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‘Things being implemented by UK right on top of us’- Hon Fahie

- said he does not like what is happening but if the VI does not police itself someone will do it for us
Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Island Party, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, was a guest of Honestly Speaking with host Claude O. Skelton Cline, left, on Tuesday February 13, 2018 on ZBVI 780 AM. Photo: VINO/File
The United Kingdom (UK) has demonstrated a distrust of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government led by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), in their demands for guarantees for hurricane recovery loans. Photo: VINO/File
The United Kingdom (UK) has demonstrated a distrust of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government led by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), in their demands for guarantees for hurricane recovery loans. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Ever since the publication of sections of the letter called ‘High Level Framework for UK support to the BVI Hurricane Recovery’ written to the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), many persons speculated that there was much more going on that residents were not being made aware of.

While on the Honestly Speaking with Claude O. Skelton Cline radio show aired Tuesday February 13, 2018 on ZBVI 780 AM, Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) spoke of these concerns.

According to Honourable Fahie, “A lot of our persons don’t know that there are persons in the UK for some of these ministries sitting. There are a lot of things being implemented right on top of us in this territory by the UK that the Government is not telling us about.”

The National Democratic Party (NDP) led government has never been one to be forthcoming with information and in most instances, information is given after the fact. Information is even withheld from members of the government as was the case with the aforementioned letter and the backbenchers.

Though many hoped that there would’ve been improvements after the devastating hurricanes of September 2017, things seem to have become worse.

"Hold your Representatives accountable"

In response, Mr Skelton-Cline said “We have to remind our people that this is a democracy. The Premier and the Minister of Finance is not a dictator. He cannot constitutionally obligate these Virgin Islands by agreeing to anything on the UK on his own. We are governed by a constitution. It has to come back here, it has to pass through Cabinet, it has to come to the House of Assembly.”

In addition, Representative of the First District, Hon Fahie advised everyone to seek answers from their elected  representatives and to hold them accountable.

He further explained that “The problem with this [UK implementations] is that I don’t agree with it, but I often said, for the last 5 to 6 years, either we police ourselves or somebody is going to police us in a manner we don’t like. I don’t feel that anyone need to fix out problems for us. We can fix it ourselves. If one is not working you remove that one person and you put somebody else.”

UK distrusts NDP Gov't

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) has demonstrated a distrust of the NDP Government in their demands for guarantees for hurricane recovery loans.

In order for the Territory to get any money they had to agree to a new set of rules. They had to agree to good governance and transparency in all ministries, according to the document obtained by our newsroom. The UK demanded an Investment Development Agency Board to manage the money, taking it out of the hands of the politicians.

The UK is to have an additional representative on the investment board, and the VI cannot get any loans going forward unless they adhere to these polices where the UK will manage the hurricane funds.

The VI Government was also instructed to appoint an Auditor General.

The Board via the UK appointed Governor is to have monthly updates on how the money is to be spent, fiscal forecast and must implement public sector reform, which many have argued means public sector layoffs.

12 Responses to “‘Things being implemented by UK right on top of us’- Hon Fahie”

  • kkk (16/02/2018, 10:35) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who could trust ndp?
  • please (16/02/2018, 10:39) Like (18) Dislike (27) Reply
    Fahie please!!!! When the FCO said red lights are flashing under your last administration you think we forget that? The UK would've never given you a US$700 loan guarantee if you were in office so cut the fear mongering. You can't find candidates now your only hope is to cause problems for the Government.
    • Yes (16/02/2018, 14:15) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
    • OHoo (17/02/2018, 14:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @please, well under Fahie’s administration the red light might have been flashing but under this present administration they stop flashing and are on continuously. The signal of the red light signifies that this NDP Administration is the worst ever in the history of these Virgin islands
    • To Please (17/02/2018, 17:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You too lie. The NDP is who fool the people saying about FCO when VIP was in power. Also you hoping he can't find candidates so NDP can continue their corruption but don't count in it. The NDP is the most corrupt Government in the history of the Virgin Islands and that's a fact so jumping on Fahie with lies is just a smoke screen to cover up your NDP corruption .
  • ... (16/02/2018, 11:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha things to talk
  • wize up (16/02/2018, 15:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just got another one of my stupid quest as usual: the poor am I looking at the premier and deputy premier after the next voting season
  • wize up (16/02/2018, 20:24) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Claude running for district 3 or what: remember he got a set of money from Fahie a yew years ago and to this day not a report as who the money was spent(tax money not a personal loan from the bank) but it is so laughable that the same chap now trying to Choke off smith about suddenly accountability is the buzz world (what a place; pot calling Kettle black)non ain’t better that the next).....fresh blood need to this our country on a proper path: I said it and have no problem saying it.....
  • foxy (17/02/2018, 04:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I know is I want my 7.2m fraud money back from Mr zzzzzzz
  • Josahsbay (17/02/2018, 11:37) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    I have been home now about 16 years now and have seen Several governments blame each other for whatever ale the government. I subscribe to the theory that people in government knows what is wrong with it. So why haven’t I seen any bill or legislation introduced to correct or change things. So when I see members of government blaming each other for failing to make changes, I subscribe that to lip service. If you are concern with the direction that the country is going in and you have the capacity to do so, by all means do so. We need a way to make government accountable other than every election cycle It’s called “checks and balances”.
  • Non better (18/02/2018, 20:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of you is the very same non better than the other. All of you power hungry and money hungry.

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