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‘You can’t get more than 2 bags of groceries for close to $200’- Lorna G. Smith

- At Large Candidate said global events continue to impact VI
At Large candidate for the 2023 General Election Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE has said a lot needs to be done in the VI for it to continue to be a global competitor in financial services and that she can especially offer her experience and expertise in that area, although she pointed out that her knowledge is not limited to financial services. Photo: VINO/File
Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE, left, appeared as a guest on the Big Story on JTV on February 22, 2023, when she announced to host Cathy O. Richards, right, that she will be contesting the 2023 General Election as an At Large Candidate but is yet to decide whether with an established political party or as an Independent. Photo: Facebook
Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE, left, appeared as a guest on the Big Story on JTV on February 22, 2023, when she announced to host Cathy O. Richards, right, that she will be contesting the 2023 General Election as an At Large Candidate but is yet to decide whether with an established political party or as an Independent. Photo: Facebook
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- Freshly announced At Large candidate for the 2023 General Election in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE, has lamented the cost of living in the territory.

She said the challenges the VI is facing are often manifested at the local supermarkets.

“You know, you go to a supermarket these days, you can’t get more than two groceries bags for close to $200. These things are impacting the Virgin Islands,” Mrs Smith said, in reference to global events affecting the Virgin Islands, including the war in Ukraine.

Mrs Smith was at the time a guest on The Big Story on JTV on February 22, 2023, when she announced to host Cathy O. Richards that she will be contesting the 2023 General Election as an At Large Candidate but is yet to decide whether with an established political party or as an Independent.

‘I have proven that I can do what needs to be done’- Lorna G. Smith

Meanwhile, Mrs Smith, the wife of former Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE, said a lot needs to be done in the VI for it to continue to be a global competitor in financial services and that she can especially offer her experience and expertise in that area, although she pointed out that her knowledge is not limited to financial services.

She also said she is passionate about education and young people.

“I am not just passionate. I have proven that I can do what needs to be done in those areas, education.”

Mrs Smith said she was tasked by the late Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt to coordinate the development of the now H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and that she did so successfully.

‘I myself lost my home’ in Irma

She said infrastructure is another area that needs to be looked at, as well as Climate Change, and noted that the experience of Hurricane Irma has led her to advocate strongly in the area of Climate Change.

“I was there when it [Irma] happened. I myself lost my home, so I knew what it felt like, But I didn’t sit and mourn. I made sure, that in terms of both the restoration of homes for British Virgin Islanders, as well as our Financial Services, stayed afloat.

She said while tourism was negatively impacted, because of her knowledge of financial services, she was able to work with other people to make sure Financial Services remained intact and also had a hand in the courts to operate virtually following Irma.

Among other accomplishments, Mrs Smith said she started the Hong Kong Office.

‘I have stood up’ for the VI internationally

“I also started the London Office and, of course, that has been a significant success to the British Virgin Islands.

“I have represented the British Virgin Islands and I have stood up for the British Virgin Islands internationally."

Mrs Smith continued that she is the first person to be selected to head the BVI International Finance Centre, which is now renamed BVI Finance.

“And so I am steeped, if you want to call it that, in financial services, but I am not only about financial services, let me say.”

The former First Lady reminded that she served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and also in the Chief Minister’s Office (now Premier’s Office) and also worked in Tourism, including as a Member of the BVI Tourist Board of Directors for over five years.

38 Responses to “‘You can’t get more than 2 bags of groceries for close to $200’- Lorna G. Smith”

  • I dont like her (23/02/2023, 15:51) Like (29) Dislike (28) Reply
    but I would tolerate her more than the clowns that are currently up for grabs
    • well sa (23/02/2023, 17:26) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
      I too would tolerate her more in comparison to the others. She has a lot to offer and has been vetted. She has my vote. You and Myron go strengthen the NDP party since the other clowns are in opposition to a merger. Just keep away from Mitch or you lost my vote.
    • @ I don't like her (23/02/2023, 17:42) Like (32) Dislike (50) Reply
      speak for yourself Lorna is no good for the BVI
      • Arrion (24/02/2023, 11:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        I don't want to hear her talk about groceries. Does she not drive on the same deplorable roads that we do? Our roads are the worst they have ever been and destroying our cars when we fall into these humongous potholes. Just the other day I hit so hard in a hole that was unavoidable, that I thought my car would stall right there. Why don't they all stop talking and FIX THESE DAMN ROADS!!!!!!
    • Toy (24/02/2023, 05:08) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply

      Where she buying food say she ain’t getting two bags for $200? She buying fancy sh**.

    • LOL... (24/02/2023, 09:53) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Her maid must have told her about the grocery prices.
    • Comment (24/02/2023, 11:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The price of caviar is soooo high these days Ha Lorna, can't afford a small spoon on a cracker?
  • vex (23/02/2023, 16:05) Like (24) Dislike (32) Reply
    We do not want to hear from her she is old and had her turn
  • what a thing (23/02/2023, 16:12) Like (44) Dislike (7) Reply
    She just knowing this? Is this a joke? She totally ignored The late Omar Hodge. Nothing there women dead on arrival.

    When you were the co captain you didn’t know all this and now you want to come remind us about the price of food? Do you even go to the stores? Have you ever pushed a cart in a store in the past ten years?
  • Informed (23/02/2023, 16:16) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Im pleased that you see the prices of items in the supermarket. We are being charged a lot of money in Duty and Port fees to import food. WHY is seafood 15% WHY is chicken Duty Free, The rest of the meats are 5%. You can not blame the businesses for charging a mark up when the government is price gouging on the duty.

    Port fees went up 100% last year. Freight costs were increased because of fuel costs. We pay duty on the freight. This is why the prices are so high is the Government duty rates and structures on food make no sense. So there is no argument on price lied at the feet of the government.

    Change all meat and seafood prices to 5%, Then this will have a massive drop in prices in the supermarket. Drop the warfage back to 1% or use the funds to build the infrastructore the port needs like a warehouse to keep the items out the sun and rain.

    There is a lot going on in the background which effect the price locally but need to understand how it all stake up on the consumer
    • @informed (23/02/2023, 19:33) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      I totally agree with your comment. It made me wonder...why the hell is government even charging duty (taxing) on a basic essential like food!? That's a damn crime. I'm telling you society has gotten used to being robbed by the government and then asking them to solve the problem. They are the damn criminals in this place.
    • Hmm (24/02/2023, 06:54) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Informed, it is likely that the tax on seafood is 15% because the government wants to discourage importing seafood. I am ok with the duty being 15% PROVIDED; we have a fishery where we can get seafood. However, given that this is not the case, the government should reduce the duty to 5% until it provides a facility for the fishery.
    • RedStorm (24/02/2023, 20:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am so glad you both this to the forefront. When government is in competition with farms, fishermen, entrepreneurs and the local supermarket it makes you wonder. The same old talk brings insanity. I just need to hear the action plans for the road to be fixed immediately for the first 100 day of the new party ruling. I need to see the airport become international with international flights, I need to see the expat get themselves straightened up, the fisherman get access to local loans from local banks, farmers being able to understand there are level of farmers and they need access to duty free items.

      Here are a few things young people need to build a better BVI, access to housing ,so remove the down payment or reduce it to 2%, this can begin growth in housing. Employment, enterprise, innovation to push ideas for development. I am waiting to see the best plans, don’t tell me there is a manifesto, show me the plan, as no one will get my family votes until I see those action plan.
  • Mustang (23/02/2023, 16:47) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok. You acknowledge cost of living is in the stratosphere so what is your actionable plan to do something about it. The BVI has many problem and issues identifiers but few problem solvers. Talk, talk, talk and more talk. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired about what is wrong with the BVI. Meh nah wan fur hear wah wrong alone tell ah we how yu gwoing fix de problem. And when ah yu ah outline ah yu resume tell us the statistical, numerical outcome. We want work horses, not show horses.
  • MuchLove (23/02/2023, 16:48) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Much Respect and admiration to you Mrs Smith.
    I wish you well but unfortunately for these VI they do not deserve an elected Rep such as yourself. The new VI cannot appreciate quality in anything.They will put in Office what they deserve and continue the downward spiral and Mashup reflective of the new VI,another putrid addition to the Caribbean Island chain.
  • asura (23/02/2023, 17:42) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    where were she when poor people was suffering? We do not trust her
  • Arrion (23/02/2023, 18:22) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Please stop beating an old horse. You and your husband had your turns. Allow a younger generation to get a chance to make a difference. Seeing all you old ones over and over again gets to be tiring. No offense to aging, but we have been seeing the same old faces for our entire lifetime. You can volunteer your expertise to the younger politicians if you like but we need a breath of fresh air starting 2023.
    • Common Sense (24/02/2023, 12:58) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      Firstly, the lady has never been in local government, merely married to one who has. Secondly, she has been a constant worker bee, not a political hack, our finance industry that pays most of the bills would not be what it is today had it not been for Lorna Smith.
      Last but not least, where is all this new young blood sitting, who are they, and, what is their experience.
      This lady would be the first professional leader this country has had, and, know full well all the mistakes that have been made, and, who made them.
      She is the breath of fresh air you are actually looking for sitting right here in our midst.
  • next (23/02/2023, 18:46) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am warry of anyone too old being in charge of politics. With jer experience she would make a good advisor for a young generation of politicians.
  • Party of the old (23/02/2023, 18:51) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    So older persons should just sit down? I might vote for an older person even form an old people party. Be respectful people.
    • am (23/02/2023, 22:03) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Apparently so! We're so weird. Want new blood. But also want people with experience. But not the old people. Win, lose, or draw in the elections, she still wins. Her experience and accomplishments speak for themself. This woman has a proven track record of getting sh!t done, but we stuck on her personality. Sadly, elections is mostly a popularity show. Whether or not she's successful, I would look to her as a mentor in providing leadership in these Virgin Islands.
  • 2023 (23/02/2023, 20:03) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    it is amazing the levels of conversations one hears just before an elections; is it only now she realizes 200 dollars can not purchase much groceries: where was miss lady all the time, seeking votes now so she got thing to talk
  • MS (23/02/2023, 21:14) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    It’s just now you realize we can’t get 2 bags of groceries for almost $200???

    So you didn’t see this all when YOUR HUSBAND was Premier!???

    So you telling us that the high cost of living only happen AFTER he come out???

    Lorna if you know what good for you!
  • cnn (24/02/2023, 02:25) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    No to more corruption no to $7.2m plane
  • street reporter. (24/02/2023, 05:58) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who is fooling Lorna into running... Lorna who ever is advising you into running is not your friend, as a matter a fact they are your enemy and want to see you get humiliated....You need to sit back relax and put your financial consultant CV together to present to the new Gov..
  • ReX FeRal (24/02/2023, 06:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes the headline is an exaggeration but that is not the issue for the Virgin Islands. How much food can you really eat in a setting? Courageous to run but the candidate is not for politics. Let's keep it real. They oppress who they feel threatened by.

  • DAVIE (24/02/2023, 07:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only now you notice the food prices my God please help us when some people want to get in office they will bring up problems that is going on from way back.
  • Not my vote (24/02/2023, 08:24) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    No amount of unethical marketing strategies going to get my vote. Too much talking and no action ….cause our infrastructures and Roads to fall apart. It is actions I am dealing with tired of old talk!!
  • FEO GOMEZ (24/02/2023, 08:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Woman your brother is one the biggest reasons we got to spend that type of money lol. Of course Wrong Way is the biggest culprit but instead your brother save us he join The Organized Supermarket Cartel. You will not do anything to change that and I bet you don't even know how much eggs cost right now.
  • RealPol (24/02/2023, 09:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Life is about learning and adapting. Many of us know book smart, paper intellectual people who let their advance education cloud their behaviour and attitude about other people in the community. They isolate themselves from other people in the community except for a few who may be in their likle clique. They look down upon other people with disdain. They live in the community but not part of community. They are not involved in what is going in the community. Voila! Then they want to run for election and want to pretend to be down with the community but cannot relate, for people now with power, the voters, see them as fake opportunists. Many of them left the scene disapointed, bitter, wondering WTF, for they have the education, got the status, check a few blocks on the way up, etc. Then reality comes front and center and pretend change and adjustment may not matter. Politics is a popularity contest, but it is also caring, compassion, altruism, unselfishness, respect for others,keeping things real, relating to the electorate, public interest, etc. change is possible though.
  • herbs power (24/02/2023, 09:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    She has to be buying those groceries from her brother supermarket.
  • crazy (24/02/2023, 10:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    She didn't know this before now??? this did not just start happening #politrics
  • Really (24/02/2023, 11:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of you people are a disgrace. How many Times you all told us that the price control was on the table? It was on and off the table plenty times and still no actions why? Because the elites have you puppets in full control. The world stage script you all have makes you all look bad because you All are all talk no action. This is world wide with inflation so when will the sheep wake up and see that this is world war 3 and we are the enemies to the government. They want us all dead so they can have controlled Robots
  • why is agriculture dead (24/02/2023, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If us the people think this is so important, why no hands moving forward? The number of fowl we have can make eggs in our backyard, but we paying for it overpriced overseas. With so much war happening with the US & UK against Russia, Ukraine, BRICS, etc. it's clear we are in for huge problems as outside from other Caribbean islands thats exactly the food products we import. Agriculture must be brought back to survive the long run to self sustain ourselves. There is no other option to survive this long war. When we have no food in our plates is when we will be really bawling. Who don't hear does feel. We have uninhabited islands/cays... is it really impossible to sustain ourselves???
  • As for you (25/02/2023, 16:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Miss try sit down. You cant even walk straight without putting a bottle to your head is you I voting for. You done do enough when your husband was in cause we all know he was only appearing as the premier. Go do what you do best.
  • Seamore Bush (26/02/2023, 07:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really believe we need some new candidates, young fresh and up to date with modern society.
    We are just moving the chairs.

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