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'VIP built this country not the NDP' – VIP Chairman Hon Julian Fraser, RA

- dispelled allegations that he does not like the people of Jost Van Dyke
July 17th, 2014 | Tags: VIP NDP Jost Van Dyke community meeting
“Things have never been this bad on the jobs front, especially for Virgin Islands youth. But things have never been better for the 1% at the top of the pyramid - the majority suffers, while the tiny minority sits fat,” said Hon Julian Fraser RA, (R3) at the meeting in Jost Van Dyke last evening July 16, 2014. Photo: VINO
Residents of Jost Van Dyke were not shy in speaking their minds to Hon Fraser. Photo: VINO
Residents of Jost Van Dyke were not shy in speaking their minds to Hon Fraser. Photo: VINO
One man described Hon Fraser as the “Big Bull Dog” as he challenged Hon Fraser to show that he really cares about the people of Jost Van Dyke by having his presence felt more often. Photo: VINO
One man described Hon Fraser as the “Big Bull Dog” as he challenged Hon Fraser to show that he really cares about the people of Jost Van Dyke by having his presence felt more often. Photo: VINO
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Noting that the economy of the Virgin Islands is in a rut with the gap between the 1% at the top and the rest widening, people in serious mortgage debt losing homes, people having to work multiple jobs just to survive, job insecurity, and more, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) reminded residents of Jost Van Dyke that it was the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) led government that had built the country.

“Things have never been this bad on the jobs front, especially for Virgin Islands youth. But things have never been better for the 1% at the top of the pyramid - the majority suffers, while the tiny minority sits fat,” said Hon Fraser.

These were some of the things put to residents of the Sister Island last night July 16, 2014 as the VIP took the second leg of a series of meetings to the communities across the Territory. The team was led by the Party’s new Chairman Honourable Julian Fraser RA as a jam-packed conference room of residents turned out to listen and speak their minds.

National Democratic Party’s (NDP) platinum class above country

They were told that while the NDP insists on putting their socialite buddies and big spenders first above the rest of the people in the country, and putting the interests of certain platinum class residents above that of the country, children are suffering from lack of opportunities and the local economy is in a mess.

“Do not let the NDP change the subject, they are the government, they must answer to you for their disregard for good governance, and their blatant violations of the Protocols for Effective Financial Management which they signed on April 23, 2012 with the UK Government,” Hon Fraser told the residents of Jost Van Dyke as he insisted that the NDP Government has been engaging in a culture of deceptions and distractions.

According to Hon Fraser the NDP Government have been failing the people of the Virgin Islands by not addressing issues that are of main concern, such as water, electricity, sewage, crime, education, health care and the economy.

NDP repeating lies

“But if you listen to the Government, none of those topics ever gets mentioned. They will prefer to repeat the same tired lies that won them the 2011 elections, such as VIP reckless spending, but yet when you ask for the figures to support their claim, they only produce another set of lies as evidence,” he said.

He said that what is ironic about the allegation is that the NDP administration continues to indulge in the most egregious of wasteful spending such as the $3,816,607 spent on unnecessary globetrotting by ministers and public officers since taking office. 

“While at the same time failing to pay the small man his money for basic work done, together with having government issued cheques bounce at the banks. We are still waiting for an explanation of the benefits gained from that $20,000 trip to China in concrete terms,” according to Hon Fraser.

He said that the NDP administration is using the fact that they are presently working on various high profile projects such as sewage, “A project upon which they have fired the same contractor twice, only because they appear to be VIP. And never mind the fact that in this 21st century they are still dumping raw sewage in the waters off Slaney.”

Setting the record straight

Hon Fraser was very frank in admitting to his knowledge that persons of the island were said to have been very critical of him but cleared the air that it was never the case that he did not like the people of Jost Van Dyke since during his tenure as a Government Minister a series of things were done to develop that Island.

“I know there are those among you who have been critical of me without even knowing the facts, but let me tell you. I was the minister who signed the contract with Ocean Conversion to produce the first gallon of water here on Jost Van Dyke,” stated Hon Fraser.

And residents were not shy in telling this to Hon Fraser as they took opportunities afforded them to have a voice. One man described Hon Fraser as the “Big Bull Dog” as he challenged Hon Fraser to show that he really cares about the people of Jost Van Dyke by having his presence felt more often.

Similar challenges were put to Hon Fraser and his team by several others present as well. Defending his interest in Jost Van Dyke and the persons residing there equally as he does for the rest of the Territory, Hon Fraser listed:

“I was also the Minister who signed the contract extension with the same Ocean Conversion to expand the same water plant some four years later.

I was the Minister who commissioned the consultant to design the bridge and culvert works on the main road to Little Harbor.

I was also the Minister who went to Barbados to negotiate with the Caribbean Development Bank for the money to build that same bridge and culvert to Little Harbor.

As Minister for Communications and Works, I made sure that every District Representative was given an equal share of money for infrastructural work in their districts. In the case of Jost Van Dyke an additional $500,000 was given to the Representative.

I made it a point not to interfere in the operations within a District, it was the prerogative of the Representative to do as he saw fit within his District.”

He also told residents present at the meeting of his knowing that he got a lot of blame both in Jost Van Dyke and in other Districts for everything that went wrong, “But I am here to let you know that that was all out of convenience, and totally unfair,” he said.

36 Responses to “'VIP built this country not the NDP' – VIP Chairman Hon Julian Fraser, RA”

  • ... (17/07/2014, 08:19) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    good show NDP must go!
  • xxxxxxxx (17/07/2014, 08:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I beg of all of us to decide what course that we intend to sail our ship and chart the course well with full knowledge of how the wind blows and where we plan to anchor in safe harbour.
  • rattie (17/07/2014, 09:12) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    i agree with Mr Fraser on this one.
  • David (17/07/2014, 09:23) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Rule of thumb, Mr. Fraser: When you are defending yourself so much, you're already losing the argument.
    • To David (17/07/2014, 09:43) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      But VIP did build this country and what they took 40/50 or so years to build, NDP destroyed in 3 years. After NDP are voted out, we have much rebuilding to do.
      • David (18/07/2014, 09:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        "To David" - No doubt you are right, but not completely right. The VIP of today is much different than when H. Lavity Stoutt was pioneering his agenda. I think there is now plenty of blame to go around to both NDP and VIP for having no agenda other than to serve themselves. No major policy accomplishments by either party have been made. Instead, they bicker ad nauseum and somehow claim that by doing so they are winning. Big time need for sweeping change in how politics is done in the BVI. Time for people power.
  • ooooo (17/07/2014, 09:24) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    i am a proud vip and i approve this message
    • LAVITY STOUTT (17/07/2014, 17:20) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • VI lander (17/07/2014, 09:35) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    I agree VIP build this country they also devide our people and destroy it as well
    • Political Observer (17/07/2014, 12:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      The people of the Virgin Islands built this country, not the VIP (or the NDP).
      • Online Now (17/07/2014, 14:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        With a lot of help from expats - especially at Harneys in the form of company legislation.
  • Turtle Dove (17/07/2014, 09:48) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    The VIP may have helped to build this country BUT even the devil was a fallen angel.
  • ccc (17/07/2014, 09:54) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ndp could never ever get my vote again never they have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs
  • @ vi lander (17/07/2014, 09:59) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    No no the divide issue is ndp putting whites agsinst black and locals against expat bam
  • Yes (17/07/2014, 11:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    These people blogging the same thing over and over think they're fooling someone. The picture of the crowd said it all. From JVD to East End you will see the same faces in the pictures and that says it all. Whatever. lol
  • facts man (17/07/2014, 12:21) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Seems like only the vip can fill the room
  • lmao (17/07/2014, 12:31) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    When VIP was building this country, Mr. Fraser was in the USA eating McDonalds and drinking Starbucks. He need to be worried about FATCA and not NDP.
    • Billfargo (19/07/2014, 02:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Truth be told! Mr Fraser need to be commended for having the courage to return to the Virgin Islands after going to the US to further his education with the help of his family, because the colonial system has failed a whole lot of the children of the BVI if you were not one of the privilege few. There is nothing great about eating McDonalds and drinking Starbucks; That is like making a sacrifice.
  • pat (17/07/2014, 13:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I was looking for a new premier and government (which I am), I would want to hear more about what their platform is, how they plan to move forward and their priorities. One can do that even without mentioning NDP all the time. Us against them is getting old and is not quite truthful- based on some of the missteps even this minister has done. People are looking for a positive spin, not defensiveness and denial, bragging or arrogance. One can stump positively. Stick to the issues and let the talk match the walk. There is power in nobility not in bragging.
    • vip (17/07/2014, 21:27) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wait until our manifesto comes out. It wont be discarded like the one for ndp.
      • to vip (17/07/2014, 22:35) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        it is the NDP manifesto no one read but they were desperate to follow, which means cramming things through quickly in order to check it off. the idea of a manifesto is not a laundry list to push though but a GUIDELINE to follow with the inevitable deviations depending on the situation and how it changes. Government has to be flexible in order to be affective-- not just blindly pushing things through because they are on their "manifesto". FYI- I wish more things had been discarded on the NDP manifesto. Like the cruise ship project and airport.
  • Gromyko (17/07/2014, 14:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Awe yuh 2 dutty
  • usa (17/07/2014, 14:11) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fraser fraser fraser fraser fraser all the way
  • eyewitness (17/07/2014, 14:17) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wrong!!! He was in the USA gettijg an education and exposure so that he can better contribute to the BVI, when it comes his time. He does not eat burgers or drink coffee. Some of us left to become more innovative. From what I saw when I returned, more should have left for advancement, which would have resulted in a decrease in expats filling top positions in the BVI.
    • lmao (17/07/2014, 15:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Eyewitness, you completely missed the point! I don't care what he was away doing, the point is, when the VIP he speaks about were building the country he was not here, he didn't contribute to that. So why should we vote for him based on what the old VIP did for the country? He thinks he is smart but he is not. If you want to be Premier, stand on your own two feet, tell us what you have done, not VIP. VIP is an establishment over 40yrs old. Fraser has been elected over 15yrs. The previous 25yrs he wants to ride on? Let him ride on his own record, that is the point.
      • eyewitness (23/07/2014, 17:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        NO. You missed MY point. Another ignorant person who believes that if you were not here in the beginning, you have not contributed, neither can you comment on those who did. I contributed, I left. Then I came back and contributed more. However, it meant nothing BECAUSE I LEFT. Like I said, we left to get knowledge to further contribute, and build on what others started. (In this case, further the cause of former VIP Leaders) AND THAT IS WHY WE WILL VOTE FOR HON. JULIAN FRASER. He has the vision. I did not miss the point.
  • the same old thing (17/07/2014, 14:21) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    PEOPLE of these VIRGIN ISLANDS please listen to an uneducated fool. IF we take out the ndp now who are we going with VIP PPP OPP ETC to do what send this island back wards.IF the goverment was in violation of what they sign with the uk goverment are we bigger than the turks cakious island would you not have seen the uk big dogs in here already who this man trying to fool where were he when our grand parents and father stood here to build this little nation all of them who ran from here because of the wrong thing they got into going come say to us that they went to better themselfs FOOLISH HOG WASH WHY ARE THEY NOT NOW workin in the trade they have learnt and mastered.WHY not run for politricks when its about money and power. PLEASE MY PEOPLE BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR.
    • @ the same old thing (17/07/2014, 15:38) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      bull crap NDP must go in order for the country to go forward
      • jvd voter (18/07/2014, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Not to worry see how queit the people is ah we going wipe them out at the polls
  • Well Sah (17/07/2014, 14:41) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yeah VIP built this country so let us vote them back in so they can break it back down!
  • best (17/07/2014, 20:07) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vip is still the best hope
  • Observer (17/07/2014, 22:10) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    What I am observing is Fraser is preparing for Premier ship. Every time he appears, he is never without his tie. In one year's time he would be wearing his crown and get ready to bow.
  • open wide (18/07/2014, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    This country will be sick to consider another four years of the ndp
  • Sick (18/07/2014, 10:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with open wide
  • Billfargo (19/07/2014, 02:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I didn't called you an uneducated fool! You introduced yourself as such and then you let us know why you know that you are really foolish. And didn't leave nothing for me to say; That is a shame!
  • Done Deal (19/07/2014, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so the haters have got it nothing can stop Fraser from becoming Premier NOTING only an act of GOD

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