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'I as an elected member don't know diddly squat. Ain’t that a shame!' Hon Christian

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Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL), Junior Minister for Tourism, pointed out that persons are seen working on different projects and he is not aware of these persons while stating that as an elected member he should be aware of who is entering his country. Photo: VINO/File
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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was during the continuation of the Third Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) debate on the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018 on March 23, 2018 that backbencher Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL), Junior Minister for Tourism, pointed out that persons are seen working on different projects and he is not aware who these persons are.

Hon Christian had said, “We haven’t passed this [Bill] yet and there is no agency functioning and I was hearing rumors that there are people here working at the Ports and there are people here giving out contracts and there are people here working with government agencies...and I said no man you got to be joking. I’m an elected member you know and I’m hearing things and I’m saying to the people that you don’t know what you are saying.”

He continued, “There were approximately eight men by the mouth of the Purcell ghut and there were three men that I have never seen in my life - and I said the people them telling the truth- working alongside some engineers from Public Works. Why I don’t know this? Why I do not know who is in my country and know exactly what they are doing? That cannot be a secret because when people ask me questions on the street I should be able to say yes those were four engineers from the UK that the Ministry of Communications and Works are working with. I don’t know who is paying the bill. I as an elected member do not know diddly squat. Ain’t that a shame?”

"Many organisations offered their assistance"

Addressing those concerns, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, during a one on one press conference with media houses on March 28, 2018 at the Office of the Premier, stated that there are persons who offered their assistance to the Virgin Islands during the recovery process, adding that the volunteers are working with various ministries to improve the use of the resources and to form policies.

He said, “There are persons here that are offering technical assistance. For example, I met with the Rocky Mountain Group who are here giving assistance to the Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Natural Resources and the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) in forming policies for the continuing development of the energy sector,” explained the Premier.

He further emphasised, that there are many organisations that offered their assistance and some of them are working with different ministries to develop policies that will help the territory move forward in terms of recovery and how to make better use of the resources.

Using the American singer, Mr Kenneth A. Chesney aka 'Kenny Chesney' as an example, the Premier indicated that he offered his assistance particularly to the island of Jost van Dyke while noting that this applies to other sister islands and Tortola as well.

Who is supposed to inform the people?

Asked whether it is a secret that these persons are in the territory, the Premier indicated that it is not a secret but commented that if it is not announced to everyone then persons would not know.

He explained, “If someone comes into work with the Ministry of Education, let’s say on a particular project, while the ministry may know that at the particular time unless someone says that Mr John Brown is working with the Ministry of Education on Jost van Dyke to everybody then everybody would not know. Therefore some people have not been informed and when they see people who have they do not recognise it may be interpreted that they are here without invitation.”

15 Responses to “'I as an elected member don't know diddly squat. Ain’t that a shame!' Hon Christian”

  • wize up (03/04/2018, 18:21) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    2-words(Great Britain)....
    • ??? (05/04/2018, 15:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You need to get demoted from the post of Junior Minister of Tourism to "Junior Minister of Diddly Squat".
  • Xxx (03/04/2018, 18:39) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    who do you believe? Certainly not lying Mr ZZZZZZzz
  • Me Me (03/04/2018, 18:59) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    Time to grow up to.much childish talk one each other come on people please
  • wize up (03/04/2018, 19:47) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    @ me me: politics in our territory is simply what’s in it for me(dem boys will do any thing to get into parliament)...gone are the days when politics was about the development of the people: hon lettsome; hon Stoutte; hon Walters; hon Maduro; hon cills(good people....)
    • @wize up (03/04/2018, 23:25) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      First of all go learn BVI history..who da hell is Hon. Stoutte? We never had such a person in BVI legislature...ayo want to be online talking a wash pan of bs and cant spell, write, read nor know anything about BVI and have nothing of value to contribute..just repeating bs ya'll hear on the street. Every Ministry sends out press releases including to all media when there are persons in the Territory assisting any particular Ministry in terms of recovery and development. Because that is not salacious news the media does not report on it because it is in the best interest of the Territory. As long as it negatively affects our Territory you can count on all media to report. They are not interested in promoting anything good for nor about the BVI. You 'wize up'..if you and any common man would seek/read info from Gov news ya'll would know to refute this piss as nonsense and know the info is always disclosed as to personnel here helping out in BVI. Learn to seek out information and learn to seek out the truth. At least by all means ya'll can say well I get my news from all sources I can attest to this or that. But ya'll think some online media is the end all be all when it comes to info in the BVI and aren't wise enough to see ya'll being played by the media. Its a sad state we in in this place..sickening too.
  • Mr. Brownstorf (03/04/2018, 20:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ me me....Das dem mek up.
  • cay (03/04/2018, 20:13) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    You back bench are jokers Orlando got you all one way
  • Wendy (03/04/2018, 21:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In this the information age, there is a general lack of communication everywhere A lack of courtesy in informing and sharing.
    And if you ask it becomes a felony or a diagnostic evaluation of your IQ..."You chupid or wha wha u axing me da fa you een no da schupppppps!! Well sah."




  • Street reporter (03/04/2018, 23:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The exclusion the back benchers experience with this government.. Then again they accepted the disrespect. They had the numbers to change their status.. They have no one to blame but themselves for the exclusion and disrespect..
  • Coal miner (04/04/2018, 05:05) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    In other words Archie, ministers and other politicians should decide who works and who don't. That is what you are really getting at, right? This is why we have so much corruption and micromanagement by untrained politicians, Archie. This why trained heads of departments don't bother to try and get value for money and are not held accountable.

    As a politician, your job is to create and support good laws. As a junior minister your job is to help set good policy, which you don't. Doc Smith was right to give you an answer like that.
  • Well (04/04/2018, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    "I as an elected member do not know diddly squat. Ain’t that a shame?”

    Well, he said it himself!!! LMAOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • vex (04/04/2018, 14:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    No democratic vote!
  • KilManjaro (05/04/2018, 01:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So wha he saying is the junior minister post don’t give him or show diddly squat? Ooooooohh
  • Faithful (05/04/2018, 10:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    For those of you who can't read nor understand, all Archie is saying is that, at least, the 13 Members of the House of Assembly should be respectfully informed of decisions made which concern his country


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