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Parsons hits back at VIP's dark days statement

- Urges supporters to forget the VIP desperados
Parsons stated that she had to set the record straight.
Parsons claimed that the VIP refused to honour HLSCC's tuition agreement.
Parsons claimed that the VIP refused to honour HLSCC's tuition agreement.
A drawing of Queen Elizabeth Park when completed.
A drawing of Queen Elizabeth Park when completed.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Known for her “viper” tongue, former politician Eileene Parsons unleashed an acerbic response to the incumbent Government, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) on their political messages especially one that dubbed the National Democratic Party's (NDP) regime as “dark days”.

At a tent meeting held at The Watch House, Fahie Hill last evening Monday October 31, 2011, the former NDP politician shed some light on what she called "those so called days", and accused the VIP of trying to mislead voters with lies.

“The street called politics is indeed a street of knives and the VIP is walking that street with sabres drawn and their lying tongues well-greased with their special brand of taming oil. They were not satisfied to unleash the lying fury of the Sarah Palin/the pitbull with lipstick. But in their last political throes is making one more last ditch attempt to fool the people, they have unleashed the blatant lies being spoken in an advertisement by one of the most successful failures in the Territory,” Parsons informed amused supporters.

“...those days were dark according to the successful failure, yet funds were found to prevent a contractor from losing his shirt on the incomplete multi-purpose building. He was promised we would work with him and honoured that promised. He was not allowed to go under just because he did not support our cause. He worked and ways had to be found to honour his contract.”

Continuing in her sarcastic tone, the NDP’s stalwart stated the years were dark yet the financial team found a candle to give the NDP a little light to honour the pledges made to the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) for tuition to students by VIP legislators.

“Pledges they refused to honour when called by the institution...we found enough light to help with the tuition assistance programme,” she added.

Likewise, the veteran politician pointed out that the much needed Palm Grove Park and the alternate road were constructed during those “dark days”.

“Noel was belatedly found and honoured by having the park named in his honour, a well-deserved honour. The extremely controversial alternate road was once closed without police or public knowledge so that that park could be used to host a Go Green fiasco. What a thing!” Parsons declared.

She also disclosed that despite what “this most successful failure” is trying to portray, when her party was in the then Legislative Council, the five shareholders in executing the Territory’s business were able to acquire Spooners land, the Cays called the Dogs, land for the Purcell Community Centre, a halfway house in Long Look, and much more in those “dark days”.

“It is with great pride that in those dark days no fault was found in any of the five and anyone of the five if called to London could have done so, minus fear,” she boasted.

Regarding Smugglers Cove, Parsons stated that At Large candidate Archibald Christian presented ironclad facts to prove he was telling the truth - something that is foreign to the VIP. She opined that the incumbent government and the truth had a case in court and the truth won the verdict, therefore the VIP has “avoided the truth like the plague ever since”.

VIP supporting racism?

According to the staunch NDP lobbyist, the Cave – a natural wonder - at Norman Island is opened to tourists and locals as was pledged by the owner.

“..but it was a really black day when a young Virgin Islander met his tragic death being used an effigy to hate, a crime that has gone unsolved for too long. It is only God and justice that caused the body to be rescued from the incinerator at the last minute,” Parsons recalled.

She bluntly claimed that the racial hate was concocted and condoned by the supporters of the VIP and the effigy was front page on one of the Territory’s newspapers, adding “The racial hatred is surfacing again, this time with the East End Harbour project. When will we stop?”

Touching on the Glover Parks saga, Parsons stated it will surface whenever “our opponent run out of words and ideas”.

“They do not know the leaders of the world consult speech consultants to put their thoughts on paper and they do not come cheap. It is a highly sought career and this must be the only place where idiots frown on this career choice and make fun of it. Maybe if our political opponents had persons to edit their speeches and put meat on the bare bones of the speeches they would not be talking such kerosene pans of twaddle when they open their mouths at the various meetings,” she said mockingly.

Other NDP projects

The NDP politician said she finds it interesting that VIP candidates have repeatedly mentioned that no TIEAS [Tax Information Exchange Agreements] were signed under her party’s leadership.

“Not one was signed in the dark days but there was enough light for the financial wizards to go all over the world using their wisdom to put everything in place and work out all the kinks. When the VIP came in all they had to do was ink the documents they met. The brainwork was done they only needed the brawn to hold the pen and sign,” she charged.

Parsons with confidence stated that after November 7, the NDP will get the Prospect Reef project off the ground. It has always been their vision to convert it into a school for Virgin Islanders to seize the opportunities to learn all aspects of the tourism industry.

Pressing on Parsons stated, "Gun Creek, according to the first district representative and the successful failure where Garlins wonder and pelican plunder...we give them a working and viable facility, why didn’t they continue the work and brighten North Sound?”

She continued, “If North Sound is kept in the 18th century, they will walk one behind the other Election Day and vote according to their party’s call. That was the older North Sound...they [voters] are wide awake and ready for November 7. North Sound your decent road was done by NDP, Gun Creek by NDP. Where is your school ground? Where is your community centre for which ground was cleared in the late 90s?”

Parsons also wants voters to remember under whose bright days where rallies were held against the four lane highway that would have killed Queen Elizabeth Park, opposed the traffic lights at the Roundabout, protested the BiWater agreement and the great “Jericho Wall of China and Berlin”.

“These are bright days, so nothing should be hidden or done in the dark. They [VIP] are stark desperate and have to be termed desperados. When they rant and rave on the airwaves you can almost see the fire in their eyes and the brimstone and the sulphur from their mouths and nostrils when they are not telling the truth,” she added.

According to her, the NDP as a team will work as a well oiled machine and is on track come election day with loads of solutions for the VI.

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