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Hon. Fraser highlights 'missteps, half-steps & failures' of NDP Govt!

Missteps, half-steps and failures were the best descriptions given by Representative of the Third District, Honourable Julian Fraser, RA for the poor management of the NDP government in 2013. Photo: VINO
The pains being felt by the taxi industry did not fail to capture the attention and concern of Honourable Julian Fraser RA as they were foremost in his address at his annual Christmas party on January 11, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
The pains being felt by the taxi industry did not fail to capture the attention and concern of Honourable Julian Fraser RA as they were foremost in his address at his annual Christmas party on January 11, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Fraser noted that for the first time in the history of the territory’s long and distinguished life as the number one jurisdiction in Companies Registration, it has had to suffer the embarrassment of being labeled
Hon. Fraser noted that for the first time in the history of the territory’s long and distinguished life as the number one jurisdiction in Companies Registration, it has had to suffer the embarrassment of being labeled "an un-cooperative Tax Haven", and then blacklisted by Europe's #2 Economic Power, (France). Photo: VINO/File
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: VINO
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: VINO
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
Third District Representative's Honourable Julian Fraser RA Annual Christmas party saw an excellent turn out last night. Photo: Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Missteps, half-steps and failures are all characteristics Representative of the Third District, Honourable Julian Fraser, RA, said can be used to describe the ‘lackluster’ performance of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government throughout the past year, 2013.

This he told the large gathering of persons who had turned out at the Third District Annual Christmas Party on January 11, 2014 at the Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay. While most of the night was focused on various forms of interactions by the District Representative with the crowd, less than half an hour was taken for him to address them.

The speech which some would describe as political and others realistic, touched extensively on the highs and lows of the performance of the in-party government, NDP, over the past year among which was matters of the tourism industry and the financial services.

“This Government's selection of Tortola Pier Partners as the winning bidder on the Road Town Cruise Pier Project and surrounding amenities after bungling the Bidding Process which attracted a vigorous protest from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in a letter to the Governor charging that the process was rigged. And even after having the so-called winning bidder proceed to execute some work before executing a contract, the negotiations were abruptly terminated and the relationship ended without explanation,” said Hon. Fraser.

He claimed that when Government decided to commit to Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney for an exclusive long term arrangement to monopolize the cruise pier, they made it mandatory for any other Liners wishing to make calls to the Territory to negotiate with Disney and Norwegian. This decision, according to Hon. Fraser, infuriated Carnival, who summarily withdrew all its calls to Virgin Islands (VI) for 2015 and possibly beyond.

“Carnival Cruise Line, the largest of the Liners to serve the Territory, and is purported to bring the most extravagant of all passengers, has been a favourite of our vendors and taxi operators. It is my understanding that it is the only Cruise Line that makes regular calls to the Territory in the summer off season,” the outspoken District Representative noted.

“Needless to say, that this decision by the government has left the taxi operators hopping mad, and had even planned a protest march,” he added.

In the instance of the Financial Services of the VI, Hon. Fraser noted that for the first time in the history of the Territory’s long and distinguished life as the number one jurisdiction in Companies Registration, it has had to suffer the embarrassment of being labeled "an un-cooperative Tax Haven", and then blacklisted by Europe's #2 Economic Power, (France). “This action I attribute to negligence on the part of the government,” he asserted.

He noted that following the French Blacklisting, within a month the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development followed suit with their own form of Blacklisting. “This Organization is Europe's watch dog and standard setter for good governance, transparency, and anti-money laundering.”

The third District Representative also touched on the ferry industry.  “They promised that they will fix the ferry service between the Virgin Islands by bringing in new ferries last November, and when pressured on the wisdom of such a venture the Premier denied ever making such a promise.”

“They doubled the departure tax from the VI to the US Virgin Islands from $5 to $10, on the silly premise that it would reduce the incentive to go to St. Thomas to shop. All I see it as is a penalty on the poor,” added Hon. Fraser.

While stating that in some sections of society he has been accused of highlighting problems and not offering solutions, Hon. Fraser said that one of the greater perils the Territory faces is the "economic malaise", “The Premier called it "a recession", and I have offered what some including myself may consider the greatest piece of advice the Premier could have at this time, which is an alternate method to his Austerity program which is not working.”

Among the other issues the patrons to the Third District’s Annual Christmas Party heard of, were the downsizing and layoff by companies in the Territory and FATCA.

Hon. Fraser posited that the VI needs leadership that is compassionate, so they can understand the day to day needs of the ordinary man and leadership that understands, so that they can comprehend the importance of the flow of money to the dynamics of an economic system.

16 Responses to “Hon. Fraser highlights 'missteps, half-steps & failures' of NDP Govt!”

  • weed (13/01/2014, 09:15) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    fraser you dey man
  • Just saying (13/01/2014, 10:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    I wonder if Fraser got permission to use that racetrack for his party. lol

    • pat (13/01/2014, 11:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      and who paid for the party. this is a basic question for a big publicity producing event.
  • hog city (13/01/2014, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    That's the man!
  • ta ya (13/01/2014, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Suck it to um fraser
  • mother hen (13/01/2014, 10:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks for a great celebration hon. Fraser I felt at home unlike that ting dem had at the complex some weeks ago
  • hot mess (13/01/2014, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    look people may bouy
  • Yes (13/01/2014, 12:04) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Increase departure tax to stop people from shopping St Thomas? Fraser, that's the stupidest thing I have heard in a long long time. It's to increase revenue. A $10 will not stop anyone from going St Thomas to shop when they save $100s doing so. SMH! All this talk Fraser has and he hasn't said one thing he would do if re-elected to Cabinet. He talk about the increased departure tax, will he reduce it if re-elected as a Minister? HELL NO! All talk, no substance. He hasn't laid out one plan in his addresses over the last 2yrs. Blame blame, negative all along, Nothing there, not a damn thing except hot air. Fraser since 2011 you talking, give us at least one idea nah man? Cha!
    • Gasprov (13/01/2014, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @LOL, Read or listen to the speech from talking trash. Fraser did make mention of your type who say he offer no ideas. But he say you lie, because he give the Premier an alternate plan for recovery. I guess you cant understand something so sophisticated. ha ha
      • Yes (13/01/2014, 14:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

        If he had ideas he would speak about them. Name me one idea he has besides promising people he will spend the reserve fund on the 'people'. Nonsense, he has no plan except to keep fooling those in the 3rd and they deserve it, I don't blame him one bit. When a man can promise grown man and woman the same thing every election time and they fall for it harder each time, you realize he's just doing what he needs to do! LOLOLOL!!

        • Tram (13/01/2014, 20:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @lol, this really burn you. So go eat your heart out. It is obvious that your level of maturity is that of a child and cant comprehend the issues facing the country. You sound like the Iron Lady with the nonsense about spend spend spend. Don't blame you one bit. You listen to that budget address today? No one in your camp know what them doing. Them killing the country and you all believe you kicking #it. Listen to Fraser, you might just get the country out da mess we in.
    • Gwen (19/01/2014, 20:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about the missteps and half steps of VIP, which got them booted out in the first place?????
  • long look me come from (13/01/2014, 12:31) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser even the whites got your back look how many of them have turned out that is a serious sign
  • house of lords (13/01/2014, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice party
  • party nice (13/01/2014, 16:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what that nonsense I see on ace book about the party the haters are out in full mehson
  • @Gasprov (13/01/2014, 16:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Tom also gave the Premier a plan for the recovery so did Tom's sister Mabel
    so gave the Premier a pl kmel and cousin Harry. The urgent need for recovery resulted. from Fraser and his cohorts mishandling and lack of informing ..no reports.
    Is it Fraser job to tell the Premier how to handle the country's finances?All he could do is criticize and make ridiculous assertions to his constituents ... I would say he is insulting their intelligence but he knows more about that area than anyone else.



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