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The needs of the people are 'one & the same' - Julian Willock

- tight-lipped on political goals but said announcement in that regard will be made soon
Former Permanent Secretary and Businessman, Mr Julian Willock is flanked by Dr Juan E. Rhymer (left) and Mr Morrice C. Wollerd following the Health, Sickness and Restoration show on 100.9 FM ZKING on Monday March 27, 2017. Photo; Team of Reporters
Mr Julian Willock said the needs of the people in the Virgin Islands, based on feedback from the community, are ‘one and the same.’ Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock said the needs of the people in the Virgin Islands, based on feedback from the community, are ‘one and the same.’ Photo: VINO/File
Businessman Mr Julian Willock (right) with co-host of the Health, Sickness & Restoration Show, Mrs Sandra V. Phillip-Hodge, on 100.9 FM ZKING Radio. Photo: Team of Reporters
Businessman Mr Julian Willock (right) with co-host of the Health, Sickness & Restoration Show, Mrs Sandra V. Phillip-Hodge, on 100.9 FM ZKING Radio. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While remaining tight-lipped on his immediate political goals, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Advance Marketing and Professional Services and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, Mr Julian Willock has said that an announcement will be made in that regard soon.

Mr Willock was responding to a question posed by Dr Juan E. Rhymer on whether he will be running for political office. He was at the time a guest on the Health, Sickness and Restoration show on 100.9 FM ZKING on Monday March 27, 2017 with Mr Rhymer and co-host Sandra V. Phillip-Hodge.

Not ready to make announcement

“Dr Rhymer, what I will simply say is that we are not at this time ready to make any announcements. However, when we are ready to make an announcement and we are very close to making an announcement…It will be live, and it will be crystal clear but in the interim we all have a part to play in building [the territory],” he remarked.

Pressed on whether he intends to be part of any already established party or aims to form another party, was another card that he was keeping close to his chest.

“I am being as honest as I can,” he insisted.

Mr Willock; however, informed that in the last couple of months he has been making his rounds around the major islands and hearing what their needs are and they are one and the same.

Everybody wants the same thing

“Talking to people about the issues, on how we can change the conversation and how we can bring back what we had to the BVI, and how we can create a society where every man and woman living in the VI feels a part of the society.”

He added, “At the end of the day, everybody that I have talked to wants the same thing; they want good schools for their kids, they want jobs, they want livable wages, they want good roads, they want when granny goes out to church at night she is safe and the country is not crime ridden. Young people want jobs, opportunities, not to just to work for government but to run and earn their own business.”

He stated that the time is now to change the conversation on how the people can build that kind of society, void of a rich or poor class, one that everyone feels a part of.

The businessman said importantly those who are opposed to our views, must be given a listening ear and the church has a role to play in shaping the morale of the nation.

The political arena is not for all

Mr Willock said there are many ways to build a country and everyone does not have to run for office.

“I have also said, probably the only voice on this, there are so many ways to serve the country,” he pointed out.

“Everyone does not have to run for office; there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of meaningful work. You have teachers, you have doctors, you have counsellors, and you have coaches, the men and women who keep the lights on, keep the water running and sewage in check. It takes the whole everybody doing their stuff to build the country. So everyone does not have to run for office.”

FSN doing more than some politicians

The usually outspoken businessman remarked that the Family Support Network (FSN), a charitable organisation, does more than some who sit in high office.

“I will contend that there are a lot of non-governmental organisations and industries and I cite the Family Support Network doing a lot of meaningful, more meaningful work than some of these politicians running around talking nonsense,” the businessman said.

28 Responses to “The needs of the people are 'one & the same' - Julian Willock”

  • the bible (28/03/2017, 10:14) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    "many are called but only a few are chosen"
  • youths for willock (28/03/2017, 10:28) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    We with him
  • great (28/03/2017, 10:51) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    I didn't see him in Virgin Gorda.
  • pat (28/03/2017, 11:19) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mehson let the people know you are running we need a change
  • ccc (28/03/2017, 11:23) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Very good points estee
    • wsd staff (28/03/2017, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Julian's excellent tenure at water and sewage is a fact of history that should not be forgotten.
  • wize up (28/03/2017, 12:19) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Willock will show up that NDP ticket come 2019
    • @ wize up (28/03/2017, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And when they complain about it, my response will be, this is what you asked for. Instead of complaining, make sure to never vote Willock again if he ever join the NDP!
  • Diego (28/03/2017, 12:39) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    100% ready
  • Sawda (28/03/2017, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Friend stop hiding behind the Po Pa tree and let's get it on .you are 500% better than a lot of them in the House..
  • Soon (28/03/2017, 14:40) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Horse Path (28/03/2017, 14:45) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    willock becareful that is a NDP leading show Morris is DP and Doc all over the place
  • voter (28/03/2017, 15:49) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    DOA DEAD ON ARRIVIAL save that money you can used it.
    • @ voter (28/03/2017, 18:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ha ha he he
    • Reply (28/03/2017, 19:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      you blogger, the inveterate liar. NDP is NOT coming back, not today, not tomorrow, not next election...its Willock time
  • Just saying... (28/03/2017, 18:15) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Willock should have run long time
  • ... (28/03/2017, 19:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    at least the esteem one is making sense!
  • NDP supporter (28/03/2017, 19:55) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is great news for the BVI that new leadership via Mr. Willock is coming. We are a great and talented people. If we could work together to get down crime, reduce corruption and red tape.
  • My Take (28/03/2017, 20:13) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just hope Mr. Julian Willock have not concluded that him running is a transformative moment that would sweep aside all entrenched interests. It seems like he believed he could unite the BVI and get his political enemies to cooperate, or at least back down, through the sheer force of his personality.

  • trrefdrfds (28/03/2017, 20:17) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must admit Mr. Willock gaves compelling speeches and interviews.
  • Yes (28/03/2017, 21:59) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
  • DON Q (29/03/2017, 18:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    some people just have natural talent JW will do well in what every he does and that is a fact

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