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Look who we caught on camera! Can you pick the next Premier?

- Would the Virgin Islands get a Premier Fraser or another four years of Dr Smith?
As the 2015 general elections approaches, many have concluded that one of the two men photographed together yesterday, April 12, 2015 at the races, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and current holder of the office Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left), will be the next Premier of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) spent much time together at the post Easter races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 12, 2015. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) and Virgin Islands Party Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) spent much time together at the post Easter races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 12, 2015. Photo: VINO
It is anyone's guess as to what the conversations could have been about between the two veteran politicians who often share differing views on the direction of the territory. Photo: VINO
It is anyone's guess as to what the conversations could have been about between the two veteran politicians who often share differing views on the direction of the territory. Photo: VINO
Maybe the two seasoned politicians were discussing the development of Ellis Thomas Downs track, something which horse owners have been complaining about. Photo: VINO/File
Maybe the two seasoned politicians were discussing the development of Ellis Thomas Downs track, something which horse owners have been complaining about. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- While the politicians were out in numbers at the post Easter races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay yesterday April 12, 2015 look who Virgin Islands News Online caught on candid camera!

As the 2015/16 general elections approaches, many have concluded that one of the two men photographed together yesterday at the races, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and current holder of the office Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, will be the next Premier of the Virgin Islands.

While the two men have major political differences, economic philosophies, and often clash on policy directions, it seems like they had some moments to bond yesterday at the races as they were seen, more often than not, together whispering in each other’s ears.

However, we would not speculate too much on the conversations of the two party bosses but may leave that to the cartoonist’s creativity. Maybe, however, Premier Smith was doing an early handover or maybe he was telling Hon Fraser that he loves his office and he is not going anywhere!

The two were spotted at one of the many booths at the race track that is located in Hon Fraser’s Third District and it was unclear which one, if any, were ‘blowing the house’.

Then they were spotted again together in the middle of the concert section of the track platform, maybe asking each other to be nice in the upcoming elections or maybe Hon Fraser was begging for something to be done in his district.

It was good for many to see the two leaders being nice, civil and courteous to each other; as if you listen to the harsh rhetoric from some of their supporters and other elected members of the House of Assembly you would believe that both Hon Fraser and Smith are sworn enemies.

But one thing for sure, unless there is some freak act of nature that prevents the 2015/16 Virgin Islands elections, there will be either another four years of the National Democratic Party Administration under Premier Smith or for the first time in twenty years a new Premier that is not named O’Neal or Smith, but Fraser under a Virgin Islands Party Government.

However, once the music stops, the tempers cool, the spin and rhetoric pass, the headlines fade and are forgotten and the wagers end, only the people, that is the registered voters, will decide who will form the next government.

45 Responses to “Look who we caught on camera! Can you pick the next Premier?”

  • sea weed (13/04/2015, 11:37) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    and they even dressed alike hummmmmm
  • Outlaw (13/04/2015, 11:41) Like (65) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is democracy at its best. While we the people cuss and fight, politicians unit.
    • Unite (13/04/2015, 14:05) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      Unite. I agree. Folks have no idea what politics entails at the end of the day they should get along.
    • So true (13/04/2015, 18:09) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      We fuss and fight. Stop talk to each other and the people we fighting over enjoying horse race.
  • i from here (13/04/2015, 11:42) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
    Dr Smith EASY!
    • ??? (13/04/2015, 14:39) Like (16) Dislike (41) Reply
      I was going to say the one in blue and blue, but I agree, the old Premier will be the new Premier.
      This due to comparing the 2 terms of the VIP (1999-2003 and 2007-2011) and the NDP (2003-2007 and 2011-present). NDP wins plus their slate of candidates looks much stronger.
    • dem say (13/04/2015, 15:53) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      EZ nah Fraser!
  • qc (13/04/2015, 11:44) Like (20) Dislike (143) Reply
    my money on fraser the liberator
  • cartoonist (13/04/2015, 11:50) Like (17) Dislike (20) Reply
    Vino you have me cracking up..
  • just asking. (13/04/2015, 11:53) Like (18) Dislike (92) Reply
    Who in there right mind will return the opressive ndp back to power?
  • dead man (13/04/2015, 11:55) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    I with the united party
  • cay (13/04/2015, 12:01) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Look at dr smith smiling at fraser maybe saying "i am not moving that eye sore from your district"
  • farmer brown (13/04/2015, 12:07) Like (10) Dislike (14) Reply
    Vino i love your article better than the blue site..u have the better writers
  • Da Rush (13/04/2015, 12:08) Like (12) Dislike (13) Reply
    Can't wait for the cartoon on this one boy going be sweet but green all the way

    Going green!!!!!
  • Watchin on.. (13/04/2015, 12:11) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Lol they going have a ball with this..I can see a cartoon all now for that first pic:

    Hon. Fraser - You see..you need to have guts and balls to run this country. Which is what I Have!
    Hon. Smith - Hahahaa..Oh really?
    Hon. Fraser - Yes..thats why I am winning this election
    Hon. Smith - (in his thoughts) Hmm..Being a doc, I may need to amputate this man.
  • one eye (13/04/2015, 12:24) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    The photo of the year...
  • Hmmm (13/04/2015, 13:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder was in their cup
    • wize up (13/04/2015, 13:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hmmm; one guy had Cruzan while the other was sipping on Callwood's cane rum.....
  • wize up (13/04/2015, 13:22) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    I actually have the audio to that conversation; in a nut shell Hon Smith is pleading with Hon Fraser to join with team NDP....I will be releasing the tape to VINO very soon; we are now working-out the legal fees associated with this matter
    • @ wize up (13/04/2015, 13:43) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      boy they need to hire you to be the cartoonist..hahahahaha hehehehehe
  • Great!!! (13/04/2015, 14:43) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    To me it is not just who will be the next Premier.it is a breathe of fresh air to see two bvi islanders putting their differences aside and being who we are.....one people. Let's leave the politics in the house sometimes and be family/friends. Lately we have adopted a kind of politics that was not like us. A good example for our young people. You could have different opinions without using violence or being verbally abusive
    • wize up (13/04/2015, 17:43) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      at the end of the day some of us are family or long-term family friends (no love gets lots)..sticks & stones brake bones but word do no harm....we must not let political matters(words) divide or separate us from our heritage......
  • ooooo (13/04/2015, 14:58) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    dr smith looking to run on the VIP's atlarge ticket...he's actually there begging fraser to take him out of those boys hands
  • wize up (13/04/2015, 17:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    both guys dress almost similar; is this the official dress code for district 3 on race day ( don't cuss mi; I just asking...OK!!!!)
  • $h1t (13/04/2015, 19:17) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

    Vip or ndp the same damm thing yall...

  • E. Leonard (13/04/2015, 19:55) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    A picture is worth a 1000 words. This picture should bring a smile on all Virgin Islanders face and a warmth within in their hearts. A positive and priceless image for external investors/ investment, the lifeblood of the local economy. It is picture of hope that Virgin Islands pols can disagree on political philosophy, policy, procedures…..etc without being disagreeable. It confirms what most people already knew that pols can be vociferous combatants in the HOA yet outside of those hallowed halls they can be civil. It is good pic, though some may say it is only a pic. But hopefully it is a more than a pic and gust of positive wind that will endure.
    • Billfargo (17/04/2015, 21:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Very well said and those pictures says a lot about the two men on a whole! (I love it!!!!)
  • teacher john (13/04/2015, 21:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    So ayo trying to say alvin or conrad cant be premier too?....ayo ppl too bad yall
  • Love (13/04/2015, 21:16) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Love one another inspire of your differing views.

    Dr. Smith is the better Premier. I don't want England to take over. When we are in good house, don't let bad house call us.
  • Forbidden Truth (13/04/2015, 22:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    They are both of the same cloth. 

    • ???peas in the same pod??? (14/04/2015, 00:23) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      One premier handing over to the next!
      • Boo (14/04/2015, 17:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Yeh Smith handing over to himself lol

        Dr. Smith and the next leader of the opposition more like it
  • we the people (14/04/2015, 07:30) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ndp must go bottom line
  • Strupes (14/04/2015, 12:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    De cartoon no come out yet
  • Boo (14/04/2015, 17:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Current Premier and next Premier in the same picture. Hmmmm
  • libations (14/04/2015, 18:44) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    See, nothing wrong with a little liquor. Maybe they should take a shot or two of liquor during the HOA so we can get some meaningful work done or at least be more cordial.
  • ellis thomas downs (14/04/2015, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i love the cartoon with the two of them on the horse meshson Fraser is a sprinter
  • My $0.02 (14/04/2015, 23:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr Smith is in his final contest....


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