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‘Your Premier is not in any fight with the Governor or the UK’- Hon Fahie

- Said rumours have very serious & dangerous implications for society
August 27th, 2020 | Tags: Andrew A. Fahie fight Governor Rumours unity Cabinet
Contrary to social media discourse, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, has made it 'abundantly clear' that he is not in a fight with Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, or the United Kingdom. Photo: VINO/File
According to Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), during these difficult times, persons should focus on the areas that unite and avoid trying to play on the vulnerability of the people of the Virgin Islands for political and other gains. Photo: VINO/File
According to Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), during these difficult times, persons should focus on the areas that unite and avoid trying to play on the vulnerability of the people of the Virgin Islands for political and other gains. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert told the public that the Virgin Islands Government had declined the United Kingdom’s offer to send its Royal Navy to help with border security, there have been strong criticisms of the government from certain sections of the public and some have speculated and circulated that the Premier is in a fight with the Governor.

This was also compounded when Governor Jaspert stated on August 25, 2020, that Cabinet had “debated long and hard on how to avoid a full lockdown, whilst ensuring the safety and protection of the people”, as even while Cabinet was in session WhatsApp messages were circulating that the Government and Governor were in disagreement over the duration of the most recent lockdown.

Further, Opposition Members have also sought to score political points over the rumours.

‘Setting the record straight’

According to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, in a statement entitled ‘Setting the Record Straight’ today, August 27, 2020, rumours of a fight between the Premier and the Governor have very serious and dangerous implications for the VI society, “and this is why I am disappointed to see that persons who know better are engaging in these activities with the narrow objective of trying to make life difficult for your Government, and by extension you the people especially during this COVID-19 era while we are trying to keep our focus on the needs of the people and keeping us all safe.

Premier Fahie said while persons will have different views it should not be taken to mean they are in a fight.

“I wish to make it abundantly clear that your Premier is not in any fight with the Governor or the United Kingdom or anyone.

“As in all matters, people will not always be in complete agreement with each other. This happens occasionally and is routine in the Governance process, whether it is between the Premier and Ministers, the Premier and the Governor, the Government and the Governor or the Government and her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. These are issues where persons will have different points of views and different interpretation and perspectives on law, constitution and procedure.”

‘I bear no animosity’

Premier Fahie said he continues to be guided by his Oath of Office and the Constitution to make the decisions that are in the best interest of the wellbeing and aspirations of the people of the Virgin Islands.

“I bear no animosity to anyone, personally or professionally. That is contrary to my belief as a God-fearing person who believes and lives by the commandment to love your neighbour as you love yourself.

“Your Government, and by extension, my focus is on doing what is best for our Territory and for our people, whether it is by putting in the extra hours, making tough decisions or taking a firm stand to put the welfare of our people first.”

He added that during these difficult times, persons should focus on the areas that unite and avoid trying to play on the vulnerability of the people of the Virgin Islands for political and other gains.

26 Responses to “‘Your Premier is not in any fight with the Governor or the UK’- Hon Fahie”

  • my thoughts (27/08/2020, 13:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
  • BIG M (27/08/2020, 13:48) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Premier I strongly agree with your latest statement. This is a time when we should all work together for the good of the people and not for political mileage. The majority of us a behind you Mr.Premier. I would recommend that we all look out for each other and report any illegal activity taking place in our territory.
  • Youth (27/08/2020, 14:01) Like (30) Dislike (11) Reply
    We love our PREMIER!
  • my thoughts 2 (27/08/2020, 14:21) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
    If you are not why are you stopping the UK from assisting with border controls?
  • vi (27/08/2020, 14:43) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bring in the British Navy so th authorities can deal on land
  • Commentator (27/08/2020, 15:00) Like (26) Dislike (15) Reply
    So who he thinks believe him ?
  • Tadow (27/08/2020, 15:12) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is not a laughing matter, wipe those smiles off your faces soldiers, both of you get you all shit together.
  • unity (27/08/2020, 15:17) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well said Mr. Premier! This is the time when we should be in unity with each other and not to be divided.
  • tosh (27/08/2020, 15:22) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Mr premier good job keep doing what you are doing do not listen to any thing that soes not spell sense be in good faith with the Governor remember England is in charged THE MONARCH we have to have fome respect for those that rule over us donot forget that Dod rules over Jesus keep the faith the BVI will come back thanks to you and the good man above Do not mind the noise who in the kitchen feels the heat who riding the donley knows how hard he brays so Premier keep your eyses on the prize
  • Peaches (27/08/2020, 15:58) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you working Psychology. What a fitting picture for your headline. LOL!!
  • We in trouble (27/08/2020, 16:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Success in any organization is about roll and responsibilities...The Premier has his, the Givernor has his, The Country finance and direction is the Premier's,, Security and emergency is the Governor's.... Simple, respect each other's roll....The country will progress in peace and prosperity..
  • People (27/08/2020, 16:54) Like (7) Dislike (15) Reply
    Marlon working with the Governor. He's a deciever.
  • is that so (27/08/2020, 17:38) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The rhetoric of recent demostrates an ongoing struggle. Ask the Governor... I am sure he will say yes. They find he is mingling in their business/affairs too much.
  • one eye (27/08/2020, 17:48) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
    We trust the premier we voted for you we don’t trust the governor
  • UK (27/08/2020, 18:36) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    If it wasn't for the UK support we would have sweet f.a. After Irma they help. Covid they bring testing kits. Hurricane season a ship ready to help. They offer support for borders, but the premier has a chip on his shoulder. Too proud or stupid to accept help with it. We a small **** island in a big world of trouble. Independence my ***.
  • Earl (27/08/2020, 19:08) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell that to Claude Skelton Cline please !
  • is that so (27/08/2020, 19:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    If there were no power struggle, the headlines should have read as follows:
    "Your Premier is not in any fight with your Governor or the UK"
  • Personally (27/08/2020, 20:34) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    My opinion is that you are and have always been disrespectful of the UK and of the Gov.
    and his appointed position.
    • Dreams (27/08/2020, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ personally. Can you show us some instances where the Premier has been disrespectful to the UK , Governor and others.
  • Chaka (27/08/2020, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the finances u promised to help the ppl of this great nation

    We are hurting badly.

  • Simple as ABC (28/08/2020, 08:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every Premier wants to be the first Prime Minister, So, No matter which govt, the fight will continue, until England decides to let go, . England knows that the BVI isn't ready for independence, .. We are financial irrespinsible and disrespectful to Xpats, Our security is mediocre, not fit for independence. Our leaders have so much self interest and cconflict......England knows a lot about us that most of the citizens and residents dont kno..... Let us all relax...and understand, the reason for the fight, the fight is real...
  • A spade is not a shovel (28/08/2020, 09:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not taking political sides however, under our crisis The Premier should take the help from the navy to cut costs . U.K. .., Governor is responsible for security . No strings attached period . We are not INDEPENDENT yet ..,,, Stop fooling the country. Get alyo act together before you all go public . Premier that is to your government demise when conflicting decisions comes out
  • NB (28/08/2020, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    You are not everybodys Premier. And you may say that you hold no hard feelings but your actions says different. Get yourself together
  • Coup (28/08/2020, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nr Premoer wether you do good or you do bad people will talk who at the helm have to know ow to chart tbe waters so make sure that your crew is fully on board and the rader is clear Thanks for all you are doing Keep the Governor informed
  • privy council (28/08/2020, 15:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    its just our culture tp pretend we hate each other

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