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There should be certain qualifications for ministerial positions - Parsons

Fmr. Legislator Eileene L. Parsons. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons believes there should be certain qualification requirements for candidates running for elected office and ministerial positions.

Parsons, speaking via telephone on the radio programme The People’s Business on November 9, 2011, used the example that no one should be a fisherman all their life and suddenly be a minister and even pointed out situations that she has witnessed during her time in office where in a certain country, persons who lacked the knowledge and competence were elected based on popularity.

Meanwhile, Parsons also expressed concern that some VIslanders were not valuing their vote and said no money in the world should be able to buy one’s vote on elections day. “It is too precious. Too many places in the world they have no ability to vote and here in our country where we are free to use five votes you can hear horror tales of how much money is being given to vote that people are saying if they want me to vote for them they better make up their mind to pay me. There should be some way that our electorate takes pride in the fact that they are able to vote and they are able to vote for five people.”

According to host of the programme Elihu Rymer, the buying and selling of votes allows those who are naturally inclined towards criminality to be involved in the important process of representation. He said traps should be set for those persons who are engaged in such behaviours.

“We have to put structures in place that makes it punishable for people to behave that way. If we continue to move into a situation where those who can buy power will be the ones in power then only the powerful would be in control of the country and you want a country that reflects the whole range of its citizenry, not only those who can afford to buy an election. We want people representing us who honestly and sincerely want to serve the community.”

22 Responses to “There should be certain qualifications for ministerial positions - Parsons ”

  • positive vision (11/11/2011, 07:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    positive vibes for true and real vision ,freedom and not money power.
    • shut up (11/11/2011, 08:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      u right for ronnie alvera arcie are a bunch of dumb can't speak properly the only thing i see them going london to do is clean and flush the tiolets and u right mrs parsons they had no business electing some one who drinks black label as you for u turn around and start labeling your black caribbean sisters and brothers
      • You shut up (11/11/2011, 09:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You can't even spell properly that is to show that you have no level of education...Alvera, Archie is his name you fool and Ronnie are all successful people and are VERY QUALIFIED to go to London or anywhere!!!! Go sitdown somewhere you loser with your tail between your legs!!!
        • STRUPES (11/11/2011, 12:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          To Shut up, you really can't be talking about the people you have listed. Check your list again, I think you have typed the wrong names.
      • loveann (13/11/2011, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You can say what you want I am pretty shure Alvera has more education that Omar. Not to mentioned Ronnie and Archie whoever you are you are a real fool. Aint no stopping us now the NEW NDP is on the move. BVI we did the thing. And for those who did not vote for us we will take care of you too. We will represent all. Excep Kishmet Fraser will take care of you.
    • Hmm (11/11/2011, 10:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ms. P, were you on the black label when you made that comment??? Please tell me I misinterpreted you statement!!!
  • vifisher1 (11/11/2011, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what is this lady saying , that fishermen are stupid and can't represent our people ? I think she needs to take a history lesson our two . This kind of thinking comes from people who think they are better than others because they have some kind school paper to rub your face . Going to school is good but not everyone gets the opportunity to go but that does not make them not qualify to lead. In a democracy everyone has the right to seek leadership office it's up to the people to vote for them or not .
    • JO (11/11/2011, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So Miss P what you are saying this dumb farmer/fisherman lackes the knowledge and competence to represent his own country if he feels he can contribute positively but on the other hand should be wise enough to put the Hypocrites such as yourself in power?? Typical power hungry moo moo
  • Confucius (11/11/2011, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "no one should be a fisherman all their life and suddenly be a minister" SHAME on you Ms. Parsons! Allowing a humble fisherman, street sweeper, taxi driver, or restaurant server to become a minister ~ is called DEMOCRACY! A government of the people, by the people and for the people! What you are describing is an oligarchy. The power within an oligarchy rests with the “chosen few” or elite class as set forth BY that class. You may recall that not too long ago, WOMEN were not allowed to vote let alone run for office not too long ago! Men who couldn’t read or write were also excluded from voting or running for office. Now, less than one hundred years later, you want to introduce yet another form of discrimination to the BVI! Good heavens woman! Let’s move forward (not backward) shall we! Leave the decision making process as to whom we would like to represent us up to the PEOPLE!
    • Strupes (11/11/2011, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you surprise?! That's the typical sentiment of the NDP and their followers. They used some of those same 'type of people' on their party and will kick them to the curb very shortly. Do you realize that the backbenchers were not even acknowledged during the swearing in ceremony?
      • Period Cramps (11/11/2011, 11:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yea, yea, yea!! YAWN!! That punchline is sooooo 2003!!! Nobody buying that nonsense!!! Alvera, Marlon and Deloris will all be attached to Ministries, not be in the HOA begging for bank line privelage or airport parking, they will be heavily involved with the running of this Territory. NDP had cross-sections of the public on their side and they will be just fine!!! The only people supporting VIP were hte brainwashed or those who stood to gain! Nobody voting for a bright future for youth and BVI voted for VIP, and that's a fact!!! There are also those who voted for VIP because it's a family tradition, regardless of who the candidats are, just blindly vote VIP! That's their right, but it still doesn't make any sense! VIP had NO plans, all they campaigned on was NDP's years rather than theirs and when that failed, they brough up the recession! There were not a team which is why they failed at governing and failed at the polls, SIMPLE!!! The only time you saw youth on the VIP platform was cursing and carrying on like crazy people!!! Now, that's what I would call using people! Giving youth a chance to express themselves and be a part of something positive is called EMPOWERMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Discrete (11/11/2011, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      All this woman does is to criticise people and her own at that... Tell me what degrees you posess....and you are not even a good speaker. You don't like people from the other caribbean countries and yet they follow you up and down like some morons. You made a statement that island people only saw a dollar bill since they came to Tortola. You went off island just like anybody else and make a living....The vip should have gotten rid of you years ago.
  • I Rise (11/11/2011, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lady you talking pigeon poo
  • Narrow minded? (11/11/2011, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She has a point, that is why we are stuck with the Purcell ghut situation
  • Who feels it knows (11/11/2011, 10:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As Uncle Ralph said a leopard cannot change its spots!
  • dog meat (11/11/2011, 10:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So she turn back again like a snake…she just trying to say the funny bouy should not be a minister..well saw
  • joyful8 (11/11/2011, 14:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Eileene, Them fisherman and garbageman vote for you the last election when the ndp win, so hush you behind.
  • She has a point (11/11/2011, 21:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Although she singled out a noble trade and it sounds demeaning, she really has a point. Much like a fisherman cannot perform surgical operations without qualifications, I don't think they should be ministers without certain qualifications either. While I think that anyone can run, be elected and serve as a District representative, when you start talking about the duties of a Minister of Health, Education or Works, they need to be qualified. I for one, wouldn't and don't want someone without education or experience trying "a ting" on my child, health or public works while learning on the job. So while it sounds harsh, she really does have a point. Being a qualified minister is in the best interest of the country!! On the other hand, since there is not system in place that mandates that, she probably should have quietly worked behind the scene to see what kind of changes can be made to the system to ensure that only the most qualified are chosen to be ministers, not the most popular.
  • Talking Season Over (12/11/2011, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Y'all take her comment and swallow it! She ain't finish with her insults yet!!! Just like when she insulted you expatriates bout that $100 bill you ain't see till you all reach around these shores..... LMAO ah good for ah yo!
  • prayer (12/11/2011, 14:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    before this lady go pray she ah chat hogwash......father god coming for he world soon Ms. P!
  • Greater understanding (13/11/2011, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms.P , Please put pen to paper before talking foolishness.You feel because you ran for office you know it all huh.Well tell us since you know it all "WHY DID RALPH FIRED YOU" was it becaue you were over qualified?

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