Burt admonishes Caines for ‘poor conduct’
David Burt has released a statement addressing a video posted by Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, in which he asked a young woman server in a London restaurant for “titty milk”.
The statement, released shortly before 7pm, reads as follows:
“I have spoken with Minister Caines to communicate my disappointment with the lack of respect for women and poor judgment conveyed by the actions in the recording.
“Consistent with his public apology, he has expressed his sincere regret to me.
“I am disappointed that the incredibly hard work Minister Caines does every day on behalf of the people of Bermuda, including on this trip to London, has been overshadowed by this exceptionally poor conduct.
“I regularly refer my Cabinet colleagues to the Ministerial Code of Conduct and the overarching requirement that ‘Ministers are expected to behave according to the highest standards of constitutional and personal conduct in the performance of their duties.
“Moments like this provide a valuable opportunity for each and every one of us to pause and reflect to ensure that we individually and collectively serve the people of Bermuda in a manner befitting our responsibilities as leaders.
“I am proud to lead a Party that has been led by, and continues to benefit from the contributions of exceptionally strong women at every level; and this government respects and values the role of women in this community.”
Mr Caines, the Minister of National Security, in London on government business, told The Royal Gazette yesterday that he was “deeply disappointed” in himself.
He added: “This has been a learning exercise for me.”
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