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‘It brought out the worst in Ms Parsons’ – Dr Smith

-said outburst came as a great shock; blames Fahie’s statements
Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith defended Ms Eileene L. Parsons with respect to allegedly verbally abusing Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Head of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has defended the alleged verbal attack by fellow party member Ms Eileene L. Parsons on Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), saying that what Hon Fahie said some days before was enough to ignite Parsons.

He was addressing a question by a caller on the NDP radio show heard last evening February 2, 2015 on ZBVI 780 AM.

On January 30, 2015 during the opening of Farmers Week 2015 in Paraquita Bay, Parsons allegedly used profanity to Hon Fahie as he attempted to greet her. Hon Fahie on a social network alleged that Ms Parsons told him, “Boy you better get the f**k from in front of me,” and refused to shake his hand.

The caller asked, “We had a situation down at the Agriculture station in Paraquita Bay with Ms Parsons. How are you going to address that? Who is going to apologise for that?”

In response to the caller, Dr Smith said that Ms Parsons is “a very passionate lady and a longstanding member of the NDP and believes in what the party stands for. She believes that the NDP has the right ideas and goals for the British Virgin Islands and supports them…I think it came as a great shock. Ms Parsons was confronted and the words came out.”

He said however that the statements made by Hon Fahie on January 24, 2015 about the NDP being the most corrupt administration in the history of the Virgin Islands are very damaging not only to the party but to the Territory as a whole.

“It will cause people around the world to think twice about making investments in the BVI and to think twice about doing business in the BVI,” he said.

“When people make such statements with no foundation at all, it is something that is unfortunate,” he said.

There has been widespread condemnation of the alleged outburst by Parsons and it is believed that it could be damaging to her credibility.

65 Responses to “‘It brought out the worst in Ms Parsons’ – Dr Smith”

  • asura (03/02/2015, 08:45) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    They should be ashame to defend she on this a set of sick ppl
  • overseas (03/02/2015, 08:46) Like (35) Dislike (5) Reply
    That's no excuse for her actions. Had he fired back at her, he'd be wrong for disrespecting his elders. She ought to apologize to him, PUBLICLY
  • WHATTTT (03/02/2015, 08:57) Like (42) Dislike (4) Reply
    Foolishness!!! The premier justifying her actions is totally shameless. How did he confront her he was simply greeting her as a matter of courtesy. So when the children them beat up the teachers in schools that is justifiable too because they were angry. Wake up Dr. Smith regardless of her being a diehard NDP her behaviour was uncalled for and totally disrespectful.
  • Election Time Is Here! (03/02/2015, 09:02) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    When that type of behaviour is condoned by our country's leaders and others who appear not to know right from wrong, then we ought to get down on our knees and pray without ceasing for our country.
  • ehem (03/02/2015, 09:06) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is that supposed to mean? If you cannot say that it was an ugly display and it has no place nor occasion for it they dont comment. Are you seriously defending such deplorable, dispicable behavior Mr. Premier? Is this what the NDP is teaching our kids? With all the good that has been done in the education this support for Parson will surely not help the teachers. Why should they conform to rules, laws when the Premier say it is ok to spew expletives as you like in any arena no matter the occasion? If you cannot say it was RUDE of her or admonish that behavior then you've shown yourself unfit to be in charge of these beautiful shores.
  • me (03/02/2015, 09:11) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    As an NDP supporter, Premier you have let me down.
  • Reminder (03/02/2015, 09:14) Like (50) Dislike (1) Reply
    Eileene Parsons have been publicly humiliating persons for years, calling them names & getting away with it but now she used profanity publicly at a Sitting Member of the House & she is being defender by our Premier. This is flipping unbelievable.
  • Wait (03/02/2015, 09:20) Like (67) Dislike (1) Reply
    Long before Fahie's speech didn't Ms P call Fraser & Fahie two poisonous apples from a mangineedle tree?Long before Fahie's speech didn't Ms P said the first Caribbean people see a hundred dollar bill is when they came to the BVI? Long before Fahie's speech didn't Ms P continue to insult we the youths of this territory claiming that they lazy & don't want work? Premier you have lost my support because you have shown me that you are more concern with who is right rather than what is right.
  • It's Official (03/02/2015, 09:23) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
    Although the law clearly states that it is illegal to use profanity in public areas, it is now official that the NDP by condoning the rude behavior of Parsons have just given the school children a license to curse/use profanity anywhere even at the teachers.
  • Myrna (03/02/2015, 09:32) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    Pope go sit down guess u gets all the lil hand downs from her so u going to defend her. Tell her go put on a skinny out fit n go prance on festival parade she always calling people out of place how they dress for an event that requies skimpy dress when she tongue more nasty than a pit latrine. No SHAME n am surprise that the Premier is not even humble enough to offer an apology to even the youths of this territory. Shame Shame. he could have said “I guess that wasnt intentional and sorry it came out so but… bla bla bla… but no e condoned the shite.
  • ABC (03/02/2015, 09:33) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
    Shame on you Dr. Smith. You would have been better of saying nothing. I am rather disappointed in you.
  • xxxxxxxx (03/02/2015, 09:37) Like (39) Dislike (9) Reply
    This confirmed that the NDP is at the level of divisive and gutter politics they must go!
  • glass (03/02/2015, 09:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if Fahie's statements a
  • zoe (03/02/2015, 09:42) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    we the peole have put Mrs P in such high regard and this is how she repays the community by displaying such disrespect and contempt...Never again will i ever respect she
  • ... (03/02/2015, 09:45) Like (44) Dislike (8) Reply
    We need to have a petition for her to be stripped of her OBE and the college auditorium be stripped of her name she has become public disgrace no 1
  • Most Unclean (03/02/2015, 09:47) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Early signs of Dementia she is slowly unraveling.
  • egg face (03/02/2015, 09:47) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    All I can say is she is just Down right Disrespectful...
  • ABC 1 (03/02/2015, 09:51) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's politics!!! And apparently she can't handle it....but she was the same women who said she cannot wait until the campaign starts
  • DON Q (03/02/2015, 10:04) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    So Dr Smith justified this how can they ever speak to our children again?
  • ooooo (03/02/2015, 10:04) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    seems like all members of the ndp royal family are untouchable including pope?
  • Observer (03/02/2015, 10:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    As much as they dislike Edmund, they are all surely "speaking their minds."
  • joe (03/02/2015, 10:37) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    dr, smith i have just lost respect for you, i am really shocked, cant believe you are condoning this ,what fahie said days before is what opposition members are there to do , oppose not to make the ruling administration look good an he did not attack her personally, it was the administration.
  • cay (03/02/2015, 10:58) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp must go they have a culture of disrespect
  • well sah!! (03/02/2015, 11:15) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Look cocobay pon yaws...Premier you sure thats what you wanted to say?

    Stupidness.
    • Cannot Believe It (03/02/2015, 12:24) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      I cannot believe what I am reading about you doc. I am soo glad my poor old mother has passed on to met her great maker she would have been so disappointed in you. Your name was the first name she looked for on the ballot to vote for and she was a VIP supporter because she held you as a man of integrity and would stand up for what is right. This is surely a sad day.
  • in the news (03/02/2015, 11:58) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dr Smith has embrass the bvi yet again
  • Watchin on.. (03/02/2015, 12:28) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well if this the case Premier..and i being a passionate individual....IF Officials come by my door to greet me election time and i say “Boy you better get the **** from in front of me,” and refused to shake dem hand.. not a man tell me anything. Cause i'm a passionate individual and believe in what I stand fah...SMH..dis sum nonesense
  • king (03/02/2015, 13:12) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can not belive what Dr Smith said here, I did'nt heard the show last night. If Dr Smith are quoted as saying what was written by VINO, I have lost respect for you Dr. Ms Parson should never use those words to Hon Fahie, she never denied using such words as the news site claim she did. This whole thing is so shameful for all of us as a people, and more so for the NDP Government. Ms Parson have to learn to control her emotion.
  • Looking on... (03/02/2015, 13:27) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you Ms. Eileene. Good job...great job! Hip hip hooray and a round of applause.

    Once again you have proven to be a leading figure that promotes the right to dignity and respect. You are a class act and a cut above the rest. NDP you have a real champion for your cause right there in the person of Ms. Parsons. No dead weight there at ALLLLLL...hmph

    Well sah...the next time one of our police men does something warranting a few choice words (cause you know they does make you want to cuss) I want to be in the front of the line...please please pretty please. It's ok, trust me...our Premier has justified the use of profanity in a public place, against an elected member of Cabinet. Tis true!

    No worries my people of the BVI... The use of profanity at our schools, our churches, on our jobs is sure to be next on the list...no one should be or will be left out. NDP gives everyone fair opportunities and does not stand for victimisation. Not at all. So if anyone tell you profanity is wrong call NDP. They will fix them...wid wud.
  • Apologize (03/02/2015, 13:30) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    Confront: to oppose or challenge (someone) especially in a direct and forceful way.

    Honorable Fahie extends a hand with a polite greeting and he is cursed out. When did he confront her?

    Dr. Smith please do not defend something that cannot be defended. This brings more shame on the country than anything anyone from all parties has ever said. Please apologize and move on.
  • ta at (03/02/2015, 13:41) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms. P just dame wrong end of story!
  • west end (03/02/2015, 13:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    with this type of politcs of disrespect we are wetting our fingers and we will wait for the NDP come election day
  • kids (03/02/2015, 13:52) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dr smith you let people down with your stupid talk she was wrong.
  • pancho (03/02/2015, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dr.smith is a broken man surrounded by a group of persons who thrive on might is right. He needs to step down before the out vote. Spineless. Even a jelly fish would sting your butt.
  • judge (03/02/2015, 14:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am judging from personal knowledge. Which member of the NDP dear to condemn the lady. This is a party that thrives on immoral behavior, fowl language and vindictiveness. What took place is the product of excessive power.
  • Len (03/02/2015, 15:01) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow! Our beautiful territory is finished if this administration continues to rule! The premiere of this territory is defending profanity from a past minister instead of apologizing for her words. Shame on you Mr premiere..... may God help us.
  • no legs (03/02/2015, 15:17) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    We love fahie and dislike eleene
  • Who laugh last... (03/02/2015, 15:19) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    It's okay for Fahie to call our Government corrupt on the national stage without proof, but this is a fire storm. VIP supporters you can blog until your fingers turn blue! This will not change a thing come election time so enjoy it now. Where is your slate? Everybody that Fraser, Fahie and others trying to get on your team are dodging you so you will end up with the same tired old slate from last time around. DEAD DEAD DEAD TEAM! Ms. Parsons isn't running for Election and we do not expect Doc to throw her under the bus. If Doc said something contrary, then you would see 'BREAKING NEWS, Doc is soft, he wouldn't even defend Parsons!".. Doc gave the right answer! The woman is passionate and acted out, big deal! Eileen Parsons will not be on the ballot next election, but Fraser and Fahie will and we voting their less ass out! VIP DEAD!
  • goat water (03/02/2015, 15:32) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am done with the ndp
  • SMH (03/02/2015, 15:39) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    politics is politics but ms parsons showed no class
    • overseas reader (03/02/2015, 17:08) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      Dr. Smith you should advise Ms. Parsons to apologize and not defend her. Her actions was deplorable.
  • Scary Mary (03/02/2015, 18:05) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Given a long enough rope, all politicians (not properly trained in political science) will eventually hang themselves as their true colours come to the forefront. Anyone can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people some of the time, but nobody can fool all of the people all of the time. The truth always comes to light. We now know who the puppet master really is.

    Being a politician is not something you just decide to do on a whim as a second career. What's so sad is that it seems we have almost nobody to vote FOR these days and far too many to vote AGAINST.

    Courtesy, honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, humility and social conscience. These are the things I look for in all human beings, but in particular, in politicians. Sadly, our political arena appears to be a wasteland.
  • wolf (03/02/2015, 18:44) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I told you all she was just a market lady!!!
  • Jacperlance (03/02/2015, 19:33) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    It was with great dismay and sadness listening to the premier of the Virgin Islands defending what was a rude, disrespectful and disappointing Eileen Lucia Parsons on a local and international airways. The actions of Eileen Parsons is indefensible and for a leader of a country to even try and defend such left much to be desired. Andrew Fahie speech was directed to the Dr. DanielOrlando Smith government of which Eileen Lucia Parsons is not a part so how come Dr. Smith can boldly say that his comment triggered her. It was so shocking that all of them who was on NDP radio on 2/2/15 condone such actions on the part of Eileen Parson. I can safely say that all of them condone it because when those two idiotic last caller called into the show chatting foolishness, none of them were man enough to say to that callers that what Eileen did was wrong and in a community like ours such behavior will not be condone. As of last night 2/2/15 at 10pm, I have lost all respect for Dr. Smith and his entire NDP colleagues. It is amazing how they trying to belittle Andrew fahie for the comments he made but none of them man enough to say that Eileen was wrong for the words she uttered. Dr. Smith please wake up and be a politician, in the game of politics, hash words and criticism will be leveled againt each other but it's how you are going to deal with it. What Fahie has said is nothing new to Caribbean politics so for you and your party to be condoning Eileen rude and rediculus attitude is like you are saying the same very word. I will urge you to retract those statement and asked Eileen to offer a public apology to Fahie and the entire BVI community because there were others who overheard what she said. Please protect and safeguard the little dignity you have left and secure the little trust that people still have in you. Be a man and act honourable.
    • Trigger Happy (03/02/2015, 21:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Premier only thing trigger Ms P is Johnny that she had a little too much of while driving in the government honda. Whether Johnny was green, red , black or blue we will never know. Thanks Dr Smith for telling our children they can cuss at teachers and other members of the public because a statement triggered them. I hope someone cuss you some bad words for this folly you have uttered.
  • cdc (03/02/2015, 19:41) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Honorable Premer I am disappointed in you defending Hon. Parsons when she is dead wrong for using those bad words.
  • Pissed (03/02/2015, 20:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My respect for this man has been on the brink for quite sometime & Orlando Smith? Let me let u know I've lost it COMPLETELY! I've questioned your leadership since u first became premier & I see no improvement second time around, if anything its worse. For u to sit there & try to justify & condone Eileen's behavior is a shame. Then y'all want the young ppl or even us as adults look to u & do better? I see how u move...once ppl singing praises on u & your ministers no mind how wrong y'all could be man y'all will grin all day long but let somebody speak negative y'all jump on FB & spout sh*t. Leader? U? I beg to differ. Rename Peebles off of u? Don't make me laugh
  • Yes (03/02/2015, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the NDP come infront of your door tell them to get the f#$@ out of your face.
  • me (03/02/2015, 22:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon. Premier what are you actually saying if the NDP member do something that I don't like its perfectly ok for me to dis respect your members in public, ok I think I get it.
  • virgin gorda (03/02/2015, 22:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When one plays games, you bound to lose at sometime...
  • lessons (03/02/2015, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP BE MINDFUL WITH THIS LADY,, THAT YOU DO NOT JUMP FROM THE POT INTO THE FIRE,, HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF!
  • Fly (03/02/2015, 22:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Olando are you drunk? Because surely you cannot be serious!
  • shaggy (03/02/2015, 22:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The big dog gone bye.
  • with speed (03/02/2015, 23:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! NDP MUST GO
  • island man (04/02/2015, 01:49) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    What to say when the NDP members come looking for your vote.
    “Boy you better get the f**k from in front of me,”

    Remember, this message has been approved by the Honourable Premiere.
  • wize up (04/02/2015, 06:27) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    the lady have the right to express herself; Ms "P" you run things !!!! dont mind the hot-air (talk cheap, money buy land)
  • OBE (04/02/2015, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Campaign on a platform of mutual respect please...Parsons is the same person who ran to VINO bashing expat teachers how they dont know 'BVI Culture'-now here she is-using profanity in a public setting to an elected official and justify it by saying 'even the youngest child doing it'...lol...and now even the primier running to her defence....shame shame shame....primier-grow a pair plz....good thing this event was a flop and more visitors didnt turn out to witness bvi's culture of disrespect..
  • MLB (09/02/2015, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Politics Politics u hear them EVERYDAY !!
  • alpine (09/02/2015, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    don't forget she is the said one who said that the first island people see a $100.00 is when they came to the BVI dam woman have no respect for GOD OR MAN


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