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Round 2! Hon Andrew A. Fahie fights for Opposition Leader post!

- Virgin Islands Party President writes Governor Duncan about appointments; Hon Fahie allegedly expressed interest to Governor via telephone call
Word reaching our newsroom is that Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, is taking another shot at becoming the Leader of the Opposition, a post currently held by former VIP Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), left. Photo: GIS
The letter written to Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) by Virgin Islands Party Chairman and fellow Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: Team of Reporters
The letter written to Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) by Virgin Islands Party Chairman and fellow Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: Team of Reporters
The letter sent to Governor John S. Duncan OBE by President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru. Photo: Team of Reporters
The letter sent to Governor John S. Duncan OBE by President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru. Photo: Team of Reporters
In the letter to the Governor, written and signed by President of the Virgin Islands Party, Dr Natalio D. Wheatley provided the names of the new executive officers of the VIP and advised the Governor to use the information to ‘assist in the administration of relevant onuses, inclusive of appointments.’ Photo: VINO/Facebook
In the letter to the Governor, written and signed by President of the Virgin Islands Party, Dr Natalio D. Wheatley provided the names of the new executive officers of the VIP and advised the Governor to use the information to ‘assist in the administration of relevant onuses, inclusive of appointments.’ Photo: VINO/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After telling the media and Party delegates following his win as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) on November 30, 2016 that he had no interest in pursuing the post of Leader of the Opposition, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has made a U-turn.

Firstly, in coordination with the President of the VIP, a letter was written and signed by Dr Natalio D. Wheatley to Governor John S. Duncan OBE dated December 9, 2016 giving him the new executive officers of the VIP and advising the Governor to use the information to “assist in the administration of relevant onuses, inclusive of appointments.”

In addition, this news site was made to understand that Hon Fahie has gone further in relaying to the Governor, via telephone, and the Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), via a letter, his interest in being named the Opposition Leader, a post already decided upon in the Third House of Assembly following the 2015 general elections.

Another coup by Hon Fahie?

In fact after the 2015 general elections, Hon Fahie led a “coup d’etat” against Hon Fraser for the post of Opposition Leader in which he had some six former candidates, who ran on the party ticket in the 2015 elections, sign a letter to the United Kingdom appointed governor to make him Opposition Leader, even after Hon Fraser went into the election as Party Leader.

After both men could not agree on who should be the Opposition Leader, Governor Duncan chose Hon Fraser as the Leader of the Opposition.

It is important to note that when Hon Fraser won the VIP Chairmanship in 2014, Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE stayed on as Leader of the Opposition until the people returned to the polls in 2015.

Following the November 30, 2016 VIP Executive members’ election in which Hon Fahie was elected as the new Party Boss, he now feels he should be named the Opposition Leader, even after not supporting the then Chairman Hon Fraser for Opposition Leader back in 2015.

A divided VIP

Many of the VIP delegates, who our newsroom spoke to for this article, did not want their names to be used but had mixed views. Many concluded that this is not a fight Hon Fahie and the new President Dr Wheatley should have taken on. One said “for as long as I am a party member I have never known of any time the governor was written to with who was elected as the party clearly see the hidden motives here…it’s a big turn off, they are not really interested in unity but power by any means, it will be even harder for the party to heal.”

Another said “Well if Fahie is the Party Chairman why not give him the Leader of the Opposition job? But I know the VIP constitution only speaks to, if the party wins an election the Chairman should be Chief Minister but it did not address the Opposition Leader’s post…it’s sad to learn about another public fight over this at a time when we need to come together.”

‘I don’t support it at this time’- Rajah A. Smith

VIP Delegate Head for the Second District and former candidate, Mr Rajah A. Smith was clear that he does not support the alleged move by Hon Fahie to overthrow Hon Fraser as Opposition Leader. “I do not support it at this time but I will not go into details now,” Mr Smith told this news site.

Another former candidate Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury said she wasn’t aware of Hon Fahie’s alleged intentions but added that something like that should be brought to all party members first. She, however, did not say whether she was for or against Hon Fahie becoming Opposition Leader.

Dr Karl Dawson, who also ran as an At Large Candidate at the 2015 General Elections on the VIP ticket, declined to comment. “I do not wish to comment at this time,” Dr Dawson stated.

Hon Fraser was also reached but declined to speak on the matter. "I do not comment on internal party matters," the Opposition Leader Hon Fraser noted.

Governor to decide again

According to our sources the matter is now in the hands of the Governor yet again for him to make a decision and it is noted that he has asked for the Attorney General to advise him on the matter.

The rules of the House of Assembly and the Virgin Islands Constitution state that a majority of elected Members from either side of the aisle, regardless of party affiliation, will advise the governor on who will become Premier or Opposition Leader.

It is our understanding that Governor Duncan will make a decision in the coming days as to whether Hon Fraser remains Leader of the Opposition or be replaced with Hon Fahie.

Mischief afoot?

Meanwhile, Hon Fahie, when asked whether he had indeed expressed to Governor John S. Duncan OBE his alleged renewed interest in becoming Leader of the Opposition, the VIP Boss advised us to get our facts straight.

“Get your facts from who told you about this allegation but make sure they are accurate because it seems as if mischief is what this is about,” Hon Fahie stated.

President of the VIP, Dr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru could not be reached for a comment as of time of publication.

102 Responses to “Round 2! Hon Andrew A. Fahie fights for Opposition Leader post!”

  • pat (17/01/2017, 16:02) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    SMH time for the new party
    • Yep (17/01/2017, 16:26) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
      New party indeed
      • Made Up Name (17/01/2017, 17:34) Like (12) Dislike (23) Reply
        Natalio uses a fake name - need I say more!!!

        He is an unmitigated disaster, and might be the reason that the NDP stays in office next time
        • Boss (17/01/2017, 18:30) Like (19) Dislike (8) Reply
          Natalio is not running he's just doing his administrative duty but if you ask me his grandfather Willard has a better legacy than the morons we have in government. We need an educator and Fahie is the man. Ain't nobody in there can redo the mess ndp do. Fraser give the young man a chance we won't leave you out.
          • @ Boss (17/01/2017, 20:53) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
            what about the credibility of the delegate voters’ list???? now talk that so fahie better go take a seat
            • @@boss (17/01/2017, 21:22) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
              Voters list or none the people spoke loud and clear they don't want Fraser when the ndp won in a landslide victory. Fahie did not have to struggle for his seat. They spoke again at the internal election. What's there to understand. No Fraser no NDP leading this country.
              • Excuse us.... (18/01/2017, 06:40) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
                Spoke by rigging? The people don't want none of them. Let those that have ears hear
      • Jack B Nimble (17/01/2017, 17:38) Like (45) Dislike (10) Reply
        Time for Ms Romney, Ms Decastro, Mr. Dawson, Rawl, Alvera, and Carvin come together and find 7 more and get a new Party going... Headed by Mr Dawson or Ms Romney.....Leave these fools in the Barrel let them fight like Crabs until one dies. Alvera u r a sure winner and it's your only chance of ever getting a ministry, jump at it...
        • @Jack B Nimble (17/01/2017, 20:02) Like (40) Dislike (5) Reply
          We want Patti from the Romney Family. She can identify with the pains of the average family. She is good people and can identify with us. Nothing less.
          • multiverse (17/01/2017, 21:20) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
            @@Jack B Nimble. "The last shall be first, according to Biblical scriptures." I Agree! Patti can relate to the average family and should be encourage to lead our country's future. It's their time now.
          • @@Jacj B Nimble..Agree- Patti is the right one. (18/01/2017, 06:56) Like (8) Dislike (27) Reply
            @ jack B Nimble...I Agree. I think patty is a serious, responsible, no nonsense leader..Will make a nice leader. I chose her over Dawson, Dawson us an intelligent nice Humble guy, rite now the world need tuff leaders.
          • @Jaxk B Nimble--I like Carvin (18/01/2017, 07:48) Like (22) Dislike (20) Reply
            I like your make up. Your idea.. Carvin is like Glue a great leader he will keep them together and in order and structure...He will lead from the back while Ms Romney or Mr. Dawson lead from the front.. it's a winning idea. With a winning team. Those 6 names you mentioned can be the foundation the executive, they can come together and amongst themselves choose the other 7 members in a Democratic way...Ideas can be like Gold.
        • @Jack B Nimble (17/01/2017, 21:53) Like (23) Dislike (7) Reply
          Can we get Nina O'Neal in this Political Party as well. She is an independent thinker who would keep the party on their toes for another diverse perspective. No disrespect to the other individuals you have suggested. They are ALL acceptable considerations. Just adding to the list for further diversity in the 21st Century. We need all perspectives to execute the best strategies in moving our country forward if we intent to be a major player in the Caribbean.

          What we have NOW is not working! Period!

    • Engineer (17/01/2017, 16:33) Like (27) Dislike (36) Reply
      Man I sick of both VIP n NDP dey can't seem to stop fighting for power lie to ur face n turn and stab u in the back bold man and the Cuban at now Fahie power hungry again jah
    • please please (17/01/2017, 16:56) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
  • NDP supporter (17/01/2017, 16:24) Like (117) Dislike (18) Reply
    Whew......pressure back off of us now......And these jokers is who ayo want to run this country??? Our supporters were fighting in public but you all candidates are the ones fighting. Ding ding ding!! Round 2, let's go...My money's on the brown bomber....
    • @NDP Supporter (17/01/2017, 17:28) Like (30) Dislike (118) Reply
      Ndp problems are lack of value, transparency, cronyism, victimization, bad management, corrupt and criminal activities, no respect, no vision, lost culture, worst off economy, crime up, no leader, taxing people, giving themselves raise and business contracts,greed it cannot get any worst under NDP. Are you that silly to be still supporting a government that demonstrates incapability? what did they give you $100? I only assume you're 18 years old and don't understand our values.
      • NDP supporter (17/01/2017, 19:08) Like (27) Dislike (25) Reply
        Whatever you just said about the NDP, multiply it by 2 for VIP buddy. And the VIP has a leader????? Our leader is Dr. Smith. A hospital, Cruise Pier, Airport, hotels and many other things that some of you all fought down is no leadership/no vision??? Come on man.....I'll be the first to admit that my party is making a mess of these projects. But they are better than a 40 year old party who is crumbling before our eyes. They are better any day of the week...
        • @ndpsupporter (17/01/2017, 20:19) Like (21) Dislike (123) Reply
          Premier zzzz trying to leave a legacy at whatever cost. No I'll never forget the over budget cruise ship pier the ndp gave us. Ain't no funds reaching the people and when we going to get back that $90 mil he squander no value for money. I will never forget the oversize and overprice hospital that still ain't together. I'll never forget the $12 mil he done spend on roads that still can't drive on. In case you didn't know Lavity and Cyril are responsible for that cruise ship and it worked just fine. I'll tell you what I'll remember all the mismanagement and zzzing on our time while we loose our value, I'll remember the victimization, cronyism, the decline of the economy, criminal activities, giving themselves contracts, no transparency, his famous quote we robust, the disrespect the low value in our culture, corruption, bribing, greed, no audited accounts, lack vision, bad finance, lies, cover ups should I go on. Trying to tie us in another $150 mil project of what we don't have. Where were you? Think before you sell us out. Premier smith cannot lead he's a good old doctor and that's it. That $100 dollar they supplying you with soon run out.
          • NDP supporter (17/01/2017, 22:24) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
            Fair enough. I respect your points. But I'll stick with Doc and what's left of his crew. These comedians you all putting your hopes in can't even get off the ground...
          • @ndpsupporter (17/01/2017, 22:45) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
            NEW PARTY NEEDED TO MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD. Also try to pull "Mitch" in the New Party. He still have a lot of potential and was never given a FAIR CHANCE. He means well for his District, just requires a NEW STRENGTH to make things happen. There is STILL HOPE for the VIRGIN ISLANDS and A NEW POLITICAL PARTY to do GREAT THINGS for OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE.
          • pat (18/01/2017, 00:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
            And Lavity had only wanted one cruise ship in a day. Cyril saw a bigger financial opportunity for himself.
            But nothing on the scale of these guys in gov now.
  • respect (17/01/2017, 16:36) Like (47) Dislike (4) Reply
    Love VINO or hate VINO one must agree they are indeed fair, objective and balanced, they hit VIP, they hit NDP, rich they hit poor, they take no prisoners Big ups VINO you rule the ring …LONG LIVE VINO
  • Well Sah (17/01/2017, 16:48) Like (12) Dislike (93) Reply
    That man got rid of alvin, then dancia and now julian
  • badmindedness is his middle name (17/01/2017, 16:51) Like (24) Dislike (22) Reply
    Is this another plot to rid the VIP of fraser? Shawonde is being used to do the dirty work while the real crooks hide behind the curtain and then they will say that "they had no part of it"
  • fill in the blanks (17/01/2017, 16:52) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Who broke up the PPA? Who broke up the PEP? Who will broke up the VIP?
    • @ fill in the blanks (17/01/2017, 21:09) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      his is very troubling, both vip and ndp needs to go
  • 2 corinthians 6:17 (17/01/2017, 16:55) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    "COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM" please hon fraser and join a party where there will be no fuss nor back biting
    • good idea (18/01/2017, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Align yourself with the likes of collin oneal and dancia them so...Keep from those dangerous VIP people!
  • The TRUTH (17/01/2017, 16:55) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    Foy never one day supported Julian
    • @ The TRUTH (17/01/2017, 21:18) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      We don't want to raise any alarm on a particular group of persons who also never supported Fraser so its not Fahie alone, but if you look at the voters, I would assume that a reasonable number of them could live next election with a Fraser over Fahie
  • lawd have merci (17/01/2017, 16:57) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply

    Money, Power, Greed, & Disrespect will finish destroy what's left of our country.

    Please! Please! Please! Are there any honest/credible/country-first citizens who we can get to form a NEW PARTY. Please! Save us from these two (2) sets. NDP & VIP need to be put-down like how we do horses with broken legs.

  • chad (17/01/2017, 17:01) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    That rattle snake speaks with 2 tongues....Says one thing while doing another...He cant be trusted at all...I will never vote for the VIP and besides the country will never make him premier.
    • No (17/01/2017, 20:14) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      More like a two headed snake. Mom always say, keep the grass in your yard cut low so you can see the two headed snakes comming.
  • pagu (17/01/2017, 17:04) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    ayo will learn who dah andrew fahie is
  • old c*** (17/01/2017, 17:06) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    misiter didn't even wanted preston to be a member of his father's party
  • Willow (17/01/2017, 17:16) Like (17) Dislike (20) Reply
    Ain't nothing wrong with Suwandee letter. What else did you all want him to say in the letter to the governor more than what occurred at the internal election. The people has spoken why is it so hard to give up power. All you well know an appointment of leadership of the opposition is at the governor's discretion and Andrew Fahie has been working to get his team together so just stop the hating. please grow up. NDP has no values even them talk about the legacy of our forefathers who were VIP etc. Our country needs to get back on track there's no fighting when the people have spoken. Even the governor knows it's tradition the chairman is always the leader of the opposition. Please bring some better news.
    • hello (17/01/2017, 19:41) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
      In all honesty, is the member for the 3rd fighting? Looks to us like Andrew and his new executive fighting. Why was hon. O'Neal leader of the opposition while fraser was the new chairman. Seems like he was respectable and waiting his turn. Why can't Andrew wait? Seems like power is really his issue. Who from D2 going answer this one?
  • Blood for the Shark.. (17/01/2017, 17:26) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Things for MVW to mash them up with next election...Why they can't behave and unite.. try sought these things out in Camera, behind close doors .... They just creating another 4 yrs for NDP..
  • WHY? (17/01/2017, 17:42) Like (37) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fahie, why? Why would you sabotage yourself while you were gaining traction? Is Power soo attractive to you that you can't wait for a few years? My family is soo DONE with both of these political parties. If there is NO NEW Party formed that we can vote for in the next upcoming election, my whole family intend to reserve our votes until a NEW Party is formed in our country. Enough is really enough.
  • Political Observer (PO) (17/01/2017, 17:44) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Rattler should strike, strike and strike again. But on this one the Rattler strike but misfired. Hon Andrew Fahie said after his election as party chairman that he was not interested in being Leader of the Opposition. This is a promise that he should have kept. It is about trust, trust and trust. Dr Sowande Wheatley and Hon Fahie misfired on this one. They should be trying to build the party as a credible, noteworthy and capable alternative to the current government. This may be a temporary victory if the Governor concurs but it will not build unity into the party that is solely needed. This is more about self interest than the interest of the people. Highly disappointed in Hon Fahie backing up on his word like a lobster. Perhaps a new party is needed to fill the void and meet the national interest. The territory is a train wreck about to happen and need strong leadership to put it back on course and pointing to a new direction. The territory is dangling precariously off a fiscal cliff. And rescuing it from falling off the cliff should be our total focus, not fighting over being Leader of the Opposition. Did not the Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, former Premier, continue to serve as Leader of Opposition when the Hon Fraser was appointed Chairman of the VIP?
  • Hmm (17/01/2017, 17:48) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    Fraser need to think about boycotting this party and perhaps starting another, this seems to be a power hungry move and Fahie is a liar. Since Fraser ain't at the head, I would never vote VIP again. Fraser, leave and start your own. Your true people will still support you.
  • Ella (17/01/2017, 17:54) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    • @ella (17/01/2017, 19:42) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
      Meh son wha the problem. If Fahie had sat his ass down all this time we would lack transparency. Would you feel better if sowande letter was signed by all the voters that made Fahie party chairman. Let the governor decide and commend Fahie for fighting for all of us. Fraser if you were a big man you would give somebody else a chance. Don't see a problem there one minute ayo want the governor to do he job next minute all you don't. One thing for sure ndp gots to go!!
  • Pay your $900 child support (17/01/2017, 18:02) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    I gettin to hate this boy sowande he done mash up the
    • Noel lloyd would March against you (17/01/2017, 18:49) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      I agree with u he too nuff
      • andrew f (18/01/2017, 21:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The curtains have a special lining that allows me to see outside but mask the view of the outsider.
  • kishma (17/01/2017, 18:06) Like (9) Dislike (15) Reply
    It's not for the post it's for the people! And by right Andrew is the right man to restore Virgin Islands pride. Come on Fraser was given a chance already! That's how power sweet! Times like these is about choosing the right man Fahie is good people even the governor could see that.
  • pat (17/01/2017, 18:12) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is sad news for the vip and good news for the ndp
  • Zone 6 (17/01/2017, 18:41) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    Fahie like really? shame on you andrew!!!
  • The Cat. (17/01/2017, 18:59) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fahie OMG. Natalie. OMG where are you all brains located stop sitting on your brain..Frazer was dying a natural death... Now you all gave him another Life... We all know Frazer is not the people's man... U should have let him die gradually And gradually... Greed and power obviously cloud u all judgement
  • @Zone6 (17/01/2017, 19:19) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Shame in your representative for not standing up to the foolishness her party (NDP) is doing to this country.
  • nyesha fahie (17/01/2017, 19:37) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Just read on my church chat some silly statement put out by showda these people really sick and hungry for power but not in my bvi andrew will never be no premier
    • @ nyesha fahie (17/01/2017, 21:03) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      have you heard of writing under the influence of some sort of dangerous substance,
  • @zone 6 (17/01/2017, 19:44) Like (20) Dislike (10) Reply
    You mean shame on you for not seeing seeing Fahie for the people.
  • ................. (17/01/2017, 19:44) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    "It is important to note that when Hon Fraser won the VIP Chairmanship in 2014, Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE stayed on as Leader of the Opposition until the people returned to the polls in 2015."

    Good point VINO. All these power hungry zealots had to do was wait until the next elections....But I guess that is too much to ask. I'm starting to feel sorry for Fraser now. How many stabs can one back take....?!! And you all trying to tell me we will be better off with this bunch than we are now? AHA HAAAAA......
  • VINO never cease to disappointed! (17/01/2017, 19:48) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    VINO HOT ON THIS ONE - MEH BOI! Wa ting in the BVI! VINO keep giving it like it is! BANG! as zoe would say!
    • The blob (17/01/2017, 20:47) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Wendy (17/01/2017, 20:43) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
    The biggest strike against Andrew has been a lack of trust. Why on Earth would he now go back on his word that he has no interest in becming Opposition and underscore his unworthiness? Fraser must be grinning from ear to ear.
    • @ Wendy (17/01/2017, 21:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I must agree So sad.....
    • @wendy (17/01/2017, 22:01) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Where on the letter did you see Fahie sign or request to be leader of the opposition? What do you want him to do ain't nobody could tie the governor's hand!
    • @wendy (17/01/2017, 22:01) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Where on the letter did you see Fahie sign or request to be leader of the opposition? What do you want him to do ain't nobody could tie the governor's hand!
  • 123 (17/01/2017, 20:49) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    we need to clean up the delegates list
  • Pure Mischief (17/01/2017, 21:30) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    All you back the hell off Fahie meh son. He ain't troubling nobody.
  • THERES NO PLACE LIKE HOME DONT KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER BACK (17/01/2017, 22:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • fahie (17/01/2017, 23:13) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fahie will explain, everything will be fine.
  • tola (17/01/2017, 23:32) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    New party hurry come
  • pat (18/01/2017, 00:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the chairman would be premier, why does he want to be opposition leader too? If you wanted to hold Fraser
    closer don't marginalize him more. there are only 2 of you in legislature. bide your time and include people who have a network. I was just feeling better with your guidance and bigger direction. Now fighting being set up. Not now, not yet, if ever.
    • Aha (18/01/2017, 06:55) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      They don't want Fraser between them, but if they think we in the 3rd playing they could keep it up. Whenever they come in here bad talking Fraser we will say who and when. Set of underminers and destroyers. If they doing their own so, think on what they'll do we. NDP obviously better than them.
  • Charley Rose (18/01/2017, 04:04) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    It is a very sad thing for the V.I.P to bring its dirty laundary into the public. These matters are for the General Council of the party to deal with. No member is above the party's constittion. After the V.I.P election was held, it is the duty of the General Council to convey to His Excellency Governor Duncan that an election was held and we have elected Hon. Andrew Fahie as our leader and as such we would like to express our wishes that he be appointed as Opposition Leader. The party erred when they allowed Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal to continue to serve as opposition leader even after a new chairman was elected. Hon. Fraser should accept the wishes of the people and the change of leadership should be done in a very ceremonious manner.
    • @ Chairley Rose (18/01/2017, 07:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      where was you when Uncle stayed on as Opposition Leader? set of hypocrites and oppressors
    • .... (18/01/2017, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Foy hasn't led the Virgin Islands Party through an election as yet, how can the President and those behind secretly pushing him, use the VIP internal process to change the Leader of the Opposition. He will.get his chance as Leader of the Opposition.
  • RealPol (18/01/2017, 06:26) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Success in politics requires genuine civility and humility. In war/conflict, decision makers have to exercise fire discipline, employ effective strategies and tactics to avoid winning battles but losing the war. The VIP is in a rebuilding phase, having been left in shambles by prior leaders, i.e., poor sucessing planning, maintaining currency.........etc. However, this unwise overreach for crumbs was poorly timed and did little to start the rebuilding and unifying process. Instead, it has setback the rebuilding and unifying process. In politics when an opponent is digging a hole, you let them continue digging; you do not lend them a hand to get out the hole. The NDP is growing thru some growing pains but this poor decision about the Leader of the Opposition may have given it some Phensic for the pain. It has definitely open the door wide for the entry of a third party, for the two current major parties are engrossed in self interest, not people/national interest.

    Effective politics is knowing what battles to fight and which ones to leave on the dung head. Hon Fahie has been on the battle field for a while and should have learnt the rules of the game and gained more political and personal maturity. He should have been steeped in emotional intelligence, learning how to navigate thru the mine fields. This latest escapade is amateurish, does not demonstrate humilty and bring to the fore the hunger for POWER. Hopefully, this is a momentary laps in judgement. Common on man!
  • street reporter. (18/01/2017, 07:53) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    VIP is done. Dead, Over...Get the few talent they have and start over..Ms Decastro, Ms Romney, Mr Dawson.. Start a New. The country ready for something New..
  • Zion Hill (18/01/2017, 07:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so turned off by the vip i going back to ndp fahie is no good
  • Shame on Mr. Fahie (18/01/2017, 08:27) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Fahie and all the people who supported him in the whole process should be ashamed. There was no reason to remove Hon. Fraser from the leader of the VIP and they will pay for it. Mr. Fraser was given the VIP leadership and I don't see why he felt the need to contest it. Yes you won the recent election but now you want opposition leader too. If I was Mr. Fraser I would leave and form my own party and lets see how good you do. He is sickening and cannot be trusted. Mr. Fraser is the best man for the job. He is straight up and a real person. He is our leader.
  • rush (18/01/2017, 08:45) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    It sad that Fahie told ppl that he don't want it but know 180 say he want it when the governor give back Frazier his seat I want him leave this party whole of backstabbing as for Wheatley just come in the ppl party before he help fix it he there slipping it apart if Frazier leave VIP better be rdy for a fight in the 3rd uin want us as enemy so leave Frazier be if you know wa good
  • @realpol (18/01/2017, 08:57) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
    That's a lot of writing but why are you blaming Fahie for what the VIP comstitutuon states. The executive committee and internal voters have spoken they made a new chairman? The people don't want Fraser as Leader they made it loud and clear. Now it's up to the Governor to make the decision to appoint the chairman the leader of opposition. Y'all just so two face. Look how all you had Fraser scrambling to win back he seat last election. Come on man get real. Are you trying to leave us to suffer under that low grade disrespectful ndp regime? When when when should Fahie build the VIP team. They put him chairman and they expect great things from him. Never again the BVI will be in the situation that it's in now. I rather bank my money on a VIP legacy than sell my soul to the ndp. Look like all you want another snap election give the man a chance. I guarantee we will be better off.
    • Patience is a Virtue (18/01/2017, 17:39) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      God's timing is not man's timing. He must have patience and he must behave with wisdom. He does not have to be leader of the opposition to build a team. Its just a position. He can build a team as Chairman of the VIP. Constitutionally, Fraser should remain chairman until another election as he was the Chairman of the party when it lost the election and should be the chairman until the he goes to the polls otherwise in a next election. Deceptive people do not make great leaders. The party constitution has nothing to do with the VI constitution (the latter of which is the supreme law of the land and which trumps the party's constitution. Constitution aside, it was just a bad move by Fahie and his support gang. Very undermining and has sent the party three steps backwards.
    • RealPol (19/01/2017, 00:56) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @@RealPol, regardless of what the constitution says, Andrew did not exercise sound judgement. A green traffic light does not mean that a motorist should just plough thru it. He or she has to use judgment, proceeding with caution. It takes a team working synergistically to make an orgsniztionsl successful. This power grab is not building a team. Andrew does not need to be Leader of Opposition to build a team. In fact it would have been a class act and a strategic decision to leave well enough alone. Instead, now he has stirred up a fire ants nest and has no one to blame but himself.
  • Bootie (18/01/2017, 09:01) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all need to put country above self. Stop with you all nonsense every minute. There is bigger fish to fry. Stop you Sh%t for God sake.
  • Yes (18/01/2017, 09:18) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    On the other site the Bummer say he not checking for that position and here it is in black and white. What a thing to tell the king!
  • come out from among them (18/01/2017, 09:31) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Fraser need to resign from that party in order to remain leader of the opposition
  • TimeisNow (18/01/2017, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I read an article on a community meeting a resident said "“Crime is tearing our community apart and until we get back where we were many years ago, it’s going to get worse.” Ironically, the bulk of the crime is in one politician's district in his backyard and his district continue to vote him in. It's fair to say we the voters have been making mistakes detrimental to our future.

    My concern everyone like the NDP and young people who want to form new party, do they really know where we were many years ago? We should be cautious with seeking "CHANGE"! NDP banked on change now we see that change is not always the best outcome. Change could mean our very livelihood is been threatened. Change could mean poverty and crime. Change could mean not listening to the people. Change could mean bigamist, egotistic, greed, self interest.

    Look at who's fighting for us, do we need to pick up a Johnny come lately? I strongly believe we need to go back to the drawing board go back to our legacy the one that we are proud of. I join that one resident that feels we need to go back to where we were. It was a good place I had more in my pocket and my children were fed and our country was safe. The time to show leadership is now not tomorrow or when it's too late. I know a lot of us feel like fools with the last snap election. It wasn't good for us. Allow the VIP to put their team together. We will have more to evaluate closer to Election Day.
  • cay (18/01/2017, 10:28) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Vip like ndp must go
  • @Cay (18/01/2017, 13:25) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    VIP is here to stay. It's like saying throw away Lavity birthday - public holiday. We have to bank on something and it sure ain't ndp or a new party.
  • ndp (18/01/2017, 13:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    we want fraser
  • Legal Minds want to know (18/01/2017, 14:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Governor cannot remove Fraser as Leader of the Opposition. The Leader is chosen by the majority of the losing party. Since its only 2, there could not be a majority so Fraser as the Chairman of the VIP is the LOO. That Fahie is now the Chairman does not remove Fraser as LOO as Fahie became the Chairman by a party political process after the elections. He could be the LOO in a next election in which he contests and loses as leader of the VIP but not until then. The Governor has to view it this this way or else party politics will determine how often the House of Assembly will change theLOO and this only was not the intention of the drafters of the constitution but would open the flood gates to foolish and knee-jerk tampering with the HOA at the whims and fancies of party politics.
  • ausar (18/01/2017, 14:58) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    "The Cat", you've said it correctly!

    Andy, you should have waited! It's you the people want for Premier, not Frazer...

    ........aahhhhhhh. Andrew, bad , bad timing.....
  • liberal (18/01/2017, 15:02) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    I was unaware of this. But I was informed by my family members in East End to go online and see for myself. This is madness to see now that Andrew is seeking for the position as Opposition Leader, SMH, it's a darn shame that he has now go back on his word. Now the public can see what he is but I will differ to say.. Most of my family that contacted me told me straight up them ain't voting VIP this time but will stay away from the polling stations in their districts.. Now who can trust someone like that wants to run on a party? Good people don't need to mix up up themself, now people need to stop talking and really be serious and come with the new party with proper people to represent the people of this country. Mr. Fraser please leave the VIP and move forward for people now see the VIP is more corrupted..
  • Queen (18/01/2017, 15:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Always fighting
  • undercover (18/01/2017, 16:02) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I'm neither surprised or disappointed with Fahie's behavior. This is exactly who he is. Sad to say though, if he doesn't amend his ways and stop from acting like this big, bad bully; he will eventually destroy himself in the process. I would admonish him to read 2Chronicles: Ch. 7 vs.14 and wait patiently until his turn comes.
  • qqqqqq (18/01/2017, 19:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I do not think it is in the BVI's best interest for us to produce and glorify this brand of Fahie and Wheatley leadership.
  • Sick of the shit (18/01/2017, 19:39) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    NEXT election Andrew will be sacked by the voters. But he's fighting it.
  • facts man (18/01/2017, 21:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Funeral arrangements are yet to be made for the NDP but for sure for the VIP!!!
  • BVI curse (19/01/2017, 06:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Strange enough that's a BVI culture / pattern-- Staff against staff ---Managers against Managers,---Managers against staff--- Staff against Managers--- it's just an Evil, Envious, hateful greedy selfish place.

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