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‘Mitch you got to make the switch’- Gregory A. Callwood

Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull was encouraged to 'make the switch' by a guest on Honestly Speaking on February 6, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Guests on Honestly Speaking with host Claude O. Skelton- Cline. From left: Jost van Dyke resident Gregory A. Callwood, Host Mr Skelton-Cline, Jerry D. Vanterpool from Anegada and Albert L. Stevens aka ‘Pop’ from Virgin Gorda. Photo: Facebook
Guests on Honestly Speaking with host Claude O. Skelton- Cline. From left: Jost van Dyke resident Gregory A. Callwood, Host Mr Skelton-Cline, Jerry D. Vanterpool from Anegada and Albert L. Stevens aka ‘Pop’ from Virgin Gorda. Photo: Facebook
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' was lauded for his presence on the sister islands after the September 2017 hurricanes. Photo: VINO/File
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' was lauded for his presence on the sister islands after the September 2017 hurricanes. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- ‘Make the switch, vote Mitch’ was the popular campaign slogan of Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull at the 2015 elections that saw him getting elected by an overwhelming majority.

There; however, seems to be a new slogan out for the Second District Representative, who had a fallout with his Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) in December over Cane Garden Bay being neglected by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government following the hurricanes of September 2017.

Minister for Education and Culture Hon Walwyn had also lambasted Hon Turnbull for criticising the Premier publicly.

Hon Turnbull had said he was no little boy and that he would continue to represent the interest of his constituents.

Some have even been speculating that Hon Turnbull may be leaving the NDP.

And, according to popular Jost van Dyke resident and businessman, Gregory A. Callwood, Hon Turnbull may now indeed have to make the switch, although he did not say to what.

“We made the switch to Mitch, Mitch you got to make the switch,” Mr Callwood, the son of the famous Jost van Dyke (JvD) icon and resident, Philliciano Callwood MBE aka ‘Foxy’, said on the pre-recorded radio show, Honestly Speaking with Claude O. Skelton-Cline, on ZBVI 780 AM on February 6, 2018.

The panel of guests were three residents from the sister islands of Anegada, Jost van Dyke and Virgin Gorda.

Jerry D. Vanterpool, a businessman, political activist and water plant operator from Anegada, and Albert L. Stevens aka ‘Pop’ another businessman, political activist and social network commentator, were the other guests.

The topic mainly focused on the post Hurricane issues and how the sister islands are treated by the National Democratic Party Government (NDP).

All three men were of the opinion that the sister islands were abandoned by the elected Government following the two category 5 hurricanes.

The Governor is a good man

According to Mr Vanterpool, the people of Anegada were extremely grateful to Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who met with the residents there and listened to their concerns when Members of Government were nowhere to be seen.

“I would like to say personally, thanks to our Governor. It was the first time in history our governor ever sit with the people in Anegada and hear their views. That need to go down in history and also, thanks to the Puerto Ricans that brought us food when our Government was of no use to us.”

Mr Callwood also had similar sentiments about Governor Jaspert.

“Like Mr Vanterpool said, I have to say thank you to that Governor. He really reached out to the Sister Islands. He came over to Jost van Dyke, he looked at the devastation, he patted me on the back, he said ‘Callwood I am going to get it up’. In no time we had electricity back. The Governor is a good man. And to Mitch, keep it up. We made the switch to Mitch, Mitch you got to make the switch.”

Mr Stevens, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to the many expatriates who responded to the needs of the community following the hurricanes.

“I want to say thanks to all the expats that actually stepped up to the plate to help us in our biggest time of crisis. When there was absolutely no Government response. All the ones that you don’t hear about, thank you, thank you.”

23 Responses to “‘Mitch you got to make the switch’- Gregory A. Callwood”

  • Yes (07/02/2018, 11:23) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    Mitch isn't that crazy.
    • BoSang (07/02/2018, 12:31) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not at all but he has his own mind to make up. This gang is tainted, stained and suspected of allegedly being corrupt.
  • UK papers (07/02/2018, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    They were true to call the governir a hero then lol
  • SMH (07/02/2018, 11:50) Like (40) Dislike (22) Reply
    These Uncle Toms what else you expect them to say? What did the Governor really do to be considered a hero? We are just a sick self-hating bunch of idiots which is why this Territory continues to slip away from us.
    • Reply (07/02/2018, 21:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good for them, Ignore the NDP and just get on with business
    • listening ear (07/02/2018, 22:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @SMH you see we really have a problem. There is something called a listening ear. Many times this is all people needs. So its not right to brand people as a bunch of idiots.
  • True (07/02/2018, 11:55) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    There is no surprise here, if you look back when the story first aired over CGB with the Premier I said way back then he was just feathering his nest to move to the VIP as the NDP will not get reelected and Mitch is like all the politicians in the BVI only interested in himself.
  • wize up (07/02/2018, 12:02) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Hon Mitch you didn’t need to make any switch: simply stand firm
  • Josiahsbay (07/02/2018, 12:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is an example of why the BVI don't need a two party political system. There is no distinct ideological or philosophical differences here. We need the best people for the jobs to run the BVI. Give the districts represenative a surffficient budget to manage their district. Make them directly responsible to the people of that district. Give the At Large represenative defined duties an responsibilities with surffficient power to carry out their reponsibilities or get rid of them.
  • critic (07/02/2018, 12:39) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    He aint Crazy, he already gone. Deputy Chairman of the New VIP. Take that LOL.
  • Fairnes (07/02/2018, 13:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch, if you decide to make any switch concerning your Political career, you should be the one to make that decision.
    • agreed (07/02/2018, 16:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Fairness, I agree with you. Mitch is one of those up and coming Politians. He have to stand firm and make his own political decisions. He is a good district leader.
  • Wendy (07/02/2018, 13:31) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mitch , please leave.VIP would be your comfort zone. You are not in any way the quality of NDP.
  • Please... (07/02/2018, 13:59) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Switch from bad to worse? Come on now....I don't think so...
  • Yep. He got to (07/02/2018, 15:20) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mitch is my new Health and social development minister.. He has to make that switch to have that opportunity and a great future. It has to be a collective back benchers effort. I want so badly to see Alvera and Marlon hold a ministry these are the two best NDP if u ask me...
  • Bull Dawg (07/02/2018, 17:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mitch you grow up in church like most of us.
    All you and your immediate family have to do is pray over the right decision.
    God do answers prayer.
  • gg (07/02/2018, 18:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    who cares the people are hurting
  • JVD (07/02/2018, 19:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Jvd is rite now with Mitch not NDP
  • ta ta (07/02/2018, 21:29) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Constitution places the power of the purpose in we the people. Unfortunately the public refuses to do its job.
  • retired (08/02/2018, 06:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think it's time for another political party to appear and participate in the next election. VIP is old and weak. NDP is fractured and seemingly disorganized. Lots of Caribbean islands have more than 2 parties. The more populated islands have up to 6 different political parties.
  • JVD (08/02/2018, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dont be a b*/*(%. Make the switch and follow Mitch.

    Mitch make the switch and make it quick
  • Just Curious. (12/02/2018, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If we thought Mitch was going to switchbthen think again. Don't think he will now that his brother was voted in as the deputy chairman of the NDP. Mitchbwill win his seat at the next election but he will unfortunately be a member of the opposition and they are not much of those elected members in the ruling party will have the luxury to be in the opposition team in the HoA

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