The following statement was released by Opposition Leader Cole Simons, on Thursday, February 24, 2022…

Today (Feb 24) has been a whirlwind of a day. As the island waits to learn of its fiscal future, I have been dealing with a serious issue that needs immediate attention—the comment made by Senator Marcus Jones in the Upper House during Wednesday’s Senate session.

To say I am saddened by the comments made by Senator Jones is an understatement. While it was not his intent to offend anyone, his words were perceived by some as hurtful towards young people, females, and victims of assault.

As previously stated, I do not believe that he intended to be offensive, but as public servants, we are all accountable for the words we speak, whether they were well-intended, they are not always received as such.

In the past, the One Bermuda Alliance has levied criticism against public servants who have used inappropriate language, and our position has not changed. As a result, for the sake of Bermuda, Senator Jones has offered me his resignation, and with regret, I have accepted it. I have found him to be a man of principle and at this time, I would like to thank him for his time and commitment to the country and for the good work he has done in the Upper House.

I will appoint his replacement in the near future so that our work for the betterment of this country can continue.

At this critical point in time, it is vital that we focus on tomorrow’s Budget without distraction.