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House of Assembly abruptly postponed! A divided House?

- Immigration Department confused over new public policy announced by Premier Smith
March 6th, 2018 | Tags:
The House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands was scheduled to meet on March 6, 2018 but was suddenly adjourned until Thursday, March 8, 2018 for reasons not disclosed to this news site. Photo: VINO/File
The lines at Immigration Department seems to have shifted from outside the building to upstairs. Photo: Team of Reporters
The lines at Immigration Department seems to have shifted from outside the building to upstairs. Photo: Team of Reporters
Tensions are reportedly rife in the National Democratic Party ((NDP) after Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) asserted that elements in his own party may have been responsible for the erecting of a controversial billboard in the heart of Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
Tensions are reportedly rife in the National Democratic Party ((NDP) after Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) asserted that elements in his own party may have been responsible for the erecting of a controversial billboard in the heart of Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The continuation of the First Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands was abruptly rescheduled to Thursday March 8, 2018.

The Meeting was to be held today Tuesday March 6, 2018 as the Order Paper is filled with questions from the Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Bills. However, once members got in the chambers the Speaker, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe, announced the recess until Thursday but gave no reasons.

Moments ago we telephoned a senior National Democratic Party (NDP) source, who simply said “a house divided cannot stand.”

Tension in NDP camp

When pressed, the source did not elaborate on what message they were trying to send, but suggested there was “too much tension in the camp.”

Many NDP elected members and other party officials are still reeling from Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) blaming elements within his own party, last week at a press conference, for placing a billboard in the middle of Road Town, urging residents to call their representatives and ask them to vote “no” on the Framework for BVI Recovery Plan.

Yesterday Monday March 5, 2018 Premier Smith raised the billboard issue again at a ceremony in memory of the first Chief Minister of the Territory, H. Lavity Stoutt.

Immigration confusion

Meanwhile, Immigration officials are in confusion following the recent announcement by Dr Smith that expats workers changing jobs are not to be sent home.

Senior officers are saying that they were caught off-guard, as nothing was officially sent to them in writing on the new policy.

With the new appointment system now in place for persons seeking time to remain on the islands, it seems like the long lines are now transferred form downstairs to the main Immigration office upstairs.

Both Immigration and Labour continue to struggle to deal with every changing polices from the Premier that are not fully thought-out, are usually political, do not have the full support of the top managements of the departments and at times violate both the Labour Code and Immigration Acts.

38 Responses to “House of Assembly abruptly postponed! A divided House?”

  • COUNTRY (06/03/2018, 15:14) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    a divided COUNTRY .
  • Confusion (06/03/2018, 15:16) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
  • LOL (06/03/2018, 15:19) Like (13) Dislike (21) Reply
    Moments ago we telephoned a senior National Democratic Party (NDP) source, who simply said “a house divided cannot stand.”

    Not a man say that!! SMFH!
  • ndp (06/03/2018, 15:24) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    NDP---No Dam Plan
    • @NDP (06/03/2018, 15:38) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
      Just stop it! They have a plan, to rob we the people blind and then try to keep us quiet with fancy speeches and videos.
  • well well well (06/03/2018, 15:25) Like (73) Dislike (5) Reply
    One Opposition Member have a whole 11 member government upside down. Thing to talk!
    • this morning (06/03/2018, 19:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      My mind ran along that same line. Opposition strong and only two men. But truth be told there is tension on each side of the fence. We need to keep praying for these guys and the entire territory. Trust me leadership is no walk over or do they have the quick fix for every problem.
      • @this morning (07/03/2018, 11:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        The Opposition has no tension. Fraser is in his own political party where he put himself as Head and Fahie is in the VIP where the people put him as Head. However both are Opposition members. Nothing complicated about this.
  • wize up (06/03/2018, 15:25) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    recall the former years “London Bridge is falling down”.....or should I be saying “road town bridge is falling down”.....leadership truly matters!!
  • Clearly (06/03/2018, 15:26) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    The NDP is clearly the most corrupt & wicked government ever. Now their wicked ways have turn back for them.
  • Hmmm (06/03/2018, 15:28) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Most of these ndp ministers should have already been investigated, found guilty and put in jail.
    • @hmmm (06/03/2018, 21:16) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      Backbenchers are not innocent either. Evil forces corrupt forces in front and back. Ndp is a living hell hole party.
  • okay (06/03/2018, 15:28) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where ever bald head is then confusion and division will be there also.
    • @ okay (06/03/2018, 19:32) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      sure bet as he thinks he should be in charge but simply does not have the talent and intellect .

      Any body could give away money and help others once you have the money to do so especially, we tax dollars
    • @okay (07/03/2018, 09:29) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ball head seems to have a curse of peter crum
  • Not again (06/03/2018, 15:30) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    As soon as VIP took care of their infighting the NDP got jealous and started their infighting which is much greater than what the VIP had.
  • Explanation (06/03/2018, 15:36) Like (42) Dislike (1) Reply
    The reason there's so much infighting with the National Dose of Poison is because there isn't much money to thief anymore so the fight is over the little that it has left after the over million dollar wall, the over seven million dollar plane that did not and will not fly, the cruise pier project that was well over budget by thirty million and much more wastage of our tax dollars that went into Their hands, business and pockets without any trace.
    • Hmm (06/03/2018, 22:19) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lawwwwwwwddd have mercy this is one of the most interesting blog ever posted Lol.
  • tears (06/03/2018, 15:37) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    I cry for my country
  • Boo (06/03/2018, 15:39) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots of tension this government might collapse
  • Interested (06/03/2018, 16:00) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    You people sound ski stupid.Pure speculation.
  • youths for willock (06/03/2018, 16:34) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    So why they up treasure isle like they going fight each other. Retreat

    And telling people the court wanted the chambers more lies
    • wize up (06/03/2018, 19:16) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ youths for Willock: them fighting each other 6 one way and 5 the other way: some against the borrowing of more money while some sees no harm in the borrowing....I sorry for the next administration because I know when you borrow you are obligated to repay: this territory currently have substantial debts:
  • SMH (06/03/2018, 17:14) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    All this nonsense just not to do what's right for the country. Why doesn't someone approach the Governor for a dissolution of Legislative Council. They ain't doing any good for the people. Why keep paying them a salary that they haven't earm?
    • YOU (06/03/2018, 21:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @smh may be you should start it and see how it goes. Someone else may not have the ........... To do it. Honestly leadership is not easy so try it the Governor may just listen to you. Post the end results so we can see. What a thing
  • the doc (06/03/2018, 17:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just heard on the headline news how hon. walwyn said if hon. H. L. Stoutt was here what would he do now. He said he would be helping the government build the economy. But not with thieves of this N. D. P. Governmrnt such as ministers of education, communication & works and others. Not so s country runs. Tortola have politicians and not law makers.. politician comes from politics n politics are a two sylibus word which means polly n tics
    Polly means to germinate n tic is a blood sucking animal.
  • Well (06/03/2018, 17:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    they are given extra time out to cook up more lies in the brew pot. Dont sip that bull$..t for once BVI.Time for NDP-Nacional Dramatic Payasos to go.
  • Len (06/03/2018, 19:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVIslanders has become a forgotten "race" under this administration. I can honestly say that OUR livelihood has deteriorated.

    If you don't know from whence you came, then certainly you won't have any idea as to where you are going. The future of our small nation lies in "forward thinking minds" that can be touched by the infirmities of the poor and needy.

    I cry for the future of our young generation.
  • cay (06/03/2018, 19:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's here them deny this on Thursday
  • Doll (06/03/2018, 19:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look trouble oh. The pot bottom fall out!
  • Diplomat (06/03/2018, 19:50) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    William Shakespeare in Hamlet says, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Similarly, something is wrong within the NDP and the VI. Clearly, the Premier has lost confidence in his supporting cast; supporting cast, him. The rift ssems irrevocable. Tribal politics is in full bloom with every man and woman looking out his or herself. At this juncture, self interest is trumping public interest. Every man jack is positioning his or herself to becoming the next Premier. If I were the Premier, I would call it in and call a snap election. A snap election seems to be in the offing, does it not? The Big question is if a snap election was called today, who stands to form the next government? Is the Opposition ready? Andrew seems like a one man band. Fraser needs to decide if he is either fish or fowl. He is in either the VIP or he isn’t. Exercise some leadership and do the right thing.

    We interview and elect people to represent us in the HOA. Election is constitutionally due in 2019. Nonetheless, though the VI does not have but needs date-certain election, the Premier has the advantage of calling a election at his heart’s desire. Consequently, parties and candidates cannot wait for until election is called for us to interview them. The interview process should have started already. We currently should be conducting the interview. However, currently we are assuming that the whole NDP gang is running; on the VIP side, Andrew Fahie, D-1 and leader of the Opposition. During our interview of candidates, they need to tell us in a timely manner that if they are elected how they will do things differently with the same or less resources. This is a critical time for the BVI. It is in crisis resulting from two Cat 5 hurricanes——Irma and Maria. The estimated damages and recovery cost is approx $3.6B, which is approx 3.5 times of GDP. Going forward will require strong leadership and adroit management skills and effectiveness.
    • Stubborn People (06/03/2018, 21:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Premier have been told a million times to switch the ministers. He refused. Now this is what he gets for been stubborn. Put Kedrick in Education... Put Myron in Health...Put Ronnie in Labour and agricture.. The Back Benchers now need to switch and create the change.. Stop the slide..
  • ------------------ (06/03/2018, 20:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The scariest part of this is what will be left when a new VIP government takes over
  • Ms Maynard Say it. (06/03/2018, 21:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Labour is the problem. The Minister doing nothing forcing the Premier to act.. The Premier is now leading. He now need to shuffle to save things..
    • Seems like. (07/03/2018, 07:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Back Benchers seem like they making a move with the opposition to make a change.. How historic that would be..
  • ha (06/03/2018, 21:12) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    HOA is just a facade. The real deal goes down in cabinet with them four goons who all must vote yes or no collectively for motion. Y’all focusing on the wrong gatherings. Narrow in on Cabinet
  • Lord O. New Labour law. (07/03/2018, 07:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The best News so far is hearing the new labour laws to stop employers from victermizing employees they don't like or employees period during disaster..

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