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‘NDP will always serve their business interests first’ – Dr Karl Dawson

- said issue of water rights & the denial of locals to fishing grounds they accessed for generations are critical issues for these elections
At Large candidate for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Dr Karl Dawson said that the National Democratic Party remains a party of a particular interest – business and economic – which will be served no matter what the party says to the contrary. Photo: VINO
From left are At Large candidates Dr Karl Dawson, Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury and Sharie B. de Castro, VIP Second District candidate Rajah A. Smith and VIP Chairman and Third District incumbent candidate Hon Julian Fraser RA. Photo: VINO
From left are At Large candidates Dr Karl Dawson, Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury and Sharie B. de Castro, VIP Second District candidate Rajah A. Smith and VIP Chairman and Third District incumbent candidate Hon Julian Fraser RA. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience last night in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience last night in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – Territorial At Large candidate for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Dr Karl Dawson said the National Democratic Party remains a party of a particular interest – business and economics – which will be served no matter what the party says to the contrary.

He was speaking at a political rally in Cane Garden Bay last night May 26, 2015 which featured the VIP’s candidate for the Second District Rajah A. Smith.

Dr Dawson said he had to make a choice after feeling the conviction to step up and make a contribution to the politics of the land, following consultation with family, friends and the Lord.

“The question then was, if I am going to do this then with whom?” he asked. “We have seen parties that have come about because of business and economic interests and because that is the base of the party, that is the base that they will be true to anytime no matter how much they may camouflage and what may be done to bring the masses aboard. At the end of the day the base of the party will be served, the business and economic interests of the people connected to the party,” he said.

Taking this into consideration, Dr Dawson went for the VIP. He said that in looking over the history of the party he saw people who had a particular philosophy that there could be no development of the BVI without the development of the people.

“I firmly believe in that and I could easily align myself to that [idea],” said Dr Dawson.

Young people are sceptical of leaders

He said the scepticism that young people have towards leaders must stop. “They must feel that the persons who are called to represent them are persons on whom they can depend on and in whom they can be assured are working in their best interest every time,” he said.

Some want too much

Dr Dawson said that as welcoming as the people of the Second District are, some people want too much. “There are some that come among us and seem to never get enough,” he said, adding that business owners can attest to persons offering to buy them out.

“Thank God through wisdom we are able to hold on to our property and we are now an example of development in the territory,” he said.

He said it becomes a question of preserving the territory’s heritage when persons are being shut out from places they had access to for generations because of someone owning the land and the rights to the water.

“Our people right here in the BVI are now being chased off of our fishing grounds because some of these investors have been given water rights around the islands by the Government. If they get some today they will want something else tomorrow,” he said.

“We must preserve our national heritage for our children and their children. Big investors may be needed and are welcomed but there is a price that is too high.” He said among the issues in these elections this might be one of the biggest. “This issue has long term implications.”

23 Responses to “‘NDP will always serve their business interests first’ – Dr Karl Dawson”

  • Boo (27/05/2015, 09:45) Like (28) Dislike (25) Reply
    Empty seats at one party's rallies and standing room only at the other. Is this why they clutching at political straws now?
    • HELLO!!! (28/05/2015, 07:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      When you all going get it that seats and cars do not vote? PEP, IND and VIP people were there too you know and you all still registered some in districts they do not live in. Do not worry we will snap this country back in place.
  • empty! (27/05/2015, 09:59) Like (23) Dislike (30) Reply
    Why are VIP candidates always talking to chairs? Are they crazy?
    • xxxxxxxx (27/05/2015, 14:09) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      While rajah rally was small it was actually very good. The VIP was extremely informative, stated the party goals and solutions did not bash anyone and told the people what a VIP administration will look like…now that make sense!!!

      Unlike the Big ting in town off we tax dollars with nasty rant and rave about 1 King Fraser the Liberator but we still going green!
  • child (27/05/2015, 10:06) Like (17) Dislike (29) Reply
    NDP all the way!
  • ooooo (27/05/2015, 10:22) Like (37) Dislike (29) Reply
    the NDP only looks out for themselves and the 2% at the top
  • plans? (27/05/2015, 10:24) Like (26) Dislike (19) Reply
    What are your plans minister Dawson?
    • Tim (27/05/2015, 11:02) Like (22) Dislike (10) Reply
      Mr. Dawson has repeatedly stated his plans; where are you living?
      • okay (27/05/2015, 11:32) Like (12) Dislike (21) Reply
        He hasn't listed any plans. Him and the others are just rambling along and listing things that sound good without telling us how they will actually get them done. Don't forget the former VIP had many plans and signs up saying coming soon but they never came. Fool me once...........you know the rest! I sticking with the A-Team, the Action Team. NDP!
  • Just saying (27/05/2015, 10:32) Like (27) Dislike (14) Reply
    A vote for the ndp is a vote for the uk to take over
    • Looking on (27/05/2015, 11:55) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      To Just saying, You can't see No one is taking you on with that crap and you still here with it.
  • PUDDIN PIE (27/05/2015, 11:31) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    IF THE uK HAD TO TAKE OVER THEY WOULD HAVE PAINTED A BAD PICTURE OF THE ndp AGES AGO...THEY HAD 4 YEARS TO DO IT....
  • ANOTHER DEAD ONE (27/05/2015, 11:42) Like (8) Dislike (20) Reply
    DEAD ON ARRIVAL. DR DAWSON PLEASE GO AND SIT DOWN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
  • saying (27/05/2015, 11:55) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    look wa he get himself into sa
  • Kermit (27/05/2015, 12:43) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Unfortunately that's the mark of any Businessman, what do you expect? That's why it is my belief that business men should not be allowed to be politicians, but then what do you expect? On paper these are the kinda people that have the credentials that we view as essential for leadership.. So at the end of the day we'll always be in a sticky situation when it comes to these type of men.. Things will not get better until we reestablish what it means to have a government that is by the people, For the people, until then we will be at the mercy of greed and corruption.
  • U-turn (27/05/2015, 13:43) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Looks like Myron will be looking for a new President. Its no turning back now Dr Dawson.
    • @ U Turn (27/05/2015, 14:51) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dawson will soon take Myron place as Minister of Education and Myron will be back at his Moorings routine
  • Wishes (27/05/2015, 14:15) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Dawson I like you, I hope you win---I just want three things 1/ A new minister for health---2/ A new minister for labour and Agriculture---3 Not Frazer for premier--Those are all I wish for..
  • Look to the hills (27/05/2015, 17:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Boo..Don't be too quick to jump to conclusions, empty or filled seats doesnt mean a thing. The voters have the seats in their hands don't be fooled. This political race is too hot to sit down.
  • Yes (27/05/2015, 18:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    FIFA one of the most corrupt sports groups in the world well known for kickbacks. And where were they last week, here in Tortola hobnobbing with none other than our NDP known as kickback kings
    • yes (28/05/2015, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      True. The latest one came out in May 2015. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/fifa-key-sponsors-visa-adidas-and-cocacola-pile-on-pressure-in-wake-of-corruption-scandal-10280496.html

      Fifa's major sponsors have put pressure on the organisation in the wake of an unfolding corruption scandal, after the launch of two criminal probes and the arrest of nine Fifa officials.

      Visa, one of Fifa's biggest sponsors, has threatened to withdraw its funding altogether and described its "disappointment" with football's under-fire governing body as "profound".

      At least Uncle Ralph had the foresight to smell the corruption of one to turn him away.
  • Voter Too (28/05/2015, 07:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Politicians please put the country first before yourselves, friends and families otherwise you will pay dearly for it
  • plz (29/05/2015, 10:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our state of the art hospital, the envy of the Caribbean, says the NDP lacks basic services, medication for seniors, equipment to perform some basic tests, instead you are shuffled to private clinics where you are required to pay hundreds of $$$$$$$which the poor people cannot afford.
    Mr. Health Minister please have some compassion, where is the LOVE???


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