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'Rebuild now, constitutional reform later' - Gerard St C. Farara QC

Respected Virgin Islands’ (VI) Queen’s Counsel (QC) and member of the Inner Bar, Mr Gerard St. C. Farara, says the territory ought to be focusing on rebuilding, rather than on constitution reform since one has more priority than the other. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking as a guest on the show, ‘Honestly Speaking’ with host Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' filling in for Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, Mr Farara implored that while it is the right time to revisit constitutional reform, the territory has much more important issues. Photo: Facebook
Speaking as a guest on the show, ‘Honestly Speaking’ with host Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' filling in for Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, Mr Farara implored that while it is the right time to revisit constitutional reform, the territory has much more important issues. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Respected Virgin Islands’ (VI) Queen’s Counsel (QC) and member of the Inner Bar, Mr Gerard St. C. Farara, says the territory ought to be focusing on rebuilding, rather than on constitution reform since one has to be given more priority than the other.

Speaking as a guest on the show, ‘Honestly Speaking’ with host Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' filling in for Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, Mr Farara implored that while it is the right time to revisit constitutional reform, the territory has much more important issues. 

Revisiting Constitution Reform

“The question of constitutional review and constitutional reform came up prior to the natural disasters and it was felt at the time, it seemed that ten years having elapsed since the last constitution, that it was an appropriate time to revisit constitution reform in the British Virgin Islands,” Mr Farara told Maduro on the Tuesday, April 29, 2019, edition of the show on ZBVI 780am.

Further, he said, “There’s no hard and fast rule of thumb that after 10 years there must be constitutional reform, in some instances you have constitutional change. It doesn’t necessarily lead to a complete reform or to great changes and improvement to the then existing constitution.”

The Queen’s Counsel implored that rather than dabbling in the process of having the Virgin Islands (VI) constitution reformed, energies should instead be projected towards the full recovery of the territory.

“In the aftermath of the Hurricanes and natural disasters, I think our emphasis can and ought to be on getting us back to full recovery, as a country both physically and in the other respects. It doesn’t mean that constitutional reform should be put on the backburner, it just means that in terms of priorities, I think our priority ought to be to restore the country back to where it was and in an improved status.”

Rebuild Greener

He said that the territory should be focusing on rebuilding using green technologies and alternative sources of generating power rather than fossil fuel.

“There are many many major issues, infrastructure issues and otherwise which we are still grappling with as a country. We have an approved plan which is to be implemented subject to any tweaking in terms of the restoration of the country.”

Further, he says that not much in relation to the plan has been done and achieved with a majority of the projects yet to be embarked upon.

“There are many issues of great substance and important at this present time, which of course have to be given priority.”    

 

7 Responses to “'Rebuild now, constitutional reform later' - Gerard St C. Farara QC”

  • Semore (01/05/2019, 14:42) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Learned QC, changing the constitution now is part of recovery. The double standards or duality in the constitution needs to change now to protect future Virgin Islanders. Let us walk the walk and talk the talk about being concerned about our youths and stop playing lip service.
  • i from here (01/05/2019, 14:48) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    I agree but we need to hurry fix the laws to keep them island man out of we house
    • lodger (01/05/2019, 16:23) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      You is a island man, like it or not!
    • wize up (01/05/2019, 17:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ I from here: what about those that comes to our country then seek to prevent us from accessing our own beaches and all the other no trespassing signs: what ah ting!!!
  • Quiet Warrior (01/05/2019, 18:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I take a different view from the learned jurist Gerard St. C. Faraway, QC. True, hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the territory on September 06 and 20, respectively, causing approximately $3.6B in physical damages. As a result of the extensive damages, the territory is in a rebuilding mode. Further, the territory is also rife for constitutional review. Both are important and urgent and can be addressed simultaneously. One does not necessarily has to precede the other. Surely, the territory hopefully can walk and chew gum or multi-task. And if no, it is in a sad state.
    • Outsider (02/05/2019, 12:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The territory's inability to multi-task is pretty well established. It may have a lot to do with the territory being so tiny. Hope is a fine thing, but it does not pay bills. Experience is probably the best guide we have.
  • don (01/05/2019, 18:52) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    My my how about putting some ndp in jail?


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