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‘Let's not allow party politics & selfish agendas to derail us’- Hon Stacy Mather urges HoA

First-term Legislator and Deputy Speaker in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Stacy Mather (AL) has challenged legislators to put the country first and not let politics and other agendas derail the work of the HoA. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Mr Mather also urged legislators to communicate better amongst themselves across the floor as it related to the government and opposition. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Mr Mather also urged legislators to communicate better amongst themselves across the floor as it related to the government and opposition. Photo: HoA/Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – First-term legislator and Deputy Speaker in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Stacy Mather (AL) has challenged his fellow legislators to put the country first and not let politics and other agendas derail the work of the HoA.

Hon Mather laid down the gauntlet at the swearing-in ceremony and First Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly on May 18, 2023, at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola,

“As a new Member of this House, it is without prejudice that I say that I am here to work, and we'll work with all to address concerns of our people and the future of our country.”

He added, “I ask that you all join me in ensuring that the legacy of the 5th House of Assembly be one of camaraderie that is genuinely aimed towards benefiting all of our people. Let us not allow party politics and selfish agendas to derail us from providing the leadership that our country deserves.”

Hon Mather said legislators have an opportunity to give those that will come in the House of Assembly in the future a stronger foundation on which to build and in order to do so, legislators must educate and involve the people in the processes of how they will get there. 

Gov't & Opposition challenged to communicate better 

“Therefore, I publicly challenge both the Government and the Opposition to better communicate among ourselves, and in doing so, properly engage and inform our people. As I sit here today, and in many more sessions to come, I implore all of us to recognise that we are not an elite group, but rather the servants of our people,” he said.

In a message to the people of the Virgin Islands, Mr Mather said he remains grateful and aware of their expectations to have elected him, with a promise that he will do his best to represent them in the House.

He added that change will not come without the people making their voices heard. 

“To the youth of the territory, my people, I urge you to not let your voices be silenced. Let all your outcry for a better Virgin Islands be across all party lines and make it louder than it has ever been. Hold your leaders, all of us, accountable. Do not go quiet in the next four years and wait for another election,” he said.

21 Responses to “‘Let's not allow party politics & selfish agendas to derail us’- Hon Stacy Mather urges HoA”

  • ayo anguillian like to cross floor (22/05/2023, 10:30) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
    Please do not do like your selfish cousin and cross the floor or else you too will become a one-termer
  • PC (22/05/2023, 10:39) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud of you! Let's hope your words of wisdom don't fall on deaf ears. Let's also hope that you remain untainted by gutter politics!
  • Hmmmm (22/05/2023, 10:47) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Let us wait and see if he means what he says or if he will let his members derail him over the course of time.
  • Great Words (22/05/2023, 11:05) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great words from a great man indeed Honourable Mather. All the best in your esteemed capacity for years to come.
  • yeah (22/05/2023, 11:06) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    So it's no more cut the head of the snake off. Eh
  • Brethren (22/05/2023, 11:07) Like (2) Dislike (27) Reply
    Uno need to change yuh name from stacy, if yuh ah try lead da ting...
    • @Brethren (22/05/2023, 14:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      See why the outside is always saying we in the BVI is a laughing stock and labeled ignorant and stupid? Youuuu are a perfect example and just showed it. Get off the blogging site with your poor grammar. What the heck is UNO AND YUH AH TRY LEAD DA TING. JUST SHUT UP ALREADY.
    • @Brethren (22/05/2023, 21:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Go fire your behind back to Jam down town where you came from. See what I am talking about? They sure love to come to another man’s Country and think they can run things or want to take over. Stay out of the BVI’S business and take your nonsense back to Jam down town.
      • @@Brethren (23/05/2023, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You're making a lot of assumptions here ... and your prejudice is showing.
  • You see (22/05/2023, 12:46) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man is not about the greed, vanity or power hungry like the majority of garden snakes that has evolved into cobras. He can care less about that. He is for the people and will do right for the people. We need more of him in office, not the same ones that is constantly being re-elected over and over doing the same F…U..
  • WHAT!!!! (22/05/2023, 12:52) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    “Brethren “
    Change his name ?
    You just being stupid.
  • street reporter. (22/05/2023, 14:04) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    My good brethren focus on your role, continue to put people first, do not join those bad minded people who want to tare others down, they will tare you down also, always seek the two sides or both sides..Never Judge or condemn another with a one sided story...Be the best you can be, and you will be great..
  • Real Macoy (22/05/2023, 14:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nothing is wrong with his name. Stacy is a unisex name.
    At least to my knowledge he is a straight guy and not bend.
    • @Real Macoy (22/05/2023, 15:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so correct, Stacy, Courtney, Sydney, Zion is unisex names. My daughter name is Sydney but I spell it Cydni. And yes, he is a straight man. See, an idiot like Brethren will start talking S..t and there are the idiots that can’t think for themselves will go right along with the foolishness.
    • @Real Macoy (22/05/2023, 17:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      LOL, most of them dosen’t know what the word UNISEX means or never heard of the word. I would give my child a unisex name any day over some hard ghetto name. FYI, a lot of Companies would reject a job application based on the first name. Example: two women applied for the same job, one name is COURTNEY, the other one name is Shaniqua, they are going to hire COURTNEY.
      • @@Real Macoy (23/05/2023, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Agreed but TBT Shaniqua had no control over the name that was given her and may more thank likely be, more qualified or competent for the job than COURTNEY.
  • Youall ain't easy mehson (22/05/2023, 18:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the man name that his parents gave him is now a problem? All who will lose sleep tonight and nightmares over somebody name, please raise your hand. Set of busy bodies
  • Interested (22/05/2023, 18:52) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very happy I voted for you young man Keep your head up
  • UNO WHAT (22/05/2023, 20:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Brethren
  • jah know (23/05/2023, 07:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Mather will make a difference in BVI politics. He's the right guy we need for this territory! He should've been Premier.
  • Lawl (23/05/2023, 09:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lol @ let’s not allow what has been happening since the inception of politics and the the very foundation of such a corrupt system to keep happening.

    What useless and meaningless words. That’s going to happen, there is nothing you can do about it, and it will continue to happen once politics exist.

    Nothing is going to change because again we have another set of inexperienced and useless persons who have no idea what they are doing or how to run a country.

    What’s even more impressive is the fact that the clowns voting in these people, over and over again expect change lol. The only thing politicians here are interested in, is how much money they can make before their term expires.

    Like all the useless reps in government, his position is even more useless. Won’t be able to change a single thing.

    That’s reality, not the fantasy most people live in.

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