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‘Don’t carry us on a wild goose chase’ – Winston E. Nibbs

- says the NDP gov't should be upfront with the people & not ignore them during the rebuilding process
Winston E. Nibbs aka 'La Fontey', a local businessman, has stated that the National Democratic Party (NDP) has forgotten its mandate to the people of the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
Winston E. Nibbs emphasised that the government goes into the House of Assembly (HoA) and 'puts on a charade.' Photo: VINO
Winston E. Nibbs emphasised that the government goes into the House of Assembly (HoA) and 'puts on a charade.' Photo: VINO
Government continues to be criticised for not involving the people of the Virgin Islands, following the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Government continues to be criticised for not involving the people of the Virgin Islands, following the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “It is very unfortunate that our present representative of the National Democratic Party (NDP) have forgotten the mandate. The mandate is you have to come to us Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Premier and Minister of Finance, especially at a time like this.”

This is according to Winston E. Nibbs aka La Fontey, local businessman and talk show host, during the radio programme Speak out BVI hosted by Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Mr Nibbs expressed dissatisfaction with the government of the day for not including the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) in the development of the recovery plan in the initial stage.

The local businessman explained that a few years ago, the people of the territory were displeased with how the then Virgin Islands Party (VIP) was managing the affairs of the territory and they decided to give the current party a chance on the premise that they would include the people of the territory in the “everyday affairs.”

Mr Nibbs indicated that this is a great time for the government of the day to sit down with the people of the Virgin Islands and lay everything on the table about what it will mean if they sign on to the loan guarantee framework that was stipulated by the United Kingdom (UK).

“This is the time for us to have that grand sit down and that is where the breakpoint has come in. So right now the feeling is, it is better for them to excuse themselves from the floor and let us have a group that is willing to deal with us the Virgin Islands people so that this thing does not get out of our hands,” said Mr Nibbs.

He indicated that it is not a matter of whether the territory borrows money, while noting that it is something that will assist the territory in the rebuilding process, but commented that the people of the territory should not be ignored during the rebuilding process.

VIslanders "cannot feel comfortable in their own house"

The local businessman emphasised that the people of the territory “cannot feel comfortable in their own house” when they are being ignored and told that they are not qualified to be a part of the rebuilding process.

“It’s not a matter of demonising the British government or anything but the situation will get out of hand and continuously get out of hand when we the people cannot feel comfortable in our own house. This is what bothering the devil out of everybody. We are the ones that build the present state of the country to where it was before the storm passed and now all of a sudden none of us in this country are qualified to be part of the rebuilding process. Are you kidding me?”

Mr Nibbs continued, “You guys are supposed to be our people and you pushing us to vexation to where we are going to get violent. This is ridiculous. Don’t carry us on no wild goose chase and tell us about all kind of things that were supposed to happen. I would like to have a say in my country too and there are thousands of us that would like to have that say. This is not about us fighting down each other. It is about us working together.”

“Put on a charade in HoA”

Meanwhile, the indigenous Virgin Islander pointed out that the government of the day “puts on a charade” when they go into the House of Assembly (HoA), while adding that they did not give persons a chance to have a good conversation with them when they appeared on their NDP radio programme on March 19, 2018.

He expressed, “Y’all go into the House of Assembly and putting on this charade and coming and talking on the radio station. You came here last night [Monday] and ain’t give us a break to have a conversation with you. What is your rush? We are paying your salary and you telling me you sit down here for two hours last night so we could have a conversation with the people. Who it is all you playing with? It’s time to stop that because this thing is getting out of hand.”

13 Responses to “‘Don’t carry us on a wild goose chase’ – Winston E. Nibbs”

  • good man (22/03/2018, 10:59) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Talk boy talk
  • NOTViolent (22/03/2018, 11:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sometimes you have to get a little aggressive!!!!
  • smfh (22/03/2018, 11:39) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply

    Every four years these loons come out of their holes. No solutions, no ideas, nothing with sense just $%#@ complain.

  • Thoughtful Sailor (22/03/2018, 11:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    As a good example of not including others in the discussion, let's look at the marine sector, in which, according to the same Redevelopment Plan, 25% of the BVI work force is enployed. In other words, it's one of the main engines of our economy, and it took a thrashing. So, how much do you suppose this sector is allocated, in the plan? $100K. That's right, one hundred thousand dollars. Not a dime more. How does that make sense, and how, by the way, will that paltry amount be spent? Probably hire someone to do nothing, and that will be his or her salary.
  • What is NDP. (22/03/2018, 14:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP is the 2 Doc. All others are just dragging along.. In this case i have to agree the two Doc. We need that money. The English Gurantee and low interest rate is of great help. We need that Agency. We need that money. We need to get back to been the BVI...
  • qc (22/03/2018, 16:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    every man has a say
  • NB (22/03/2018, 16:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's why Mr. Nibbs got the ball to speak his mind
  • Just saying (23/03/2018, 00:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man just wants his 5 mins in the spot light
  • fowl foot (23/03/2018, 06:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the devil does find work for idle hands to do lets pray harder
  • hawk (25/03/2018, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "This is the time for us to have that grand sit down......"

    Right, a sit down decision making session with 30,000 people each of which has his/her personal agenda. A recipe for confusion and bog-down.

    Mr. Nibbs we elect and pay a government to lead, not consult with citizens on every major decision. That is what referendums are for. All we need from the government at this time are good decisions leading to good results along with regular communications/updates and accountability.

    This recovery plan is a decision for HOA, government policy makers, donors, financiers, the UK, consultants and subject matter experts, not the general population. Right now it is being debated in HOA. Why don't you let these people do their jobs?

  • please (25/03/2018, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did this guy say thank you to the government for clearing the roads, restoring power and allowing duty free concessions? Or to the UK for sending the soldiers to make sure that punks did not steal our generators which for some of us was a lifeline during those dark and miserable months?

    Guys like this is why we have had some of the worst representatives anywhere. Their type of representative is one who builds their walls after they ignores building regulations or paves their driveways after they spend all the bank loans on Mac Mansions. Only in the BVI do we have such nutcases.

    If he is not careful, he could find himself in trouble for inciting violence and unrest.

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