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Gerard St C. Farara QC being ‘actively recruited’ for political office

- according to Claude O. Skelton-Cline, destiny & time calls for Mr Farara to be there
Prominent attorney Gerard St C. Farara QC has in the past said he is not interested in running for political office; however, calls are still being made for him to reconsider. Photo: VINO/File
According to the host of Honestly Speaking, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, he is actively recruiting Gerard St C. Farara for political office. Photo: Facebook
According to the host of Honestly Speaking, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, he is actively recruiting Gerard St C. Farara for political office. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Destiny and time now calls for him to step out there,” were the words used by social and political commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, as he encouraged prominent attorney Mr Gerard St C. Farara QC, popularly referred to as ‘Jerry’, to take up political office.

On the Honestly Speaking show aired Tuesday January 30, 2017 on ZBVI 780 AM, Mr Skelton-Cline, while thanking Mr Farara for hosting the show last week, said “I am actively recruiting Jerry Farara, I am going to do everything in my power, whatever influence that I have, that can be bought to bear because I believe he needs to be one of the persons that is any part of political leadership going forward.”

Mr Farara, who is a lawyer by profession and a member of the Inner Bar, was the guest host of the Honestly Speaking show last week, but has always been a public figure speaking out on different issues, especially those pertaining to good governance.

Though many have called for him to take up office before, Mr Farara had previous said he is not interested. Speaking as a guest on the show, Honestly Speaking with host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on Tuesday December 19, 2017, Mr Farara when asked whether he would run for office said while he has been asked before to run he believes he can serve the Territory without being in elected office.

Right Skill Set

Mr Skelton- Cline has; however, not given up on urging Mr Farara to pursue political office and called for all who know Mr Farara to join in encouraging him. “Whoever knows Jerry, I want you to join the chorus with me and let’s see if we can get Jerry to step forward into another arena,” Skelton Cline said on his show yesterday, while thanking Mr Farara for his many contributions to the Territory as an attorney.

“He has the skills set, he has the wherewithal, and the way of thinking and talking through things analytically. I read some of the commentaries on the public meetings and all I can say was amen,” he explained.

Mr Farara was vocal on the issues of self-determination and independence in the past and most recently he shared his beliefs on the draft recovery document at the public consultation meeting on Wednesday January 25, 2018.

“As we look at our relationship with the UK and all of the legal imports et cetera, we want to to see him out there…and we are grateful for the work yet to be done through him. So I want you to help me recruit Jerry to be a part of whatever team going forward because he is very necessary,” Mr Skelton-Cline concluded.

Talk of potential political candidates for the next general election is rife with the next election constitutionally due in 2019 and, more so, the possibility of another snap election called by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which is currently experiencing power struggles and infighting.

47 Responses to “Gerard St C. Farara QC being ‘actively recruited’ for political office”

  • please (31/01/2018, 18:26) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    These people are out of touch, another Dancia. Let's get some real grassroots people with hearts and minds on the ballots and stop this nonsense. What does he bring to the table? He is a successful Lawyer, yes, and? The Pastor turned Port Director is talking about skill set? Is this comedy hour? WTF?
    • resident (01/02/2018, 05:22) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      He may not be the perfect choice but who else in this territory is better qualified!
      • pat (01/02/2018, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        he certainly knows how to play the game... as a game-player.
      • watching (02/02/2018, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Qualified for what, may I ask? I trust that he would be more vigilant for the good of the Territory than those in Office now - Doctors, Lawyer, Teacher/Banker, Businessmen - who would have thought that they would have aided in the economic and political downgrading of this Territory? Hopefully, anyone with political aspirations this time around will try to steer clear of the path on which the present Government Members have found themselves. Hopefully, the voters this time, will seek information on issues, if no information comes before election, be assured no action will come after election!
      • the rock (03/02/2018, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What we need now is people with common sense, plus he is not a people person kind of reminds me of O'Neal for the ninth.
  • voter (31/01/2018, 18:41) Like (22) Dislike (9) Reply
    lol I know he will be an honest man from them crooks we have there today
    • Really??? (01/02/2018, 09:25) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's talk about the North Sound and see how honest of a man he is.
  • Diplomat (31/01/2018, 19:25) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Jerry has the requisite training, education, interpersonal skills, adminstrative skills, problem solving skills....etc to contribute in steering the territory on a much needed new course. At this juncture though, Jerry may not have the desire to run for elected office. I’m not too sure that he will want to be one of many equals in the HOA. Think Jerry will want to be in the forefront of the planning, organizing and decision making process. Without knowing what Jerry’s thought process is, this is all speculation on my part. Agree with Jerry though that one does not have to be in elected office to contribute to growth, development, governing.......etc.
  • Oh My (31/01/2018, 19:27) Like (23) Dislike (10) Reply
    Oh please. This man has never shown he cares about we the people.
    • @ Oh My (31/01/2018, 22:47) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
      Name one ndp who cares about we and the people? So go take many seats boss.

      Gerard any day over them wicked people we got there now!!!!
      • @@ Oh my. Just one. Alvera (01/02/2018, 08:42) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
        Alvera.. She cares and love people.. Seems like yshe now swear to a secrecy loyalty pledge with NDP because they all are now quiet.. I'm concern.. When ever the voice of truth and compassion is silence...Not good
  • Ahhh (31/01/2018, 19:28) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    Now I understand why he's now in the public eye lately. Dead on arrival.
  • wize up (31/01/2018, 20:23) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    good candidate for NDP(yea you talk that)
    • @ wize up (31/01/2018, 22:49) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      Ndp or vip he has my vote
      • wize up (01/02/2018, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @@ wize up: we might be on the same page because the party is not the problem; it’s the people within the party: just like politics is a good thing but it is the politicians that makes the fu(&!!!: vote for good people like you noted,VIP or any other “P”.....
    • NFP. " Nationals first Party.. (01/02/2018, 06:42) Like (1) Dislike (22) Reply
      Jerry--Oneal- Frazer--Willock--Drlores--Claude- Mitch ---Sonel-- Ms Romney-- Ms Decastro-- Pastor-- Ms Penn -- Juggy........... Putting Nationals first..
    • People who Love People. (01/02/2018, 06:56) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      The way forward. We need leaders that love People genuinely. Not fake and pertence....Alvera..Marlon..Fahie..Mark..Doc Smith (bad Leader a very Good man)
      • @ people who love people (01/02/2018, 07:37) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
        Willock and Mitch also love people
        • vi (01/02/2018, 11:47) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
          Not Mitch buddy; not he. He too pompous for himself. He feels he is too big to hail the small men and women of the territory. His wife is friendly though. I like her. Maybe she should be the representative
      • Eyeopener (01/02/2018, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        @people who love people

        Alvera and Fahie are thee ONLY two who are genuine.. All the others are there just for show, money and just to blow hot wind out their pie holes!!!
      • pat (01/02/2018, 23:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Mark? really?
  • One word ..... (31/01/2018, 21:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    PLEASE (and not in the good sense)
  • laughing (31/01/2018, 22:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    The people who simply dont like NDP will come up with all sorts of sh*t!

  • Charley Rose (31/01/2018, 22:30) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    I will recommend Mr. Farara as a suitable candidate at the next General Election. He has all the requisite skills to be a candidate. Firstly he is a Christian, he is a member of the Anglican church and the church board as well as St. Georges school PTA. Very honest and dignified person.
    Should he enters the political arena money will not be his motive. He will champion the cause of the people. He will work towards political advancement. The British government will respect him because he is knowledge on many topics relating to the constitution. I am sure he will make a difference in debates in the House of Assembly.
  • facts man (31/01/2018, 22:43) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    He should run as he will win
  • pat (31/01/2018, 22:45) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    At least he is a real lawyer unlike funny man
  • balance (31/01/2018, 23:39) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Great man who can bring balance on any side. He contributes all the time in many ways but he don't blow his trumps to tell people and this is true. I bet you if he join the political arena for sure he be elected.
  • dog man (31/01/2018, 23:57) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    These book persons a no better than the under were grabbers . U s
  • ... (01/02/2018, 02:27) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
  • yea (01/02/2018, 02:51) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    He will never get a vote in my house. He does not have the entire interest for the People at heart.
  • Laura (01/02/2018, 03:34) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    It doesn't matter how much money or your level of educational status, if you aren't connecting with people on the ground how are you going to hear them? represent their needs and wants?

    People need to start taking politics and getting the BVI ahead seriously.
  • Mannix (01/02/2018, 06:32) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't be trusted.
  • Street reporter (01/02/2018, 06:35) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    I know Jerry very Well. We often discuss legal issues. A very good Legal brain. a good man Politics. Naaah. President of a new party offering guidance yes...Maybe speaker of the house one day. Yes... Jerry is Winner that hates losing. He is die hard BVIslander first..Not good for this culture Pot...
  • foxy (01/02/2018, 07:38) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Run baby run
  • Dr G (01/02/2018, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unemployment Benefit Program Suggested
    BVI Platinum News | January 30, 2018 4:32 am MST

    Photo Credit: Sherine Williams/BVI Platinum News
    The government is being encouraged to implement an unemployment benefit program, which would assist many persons in the event of a major hurricane or unforeseen closure of a business.

    The suggestion came from a resident during a recent community meeting. It was recommended that both the employer and the employee contribute to the program.

    “So in the event of hurricanes or any event that the hotels try to shut down, from that benefit program employees can have whether $300, $500 or $1,000 every two weeks coming in. So that there is an income that they will have,” the resident said.

    He noted that during this period, such a program would be of great help to many residents.

    “Because I would suspect that there would be a lot of people who would be happy if they are making even $500 every two weeks now to provide an income. Are you (government) open to such a system?”

    In response, Premier Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith said that the government has been doing a lot to support businesses to get back on their feet and be able to rehire or hire persons.

    “In the area of business, we have given some grants to some businesses to get back on their feet. And, again, once businesses reestablish we want to encourage them to be able to employ more persons in the BVI,” Premier Smith said.

    He continued, “In tourism, it is going take a little time before the major hotels get back on their feet, but there have been hotels and villas and other sources of accommodation for visitors which are beginning to operate, which would need assistance.”

    The Finance Minister also mentioned the financial services sector, where 70 percent of the workforce are back on island.

    “So as those people come back they will be reestablishing their offices and persons who used to work with them,” he stated.

    Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister of Communications and Works said that he supports the idea of an unemployment benefit program
  • are we sure? (01/02/2018, 12:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is the lawyer any better than the doctor? There is still much to be done in improving legal practice in the VI so we can get proper representation. Jerry can best serve in helping to get lawyers to truly represent the interest of their clients and in reducing those exorbitant legal fees. We see what a disaster the doctors are in governing. They should have stuck to their profession.
  • The real Boo (01/02/2018, 20:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good talking...Doing? Jury is out on that one. Best guess? another Dancia. Full of hope but fizzle, crash, and burn
  • de silent one (03/02/2018, 00:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Him entering the political arena would be a breath of fresh air. He brings honesty, integrity and a no nonsense attitude to the arena, something that seems to have been lacking for quite sometime NOW. The question is, who would he be teaming with as a candidate.

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