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Inside the December 19, 2017 NDP meeting; New target: Chairman Potter

December 30th, 2017 | Tags: Louis Potter Chairman NDP elections NDP Meeting
Members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), especially the young ones, seem eager to see the backs of Chairman Louis Potter, left, and President Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, right, who is also the Premier and Minister of Finance. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), right, and Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left. are the main contenders for President of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and ultimately Premier. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), right, and Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left. are the main contenders for President of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and ultimately Premier. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) is at a crossroads over its leadership, and now seems to be keen on letting go of its long serving members. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) is at a crossroads over its leadership, and now seems to be keen on letting go of its long serving members. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The embattled ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) led by 73-year-old Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) continues to fight to rid the party of the old guards.

At a meeting called on December 19, 2017 one of the main agenda items was for an election to replace the party Chairman Mr Louis Potter, who has been at the helm for 7 years. Furthermore, many in the party want both a change of Chairman and the Party President, a post held by Dr D. Orlando Smith from since the party was founded in 1998.

It is our understanding that a meeting date has been set tentatively for January 25, 2017 to elect a new Chairman, only putting Mr Potter’s post up for grabs.

It is unclear who are the contenders for the post and what have led to the need, especially by the younger members of the party, to see Mr Potter gone.

Who will replace Dr Smith? Nasty fight looming

There is also expected to be a nasty fight over the Presidency of the party, as the President becomes the Premier whenever the party wins a general election. It is public knowledge that the contenders are Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

Other names within the party recently surfaced because many in the country believe Hon Walwyn, who many claimed is the front runner, has become too divisive, and is currently under investigation over a small wall he built around the Elmore Stoutt High School costing tax payers over $1.6M. The names emerging are Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), the Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, and Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), the Health and Social Development Minister.

Many inside the party, along with the base, have backed both publicly and privately Hon Skelton to take the portfolio of Finance. Mr Skelton was not at the December 19, 2017 party meeting.

Following the 2015 snap election that saw the NDP returned to power in a landslide, there have been bitter fights over Dr Smith’s weak leadership, his inability to manage the Territory’s finances and the allegation of corruption and white collar crimes.

For & Against the Leader

Only two Ministers publicly have stood by Premier Smith’s side, the Communications and Works Minister Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), his brother-in-law, and the Education and Culture Minister Walwyn, who is a close ally of Dr Smith’s wife First Lady Lorna G. Smith OBE.

Recently, the Ninth District representative Dr The Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal told the local media that he supports Dr Smith keeping the Finance portfolio.

In recent House of Assembly meetings, many backbenchers have voted against the leader on bills involving money (some have abstained) and others spoke out against Premier Smith on the direction he is taking the county, with one NDP elected member Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) suggesting Dr Smith is a liar.

36 Responses to “Inside the December 19, 2017 NDP meeting; New target: Chairman Potter”

  • rat race (30/12/2017, 15:44) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    How they say only Frazer and facie fighting? Ting to talk
  • Forward Thinking (30/12/2017, 16:25) Like (34) Dislike (5) Reply
    NDP is dead with Irma. All dead wicked horses.
  • ... (30/12/2017, 19:02) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    I solution get rid of this government
    • Lord o (30/12/2017, 20:12) Like (9) Dislike (33) Reply
      I always see Marlon as the future. My Vote is for Marlon...
      • @lord o (31/12/2017, 11:56) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
        You are clueless.
      • 8th (01/01/2018, 07:46) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
        He must be voted back in 1st? We have our horse for him.
        • family (01/01/2018, 15:19) Like (1) Dislike (23) Reply
          Some of you ungrateful people from the 8th don’t ever done? If I was smurf, I would leave all of you where you are with your politics. We have our Cous covered so bring your horse, if you think Mclloyd got licks, lets hope they don’t drop down this time.
          • @family (03/01/2018, 00:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            This is the big problem. Politicians get comfortable in the seat then skin then think they untouchable. Family get rude who ain’t done committing crime. District 8 has a big surprise. Ndp got to go all a them.
  • Street reporter (30/12/2017, 20:10) Like (20) Dislike (22) Reply
    Let it be a race or leadership battle between Myron and Marlon Only. Leave Doc P out. Doc P. Is a stubborn, like his own way, do nothing. lazy horse. No representation for laid off workers. No effort to engage formers to build and re form agriculture. Waste of Tax payers money on Brandy Wine Bay Beach inspite of the unpopularity of this project... Failure after failure tie to this deputy.. We need more than talk...
    • @Street Reporter (31/12/2017, 02:03) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      I wish u report on the corruption, kickbacks, fighting and them bull up east from talking piss. report on why you think these clowns can lead anybody. Doc not stupid to leave his legacy exposed.
  • @ Street Reporter (31/12/2017, 00:13) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ok my run because you think u can beat smurf but you in for a surprise
  • For now (31/12/2017, 00:45) Like (8) Dislike (44) Reply
    Ronnie as Premier with Myron as Deputy. Ronnie can then step aside after a few years then, Myron is Premier and Marlon is Deputy. Put feelings aside and look at who get things done. The records speak for themselves and to me they cant do any worst than what has been done over the past 20 years. Time for movement and stop all the small talk.
    • Rudolph (31/12/2017, 03:22) Like (2) Dislike (19) Reply
      Can tell when polititians blogging them trying to hipe them self. Smell a rat trying to overthrow doc, myron and ronnie. Archie is the only decent backbencher worth considering.
    • @ for now. (31/12/2017, 05:47) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Sounds good. Ronnie cant take the stress.. We have to move. On without Ronnie.. Ronnie and Smirh will resign they will not contest next election.. So its betwewn Myron and Marlon
      • John2 (31/12/2017, 11:18) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
        Morlon is confuse where to staybecase they promise him DP position in the next party
  • Pocket Change (31/12/2017, 01:50) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Finance Minister for what. No money to minister anymore. Money all gone down the drain. But, as Oliver Twist said, holding out his bowl, may I have some more porridge (money) Sir !
  • Really and truly... (31/12/2017, 04:01) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Looks like they think any adjustments they make can get them back in. Lost case. If they ain't weak, they were in support of the weak. Bad leadership, bad judgment, flawed party no matter how you reassemble yourselves. Come VIP, the other party only got in because you didn't have a strong team. Time to get your members together from now. Go into the districts and find out who they would support. Really and truly do not need another term of NDP ever again in history. Retire all of them one time...let's go.
    • @really and truly (31/12/2017, 11:02) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      Couldn’t agree more. The entire ndp got to go period. They look like they don’t understand so make it clear Smith, Pickering, Walwyn, Harrigan, Penn, Christopher, Caines, Skelton, Vanterpool, Turnbull just get out. You all not the future unless we hungry for more corruption, destruction, unaccountability, lack of transparency, lies, disrespect, crime, poverty, cronyism, nepotism, kickbacks, mismanagement, overspending, cover ups.
  • time (31/12/2017, 07:36) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time to get on our knees this territory is at a critical stage and only God can put the right people in place. We are taking things for granted and leaving God behind that's why the territory is in trouble.

    Time to stop friend, family, hand outs, promising, who gets what and who you belongs to and the list goes on. If you truly love country above self all of us must take an inner look and ask our selves am I doing Justice to God, my self, my family and to this territory.

    Where are we heading? Is it for the good or bad it is simple time to reflect.
    • Trust in God (31/12/2017, 11:47) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      I can’t even buy sugar to feed my children. I shame I take things from family support network but anyhow i can’t do better. I go see my representative to help me get work instead he give me $100 and a never coming promise. I go try find work a trying but my rep not the future. Doc all them no good.
      • Ungrateful (01/01/2018, 15:30) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
        I don’t know why you up and down on the street bad talking Marlon. Is it Marlons fault why you lost your job at the Airport? It’s your own nasty ways. You need to tell the entire story. You lucky he gave you anything, if it was me I wouldn’t have given you a thing. You people are too dangerous and ungrateful.
  • Socrates (31/12/2017, 10:15) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Is Dr. Hon D. Orlando Smith, OBE, At L, current and 2nd Premier and current NDP President, on verge of being kick to the curb? Does being Premier or Leader of Opposition makes one become leader of one’s party? Has the NDP faithful lost confidence in the Premier’s ability to lead? How significant is the succession plan? Does being Deputy Premier makes one heir apparent to being Premier when current Premier exit stage left? So should Dr. Pick be the next Premier and leader of the NDP? Who is ready to be Premier and President, ie, MNRL, MHSS, MCW, MEC? Did the Louis “Bouy” Potter lead NDP to through two successful campaigns in 2011 and 2015? Did he overstay his welcome? Is he too old school and the party trending towards more youthful leadership, ie millennials? Is the tenure of Boomers up? Why is succession planning so turbulent in change of leadership of political parties? Did the VIP go through the same turbulence and still reeling from it? Is people more concern about their self interest than the people’s interest? Is there a lack of appetite for following? Will a poor follower make a poor leader? Can someone lead if no one is following? How lonely and empty for a leader to look back and there is no one there? Is loyalty in current political parties dead? Does the BVI need a Moses, Joseph, Mandela, Merkel......etc like leader to lead it out of the wilderness and put it back on Hope Road?
    • Quiet Storm (01/01/2018, 12:11) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Socrates, must you force us to confront the myriad of problems?
    • NPolitico (02/01/2018, 09:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Too many questions and too few answers. Are the questions entertainment? Are they intended to depress us more? Are they intended to shed light on the issues.
  • Welsah (31/12/2017, 10:44) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Marlon is not a choice .. He is cluelesss .. Ronnie or Oickering
  • King Jedi (31/12/2017, 14:50) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Andrew Fahie is the future. He’s a fine working horse.
  • BVI Airways Pilot (31/12/2017, 23:07) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    As the world slide into 2018 I hope the people of the BVI become stronger and wiser and have the courage to reject bad governance in their country. Realize that poverty, mismanagement, unaccountability, negligence are all costly national crimes committed against you the people. I hope 2018 to be a better year. Happy New Year.
  • wize up (01/01/2018, 03:10) Like (2) Dislike (47) Reply
    The person to lead the BVI is Hon Fraser now say what you want because there is not much difference between fahie and smith both cronies bows down to whites to quality and both of the them will sell out this BVI: fraser willl ask questions: this place needs good creativity leadership that looks out for the people of the territory: from the 60s until 2017 the territory have slightly piped through the fingers of our people and all because of poor leadership and the greed for money not to mention politics then looking for our political friends to secure votes every 4 years: run talk that!!!!
  • cay (01/01/2018, 10:22) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    getting rid of potter and doc will not help the NDP we just do not want them
    • Say what you all want (01/01/2018, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Myron. Mark. Marlon and Alvera are the four sure seats NDP getting next election, Picko and Mitch highly possible. Not sure..They better start building around those 4... I am seeing Alvera and Mitch Switching... The Maths will suggest that NDP will be out...
      • wize up (02/01/2018, 15:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ say what you want: Claude; John; Willock; Fraser; Mitch; Wade; Carvin..........elections will be 2018
  • Charley Rose (02/01/2018, 02:26) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    It has been a long time since the ruling NDP has been showing signs of internal conflicts, however, it was brought to light when Hon. Turnbull and Hon. Walwyn start to express their views publicly. One has to look carefully at the future of the territory and decide if the current group of politicians are the best to take the country forward.

    My opinion is that the politicians are fooling the electorates and not allowing them to participate in the decision making process. The politicians only need the electorate to vote for them and after the elections are ove their usefullness becomes obsolete. This sort of thinking has to change. It is about time for a change of the philosify. This is our country and it does not belong to the politician.

    Before General Election one can notice their representatives regularly is all the streets and alleys. After elections the politicians are seen at funerals. Is that all that is expected of our elected officials. It is time for the electorates to decide whether they want Professional Mourners or they want their Political Representatives towork with them to develop the country.

    Before election
  • B Savage (02/01/2018, 20:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    what the NDP have done to the poor people of this country over the past couple of years is the issue for me

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