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'I have no interest in Gov't coffers'- Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

-says outsiders have found success in convincing VI that its leaders are corrupt
Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) says there are forces working against the Leaders of the Virgin Islands, convincing the people that they are inferior and that the territory is incapable of leading itself. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Mark H. Vanterpool's rant came during a lengthy presentation in the House of Assembly where he lambasted the Governor, H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert for allegedly intimidating the Premier, Andrew A. Fahie (R1) from doing his job as the democratically elected leader of the territory. Photo: GIS/File
Mr Mark H. Vanterpool's rant came during a lengthy presentation in the House of Assembly where he lambasted the Governor, H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert for allegedly intimidating the Premier, Andrew A. Fahie (R1) from doing his job as the democratically elected leader of the territory. Photo: GIS/File
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Fourth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) says there are forces working against the Leaders of the VI, convincing the people that they are inferior and that the territory is incapable of leading itself.

'Somehow there's been success in convincing our own people that we are all corrupt and that we are going to do the wrong things every time we sit in a room or hall, that we are going to do things in our own interest and not in the interest of the people of the territory," Hon Vanterpool told Legislators during the July 23, 2020, Sitting of the House. 

It is due to this unfortunate success, Hon Vanterpool said; he has had to defend the perception several times, not just for the territory but on a personal level. 

"I spent eight years as a minister, sacrificing my own business, sacrificing my own progress, sacrificing my family... sacrificing my integrity where people have called me dishonest, a thief all kinds of things... when I know in my own conscience, I have no interest in Government's coffers," he said.  

Mr Vanterpool's rant came during a lengthy presentation in the House of Assembly where he lambasted the Governor, H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert for allegedly intimidating the Premier, Andrew A. Fahie (R1) from doing his job as the leader of the territory.

Mistrust embedded in minds of VI people - Hon Vanterpool 

'It looks like people don't think we can run our own affairs," Hon Vanterpool told the House. He said this notion, has now been embedded into the minds of Virgin Islanders, where even the people have now developed mistrust in themselves.

'I have no interest in the Government's money. I have learned from my mother to work hard from day one," Hon Vanterpool told Legislators. 

He continued, 'I've learned how to be honest, but yet, once you're named politician... misconception has been inculcated into the minds of people by other people and unfortunately our own people don't recognise where it's coming from," he said.  

According to Mr Vanterpool, the HoA now has three oppositions; one inside the House, one outside the House and sometimes one across the Atlantic in the UK.  

 

18 Responses to “'I have no interest in Gov't coffers'- Hon Mark H. Vanterpool”

  • Cookie thiefs (27/06/2020, 11:37) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Not just belief - reality!
  • 4th district (27/06/2020, 11:53) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    We can’t see you out here atall I glad I ain’t vote you in, and you’re government wasn’t close to transparent
  • lol (27/06/2020, 12:04) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Oh now he learning to be honest lmaooo
  • resident (27/06/2020, 12:21) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mark take over Marlon role he never use to be talking so much now I guess myron telling him what to say
  • one eye (27/06/2020, 12:41) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mark is a good man time he cross the floor
  • Liat 521 (27/06/2020, 13:15) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    Leave mark alone he means well
  • Mr.gage (27/06/2020, 13:21) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    England did not create the narratve about some leaders in the BVI government being currupt it is a well known fact and has been proven time and time again that they'll dip their hands in the cookie jar given the opportunity.
  • preach (27/06/2020, 14:05) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank you Mark! I'm with you on this one...
  • Jen (27/06/2020, 18:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I LIKE HON. MARK VANTERPOOL, BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT IS HE UP TOO.
    • @Jen (27/06/2020, 21:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I also happen to like Mark as well and I often wonder the same thing. For me I see him as somewhat mysterious and charming at the same time.
  • Bob (28/06/2020, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He protests too much. Where there is fire...
  • Vanterpoo (29/06/2020, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    After all the monies taken from Pier Park he has no need to be interested
  • ReX FeRal (29/06/2020, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You do not sacrifice you integrity ever. Stop talking nonsense. Words are self serving. Speak for yourself Mark Vanterpool.


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