TRY TO GET THE FACTS RIGHT!
“In a recent press release dated November 26, 2012, the United Workers Party once again directed its attention towards me as press secretary to the Prime Minister. The UWP claimed that there was an incident when I “stormed out” of the office of the Prime Minister “in fits of rage”. Then, it went on to say that I am “being paid a salary level higher than that earned by Press Secretaries serving under the last three administrations”.
In previous press releases, the Office of the Press Secretary has repeatedly drawn to the attention of the public that to date, the UWP seems incapable of producing one press release without error or untruths. This Press Release continues the trend.
First, I never walked out from the Office of the Prime Minister in “fits of rage” as alleged. This never happened. Those who know me will confirm that I am not given to rage. I have too much regard and respect for the Prime Minister for this to happen. This is not a Prime Minister that suffers assaults by his colleagues and those who work with him, whether verbal or otherwise, as was the case with his predecessor.
Secondly, it is patently false that I am the highest paid Press Officer, ever. Here are the facts. The former Press Secretary to former Prime Minister, Stephenson King, Mr. Darnley La Bourne, received a total monthly salary as follows:
Basic Salary – $7000.00;
Telephone Allowance – $450.00;
Travel Allowance – $1000.00;
Entertainment – $270.00
TOTAL – $8720.00
In addition Mr. La Bourne received a gratuity of 25% of his basic salary.
My current monthly package is as follows:
Phone Allowance – $450.00
Travelling – $1000.00
Entertainment – $400.00
My contract also allows me to receive a gratuity of 25% of my basic salary.
As can be seen from the above figures, Mr. La Bourne received $651. 61 monthly, more than I currently do. How then can I be described as the best paid Press Secretary ever, spanning three administrations?
The United Workers Party should be responsible enough to cease from presenting false information to the public as it is injurious not only to the subject of their press releases but also to their reputation as an Opposition.
The writer of the press releases should try to get it right at least on one occasion.”