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Premier Smith dismisses Hon Walwyn’s rant against UK

Outgoing Premier and Minster of Finance, Dr the Honourable, D. Orlando Smith (AL), said government, will be making its submission to the UK inquiry—into its future with its OTs—by the September 3, 2018, deadline. Photo: Team of Reporters
Grilled by reporters on the recent outburst against the UK by his NDP successor, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, instead downplayed the actions of the UK as routine. Photo: Team of Reporters
Grilled by reporters on the recent outburst against the UK by his NDP successor, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, instead downplayed the actions of the UK as routine. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Outgoing Premier and Minster of Finance, Dr the Honourable, D. Orlando Smith (AL), has given the assurance his National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, will be making its submission to the United Kingdom's (UK) review of its future with its Overseas Territories (OTs)—by the September 3, 2018, deadline.

"This we will do within the timeline," Premier Smith told reporters, during his August 29, 2018, ‘One-on-one’ interaction held at the Central Administration Complex.

Outburst

"The Government have been also through their various agencies putting together recommendation for government response and government will also have a forum where we can have additional information for anybody that wishes to make comments," noted the Territory’s Premier.

Dr Smith's position, contrasts that of his Govenrment co-Leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), who had lashed out at the UK in a public outburst over its approach to the inquiry. 

Premier Smith has instead downplayed the actions of the UK as routine, saying “what they will normally do, they will select a topic for their review and then they would publish it online on their website for anybody or everybody who wishes to make comment.”

Hon Walywn on Monday August 27, 2018, during the NDP’s radio programme ‘Drive Time,’ took aim at the UK body, blasting their approach of launching the inquiry without even a formal notification.

Not Directed

He disclosed at the time, that the Virgin Islands (VI) government only learnt of the decision after it was posted online.

According to Hon Walwyn, “I am of the view that something of this magnitude and importance should have been sent by official correspondence to the leader of our country for onward transmission to its residents.”

This was, however, “not the case.”

Asked if the VI is obligated to send a submission, Premier Smith replied, "…it is not something that is directed, it is not a letter sent to the BVI (British Virgin Islands), it was something put online for everybody and anybody to respond to."

The UK’s Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Select Committee announced on July 20, 2018, a formal inquiry into the future relationship it shares with its OTs and to look into the effectiveness of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) management of its responsibilities towards them.

 

 

7 Responses to “Premier Smith dismisses Hon Walwyn’s rant against UK”

  • You see (30/08/2018, 10:43) Like (17) Dislike (17) Reply
    Same thing I say --- One leader at a time. Grandstanding!!
  • antigua run things (30/08/2018, 12:33) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
    good for Dr Smith he silly to turn over the government to MVW
  • WOWW (30/08/2018, 12:40) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    I’m so sick of Myron falcon!!
    • Whatever!!!!! (30/08/2018, 18:24) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are sick of the falcon? Well hon, you are going to have to keep on exhaling unessary energy being sick of the falcon. If you feel that you can do a better job than the falcon is doing, step up to homeplate.
      Sincerely, Another vote for Myron.
  • virgin islansed (30/08/2018, 14:26) Like (6) Dislike (999) Reply
    _People of the BVi be ware Funny man will take us down the road to poverty and destruction the man is power hungry and controlling be careful if you put him to be our next premier notice his circle a bunch of educated submissive broke people that he uses the governments money to control to do what he wants be careful who you put to rule these Virgin Islans
  • Wait, hold up (30/08/2018, 15:04) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hold the F**k up about a bunch of educated submissive broke people that Myron uses. When you can produce RECEIPTS about your allergations, please make them public. Until then stay in your damn lane. Remember this, for every 100 that is against Myron, 150 is for him.
  • Diaspora (30/08/2018, 16:49) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The co-leaders of the NDP, Dr. Hon Premier D. Orlando Smith (At L), MoF, and Hon Myron Walwyn (At L), MEC and NDP Chairman-elect, are taking diverging views on the UK-VI relationship inquiry. Doc is of the opinion that the time allowed was adequate; Myron, thinks differently. Is this a clear example that the NDP is fragmented, disorganized and seemed to display irreconcilable diffremces. Nonetheless, there can only be one leader at a time, ie, unity of command. Doc is Premier until election is held and a new government is formed; at that time he will relinquished the Premiership. Thus, the Premier is the point person and should coordinate the government response for submittal. Diplomacy should be employed with the UK before adopting a scorched earth approach.


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