Opposition Leader Hon Fraser to hold Public Meeting on VG November 2, 2016
This time he will be having a public meeting in the Valley, Virgin Gorda on November 2, 2016 at the Catholic Community center beginning at 7:00 PM.
Hon Fraser, who is also in a fight with his Opposition colleague Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for the post of Chairman of the 45 year old Virgin Islands Party (VIP), is expecting to speak on a wide range of national issues. The two men (Fraser & Fahie) will face off in a November 30, 2016 vote for the Party’s top spot, as usually who holds that post will be the Premier, if the party wins the next election.
Topical issues to be discussed by Hon Fraser
At the Wednesday evening Virgin Gorda meeting, which is open to all nine district residents, including Anegada, Hon Fraser is expected to discuss a wide range of topics, including the inconveniences of water supply to residents, crown lands, safety at schools, and job security for employees laid off in the hotel industry, among others.
The VIP Chairman is also expected to touch on the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and the banking sector, some very topical issues.
Since the 2015 snap election that saw Hon Fraser’s VIP not successful at the polls with an 11 to 2 majority for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), the Virgin Islands has been in turmoil.
The finances are low with many claiming the NDP left the country broke, and Governor John S. Duncan OBE putting pressure on Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) about the reckless spending and writing both Hon Smith and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) on his concerns.
Many believe the UK will eventually impose direct rule on the VI, a notion that has been rejected by both the Government and the Opposition.
The state of the VI
The VI is also facing a growing crime rate, locals being denied access to jobs, financial hardship by the middle class who continues to move to the poverty line, the high cost of living, and high taxes imposed by the NDP Administration.
Under the NDP, small businesses continue to struggle and there is a feeling in the country that there is a double standard in the justice system as Virgin Islanders lose their land, car and home to bank foreclosures.
Efforts to reach Hon Fraser for a comment on the reason for calling the meeting in Virgin Gorda at this time were not successful up to publication time.