Fraser, Turnbull and Penn are ready to form a coalition to overthrow VIP

Left to right: Opposition lawmakers Julian Fraser of Progressives United, Opposition Leader Marlon Penn of the NDP and Melvin “Mitch” Turnbull of the Progressive Virgin Islands.

By Fitsroy Randall, BVI News Staff

Despite their timid attitude, members of the parliamentary opposition have indicated that they will do everything in their power to overthrow the ruling Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and form the next government of the Virgin Islands.

Speaking at a press conference held by Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition on Tuesday April 12, senior lawmaker Julian Fraser compared the VIP administration headed by Andrew Fahie to a dictator-style government and said the territory was too small for this type of governance.

He said this style of government is one where every major decision happens on one side of the political table and there are no opposing voices.

“If you look at this opposition that we have right now, we have three political parties in opposition. The Leader of the Opposition [Marlon Penn] doesn’t get its way. The Leader of the Opposition consults us. What happens in the alternative is that when the prime minister decides and tells others, you either say ‘yes’ or walk and I don’t think that’s the way a country should run anymore. I think we can do better,” the Third District representative said.

Fraser further said that if Penn – the leader of one of the largest political parties in the territory – succeeds in the next general election, he could count on the support of current members of the opposition.

“If for some reason he should form a government and cannot muster enough support within his own party and he has to come to us for support, he can expect that. We can expect him to do what a coalition does and that would be better for the party. It would be better for the country. We understood each other, and he knows that we two, member of the Second [District, Mitch Turnbull] and I who represent two other political parties – are quite capable of letting him know that it will not be so, ”Fraser said.

Meanwhile, Turnbull said the Virgin Islands is currently in a state where it needs people who put the country first. He said people must be prepared to put aside their individual pride and desires to do what is best for the country in the future.

“Where the three of us sit in this opposition, we have decided to work together to serve this country and form the next administration. That is beyond a shadow of a doubt. We have seen what has happened in three and a half years where it’s one person leading the show and everyone else following along singing Kumbaya,” Turnbull said.

“What we need are people who can stand up for their position, their principles and their challenges and then get the best result. Not because it’s not your idea, and you have the title of “Prime Minister” which means you have to go especially when it goes against the voice of the people. In short, we are committed to doing what we need to do to represent the people of the Virgin Islands, because it will take the spirits and those of us who are committed to the country to put back something that we have missed” , continued the representative of the second district.

Turnbull did not say whether he would run with his current political party, the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), or if he would run under the National Democratic Party.

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