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Premier Smith lambasted NDP over billboard; Party civil war ongoing

- The National Democratic Party President blames his own political party for the Billboard
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D Orlando Smith (AL), has speculated that the controversial billboard in the middle of Road Town, behind Vanterpool’s Pharmacy in the capital city, could be the work of members of his own party. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) progressive wing, led by Chairman Troy E. Christopher and Deputy Chairman, Michael A. Turnbull, is reportedly working to replace Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) as President of the Party. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) progressive wing, led by Chairman Troy E. Christopher and Deputy Chairman, Michael A. Turnbull, is reportedly working to replace Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) as President of the Party. Photo: VINO/File
The status quo wing wing of the National Democratic Party (NDP) reportedly includes Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), right, the Education and Culture Minister who has his own leadership ambitions; however, is currently under investigation over a small wall, left, built around the Elmore Stoutt High School costing tax payers $1.6 M just before the 2015 general elections. Photo: VINO/File
The status quo wing wing of the National Democratic Party (NDP) reportedly includes Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), right, the Education and Culture Minister who has his own leadership ambitions; however, is currently under investigation over a small wall, left, built around the Elmore Stoutt High School costing tax payers $1.6 M just before the 2015 general elections. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In the continued inside war between the progressive wing of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and the status quo supporters, led by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), he has made his position known over a public billboard.

The billboard appeared in the middle of Road Town, behind Vanterpool’s Pharmacy in the capital city on Wednesday February 28, 2018, asking Virgin Islanders not to support the UK Framework for the BVI Recovery Plan. It further urged the public to call their representatives and ask them to vote “no” on the recovery plan framework.

It could be my own party behind the billboard- Premier

However, at a hastily arranged press conference called yesterday February 28, 2018 by Premier Smith at his Office, where half the media houses were absent, he lambasted his own political party over the billboard.

When asked if he knew who was behind the controversial billboard, the Premier said almost angrily that while he did not know who was behind the billboard, “it could be any person, an individual or a group of persons, even persons within the National Democratic Party, my own party, I don’t know…but let us stop this petty nonsense….”

This was an unusual move for the party leader Dr Smith to throw his own group under the bus, after first admitting he does not know who was responsible for the Billboard while still alleging “it could be my own political party.”

Fight for leadership within the NDP

There is a nasty fight ongoing over the leadership of the party and many members believe if they return to the polls with Dr Smith as the leader the NDP will be overwhelmingly defeated.

73 year old Premier Smith, who has been at the helm of the party from its founding in 1998, leads the status quo wing that reportedly includes Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), his brother in law, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Education and Culture Minister who has his own leadership ambitions; however, is currently under investigation over a small wall built around the Elmore Stoutt High School costing tax payers $1.6 M just before the 2015 general elections.

Other status quo supporters include some wives of other members and family members of Dr Smith.

Progressive wing scored big

It is believed that the progressive wing is led by the younger legislators, along with some backbenchers such as Hons Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), Marlon A. Penn (R8), and Deloris Christopher (R5), and party spokeswoman and cultural icon, former Legislator Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE.

The NDP progressive wing scored a big victory on February 6, 2018 with the election of Troy E. Christopher, the son of Hon Christopher, for party chairman and Michael A. Turnbull Phd, the brother  of Hon Turnbull, as his Deputy.

They are now working behind the scenes to force an election for President, the post that Dr Smith holds.

NDP vs VIP 2019

While the NDP still hold their base of supporters and are still popular amongst some segment of the youth, many political observers believe the outcome of the 2019 elections will be much different  from that of 2015, where they defeated the main Opposition Virgin Islands Party 11 to 2.

It is said that the NDP team has lost momentum, trust disappeared when the people needed them most after the two killer storms, Irma and Maria, and they are seen as “corrupt” and have been dubbed by one outspoken member as “heartless.”

27 Responses to “Premier Smith lambasted NDP over billboard; Party civil war ongoing”

  • wet (01/03/2018, 21:35) Like (11) Dislike (22) Reply
    It is bizarre to blame the NDP
    • Challenger (03/03/2018, 20:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      easy to find out who did this...someone had to put it up, someone had to get it printed , someone had to pay for it.

      its disgusting that ANYONE can expect the UK government to back a loan without strict terms. especially given the history of corruption and self serving government officials with hands in the cookie jar.
      you go to a bank for a loan, with bad financial management history (theft, bad accountability )....you know what they tell you.....???"..no thankyou, there is the door, have a nice day".

      If there are any BV Islanders who will offer me a loan with no financial responsibility or accountability, i'd LOVE to head from you !

      We should be grateful that someone has stepped up to the plate to assist.

      Imagine if we were an independent nation ......... wow !!!!

      Anyone supporting this billboard should be ashamed of themselves and they certainly wont be getting my vote at the next election and if the general public (BV Islanders) are OK with it.. then enjoy the status as a UK national, the free health services, the free education the free housing in UK whilst stabbing them in the back.

      Sick and tired of this.....look around you, the Islands have been well and truly thrown back in time. want to remain there, keep on truckin'...you'll probably be moaning just as hard if the UK pull out from their proposed assistance, saying that we are being abandoned.

      Get real. !
  • Windy (01/03/2018, 21:36) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is an incredibly stupid move.
  • SMH (01/03/2018, 21:37) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    civil War and infighting are bad.
  • watcher (01/03/2018, 21:40) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is really a dumb move by De Smith. It indicates that nobody in this administration knows anything about how to bring both sides together for the good of the country and the next elections
  • qc (01/03/2018, 21:43) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    oops' the BVI is in trouble
  • Socrates (01/03/2018, 22:03) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier is hopping mad. Although he claimed he does not know who erected the billboard, is he telling a likle white lie? Why would Premier throw some party members under bus? Is there a movement afoot to boot the Premier out of the leadership position? Is the Premier too soft for the opportunists in his party? Is a snap election in the offing? Does the Premier delegate too much and too hands off?
    • No Worries (02/03/2018, 03:05) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
      Sounds like you are an insider who is leaking information through questions. I love it! Big smile on my face. We are getting so worried about this, "in house fighting"...Be not worried. This reminds me about Saul. He was chosen but he became disobedient to God. Saul lost the blessing and vision to lead and all this was done by God's hands because of Saul's disobedience.

      God has already selected a "David" to take the place of Dr. Smith. He will make those who seek and crave power to be made low. Dr. Smith is a good person but his time and his wife's time is up. The problem is not England. The problem is that we the people (especially the church) have allowed greed and a disrespect for God to permeate this land.

      The Premier, his wife, Myron, Mark, the rest of the Party and the VIP who call God name asking for prayer and who like to quote scripture to make them look good all need to repent. Too much unrighteousness is being practiced in the BVI and our leaders are no better. Whoever the cap fits, let them wear it.

      Whatever the NDP is going through at this time, it must run the course. New Leadership does not come without a fight from people who desires power. But God be glorified! He who appoints to leadership also brings them to their knees. Let God Reign! There is another who is anointed to take the reigns.

      When the time comes to vote for new leadership whether in the Party or at the General Election, change will come; and i believe that.
  • Hmmmm (01/03/2018, 23:08) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    He said it can be anyone. He didn’t confirm it was someone in his party. At this time who can you trust. If Jesus was betrayed by his very own, who is us? People need to stop blaming the government. We are all in an uncomfortable position, some more than others. If both sides come together as one, more will be done. Whatever happened to “ONE BVI”?
    • Before 2019.. (02/03/2018, 06:46) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      Government may change before 2019., Heard the Bck bwnchers and opposition in discussion.. This seems like a good move for Backbenchers their only hope because if 2019 comes with NDP. 5 of the six of them are out..
  • @@@@@ (01/03/2018, 23:42) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who to blame?
  • pete (01/03/2018, 23:54) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    I personally hate billboards, especially in a small place like Road Town. Now they are seen as money makers while trashing the place. So who purchased it and who is making money?
    Frankly, the track record of managing money by this administration has been disgraceful so I welcome rules and oversight to make sure hands not in the cookie jar or pet projects like the airport goes before infrastructure and getting
    the island back on track. BVI is not equipped with experienced and wise legislators to help put it back together again with a few exceptions.
  • See (02/03/2018, 00:09) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
    Popcorn please ..... with butter
  • Just woke. (02/03/2018, 06:42) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Doc just woke up also. Now he starts to lead.. He had them boys doing what they want.. Doc is a good man but them boys with selfish agenda make him look like a bad man... Is it to late?
  • Boo (02/03/2018, 06:51) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    These young punks will finally take down the NDP from inside. Andrew get your stuff together! Victory will be yours for the grabbing if you play your cards right.
  • Street reporter (02/03/2018, 06:52) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only in the BVI. This is a testimony of the quality of freedom we Have here.. In any other country that sign will be down in a rush and maybe who responsible get arrested.. The BVI is a heaven..Greed seems to be eroding our soil that gives us the great fruits that we once enjoy..
  • wize up (02/03/2018, 07:07) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    see them fighting for power: my territory is now mix up with social issues & political issues and in both issues MONEY is the man in the MIDDLE
  • Truth (02/03/2018, 07:22) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's a group including members from the ndp and the new party
    • wize up (02/03/2018, 09:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ truth: change is good but can one fight against the UK because with a stroke of the pen the same UK can alter anything she deams necessary: I recall when the queen’s grandson was getting married; buckingham mandated the day of that wedding be made a public holiday though out all of her territories and they all had to comply: I will say stop fu(in& with the UK under certain circumstances because it is simply send a bad signal; you catch more flies with honey!!!! suddenly the politicians are power hungry and using any means to capture their foolish desires
  • Donnell (02/03/2018, 08:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the Premier is now a "straight-shooter"
  • shhh (02/03/2018, 08:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He same Chairman was heading it.
  • Hear the people's cries (02/03/2018, 09:43) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am all for self determination and I have seen the actions of the status quo leaders take us so far back into colonization that it makes our fore fathers turn over in their graves. March on progressives, you have our support.
  • Boo (02/03/2018, 13:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    'lando! get a grip of these young punks man!
  • Disgusted (03/03/2018, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Either take responsibility for it or take it down.
  • Strupes (05/03/2018, 15:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why orlando aint send to take the shit down by now.. since nobody do it..


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