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Governor’s intervention speaks of recklessness of NDP Gov’t- Hon Fraser

November 4th, 2016 | Tags: NDP reckless John S. Duncan FCO julian fraser RA
It was revealed by this news site that Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) communicated to Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in February 2016 about the NDP Government’s blatant violation of the Virgin Islands’ Constitution over formal audits of the Government Accounts. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said for a Governor to comment on the functioning of an elected Government in itself is rare and speaks to the recklessness of the NDP Government’s actions. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said for a Governor to comment on the functioning of an elected Government in itself is rare and speaks to the recklessness of the NDP Government’s actions. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “For a Governor to comment on the functioning of an elected Government in itself is rare and speaks to the recklessness of their actions,” is the view of Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) in commenting on the leaked correspondence between Governor John S. Duncan OBE and the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith.

It was revealed recently by this news site that the United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE communicated to Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in February 2016 about the blatant violation of the Virgin Islands’ Constitution over formal audits of the Government Accounts.

He warned that without formal audits of Government Accounts the FCO “cannot be certain as to the extent of their own contingent liability.”

Governor Duncan had also urged Dr Smith and the Cabinet to “lead a concerted and structured effort to reduce wasteful expenditure.”

Speaking to residents of Virgin Gorda during a public meeting at the Catholic Community Centre in the Valley, Hon Fraser made it clear that he was not in support of this Governor or any Governor getting involved in the management of any Administration, “but for the Governor to be saying one thing publicly, and even to the Opposition, and to see him saying something totally opposite privately to the Premier, it speaks to the egregious nature of the mismanagement of public funds, and the potential for the United Kingdom Government’s intervention,” Hon Fraser declared.

The Opposition Leader noted that at one point in his memo to Government, the Governor referred to the reckless behaviour as “public sector profligacy”, and labeled it as deep rooted and having a long history.

Shocking & disingenuous

Hon Fraser reminded that it was on July 3, 2012 at the 7th Sitting of the 1st Session of the 2nd House of Assembly that he moved a Motion to Debate the terms for the Protocol for Effective Financial Management signed on April 23, 2012 between the Governments of the VI and the UK, on the grounds that the conditions were onerous, and that Government would be handcuffed if they were to comply.

“This argument of mine was dismissed by the Premier and his Government, ignored by the Governor, and when raised with Dr Peter Hayes, Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October last year on my trip to London, I was assured that the matter was being monitored and that he was satisfied with the way the Government was handling the matter.”

Hon Fraser also said he finds it shocking and disingenuous to say the least, to see that the governor has privately warned the Premier and the FCO about those same Protocols.

In one of many letters to Premier Smith, the Governor was very concerned about the Government Medium Term Fiscal Plan (MTFP), -a key component of the Protocols. In this particular letter, according to Hon Fraser, Governor Duncan stated, “In discussion with the Financial Secretary and in recommending approval of the 2016 MTFP, FCO officials stressed the need to ensure that BVIG project financing was properly prioritised, supported by well-reasoned business cases demonstrating value for money.”

“This coming from the FCO must be more than it appears, since these exact words are in the Protocols as the condition for borrowing. It is obvious that there is more than meets the eye,” Hon Fraser concluded.

14 Responses to “Governor’s intervention speaks of recklessness of NDP Gov’t- Hon Fraser”

  • weed (04/11/2016, 16:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thing to talk
  • wize up (04/11/2016, 16:08) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    because of reckless spending 2007- 2011 the U.K. Implemented the protocols for effective financial management(just saying)....
  • lmao (04/11/2016, 16:37) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    He want us to rewind to the FCO/Governor/UK comments on when VIP was in and red lights were flashing? Boy Fraser haul a damn seat.
    • Truth (10/11/2016, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ lmao if you don't know you need to go check & this is facts when the VIP came out they leave about 75 million in the reserve, after NDP first election the reserve only had in a little over 6 million why you think the country is in the state it is now, it don't need a rocket scientist to tell you who really robbing the money
  • woy! (04/11/2016, 16:57) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    this governor is speaking with 2 tongues?
  • :) (04/11/2016, 16:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    fraser is like a thorn in the NDP's flesh
    • oh yes (04/11/2016, 19:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @:), and I hope he continue to do so. Fraser is the only one who is not afraid to stand up to those Crocked Lying I can do as I please no morals I got a stick up my fake A&&. Lying Bullies.
    • wize up (04/11/2016, 20:41) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
      @ :)...you sure fraser is a thorn in the NDP ...this same man wants some of us to believe that he so concerned about the local companies after he brought Digicel to this territory after being informed our market is conducive for just 2 cell companies(CCT was owned by local investors...just for the record)....lets keep the factual conversation going(the former minister for communication) is concerned about local businesses yet took business away from local businesses owners called ocean convention and handed off to biwater...don't forget your tax money and the sea cows bay wall: how quickly some of us forget!!! But political affiliation can do that to some of us
      • FYI (04/11/2016, 22:51) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        He made water and cellphones more affordable that is why he is known as the liberator.
        • wize up (05/11/2016, 05:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
          @ FYI: point well taken because in the days we paid 50 cent per cell phone call and you paid for incoming also outgoing call; now all of us enjoying more affordable cell phone prices however the fact still remains all of this was been done at the demise of local businesses so are you standing up for local business or better service: yes the water and cellphone services might be more affordable however the quality of service stinks: drop calls and months without running water(you be the judge) some of us will sell our souls to the highest bidder...when you have the time please looking into the connection "between" the companies and the same man who made "water & cellphone service" more affordable( find him then ask him what was his cut from both of those companies)....yes the man did made water/cellphone more affordable BUT at the expense of his own people the same people he cares so much about and concern so much about in 2016 BUT while in political office he did the very thing he harping about now
  • cool it (04/11/2016, 18:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bottom line is that there is grossly no transparency or accountability in regards to government....
    • dat u bet (05/11/2016, 01:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      cool it YOU SAID IT ALL

      dem boys like a runaway train and dem aint hearing nor listening BUT barry said "U WILL HEAR "
      Whether is them or the guvenor I kno the bee wee oiii heading straight back to the 1950 1960 s in term of who will have and who will not.
      The corruption NEEDS to be curtailed ;it is TOO blatant
  • we support the Governor (05/11/2016, 07:46) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring Scotland Yard in to investigate the corruption from 2003 to Present ..
    • wize up (05/11/2016, 11:32) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ we support the governor: if you simply have Scotland Yard investigate From 2003 to 2016 the voters will have to go back to the election polls because within VIP and NDP a set of them will end up in prison: we will also need to create new party members(it's a good idea but we will have to send the governor to jail as well ;because the upholder and the theif are the same...


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