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VIP had governed in 'patch & go fashion' – Hon Delores Christopher

- accused the previous government of engaging only in short-term fixes
In the midst of laying out her plans and speaking about her “accomplishments” in the Fifth District, Honourable Delores Christopher described the governance of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) while in power as ‘patch and go fashion’. Photo: VINO
Hon Delores Christopher with the National Democratic Party (NDP) Territorial At Large team last evening, May 23, 2015. Photo: VINO
Hon Delores Christopher with the National Democratic Party (NDP) Territorial At Large team last evening, May 23, 2015. Photo: VINO
Some of Hon Delores Christopher's supporters at the campaign rally in Huntums Ghut. Photo: VINO
Some of Hon Delores Christopher's supporters at the campaign rally in Huntums Ghut. Photo: VINO
Paying tribute to Hon Delores Christopher. Photo: VINO
Paying tribute to Hon Delores Christopher. Photo: VINO
Thea Cooke (right) is congratulated after playing the Bass Guitar. Photo: VINO
Thea Cooke (right) is congratulated after playing the Bass Guitar. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the campaign rally of Hon Delores Christopher in Huntums Ghut on May 23, 2015. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the campaign rally of Hon Delores Christopher in Huntums Ghut on May 23, 2015. Photo: VINO
HUNTUMS GHUT, Tortola, VI – In the midst of laying out her plans and speaking about her “accomplishments” in the Fifth District, Honourable Delores Christopher described the governance of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) while in power as ‘patch and go fashion’

Honourable Christopher was at the time addressing a sizable crowd gathered in the heart of Huntums Ghut at a campaign rally last evening, May 23, 2015 when she blasted the previous government’s style of governance. “For far too long our territory has been managed in a patch and go fashion, providing only band aid solutions to the challenges we face as a nation.”

The VIP, which is now the Opposition, were also accused of believing in short term fixes. “Our opponents seem to believe in short term fixes, patching up here and there. And when that part gives way, - Just simply patch it some more, then later on ….put a plug in it,” she said.

The allegations against her opponents were evident in the areas of electricity, health services, education facilities, the road network and water and sewerage. “This is the problem! They do not have the right approach in addressing the needs of our territory,” she said.

Sewerage System was allowed to deteriorate

According to Mrs Christopher, the sewerage system was allowed to deteriorate for so long with no plan in place to address the situation as the VIP had failed to make the necessary investment to properly rectify the situation. “The residents in the Horse Path area in particular know what I mean.”

“Today I am happy to report that we have made significant progress on this issue, the National Democratic Party‘s action minister Mark Vanterpool, has embarked on a comprehensive approach to address the National Sewerage system,” said Hon Christopher.

“You and I both recall the major works being done in Road Town, piles being driven for months, setting up the infrastructure to receive the new system. These piles were put in place to sure up the collapsing infrastructure beneath, and to provide the stability necessary to host the new system. This is a major project. This is a national project that will benefit all of us, including many of you in the 5th District,” she further said.

Not guaranteeing connection to sewerage system before election

However, she told her supporters she won’t promise their houses will be connected to the sewerage system before election, but that her government is working hard at it, and it will be completed if in government for the next term. 

She said even with limited funds, at the beginning of this term, she continued to push steadily to meet some of the pressing needs of her people of the 5th District, trying to correct the situation residents endured, of having to drive home on rough rugged roads and sometimes through the mud when it rains, slipping and sliding up and down the hills.

Further speaking of her accomplishments she said the Great Mountain road was in need of major repair works with the asphalt lifted and crumbled. "It took sometime but we did serious works, widened the corner, put in the proper drains to channel the water off the road. Great Mountain Road became the model design for roads in the territory.

“Just a few yards down …….in the vicinity of the Children’s Park, there was a big dip in the road, low cars especially had to crawl in and out of that dip, holding up the rush hour traffic in the mornings.

We didn’t continue to talk about it, We took action to correct that situation, removing the dip, installing the drainage pipes, and now motorists drive so comfortably and safe that they don’t even remember what that area was like before.”


Hon Christopher, a back-bencher in the National Democratic Party government, said upgrade works on the Huntums Ghut basketball court will begin shortly with additions of restroom facilities, concession stands, extended bleachers, better parking and landscaping.

Others include reconstructing the Huntums Ghut Bridge in the Vicinity of Liston Smith Shop, street lighting throughout the district, installing of sidewalks and improving parking areas. “A complete upgrade of the Children’s Park at Sandbox Road is being planned to be implemented in our next term; we are also currently working on a design to create a community recreational park for the families in Horse Path area to enjoy. Similarly, plans are being developed for the Long Trench community, these will create additional green spaces in the district,” outlined Mrs Christopher.

61 Responses to “VIP had governed in 'patch & go fashion' – Hon Delores Christopher”

  • dem say (24/05/2015, 11:38) Like (83) Dislike (22) Reply
    Zoe tried to skake your hand on nomination day and you and MB refused! How can I respect you as leaders. Your action was tasteless and not in line with sportsmanship!
    • Oh Please (24/05/2015, 12:55) Like (21) Dislike (85) Reply
      Its not a sport first of all. Additionally, VIP members want to be out talking piss about the sitting government and then wants to pretend with a shake hand. Its a pitty she didn't give her one of what Andrew got!!!!!
      • Curious (24/05/2015, 16:58) Like (44) Dislike (10) Reply
        @Oh are so dumb, would have been better not to comment.....Zoe acted professional....Dolores need to know how to behave ....she just lost my vote and that of my 3 others voting family members....
        • Strupes (25/05/2015, 14:33) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
          Go sit down but she lost your vote? She never had it in the first place.
      • Dem Sat (24/05/2015, 18:50) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
        It is called political decorum!
      • ok (25/05/2015, 05:00) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
        It wasn't professional and definitely not a role model episode.
    • Ju.... (24/05/2015, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (17) Reply
      Maybe she did not recognized the drunkard hippy with the black lipstick. Who in their right mind would vote for she.
  • .......... (24/05/2015, 11:42) Like (74) Dislike (20) Reply
    Who in dem right mind will vote for deloris...struppps
  • Ears (24/05/2015, 11:43) Like (6) Dislike (30) Reply
    Pressure--Pressure Burst pipe--You are right, however, You are one of the three seats I have as a possible VIP pick up...But don't worry--your party will retain power--you will be taken care of--- VIP 5-----NDP 7----INDPT--1..........
    NDP Give Alvera a Ministry either labour and Agr, 0r health and SD I think she would do a good Job--I would prefer health.
    • x factor (24/05/2015, 12:58) Like (41) Dislike (13) Reply
      she cannot list one thing he has done she better go sit down with that dead party!
    • lmfao (24/05/2015, 13:18) Like (89) Dislike (6) Reply
      I really think you were trying to be funny! Give who a Ministry? Now I have nothing against the lady, but I would prefer they give an IND or VIP person a ministry
      • Real (24/05/2015, 17:15) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        People of the bvi ndp taking all the money and we wI'll have to pay it back the paster man is one he is a fly and. He have 4 more with him. This is no joke 2 man in ndp party take. The money and buy house in oil nut bay please vip please. Merc.... On us bvi lander

        Please people of the. Bvi Do not vote for ndp 4 man in the ndp party run this country These man. Buy all the condo in oil nut bay. And the paster John c,,,,, is a fly D pen will lock him up

      • not joking (25/05/2015, 09:31) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        lmfao----Alvera would do better than what Kedrick is doing with labour and agriculture for sure----and with good advisers like gracia wheatley--Helen fret--and annie Malone she would do better than Ronnie in health and sd. she listens. Ronnie don`t--Ronnie is loyalty blind and deaf when it comes to the useless board.
    • voter 6 (24/05/2015, 13:59) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    • @ears (26/05/2015, 06:34) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      You cannot be serious about Alvera. The woman can't even construct a proper sentence much less run a ministry.
  • SMH (24/05/2015, 12:00) Like (63) Dislike (15) Reply
    If you listen to Delores she does not deny doing nothing for years she simply is begging for another chance based on what her party did this term. The cruise ship dock and crafts alive are not 5th district projects why should anyone elect her to represent the district based on that. No piggybacking this election. Delores you're fired.
    • Ok Zoe (24/05/2015, 16:01) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
      You and Zoe will learn what time it is on election day. Do you think this is 2007? We have read that book before.
  • Leadership Matters (24/05/2015, 13:12) Like (47) Dislike (34) Reply
    Hon. Delores has really done a lot in the fifth. I too recall the children shooting ball in the rim on the trees. The Huntum's Ghut court has really positively impacted the young boys from the Ghut. In other communities too many of the waste their time, getting into trouble, smoking up. This is visionary leadership.
    • Valley Political Analyst (24/05/2015, 23:34) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
      We are talking about this term in office .....not when she first served.....that basketball court is not now.
  • kids (24/05/2015, 13:38) Like (49) Dislike (10) Reply
    We voting for zoe and vip
    • Iron lady (24/05/2015, 20:49) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
      Zoe will represent fro sure--no one shuts Zoe up--or sits Zoe down--that`s Zoe, a true warrior. A true soldier. BVI Iron lady.
  • Patch n go (24/05/2015, 13:54) Like (43) Dislike (9) Reply
    You know what is patch and go fashion, the NDP's discrimination of districts that are not under their representation (1,2,3). Even the 7th who has the DP was neglected by the government. Thats thousands of people hurt by the NDP. There is no progress when all the people do not progress
    • reality (24/05/2015, 14:21) Like (43) Dislike (10) Reply
      Delores herself is a patch & go fashion. What has she done for district 5? Help families bury their deceased relatives and put up Christmas lights. Just useless representation.
    • SMH (24/05/2015, 15:37) Like (78) Dislike (4) Reply
      you forgot the 9th where we suffer with faulty utilities and bad roads because of ndp neglect
    • Sample of progress (25/05/2015, 16:06) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      5TH District Projects Accomplished
      Nov 2011 – June 2015

      1) Great Mountain Road - Major repair works and rebuilding with Installation of proper drains (enabling protection of road surfacing by channeling the water to the drains).

      2) Primrose/Diamond areas - Road widening, surfacing and drainage (to provide less hazardous access to new residential areas).

      3) Primrose Garden - Major Ghut drainage works (to eliminate heavy flooding problems to residents).

      4) Botanic Station roadway - Road alignment and Ghut drainage leading water flow to main Ghut and eliminate the dip bringing the road on one level (to provide safe comfortable driving for motorists).

      5) Botanic Station Road - Proper gateway entrance and removal of Cattle Grid (to provide easier access to home of Senior Citizen).

      6) Fahie Hill - Surfacing and widening of road in vicinity of the Todman’s family (enabling residents of the area with easier access to their homes).

      7) Fahie Hill Watch House Road - Surfacing and drainage of road leading downhill Into Georges North Side (to provide an alternate and connecting paved road serving residents in North and South areas of the growing Community, nearing a full completion).

      8) Trunk Bay Road - Surfacing and drainage from entrance of Main road inwards and uphill in two directions (to serve residents in new developing Community running from the ridge to top).

      9) Rogues Bay Major Road surfacing, widening and drainage works of both the ridge road and the steep portion leading to the Beach (project on going);(to serve the residents of the large rapidly growing Community).

      10) Cooten Bay Road – Grading, surfacing and drainage
      (project currently under construction);(to serve existing Community and provide access for new development area).

      Belle View Church West Boundary, Long Trench, Fahie Hill,
      Great Mountain, Horsepath, Wall of Murals (scenic views “Look Out Sites” enhancement, beautification with garden).

      Organised BVI Festival of Arts in 2013, featuring artistic Display mounted at Cultural Center which included displays by Artists from Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Tortola;

      Taste of Virgin Islands cuisine at 1780 Museum yard; with Sky Dancers; live cultural musical entertainment and Festival troupe display by Annassi Dancers; and cultural custom designed costume with Cultural Icon and her Donkey.

      Outdoor Gallery at Fahie Hill, included story telling Cassava Bread making, Displays of wood work and paintings by Local artist; Traditional candies and homemade remedies and other products and local Entertainment.

      Production by Virgin Islands Playwright of the Virgin Islands Story “The BVI in Times Past” at the Eileen L Parsons Auditorium on Encore presentation “ The BVI in Times Past” at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Saturday 6th April, 2013.

      Live cultural music entertainment provided at various points in Road Town throughout the month.

      Chairperson of Planning Committee for Celebration of 60th Emancipation Festival;
      (Promoted BVI History and Cultural Heritage)
      • VG Realist (25/05/2015, 16:34) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        I understand that infrastructural projects are good achievements but it doesn't help pay the bills, doesn't address the low minimum wage of $4.00, doesn't address price control, food security, consumer protection measures, granting of scholarships among other things. The NDP has not tackle most of these vexing issues and most importantly, the true financial state of the Territory. So I will not be voting for the NDP this election cycle. Sorry!
      • Sigh (26/05/2015, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        Well if this is the presentation for her, all I'm seeing her representing are the "hills" and the "garden" areas; so I guess it's safe to say that Huntums Ghut has got to fend for usual, when it comes to her. She doesn't give two hoots about H.G.....and is so fake!!
  • Manabouttown (24/05/2015, 14:26) Like (53) Dislike (8) Reply
    You have displayed bad governance by putting self before country. I could not see the reasons for we the people to elect you , even though we did you have failed miserable to carry out the mandate of and for the people. These are the same reasons we are not electing you.
  • BARABAS (24/05/2015, 14:40) Like (45) Dislike (7) Reply
  • Jim Gordon (24/05/2015, 15:48) Like (36) Dislike (12) Reply
    VIP is the party the bvi deserves, and the one it needs right now. So, we'll elect them, because they can take it. Because they are not our heroes, they are a loud guardians. watchful protectors. Dark Knights.
  • NDP heckler (24/05/2015, 15:56) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
    The same land what she is standing on and bragging about is land that was purchased by the VIP.
    • nope (24/05/2015, 22:14) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      That land was purchased by CCM party get your facts straight before coming on here and chatting piss
  • RedStorm (24/05/2015, 16:45) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
    Old people say you know what you have, but you don't know what you will get. Seeing the Honorable as a Back Bencher did good on infrastructure she will get my vote. I need to see those youths in the 5 district working along with her with their ideas of starting their own business. Empowering our young people is what I want to see for the next four years. I want to work with this Honorable when I graduate next year. I have ideas many has not thought of.
    • 5th district member (24/05/2015, 17:02) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
      Well I don't know who you does be seeing because the only time I does see this woman in this district is when she driving to go home (mount Healthy). Well let she keep driving because her time is up! Better must come to this district, I voting Zoe.
  • Vote for Zoe? (24/05/2015, 18:23) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    You and the VIP think this is a queen show you are running here?
  • NDP heckler (24/05/2015, 19:01) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    She brought back those computers yet?
  • NATO (24/05/2015, 20:06) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Sending them ndp and delories back to the hoa tis only putting a bandaid on the problem.
  • 5th dis (24/05/2015, 21:31) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    U is dead weight Delores we voting ZOE in the 5th
  • xxxxxxxx (24/05/2015, 22:20) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    nice lady bad party NDP too toxic
  • Strupes (24/05/2015, 23:24) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    Delores keep doing your thing, we got your back. We know better not to split votes like we did when they tricked us and Dr.Smith nearly lots his seat. Fraser for premier is a no in our books.
  • 5th District Analyst (24/05/2015, 23:39) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Those nurses up and down at every rally whether they voting there or not. They need work to do, or better yet....tell the NDP and Ronnie cut those fees down if they really care bout people....
    • the builder (25/05/2015, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      5th district Analyst-----you sure you seeing right----Nurses for Ronnie-- naaaah.-- after all the oppression from that man--and that board--refuse to give them their increments---naaaah....They hate that board so bad---they maybe acting...look again
  • In Ah me pants (25/05/2015, 05:44) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well,well, well, look desperation. Bringing a 7 year old on a political podium to asked people to vote for you and the NDP. My people take warning, see the signs, witness them for yourself. With all this desperate efforts of the NDP to try and hold on to power, something have got to be wrong. Let us expose them by sending them the message on June 8. Put them back into power will be a total cover up. Take warning my people, you better take warning
  • yellow (25/05/2015, 07:09) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    A vote for delores is a vote for mark and myron for premier
  • Real (25/05/2015, 07:22) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    People should be focusing on the Country first and not base their decision on what district reps do or don't do. Not every thing will be possible in one term. NDP is a better choice overall; they do have some weak candidiates but which party is going to grow the economy so that you and your children have jobs? Walwyn has done more for education in just 3.5 years. NHI wil need to be revisited. Much infrastructure works going on.
    • nonsense (25/05/2015, 09:43) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      Well vote Ronnie, Mark Myron back in then. You're telling me that a district must have no representation so that the rest of the country must prosper?

      Deloris has been non existent this term. At least her first time around she held community meetings to hear the people's concerns and tried to get things done without riding the back of the Ministers.
  • ccc (25/05/2015, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    As mature women the ladies associated with any political party should embraced the opportunity to lead by example not by tearing the younger women down. Our bible clearly teaches us that the older women must teach the younger women.
  • Just saying (25/05/2015, 09:19) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Zoe u got this not to worry
  • e (25/05/2015, 09:21) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    I will be so proud and happy if the BVI elect Ms. de Castro--she is young--she is brilliant--that would be such a wonderful message the BVI send to the youths here and all over the Caribbean--there is hope for you-do the right things.
  • hah (25/05/2015, 10:24) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    When Ms. P was dissing women in politics I actually thought she was referring to Delores and Alvera. The cap fit them so well it had to be special made.
  • Premier Fraser? (25/05/2015, 14:42) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Zoe dah mek sense? You your self said it does not and you will make the switch if you have too. But we will not take that risk like we did voting your for atlarge, Not this time sorry
    • Premier M? (27/05/2015, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We have experienced the hands of the Ms so we know we do not want a Premier M. We will try Premier Fraser and if under his hands we experience the same treatment we will go for Premier Penn. We gave them this second chance and despite pulling through on some things they missed the main ingredient.
  • kids (26/05/2015, 00:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if she aint win what she going with l. Like last time wicked thing.
  • Bonvayage (27/05/2015, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Delores kiss your seat goodbye.
  • Shut up Delores (01/06/2015, 20:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This woman need to shut the hell up and go try to do things in her district just like the rest of the NDP. Trying to get things done. This woman only step foot in the fifth district for her basketball thing (campaign launch).
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