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UPDATE: Hon. O’Neal fires back at Premier over wife’s contract!

-Premier Smith releases statement defending his wife Lorna Smith’s contract and claims to be disappointed over Opposition Leader involving family in the political harangue
The Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (right), has fired back at a statement released over the weekend by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith in defending his wife Mrs Lorna Smith’s $100,000 contract inked to her company LGS and Associates. Dr. Smith claims that his wife is a professional woman in her own right and has been an integral part of the development of the financial services in the VI. However, Hon. O’Neal maintained that he would never give his wife a government contract- qualified or not- especially under a Ministry that he was heading. He said it was just not right. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Opposition Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal had lashed out at the consultancy contract for $100,000 awarded to LGS and Associates- a company headed by Mrs Lorna Smith OBE. Mrs Smith is the wife of the current Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith. Mr O’Neal said he would have never hired his wife as a consultant under the same Ministry he was heading. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Opposition Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal had lashed out at the consultancy contract for $100,000 awarded to LGS and Associates- a company headed by Mrs Lorna Smith OBE. Mrs Smith is the wife of the current Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith. Mr O’Neal said he would have never hired his wife as a consultant under the same Ministry he was heading. Photo: VINO
Left to right: Mrs Lorna Smith, the wife of current Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith was awarded a consultancy contract with her company LGS and Associate. Also, Claude Skelton-Cline who ran and lost against Second District Representative Hon. J. Alvin Christopher was hired as a government consultant following the 2011 elections and was then appointed as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority. Kevin C. Smith was also hired as a government consultant after he was defeated by Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA, and then appointed to the Trade Department. Photo: VINO/File
Left to right: Mrs Lorna Smith, the wife of current Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith was awarded a consultancy contract with her company LGS and Associate. Also, Claude Skelton-Cline who ran and lost against Second District Representative Hon. J. Alvin Christopher was hired as a government consultant following the 2011 elections and was then appointed as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority. Kevin C. Smith was also hired as a government consultant after he was defeated by Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA, and then appointed to the Trade Department. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One day after Virgin Islands News Online published an article from an exclusive interview with Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, where he gave his views on giving his wife a government contract, it has caught the attention of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

Hon. O’Neal told our news site in an interview published on June 21, 2013 that he would never give his wife, Reverend Edris O'Neal, a government contract and noted that “she is qualified to do many things in government.” He said this was just not right and could give the public the wrong perception.

However, Premier Smith disagrees and in a statement released to the local media houses on June 22, 2013 he claimed to be “truly disappointed that the Leader of the Opposition would wish to involve my wife or for that matter any member of my family in the political harangue, something I have never done about his family, and certainly, something I will never do.”

The statement went on to say that ”those who know Lorna well know that she is a professional woman in her own right and has been an integral part of the development of financial services in the BVI and has represented the sector in all corners of the globe. She has over the years accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience, which she has willingly shared for the betterment of our society,” the Premier asserted.

Virgin Islands News Online contacted the Opposition Leader at his home in MacNamara, Road Town and read to him the press statement issued by Premier Smith in defending his wife’s $100,000 contract of which Hon. Smith stated that his wife Lorna Smith only received $4,000 thus far. However, the Leader of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Ninth District Representative stood his grounds.

He told this news site in the exclusive telephone interview that “I remain firm in what I told you, I will never give my wife a government contract; especially under the same Ministry I am heading…it’s the principle of it.”

Hon. O’Neal went on to say, “I am not questioning Lorna’s qualifications or whether she will do a good job, I have worked with her and she has done a good enough job, but it’s the principle….I stand by what I said and I am not too worked-up by whatever fancy statement he [Premier] comes with.”

Rewards to friends, family and political losers- Premier Smith addresses

In the article published on this news site on June 21, 2013 Hon. O’Neal also accused the National Democratic Party (NDP) of creating a new political culture of rewards to people who had run and lost the election, “so it pays to lose an election and be a part of the NDP inner circle…you can still get a nice consultancy or a government job despite your qualifications,” he told the news site.

In responding to the Leader of the Opposition’s comments concerning Mr Claude Skelton-Cline and Mr Kevin C. Smith, Dr. Smith stated that “professionals with abilities to render assistance to this Territory must not be shut out because of their political affiliations or the fact that they ran and lost in general elections.”

The statement went on to say that “they are Virgin Islanders and deserve to be treated rightly where they merit assumption of office within or outside the public service. Both Skelton-Cline and Smith are professionals with requisite qualifications to serve this Territory.”

However, Hon. O’Neal threw cold water on that portion of the statement. The longest serving member of Parliament in the Virgin Islands said; “I understand that Claude Skelton-Cline is a minister of the gospel and I have never heard or read anywhere that he has a background or expertise in seaports management.”

As for Kevin C. Smith, the former Postmaster General now turned small business, trade and consumer affairs specialist, Hon. O’Neal said, “I do not know much about him, but we will have to wait and see what he can do.”

Hon. O’Neal reiterated that it’s wrong what the Premier has done in giving his wife a contract, whether or not she is qualified. The Ninth District Representative said in some parts of the world some countries will regard that as “unethical.”

In ending the statement of defending his wife’s contract given to her company LGS and Associates, Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith said, “I would have thought that Lorna would have been thanked for what she has done and continues to do on behalf of and for the good of the Territory.”

Please see previous article posted June 21, 2013

‘I will never give my wife a government contract’- Hon. O’Neal

-Opposition Leader slams contract given to wife of Premier Smith through her company LGS and Associates! Hon. O’Neal also wants government statutory bodies reigned in

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online on June 7, 2013 from his home in MacNamara, Tortola, Leader of the Opposition and Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, slammed the consultancy contract awarded last year to LGS and Associates headed my Mrs Lorna Smith- the wife of the sitting Premier and Minister of Finance Doctor the Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

According to information obtained by this news site, the contract was inked last year for $100,000; however, the terms and conditions are unknown. The contract was also confirmed by Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith in media reports.

NDP has a new political culture of rewards to friends, family and political losers

Hon. O’Neal said he would never give his wife Reverend Edris O'Neal a government contract and noted that “she is qualified to do many things in government.” He said this is just not right and gives the public the wrong perception.

He recalled in his eary political career when he served as Minister for Education, he had nominated Mrs O’Neal to serve on the Scholarship Committee, which he noted “was a voluntary assignment with no pay”. One of the reasons she was placed there is because she knew the people and he wanted to ensure that “scholarships were awarded based on merits and not who your family was or last name,” Hon. O’Neal said.

The Ninth District Representative said he heard of many cases where that was happening while he was Minister for Education.

When told that Mrs Smith was a career civil servant and was qualified, Hon. O’Neal said he was aware of that as she served as his Permanent Secretary for a short while and also helped him in setting up the London Office where “she did a good job there…but she has since retired and that is the difference.”

The veteran Parliamentarian went on to say “how would it have looked if when I was Chief Minister or Premier I had hired my wife to work in my office?” The longest serving member of the House of Assembly said he is not aware and “don't care to know what the terms and conditions are as it relates to the contract awarded to Mrs Smith,” however, he would not have hired his wife as a consultant under the same Ministry he was heading.

Referring to Claude Skelton Cline and Kevin C. Smith, the Leader of the Opposition also lashed out at what he described as the National Democratic Party (NDP) giving lucrative consultancy contracts to political losers following the 2011 elections.

He accused the NDP of creating a new political culture of rewards to people who had run and lost the election, “so it pays to lose an election and be a part of the NDP inner circle…you can still get a nice consultancy or a government job despite your qualifications,” he told the news site.

Claude Skelton-Cline, who ran against Second District Representative Hon. J. Alvin Christopher, was hired as a government consultant following the 2011 elections and was then appointed as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority.

Kevin C. Smith was also hired as a government consultant after he was defeated by Third District Representative Hon.  Julian Fraser RA, and then appointed to the Trade Department.

Statutory Bodies need to be reigned in

When told that there were media reports that the BVI Ports Authority Board recently approved approximately $1.7 million for design and engineering work to be undertaken by the Tortola Port Partners group, Hon. O’Neal seemed shocked. He said “this is the first I am hearing such information and would have to immediately investigate this.”

He said that beyond the BVI Ports Authority, “all statutory bodies are out of control and seems like they are not listening to any Minister…they act like they are all powerful”.

He accused them of doing what they wanted and sometimes not carrying out Government policies.

When told that the Statutory Bodies are guided by their own Acts and Legislations, the Leader of the Opposition said if his party is returned to power one of the first things that will be done is the amendment of their legislations to bring them in line with Government and Ministers’ polices"…he admitted that was one of the failures of his administration, “not reigning in statutory bodies…but it will be different next time.”

Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, was first elected to Parliament in 1975. He is one of several sons of Otto and Esther O’Neal and hails from the sister island of Virgin Gorda. He received his education at St. Mary’s School, Virgin Gorda, the St. Kitts Grammar School and Oxford University in England where he majored in Public Administration.  

By the time of the next general elections due in the Virgin Islands in 2016, Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, would have served 41 years in elective office and would have passed the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt. A Virgin Islands Party Leader, Mr Stoutt served the people of the First District for 38 years (1957-1995).

82 Responses to “UPDATE: Hon. O’Neal fires back at Premier over wife’s contract!”

  • Sam (21/06/2013, 11:34) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am sorry for us.
    • JACK BE STILL (21/06/2013, 15:55) Like (16) Dislike (12) Reply
      just make the change at the polls
    • nonsense (21/06/2013, 18:22) Like (2) Dislike (48) Reply
      Why the h...l are we here comparing chalk with cheese!! Nonsense.
    • puh leez (25/06/2013, 14:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Talk about one sided! When the former Hon. O'neal was in power and the office in England opened up, who was hired for the post? So why the hypocrisy?

  • bush is people (21/06/2013, 11:39) Like (8) Dislike (68) Reply
    I will say this much the Leader of the opposition is hiding something and are panicking I don't know what it is the NDP is raising up something he wants to sleep and he donot like it we shall hear stay Thune BVI
    • @ bush is people (21/06/2013, 19:28) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      Think carefully of what you speak so eloquently and in so judgmental a fashion. YOU may be wrong ...
  • Release (21/06/2013, 11:39) Like (15) Dislike (58) Reply
    NDP doing too much wrong in the BVI, the people rather suffer under them than work with the VIP to improve their lives!
    • Gruff (21/06/2013, 13:42) Like (20) Dislike (55) Reply

      He done do all he wrongs, did he not appoint his nephews & nieces plus others, let him answer that

      • bay yute (21/06/2013, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (16) Reply

        hush your r@$$ never his wife BAM

        • Yute from Bay (21/06/2013, 18:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          Hush your R@ss.. What can we get from his wife? What can she do?
      • No! (21/06/2013, 19:17) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
        Gruff, if you examine the record you will find that the Leader of the Opposition never appointed or initiated appointments of his nephews and nieces to any position. Do not blame him for that. However all people in the Virgin Islands needs to understand that we have limited expertise with solid international and regional experience and for this reason we need to use everyone we have to do the jobs.....everyone knows that the Premiers wife has a solid track record and has served under every Government administration since the 1970's, all most as long as RT has been serving as representative. Mrs. Smith is a consultant, not a civil servant, who would definitely be at the top of any short list for services in international financial services for the Caribbean and certainly the BVI.

        I guess the Leader of the Opposition would prefer that the country suffers with one less soldier than to hear any talk from the disgruntled misguided mischievous minds or for anyone to punish the Premier by not voting for him next election because he hired his spouse. Now that the Premier has proven his point and has a clear record....with his nieces and nephews....have you ever heard him publicly offering any "praise to his family for any good work or achievement...never. The present Premier does not need to follow this example...let the woman do the country's business, she is willing and capable!
        • question (22/06/2013, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Why the BVI people are so coward! Are they going to continue to accept this nonse for leadership or is it that they don't have any alternative?
      • You cowards (22/06/2013, 17:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Appoint which neices and nephews? Where? To which jobs? If you don't know what to say, hush your mouth, go and do your research. You people are always making generalizations. Cut it out and at stop talking through your noses! If you don't you may end up with lawsuits on your hands.
        Stop being cowards, hidind blogs and telling lies to make others believe it is the truth.
      • You cowards (22/06/2013, 17:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Appoint which neices and nephews? Where? To which jobs? If you don't know what to say, hush your mouth, go and do your research. You people are always making generalizations. Cut it out and stop talking through your noses! If you don't you may end up with lawsuits on your hands.
        Stop being cowards, hiding behind blogs and telling lies to make others believe it is the truth.
  • pat (21/06/2013, 11:43) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have long determined that it makes little sense to strive to build anything again in the BVI
  • Twisted (21/06/2013, 11:44) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    They better enjoy it while they can
  • jokes (21/06/2013, 11:52) Like (10) Dislike (23) Reply

    So why did Ray George get a contract under VIP? How did Zoe get a contract under VIP? How did Carvin keep getting contracts under VIP? If you already have people in your circle qualified to carry on tasks they should be given a job. I don't agree with Claude going to Port but the others I see no problem with. Trade has come in for high praises since OJ has been there collecting a slave salary. $90k for doing two jobs and taking blame for political bullShi# that must be fun. Ain't a man woman or child can get me to stand with any of these parties or politicians. All are crooked dirty minded snakes out for themselves and god for the rest. They could keep that $hi#.

    • real joke (21/06/2013, 12:58) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      90k and u calling slave salary give any hard working civil servant 26k or 30k and see how amazingly happy they would be and u here saying 90k is slave pay. wats really wrong wid u people.
      • jokes (21/06/2013, 15:01) Like (4) Dislike (24) Reply

        It is slave pay when people can make double that in the private sector and are busting their @$$e$ to help their country. We keep paying overseas consultants $300k and more to ignore their requests but our own qualified and proven locals we can't pay? the man ran the post office and made it profitable, raised the image and $90k a year is supposed to be something? give it a rest. You all don't know nothing about economics and money that's why the expats will continue to rape and ride the $h!t out of your @$$3$. yall beat your chest and brag about where you from but you are dumb as a fuking box of rocks.

        • uhh (24/06/2013, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          You ended up disrespecting who you allegedly set out to praise. What's going on here?
  • OC (21/06/2013, 11:52) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Talk about CONFLICT OF INTEREST smh....what a ting to tell the KING!!!
    • SHAME (23/06/2013, 12:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      could you believe they released a statement over the weekend trying to defend this? well saw
  • Janet Wiliams (21/06/2013, 11:55) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Things going to get funny in this place because the NDP things their behaviour is ok & no one should tell them differently....but you wait another election is coming boss
  • bigger picture (21/06/2013, 11:58) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply

    that is why Maria Shriver, then a newspaper reporter, resigned after her husband, Arnold Schwarteneger was elected at Governor of California. There are too many conflicts of interest with a spouse, especially EL****, who has long been associated with BVI finances, has a proposed plan for a tall building on wickham's Cay and loves her luxuries and development. Nepotism is not helpful when trying to look transparent. Also, does she have to pay for travel when in capacity as "first lady" when also working a contract? She works an elitist status well.

    • Right! (21/06/2013, 12:57) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Spot On!
      • two side (21/06/2013, 19:25) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
        One set of VIP commentors sounds intelligent and sophisticated, the other set NDP blogers sounds like barking seals flopping about.

  • DEAD MAN WALKING (21/06/2013, 12:04) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Uncle finally wake up from the dead!!!
    • Yes (21/06/2013, 15:06) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
      What is Uncle Ralph wife capable of doing? He cannot issue a Contract for her to do any and any thing so he better not because we will see right through it.
    • Wanda (21/06/2013, 15:24) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bull....! If his wife had wanted a job, she would have gotten it! Enuf Said!!!!
  • moneyfacts (21/06/2013, 13:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Doctor, Time to operate on the first Lady
  • Well Sah (21/06/2013, 14:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Listen, who fe got eye to see let dem see and who got eyes to hear let dem hear!!! We spiraling down a dark hole and when de Queen send she people dem down here…well sah. SMH. This gowament so arrogant wid dem self and bold face like dem nah care what de hell happen to we, what dem doing. Tis time we ppl wake up and smell the piss because tis we gon suffer when dis country hit rock bottom. Dem gon continue to live large and tis we gon suffer bad. It’s time to rise up ppl, rise up. Hold these politicians accountable for their actions. I personally tired and fed up of this __it that’s going on but it seems as if we like it and just yapping in we house and office but this S_it haffe stop man. Hon. Premier this happening on your watch. This government will go down as the worst government in the history of the Virgin Islands but not before dem tek all a we wid dem. Wake up my people, wake the hell up!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Lee (21/06/2013, 14:12) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply

    Am I reading right? Mrs. L*** was awarded a consultancy contract with her own company. Thinking about it I have two questions. Isn’t this conflict of interest, and where is this money going to end-up at the end of the day, isn’t back in the Prem***'s savings for retirement WOW.

  • ABC (21/06/2013, 14:52) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    Who said his wife wanted a contrac???
  • SHAME (21/06/2013, 15:54) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    They have no kind of ethics! anywhere else this would be a no no but not in this banana republic called the BVI.
  • GOT BALLS (21/06/2013, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    He got some balls, how many of his nieces and nephews was in positions because of him? He put one as first
    cabinet secretary, he take ports from his own minister to give nephew post and i can name ten more pisitions. Who he think he can still fool. He acting like everybody from north sound.

    VINO needs to give this man a break and let him enjoy the sunsets, from hear chatting crap, I wonder whats is next, tired and sick of he and his bull s...t.

    Why dont he go to his district and tell them something, they might listen to him.
    • @ got balls (21/06/2013, 20:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Correction, his nephew got the ports job under the NDP and the Cabinet secretary had to be approved by the Governor. Stop giving out wrong information. How many connected to the current Premier have jobs given to them? You need to research that. Please do name the ten positions that he gave to his family, cause as far as I can see they suffered more when he was in power. Be fair!
  • mary j (21/06/2013, 16:18) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    and could you believe some NDP are defending this type of CRAP!!!
    • need vote now (22/06/2013, 11:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      These people would be first-class hypocrites if any such a contract was given the his wifee
  • AC 360 (21/06/2013, 16:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    this moo-moo-ness by the NDP!!
  • Really!!! (21/06/2013, 16:33) Like (7) Dislike (53) Reply
    No. Ralph could not give his wife a contract. What would she have been contracted to do??? We are looking at an extremely intelligent and well respected First Lady. Respected by those abroad and at Home. Respected by Governments in the Caymans, World Bank, England and so many other different places. The now Premier's wife has made her name with or without her husband being in Power. Afterall, when in power Even Ralph O'Neal and his government called on her to negotiate on their behalf. Is the Now Premier suppose to just push her and her ability to contribute aside because she is his wife. Stupidness!!!!! He right. Use what you know works for the betterment of your country. Wife or NOT!
  • nn (21/06/2013, 17:13) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    just like Robert Lorna is over rated...old school
    • @nn (24/06/2013, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      NN you could only be a very jealous and extremely blind person if you were to say that Lorna is over rated. She has proven her worth local and internationally. Check out the facts before you air your silly views.
  • So true (21/06/2013, 17:33) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    Some one needs to give ralph his black coffee with out sugar
    and a piece of pot bread with box cheese instead of butter, cas he sound like he
    jus wake up from a long long nap and dont have a clue of the
    day month and year.
  • Ummmm... (21/06/2013, 17:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    How is it that we are not aware the Miss BVI is on her way out to represent us????
    http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/entertainment/leslassa-armour-shillinford-goes-to-miss-carival-2013/
  • Well Sah (21/06/2013, 19:08) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    This Quote in the Bible is so true."But Jesus, said to them, A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house" I have known Lorna Smith for a number of years, and whether you like the lady or not, there's one thing that cannot be disputed and that is her intelligence. Other Countries have and continue to seek her services, she's one of the most knowledgeable female influence in the area of politics in the region and BVI ought to be proud that she represents us. But the Bible never lies, therefore why would BVI be any different from anywhere else, lets reject our own and give the business to someone who could not represent us in the light we deserve neither would they care, because of course they weren't "born here". Give Jack its jacket and Mary her drawers, Lorna is the best "man" for the job, and quite frankly she could have been gainfully employed as a consultant to many other countries in the region.
  • wise up (21/06/2013, 20:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing you can say; the National Democratic Party looks out for their Family, close friends & most of all their political supporters UNLIKE the Virgin Islands Party !!!!!!
    • zip it (22/06/2013, 02:17) Like (2) Dislike (17) Reply
      nothing is wrong with lorna contract but the issue is the public perception as well
      • dance (22/06/2013, 11:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        We are talking about the taxpayer's money!
        • me (22/06/2013, 13:06) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply

          And which s well spent. Nobody wondered about tax payers money when VIP and certain related and unrelated servants were stealing it in plain sight. Ralph himself in one case he did not know of the missing money and did not want to know. Funny enough he was the minister if finance at that time.

          Nobody complained when Ralph gave his d******r and her "friend" A job at t....board. Wow, pot calling keel black

  • power (22/06/2013, 11:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is NDP Country for four years, so they can do whatever they wish and the beat goes on without an eyebrow being raised,,....such is the hypocricy of the voting public who are all hypnotized by the love the poor mantra hook line and sinker, our people are the Country's worst enemy,,,,they are not cognizant on what is required politically or economically.
  • Forreal? (22/06/2013, 13:46) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    when BVIslanders get contracts, its a problem, when expats get the consulting contracts, its a problem....I wonder about the intellegence of the BVI....sad day.

    Meanwhile this must be a 10 part interview or something, every week Tilford have some foolishness to say!
    • wise up (22/06/2013, 15:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      To forreal; I agree with you 100 per cent
    • STRAW (22/06/2013, 19:52) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      if this waz dey states this would have landed the Premier straight the jail whether his wife was competent to do the job or not.
      • @ STRAW (23/06/2013, 04:14) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
        last time I checked the US and UK had a larger populace than the BVI, so the potential to hire someone not related to any minister or high ranking official would be greater. It wasn't a problem when she was doing this same job under the VIP administration but all of a sudden now it's a problem because her husband is the minister of finance....yet it was a problem when Ronnie was minister of Finance.....it's always going to be something with you all, thats why the BVI will never progress anywhere. I truly am going to pray for the people of the BVI....and pray hard!
  • civil servant (22/06/2013, 22:13) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't forget that the NDP suspended civil servants increments, as they say they did not have $$$$ but could find 100, 000 G for Lorna
  • Wrong (24/06/2013, 08:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Uncle for once Dr. Smith tis plan out wrong!!!
  • x rat (24/06/2013, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What we must now look for from the NDP is a consistency on all matters....
  • Oh Pleezzz (24/06/2013, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    Its obvious common sense is not common in the BVI any more.
    Mrs. Smith has been doing a job for Government for years, now she cant do it
    because her husband is elected by the people and is Premiere.

    The people in this country is very sick to the core.
    • for keeps (24/06/2013, 11:25) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
      This is really interesting!! KEEP ON HIM RALPH PURE UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
  • @@@@@ (24/06/2013, 11:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    no unity in government, no unity in schools and no united in church no wonder the bvi has so much problems to deal with.
  • xxxxxxxx (24/06/2013, 12:11) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    People can not claim ignorance anymore, the truth about what the NDP is doing is everywhere.
  • Shameful! (24/06/2013, 12:21) Like (3) Dislike (32) Reply
    Again I say, It is shameful the way we keep tearing down each other for the world to see. Lorna Genevra Smith is a highly respected woman all over. Why are we trying so hard to tear her down. Smithles, you rise above it all. Keep your head high. You have too much class for this type of mud slinging. Imagine all the work you have been doing for free since you have Been on your own. All the times you have been asked by even Ralph T O'Neal to jump in and save his government's butt and here is the thanks. One contract signed which cannot begin to compensate you for all you have done. SHAMEFUL! Girl, keep smiling. Keep praying and God will take care of the rest.
    • @The Hater (24/06/2013, 13:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      To the Hater hitting Dislike at this comment - Your fingers must be very tired. 31 Dislikes in a few Minutes? Hmmm? Looks like you were hired just to press dislike man.
  • SHAME (24/06/2013, 12:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    He NDP is raping this country and not looking back. They will come with the old full speed ahead with projects a year before the elections and hope everyone fall in line!!!
  • Not a VIP or NDP Fan. (24/06/2013, 13:01) Like (6) Dislike (23) Reply
    i must say that Lorna is a very down to earth, Loving, Friendly and devoted BVIslander. Im not going to come on here and bad talk her. but i do not agree with that contract given to her by her husband as its a conflict of interest. Dr Smith is wrong. I have no respect for both the NDP and VIP Government.
  • UK student (24/06/2013, 13:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uk just need to come for the bvi that's all
    • STICHY (24/06/2013, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (29) Reply
      You b**tch, what the 'rass UK need to come for BVI for? They gave us something in the first place? Them left the people them to dead and when they rose from the dead they want to send them poor-a*sd citizens here to live like kings and queens off us. Tis people like UK student who do not love this country or understand our hidden history. All who talking 'bout Queen come for country, go and live in her country and let those who love the BVI remain. Ah sick of people calling for that ole dry up prune to come reign over us. That's the day we tek to the streets. Keep touching our corn see if we don't muzzle orr-you!!
  • She is needed (24/06/2013, 13:37) Like (1) Dislike (18) Reply
    Some of these comments are ridiculous and distasteful! Mrs. Smith is a well respected and knowlegeable woman. I do not know her personally nor does she me. When I attend local as well as overseas conferences, I am in awe by the way she presents herself, represents the terriotory, and the knowledge she possesses. I am sure most of what she does for this country is out of love for it. This magnitude of knowledge does not come free anywhere else. People commenting neagtively has no idea what it involves. Recently she has been in Asia selling the BVI to the hilt. I know because I received feedback on some of her interactions.

    People, stop the pettiness. We need all the expertise in the area of the financial services industry LIKE NOW. Stop looking a gift horse in its mouth.
  • BVI Keep Calm (24/06/2013, 19:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y'all mess with RTO'Neal.... Lol, he's sticking to his statement and he don't care what fancy talk they come with!! Case close! Ralph is de man!!! Ralph is de man! Ralph is de man!! Put all jokes aside, I would not have given my wife a contact under my ministry either. Protocol!!! Morals!!! Principle!!! Another ministry won't be bad but not from the one I head!
  • NY (25/06/2013, 01:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok two big men enough of this crap
  • ta ta (25/06/2013, 08:14) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Orlando out of order with his arrogance that we must thanks his wife
  • rip (28/06/2013, 11:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When one cheats another in a deal, that's fraud.When a politician diverts funds taken from us through the force of law (taxes), that's armed robbery.



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