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Hon Walwyn sings a different tune about Hon RT O'Neal OBE

- in support of ‘Member Emeritus title to the man he once referred to as 'an emperor without clothes'
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn said that it is important that persons who have made a significant contribution to the country are honoured while they are still alive. He was speaking on Monday July 6, 2015 during the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly during a motion to confer the title of Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly upon Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Walwyn noted that he along with other members of the House of Assembly have been calling for something more significant to be done to honour the veteran politician. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Walwyn noted that he along with other members of the House of Assembly have been calling for something more significant to be done to honour the veteran politician. Photo: VINO/File
First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie described the move by the NDP Government in the House of Assembly to confer the title of Member Emeritus on Hon O'Neal as a 'day of atonement'. Photo: VINO/File
First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie described the move by the NDP Government in the House of Assembly to confer the title of Member Emeritus on Hon O'Neal as a 'day of atonement'. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While many saw him as the lead in disrespecting statesman Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE and his contributions to the territory, Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn is now saying it is important that persons who have made a significant contribution to the country are honoured while they are still alive.

He was speaking on Monday July 6, 2015 during the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly during a motion to confer the title of Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly upon Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE.

"I think it's a very positive thing that we are doing this now for Honourable O'Neal so that he can know how we feel about him and how the territory feels about him and for us to be able to recognise and thank him for the contribution that he has made to the development of the Virgin Islands," he said.

He noted that he along with other members of the House of Assembly have been calling for something more significant to be done to honour the veteran politician.

"We have to decide what that will be but certainly what we are doing here is certainly a good start but I believe we have to go a lot further. There is nobody alive in the territory who has contributed more to the development of this country than Mr O'Neal...and not just in his political career and the various ministries that he was Minister for but also his years in the teaching service," said Honourable Walwyn.

He saluted Honourable O'Neal for the sacrifice of his family life in service to the people.

"Mr O'Neal is a fine example of what a politician should be like," he said. "Even though elected to the district Mr O'Neal operated as an At Large member. He helped whoever came to him," he said.

A different song

It should be noted, however, that it was Honourable Walwyn who during the campaign trail in 2011 referred to then Premier Hon O’Neal as an “Emperor without clothes”.

Also, during the just concluded general elections campaign, Hon Walwyn said the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) should stop “dragging Honourable O’Neal out at night” to campaign for them. Many residents and the VIP took this as an insult and disrespect to the political stalwart for Mr Walwyn to suggest that the former veteran legislator was a child not capable of making his own decisions in campaigning for the party he led for 20 of his 40 years in office.

First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie described the move by the NDP Government in the House of Assembly to confer the title of Member Emeritus on Hon O'Neal as a 'day of atonement'.

Speaking at the July 6, 2015 Second Sitting of the First Session of the Third House of Assembly, Hon Fahie said: “To me it is the Government’s way of sending off Honourable O’Neal in the right way. To me it is the Government’s way too of apologising for certain statements in the past that were proven not to be so about his leadership and about his stewardship,” he said.

20 Responses to “Hon Walwyn sings a different tune about Hon RT O'Neal OBE”

  • true tolian (08/07/2015, 09:25) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    At election time a lot of things are said,when it is all over we should then
    put our differences aside and live as one.
  • farmer brown (08/07/2015, 09:31) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yea yea set of hypocrites
    • Gravy (08/07/2015, 15:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Everyone disrespected everyone, Ralph has done his share as well, but the strange part is he only seems to remember the NDP folks been nice to him, where are the VIP names who were good to him, are they all dead. or are they all cutthroats.
  • 911 (08/07/2015, 09:39) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    Myron always playing pure politics
  • gee (08/07/2015, 09:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    kudos for the attempt at reconciliation. it is the civil thing to do. in some jurisdiction it gets really personally and remains so in and out of election season.
  • So What? (08/07/2015, 09:43) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    That was politics and Oneal knows this!
    • hello (08/07/2015, 10:35) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not for our BVI. Place too small for this. Respect is required.
      • Jane (08/07/2015, 10:52) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
        They come here to our good bvi with this wicked nasty down island politics...keep it down island
        • island girl (08/07/2015, 21:55) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
          WE COME FROM THE ISLAND BUT IF IT WAS NOT WE WHO COME FROM THE ISLAND TO MAKE THE BVI OUR HOME THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY BVI THE BVI IS MADE UP OF ISLAND PEOPLE DO NOT FORGET THAT AND IT IS TIME FOR U ALL EVERY ONE OF U ALL BVISLANDERS TO STOP THIS CRAP AND START LIVING AS ONE PLEASE TIME IS TOO SHORT PEOPLE DROPPING LIKE FLY AND U ALL WILL NOT CHANGE STOP THE IGNORANCE PLEASE
          • to island girl (10/07/2015, 02:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            You just need to shut your mouth up and get the hell back
            In your country. B.v.i does not need you.


  • shine eye! (08/07/2015, 10:31) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Mvw thing we must just forget the insults he give to rto
  • yea (08/07/2015, 10:54) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Rude garute...now he come talking but independence...not over our dead bodies
  • BORN AND BREAD BVI (08/07/2015, 12:05) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let me tell you something since you forget MR O NEAL have paved the way for your parents to come here born you here in our little island you were damn forward to dis respect him and now playing like you care you ///// you will never fit in MR O NEAL shoes.
  • @yea (08/07/2015, 14:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Write this down. The day will soon come when people in this territory will not be looked up on based on where they were born. check it out....more than half of the young people you meet has at least a parent who was born somewhere else while BVIslanders are going to the USA to have their children and when these kids are of age they will run there and have their own kids leaving the BVI to who?
  • Waitt (08/07/2015, 15:11) Like (83) Dislike (4) Reply
    You cannot expect more from a hog but a grunt. Be glad that the constitution was messed up so he could run. Thanks to all who he is putting down. He had to be born in hiding so he could be born here. Be careful what you ask for.
  • .......... (08/07/2015, 17:10) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    How can any children ever look up to the so called minister of education?
  • old (08/07/2015, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all have your hand full with ndp vip was the way to go people

  • zoe (08/07/2015, 23:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can someone tell ballhead that the campaign season or silly season is over and he won???? no need to be in there like a big fat hypocrite pretening like he so love Ralph....we did not eat our school fees deman you waz sounding so dub with your phony trubute to Ralph
  • healing (09/07/2015, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The first step to healing begins when one can say i'm sorry and truly mean it from with in.

    Apologising is the way to go. it hurts but let it be said and move on save our self some doctor bills and we would live longer, healthier lives.


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