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Julian Willock calls for new look @ representation of sister islands

- Continues to bring solutions to the table to place the Virgin Islands in new direction
Political candidate Mr Julian Willock, seen here with Virgin Islands icon and Jost van Dyke resident Mr Philiciano O. Callwood MBE aka ‘Foxy’, has told the public that the sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada are been ignored. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the political candidates who have emerged as a strong advocate for the voiceless has told the public that the sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada are been ignored.

In a pre-recorded message released to the public last evening March 28, 2018 Mr Julian Willock, a local businessman and former Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Communications and Works, stated: “Our sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada continue to be ignored, and I am passionate to see this end.”

He said, “It is not right and must not continue, as they are an equal part of the Virgin Islands and that is why I proposed a Town Council, starting first with Virgin Gorda.”

Let’s look at other options - Willock

In another move in his quest to come to the political arena with solutions and not just criticism, Mr Willock who, said he will be contesting the 2019 general elections, further stated: “Following the next general election, a fresh look ought to be taken, as it relates to elected representation on our sister islands and whether a single representative for each of the three islands might be a better option.”

Currently, via the district system, one member represents Virgin Gorda and Anegada which is the Ninth District and one represents Jost van Dyke with other parts of Tortola as the Second District.

The people of the sister islands have long cried that they are forgotten and treated as second-class citizens. Mr Willock, who is expected to be running At-Large (Territorial), said to our newsroom: “once elected, the treatment of the sister islands will be a major part of my platform.”

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Mr Julian Willock, political candidate, has said the sister islands of (from left) Jost van Dyke, Anegada and Virgin Gorda are an equal part of the Virgin Islands and is proposing a Town Council, starting first with Virgin Gorda. Photo: pininterest/whitebayvillas

We need revenue - Willock

Meanwhile, in the same speech, the young Virgin Islander called again on the government to address the issue of new revenues, as the Administration is about to place the country in debt with millions in loans to rebuild the public infrastructure following the destructive hurricanes of 2017.

“I want to shout again from the valley that while we rebuild and secure loans from local and international banking institutions, we must also come up with ways to find new revenue streams,” Mr Willock stated.

Mr Willock, who in his former public sector career also served as a Director of the Water and Sewerage Department and Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, reminded residents that “The hard truth is, we have lost some 30 percent of our population and 30 percent of our businesses, and defaulting on loans is not an option. I call yet again on this Administration to consider my four bold new revenue initiatives which can also help to kick-start the local economy, from small manufacturing on the sister islands to a Citizen by Investment Programme, and a National Lottery system among others.”

He also announced that he will be holding a press conference to officially declare his run in the next British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands election constitutionally due by early 2019.

Mr Willock holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies.

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19 Responses to “Julian Willock calls for new look @ representation of sister islands”

  • new party? (29/03/2018, 14:29) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    what party are you with?
  • Campaign time already started (29/03/2018, 16:55) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    Time to start showing all the cards/members of your party if you’ll really intent to takedown the NDP. One thing NDP knows how to spin well- is comeback strong once money is in the kitty.
  • Skeptic (29/03/2018, 19:52) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Just another voice. Unfortunately we have heard it before strong until after election.
  • Diplomat (29/03/2018, 22:30) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Julian Willock’s out front problem——solution initiative is worth active listen to. Of the three listed potential revenue streams, ie, light manufacturing, Citizenship by Investment Programmme and National Lottery Scheme, light manufacturing may be the most promising. The BVI needs sustainable revenue streams. And the Citizen by Investment Programme does not seem to be sustainable. How many passports can you sell. Some other sister countries have the programme but it is not a cash cow. The National Lottery Scheme too is not a cash cow. Our neighbor, the USVI, a much larger locale with a much larger population has a lottery but it is not a cash cow.
  • Our Idea (29/03/2018, 23:24) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply

    Give credit where it is duue

  • fact (29/03/2018, 23:39) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    Wilock is a good man
    • JON (30/03/2018, 10:09) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
      So are all the others until they became politicians.
      • @ joh (30/03/2018, 11:21) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        Can't blame Mr Willock for the sins of other politicians he is the real deal the change we long for

        A vote for julian willock IS A VOTE FOR WE
  • Diplomat (30/03/2018, 04:09) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    With improved telecommunications, computer technology and transportation, the VI needs fewer elected representatives, not more. The VI, a small, 36 island (15 inhabited), and a 59 square mile territory with an approximate 30,0000 population, has 13 elected representatives that comprises of 9 districts and 4 at large representatives. Further, Tortola, the largest island in the chain, has 8 of 9 district seats; Anegada and Virgin Gorda, sister islands, has the the other seat. Tortola hosts Road Town the VI capital city, along with being the territory seat of government. Additionally, it is the prime business, financial and entertainment centre; most of the approx 30,000 resides on Tortola (22 square miles, approx 25K population), Anegada (2nd largest island, 15 square miles, approx population 300), Virgin Gorda (3rd largest island, 8 square miles, approx population 4000) and Jost Van Dyke (4th largest island, 3 square miles, approx population 300).

    Moreover, what the sister islands needs is more effective representation; they should not be treated as outposts and should commensurately get their fair share of resources and service delivery. The Premier, Deputy Premier, district representative and at large members can ensure this happens. Additionally, local councils can be established on the 3 largest sister islands. In regards to Tortola, some of the current 8 districts can be combined. For example, the 7th (Long Look) and 8th (East End) districts can be combined. Other districts can be looked at. Further, it can have part time local/village councils. Will changes be welcome?

    Resistance to change is the norm. Frederick Douglass says: Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.” Translation. People with power does not normally give up power; the govern must normally demand it. Should we expect politicians to embrace reducing, not increasing, the number of districts and at large members?

  • fowl foot (30/03/2018, 05:27) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    god see for us all
  • qc (30/03/2018, 08:06) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    What I admire about the young man is his brilliance
  • True (30/03/2018, 08:54) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Julian Wilcock

    Pop Stevens

    Cindy Rosan whatever her name is these are 3 that will be appearing soon on a card for you all to follow, probably Mitch will do the switch also,
  • hopefully (30/03/2018, 17:24) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope after willocks win they give him communications and works to oversee the water and sewerage dept becoming a statutory body
  • TurtleDove (30/03/2018, 23:07) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    For 6 yrs We are left up in the clouds with no plan period for the outer islands, and having to put up with the failed At large system

    Willock is a breath of fresh air
  • Loved (30/03/2018, 23:42) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This young man seems to be very liked by people .
  • cnn (01/04/2018, 14:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    To be successful these want to be candidates must follow the lead of Julian Willock and show that they can do the work, not just gather and support in Congress. That means voter registration and voter turnout. Let’s see what the next general elections results look like.

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