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‘Mitch’ cites frustration in abandoning NDP Gov’t

Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party, continues to vocally berate his former allegiance, the National Democratic Party (NDP). Photo: Facebook
In a video called ‘Inside the PVIM: #AskMitch’, - released via the party’s Facebook page on December 6, 2018- Hon Turnbull cites lack of empowerment, frustration and no accountability in the NDP as the driving force for his departure. Photo: Facebook
In a video called ‘Inside the PVIM: #AskMitch’, - released via the party’s Facebook page on December 6, 2018- Hon Turnbull cites lack of empowerment, frustration and no accountability in the NDP as the driving force for his departure. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party, continues to vocally berate his former allegiance, the National Democratic Party (NDP), citing frustration amongst several reasons why he ultimately decided to abandon the party.

Hon Turnbull, in a video called ‘Inside the PVIM: #AskMitch’, –released via the party’s Facebook page on December 6, 2018– cites lack of empowerment, frustration and no accountability in the NDP as the driving force for his departure. 

Against beliefs

“Internal election has nothing to do with why I left the NDP, why I left the NDP is, I’ve been serving with the government for the last almost three and a half years, and in 2015 when I joined the team, I believed that it was, in fact, the best hope for the BVI, but after a year I started speaking out, I started seeing some of the things that goes against my belief,” Hon Turnbull said in the video.

Turnbull said his vocal tirade was not only privately, but publically as well, “I started speaking out, privately as well as publicly and the way the NDP is headed, the way the leadership of the party has been going, and the entire government has been going, is not in the best interest of the country,” he revealed.

“[It is] basically where we are having people depend on us, [not] empowering them, not giving them their opportunities to lead and see us in a position where we are responsible, where we are held accountable to them,” a frustrated Turnbull cited.

Clear position 

In a PVIM press conference on December 5, 2018, during a media engagement with Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) leaders, Turnbull said his position was clear prior to leaving the NDP, as he wanted to address the issues.

“I made my position clear to the Chairman of the party… If we are to go forward I need to understand how we are going to address the issues,” he told the media. 

“My reason for leaving the NDP is a host of reasons in terms of frustration, and not being able to do the things that we set out to do for the people,” Hon Turnbull said in the Facebook video. 

“For example, transparency… reporting on the proper finances of the country, just following through on basic principles of what it means to stand on integrity… don’t say that you are going to do something in a certain manner, [then] it goes completely wrong, not having the decency… not having the courage to even accept you were wrong.”

“Apologize for your wrong and make the corrections, we [NDP] have been going on the wrong place for far too long,” he said.

13 Responses to “‘Mitch’ cites frustration in abandoning NDP Gov’t ”

  • ... (07/12/2018, 11:28) Like (21) Dislike (15) Reply
    more excuses we going with VIP all the way
  • humble (07/12/2018, 11:52) Like (45) Dislike (9) Reply
    HHUMBLE YOURSELF YOUNG MAN. MOVING TO FAST TO SOON, WE HAVE TO CRAWL BEFORE WE CAN WALK.
    YOU SEEM TO BE HUNGRY FOR POWER. BUT THAT SEEMS TO BE THE TREND WITH TORTOLA PEOPLE.
    STATUS AND WHO HAS WHAT AND WHO IS WHO MATTERS MORE TO YOU PEOPLE. TO MANY PEOPLE COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER ON THAT LITTLE ISLAND, AND VERY GREEDY. AFTER ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED IN JUST OVER A YEAR, YOU WOULD THINK THAT YOU PEOPLE WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR LIFE. YOU GUYS HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE..
  • oh lord (07/12/2018, 12:02) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who advising you? Hush for awhile Mitch concentrate on getting your message out about what you will be doing for the district 2. You going to kill this convo about why you left, how much time you going to say the same thing. Hush it up man.
  • open wide (07/12/2018, 12:28) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    he asked foy for deputy premier
  • Lical (07/12/2018, 12:39) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don’t get all frustrated over decisions you chose to make, Carnell will take over from you then you won’t have to fuss, be frustrated or anything negative, you can be yourself again.
  • bvi (07/12/2018, 13:04) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mitch is a snake in the geass...he tells you onething then behind your back he say anorher.
  • Cgb voice (07/12/2018, 13:41) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch we gave u a chance but u en ready yet so go and sit down and think of how to make a comeback but we in d bay voting for carnel
  • again (07/12/2018, 14:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch u dug ur own u know what.For someone who is older than u had respect for u,wanted to see u gp.the looòong haul ,it's over/out.U even do one term think Mitch there's a thing u call diplomacy but ur.head swell listening to greedy people who dodn't care #@/&^ about u young fella now my 2cents is for u to lie low
  • guy hill (07/12/2018, 15:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's time to have a conversation about Truth, Lies and Leadership in these Virgin Islands. No holds barred.
  • Political Observer (PO) (08/12/2018, 04:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon M. Turnbull, you and the NDP seemed to have had philosophical and irreconcilable differences and you decided to part ways. Fine. Embrace your decision, move on and stop the useless, incoherent wining; it is not helping the cause. Your splitting with the NDP and joining the PVIM (aka NDP 2] is water under the bridge, spilled milk........etc. What Virgin Islanders want to hear at this point is how, what, when....etc you contribute to improving their lives and advancining the country. It is clear that you were just tangentically attached to the NDP;you were not part of the nucleus. You were like a free electron operating in the outter bands. Loyalty is out the window and every politician is positioning his/her-self for self interest, not national interest. Lot of grass hopping going on.
  • front row (08/12/2018, 11:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch we’re fed up of your round about stories. We’re voting for Carnel and this time around don’t come to our family house in cgb seeking our votes. We’re not voting for you. Highly dissapointed in your behavior. We made the switch to VIP.
  • wow (09/12/2018, 12:07) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    A set of power hungry ppl. The truth always have a way of coming out.
  • In silence (11/12/2018, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew Fahie and his team all the way!


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