Bean resigns from both PLP and Bermudian politics
Marc Bean, the Leader of Bermuda’s Opposition and MP for Warwick South Central, has declared his retirement from politics — bringing to a close an increasingly troubled tenure.
“I’m at peace,” Mr Bean he revealed shortly after the Progressive Labour Party announced that his letter of retirement had been submitted to Ginny Ferson, Bermuda’s Acting Governor. “My hands are clean, my heart is pure and my conscience is clear.”
It ends almost a full year of tumult, with his leadership repeatedly questioned, and will likely have ramifications for the ruling One Bermuda Alliance, widely perceived as benefiting from the Opposition’s disarray.
The move also spells a by-election for Constituency 26, which Mr Bean retained capably against Ras Mykkal, the OBA contender in the 2012 General Election.
Mr Bean’s youth, with a reputation as an uncompromising straight speaker, won him favour in the wake of the party’s General Election defeat of 2012 — and his popularity endures, with many supporters viewing him as cleaning house within the PLP.
However, his outspoken stances, which could turn aggressive behind closed doors, also cost him crucial support.
Many within the Opposition were angered by Mr Bean’s remarks in August when he condemned a “politics of plunder” prevalent in both parties.
Erratic behaviour in the House of Assembly and in public also proved damaging, such as the impulsive threat in March 2015 to “take out” government MPs that got him a week’s suspension from Parliament — or insults directed at former OBA senator Toni Daniels outside the Sandys South polling station in November 2014 that offended many supporters.
Mr Bean had already crossed a line in the party after telling MPs that he had cured his daughter’s asthma with “ganja tea“, during June 2014 remarks in the House. (FULL STORY CAN BE READ BY CLICKING here)