Famous Apologizes for “Monkey” Reference during House Session
During the motion to adjourn at Friday’s House of Assembly Session, PLP MP for Constituency #11 Christopher Famous stressed to the House and country that black Bermudians, men in particular, need to get back to work and that keeping people waiting for further due diligence does not put food on the table.
“ I say to all on the sidelines chirping, one monkey doesn’t stop the circus,” he said. “ Thank you for supporting the Southampton Princess, because 800 workers are going to be employed and one monkey cannot stop the show.”
It is thought that the “monkey” term was referring to former Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson, JP, MP, who resigned from his ministerial post in February of this year due to disagreement with how the Government is handling the Fairmont hotel redevelopment project.
Speaker of the House the Honorable Dennis Lister, JP, MP, condemned the reference and expected Mr. Famous to offer an apology when the House reconvenes in a couple of weeks.
Over the weekend, Mr. Famous did formally apologize for his words and admitted that a different phrase could have been used to make his point, which in a nutshell, was this:
“ All entities are finally on board with this project that will bring much needed employment to Bermudians and boost Bermuda’s economic recovery. That has always been the focus of our work as a government.
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