Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 545-3572; ads call 440-6666

Leaders debate cancelled, Walwyn Flip-Flops from original call

February 12th, 2019 | Tags: elections 2019 Virgin Islands VIP NDP PVIM PU Debates
NDP 1 Leader Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and VIP Leader Hon Andrew A Fahie (R1). Photo: Facebook
Hon Julian Fraser RA, Chairman of the Progressives United (PU) declined the invitation to participate and Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) an NDP breakaway group, was on the fence but would not have participated according to a source with knowledge of the decision. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Julian Fraser RA, Chairman of the Progressives United (PU) declined the invitation to participate and Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) an NDP breakaway group, was on the fence but would not have participated according to a source with knowledge of the decision. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was in his new years 2019 message that embattled Leader of the National Democratic Party 1 (NDP 1) Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) had called for debates among all candidates running in the 2019 General Elections.

After his party candidate got hammered in the nine district debate on January 9, 2019, in Virgin Gorda and he was embarrassed over the performance of Dr the Hon Hubert R. O’Neal, Mr Walwyn ordered his district candidates not to debate anymore.

No district debate - Walwyn

Many groups in different districts were planning more debates in each district including the six, fifth and third, but all NDP 1 candidates declined.

Trying now to save face, Mr Walwyn agreed to a Leader's debate between the heads of the four political parties. Hon Julian Fraser RA, Chairman of the Progressives United (PU) declined the invitation to participate and Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) an NDP breakaway group, was on the fence but would not have participated according to a source with knowledge of the decision.

Now comes word, that today, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, that Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was willing to debate only if “all the leaders from the other parties were debating” however, with that not happening, he is out. 

VIP all or none

In a statement issued today by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Hon Fahie noted, “our team has been preparing for the event on the assumption that all the leaders of all parties were willing to come to the table.”

The VIP made it clear it would not debate “unless all party leaders were debating”.

In response, the organizer of the Debate committee, Mr Eustace C. Freeman aka “Boss” speaking exclusively to our news Centre noted “I regret to inform that the debate scheduled for [the] 21st [of] February 2019, is now cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We the committee still hold a strong belief that this is an important part of the democratic process and is very hopeful that years to come, it would be a mandated requirement en route to office.”

VIP still ready to debate all

The VIP,  however, noted in their statement that ‘We stand ready to join a debate- even at short notice- should the preparation and organisation for it, meet the standards that we have discussed.”

The NDP 1 camp has been silent on their new position, but someone close to them claims that they are “still willing to answer the questions the organising committee had put forward.”

24 Responses to “Leaders debate cancelled, Walwyn Flip-Flops from original call”

  • wow (12/02/2019, 18:06) Like (34) Dislike (5) Reply
    Nonsense pure excuses we want to hear the leaders
    • MANUP (13/02/2019, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Green team man up and let the public question both you and the Red team. Both leaders are craving power.
  • Zone 6 (12/02/2019, 18:07) Like (39) Dislike (19) Reply
    John would eat the lady with the bag food
    • Z6 (13/02/2019, 08:09) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
      John will be fine he just need to check his unfriendly attitude so it don’t consume him.
      • facts (13/02/2019, 11:17) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
        @z6 this wa I not getting because he don’t trouble people u feel
        John is unfriendly but I know he never pass u with out saying good afternoon or morning
  • vex (12/02/2019, 18:15) Like (35) Dislike (23) Reply
    Murun is a big corward
  • Like really vino (12/02/2019, 18:17) Like (51) Dislike (16) Reply

    Please give the news as it is regardless of party affiliation. The VIP haf theiir say and the committee for the debate also responded. Dont flip the story to be about myron.

  • Samanta (12/02/2019, 18:45) Like (9) Dislike (18) Reply
    Put Myrum and Trevor on the same team in pink and we will demolish them.
  • nonsense (12/02/2019, 18:52) Like (35) Dislike (24) Reply

    How come is Myron flip flopping? As far as I am you reported it is Fahie who pulled out of the DEBATE. If you are going to debate, you debate anyone. You do not have to get all the leader to have a debate. I respect Fahie very much but this a no go, that condition was intentionally set so as not to participate in the debate.

    • AndrewCC50 (13/02/2019, 10:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      I was wondering how is Myron flip flop and is Andrew the one pull out .
  • one eye (12/02/2019, 19:32) Like (10) Dislike (19) Reply
    Myron playing smart thanks vino.I love you as WITH out VINO we dead
  • m n m (12/02/2019, 19:37) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    He did not flip flop on killing the ndp
  • Tell Us!!!! (12/02/2019, 20:49) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    Can Hon Fahie explain why he thinks he should not participate in a leaders debate unless all leaders ate participating? What is his reason for this sad position. In my opinion ( and I suspect the opinion of most of the electorate ) is that a candidate that wants to be premier but does not want to answer the electorates' hard questions is not worthy of the leadership position. What will happen when BBC, CNN etc. calls for an unexpected interview ( it happened before)? Will the shy premier insist that the rest of his government must be interviewed as well or else he/ she will not respond? We are listening!!!
  • SMH (12/02/2019, 21:02) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is it the chairman of NDP that is going to elect all Its Party Members into Government or is it not the People? Why don't the Candidates grow their own balls and participate in the Debates. NDP is not in charge yet these folks being made Puppets. If you should be elected, its by the Voters for the representation of the People. Control your own Destiny, not be sideline by arrogrance and dictatorship!
  • dont believe (13/02/2019, 07:35) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    Don't believe Myron is the one that cancel . I see Myron with the advantage in these debates . Fahie and VIP had everything to lose not Myron. Something ain't right with this story ..then again its call a story.

    .
  • debate (13/02/2019, 11:26) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Debates should be mandatory and they should be televised. That gives the voters eyes on the way candidates hade themselves while under pressure.

    It gives the people a view of the candiabtws ideologies and mental stamina.
  • rattie (13/02/2019, 12:19) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    way to go fahie he setting you up myron is bad news
  • wize up (13/02/2019, 12:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    the 25 is so far away....can’t wait to put these childish escapades behind us and move on with the people’s business...we need a good administration in office to see about our future and that of our families
  • Concerned Citizen 1 (14/02/2019, 02:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder what these party leaders have to hide that they cannot face each other in a public debate? Are they afraid of their records?


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.