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Fahie gov't averted 'major negative effects' of COVID-19 - Hon Vanterpool

- administration comes in for high praises from Opposition Member
Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has praised the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government for taking the necessary proactive measures to keep the Territory safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Facebook/File
Both Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), left, have been commended by Opposition Member Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) for their efforts thus far in protecting the Territory during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: VINO/File
Both Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), left, have been commended by Opposition Member Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) for their efforts thus far in protecting the Territory during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Even as Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) had moved to criticise some of the bold steps taken by the Fahie administration to combat COVID-19, Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has praised the government for taking the necessary proactive measures to keep the Territory safe.

"I think the Government has done a herculean job in this COVID crisis, to keep what could have been some major negative effects on the country, had they not taken the steps that they took... uncomfortable steps most of the time, but necessary steps and I commend the Premier for his hard work at it," Hon Vanterpool said.

Hon Vanterpool was at the time speaking at today's June 23, 2020, Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) where both Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) were commended for their efforts so far in protecting the Territory.

Gov't commended for steps 

He said the Health Minister, in particular, had dedicated long hours in trying to deal with the matter. "I told him I don't covet him."

Hon Vanterpool continued: "I want to commend them for what they have done so far. They were in uncomfortable situations at times... and not everybody is going to agree on everything they have done... but overall, Mr Speaker, I want to make it known that I think where we are from a health perspective [is] because of the hard and ardent work of the government," Hon Vanterpool said.

The Fourth District Representative commented that the current state of things in the Territory is one of a battle where regardless of what you do, whether it's good or bad, people will always have something negative to say about it. 

"And it's so easy to say it nowadays, because you can hide behind the curtain and say it, behind the blogs, in the social media and you can say it there and not confront the truth in front of you," he said.

Find positive things to do- Hon Vanterpool 

He called for the community and even HoA legislators to find positive things to say or do, that can catapult the country forward.

"I commend a lot of things that the government is doing, I think it is my job to support them when they do it," Hon Vanterpool said in calling on the other Opposition Members to step back and see the good in the government and not criticise for criticism's sake.

He also called on the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government to be open-minded to Opposition criticism and feedback. "It's a criticism to make sure that we hold your feet to the fire [and] do the right things for this country," Hon Vanterpool said.

The Territory is currently COVID-19 free and is reopening in a phased manner following a total shutdown of the economy, which included border shutdown and 24-hour curfews.

26 Responses to “Fahie gov't averted 'major negative effects' of COVID-19 - Hon Vanterpool”

  • Zion (23/06/2020, 16:22) Like (13) Dislike (36) Reply
    Mark be quiet and pack your bags go back Anguilla where you from
    • @ Zion (23/06/2020, 18:10) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
      Just a few days out here we go again? Black live matter?
    • dumb (24/06/2020, 05:59) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      Stupid reply.... so what he should do pick up all his investments and the hundred of people employed tooand leave.
    • SMH (24/06/2020, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      Boi please go shut your tail trap. Go pick up a book and read, you might gain some commonsense!
  • SHUT UP (23/06/2020, 16:23) Like (25) Dislike (5) Reply
    Vip definitely doing better than you ndp crooks mark be grateful you and your old gang members ain’t behind bars
  • Evet (23/06/2020, 16:24) Like (10) Dislike (17) Reply
    Vip is for locals that why I like them. They prove it by taxing the money them people sending out and they paid for locals quarantine spots. They are for us the best
    • @ evet (23/06/2020, 17:24) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
      Time to stop this island people thing man. You aint get the memo?

      Leave our caribbean people alone and send them south africans and europeans home.
      • SMH (24/06/2020, 12:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Say One Say Two! Have those expatriates that are degrading and stereotyping Virgin Islanders to leave Them alone. If you can't take what you dishing out, then stop dishing it out. People not going to ignore your ignorance for too long.
  • COVID (23/06/2020, 16:26) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    Corona virus ain’t had a negative impact on you for sure mr Vanterpool you glad your store got all those sales and you raise them prices to the roof when we was in such state
  • lol (23/06/2020, 16:27) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    One mart supermarket had a negative effect on us ripping off people with them high prices during this pandemic
  • Govt (23/06/2020, 16:29) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    We made no wrong choices electing Vip we made the mistake with ndp for them pass years tho
  • Why (23/06/2020, 16:38) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply

    Vanterpool and penn jealous of fahie leadership?

  • watching (23/06/2020, 16:38) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply

    Myron walwyn telling them what to say?

    • Memory (23/06/2020, 18:13) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      His name will always be mentioned. So it is so it will be written
  • good (23/06/2020, 16:44) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon vanterpool, I wasnt too sure if you were ok during the whole resigning, not resigning anymore phase but I think you are ok now. Thank you for not arguing just for arguing sake and actually giving credit where it is due, even though others may say you had some advantage to gain from the situation and frankly, wha wrong with that. Who cares, we need more positivity in the place.
    • @good (23/06/2020, 17:22) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      Amen. We need all the positivity we can get. And it was really good to see him giving Jack his jacket.
  • Lance (23/06/2020, 16:53) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well Mark ma boy call a spade a spade that is some decency the opposition leader too evil to have.
  • money talk (23/06/2020, 17:43) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Those 3 big super Markets make millions from the virus..What you expect him to say....While they shut small businesses down the big ones like his were open..... While they get richer the masses suffer...
    • Not true (24/06/2020, 07:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The small supermarkets were opened too and quite frankly I and countless others shipped in our neighborhood supermarkets to avoid the madness. Some of you have absolutely nothing to do but coming on these sites to talk what you don't know.
  • Joshua (23/06/2020, 18:03) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Even Mark knows evil when he see it. The opposition is nothing short of that. Stay woke.
  • judge (23/06/2020, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    PREMIER GOOD WORDS BUT YOU BETTER WACH ALL AROUND YOU THE Cruise shiip soon coming round he corner cruise xhip pier park cruyise
  • What now (23/06/2020, 18:11) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    He say that because he want to jump ship next time around. Hmm silly mark
  • jack (23/06/2020, 19:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Plzz Mark!!!
  • Local (23/06/2020, 21:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Zion , so you want his brother , DR H. Vanterpool, to go with him also. ?

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