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If you can’t say how you represented VI in last 8 months ‘sit down’- Julio S. Henry

- Political commentator says politicians & prospects with no track records should stay out of 2023 elections race
Talk Show host and social commentator Julio S. Henry aka 'Sam' is challenging local politicians and political aspirants in the Virgin Islands to run in the 2023 elections race only if they have a track record. Photo: VINO/File
General elections in the Virgin Islands is constitutionally due by mid 2023. Photo: VINO/File
General elections in the Virgin Islands is constitutionally due by mid 2023. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Talk show host and social commentator Julio S. Henry aka 'Sam' is challenging local politicians and political aspirants in the Virgin Islands to run in the 2023 elections race only if they have a track record.

Mr Henry was at the time speaking on the February 27, 2023, edition of Da Morning Braff radio show on Tola Radio VI 100.5 FM.

“Whoever you decide to vote for, make sure it’s a team of individuals led by somebody who has shown that they have the skills and have proven themselves.”

Mr Henry said Virgin Islanders must also ask important questions when looking at persons in the election run.  

These questions he said must include what you have done and said to represent the Virgin Islands in the last eight months, including how they represented the VI.

Politicians must have track record - Sam Henry 

“If you have not shown any type of representative, anything to show that you have what it takes to help move an issue forward in the best interest of this country, sit down.”

Mr Henry said to do the contrary would waste time, money, and resources, as they have no track record.

“In the last eight months to a year, we have individuals right now who can show us what exactly they can do under extreme pressure and they have done a fabulous job,” he said.

He said the VI now has proof for those who are currently in charge who have proved what they can and cannot do.

27 Responses to “If you can’t say how you represented VI in last 8 months ‘sit down’- Julio S. Henry”

  • 2023 (28/02/2023, 10:30) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah Sam, put your money where the mouth is and add the name to the voters list: it is certainly one thing to point a finger join the political race then you will find out how much the people appreciate you……need change moving forward
    • Rubber Duck (28/02/2023, 18:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Sam knows he has done nothing, and that is why he is sitting down, not running and just commenting from the side.
      What I want to know is what was done at the Water & Sewage Dept that makes its long standing head a good candidate.
  • resident (28/02/2023, 10:32) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
    Julio needs to sit down we need fresh faces not the same old crooks
  • VG Resident (28/02/2023, 10:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    so what have they done?
  • Really??? (28/02/2023, 10:41) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dis MS just wants the same bunch of (alleged) thieves and crooks to keep filing their pockets with public money. Sit down Sam - we're looking for people of action not professional s**t talkers.
  • escape the matrix (28/02/2023, 10:51) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Idk when ppl goin wake up and realize tha these government officials and persons in high positions dont gaf about the people and their only goal is to keep us blind and enslaved using methods that were put in place from slavery days so we could just fight against each other and be blind to the fact that everything they doing is against us and every decision made iis to benefit “the system” in some way lol

    at some point VI ppl gah realize wa goin on and stop giving a new set the power every couple years cause its kinda obvious by now whether is red, green or blue the really dgaf about you lolll
  • right (28/02/2023, 11:10) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    He is a disrespectful and sexist person. Nothing from his mouth worth listening to.
  • Undercover Observer (28/02/2023, 11:38) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    The BVI is in an existential, hyper-crisis, yearning for a strong leader and manager to step forward to lead it out of crisis. But that need is going wanting. Many washed up, poorly prepared, waste of time, self/interest seeking, blowing hot air, lacking in planning, etc, opportunists are coming out of the wood shed, hoping to feed on the gravy chain, at the trough. No opportunists need to come forward. The territory is in a violent vortex. But the depressing thing is that Virgin Islanders seem afraid to touch the hot coal pot. An effective leader showcase their talent, effectiveness, resolve, skills , etc, when things hit the doldrums and hit rock bottom, not when resources are flowing. WANTED STRONG LEADERS TO LEAD The BVI OUT OF CRISIS. Here is news flash. THE UK is making a point. Their approach is consistent with colonialism, an extractive institution, and racial supremacy. Those advocating for the UK to take over have been conditioned themselves to show an altruistic support, drinking the cool aid, for the UK. They see the UK as the solution and only solution, the imaginary savior. Virgin Islanders got themselves into the ditch while the watch from close up and closely and need to coalesce to dig themselves out of the ditch and back on the progressive rolling train.
  • ok (28/02/2023, 12:02) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    I hear some voices asking for new blood. they are saying that the younger folks should run this country. But that is not wise at this time and season. Our first criteria for leadership should be competent, sound, experienced, and hardworking, commitment individuals. The so-called young folks, such of what we have had leading us for the last 8 months, have been a failure that has focused on enriching themselves. The UK saw their inexperience and played them like a fine instrument. We cannot afford any more of this learning on the job. That will be a disaster upon an already disaster.
  • vi (28/02/2023, 13:08) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    As a talk show host you cannot menshion people name the VIP put us down the drain
  • Garvey Train (28/02/2023, 13:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is just trhing to ensure he stays on the gravey train.. It is time to change train.
  • I agree 100% Britain Pls. (28/02/2023, 14:14) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Me Personally think we will not get better people than who we have now..The unity Govt is an Ok team, just a few shuffles. In this set up Marlon should be the deputy, its too late, not going to happen. I don't think we can elect a better team. Everybody is so power hungry that working together is almost impossible....Its almost seems like Britain intervention is the only solution..
  • Twist Mouth (28/02/2023, 15:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is just full of hot air
  • E.Leonard (28/02/2023, 15:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Undercover Observer, indeed, the BVI is in a hyper-crisis and the search is on to find competent, experienced, etc, leader(s) to lead it out of crisis. Moreover, a facility is designed from the top down but constructed from the bottom(foundation) up. What does this have to do with leading the BVI out of crisis? Well, Ministerial government rolled in 1967 with HL Stoutt becoming the first Chief Minister. Former Chief Minister HL, Stoutt, along with his Silent Generation/Greatest Generation cohorts laid out not only socioeconomic blueprint but also exemplary leadership qualities. They started and lsid the growth and development, passing the paton to the next generation(Baby Boomers) to build on. They lean on, on-the-job-training (OJT) in some instances to craft the blueprint so OJT has its place. However, the question is did the Boomer Generation fumbled the paton? The VI is facing one of the most crucial election in decades and must elect a strong leader and supporting cast to lead the BVI out of crisis. It will be a sober, Herculean task that will require much thought, more though, deliberation, debate, etc, in the coming days. Yes, days!!! It will require a leader with the knowledge, education & training, proven experience, rock sold leadership, managerial acumen, character, communication skills, vision, etc. Politics is a popularity contest but Virgin Islanders must elect the best qualified person to lead:head the local government. Nevertheless, in the Westminister system, other elected members, not the people directly, determine the leader. Perhaps an action item for the CRC.
    • RealPol (28/02/2023, 17:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      The iconic H.L. Stout did not have a big degree and no alphabet letters before his name like some of these fellows but he was inarguably one of the most effective BVI leaders. When HL Stout passed in 1995, it was a huge loss for the BVI. It start moving sideways. Former Premier Ralph T. Oneal tried to keep it on the straight. But when he call it a day, it went totally sideways and completely derailed. That is state it is in today. The fellows that followed Lavity didn’t travel in his lane he laid. They travelled and is traveling in a more self-serving lane. And we are where we are, plagued with much uncertainty looking for an effective leader.

    • Quiet Storm (28/02/2023, 17:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      “ It will require a leader with the knowledge, education & training, proven experience, rock sold leadership, managerial acumen, character, communication skills, vision, etc.” That is a tall order and a heavy lift. The current parties and systems are in disarray. The next government I predict will be another coalition government, choosen from among the best elected members in all parties. Independent candidates, if any, win could be a King Maker.
  • @ok (28/02/2023, 15:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if UK saw them as puppets then. now we have a bit of experience. to put in fresh blood now is not the right thing to do because they will be the new puppets. Experience is the greatest teacher I may have make a mistake then but you cant fool me again with that.

    Everyone have to start somewhere in order to gain experience but some of us don't want to allow people to make mistakes so that they can become the person they are to become and bring out their potential. It's a shame that we think everyone is perfect and change them like you are cashing a check. When the money done next check needed massa. Critical thinkers are not going to buy into quick fix or change.
    • E. Leonard (01/03/2023, 11:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @@ok, Every organization, agency, leader, etc, takes sensible risks and in so doing makes mistakes with failures. However, when failures occur instead of saying all is lost, they must lean and fail forward capitalizing on the failures. If one is not failing one is not doing anything. A decision based on sensible risk is often better than waiting on perfect decision. Moreover, if leaning and failing forward occurs and the same mistake occurs, then nothing was gained/learned from failure. One has to given the opportunity to gain experience, acknowledging that mistakes:failures will occur.
      • @E. Leonard (01/03/2023, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @E. Leonard, my friend you are pretty generous with the assertions that all organizations, agencies, leaders, etc, take sensible risks. I will posit that they take risks but many of decisions are not sensible. The leaning and failing forward is deep and interesting.
  • Yep (28/02/2023, 18:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I may be wrong , but i think the knowledge but greed to be the one who run things , is doing things to those guys minds , and without trust amongst themselves to work together as a team , regardless of who is the top dog is , is another major problem / and without INTEGRITY we all know it's not going to change the way ER
    A things have been done over the years , SAME
  • Disinterested (28/02/2023, 19:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sam, you are a commentator and influencer so expand on the focus on the last 8 months. The focus is dangling out there like a dangling modifier. What block people should have check for the last 8 months? Should they have protested, go on talk shows, participate in community activities, participate in Town halls, etc,? Just asking ??? All eligible citizens have a right to stand for election and voters have the choice to vote for whom they want. Commentators also have right to express their opinion on whom should run only if they meet their criteria. In the end, it is the voters choice.
  • Josiahsbay (28/02/2023, 20:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What have they done to get us in the pickle we're in?
  • Exactly (28/02/2023, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m 100% with you. All of a sudden people are passionate about the community. Let’s see a track record. What have you done or what were you apart of if can’t prove anything sit down…..
  • Really (28/02/2023, 22:43) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why sam picked 8 months? The present Government has been representing us for the last four years. One member is missing. What were the accomplishments other than handing out free money to the beggars?
  • @ E LeONerd (01/03/2023, 08:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When are you going to enlighten us on the origin of the ( ISLAND PEOPLE ) HISTORY AND WHAT WAS AND STILL IS THE PURPOSE ? we know that you don't have AMNESIA , unless it's the SELECTIVE VERSION ,( and while you are ducking the Question , hom come you are not pushing for our African ancestors history to be taught in the schools , rather than Columbus'S ) wd still waiting for you man up
    • Trolling (01/03/2023, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @@E. LeONerd, quit trolling the man nah mon. Yu nah see the mon nah yu on wid yur annoying nonscence. Why yu nah rite de article on Island Man nah.

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