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Governor’s behaviour would not have been tolerated under Ralphie Gov’t - Hon Fraser

- believes the Governor of the VI should be 'seen & not heard'
According to former Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, right, Governor John S. Duncan OBE, left, should only be seen and not heard. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left, the host of Honestly Speaking, labelled the move by Governor John S. Duncan OBE to take money from the Consolidated Fund just after the 2017 Budget was assented to as emasculating the Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, of his power and an overreach and unnecessary move by Governor Duncan. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left, the host of Honestly Speaking, labelled the move by Governor John S. Duncan OBE to take money from the Consolidated Fund just after the 2017 Budget was assented to as emasculating the Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, of his power and an overreach and unnecessary move by Governor Duncan. Photo: VINO/File
Former Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA is of the firm view that the power wielding actions of Governor John S. Duncan OBE would not have been tolerated under the administrations of former Premier Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, left, and the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt, right. Photo: VINO/GIS
Former Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA is of the firm view that the power wielding actions of Governor John S. Duncan OBE would not have been tolerated under the administrations of former Premier Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, left, and the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt, right. Photo: VINO/GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “It is absolutely no reason at this point of our development for us to have a Governor who behaves the way this Governor behaves. In my view, in this stage, in 2017, the Governor should be seen and not heard, seen only when is necessary.” This is according to former Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA.

Hon Fraser and former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline were at the time on the first edition of the television talk show, Honestly Speaking on CBN Channel 51 on June 27, 2017.

At the time of Hon Fraser’s bold statement, the discussions were on the subjects of constitutional advancement and self-determination, which Hon Fraser believes must happen.

Constitutional advancement

It is also the view of the veteran legislator that the police and public service should fall under the responsibility of the Premier as that is a sign of constitutional advancement or growth as a people and that the provisions are in the constitution for this to happen in the VI.

“Our Governor can do it tomorrow, delegate that responsibility to the Premier.”

Hon Fraser recalled that in 2007 when a VI delegation went to the UK to negotiate the Constitution, the then ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration advocated for the civil service to become the direct responsibility of the Premier; however, himself and then Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, who were part of the negotiation team, opposed it.

“We opposed it for the same reason that I see is happening right now. Our Government has to exhibit that level of competence and instil in the people that level of confidence in order for us to sign on to such an important and valuable assignment, which is responsibility for the police, which is security and the public service, which you talking about people’s lives, their livelihood.

Gov’t of victimisation

“And if you don’t have that confidence in the Government to devoid yourself of any form of vindication, victimisation, then a person like me cannot sign on to it. But from a country’s perspective, and our advancement, it’s something that has to happen.”

According to Hon Fraser, he does not regret opposing the proposal by the NDP Government at the time.

“What is happening now is mirroring that same scenario…You cannot sit down and watch the Governor, under his own hand, sign a warrant to withdraw from the Consolidated Fund and say nothing. How do you go and argue your point for advancement when this is taking place. This has put us back many years.”

It was reported by our newsroom in March of 2017 that Governor Duncan ordered that over $1.88M of public monies be taken from the Consolidated Fund and given to the Police, Magistrate’s Court, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

This authorisation was under Section 103(b) which at the time stripped the Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) of his powers as Finance Minister. The move was also seen as a form of direct rule by the United Kingdom.

Mr Skelton-Cline, the host of the show, labelled it as the Governor emasculating the Premier of his power and an overreach and unnecessary move by Governor Duncan.

Hon Fraser agreed, noting that the 2017 budget was sent to the UK for review, passed through Cabinet, where the Governor sits as Chair, brought to the House of Assembly and passed, then assented to by the Governor days before he went to the Consolidated Fund.

“He assented to it. He saw several times what was in it. Why did he assent to it. He didn’t have to assent to it. If he needed X amount of dollars for his police or whomever, I am not assenting to it. If I don’t assent to it you don’t have a budget.”

Couldn’t happen under Hon O’Neal or H. L. Stoutt’s Gov’ts

Hon Fraser was adamant that it is “absolutely no reason at this point of our development for us to have a Governor who behaves the way this Governor behaves. In my view, in this stage, in 2017, the Governor should be seen and not heard, seen only when is necessary…the Governor should not be the Chairman of the Cabinet anymore, and if he has to assent to a bill he doesn’t have to be seen to assent to a bill…that is what happens in other developed places where there is a Governor General or whatever...”

Mr Skelton-Cline then asked why the Governor hasn’t been sent home, or letters written to the UK about his behaviour.

Hon Fraser said he couldn’t factually answer the question but was certain that the Governor’s actions would not have been tolerated under the administrations of Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and the late H. Lavity Stoutt, suggesting that Premier Smith was a weak leader.

“He got this dangling over people heads, got to be, but I can’t speak to that intelligently….but I know for a fact that couldn’t happen under a Ralph O’Neal administration. I know that. It could not happen under a Lavity Stoutt Administration.”

22 Responses to “Governor’s behaviour would not have been tolerated under Ralphie Gov’t - Hon Fraser”

  • Enough already (29/06/2017, 09:21) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    Take a seat with this nonsense!! If EITHER party had done what it was supposed to do for the people, the BVI would not be in the shape it is in now, and the Governor would not have to have done what he did!!!
  • pat (29/06/2017, 09:24) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Any thing goes with Mr. Zzzzzzzzz
  • Yo yo yo (29/06/2017, 09:34) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Brother Fraser please stop being a fender cushion for this NDP gangs please. Are you one of them or are you a VIP? Really let us know. They did and do to put themselves between a rock and a hard place and the governor only did what he had to. That's what happens when you turn a deaf ear to the people that elected them into office. You know that would've never happened if Uncle Ralph was at the helm for he listens so please just sit and watch because it has nothing to do with your party. Sometimes you make me wonder whose side you really on.
  • BOTTOM LINE (29/06/2017, 09:35) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    DOC SOFT
  • cay (29/06/2017, 10:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ndp is the issue julien not john d get it right!
  • i from here (29/06/2017, 11:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor have more power than any party so he would have done the same thing under Ralph if he was doing piss.
    • wize up (29/06/2017, 12:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

      @ I from here: you hit the nail right on the head: some of us under estimating the power and the authority the governor have in this territory: homeboy is the queen's representative: wait until the other chap take up duty: he will lock up those corrupt politicians and have the feeeling this governor is going to be one bad mother &*%$£" up in here!!!!!

      • @ wize up (29/06/2017, 14:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        RTO always fought governors because he knew the system unlike these johnny come lately
        • wise up (29/06/2017, 17:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @@ wize: mr Oneal was a master mind and he never stood up in parliament to make any of the other elected member of parliament look bad: what leader and a leader that cared for the people of this territory: how many can recall him called the ayatola
  • Rastamouse (29/06/2017, 11:53) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wasn't this the same Frazer who was bawling to this same governor for commission of inquiry for into the cruise ship pier which Claude Skelton Clone was building? Aaah boy.
  • NPolitico (29/06/2017, 12:23) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the authority is enshrined in the constitution, outside of protesting, what actions would have former Chief Minister HL Stout and Premier RT O'Neal taken? If Virgin Islanders despise the action taken by the vacationing Governor John Duncan, pursue changing the constitution. Why did Ralph and Fraser voted against putting civil service under local government control again? Taliking with forked tongue. Ralph have had some successes serving as leader of the VIP but on the other hand, he left the VIP in an unruly state. No succession planning; it was a free for all for the leadership. It is still dysfunctional.

    Is the Hon Fraser still a supportive member of the VIP? Or he is still bitter about losing the leadership position to Hon Fahie. Is it not customary in a parliamentary democracy for the leader of any party that was "shellacked" at polls to step aside? The VIP led by Fraser got shellacked 11-2 on 08 June 2015. Both Fraser and Claude are pissed at the Governor for different reasons. Credibility? The Governor choked by not appointing a COI into the Tortola Pier Park project. On the other hand, appointing Hon Fahie as Leader of Opposition was a sound decision. Fraser should have resigned having lost the leadership position. It is a binary choice for Fraser; it is either that he is in the VIP or he is out. If he is in, he needs to be a relaible team player. If you love someone or something, sometimes you have to let he/she or it go . Is a new party in the offing?

    The iconic HL Stout did some good things for the VI. With his untimely passing, the baton was smoothly passed to the Hon O'Neal. Was the Wickham Cay and 1/2 of Anegada for some 99 years give away to Kenneth-Bates Hill a question mark?
  • Ha Ha (29/06/2017, 12:40) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    they were so use to the governors staying below radar, tek da
  • what (29/06/2017, 12:49) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    BS
  • 0.0 (29/06/2017, 12:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fraser is a legit Donald 2.0...What would Ralph do? fire him...
  • Crystal Clear (29/06/2017, 14:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I understand EXACTLY where you're coming from Mr. Fraser. You are only telling us how it would be if you got in so what we as a people could expect is same or worse from you. Thank God for the Governor to expose the BS that governments are doing.
  • Scotch (29/06/2017, 17:49) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    You either run with wolves or fly with eagles. VIP are not the eagles, and neither are the NDP. Smart people can figure it out. Fraser don't need none of them two.
  • 2 sides (30/06/2017, 04:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    D3 king talking through two sides of his mouth. Complaining about constitution when he and others negotiated what we have now. Imagine having to bow to the king to get/keep a job. Checks and balance, leave the civil service with the Governor/UK where the people can go and complain outside the local nonesense that goes on. We are not ready. Keeping it real!
  • qc (30/06/2017, 22:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The best thing that helps to curtail this behavior by the governor is sunlight.
  • Yes No (01/07/2017, 08:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe Ralphie won't have tolerate crime, the way it is.


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