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Opposition Leader says he is 'ready' to become Premier

- says he will not be a 'dictator'
Leader of the Opposition Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has promised his constituents that if he is elected into the office of Premier, he would not be a dictator. Photo: Facebook
Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says the community has prepared him to become Premier of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says the community has prepared him to become Premier of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has promised his constituents that if he is elected into the office of Premier, he would not be a dictator.

“I am not going to be a dictator or a one-man show; my focus is how to get the people involved in the movement of this country. This country has gotten how it is not just because of our leaders, but we had leaders who understood that people was an important part of the growth and development of this country,” he said, during a community meeting at Willard Wheatley Primary School on September 9, 2021.

“We have lost our way; when we become politicians, we become elected we believe we have all the answers. The reality is we have to humble ourselves and know what we don’t and know that we have to find the expertise in the persons that are necessary to help us get to where we need to go, and that’s the type of leader that I am. I am a leader that don’t believe I know everything, and I don’t know everything I know that I could get the people in the room to help me move the ball and move this country forward.”

The 'plan'

At the time of his speech, Honourable Penn was replying to a resident who questioned him on his level of preparedness in the event of a snap election.

He was also asked to outline his plans if he is made Premier of the Virgin Islands.

“We have to get the economy back up and running; that has to be the number one priority. For the last 18 months, we have been in a tailspin; we have been sputtering, and to do that, we need a clear economic plan going forward. One of the things that I will continue to ask for as leader of the Opposition and my colleagues in the opposition is we need to understand where we are going as a territory. We also need to have a physical infrastructural plan because if we are going to sit down and we want to move the economy, there are certain things that we need to do to facilitate economic growth.”

He also promised to have public involvement in the rebuilding of the economy.

“It requires us now to get this issue of unemployment under control, it requires a level of integration, a level of conversation with everybody. So it has to be the economy, the infrastructure and the people first and foremost have to be on board in whatever we are doing; that’s in a nutshell what I would do,” he stated.


Meanwhile, he told residents: “I have been ready” to become Premier.

“This community has prepared me. I have been in every role, I have been a backbencher, I have been a junior minister, I have been a minister, the leader of the Opposition now, but most of all, I have been a citizen of this community. I have seen how this community has been built from the ground up by the blood, sweat and tears of the people of this community, and I believe that for us to move forward, the people has to be the first in the process of moving this country forward,” the Premier hopeful stated.

42 Responses to “Opposition Leader says he is 'ready' to become Premier”

  • Not from the East side (10/09/2021, 09:02) Like (43) Dislike (68) Reply
    Go ahead Marlon, do what you have to do. If you are willing to do things the right way and put the people first and work for the people, YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT.
    • @Not from the East side (10/09/2021, 10:08) Like (17) Dislike (20) Reply
      I agree with you. If he run a nice clean campaign no matter how much mud they sling, don’t promise anything to get the votes, he’ll be good to go. If he step in the ring, I will also support him
    • To Not from East Side (11/09/2021, 11:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      People of the BVI do not gamble with your future...leave this unstable guy out from any consideration to run our country.
  • east man (10/09/2021, 09:14) Like (41) Dislike (88) Reply
    Lol Marlon is not the answer to the bvi problems, he will be another dr smith weak and being led astray
    • @ east man (10/09/2021, 09:51) Like (50) Dislike (12) Reply
      I have to agree with you. He is def not ready. Hon Penn cant even clean up his district . In fact noting have been done in the 8th since coming to power. How is he going to represent the people of the BVI??? He is def not the answer to the BVI Problems.
    • @east man (10/09/2021, 10:29) Like (18) Dislike (20) Reply
      You are not no damn true East man. A true East man will support another East man no matter what. I’m a true Sea Cows Bay man and I support another Sea Cows Bay man no matter what.
      • Eastman (10/09/2021, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
        True Eastman here. Smurf got his work cutout if she decided to run for Premier He shod let balhead lead the show. Over and out.
      • WHAT!!!! (11/09/2021, 09:04) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        “@east man”
        Your reply is what is wrong with BVI politics. You from Sea Cow Bay and support another Sea Cow Bay man “ no matter what”
        Stupid support the best person for the country not based on where he from.
  • The TRUTH (10/09/2021, 09:25) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    You are a puppet.
  • Smufalofogus (10/09/2021, 09:26) Like (75) Dislike (53) Reply
    Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla!

    You realize that smuf don't have a plan????

    The same plan he asking the VIP for he don't have but he want to become Premier.

    Well that is his plan. TO BECOME PREMIER. This man is all about self and he wants to use the ignorance of those who are hard core supporters to continue to spread his venom.

    Not this time National Disaster Pollution!
  • press your luck (10/09/2021, 09:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Roll the dice
  • ausar (10/09/2021, 09:40) Like (13) Dislike (29) Reply
    Congratulations, Marlon, on this statement!
    IT is timely and necessary!
    We are rooting for you for all of your political successes, for now and for perpetuity!
  • josiah'sbay (10/09/2021, 10:02) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Before you can do anything you need a sense of the direction that the people wants to go in. A referendum or a Governmental poll to see the general desire of the people. Age, occupation and education are important categories to include. Also a general restructuring of the Gov. with proposed checks and balances. With the previous mention suggestions you can focus on the opening of the economy because now you would have a rudimentary road map to follow.
  • Amen (10/09/2021, 10:05) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    All my family will vote for you
    This is great news
  • life (10/09/2021, 10:10) Like (43) Dislike (0) Reply
    These ppl have this thin for a joke sa...
  • First thing first. (10/09/2021, 10:28) Like (27) Dislike (19) Reply
    Do you have a team and its for your team to think that you are ready to be Premier?. .I believe we cant get any worst, I think you can be Premier, but thats for your team to decide...
  • Imperfect servant (10/09/2021, 10:36) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have read what you have said about you been ready to lead our country as the future Premier. But in order for you to lead our country properly, you must first be willing to accept the people's right, being your employer, to decide the financial worth of all political leaders, rather than they paying themselves hefty amount plus unreasonable benefits for themselves and close associates of choice. Like
  • TOGETHER (10/09/2021, 10:39) Like (10) Dislike (38) Reply
    I will vote for you
    Great news
  • 1st District (10/09/2021, 11:00) Like (15) Dislike (15) Reply
  • Imperfect servant (10/09/2021, 11:08) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon.Marlon Penn, I1 know that you have a great desire to become the Premier of the B.V.I, but are you first willing to submit to all the people's rights? Until then many questions is yet to be answered by you.
  • Jack A$$ (10/09/2021, 11:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tola have to have a set of fools … can’t you see government is not the way ? Nooooooooo side will do the job they are the same 2 headed devil America is dealing with can’t u see the way it’s going here it’s the eve of NWO it’s never gonna be back to normal ..
  • Imperfect servant (10/09/2021, 11:30) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    You made known your desire. we are having our say. Now let us all wait to hear the CoI recommendations after their probing is finished. Until then, we are like a ship Captain lost
  • Testing testing (10/09/2021, 11:52) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    Premier wana be (Marlon),I would like leaders to be Truthfull. This is your first test. Can you tell us why in all history of life in house of assemblies that government and opposition always arguing about everything and defending there own side and now in this covid period as vaccines roll out, not one government minister has said anything negative about the vaccine safety even though we are seeing the harmfull effects here in the BVI and around the world. Is our government under threat by people in high places, because we've seen leaders around the world who have stand up against this eliminated. Shed some light where there is darkness.
  • LCS (10/09/2021, 12:07) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is his plan for the country? Those words are too general. Need more specific; mission, goals, ways to achieve the latter, your team. Does he have a party? NDP will not get him too far with it's history. BVI citizens are getting smarter. Internet access keeps people informed. It's modern time challenge.
  • priest (10/09/2021, 12:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Every citizen should aspire to contribute to the growth and development of his or her country in whatever position they desire whether as President as in the case of the US or in this case Premier. Hon. Penn has this aspiration. The people are the ones who would eventually make that decision.

  • Lol. (10/09/2021, 15:03) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sesame Street.
  • Yes (10/09/2021, 15:07) Like (3) Dislike (54) Reply
    We the eight district ready for you Marlon along time to be the next Premiere.

  • my2cents (10/09/2021, 16:47) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Clearly Penn wants to be the premier but he hasn't displayed the necessary leadership skills. Also he is criticizing advisors on one side of his mouth and saying the gov needs to find the expertise b/c they don't have all the answers on the other side of his mouth. The NDP camp isn't ready. Who would really be running the country if Penn and the NDP were to get in? Give us some of his developed plans and I may change my opinion but as to date I don't even think he will be leader of the opposition again. If the good ppl of the 8tth elect him fine but he can't serve in the same capacity again and probably needs to be a jr minister or back bencher if anything
  • x (10/09/2021, 16:52) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    So his plan is, "We need a plan".
  • Used To Believe (10/09/2021, 19:55) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    that you were genuine and would make a difference. Now I realize like everyone else its all about the opportunity. We cannot continue at this extremely critical point in time to play the game of it's my turn only to end up with another four year nightmare. We have wasted much valuable time and will pay dearly for it. My friend this is not the time for games. The BVI need serious fair minded mature leadership that understands the critical and complex situation that the world is faced with. Humanity is now in a struggle for our very survival granted many cannot come to this realization as we are too comfortable on the government nipples. There are serious developments that are about to make a bad situation infinitely worse. A real leader would be focused on sensitizing and raising awareness to these complex challenges not i'm ready choose me it's my turn. This is exactly why one blogger's comment is Sesame Street. Unfortunately it seems that REAL leadership for BVI must come from outside as most BVIslanders are oblivious to the real world. This petty politics of family and friends and cronies will not cut it even as we wrestle with cleaning up the damage and wastage that it has caused. We have lost valuable time and money that we will pay dearly for. The world is growing darker and colder daily and feel good promises are nothing but foolish child's play.
  • Of course he is ready (10/09/2021, 19:57) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    so he can turn around and do the same damn thing they all do.
  • bvi (10/09/2021, 19:59) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Alot of people also thought andrew was ready also and look what going on, marlon just learn from other mistakes
  • musa (10/09/2021, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    1500 new vote will decide the next premier
  • zcjcjrislym (10/09/2021, 21:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • People (11/09/2021, 08:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    we should no longer vote for a given political party: put persons in political office that sincerely have the virgin islands future in focus:

    we need 13 upstanding women/men with integrity and sincerity for the public office we give then administer

    vision should be key going forward; where will virgin islands stand in 2040 and for the benefit of the people

    stop voting for them because they gave you 50 cent

  • Concerned (11/09/2021, 09:01) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply

    I personally don't believe Marlon is ready for no Premier, he just Premier hungry they was in power for eight years doing bull s**t the vip mere to years and they doing alot and i agreed with the person that the 1500 new voters will decide

  • 7th district (11/09/2021, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To me when I look at this hold senorio the members of the NDP all of them hungry for Premier its have the one called a Fraser that's will be a fight between he and the one Marlon
  • 7th district (11/09/2021, 09:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    To me when I look at this hold senorio the members of the NDP all of them hungry for Premier its have the one called a Fraser that's will be a fight between he and the one Marlon
  • Wink Wink (11/09/2021, 10:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    marlon wants to purchase his own plane
  • smfh (11/09/2021, 11:29) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    With his kind of mentality and approach, the Territory will be out of the
  • WOW (11/09/2021, 23:23) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    A Premier who has no solutions but complain and find fault with just about everything
    Bring some solutions to the table man then your chances maybe good . Maybe.

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