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Is the NDP practicing the rules of the jungle?-Hon. J Alvin Christopher asks

- Accuses Government Minister of giving former 2nd District candidate Claude Skelton-Cline contracts to give out in his district!
Member for the Second District Honourable J. Alvin Christopher (left) told the October 14, 2013 sitting of the House of Assembly that he was told by the Ministry of Communications and Works that former Second District candidate Claude Skelton-Cline was the name given to him to determine what is to be done in the Second District and who is to get the contracts. Hon. Christopher said he was appalled by this revelation as it shows a culture of disrespect and the National Democratic Party Administration is applying the rules of the jungle. Photo: VINO/File
The Second District Representative Hon. Christopher told the House of Assembly at its October 14, 2013 sitting that Finance Minister Dr. Smith (right) promised each of the nine district representatives $100,000. He stated that he was told that the rules will be 50% of that will be given to the At-Large Representatives, which he said he had no issue with as they were voted in by the people. But Hon. Christopher alleged that some At-Large Ministers are in his district giving out work without showing the courtesy and respect of going through him. It is unknown if Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, the Minister for Health and Social Development, is one such who is practicing what Hon. Christopher described as the rules of the jungle. Photo: VINO/File
The Second District Representative Hon. Christopher told the House of Assembly at its October 14, 2013 sitting that Finance Minister Dr. Smith (right) promised each of the nine district representatives $100,000. He stated that he was told that the rules will be 50% of that will be given to the At-Large Representatives, which he said he had no issue with as they were voted in by the people. But Hon. Christopher alleged that some At-Large Ministers are in his district giving out work without showing the courtesy and respect of going through him. It is unknown if Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, the Minister for Health and Social Development, is one such who is practicing what Hon. Christopher described as the rules of the jungle. Photo: VINO/File
The controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (left) has been under fire recently for his alleged culture of disrespect. It was Hon. Andrew A. Fahie who told Premier Smith to “bell that cat” in referring to Minister Walwyn. It’s unknown whether he is one of the Ministers going into districts without due consultation with each district representative. Hon Walwyn told the House of Assembly (HOA) earlier in his term that he will not be a ‘third wheel”. At-Large Representative Honourable Archibald C. Christian is the other Territorial member of the HOA. Photo: VINO/File
The controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (left) has been under fire recently for his alleged culture of disrespect. It was Hon. Andrew A. Fahie who told Premier Smith to “bell that cat” in referring to Minister Walwyn. It’s unknown whether he is one of the Ministers going into districts without due consultation with each district representative. Hon Walwyn told the House of Assembly (HOA) earlier in his term that he will not be a ‘third wheel”. At-Large Representative Honourable Archibald C. Christian is the other Territorial member of the HOA. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Lashing out at the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration for what he described as a lack of respect for him as the representative of the Second District, veteran politician with well over 18 years in Parliament Honourable J. Alvin Christopher has given a stern warning to the Dr Smith administration as to how he is being treated by ministers of government.

Hon. Christopher said he was told by Premier Smith that he was going to make $100,000 available to each of the nine district representatives for cleaning ghuts and doing things that are needed in the districts and those put forward by the district representatives. 

He also went on to tell the House of Assembly (HOA) on October 14, 2013 that in speaking with the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool, he was told that the people also elected four At-Large Representatives and the money promised will be split in half and also given to the Territorial members to do work in the districts.

Hon. Christopher made it clear that he “had no issue with that as they were elected by the people also, as it meant that the rules were established” and he wanted to play by the rules.

Culture of NDP disrespect continues

The Second District Representative said he contacted the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Vanterpool to give him some items that needed to be done in his district and even submitted names for the portion of his 50% in keeping with the established rules and protocol.

He said when he contacted the Ministry of Communications and Works he was told that he is not to be speaking with anyone from the Ministry or Public Works. Hon. Christopher told the HOA that he was told that approval will have to be given for the “engineer” to go out with him.

He said over the past 18 months of the NDP Administration he has been inquiring about what was going on in his District, particularly about a project in Brewer's Bay. Hon. Christopher reported that the Minister for Communications Hon. Vanterpool did not hesitate to tell him “there is a very active and vibrant Action Committee in that area..but he listened as he loves to listen”. 

The former Government Minister said he was told by the Ministry of Communications and Works and, he knows that the Ministry is headed up by the Minister, “that a directive came that they are not supposed to take any instructions from him [Hon. Christopher] and someone was assigned to say who and how these works are to be carried out in his district…I was under the impression that I was the District Representative..I asked for the name and was told that Claude Skelton-Cline was the name given…” according to Hon. Christopher.

“Madam Speaker, I was appalled by this revelation as when I was a Minister of Government I respected all District Representatives and all works went through the District Representatives out of courtesy and respect,” Hon. Christopher stated. 

He said under the 20-month old NDP government it seems like they are “practicing the rules of the jungle, where it’s the survival of the fittest”. He said he spoke before the Minister for Communications and Works so he can have an opportunity to clarify his position, however the Minister did not address the issue.

Hon. Christopher warned that if all the rules and respect for each other have been done away with, then he can also play by the rules of the jungle “If what is happening for the last two years under this government is going to be the norm then we will be in serious trouble…I have always cooperated with the government and given them the respect..Tell me today if we are applying the rules of the jungle,” the usually calm District Representative asked?

Over the past 20 months, many members of Parliament and the public have bitterly complained about the culture of disrespect that has taken over the Virgin Islands under the NDP-led Administration. Allegations include incidences of At-large Ministers of government recklessly going into districts and giving non-elected persons, usually losers of the 2011 election, contracts to give out and bypassing the duly elected representatives.

This seems to happen more frequently in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 9th districts, all held by Opposition Members. Since the 2011 General Elections, many have said the HOA is now at an all-time low with many describing it as a circus akin to a school house. One legislator had even warned Premier Smith to “bell that cat” in referring to a certain Minister.

45 Responses to “Is the NDP practicing the rules of the jungle?-Hon. J Alvin Christopher asks”

  • A. Fahie (15/10/2013, 09:07) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    WOW
  • Black Silk (15/10/2013, 09:13) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    ting te talk
  • mvw (15/10/2013, 09:18) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who so ever diggeth a pit shall fall in it!
    • @mvw (15/10/2013, 09:59) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are so right. Remember Haman in the book of Esther, concerning the Jews. This account still applies to ALL men and women today. When you up and down planning to hang someone on a 75 foot tall gallows, be careful you, yourself is not the one hanged.
      Excerpt: Chapter 7: v 9 - "....Haman even went so far as to build a gallows at his house so that he could hang Mordecai, who saved Your Majesty's life. And it's 75 feet tall! Hang Haman on it, the King commanded.
  • dog (15/10/2013, 10:38) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    how did CS Cline even become part of the equation? He is head of Port Authority and has no jurisdiction in the second. No even at large. Christopher is the elected official.
    • ndp (15/10/2013, 11:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      TDEM PEOPLE IN THE HOSUE ARE KIDS. So as ADULTS we have to be responsible for making sure that these KIDS get the help they need.
  • virgin gorda (15/10/2013, 10:45) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is an insult to the district rep. and the NDP must stop it or go!!!
    • Village Girl (15/10/2013, 11:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      You hit the nail on the head. this is a matter for we the voters and the premeir to address
  • My $0.02 (15/10/2013, 11:07) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    When he was on the plane to Hong Kong wasting our tax dollars he should have told Dr. Smith that !!!!!we do not want to hear him...he took the NDP side for two years when Fraser and Fahie was alone in the wilderness, now he trying to star his own party
  • Unconstitutional (15/10/2013, 11:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is unconstitutional and in breach of the Laws and Regulations. Equally importantly, is the UK aware of this? This is beyond jungle/survival of the fittest. This is an impeachable act which the UK ought to be looking into.
  • mother hen (15/10/2013, 11:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    With idiot, lazy governance like this, no wonder we're going nowhere fast.
  • Virgin Son (15/10/2013, 11:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems as if lawlessness is the order of the day. This NDP government can find $$$$ to a none elected man for work but important projcts are shelved and pushed around.
  • she the cat mother (15/10/2013, 11:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    They that have ears to hear, let them hear, read, see, understand, and act.
  • Shara Parlin (15/10/2013, 11:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every elected memeber has a part to play so let's just get to it!
  • dam say (15/10/2013, 11:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Way to go, Alvin.
  • vi (15/10/2013, 11:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope other districts reps even on the NDP side follow suit in speaking out!!!!!
  • GoonSquad (15/10/2013, 12:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the NDP after 2 years does not have respect for the Opposition, their own members or the people how the hick can we not run them out of office like we did in 2007 eh? Jeez um bread they have not get it yet!!!!
  • can't believe...... (15/10/2013, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Skelton-Cline's previous Detroit Mayor and one who he worked with and for....doing 28 years of hard time as it was handed to him last week....great friend.......
  • NONESENSE (15/10/2013, 13:07) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this is true, then this is a direct slap in the face to the constituents of the second district. For this government to issue authority to Claude Cline to give directive on works to be carried out in the district is of gross disrespect and shows all disregards for of our constitutional right to vote and choose our own representation. An explanation needs to be given forthwith!!!

    • rat race (16/10/2013, 02:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what they are doing to Alvin is wrong..but when he new party gets in everything will be alright
  • Strupes (15/10/2013, 13:29) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    When the VIP Henchman from Cane Garden Bay was all over Virgin Gorda giving out contracts, nobody was crying and fussing about that. I guess they sent him there then. Well, I shouldn't say nobody was crying out because I heard some Virgin Gordians fussing. What is good for the goose is never good for the gander huh? Now I don't think this is right, but apparently Jungle politics has been practiced in these islands for a while now.

  • pat (15/10/2013, 14:28) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    the rule of the jungle is already at play where have you been Alvin?
  • let ndp eat only (15/10/2013, 14:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is how the NDP operates its a politically strategy but it will blow up in their faces you watch
  • CGB resident (15/10/2013, 15:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude out play Russian mafia , walking with his stick as if he is Moses. leave him alone he will never be 2 district rep. He don't have any manners .i see his friend from Detroit gone jail the other day dem think dem smart. some of the same people he giving contract to have their eyes on him. its not too much tongue cattle have that they cannot talk.
  • betty boo (15/10/2013, 15:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    look at that first picture the are two of a KIND!!!
  • Poor Representation (15/10/2013, 17:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guess Alvin crying now. For what? Alvin has been missing in action for 20 months. Never shows up to anyrhing important. Just collecting a cheque, but now concerned about the people. What a joke..
  • money maker (15/10/2013, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Alvin ain't doing anything in the district anyways.so might as well let someone else try and do something. if anyone can tell me what he's done in that district for the past 8 yrs I'd be surprised if it's much.he's not doing anything.
  • Real Talk (15/10/2013, 19:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Christopher you need to shut the hell up! You had a chance to help get rid of these jokers and you did nothing. We don't want to hear you. Stay there and take death!
  • high time (16/10/2013, 02:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark is out of order but he should know the world is a circle and hope this kind of thing he is doing to Alvin does not come back at him….today the goose tomorrow the gander
  • voter (16/10/2013, 07:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vex i waste My VOte Mehnnn
  • pic (16/10/2013, 07:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Christopher gives a cheque to the less fortunate ones in his district for all of his 18 years . all you just talking what you dont know. what do ndp men do?
  • she the cat mother (16/10/2013, 13:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude did give me a contact he too dam lie
  • who to blame (16/10/2013, 14:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP a the worst me tell.
    • Hit the Road Jack (16/10/2013, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problems that we face today are in great part due to the simple fact that the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.
  • tola (16/10/2013, 19:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    I am not for that but the vip did it for years and a...n knows.I could remember to that even the vip reo for the 4 district dr do little ( do nothing) dr s...e didn't even want any of his at-large members do anything in the 4th if he found out they gave anyone any lil work the man woukd kick up. And even curse them

  • realy (17/10/2013, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Realy- the cat got your tounge how come you not saying nothing about your ndp gov. Your just don't have mush respect yourself............... when pepole making. Seccere comments to good governonce you sem to get upset. This one will hold you now. MARK YOUR D???? wrong I realy don't expect this type of behaver from you and your coleds right is right and wrong is wrong...........sorry I vote for the ndp they are masking us shame. The world is listening
  • Outsider (18/10/2013, 13:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Scorpion and the Frog
    One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.

    The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn't see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

    Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

    "Hellooo Mr. Frog!" called the scorpion across the water, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?"

    "Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly.

    "Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!"

    Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

    "This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

    "Alright then...how do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

    "Ahh...," crooned the scorpion, "Because you see, once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!"

    So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog's soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

    Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

    "You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

    The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back.

    "I could not help myself. It is my nature."

    Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.

    Self destruction - "Its my Nature", said the Scorpion...
  • Maxwell (18/10/2013, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is see is NDP heading for an election defeat come 2015. I supported them in the last election and would probably do so again but they need to controls those loose canons who is destroying the party. A perfect example is CCS. Religion and politics should be kept seperately.


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