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Premier defensive: 30,000 can do the cleanup!

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith during a cleanup in Road Town today, August 12. PHOTO CREDIT: Premier Smith’s Facebook page

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has defended a decision to not have a British vessel assist in the recovery process following widespread flooding and landslides, adding that the 30,000 residents and citizens of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) should get the job done.

While making that declaration, he essentially said the territory does not need the 400 crew members aboard the Royal Navy vessel RFA Mounts Bay, which is in the Caribbean, and which had offered to assist.

“30,000 BVIslanders and residents versus 400 British crew taking care of our territory. Let’s all show our BVI pride!” Premier Smith said in a Facebook post.

He also claims that a report carried by BVI News Online that the British ship was ‘turned back’ is inaccurate. Another news entity is reporting that the ship was ‘rejected’.

Premier Smith used different words that seem to amount to the very report he said is inaccurate – that the ship was turned back.

Here is his full response to the story reported earlier under the headline British ship turned back – Premier:

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  1. Hmmmmm says:

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    • seriously? says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 4

      look at the photo…….

      • Wellsa says:

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      • Peter syndrome says:

        Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 14 Thumb down 5

        Maybe we could ask the ship’s crew to remove all the rubbish that 30,000 BVIslanders and residents (actually let’s be honest and admit it was us and not the residents) have dumped in the ghuts and then will not be flooding next time.

        • @Peter syndrome says:

          Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1

          If you dump garabage in the ghut, stop it. No all residents are responsible for the dumping of trash in the ghut. What happen to the litter wardens in Road Town?

      • Billfargo says:

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        Maybe the Guy can only write a little, and don’t know how read or couldn’t see the picture on an older computer!

    • Well Sah says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 2

      Well in the pick he doesnt have a shovel but he seems quite handy with that broom.

      • Hmmmmm says:

        Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 5

        A photo op dont count. Because i know i was town from early morning and he was no where with the other rotarians pushing no dam broom

    • Meli says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 5

      There’s another pic of him happily sweeping with the broom head turned upside down.

  2. Tsk says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 39 Thumb down 5

    All i read was bullsh*t yes we should clean up but we all know them ain the ones who going do it!… From time ya’ll went in … Ya’ll should have 1st tackled the bad drainage problem we have here… EVERY year is hurticane season… I sorry but ya’ll partilly to blame…

    Ayo spending money on wall & pier park project & bvi airways & all kind of road work… WHAT ABOUT THE DRIANAGE… US 30 000 didn’t have a say in it then RIGHT?

    Ayo only care about the MONEY … not the PEOPLE… Queen Elizabeth please to come take this please

    • Truth Sayer says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 22 Thumb down 0

      At a time like this I am so disappointed at all the negativity. The drainage IS being blamed for the flood – that certainly could not be the only problem.

      I was caught in AN area where the water was frightening and I was astonished to see the amount of garbage and other things that were in the water. WE NEED TO STOP THROWING GARBAGE IN THE GHUTS AND ELSEWHERE.

      IF THE GHUTS GET BLOCKED WITH GARBAGE THE WATER WILL FIND A WAY OUT AND THAT IS JUST WHAT HAPPENED IN MANY CASES.

      WHEN WE ARE BUILDING OUR PRETTY HOMES WE NEED TO CUT OUR FOUNDATIONS PROPERLY AND TO PLANT BACK TRESS TO HELP TO FIGHT AGAINST SOIL EROSION. THERE IS PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND!

    • .... says:

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      Hurricane** , partially**

  3. ? says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 15 Thumb down 9

    Am sorry to say this but no matter how you fix the drainage it will not solve no problem remember it is mother nature at work when it rains it pour

  4. Truth Be Told says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 7

    Interesting to see how much of those 30,000 BVislanders and unofficial residents will come forward and help under this so called bvi pride.
    I’m sure nearly all bvislanders will not show up, plus nearly all of the other residents.

    I swear, the premier has poor decision making skills.

    The more help the better. With the British crew’s help, the territory could have save some monies. Less resources could have been thrown at contractors for clean up.

    • No name says:

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      Exactly

    • #getup! says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 3

      “Less resources could have been thrown at contractors for clean up.” WOW!!

      How about you getting up off your butt to help!

      Depending on others to help you save resources!? Well sa! We will never learn. When dependency is so ingrained and you don’t realise it.

    • Bull says:

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      With reference to contractors, more of the same people eating.

      By him rejecting the double handedness and rejection continues.

      It goes to show that they are all show boats. Just moving a shovel for picture purposes. Then he gone home to sleep. Waste of time Dr. Zzzzzzzz

  5. $$$ says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 2

    This is why you need reserves in case it has not sunk in as yet. A rainy day fund. No pun intended. I hope others are taking note(s).

    • Hmmm says:

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      The BVI has over $65Million in reserves and they have a separate disaster fund. Wtf are you talking about?

      • Capt. Obvious says:

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        That is the point. Some of you cursed the Govt for having and building up the reserves. Now you finally see the light. Now when you here that nonesense again you can point to the flood of 2017. smdh

  6. 9th District Voters says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 21 Thumb down 1

    Paging the Representative, the entire 9th District hwould like to know his whare about have not heard or seen him, what a shame.

  7. BVI Pride says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 8

    Leadership matters! The Premier may not have been eloquent in calling out bvislanders to become soldiers to restore our community. I was out this morning doing my part. The comments I am reading paints a very sad picture of a BVI as people of no pride, no class.

    Why do we need soldiers from another country to help us when all we do is complain, drive by those who are helping and bot even offer a word of encouragement or a bottle of water. But we complain. T

    his is our country it does not belong to any government. It does not belong to any British soldier. This is something we used to do for ourselves and can still do for ourselves. Where have we gone wrong.

  8. Lilly says:

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    It has enough water now to wash down the place. Use the fire trucks or some pressure hoses.

  9. Marcus. says:

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  10. Wes says:

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 7 Thumb down 4

    OK Orlanda got back just a smidgen of respect for sweeping the street. He should have let the ship come with their equipment and experts though. Why look a gift horse in the mouth?

  11. C says:

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  12. Just Wrong says:

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    I guess that’s why the two cruise ships next week were not allowed to come. The 30,000 people cleaning up will be in their way.

  13. Jack pup says:

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    Yea the 30,000 residents can clean it up but are you 100% that all 30,000 residents are going to clean it? Not to mention… not all 30,000 are on the main island? So you’re saying the ppl from VG, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke must catch the boat to come and assist you? Some might come but not all.

  14. Humble Yourself says:

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    Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall

  15. Question says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 1

    Premier, question. When exactly did you anticipate this cleaning session should take place? Did you mention times, places, the leaders who will be overseeing the groups in the various districts?

    Is it a mandatory couple days holiday or something because I can’t just NOT show up to work and say i was down the road cleaning.

    Will you be using some of my tax money to pay for the food and water that will be needed to be consumed by the good people of this community who participate in the clean up effort?

    I mean, for once we should get something for something. Surely, for someone who claims to have vision, you must have some plan in place to implement this big clean up effort you are talking about. Or are you just talking again?

  16. Come on says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2

    Mr Premier you are so right about your statement. We can do a lot more but some of the people don’t even intend to push a broom around there house they want the representative and the government on a while to do it for them.

    I can see pwd and the other government agencies cleaning the roads and ghuts and the big land slides that blocked people in .but some of the landlords and business owners don’t intend to spend a dollar to clean up there places. They looking help.

    Listen ,we are going to our graves sooner rather than later and not one of us are going to be buried or cremated with a dollar at our sides.

    Most people who are 50 or 60 yrs within the next 25 to 30 yrs we would be all gone .spend a couple dollars and get your apts homes and businesses cleaned.

    I cleaned my surroundings myself and move over 40 wheel barrows of rocks and sand.and I intend to help my neighbors. Please do the same.mr premier you are so right.

  17. fried chicken and watermelon and grape juice says:

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    “stood down,” means to stop what you are doing. So, it still….. means the same thing.

  18. Hmmmmm says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    Tuesday after the rains saw Juggy, Archie, Fahie lending a helping hand….soo all the rest of the want to be suits and ties need to go sit them assssssssss down.

    Today i saw huntums ghut natives taking it upon themself to clean up the area…..where all the weed heads that does be on the court smoking daily……

  19. Anegada says:

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    @ 9th District voter, please leave that man where ever he is, just check butu Mt to see if he safeels or stuck in a tree.

  20. Hah says:

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    Whether turned back, rejected, stood down the main issue is that they offered to help and it was not accepted. Man believe his brain bigger than everybody else.

    These guys volunteered and were ready. How can you turn that down for 30,000 people that you very well know isn’t going to show up. A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.

    How can you turn down help then at the next moment you begging for volunteers to help. What’s worse is that the Premier did not even get 400 volunteers.

    A lot of people are still dealing with their homes, businesses and or assisting family and friends before they can help others and the rest are just not about working for free.

  21. Island Man says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

    Now I understand and believe the Premier has made the right decision.

    Let us be mo patriotic and think not what your country can do for you but what can you do for your country.

    Get out and do some self-help on occasions like this.

  22. True Development says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 2

    I am with you Premier. We 30,000 residents of the BVI can do it by getting our hands dirty. I am going to do my part in my neighbourhood and at my alma maters.
    .

  23. Straight Talk says:

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    You people disgust me. Bickering over everything. The damn Premier made the right call. Even the UK Defense Minister said to sail closer to BVI just in case they are needed.

    They left that decision to us respecting democracy and internal governing. The headlines were misleading and wrong. Sad thing is many commenting here are not BVIslanders but pushing their agenda of confusion and separation. Bunch of lemons…

    All blogging should be severed by government. The rest of the world most wonder at our self proclaimed intellect.

  24. Brad BoyeBoyne says:

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  25. The 30,000 says:

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    Kudos to all who have shown out and lent a helping hand. Remember the 30,000 is made up of all who live here so it matters not whether you’re a BVIslander or not – once you live here get out and help!

  26. Doc is spot on says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    I have to say that I agree 100 per cent with Doc. Clean up yourselves and help one another (that is how we used to live) and leave the ship for when we really need it. As Andrew is famous for saying, walk with your heads high instead of your hands out!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 1

    Yes, every one should be cleaning but the reality is people have to go to their workplace daily. Therefore, the extra help was needed. Premiered, please rethink

  28. Smh says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 2

    Doc did u send that memo to my boss. Cause as it was 8am I had to report to work.

    Plus using my lunch break to assist wasn’t really making sense as not enough time to clean up to go back into work. Also leaving at 5 means day basically finished so couldn’t really offer a hand. You do realize that’s the plight of many citizens. Wrong decision on your part.

    The help would have gone a long way. They were at disposal for more than 6 hours. Residents as it is don’t have that disposable time

  29. CAPTAIN HOOK says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

    THE PREMIER SHOULD HAVE SHUT DOWN THE CITY ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND CLEAN UP THE PLACE!!!!!…. NOW TELL ME….IF YOUR BOSS EXPECT YOU TO COME OUT AND WUK…HOW YOU SUPPOSED TO CLEAN ANYWHERE BUT YOU HOUSE….WE NEEDED TIME TO COME OUT AND BUSS THIS DIRT ….

  30. Wait yall turns says:

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    I don’t see him calling on the 30,000 when he up and down making stupid ass deals giving away $7.2 million for a plane that will never fly. Sick of ayo

  31. Blah says:

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    I agree that we should be able to do the job ourselves but that’s not being realistic. This was an effort to try to show the UK that we are together and can be independent but the end result will be the same usual suspects that do volunteer work regularly doing the bulk of the work.

  32. Wendy says:

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    BVI Premier refused help. We can and will do it ourselves.

    Bet you won’t see that on CNN.

  33. lily 2 says:

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    I never heard any ignorance to come from a premier like this bunch of assiology , rejecting free assistance to get our territory back in shape.
    Your bed is dry, your house in order so you dont care a darm about anyone whose without a dry bed.

    You missed the normalcy mark by far. Who is advising you ?
    Your eyes are in poor shape too for you have not seen the real picture of the territory.

  34. Wendy says:

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  35. Legion of Doom says:

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    Doc, if the Naval ship came it would of been 30,000 plus 400 British crew.

  36. Tallfat says:

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    Phot says a lot. Is it real work or just a photo op? Looks great to see but here say not even a goggles on eyes or handkerchief over the nose. This is loose dirt the slightest wind and it hit the nostril with a good stifle. Smb!

    • voiceofthevoiceless says:

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      The Man with his photographer all over the place taking pictures. It is annoying. People at festival village enjoying a lime and up comes the Premier for a Photo OP.

      You are right it is all PR and nothing to do with work. So make that 29,999.

  37. Thought says:

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    I thought the key word was to ‘Help’ but not to handover everything to the 400 British crew.

  38. Please says:

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    Everything under control! even the government website I have been trying to access for days now.

  39. Skice says:

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    Lets clean tola up n stop d bloody bickering. We all use d roads.

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