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"This was a case of a man putting words into a woman’s mouth"

Wednesday 29 March 2023

"This was a case of a man putting words into a woman’s mouth"

Wednesday 29 March 2023

The Deputy Chief Minister has hit out at suggestions from the Infrastructure Minister that government "culture" forced the CEO to resign - during a grilling by a group of local students.

Answering questions from teenagers during yesterday’s Youth Assembly meeting in the States Chamber, Deputy Kirsten Morel took issue with the reaction of Infrastructure Minister Tom Binet to the resignation of Suzanne Wylie.

Deputy Binet’s description of the "tense and less-than-happy working environment" in the government’s main Broad Street office was raised by one delegate, with the Deputy Chief Minister asked whether he agreed with the description.

Deputy Morel answered: "Absolutely not. I completely disagree and refute what he [Deputy Binet] said. At no point did he speak to the Chief Executive before coming up with those words.

"Having not spoken to the Chief Executive, this was a case of a man putting words into a woman’s mouth, and that is not appropriate."


Pictured: Deputy Morel suggested Deputy Binet (above) had put "words into [CEO Suzanne Wylie's] mouth".

In response to a follow-up question on whether Deputy Morel agreed there was a "challenging culture" within the government, he said he did not agree with this description, but did say that the CEO had "the toughest job in the island".

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