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Ministerial Political Advisors is ‘aligned with what is done in UK’- Premier Fahie

- said monies will come from ‘conservancies of Ministries’
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has addressed some of the concerns with the approved Ministerial Political Advisors positions, clarifying that the initiative has been in the works for months, is aligned with the United Kingdom (UK) model, and that monies for the advisors will be taken from conservancies of Ministries'. Photo: VINO/File
Cabinet had considered and granted approval for ministers and junior ministers to be assigned Ministerial Political Advisors at a virtual Cabinet Meeting chaired by His Excellency, the Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, on July 8, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
Cabinet had considered and granted approval for ministers and junior ministers to be assigned Ministerial Political Advisors at a virtual Cabinet Meeting chaired by His Excellency, the Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, on July 8, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
According to Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), there is a deficiency with making sure that the needs of the Virgin Islands' public are served in a timelier manner because of the lack of resources in the various ministries. Photo: VINO/File
According to Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), there is a deficiency with making sure that the needs of the Virgin Islands' public are served in a timelier manner because of the lack of resources in the various ministries. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following the announcement by Cabinet that it has granted approval for Ministers and Junior Ministers to be assigned Ministerial Political Advisors and that the position will attract no more than $120,000 per year, there have been criticisms from some members of the public about the expenses to be incurred while some have challenged the need for the positions.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has since addressed some of those concerns, clarifying that the initiative has been in the works for months and that monies for the advisors will be taken from “conservancies of Ministries.”

Honourable Fahie also noted that that the advisors initiative is similar to the United Kingdom model and was discussed with Governor John J. Rankin (CMG), who is also a member of Cabinet, and the office of the Deputy Governor.

No ‘attempt to piggyback on public purse’

According to Cabinet, the Premier would be assigned no more than three advisors and each other Cabinet Minister, and Junior Minister would be assigned no more than one advisor.

"It doesn't call for any new monies as of right now because the money that exists in each person's conservancy is what would be used, so this is not any shallow thinking so to speak or any attempt just to piggyback on the public purse, as is being implied by others, but it is getting us in line to ensure that we can carry out the duties and functions of ministries which have expanded significantly over the years but the resources around the ministries have not expanded," Premier Fahie stated during a phone interview with reporter Cathy O. Richards on JTV’s Big Story on Friday, July 23, 2021.

Expectations great but Ministers’ resources limited

According to the Premier, Ministers are expected to do much more and at the end of the day, the resources around them are quite limited.

Many had calculated the payments for the advisors to total around one million dollars and some critics of the government have started to subtly post on social media what projects could be done for one million dollars, in an attempt to bring controversy to the initiative and to score political points.

According to Honourable Fahie; however, "It is not over a million dollars as being purported,” adding that the positions will allow for the help that is “direly needed” in government.

Initiative ‘aligned’ with UK model- Hon Fahie

He said the initiative “is aligned with what is done in the United Kingdom and this didn't just come up. This has been in discussion for the last few months well."

Premier Fahie stressed that there are criteria for the positions that would be strictly followed.

He also said the name initially put forward was ‘Ministerial Advisors’ but there was a suggestion from the Deputy Governor's office to change the name to ‘Political Advisors, “so we both worked on it and we came in agreement on how the paper should be structured to make sure that what is happening in the United Kingdom is similar to what is happening here, the only difference is the political advisors would not be involved in your political party per se.

"It only has the word political because they would be serving you as an elected official."

Payments

Premier Fahie also explained that there will be two tiers of payments, "First of all, whoever is Premier, it does not have to be myself at this time but it is also dealing with the future, that range is from $79,440 to $120,000, The $120,000 can only be ascertained for those who would be helping the Premier."

He said the payment range for advisors to the Deputy Premier, Cabinet Ministers and Junior Ministers is between $60,408 and $84,408 per annum.

“So if you divide it up that would give you roughly $7000 and change [monthly] and that is along the line of most senior public officers."

Premier Fahie reiterated that there is a deficiency with making sure that the needs of the public are served in a timelier manner because of the lack of resources in the various ministries.

“So this would not only benefit the people of the territory now, it will benefit governments of the future," Premier Fahie posited.

22 Responses to “Ministerial Political Advisors is ‘aligned with what is done in UK’- Premier Fahie”

  • hmmm (25/07/2021, 14:06) Like (56) Dislike (3) Reply
    I listened to the premier’s justification and it seems like a poor excuse to me especially when our education and health system in shambles. The schools need so many things and the hospital as well and what about teachers increments
    • help us lord (25/07/2021, 19:48) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      It SOUNDS like a poor excuse because it IS a poor excuse. In line with UK????? stupidest thing I have ever heard
  • nen (25/07/2021, 14:07) Like (52) Dislike (2) Reply
    the IK has about 70 million people, BVI is basically a village - you can’t compare the 2.
    • @ nen (25/07/2021, 16:27) Like (5) Dislike (28) Reply
      This is much to do about nothing, every government got political consultants Let’s get vaccinated and save lives
  • Wha? (25/07/2021, 14:16) Like (56) Dislike (3) Reply
    That's strange, I thought he hated everything the British did and was trying to move away from their influence. How convenient.
  • WOW (25/07/2021, 14:39) Like (46) Dislike (0) Reply
    UK population is over 60,000,000. Also the UK is a region and world power. The BVI politicians dont need political advisors; and three for the premier? They already have a bunch of consultants. Can they really not see that there are area that need the funds more than this?
  • Rubber d!ck (25/07/2021, 16:25) Like (6) Dislike (59) Reply
    We support you premier let Mitch cart he rass where was he when they hired glova parks, where were he when dr smith give away $7.2 m where was Mitch when they people from d 2 waz suffering under ndp?
  • Cut deep (25/07/2021, 16:29) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ok this will last two days NEXT!!!!! Now all to the pandicmic
  • ???? (25/07/2021, 17:21) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    ARE WE SAYING WHAT GOOD FOR THE U.K , IS GOOD FOR THE VI.?
  • Lame excused, Premier A. Fahie, bery lame. (25/07/2021, 18:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I get it now. When of comes to money, idependenve os not on the table. Go and come again, Premier A. Fahie. This is like a leaky bucket. It doesn't fit, especially not in a crisis time like now. We can't nor will we, Im talkimg about those of us that know better, agree witb you on this one.



  • Tell us (25/07/2021, 21:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    WAS THIS IDEA IN THE VIP MANNIFESTO OF 2019. ?
  • Hmm (25/07/2021, 21:58) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can’t wait to see who they are. This is ridiculous. You are but a dot on the map and trying to compare to the UK power country. When is election again?
    • hahah (26/07/2021, 07:51) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      If we’re just a dot on the map why do we have your attention. Why are you up in our politics?
  • Norris Turnbull (25/07/2021, 22:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it looks like a Dam Duck.............
  • wondering (25/07/2021, 23:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if Mr Skelton Cline advised that answer bout it’s similarly done in the UK. Asking for a friend.
  • Trying to justify injustice is the same as dictatorship wrapped and labeled democracy.p (25/07/2021, 23:44) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Political advisors pay versus minimum salary pay is quals go bad governance in the B.V.I, at a time when our economy are in shamble, and covid-19 has spiked to an alarming level in just a few weeks.
    We have elected advisors to lead us, but hey have selected advisor to tell them how to lead.

  • Voters (26/07/2021, 00:29) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    The fact is vip going right back in office
  • Paid more (26/07/2021, 07:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The political advisors are paid more than some of the persons they’re advising.
  • So (26/07/2021, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what! Monkey see monkey do!
  • josiah'sbay (26/07/2021, 09:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the real purpose of these advisers? what are they bringing to the table? Ministers have more work but limited resources so how do an advisers with his/her salary being an additional depletion of resource bring more resource to the table? This just doesn't add up and the UK sanctioning it even makes less sense. There's "more in the mortar than the pestle".
  • SERIOSLY... (26/07/2021, 10:41) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    People of the BVI... is there anything we can do to stop this? Can we petition? Can we write to the governor. It has been 4 YEARS since the high school was damaged by Irma and it is still not fully repaired, the hospital is in dire need of support, we have lost MILLIONS in revenue as a country due to Covid19, people are being told that the government has no money to support those unemployed due to the current global disaster... yet because the funds were already in the ministerial consultancies budget these appointments should go ahead? That money belongs to the people.... and the people deserve better. We deserve a fully functioning and fully furnished high school with fully funded teaching staff, AND we deserve a fully operational, fully staffed and fully equipped hospital. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTS. If money needs to be reallocated to get this done then that should be what is being announced... not consultancies! If the elected officials are not competent - step down.... let someone else take your place.


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