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'Members of HoA behave like street boys & girls' - Hon Fraser

- chastises members for leaving HoA sittings to attend other functions; Says its disrespectful
Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has commented that members of the House of Assembly are behaving like 'street boys and girls' instead of respecting their duties as parliament members. Photo: VINO/File
Other members of the House have been criticised for leaving during a sitting to attend other functions which Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative, classify as 'disrespectful'. Photo: VINO/File
Other members of the House have been criticised for leaving during a sitting to attend other functions which Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative, classify as 'disrespectful'. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has chastised Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in photo, for leaving during sittings of the House of Assembly to attend other functions, adding that he should be setting an example. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has chastised Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in photo, for leaving during sittings of the House of Assembly to attend other functions, adding that he should be setting an example. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA, has chastised the members of the House of Assembly (HoA) for scheduling other functions during the same time as HoA sittings, which he described as “disrespectful”.

The Third District Representative pointed out that the practice is becoming a norm for the members.

He said, “I see a situation developed in the House of Assembly that I must talk about because it bothers me. Periodically, I would hear one or two law makers get up in this House and say that this is the highest law making body in the country. This is my first call. I put this above everything else when I come here. This is what I come to do. But is that really true for all of us? Is it true for the leader of government? Is it true for the leader of this House, that we put everything aside when we come here to a sitting? I have seen it repeatedly where some functions have been scheduled by the very government on the same day that we have a sitting and we take a recess and the members go to it.”

He further commented that whenever a time is set for the members to return they either return late or they do not return and as a result another date has to be set for the sitting.

“A time is set to come back and nobody knows when they are coming back. Sometimes nobody comes back and we set the sitting for another date. That has to stop,” expressed Hon Fraser during the continuation of the First Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly on Thursday March 8, 2018.

Members behaving like “street boys & girls”

Hon Fraser further commented that the members of the House are behaving like “street boys and girls” instead of respecting their duties as parliament members.

“People treat us the way we treat ourselves. We have no respect for ourselves. This is a government. This is a branch of government, three equal branches of government, the Executive, Legislative and the Judicial, and we are still as legislators treating ourselves like some street boys and girls,” emphasised the Opposition Member.

The veteran law maker indicated that the HoA meetings are advertised weeks in advance and if he was the leader of government and someone in his ministry scheduled a meeting for the same day as a sitting he would tell them to reschedule it, adding that he would not leave a sitting to attend any function.

In addition, the Opposition Member mentioned that in all his 20 years of being a member of the HoA, he has never seen this happened before, adding that only some persons would get invited to functions and the other members must sit and wait and hope they return.

He expressed, “What is more troubling about it, is that they might invite two people from the House of Assembly and what are the others supposed to do, sit down and wait and hope that the rest comes back.”

“The business of the people must continue”

Meanwhile, Hon Fraser singled out Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, for leaving during a sitting of the House, while adding that he should be setting an example.

“Premier, you are the leader, you got to stop it. You cannot leave this House of Assembly in a sitting to go attend some other function. You cannot do that and it has to stop. If two members want to go to the college for some function, let them go, but the business of the people must continue. These sittings go on, and on, and on. Time is being taken for granted in here and it has to stop Premier. It has to stop,” Hon Fraser pleaded.

On the first sitting of March 1, 2018 the House was abruptly adjourned so that some of the members could attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Deputy Governor, Mr David D. Archer. However, the members did not return at the scheduled time and the sitting was rescheduled for another day.

Time & attendance register for HoA members

In was Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), during the House of Assembly on March 1, 2018, criticised HoA members for always arriving late to sittings of the House and called for a time and attendance register to give a “true picture of what is happening”.

21 Responses to “'Members of HoA behave like street boys & girls' - Hon Fraser”

  • SMH (15/03/2018, 08:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms p said the thing was a circus
    • @SMH (15/03/2018, 23:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      But it's Hon Fahie who did not return that day. He should have return to the house for the break was taken when he was in the middle of asking questions. He left to go to the event along with the premier. Premier returned but not Fahie.. talk about the pot calling kettle black.
  • Barry say you will here (15/03/2018, 09:14) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    When you elect the wrong people who not from here and do not have our values what the hell you expect?
  • circus (15/03/2018, 09:17) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Frase is spot on
  • completely agree (15/03/2018, 09:21) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser I really on this with you. I like the words STREET BOYS and GIRLS because imagine you have to address this matter instead of the Head street girl.
  • sad (15/03/2018, 09:34) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    MR FRASER every damn thing is going wrong in the BRITISH VIRGINS. Just the incompetence of the leader who cannot lead and refuse to step down. It is so bad that some countries are saying if a disaster hit us again the will never send things to help . We really need to get this man out to get this place back on track. we also have to look at some of the SP because they are running their secret buisnes from their office this place is more corrupt than before the hurricanes. Let us we will get a change in the next election for a little better because no one is perfect.
    • Sad I agreed 100% (15/03/2018, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You obviously know a lot more than most people. U R onto something.
  • BRAD BOYNES (15/03/2018, 09:48) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will just rest this here.........>>>>>There is no excuse for being IRRESPONSIBLE.
  • wize up (15/03/2018, 09:51) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Frazer you are party of the problem; day what you want because election season around every one huffing and pushing: fraser you serve this territory for 30 year and only you find a soap box to stand on: negrao please: !!!!! Were were u all along?
  • So true (15/03/2018, 10:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Add to that the laid back, slovenly postures of the bored looking legislators and their annoying texting during the sessions. Disrespectful!
  • Why (15/03/2018, 10:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is The Minister of Communications and works slouching in the HOA. WTF?
  • NDP4life (15/03/2018, 12:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo just vex cause NDP pimp harder than all the others combined! They got this under control so stop with the fear-mongering and blame game. We got work to do and the ministers all look stressed out - so give them a break ppl! Some of them lost as much or more given they own multiple properties/businesses that also sustained damages. They too are struggling like ALL of we. Just because they have more and we less makes them not bad people. So ayo puhlease give ‘em a break they trying their best. (Sarcasm)
  • tola (15/03/2018, 12:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I aint feel for bvi ppl you all vote them in
  • Typical (15/03/2018, 12:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vanterpool sleeping.... Shows how interested he is in the country's future
  • i said it (15/03/2018, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Street Boys and girls 100%. Nothing but a bunch of idiots. They act like they are still in high school.
  • Solution Frazer Solution (15/03/2018, 12:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Frazer did you or did you and Fahie had a serious meeting with the back benchers. If you all are really serious about the country about bringing about change to the things you complained about.. Or, You all are no better that the people you all complaining about.. Selfish, Power hungry. Stop complaining show us action..
  • True (15/03/2018, 13:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    That picture of them don't look good at all. They taking the ppl for a joke.
  • Wendy (15/03/2018, 14:49) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Frazer is the best man to run the country but too late
  • Myo (16/03/2018, 00:02) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    If not NDP, who then? No not one..


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