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Commentary: Confidence in the Caribbean community
Published on March 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Marc A. R. Bean MP

Thank you for your continued support, encouragement and advice. We would like to speak on a few topics of importance today.

Communications

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A former minister of environment, planning and infrastructure strategy, Marc Bean is the leader of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) and is the Member of Parliament for the Warwick South Central constituency. marbean@northrock.bm
In any form of human relations, the key element is how we communicate with each other. Lack of proper communication has been the demise of many relationships; likewise it can be the demise of the relationship between politicians and the people who trust us to represent them in Parliament.

In this regard, the Progressive Labour Party has committed to being more proactive in proper communication with the people of Bermuda and the Caribbean. Over the last year we have taken to speaking about pertinent issues, and long term goals of Bermudians in a multi-media approach.

These are the various methods we have used to continue to communicate with you:

• Twitter
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Bernews
• The Royal Gazette
• Bermuda Sun
• Radio interviews
• Television interviews
• Community Open Mics
• Town Hall meetings
• Face to Face
• Canvassing

Even more, we desire you to increase your communication with us. That’s why we will continue to place our email addresses into the public domain so that you may be able to share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and constructive criticism with us.

Caribbean culture

In the age of corporate and cultural globalization, we seem to have allowed ourselves to forget about our own Caribbean culture.

The Caribbean culture of which we speak has the following unique hallmarks:

• Stopping to give someone a ride
• Offering to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbour
• Taking a moment to verbally correct a child going astray
• Sharing baked or cooked goods with family and friends
• Taking in family or friends when they fall on hard times

There is nothing wrong with appreciating other cultures and customs. However we must not trade our own unique culture.

Caribbean confidence

If we allow ourselves to believe every negative headline, and sound bite in the global or regional media, we will lose confidence in ourselves, each other, and our region. This constant negativity has a profound effect on the mindsets of our people, employers and even local and international potential investors.

In order to increase confidence in our region, we must restore confidence in ourselves, and each other. The constant belittling of Caribbean people as uneducated or lazy must cease immediately.

Social and political divides will not close if we cannot look each other in the eye and say to each other, “I am confident in your abilities and intentions.”

We will not falter in our goals and ambitions to make the Caribbean affordable and livable for every Caribbean national. We call upon every Caribbean national to remain confident in our ability to evolve as one community and as one united region.

These components are what make the Caribbean unique on this planet. This is our true Caribbean culture, and we must embrace it, and pass it on to the next generations.

In closing we wish to say that it is these small things that make or break a society. We are confident that our Caribbean society will not be broken.

Thank you.
 
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