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At age 38 Governor Jaspert is more powerful than elected Members

- One of the youngest Governors to serve the Virgin Islands & is even younger that all the Cabinet Ministers
I can call you son?: Governor J. U. Jaspert, left, who is younger than all the Ministers of Cabinet, is 35 years younger than Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right. Photo: VINO
Governor J. U. Jaspert is the youngest Governor of the Virgin Islands, at age, 38 and will be the youngest member of Cabinet. From left: Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4). Photo: VINO/File
Governor J. U. Jaspert is the youngest Governor of the Virgin Islands, at age, 38 and will be the youngest member of Cabinet. From left: Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The newly appointed Governor for the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI), Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’, is one of the youngest ever to serve in that post.

Usually, when senior civil servants in the British Foreign Service makes the rank of Governor their next step is to retire.

However, this may not be the case with the current Governor. Born on January 2, 1979 now 38, Mr Jaspert, a British national, is one of the youngest Governors yet.

The youngster in the room has the power

The youngest Cabinet member is Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Education and Culture Minister, who was born on February 22, 1972 which makes him 45, some 7 years older than the new Governor.

The oldest Member of Cabinet is Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) who was born on August 28, 1944 and makes him 73, some 35 years old than the non-elected Governor who has more powers than the Premier.

The new Governor is even younger than all the Members of Cabinet and in fact he could have been the son of some four Cabinet Ministers.

At 38 and sitting in Cabinet, under the constitution Governor Jaspert has more power that anyone in the VI.

Power from VI Constitution

Chapter 3 Sec 35 of the 2007 Constitution sets out the power of Mr Jaspert.

Sec 60 also gives the unelected senior civil servant more power than any elected officials, with special responsibility for external affairs, defense, internal security, and the courts to name a few. In other words, Mr Jaspert can direct the Police Commissioner and the Director of Public Prosecutions to carry out his wishes under the current constitution, something no elected member can do.

The power of the young British civil servant is also outlined in Sec 81- where the Governor has reserved powers where he can impose on the VI to comply with any international obligation.

In addition, the Governor can bypass the Minister of Finance or the House of Assembly (HoA) and take money under Sec 103 (b) from the consolidated fund to do whatever he wants.

We all remember the former governor John S. Duncan OBE who used this power when he imposed direct rule via his authority and took some $1.8 Million of tax payers money to fund the police and the courts, the biggest embarrassment yet to the Dr Smith led Administration .

Mr Jaspert has other reserved powers under Sec 119 of the constitution, including the authority to bypass the HoA to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the VI.

24 Responses to “At age 38 Governor Jaspert is more powerful than elected Members”

  • Sigh (01/09/2017, 15:16) Like (52) Dislike (0) Reply

    What does age have to do with position, power and authority?

  • voter (01/09/2017, 15:17) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is thing to talk!
  • Hmmm (01/09/2017, 15:18) Like (29) Dislike (17) Reply
    Once he doesn't let the ndp treat him like a little boy.
  • well well well (01/09/2017, 15:19) Like (6) Dislike (19) Reply
    The ndp going to have him for lunch.
  • Spy (01/09/2017, 15:30) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why his young age is factor? If we Virgin Islanders, especially you all old hags encouraged and promote other young Virgin Islanders, we would probably be at a stage where the queen wouldn’t need to send a babysitter, and we’d be more capable of managing ourselves and our finances. Yall so damn greedy and spiteful even to the point of senility that you all wish to die in office. If #countryfirst was the actual aim or agenda then most of these people including our premier would bow out gracefully and let the young lead. And for those who will come here and ask where are these so-called young leaders, I say look around every corner of the BVI and abroad.
  • ok (01/09/2017, 15:34) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Disgusted (01/09/2017, 16:18) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with spy, we worry too much about the wrong things, there's too much disrespect, when our elected members come to the understanding that they were elected to serve the people and not themselves then things in the BVI will be different and we will see a big change and it wouldn't phase them on who England sends because we will have nothing to hide or feel uncomfortable about. Our Government needs to wake up, stop trying to fool the people because we are not blind and we have some very good ideas. Talk to us!
    • Freedom! (02/09/2017, 08:02) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      We still do not want independant under the NDP
  • me (01/09/2017, 15:38) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is record age for a Governor!! I hope he bring fresh, innovative and cost effective ideas to running this country in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands.
  • one eye (01/09/2017, 15:55) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well he has power so funny man and china man cant bully jim in cabinet
  • Hmm (01/09/2017, 16:15) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Age matter? This man was sent WITH an agenda. Enough said.
  • True (01/09/2017, 18:57) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    The trajectory of the Governor's experience seems to be through Conservative Party Politics!!! Its there for all to see, Just a Political Hack looking for a come up!
  • HelpFather!! (01/09/2017, 18:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What does age have to do with it? He was sent as Governor by someone who thought he could handle the job. This is no time for setting up issue of age of Governor vs. age of elected representatives. It is better to shed positive light than throwing fuel on fire to make more blaze. There is work to do in this Territory, elected officials, please do it.
    So many do not understand our brutal, dismal past that is why they continue to praise everything that shines bright above "round rock." The ship of the bloggers that is not ruled by the rudder, when the rocks pick you up, I hope you would stop to say, "where did we go wrong?" Open the eyes of the people of the Virgin Islands that they may see what destiny their forefathers intended for the descendants of African slaves.
  • GRANNY (01/09/2017, 19:13) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    "don't put a boy to do a man job"
    • @Granny (03/09/2017, 19:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      obviously the men couldn't get the job done so they need to send a boy.
  • Reporter...age ain't nothing but a number... (01/09/2017, 19:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    You didn't have to stress ad nauseam how 38years young the new Governor is...we got the picture from the first's not about his age...its about his integrity and competence to act in the post.
  • musa (01/09/2017, 20:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need a younger dep governor too
  • bystander (01/09/2017, 21:04) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Seems like a decent chap. Personally I think people lose their energy by about 45. Doc falling asleep will be woken up by this nice young man.
  • 1 (01/09/2017, 22:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He young but got power so eat your heart out!
  • Charley Rose (02/09/2017, 18:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The new governor's age should not be a factor. The British Government knows the importance of succession planning that is why they are grooming young people to take responsibilities in order to fill vacancies whenever they arise. From what I have seen so far with this new governor, he acts maturely. His communication skill and diplomacy are excellent.
    If our elected members could work in partnership with the governor as he stated, the territory will progress efficiently. It is no use having confrontation with the governor, because we are the one to loose more. Alternatively, if our elected members do not like it, they can flex their mussels and see the results.
  • WTF (03/09/2017, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The members of cabinet have age on their side, but don't have leadership skills or common sense. A pet monkey will be more effective running this territory, than the present bunch of air heads. Lord have mercy upon us, and make haste to deliver us from NDP.

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