Former Speaker of the House of Assembly Keith Flax has moved to defend Progressives United Chairman, Julian Fraser, in relation to the reportedly disastrous Biwater deal and the traffic lights that were once mounted at the roundabout in Road Town.
These controversial projects happened under Fraser’s portfolio when he was a member of a Virgin Islands Party government between 2007 and 2011.
Speaking at a campaign launch for Progressives United on Friday, Flax said Fraser did not decide on the aforesaid projects on his own.
“It wasn’t his decison alone putting those stoplights. It was a collective decision of Cabinet. It was also a collective decison of the Biwater agreement. But only because it fell under his ministry why they tried to cut his throat. But ladies and gentlemen, this man is a good man, this team (Progressives United) is a good team,” Flax said.
The former House of Assembly Speaker further argued that he has seen firsthand that traffic lights at roundabouts work well in other parts of the world and named regions such as Africa and Europe.
“I have travelled extensively and somewhere between 2007 and 2011 I was attending a confernce in Kenya and while I was on my way to the confernece centre, my wife was with me an she said: ‘Here’s a roundabout with stoplights and its working perfectly’. I said, ‘of course’. There is also another roundabout very close to Heathrow Airport in London and it works perfectly but yet they tried to kill Honourable Fraser for those stoplights.”
People pretending that the party does not exist
Fraser, in the meantime, was one of four candidates introduced under Progressives United. The political organisation will be introducing more candidates ‘soon’, party officials have said.
Fraser, a perceived underdog, asserted himself and the party as viable contenders for the upcoming elections.
“Everybody pretends we do not exist because we haven’t launched. So there is no denying that we exist now,” he said.
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