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VI can't 'lay down & play dead' with UK- Hon Maduro-Caines

- Says territory should enter negotations over Loan Guarantee but maintain good relations
Sixth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines at a September 10, 2019, opposition-led meeting in the East End/Long Look Community has said that the Territory should not 'lay down and play dead' when it comes to its relationship with the United Kingdon (UK). Photo: Facebook
Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) on September 12, 2019, had accused the Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration of wasting time with the negotiations instead of proceeding with the territory's rebuilding. Photo: Facebook/File
Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) on September 12, 2019, had accused the Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration of wasting time with the negotiations instead of proceeding with the territory's rebuilding. Photo: Facebook/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI - Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines at a September 10, 2019, Opposition-led meeting in the East End/Long Look Community has said the territory should not 'lay down and play dead' when it comes to its relationship with the United Kingdom (UK).

However, these comments are in stark contrast to ones made 2 days later by Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) on September 12, 2019, when he accused the Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration of wasting time with the negotiations instead of proceeding with the territory's rebuilding. 

Divided Opposition?

According to Hon Maduro-Caines, "Our country is at a crossroad with these three main topics, the RDA, the loan agreement and... now what I call strained relationship with the UK, which is something that I don't think we can afford to have at this time." 

However, she said, "that doesn't mean that we have to lay down and play dead, we have to enter negotiations, keeping our people's best interest at the forefront," while noting that maintaining the territory's relationship remains paramount. 

Hon Vanterpool in the September 11, 2019 Opposition meeting at Sea Cows Bay had admonished the administration, "Stop the fussing and fighting, stop the re-negotiating and get on with fixing the country." 

The opposing views now signal a possible division in the Opposition, regarding the territory's handling of the issue.  

Auditing the RDA

Further, Hon Maduro-Caines called for the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) to be audited with its execution of work in the territory. 

"The RDA how I see it, it should have been set up... how the Finance [department] has the government set up, where any job that is being done should be audited. I don't think they should be left to just give out contracts and we as a government have nothing to say about it," she said.

Government has expressed similar concern with the lack of monitoring for the RDA.

8 Responses to “VI can't 'lay down & play dead' with UK- Hon Maduro-Caines ”

  • sense (15/09/2019, 13:15) Like (19) Dislike (12) Reply
    She is the only one out of the opposition with some sense... If Alvera leave the NDP. She would have such a good and clean political career.
    • Winston (15/09/2019, 20:08) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
      Why not lay down and play dead?.......that is what you did when you were elected
      • Can't please them... (16/09/2019, 09:39) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
        So, Winston, she lay down and play dead and that was not good for you, now she is speaking up, that is still not good for you. What should you do, maybe you should lay down and play dead and leave the computer/blogging.
  • Audit RDA? (15/09/2019, 13:47) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why don’t you first start with an audit of last 8 year government accounts...
  • 911 (15/09/2019, 17:37) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    She speaking good
  • Jessica Jones (16/09/2019, 09:00) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    VI shouldn't lay down and play dead, but district 6 must lay down and play dead.
  • Speak Facts (16/09/2019, 11:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have you even checked the facts before stating this? What if they've already been audited?
    We don't even know if the truth is being told.
  • SMH (19/09/2019, 11:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dead on arrival District 6


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