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Are we heading for early elections? NDP on verge of collapse

Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton and outgoing Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith both founding members now on opposing NDP wings. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock (Left) of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, a local political consulting firm and NDP Co-Leader Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock (Left) of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, a local political consulting firm and NDP Co-Leader Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The temperature is heating up, as the split within the National Democratic Party (NDP) is now public knowledge.

Following the election of the new Co-Leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), as the new party boss, many founders, Executive Committee members and ordinary supporters have been 'flying out' just like the thrashers, Mr Walwyn once claimed will “fly out of the BVI”, if former Opposition Leader, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), were to become Premier. 


Over the past days, three bombshells were dropped when NDP Members resigned with immediate effect from the party. 

They are, NDP Treasurer Honourable Archibald C. Christian (AL), who is also a Junior Minister for Tourism, the Vice President, Dr Michael A. Turnbull, and the Women’s Association Chair, Ms Shaina M. Smith.

Now word is that other elected officials and at least one Cabinet Member is expected to tender their resignations from the party in the coming days. 

It is unclear however, why they are not doing the same from their Ministerial positions or even crossing the floor to sit with the Opposition.

The House of Assembly (HoA) sitting will still go forward tomorrow Thursday, November 15, 2018, when they are expected to pay tributes to a fallen colleague, Honourable Delores Lettsome-Christopher (R5), and debate two reports. 

There is also information obtained by our newsroom, that elements of the Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton’s (AL) party, the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), met last evening with an Opposition Member.

What will be Dr Smith’s legacy?-Willock

Mr Julian Willock, of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, a local political consulting firm, in an invited comment noted that, “the Territory is now facing a period of political instability and what is also happening is an undermining of Dr (the Honourable D. Orlando) Smith’s legacy.”

Mr Willock, a political aspirant himself, stated that “Dr Smith has clearly lost control of his government and the best course of action for him to save face, is to ask for the House of Assembly to be dissolved.”

There is information that at least three NDP members are pressuring the Premier to go to a General Election for a fresh mandate, instead of calling for a By-Election to fill the Fifth District seat.

The Premier has not budged and has selected, allegedly with the support of the Co-Leader Hon Walwyn, to have a By-Election.

The public is now waiting to see who will resign from the party next, most often an ally of the Hon Skelton’s wing.

Critics of Hon Skelton said, he has contributed to the destabilization of the Government, hence the country, however, many in the Skelton wing rejected that notion and said, if that was the case, Premier Smith, “could fire him.”

I am the new Leader live with it-Walwyn

Hon Walwyn the head of his own NDP wing have said, according to news reports, that those who are leaving the party are only doing so because they did not get “who they wanted as the leader” and their behaviour shows they are “about self and not country.”

Our newsroom will be the first to bring you ring side information, as the NDP drama, political ‘blood-bath’ and instability continues.

22 Responses to “Are we heading for early elections? NDP on verge of collapse”

  • Barry says- (14/11/2018, 14:16) Like (31) Dislike (10) Reply
    “We will hear”- NDP spins are ALL over, no matter who billionaires support them. The COMMON PEOPLE WILL RULE!
  • BRAD BOYNES (14/11/2018, 14:28) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Actions speak louder than words. That was the NDP MOTTO and cry last election. Do they have convenient amnesia? We can apologize over and over, BUT.....Thank God for BUT...but if your actions do not change, those words become useless and meaningless. Fool me now.
  • apple pie (14/11/2018, 14:35) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Where is smuf in all this?
  • Political Observer (PO) (14/11/2018, 15:37) Like (39) Dislike (10) Reply
    No, the NDP is not on the verge of collapse; it has already collapsed. The NDP is in a state of disarray and dysfunction. In its current state, it cannot function, deliver services and represent the people effectively; it is slowing the recovery. The current poor governing state is new territory for the BVI. Ministerial government came to the BVI in 1967 but no other government research showed has been in this state. Consequently, in the best interest of the territory and the people, Dr. Hon Premier Daniel Orlando Smith (Al), scuttle the D-5 by-election, continue with the 11/15 HOA meeting but only to dissolve the body, set an election date and mek we vote (let the people vote). Doc your legacy is already tarnished so forging ahead on a rapidly sinking ship will only make things worst.
  • wize up (14/11/2018, 16:02) Like (22) Dislike (13) Reply
    Nothing personal: are the members leaving because of myron: if so why can’t he simply step aside in the best interest of the party...just asking
    • Great Idea (14/11/2018, 18:03) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      Yes, if I were Myron I would also resign from the NDP party and encourage those who left to return, keep their party name and legacy. If they refuse such an offer much can be said about that from the other side. If they accept then I could speak freely against any practices the NDP had that I thought was bad and offer real new change from the platform of my own new party with definite supporters.
    • The Hooded Claw (14/11/2018, 19:42) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
      Can an entire party leave because they dislike one member? C'mon Wize Up, live up to your handle! The old guards want to maintain the status quo but with Walwyn at the helm they know he will bring the little man to the trough. The elite want all.
      Its unraveling right in front of you Wize Up. If you cant see what the Ashley clan is doing may as well you change your name to Dumb Down!
      • wize up (14/11/2018, 23:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ the claw: you probably have a crystal ball: it was just a question(you keep the faith) I have never been political in the past 60 yers and have no interest:
      • ... (15/11/2018, 05:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The elite stayed...
  • tola (14/11/2018, 17:15) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    @ wise up the answer to your question started in the house when Mitch got up and told Smith he needed to gave Ronnie finance Ronnie remained silent a clear indication that he is with Mitch The voting of Mitch brother as Vice President was the next stage of decide and conquer follow the all events after these two and judge for yourself
  • just asking (14/11/2018, 18:20) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Wise up, your head good. The ship sinking... water up to meh waist but ah got de wheel in meh hand...tis in meh hand de wheel is... step aside?... how yo spell da...leh we do dis ting.
  • wize up (14/11/2018, 18:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    will this level of political conduct becomes a trend: a group of us gets together forms a political party should disagreement come up we run ahead and form different parties: I maybe to old school but I see political leadership as a very serious matter: majority voted for NDP last election however take a serious look at what is going on: I can see this same situation happening again(money & political power spells downfall): look how 13 persons have the rest of us biting our nails and trying to figure out what is next(how can this be good governance)...
  • It’s time (14/11/2018, 20:09) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ring the bell and just call election !
  • 45 District (14/11/2018, 20:32) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply
    Let Ronnie and (PVIM) come Bald head carry that party last election if it wasnt for him Archie, Ronnie and Dr Smith was dead ducks. New Era this guy dont even come in the hoods and mingle with average citizen wha make you think people going vote for him. I am going to say it (PVIM) got allot licks to get. Trust me Average man watch from afar.
  • Futuristic (14/11/2018, 23:39) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    45 District you damn right , PVIM gotta lot of licks to get. Ronnie to rich to come to the poor and he has a machine keeping him alive so he has lost his heart feelings , all them crooks just showing their real colors now that the run the ship aground , but Hon. Myron got the guts to hold on and try try bring her back in calm waters. Let’s make BVI great again Mr Myron. The whole Virgin Island is with you , don’t mind the noise. Like 45 Distrind said PVIM gotta a lot of licks to get. Whole bunch of crooks. Dr. Orlando Smith is Loyal and still respects the decision of his delegation who put Myron there , we need a NEW Smart and innovative Premier to take us through these rough seas , and put us in competition with Japan , Singapore, China , Taiwan to raise new Millionaires for the VI with the latest in Technology and FinTech services , First thing he has to do is is fire the Downpressor Mactaviius and FS. Jejejejej
    • sixth (15/11/2018, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Speak for yourself because you sure as Hell can't speak for me; and I will never vote for Myron and his gang. I did it once. Once is a mistake, 2 is wilful
    • @Futuristic and 45 District (15/11/2018, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is the problem with the Myron millennials. You think you know everything. Myron did not lead a party into an election, Dr. Smith did. So after the next election you can speak as to who needs who to win. Not because you got the most at large votes means that you will repeat that or exceed that as leader. You are forgetting an important piece of the puzzle. People trusted Dr. Smith far and wide over the BVI as the leader of the NDP. Myron is nowhere close to even receiving that level of trust far and wide over the BVI. The two things do not equate but wait, you will both see in time.
  • Shameful (15/11/2018, 07:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bunch of children !!!!
  • ??? (15/11/2018, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am convinced that winning the government by an 11-2 count is a curse. VIP won 11-2 the last time they were in and also fell apart, although the fallout wasn’t anywhere near as bad as this...
  • Too Bad (15/11/2018, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Arguably, the BVIs is an example for the aphorism that a country gets the government it deserves. We had it all for a while ($ 1billion+ a year GNP, for example), but we were foolish and allowed govt officials to enrich themselves while doing little to improve life for regular folks. The country lived high off the hog, and did a bad job of investing in the future, and now the monies have run out, leaving precious little for the aftermath of catastrophic storms last year. For years, we have shirked the concept of responsibility and consequence for our actions. So now we have to face the music. For sure, the decline of offshore financial services industry was not the doing of the BVIs, but nothing good ever lasts, and we got 20+ years of great income, not just a little old windfall. We just did not make the most of it thinking the golden years would never end. Most big lottery winners think the money will never run out but most end up where they were before they bought the winning ticket. We lost the vision H Lavitt Stout used to talk about a long time.
  • concern (15/11/2018, 10:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Virgin Islanders, open your eyes we should not be jubilant about our ruling Government dissension, It makes us as a whole look incompetent, as if we can't make decision for such a small island, how do you think England Parliament is viewing the controversy that's going on especially after the destruction of the recent Hurricanes and Flooding’s. It is shameful to see how far we have fallen. Every official has one time or another been selfish about wanting more power/greed, this is not new. However the issue remains can “WE” survive at the current rate. Everyone needs to set aside their personal ambitions and try to improve our current financial, economic, and social standings. We need to be at a place where we can afford this division, however we are not.
    Talking about being independent from the UK, yet we can’t manage our own, how are we to survive.

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