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VIP motorcade rolls on "PPA nerves"

- PPA says it’s not about who can make the most noise
Mr. Wheatley (on podium) said the elections should not be about who makes the most noise. Photo: VINO
One of the vehicles in the VIP motorcade as it rolled past the Sunday Morning Well last evening. Photo: VINO
One of the vehicles in the VIP motorcade as it rolled past the Sunday Morning Well last evening. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the various jingles blasting from the sound systems and horns honking and flags waving, the ruling Virgin Islands Party (VIP) yesterday November 5, 2011 held a massive motorcade that stretched for many lengths. But if there was anyone that was not impressed it was the People’s Patriotic Alliance (PPA), along with its supporters that had converged at the Sunday Morning Well for a rally.

One of the At Large members, Natalio Sowande Uhuru Wheatley, was in the middle of his presentation when the noisy motorcade rolled passed and drowned out his voice. He was then forced to pause for some 15 minutes or so. It then seemed to play out like a battle of the music as the PPA turned on its jingle that still could not measure up to the volume of the opposing jingles.

But as the music from the “never-ending” motorcade eased down, Mr. Wheatley made his way back to the podium and resumed with the words “I am not going to criticize the Virgin Islands Party or any other group but it is not about how much noise you can make. When the verdict is out we are still going to have to go to the supermarket and afford the cost of living, when all the noise is over when two and three raindrops fall we still are going to get flooded out, when all the noise is finished, brothers and sisters we still going to have to go back to put some money in the treasury. So we don’t mind the noise,” Mr. Wheatley said amid cheers of approval from the more than 30 supporters on hand.

Mr. Wheatley then had to battle with more loud jingles as the backing up of traffic caused a particular sound system to remain longer than usual and supporters had to endure the lyrics for At Large candidate Zoe-Walcott-McMillan.

“On Monday November 7, you make the right choice, not for who has the biggest motorcade brothers and sisters, who has the best jingles or the most posters. You vote for your children and your children’s children. We are going to bring unity to this Territory, no more division between green and white and red and blue. We finish with the division brothers and sisters,” Mr. Wheatley shouted over the microphone.

Earlier he had said people needed to stop voting based on who they believe would win but rather should vote on principles. “Unity is not enough because the Krips and the Bloods are unified but you have to vote on principles. This is a group that stands on principles that is why we are four. I prefer to stand with four people standing for what’s right than four hundred people going in the wrong direction.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Roy Hodge, who did a poem at the rally, also spoke against the loud motorcade, which interrupted the proceedings at the Sunday Morning Well and labelled it as “disrespect”. Other PPA supporters were also loud in their condemnation.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) is scheduled to have its motorcade today.

17 Responses to “VIP motorcade rolls on "PPA nerves"”

  • Cici (06/11/2011, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo too LIE. That motorcade aint had more than 40 cars if so much. Stop trying to make it look more than it is.
    • George W. Tush (06/11/2011, 11:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      hush your cowbird backside...let's wait until monday when the numbers are counted
      • Cici (06/11/2011, 17:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Coward. Now in what way was what I said cowardly. POOR YOU. Talking out your backside now. Let me tell you from now. I ready to place my X in the 3rd and it's not going towards a pompous, ignorant, head up his azz, nose up the air person like Fraser who only out for self.
  • D (06/11/2011, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THIS JUST SHOWS THE LACK OF RESPECT VIP HAS FOR THEIR COUNTERPARTS. THEY WERE FULLY AWARE 2 PARTIES HAD RALLIES IN THE AREA WITH LIVE AIRFEEDS AND STILL CHOSE TO DISRUPT THE EVENTS. NO CLASS, NO RESPECT, FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE VI. I UNDERSTAND FROM A POSTER ON ANOTHER SITE THEY WITNESSED ZOE DISSING SOMEONE FROM AN ALTERNATE PARTY WHO EXTENDED GREETINGS. NO MATURITY TO ADD TO THAT - FRUIT DON'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. NASTY ATTITUDE ONLY GOOD FOR PUTTING ON A SHOW.
    • Menopause (06/11/2011, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      But today you all disturbed the church people. I didn't hear you all stop (which of course doesn't make anything right). However, call one call two.
      • xcuse (07/11/2011, 04:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        but the NDP motorcade block the traffic and distrube me in church now ayo talk dat!
      • HMMM (07/11/2011, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You in church worshipping the beast anyway. The so called Jesus who you people believe are going to save you. The Elite them have you guys just how they want you.
  • peter crumble (06/11/2011, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    vote vip all the way
  • VIP All the Way! (06/11/2011, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So VIP aint have its representative in district 4? Surely our rally is entitled to drive through that district. The important thing is that we drove through the area PEACEABLY. Let me remind you that their should always be free passage on the Queen's highways.
    • unfair (06/11/2011, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you all in this country is to unfair. i am neither for vip, npd, etc.... it's only fair that ppl hear what every party had to say. when the vip and the ndp doing their rally no other party rudely interrupts them when they are speaking. GIVE RESPECT WHEN IT IS NEEDED. Stop being do self-fish!!!!!!!!
  • Tola for Life (06/11/2011, 13:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VIP was down right out of place. This shows a lack of respect for persons who are not on the VIP bandwagon. VIP, it is time to go. The persons who were at those meetings do have a right to listen to other parties and you should not have imposed on their rights. Zoe, you should have known better as well.
  • Confucius (06/11/2011, 14:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's pretty funny that only a very short while ago, Zoe was complaining about a "caucasian woman" who came to their rally at Frenchman's Cay, excused herself for interrupting and reminded all who were gathered that it was nearly midnight and that people were trying to sleep. If I recall correctly, Zoe felt the woman was disrespectful and rude! I guess interrupting someone else's speech for FIFTEEN MINUTES with loud music and honking of horns isn't rude if YOU are the ones doing the interrupting! Jeesh!
  • keriud (06/11/2011, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well town has been a sight of many a log jams for years and I know that area is notorious for holding the vehicles longer than usual. I wonder which one was first to get clearance the route or the PPA. Could either party have done some communications so that routes and other doings pass without disruptions. Did anyone from PPA communicated their distress to anyone in the VIP leadership about the disruption? My guess is that this was hard to do for reasons unknown. However some poor soul from the motorcade could have done something if they realized the PPA meeting was in progress but fail for reasons unknown. AAhh ..... no laels here. Sorry


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