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Hon Walywn praises Opposition Leader on UK review consultations

-now wants Hon Fahie to hand over submissions through Premier’s Office
Chairman of the NDP Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), has publicly lauded the efforts of Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
The decision by the UK Parliament to review its relationship with its OTs has drawn mixed reactions from residents but there has been consensus on one aspect; the NDP does not hold the confidence of most in the Territory to handle the debacle. Photo: Internet Source
The decision by the UK Parliament to review its relationship with its OTs has drawn mixed reactions from residents but there has been consensus on one aspect; the NDP does not hold the confidence of most in the Territory to handle the debacle. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), has publicly lauded the efforts of Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), over his proactive approach to arrange consultations with the people of the Territory with regards the United Kingdom’s (UK) review of its relationship with Overseas Territories (OTs), including the Virgin Islands (VI).

Hon Walwyn’s pronouncements were had on Monday, August 27, 2018, during the NDP’s radio programme ‘Drive Time.’

The NDP Chairman and co-leader of government business in the House of Assembly (HoA) told listeners, “I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Leader of the Opposition for his contribution in assisting to bring wider consultation on this matter to the citizens of the Territory.”

Premier’s Office

Unlike the approach of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman, the ruling NDP has instead opted to submit unilateral submissions to the UK’s Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs.

As such, Hon Walwyn has since invited persons who would like to make independent submissions to do so through the government‘s website where a link has been created specifically to accommodate this inquiry.

The NDP Chairman suggested  too, “I would like to suggest that the feedback received through all public consultations be sent to the Foreign Affairs Committee through the Premier’s Office which will be a show of unity among the people of the Virgin Islands and will further demonstrate our believe in our 'One BVI' mantra."

All consultations, no doubt include those prepared by the Opposition Leader.

Unilateral Submissions

The NDP’s position to make its own unilateral submissions came only after Hon Fahie had already outlined his plans for Territory-wide consultations with the people of the VI.

The Premier—unlike Hon Fahie’s approach to traverse the Territory and meet with the people in a Town Hall meeting format—had instead said, “my Government has already commenced work on responding to inquiry and any member of community is invited to also make their submission to my office.”

Hon Walywn now wants the Opposition Leader to incorporate his work, into whatever submission is to be made by the Premier’s Office to the UK Parliamentary Committee.

No Confidence

The decision by the UK to review its relationship with its OTs has drawn mixed reactions from residents but there has been consensus on one aspect; the NDP does not hold the confidence of most in the Territory to handle the debacle.

Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church (CGBBC), Reverend, Dr Michael A. Turnbull recently declared, “…we cannot depend on the Government or any other public official to have the conversation for us.”

Opposition Leader, Hon Fahie after meeting with Premier Smith on August 14, 2018, had expressed similar sentiments.

Since taking power in the 2011 Elections, the NDP government has demonstrated a track record of ‘secrecy’ in its transactions while ignoring the input of residents of the VI.

There is currently rising levels of confusion as to who is really in charge of the Territory since Dr Smith now shares responsibility with the recently elected Chairman—Honourable Walwyn.

10 Responses to “Hon Walywn praises Opposition Leader on UK review consultations”

  • johnny (28/08/2018, 14:29) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    So is he calling it quits!!! Defeated???
    • west (29/08/2018, 04:55) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      https://www.sxm-talks.com/local-news/dump-on-fire-again-government-neglecting-primary-duty/
      Can someone, anybody please address the similar situation that is taking place here. Everyone wants to run for politics and no one wants to address the health concerns of our people. No one!
  • Oh Please (28/08/2018, 14:36) Like (29) Dislike (18) Reply
    If Fahie is all about country, the question is why would he want to something on his own to appear even more disjointed as an Overseas Territory. The UK is looking for anything they can use against us. If the Premier doesn't have the sense to call on him to have one joint submission then he needs to be the bigger person that he always claims to be and get the premier to use his points as part of the submission to UK.
    • Jaigon Jumbie (28/08/2018, 19:19) Like (14) Dislike (20) Reply
      @Oh please. If Fahie had wanted to submit on his own, he would not have had consultations with members of the public through working groups. Myron is only coming forward after the fact. If Fahie had never brought this information to the public, a consultant would have submit documents to the UK on our behalf with absolutely no input from US. So you have to give Fahie credit for his effort.
  • @oh please (28/08/2018, 15:29) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    What part of you can submit on your own you don’t understand. Anybody can submit on there own. Go ahead give the premier yours and see if it reach hahahaha. Mr zzzz cannot be trusted.
  • Political Observer (PO) (28/08/2018, 16:14) Like (12) Dislike (64) Reply
    Is Dr. Hon Premier Daniel Orlando Smith (At L). MoF, calling it in? The Premier is still the leader of government and should be out front leading the effort to respond to the UK; the Hon Myron Walwyn (At L), MEC, is chairman of NDP. If the NDP is returned to power at the next general election, the Hon Walwyn will be both chairman of the NDP and Premier. Until that time, the Premier still needs to do the people business/wo4k. He must continue to be number#1 among equals. If no he needs to step down from the Premiership; he needs to call an election soonest. Kudos to the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (D-1), Leader of Opposition, for leadership in coordinating a response to the UK’s inquiry. Look like the Hon Walwyn just raised the white flag.
  • WOWW (28/08/2018, 17:50) Like (9) Dislike (26) Reply
    Thumbs up if you want vip win

    Thumbs down if you want ndp win
  • A couple questions (28/08/2018, 17:57) Like (11) Dislike (1054) Reply
    I wonder if Fahie goes along with this , if the submissions he has received will ever reach the UK? Hell no.

    Do you think we will ever know what the Government submits to the UK? Hell no.

    Is Myron the Premier of the BVI? Hell no.

    Should he or the Government submit anything on behalf of the people without their approval? Hell no.

    Myrun right now the only places you can lead is Moorings and what’s left of the NDP party so check your role please.


  • Just shut it up already (28/08/2018, 19:33) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    @A couple question, you sound like a real moran.
  • facts (29/08/2018, 08:01) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Fahie is on a roll the new premier


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