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PVIM expanding: Number of candidates will grow to 11, says Skelton

Some of the Ronnie Skelton-led PVIM candidates for the next general elections.

The number of candidates who will contest the February 25 general elections for the Progressives Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) is expected to increase, party leader Ronnie Skelton has said.

“We can make this territory great again and we have the team. We have seven of us here now. But … within in the next week or two, we are going to have 11 candidates,” Skelton said at a PVIM rally at Fahie Hill on Thursday.

“We are here to tell you, this is the team and we want you to support us.”

The PVIM’s slate currently comprises Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull who is seeking re-election in the Second Electoral District, resigned Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith for District Five, taxi operator Karl Scatliffe for District Four, and former Deputy Projects Manager in the Ministry of Finance Jose de Castro who is seeking to become the next elected representative for District Nine. The PVIM’s At-Large contenders are Shaina Smith, Apostle Curnal Fahie, president of the BVI Horse Owners Association Lesmore Smith and Skelton.

Beware of ‘prodigal politicians’

In the meantime, former legislator and matriarch founder of the PVIM, Eileen ‘Miss P’ Parsons, who also addressed supporters at the Fahie Hill rally, issued a warning to the local electorate.

“Take warning this night from a soldier who has successfully passed through breaking all kinds of grounds,” she said. “The Bible tells the parable of the prodigal son. That was then but we now have ‘prodigal politicians’ who have now taken the place of the prodigal son and the territory is the father… beware.”

A prodigal is someone who spends money recklessly. While Parsons did not specify, her analogy seemed to have been referring to the National Democratic Party (NDP) — a party she has been a stalwart supporter of for years. Skelton, who is also a former NDP legislator, recently said the said party has wasted roughly $20 million during their term in government.

Parsons, therefore, went on to urge voters to place their trust in the new Skelton-led movement.

“Friends in this ticklish political season, many voices are seeking your attention, we included. Tonight I want to beg for two things, I humbly ask for your trust. I want you to trust us enough,” she said before asking for their vote.

Eileen Parsons

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  1. LOL says:

    MISS P, A DEFECTOR, RAN AWAY FROM THE NDP

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  2. SeaSalt says:

    Parsons, you are indeed right. We the people of the Virgin Islands will surely beware of this prodigal son you present to us. A son that don’t vote for himself and whos people won’t vote for because they don’t believe in voting. A spoiled child is what usually becomes a prodigal child. Accept it, PVIM is not seen as a political party. Three months before an election you forming a party and expect great results. Wow, the expectations of a male papaya tree. Good luck with that.

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    • salt and pepper spray says:

      Listen don’t try your spin about PVIM is not seen as a political party. Just like PU, PVIM and others to come, we are fedup off giving the VIP 11-2 & the NDP 11-2. This system of two parties all the way is what got us in this mess. We the people have our own minds, It’s our chose who we want to lead us not just yours.

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  3. Tired ah she says:

    This is the say lady who said island people never see a $100 bill until they came here. Mrs. parsons is a very divisive woman who loves con—-n. At her age she needs to stop.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Ayo people forget that some of the “down island people” that we cuss and spit on actually got rights to vote here. And don’t forget our workforce is over 60% expats because we don’t have enough qualified BVI Islanders here to fill jobs. Don’t forget it was said that they never saw a $100 note before they came here.

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    • For real says:

      Point of correction ms Parsons never said those words get a copy of what was said and listen carefully

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    • To Anonymous says:

      She didn’t lie either. Some of you guys behavior is unwarranted.

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    • @Anonymous says:

      There you go,So true.These my Mami and Papi was born here don’t run S..t. Those days are over. Who the F..k is she to say something like that, her and Ronnie is BIAS towards down Island people. I am not voteing for anyone who is BIAS towards anyone.

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  5. Political Observer (PO) says:

    Hon Ronnie “Pompey” Skelton (AL), leader of PVIM, the general election is a few short weeks away on 25 February. The voters can’t wait a week or two to find out who else will be on PVIM. Time is of essence and voters should already know who is on the PVIM ticket. If the PVIM wants to be a serious force in this election, release the names now. It may be political malpractice to wait any further. Another party made a wack-a-noise and flamed out. Does the PVIM got fuel?

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  6. Dedication says:

    We the $20 Mil was recklessly used where was the leading member and some members of NDP2. Please let me know WHY I must TRUST you now….Leaders are called now chosen…

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    • @Dedication says:

      You cannot win with people so for Ronnie its damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Just respect the fact that these guys had the gall to denounce the corruption that was going on after they tried to rectify it internally. I bet if you were on a sinking ship you would want to get off. So stop with the pettiness and see the bigger picture and what really matters. You cannot point fingers at either of them with regards to corruption. They were guilty by association. Trust that they know how to do better.

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      • @@Dedication says:

        Not so fast!!!!! Would you want to be the captain of a sinking ship? What is so different with NDP now as opposed to when Ronnie and Mitch both contested elections for the party leadership? People are not stupid unfortunately for you, so try again. If the NDP was that bad they would’ve left and started PVIM, not wait until they lost to form it.

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    • @Dedication says:

      Why must we trust the leader of the VIP who sat through all the corruption over the years which he is a part of?

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      • Reasoning says:

        @Dedication the black book that is read most, especially on Saturdays and Sundays tells us “He who is without sin should cast the first stone”. Unfortunately expecting a savior dressed in white that is going to show up on February 25th will be a No Show.
        Some are calling for Coalition and talking about the party system failing us. The truth is, we are failing ourselves. Sometime we have to take the late Michael Jackson advice and: “look at the man in the mirror”. Some of us are just as bad, (perhaps worst) than the politicians we complain about. We fall for the Okie dokie (as they say in the US); accepting the white envelopes that lasts only a few trips to the food markets and is gone; Later we crying wolf!
        Einstein, deceased tons of years ago described Insanity as: “Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome”

        What makes anyone think that the party system failed us, therefore Coalition will rescue us? I’d honestly like to know the difference between Coalition government individuals and Party government individuals.
        Look as hard as u ill. There is absolutely none. The truth if you really care to know, its the System. We go without Representation a da…n good part of the 4-year term without representation; then a month or two before election they start showing up. The party in power start giving out Grass-cutting contracts, spending the same tax-payers moneys they should have spent b4. The rest of it they purchase turkeys and hams and have them dropped off by our homes; (my brothers house got a turkey, but the flatbed truck kept going when it got near my house). What’s left they pass around in the proverbial White Envelopes. All of a sudden we feel loved and cared for; until another 4 years. Again, remember Einsteins’ advice about Insanity (~/\~)

  7. L says:

    They expect to come on the eve of election to introduce new candidates and expect me to vote for them? Come better than that.

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    • No Vision for the BVI says:

      Our former leader always said as his theme “Where there is NO vision the people will perish”. This is what is going on now in our little country. All this rushing no true organization. No enough time for the people to know who to vote for. I like the fact that the Virgin Islands (US) was campaigning over a year in advance. You had time to really select the right person to carry the country forward. All we have is grown men and women fighting against each other. Everyone running have beef with the government so they trying to get even. We do not need that for a British Virgin Islands. We praying that God will help us to make the right choice to move our country in the RIGHT direction.

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      • @No Vision for the BVI says:

        You know the candidate to come from the 1st district.And one of the expected additions will not be new to politics. Take it easy. Coming soon.

      • Diaspora says:

        @No vision for the VI, I share your pain, for the territory is going through a painful rough patch. Like the UK and other locales, the VI needs fix term elections. In the UK, a general election is due the 1st Thursday in May every five years; the only exception to this is if a vote of no confidence is successful. Nonetheless, it is well known or should be known that the next general election was due no later than the summer of 2019.

        Despite this knowledge, parties are slow as molasses in rolling out who will be competiting for election on their ticket. I will take a WAG and say that the shallow talent pool may be a factor. Most parties seem to have a problem finding quality candidates. Thumbs up to VIP it has a slate of 13 candidates. Though we may be unhappy with the slow rollout and quality of candidates, on 25 Feb, we must go to the polls and vote. A government must be formed even if the candidates on the winning party only got 10 votes each. You get the point.

    • uhmmm... says:

      Don’t vote for them then. Everyone that can vote will choose their own.

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  8. Anon. says:

    Says the lady who was INDEPENDENT, then VIP (where she was u*****s as a minister), then NDP and now PVIM. She has backed almost the entire alphabet. The only person she’s concentred with is herself.

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  9. Black Trump says:

    I believe we have our own black trump with ‘Donald’ Skelton. ” “We can make this territory great again!”

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  10. Greed says:

    Ronnie just needs to go home to sit down. If he had won the leadership of the NDP he wouldn’t have been saying these things. The same thing goes for Mitch. Just a bunch of power hungry people. And look at who the two business men are behind that party. Greed greed and more greed. Greed for money and power.

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    • Yes says:

      If it were so then he won’t have to worry about our tax money.

    • @Greed says:

      yawm, yawn. We the electorate are passed that now. Come again. Is he corrupt? No. Can he lead? Yes.

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    • @Greed says:

      The business men work hard for their money. Jealous much. Is best you have people who have money to govern you as they don’t need their living from stealing government funds.

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    • Blah Blah says:

      Blah Blah Blah Here we go again! Thank heavens just a few more weeks of this Crap. Stop wining over spilled milk!! IF, Shoulda Woulda Coulda! Nobody is studying NDP and their mess and VIP think people forget! You sound like a fool. This election we are voting for persons who can get the job done and have some experience and integrity. Just listen to half of these speeches by some new comers its DISGRACEFUL! Not the fancy talking but rather NOTHING TO OFFER! GOD HELP US!

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    • @ Greed says:

      that power don’t work in after life my dear

  11. SMH says:

    Snap Crackle Pop! Not gonna fall prey to your words Ms P. Look at your slate of Candidates and give me a portfolio with a strong Agenda. Not putting out Promises you think fooly people want to hear, inorder to get a vote!

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  12. War of the Roses says:

    Hey Ms.P, the whole d**n Blue Wave crew is ship jumping R..s including you the queen R.t.

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    • @War of the Roses says:

      Hey, for real. She is the one behind the Blue Wave Party. She want to run the Country. She is the Head R.t. If Blue Wave Party wins, she is going to be running things on the low. Time will soon tell. Ms.P and her Blue Wave Party is SHADY like S**t.

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    • @War of the Roses says:

      You got me to thinking, Yeah, the more I’m thinking, I believe she is behind this whole thing. She want to run the Country. Ronnie and his gang win, that is her win. Ms.P, your card was just peeped.

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    • Stupes says:

      And you have only had one job in your entire life, so what experience do you have again?

    • Oh snap says:

      It Just click in. She is the Head R.t., Big Paw Paw, Junior R.t and the rest is mice in training.

  13. Ok says:

    You guys can say what you want but if you examine each team
    The PVIM team is the most qualified team based on what is ahead of us. I have been keeping an open mind but as I listen to the VIP I realize that their team does not have any
    dept. I am not considering NDP at all. VIP seems to be good for a show but unfortunately that is it. I am also beginning to get turned off from Andrew. Ronnie is not perfect but he is
    appealing to me more and more.

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  14. War of the Roses says:

    Hey Ms.P, the whole d**n Blue Wave crew is ship jumping R..s including you the queen R.t.

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  15. BVI Great again? says:

    say what? So Donald Trump is your mentor? we screwed if yoaull get in. I hope the majority of the voting people don’t get carried away with NDP red or NDP blue and see that we in some deep sh..t. Non ah youall nor your backers and supports heart in the right place

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  16. Accra says:

    People of the BVI this election we voting for progressive in on direction to make the BVI better Stronger together.

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  17. Let's go PVIM says:

    You are gaining steam. The race is not for the swift!!

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  18. ?????? says:

    ….Take warning this night from a soldier who has successfully passed through breaking all kinds of grounds,” she said. “The Bible tells the parable of the prodigal son. That was then but we now have ‘prodigal politicians’ who have now taken the place of the prodigal son and the territory is the father… beware.” LOL..LOL

    That sound like the bottle talking.

    You may be on to something here though. Ronnie is like the prodigal son who left his father’s house (NDP) took his inheritance (intellectual capital) and squander it off before he humbled himself and returned.

    Not to worry, the leader will welcome him back home with open arms, after killing the fattest cow on the 25th February. LOL

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  19. hmmm says:

    When is nomination day? doesn’t give them much time to get these extra 4 candidates

  20. Ausar says:

    Are you sure, Ronnie, that with a month or so left, newer political additions, could really make an impact with voters?

    But then again Ronnie, after the snap elections a few years ago, you should have been a pro at this; Shoring up candidates at the ready , just in case..

    Interestingly Ronnie,a political behemoth like you, too, were caught off-guard!

  21. Speeches says:

    Lord Haw Mercy, Send dung Percy! Where’s the hitting the face emoji when you need it. On one hand you have the Green Team, 13 Candidates, and when you listen to some, there’s no real substance but a grand jouvert tho LOL! As if that will help us. So is the race really for the swift? On the other hand, you have the Red with a pack of noise, mismanagement of funds and fancy talking (Gift of Gab candidates) who really if elected won’t have your best interest at heart. Then, you got the Blue Team of experience professionals, who don’t need to rile up the crowd with noise and fancy speeches, but who actually have a business plan and offering solutions, Yet some want to castrate the two for jumping Ship! We gots to save the people of the Virgin Islands! Don’t be distracted, Catch the Blue Wave My People. PVIM All the Way!

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    • Ha says:

      PVIM is boring and you are now trying to make it seem as though it is on purpose. Nice try!

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      • So says:

        You think them being boring means they are not the best party for now. Listen, if this place go down we all going down with it. You all need to listen to what these candidates are saying and don’t let big noise and Jouvert songs cloud the judgements. You all go ahead think this thing jokey and who got the best road march song is who get the x. The packages with money in them just think on what they might be doing behind doors when they get in. Some people really need the help but if that money for an X think on the country. As Johnny said you all will hear.

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        • Strupes says:

          Dem ALL have jouvet songs. Even the pastors dem. Tells you what type of music dem does be listening to.

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          • knowledge says:

            Gospel music comes in all styles – goes to show that you don’t listen to gospel “Christian” music. You do realize that some have taken gospel beats to make “bender” songs. For instance if you type in reagge, or calypso, soul, pop,
            gospel songs up pops examples. Just informing you a bit.

  22. Supporter says:

    PVIM ALL THE WAY!!!

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  23. @Ms.P. says:

    My Granny always say,never put your trust in anyone.

  24. limit says:

    look at all those baby snakes,das da thanks Callie getfrom da NDP the two headed snake, who next.

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  25. Vibes says:

    That all look like losers to me. You can see the lack of confidence on their face.

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