Describing it as something that now resembles an animal barn, senior legislator in the House of Assembly, Julian Fraser, is bemoaning that the House has had the same furniture for the last two decades, despite the territory’s growing annual budget.
The Third District Representative made the remarks during a recent debate in the Road Town-based facility.
He said: “Look at the furniture we have in here. I met them here. These same seats I met here … Come on, what are we doing in a place like this? It looks like a cattle shed.”
“When I came in here, the budget was $120 million or something … and now look at where we are. The budget is growing, but our people are not coming along. This country is no better off,” Fraser added.
Make the House a landmark
The legislator then called on the Andrew Fahie-led government to make the building a landmark in the British Virgin Islands.
“I have a lot of respect for the place. It has a historical context. I want to see it become a landmark. But not for members of the House of Assembly to be sitting here all the time still. And, what bothers me is it doesn’t seem to bother anyone. Everyone seems to be so content. Am I crazy or something? Something’s wrong,” Fraser said.
This year’s budget surpassed $400 million.
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