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First Lady Lorna G. Smith slams critics of her Gov’t appointment

- says if anyone can do a better job they can come forward
First Lady Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE has taken to social media to lash back at critics of her recent appointment of Interim Executive Director of BVI Finance. Photo: VINO/File
Part of the Facebook post made by Lorna G. Smith OBE on May 13, 2016. Photo: FB
Part of the Facebook post made by Lorna G. Smith OBE on May 13, 2016. Photo: FB
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After coming in for heavy criticism from online bloggers on her recent appointment of Interim Executive Director of BVI Finance, First Lady Lorna G. Smith OBE took to social media to lash back at her critics, challenging them to come forward if they think they can do a better job in the post.

It was this news site that first and accurately reported on May 9, 2016 that Mr Julien N. Johnson had left the post of Executive Director where he was seconded for a year from the Financial Investigative Agency, a post he eventually resigned from, leaving Government all together.

A day later, the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration announced that the wife of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE, who retired from the civil service years ago, will take on the role of Interim Executive Director of BVI Finance with effect from May 11, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Many critics have since claimed that it is a conflict of interest for her to serve as Interim Executive Director while her husband is Premier and holds the portfolio which BVI Finance falls under. They also said there are many young people in the civil service who should be given a chance to serve, as Mrs Smith, who is over the retirement age, had her time in government and now owns her own consulting firm.

‘I could no longer hold out’

Mrs Smith began her Facebook post of May 13, 2016 by noting that she was not active on her facebook page recently because “it’s been a very rough five months as we have faced easily the toughest period in our financial services history. I have been doing my part to help as chair of the Financial Business Development Committee, a committee established by the Government several years ago.”

She then went on to explain that when Mr Johnson, who she said always had her full support and performed well in the position as Executive Director of BVI Finance, decided to move on she was asked to fill in while another person was recruited.

“I declined as I was happy with what I was doing and moreover I know my peeps and how they would react. But in the last two weeks I could no longer hold out as the situation intensified. I therefore agreed to return to active duty from Wednesday 11th May until 31st December for the reasons stated in the Government press release. We expect that the right person will be in place by 1st January, 2017.”

If you can do a better job, come forward!

Mrs Smith, who previously served as the Director of BVI International Finance Centre from 2002 to 2004, and from 2005 to 2013, said the fact that “a few nameless and faceless persons” have taken to online media to criticise her decision will not lessen her resolve to spend 12 hours or more every day helping to strengthen “our brand and to get us back” to centre stage.

“If there is someone who can do a better job please come forward and present yourself to the Premier's Permanent Secretary. In this period we must be a part of the solution and not the problem.”

Mrs Smith further said it would be wonderful to have everyone's full support so that the world could see how committed the people of the Virgin Islands are to maintaining the VI brand as a premier international finance centre.

“Naysayers will not distract my focus on that mission - whether or not I hold any official position as a public servant. My commitment to the BVI and to the promotion of our financial services industry is irrevocable and resolute.

Sacrifices for VI's Financial Services

Mrs Smith also let her critics know that over the years she made many personal sacrifices for the promotion of the financial services industry of the Virgin Islands.

“I don't have all the answers and welcome your thoughts and constructive criticism. I am always available to chat. I am the same person who spent a year living in a basement on a deserted street in London in 2003 setting up a strong presence in London and beyond. The Police Department became my friends as hardly a week passed without my calling them with every imaginary shake of the door. I am the same person who spent six months living in an apartment the size of a postage stamp in the heart of Wanchai in Hong Kong setting us up in Asia. I had to laugh at the consternation on Orlando's face when he saw where I was living. I was also the first Director of the BVI IFC now known as BVI Finance. I would like to think I did a fair job each time,” Mrs Smith continued.

The First Lady was also instrumental in helping to bring Bank of Asia to the Virgin Islands, although it is unclear what her role in the bank is.

“The BVI has a fine product which we have all sought to build for over thirty years. Notwithstanding the many negative stories we must continue to develop it. So let's all join hands and hearts to do so,” she said on her Facebook page.

86 Responses to “First Lady Lorna G. Smith slams critics of her Gov’t appointment”

  • youthman (15/05/2016, 13:00) Like (18) Dislike (31) Reply
    Nice! Thank you Mrs. Creque-Smith for your dedication.
  • We Will!!! (15/05/2016, 13:33) Like (79) Dislike (6) Reply
    As soon as the NDP vacate. We don’t intend to work with dictators. Leopards never change their spots don’t matter how they might be disguised. The pity-party will not work either- wasn’t you paid for your job? We too can share countless stories of sacrifices made in our jobs as well, it’s called- Life. The whole NDP set needs clearing out. We are not falling for any more tricks and politricks. Complete Disappoint!
  • Well Sah! (15/05/2016, 13:36) Like (42) Dislike (3) Reply
    Pressure building!!!
  • Rammy (15/05/2016, 13:43) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just another way to full up them pocket with we de people tax paying dollars after them put we in the mess.

    Total conflict of intetest. Anyone who go forward will still be rejected by them wicked self. Baaaaaaah!
    • Jac (16/05/2016, 07:33) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      Why don't you go forward and tell us exactly what happens since you are so vocal behind the curtain.
  • wize up (15/05/2016, 13:46) Like (9) Dislike (24) Reply
    had the Premier of these Virgin Islands brought in some white face from the UK or elsewhere to fill that vacant post it would have been so nice of him.....
    • @ wize up (15/05/2016, 14:41) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      but only white face this government listens too so get your facts right!
      • wize up (15/05/2016, 16:57) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        @ @ wize up: so your fact is; come 2017 a white face must hold that post because mrs smith end on 31 december 2016.....don't worry a lot more white faces will be in this territory come 2017 overseeing the UK's interest....
    • yes (15/05/2016, 15:07) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
      @wize up, who want to get mad can get mad and say what they want but, I agree with you. If it was a white face they would be all over it with glee.
  • vex (15/05/2016, 14:04) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Strupppsss NEXT
    • rat race (15/05/2016, 17:00) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      All BVI politicians are puppets of external forces with a global amphitheatre of operations for a global agenda!
  • DEJA VU (15/05/2016, 14:11) Like (52) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where have I heard that before? These people don’t know- you can’t fix a problem with a problem.
  • feelings (15/05/2016, 14:15) Like (15) Dislike (39) Reply
    I read every single comment and Mrs.Smith took a huge lashing in the press. Mrs.Smith, not everyone is against you. I admire you and the work that you have done. I am still waiting for someone to step up to the plate and sit in that seat. I don't think many people knows what Interim means.
    • Take this!!! (15/05/2016, 15:10) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
      @feelings, feel this (!) Interim means: "Up Your Be#hnd!!!!"
      • feelings (15/05/2016, 19:23) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
        @ take this!!!, right back at you. You should be ashamed of the way you are conducting yourself. Please learn to understand I am entitled to my opinion.
        • Take this!!! (15/05/2016, 20:35) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
          @feeling- No more room for all that courtesy bull scrap any longer; The NDP, along with our sleeping governor, have been a total and complete disappointment to us. No more excuses or friends' sentiments! We want them gone for good!!! Point Blank!!!
          • feelings (15/05/2016, 22:42) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
            @ Take this!!!, you don't have to explain anything to me. Like I said, I am entitled to my opinion just like you are entitled to yours.
  • copy and paste (15/05/2016, 14:19) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    two wrongs do not make a right she defending WRONG
  • truth be told (15/05/2016, 14:33) Like (38) Dislike (5) Reply
    "I am the same person who spent a year living in a basement on a deserted street in London in 2003 setting up a strong presence in London and beyond..."

    So that’s why you continue to stronghold our country, you and your set because you feel we still owe you, ar?
  • facts man (15/05/2016, 14:43) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply

    Dem dam know there were many names that was put forward BUT dem REJECTED THEM NOW TRYING TO FOOL THE PEOPLE

    • HMMM (17/05/2016, 11:16) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      A name being put forward is not even the beginning of this matter. That is not the ordinary Gov't job. You people are crazy.
  • n (15/05/2016, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    @ Copy and Paste, can you please explain what wrong she is defending.
  • My take on this (15/05/2016, 15:46) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    What this government is doing to our country is just downright wrong.
    • Factsplease (17/05/2016, 16:18) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      Unless you are in the kitchen you can't feel the heat. Give supporting facts for your statement, My take on this.
  • truth be told (15/05/2016, 16:02) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    So that’s why you continue to stronghold our country, you feel we still owe you 2, 3, 4 different cheques for past service s rendered, although you are collecting a pension, ar? "The mark of a wise leader is to have Plan A, B, and C in placed so when that time comes, he/she can get off the stage." Has that been done?
  • Dark Clouds! (15/05/2016, 16:07) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    (IMO)- This Governor and NDP have undoubtedly made Our Country-TOXIC!!! Just Sickening!!!
    • @Dark Clouds (15/05/2016, 16:48) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
      dude your getting old
    • @ Dark clouds! (15/05/2016, 16:53) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
      • Dark Clouds! (15/05/2016, 18:40) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
        "With age comes wisdom." Thanks! LOL, hahahahaha!!!
      • Dark Clouds! (15/05/2016, 18:45) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
        "With age suppose to comes wisdom." But in L **** case it seems she did not get the call. She should be volunteering to the community not still on the take. The brains do slow down you know. New blood is required when this happens. LOL!!!hahahaha!!!
  • Eyes Wide Open (15/05/2016, 16:31) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    Taking afew words from the done deal messiah, “from where I sit,” I have to take off my glasses so I can see clearly in order to not get hoodwinked with this government again, the next time.
  • geee! (15/05/2016, 16:59) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
    Her wig looks worst here than the last one; this is not becoming of the first lady. Get some new ones please!
  • UK student (15/05/2016, 17:31) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am not a VIP or NDP till ah ded, fortunately I was far away from all the hullabaloo of 2015 elections, but after returning home last week I can feel the political demise of the BVI
  • What peeps? (15/05/2016, 17:32) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    What peeps is L*** talking about; we are no peeps of yours, that’s been played-out and outdated years ago, just like you. Get with the times.
  • NPolitico (15/05/2016, 17:54) Like (81) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lorna Hodge-Smith wilted under the relenting pressure, coming across as thin-skinned, appearing childish and reacting as if she is entitled and privilege, for the BVI owe her for her supposedly sacrifices in London and Hong Kong. Did she not know about the living conditions before accepting the positions to serve in London and Hong Kong? True unsung heroes and patriots serve their countries with distinction without expecting reward or recognition. The shine is off that artificial humility.

    Lorna is a UWI grad and can reason with a clear understanding of effective governing. She knows that her being appointed director, albeit temporary, of a department that is within the ministry of her husband is a conflict of interest. We can spell it tomato or tomatoe it is still a conflict of interest. Clearly, there is no succession planning within that department, for the former department head bolted and there was apparently anyone within the department that could safely steer the ship for 6 months. This is an insult to the current team within the department. Are they no more than a wooden nickel? How can one excel if one is not given the chance or opportunity to excel. What will happen when the next department head comes aboard and leaves abruptly? Will she be the go to savior again? There must be more than one person in the BVI that can do this job. If so this needs to change. Lorna have had her chance to serve and excel. Now, it is time to step aside and let others get the chance to excel, though she may think and believe that no one can do the job as effective as her. It is not in the VI best interest for anyone to be indispensable.
    • Eagle and Buffalo (15/05/2016, 22:29) Like (49) Dislike (1) Reply
      See that I'm not alone in thinking that the way Lorna came across was school childish. Perhaps she should have counted to 10 one thousands before taking to Face Book to respond/react. Her response added gasoline to white hot raging fire. She did not help her cause nor the action of the Premier with her curious response. She came across as to who dare you folks questioned my husbands decision to tap me to fill in temporary in the director 'a position. The VI is a representative democracy, not a dictatorship. The people a government to consult with them and act in their and on their behalf. Sometimes silence is golden. In this instance silence would have been the better course of action. But sometimes social status cause us to cast all humility to the wind. It makes us ( some of us) think we are the straw that stirs the limemaid.

      No doubt Lorna serve the BVI well in various capacities while on active duty. But it is time to pass the paton on to the next generation of Virgin Islanders. It is time to give the next generation the opportunity to excel. She hS fought the good fight. Now it is time move on and let others do their thing. As NPolitico noted, the VI should not make any of us indispensable, for it is not in its best interest. Cannot end this comment without stressing that her appointment was a conflict of interest and bristling with nepotism. It is also saying to the electorate that government can do what it wants, how it wants and when it wants.
    • Quiet Storm (16/05/2016, 11:00) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ooch! You mash some corns and dem dog are hurting. There is not much left to say but for Lorna to vacate the position and let the assistant director be cast in the action role.
  • People! (15/05/2016, 17:55) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    Can we just get alone?
  • crucian (15/05/2016, 17:58) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a world traveler, if you are living in the heart of Wanchi there is no apartments and mostly small living spaces is the standard.

    As a business leader, please adapt a best practice of grooming several candidates (not just one) to ensure the evolving BVI brand is maintained at the highest standard. Why? Ask yourself the reasonable question...if you fall sick tomorrow, how volatile will the efforts you took time to detail via social media be/become?

    As a woman, i applaud you for you unwavering efforts and above par service to a passion and its people. There is no doubt in my mind that years from now your name will continue to resonate throughout the annals of the financial industry.

    It is time...
  • What? (15/05/2016, 18:09) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
  • What's happening? (15/05/2016, 19:23) Like (5) Dislike (17) Reply
    Some really strange things are happening in this country and it has to do with a lack of respect for authority. People are so negative in their thinking and believe others are like them.The bible states as a man or woman for that matter thinketh so is he or she. We commend the First Lady for putting her country first and agreeing to take up the appointment. All of those Johnny come lately's are so negative and think they know it all. Them haters.
  • .......... (15/05/2016, 20:06) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lorna need to retire once and for all
  • be quiet (15/05/2016, 21:27) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    First lady you cannot and should not answer or responded to your unknown critics. . Ignore the bla bla go and do your thing.. Prove them wrong. Not me because I believe in you..
    • @be quiet (16/05/2016, 00:40) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      She just can't get over herself. And imagine they tend to stereotype men in particular- as having big egos.
    • Sooooo True (16/05/2016, 12:01) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
      I agree with you 100%. Of course she is going to prove all of them wrong. I agree, don't say another word. First Lady, hold you head high and continue to do what you are doing. Just remember there is people here that supports you.
  • voiceofthevoiceless (15/05/2016, 21:43) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mrs. Smith must not insult the people's intelligence to make them believe that the 2nd in charge or deputy could not in interim take the position until they found a suitable replacement. We have a lot of people in acting positions throughout the various ministries and departments so that would be nothing new. How should that person feel now that he/she has been leapfrogged by a retired individual? Not morale boosting for sure. Add to that the glaring conflict of interest with the appointment.

    These are serious times and what is required is a unified effort to promote the financial services but making appointments like this will result in division at a time when unity is paramount.

  • bojan (15/05/2016, 22:15) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    The thing I cant take is people that have the most negative vibes cant step up to do and always talking,since it hert you people so much come Tuesday say I come for the job lets see how smart an *ss you are step up or shut up.
  • @bojan (16/05/2016, 00:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    bojan didn't you hear people came forward and was turned down. How far in the conversation are you? These people just feel only they were born with brains.
  • Dandy (16/05/2016, 03:32) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    "Come forward" means, anyone who thinks they can do the job, tell "the mob" so that they can identify you, shoot you down and put you on the black list. They don't want any challengers to their family business.
  • Curious George (16/05/2016, 07:40) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply

    What an indictment of their own self serving policies. After years under developing the next generation and blatantly retarding anyone who tried to move forward the generation in power now has declared that no one else but them can lead us foreward. What a crock of sh**!!! They never had any intention of succeeding their power and prestige. Outside of taking from government they have no marketable skills and therefore have every intention of dying in their positions of power and prestige. They could not care less about the country or the people.

  • qc (16/05/2016, 08:10) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lorna just needs to shut up and leave this thing alone...
    • take note (16/05/2016, 11:39) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      @qc, Her conscience most be now setting in, unlike her seemingly conscienceless and heartless brother in mcw. He even said, “he is not phase”…one bit by the licks he is getting for possibly and allegedly wrongdoings.
      • MCz (16/05/2016, 14:12) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
        @take note, you forgot Shameless. The guy has no shame in his game to what he is doing to this country to become Rich.
  • Too much hate (16/05/2016, 09:32) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Many decent men and women support you lady. Please pay no mind to the haters. Thank God they are in the minority and hiding behind a blog name. I pray to Jehovah God to help them haters. When you put your faith in God all things are possible.
  • Just saying... (16/05/2016, 10:04) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    first lady if you cannot tek the heat then get out the kitchen ok lady
  • shortsided (16/05/2016, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    everyone of you all who speaks negativeness about this is soooooooooo short sighted shame on youll
    • MCz (16/05/2016, 15:07) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
      @shortsided- "Negativity eventually brings about Positivity once it has gotten to the point of absolute intolerance." It is called, “The Law of Duality.” If protesting against these wrongs by this government and not able to get any kind of justice in this place is negative, then the fight against slavery, apartheid, corrupted governments, inequalities- equal rights and justice, etc., around the world should all stop, so we all can suffer on this Earth together, forever. How about that; what do you prefer?
  • @Too Much Hate (16/05/2016, 10:51) Like (28) Dislike (9) Reply
    @Too Much Hate, "Thank God they are in the minority and hiding behind a blog name," you say. And your real name is? You are a coward and hippocrit, doing the same thing that you are accusing other bloggers of. This is the problem in the BVI. If you are not part of the family, friends and cronies, you have no voice. If you are in the minority, you are no body without a voice. But time is longer than twine. The electorate now know that it was bambozzled and it has power at the ballot box. Poor leadership and senseless backbiting within the Opposition got government thumping its chest and strutting like a peacock that it can do no wrong. Again, each piece of rope has a bitter end and the wilderness awaits.
  • Bad trend (16/05/2016, 12:48) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
    Divide and conquer was the strategy used by our slave masters and still is.. Voters beware, haters beware! Your day will come. We all get a day older every day as time marches on. You too and your children will reach the mandatory retirement age one day. As people are living longer and healthier, the word "retirement " is fast becoming obsolete and outside the current vocabulary.

    Haven't you seen what happens in the Caucasian world? As long as they have breath they continue to work. Even right here in VI, this takes place. So why are certain greedy elements of this society fighting down age like they want the whole hog for themselves. Slavery is supposed to be over but in reality the slave mentality still exist, while the ultimate beneficiaries are yes, the other race!
    It's time we stopped the fussing and the fighting and tackle the problems meaningfully and head on.

    So what if she us 60 plus!
    • K. Rogers (16/05/2016, 19:30) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Bad trend. In countries with very large populations, what you are alluding to maybe part of their dynamics due to a number of factors at play, i.e. living wage standards, lack of pensions and other mechanisms for an aging population, etc., but in a small population, and in particular in this specific case, this practice has become unsustainable. If this practice is allowed to continue, the seedlings with forever remain ill equipped and dis-empowered, and thus begin the downward negative spiral and dysfunctions of the society, possibly what we are witnessing today is the present, more aware generation, pushing back and taking a stance at this very moment.

      Words of advice for her own good to save whatever is left of her credibility:

      You've got to know when to hold 'em
      Know when to fold 'em
      Know when to walk away
      And know when to run
  • Ms. Diva (16/05/2016, 12:57) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    My family and I are behind the First Lady 100%. I dare all the haters and bashers to step to the First Lady and say to her face all the horrible things you are here posting on this site. Any takers? I bet not one of you have the B...s to do so. I always believe if you have something to say to or about someone, you go to the person don't hide behind a fake name and do so.
    • @Ms. Diva (16/05/2016, 15:36) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      “if you have something to say to or about someone, you go to the person don't hide behind a fake name and do so.”

      That doesn't work with the “mob,” too many unsolved murders as it is already and we yet to know who are behind those killings.
      • Ms. Diva (16/05/2016, 17:58) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
        I am sticking to what I said. And what does the mob and unsolved murders have to do with the above topic.
      • @Ms. Diva (16/05/2016, 18:20) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        And don't forget those secret, secret, secret societies too. Sheeeee! It's a secret!!!
  • Another Diva (16/05/2016, 16:40) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    @ Ms.Diva- and your name is?????? How can I contact you and your family?
  • Interested (16/05/2016, 16:59) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    I said it already and I will say it again.Perfect person for the job.Well qualified,knowledgeable and professional .
    Go on Mrs Smith.Do your job.There are more of us with you than are against you.Keep on keeping on for the VI.
  • Friend from afar (16/05/2016, 17:17) Like (18) Dislike (36) Reply
    Lorna, you are simply the best. Do not even worry with naysayers -The simple fact is that you are the most qualified to be in that position now and always. keep up the great work, friend.
    • @Friend from afar (17/05/2016, 07:27) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      It's easy for you to say...from afar; what about us hear on the ground who are feeling the pinch of these people and their corrupted government?
  • Just Curious (16/05/2016, 18:10) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    My question is why would it take the NDP government a whole seven months to find a suitable replacement? Are you telling me that it will take the government that long, or is that they want someone to get some money for the rest of the year and then hand over the post on the first of January 2017? My view is that this is a conflict of interest, and as such, the Premier should have gone outside of his family to find a suitable replacement.
  • Wonnie (16/05/2016, 19:40) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am sure the bvi has a younger ,more educated person with masters and doctorate in finance who can do the job too,why dont they give someone else a change time for her to retire ,go cruising with your grandbabies enjoy life .give the young women and men a chance
    • BoSang (16/05/2016, 23:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you are not in their click or corrupt minded you will not succeed or move forward with this "political gang". Ask the man who used to be in Immigration bout these mofo's.
  • 911 (16/05/2016, 20:49) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    ..OUR country does not need Lorna so stop kidding your self...
    • @911 (16/05/2016, 21:54) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      "OUR country does not need Lorna so stop kidding your self..."

      Cut and Paste 40,000 times. Thank you!!!End of Story!!!
  • q tips (16/05/2016, 21:36) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...leave it alone LS For a long time we as a country have been compliant thinking only some can do this and that!!!
  • Bad trend (17/05/2016, 09:58) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    @ K Rogers - Your arguments make some sense, let us look at the whole picture and the bigger picture.

    Why crucify one of us when there is presently working in VI many persons from the so called developed countries, with the larger populations and a lot more benefits than here; Europe, UK and US, where those factors you referred to abound. They keep coming in droves and are being allowed to come. What benefits ate they bringing with them and who is benefiting.

    The question is why ate they here? Couldn't the jobs that they hold be given to the qualified locals also? As is being said for our own lady being vilified.

    Aren't they who are here living among us from UK, US, South America. Africa, and Europe, also depriving of and stealing opportunities from the younger generation from the local idegenousl and Caribbean population? of jobs and much more... So why not turn you venom and attention to them? and begin phasing them out. No one ever touches or looks at them as they continue to mine our resources and carrying capacity limitations, while they contribute very little to the welfare of the society. If we don't watch it, here will become like South Africa with apartheid.

    We have to know WHO is really doing the pillaging, and attack and confront them apropriately using the mechanisms we already have at our disposal.

    I believe the real problems need to be confronted and stop looking for scapegoats and distractions by turning against our own. This is the trend that needs to stop soon. Stop the pettiness.

    Where ignorance is bliss it's folly to be wise.
    • K. Rogers (17/05/2016, 14:52) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Bad trend- Your argument also holds weight within this evolving and wider conversation, but- where does the Buck Stops- if this trend continues? The bottleneck that has been strangling the mobility of the new generation appears to have already started to be forced upwards, and it is only fair to allow them to claim their space in the world. Do we intend to continue to keep the cap closed with our excuses of: not having experience, not capable, not qualified, too young, etc., until the pressure reaches it maximum capacity and the top is forcibly blown? The world is changing and we have to change as well. For the others who are being sourced from the outside for both government and the private sector, I am sure the new generation will also begin to address that as well- if not cooperatively, then, most likely by FORCE.
  • My turn (Bad trend) (17/05/2016, 16:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ K Rogers. Okay! You've raised some interesting points. I appreciated the short discourse. Makes sense.
    • K. Rogers (17/05/2016, 19:16) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      To My turn (Bad trend), we can all take a lesson from Nelson Mandela Leadership playbook- He advised us that we should “Know when to lead from behind.” We don’t always have to take the top role- even in case of emergencies. Conversely,we can be led as well and still be part of the solution. That’s what Elders do. And countless of our people also died in that cause for change, because they stubbornly refused to get out of the way.
  • Hmm (17/05/2016, 20:12) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Not really sure what the issue is. It appears to be just a temporary solution/fix as It is obvious there is no one else available on short notice. If it appears that it is going to be a permanent solution then I can understand the criticisms and the potential problems on both sides.

    I would agree however that BVI has been poor at training our young people and passing the torch.
    • conclusion (18/05/2016, 13:38) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      IMO. The problem is- WE- THE PEOPLE- have had ENOUGH of the wrongdoings of this current political white-collar GANG. Their wrongdoings just keep on compounding, regardless of how “temporary” it may seems to their few supporters. We have had ENOUGH of their blatant and excessive conflict of interests, self-interests and special-interests, cronyism, nepotism, discriminative decision-makings; their lack of concern, empathy and care for the common man/woman; a governor, who exhibits a total indifference and disinterest in our wellbeing; and instead demonstrates his support for their seemingly unscrupulous wrong actions, etc., etc., etc. ALL LIVES MATTER, NOT JUST THE FEW. In short, THIS CURRENT POLITICAL WHITE COLLAR GANG NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN OUR LAND!!! THAT IS THE PROBLEM.

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