Disparities In Representation—Fahie

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October 11, 2018 1:10 pm AST
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“I am tired of sitting down here passing legislation that addresses every other human being in the Virgin Islands, except the people of the Virgin Islands, and I don’t apologise for it.” These were the sentiments of Opposition Leader, the Honourable Andrew Fahie during Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.

He was at the time criticising what he views to be a disparity in the laws protecting and representing expatriates, and those in the favour of Virgin Islanders—be it indigenous islanders or those granted Belonger’s status.

“I have heard a lot said about the rights of nearly everybody else in this country except the rights of the Virgin Islander, whether they come by naturalization, whether they come by belonger status, whether they come by birth,” he stated.

He further voiced his dissatisfaction, saying “Whenever laws are passed, it seems to me that everybody is concerned about everyone else except the people of the Virgin Islands.”

As such, Hon. Fahie wants to see more more representation for islanders, adding, “We have to look into this to make sure that the rights of everyone, especially our people are adhered to.”

“No disrespect to anybody else, but it is the first country that I am seeing where you’re now coming to the point where you have to apologise for being from here,” the Opposition Leader posited.
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Very True
The final sentence is powerful and true. Expats employers ostracise any display of BVI Pride by indigeneous BVIslanders who must then play by other rules to get ahead. It is the only country I have been to and lived in where the open display of national pride is viewed negatively. The answer to many of BVI challenges lies in striking a balance, including in immigration policies. I can't vote for Andrew as I am not in the first district but I am increasingly convinced to vote VIP. Tired of LS giving away the BVI to expats with no checks nor balances.
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Guardian
Real Talk.
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WOW
No disrespect but Fahie is on target
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About Time
Well said Hon. Fahie, “No disrespect to anybody else, but it is the first country that I am seeing where you’re now coming to the point where you have to apologise for being from here,” the Opposition Leader posited.
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Street Reporter
Agree. Don't forget about the Labour law to protect workers during disasters. That's a major issue but everyone except the governor and Alvera is concern about that
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