While Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman Andrew Fahie may not be short of supporters who are confident he is a strong leader locally, there are some who have questioned the politician’s ability to represent the territory on the international stage.
In what can be described as a spirited speech inside Maria’s by the Sea Hotel in Road Town, Fahie addressed that concern.
He made reference to the UK’s controversial public registers policy that shook the BVI last year, and how he was handpicked to travel to Britain to hold talks with UK officials on the matter.
Fahie said: “When the premier (Dr D Orlando Smith) needed someone to accompany him to the UK at the most critical time in the life of this territory, can I tell you that he did not call the chairman of the now NDP1, neither did he call on the chairman of the NDP2, nor did he call on the chairman of Progressives United (PU). He called on Andrew A Fahie.”
The chairman referred to as ‘NDP1’ was Myron Walwyn, and the ‘NDP2’ referenced was the breakaway, Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement. Julian Fraser is Chairman of the PU.
In the meantime, Fahie — who suggested that getting selected is proof of his competence — added: “While there were those that were lamenting that the trip was a waste of time and money, I am happy to report that through many additional collective efforts, the UK foreign office has now communicated to the Overseas Territories that they need not introduce compulsory 2020 public registers until 2023.”
Fahie was speaking at a VIP event on Wednesday evening.
His party is looking to retake government from the NDP which has been in power for the last two consecutive terms.
Coupled with the resistance the VIP is expected to receive from the governing NDP at the polls, the VIP will also have to contend with the newly-formed parties — the PVIM, PU, and the Reform Action Alliance.
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