'I will not be bullied by you'- Hon Fahie to Walwyn
It was today March 14, 2017 during the continuation of the Fifth Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) that Hon Fahie stood up to the reported bully.
It was at the time when the Members were debating the International Tax Authority Act 2016/17. Moving away from the Bill at hand and in his normal rant and anger, Mr Walwyn- the second term politician- raised the unrelated issue of BVI Airways.
Fahie to Walwyn: You can’t Bully me
Hon Walwyn told the HoA "we cannot in this body turn around and defame, and say the most terrible things, and unfounded things about a company because we have political ambition, and make sure we cost the government embarrassment and the people $7M because we use our mouth recklessly.”
In his usual throwing of words style, Mr Walwyn got the attention of the Leader of the Opposition Hon Fahie who jumped to his feet and asked him to stop the type of behaviour and stick to the Bill at hand and if he wanted to talk about BVI Airways and the government’s seven (7) million dollars pumped into it “bring it as a separate issue and let’s debate it….and I bet my bottom dollar I will win the debate,” Hon Fahie said with passion.
Hon Walwyn, who the Speaker Hon Ingrid A. Moses asked to keep to the Bill at hand, claimed that he did not call any names, “I just throw some corn, I aint call no fowls.”
Hon Fahie accused Hon Walwyn of attempting to bully him, but warned he will not be bullied in this House. “Who send you?” the Opposition Leader asked.
During the debate of the bill, Minister Walwyn raised the issue of legislators using the House of Assembly to attack BVI Airways to gain political points.
Hon Walwyn, who has used his privilege of immunity in the HoA from 2011 to current, to attack ordinary citizens, businesses he does not like and commerce in general, was now accusing another Member of doing the same.
However, Hon Fahie told Parliament that Mr Walwyn has an “obviously divisive spirit…but I am not going to sit down here and hear the Minister come with no bully politics, intimidating me on what was said in this House. I came to defend the people; my aspirations are to defend the people of these Virgin Islands."
Hon Fahie asked again on a Point of Information “Where does the Member get off coming in the House to defend a company? Is he in the company? What that has to do with the International Tax Authority Act that we are here doing? If he wants to know whether what I say have facts or not we can have a separate debate for that."
He warned the controversial Minister that "Nobody is going to bully me in here. I respect everybody who come in here and give their opinion.” The Opposition Leader stood up to the “bully” Walwyn and told him “Maybe you live a life where everybody is afraid of you, but not I, Andrew Alturo Fahie."
The Hon Speaker, in order to keep peace, recessed the HoA for lunch.
When the HoA resumed, Hon Walwyn briefly attempted to defend his actions but did not continue to rant about criticisms directed at BVI Airways.