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Premier Smith fires back at Hon. Fahie on Opposition "Pressure"

- NDP leader denies pressure from VIP Opposition forced his govt to reverse course on civil servants' increments
Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) has refuted First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie’s assertions that provisions for public servants’ increments in the 2013 budget were as a result of pressure from the Opposition. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has refuted First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie’s assertions that provisions for public servants’ increments in the 2013 budget were as a result of pressure from the Opposition.

The premier, in a brief statement addressed to local media houses today December 11, 2012, referred to an article in one of the local news sites which quoted Hon. Fahie as saying that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government would never admit that Opposition pressure resulted in public servants receiving their full performance increments in 2013.

The NDP government came in for severe criticism from the Opposition earlier this year after it decided to reduce performance increments by 50%.

“In truth, and as usual, the first time that the members of the opposition saw the estimates of expenditure for the year 2013, was at the time they were presented with the budget address on 15th November. The estimates then presented contained the provisions for increments for Civil servants,” Premier Smith argued.

He further noted that “it is amazing then that the member for the First District would claim that the provision for the increments was made as a result of the interventions of the members of the opposition. Interventions, which could only have been made after the estimates were presented with the increments already provided for.”

"Through our efforts, although Government would never admit such, the 2013 budget now includes the public servants' increments. This indeed is a victory for the public servants through the efforts of the Members of the Opposition. We thank God for that because evil only prevails when good goes to sleep. We will continue to fight for the rights of our people and for whatever is best for our people in a respectful, but yet forthright manner," the pro-government online news site had quoted Hon. Fahie as stating.

Up to post time, Hon. Fahie had not responded to an opportunity presented by this news site to reply to Premier Smith's statement.

33 Responses to “Premier Smith fires back at Hon. Fahie on Opposition "Pressure"”

  • polo (11/12/2012, 09:46) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    me with fahie on tis one pressure bust pie!
    • small head (11/12/2012, 09:55) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      say the right thing nah! NDP stole from civil servants to give them friends consultancy!!!a bandar will always be a bandar.
    • no way (12/12/2012, 18:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      why do you people trust this man he getting fat on your money. slimey smiley
  • civil servant (11/12/2012, 09:50) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well I will never forgive them NDP for stealing my increment
    • Release (11/12/2012, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      slowly it dey NDP goin choke yuh all
    • clover parks (11/12/2012, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      "that may be true but the vip left us broke"
      • SIDS (11/12/2012, 12:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

        IF V IP LEAVE THIS COUNTRY BROKE WHERE THE HELL THIS GOVERNMENT GET SO MUCH MONY FROM TO DO ALL KIND OF $h1+ PLEASE TELL ME NDP IS JUST A JOKE.

  • ooooo (11/12/2012, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    pure damage control...thats all this is
  • Shar Parlin (11/12/2012, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ha ha seems like glover park back on the job look spin….
    • ta ta (11/12/2012, 12:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Im just getting tired of this crap. 2015 couldn't come any sooner

  • Typical (11/12/2012, 10:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    “In truth, and as usual, the first time that the members of the opposition saw the estimates of expenditure for the year 2013, was at the time they were presented with the budget address on 15th November. The estimates then presented contained the provisions for increments for Civil servants,” Premier Smith argued.

    He further noted that “it is amazing then that the member for the First District would claim that the provision for the increments was made as a result of the interventions of the members of the opposition. Interventions, which could only have been made after the estimates were presented with the increments already provided for.”

    Now the truth comes out! Why Fahie up and down with this nonsense? Always trying to bend the truth just for political points.
  • vince (11/12/2012, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    HAHA! buss he bubble doc he lying backside. how he going negotiated it when he only saw it for the first time once it was in there? he think people stupid or what? negotiate what.
  • cnn (11/12/2012, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    jeez um bread the 2016 election ting start already deman?
  • Spinx (11/12/2012, 11:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is a new Doc Smith, he's not laying down and taking $H1+ like last time around, he responding to everything, crack the whip doc, don't mind the noise.

  • foxy (11/12/2012, 11:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to get rid of both NDP and VIP! that's our problem!

    • Third Party for the People (11/12/2012, 13:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you 1000%!!!! These two parties are the same but with different colors!
  • back track (11/12/2012, 12:17) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am a public servant and I can testify that we are with Andrew on this one!!!!
  • bigger picture (11/12/2012, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the government is too big with many jobs being covered by too many people. cut out the dead wood THEN give raises. But as it stands, too much money is going out to people who don't deserve it. And we all pay for it.
  • facts man (11/12/2012, 14:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    fahie if you had done the right thing by your party when in government you would have been a minister today but instead you let greed and power destroy the vip and yourself
    • Well said (11/12/2012, 15:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Very true! VIP have its issues with the leader and others on the party but for Fahie to literally railroad and undermine a fellow party member is so ridiculous. He ought to be shame for that type of behavior and for not being a team player.
      • To well said (11/12/2012, 20:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am so fed up of some of the VIP elected persons blaming Fahie for their loss as well as blaming Fahie for VIP's loss in the 2011 general elections. It is the stupidest thing that I ever heard. Everyone outside of some of you in the VIP knew that those individuals were going to loose because of their own dumbness & stubborness & not by any doing of Fahie's. If Ralph was any kind of leader he could have acted on any problem VIP had & avoid what happened. Start putting the blame for VIP loss where it belongs...at the feet of Ralph Telford O'Neal.
        • @ To well said (12/12/2012, 07:57) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
          truth hurts doesn't it?! well you continue to be fed up cause the same song will be singing from now to next elections. I bet you would be singing another tune if Fahie had in some way gathered enough numbers between the gas man in 8th; the chicken man in 4th and the 4 horsemen of PPA. Hindsight is always better than foresight huh!!!!! Continue to blame Ralph but you well know why you can't really mash his corn too hard cause he funding everything in the party
          • Foolishness (12/12/2012, 13:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            All who lost in the VIP brought it on themselves. I blame Ralph & you will hear that until next election & many more. He is a poor leader and that's why the VIP out of office. Thank God I know Fahie don't take on people like you with your foolishness.
            • Oh Please (13/12/2012, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
              @ Foolishness - look at the state of our schools and tell us if education was really going from good to great under Fahie. mediocre is what you seem to enjoy!!!
    • to facts man (11/12/2012, 16:50) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
      When a party loose blame the leader which is Ralph. If the VIP had one Minister that worked hard for the people was Fahie so ayo back off of Fahie with these non-factual nonsense. Put the blame for the VIP lost where it belongs which is on Ralph O'Neal & leave Fahie alone. Ralph is a poor leader!
      • Backbencher (11/12/2012, 17:53) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
        So you trying to say Fahie is suppose to be leader of the VIP?! Oh please stop smoking crystal meth and come back to reality.
        • To oh please & backbencher (13/12/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Fahie did excellent as Minister of Education. For sure he did better than the NDP's Lloyd Black & for your information Fahie did a lot of repairs to school but our children need to learn to respect the work of their parents' tax money. Repairs to school is an ongoing something & even when Myron repairs the schools now, months later he will be doing the same works agan. Also Fahie will make a good leader because he cares about the people and not about having power like some of the NDP people and some of the VIP that lost their seat and some who won their seat. Fahie just need to divorce himself from some of you evil VIP people that just wishing even more than some of the NDP for his demise.
  • book (11/12/2012, 17:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    t looks like Sheldon Brown's book 'Mayflower' may be more fact than fiction
  • weak (12/12/2012, 17:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Spot on Fahie. !!!!.....the ndp spin docs tink we ah dam fools!!


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