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Hon Fraser will not be allowed to paralyse VIP- Hon Fahie

- said he has reached out to Hon Fraser but the former VIP Chairman’s schedule has not allowed him to accommodate a meeting
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, has said he has continually reached out to former Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) for them to move forward with the VIP but to no success. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
From left: Virgin Islands Party (VIP) President Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru and unsuccessful Territorial At Large Candidate in the 2015 snap general elections with the VIP, Dr Karl Dawson share the opinion that the party must at some point move forward with or without Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO/File
From left: Virgin Islands Party (VIP) President Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru and unsuccessful Territorial At Large Candidate in the 2015 snap general elections with the VIP, Dr Karl Dawson share the opinion that the party must at some point move forward with or without Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has been divided since Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) ousted Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) as Chairman of the party during its elections in November 2016 and then went back on his word by then seeking to take the Opposition Leader post from Hon Fraser, which he eventually successfully did with the help of Governor John S. Duncan OBE. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has been divided since Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) ousted Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) as Chairman of the party during its elections in November 2016 and then went back on his word by then seeking to take the Opposition Leader post from Hon Fraser, which he eventually successfully did with the help of Governor John S. Duncan OBE. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has said it is looking to move forward with its agenda and even though there is a place for former Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), it will not paralyse the party by waiting for a response from Hon Fraser as to whether he is still with the party or not.

This was brought out when the Virgin Islands Party held its first talk show, VIP Moving Forward, on July 20, 2017. The show hosted by VIP President Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru was aired on 90.9 CBN Radio and televised on CBN Channel 51 and included as guests the VIP Chairman and Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), former VIP President Carvin Malone and party member Dr Karl Dawson.

The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has been divided since Hon Fahie ousted Hon Fraser as Chairman of the party during its elections in November 2016 and then went back on his word by then seeking to take the Opposition Leader post from Hon Fraser, which he eventually successfully did with the help of Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

It was Governor who had chosen Hon Julian Fraser RA (R1) for the post following the 2015 General Elections after the two men failed to agree among themselves who should hold the post.

Why is Hon Fraser not here?

The first question by the host of VIP Moving Forward last night addressed the notable absence of Hon Fraser as he noted that a lot of persons would be wondering the former chairman as not on the programme “and, just in the spirit of openness, I know persons must be wondering what’s the situation, what’s the status of Hon Fraser in the party?” Dr Wheatley asked.

Hon Fahie stated firstly that it wasn’t a question that the party prepared but it was a good one and that he wanted to assure the public that his attitude towards leading the Virgin Islands Party is one of being open.

“We’ve had numerous meetings, we’ve had numerous events in the Virgin Islands Party, we’ve had a lot of things that we have done in the Virgin Islands Party and I’ve always made sure that I extend the courtesies to Hon Fraser to make sure he is a part of it. Thus far his schedule seems not to be able to accommodate it,” Hon Fahie said.

VIP will move forward with or without Hon Fraser

According to the Leader of the Opposition, he will continue to extend courtesies to Hon Fraser as long as he can and the party allows.

“Because at the end of the day whatever is there to be fixed I’m willing to sit down and have it fixed, but I’m not going to sit down and leave the Virgin Islands Party paralysed, trying to fix one issue. One thing I know is that we have to fix and keep moving forward and fix while you’re moving forward. So with that we have extended all courtesies to Honourable Fraser in many different means.”

Hon Fahie also assured that public that he has no feud with Hon Fraser.

“I have no, as we say on the streets, beef with Hon Fraser, it makes no sense. This is about country above self, so I have to put away any kind of childlike behaviour as a leader, to make sure that we forward the cause of the Virgin Islands Party. I’ve done that, I’ll continue to do it and so far his [Hon Fraser’s] schedule seems not to be one that allows him to be a part of our decision meetings and, I would say sessions, to clear the air. But I will continue to do what I have to do and the party will continue to do what it has to do and hopefully his schedule will allow him to fit us in somewhere. If not then then the Virgin Islands Party obviously will have to find out from him if he intends to still be with the Virgin Islands Party or not.

No time for ‘that type of politics’ Dr Wheatley

Meanwhile, Dr Wheatley added that he can attest to the fact that Hon Fahie has reached out to Hon Fraser and that he himself has done so as well.

“It’s a new generation and we really don’t have time for that type of politics. We want leaders who will put country first and who will put our needs head of their own interest and we have a lot of challenges that we have to face as a territory and we need leaders who will step up to the plate and address those concerns and put any selfish concerns on the side,” Dr Wheatley said.

No shortage of respect for Hon Fraser- Dr Dawson

Unsuccessful Territorial At Large Candidate in the 2015 snap general elections with the VIP, Dr Dawson said for the time he has been with the party there has been no shortage of respect for Honourable Fraser.

“As a politician, as a parliamentarian we have heard the man in the House of Assembly, we have seen his keen insight and his willingness to go to battle for the people of the Virgin Islands. That is not a doubt here at all but at the same time I have been around him and I know the efforts we have made to reach out to Honourable Fraser to assure him that he still has a place in the party as longs as he wants it.”

But, according to Dr Dawson, at the same time the party can’t be left paralysed. “At some point we have to say look you either with us or against us and then we need to move forward.”

Meanwhile, VIP Moving Forward will be aired every first and third Thursday of every month but will take a break for VI Emancipation Festival.

30 Responses to “Hon Fraser will not be allowed to paralyse VIP- Hon Fahie”

  • zone 3 (21/07/2017, 11:00) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    Since vip so bad then kick out fraser
  • Come on (21/07/2017, 11:16) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    War with ndp and bvi airways now war with frazer and fahie jah
    • Gigi (21/07/2017, 11:56) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      The opposition party has to move forward. What can't you understand from that. All you want a stubborn head run this country. This thing getting serious now man.
  • under the bus (21/07/2017, 11:21) Like (13) Dislike (23) Reply

    Those VIP cr**ks undermined Fraser from day one and now they're here begging him to stick around? They ridiculed the man and threw him to the wolves and are now here playing saints as if everything is cool

    • pat (21/07/2017, 22:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      his behavior and whining at how he was treated and it being all about him and name calling is what did him in.
      His own non-professional behavior. He was a baby.
  • them realize that them cant win without fraser (21/07/2017, 11:24) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    Wasn't these the same ones who said that fraser costed them the election? So what are they here bawlin for?
  • 3dmassive (21/07/2017, 11:25) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    We got your back Hon Fraser, come out from among them
  • musa (21/07/2017, 11:37) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    move on guys greater chance with out him
  • tola (21/07/2017, 12:07) Like (11) Dislike (24) Reply
    Without Frazer VIP dead
  • Freedom! (21/07/2017, 12:13) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Bad start VIP this will mean that with this flight you all will remain in Oppostion
    • -------------------- (21/07/2017, 19:50) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      If the opposition was/is serious it would publicly state its intention to get a mediator
  • JACK BE STILL (21/07/2017, 12:50) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    In our out? look trouble two smart man in one hole
  • VG Resdient (21/07/2017, 13:14) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    With this infighting in the VIP I will settle to return sleeping Doc Bertie in VG and Mr ZZZZZ as Premier
    • Youths for MVW (21/07/2017, 19:40) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      100%
    • Never said perfect (23/07/2017, 16:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      But not this time. Won't work. VIP is the best of both parties. VIP has done more for this country than doc would ever dream when he sleeping so much.
  • 1 (21/07/2017, 19:43) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don't tell me that after all this time we still have not learned a thing, and here we go again fostering a divided VIP
  • 911 (21/07/2017, 19:53) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    the VIP come next election will get a whopping that they deserve. She and her husband others mother and daughter and a few others from the 1st and 2 dis think that the party belong to them. I am very disappointed in my VIP
  • so it go (21/07/2017, 20:03) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    So them want frazer to come and do the dirty work campaigning and when it is all over, they will have their friends and frazer all the enemies?
  • Blind Man (21/07/2017, 21:00) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I see fraser as the trump card
  • look (21/07/2017, 23:01) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    So if fraser to leave VIP who can beat he in the 3 no one will ever beat Fraser in the 3 so ayo need to cheat the man better caz Fraser is a good person he look out for the people's of this country
  • Outside looking in (22/07/2017, 08:27) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most are against the idea of Frazer for Premier. They have fairly good reasons. Third district will stick with him regardless. Therefore, there is only one solution. Fraser remains with the VIP but understands that he will NOT be premier. This is for the party to appear palpable to those wanting a viable alternative to the NDP. Simple.
  • Uptown (22/07/2017, 08:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have another internal VIP election and if she is willing to lead, select Dancia as leader.

    That way you can rid yourselves of both Fahie and Fraser. VIP will not win with either of those two as leader.
  • wize up (22/07/2017, 12:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    thing to tell the king: my question(if they can't organize themselves into a simply political group; how can they organize this territory and take us forward) VIP is no new organization been around almost 50 years: something went wrong!!!!
  • don't fret (22/07/2017, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't fret people the hand writing is on the wall a long time. Wait to see the outcome. Present premiere ???????????? Too much blunders time to wake up from sleeping. The wheel is turning faster than he can wink. Hon Frazer is a solid rock he is hard to move so leave the man alone.

    Time will tell when last you see any one move from side to side. The man is a trump card wait you will see. Hon Fahie the party need new servants. Strong servants who see country above self. You have a few but party need a lot of work
  • wet (22/07/2017, 22:44) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    What a terrible day for the VIP.
  • RealPol (23/07/2017, 10:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply


    The Hon Julian “Liberator” Fraser, RA, needs to liberate himself. He needs to fish or cut bait. He is either in or out. He needs to stop acting like a RA.

    He had the chance to lead and he bombed; VIP got shellacked 11-2 at the polls. With the behaviour being exhibited, it is no wonder that he bombed as a leader. Is his true colors oozing out? It is time for the VIP to move on without him, for time is precious.

    Further, the party cannot let itself be sabotaged by any one member. Just find a viable candidate to run in D-3. Clearly, the honorable member has no interest in the party. He may be part of the problem, not the solution so it is time to part ways.

    The professional thing for Fraser to have done would have been to formally tender his resignation. Fraser is using the RA behind his name. Does not the architectural organization that granted him the certification have a code of conduct and professional standards? Yes, it does.

    Moreover, the behaviour being exhibited is not worthy of emulation. He has not demonstrated the leadership skills to get people to follow him up the mountain. He is a poor follower; if you cannot follow, you cannot lead.

    Technical talent alone is not enough to command troops. A leader among other things must instill confidence in the troops.

    Great talent but lacked the leadership and management skills to lead the VI through and out of the current storm. The VI is at a crossroad and needs strong, effective and proven leadership.

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