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Premier insults Opposition: 'Go do your own research on Bills'

Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, has accused Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, of misleading the public when he told the Opposition to do their own research where bills are concerned. Photo: VINO/File
Both Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), left, and Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, have blasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration for their lack of transparency. Photo: VINO/File
Both Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), left, and Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, have blasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration for their lack of transparency. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was at the continuation of the Seventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly on Monday May 29, 2017 that sparks flew.

Legislators were at the time debating the Cruising Permit (Amendment) Act, 2017 Bill, when Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), in making his contribution, told the House of Assembly (HoA) that he is uneasy supporting this bill without proper statistics and information.

While wrapping up the debate on the Bill, its sponsor Premier and Minister of Tourism Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) said "I was flabbergasted to hear the suggestion that the Members do not need to do their own research when they come into this House to discuss matters that are important to this country. I assume that all Members will take their time and do whatever research that is needed," the Premier said.

Not my job- Dr Smith 

The Premier told the Legislative Body "every member is aware of all proposed bills." To this, on a point of privilege, Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA, (R3) stood up and chastised Premier Smith saying that "it is disturbing that the Premier would put forward such an argument, the information should be shared with us; we shouldn’t be begging for it and if we beg for it, it should be forthcoming..... Premier, I am now disappointed to hear you say that," Hon Fraser said.

However, the Premier continued to insist that the information is available and it is not his job to do research for the Opposition members.

Stop misleading the public-Hon Fahie

At this point Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) rose to his feet on a point of information and accused Premier Smith of misleading the public. Hon Fahie told the HoA "information the government would have statistically, that you would need, the Opposition would not have it."

In another fire back to Premier Smith's statement, the Opposition Leader said "we can't get answers to questions in here when we ask, much less out there…"

The public, the media, civil society and the Opposition have long argued that the ruling National Democratic Party Government has not operated in a transparent way.

Even Governor John S. Duncan OBE has blasted the administration for the lack of a Freedom of Information Act promised some six years ago, and the Opposition has continued to assert they cannot get truthful answers to questions in Parliament.

29 Responses to “Premier insults Opposition: 'Go do your own research on Bills'”

  • Holdit! (30/05/2017, 19:06) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Allu aint tired dividing the people of the VI? When its time to ban together, we wouldn't be because of the big divide created between the people. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not play into the hands of the Oppressors again.
  • premier (30/05/2017, 19:24) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    You really letting us down bad boy.
  • voter (30/05/2017, 19:29) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    I maintain ndp must go
    • @ voter (30/05/2017, 20:04) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
      not to worry they will be gone come next elections
    • @Voter. Tell us who will take over. (31/05/2017, 07:01) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
      NRP must go. Agree they are not doing a good Job... Let's talk serious. Who will you replace them with..I'm not seeing a serious group coming together. Government is a serious thing..
  • Yes (30/05/2017, 19:45) Like (9) Dislike (23) Reply
    Well the premier has a point sometimes you have to do your own homework and stop trying to be spoon-fed.
    • dog (30/05/2017, 23:27) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      It is not being spoon-fed to have the same information given to the rest of the representatives. Just because there are only two of them doesn't mean they should be marginalized. They are very important to hold NDP feet to the fire for a transparent government. To play these passive-aggressive games is childish and it is the people who suffer. If information is being passed around it should be to everyone.
    • Really (31/05/2017, 09:05) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Its not about being spoon fed. If you present a bill for review it should have all the data to support the bill if at all the research would be to verify the data but not to search for the information to support it. Take a case to a judge without all the information and tell here to make a decision..... how can she?
    • Stupes (31/05/2017, 10:57) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Because you think the PEOPLE's business is a college assignment; why you comment?! Go all the way "DAT WAY!" -->
  • Welsah (30/05/2017, 19:56) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    Pressure burst pipe. Our premier throwing insults now.
  • For Real? (30/05/2017, 20:01) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Zzzzzzz.....zzzzzzus! He must not be sleeping well zzzzzzdays.
  • farmer brown (30/05/2017, 20:10) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is laughable! Orlando where the ..... will the Opposition get the resources from do research your Bills when you the one bringing them?

    • Cow Loose (31/05/2017, 00:35) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
      @ Farmer Brown, let me enlighten you a bit, each member gets their packet way ahead of time letting them know the agenda and topics to be discussed for each sitting. I assume that the Premier meant for them to go and do their research so that they are in a better position to discuss the bill. If that is the case, he is correct. Instead of globe trotting each member need to sit their behind down, conduct research and draft their responses to each topic. then when that is done it would not seem like they coming to the House with a 'marathon of nothingness.'
  • wize up (30/05/2017, 20:11) Like (7) Dislike (21) Reply
    some stories are simply seeking to discredit the current adminstration in an effort to pave way for VIP but the foolish headlines simply paves the way for the U.K.: we speaks so bad about each other just to make ourselves look good and that's a shame: play the tape(when Fraser was asked questions on biwater during his term in office and listen to his responses)
    • @ wize up (31/05/2017, 00:28) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      Wize up you is a big moo moo
      • @@wize up (31/05/2017, 07:16) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply

        My sentiments, a real ass. But if you really know who wise up is personally you really won't surprise if his foolish @$$ comments at times.

  • vip (30/05/2017, 20:19) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was happy to see Frazer & Fahie working in one voice on this, WE NEED BOTH OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • not so fast (31/05/2017, 06:28) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    I know both fahie and frazer there not any better than smith, always here the old people saying don't cry those who going cry from them who coming
  • lord o. (31/05/2017, 07:04) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Nice to see the Premier get fired up.... Hope he start pulling his own people up ..
  • voter (31/05/2017, 08:27) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Premier is absolutely correct. Not only opposition but all legislators when debating in the HOA need to do their own research when speaking on behalf of the voters they represent.
    We need to step up the level of the debate. Clearly we can see many come not prepared when u hear the piss that comes out their mouth.
    • VG (31/05/2017, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ndp must gooooo!
    • Longshanks (31/05/2017, 13:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed, all legislators need to research and work out what is going on. The recent record suggests that not many do, and that is especially apparent whenever anyone other than Smith, Vanterpool or Walwyn comments on what they do in the house.

      The failure of the legislators to research or understand what they are debating, and the absence of any meaningful or effective (through no fault of their own, but by virtue of the numbers) opposition means that legislation is passed in forms which then require immediate re-think when more involved and interested stakeholders in society feed back on what the government has done (or even worse, legislation which would help the economy is held up unaccountably).

      Sadly, there is a risk of looking like a bunch of amateurs, even though I truly believe many of the members of the house are amongst the best educated and most internationally minded people.
  • wet (31/05/2017, 14:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    leave doc and he gang the world is a circle
  • Wendy (31/05/2017, 16:41) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Opposition's mantra has been the lack of transparency. If the lack of transparency is a sincere concern then doing research and preparation should be the most important task . Andrew's outlook has always been reliance on Government. A reason why many young folks are baffled because with their paid for by Gov degree from anywhere anyhow,a gov job has not landed in their lap and Andrew backing them up with that misplaced entitlement drivel.
  • liberal (31/05/2017, 17:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looka here Governor John S. Duncan OBE,giving us tips and we have and need to support him on the matter about the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration for their lack of transparency. This is something very serious and the crown is gonna do something about it if the Premier don't clear this matter up like now. This looking like the HOA is going to be dissolve and election by November.
  • who to blame (01/06/2017, 16:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you go to court the prosecution have to turn over all evidence to the defense so that the defendant can get a fair trial. In this instance the Government is the NDP and prosecution, which leaves the Opposition as the defense representing the defendant who is the people.
  • 2 grand (03/06/2017, 13:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Common sense dictates that information should be shared but if it accuses you will you share that's like giving someone a loaded gun to shoot you easily. Catch me if you can seems to be the train of smh welsah

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