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HOA sessions like watching Jerry Springer Show – Elton Callwood

- Open Mic guests call for greater level of transparency, say NDP gov't not listening to people
Guest on the Open Mic radio show, Mr Elton Callwood, said the House of Assembly sessions were like listening to a Jerry Springer show. Photo: VINO/File
Natalio Wheatley stated that the government should not only provide transparency for the United Kingdom (UK) because of the Protocols for Effective Financial Management signed on April 13, 2012 but there should also be transparency for the general public. Photo: supplied
Natalio Wheatley stated that the government should not only provide transparency for the United Kingdom (UK) because of the Protocols for Effective Financial Management signed on April 13, 2012 but there should also be transparency for the general public. Photo: supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The public remains with unanswered questions following the Motion of No Confidence brought against the National Democratic Party (NDP) government by Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA in the House of Assembly (HOA) on July 26, 2013, according to radio panellists on the Open Mic talk show aired on July 31, 2013.

“The public still [doesn’t] know more now than they did [before the Motion],” said host Julio S. Henry.

Guest on the show, Mr Elton Callwood replied, “I’m glad you said the public because we all talk about [Opposition Members]… but it’s bigger than them, we [the public] are not getting any answers… it’s like watching a Jerry Springer Show.”

The show’s other guest for the evening, Natalio Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru said the public needs to use whatever mediums are available to try to get information, but the reality is that the two parties [NDP and VIP] seemed to be playing with each other.

“They have these parliamentary little games, little shenanigans going on between them and I think that the people get lost in all of that,” he added, “to be honest, I think that the public is sick of it.”

Both guests said that members of the public had repeatedly stated that they were not inclined to listen to what takes place in the House of Assembly any longer.

Wheatley stated that the government should not only provide transparency for the United Kingdom (UK) because of the Protocols for Effective Financial Management signed on April 13, 2012 but there should also be transparency for the general public.

He argued that the NDP government was not listening to the electorate even after promising to do so during their last election campaign, “it seems to me that they are a little bit worse right now. These guys have decided that they have a plan and they’re going to do whatever it is they’re going to do and they’re not going to let anything get in the way of them doing it.”

He continued, “They’ll just try to put some spin on it or explain it in a nice way afterwards and people have to swallow it.”

He said one of the main criticisms of the NDP government when it was previously in office was that they were not listening to the people and it was simply not enough to have a radio programme or district meetings to report on what is being done. “You should honestly listen to the views that the people have and that should have an impact on the way you’re governing,” he said.

It was in October of 2012 that former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons commented that there was a breakdown of decorum in the House of Assembly (HOA) of the Virgin Islands and even went as far as to liken it to that of a “circus”.
Mrs Parsons had said the behaviour of certain Members in the HOA was a “burning issue” for persons in the community and that it was “deplorable”.

She had also claimed that members of the community indicated to her that they no longer tune in to the House of Assembly sessions because of their disappointment with the way business was being conducted in the HOA.

“To me the House of Assembly has become a circus,” Mrs Parsons had bluntly stated.

15 Responses to “HOA sessions like watching Jerry Springer Show – Elton Callwood”

  • not me or mine (01/08/2013, 08:11) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    When you elect a brunch of low class people to your highest body what else to you expect?
  • Balls! (01/08/2013, 08:34) Like (11) Dislike (33) Reply
    If you wait for the general public to overwhelmingly agree on decisions that are made by government we will never get anywhere. Most of the population fail to see the bigger picture and that will always be the case. What it needs is a government to have the balls to make decisions for the long term betterment of the country, not just until the next election. Unfortunately the BVI political scene for the past 40+ years has worked on a basis of "now" and "me", not "future" and "all of us".

    If you read the blogs and hear the people speak whenever a new project is announced everyone complains that the last project is not finished. Do we wait to build on one project at a time? Do we start a race with several horses at the same time or do we wait for the first to finish before the next one is out of the gate? I do agree fully that some of these projects are way past due, but in many cases the petty squabbling of the community and some of these talk show hosts is holding up the progress and the ability for the government to make decisions.
  • HOC IS SHAMEFUL! (01/08/2013, 08:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The HOC has become downright shameful! After all the commotion, nothing moves forward, nobody gets help and we look like a set of fools in the eyes of the world, especially ENGLAND who is watching and listening with all ears! All these politicians doing is playing right into the hands of ENGLAND for a take over of this land!
  • GoonSquad (01/08/2013, 09:04) Like (3) Dislike (31) Reply
    Elton, you just a bunch of sour grapes. If any government had to listen to everything the voters suggested, what do you think would happen? NOTING!! for everyone would want them to do things differently. Miseon, sometimes you have to go out on a limb and forget about the voices to move your country forward. They were elected to run this country by us, the voters. Let the people do their job
  • Seeker of the truth. (01/08/2013, 10:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did you see Elton and Claude go at it? That was Jerry Springer!
  • l (01/08/2013, 10:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They promised to listen this time around. At first they started to listen, but now they have fallen back to their old ways.
  • bam see (01/08/2013, 10:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This guy shawonde is something else because he dont say these kind of things when he's on a show with eduenka....I wonder why?
  • vote PPA (01/08/2013, 14:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    if only the PPA will get there act together they could unseat the NDP
    • Politics (01/08/2013, 16:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And then in 2yrs you all will be ready to unseat them after you don't get what you want. Blah blah frigging BLAH!!!!
  • jack (01/08/2013, 20:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not believe that successive governments are interested to do anything for the people because the way the NDP is runing the place it provides a feast for corrupt appetite.
  • yes we can (02/08/2013, 06:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is the entire BVI so ashamed of the House? Can someone tell me…the ball head guy to dam rude and come with his Antiguan gutter politics which is outside of our culture!!
  • f dem (03/08/2013, 10:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not surprising accountability for performance was never considered as being part of the government's mandate.
  • Fisg (07/08/2013, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ppa is the real Jerry springer

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