Expected move against Marc Bean did not materialise
The Progressive Labour Party elected a new slate of officers, as the final item on the agenda of last year’s delegates conference was taken up.
Its new chairman is Maynard Dill, and Public Relations Officer Curtis Williams was returned to office.
A slew of other officers were also elected, including Stephen Todd who is now the party treasurer.
But an expected move against Party Leader Marc Bean did not materialise.
“There were a few persons who expressed anxiety and concern which is natural and expected of any large organisation,” said Mr Bean minutes after the four hour meeting ended.
“After a robust, frank and open discussion, I think we are all on the same page focusing on reconnecting with the people and preparing ourselves to be a government in waiting.”
Last night’s meeting was a continuation of the last general membership conference held shortly before the general election last year.
The party had agreed to delay the election of officers until after the election to ensure continuity for the election campaign.
All positions, except those of the Leader and Deputy Leader, were open to be contested.
But a conflict between the old guard of the party and the new has been brewing since Mr Bean was elected leader at a special delegates conference to replace Paula Cox after the general election.
And some members of the old guard were reportedly ready to lead a push to unseat Mr Bean — despite it not being a leadership election.
One delegate said Mr Bean effectively pre-empted any such effort.
“In terms of the perceived generation gap, I have never been one that would be used as an instrument for divide and rule whether its generation gaps or another approach to divide the party.
“So I made it clear that there is a difference between ancient thinking and old thinking,” Mr Bean told
The Royal Gazette. “Ancient thinking is based on principle and is strengthened by wisdom, knowledge and understanding and life experience which gets passed down through written and oral tradition.
“Old thinking is backbiting, selfishness and everything that is anti-order and very much within the concept of disorder.
“I said I don’t care how old you are, you could be 18 or 80, I welcome the ancient thinking, the principled thinking.
“But we have no tolerance going forward for the old thinking that has put us in the position today where we were so busy being crabs in a bucket at times that we lost focus on the fact that we were there to serve and uplift the people of this country.”
Mr Bean said he called on his generation to live up to its responsibilities.
“Its our children who are acting up and its our parents who are being neglected. So I am asking the 30 to 50 year olds in this country to start being more responsible and have a higher degree of social consciousness and have a higher degree of energy to help the people help themselves,” he said.
“Service. That’s what’s required today. And I don’t care if you are PLP or One Bermuda Alliance or any other party. But its time for 30 to 50 year olds to start being responsible from a civic duty perspective.”