Former Progressive Labour Party leader Marc Bean has launched a third force in politics — and his new Free Democratic Movement said it planned to field candidates in the General Election next month.
The new party’s website said: “To enjoy a peaceful and prosperous Bermuda, each citizen has to be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
“FDM strives to create a nation built on upholding the rights of the people and empowering them to pursue their divine purpose.”
It appealed to voters: “On election day, vote for FDM for a better Bermuda.”
The party’s website said it had been founded on Tuesday as “a direct response to the loud cries from the people of Bermuda for genuine leadership, understanding and representation”.
The party’s website also revealed a cedar tree logo and a six-point list of key principles.
They included the promotion of equal rights for all, limited government to ensure the rights of individuals were respected and “treating everyone equally” and not “rewarding failure nor punishing success”.
The party also committed to a hands-off approach to government — subsidiarity — to make sure that authority “resides at the lowest possible level”.
The party also promised “spontaneous order” — the maximisation of economic benefits for all — and the encouragement of “private ownership of resources”.
The FDM’s “golden rule” was said to be “encouraging honesty among all members of society”.