Showing great empathy and benevolence to his direct rival, Progressive Labour Party (PLP) leadership challenger Curtis Dikinson has come to the defense of Premier David Burt regarding disparaging remarks being circulated among social media and information being leaked to mainstream media outlets.

Mr Dickinson, in a social media post, expressed the need for all such behaviour to cease as time dwindles toward the party’s Delegates Conference, where voters will decide upon a continuance of the Burt regime or whether to install a new polity helmed by Mr Dickinson.

“The PLP internal elections are just that: internal,” began the post. “And as such I call for all leaks to the media and all personal attacks to cease immediately.
“The Premier and his wife Kristen have our deepest respect and Lisa and I find the attacks on them to be despicable.”

Also made mention of was St Paul AME pastor Rev Nicholas Tweed, who has also come in for words of discourtesy.
Added the post: “I know Reverend Tweed to be a tireless advocate for disadvantaged and downtrodden people. Period.

“There is no basis for the personal attacks circulating on social media.
“At the conclusion of this internal election, the Party Officers elected by the Delegates will need to heal divisions and unite our Party. Distrust and malicious anonymous attacks will make that task more challenging and impede our collective efforts to address the perilous economic times ahead.

“No matter who’s policies you support, these attacks are not in the spirit of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party and our membership. We will have our debate over issues and the way forward, but I join in the call for dignity and honour in our discourse.

“Echoing Reverend Tweed’s call, please pray for us all.”

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