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Running or Not? Willock forms ‘strong’ campaign committee

- said he is still a supporter & member of the Virgin Islands Party
Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Chairman of the Board of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Mr Julian Willock, has announced that he has formed a strong campaign elections committee but hasn’t said for sure whether he will be contesting the next general elections. Photo: Faceook
Mr Julian Willock has said he is still a supporter and member of the Virgin Islands Party. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock has said he is still a supporter and member of the Virgin Islands Party. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Not agreeing or denying whether the reports circulating that he may be jumping ship or starting a new party, the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Chairman of the Board of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Mr Julian Willock, has placed on record that he is still a supporter and member of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

“Yesterday I was a VIP member and supporter, today Julian Willock is a VIP member and supporter. Now I cannot speak to what tomorrow brings, but as I sit here I am a member of the VIP,” he said, adding “Sooner or later an announcement will be made.”

Willock’s remarks were made during an interview on the International Morning Ride Show on ZROD 103.7 FM with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on Monday April 24, 2017.

Mr Peart consistently pressed Mr Willock to divulge details as to whether he was going to run for office in the next general elections and which party he was going to do so with.

Strong Campaign committee formed

Mr Willock, however, refused to be budged from his previous stance on the question, saying that an announcement would be made at another time.

“I will simply say to you that an announcement is imminent. My intentions will be known. I do have a strong, vibrant, active campaign committee. There are one or two things that we are working out and I have pledged to my committee to listen. I am not one of those politicians as soon as you get a little mileage you suddenly become an expert on everything; however, when the time is right we will make an appropriate announcement,” Mr Willock noted.

“We have to listen to everybody”

In his response to what his alleged meetings with Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and other stakeholders meant, the former Permanent Secretary stated that all voices must be given a listening ear.

“We have to listen to everybody, we have to listen to the investors, we have to listen to the big man, children, we have to create an environment where all voices are heard.

Mr Willock was also asked whether he believed there would be a general election this year and responded that it was entirely up to the current administration. What Mr Willock said he wanted for his country is a stable government, noting that he wants the government and country to succeed and that he was not being a political opportunist.

In conclusion, Mr Willock stated that the people want the same things, including good schools, roads and to feel safe.

“And we have to start building a country where we have to stop chattering and talking and ranting. We have to find solutions. We are not in a crisis situation where we cannot find solutions. We have to have the right leaders at the right time, at the right place, to find the solution that is necessary to build our country. We also have to engage in dialogue, not because someone holds a different view as you they must be hated or isolated or targeted, this is a democracy. We also have to understand the issue of free speech.”

33 Responses to “Running or Not? Willock forms ‘strong’ campaign committee”

  • wize up (26/04/2017, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (38) Reply
    Willock: Frazer: Pickering: Bevis(I taking what I think)
  • Cuz (26/04/2017, 14:17) Like (9) Dislike (21) Reply
    Good job i listened to the interview
    • Reply (26/04/2017, 19:49) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
      willock is a sure winner
    • @ cuz (29/04/2017, 00:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You don't need to stretch that far to try to undermine Julian willock. Very weak. say 1 say 2 we voting CHANGE and he got a lot going for him right now
  • omega (26/04/2017, 15:09) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is just to have people articulate, and to give their opionions on how they feel about person running for office.
    Test and Trial approach.
    • @ omega (26/04/2017, 21:17) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      if is is then run as we need to boot the ndp out of office
    • @ omega (26/04/2017, 21:55) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      The lame excuse being offered does not cut it! He will run for sure and win for sure
  • DOA (26/04/2017, 15:43) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
    • @ DOA (29/04/2017, 00:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Anyone who denies that Mr. Willock can and will WIN is being just plain dishonest with themselves.
  • voter (26/04/2017, 15:45) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Willock go for it we got you
  • Candi (26/04/2017, 16:39) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    I think Mr. Willock should definitely give it a shot as an At-Large Candidate.
  • running (26/04/2017, 16:41) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    .....his mouth maybe?
    • @ running (26/04/2017, 21:22) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      yes he is running I think we can get JW elected the country needs him. Ndp must and will go. All of them.
    • @ running (26/04/2017, 22:04) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      He's actually right on the facts and issues so keep running your mouth Mr. JW
  • ... (26/04/2017, 19:50) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    I like Julian he is smart and knows the issues
  • BREAKING NEWS!!! (26/04/2017, 20:33) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Next please!!! I do not want to die alive...that comment is so fake. Anyone who dear to say or remotely believe Julian Willock is “dead on arrival” is silly and should not be taken serious.

    If Willock was on the ballot last election VIP would have at least get three seats. #wewithhim #2019
  • one eye (26/04/2017, 21:32) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    In totality agree with Willock views, as a country we cannot neglect truths and rights, civility and honesty, economic growth and work ethics if we're going to develop our country.
    One Love!
    • wize up (27/04/2017, 03:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ one eye: NDP made similar remarks as a matter of fact the NDP while on public radio and TV spoke to our people about government in the sunshine, and all of a sudden the sun stop shining
  • youths for willock (27/04/2017, 08:38) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
  • my friend (27/04/2017, 08:39) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    DOA putting money on it.
    • @ my friend (27/04/2017, 20:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      the sad thing about it Julian Willock will win he has the right contacts and support
  • No Matter What (27/04/2017, 09:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    All politicians are the same they are like soiled diapers dirty and fit to be discarded. They are are promisers with much lies. Where there are liars there are thieves. They always say they are for the poor and as we the poor give them the opportunity to govern we get poorer. they often practise nepotism even as some may say it is "healthy" but it is sheer corruption. You can go on and on. Dont trust no politician. Put all your trust in God not man.
  • bvi (27/04/2017, 16:56) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    My vote for willoo in the bag
  • observer (27/04/2017, 17:53) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    What a joke.
  • weed (27/04/2017, 21:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    thanks for offering up your humble self to serve the people of the BVI, it's time to say; good riddance to the NDP!!!!!
  • Comment (28/04/2017, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    August Elections??
  • Kingfish (01/05/2017, 22:33) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Willock is certainly unconventional, but conventional hasn't produced very good results.

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