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Pastors & politicians are both hypocrites - Edmund Maduro

- says locals gamble on the horse track despite ban
Maduro: Commentator Edmund Maduro is in agreement that the Virgin Islands (VI) is losing cruise passengers due to its ban on gambling in the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Co-host Rajah A. Smith said he felt it was time for limited gambling to be introduced in the VI and noted that while gambling was legal in the Bahamas, it was prohibited for locals to do so. Photo: VINO/File
Co-host Rajah A. Smith said he felt it was time for limited gambling to be introduced in the VI and noted that while gambling was legal in the Bahamas, it was prohibited for locals to do so. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Edmund Maduro is in agreement that the Virgin Islands (VI) is losing cruise passengers due to its ban on gambling in the Territory.

Speaking on the EGM show aired last evening, February 27, 2014, Maduro said the gambling on cruise ships has nothing to do with local residents. He charged that ships are not VI property and the law should have no bearing on them.  

Co-host Rajah A. Smith said he felt it was time for limited gambling to be introduced in the VI and noted that while gambling was legal in the Bahamas, it was prohibited for locals to do so.  

“But we gamble when we go on the horseracing track,” Maduro said, “We bet money, I have bet money on the horseracing track. What’s the difference?”

Maduro related that gambling goes on every day in the Territory but he would not reveal any names for fear of hurting anyone.

One caller commented that the hotels are filled in places like St Maarten and Antigua with overnight cruise passengers and argued that the VI is losing in this market.

Pastors, Maduro argued, were just as hypocritical as the Territory’s elected representatives who were trying to muzzle the press through legislation. He said under the Territory’s constitution Satan and God are equal.

A caller took umbrage to Maduro’s statement and said he did not like how the host referred to the Territory’s representatives, “Ask how much times the press shut you down,” the caller shouted at Maduro, “because you’re too rude daddy.”

Maduro was unfazed however, and went on a rant about persons listening to the law when he spoke.  

“I’m not here licking nobody tail mister. I’m 75 years old and I’ve been doing this to forty years. You all aint gon get me doing stupidness any longer,” he shouted.

Maduro threatened to leave the population in ignorance by leaving his show if necessary.

36 Responses to “Pastors & politicians are both hypocrites - Edmund Maduro”

  • Shut it Edmund (28/02/2014, 07:55) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    If you get 5 votes next election that will be a bonus Edmund
    • ta ta (28/02/2014, 08:44) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    • GoonSquad (28/02/2014, 22:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Edmund needs to go sit down. He always talking out the rights for people...ask him how are he treating his employees at the gas company he and that African man runs? Funny he should condemn politicians and he there trying to get elected. I wonder if he thinks he will be referred to by another name other than a politician IF he ever gets elected,?
  • Fed Up! (28/02/2014, 08:29) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply

    The man have a right to be p....d and I am p....d also. We have these hypocritical politicians and pastors in this place and all over the world. Pastors raping the system through tax exemptions and putting down the biggest of buildings by begging for tides, getting involve in POLITICS, and calling God out loud.

    Then we have the politicians against us after we don't support their ideologies because they are not not being fair and balance, so they put us out of work and keep us out of work. Yes they victimize us, they oppress us, and they continue to steel from us right in our damn face and not even the governor is doing what he suppose to do about it. Oh yes and he is leaving shortly with a smile on his face after all the damage is done.

    We do not deserve this type of treatment from these people and it is time to do something about it. They are not for us. They are not for our empowerment, and betterment so it is time to rise up against their actions and save our country and ourselves. Look what we are evolving to which is illegal gambling. Who did you think put the horse track down there? THE GOVERNMENT! So where would you have a track without gambling? They set us up to fail in our own country. Then they want to lock us up for the littlest of infraction of the law when they are putting the bate for us to get caught. Then the politician who is committing his white collar crime is not being investigated because he there is not a official complaint filed against him because he can't even be audited. Why? Because he controls that also.

    The pastor every Sunday is saying Jesus is coming to scare you but at the beginning or end of the service, please put your offering in the plate because Jesus want you to do that before he comes.

    Stop letting these people brain wash us. We are too intelligent for all of this nonsense.

  • I will vote for him. (28/02/2014, 08:52) Like (34) Dislike (9) Reply
    If you will vote for Edmond click "like" I think he will get a bonus today and then set the stage for Election Day.
  • the rock (28/02/2014, 08:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Edmund and roger perfect!
  • The TRUTH (28/02/2014, 08:57) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Anything that begin with ' P ' I don't trust Pastor, Police, Politician all of them is corrupt and especially here in our little country we call home
  • right track (28/02/2014, 08:59) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    you are so right edmund
  • Truth (28/02/2014, 09:05) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    i dont really like this edmund guy but what he is saying is true. in legislation god and satan are the same as you can see they do things and say it from a biblical backing and also do things against the bible and say its a freedom of will.
  • ha (28/02/2014, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (21) Reply
    Why is Rajah, a young man tarnishing his image by being associated with Edmund? Edmund has lost the plot. He's only happy when things go his way. He's only mad at NDP because his consultancy with agriculture didn't go as planned. We need to ignore these people with their foolishness. Rajah if its your intention to contest elections like the buzz on the street, I beg you hard find new company or your election bid will end just like Edmund's.
    • the rock (28/02/2014, 10:24) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
      ok where will roger run in the first district..not in the 3rd I know for sure and not lets go back to the 1st district who is he going to beat Alvin..not in a life he better go sit down..
    • @ ha (01/03/2014, 08:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      mvw go sit down your old disgrace self
  • son of the soil (28/02/2014, 09:27) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    It's like the arabs legalized gambling here unknown to us? They are the ones who bring in the lottery from puerto rico and now they have a number games playing via the internet/computer but i am willing to bet that if it was a native who was running this, he would've been arrested long time?
    • Schups (28/02/2014, 10:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      The natives are the one betting the most so go figure. Have any of them been arrested for betting? Go siddung.
  • warning (28/02/2014, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Harboring bitterness and resentfulness can turn you into an "Edmund", so get rid of them......with the quickness. Smh
  • Scary Mary (28/02/2014, 10:41) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nobody is right all the time and nobody is wrong all the time either. I am no fan of Mr. Maduro, but on the topic of gambling, I "semi" agree with him.

    Everyone knows that people gamble here and the race track is where a LOT of gambling goes on. I have even witnessed one of our elected officials laying a bet with another elected official! It IS hypocritical and nonsensical.

    I personally do not support gambling, but I have played games of chance and bet very small amounts once or twice. But regardless of the sum involved, it is still gambling. Big money changes hands at the race track on a regular basis and our politicians simply look the other way and so do the police. This is just wrong.

    Either change the law or enforce the law. One or the other. You can't have your cake and eat it too! I believe "limited" gambling should be allowed by locals. I also believe that gambling should be allowed for tourists on a larger scale. I think we are missing the boat on that count! Government is always crying about diversifying our tourism product but they can't seem to see the one glaring opportunity that is staring them right in the face!

    A casino built on one of the smaller islands would be ideal as locals would not have gambling flaunted at them and the tourists could enjoy what they have available to them in several other Caribbean locations. Yachties could make it one of their stops and land based clients could have a lovely resort to enjoy. A ferry (owned by the resort) could take guests to the casino from Tortola, Virgin Gorda or wherever they are staying.

    WHY NOT?

  • ASKING (28/02/2014, 12:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cool down your temper Edmund cool down remember you are getting older and caretaker won't put up with nonsense please change Edmund please
  • cay (28/02/2014, 12:20) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell um maduro
  • P Griffin (28/02/2014, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Holding Raffles is just another form of gambling and I see police pass the women selling tickets all the time so I'm guessing that is legal.
  • will v t (28/02/2014, 12:41) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I love that man
  • facts man (28/02/2014, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    and the voters are the biggest hypocrtics
  • @ shut it Edmond (28/02/2014, 13:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    He got 11 votes today. So he got the bonus. Lol
  • 25 (28/02/2014, 16:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    25 more years and you will be 100.
  • shark (28/02/2014, 16:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    well,well do churches don't have bingo nights,what is that,i wonder if the government was to audit these churches and make them pay their share of taxes what would be the out-come.
  • The Gambler (28/02/2014, 18:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We took a gamble and put NDP in there and we loosing all we money!

    I wouldn't dear bet on them even if my last dollar had Dr. Smith written all over it.
  • cnn (28/02/2014, 19:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Edmund and the vip all the way!
  • dfr (28/02/2014, 19:41) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    This does not add up. Why would the cruise ships support this when they have their own gambling machines on board.The last thing that tourists are looking for are casinos. Be careful for what you ask. You are only encouraging gambling for the locals. Tourists are looking for beaches , touring sights. Besides these new tourists watch their pennies.
    • hey (03/03/2014, 17:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When you are ignorant it is a bad thing.... let me enlighten you...the cruise ships have to leave port early because the casinos cannot open when they are docked at port. Lord have mercy... ignorance is a s*(&
  • sports (01/03/2014, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    getting a good party togehter is a good place to start
  • wize up (01/03/2014, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    All Maduro is good for is causing confusion; I see Maduro as one of the founding fathers of our country that has done nothing positive for the development of the BVI; Maduro is not a very good example, the man is pure talk….Maduro was given an excellent opportunity to assist with the further development of the Agriculture Industry in our country and DID nothing (the man is a bag of hot-air)….Maduro sat on the planning board of this country but today those private developers are still coming into the BVI and erecting fences that prohibits the citizens of this country from using “OUR” beaches. The very best thing about maduro, he continues to exercise is constitunital rights of free-speech; at his age he should be offering more ideas to the further development of the BVI; he offers nothing BUT once something begins to take root or progress he just sit back and do what Maduro does best, criticize. bring some fresh idea to the table maduro !!!!!!

  • Real (02/03/2014, 21:03) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    To dfr I love your comment

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