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‘I am guilty’ of not defending Gov’t for keeping VI safe- Patsy C. Lake

- says persons allowed Fahie Gov’t critics to thrive at a time when VI was safe
Businesswoman and local activist, Patsy C. Lake says she feels guilt for not defending the COVID-19 strategy of the government of Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at a time when critics were berating the government for keeping the territory safe. Photo: VINO/File
Ms Patsy C. Lake appearing on the July 22, 2021, edition of the Honestly Speaking show hosted by Claude O. Skelton-Cline said critics were allowed to thrive and have their say because others sat quietly and did nothing. Photo: Facebook
Ms Patsy C. Lake appearing on the July 22, 2021, edition of the Honestly Speaking show hosted by Claude O. Skelton-Cline said critics were allowed to thrive and have their say because others sat quietly and did nothing. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands icon and businesswoman, Patsy C. Lake says she is overcome with guilt for not defending the COVID-19 strategy of the government of Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at a time when critics were berating the government for keeping the territory safe.

Ms Lake, appearing on the July 22, 2021, edition of the Honestly Speaking show hosted by Claude O. Skelton-Cline, said critics were allowed to thrive and have their say because others sat quietly and did nothing.

VI full of Fahie Gov't critics  - Ms Lake 

“We have got a country full of critics, experts, in criticising everything that in particular the government has done and is doing, and their voices are the loudest,” Ms Lake said.

“I want to blame myself too, because we sat down and we allow them to air their voices and to be so vocal and we said nothing in defense of the government or the way they were protecting us or anything, we just sat down and allowed them to have their say,” she further added.

Ms Lake hinted that God cannot be pleased and agreed evil is allowed to thrive when the good do nothing. 

“I am one of the guilty ones who did noting, said noting, did nothing… when you playback the tape of the many critics when the Premier was begging let us protect health over wealth… and what the critics said? Oh He doesn’t know what he is doing, he doesn’t have a plan,” Lake reminisced.

Critics have no plan for situation now - Ms Lake 

According to the local heroine, who alongside Noel Lloyd and others had their names etched in history for successfully organising the movement against the infamous Bates Hill Agreement, the critics are yet to provide a plan “they have all the plan, where is the plan now? Where the plan to protect us… they scream for the country to be opened… can we live with what is going on right now?” she questioned.

Ms Lake further said the Virgin Islands has been ungrateful to each other and the government and to God, which has resulted in the current predicament in the territory.

“We allowed the evil ones to get on and triumph over us and we sat and we said nothing,” she said, noting that maybe the VI is paying for the ungratefulness of its people.

43 Responses to “‘I am guilty’ of not defending Gov’t for keeping VI safe- Patsy C. Lake ”

  • where were they (23/07/2021, 19:38) Like (12) Dislike (52) Reply
    history is very important: were was CoI when ms lake along with noel lyod; lindy decastro and others fighting for this territory
    • right (24/07/2021, 06:59) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      History is very important and this person has erased any good she did to do the same and worse than what NL were fighting against, and will be remembered for all of the wrong things now.
      Let us learn and vow never to allow a repeat the wrongs of the last 40 years
    • the rock (25/07/2021, 08:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hon Noel and Hon Lindy Ras Uhuru Decastro name should never be called with any other name, those two Gentlemen had no blemish to they names!
  • ... (23/07/2021, 19:41) Like (17) Dislike (68) Reply
    finally a voice of reason VIP all the way
    • This VIP (24/07/2021, 06:43) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
      The Worst thing Ever...
      • @ This VIP (24/07/2021, 12:45) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
        stop listening to the 3-Ms

        There will never be a political party in this united kingdom overseas territory that will take the trophy from national democratic party for being the worst ever governmental administration

        1. Pier Park
        2. The Wall
        3. East End Sewage
        4. The Plane

        no one arrested:-
        1. people arrested for marijuana
        2. people getting tased for curfew

        may goodnesses:-
        millions of tax money unaccounted
        tax money gone into personal projects

  • Arrogance (23/07/2021, 19:50) Like (83) Dislike (10) Reply
    "evil is allowed to thrive when the good do nothing.
    I am one of the guilty ones who did noting"
    How arrogant is that? So anyone who disagrees with the government is evil? Really?
    And patsy Lake believes she is good? Hmm...
    • Mack (24/07/2021, 10:37) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
      You are taking this completely out of context. Remove the self-righteousness from your eyes for the good of country and see her comment from a different angle. What I hear her saying is that there the naysayers are more vocal and therefore have more influence over people's minds, which makes it more difficult for the government to do their work. And what say you about the current situation? What's your suggestion to fix it and stop the deaths and infections that are again on the rise?
    • htretregfdgfd (24/07/2021, 20:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • bvi (23/07/2021, 19:58) Like (32) Dislike (7) Reply
    Yep. The wicked people with their agenda is winning the battle. Some of those deaths could have been avoided. I hope they are happy
    • Patsy? (23/07/2021, 22:27) Like (23) Dislike (7) Reply
      Who is this supposed icon? I saw her at the CoI and was not impressed!
  • resident (23/07/2021, 20:07) Like (43) Dislike (23) Reply
    Since February the plan has been to get vaccinated. The Government and the UK have made that possible. If people had taken the jabs Feb - June we wouldn’t be in the state we are now, where it’s going to take til November for the current vaccine program to work with a load more deaths to get there.
    • Local (24/07/2021, 05:03) Like (11) Dislike (37) Reply
      @resident why do you believe or feel that taking the vaccine ia a cure , research and you see thst fully vaccinated person have died from covid the vaccine is not bullet proof if population was fully vaccinated we would have still hsve the same out come so please you and your vaccinated crowd stop the noise. Its people like you all thats killing the unvaccinated everyone needs to follow the protocols in place and allow persons to make their free will instead of pressuring and threatening person against their will. Stop violating my freedom of choice period.
      • Shacks (24/07/2021, 18:16) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        Do you wear a seat belt?
        Why do you wear it as it's no guarantee you will get where you are going safely? Nothing is 100% but it reduces the risk of you dying. A set of Noah naysayers
    • . (24/07/2021, 08:57) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
      Jab has no guarantee of avoiding any virus.
      • @. (24/07/2021, 13:13) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        If someone was charging at you with a sword to kill you, and you had nothing to defend yourself with but an old rusty knife, with a broken handle on the ground by your feet, would you arm yourself with this knife or do nothing and wait for what could be your end?
    • Tongue Fu (24/07/2021, 11:10) Like (40) Dislike (15) Reply

      Vaccination as the only solution is not a PLAN. A plan supposed to be a comprehensive plan to be considered a proper plan. Vaccination as part of the solution is a plan.

      The Government had 2 years to plan for this and botched it! Simple. Carvin spend tens of millions well I would like to know where that money was spent?

      We should have had treatments like monoclonal antibodies and the like now I hear Carvin talking about that. We should have paid for experts to come in to train and guide hospital staff. We should have trained auxiliary teams to back up staff should they get sick. All arrangements with the USVI should have been done earlier.

      Then there was the decision to allow vaccinated persons to come in without testing and quarantine. That was done 15th June and three weeks late we saw what happened. Lack of enforcement and border surveillance was another issue. The quarantine tracking devices never worked, bars and nightclubs needed to be inspected regularly. They are offering the opportunity for some to go to St. Thomas for Pfizer and Moderna but why was that not done before? Add to that we need a national healthy lifestyle campaign and programs geared towards educating youngsters about the need for proper nutritious diet and exercise.

      Let us face the fact that some will never vaccinate and I believe we should respect their choice of what they want to put in their bodies and also the fact that vaccines can be breached and people can get hospitalized and they can die.

      We need a comprehensive plan.
      • great (24/07/2021, 12:09) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
        Your language is of someone I know. Stay in your corner from pointing fingers at this pivotal time in the BVI.
        • the rock (25/07/2021, 08:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
          You are an.idior, that statement was on point, the best I've seen does far!
      • DEDE (24/07/2021, 18:43) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
        This is one of the best post I’ve read so far. Vaccination should not be the only solution. For those asking for it to be mandatory, please think carefully and wisely about this. That is not an option also. How would feel when all your freedom gets to be decided by someone else. This is very serious so please think before going down that rabbit hole.

        The rise in cases and death was unavoidable. The lockdown and border closing on delayed this. Whether a person was vaccinated or not, the possibilities were there. Just look around you, it’s happening all around. While it looks like only unvaccinated persons are being affected there are high numbers of fully vaccinated testing positive. On Wednesday I read and update from the UK and they had 15000 fully vaccinated testing positive. One third of them hospitalized and of that number one fifth is in icu and about 500 this have been their second time since taking the jab. I say all this to show that everyone of us are affected by the virus. Beside following the protocol, we can also stop speaking evil of each other. We need to stop the name calling and outright wishing death on people. How do we expect the land to be heal when we hold such hatred for each other. Remember life and death hold on the power of tongue. I’m asking us to all stop it. I must confess that I’m guilty of a few and I apologize to everyone for this.

        Finally, as a Christian community we must do better. God has promise he will heal the land if only we repents of our ways and return to him. Have a Blessed Day
  • Rolling My Eyes (23/07/2021, 21:15) Like (66) Dislike (17) Reply
    Pasty go long go sit down
  • Rubber Duck (23/07/2021, 21:37) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    And of one or two,other things too.
  • Curious (23/07/2021, 22:07) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was she asked if she has taken the vaccine?
  • Rubber Duck (23/07/2021, 22:17) Like (4) Dislike (26) Reply
  • facts (23/07/2021, 23:31) Like (5) Dislike (17) Reply
    Thank you ms lake
  • Heckler (23/07/2021, 23:45) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    If i had my building rented out for 5 years i would've said the same thing
  • Justified (24/07/2021, 04:16) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rightly overcome with guilt, but for the wrong reason
  • vi (24/07/2021, 05:42) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now the coi gone they have mouth now, don't worry they coming back, and when they come back please call that snake Claude O. Skelton-Cline first, getting government contract to do what and where did the pear park money disappear to, what happen in the dark must come to light one day
  • Hahahaha. (24/07/2021, 06:39) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    You make me laugh...So many things you seem to be guilty of. Defending the Govt is the least of them.. Defending the Givernment is an obligation for those who are been get plenty $$$ for little or nothing...
  • People (24/07/2021, 06:48) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    People get over the fact that people didn't vaccinate, half of you didn't vaccinate until now, there are people who honesty wanted to their research and nothing is wrong with trying to figure out what's going into your body. Yes we have lost some. RIP guys, you are the heroes who send the actual warning, but if you do research, everything is they are still not 100% sure so we only looking at statistics/numbers.
  • Sigh.. (24/07/2021, 08:54) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sorry state of affairs for the BVI when the voices we hear on the news are JC, CSC and PL. Wow BVI...we need some new talent in this place desperately- how depressing.
    • note (24/07/2021, 11:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are all updeislun folks.
      The depth of the Vi's fall is evident.
  • only now (24/07/2021, 09:23) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    only now our love ones; our friends; our family are passing away:

    some black peoples will never know themselves until their backs are against the wall

    hear the rasta-man???
    this vaccine was designed to kill black-people however some followed his advice and have not taken the vaccine yet them still deading offf
  • WOW (24/07/2021, 10:19) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    most persons residing here are simply for economic purposes and should overstand the privilege they are now enjoying came because of the perseverance and struggles of our forefathers over many many years

    some of you pointing fingers dont even have two nickels to rub together(take a look around; ms lake is economically stable and long before 2021)but one thing for sure negro people have so much chat

    as a citizen: it is good knowing those calling this place home have rights of speech and the full ability to earn a livelihood for they love one

  • HOW WONDERFUL (24/07/2021, 10:47) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
  • HAHA (24/07/2021, 11:49) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    Say what you want about Patsy but she is right in this case. The COI will make recommendations on the other matters that she provided evidence on but in this one she is right. Government did all they could but you can never please all of the people all of the time. I remember people who have no rights in the BVI, people on work permits that expired trying to bully the government to let them in the territory. They even tried to say that its because they are expats as if BVIslanders were not affected as well. People were begging government to open up the borders saying we have to live with Covid. Everybody from the opposition, stakeholders in the tourist, hotel and charter industries wanted borders open. Money and politics were the main reasons. Now the government decided to open and allow us to live with Covid and people are now dying they are trying to find a scapegoat. I always said the same ones that are begging for schools to be open will have the loudest voices if their child gets Covid. People need to make up their minds. You cant have it both ways. If the place is opened we will have cases and deaths. If it is closed there will be less cases but less money, more poverty and angry people. Pick your poison and live or die with it.
  • Why (24/07/2021, 12:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply this news?
  • facts (24/07/2021, 12:48) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    Patsy Lake was no where around during that fight against Bates. Older generation know the truth. She is no hero or icon. During that time, she drove past them. Get the truth from older persons who know the truth!!!!!
  • BS (24/07/2021, 13:58) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    The naysayers ARE giving lots of really good suggestions but that would mean the Govt would have to be honest.
  • tola (24/07/2021, 21:11) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I was getting fat off the treasury I would certainly be the greatest fan of those that are feeding me. Cronyism is real in the VI.
  • question (24/07/2021, 23:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What exactly was there to defend? How can the govt actions be seen to be effective when there are 25 COVID related deaths, and likely more, in the Territory?
  • the watch dog (25/07/2021, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    Ms lake is our sherow we support her all the way

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