Friday 27 November, 2020

Kamla’s comms team apologises for plagiarising Biden greetings

File photo.

File photo.

The Communications Team responsible for posting a congratulatory message from Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to United States President-elect Joe Biden over the weekend has apologised for plagiarising the content from the British Labour Party Leader.

Sir Keir Rodney Starmer posted a message of congratulations to Biden hours before a post with the same wording appeared on Persad-Bissessar’s page.

This led to the removal of the initial post and another message posted in its place. A subsequent apology read: “Today we experienced an administrative error. We apologise for this mistake and have since taken steps to ensure this does not reoccur. Apologies extended to Sir Keir Starmer.”

A Facebook post on Monday undersigned by the page administrator said it was a “serious mistake” made in its haste to post the congratulatory note.

It acknowledged the material was used from the message issued by the British Labour Party Leader, and suggested in a draft version of the communication the message be used as a template to be adopted for Persad-Bissessar’s own congratulations.

The Communications Team apologised to Persad-Bissessar for the blunder.

It said: “That draft should obviously not have been posted, nor edited in an attempt to address the original mistake. We deeply regret the error and the embarrassment we have caused to Mrs Persad Bissessar -- the person we are proud to work for and also represent on Social Media. To those who read the message and to our Leader, we offer our deepest and most sincere apology and we accept full responsibility for this critical error.”

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