Hon. O’Neal says ‘Divine Master’ gave no instructions to leave politics
“My life is committed to the Divine Master and He will tell me when it’s time to do something else,” Hon. O’Neal said. The hostess quickly interjected to ask whether the Divine Master has told him this yet and he immediately responded, “No, not yet.”
The Leader of the Opposition was at the time appearing on Real Talk with hostess Karia J. Christopher as part of the series “The 10 most fascinating people in the BVI”.
The former Premier, in responding to a question about whether his health status should be held up to the microscope given the fact that he is in the political arena, said “…if a man is sick, he’s sick. Some people might want to say you got to get rid of the man, get rid of the woman, but I have seen a Minister, a blind man in England, in British Honduras… I’ve seen him pushed around, holding high office… they do it as if nothing is wrong.”
Hon. O’Neal credited his level of preparedness from an early age while he was a teacher in North Sound for his longevity in the political arena, adding that he was ‘not vex at all’ about making the decision.
The Opposition leader was also asked whether there was any truth to himself as a politician being ruthless and striking a balance with this, Hon. O’Neal said he prayed for humility each day and was keen on listening to persons' concerns, “I find that is a way of getting people to know who you are and what you are trying to do,” he said.
His level of visibility as Leader of the Opposition was another issue raised during the interview. In response to this, he related an extract that he had read from a book about former US President, Lyndon B. Johnson. “He said his father told him, that a man who is not listening is not learning… so, I listen.”
He described the body work and achievements he had accomplished while serving as Principal of the school in North Sound as the legacy he wished to leave after he had left this earth. “If you’re looking for a legacy, that is it there,” said Hon. O’Neal.
The first Premier of the Virgin Islands explained that the question of whether he was satisfied with the way in which the Territory was being run currently was a ‘difficult one’. “What is satisfactory to me might not be satisfactory to you or somebody else,” he added. He further stated, “Whether I’m satisfied or not, the government must govern... how they govern will be tested in the next election.”