Imbert apologises for "riot" statement

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 10:15

Finance Minister Colm Imbert has issued an apology for comments he made last week in reference to a possible increase in fuel prices, that raised the ire of many citizens.


Speaking at an IMF conference last Wednesday, the Minister said: “I increased the price of fuel by 15 percent and then realised that was not enough. I came back again  in April and raised it by another 15  percent and I came back again just a few weeks ago and raised it by another 15 percent. They haven't rioted yet,"

As he addressed the Parliament today on an order to confirm the Provisional Collection of Taxes Order, the Minister said he wanted to "unreservedly apologise".

"Having reviewed and looked at tape and comments that I made and the manner in which I made them, I realised that this would have upset a lot of people and therefore I take this opportunity to unreservedly to all affected," the Minister said.

Minister Imbert was widely criticised as being “flippant” and “facetious” when he made the comment.

At the same conference, he had also announced a proposed wage restraint, saying the Government will offer zero percent in negotiations involving public servants, for the bargaining period of 2017 to 2020.