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New group emerges; Could turn into new political party!

The Virgin Islands may soon have a new political party. Photo: VINO
Premier prospects! From left: Opposition Leader and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7). Photo: VINO/File
Premier prospects! From left: Opposition Leader and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7). Photo: VINO/File
The People's Empowerment Party (PEP), the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) were the political parties that contested the 2015 General Elections of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
The People's Empowerment Party (PEP), the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) were the political parties that contested the 2015 General Elections of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom after months of investigation is that a new group has emerged and has been meeting for the last four to five months.

While the group has not turned into a political party, sources told our reporter it is heading in that direction and is expected to be ready to contest the next Virgin Islands (VI) general election.

One person close to the group who has been attending many of the meetings reported that the group has a lot of prominent people some whom have broken away from the National Democratic Party (NDP) and others who used to support the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

The source told our newsroom that the public will be happy with the team that is in discussion “as there are some prominent men and women in the group, including persons from the sister island of Virgin Gorda…but for now, it’s a movement right now…”

When asked why not join the Opposition VIP, if the goal is to remove the NDP, the source who is a part of the group told our newsroom that “let’s wait and see what happens after the November 30 election for Chairman, as leadership matters…”

The last new political party that was formed in the VI was the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) in March 2014 headed by former legislator J. Alvin Christopher as its Chairman and Natalio D. Wheatley as the President.

The PEP won no seats in the 2015 snap election and is believed to be now defunct or very inactivate.

Why a new party? NDP & VIP have issues

Many voters in the VI have said they do not want to go back to the polls in the next general elections to only have a choice between the NDP and the VIP. They claimed that the ruling NDP has failed the people, left the country broke, mismanaged public funds, and there continues to be allegations of conflict of interest, corruption and lack of transparency.

In addition, they claimed that once Party President and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) steps off the stage, the choice of controversial Education and Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) could be a step backwards.  They alleged Hon Pickering will be ‘status quo’ while front runner Hon Walwyn is a polarising and divisive figure and will be bad for business as he is a loose cannon.

VIP-a household name but..?

On the VIP side, the critics claim that the reported infighting between Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Senior Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has turned off voters and potential new members and candidates.

The trust and conflict issues between both men (Hon Fraser and Fahie) could destroy the 45 year old VIP and it appears that most delegates wish they had other choices in the upcoming November 30, 2016 election for Chairman of the party, as they reportedly do not want any of the two men.

They have also faulted the VIP for waiting until the last minute to “get their act together” and because of the leadership challenges have not been able to attract new creditable candidates, raise funds and mobilise young people to join the party which has done so much to build the country. However, the VIP remains a household name.

Our newsroom will be the first to bring you more details on the new group and provide details if and when it turns into a new political party. We will also from time to time unearth its members and who is emerging as the leader of the new group or “movement” as they are now referring themselves to.

53 Responses to “New group emerges; Could turn into new political party!”

  • Bringthem (11/11/2016, 10:01) Like (74) Dislike (2) Reply
    Okay. Bring them let us see who these new leaders are. They better have a vision of Lavity, the spirit of CB, the fortitude of Willard and the Historical foundation like Ralphie. We are waiting.
  • The Silent Ones (11/11/2016, 10:06) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's Time to Drain the Swamp.
    • pat (12/11/2016, 11:31) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      problem with that phrase is that after "he" drains the swamp, he is appointing the dregs at the bottom who were the original problems. I hope there is a way to identify and encourage new faces. And even if this new group doesn't have legs but has a voice, the smart politician would listen and adopt new points of view for a new campaign.
  • Wow! (11/11/2016, 10:06) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just hope its not a set of dead horse or elites who cannot go to the rum shop!
  • Fda approved (11/11/2016, 10:07) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Preparation H anyone?
  • Oh Please (11/11/2016, 10:13) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Another set of opportunist
    • Thinking (11/11/2016, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
      Opportunist? With a $36k a year salary? Pshhhh. You act like becoming a legislator is some big lucrative high paying job. It isn't! Senior civil servants get paid more than our legislators. So what big opportunity is there?
      • John (12/11/2016, 16:37) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
        What nut thinks legislators make $36k a year? When Ralph O'neal was chief minister several years ago, before he became premier, his salary was $150,000 a year. Other legislators were then making around $95,000 a year. Do you really think they're making less now? "politicians" love someone as naive as you. You're not thinking.
    • No Name (11/11/2016, 11:24) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      Shut your a$$. you don't even know who they are.
  • 0.4$ (11/11/2016, 10:42) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm just about willing to try almost anyone thats not associated with Myron Walwyn. Let's see who they bring to the table. And don't wait until the last minute either. Remember what they did the last time with the 'pop up in your face' elections and people were unprepered.
  • Realistic (11/11/2016, 10:44) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope we get some common sense people that love people. Too much educated people with no love and common sense messing the place up...I will be listening to hear the love and the common sense and realistic and inclusive policies and plans.
  • Well Well (11/11/2016, 10:49) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have heard all kinds of things for a while but nothing has come to the media before. I find it strange that now that the VIP elections are close at hand and things may not be in Fraser's interest that story coming out now.
    We need some new blood whose motto is "Country before self"/
  • voter (11/11/2016, 10:55) Like (16) Dislike (10) Reply
    I sticking with Frazer and the VIP
    • dog (12/11/2016, 11:33) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
      not unless he focuses on others and not on himself. His ego and "thin skin" are not good characteristics for a leader.
      He is very much like Donald Trump in that fashion. He doesn't know how to bring people together.
  • Vision (11/11/2016, 11:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I knew it was coming,and I will like to know who they are,and what is their passion before joining this group.
    One thing is to judge them by their passion, and this will tell if they are good canidates.
  • Blah Blah (11/11/2016, 11:35) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    A set of Rejects coming together = Too many rejects
    • dog (12/11/2016, 11:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      some of those "rejects" may have good and fresh ideas but weren't listened to first, second, third time around.
      ANY new vision may be promising.
  • Unfortunately (11/11/2016, 11:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Iam constapated already aaaàaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrr.who dem is
    • Trygo (13/11/2016, 21:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Try go the bathroom before you thud yourself. Too much mess around the place. We can't smell no more shit.
  • YEA YEA (11/11/2016, 12:06) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    There is no group, cut the nonsense.
  • wize up (11/11/2016, 12:20) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    So we looking at Claude; Willock; Kedrick; Andrew; Dancia and Marlon(so I was told).....
  • Observer (11/11/2016, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who both punchie? Who was the main money donor's for that Farm? If the honories only came from Huntums Ghut, then the horse owners association don't know how "Bad Boys stable started. .If you want to say you honoring Family Affairs stable do so but Bad Boys Stables didn't get started by the Huntums Ghut crew only and that's a fact. Punchie picture was featured in a popular restaurant for years in Road Town so that could give you and idea of who another one of the crew is..It's a selfish act in doing this, that's why the horse racing game is the way it is today. .
  • kick backs (11/11/2016, 12:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them better have money as NDP rich
    • money cant buy all (12/11/2016, 09:16) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      hillary clinton had more money than trump and still lost
  • Mountain Man (11/11/2016, 13:03) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    If Ning was around he will have done a better job than who in power right now,these NDP leaders is ah set of Poppy Show up town any body can do a better job than them..They even can't get the Treasury balance in nearly six years. .All their candidates and supporters now on the news saying things hard.If you budget for 50 million for a project and do it for a 100 million what you expect and if Hotels closing and Financial services going rock bottom what you expect. .We draining the swamp here in the BVI we will force the Governor to send us to the polls early
    • Vanico Smith (11/11/2016, 14:22) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Kindly let my uncle Ning continue to rest in eternally peace from putting his name in your political mess. Thank you.
  • Prominent (11/11/2016, 13:19) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am uncomfortable with the term "prominent", hope this is not the NDP redux or some of the same old fat cats and supporters repackaged because they see the writing on the wall. Are they going to equate an audit with slavery, do they have to be prominent? For example, like the college board, who all voted against Dr Dawson, yet not one of them had the courage to state why they voted him out. Should a man like that, say, loose his house morgage because of a whim to fire him? Are we going to have George Orwell's Animal Farm all over again? I hope not. We need people who know they must protect Virgin Islanders, who won't be there simply to enhance their own prominence.
    • besonette (11/11/2016, 21:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The hill man who used to be in. Immigration. U want/need serious peeps. Hmm.
  • watching (11/11/2016, 13:24) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    While a lot of people are frustrated with the current choices for leadership the emergence of a third party does open up the possibility of a government being in place with only receiving 35% of the vote . That in itself creates issues
  • NEW NAME (11/11/2016, 14:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Hope For A Brighter Tommorow"
  • Jaw breaker (11/11/2016, 15:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Frazer has formed his own party...... Lets see how fahie will help the partyon his own. Lets see if the first district voters can win the government
    • wize up (12/11/2016, 06:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ jaw breaker: look how fahie & fraser distroyed the most productive political party of the territory(two egotistical fellows both claiming how much they love the people; but the fact of the matter both guys are simply trying desperately to safeguard their political future)...
  • Really? (11/11/2016, 15:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's not like Mr, Christopher is not tainted through the extracurricular benefits he got while in VIP. To whit renting the govt a building that turned out to be structurally unsound and could not be occupied until the govt repaired at its own expense, all the while collecting $ 1 million in rent. This was all in the newspapers back then. So, why would this new group represent any change. Just different set of people under a different name trying to position themselves to feed at the trough before it runs dry.
  • Wendy (11/11/2016, 17:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Say it's a brand new Party them forming, part dem a part you with them politics meeting.
  • belonger (11/11/2016, 18:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it the new Republican people party.
  • Fly on the Wall (11/11/2016, 20:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Farara, franky, ian, dancia, collin to name a few
  • foxy (12/11/2016, 06:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Anything but a return of the NDP
  • 4real (12/11/2016, 07:30) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope that they will get rid of them people in position in the hospital so we can get a better health system. Can gave everyone a better income so they can eat and pay bill in Tortola. May God bless them but need a change bad the people if bvi calling for help bad.
  • 911 (12/11/2016, 07:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a mixture of old and new
  • focus (12/11/2016, 08:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    people get serious and stop playing with the people them mind for money.
  • Biggie (12/11/2016, 09:03) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need the govt mix up to the point where they cant get the govt form after election so when they form everybody will be from different parties and their will be no secrets everybody selling out each other
  • Curious (12/11/2016, 10:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us get some names so we can decide if they will be different from the rest.
  • knowledge (12/11/2016, 15:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time for a change that is what UK said. USA said the same. Lets see what the BVI will say in 2 years. Leadership is a tough job. If one feels he or she is ready for it by all means go for it.
  • Political Observer (13/11/2016, 07:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this tease a trial balloon to test the people's feedback on the new group/political party? If the group truly intend on standing for electiion, it should burst on the scene now. It cannot wait until the 11th hour. The VIP, PEP......etc were caught flat footed last election, though a snap election was anticipated. In any event, the VI/BVI has a myriad of problems and needs a strong, experienced, hardworking and dedicated leadership and management team that is all in to providing solutions to address them. The BVI has gouged itself on picking the low hanging fruit. Now, it is time to climb the tree to pick fruit that it is not as easy topick, requiring effective planning, programming, budgeting and executing effort.The BVI needs a Mandela, a Moses, a Noel, a Joseph, a Lavity.........etc to lead it out the wilderness.

    One of the first requirements for membership in this new team or any other team should be the commitment to put the people and national interest before self interest. The path forward to growth, development and sustainability will be challenging. The BVI had a window of opportunity to effectively invest in infrastructure but it failed miserably and that window of opportunity slammed shut quickly. The BVI should have been farther along economically, socially and politically. Nonetheless, though the window was slammed shut, it can and must be opened again. But it will require a heavy lift to address its myriad of problems.

    These needs include physical infrastructure {roads, parking(Road Town), water, sewage, ports, telecommunications ( (broad brand), electricity, renewable energy platform}education, health, public safety (police, fire, national security and disaster preparedness), economic growth, development, sustainability and diversification; social services, enviromental resources protection and preservation, immigration and labour reform, effects of global warming, land use plan......etc. Addressing the myriad of problems will require effective planning, programming, directing, controlling, problem solving ......,,etc. Taking its direction from the people, any new group must set the compass and take action to keep the BVI ship of state on course. The new group must engage the stakeholders---the people---and make the people's business truly the people's business. It will truly be a heavy lift.
  • Observing (16/11/2016, 20:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We don't need selfish people representing us.

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