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NDP Govt gets failing grade one year into 2nd term- Natalio D. Wheatley

- Premier Smith said NDP Government did well in the one year despite the challenges
Talk show host and social commentator Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru (left) has blasted the NDP Government for their performance over the last year. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith certainly believes that the Virgin Islands is better off as a territory following the elections of last year which saw the NDP run away with 11 out of 13 seats. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith certainly believes that the Virgin Islands is better off as a territory following the elections of last year which saw the NDP run away with 11 out of 13 seats. Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has said the people of the Virgin Islands 'pardoned' the NDP when they overwhelmingly voted them in for another term at the June 8, 2015 elections. Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has said the people of the Virgin Islands 'pardoned' the NDP when they overwhelmingly voted them in for another term at the June 8, 2015 elections. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Exactly one year ago today, on June 8, 2015, the Virgin Islands went to the polls in what was called a snap elections and the electorate spoke with a loud and resounding voice, giving the National Democratic Party (NDP) a clear mandate in taking the territory forward.

However, depending on whom you speak to, there are differing opinions on whether this has been achieved over the last 12 months and whether the country is better off.

VI better off since June 8, 2015 elections?

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith certainly believes that the Virgin Islands is better off as a territory following the elections of last year which saw the NDP run away with 11 out of 13 seats.

“I think that the Government has performed very well, especially in the challenging circumstances of today, where there have been the ongoing global financial crisis. But we are facing those challenges and dealing with them,” he said, speaking briefly with this news site yesterday June 7, 2016.

Premier Smith said that the party had made a promise to the people of the territory that things would be better and, according to his assessment, thing are indeed better as the country is indeed better off.

“I would say that we have done well in the one year [since the June 8, 2015 elections]...if you look back at what has been done and considering the challenges,” he said.

Failing grade

However, talk show host and social commentator Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru blasted the NDP Government for their performance over the last year.

“They get a failing grade based on their handling of Tortola Pier Park and the Cruise Pier Development Project, their handling of sewage, their handling of finances and their lack of transparency and also their handling of the National Health Insurance (NHI),” he said in an interview with this news site.

“I would be surprised if anyone gives them a passing grade,” said Wheatley, who recently started a new talk show ‘Things to Talk’.

“The economy is in a poor state. Taxes are being continuously raised and the cost of living is rising which reduces consumer spending power. Government owes many people which again has an effect on local spending. They [the NDP] spoke a lot about addressing the cost of living but they have done the opposite in many ways,” said Wheatley.

Critics have continued to take the Government to task for their lack of transparency and accountability and for flouting good governance in terms of dealing with the people of the territory regarding various projects, many of which members of the public have written off as done deals, therefore expecting no longer any consultation on them.

NDP was pardoned at the polls- Hon Fraser

One such loud critic is Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) who said the people of the Virgin Islands “pardoned” the NDP when they overwhelmingly voted them in for another term at the June 8, 2015 elections.

He said the NDP Administration is one that has “recklessly exploited an unusual circumstance of abandonment of both implied and enumerated oversight from every aspect, albeit to the detriment of the people of the Virgin Islands.

“They have been pardoned by the people in a General Election; colluded with by the Government of the United Kingdom, through their failure to hold them accountable to their agreed upon Protocol for Effective Financial Management; and no matter what the Opposition says or do it means nothing.”

Continuing, Hon Fraser said the NDP Government has taken the Financial Services of the territory to the cliff's edge, as the rest of the world continues to see the territory as a money laundering center; local small businesses are collapsing from the weight of onerous regulations; and the middle class is all but gone.

Further, he said it is a Government that is the subject of one corruption scandal after another, and is being challenged with multiple lawsuits with little chance of winning any, adding too that it is the first government in the territory's history to have borrowed money for its day to day operations.

“And everything it does is shrouded in secrecy, which demonstrates a total disregard for the core principles of transparency, and good governance.

“A large number of persons, including myself, blame all this to a failure on the part of the leader to control some of his ministers who obviously have their own agendas. All that said however, in the interest of the people of the Virgin Islands I pray each day that things will turnaround,” Hon Fraser lamented.

13 Responses to “NDP Govt gets failing grade one year into 2nd term- Natalio D. Wheatley”

  • wize up (08/06/2016, 09:41) Like (5) Dislike (53) Reply
    Mr Wheatley all you keep bring to the table is stupid talk and I will tell you why, in case you don't know-you cant even get 50 votes when you place your name on the ballot and here talking !uck you are a political failure as well but your friend will make you feel that you are all that and a bag of chips......
  • thing teh talk (08/06/2016, 09:56) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    The NDP government has blown over 1.5 billion dollar$ in 5 years....300 plus million per year budget for the past 5 years, DO THE MATHS!
  • queen makisha (08/06/2016, 09:59) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    "F dem F dem fail dem"
  • facts man (08/06/2016, 10:01) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    Dr. Smith head in the sand as usual...the BVI has gone 20 years backwards
  • where is mark? (08/06/2016, 10:23) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    HELLO?
  • wow (08/06/2016, 12:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Facts man I with you 100 percent his head was always in the sand .

  • ccc (08/06/2016, 13:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    After all the thiefing non of them gone jail
  • Virgin Islander (08/06/2016, 14:42) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    NDP is our only hope if not them then who???/ who in this country can we put to do anything for us I sticking with the NDP All the way HElloooooooooooo if them sink I sinking too " That's all you Problem" NDP Bam!!!!
    • Mountain Dove (09/06/2016, 05:36) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Virgin Islander they are only only hope because they dress real nice in matching suits and ties? There are others out there who are capable of running the affairs of this country who may not dress up in matching suit and tie but are just as smart in terms of moving the country forward. We just have to given them a chance when the time comes. We as a people always tend to look at the things we see Infront of us and the things we hear but it's doesn't often times equate to what we really thought would be best for the country. It's not just about book sense, it also takes street sense and common sense to accomplish things as a politician to help move a country in the right direction. It's time we start looking for people who have those 3 traits as well as others. Hats just my thoughts
      • Wendy (12/06/2016, 17:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well Mounty, while all yo looking for people I looking left right and center at the completion of projects under NDP,in a no fail effort at moving the country forward..
        In the meantime name those others who you claim are out there and who are capable of running the affairs of this country.
  • Tis Truth! (09/06/2016, 12:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every damn thing is so politicalize today. Nothing can get accomplished without the influence of politics.

    People and parties can no longer sit down and solve problems together for the benefit of country and its people.

    Theybare so preoccupied with self interest that they appear blind to critical fact that the territory's elected offficials need to come together and formulate and enact legislation that is focused on growing the economy.

    They are, as far as one can see,still taking the main pillows that are keeping the territory afloat for granted.Meanwhile, they will wait until the next crisis hits to take corrective measures.

    We need more visionary and bold leaders now, not more meaningless political actors and words.

    They all went into poltics with the personal same agenda and goals, money, money and "mo" money, and some power and prestige.


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