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'Character assassination, Total disrespect'- Premier on Vanterpool's crazy rant

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has today, July 18, 2019, delivered scolding criticisms to District Four (D4) Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), over a 'slanderous' outburst soon after being sworn into House at the Tuesday, July, 16, 2019, Fifth Sitting of the First Session of The Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: VINO/File
According to Premier Andrew A. Fahie, “Having taken the oath, Mr Vanterpool insisted on making a personal statement, in breach of the Standing Orders, without any regard for the agenda of the House and in total disrespect of the ruling by the Speaker [Hon Julian Willock] that Mr Vanterpool would be allowed to give his speech under the appropriate agenda heading which would be lower down in the order of business.” Photo: VINO/File
According to Premier Andrew A. Fahie, “Having taken the oath, Mr Vanterpool insisted on making a personal statement, in breach of the Standing Orders, without any regard for the agenda of the House and in total disrespect of the ruling by the Speaker [Hon Julian Willock] that Mr Vanterpool would be allowed to give his speech under the appropriate agenda heading which would be lower down in the order of business.” Photo: VINO/File
At the HoA, during Hon Mark H. Vanterpool’s vicious tirade against Hon Andrew A. Fahie, anti-government propagandist and National Democratic Party (NDP) supporter, Lorie A. Rymer, was heard shouting,
At the HoA, during Hon Mark H. Vanterpool’s vicious tirade against Hon Andrew A. Fahie, anti-government propagandist and National Democratic Party (NDP) supporter, Lorie A. Rymer, was heard shouting, "Yes, put it to them." Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) today, July 18, 2019, delivered scolding criticisms to District Four (D4) Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), over a 'slanderous' outburst soon after being sworn into to the House at the Tuesday, July, 16, 2019, Fifth Sitting of the First Session of The Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands.

The swearing-in ceremony, which came following months of court action surrounding the D4 Seat, saw Hon Vanterpool launching a vicious attack at the Premier in the compound of the HoA, questioning his security detail and, amongst other claims, pointing out that Mr Fahie had not been honest about the reason for his need for personal security.

Standing Orders breached  

According to Premier Fahie, “Having taken the oath, Mr Vanterpool insisted on making a personal statement, in breach of the Standing Orders, without any regard for the agenda of the House and in total disrespect of the ruling by the Speaker [Hon Julian Willock] that Mr Vanterpool would be allowed to give his speech under the appropriate agenda heading which would be lower down in the order of business.”

Premier Fahie’s criticisms came via a media release today, Thursday where amongst other rebuttals, the Leader of Government Business accused Mr Vanterpool of peddling falsehoods.  

The Premier noted, “Mr Vanterpool’s theatrical and petulant outburst was improper, unparliamentary and totally unacceptable. As an experienced parliamentarian, Mr Vanterpool knows the rules of the House better than most of the other Members, but he deliberately set out to breach them because he wanted to be put out of the House,” Hon Fahie said.

Fahie’s reasoning is that Mr Vanterpool’s aim was to ‘claim victimhood’ and use that as an excuse to launch what he called vile and slanderous personal attacks against him.

Plans thwarted

The Premier said the plan, however, was thwarted with the Speaker Willock's calling of an early recess as a result of the persistent disruption of the proceedings by the newly sworn in Member.  

He said the press conference outside the House, led by Hon Vanterpool, was an unacceptable tirade against the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government, in addition to the Premier.

“Mr Vanterpool’s smear campaign had as its primary and sole objective, character assassination and bacchanal. There was no regard for the truth or facts as outrageous fabrication and malicious falsehoods formed the basis of Mr Vanterpool’s fictional play.”

The premier insisted he has nothing to hide, and maintains a clean hand and a pure heart. “This was clearly a pre-planned, stage-managed affair that was designed to seek maximum attention and grab news headlines,” Hon Fahie said.

At the HoA, during Vanterpool’s vicious tirade against Hon Fahie, anti-government propagandist and National Democratic Party (NDP) supporter, Lorie A. Rymer, was heard shouting, "Yes, put it to them."

27 Responses to “'Character assassination, Total disrespect'- Premier on Vanterpool's crazy rant”

  • asking for a friend (18/07/2019, 19:49) Like (29) Dislike (26) Reply
    why you all wasting time with crazy Mark?
  • onbe eye (18/07/2019, 20:04) Like (19) Dislike (21) Reply
    Lorrie should have gone blind, it was VIP who saved he
  • wize up (18/07/2019, 20:05) Like (39) Dislike (8) Reply
    why now...all these years went by and nothing from the mouth of holy vanterpool suddenly and out of left field all of this vomit: homeboy sounds like an disgruntled employee(can we apply freedom of speech!!!!
  • from the TT minister (18/07/2019, 20:23) Like (33) Dislike (12) Reply
    One thing I agree with, it was a crazy rant indeed
  • ???? (18/07/2019, 20:51) Like (36) Dislike (46) Reply
    But why does Andrew need security???
    • Outspoken (18/07/2019, 22:02) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
      @?????, that’s a very foolish question. Whether death treat or not the BVI is the only place I know where the leader of government business and the Governor does that have a security detail. He said he had death threats on his life, hence the reason for his personal security and with Mark venomous attack on him, I have no doubt that he received death treat.
      • ???? (19/07/2019, 12:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, obviously Andrew was threatened, but by who??!! It just seems that Mark wants Andrew to disclose details to the people, as they are paying for the security.
    • payup (18/07/2019, 22:11) Like (12) Dislike (18) Reply
      he is owing someone
  • That crazy many (18/07/2019, 21:08) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    You know what he might try
  • lmfao (18/07/2019, 21:11) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mental health case? Acting like he was fatherless!!! Don’t tell me he want be premier. Bohahahhaha
  • TIT FOR TAT (18/07/2019, 21:48) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    As far as I see it, both sides are assassinating each other. Who will step up and focus on the people?
  • Quiet Warrior (18/07/2019, 22:26) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    Having won the D-4 rep seat in the 2/25 general election, Mark Vanterpool submitted his resignation on March 05. Mark’s intended to resign and he resigned. The learned jurist errored in ruling that his resignation letter was invalid. Subsequent to the erroneous judicial ruling, the Speaker appealed it. The process should have been allowed to continue. Instead, the Premier weighed with an olive branch and the process was stopped. For the Premier’s olive branch, he got some blows with a 2X4. It is well known that when you play with snakes they will bite you or squeeze you to death.
  • The Reaper (19/07/2019, 04:00) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    Who stop Vip. Motorcade In Seacow Bay. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..Tell the truth Andrew. Who stop U
  • Jordana (19/07/2019, 07:28) Like (31) Dislike (17) Reply
    The darts of the enemy/enemies will never touch Min. Fahie for God is his Defender and Shield..the snake only has power on the ground, but when he’s taken up in the heavenly realm, he becomes powerless..and to God satan must bow..
    • Yo (20/07/2019, 05:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thats our problem, we throw in Jehovah in our foolish tslk, if the premier had thst belief he would not of sign a 4yr contract of $6,000,000,00 on the head of w the people, poor bvi!
  • jail boy (19/07/2019, 08:13) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Willock crazy to swear him in, he needed to be up the Ghut
  • ?? (19/07/2019, 09:22) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    Andrew! I don’t trust you!
  • Real (19/07/2019, 09:27) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    A Psycharist is needed for proof that this man is not insane. There is no normalcy in his behavior. If he is not fit to serve let him step down. He has no one to hide behind with his conduct. Please work on this quickly.
  • Roxy (19/07/2019, 15:22) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    you all are too hypocrite and bad minded. when skelton cline was getting on like that on the podium during campaign all you never say he was in need of psychiatric help. Mark did right. there is more to come.
  • old (19/07/2019, 20:15) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Y people want to live other people live, some people don’t like change if the man want security I don’t see nothing wrong with that .
  • Ivan (20/07/2019, 19:20) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I don’t have a problem with the Premier having a security detail. After all, it’s not uncommon anywhere in the world. The district 4 rep. no longer want to be a politician and the lunatics that asked him to run after he clearly did not want to represent them, hence his resignation should not have asked him to run against his wishes.


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