Though admitting that the controversial billboard recently erected in Road Town is a bit unsettling, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has dismissed the persons who commissioned the advert as ‘petty’.
The sign is implicitly calling for a referendum of some kind, in which Virgin Islands natives can put the proposed BVI recovery plan and its contents to a vote.
“When it comes to the billboard, I don’t know who’s responsible. I am concerned, but I am saying to them let us stop this petty nonsense.”
“I think everybody else in this country understands the need to rebuild, especially those who were affected. And they all understand too that we need to have the finances in order to rebuild. And I think everybody in business understands that if we are going to borrow money, there are terms and conditions to borrowing that money,” Dr Smith said at a press conference recently.
He noted that the billboard could have been commissioned by anyone, including persons within his own National Democratic Party (NDP).
Though that may be, Dr Smith said he does believe the persons responsible for the billboard are NDP supporters.
Late last month, the billboard in question was mounted near the roundabout in Road Town.
The sign is calling on locals to not support the United Kingdom’s framework for the post-hurricane Recovery and Development Plan.
Ever since it appeared, it has been stirring up controversy in the British Virgin Islands and those responsible have only identified themselves as VE Virgin Islanders.
They erected the billboard just days after Premier Dr D Orlando Smith declared that the BVI is still in control, though the UK Government appears to be tightening its hold on the territory.
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