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Sparks fly on 3D show as hosts discuss behaviour in HOA

Mr. Natalio Wheatley said he was appalled, saddened and disappointed that the Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, went to the House of Assembly (HOA) and made remarks that “disparaged” Dr. Quincy Lettsome, an esteemed member of the community. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sparks flew last evening October 19, 2012 on the 3D Show as co-host of the evening’s programme, Natalio Wheatley, decided to raise the issue of the behaviour of Members of the House of Assembly (HOA).

Wheatley, aka Sowande Uhuru, brought the issue to bear on the interactive programme, which was aired on a local radio station.

He expressed that the moderator of the NDP radio programme seemingly directed some criticism at the opposition during the most recent airing of that show but he felt that if anyone was to be criticised it should have been on the side of the government.

He went as far as to say “there is some need for some polite scolding of at least one member of the government.”

Mr Wheatley expressed that he was appalled, saddened and disappointed that the Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, went to the House of Assembly (HOA) and made remarks that “disparaged” an esteemed member of the community.

He noted that he was saddened particularly because he liked Hon. Walwyn despite some of the questions regarding his eligibility to be in the HOA, which he felt might be valid to some extent.

Despite this, he said, Hon. Walwyn had spoken up on some very important issues in the community and done some very good things in the Ministry of Education. He also felt that Hon. Walwyn was a critical thinker and very intelligent.

He expressed though, that the Hon. Minister might have some challenges with character.  He suggested that Hon. Walwyn at times seemed as if he didn’t want to lose any arguments with the Opposition and this may have led him to go to “some places where perhaps he should not go.”

He singled out an instance of the Hon. Minister responding to a question in the last sitting of the HOA by suggesting the person ask themself the question. This, he felt, was an inappropriate response for the HOA.

Touching on another reported occurrence, Mr Wheatley said “Dr Lettsome wrote a book and Hon. Walwyn made reference to the fact that the book was presented in a Dr Scholl’s shooebox.” Wheatley felt the incident would have embarrassed Dr Lettsome and also that all (members of the public) should be embarrassed that such remarks could be made about Dr Lettsome just to score a few political points and to defend a contract being delivered to someone.

He added “if you want to defend that action you don’t have to disparage Hon. Dr. Lettsome,” and noted that almost anyone can be disparaged in the same way. He felt there should be a line drawn in the sand and an apology is befitting in the circumstances for Dr Lettsome.

This was not about politics, he noted, “this is about a particular standard that we would like to uphold for the House of Assembly.”

One caller to the programme disagreed with his view and said the Hon. Member of the House who had complained about Hon. Walwyn’s behaviour was guilty of similar infractions of poor behaviour in the HOA and should have been the last person to complain about the level of behaviour.

He also reminded listeners that it was clear that the Hon. Minister for Education and Culture did not at any time mention Mr Lettsome’s name. Mr Wheatley asked the caller if he believed that Hon. Walwyn was in fact referring to Mr Lettsome in making the comment to which the caller replied that most people were unaware of it but he knew since he had followed the news.

Mr Wheatley then asked whether the caller felt it was appropriate for the Hon. Minister to bring the particular line of argument to the HOA and the caller answered in the affirmative, as he felt the Hon. Minister was correct to "fight fire with fire".

32 Responses to “Sparks fly on 3D show as hosts discuss behaviour in HOA”

  • old glory (20/10/2012, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I will say is I agree with Sowande Myron doing good job, but he will spoil his legacy with his shallow, petty and lack of substance and childish behavior in the house of assembly. He has brought disrepute to the people's house. Actually he has become a disgrace and has continue to insult the people of the BVI
  • bat man (20/10/2012, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Given the history of Myron behavior since he got in can you blame Andrew Fahie or anyone for asking the Premier to bell that cat?
    • long look me come form (20/10/2012, 17:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I say blame the people, especially those young people who did not know better and got caught up in the hype of the paid ads and staring in a commercial. Those poor young people were not thinking about country as a whole. Blame the poor innocent children/youths they're the ones that voted for he! Myron can only vote for himself one time.
  • son of the soil (20/10/2012, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    them allow an island man in now and see what he's doing.....bringing his unmannerly down the island behaviour to our house....we need some house cleaning quick
    • fat hen (22/10/2012, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of you VIP just hating or jealous that Myron left ayo party and got lucky…lol
  • Spade (20/10/2012, 12:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now you see why the BVI is screwed up and will remain that way. This Natalio Wheatly knows dam well that Myron has made a mockery of the House Of Assembly and needs to be rebuked, but still going on air tip toeing around the issue apologizing for calling a spade a spade. Everyone is beholding to someone, and is afraid to offend. Something this guy want from the minister so he has to dance around instead of sayin what he know is right.

    When he was out there blabbing about Biwater he didnt hold anythin back, but now its the NDP his friends, he cant tell the minister he was wrong without having to apologize. Bunch oh hyprocrites.
  • JUSTICE WITHOUT PREJUDICE (20/10/2012, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    While we all comment about for or against, even our comments suggest bias, political or bitterness towards ourself (BVI Islanders) and our own color. We ought to suggest ways in which we can all strenghten this small territory we live. The bottom line is all negative behavior/comment whether its from a native, a native from another Caribbean island or a politician all impact us all. Notice I did not say "Island man": Slavery mentality
    lets stop showing our selfish intents and hold up country first. Certainly, at least from the outside, does not promotes the BVI as people with intelligence, heart and love for this country/territory, except for lip service.

    Political affiliation is destroying us all slowly.
    Next time Hon. Walwyn simple say " I do not have the answer Madam speaker, I will consult with the Hon. member (Frazer), who was the minister or who can guide me towards the answer and would provide the answer in the next sitting" or something along that line.
    • Fact Check (20/10/2012, 15:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Be careful what you write, Fraser was not the Mini9ster. Facts are important, Fahie was the Minister for Education, and Ralph was the Minister responsible for the College.
      • Buff-Baff (21/10/2012, 10:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Since Hon. Fahie was the minister of education and Hon O'Neil was responsible for HLSCC, I can only say that Hon Fraser asked the wrong person that question. In my view he was just looking for a fight. Let him ask the people who were in charge during the period he was referring to. We need to stop playing politics and don't waste the people's time and money arguing foolishness.
        • Civics 101 (22/10/2012, 18:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Buff-Baff; it aint who was, it is who is. Past ministers dont answer questions, present ministers do. Can we end his circus now? you folks need an education in Parliamentary politics.
  • Crank Shaft (20/10/2012, 14:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    When all of them were laughing at Doctor Smith in the HOA nobody said anything. When Doc asked questions they ignored him and laughed at him. Now that Myron is fighting back all of a sudden everybody has eyes and ears. Myron never singled out Lettsome by name, he was showing people how Fahie is acting as if he never issued a book contract, that was the point. If you can't take the heat, get the F out of the kitchen. The two doctors took a set of $h1t from the 11 years ago so let them take that now. You ain't see not even Ralph studying them with their foolishness? What that tell you?

    • dumb (20/10/2012, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      That ralph full ah $h1+

    • The Truth! (20/10/2012, 15:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It tells me that you (Crank Shaft) is a fool, and that Ralph is fast asleep as usual. Frankly, you need to shut up, and he needs to go home.
    • ooooo (20/10/2012, 16:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      where you came from now with this damage control mr crank shaft?
    • hard noise (20/10/2012, 17:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No matter what, the country still suffers as long as we have people in our HOA who are not illegible to be there…Mr. Myron seems to have no intention of making the BVI a better place; it’s about him not we!!!
      • one eye (20/10/2012, 19:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We need a serious investigation here in the going on of the house of assembly yall
    • blah blah blah (20/10/2012, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I mean, is that the same Myron who wants an AC in every public classroom??? this dude just over his head! BVI is this man serious?
    • Are you for real? (20/10/2012, 22:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It still doesn't justify why Walwyn had to mention the Dr. Scholl's box. I mean he could have plaining brought across the issue of the contract of the manuscript vs. Textbook without mentioning that detail. I mean what was it that he was insinuating when he said that it was so long that he had not seen a Dr. Scholl's box and was frighten? I mean we cannot lament on certain things, but it is clear that he was either trying to insult someone to prove his point, which was unnecessary. I'm tired of seeing these big politicians go back and forth with their childish bantering.
    • To crank shaft (20/10/2012, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Ralph is a disgrace & him not studying Fraser & Fahie is best for us all because Ralph has now turn into an e>il 6@dm!nded man. Thank God for Fraser & Fahie fighting for those who can't fight for themselves & let Ralph go home NOW!

      • TO Crank Shaft (21/10/2012, 10:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You NDP cowbirds hoping that the VIP keep fighting so you can get reelected when in fact no body want ayo back but keep dreaming and on here trying to dis a national hero Ralph O'Neal.

        Myron need to go he is the disgrace his behavior in the legislative council is shameful and distasteful to say the lease.
    • sleep lil babay don't you cry (21/10/2012, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      crank shaft ayo for real? some of you all think Uncle Ralph is sleep but you might be surprise....
  • old man (20/10/2012, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen to the green land field that Myron doing wrong and would not listen with his nonsense?
    • HELLO!! (20/10/2012, 22:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron doing it wrong? You must be stupideeee...why the HELL your VIP government did not fix the Green Land Field?.whey the $400,000 I see allocted in the budget for it gone?
  • GoonSquad (20/10/2012, 22:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So you tying to say our children dont deserve a/c class rooms?..How te minister wanting to put a/c in the class rooms nonsense? Allu does amaze me with these comments.
  • Observer (20/10/2012, 22:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looks like Sowande hasn't gotten over them licks he get election day. You got more licks to get so you could talk till morning.
    • voters (21/10/2012, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      TO OBSERVER: Who got lick last time might not be the same persons who get licks again…be careful life is a circle bossman..do not under estimate we the voters!!!
  • DarkVader (20/10/2012, 22:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah Blah Blah Blah...House conduct is nothing new...whats the BIG deal now? I am not saying it's right how some of them behave but what's the big deal now? We ave ooo many issues in our country to deal with and problems to solve and allu here wating time talking about behaviour in the house like this is going to change anytime soon. We are good compare to what I see on television in China and other countries..at least we are not throwing fist, throwing eggs or tar-gas...people, it's the HOA...there will always be some kind of bad beaviour...bad behaviour was going on before Myron got to the house (for those of you who feels he is and Island man or a not born here)..he is not to blame for the behaviour in the house. Check years gone by...same thing or even worst...
  • Youth (20/10/2012, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are we going to do as a community about men who do not feed their children and have to end up before the magistrate for child support. I say that this is a much bigger issue than bad behavior in the House.
  • yes (20/10/2012, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    let me pay you to blog
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  • fire he (22/10/2012, 07:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the NDP needs to drop Myron like a hot potato
  • Listen (22/10/2012, 10:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron did not have to make a disparaging comment about a fellow BVIlslander just to say that VIP had awarded similar book contracts during their administration. By doing so he was making a statement about quality and implying that what the NDP paid Ayana to do was better that what the VIP paid Dr Lettsome to do. For that Myron is wrong. It matters not that he did not call the individual's name because the BVI is a small community so name calling isn't always needed to identify anyone. Furthermore I still don't understand his comment about being frightened. Was he frightened because the quality of the manuscript was poor? Myron tried to offend Faihe but to me he really offended Dr.Lettsome.


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