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Minister who broke ranks over CEO loss will not leave Gov

Minister who broke ranks over CEO loss will not leave Gov

Tuesday 11 April 2023

Minister who broke ranks over CEO loss will not leave Gov

Tuesday 11 April 2023

A Minister who accused the Government of being “disingenuous” over the reasons for the departure of CEO Suzanne Wylie has confirmed he will not be leaving his position.

In an interview shortly after Mrs Wylie’s resignation was announced publicly at the end of March, Infrastructure Minister Deputy Tom Binet demanded greater transparency from the Chief Minister.

He described a "tense atmosphere" in the Government's Broad Street headquarters, suggesting that Mrs Wylie's resignation was linked to an alleged culture of bullying at the most senior levels.

However, after a meeting with Deputy Kristina Moore to discuss his concerns in further depth resulted in an impasse the following week, Deputy Binet hinted that he could be ready to walk out.

"I think I may have been over optimistic... in believing that problems I have identified could be resolved," he said in a statement.

"As such, I am going to take a few days to consider the best way forward."

However, last night he confirmed that he would be staying put.

"Having given further consideration to the political events of the past two weeks, I intend to continue in my role as Minister for Infrastructure.

"I have said what I felt should be said, and it is now for the Chief Minister to deal with these issues as she deems appropriate."

The Chief Minister remains under pressure to provide answers on what discussions took place regarding the future role of the CEO prior to Mrs Wylie's resignation, decisions on how her departure should be communicated, and whether any complaints about "unacceptable behaviour" have been raised during her term of office.

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel - a group of politicians responsible for holding the Chief Minister accountable and overseeing government HR processes - made 14 requests for information on the matter at the end of last month and asked for a reply by 6 April.

A response is yet to be made public.

The Chief Minister previously declined to provide an interview to Express and the JEP on the matter - Deputy Moore was approached again this morning for comment, but declined to do so.


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Posted by Gillian Gracia on
Honesty, openness, transparency and accountability are words that get bandied about in regard to politics in the Island. In this scenario we have seen none of these being applied to Kristina Moore, and the public have a right to know why. What a blessing that Deputy Binet is staying put, because we need more like him who have the 'cohones' to speak out and do the right thing. Please don't stop doing so.
Posted by Martin on
GOOD for Tom Binet!

We have suffered decades of submissive Ministers who did not have the "minerals" to challenge those who "may' have done wrong!

UNLESS it is for the actual "security" of the Bailiwick or otherwise governed by data protection the public should be told the entire facts - - PALATABLE or otherwise!

Mr Binet is the last to be asked to leave in my opinion!
Posted by john garner on
Excellent plan I am staying ..up to you to sack me
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