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Opposition Leader labels NDP Gov’t a 'failure'

- produces laundry list of ills of NDP Administration, in contrast to Premier Smith’s glowing ‘Mid Term Report’
Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, has labeled the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, right, a failure. Photo: VINO/File
The Leader of the Opposition said it was ‘quite amazing’ that Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith would boast on how well financially the Territory is performing under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration when everyone in the Territory knows otherwise. Photo: VINO/File
The Leader of the Opposition said it was ‘quite amazing’ that Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith would boast on how well financially the Territory is performing under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration when everyone in the Territory knows otherwise. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is having none of the recent spin by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith on the state of the Virgin Islands economy, calling the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government a failure.

Referring to Premier Smith’s ‘Mid-Term Report’ to the Territory on Monday July 10, 2017 in which the Premier boasted that the economy was strong and that the Government had some $60M in the Consolidated Fund, Hon Fahie responded with a press release on July 11, 2017 in which he said Premier Smith’s speech will best be remembered for the phantom like report and for what it did not contain.

Noting that for the past six years the NDP Government has been given the mandate by the voters of the Virgin Islands, he can only summarise, contrary to the report issued by the Premier, that the current Government has failed.

“Failed in terms of transparency.  Failed in terms of accountability.  Failed in terms of Conflict of Interest. Failed in terms of good governance.”

Hon Fahie tells a different story

The Leader of the Opposition said it was “quite amazing” that the Premier would boast on how well financially the Territory is performing when everyone in the Territory knows otherwise.

“Bills incurred by this NDP Government are either not being paid or not being paid in a timely manner.  Projects cannot be completed. Programmes are being discontinued. Institutions are suffering for the lack of funding. These are not signs of a healthy financial company nor a healthy financial government.  The Premier at some point in his administration must come clean to the people of the Virgin Islands.  The days of perception management must end.”

Lack of accountability; Conflict of interest & more

Further continuing to cast a light on the reality of the situation in the Virgin Islands, Hon Fahie said the United Kingdom has now appointed personnel to each of the seven primary posts and more are pending.

Further, Hon Fahie reminded that 30 million dollars is still unaccounted for at the Cruise Pier Project and another 7 million dollars have flown out of the Treasury’s doors without any accountability for an airline “and now we have fights and not flights.’

Premier Smith was also reminded that the constitutionally required audits of the Territory’s finances for the past six consecutive years are still not produced to the House of Assembly and also concerns of conflict of interest among elected members.

“The increase of Government elected officials receiving major government contracts or services without going through any credible and transparent process has allowed conflict of interest to now seem acceptable and within the confides of good governance. Increased advantages through pecuniary interest have also now been accepted as the norm for elected government officials.”

The "illegal transfer" of eight million dollars from a loan approved by the House of Assembly to do, among other things, the East End/Long Look sewage project was also brought up.

“The sudden increase of every tax known to man has created undue hardship to the business community.”

The Opposition Leader said he wanted to assure that he was not searching for the ills of this NDP government but what is troubling to him is that each of the activities listed, among others, he has painstakingly and regrettably informed the residents of the Virgin Islands in his Annual First District Reports and in the House of Assembly.

“The reason for the repetition is quite serious. Violations of any and each of these can result in valid reasons why the British Government will seek to justify further management of our Territory,” Hon Fahie asserted.

25 Responses to “Opposition Leader labels NDP Gov’t a 'failure'”

  • One word (14/07/2017, 16:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Reply (14/07/2017, 19:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      When the subtleties of democratic governance are too difficult to work through, or may lead to the wrong conclusions, it is always easier to believe in brute force - you've got to break some eggs to make an omelet.
  • My Take (14/07/2017, 16:18) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ndp is getting away with too much corruption
    • @ my take (14/07/2017, 19:37) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      I hope voters turn out in droves to turn out from office the current government
  • Not again (14/07/2017, 16:23) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can't believe that this Premier once again said that the economy is robust. This man definitely have us for donkies.
    • truth be told (15/07/2017, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      We are keep crying that things are bad here. If things are so bad how come so many people can afford to pay the high boat fares, departure taxes, fees for boxes on the boats, rental of vehicle, and then shop till they drop in St. Thomas. This no make up story for I witness this all the time! We need to be more grateful and count our blessings for the plenty that we have here in BVI instead of playing politics!

  • Agreed! (14/07/2017, 16:30) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Totally! Mr Fahie.
  • ................ (14/07/2017, 16:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Spot on Foy
  • Want to sleep (14/07/2017, 17:48) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Fahie, Smith, 6 is one half a dozen is the next..We are the concern citizens with real credibility to speak up and stand up...Ms Romney. Ms Dawson, Rsul. Why u all so quiet, or you all don't care enough about us to speak up. U all focus are just votes..
    • ,@ want to Sleep (14/07/2017, 18:03) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
      U mean Mr. Dawson... A man with mega potential and ability to lead this country into the future. Why is he so Quiet? Why is Ms Romney so quiet.? Two future leaders I really like...
  • voter (14/07/2017, 18:19) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Ndp still going get back
    • Data, facts, data and facts (14/07/2017, 19:22) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      where are the numbers opposition?
    • vg massive (14/07/2017, 19:43) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      We reap what we sow. I have to wonder how much suffering and pain we all will have to endure because of the cynical and crafty ways of the Dr. Smith crew today.
  • NDP supporter (14/07/2017, 19:35) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Orlando has met his match and knows it.
    • Really??? (14/07/2017, 21:14) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      All talk and no backing. Tell the opposition to tell us what happen to the report for the $600k medical school study, and the report for the $500k study on the education system. "Free money and nothing to show for it PERIOD!!!!!!
      • @Really??? (14/07/2017, 22:10) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Okay bald head we are on to you and your lies and mischief making ways.
  • Jacperlance (14/07/2017, 20:22) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie, we the people of the BVI can write off as a lost, that 7 mil, Dr. Smith gave away to BVI Airways. It's dead money, BVI Airways will never give us the direct flight they promise. But we have to guard the treasury, because Dr. Smith wants to take shame and blame from off himself, so he is trying his utmost best to try and find 5 more mil that BVI Airways is asking for. Make sure the treasury is well guarded.
    • $5M (16/07/2017, 21:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      For two flights a week. Dr Smith should have stuck to medicine and gotten some advanced training. He would have much better served his community.
  • tola (14/07/2017, 21:57) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ayo here making noise watch and see all these people's wah making noise going an vote back NDP right back in .......NDP goin an call a quick election
  • Data, Facts and Data (15/07/2017, 08:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Present to the people a party with politically astute minds, with no past mismanagement of financial and credibility issues among any of its members, demonstrated leadership and managerial qualities, demonstrated modern world political views and negotiating skills are some of the tools that will sway the average NDP supporter in the next cycle.

    The BVI electorate is neither backwards nor inept. It has matured. Though the machinery has it problems, its leaders are somewhat mistrusted to a degree, the populace is quite cognizant to quite a degree of the strengths and weakness of both parties and will vote accordingly .
    • tash (16/07/2017, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We don't need politicians, we need competent administrators who are concerned for their people and not themselves.
  • no trust (18/07/2017, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Despite spending nearly twice as much as several other countries, the country's performance is lackluster, so who Dr. Smith trying to fool?
  • reason (09/02/2020, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So why are we posting an article from 2017? Should we not be going forward?

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