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Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley sworn in as Premier; Hon Lorna G. Smith as Deputy

-Mrs Smith to receive ministerial post under new Virgin Islands Party Gov’t
In a short ceremony tonight, April 25, 2023, returning Legislator, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has taken the oath of office to become Premier of the Virgin Islands for the second time and newly elected Mrs. Lorna G. Smith OBE as Deputy Premier. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The seven members of the new Government of the Virgin Islands are flanked by Governor John J. Rankin, left, and Deputy Governor David D. Archer, right. The Members of Government are, from left, Hons Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4), Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Sharie B. de Castro (AL), Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), Lorna G. Smith OBE (AL), Kye M. Rymer (R5), and Dr Karl Dawson (R1). Photo: VINO
The seven members of the new Government of the Virgin Islands are flanked by Governor John J. Rankin, left, and Deputy Governor David D. Archer, right. The Members of Government are, from left, Hons Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4), Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), Sharie B. de Castro (AL), Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), Lorna G. Smith OBE (AL), Kye M. Rymer (R5), and Dr Karl Dawson (R1). Photo: VINO
Returning Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley alongside Governor John J. Rankin CMG. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Returning Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley alongside Governor John J. Rankin CMG. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Deputy Premier Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE alongside Governor John J. Rankin CMG. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Deputy Premier Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE alongside Governor John J. Rankin CMG. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Witnesses of the swearing-in of Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley and Deputy Premier Lorna G. Smith OBE, along with the Ministers and Junior Ministers of the new Government of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Witnesses of the swearing-in of Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley and Deputy Premier Lorna G. Smith OBE, along with the Ministers and Junior Ministers of the new Government of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– In a short ceremony tonight, April 25, 2023, returning Legislator Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) took the Oath of Office to become Premier of the Virgin Islands for the second time and newly elected At Large Representative Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE as Deputy Premier.

The ceremony was held at Government House in the presence of Governor John J. Rankin, OBE, other Legislators-Elect, special invitees and the media.

It was also revealed Hon Smith, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5), Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) and Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) will be Ministers of Cabinet while the newly elected Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4) and Dr the Hon Karl Dawson (R1) will be Junior Ministers.

The portfolios of the Ministers and Junior Ministers, who were all sworn in this evening, were not revealed. 

2023 Election peaceful & incident free - Premier 

The Premier, in his first speech after being sworn in, thanked the people for voting and for an incident-free and peaceful 2023 elections.

“You painted a beautiful picture of democracy in this territory,” he said while also thanking the local elections team and the Elections Observation Mission team dispatched by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

“The people of these Virgin Islands believe in democracy. We believe in the people's right to elect their representatives, to represent them in the House of Assembly. We believe in democratic governance because we are people who cherish freedom.”

While acknowledging that voter participation at the polls was lower than in previous elections, the Premier also vowed that his government will work hard in the months and years ahead to regain the confidence of those who decided not to participate in the 2023 General Elections.

“You have my word that we will do everything in our power to make you proud and to boost your confidence in the political system. To all the candidates, successful and unsuccessful who bravely put themselves forward to represent the people, I commend you for putting the country first. We all have a role to play in making the Virgin Islands better and I hope that you will join hands with us to move these islands forward,” he added.

Newly elected VIP Gov't members congratulated 

Meanwhile, the Premier congratulated newly elected District 1 Representative, Dr the Hon Karl Dawson and Fourth District Representative Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith.

Dr Wheatley also said he is very pleased that the Government will be also assisted by Hon Lorna G. Smith OBE, who will serve as Deputy Premier and a Minister.

“Truly we have a Lorna in our corner, she will have a ministerial portfolio,” he said in reference to Mrs Smith’s catchy campaign slogan.

The Premier detailed that when the HoA reconvenes, at the top of the agenda will be local reform, better roads, better infrastructure, better public services, sustainable development, and balanced economic growth that benefits all the people of the VI. 

“I look forward to presenting our comprehensive list of priorities in due course. The election campaign was a bruising one and we need reconciliation where politics has deepened divisions among us. I call on everyone to leave the campaign behind us, let us not hold on to past grievances [and] let us move forward as one people,” Premier Dr the Hon Wheatley added while affirming the VIP will be a government for all the people.

It was also announced that the Leader of the Opposition will be sworn in at a later date.

91 Responses to “Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley sworn in as Premier; Hon Lorna G. Smith as Deputy”

  • Amen (25/04/2023, 20:08) Like (70) Dislike (24) Reply
    Don’t mess with Gods plan. You will never win. This is destiny. This was meant to happen. Everyone had in mind a different outcome but no one predicted this. DON’T MESS WITH GODS PLAN!!
    • @Amen (25/04/2023, 20:59) Like (64) Dislike (37) Reply
      God's plan never involves deception, lies, power hungry behaviour. NO. Sounds more like the devil's plan to me. Twisted mentality.
      • @@ amen (26/04/2023, 06:10) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
        You'll know what it sounds like because you sound like the devil... bitter ! The only deception was the other parties plan and they failed miserably! Any way we have a chef and a deputy . Eat your heart out!!
      • Pragmatist (26/04/2023, 07:37) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        To @Amen

        I believe Amen over you. I'm sure many others feel the same way.
    • @Amen (25/04/2023, 22:05) Like (34) Dislike (8) Reply
      Keep God out you’ll Messy, Dirty Lifestyles! Some of y’all are so deep down into your dirt that you can’t see the devil guiding you to eternal destruction!

      The problem is that some believe they are God unto themselves…they stop listening to God long ago.

      • NOT (25/04/2023, 23:40) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
        The people really don't no what is going on but time will tell.
        • NDP Supporter speaks out (26/04/2023, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          I am an NDP Supporter, but it is time to get real. Lorna is not NDP's problem. The ones the main artery of the party loves, is the problem which is Marlon. Let's examine Marlon (The only Accidental Leader). He is the one & only accidental leader but the party letting this slide to the death of the party. He pronounced himself leader after the 2019 elections when he was one of two NDP members who won with Alvera being the next. Here lies the problem. He held no meaningful meetings in 4yrs to allow party members to select the new leader or ratify him/her in an open and transparent manner. He avoided such party meetings. Then Alvera crossed the HOA floor under his leadership & joined the VIP Government as a result of his poor leadership. Just like now with Lorna, some of my fellow NDPers blamed Alvera and turned against her with a passion. Again, Marlon was allowed to tell his usual non-factual but emotional stories to make him look & sound good which caused the NDP Party supporters like myself at the time, to once again bury the symptom of the problem (In this case Alvera) & not he (Marlon) who is the problem. The 2023 General Elections didn't come as a surprise as it was known by ALL to happen in 4yrs after 2019. Here lies the other issue. He then jammed the party last minute, with his stories again, so we were forced to leave him as leader to go through the 2023 elections. He failed in four years to grow the NDP and worse, yet he failed to get 13 candidates. Simply put, NO ONE WANTED TO FOLLOW HIM. None of us stop to ask WHY? It is because he is a poor leader who masters how to keep power through divisiveness. This is disgraceful & unacceptable. He only managed to start the campaign with 7 NDP candidates. Two founding members had already launched as independent At-Large candidates long ago. How come they knew elections was coming & not Marlon? He managed to get others in the Party to help convince those two (Kedrick & the same Lorna Ayo my fellow NDPers now want to kill) to change from being independent candidates & run with NDP. Hesitantly they did so because they felt he was not a leader. They were correct because if they could have started campaigning on their own means he could have started campaigning from a long time ago because the election was not scheduled like you would schedule a surprise birthday party. IT WAS KNOWN TO BE COMING! Let us not forget he said he joined Natalio to save the country because the UK did not want the VIP Government. Well, we all now know that was also not true (Another one of his non-factual stories) as Tuesday 25th April, 2023, the same UK Governor sworn in a 6 member VIP Government with a one alliance in the person of Lorna who is an NDP who like Alvera crossed the floor as a result of his poor leadership. Man strupeeesss, the list of Marlon mistakes is too long so I will stop here for now and if things continue with NDP under Marlon, then so will the NDP.
      • @@ amen (26/04/2023, 08:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        How about you let God in.. seems like your heart is filled with hate…. So please tell us of this destruction you speak of? Seem like you are all things God and know it all????????. You are letting bitterness clog your brain. Release of it I say, you’ll feel much better ????????
        • @ @@amen (26/04/2023, 13:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

          How about you let God in
          The Holy Spirit is lives in me and all of His people. This is why we see evil then address it. Only devils condone evil when they see it.

          So please tell us of this destruction you speak of?
          2 Thessalonians 1:9
          These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
          Matthew 25:46
          These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


          Seem like you are all things God and know it all?
          You don't have to be all God to see the evils of man just open your eyes. Politics is a dirty game of greed, pride, vanity, low integrity, deception, unGodliness, and many evils.

      • :) (26/04/2023, 11:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Godnotinpolitricks (25/04/2023, 22:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Do GOD tell you the he in politricks??? Keep God out of shenanigans politricks.
    • !!!!! (25/04/2023, 23:35) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      This is not of God please but we will see in a bit just let it settle and we all will see the outcome
    • @Amen (26/04/2023, 00:52) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      I just love how all the VIP people are on here blogging crap. This was deception plain and simple. Don't align the creator with lies and deception.
      • @@ amen (26/04/2023, 08:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You have no valid point. If it weee in favor of NDP you too would be blogging . Stop the bitterness. It’s already done! Your NDP from the start could not get it together. They promised they would come together to form a coalition gov but could not do so. Unfit for the job clearly. Too many want power. Noting wrong if VIP supporters are blogging. I mean why else you want then to do?? Dumm*!
    • @ AMEN (26/04/2023, 01:05) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      However I knew they would of won
      I smiled non stop when I saw the rally Sunday night to myself while driving.
    • Madussa (26/04/2023, 07:24) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      The results are in and now we must work for a better BVI, which we all live in. The party is over so go home and do our best to work together so we can all succeed at the issues at hand. If we love our islands the way we say we do, then stop wasting energy in a negative way and work positively to get the ball rolling. If anyone has any positive suggestions that they feel can work, then bring them forward. We have a lot of living to do, thank you.
  • FOH (25/04/2023, 20:11) Like (60) Dislike (64) Reply
    She deceived the ppl of this territory and the NDP party.. POWER HUNGRY
    • Street reporter (25/04/2023, 21:32) Like (58) Dislike (15) Reply
      They said Myron was demanding a Ministry and most disagreed except Marlon seeing that Myron is arrested and waiting trial for corruption charges and may go to jail. Of course, Fraser, Ronnie, & Marlon wanted Premiership. Marlon & Mitch wanted Deputy. Lorna could not work with disrespectful Mitch. It was just a mess among the 7 parties. No one was yielding. To me, Lorna ended up doing the best thing.
      • Lie lies lies (25/04/2023, 21:54) Like (16) Dislike (17) Reply
        Stop telling lies
      • @Street Reporter (25/04/2023, 22:08) Like (22) Dislike (17) Reply
        The best thing for her not the BVI.
      • @ Street Reporter (25/04/2023, 22:55) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        You are acting like Judge, Jury and executer .May God have Mercy on us all
      • @Street Reporter (26/04/2023, 02:19) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
        What you also should have heard was how everyone saw her as selfish and for herself but they only gave her a chance because of the NDP party. She called herself a negotiator and was planning to do big big things for the BVI. Yet, here was her first chance to prove herself and what did she do? I do not care what the story was. She stole the votes she received from her affiliation with the party. She killed democracy and in time she will destroy that VIP party because it cannot work. For we know that our foe lives amongst us and the enemy came to kill, steal and destroy. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? She was always a PS to the former premiers, even wife to a premier but no one wants to be a bridesmaid forever. First opportunity and she jump. She has a week to prove herself and do the right thing or she goes down in history with the names she has given herself, through her deceitful actions, plentiful of lies, greed and selfishness.
    • Final Analysis (25/04/2023, 22:04) Like (41) Dislike (15) Reply
      Hon. Lorna Smith deceived no one since her vote did not come from one source. I for one voted for her but considered myself VIP. I am sure that persons who supported other parties did the same. I did not vote for her to be on the VIP, NDP or any of the other parties. I voted for her to represent the BVIs on any team.
      • Comment (25/04/2023, 22:47) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
        I never voted for her and never would think too. She has no honor to her name!
    • Rubber Duck (25/04/2023, 23:05) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
      She is too smart for the rest of these clowns.

      First attempt and she now controls the country.

      She has these Vipers by the cojones.

    • x (26/04/2023, 10:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don't forget that VIP supporters voted for her too. If they didn't vote for her, she would have never won.
  • WOW (25/04/2023, 20:15) Like (33) Dislike (13) Reply
    She put country about self no like the test want power the good book always say want all get nothing.
    • @ wow (26/04/2023, 00:58) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      She put self above country. It was always her intent. She does'nt give a fig about anything but herself and her ambitions.
  • King Ping (25/04/2023, 20:15) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    You are correct Dr Wheatley. The people believe in democracy not bribery and cash for votes.
  • WOW (25/04/2023, 20:17) Like (41) Dislike (13) Reply
    I’m so proud of Lorna and even more proud of our chief minister. He was not moved with all the bashing and conspiracy that went on . He held on to his faith and God saw him through . He prevailed! Our deputy is a great choice. Together I strongly believe you two can move this country in the right direction.

    A word of advice. Do the peoples work. Put God first in everything you do. Do not get caught up in corruption. Be for all people and not of a certain class.

    On a different note… I hear that cl**e losing his plot ????????????
    • For God’s SAke (25/04/2023, 21:12) Like (33) Dislike (8) Reply
      Y’all need to stop justifying evil design by using God’s name. If it’s not of God, it will not prevail. I don’t care what party in…
      • @For God's SAke (25/04/2023, 21:34) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        So, only when it is the other way around it is God for some of you but God doesn't work like how none of us thinks.
    • @wow (25/04/2023, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      So pathetic! You seriously sound like a paid endorsement. If that Governor wasn’t holding the COI over those people head she would be home wishing she was on the VIP Party.
  • Guest (25/04/2023, 20:18) Like (61) Dislike (6) Reply
    God's blessings on our Premier, his Deputy and other Ministers.
  • vi (25/04/2023, 20:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    That’s how it goes
  • Real Talk (25/04/2023, 20:27) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
  • The obeah strong nuh pursycloth (25/04/2023, 20:38) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    Blows mehson VIP in again. Lorna pull the ole switchero on me.
  • .. (25/04/2023, 20:54) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Finesse 2 times
  • :) (25/04/2023, 21:01) Like (44) Dislike (5) Reply
    I love that VIP win. I been drinking people's tears all day. They mad salty.
    • @ :) (25/04/2023, 22:31) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      We don’t have a VIP government anymore. Can’t you see? The water is blurred with red and blue. I don’t know what that is, one thing I do know is that they are no longer my Party.
  • facts (25/04/2023, 21:02) Like (48) Dislike (6) Reply
    If Lorna left her other two NDP members and crossed over to form a coalition government with the 6 VIP Members means the 7 members of PVIM, NDP, PU which included Lorna could not agree on a way forward to form and run a government. They asked for a coalition government. They got it. Now greed & selfishness caused them to throw it away. Obviously, they had no concern for the country other than themselves.
    • Pragmatist (26/04/2023, 07:23) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      To: facts

      I too believe that is what happened. I can well imagine D2 and D3 members demanding what they don't deserve. I even believe that they may have made similar demands to VIP but were rejected.

      I can also imagine D2 and D3 speaking down to Lorna. That coalition would have been toxic. She did well to get out from among them.
      • Jack-B-Quik (26/04/2023, 15:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Pragmatist I wholeheartedly agree! The toxicity was already palpable one day into the mess. Given a chance, the next four years would've been "ting to talk"...
    • Observer (26/04/2023, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • What a ting (25/04/2023, 21:13) Like (70) Dislike (7) Reply
    The PVIM, NDP, PU & Governor did everything possible to stop VIP from winning the elections. Most of them preached coalition government. They got the numbers to form the coalition government and for the same reasons NDP 1 & NDP 2 could not come back together once again raised its ugly head in the negotiations for forming a coalition government. They have no one else to blame but their greedy selves so stop blaming Lorna.
  • We were told (25/04/2023, 21:14) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark did tell ayo on the NDP podium during the campaign to vote VIP. Ayo thought it was a slip but now we know who Korner Lorna was in. Anything is possible in politics.
  • This one sweet (25/04/2023, 21:17) Like (63) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ronnie, Myron, Mitch, Fraser & Marlon pushed Lorna in corner when they while they were struggling for power. By the time they paused to check the corner, Lorna had already gone and was in the VIP Korner. This one sweet. That's what they get for disrespecting we women.
  • NDP supporter (25/04/2023, 21:20) Like (33) Dislike (6) Reply
    Imagine Marlon telling people the NDP agreed for Lorna to go into VIP Korner. The boy thinks we are stupid. He just trying to take the shame out of his face. What a weak self-appointed leader Marlon is as he has failed again. It is time for him to retire.
  • 1st District (25/04/2023, 21:21) Like (35) Dislike (5) Reply
    Congratulations Hon. Dawson. First District people quite but we are loyal and politically wise VIP people.
  • lol (25/04/2023, 21:22) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wonder if Marlon his colleague for NDP, PVIM, & PU is going to call this one another mistake or misstep by VIP. LOL

  • BUSY BEE (25/04/2023, 21:24) Like (31) Dislike (12) Reply
    Hopefully the Hon Mssrs. Rymer and Wheatley can be moved into ministries where they can do less harm than in their previous roles.
    Hon. Mr. Rymer, the roads remain a mess, apparently there isn’t a sole in your administration that can understand there’s a difference between "repair" (a good thing), and patch (a lesser good thing). And then there’s the water thing… Or should I say lack of water?
    Hon. Mr. Wheatley, you management of Labour and Immigration was nothing less than painful. But as a good politician, you made sure you looked like you were paying attention when you had to mollify stakeholders, then you stood by your useless Labour Commissioner… Maybe your next ministry can put you in charge of something you can manage, like maybe tiddlywinks.
    Not real sure what your constituents saw in either of you.
    • Realist (26/04/2023, 07:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      More important than that is the fact there are no guard rails on a lot of these hillside roads. Guard rails should be a priority. How difficult can that be?
      • BUSY BEE (26/04/2023, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Agreed. Given the state of disrepair of the roads, at least keeping vehicles on the roadways would be a good thing.
  • Clarity is now here (25/04/2023, 21:27) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    It turns out the VIP was not the greedy bunch they made us to believe but rather it turns out to be their accusers who had the numbers to unite & form a government and work together for the people, but greedy & selfishness took over.
  • questions (25/04/2023, 21:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What are the ministries to who get what ?
  • jah know (25/04/2023, 21:49) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bam Bam Bam vip all the way they are more smarter than pvim ndp and pu these guys are real greedy and dumb
  • fsfsa (25/04/2023, 21:58) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    sworn into the slavemaster black people need to wake up
    • @fsfsa (25/04/2023, 22:36) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      That’s were they feel the most comfortable! They don’t have minds of their own.
  • HAHA (25/04/2023, 22:06) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    This one aint an accident.
  • Final Analysis (25/04/2023, 22:10) Like (51) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hon. Wheatley has proven to all of us that he is not an "accidental Premier" as some called him. He is now the "Official Premier" of this territory. So it, so it shall be written.
    • @FA (25/04/2023, 22:44) Like (8) Dislike (30) Reply
      We should be electing our own premier not just a few people in the population. I never voted for his leadership and I definitely never voted for hers!
      Final analysis…
      We have to get our independence!
    • really?? (26/04/2023, 09:41) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
      By being the leader of the party? This really makes him accidental. The people did NOT vote for him as Premier! This position need to be elected by the people.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (25/04/2023, 22:32) Like (12) Dislike (24) Reply
    Many people are fooling themselves into believing that God set His approval on Honorable, politically spoken, Mrs. Lorna Smith deceptive betrayal action against the NDP Team. The God that many and I pray to is holy (righteously pure). Yes, He does allowed man's will to happen sometime, but that does not mean that He is the author crookedness.
    Every tree is known by the fruit it bears.

    Mrs. Lorna Smith, now Hon. Deputy Premier, greatly benefited by her association with the NDP Team. Without them she would have loss. Her action has divide the BVI people further. Maybe next general election voter turnout may be lower, because eligible voters are becoming more and more fed up with politicians deception. Hon. Julian Frazer is not without blame. Rough road ahead. Believe it or not.

    Righteousness exults a nation, but sin (wickedness) hinders good governance. The BVI not excluded.

    We are living in a time more than ever when evil is called good, and good is called evil, in the BVI as is the rest of the world, every action is follow by a reaction, accordingly.
  • (26/04/2023, 00:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good for her
  • 2023 (26/04/2023, 00:32) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    some of you chatting piss will have rather Great Britain to have dictate to us an outcome but our own people were able to deal with the matter and form the administration and moved forward

    • Sara (26/04/2023, 11:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don't be misguided....least we forget how long it took the past premier to form his government with 13 members...We had time...they moved to hastily and this is not what the people voted for to have the highest vote getter in the opposition
  • Yes (26/04/2023, 02:51) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    I tell wilma we coming the vip aint no dummy like ndp big children cant even take instruction now go and wope them tail ,..once again they vant even make sound decision bunch of morones
  • How (26/04/2023, 03:18) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why? is VW back in cabinet? Didn't the COI strip him bare. Why is Buddah on opposition? is this really what the people voted for? not enough Territorial candidates in the gov smh. this is definitely a first. Help our little nation Lord
    • PVIM (26/04/2023, 08:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      I doubt Ronnie will continue with this. Let Mitch take it over, that's what he would like. So as a promising young person, Budha would do well to get away from Mitch and move to VIP. He could be their at-large anchor in the next election.
  • Sowande again. Congrats. (26/04/2023, 05:50) Like (37) Dislike (2) Reply
    Once again you have shown your brilliance and your negogiaging skills,. You came from zero chance to the Winner....Take control of your govt. Have press conferences every 3 months keep the people updated, Until then dont say much just focus on Your work..
  • more of the same (26/04/2023, 07:09) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Same crooks, same lame names, same promises, same envelopes handed out. Sewage still in the streets, people without running water, and fires west still burning. Sadly nothing going to change.
  • Political analyst (26/04/2023, 07:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok. The campaign, election and swearing ins are completed and the real, challenging work now commences. The election was billed by many as the most consequential in generations, if not ever. There is much work to do. The BVI institutions, systems, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, economic structure, functions, programmes, services, etc are not operating at optimal efflciency and effectiveness. They need a complete comprehensive revamping and overhaul. There is much need but everything cannot be done at once. Needs must be prioritized. The approach in solving the myriad of problems cannot be a seat- of -the -pants approach. The action plan must be based on effective planning, organizing, directing, controlling, execution, etc. The government must plan its work and work its plan to borrow a cliche. Remember poor planning piss poor performance. A pilot does not leave an airport without a flight plan. A captain does not leave port without a float plan. A government cannot function effectively without a governing plan. Many of the BVI past failures resulted partly from poor planning, poor plan(s)execution, ineffective leadership and management, etc. Specifically, the absence of a national development plan, a planning model, was one the BVI’s major governing Achilles heel. The BVI cannot repeat the same costly mistakes. In borrowing a frequently used line from E. Leonard’s Facebook page, the BVI must lean and fail forward, learning from and capitalizing on its failures. To that I will add that the BVI must learn from its high cost of poor or no planning. Premier Natalio Wheatley must effectively lead his team in charting a new resilient, sustainable course.
    • Failure Analysis (26/04/2023, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      “ , the BVI must lean and fail forward, learning from and capitalizing on its failures.” Yes, E. Leonard flings dis around but I ain’t too bright so I don’t get it. Is it better to fail forward than failing backwards? Should not failure be cast on the dung heap where it belongs. Some one smarter than can set me straight.
      • Political analyst (26/04/2023, 12:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Failure Analysis, to me failure is often viewed as a negative occurrence but it has positive value. Failing forward means learning from past failures to improve processes, programs, procedures, projects, etc. Simply, using past failures to avoid missteps going forward, finding the silver lining, if any, in the dark cloud.
  • WHERE IS THE PSYCHIC (26/04/2023, 07:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Choices have consequences (26/04/2023, 07:43) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    During his tenure as Minister of Education, Mr. Andrew Fahie lowered the standards for the school leaving exam. He allowed students, who could not pass the exam on their own merit, to take the exam multiple times until they finally succeeded. He then printed banners which he erected around Road Town boasting of a 98% pass rate. I remember very clearly stating to friends and colleagues in the next 10-15 year cycle we were going to reap what was sown by him, a poorly educated populace who cannot reason using induction or deduction.

    And here we are. On the surface, Mr. Fahie’s actions while serving in government seemed comical and asinine. However, I think it is apparent today, he executed a well planned longitudinal plan to create an electorate that would continue to vote against their own interests in order to keep him and his co-conspirators in office. We can look to America and see a similar if not identical strategy being deployed by the Republicans. I think it’s safe to say America is descending into madness and we can assume we will too.

    The VI electorate doesn’t seem to understand the Westminster political system. If they did, I do believe we would have garnered much different outcomes on Monday. The treachery involving Julian Fraser and Lorna Smith revealed exactly what politics in the Virgin Islands is really about. Some would say they already knew that and that is why they did not bother to exercise their right to vote. However, have people really considered the bigger looming issue created by their choices?

    The very small brain trust that the territory depends on to mitigate the gross errors, incompetence and pure evil of the elected government are overwhelmed, overworked, discouraged and fed-up with having to rescue the territory out of the holes the government continuously digs. How long are they expected to continue in this futile endeavor? Many have sacrificed potential lives elsewhere to remain here and do the good work that needs to be done, but I believe this is a turning point for many of them. What will the territory do if they were to leave en masse?

    This is the biggest crisis looming on the horizon as the wounds of Monday start to scab over. Without our front line of defenders, how do we make a case for we DO have the expertise to continue to govern and run the key services of this territory? How do we convince these good people not to leave their territory for greener less tumultuous pastures, and more importantly who will replace them when they are gone?
  • bad (26/04/2023, 07:45) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    What the enemy ment for bad turned out to be the reverse. When one dig a ditch they need to dig two for evil always gets exposed in the long run. Daylight does catch up with it. Darkness can't hide when light presents it self.
  • Josiahsbay (26/04/2023, 08:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    “The people of these Virgin Islands believe in democracy. We believe in the people's right to elect their representatives, to represent them in the House of Assembly. We believe in democratic governance because we are people who cherish freedom.” This is what was said and then they pledged their allegiance to the monarchy. "Cognitive Dissonance" in practice.
  • next (26/04/2023, 09:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lorna I love you you did great awoman for the people and her country thank you I love this team God bless you all
  • Jay (26/04/2023, 09:19) Like (7) Dislike (21) Reply
    Over 3,000 in the territory voted for Mather. Less than 700 out of one district voted for Sowande. Why is Sowande the Premier? Why is Mather not a Cabinet Member? The Election Act needs to be amended ASAP.
    • @jay (26/04/2023, 11:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The BVI uses the Westminster system. Under the current system, members are not elected to HoA necessarily by getting a majority of the votes; all they need are a plurality of the vote. It is a first past pole system, ie. Whoever gets the highest vote count wins. Some locales used a majority system, ie, 50% +1. This system often with number of candidates running for a seat results in a runoff between the top two vote getters. By the way, there is a difference between at large and district voting. Every election the at large candidate with the most votes thinks he/she should be premier. That is not the current system. Change is needed to system to meet what you are advocating. Perhaps something for the constitutional review committee.
  • Done with politics (26/04/2023, 09:31) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
    We wanted a coalition government what she has done has joined the enemy and telling herself that the move was to benefit us . When u say something enough you start to believe it , she could have encouraged NDP and PVIM to merge. You have done this for yourself NOT for Territory
    You made us voters look like fools
    • @DONE (26/04/2023, 11:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      what coalition you talking about? till now we ain't hear anything from them or what they were planning. They could not even decided for themselves until now. They all might fight to be the opposition soon.
  • Political Strategist (26/04/2023, 09:48) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is one for the political history annals..The record will show that while some seasoned political stallions ( Ronnie, Marlon, Myron, Mitch, Julian) were planning their governing moves and ignoring the mare in the corner (Lorna). However, they ignored the mare at their own peril, for the mare was planning her own strategy. She strike like a rattler, racing past pole leaving the stallions stunned in the dust. Don’t mess with a rattler, for an engaged rattler will fight and fight until the job is done. Julian, Ronnie, Myron, Marlon, Mitch, etc were engaged in a chess match, planning their various moves. However, in chess one has to be concerned not only with one’s moves but also the moves of one’s opponents. Lorna, the rattler, mare, checkmated the the thoroughbred stallions. The stallions may have gotten too far out on their skiis too quickly. History will show that the NDP, PVIM and PU looked a golden gift horse in the mouth. Some may have wanted all the marbles and got nun tarl. As the Anguillians ah yu lawd! Moreover, was Lorna’s plan a spontaneous action or it was the plan all along which she would have used with both groups to suit her needs. Hell, the negotiations were only in progress for a few hours when the rattler struck. Here is a news flash. In combat, a unit has to protect its front, rear, right flank and left flank. It seemed as though the boys left their rear exposed and the rattler/filly struck a damaging blow. In combat also one has to also be concerned with the element of surprise. . Never count your chickens before they are hatched . Lorna is claiming she is not a politician. Is anyone buying the line now with her devastating political move/blow. It was a politically impacting,,shattering blow. She overturned the apple cart.
  • 2023 (26/04/2023, 09:58) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    history can not change: the virgin islands party brought our homeland to what some come call home and what some call it the place where they reside and some calls our homeland the place for them to make money

    therefore some will have a different view as what happens here: our people have to be more careful what they say and how they do what they do

  • Prophesy (26/04/2023, 23:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I pray for the peace of the Virgin Islands! God is truly in control.

    May the great God bless us all as we abstain from evil, so that we as a people can prosper.

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