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Concerns as Governor’s Office promotes St David’s Day on H.L. Stoutt’s Day!

- points to 'disconnect' between Governor’s Office & people of VI
The Governor’s Office used an 8-second video clip that had the words: ‘Happy St David’s Day BVI’ and attributed the post to the Governor’s Office of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
A James Woods reminded the Governor’s Office that the Virgin Islands was celebrating H. Lavity Stoutt Day. Photo: VINO
A James Woods reminded the Governor’s Office that the Virgin Islands was celebrating H. Lavity Stoutt Day. Photo: VINO
Governor John J. Rankin, CMG attended the Wreath Laying Ceremony and H. Lavity Stoutt Commemorative Celebration at Cappoon’s Bay on March 1, 2021. Photo: VINO
Governor John J. Rankin, CMG attended the Wreath Laying Ceremony and H. Lavity Stoutt Commemorative Celebration at Cappoon’s Bay on March 1, 2021. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many in the Virgin Islands may have no idea what is St David’s Day, yet it was promoted by the Governor’s Office on March 1, 2021, the same day the territory was observing a public holiday for the Anniversary of the Birth of its visionary first Chief Minister, Hamilton Lavity Stoutt.

The Governor’s Office used an 8-second video clip that had the words: ‘Happy St David’s Day BVI’ and attributed the post to the Governor’s Office of the Virgin Islands.


Many in the Virgin Islands have since called our newsroom on the controversial post, labelling it as provocative and even disrespectful to the people of the Virgin Islands.

“Clearly there’s no regard for us as a people. On a day where we remember our first Chief Minister and all he did for us the Governor’s Office is asking us to remember St David. Who is St David is what most persons are asking,” a concerned resident expressed to our newsroom.

Another said the post identifies a disconnect between the Governor’s Office and the people of the Virgin Islands.

A James Woods, commenting on the post on the Facebook page of the Governor’s Office, said: “Not to be insensitive to St David (whomever he may be) but its H. Lavity Stoutt Day here in the BVI.”

No response was given to Mr Woods’ comment by the Governor’s Office.

There was also no previous post on the said Facebook page extending well wishes to the Virgin Islands on its own public holiday.

Damage already done?

An hour later; however, the link to the livestream for the Wreath Laying Ceremony and H. Lavity Stoutt Commemorative Celebration was posted on the Governor’s Office Facebook Page and it stated “H Lavity Stoutt led for 38 transformative years in BVI and left an incredible legacy for generations to follow, especially in the field of education. The Governor was pleased to join in paying tribute to the pioneer at a wreath laying and remembrance service, and wishes everyone in BVI a happy holiday, in honour of H Lavity Stoutt.”

According to our research, Saint David's Day, or the Feast of Saint David, is the Catholic feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on March 1, 2021, the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century, by Pope Callixtus II, though it is not a public holiday in the United Kingdom.

The strange and provocative post comes as the territory is still reeling from insensitive statements made by ex-Governor Augustus J. U Jaspert that the Virgin Islands should not look forward to reparations for slavery and suggesting that the VI preserves names of landmarks named in honour of known perpetrators of slavery and crimes against humanity.

46 Responses to “Concerns as Governor’s Office promotes St David’s Day on H.L. Stoutt’s Day!”

  • WOW VINO (02/03/2021, 10:30) Like (23) Dislike (45) Reply
    Slow news day? This one is quite reach to make news lol
    • @ wow vino (02/03/2021, 10:58) Like (65) Dislike (33) Reply
      Thanks vino keep speaking truth and justice against white supremacy
    • To WOW VINO (02/03/2021, 11:12) Like (136) Dislike (23) Reply
      This is not only news but disrespectful. The Governor and his governor office have no respect for us in the BVI nor our culture. It is all about them. They have disrespected the memory of H.L. STOUTT.
  • whity (02/03/2021, 10:35) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    That should hold all u blm ....
  • Yes (02/03/2021, 10:54) Like (28) Dislike (8) Reply
    St David is a white gay man who bones are stored in a casket together with a next man st justinian his lover in there church the holy trinity chapel of st David cathedral....these the people fhose that da is against righteousness stands for just as those who impose it to sit on a day the descendants of the nation isreal people one great leader HL STOUT who people is a figth force against truth......but we know nothing can win the truth it stands beyond time and history it self ....its wat going surface in the END. like as BEGINNING
    • @yes (02/03/2021, 12:41) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      A tittilating story, but anyone willing to check for themselves will see that there is no evidence to support it. Let's stick with the facts.
  • my people (02/03/2021, 10:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    U think this figth was only being carried upon our back alone nah. Our ancestors also carried this burden also this same battle of force's that also date back from creation in the people dont gain the world and lose your soul
  • we the people (02/03/2021, 10:58) Like (39) Dislike (6) Reply
    This new governor getting in trouble fast mehson he better watch it
    • @We the People (02/03/2021, 11:14) Like (59) Dislike (2) Reply
      He has some staff from the UK guiding him who do not have the best for the V.I. in their minds nor actions. They hate us.
  • Truth (02/03/2021, 11:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It hurt . So denial is there only request
  • WOW (02/03/2021, 11:10) Like (54) Dislike (9) Reply
    This is so disrespectful to the people of the BVI
  • Not2Sure (02/03/2021, 11:17) Like (46) Dislike (9) Reply
    This is an insult to we the people
  • bvi (02/03/2021, 11:18) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    BVI wake up you are on a take over. Wake up. Wake up. Uk the most corrupt country in the world. Read the news.
  • vex (02/03/2021, 12:01) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Seems like a pattern of reckless and insensitive governors
  • Seriously (02/03/2021, 12:12) Like (25) Dislike (37) Reply
    how many of you bloggers trying to stir up trouble between the people and the govenor actually attended the service in honour of HLS.....The govenor did. !!!!
  • Tan I am (02/03/2021, 12:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What the ,*%$# ?????
  • Out of touch (02/03/2021, 13:01) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply

    Not surprising the Governor’s Office is completely out of touch. Full of w**** sup*****s, non belongers, not hired on merit but colour? What do you expect?

    Time for a full investigation of who they employ, why and how.

    • @Out of touch (02/03/2021, 14:11) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
      Fact check, most of the people who work at Governor office are black. Seems you are out of touch ..
      • Servants (02/03/2021, 17:31) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        Why are all the servants there black?
      • To @Out of touch (02/03/2021, 18:25) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        Get your facts straight. The main advisors to keep us in bondage with the UK plan are the staff from UK. Just ask Sarah & Vickie. Two bullies.
  • Concern Citizen (02/03/2021, 13:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did Gus ever attend an HLS Day ceremony?
  • UK (02/03/2021, 13:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    i'm from the Uk and didn't know what st davids day was either , its a catholic thing not a welsh thing.
    • @UK (02/03/2021, 14:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You may be from the UK but you are clearly not well educated if you do not know who the Patron Saint of each country is. It's not a Catholic thing! It is a Welsh thing!
  • How many? (02/03/2021, 13:08) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    How many from the pro-white Governor’s Office attended our beloved Mr Stoutt’s Memorial Day? Just the Governor? Who only went as required to.
    They don’t care about us nor our history. Nor respect it nor us.

    Don’t forget we house him and pay for all of his servants, all black by the way. Why? We’re choosing to continue to be enslaved and have this outdated institution with its bigotry imposed on us.

    Time for a reset.
    • Really (02/03/2021, 13:23) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      can you imagine the uproar and anger if his staff were all white ? he.d be called a racist and a bigot. hire black and hes an enslaver. maybe he should hire all filipina...would that make you happy ???

      really. !!!
      • @Really (02/03/2021, 14:01) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        Well said!
      • josiah'sbay (02/03/2021, 19:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        We the people don't understand that it's a war we're in and we have to choose a side. It's not a choice of equal opportunity but one of survival. When you're on the bottom you don't have the luxury of equality of choice but must stack the deck in your favor. we must constantly fight against the European in our head.
  • Hmm (02/03/2021, 13:40) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    While this should not have happened, I wonder how many angry bloggers attended the H. Lavity Stoutt ceremony.
  • Me (02/03/2021, 13:56) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    St. David's day is an important feast day in Bermuda. Maybe that's why the Governor remembered it. He is coming directly from Bermuda.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (02/03/2021, 14:45) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    This governor continued from where the previous governor left off. When all is sa9 and done, they will blame the Premier that he is picking row with the governor. The governor needs to be more sensitive to the issues that are affecting in the Virgin Islands. As a predominantly black population, certain issues are too sensitive to the population. Especially after all the atrocities that BLACK PEOPLE went through under white supremist . Millions of BLACK PEOPLE were killed and mutilated by whites and no a respect were SHOWN BY THE WHITES. Issues like this will cause the muslin to demonstrate through the streets. The governor need to apologize to the people of this territory.
    • Truth (02/03/2021, 17:33) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ Dancing in the has nothing to do with black or white. Look at Bermuda which is predominantly black as well. They now have a black governor, first for the island, yet nothing is being done to help black people. Race card is outdated by now. Show what you are worth and gain respect that way.
  • Another imposition (02/03/2021, 18:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Completely tone deaf pro white Governor’s office showing their true motivations yet again.

    Stop imposing your white culture on us. We’re sick of it. Get off our necks and GO HOME!!

    WE KNOW YOU EMPLOY WHITE NON BELONGER STAFF ONLY! The only black staff there are servants and secretaries! You never advertise job vacancies there to us. You only hire your white friends. One even had time to write a book whilst ‘working’ there!!

    We see them drinking and smoking all the time, disrespecting us and our culture. Did any attend HLS day events? No. Didn’t think so.

    Premier, please investigate this disrespectful and uncouth office. It is UNACCEPTABLE how they behave and what they get away with.

    Accountability and consequence are LONG OVERDUE!!
  • Interested (02/03/2021, 18:46) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    You people pick at everything. It is simply a religious feast day.
  • Ques (02/03/2021, 18:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why is everything done by a governor in this territory used by some persons for confusion? If H LStout was alive he would dismiss that behavior. He was a peaceful man and leader.
  • Stop the attacks (02/03/2021, 18:58) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Stop these unprovoked attacks on the Governor. John Rankin has lived in the UK, Ireland, USA, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bermuda before coming to the BVI. Unlike some readers, his knowledge is not restricted to 60 square miles that constitute the BVI. I think he is entitled to celebrate one of the UK's Patron Saints.
  • @Truth (02/03/2021, 19:28) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    well said...and so correct. im tirwd that we use the race card all the time..we should be proud and raise our heads high and look at our past as one of strength......look what has been achowved from the hours of darkness
    stand proud
  • hut (02/03/2021, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Rasta Lives (03/03/2021, 02:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    while the political leadership fussing and fighting among themselves the white boys slipping back in through the cracks. Time spent gunning down your fellow black man should be time spent standing firm in babylon all of this going on 2021 were our territory should have been more focus on building a nation: we sit back and cuss-out your fellow black caribbean brothers & sisters yet mr white doing all manner of wrong in this territory and we just laugh it off
  • @@Truth (03/03/2021, 05:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel u but not seeing u ......we must do more than look and acknowledge our past as who we were but we must become who we were think like we were living and rule like we did before there betrayal of us after civilizing this whole nation under our ruling of our ancestors and our kings and queen our dynasty..we were even more than that beyond our wildest imagination we could ever imagine...we were and is gods and goddess.....beginning and the ending
  • Christian society huh? (03/03/2021, 07:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    So how come we boast about being a Christian society but do not recognise the Saints? What type of Christianity are we practising?
    • blaze (04/03/2021, 07:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Revognizing what saint get right catholic is not christian mary can not and will not answer any prayer thats devil worship
  • OK Then (03/03/2021, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ another Imposition
    The same can be asked of this government leaders please address the gun threats and abuse of authority against staff in government departments.
    So ask Hon Fahie for that too not just the governor office
  • Not just UK staff! (03/03/2021, 14:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    There’s a WHITE S<<<<< A^^^^^N woman working at Governors office! She not BVI born! Just want fun in the sun! HOW DID SHE GET EMPLOYED??? WHILE OUR PEOPLE STARVE AND UNEMPLOYED???


    Not just white UK people employed there other white people too!! FRIENDS OF FRIENDS!!! Taking our jobs!!!

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