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Inexperienced Governor was calling the shots after Irma- Hon Fraser

- says failure of one Premier is no reason why Disaster Management should not be under Gov’t purview
Senior Opposition Member in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) says an inexperienced Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert mere days after arrival in the territory under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, was ‘calling the shots’ in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2007. Photo: VINO/File/GIS
The serving Premier at the time was Dr D. Orlando Smith and according to Hon Fraser in relation to the inexperienced Governor being in charge, 'they seem like they were alright with it.' Photo: VINO/File
The serving Premier at the time was Dr D. Orlando Smith and according to Hon Fraser in relation to the inexperienced Governor being in charge, 'they seem like they were alright with it.' Photo: VINO/File
When the Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a state of emergency was called and Governor took charge of the recovery efforts. Photo: File
When the Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, a state of emergency was called and Governor took charge of the recovery efforts. Photo: File
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Senior Opposition Member in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) says an inexperienced Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, mere days after arrival in the territory under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, was ‘calling the shots’ in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.

Hon Fraser was at the time debating a motion he seconded at yesterday’s January 5, 2021, House of Assembly (HoA) sitting, for the portfolio of Disaster Management to fall under the purview of the local government and elected leaders, rather than the Governor.

Shocking to see Governor Jaspert at head of table - Hon Fraser 

“I got what was really a shock, the Governor had gotten to the territory… 13-days… but yet my Premier and all the ministers would allow him to be calling the shots as to who doing what and all that stuff in our territory."

The serving Premier at the time was Dr D. Orlando Smith and, according to Hon Fraser, in relation to the inexperienced Governor being in charge, “they seemed like they were alright with it.”

Mr Fraser then further related that upon arriving at an emergency meeting, he asked questions only to be told by the new Governor that nothing that was covered before would be revisited.

“I was going for him because I had nothing to lose, but Ronny W. Skelton was sitting next to me… and if he give you an elbow, I had to respect his elbow.”

The Senior Opposition Legislator said the imagery of what he experienced in the room of having an inexperienced governor call the shots, is one of the reasons for his support of Disaster Management falling under Government's purview.

Failure of one Gov't is no reason to blame the system - Hon Fraser 

“I haven’t forgotten that picture that I saw with my eyes, and one of the things I really don’t want to see happen is that disaster management under a Ministry becomes politicised,” Hon Fraser added. 

According to Mr Fraser, if the territory has a Government that is a failure and can’t manage the affairs of the territory, the system cannot be blamed, rather the Government should be at fault.

“Because one Premier and his administration can’t execute according to the plan, don't blame the plan, Mr Speaker. So that is absolutely no reason for anyone to object or claim that this [Government oversight of DDM] shouldn't happen,” he said.

Second District Representative and Opposition Member Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) had joked that the Ministers became "minuscule" when a state of emergency was called and the Governor took charge in the territory.

34 Responses to “Inexperienced Governor was calling the shots after Irma- Hon Fraser”

  • sense (06/01/2021, 17:32) Like (10) Dislike (45) Reply
    The feel of being in charge got to the head of this little governor that is why he now jostling our elected premier for power. All because of the incompetence of Dr Smith. We know with Andrew that would have never happened, he would have led like a boss because that is what he is, a true leader.
  • But (06/01/2021, 17:37) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    If i remember correctly there was a voting in the house of assemble by an opposition and seconded by Hon. Wheatley and all other members had the chance to vote him out too but did not do that, so why you saying all this now??
    • HAHA (06/01/2021, 19:40) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
      How can you vote out a governor when he isn't even elected by anybody in the BVI. The Governor is selected by the UK usually from a pool of white men that wants to live out an island vacation.
  • SEEK A BAY (06/01/2021, 17:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • My own keeping me down (06/01/2021, 18:18) Like (73) Dislike (8) Reply
    Thank you Governor Jasper, when that hurricane came in 2017, I ain’t see Fraser and the flock...but I saw you, you shook my hand and ask how we were... and if we were okay, and what help we needed. You are an honorable servant who inspite was not respectfully welcome, you were hands on in the recovery of the BVI. How soon we forget... who is that man commenting out his AAaas... I don’t know or remember he... Thank you Governor Jasper, well done mate.
    • What? (06/01/2021, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply
      Lucky you. I have never seen that man outside of Road Town. The one time I saw him with another Caucasian male that seemed to be a police officer they didn't even say Good Afternoon even though we were in a small elevator together. They did make a joke about social distancing in the elevator though.
      • lie (07/01/2021, 18:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are soo lying that man greet everyone he sees and as you say in an elevator too let me tell you YOU ARE LYING. I saw that man several places on unofficial business like the beaches and so on and i see him talking to all different people he happens to met along the way.
    • rewrsdffds (07/01/2021, 07:46) Like (2) Dislike (17) Reply
      Ok gullible field worker. A handshake bought you? Wow, you really blind son.
    • Bout Time (08/01/2021, 14:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Finally, someone said it and gave Gov Jaspers the respect he deserves. He had a damn right to take over the country when ayo fools was running it to the ground. Where were you when Irma hit, huh? WHERE?! But we not only heard but saw Gov Jaspert on the front lines, so shut up in the seat you gorilla-glued yourself to, only to do nothing in time of need. Smh
  • Quiet Rebel (06/01/2021, 18:36) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
    The VI is a disaster prone area so any government should plan, train and be ready to execute a myriad of disaster plans in response to disaster plans. It seems like the former government panicked and bowed down and cower to a new White arriving Governor. As a people, we must stop putting these people on pedestals and cowering to them like Gods or superior beings. What happened after Irma was shameful and embarrassing. A complete break drown of governing.
  • Thinker (06/01/2021, 19:29) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    A good thing we were not waiting on you Fraser. See how it take you three years to voice your concern, baseless as it is. And all the rice given for your district distribution was left for rats to control.
  • mad max (06/01/2021, 19:34) Like (53) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor took charge because the Government disappeared. You can try and spin it now but those of us who were here know the truth.
    • bystander (06/01/2021, 20:12) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is 100% accurate; although DDM lead by Sharleen Dabreo was excellent, along with the Governor.
    • Informed (06/01/2021, 21:09) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Orlando jumped on Curt’s private plane and ran away and vacationed in the Colorado mountains, who else was going to jump in and lead? Fraserman? SMH
  • talk (06/01/2021, 19:48) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    Fraser did not do anything for his constituents. He was nowhere to be found. Only when election time you see him with his cronies come knocking people's door. Shame on him
  • Was it not (06/01/2021, 20:40) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Governor who went out with a search party looking for the man that was found dead in the bushes? Where were you Julian and the others that is now spewing B*****IT.
  • musa (06/01/2021, 22:11) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Give Jack it jacket the governor did his duties after the hurricane and our leaders need to thankful ,for honourable Frazer you have done good too.
  • rattie (07/01/2021, 00:38) Like (3) Dislike (24) Reply

    Gus the rac**t hope he go fast

  • Really? (07/01/2021, 03:19) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don’t think the Governor took control for selfish reasons. I think his motive was to save lives amid the chaos. And he did. If law and order/ lack of supplies etc had degenerated further I dread to think what would have happened.
  • Real (07/01/2021, 06:53) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank you gervoner jasper
  • WHAT!!! (07/01/2021, 08:10) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    “Inexperienced Governor “ who had experience with two such massive hurricanes? At least he was here helping is all and had not disappeared like most of our elected politicians.
  • Reality check (07/01/2021, 08:16) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thank you, Gus. With our local government paralyzed it is you who stepped in and and organized the relief effort; without your leadership we would be years behind the rebuilding of this territory. That iconic picture of the then Premier with a push broom on a street in Road Town, with bristles facing up, sums up the local government's actions. I personally helped clear the road from Slaney to Nanny Cay the day after Irma and can attest that the 3rd district rep was nowhere in sight, nor have there been any pictures of his presence physically helping to clean up the debris, nor organizing clean-up efforts on the hillsides of the 3rd; just whining that "government" was ignoring his district.
    We will miss you Gus, and hope that the incoming Governor will bring the leadership this Territory needs to move forward!
  • Bull's eye (07/01/2021, 09:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is everyone seeing it now convenient to take their shot at the governor at the 11 hour. Now that he is packing to leave,,,, because they are weak and without courage,,, these are things they had on their minds for a long time,,,not interested in hearing what they have to say now,,,,,,,go sit down, kneel down ask God for courage and forgiveness because they are not perfect,,
  • My say (07/01/2021, 09:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
  • wd (07/01/2021, 10:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Julian Fraser shut your mouth, I saw you the day after Irma 2017 and you looked like you were in a trance.
    The Governor did more than you or the NDP government.
  • Hmm (07/01/2021, 11:19) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    The Governor and Commissioner did a poor job with Irma not to mention those who were responsible for keeping the people informed as the storm approached. Food and building supplies were left to spoil rather than given to the people. However this incompetence was covered up with awards to key persons who made the blunder.

    The Commissioner admitted to the public that nobody had informed him on how to handle the aftermath of hurricanes before or after he had arrived in the territory on how to prevent looting etc but still, his deputy was given a QPM and praised for his work during the hurricane where many businesses were destroyed by the looting and had to close down permanently after insurance companies said looting was not covered. What a sorry bunch.
    • Hmm @hmm (07/01/2021, 18:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I dont think this 2as the governer fault but some bad minded political leaders. They had food stuff too that was left to spoil. It was not the govener who was overseeing tge distribution.
  • LNB (07/01/2021, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    They first need to realize that they are only legislators not saviours of the people or know it alls. Their jobs are simply to write laws for the benefit of the people and administer the budget. They act like they are Gods and want to be all things to all people. Humble yourself. You don't need to be in control or in charge of everything.
  • can’t wait (07/01/2021, 18:57) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    Can’t wait for Gutless Loser G*** to return to cold Covid infested UK where he’ll have to cook his own meals and do his own laundry after milking it here for years and exploiting his poorly paid house servants (who are all black, not even ONE white servant he employed. ONLY W**** D***** R***** WOMEN in his crony office tho.....). One even died. And they couldn’t find him for days.... just shows how incompetent this loser bigot is. White Privilege.

  • bvi (07/01/2021, 20:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    couldn't organize a piss up in a brewery
  • island man (08/01/2021, 07:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any one especially a governor who is racist and insensitive should have been chase out the bvi years ago
  • Amazed (08/01/2021, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor did his best to take control of the situation after hurricane Irma.I appreciate all that he did.It was comforting to hear his daily updates on current situations.Hon Fraser was only giving aid to those whom he perceived had voted for him.The rest of us had to beg and plead and they only then handed you a few bottles of water and a can of sausage and sardine.Let him go and sit down,
  • National embarrassment (08/01/2021, 23:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These comments are a disgrace.

    The Governor is part of the reason the BVI got through the Irma aftermath.

    NDP was worthless during a national emergency.

    Fahie could well of done better, but without the army the streets would of been chaos!

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