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'Put our house in order' - Gerard St. C. Farara QC

- said there must be proper checks & balances in place for the good management of public funds
Speaking as a guest on the show, Honestly Speaking with host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday December 19, 2017, Mr Gerard St. C. Farara said the Territory must put its house in order where its finances are concerned and must demonstrate maturity as a country 'in the sense that we must put in place the checks and balances that are necessary and essential, particularly as it relates to public finances and public funds.' Photo: VINO/File
Local attorney Mr Gerard St. C. Farara QC, right, appeared as a guest on the show, Honestly Speaking with host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left, on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday December 19, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Local attorney Mr Gerard St. C. Farara QC, right, appeared as a guest on the show, Honestly Speaking with host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left, on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday December 19, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Self-determination and independence have been two words frequently thrown around by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

However, while most persons believe this is the way to go eventually as a Territory, many are not convinced the NDP Government is the one to lead them to independence, due to its history of lack of transparency and accountability, lack of communication with the people about policies/bills affecting their well-being and the Territory and the fear of victimisation when speaking out against the incumbent government.

And respected local attorney and member of the Inner Bar Mr Gerard St. C. Farara QC has reiterated that the Virgin Islands must demonstrate that it is able to have good fiscal management before it can approach any forum on self-determination. In fact, Mr Farara has stated publicly already that at this time the VI needs to focus on constitutional advancement rather than independence.

Put our house in order

Speaking as a guest on the show, Honestly Speaking with host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday December 19, 2017, Mr Farara reminded that he has been saying two things on this matter.

The main one includes demonstrating good fiscal responsibility rather than having it imposed on us.

"Put our house in order. We must demonstrate maturity as a country in the sense that we must put in place the checks and balances that are necessary and essential, particularly as it relates to public finances and public funds."

According to Mr Farara, the Territory must see the need to have "concrete meaningful fashion transparency" in government.

"Don’t wait for those things to be imposed upon us. If we are mature enough we impose them on ourselves because in a mature advance society these are critical things that must be in place for there to be good governance in the country."

Constitutional review must be unique to the VI

Speaking on the matter of constituitional advancement, Mr Farara said the Territory must be bold and carve out a new constitution that is unique to the Virgin Islands "...and instead of just simply approaching constitutional review from the position that, well Bermuda has a bit more than we have let’s get what Bermuda has. Bermuda has the premier heading cabinet meetings, so lets get that. That has been, in a sense, the approach in the past because Bermuda has it we figure its good, and it probably is, we should have that too so lets get some of that."

Mr Farara said that is not the correct or the more sensible approach to constitutional review.

"How we must approach this is looking at the BVI sense, looking at where we have come from, looking at who we are now and most importantly looking at were we want to go in the future and crafting a new constitutional construct for the country, and by that I mean a new constitution that may not be so slavishly based on the Westminster model, that might have other features and elements that we borrow from elsewhere that make governance more meaningful that it provides for better systems to ensure good governance within the country and that would provide the spring board from which significant development continues to take place as we advance forward," Mr Farara said.

18 Responses to “'Put our house in order' - Gerard St. C. Farara QC”

  • voter (20/12/2017, 09:31) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    mehson run from just telling us what needs to be done
    • John (21/12/2017, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      why must everyone who has an opinion run for every office? Those who run must take heed.
  • Windy (20/12/2017, 09:37) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    excellent analyst Mr. QC
  • Indigenous BVIslander (20/12/2017, 09:51) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well said Mr. Farara
  • Street reporter (20/12/2017, 10:07) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one could have said it better. Well Said Mr. Farara..Let me add. Also in the constitution let it be written that Ministers of government must make themselves available to the media once a month for a minimum of 2 hrs in a public forum witness by the people.... We have to break the silence, too many .questions, People need answers. Since they dont see the need to do it valuntarily let it be a constitutional requirement...
  • Ajic (20/12/2017, 10:20) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you Mr. Farara. Maybe the greedy fools will stop misleading the people about going independent
  • just asking.... (20/12/2017, 10:24) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    everybody knows Gerry is an intellectual, but will he step into the arena and save we from the NDP?
    • LOL (20/12/2017, 13:37) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      Waste. Book sense doesnt equal representation and positive change.
      • Froghopper (20/12/2017, 15:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
        You people are not easy. Well neither does being a doctor or banker
      • @LOL (20/12/2017, 19:37) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        Guess what there ain't any books on how to be premier either. Mr. farara do has his books to keep him up to par but his experience is what took him a long way and right now because doc has none as a premier much less MoF he won't be getting too far unless the blind vote him back in
  • 33 (20/12/2017, 11:31) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Will the plane fly?
    • long look me come from (20/12/2017, 20:06) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      he talks good but money buy land, Mr. Farara the country needs you in elective office
  • Helpusyah (20/12/2017, 19:30) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mr. Farara is very intelligent, but take a look at all the players Claude brings on his show. Are these the potential members of a new political party? Whatever the parties do, remember our past that must shape our destiny. Never, never must we do anything to return to the white-man's dominance over us. Never, never again. Israel said it; so must we. Rise up, Virgin Islanders, and rescue the islands from the dominance of Colonial rule.
  • Only Angels (21/12/2017, 11:07) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    In order to be a good leader, you must be intelligent AND compassionate. The issue with the NDP is that they have book knowledge but are lacking in compassion. They entered politics with big ideas for personal gain not for the overall prosperity of the people. In my view, Mr Farara QC wld be more of the same. The BVI needs representatives who are OF the people and FOR the people. Representatives who will take a consensus view, make tough decisions and not think that because they are smart, they alone have the answers. We need growth, transparency and innovation - instead all the QC speaks about is a paper constitution (that is never enforced) and self-determination that I assure you will bring about the territory's down fall - (it wasn't locals who restored law and order post Irma - it was HRH's navy!). Voters shd look at prospective candidates and ask what they have done in REAL terms to help their community. Are they willing to get their hands dirty to help their fellow man? If you ask that about the learned speaker, you'd struggle to find a positive answer.....
  • de silent one (21/12/2017, 17:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most of the persons that blogged seems to be in favor of what was said by Mr Ferara QC. Maybe its time for some of the more brilliant minds of the territory to step up/forward and make some political representation for the people and the country on a whole. Most people are advocating for change, lets see some meaningful change.
  • get set ready go (26/12/2017, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    GEREARD MUST RUN AND HE WILL WIN HANDS DOWN


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