NDP's Big Blow: "I Am Not Ashamed" - Ms. P
BVI Platinum News | 14 Opinions
Published: January 05, 2017 9:36 am AST
Eileene Parsons and Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr Orlando Smith
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The governing National Democratic Party (NDP) is quickly losing grip of its internal affairs with recent confidential correspondence from a party stalwart lambasting the party's 11 elected members, making its way into the public domain. Copies of the letter, written in late November, are being widely circulated.

"There is nothing that anybody can do me," said the writer behind the letter, former government minister and cultural icon, Ms. Eileene Parsons.

She told BVI Platinum News, "I commented on something that I saw because I am interested in keeping the NDP where they are, and somebody in the administration building made a copy and circulated it...Whatever goes in there (government complex) drains out."

Parsons, who came across peeved over the leak, noted that she will not be going into the content of the letter because it was confidential.

In the letter being circulated, Parsons expressed concerns over the state of the Territory, and even suggested that the portfolio of the Ministry of Finance be moved from Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith and over to the Health Minister, Hon. Ronnie Skelton, who in the past served in the capacity.

Parsons also slammed the lack of leadership of the party, speaking to body politic and noting that she understands the 11 elected members are already working hard to manage the country's affairs, but the party is in need of serious leadership.

"We cannot expect you to also manage the affairs of the body politic. For years it has been known and sho-shoed that the party needs leadership and more serious leadership," Parsons stated.

She said that if the NDP bunch intends to be elected again, they need an organization with some modicum structure, which she said has been lacking for some time now.

She asked that they mend whatever is needed to be mended.

The leader of the NDP is Premier Smith and Chairman is Mr. Louis Potter.

Eileene Parsons and Health Minister, Hon. Ronnie Skelton
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Meanwhile, Ms Parsons told BVI Platinum News that she is not ashamed of the contents of the letter, but questioned the level of disloyalty in the BVI and the fact that nothing is private.

"My colleagues are now responsible for how it got out because I sent it to them privately, marked personal/confidential and now which of their workers copied it and passed it around...They need to find that out," she said.

"I have nothing to say because I am so amazed that loyalty has gone out the door in the BVI...Whatever in the letter people can interpret it how they want...Because it is frightening that there is no loyalty among the people who work for the NDP government...They are undermining Dr. Smith's government every step of the way," she stated.

She went on to state, "It wasn't anything for the public eye; not that I am ashamed of anything in it. It is amazing there is nothing private in my country anymore."
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Confused | Report Abuse
Knowing privacy is a ticklish subject in the BVI.....Why would Mrs.P send internal NDP correspondence through government?
January 06 at 7:15am | Like3 People like this.   Dislike
Margaret Thatcher | Report Abuse
She should run in the next election.
January 05 at 4:09pm | Like4 People like this.   Dislike6 People dislike this.
Margaret Thatcher | Report Abuse
Meant to say "she should run from the next election" sorry
January 06 at 1:44pm | Like    Dislike3 People dislike this.
Beyond the privacy issue, what was said is exactly right and is worthy of a newspaper editorial. There is nothing really new. Dr. Smith has too much on his plate to be accountable as min of finance. He lets his ministers act individually without accountability. There is no master plan. I also... more
January 05 at 12:22pm | Like31 People like this.   Dislike
Concerned citizen | Report Abuse
Ronnie would definitely be the better Minister of Finance.
January 05 at 4:58pm | Like28 People like this.   Dislike2 People dislike this.
sherry | Report Abuse
Actually, I find this refreshing because it means that some people care. It is a shame that people are afraid to speak out in public to help change the conversation.

We need more of this public challenge. Government is not being watched or held responsible for their actions. Let them know... more
January 06 at 1:26am | Like5 People like this.   Dislike
BVI Platinum please post as I would like to know how we can quickly dissolve this Government. Can a lawyer please interpret the constitution and let me know? I refuse to sit here and wait out this Government term before things get worst. Ms. Patsy Lake can you help us please Noel Lloyd is not... more
January 05 at 12:04pm | Like8 People like this.   Dislike3 People dislike this.
BVI Pride | Report Abuse
The answer is NO u cannot take the Govt out now. Too sad though
January 05 at 2:33pm | Like2 People like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
Unfortunately Ms. P is part of the problem and has gotten many advantages regular folk
don't get.
January 06 at 1:23am | Like5 People like this.   Dislike3 People dislike this.
Thing-to-see | Report Abuse
Come on Ms. P: You yourself always say -- "It's a small place and you will hear/see things". We all agree with the letter! Your solution need some work though! The game is over! The dance done!
January 05 at 10:00am | Like21 People like this.   Dislike4 People dislike this.
Is this another coup de tat?
January 05 at 9:43am | Like3 People like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
puppet strings | Report Abuse
We always had leaks in that complex because when VIP in, the civil servants turn NDP's and vice versa
January 05 at 9:42am | Like15 People like this.   Dislike
ndp heckler | Report Abuse
I wonder if there were any bad words in that letter?
January 05 at 9:39am | Like27 People like this.   Dislike7 People dislike this.
Reply | Report Abuse
LOL. Nice.
January 05 at 1:18pm | Like3 People like this.   Dislike1 Person dislike this.
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