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Brown – in his own words

  • Principled positions: Walton Brown Jr, Progressive Labour Party Member of Parliament (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“There is no economic or political reason why Bermuda should not be independent today. There is no logical reason why we are not independent. We have not seen it because we have not seen the type of leadership to take us to independence.” — Walton Brown Jr explaining his stance on independence in 1992. He had formed the Committee for the Independence for Bermuda in 1990.

“The British flag, God Save the Queen, and the Governor’s plumed hat are outmoded and oppressive relics in Bermuda today: a biracial, multicultural, ethnically diverse society.” Rallying support ahead of the referendum on independence in 1995.

´Our campaign for Independence didn’t start with John Swan’s referendum. This was a very important turning point. We’re in midstream.” — in the wake of the 1995 referendum, which was turned back by voters. Just days before, Mr Brown had said “it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist” to predict the pending defeat.

“I don’t want to make it personal but her party said for 30 years it was wrong to have those awards and now they are giving them out. I accepted that principal for all my adult life. My view doesn’t change just because the PLP is in power.” — Reflecting on Dame Lois Browne Evans accepting a Damehood from Britain in 1999.

“We are cousins, we are close, we talk a lot. I am someone who doesn’t know anything other than to speak his mind. When I have concerns, I share them and he listens.” — After his cousin, Ewart Brown appoints him to the Senate in 2007.

“Those who embrace human rights for all have to know that such rights are not meant to be applied selectively. The struggle for gay rights should be a struggle we all embrace.” — Pledging his support to a rally calling for homophobic discrimination to be outlawed in 2011.

“Many families have had their land taken from them, particularly in the 1950s, 60s and 1970s, through a series of illicit practices by a cabal of lawyers, real estate agents and banks. These victims did not pursue their claims to recover this land because they were either fearful because there were strong political ties among this cabal, did not have money to pursue their just claims or had their quest for justice halted by legalism.” — Explaining why he called for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the historic theft of property from Bermudians in 2014.

“We have to fight this onslaught of the UK Government as much as we can. It is untoward, it is inappropriate and it is highly offensive and we need to come together to address this issue. I know there is a lot of fear out there just to raise the topic itself, but we should have no fear of such an important issue. We should take the bull by the horns and address the issue forthrightly.” — Making fresh calls for a discussion on independence amid claims the UK was forcing social and financial policies on Bermuda in July 2019.