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Treat the Opposition with more respect- Doug Wheatley

- said no Member of the House is more important than the other
When the HoA met on October 13, 2016 Opposition Members Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), right, and Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, accused the D. Orlando Smith Administration of paying little regards to questions from the Opposition in the HoA asked on behalf of the people of the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host and retired civil servant Mr Doug Wheatley said Government needs to show more respect to the Opposition in the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host and retired civil servant Mr Doug Wheatley said Government needs to show more respect to the Opposition in the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI- The host of the 3D show on ZBVI 780 AM, Doug Wheatley, has called on members of the Premier Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith led National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration to treat those on the Opposition side with more respect.

Wheatley, during his show on Friday October 28, 2016, pointed out that the HoA comprises of 13 members, all “Honourables”, who were elected to serve and none more important than the other.

He was specifically referring to the Question and Answer segment in the HoA where certain sections on the Government side are sometimes reluctant to answer questions in a truthful manner.

“They have all been elected by the people to be in the House and so when the government from time to time want to amend the Order Paper so the questions put to them are never there, that is not a good thing. It is not a good thing to say let us take care of the government business first and other things will follow thereafter,” the outspoken host said.

He informed that in order for the ministers to work properly, the Opposition was established back in the 1970’s in the United Kingdom.

“So it is not that you can renege the Opposition because they don’t hold positions like Ministers, so you can treat them in any way you like, you don’t want to answer their questions, you can put their questions off, there is no such thing, no such thing,” he insisted.

“Just so that you are the Queen’s Ministers in the Virgin Islands, the Opposition is the Queen’s Royal Opposition in the Virgin Islands and they have to be treated with that level of respect.”

Little regards to questions of the Opposition

When the HoA met on October 13, 2016 Opposition Members accused the D. Orlando Smith Administration of paying little regards to questions from the Opposition in the HoA asked on behalf of the people of the Territory.

The Premier had moved the Questions and Answers to the end of the Order Paper at the Sitting, knowing that he will not be in the Virgin Islands and there was a decision taken by Members not to go beyond 9:00 PM.

The House met on October 25, 2016 from around 2:40 P.M., however, time did not allow for the Question and Answer segment.

Meanwhile, the Second Sitting of the Second Session of the Third HoA continues from 10:00 A.M. on Monday October 31, 2016.

16 Responses to “Treat the Opposition with more respect- Doug Wheatley”

  • O- Lord. (30/10/2016, 11:23) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is a tight knitted gang. I can't understand for God sake why one can't break ranks and be the people's hero..This is a deadly group. Respect.hmmm the opposition will die and bury before they get that.. We all will sink and die and they will think they are doing good.
  • just asking... (30/10/2016, 11:28) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    with the likes of funny man and the bias speaker what else can one expect?
  • wize up (30/10/2016, 11:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Big deal...all the social issues in the territory and some of us harping about questions and answers in house of assembly(our young people kill off each other; as a Matter of fact not one member of house of assembly speak about this matter).....tune in Monday 31 October and you will hear the questions that causing all the fuss
  • governor is on vacation (30/10/2016, 12:03) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Doug you need to caution the speaker as well.
  • John (30/10/2016, 14:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does anyone think this state of affair will change with independence?
    • wize up (30/10/2016, 16:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ john...Yes it might change for the worst as is now no serious accountability while the territory is subjected to scrutiny of the Great Britain
      • John (30/10/2016, 23:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Lets tell that to Mr Fraser, wize up. He's at least one who thinks it will.
    • Yes (30/10/2016, 21:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      we will have a band of untouchable despots instead of a Government
  • Political Observer (30/10/2016, 16:48) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP has an 11-2 advantage in the HOA so why should it give a rat's ass about the VIP? They are embolden by the whooping/beat down they put on VIP last election. The VIP is still spinning in orbit from it. So why should NDP show VIP any respect? VIP has not earn the respect and until it does it will be treated in the same shabby way. Furthermore, the Speaker of the HOA should be neutral and non-partisan but does anyone believe that the Speaker runs the HOA in non-partisan way? If anyone does, I have some prime cheap beachfront property at Fallen Jerusalem. The process of selecting the Speaker is flawed and needs revamping. The process of selecting the Speaker should be non-partisan and it should be an item on the planned constitutional review.

    Until the people effect a change, the Opposition effort to get heard will be like pushing a string. It is a difficult task but the Opposition must continue the fight. Furthermore, the Opposition has to get it act together and fast.

    • wize up (30/10/2016, 18:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ political observer....aint that the truth!!!
    • rubbish (31/10/2016, 08:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Two wrongs do not make a right, but those two VIP opposition members are getting the exact same treatment they gave out to the two NDP opposition members between 2007 - 2011.

      If that was not enough, consider this attitude. In 2007, Andrew refused to drive a perfectly good vehicle assigned to him only because it was used by the previous NDP minister. But it was good enough for him to give to the police in a public handover ceremony.
    • pete (31/10/2016, 11:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      whether VIP is liked or not, we owe the two a great debt for keeping the questions coming and to try and hold government accountable. Without their dogged pursuit we would never have known about a number of wrong-headed things which lead to inquiries. (not that some have appeared). I hope the VIP party will get its act together or we will be stuck with more years of deceit, wasted money, bad planning, and loss of traditional character.
  • 2019 (30/10/2016, 23:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doug u have a long wait for that!
  • Charley Rose (31/10/2016, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The current state of affairs that is exhibited in the House of Assembly is atrocious. It seems to me the Premier is not in control of his members and he should consider the interest of the people and the country above his party. Because if the country is taken over by the British government, ALL the people in the territory will be affected.
    When those politicians finished their terms in the HOA, it is the people who will be saddled with whatever they do.

    The young people are filling the prison, high cost of living, high hospital and medical fees. And guess what the politicians will have a huge pension for the rest of their lives. So BVI people don not be fooled. If Hon. Fraser and Fahie ask questions in the house, they want you to hear what they see as the short coming of the government.

    Look at the cruise ship dock. All the wasteful spending and it is not complete. Doug, you are right, they must show respect for the opposition. The Education minister thinks that he is above the wall and shows no respect to anyone.l
  • old (31/10/2016, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The speaker of the house is the one to blame where they ge here from

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