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Shady response by Premier as 'Rome burns & Pharoahs party' – Fahie

- Says Premier hid behind recording studio than face HoA fire; calls for 12 new VIP candidates
Hon Andrew Fahie (R1) (right) called the Premier's response to his No Confidence motion as shady. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Fahie did not even get the support of fellow Opposition member Hon Julian Fraser (RA) (R3) for his No Confidence Motion. It is important to note however that Hon Fraser was not in the HoA when the motion was read. Fahie also called for new members for the Virgin Islands Party of which both himself and Hon Fraser remain as members. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Fahie did not even get the support of fellow Opposition member Hon Julian Fraser (RA) (R3) for his No Confidence Motion. It is important to note however that Hon Fraser was not in the HoA when the motion was read. Fahie also called for new members for the Virgin Islands Party of which both himself and Hon Fraser remain as members. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R3) described the move by Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to make a statement on Fahie’s No Confidence motion after the sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) on August 2, 2017 as “shady”.

In a subsequent address on August 3, 2017, Hon Fahie said Premier Smith choose a shady medium response as opposed to facing the fire in the HoA.

"Instead of debating the Motion in the HOA, the Premier chose the safety of a recording studio, where he would not be constrained by the truth. The citizens will not be fooled! Perception management, duplicitous statements and misleading economic statistics cannot buy groceries, cannot take you to the movies and cannot assist you in giving your kids a ride at Coney Island," he said.

On August 2, 2017, all the members in the HoA stay paste to their chairs refusing to even second the No-Confidence motion moved by Hon Fahie which meant that there was no way for it to be debated in the Honourable House.

VIP needs new candidates

Meanwhile, Hon Fahie said it was time that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) recruited 12 new candidates. Some questioned whether the Opposition Leader was throwing jabs at Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3).

Hon Fahie said that the move of the other members of the legislature including his lone colleague in the Opposition, Honourable Fraser, RA, is a move that shows they ignored the failures of the Ministry of Finance and by extension the Minister of Finance.

Notably, Hon Fraser, RA was not in the HoA when the Motion was read.

Rome burns while Pharaohs Party

The former education minister likened the Virgin Islands (VI) to Rome and its political directorates to Pharaohs.  

 “No one was under any illusion. Just as I am convinced that one member in the House of Assembly cannot win the votes over 12 members, I am also convinced that twelve votes in the House of Assembly cannot win the votes of over fifteen thousand voters. In addition, to hope and the grace of God our citizens need corrective actions. Rome continues to burn while our Pharaohs continue to party. Our citizens must see corrective actions by our leaders,” the Opposition leader noted.

He said that everyone who wants to be honest and fair must realize that the Territory's Finances are going down a slippery slope and so is the economy. “The urgent changing of the guard at the position of the Minister of Finance is in the best interest of all at this time.”

"Notwithstanding, I remain convinced that it gave the opportunity for a moment of reflection! I am aware that one must not only be prepared to merely criticize, but must also be prepared to offer solutions."

18 Responses to “Shady response by Premier as 'Rome burns & Pharoahs party' – Fahie”

  • zoe (05/08/2017, 13:11) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    tell um fahie
  • We VI (05/08/2017, 13:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is being broken from the top with our leaders. Youths going crazy living wild but what can we. So if our leaders are setting the trend taking each other's heads off.
  • wize up (05/08/2017, 13:57) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    can fahie offer some solutions; he keeps bringing up all the problems....enquiring minds want to know: leadership is about solving issues(just a question)
    • Jacperlance (05/08/2017, 15:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ wize-up (beattle juice). And that's what you did not possess when you was a member of the RVIPF. Leave Fahie alone. You should instead asked the Min. Of Money, what happened to the $50 mil that disappeared from the IMF funds, asked him that.
      • wize up (05/08/2017, 23:32) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        @ jacperlance: thank god for vino(leave that for now)
      • @Jacperlance (07/08/2017, 07:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        You sound just like your name. What IMF Funds? BVI people are so $$$$ing ignorant.
  • blindness (05/08/2017, 14:31) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
    ayo ain't see nobody studying foy with he shite
  • Do the maths (05/08/2017, 14:32) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
  • hell no! (05/08/2017, 14:34) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Did Fahie and Oneal backed Fraser when he brought the same bill? I remember Delores mocking Fraser by saying "the cheese stands alone"
  • can u imagine? (05/08/2017, 15:00) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    Fahie and his gang want to treat fraser like a dog and expects fraser to back him with his piddle?
    • wize up (05/08/2017, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      @ can u imagine: if fahie and the gang can't get on: can he run this territory; the gang simply pushed Fraser from the moving train: i side with Fraser on this one.......
    • For true (06/08/2017, 03:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      People don't understand because it hasn't all been told. But you see them time is longer than twine. When you dealing with people you don't treat them like a dog.
  • Education (05/08/2017, 16:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    All you always on the education minister but we can't get him stop the hand writing on the walls long time both he and natural resources they will be the head all else will follow.

    The premiere couldn't that pressure hon Fahie so the party cover his back. I would have done the same. Let the man live a bit longer age is a factor. Pressure burst pipe.

    You did your part and the people will not forget. It was a bold and radical move. Don't mind the noise the public knows all is not well.
  • bad news (05/08/2017, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    frazer and fahie 2 peas in a pot
  • dont worry be happy (06/08/2017, 15:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two military fighter jets just flew over this fine sunday....
  • qc (06/08/2017, 22:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the career politicians still don't get it.
  • pat (06/08/2017, 22:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Old Boys can start packing.

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