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The hard truth: Whether NDP/VIP all residents want same things—Willock

-endorses Hon Fahie’s anti-corruption legislative agenda
Mr Julian Willock in a public broadcast on August, 12, 2018, said, “…the hard truth is, all residents (regardless of political affiliation) want the same things.” Photo: VINO/File
The hard truth: Whether NDP/VIP all residents want the same things—Mr Julian Willock. Photo: VINO/File
The hard truth: Whether NDP/VIP all residents want the same things—Mr Julian Willock. Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr Julian Willock, the reality on the ground is, the light bills have not gone away because there was a hurricane, “the grocery bills have not gone away because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria…The car loans, house mortgages and medical bills have not stopped coming because of the 2017 Hurricanes.” Photo: VINO/File
According to Mr Julian Willock, the reality on the ground is, the light bills have not gone away because there was a hurricane, “the grocery bills have not gone away because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria…The car loans, house mortgages and medical bills have not stopped coming because of the 2017 Hurricanes.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As General Elections in the Virgin Islands draws closer, at least one potential At-Large Candidate under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), is calling for the electorate to vote on issues since, “anyone seeking your vote, should tell you how they can make your life better and move you from struggling to eat and pay your bills, to opportunities for prosperity.”

This view is held by former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mr Julian Willock—who has declared an intention to seek nomination from the VIP party delegates’, to contest the upcoming General Elections as one of its At-Large Candidates.

Hard Truth

Mr Willock in a public broadcast on August, 12, 2018, said, “…the hard truth is, all residents (regardless of political affiliation) want the same things.”

He pointed to “better roads, better schools, good health care, customer protection, honesty in government, the ability to work or own a business to support themselves and family and to be safe in their homes and businesses.”

According to Mr Willock, the reality on the ground is, the light bills have not gone away because there was a hurricane, “the grocery bills have not gone away because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria…The car loans, house mortgages and medical bills have not stopped coming because of the 2017 Hurricanes.”

The businessman pointed out too, the gasoline costs have not gone away because of the Hurricanes and that “schools and colleges fees have not gone away, because of the Hurricanes.”

Endorses Fahie Agenda

Mr Willock—known for being at the forefront proposing numerous revenue garnering initiatives and policies, has since also endorsed the proposed legislative agenda of the VIP Chairman, Opposition Leader Honourable, Andrew A Fahie (R1).

He qualified his endorsement saying, “because, corruption robs us of money for schools, for roads, for medical services, to pay and hire public officers...”

The Opposition Leader has in recent weeks—proposed his legislative agenda—an ambitious overhaul of key pieces of law, “to restore accountability, transparency and good governance.”

Meanwhile Mr Willock—the former Head of the Water and Sewerage Department and Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour—has committed to continuing, “to bring solutions to the table, because my goal is to make your life better, than it was three years ago.”

11 Responses to “The hard truth: Whether NDP/VIP all residents want same things—Willock ”

  • Taylor (15/08/2018, 10:10) Like (23) Dislike (7) Reply
    good job Willock you going make it Willock got it locked
    • NDP supporter (15/08/2018, 20:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Please please please please VIP Congress. Please select The Esteemed One. He will strenghten your team :)
  • Eagle Eye (15/08/2018, 10:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    It mite not be NDP neither VIP
  • Hmm (15/08/2018, 11:26) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Tell us something we don’t already know.
  • weed (15/08/2018, 13:20) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    ONE THING HE HAS GOING FOR HE IS HE HAS IDEAS YOU GO BOY
    • ??? (17/08/2018, 11:26) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Mr Willock, in his own words, recommended a number of "revenue garnering initiatives", which are doubtful about raising any significant revenue for the BVI.

      1. hotel branding - this a decision for the hotels owners. How does he propose to get them to switch to "major brands" or entice a major brand to our shores?
      2. national lottery - lottery tickets are only bought by a small percentage of the community. Even with cruise ship visitors, this is probably, at most a few million dollars
      3. citizens investment program - under attack in other countries that offer these programs.
      4. light manufacturing in sister islands - requires cheap land and utilities, neither of which we have.

      Mr. Willock has hit on an important matter, revenue generation, but his recommendations unfortunately are woefully lacking.
  • qc (15/08/2018, 14:25) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Very well said JW
  • good work (15/08/2018, 14:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yet still our locals getting knock about and can't get jobs in their own country. NDP must go I voting for change
  • E. Leonard (15/08/2018, 15:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree, all independent and party-aligned candidates running for election (district or at large) must outline what he/she is going to do to improve citizens lives (standard of living and quality of life), deepen, strengthen, sustain, improve, and diversify the economy; progressively advanced the state of the territory, how/she will fund programmes, how long it will take to produce the outcomes promised, what programmes, if any, will be deferred, how it will cut cost, reduce waste and avoid duplications; identify potential new sources of revenues..........etc.

    Moreover, government must show how it will deliver greater value to the electorate or deliver comparable value/service to the electorate at a lower cost than the opposition; the opposition must do likewise. Both must show how it will perform functions more efficiently and effectively than the other; it must show how it will differentiate itself from the other, employing the same resources.
  • Real (15/08/2018, 21:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man can make a good leader, love for country, we need positive minded people like Willock in politics
  • ann (18/08/2018, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My vote for jw once he with vip


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