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Gov’t breaks silence as no-confidence motion draws nigh

BVI News Online - Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Vanterpool

In a clear attempt to undermine the no-confidence motion to be brought against it on Thursday (July 25), the National Democratic Party (NDP) government said it welcomes the move and will use it as an opportunity to promulgate its efforts to secure economic improvements.

The motion, which mainly challenges the administration’s handling of the economy, will be brought before the House of Assembly by Opposition member Julian Fraser.

It could see the government of Dr. D. Orlando Smith crumbling roughly two years since being elected with a 9-4 majority of seats in the House.

For that to happen, however, Fraser must get the support of a number of government members.

Government’s point-man on communications Mark Vanterpool broke silence on the impending no-confidence motion yesterday, noting that all government members are prepared to shoot it down.

He further stated that the administration may also garner votes from some of Fraser’s colleagues in the Opposition.

“Do you know that we have nine members who are tightly knit to carry out the work of this territory – nine members to four – why should I feel threatened (by the motion)?”

Asked if he thinks the motion will fail, Vanterpool quipped: “Absolutely will fail. In fact, the Opposition will help us to fail it.”

He further stated that the NDP administration welcomes the motion as it will use the related debate to highlight its works to improve the economy.

“I feel very happy for that motion because it gives me a chance to let the public know why they should have confidence in this government,” Vanterpool said.

“We are very confident in where we are going to try to take this country forward. We are not rushing. We are not making ad hoc decisions. The BVI – from our point of view – needs to rebuild its foundation going forward.”

The minister also admitted that the territory is facing economic challenges, but claimed that the current government is the best and most capable.

“Do we have challenges? Yes we do. Are we going to continue to have challenges in the territory? Yes we will. However, this government is the best government; prepared to stand up to those challenges and we will,” he declared, receiving thunderous applauses from scores of government workers in earshot.

Vanterpool further stated that plans are afoot to stimulate the local economy, particularly with a major loan as well as what he describes as excess revenues.

“In terms of the economy that we have, we acknowledge what the situation is worldwide but this does not mean that we are gonna sit on our laurels and not try to spare the economy,” Vanterpool said.

“We believe right now that the government has to stimulate the economy. We can’t do it by writing contracts for money which we don’t have. So we are working towards achieving a loan and the loan is a very large loan for the territory.”

SEE EARLIER STORY (published July 23, 2013)

Opposition member Andrew Fahie has fired back at critics who claimed that the impending motion of no confidence against the National Democratic Party (NDP) government will fail, particularly due to the administration’s 9-4 majority in the House of Assembly.

The motion, which mainly seeks to boot the government from office over the handling of the economy, will be brought to the House on Thursday (July 25) by Opposition member Julian Fraser.

Fahie said he supports Fraser’s move, which he described as a warning and a defining moment for the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

He said: “The government feels that they can continue to do street talk to convince people that the actions of the representative for the Third District (Fraser) is crazy, or is wasting time.

“It is not wasting time by any stretch of the imagination; it is a clear warning whether the motion is won or not. It is a clear warning for this administration to stop playing games with the future of this territory and the future of us all as a nation.”

Fahie further told BVI News Online that neither he nor Fraser is trying to use the motion of no confidence as a means of gaining political stripes.

“We have no political stripes to gain from it other than to make sure that we help to fight against this country being led down a road that we cannot come back from… This matter is larger than an Opposition versus government matter; this matter is one which transcends political parties.”

In order for the motion to succeed, political observers said it would be important for Fraser to woo his undecided Opposition colleagues.

He must also get some government members to vote in his favour; a move that would break the tradition of voting along party lines.

Asked if he thinks Fraser will be able to convert some government members, Fahie said: “We are not concerned really and truly if persons vote as a mask in terms of having the majority or not. It would be good if that happens because that means most persons would understand what the Protocols for Effective Financial Management said.”

The Protocols for Effective Financial Management, which was signed between the current administration and the UK government over a year ago, enables the UK to monitor the territory’s spending more closely.

Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith recently told the territory that the UK has expressed satisfaction with the government’s performance thus far, in relation to the Protocols.

Fahie is however adamant that the government has been in breach of the document, adding that those breaches will be highlighted on Thursday when members of the House debate the motion of no confidence.

“The rules of the game changed when those protocols were signed by the NDP. What is even more alarming is that the very people who have signed the rules are ignoring the rules,” he said.

“We know that the party politics might play a role as well as other things might play a role, but when you working to state the facts and the truth as you see it in the document, then sometimes these are very lonely roads to walk, but one in which you have to walk as long as you are doing it as a principle.”

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  1. July 24, 2013
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    “Do you know that we have nine members who are tightly knit to carry out the work of this territory ”

    Really!!!!! My goat mouth: next election if there is one, the doctors will be gone, mad-caines will be gone, Myol kinda-sort of, Xtian gone, NDP blowing in the wind.

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  2. My my my...
    July 23, 2013
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    This needed to be done a long time ago! The NDP has taken nepotism & conflict of interest to another level. As a matter of fact the NDP totally overdoing it. They going to be rich ten times over even if they loose the next general election.

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    • Seeker of TRUTH!!
      July 24, 2013
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      Yawn!!

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    • virgin islander
      July 26, 2013
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      :?: :?: :?: nepotism & conflict of interest to another level do you have proof of that/ can you gave some example pls :-|

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  3. Excellent timing
    July 23, 2013
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    Anyone who thinks that this Motion of no confidence doesn’t make sense obviously doesn’t value true democracy. The NDP’s actions on many things are highly questionable & if the Opposition stood quietly & didn’t bring these things to light then I as a citizen would have moved a vote of no confidence on the Opposition. They are doing their job & a vital one I must add in ensuring that democracy reigns in the BVI.

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    • Seeker of TRUTH!!
      July 24, 2013
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      Name one questionable action.

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  4. truth be told
    July 23, 2013
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    A government that care about its people.

    Anguillian fishers to be trained in new fishing technique
    07/03/2013 18:07:00 Etc/GMT+1
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    (The Valley, Anguilla) – The Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources (DFMR) will be holding a one-week workshop to train local fishers in a new fishing technique involving the use of an electronic reel and vertical long-lines, targeting mostly snappers in waters up to 1500 feet in depth.

    The training will take place from 15 – 20 July 2013 and will include a half day classroom session introducing the new technique and the equipment involved, followed by five days in the field to test the new fishing method. In addition to the targeting of deep water snappers, the field exercises will also include exploratory fishing for the diamond back squid.

    The planned training exercise will promote the sustainable utilization of deep sea marine resources in Anguilla using an ecosystem approach. It is hoped that the training will contribute to the diversification of local fish catches through the targeting of under-utilized deeper water fishery resources. There is also a hope that the training will lead to the optimal utilization of Anguilla’s fishery resources.

    The upcoming training is a step towards the achievement of one of DFMR’s long term goals of protecting and preserving Anguilla’s nearshore marine habitats through a reduction in the targeting of the already overexploited and declining shallow water coral reef fish species.

    The facilitator for this training will be Mr. Mitchell Lay from Antigua. Mr. Lay is a commercial fisher with over three decades of experience in the fishing industry. Mr. Lay is also the current Coordinator of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations.

    Registered commercial fishers in Anguilla are encouraged to take advantage of this training opportunity by calling the Department of Fisheries to register their interest in participating in the workshop. As space is limited, fishers will be chosen on a first come basis.

    The upcoming training workshop is fully funded by the Government of Anguilla.

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  5. Agreeable one
    July 23, 2013
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    Listening to Andrew I have to make a little change from DOA to DBA. Dead on arrival might have a chance but now it is upgraded to Dead BEFORE Arrival. It makes no sense to have a vote of no confidence when you know you do not have the numbers, it is being used based on another agenda. Is funny how there is so much concern about finances now, where was all that PRINCIPLE when green houses, paved ghuts, last minute contracts etc. were front and center. If you are going to stand, stand. It was politics then and is politics now. Amen

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    • To "Agreeable one"
      July 23, 2013
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      There you & the NDP go again with the same old 2011 campaign propaganda lies & mischief that has been proven to be false because when the same NDP was asked in the HOA about most of these things their answer under oath was far different from what they led us to believe during their 2011 campaign. Your blog is old & fruitless. The lowest principles has ever been in politics in the BVI is under this NDP Government.

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      • virgin islander
        July 26, 2013
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        what lie you talking about? :-| :-| so you saying that there was not last minute contracts, paved roads & ghuts, invisible walls, over price wall that was not needed, street lights put & removed, water contract the v.i.p premier anit know bout, 15 million dollar loan that was waste on god knows what !, water contract made no sense. i hope you just talking BS because its a online web site .

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  6. Gym Been
    July 23, 2013
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    Andrew, you really need to grow up, become your own person and stop following Fraser into purgatory and oblivion.
    Work on cleaning up your image if you want to continue in politics.

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    • To "Gym Been"
      July 23, 2013
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      For your information, Andrew has not only grown up but has matured into a great leader in his own rights. His imagine in politics was attacked by the same NDP in the past but that has made Andrew stronger, wiser & better & for sure he has more principles than most of the NDP current Ministers & a few of their backbenchers. The current Andrew I can take any day over these low morale, low principle NDP Ministers.

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      • Strupes
        July 24, 2013
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        Go sit dung from chatting pss bout Andrew grown up and matured! Government and opposition is the same damn kettle of fish……worthless!

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  7. David
    July 23, 2013
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    It would not be such a waste of time had either the NDP or VIP (while in power) done anything of substance to help the people dig out from economic turmoil. You can’t just be in opposition to complain. You must offer real solutions, too.

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  8. July 23, 2013
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    fraser and fahie got dr smith looking old with the pressure

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    • Albion
      July 23, 2013
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      I think there is a line between the opposition doing its job keeping the Government in check, and trying to beat down on the man for personal advantage. I think Fraser has been crossing that line far too much. If you are NDP or VIP, the Premier still need to run the country, and constantly harassing him with petty attacks so he cannot do his job is not something to be proud of.

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  9. July 23, 2013
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  10. Vi
    July 23, 2013
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    Look at what Andrew has become. Just look! WOW!!

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  11. LOL
    July 23, 2013
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    • Good Book
      July 23, 2013
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      8-O The last laugh is the best. As another blogger said yesterday, that motion is dead on arrival. Makes no sense.

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    • GoonSquad
      July 23, 2013
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      You think that pressure? Waite till Thursday you will see who will be under pressure and it will not be the NDP..Fahie aand Frazer feel they bad..Badness outastyle now..come with facts

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      • Kim
        July 24, 2013
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        I have a suggestion to what Hon. Fraser can do with his time. He can get a cleaning crew, his friend Roger will oblige, and clean out the spider webs and mold out of that building he has on the Sea Cows Bay road and resurrect Fraser Incorporated. He built a building on the road there that nobody uses. All he needs is a few desks and chairs and his drafting table, oh and yes a secretary, put at least one of his followers to work without the Government’s pleasure, and keep himself busy. Boredom definitely does not become him. The cows and his big dogs on the ranch are not keeping him busy. Strupes. And Hon. Fahie, what can I say other than be a leader and stop following folks down the street.

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  12. pretty
    July 23, 2013
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    ok Fahie, you and Fraser should get a book and read

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