Former legislator Eileene Parsons has criticised the government for its hurried formation after the completion of the elections, pointing out that it has never taken less than 48 hours for any previous government to be put together.
“But it has never… a government has never been formed with such haste before, before the ink on the votes had even dried…” Parsons said on the ZBVI Morning show yesterday.
Parsons confessed that she was hesitant to say too much on the subject publicly for fear of any sort of social media or other backlash.
“You don’t want to say anything on the air, as you don’t want to get political, more political enemies,” she added. “And I don’t want them to say how much (Johnny Walker) Black Label I consumed, which is all they can say.”
The former lawmaker, who once served as Deputy Chief Minister herself, said it was now left open for persons to wonder at the machinations which took place behind closed doors that caused the government to be formed so quickly following the elections.
It was preset
According to Parsons, the decision behind the formation of the government less than 24 hours after the elections between the successful Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidates and Territorial At-Large candidate, Lorna Smith, OBE, was something that had been pre-ordained.
“There were some factors in there that were set long before we came to this election,” Parsons expressed. “Some factors that were set in concrete – in Skelton and Ashley concrete – and they can’t be set deeper.”
Parsons was hopeful though, that the government, or ‘ship BVI’ as she called it, would not run aground “under Anegada reef”.
She also suggested that the young politicians in government should avail themselves of the advice of the various older politicians (excluding herself) that were still willing to offer wise counsel.
“There are enough old politicians, excluding myself, who they can talk to if they want,” Parsons offered.
“Like the people for culture, there are people here who can be helpful to them,” she said. “I would be willing to help if I am asked. If I am not asked, I ain’t pushing myself in a thing. I have enough to do what I need to do.”
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