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Donald de Castro blasts 'rotten party system'

- the Talk Show host alleged civil servants are not allowed to do their work
Commentator and Talk Show host, Donald E. de Castro returned to radio last evening, April 11, 2013 and told his audience, 'We had the opportunity last elections to clean up this whole mess. We had enough independent candidates that could be elected and form a government, but no. Everybody believes in this rotten party system that is not benefitting the people of this Territory.' Photo: supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator and Talk Show host, Donald E. de Castro returned to the airwaves last evening April 10, 2013 with the intent of taking no prisoners on his show 'Straight Talk'.

In a no-holds barred show which was aired on a local radio station, de Castro discussed a number of issues which he found to be troubling within the Territory. Notably, he did it without the aid of a guest on his programme.

It was de Castro’s first programme on the air after a four-month absence from the airwaves.

de Castro told his audience, “We had the opportunity last elections to clean up this whole mess. We had enough independent candidates that could be elected and form a government, but no. Everybody believes in this rotten party system that is not benefitting the people of this Territory.”

One of the issues that troubled de Castro, was that of interference of officials within the Civil Service in the affairs of subordinate officers after decisions had already been made in the execution of their duties.

He described a situation of someone being arrested and charged with immigration offences and being told to leave the Territory but being left alone subsequently after calls were made to higher officials. It was a practice de Castro suggested was all too common among the residents of the Territory. “When I heard this, it really disheartened me so I went and I had a meeting with the Chief Immigration Officer to find out if this is a fact.”

de Castro said the official expressed that he could neither deny or confirm the issue at the time but reminded him of several similar incidents that occurred in the past.

“This is the problem we have, one of our major problems, where responsible civil servants are not permitted to do their jobs without being overridden,” de Castro stated. He felt it was important that the occurrences stop.

Alien land holders licences

The host also addressed the issue of alien land holders licences and the number of foreign owned land within the Territory.

He felt it was outrageous that the system offered as many loopholes as it did that allowed foreigners to own land within the Territory without going through the official and legislated modes. He described an ongoing instance of this as being a current construction in Oil Nut Bay.

11 Responses to “Donald de Castro blasts 'rotten party system'”

  • ReX FeRal (11/04/2013, 08:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    "de Castro said the official expressed that he could neither deny or confirm the issue at the time but reminded him of several similar incidents that occurred in the past."
    If you cannot confirm or deny the issue how can you make reference to similar incidents that occured in the past? The Chief Immigtration is probably guilty of this overriding as well. What a crock of filth.

  • qc (11/04/2013, 08:52) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I believe Donald the corrupt man from England
    • nonsense (11/04/2013, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So sad our government and the white house is indifferent to even our own history.

  • rattie (11/04/2013, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...a bankrupt nation declines a free solution to a problem it has failed to tackle for generations....you must not touch thoes the governor wants in the BVI
  • bvi girl (11/04/2013, 10:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They refuse to accept that there is a problem in the civil sevice but only pushing out locals for expat. As soon as they are capable of doing that, perhaps they can start to formulate a viable solution.
  • Vance (11/04/2013, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    This man, Edmund and Laurie need to relocate to Red Rock and form a government and little nation over there.
  • M**** (11/04/2013, 12:29) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Since he hates the party system why he aint run as an independent and see who will vote for he….
  • shaw (11/04/2013, 12:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    he is absolutely right about government interfering with the jobs of subordinate dept. How many times have stop work orders been issued because of illegal plans only to be overridden at "the descression of the minister"? Ministers have often broken thier own laws by letting friends or influential people have priorities and favours. public meetings, but "nothing will deter us from our goals", no parking? - for you- sure!

    government and ministers do not support the implimentation of laws by town and country and conservation and fisheries and often override them. So what good are the departments if they have no clout? And both parties are members of secret clubs which protect each other. Don't step on toes... the system is corrupt!!
  • Crap (11/04/2013, 14:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The only thing rotten is Donald front teeth them.
  • sing sing (13/04/2013, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is time for this man Donald to slither back under a rock.



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