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Premier strikes back, says No confidence motion was 'baseless attacks'

Premier Dr. D Orlando Smith lashes back at Hon Andrew A. Fahie's No Confidence motion. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) hits back at Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Leader of the Opposition's No Confident Motion by calling it "baseless attacks" on his Government.

The Premier's address came as a special report made on Tuesday August 1, 2017, following the sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) earlier that day when Hon Fahie had tabled the No Confidence Motion which unfortunately failed due to lack of support. 

"Notwithstanding the baseless attacks by the Leader of the Opposition and his newly found Leader, we will stand firm," said the Premier in a televised speech.

“It is my duty to again to restate that vision and to show that the accusations levied against me and my Government are not only false as points of fact –more importantly, they demonstrate the willful refusal of Opposition to understand that this Government will never, ever abandon its vision,” he continued.

The Premier stated that it is very important that he respond, by separating the lies from the truth.

“I see the Honourable Member calling into question my integrity and my competence as Minister of Finance and more indirectly this Government’s commitment to carrying out the mandate of the people of this territory.”

He continued, “To me, nothing is more important. Nothing is more fundamental. Our vision has been presented before the people of this territory in general election campaigns dating back over twenty years. It has been restated in this House on innumerable occasions. Yet, despite the many times we have made our vision clear, our Honourable colleagues in Opposition seem unable to hear it…”

During his address, Hon Smith stated that the vision of the government is rooted in the belief that it is the duty of government to secure a prosperous future for the Virgin Islands by investing for the long term, creating a sound, accountable system of governance and allowing the strong values of our community to be the bedrock that binds us together.

Good governance, transparency and accountability                                                                    

Hon Smith further stated that the allegations which addresses the ruling government’s good governance, transparency and accountability  is “preposterous”.

“The party I lead came into being first and foremost to demand accountability in government spending. We were bound together in our shared outrage at the waste of precious administrations,” emphasized the Premier.

10 Responses to “Premier strikes back, says No confidence motion was 'baseless attacks'”

  • voter (02/08/2017, 17:05) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah blah
  • ? (02/08/2017, 17:44) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tune into 90.9FM tonight at 7PM
  • eheh (02/08/2017, 17:45) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    When Miss P said to surrender the duties of finance,there wasn't all this length of speech.
    • ha (02/08/2017, 18:34) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Those people want you out but they are so shame to say so. Poor we the people here in the B.V.I.
    • Ahmmm (02/08/2017, 21:28) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
      He doesn't respond and you say he sleeping. He responds to set the record straight once and for all, and everyone gets agitated. Well suh!
  • TheWinningTeam (02/08/2017, 19:02) Like (5) Dislike (25) Reply
    Leave Doc alone. He's a good Virgin Islander. He delivered my wife's three children; he didn't charge us a cent. He's a good Minister of Finance. He said, "Go in Peace, Brother. Don't pay no more. Your father paid me when you were born." See, Doc. going get more blessings coming to this Virgin Islands because of his good deeds. All you who just come don't understand blessings in disguise and blessings in the heavenlies. I have faith in Doc, you here. He has blessings untold. He never charge people the real price. He smarter than all the doctors around here. The other half he didn't charge is for the spiritual blessings that going to flow from above. People get to understand the spiritual principles of the Universe. The BVI not going under. The father of the BVI has houses and lands and holdeth the wealth of the world in his hand. We feeling the little pinch now because we did not ask our father. "You have not because you asketh not." People who does go church, start asking so that the cup of the BVI will get full and running over. Come on people of the BVI, wha all you bawling for? We rich, man! Call those things which be not as though they are. In the name of the God of our ancestors, the BVI shall have money washing up on its shores; it shall have illegal money running into our Treasury (Not for White House to Take Out at Will), it shall have money from crimes of criminal proceeds; it shall have monies from unexplainable sources; all its loans shall be paid ahead of time and interest saved; its expenses shall be minimized; the Treasury shall have surpluses galore; our children shall have jobs; all who owe the Government money not going to be able to sleep in their bed till they pay up. Come on delinquent accounts, I throw this Holy Water from Africa to the North, South, East and West. Get up off of the Government's money. Money, money, money, come into the BVI like a flood, like a hurricane, like a tsunami. People, don't worry, we shall have money like joke, all who waiting for bush-cutting contracts going get jobs. But the message is, all who are not working, get up off your lazy boeh-hind and go find work. In fact, a heat will blow in their butts such that they have to get up and go work otherwise the fire going consume all lazy-butts in the BVI. Stop messing with the righteous people in the BVI. I heard they are having secret prayer meetings for the country.
    I know I going rally around Doc's team. A spiritual team and team Members can't go wrong. Stop worrying, people. Our Father and forefathers heard our cry and shouted -- "Let My People Go." Rise up, BVI; Rise Up. The People that know God shall do exploits. Don't weep, my people saith the God of our Ancestors. I am so happy now, you hear. That word came just in time before Emancipation. We good to go, man!
    • @thewinningteam (03/08/2017, 09:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so stupid. This wha got the country in this mess in the first place. Thinking the ole good hearted doc can be an economist. Now you know that not every doc could fit the job. You just grateful he save you but this one cannot save the BVI. All you too emotional.
  • ................ (02/08/2017, 20:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Poor olando like rto his time is up!
  • zzzzzzzzzz (03/08/2017, 10:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doc need to go back to sleep
  • voter (03/08/2017, 23:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is Dr. Smith's last chance. His dumb followers don't know that.

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