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'Perhaps there is victimisation' in Gov't- Cromwell Smith

- but said public needs to ask questions how monies for recovery plan will be spent
Talk show host Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka believes the chances of victimisation can be reduced if persons form themselves in groups to speak out or ask question on particular issues. Photo: VINO/File
Former political candidate and commentator Shaina M. Smith said persons need to be more concerned about how their tax dollars are being spent by the Government of the day and especially as it relates to the National Recovery Plan. Photo: Provided/File
Former political candidate and commentator Shaina M. Smith said persons need to be more concerned about how their tax dollars are being spent by the Government of the day and especially as it relates to the National Recovery Plan. Photo: Provided/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is a fact that many bright minds have ideas on how the country could be run effectively but prefer to stay silent rather than being victimised or labelled negative, something which has been promoted by the National Democratic Party (NDP) regime, who even tried to shut down one of its own party members in the House of Assembly (HoA) late last year after he spoke up against his district being neglected since the hurricanes of September 2017.

Many of the persons who can offer ideas to the table happen to be in the public service and are especially concerned about being victimised.

However, talk show host Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka believes the chances of victimization can be reduced if persons form themselves in groups to speak out or ask questions on particular issues.

Mr Smith was at the time encouraging persons to engage in the consultative meetings organised by Government to get the public’s input in the National Recovery Plan.

“Perhaps there is victimisation but I think if you were in a group, if you were organised, the chances of victimisation will be significantly diminished. So we need to go out and make our voices heard, Mr Smith said on the show Umoja, aired Thursday January 11, 2018 on ZBVI 780 AM.

You have to be concerned about your tax dollars

Mr Smith’s guest was former political candidate and commentator, Shaina M. Smith, who was making the point that persons need to be more concerned about how their tax dollars are being spent by the Government of the day and especially as it relates to the National Recovery Plan.

“What we need to understand as a tax payer is that it is our money being spent wisely or wasted, because Government dosen’t print money. All the money that is being spent by the Government is coming from some place, so whether you are a business or an individual in the country and are paying taxes you have to be more concerned about how your tax dollars are being spent.”

Noting that Government is supposed to contribute some $58M towards the National Recovery Plan, Ms Smith said the question is where will that revenue come from over the next five years.

“It will come from the tax payers, whether or not we paying the loan back or through fees that need to be adjusted to match operating costs. It is a lot of things now that would come about as a result and impact. So what we don’t want to wait on is until we feel the pinch and start to cry out instead of saying upfront we look at it and ask what is the Government strategy going to be like in terms of financing this from their point of view. We also see a lot of money coming from private and NGO sources, upwards of $300M, and all of these things have terms and agreements that come with them.

“And we as a populace should ask those questions to try to get the answers, again now, rather than later and try to influence change rather than at a certain point.”

At this point, Mr Smith said persons needed to go to the consultative meetings in droves, “in large numbers as a community, as a population, to these meetings and don’t stop until we get those voices heard.”

13 Responses to “'Perhaps there is victimisation' in Gov't- Cromwell Smith”

  • BoSang (16/01/2018, 16:37) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    "“Perhaps there is victimisation but I think if you were in a group, if you were organised, the chances of victimisation will be significantly diminished"

    Cromwell please. Ask the hill man who used to be in immigration about victimization what you yourself knows about because of your affiliation with this red Dragon gang.
  • foxy (16/01/2018, 16:38) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    He playing the fool acting like he don't know the NAP history of victimization
  • wize up (16/01/2018, 16:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    That same fellow was one of the first victims of the NDP system(check the archives)......the brother from health found some good in him(ask your neighbor)
  • Perhaps.. (16/01/2018, 17:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perhaps is a coward word from a reporter... Do your home work... Not Government alone. Every company has victimization. We just don't have no real reporters to single them out using facts..
  • lord o. (16/01/2018, 17:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Victimization, bad mind and unfairness have away of coming back to the ungodly.. R. Way business is sinking slowly.God don't like ugly
  • Just Supposing (16/01/2018, 20:23) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am thinking that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 should have sanctioned a snap election immediately after the Hurricanes. Ask me why? Because of overwhelming lack of trust with the present administration AND some aspiring Politicians, The BVI is due for a third Political party. If we are not careful, and note I say WE, the Electorates, some will be fooled into thinking that the road to recovery will be a piece of cake. Maybe for some, and there lies the problem. General elections are due come 2019 not so long from now. Many will forget the pains and suffering of the masses now and before now and come 2019 or sooner, they will foolishly make the same mistakes and cried afterwards. It is high time for ACCOUNTABILITY and TRANSPARENCY to be demanded from our Leaders. After all, it is blatant disrespect to everyone who calls this territory home. It is quite sad for the common man or woman to think,what if we had a responsible group of impeccable characters at the helm of BVI ship, imagine the trust with donations and other Aids from the wider world? Just Supposing.
  • Diaspora (16/01/2018, 21:58) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cromwell, “Punchy/ Ed Ju Enka”, Smith please stop pissing on us and telling us it is raining. He knows that victimization is prevalent in the public sector. Ray Charles in a darkened room knows that victimization is a staple in the public sector. Look no further than the public flogging of Guy Hill, former Acting Chief Immigration Officer. Only Guy’s strength with all the abuse that he went through is keeping him still with the Immigration Department. The hope was that if they frustrate him enough he would get fed up and leave. Guy is still going strong though. Government preach education, experience and qualifications for locals. But if you do not say how high when they say jump, you are history. Knowing this, employees needing their jobs to take care of their families clam up and go along to get along. Punchy is disillusioned believing that if employees voice their opinions in groups, they would not be or it will make it harder for them to victimized. Really! If anyone believes this fallacy, I have some oil rich land on Round Rock for sale cheap.
    • BRAD BOYNES (19/01/2018, 05:23) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      All I can say is that they will not find an officer with the integrity and love for job and country like guy hill in a hurry. All that was done to him was personal victimization by persons in the governments gang who couldn't deliver on immigration promises they made to people. Keep the faith blood your mother and father would have been very proud of you.
  • x cop (16/01/2018, 22:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The police force and hospital have the most victimization
    • mi say (18/01/2018, 13:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Police alone is a hot mess administratively. Too much time spent trying to keep others down and way too much thieving going on in there also. Morris is clueless or just does not care. Sad the locals in senior positions are using it to keep others down or take them out. The expats in there run the show with their little clicks and circles - all the while the stations look like dumps yet monies being spent and materials bought - check where they (materials) finally end up!! Even the food aid those dirty cops and admin. ppl had their sticky fingers thru and through the donations - check their homes too!!
  • West side (17/01/2018, 00:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you all want to see victimization,bad mine, corruption dictator ship go up agriculter and see the owner of the department. Well cromwel i tell you


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