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Who will it be? NDP internal drama over final Junior Minister!

- indecision has caused a delay in the announcement of two Junior Ministers
It is reported that the debate for the second Junior Minister is among the choice of third term Member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Delores Christopher (R5), right, newcomer Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) and second term At Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian (left). Photo: VINO/File
Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) pins Hon Marlon A. Penn during the latter's elections campaign launch in East End in 2011. It was this news site that first and accurately broke the news that the NDP administration had settled on one of two Junior Ministers in the person of second term and popular 8th District Representative Hon Penn. However, to date the NDP has failed to make the announcement. Photo: VINO/File
Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) pins Hon Marlon A. Penn during the latter's elections campaign launch in East End in 2011. It was this news site that first and accurately broke the news that the NDP administration had settled on one of two Junior Ministers in the person of second term and popular 8th District Representative Hon Penn. However, to date the NDP has failed to make the announcement. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our newsroom’s traditional senior sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) regime have told us that there is a “healthy debate” over the final appointment of a Junior Minister within the Government of Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

Hon Marlon A. Penn In!

It was this news site that first and accurately broke the news that the NDP administration had settled on one of two Junior Ministers in the person of second term and popular 8th District Representative Hon Marlon A. Penn. However, to date the NDP has failed to make the announcement.

Fight over second choice!

While there is unanimous agreement within the ruling party for Hon Penn (R8) to serve as a junior Minister, a debate is ongoing as to the final junior Minister.

It is reported that the debate is among the choice of third term Member of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Delores Christopher (R5), newcomer Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) and second term At Large Representative Hon. Archibald C. Christian. 

Those in the debate who are supporting Hon Christopher are claiming that she is the most seasoned back bencher having been in office from 2003-2007 and then again in 2011 to current and that there needs to be some representation of women at higher levels in the male dominated NDP Government.

Others who are supporting newcomer Hon Turnbull are claiming that he is the future of the party, while others in the party who oppose to his appointment as the second Junior Minister are claiming “he just come.”

Finally, there are those in the internal debate supporting Hon Christian, who seems to have the support of the NDP establishment. It appears that the NDP prefers the At-Large system over the district system and seems to govern by giving preference to its At-Large Members, however, according to the Virgin Islands Constitution both District Representatives and Territorial Members are equal Members of the HoA.

It appears that neither second term Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) nor Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal (R9) are being considered for the post of Junior Minister.

In the hands of Premier Smith

The same source told our newsroom that the decision is now in the hands of Premier Smith as “everyone had their say.” It remains unclear when Premier Smith, whose critics claim is not good at making timely decisions, will choose the final Junior Minister and when he will make the announcement.

Efforts to get a comment from Dr Smith were not successful as of post time.

Background to appointment of a Junior Minister

Following the request from the Government of the Virgin Islands to amend the Constitution to allow for the creation of two Junior Minister posts, the Governor conveyed a formal request to the appropriate authorities in the United Kingdom.

“The Governor’s Office is pleased to announce that the Virgin Islands Constitution (Amendment) Order, 2015 (the ‘Order’) has been approved by the Privy Council. It has been laid before the United Kingdom Parliament and will come into force on 5 November, 2015,” stated a press release from the Governor’s Office on October 29, 2015.

It further stated that consequently, from November 5, 2015 the Governor would be able to appoint, on the advice of the Premier, two Junior Ministers from among the elected members of the House of Assembly.

The new Minsters will not be members of Cabinet, but will assist in the performance of Ministerial functions relating to economic development. The exact portfolios will be agreed on the recommendation of the Premier.

55 Responses to “Who will it be? NDP internal drama over final Junior Minister!”

  • me (06/11/2015, 10:31) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought the naysayers said no one in the NDP is power hungry
    • voter from vg (06/11/2015, 10:57) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      Who more power hungry than funny man?
      • he ain't they (06/11/2015, 15:25) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        Ah he up ah france fo beg fe money.
        • welox (06/11/2015, 16:30) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
          And you would not hear one ink of a report!
        • @he ain't they (06/11/2015, 18:30) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
          You sure he gone there alone or gone for his usual magic update to keep him popular & keep everyone afraid of him. Hmmmm.
    • vip (06/11/2015, 15:29) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      How them say only VIP does fight for power?
    • @wow (06/11/2015, 18:33) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is nothing. Wait until Orlando goes for good. Then is when we will see who power hungry. They will make the VIP look like choir boys.
    • Pleaseeeeeee (06/11/2015, 19:02) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
      Ayo need to hush, from trying to create drama where there is NONE. They are NOT fighting for anything like the VIP!
  • jack (06/11/2015, 10:31) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vino you all got news mehson
  • OK Then (06/11/2015, 10:51) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
    This one SWEET!!!... Sorry, Delores might be seasoned BUT she is played out. Archie could do it but he don't move me as quite intellectual. Mitch...like them say, JUST COME, he have to learn the ropes first. Overall, this is the time I would have wished Shaina won...she would have fit this next junior minister well. EVERY THING UP A TREE from here onwards. This is really TING TE TALK. So wait, the bag lady throw out the pick.
    • @OK Then (06/11/2015, 12:12) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      Shaina? Stop talking foolishness! Just another talker but no action. Also another who appears brighter than they really are. A COMPLETE waste of time! By the way believe it or not I like Shaina but not as leader.
    • Real 1st District (06/11/2015, 12:17) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      To oken then you don't have to worry about Shaina in this equation any time soon. She is not a people's person nor is she genuine nor is she a doer.
  • First district (06/11/2015, 10:54) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    LORD POOR ALVERA
  • Look Joke (06/11/2015, 11:05) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Hon. Premier, Do the right ting by giving it to Hon. Maduro-Caines or Hon. Hubert O'Neal. Hon. Caines is a second termer. She filled in for the Minister of Education and she is a female (Balance). Virgin Gorda brings in the most Tourism dollars, thus Hon. O'Neal should be considered. Hon. Premier needs help in Tourism. If it is based on principles which we don't see much of that nowadays, The second and third termers should claim it. I do not see how Hon. Turnbull could be considered over Hon. O'Neal who is also the future. It is quite insulting that Hon. O'Neal is not even considered. That goes to show what everyone was saying during the campaign trails. (You know what)
    Tortola got one V.G should get the other if first comers are being considered. Fair is fair. Who vex,vex.
    • OK Then (06/11/2015, 12:19) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      For God sake, O'NEAL???? He may be a doctor, but WILL NOT do well as a junior Minister. Have you ever heard the man speak? Nothing fluent, nothing intellectual.....
  • dem say (06/11/2015, 11:15) Like (23) Dislike (24) Reply
    It should be given to Delores Christopher without a doubt!
    • Yes (06/11/2015, 15:27) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      She is a senior citizen, wha junior yo talking bout?
    • Joker (06/11/2015, 15:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      PLEASE GO AND SIT DOWN. WE NEED STABLE PEOPLE TO RUN THE GOVERNMENT.
    • hm (06/11/2015, 16:04) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      delores aint self a people type one miserable lady
    • D,Yes (10/11/2015, 11:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Delores understands Government. She been there before and she truly cares about the BVI and its people. Give it to our sister, Delores. Leave out newcomer Mitch.
  • .... (06/11/2015, 11:25) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Once its on vino its true!
  • me (06/11/2015, 12:12) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Dr Oneal
  • ann (06/11/2015, 12:12) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    No fight just a lil debate!
  • Twinkle (06/11/2015, 13:03) Like (9) Dislike (19) Reply
    Mitch is capable and should be the other Junior Minister.
  • the nadge (06/11/2015, 13:08) Like (15) Dislike (19) Reply
    Delores no...Turnbull no... Archie no... That leaves Hubert and Alvera....Hubert will be ok for Virgin Gorda Sake...But Alvera would be my choice for two reasons one, She is one of the 3 NDP seats that sure for next election. Two she is driven by doubters she is tested in the area of culture. I will give Alveta the nadge
  • wize up (06/11/2015, 13:51) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
    give the thing to Mitch; young blood for sure not deloris!!!???
  • island man (06/11/2015, 13:52) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    After penn it has to be silly archer
  • Lb (06/11/2015, 14:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    is this an increase in salary? how much? do they have any real authority?
    • @Lb (06/11/2015, 15:11) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      No increase in salaries, cannot attend cabinet to make decisions...most likely would not be able to make decisions in the ministries either...why the noise over becoming a Jr. Minister then? I guess so it will look good on their resume..I would not want more work and no pay for it.
      • Agree (07/11/2015, 07:12) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
        The Jr minister will take all the blame and get none of the credit. Especially when working under MVW. He'd through his own mother under the bus if it would make him look good.
  • Serious (06/11/2015, 15:03) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    On a serious note, just playing Devil's advocate: who is the more intellectual on a global scale? I would have to give it to Mitch? what about his political knowledge & experience though? I think it is a tough decision considering the Human Resources element. I thought only VIP has those type of issues... We will await the outcome.
  • bob marley (06/11/2015, 15:28) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    "see them fighting for power"
  • cgb (06/11/2015, 16:07) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    School Children say mitch dont even study the youth group nomore from he hold seat this go make it worst now....
  • BEAUTY (06/11/2015, 16:10) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Turnbull will get it
  • Bob Again (06/11/2015, 16:56) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Oh What ah Rat Race!, Rat Race!, Rat Ra-a-a-ace! Rat Race!!!
  • BVI lawyer (06/11/2015, 18:01) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    the whole bunch needs to go!
  • Political Observer (06/11/2015, 18:31) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not averse to Marlon being appointed as a Junior Minister. Nonetheless, in the interest of equality, diversity and political balance either Hon Maduro-Caines or Delores Christopher should be given strong consideration for appointment as the 2nd Junior Miniater. Our female members must be more than numbers to fill a bucket. They need to be given the same opportunity to attain the executive experience as their male counterpart. What is the debate about? Did not the government request the 2 Junior Minister? As such, it should already know who will be appointed.
  • Mark (06/11/2015, 20:07) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    If they want to play good politics they should give it to O'neal. You have to keep VG in the loop, thats a big district to lose. Don't want to make them feel left out.
  • Well Well (06/11/2015, 20:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let them pull straws and the one with the longest straw wins. Just decide and get it over with.
  • Well Sah (06/11/2015, 20:52) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    You don't have to light a lamp to see they will give it to the garbage minister Archie!
  • usvi (06/11/2015, 22:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Say what you all want these positions are going to a back bencher and an at large. The end.
  • barbie doll (06/11/2015, 23:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Are we playing dolly house now?
  • Whoaaa (07/11/2015, 08:16) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

    M..ch get to big for his breeches. He is so arrogant and pompous…Cannot stand him now..He has changed for the worse. You cannot mis God and politics…bam!

  • my 2 cents (07/11/2015, 12:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    None of the above!
  • for Alvera (07/11/2015, 13:31) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Delores is another Frazer if she get it all we island people in trouble so will be NDP. Alvera is the best choice. Her seat is the surest for next election. You can't ignore that.
  • The Process (07/11/2015, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Each of the 5 ministers had a vote. Three voted for Marlon one voted for Delores and one voted for Archie. So Marlon got the votes so he is through. Now the other two ministers have to come to a decision if it would be Mitch or if it would be Delores..these are stubborn ministers.. So they may have to take a secret vote of all ministers to decide the next junior minister. So that's how I think Alvera would get it. By a secret vote.
  • SURE WIN (07/11/2015, 18:57) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch. Archie. Delores. Hubert may lose next election. Alvera will definitely win next election that is stability than cannot be ignored
  • tola (08/11/2015, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon Alvera should be the junior minister. Too many men. Give the younger female cabinet member. We must groom new female leadership.
  • change (09/11/2015, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    I agree with the person who said M**** has let this position gone to his head. He is very stuck-up now, never thought I would see that in him. But I guess that's what position does to black people. Marlon makes a better candidate for the position than any of the others on the list, so give it to him.

  • cay (09/11/2015, 19:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ndp must go bottom line!


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