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Mudslinging is gutter politics and the ‘bottom of a gutter is green’ — Walwyn

Though keen not to outrightly name the perpetrators of the political mudslinging that has been largely directed at him, NDP Chairman Myron Walwyn has given innuendos about who he believes is behind the character assassination attempts.

He described the practice as nonsensical ‘gutter politics’ coming from “a team” desperate to win the February 25 elections by any means necessary.

“The last time I checked, the bottom of a gutter was green. My colour is one of strength, one of determination, one of love. Our colour is red and the gutter is not for us,” Walwyn said at an NDP rally in the Eighth Electoral District on Saturday evening.

The upcoming elections mainly comprise four parties — the NDP whose signature political colour is red, Progressives United whose signature colour is orange, the PVIM whose colour is blue, and the VIP whose signature colour is green.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe?

Though denouncing the practice of mudslinging, Walwyn explored some of the topics he would broach if he was to ‘take up temporary residence in the political gutter’.

He listed a number of controversial allegations and scandals that have bedevilled at least one member in one of the NDP’s challenging parties for the elections.

“If I took up temporary residence in the gutter, I would ask for the explanation, once and for all, on that FBI investigation that is still outstanding,” Walwyn said without going into detail. “Some of the questions that would come to mind right away if I took up temporary residence in the gutter would be to ask what happened to the close to $1 million for the neighbourhood partnership project when nothing was done?”

The NDP Chairman continued: “If took up temporary residence in the gutter, I can ask about the $750,000 that was given to a spiritual advisor to give a review of the education system that yielded no results because the person was not qualified to do the job. If I took up temporary residence in the gutter, I would ask about that minister who used to go to the treasury and collect the cheques for the contractors and then wait for his portion when the time comes.”

In concluding the rant, Walwyn cited the biblical scripture that challenges any person who is without sin to ‘cast the first stone’.

“I say to you today that these things (political mudslinging) do not improve the quality of your life and so I wouldn’t go there. Let us endeavour to do right by our seniors and other citizens to present our case to them in a decent and proper way and trust them to make the right decision for this country on the 25th of February,” the NDP Chairman said.

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  1. Concern says:

    When any team goes low, the team under attack should go high. Not HIGH 5. The real voters are looking and lessening.

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    • If you took up Temporary Residence.... says:

      Based on this article Mr Walwyn, it looks like you living in the gutter.

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      • oh yes says:

        In order to know how the bottom of the gutter looks, he must have spent time there. Myron you live in the bottom of the gutter. Slimy moss is growing all over you.

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    • Call me Ismael says:

      Everyone knows that when we are driving we need a GREEN light to move forward. Green is the color of progress. Red makes us stop.look around you today. Do you want to move forward or do you want to remain stopped? It’s up to you.

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    • Bull Crap says:

      The minster in the -st is running a smear campaign, are you saying the NDP must stand there taking licks as they did in 2007? I say no! F—- is a master of manipulation under anesthesia, how soon do he think the people are going to forget his dirty ways? He is the master of kickback. He is also one of the ministers who has been sucking the milk out of the government’s tits and not showing anything for the time he has been in office. Are you seriously telling me he is the best person to run the ministry of finance? If he and fraud pastor don’t stop it, The NDP needs to defend them self. Both the VIP and the NDP are corrupt and the people need to end this foolishness voting party straight. Choose the best person for the job and stop this nonsense of voting party straight.

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      • Hey, Hey, Hey says:

        @Bull Crap, Hon Frazer took a beating, got chewed up and spit out and finally lost the 2015 election for putting up some stop lights at the round about, allowing Digicel into BVI market and for BiWater. However, BiWater is now owned by Sir Branson, a friend of the NDP family and is still operating in BVI but hardly ever mentioned.
        Since when is it gutter politics to point out the failures, weaknesses and shortcomings of an opponent, (individual or party?) about squandering, investing in planes that doesn’t fly?, awarding and hand-picking contractors to build small walls and paying for work not completed? Is it dirty politics to talk of a minister and HOA member running for a seat in government while his Audited Wall File is in the hands of the Commissioner of police for combing through in search of bribery, breach of protocols, cronyism and nepotism etc.? Is it gutter politics to talk about millions of tax-payers moneys paid for lawsuits while retaining the service of an attorney general? Is it gutter politics to pay millions of tax-payers money to consultants without having anything to show? How about an audited pier park report paid for with tax-payers moneys, but incomplete because of missing information?.
        Politics is an adversarial game. Boxers and other sportsperson study their opponent looking for their Achilles heal. Companies buy out their competition. Facebook bought Whats App, fr example

  2. No nonsense says:

    Publicly EXPOSED!!We the people on the outside now know what goes on behind closed doors. Thanks!!

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  3. WoW says:

    Tired of it very low

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  4. Diaspora says:

    The Hon Myron Walwyn (AL), MEC, Chairman of NDP and an aspirant for Premier, in the same breath in complaining about mudslinging and gutter diving, dove head first into the gutter, excavating and delving into the green bottom of gutter/slime that he was ranting about. Walwyn, the attorney, is employing an old (well it is not so old) courtroom tactic that lawyers use. For example, one lawyer would bring up an issue that he or she knows the other lawyer would object to and the judge would sustain. The problem is the jury has heard the issue and despite the judge’s instruction to ignore it, the damage was done, the seed planted.

    Walwyn is employing that tactic in this rant. Here is one example: “If I took up temporary residence in the gutter, I would ask about that minister who used to go to the treasury and collect the cheques for the contractors and then wait for his portion when the time comes.” Here is another example: “If I took up temporary residence in the gutter, I can ask about the $750,000 that was given to a spiritual advisor to give a review of the education system that yielded no results because the person was not qualified to do the job.” In the universe of politics, this is gutter diving, mudslinging. Walwyn needs to stop hypocrisy, stop speak with a forked tongue, speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He is not alone. There are no Pilates in this campaign. The trail is a place of deceit, treachery, betrayal, plots, smear and vice of all kind. The tribes are warring; it is tribal politics at its worse.

    Moreover, this is a critical election and the voters, the electorate MUST DEMAND substantial discussions on how their standard living and quality of life would be improved, how the territory would progress, advanced……..etc. The barrage of empty promises is doing little to move the needle, move the territory off top dead center. The cesspool of activities on the trail will continue if voters enable it. The common man, the elite…..etc must rise up and demand better. The common man exceed the elites so it must use its power for the greater public good.

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    • Wisdom says:

      YOU ALL DO NOT GET WHERE IN THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGNING YOU HAVE SEEN THE NDP CANIDATES OR THE SUPPORTERS USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND GOING INSIDE OF PEOPLE HOMES MISLEADING INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER CANIDATES? THE VIP HAS A TRADITION OF DIRTY CAMPAIGNING. SO WHEN OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES ANSWER BACK NO OH THEY BEING PETTY, THEY LYING ETC. WHAT MYRON SAID AT MARLON LAUNCHING WAS NO LIE HE MADE REMEMBER HE SAID IN VIRGIN GORDA HE HAS THE FILE. WHAT DO YOU INSPECT THAT IT IS OKAY TO MISLEAD PEOPLE WITH LIES JUST FOR THE SAKE OF POWER.

      IF THESE THINGS ARE NOT SO WHY HAS ANDREW, CLAUDE AND HIS TEAM NOT SPEAKING UP, WHEN THEY UP ON DOWN TEARING DOWN POSTERS, spraying BILLBOARDS ON NDP CANIDATES FACE. THE VIP SILENCE TO ALL THIS ACTIONS SPEAK THAT THEY ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH SUCH ACTIONS.

      BUT I DECLARE IN THE NAME OF JESUS THAT THIS WHOLE COUNTRY BE NOT DIVIDED OR CONDONE THESE NASTY BEHAVIOUR THE LEVEL OF POWER IT HAS REACH TGE HEIGHT OF NASTINESS.

      ANDREW I SEND THIS MESSAGE TO U BECAUSE U ALWAYS QUOTING THIS SCRIPTURE VERSES WHILE YOU CAMPAIGING. IF YOU SAY U LOVE GOD BUT HATE YOUR BROTHER THEN U ARE A LIAR. GOD IS NOT MOCKED I PUT THIS TO YOU IF U SAY U ARE A GOD FEARING MAN THE LORD IS SPEAKING TO U STOP THIS NOW BEFORE IT GET OUT OF HAND.

      I FEEL IN MY SPIRIT THAT SOMETHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

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  5. wow says:

    Both VIP and NDP dutty

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  6. Lion says:

    Every election the fbi is looking into things that the red claims. Bring the cake so we can partake if it is bake. Walwyn!

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  7. Answers says:

    I would like the answers to these questions please!
    A FBI probe?

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    • To Answer says:

      There was never any FBI investigation. His own NDP is who was doing the investigation? The only unanswered questions is the investigation Myron is under.

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      • LAMBLIKE BEAST says:

        And those b******d investigated and audited themselves. Do not attempt to correct what you are not willing to confront.

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      • Time says:

        Yes their was an investigation into money laundering. If you type his name in world check his name h– F—- name shows up.

        Or even on the internet. The money with c—— is a fact. The money with j—- m——- is a fact and the check from treasury is a fact district rep —- was the accountant general then. Plus the man t—- it concerning such kickback

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  8. I Wonder says:

    I am disgusted with this mudslinging. Even more disgusted because some people think that the electorate is comprised of a set of stupid idiots who can not recognize when a politician is fighting fire with fire, as in this case.
    We do not want to hear any more accusations. We are love that. We want to know what these people will do if and when elected. Where are the well defined plans (and not the marshmallow promises we are being given)? Where are the manifestos that we can use to judge the performance of those who are elected?
    The time has come for us to expect more from our elected officials. Guys, stick to the point – please.
    I wonder how an ET character would categorize a family person who fired their step mother.

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  9. Call me Ismael says:

    Myron, the people of the BVI are indeed looking into a dark moral abyss brought about by fiscal mismanagement and corruption.

    Will you stand up today and tell us that you will support whistleblower laws? Yes or no?

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  10. Gash man! says:

    You all are just full of hypocrisy. All the d**b sins of the BVI Myron has committed them so blame him for everything blasted thing. You called him all sorts of names accused for everything but he must keep quiet. The frigging devil is a liar Tell pastor Fraud he need to stop speak with a fork tongue. God sits high and look low and trust me he will be starting from the church.

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  11. Hmm !! says:

    There was an FBI investigation. Doctor Smith is who save his a$$$

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    • Saint says:

      The love Dr.Smith have for this country he protected Andrew and the VIP when NDP got into power again in 2011. It is amazing how The leader of the VIP so clean. Like he never done nothing wrong he is a saint now chatting corruption.

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    • Yawn says:

      Save What. Who is Dr Smith to the USA? Get from here with that BS. The investigation was closed after they didn’t find anything that stuck. You think the FBI is the RVIPF. I wish Dr. Smith had save that $7.2 million with your BS.

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  12. Loud and Clear says:

    This lawyer need to get back in a court room and seek to mislead the juries.

    How can you in one breadth say “mudslinging is gutter politics”, when in the same breadth you are mudslinging in the lowest gut”? making you the worst or in this this case the lowest mud slinger BVI has ever seen, heard or witnessed.

    Referring to the bottom of a gut as the color of a party and all the rest of the nasty and dirty things said about that party make you a resident and I mean a permanent resident of the gut, so therefore there is no need to take up temporary resident because you have proven to be a Permanent Resident f the gut, that is why you are so fluent with all that mud slinging.

    It’s a downright shame that this politician would stope so low while at the same time want people to esteem him as an upright being. BVI it is time we ask ourselves, is this the kind of person we want to lead our beautiful BVI? We are worth more than that and the green colour knows it and will make us great again.

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  13. Brad Boynes says:

    @I wonder-stop it.

  14. Sickening me says:

    What a disgrace this man really is people listen this man is who we wants to run this country H**l no

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    • The observer says:

      Oh h**l yes we are listening to him. If you all can listen to the church, Andrew, and the great Fraud tearing Myron apart. why shouldn’t we listen to Myron. All of you have glass houses around you all but want throw stones.

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    • stop it says:

      Stop it when he becomes premier. All you too jealous of the man. Killing him because his parents who have contributed so much to the BVI is not from here. Go learn to love and embrace others instead of malicious unfounded hate for people.

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      • @Stop it says:

        So d**n true. Tortola is known for doing things like that. The haters is going to have to run to Myron for help soon. I am so sick and tired of the foolishness and ignorance. Just because a person parents were not born in the BVI,these behind the Donkey A.. People want to sit up and talk S..t and block you from having anything.

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        • Wise up says:

          It is not about that. It is about the deep s**t this man and his party put the country in, including Dr. Smith, a LOCAL BVIslander. Stop pushing issues that have not been raised in this article and nor by bloggers. Stick to the issues. The masses want them out (BVIslanders and Belongers alike.) It’s about fiscal mismanagement to the MAX!

          • Dumb Down says:

            You don’t get to choose the issues you want. Why do you think the financial mismanagement of the airport extension project under Hon F—- is not important? Why do you feel that the divisive politics exhibited by team VIP (C—-,W—– and A—–) is acceptable? Your psuedo-interlectualism bores me.

  15. Well saw says:

    You all really come back with this 15 plus years stupidness . And there was never any investigations. Myron the people wants tk know how are we going to get out of this mess that your ndp government put us in .

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  16. I done tired. says:

    Yall ain’t tired of voting the same set of OLD faces that basically claim they gonna do stuff.(some actually do)BUT when something goes wrong they play the blame game. These same OLD faces making childish plays, I’m sick of it, I was born in 1998 and I am part of the “future generation” you continue to tarnish and mislead. All my life I’ve been learning these faces in school, I’m sick and tired of watching the same Faces ruin my country then play blame games after instead of accepting responsibility. I am going for a new team as I believe they WILL bring change. As their leader actually asked me what I wanted to be in life and after hearing my response, he told me “work hard to achieve it because this world isn’t becoming easier, it gets harder by the second, dont forget my goal and no matter how hard it gets work hard to get to my dream”. No political party has ever told a young boy or girl that. ALL THEY DO IS CONGRATULATE YOU WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING AND ACT LIKE IT WAS BECAUSE OF THEM AND ACT PROUD. I thank you Mr. Skelton, I dont care what they say about you, I will believe in you and your crew. I’ve met Myron once, “stay out of trouble” was his words to me as he waltz through the high school. Andrew also has a play in this, knowing that there are the children who live in poverty you decided to have the highschool fenced off and have the student buy from specific vendors, I was perfectly fine eating lunch with my mom but now we had to make ends meet in order for me to sustain myself in school as we couldn’t leave until 3:15pm. I will post this comment in every political post on every bvi related news site in hopes that you guys see what you are dealing with and giving power to!

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    • @I done tired says:

      This was indeed a sad read. I will ask that you consider WHO has actually done something for education not just given you lip service. Who has actually done something for the youth of this country because it IS hard out there.
      It is time we elect people on what they have done for the country as a whole and what they CAN do rather than this me politics. He spoke to you personally so you’re voting for him because you think he cares? At least vote for him because of what he has done for the country as a whole. If you don’t know what he has done for young people as a whole, then vote for someone who has. get the facts! As a voter, you should be looking beyond yourself because when the country benefits, you benefit.
      Seek and truth and you will find it.

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      • I done tired. says:

        I dont care who if that someone gave me lip service as they were NEVER responsible for the educational system. I’m sure you dont understand properly. But he did a good job acting as the health minister right. NHi is one of the best things that happened to the BVI as none could pay for all medical expenses. And the lip service I received was many years ago when I was working at the age of 15. Am now 20. Open your mind.

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  17. Cutlass says:

    Do for Do. When VIP was hitting Walwyn all last week it was just right. Now he hits back he is not acting right. Give me a break. Wonder
    if we search Walwyn and Fahie’s full name in Offshorealert.com if we will find anything there on either of them.

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  18. Listen says:

    It is truth what is so hard that the VIP cannot stick to issues. You canidate in the ——- district or his follwers scandalising a prominent business man name through social media, you have your at large canidate and — commitee putting up billbords facing a business man property which is a co-founder of another party using children as pawn to see the state of high school, you have your canidate from the – lying on radio pubically about taking praise for building the courts in his district and flying backboards from miami when in fact this government gave the contract to a local contractor from that district to resurface the courts and a local builder to bill the backboards, you all have whatsapp going around saying how the former governor asking the uk to lock up myron and mark.suppose that former governor launch an investigation asking us to prove such? You all out their have your supporters putting cartoon characters on other party members head. Yes you can say this is polictics but when you taking people names with misleading information how is the outer world looking at us. The sad thing is none of the VIP canidates from the top Hon. Andrews Fahie has not to date cone the public to denounce any of these therefore is silience is in agreement.

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  19. Listen says:

    PEOPLE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IN 2007 THE VIP RAN THIS SAME TIME OF POLITICS MISLEADING INFORMATION. I REMEBER IT WELL THEY USED A STRATEGY BY SAYING THE THRUSY THEM COMING. INSTILL FAIR INTO PEOPLE. THE RAN A VIGOUROUS CAIMPAIGN ON PURE LIES, TEARING DOWN OF NDP BILLBOARDS AND USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO DESTROY CANIDATES REPUTATIONS. THEY DID WIN AND VOTED OUT THIS GOVERNMENT AND WENT IN THE WE THE PEOPLE NEVER GOT PROGRESS, HOSPITAL NOT COMPLETE, EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM STAGNANT, NO DEVELOPMENT IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY ESPECIALLY IN THE CRUISE TOURIST, NO INCREASE IN THE MINMUM WAGE, NO NHI, NO PENSION SCHEME LEGISLATION, NO SMALL BUSINESS BUREAU, NO.

    YOU ALL CAN COME BACK AND SAY NO AIRPLANE, MONEY OVERUN FOR THE PIER PARK AND THE SCHOOL.

    BUT ONE THING VIP MAKING NOISE ABOUT THE WALL THAT MYRON GIVE 70 CONTRACTS AND IT WAS MILLION DOLLARS BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SHORTER WALL IN SEA COWS BAY BY THE VIP THAT CAUSE A MILLION AND OVERUN BY ONE CONTACTOR? I

    PEOPLE DONT BE FOOLED

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  20. I said it says:

    Myron is the only one running for Premier with the most common sense.

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    • Love for My Country says:

      @I said it: What commonsense? if Myron had it, he would have known how to deal with Government’s projects and avoid the embarrassment of the corruption with the wall around ESHS!

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      • @Love for my Country says:

        And I am saying this,listen B..ch, come with something else, I am getting tired of hearing about the F…ing wall. You and the rest of the haters just hating because Myron is ahead of the game. You all are tight because he is not ignorant and closed minded like the rest of them. All I hearing from the rest is promises that they know they can’t keep and you foolish people is eating it up like flies on S..t. This is about who is best fit for the position of Premier and Myron is best fit for the position.

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    • @said it says:

      I wish I could like your comment a million times. It seems the people see Myron as Jesus Christ who must pay for the sins of everybody.

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  21. Wise says:

    The people of the virgin islands it was in deep thinking and it was revealed to me in this election season with two major politicsl parties. The VIP taking the Trump strategy the republicans and the NDP Hillary clinton.

    The VIP operating their campaign with claude as their speaker with ulgy rederics, misleading information on social media on the NDP just as trump did hacked into hilary emails and campaign chairman use such information and twist it all around. Their base will run with such misleading information by speaking and acting on such action.What we have here NDP billboards being vandalised, their suppoerts cursing people who do not support the VIP party.

    It is a stragergy they using the more they put out fake news the NDP will talk less about how to move the country forward by being on the defence.

    That is where they took a page from Trump saying lock her up and they saying that the UK said mark cant run and myron and myron need to be lock up

    But so far the NDP has been more on message.

    Question America listened to TRUMP and see what they get. PEOPLE THINK WISELY

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  22. @I said it says:

    Totally agree, I listen to everyone of them speak and Myron knows how to speak properly and pronounce his words. Some of the Canidates cannot speak nor do they know how to speak properly.

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  23. I agree says:

    Last week when they were clapping on Myron,It was all good.Now they getting clapped back on,it’s a problem. All I see is people running scared like headless chickens.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    The funny thing is Myron gone a little further than just mudslinging. He graduate to slander. There are no ongoing FBI investigations.

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  25. @Love for my Country says:

    And I am saying this,listen B..ch, come with something else, I am getting tired of hearing about the F…ing wall. You and the rest of the haters just hating because Myron is ahead of the game. You all are tight because he is not ignorant and closed minded like the rest of them. All I hearing from the rest is promises that they know they can’t keep and you foolish people is eating it up like flies on S..t. This is about who is best fit for the position of Premier and Myron is best fit for the position.

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  26. ST.Croix says:

    All I see the haters doing is giving Myron and his team good publicity. My mother said, the more they bash Myron,the more you want to know about him. He is the most popular one. Yes haters, keep pushing him to the top.

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  27. Mountain View says:

    I can’t wait for the elections to be over what a disgrace in this country and the world is watching and reading too

  28. VG Resident says:

    I support Myron 100 per cent! He is knowledgeable and has a very strong determination! I am proud of him in the sense that no matter what they throw at him, he comes out at the top! good going Hon. Walwyn, stick to it because you are going to be the Premier whether they like it or not! VG loves you and we are going to bring you home on the 25th! Meekly wait and murmur not!

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  29. Quick Question says:

    1. What are we really trying to accomplish?
    2. Is it really country above self?
    We all have been in some sort of a relationship before. We also know that newly formed relationships usually for the better part works almost perfectly until a big toe is stepped on then all hell break lose. It is quite obvious that the relationship between several political candidates have experienced “misunderstandings” or “gone sour” and this is surely evident now. Unfortunately this type of “fall-out” happens ALL the time to ALL kind of people ALL over the world! Sadly, the word “forgiveness” and the phrase “lets work it out” are regrettably neglected.

    Persons who seek to be elected or re-elected for that matter MUST put country above self in ALL aspect of governing the Territory and indeed work BETTER TOGETHER because we are definitely BETTER and STRONGER TOGETHER! This is the only way to move our Territory FORWARD! THIS IS MY PRAYER.

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