Jason Hayward Apologizes To Minister Richards

April 27, 2016

People’s Campaign member Jason Hayward has apologized to Finance Minister Bob Richards, saying it was never his “intention to insult the Minister or to cause the public to think less of him as a person.”

The Finance Minister launched legal action against Mr Hayward after he made certain statements about the Minister on a TV appearance in which he discussed the airport redevelopment with the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

The transcript of the apology, which was made in Court, says, “On 14th July 2015 I was sued by the Minister of Finance, the Honourable E.T. [Bob] Richards, in respect of statements made during the course of a broadcast sponsored by the People’s Campaign including allegations of corruption, collusion and scandalous behaviour.

“My intention was to highlight concerns about aspects of the Airport Development as a representative of the People’s Campaign, not to deride the Minister.

“It was never my intention to insult the Minister or to cause the public to think less of him as a person. I unreservedly apologize to him if those words had that affect.”

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  1. Unbelievable says:

    Ooohhhh. Burn.

  2. Well Jason, it was great that you apologized.Now, move forward.
    A BIGGER PROBLEM: That current ” GROUP”apologies for absolutely nothing.They constantly do inappropriate and unintelligent things to attempt to affect Bermudians lives and apologize for NOTHING.
    Thanks for your democratic,meaningful and intelligent apology, Jason Hayward!!!

    • Jason has done no-more than acknowledge if a person can’t swim not to jump into the deep waters…
      He like others are hanging onto Rev.Tweeds shirt tail i.e. doing the front running, taking all the chances of being sued as he found out.”Playing with fire and not expecting to get burnt is silly”

    • Kangoocar says:

      Do you just write things everyday and post them, so the rest of us, don’t forget how stupid and shallow you really are???

    • Bobby Jones says:

      The only reason that you “Jason Hayward” apologized in court is because you did not want to get slapped with a suit of thousands of dollars. You siad tose words because you thought that you could say anything that you wanted no mater it true or not. this goes to show “What type of person you are and who you think you represent”.

      You call it the “Peoples Campaign’ B— S— ,it’s not, “it’s your campaign”.

    • Kim Swan and his wife are still waiting for an official apology from sour milk.

    • hmmm says:

      My advice: Sue him anyway…the apology was insufficient, insincere and not timely.

  3. sebring says:

    I don ‘t know or care what Jason said but reading the article if I think less of any body is because of their actions! And what I think of all involved in the airport redevelopment I should be allowed to shout it from the roof tops as we all will be paying for it ! regardless of the negativity of is. But to silence the opposition creates a bad precedence. I for one oppose the multi million dollar planned airport with either bridge to get to in falling apart.

    • If P.L.P weren’t such wussies, they would’ve had de whole U.B.P. and a certain media in court after being accused of corruption continuously while they where in Government.

      • jt says:

        They should. I agree. Wonder why they don’t? I think we both know.

      • serengeti says:

        It’s not libel if it’s true.

  4. Baygrapes says:

    Yes,but then he totally negated the apology by his subsequent comments.

    So, NOT a apology after all. Just a nice speech for the judge.

    • Its me again says:

      Not a Judge…. get your terminology right.

      It was a nice speech for BOB. Lets get this out there, he may not have lost the case, its a civil dispute the magistrate could care less about who apologized or not.

      Jason was the bigger man by making an apology to placate bobs ego. But like he daid “justice would have been granted to the person with the deeper pockets” which is usually the case in any civil dispute.

      • Toleratate says:

        “Jason was the bigger man by making an apology to placate bobs ego.”
        wow… step back from the keyboard….. you’re embarrassing yaself LIKE he did….

  5. Coffee says:

    He didn’t deserve any apology . Bob needs to be drilled down on the whole airport deal ! Ok , apologize today , but continue to critize tomorrow .

  6. mmm says:

    There are times that public officials will be offended by remarks by opposing political folk, business leaders and the general public. Its impor tant to know exactly what was said. The proposed redevelopment of the airpo rt is very expensive, and it appears to exclude any control or ownership by Bermuda. So it is likely any remarks made may have been construed as offens ive. The idea of losing a major portion of the economic pie is is very very disturbing, and it has and will continue to provoke response. Are we lookin g at a $20 million re-fit that will give us a further 15 years ? Can we do it with $80 million ? Our people need help, the country needs help. Various leaders have spoken, and they have felt the pulse of the community at large. Governments come and go..and value systems and loyalities vary. We need prayer, we need stability and we need folks to govern on principle and vision.

  7. … Pollogise…. Make him worse… He is arrogant.

  8. Unbelievable says:

    Ooohhhh. Burn

  9. this special island says:

    Believe me… we already “think less of him as a person”… regardless what Mr. Hayward has said.

  10. steve says:

    even the apologizes are incompetent.

  11. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    I am one of those people who find the word “sorry” to be no less than a quick fix , serving absolutely no purpose , where there is no good intent or meaning other to get away from the deed or a situation previously created.

    Time has come and way over due to accept responsibility for ones own actions physical or verbal.

    To solve the problem. Don’t do unto others.
    Go in peace and leave in peace.

    With respect to an apology written or otherwise, again another easy way out,compensation may reconcile the situation, you pay a forfeit.

    It is not what people say, it is the way it is conveyed.

    To this day as a young boy I will never forget going to the house to show sympathy for something to another young boy, to whom my mother said this is my son’s Christmas present and you are to have it.
    I was broken and devastated I walked away in tears.

    Some how Sorry did not fit that situation and never will.

    • Thanks for sharing your views with us and why you believe in them.”With respect to an apology written or otherwise, again another easy way out,compensation may reconcile the situation, you pay a forfeit.”