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Hon Christopher slams Premier Smith, ‘Economy not robust!’

- National Democratic Party infighting gone public; Are there ‘cracks in the walls of our Jerusalem?’
February 24th, 2017 | Tags: economy robust airport project Delores Christopher NDP
Fifth District Representative and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Delores Christopher (right) has taken a swipe at her own Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) on the state of the economy. Photo: VINO/File
Former legislator and National Democratic Party supporter Eileene L. Parsons OBE, in a leaked letter published by this news site, had warned that all was not well in the NDP and had spoken out against the treatment of its women legislators. Photo : VINO/File
Former legislator and National Democratic Party supporter Eileene L. Parsons OBE, in a leaked letter published by this news site, had warned that all was not well in the NDP and had spoken out against the treatment of its women legislators. Photo : VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The first day of the Budget debate held on February 23, 2017 for the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration spending bill had high drama, suspicion and theatrics, not even William Shakespeare in many of his writings could have properly described.

While viewership and interest in the House of Assembly’s proceeding have been at an all-time low, as many persons have been turned off with the lack of substance in the House of Assembly (HoA) and “circus” like behaviour of some Legislators, those who did not tune in to yesterday’s Fourth Sitting of the Second Session of the Third HoA would have failed to capture the complete range of human emotion and conflict.

It was outright defiance and going rouge from the two lone female backbench Legislators, Hons Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) and Delores Christopher (R5).

The two NDP members both publicly opposed their government’s policy to move forward with the airport runway expansion project at this time, saying “now is not the time and we cannot afford the cost.”

However, Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and his Deputy Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) labelled the airport project “a done deal.”

Not as robust- Hon Christopher

In addition, from about 2013 to current Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Smith has been telling the public and the international community that the Virgin Islands’ economy is “robust.”

Well yesterday, as part of the high drama and rebellion, Fifth District Representative Hon Christopher slammed her boss Dr Smith on the rhetoric, while making her contribution to the 2017 Budget debate.

She told the public while speaking about the notion articulated by the Premier that “the economy is robust” but stated she has not “looked up the word but I believe I know what it means, but I believe it is not as robust as we saying it is.”

This was a direct dig at Premier Smith who has carried the ‘economy is robust’ script for years and is a rebuke to the Party Leader, her own Premier. Hon Christopher warned that “we have to face things squally in the face, Madam Speaker.”

Premier Smith losing support; forced to adjourn HoA

Speaking this morning to our newsroom, a senior NDP source told us they were not surprised about what happened yesterday as they warned Dr Smith “this will happen as they had this debate in caucus for months.”

The source said Premier Smith was hurt and was forced to abruptly adjourn the HoA sitting until next week as others in the backbench and “at least one Minister of Government would have spoken out against the airport project going ahead now.”

When asked if this was a vote of no confidence in Premier Smith, the source said “you can judge for yourself but not listening to the people and his own elected colleagues will damage the party going forward.”

One can only remember the infamous letter written to the Government’s eleven elected members by the party spokeswoman and outspoken supporter, former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE, that the NDP “spring has dried up” and there are now “cracks in the walls of our Jerusalem?”

51 Responses to “Hon Christopher slams Premier Smith, ‘Economy not robust!’”

  • Sleeper (24/02/2017, 13:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Has Deloris the courage? The love of Country and Freedom?
  • insider (24/02/2017, 13:22) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    My theory is Mr. zzzzzzz deserve what happens to him as retribution for the wreckage, and turmoil he has brought on by not making the women junior Minister of Trade. BAM
  • Mr. P (24/02/2017, 13:24) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this group governing from behind the curtains?, we are all in a lot of trouble until the next elections.
  • Notonmywatch (24/02/2017, 13:25) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Senator Christopher you speaking good truth to power Dr. Smith don't have a clue of the suffering out here.
    #NOT my Government!
  • Respect Earned (24/02/2017, 13:46) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have regained Respect for Miss Eileene Parson, Hon. Christopher, and Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines. The Ole-Boys-Club must be inclusive of ALL Members Perspectives and concerns. Thank you for speaking you'll minds for the voiceless constituents. The well-being of our country is ALL of our concern.
  • wize up (24/02/2017, 13:59) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    at the end of the day; china will deal with the airport project: more strong females needs to consider running for electoral office because the guys simply looking to fill their pockets with tax payers money(then try covering it up).....7 good ladies for political office come 2019(NDP can't afford another snap election this one going down to the wire)
  • me (24/02/2017, 14:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    teeth and tongue fall out
  • Well Sah (24/02/2017, 14:16) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The meeting was postponed because of glover park's absence
  • Safe journey (24/02/2017, 14:18) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was hurt by the ladies wow that is why his wife said man is not the head of her house hold them man is real woman
  • cline (24/02/2017, 14:38) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    watch out now doc will try to fire her too
  • Show us the money (24/02/2017, 14:38) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply

    The very least this government can do is show us some kind of agreement from a worthy airline (BVI Airways do not count in this equation), agreeing to an appropriate number of scheduled direct flights to EIS over a period of time to warrant investing $155M, (possibly more based on prior track records), at this time when we have soo many other challenges requiring attention.

    At least we will be able to muster a little sound sleep knowing that this investment at this time will not become yet another burden on us the taxpayers to pay back with our already meager wages- and getting even smaller with all the additional taxes levied on us by this current government.

    Lord! What have we done to deserve all this kind of treatment from a government who seems to love operating under darkness?


  • Sawda (24/02/2017, 15:21) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the government even can't afford toilet paper for the teachers and students to use ,how can they afford a Airport..That's exactly what the females senators wanted to say but that will have put the Premier in a Coma..The ladies said and I quote "No Time For Kissing Babies" we talking Reality..
  • OuttheNDP (24/02/2017, 15:26) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another St John, NDP can't pay their bills so taxes goes up NDP then passes the bills to the taxes who then have to sell off property cause they can't pay.
    • ... (24/02/2017, 23:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      these are not normal times. BVI politics is still feeling the aftershocks of last year’s election
  • very concern (24/02/2017, 15:57) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    People of this ISLAND please be very careful it is time to march against the AIRPORT project because they are saying one thing, now but at the end of the day it will go up to two hundred millions and who will have to pay for it higher taxes on the people. And please remember they already have themselves set up for life so people this is real serious time if this is a done deal.
  • plumber (24/02/2017, 16:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply

    I was called in to try to fix the cracks in the wall of "Jerusalem" but too much bust pipes in the wall..Just a little punch list and might need the "Watch Man D" to help me finish..8 mil gone from East to town to finish the sewage and the Director telling the people in the East "Sh** But Don't Flush" Simple Mark Bring the God Damn money back and finish the East End Sewage it Been 30 years..Green Land field 1 mil spent its like a "Hog Pen Now".Pariquita Bay no ADFAIR some body kill that dead ,who to blame? Brandy wine Bay they trying to make a Pond a Beach for tourist ,and want to keep Beef Island Beach For Dogs to sh** on..16 mil Loan from Social Security to fix Roads ,Are they Fixed? Can someone tell us the balance of our Social Security we don't want to end up like our USVI counter paths...The Social Security is been sued and wondering for how much ,is it for all our hard earn money ? We need answers..Well Well Magaritaville is not coming again after wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars for driving piles and we can't drink a Magarita until 2018 ,what a set of "Circus Clouds" People buy local, support your own..I give up now it's to much to continue,all I can say "ITS A No Confident Motion Against This Government " They F""""" up The WAlls of Jerursalem beyond Repairs...

  • 2 Doct Party. (24/02/2017, 17:50) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is nothing to do with gender. Women seem to have more balls..The mother instinct to love and care..At the end the two Doctors will have their way.... People like Deleres and Alvera conscience are cleared and can sleep good at nights.
    • wize up (24/02/2017, 19:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ 2 Doct Party: well said and I love the caption 2 Doc Party(for real) these 2 Doc don't have to worry about getting reelected(bread done butter) come hell or high water the Chinese are coming: when vote is called of the 13 members 7 will vote for that project
  • B Savage (24/02/2017, 17:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    "One can only remember the infamous letter written to the Government’s eleven elected members by the party spokeswoman and outspoken supporter, former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE, that the NDP “spring has dried up” and there are now “cracks in the walls of our Jerusalem?” VINO your are the best as this is priceless
  • pat (24/02/2017, 18:55) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    airport really a done deal? no everyone is on the same page. The courageous ladies are right about priorities.
  • tola (24/02/2017, 18:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank You miss Christopher he don't know about hard times he bread done butter. I glad people really seeing this man next side.
  • JACK BE STILL (24/02/2017, 19:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with sister D, I hope Everyone in the backbench walked out on Tuesday. Mr. ZZZZZZ could talked to himself.
  • big girls rules (24/02/2017, 20:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do not allow it, please. It is very difficult to go back to normal.
  • MAN (24/02/2017, 20:22) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now his robust cock co may-may must stop.

    ENOUGH.
  • Safe journey (24/02/2017, 20:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    BUT to deny Ms. Christopher is talking the truth--- that would be ugly and dangerous.
  • HAHA (24/02/2017, 20:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The revolution will not, apparently, be coming from the VIP but the NDP
  • she finally wake up (24/02/2017, 20:38) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    You know what? I'm out of words.
  • power (24/02/2017, 22:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time for the women of the BVI to band together, have each other backs and get more involved in running the Government. Ladies, we can do it.
  • Scary Mary (24/02/2017, 22:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Any intelligent person would know that it's only the Messiah could have fully turned the country around in one year or even 6. And before you get all political about my comment, please be advised that I am neither a NDP nor VIP, I am a BVIslander who cares about my country and who is not afraid to call a spade a spade.
  • TurtleDove (24/02/2017, 22:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The runway expansion project is not a bad idea, but it brings in no returns for the next 10 to 15 years.
  • 911 (24/02/2017, 23:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The big winners this week was the women who spoke up for country over party. In a time of rising anti-establishment political movements, it was a striking victory for the country above self.

    Clap clap clap to Alvera and Deloris
  • Edmond (24/02/2017, 23:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't blog but things must be bad when ya own turn on you,our doctor needs examining by does same doctors who went on strike.
  • B Real (24/02/2017, 23:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The irony of such disenchantment that even elected members have with NDP politics; sadly is the absence of a good alternative!
  • Angela (24/02/2017, 23:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a leader, not a sleeper
  • Pimp wid a limp (24/02/2017, 23:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be careful Sister D, Dr. Smith could make you even more irrelevant, for he still holds the cards as Minister of Finance.
  • Belonger With A Broad Perspective (25/02/2017, 02:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have they taken notes fromHillary. I'm with HER!!!!Go Girls!!!! Ladies in Leadership!!! I love it!!!! Bedroom/Boardroom Bullies!!!
    • Grumpy (25/02/2017, 10:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not like her. She lost. Go to the people with common sense like Trump did. Politicians are mad, but so be it, the people are happy.
  • Jack B Nimble (25/02/2017, 03:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We as a people we talk too much, we don't act, we don't think----The Airport project cannot stop will not stop--Lots of that Airport monies will roll back in lots of people's pockets and in campaign 2019. Its an election winning strategy.Money make things happen......we just talk when we upset, when money start running---NDP again 2019...
    • voiceofthevoiceless (26/02/2017, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ JackB nimble

      "The Airport project cannot stop will not stop--Lots of that Airport monies will roll back in lots of people's pockets and in campaign 2019".
      Cannot stop will not stop reall? First of all you do realize that the UK has to approve the project and the funding for it right? Secondly, you underestimate the will of the people? You think Delores and Alvera were just speaking based on their experiences? They are speaking based on the experiences of their constituents.

      You sound like NDP and the Done deal crew. We do not print money and we simply cannot afford another capital project with their propensity for massive overruns. When will you people learn? Where are the feasibility studies? The cost/benefit analysis?What about our crippling infrastructure? Our underfunded education, national security and healthcare systems? What about the fact that our FS revenues continue to decline at a precipitous rate. We just saw our highest number of overnight visitors in 2016 so if we have done so much with so little what is the justification for this project? Oh I got it so their Cronies could raid the cookie jar.
  • elder (25/02/2017, 08:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sometimes we could talk until we blue in the face, if stubborn children don't want to listen they will do what they want. When they suffer the consequences of their actions, they will then say they should have listened. Perfect situation right here. GOD help us all.
  • dem like man (25/02/2017, 11:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The removal of any women from the Cabinet or even a Jr Ministry means no voices for cabinet-level input for females to this current government should surprise nobody.
  • voiceofthevoiceless (25/02/2017, 11:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was bound to happen sooner but it happened later instead. It was without dispute, Hon. Christopher's most valuable input during her tenure in the House. It cannot stop here though. Talk is cheap and money buy land. Any time the project comes to the House for financing she must vote nay. It may not be enough to prevent it from passing as NDP has such a massive numbers advantage but it would at least clear her conscience and History would be kind to her.

    You cannot just spend spend spend with zero accountability and transparency and when the money run low go back and spend again and don't expect people to ask questions. I mean you cutting the district budgets so the ladies are saying are wary of the burden of another albatross eg. Hospital, Pier Park, BI Water. Then you want to build an airport without any MOU's from any of the major airlines, any long-term viability plan, without coming to the people with more specifics of the new deal. The three Doctors appear to be disconnected from the people and I wait to see if any other reps have the courage to publicly disagree with this project.

    We the people need to stand up and march. We need to approach and write our reps and let them know our perspective on the project. Come on People!
  • facts man (25/02/2017, 11:13) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Doc has always nurtured its know-nothing-and-proud-of-it streak...it has kept him in power
  • NYT (25/02/2017, 16:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going." ~~ Harriet Tubman
  • girl you go! (25/02/2017, 16:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A true BVI heroine in every way imaginable. Big Ups Hon Christopher
  • crazy (26/02/2017, 17:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a weak group by any standard
  • teacher jenny (27/02/2017, 22:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Time has come it seems to me
    To talk of many things,
    Of lies, and facts, alternatives
    To which our Premier clings,
    Of whether the economy is robust
    Is hoax or of Truth rings.


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