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‘I thought my district was catching hell'- Hon Julian Fraser RA

- said the Premier boasts of having money in the Reserve Fund & has been borrowing loans but roads still in a deplorable state
Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative, lashed out at the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), for not allocating money to fix the roads, especially the roads in the Eighth District where visitors and tourists have to traverse. Photo: VINO
Many roads were damaged during the hurricanes of September 2017 and some of them remain in their damaged state some six months out. Photo: VINO
Many roads were damaged during the hurricanes of September 2017 and some of them remain in their damaged state some six months out. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the Second Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands on Monday March 19, 2018, Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative, lashed out at the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), for not allocating money to fix roads, especially the road in the Eighth District where visitors have to traverse.

Hon Fraser was speaking following the 299.5M 2018 Budget Presentation delivered by Premier Smith.

He said, “I thought my district was catching hell. I called the member for the Eighth District [Hon Marlon A. Penn] and I said, man, what’s going on with the roads in the Eighth District? You can’t be bringing people to this territory and they are coming in at the airport and you call them tourists and this is what they have to face. No money in the world should get in the way of fixing the roads and making them motorable.”

Hon Fraser then recalled that the Premier has been stating that he has $65 million in the reserve, in addition to three loans at $750,000 each, and he cannot understand why the road has not been fixed.

“Where is the money? Where is it going? I don’t understand why are the roads still in this deplorable state. You coming and telling us that you want to borrow more money? You ain’t spending the money you got but you still want to borrow more money? What is this a game? You want to see how fat your bank account can look? Spend the money to fix the roads,” Hon Fraser emphasised.

“You have enough money to do the things that need to be done right now”

Furthermore, the Opposition Member urged the Premier to use the money that he claims is there and start fixing the roads, along with addressing other issues throughout the territory, while suggesting that the Premier “get down to the level of the people” to understand the suffering that they are going through.

In addition, the Third District Representative expressed bewilderment that the Premier does not find the deplorable roads as a problem which needs to be urgently addressed.

He said, “I don’t know if you move around the territory in a helicopter but if you do you need to start driving because if you were driving on these same roads that I am driving on and you don’t have a problem with it then you have a problem. Don’t tell me that you are waiting for money to borrow because you have enough money to do the things that need to be done right now. There are no if and or buts about it. You have the money.”

Tough decisions will not happen with “choir boy attitude”

Meanwhile, Hon Fraser admitted that he does not like the relationship between the Premier and Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' because he feels that the Premier is not “taking a tough stance” for the people of the Territory while alluding that the Governor is the one running the show.

“I think that measures that need to be taken post-Irma is going to require some tough decisions and it ain’t gonna happen with a choir boy attitude and no one is asking for someone to be dictatorial. Furthermore, I personally don’t like the relationship between you and the White House (Governor House). I don’t think you are taking a tough enough stance on behalf of the people of the Territory when it comes to the White House. No one should be dictating to you the terms and the conditions of which you run this country. You are the Premier and I want to see you stand up to the guy down in the White House and I don’t see that happening right now,” explained Hon Julian Fraser.

28 Responses to “‘I thought my district was catching hell'- Hon Julian Fraser RA”

  • nonsense (19/03/2018, 18:16) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree the roads should be temporarily overlaid to.give some comfort but no real construction should happen without a real plan. We saw what happened when Mark got 16mil and spent on roads. Where are these roads?
    • The watchman (20/03/2018, 00:15) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Bell Vue, Kingston to Brandywine Bay and Parham Town to the Beef Island Bridge. Still standing, still standing.
  • @ @ @ @ (19/03/2018, 18:21) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fraser going at large?
  • NezRez (19/03/2018, 18:28) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply freaking back and neck are so sore driving this road daily. Finally someone in power is speaking up for us. Thank you Mr. Fahie. I know this is not your district, but you used common sense in telling them the truth. Both districts 7&8 are pure tourture.
  • semi (19/03/2018, 19:25) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    Our roads are worse than third world countries. And this is prior to the two hurricanes. Poor engineering and lack of coordination with the various utilities company allow us to live in deplorable and somewhat roadless country. Someone will seriously get hurt approaching ctl from town, everyone dodging the bad patch there to on Comming traffic in a blind corner. What is more vexing is that people of autherity is traversing these same roads night and day and said nothing
  • obsever (19/03/2018, 21:15) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Frazer you 100% right with what you saying its been to long now Premier needs to do something with the roads coming from east dust and the roughness over bearing wake up man.
  • Changing Paradigms (20/03/2018, 00:28) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply

    Honourable Mr. Frazer, I have gathered a renewed "Respect" for you, Sir.

    You are definitely doing your homework and expressing a considerable "higher level thinking" towards our present and future requirements. I for one- had my doubts about you- but now I am convinced that you have the "leadership qualities" necessary to secure a future for generations to come in our country.

    With that said, I must advise "to stay open to suggestions and criticisms by the general public", because I can recall the "round-about debacle" in which you strongly defended- that ended-up as an awful solution to our round-about traffic challenges.

    (IMO), from what I am witnessing, you have actually grown since then, and I for one, in real-time- is witnessing that growth.

    You are indeed- ready for the PREMIERSHIP IN OUR COUNTRY, and I am convinced that you will look out for OUR PEOPLE with "A BALANCE APPROACH" to our development.

    I am Looking forward to our upcoming elections and adding my contribution to the process.

    Please read up on the story of Baramus and Jesus and realize that balancing the masses require openness of ideas or else you too, "metaphorically" will be put to the stake.

    Stay true to yourself, Sir.
  • @changing paradigms (20/03/2018, 01:03) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    You obviously have a deep perspective on many situations in the BVI, but why you think Fraser is capable of moving our country forward?
    • @ @changing paradigm. (20/03/2018, 07:39) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      Exactly! You must have amnesia! That my way or the highway mentality can’t lead no country.
    • Changing Paradigms (20/03/2018, 10:30) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @changing paradigms. Read the 600+pages free book download and briefly explain the key points...and then we can exchange thoughts.
  • Eagle Eye (20/03/2018, 01:15) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why fraser aint mention to fix that dirt road by seacows bay primary school that is killing those young children with dirt when vehicles past.
  • rio (20/03/2018, 02:09) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This divisive district politics needs to end at some point.
  • Changing Paradigms (20/03/2018, 04:33) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    A must read,

    Honourable Frazer

    Free download

    We must read to be understood for a more broader perspective.

    With Love for Our People.
  • Thank you changing paradigms, E. Leonard, political observer, diplomat, socrates, and others (20/03/2018, 04:56) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rephrased in modern terms: “All you need for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.”
  • Adding to that list... (20/03/2018, 05:13) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    1. Dickson Igwe; he is very well read and require more readership.

    2. Alred Frett of profound insight.

    Can anyone else be added to this list of changing Paradigms?

    “We cannot be doing the same things and expect different results anymore. This is a sign of literal insanity.

    Time For Change from the Status Quo.

  • Do. Better (20/03/2018, 05:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I vex you see don't allow the country to look run down like the ghetto come on have some pride in your country.
  • What! (20/03/2018, 05:43) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    More garbage from Frazier the Bywater king; mixed with some race baiting with his references to the “White House”. This adds nothing in guiding how the territory should recover. As to the BVI getting tough with U.K., get real. It’s not easy to borrow even with guarantees on performance of the loan; it’s hard to get some one to guarantee the loan if there have been no audited accounts for years; if there are no loan guarantees the interest rate charged on the loan will be much higher, and the loan more expensive. As for the other great idea being floated of borrowing from the social security fund that is people’s pension money. Who will guarantee re-payment of that? We’ve seen how road repairs by the usual gang fare; they collapse at the first rain. Does the Territory need to spend more money it hasn’t got for defective road repairs? No, get a foreign contractor operating under a proper contract that is monitored, like in sensible countries.
    • Wishful (23/03/2018, 15:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is the racebating? You so stupid you don’t know what White House means? You got to be a racist yourself to be even going there.
  • Street reporter (20/03/2018, 06:34) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    I'm one in the Minority who believes Frazer is the Leader for these times. Strong. No nonsense. Honest. Fights for locals and belongers.. Not seeing the possibility of what I believed happening. I wonder if he ever engaged with the back benchers to explore all possibilities..
  • Len (20/03/2018, 08:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The roads at East End are indeed in a bad state and our leaders must be dreaming if they will be comfortable having tourists driving on such roads. Have our standard dropped so soon? Driving at East End is like driving through a mountain. You must decide which pot hole you want your vehicle to fall in and believe you me, there are many choices... so choose wisely.

    I've already given up hope on this current administration, as they don't care about the poor and needy...and they also seems not to identify with the realities at hand...yeah, the struggles of the people trying to eat and to "hustle" their daily bread. PRIDE can be a very dangerous thing and it can bring a country to its knees!
    • @Len (23/03/2018, 13:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well them boycott the second district so that they don't bring tourist down there anymore. The east end people thought is was going to bring booming business to the area. The road leading to CGB are 100 times better than traveling to East End. But the government head buried in the sand.
  • Addint to the List (20/03/2018, 10:12) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. E. Benito Wheatley -

    Time for Change from the status Quo
  • no pride (20/03/2018, 20:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    we have no pride! SHAMEFUL! PREMIER IS ASLEEP!
  • The Circus (20/03/2018, 22:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You people are such clowns.

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