as early as next week. Are you in?”
— Walton Brown, the PLP MP accuses the One Bermuda Alliance of showing contempt for Bermudians “reminiscent of the racist policies of the 1960s” after it unveils plans to give long-term residents more rights to apply for permanent residency in 2016
In an era when Bermuda politics was often dominated by divisive rhetoric, Walton Brown retained a rare cross-party respect.
The sudden death of the former home affairs minister sparked sadness across the country.
Mr Brown, 59, who was found dead in his Pembroke home in October 2019, enjoyed a colourful political career since his appointment as a Progressive Labour Party senator in 2006.
After many years as an activist for the PLP, he served the party in the Upper House and Lower House as a minister, backbencher and MP for Pembroke Central.
Known for his strong advocacy for independence and social justice, he supported the LGBTQ community even when it went against the grain of many within his party.
Mr Brown was also a well-regarded political observer and pollster, researcher, historian, author, lecturer, businessman and radio personality.
David Burt, the Premier, pointed to Mr Brown’s role in the demonstrations against the One Bermuda Alliance’s Pathways to Status proposal in 2016. Mr Burt said: “I remember speaking to Walton, and he said quite plainly and simply, ‘If you do not take action, this will pass’.
“It’s because of him it did not. This country owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
Craig Cannonier, the Leader of the Opposition, pointed to Mr Brown’s appeal irrespective of his political persuasion.
He said: “I could approach him at any time, and sit with him and discuss the beauty of the island that we serve, and what was the best way to serve it.”
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