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BVI politician chides May for not visiting

Opposition member Julian Fraser and UK Prime Minister Theresa May

By Davion Smith, BVI News Online Journalist

An opposition parliamentarian in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Julian Fraser, has lashed out against UK Prime Minister Theresa May for not visiting the BVI, which has been affected by a destructive tropical wave and two category 5 hurricanes within the last three months.

At the time Fraser voiced his grouse in the House of Assembly, he noted that United States President Donald Trump was planning to visit the neighbouring hurricane-battered US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico. Trump, who visited Puerto Rico, did not make the trip into the USVI. He instead spoke with USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp on a US Navy vessel. However, Vice-President Mike Pence later visited USVI.

While comparing President Trump with Prime Minister May, Fraser, who has been a longstanding advocate of greater self-determination for the BVI, lamented: “She (Prime Minister May) probably don’t even know we exist.”

It is not the first time that Prime Minister May is being criticized for her response to the British Overseas Territories that were pummeled by Hurricane Irma in September.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn recently accused the prime minister of not responding to the BVI swiftly enough. Prime Minister May refuted that claim, and promised to help with recovery efforts in the BVI and other British territories.

Since then, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited the BVI. The BVI also has received relief supplies as well as major military and police assistance from the UK.

BVI’s political leader, Dr D Orlando Smith, has expressed satisfaction with the UK’s response.

But Fraser, who recently served as Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the opposition Virgin Islands Party, remains unimpressed with the Prime Minister May-led relief efforts.

Fraser, during the House session, questioned why the UK prime minister has not visited the BVI.

“You gonna tell me that [only] some secretary of state (Boris Johnson) came here? The President of the United States and the Vice President are going to the United States Virgin Islands. Where is Theresa May? She probably don’t even know where the [British] Virgin Islands is,” Fraser further lamented last week during the first sitting of House of Assembly since hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The sitting of the House was held at Save The Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom; this because Hurricane Irma damaged the usual parliament building in Road Town.

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  1. Albion says:

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    Typical politician – totally caught up in his own sense of self importance. How is Theresa May being here going to help anyone?

    She going to pick up a shovel and help to clear a ghut? No, she would just be a distraction – one more person we have to provide security for when we have real problems that we need to solve.

    • Sea Cows Bay says:

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      Mr. Fraser that is irrelevant… You are here and have not visited MOST of your people in your district to find out there situation after Irma or Maria. You and OJ is the SAME. Only know to find persons home around election time

  2. Sam the man says:

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    Sigh – nearly every time Fraser opens his mouth he speaks negativity and groaning/moaning….His comments as usual are just irrelevant and should just be ignored..

    • Concern says:

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      He is just bitter, why he never has anything positive to say. He need to sit down

  3. Hmmmm says:

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    LOL! If the British Military didnt come when they did, the BVI would be no different to the worst parts of Haiti. Let us be real!

  4. Bob says:

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  5. B Real says:

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  6. Barbie says:

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    Can someone please explain to me what purpose would a visit by the Prime Minister of the UK serve the Virgin Islands.

    If my memory serves me right, she is an elected official by the people residing in the UK and not those of overseas territories. Her sole purpose is to serve them and little to with us.

    Her Majesty the Queen is head of these territories and selects who will represent her overseas and I can assure you it is not PM Mays.

    As far as I know, the Governor was in the territory before, during and after both hurricanes. He is her representative.

    Please stop stroking ignorance among the people by trying to may PM Mays look bad and not caring. Hon. Fraser and those of you who continue to push this nonsense should know better. Stop it now.

  7. Hmmmm says:

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    What did our BLACK leaders do for us BLACK people that were suffering and still are? What are they doing now?

    Is it the white woman in the UK holding back the civil servants’ pay? One day we want to be on our own and when left on your own youre still upset?

    There is much worst to come so you all better get ready.

  8. Pat says:

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    For all those complaining about the UK not doing enough, not getting there sooner, they still use the term boy.

    Really, the British Navy arrived in the BVI immediately after Irma hit.

    Those of you that wanted independence from the Queen, now crying to her for help.

    Donald trump has barely done anything for the people of Puerto Rico and as far as I can see yes actions speak louder than words and the UK proved how beneficial their support to the BVI is and will be.

    British soldiers have helped with clean up, rebuilding and looters.

    Stop being ungrateful and start being thankful.

  9. Closet says:

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    Take a sit sir, and learn how to say Thank You! And to Thank God for life!!!
    If not for the UK, where would we be. Leave it to politicians dying in the street like dogs…

    • Reader says:

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      Yes him need fi guh siddung!

    • D7 says:

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      I drive past the D7 rep’s house almost every day to go to work. I have not seen this rep anywhere in this district for almost a year.

      • Llg says:

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        Since Irma it had district meeting every Saturday by the gazebo long look with pickering giving updates and answering questions from everybody so don’t act like he was and is a no show.

  10. Pip Pip says:

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    The Bloke was a no show….

  11. SMDH says:

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    Fraser just trying to stay relevant.

  12. Hmmm says:

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    It is clear that Fraser is on the same agenda as the NDP.

  13. What says:

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    The walrus needs to stop flapping his chops

    The PM has nothing to do with the BVI and sent her representative in Boris Johnson (who probably drew more attention to the BVI than she could have).

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