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Hon Christian wants Hon O’Neal to apologise for name calling

- said Hon Julian Fraser, RA should also apologise
Territorial At-Large candidate under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Honourable Archibald C. Christian last night, May 28, 2015 called on members of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to apologise to the NDP team for calling them unfavourable names. He said Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and VIP Chairman Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) in particular needed to apologise. Photo: VINO
“I felt profoundly disappointed when I read that up in the Ninth District in Anegada… and I have been telling you ladies and gentlemen that desperation is a funny thing and with 11 days [to elections] I am not sure how bad it’s going to get but it has gotten to a point to where I think Premier and colleagues tonight I need to say something about it and say it in very strong words,” said Hon Christian. He also took offense to Hon Fraser referring to the NDP members as 'Dogs'. Photo: VINO
“I felt profoundly disappointed when I read that up in the Ninth District in Anegada… and I have been telling you ladies and gentlemen that desperation is a funny thing and with 11 days [to elections] I am not sure how bad it’s going to get but it has gotten to a point to where I think Premier and colleagues tonight I need to say something about it and say it in very strong words,” said Hon Christian. He also took offense to Hon Fraser referring to the NDP members as 'Dogs'. Photo: VINO
It is ironic, however, that Hon Christian has painted the NDP to be a victim of name calling and demanding an apology when it is his party that is regarded as having cultivated a culture of disrespect, with Hon Myron V. Walwyn referring to the then Premier Hon O’Neal as an ‘emperor without clothes’ on the 2011 campaign trail and another NDP candidate at the time referring to the then Deputy Premier Dancia Penn as an ‘empty kerosene can’. Photo: VINO
It is ironic, however, that Hon Christian has painted the NDP to be a victim of name calling and demanding an apology when it is his party that is regarded as having cultivated a culture of disrespect, with Hon Myron V. Walwyn referring to the then Premier Hon O’Neal as an ‘emperor without clothes’ on the 2011 campaign trail and another NDP candidate at the time referring to the then Deputy Premier Dancia Penn as an ‘empty kerosene can’. Photo: VINO
Hon Christian remained in silence when former legislator and staunch NDP supporter Eileene L. Parsons cursed First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie at a public function in January 2015. Ms Parsons had stated publicly that she was not apologising and that she had in fact “declared war”. Photo: VINO
Hon Christian remained in silence when former legislator and staunch NDP supporter Eileene L. Parsons cursed First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie at a public function in January 2015. Ms Parsons had stated publicly that she was not apologising and that she had in fact “declared war”. Photo: VINO
The Premier’s defending of Ms Parsons, according to critics, further confirmed sentiments that the NDP was indeed cultivating and upholding a culture of disrespect and that Premier Smith lacked that firmness and authority to keep his party members in check. Photo: VINO
The Premier’s defending of Ms Parsons, according to critics, further confirmed sentiments that the NDP was indeed cultivating and upholding a culture of disrespect and that Premier Smith lacked that firmness and authority to keep his party members in check. Photo: VINO
PURCELL, Tortola, VI – Territorial At-Large candidate under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Honourable Archibald C. Christian last night, May 28, 2015 called on members of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to apologise to the NDP team for calling them unfavourable names. He said Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and VIP Chairman Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) in particular needed to apologise.

“Apologise and we will forgive you,” he said. Hon Christian was at the time venting his feelings at what some would call a person with “two mouths” during a campaign meeting at the One Mart parking lot in Purcell.

The At Large member without a ministerial portfolio alluded to the accolades given to Hon O’Neal on May 27, 2015 at an official opening ceremony of the Jeffery Caines Sports Arena on Virgin Gorda and how Hon O’Neal had spoken of the nice way he was treated in the House of Assembly with Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines making sure he got his soup and the other members ensuring that he was comfortable with enough to eat and drink.

The veteran politician had said when his mobility became challenging the NDP members of the House would come over to the Opposition bench and greet him on every occasion. In addition, he had thanked the Speaker of the House, Hon Ingrid Moses, for allowing him to sit while addressing the House.

“I felt profoundly disappointed when I read that up in the Ninth District in Anegada… and I have been telling you ladies and gentlemen that desperation is a funny thing and with 11 days [to elections] I am not sure how bad it’s going to get but it has gotten to a point to where I think Premier and colleagues tonight I need to say something about it and say it in very strong words,” said Hon Christian.

Pack of hounds

With Hon O’Neal as his target, Hon Christian said the night prior to the receiving of “his flowers”, Hon O’Neal, as reported in some sections of the media, had referred to members of the NDP as ‘a pack of hounds’. “You made those lovely remarks the night after but the night before you are saying…that Bertie O’Neal would understand the kind of people he would be dealing with in the NDP and referred to us as a pack of hounds… hounds is a breed of dogs.”

Turning to statements allegedly made by Hon Fraser, Hon Christian said that Premier, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, was admonished to take his “dogs” off of him. “So what do you see here ladies and gentlemen? We have the oldest serving member in the Virgin Islands and perhaps the oldest serving member in the Caribbean referring to members of the NDP as hounds and the person that wants to be the next Premier, sadly that will not happen, calling us dogs.”

Hon Christian took offence to the name calling as he said he can spend an entire campaign season without calling his opponents’ names because as far as he is concerned the elections is about what each side can do to better the lives of the people of the Virgin Islands. “It’s not about name calling and it’s not about defaming people’s character, and I know I have a good character and I know my colleagues have a good character.”

It was at that point Hon Christian said that if the VIP members can find it in their hearts to apologise to the NDP and the people of the VI for their “derogatory” remarks, they would be forgiven. “We will forgive them but I am saying to you tonight ladies and gentlemen and I am asking you to stay focused.”

Where was Hon Christian?

It is ironic, however, that Hon Christian has painted the NDP to be a victim of name calling and demanding an apology when it is his party that is regarded as having cultivated a culture of disrespect, with Hon Myron V. Walwyn referring to the then Premier Hon O’Neal as an ‘emperor without clothes’ on the 2011 campaign trail and another NDP candidate at the time referring to the then Deputy Premier Dancia Penn as an ‘empty kerosene can’.

Neither of these individuals ever publicly apologised for their comments that were frowned upon by the Virgin Islands community as distasteful nor did Hon Christian condemn the name calling then.

In addition to that, Hon Christian remained in silence when former legislator and staunch NDP supporter Eileene L. Parsons cursed First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie at a public function in January 2015. Ms Parsons had stated publicly that she was not apologising and that she had in fact “declared war”.

Premier Smith then came out in defence of Ms Parsons, saying she was provoked and instead cast the blame at the feet of Hon Fahie for Ms Parsons’ outburst.

The Premier’s defending of Ms Parsons, according to critics, further confirmed sentiments that the NDP was indeed cultivating and upholding a culture of disrespect and that Premier Smith lacked that firmness and authority to keep his party members in check.

26 Responses to “Hon Christian wants Hon O’Neal to apologise for name calling ”

  • archie (29/05/2015, 09:15) Like (84) Dislike (22) Reply
    Now is not time for asking for apology now is time to tell the people why they should vote for instead of Sharie DeCastro , I have heard this young lady tell the people what her vision is for the BVI, I think I will gamble on her instead of you.
    • @ archie (30/05/2015, 00:16) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      try dont waste your vote on dead weight....telling a story and living the story are two different things. With that said.......Archie should not be compared to Johnny come lately. He has a track record.
      • Valley Poliical Analyst (30/05/2015, 08:33) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        TRACK RECORD? You mean track record for sitting at the back bench blowing hot air on how to keep the BVI clean! For god sake don't make me laugh!!!! He was the same Johnny come lately last time when he first got in.....and for Sharie at this point right now, is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy above what dead Archie has brought forward. He, Alvera and Delores are their weakest links!!!
  • DON Q (29/05/2015, 09:16) Like (73) Dislike (15) Reply
    But come on now can anyone take Archie seriously..he is on his way out!!! VIP do not waste time he desperate
  • Scamp 1 (29/05/2015, 09:19) Like (61) Dislike (9) Reply
    Oh come off it archie. This is talking season ans chattin shyte season. Apologise to all who were victimized by your government
  • name calling (29/05/2015, 09:24) Like (18) Dislike (29) Reply
    Wasn't it Fraser who originally called the NDP, a "National Dose of Poison", in the 1999 or 2003 elections?
  • VG Realist (29/05/2015, 09:45) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Archie, while I respect you greatly, no apologies are needed as we are in the election season. So chill.
  • My My (29/05/2015, 09:48) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply

    All the dogs are sick and vomiting of this $h1t so imagine human so ARCHIE stop being the damn puppet for the party none of the NDP do not care for the poor I know if they get in it is going to be worst look what happen for the last three and a half years tell me of any small who prosper in that time they prosper when they die and they pay for the funerals and if they get back in the funeral home will get rich off the treasury.

  • Zane (29/05/2015, 10:01) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie you got to be crazy you of all persons bout you want oneal to apologise how many wrong thiings members of your government said about the VIP member If god was like man boy i tell you there will not be enough land to burry the ded Archie you need to shut your mouth because your many skeltons in the closet will soon crawal out shut mouth donot catch fly check your self alot of you playing that you are a clean slate but is to know
  • First district (29/05/2015, 10:08) Like (47) Dislike (3) Reply
    Apoligised for what,. Irene spoke the truth that money that was spent on fire works could hsve gone a long way at the hospital codos to the you lad for his efforts
  • thelma (29/05/2015, 11:20) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about the FLY IN THE OINTMENTfrom that one
  • Voters (29/05/2015, 11:32) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    Cant wait until the people vote out this $&_=) ==

  • LOL (29/05/2015, 13:30) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Archie you should be the one apologizing to the people for not delivering as you promised and tell me when you pack of hounds will put a muzzle on the lady that the health minister was asking if she have anymore bad words for the VIP lets get an Apology from you for the lady that needs the muzzle
  • OH NO!!!!! (29/05/2015, 13:42) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie wants apology only when it suits him and his party. When their rich, white friends calling them from the ports of entry telling them to call off their Dogs it is okay. Then you have the gall to say people jealous? If memory serves me well and am certain, It was the same staunch supporter, Ms.P who said the NDP meant national dose of poison. Need I say more? No one needs to waste time with him because come June 8th, he is history.
  • Your Wife (29/05/2015, 13:59) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope the NDP pay Archie his balance of his monies for the rest of the year because they fired him before his term up.
  • No Name (29/05/2015, 14:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    “Apologise and we will forgive you,” he said. Hon Christian

    You full of ####
  • 123 (29/05/2015, 14:59) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

    another NDP dead horse taking $h1T!

  • Battery (29/05/2015, 16:38) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie you are like an Alkaline Battery, cant stand up under pressure. How can you lead? Pastor Clyne, Frazer, Oneal and Ronnie, they are like ever ready batteries, takes a beating and keep on ticking. Those are leaders. you have a few weeks to make your last public speech, enjoy
  • Rasville Massive (29/05/2015, 17:05) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie you go sit down useless man
  • foxy (29/05/2015, 18:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    evertime i see that disgraceful lady Ms. P I want to vote for VIP
  • focus (29/05/2015, 19:41) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hannibal or Dancia will be sending u home an absolute waste of time....apology my @$$
  • Mano a Mano (29/05/2015, 21:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Archie, give it a rest with the hypocricy. Where were you with "the emperor has no clothes," get the f...out of my face," "empty kerosene pan," "fly in the oitment," "manchineel........".....etc. This is politics, not Boy Scout anyway. The polls say you are a gonna so enjoy the remaining 2 minutes of your 15 minutes. Last election you rode the crest of NDP wave. What are plans for the territory other trying to ride on coat tails.
  • Lol lol poor Archie (01/06/2015, 11:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You on your people them website, and getting hammered. Ain't look good for you come June 8th buddy...
  • Foolishness (01/06/2015, 20:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NPD Administration has constantly been involved in name calling. Why because someone that has never done it before all of a sudden has to apologize for it? Did the other representatives ask the NDP administration to apologize after their constant name calling?


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