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'Comments & criticisms are cheap!' – HE John S. Duncan

“Comments and criticism are cheap, doing something about it is very hard work,” said Governor John S. Duncan OBE. Photo: VINO
The Governor was addressing a gathering of businessmen and women of the Virgin Islands and others who all made up the Rotary Club of Tortola family. Photo: VINO
The Governor was addressing a gathering of businessmen and women of the Virgin Islands and others who all made up the Rotary Club of Tortola family. Photo: VINO
Yesterday September 4, 2014 Governor John S. Duncan was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola, as is customary for new Governors. Photo: VINO
Yesterday September 4, 2014 Governor John S. Duncan was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola, as is customary for new Governors. Photo: VINO
WICKHAMS CAY II, Tortola, VI – Weeks into his appointment as Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) His Excellency Mr John S. Duncan OBE has begun to be liberal about his takes on certain things especially when it comes to the assessing of the status of the VI economy.

Yesterday September 4, 2014 after being inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola, as is customary for new Governors, he addressed the meeting noting that comments and criticisms are cheap as he blasted debates surrounding certain tax havens as being cheap.

“Many people have been critical of the Territory inside and outside and I spent the last year helping our colleagues in London fend off the debate about certain tax havens, an ill-informed debate if I may say so,” he said.

And in continued, “Comments and criticism are cheap, doing something about it is very hard work.” 

He said he has adopted a statement made by the late President of the United States Ronald Reagan who upon his appointment to office as President had spoken about surrounding oneself with people who know and can give guidance, “And that’s my way of operating,” said HE Duncan. 

He said that he has a view of what needs to be done but wants to hear from others. According to the new Governor making changes and making the world a better and fairer place is about partnership. “It’s about government, elected representatives, officials, civil society, and the church working together,” he said.

He spoke of what he viewed as his role is in the Territory, part of which was playing his part in a better and fairer world. “…and it is my commitment to help this Territory move into a better and safer place,” he said.

He described his being invited to join the Rotary Family has been the highlight of his stay so far in the Virgin Islands.

The previous evening September 3, 2014 the Governor and his wife were guests at the Rotary Club of Road Town where he also addressed those present and it was there he alluded to Overseas Territories not getting what they initially intended to when agreeing to become British branded.

He said that as Governor he has to pay attention to this issue to ensure that the United Kingdom pays enough attention to their Overseas Territories (OT). This is something he said he intends to lead the call to his fellow Governors in other OTs as there is no representation from the OTs in the UK Parliament and that British news entity BBC is guilty of not broadcasting to the islands. 

He said that there are certain things that socially and culturally the United Kingdom should be doing to make sure that the Overseas Territories which have decided to be British have enough access to British culture and society as they would like to have. 

“I think that is an important area that the Government can play a role,” said HE Duncan.

17 Responses to “'Comments & criticisms are cheap!' – HE John S. Duncan”

  • ports project (05/09/2014, 08:42) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    What about looking up the white colour crooks
  • the real pat (05/09/2014, 09:43) Like (12) Dislike (23) Reply
    governor we want to hear about good governance and the commison of inqury on the ports or else shut the hell up
    • the real pat (05/09/2014, 23:59) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      see... I would have been kinder and more mature in my posting.
  • ???? (05/09/2014, 09:47) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why everything in the bvi surrounds the rotary?????
  • Yes (05/09/2014, 10:18) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lets hope that he wasn't given any of that black label like what that lady had when she said that the economy was booming.
  • weed (05/09/2014, 13:07) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Can we trust this new governor?
  • wisdom (05/09/2014, 13:14) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Your Excellency

    Nothing will happen during your tenure to change the British thinking. If you know the history of the English-speaking Caribbean, you would have learnt that Britain "milked" our Caribbean countries and left us so impoverished that most of us are still struggling. They are living and working in the more prosperous "tax havens." Why? Because many British cannot enjoy the lifestyle that they enjoy in the BVI, Cayman and elsewhere anywhere else or simple, they will not be in these places.

    The British do not like and appreciate Caribbean people. America has gravitated more towards us. If we have our children in the US whether or not we live there, the children are automatically American citizens. Britain, as I understand, does not tolerate that. In fact, if some of us, wish to travel there, we need a visa. Just stop and look at the French' treatment of its departments eg Martinique, Guadeloupe and Cayenne.

    My advice to you is simple - stop talking nonsense and do the work that you are called upon to do. Nothing will change. You yourself are here for a nice time. And Virgin Islanders are nice people. You will have that. Please govern this little territory well. Forget criticisms and comments.
  • Constructive Criticism (05/09/2014, 13:25) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Governor, We will have to watch you and I say that not to criticize you but merely to speak my mind.
    Let me tell you why you need to be watched:
    (1) When you were sworn in, you spoke about " "friends in Africa" suggesting that you were around black people. You already saw us as black people -not people. We have brains Gov, never mind our skin color. And by the way, we are West Indians and Virgin Islanders - not Africans. So, that is No. 1 mistake.
    (2) Now, you are saying that comments are criticisms are cheap. People are free to comment, blog and speak their mind. That is a right enshrined in the Constitution. Would you now censure the newspaper, radio etc.
    Just do your job without fear and favour. I would say to you, comments and criticisms are constructive. What about that?
  • Plank (05/09/2014, 15:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wisdom. You are speaking with wisdom. "Nice"
  • WaDa (05/09/2014, 18:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fellas. Fellas Jesus Christ man, lighten up on the dude, he is new and don't know the beast he dealing with. He ain't know Tortola people
  • × gov (06/09/2014, 23:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not a racist remember that!
  • Relieved (07/09/2014, 10:54) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The eyes of the world are on him if he does not call the commission of inquiry on the ports corruption his credibility will be grass
  • Forwhat (07/09/2014, 18:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They didnt call a Commissioner of Inquiry on the Office of the Attorney General why them calling on Cruise Port with more transparency? You fraid that one?


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