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Glenroy A. Forbes In! As FS; Neil M. Smith’s return uncertain!

Former Financial Secretary (FS) and Attorney At Law Mr Glenroy A. Forbes is expected to return to the Ministry of Finance. Photo: LinkedIn
It is unclear when the substantive holder of the post of Financial Secretary, Mr Neil M. Smith (left), will return to office. Right: Former Financial Secretary L. Allen Wheatley was replaced by Mr Glenroy A. Forbes in 2002. Photo: VINO/File
It is unclear when the substantive holder of the post of Financial Secretary, Mr Neil M. Smith (left), will return to office. Right: Former Financial Secretary L. Allen Wheatley was replaced by Mr Glenroy A. Forbes in 2002. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Called upon for the second time to take on the post of Ministry of Finance boss and keep the post in local hands, former Financial Secretary (FS) and Attorney At Law Glenroy A. Forbes is expected to return to the Ministry of Finance.

Speaking to our usual senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources, Mr Forbes is expected to act in the post of Financial Secretary from May 12, 2017 for a period of about six months in the first instance.

According to the same senior source, who is also close to the Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Mr Forbes was to start tomorrow June 1, 2017 but insisted he will not do so "unless the paper work on his appointment is in order."

The NDP source was not clear as to why the paper work was delayed.

FS Smith may never return?

It was on March 27, 2017 when the holder of the post Neil M. Smith was placed on "vacation"; however, everyone has been tight-lipped over two months later on whether he will return to office.

The same senior NDP source told our newsroom that it is more and more unlikely that Mr Smith will return to the post and "if it was not Glenroy, it would be a UK national that does not look like us".

Mr Forbes, the co-founder of the law firm Forbes Hare, was called upon before in 2002 to take over as FS from L. Allen Wheatley, who was also sent on leave from the post and ended up incarcerated over issues associated with his role as FS.

Many claimed that Mr Wheatley took the fall for the elected officials, and it's unclear if history is repeating itself where Mr Smith is taking the fall for out of control politicians.

The British have arrived; Direct rule started?

There are growing concerns that due to the financial mismanagement and reckless spending of the NDP led administration the British Overseas Territory is on the verge of further direct rule from the UK.

Over the past year top key posts in the Virgin Islands civil service have been filled by British Nationals. The Director of Public Prosecutions Ms Kim Hollis QC, the Commissioner of Police Mr Michael 'Mick' Matthews, the incoming Chief Auditor Mr Phil Sharman and the Head of the Prison Mr David Foot are all British nationals whose salaries are being paid from local funds.

In addition, the United Kingdom has appointed an unelected governor in that of John S. Duncan OBE, because we are not an independent country.

48 Responses to “Glenroy A. Forbes In! As FS; Neil M. Smith’s return uncertain!”

  • Wow! (31/05/2017, 16:35) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    Sh*t rolling down hill fast now.
  • Just saying (31/05/2017, 16:40) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    No surprise here
  • Hold us up Glen (31/05/2017, 16:42) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    We trust that you will do a good job.
  • Vanryne (31/05/2017, 16:45) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino got news. I was saying the same thing, Forbes we depending on you to pull our country back up to where it was and fast. Take no prisoners with you. The time for being soft and being nice has long gone.
  • YES! (31/05/2017, 16:48) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    He had better make sure the paper work is in order. We already see how NDP operates. You only have to look at the later case between NDP vs Cline right now. And they are all frienamies, keeping ton-a-secrets for each other.
    • facts man (31/05/2017, 22:37) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
      The public going raise this government out them seat when election comes around. NDP has killed the BVI
      • SMH (01/06/2017, 09:13) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        no the bvi people are pretty corrupt especially those on tortola they will not want to bite the hand that feeds them, they will put them back in
  • bilge pump (31/05/2017, 16:53) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    glenroy is the bail out man
  • civil servant (31/05/2017, 17:02) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Forbes is not croupt so the m n m are going get rained in
    • Serpico (31/05/2017, 22:51) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Che k yourself on that comment dog
    • oops (02/06/2017, 23:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good to if he is not corrupt. If a lawyer takes money from plaintiff and defendant in the same matter that is corruption.
  • pat (31/05/2017, 17:03) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Good move but the ndp did this to our country
  • liberal (31/05/2017, 17:06) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am happy the post was filled and with someone who knows what the hell to do but I am also hoping that the NDP Government does screw this man up for he's good.. Furthermore, I am not bashing the Governor for appointing persons from the UK but I will bash the sleeping Premier for being so darn slick for allowing the Governor to do his job.. We still have to worry my people cause the Accountant General Post need to be fill and we hoping the Premier gets his lazy backside up and see that the UK means business for how he and his administration has turned our country into sure depressing and laughing stock... But hey, you all gots to go. You all showed the people that you have no respect for the people who elected you with all the lies and disrespecting the Governor who is the Queen's rep. by not showing up for Cabinet. Shame on you all.. People, the Governor still has the upper hand to call an election without the advise of the Premier and we need to get ready to go to the polls to go can will be called for November of this year.. you guys need to check on the issues the crown has with the NDP administration and there is enough grounds for a dissolution of the HOA for an election.. You guys check it out lots of grounds there but them gonna come to us with some crap and blame it on the London...
  • bvi (31/05/2017, 17:12) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply

    Better choice than the smith boy. 

  • wize up (31/05/2017, 17:15) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    and the congregation said Amen and they all went home(smiling)
  • VICKIE (31/05/2017, 17:38) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    MR FORBES you are a very respectable person please do not let this government spoil your reputation. Do the right thing and you will have nothing to fear. They afraid of the UK that is why they bring back MR FORBES the UK on to them corruption let them take that.
  • YES! (31/05/2017, 18:01) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Smart move, make sure that paperwork is in order. We already witnessed how NDP move when it's not.
  • Street reporter (31/05/2017, 18:31) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    NDP puppet....
    • as the world turns (31/05/2017, 23:01) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Far from a puppet more like the one he's filling in for so get your story straight.
  • huhh (31/05/2017, 19:03) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    remember FALL GUY ?
  • ndp (31/05/2017, 20:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Too darm lie
  • 3rd district (31/05/2017, 20:45) Like (54) Dislike (13) Reply
  • just asking... (31/05/2017, 21:15) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about white collar crime? When will elected people get locked up?
    • Remnant (01/06/2017, 00:15) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
      Look at how our people hate each other? Why you want them lock up for? When allyo wall was being built, you didn't want to lock them up, when allyo was getting handouts, they weren't to go jail, but all the bloggers on here blogging the country into the hands of the UK. I can't understand for the love of heaven and hell why the UK is interested in what we do in the BVI? They just want to continue the Colonialism they left off. Get to know what's happening in the UK and then you will understand why they looking place to run to. Islam in the UK got their at###se on the run; they are becoming minority in their own country; they looking for places to take over to run to put their people. Let all the sleeping giants of the BVI wake up because our foreparents sacrifice was not for naught; the hardship our people endured was not in vain. WE SHALL SAVE OUR BELOVED BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. The remnant is not asleep.
  • qc (31/05/2017, 22:23) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    what we need is an election before the UK come in 100 %
  • M & M (31/05/2017, 22:30) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    I hate this NDP government. This is the worse I have ever seen it in the BVI and nobody is held responsible for it.Before we get a new FS what about the lock up of those politicians who steal and now rich?
  • next (31/05/2017, 22:58) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wish you well Mr. Forbes. Time to clean up Tourist Board now.
  • tola (01/06/2017, 00:28) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    NDP government will get Mr Forbes to do try and do them dirty works
    • Prickly (01/06/2017, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      It won't work. Staff that had a backbone got push out when he left before.
    • Forbidden Truth (02/06/2017, 12:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What they couldn't get the hill man to do in immigration. He too will be thrown under the carousel and dust bin.
  • Music (01/06/2017, 01:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting. He left the post before because he could not stand the interference from government! Good luck Glenroy.
  • Still Voice (01/06/2017, 02:13) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    WARNING: Mr. Fraizer was suppose to be Premier but the devil blocked it with whatever medium was used but we know that there is a God that knows it all. Until we do what God says there will be no deliverance from the lash that Tortola will receive. People put your feelings aside and comply to the will of God; stop killing His appointed servant softly with your hyprocritial ways and doings. LOOSE THAT MAN AND LET HIM GO. GOD IS SAYING, "FRAIZER IS THE MAN." Warning: "Tortola Amend Your Ways and Your Doings. Warning comes before destruction."

  • bless up (01/06/2017, 14:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really happy for you Glenroy...All the best and God bless!
  • Ariseshine (01/06/2017, 19:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks, Mr. Forbes, for heeding the call to help save our Virgin Islands. The UK all of a sudden see a shining diamond, they are playing they are interested in us. They are not interested in us. Bluntly, they want what we have and they want to control us again. Why they don't go control Birmingham, UK? Where were they when we were struggling in the 70s and 80s? I decree and declare, the Virgin Islands that our old people worked hard for will never be taken from us. The spirit of the Nottingham people is alive in many of us. Don't push us. We are not going under; we going up. Pray, Jenny; Pray, Sammy; Pray, Bertha; Pray, Gustave; Pray, pray for a clearer way. BVI is our home.
  • Boo (01/06/2017, 20:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if Doc can finally get the Cuban, Anguillian, and Antiguan handled with Glenroy help? Lets see how long it takes for the UK to catch the be continued
  • tell (03/06/2017, 17:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man who held them off ayo send home. I hope he as strong as the last FS. You see the last FS had to go because he wasn't allowing them to do what they want. If he so bad tell me how most of the difficult items in his portfolio he maintains. Stop let people tell ayo ignorance. Officials keep those close they can manipulate. Talk done

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