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Governor's Office a 'symbol of discrimination & injustice' to VIslanders - Premier

- reiterates call for a Virgin Islander to hold post of Governor
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated his calls for Virgin Islander to be holding the Post of Governor of the territory, instead of a UK appointed native. Photo: GIS/File
Referencing Chapter 3, Section 35, of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said there is nothing in the order under the appointment of the Governor, that stipulates post cannot be held by a Virgin Islands. Photo: VI Constitution Order 2007
Referencing Chapter 3, Section 35, of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, Premier Andrew A. Fahie said there is nothing in the order under the appointment of the Governor, that stipulates post cannot be held by a Virgin Islands. Photo: VI Constitution Order 2007
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated his calls for a Virgin Islander to be holding the post of Governor instead of a UK appointed native.

Hon Fahie made this call during the 13th Sitting of the Second session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) yesterday, July 27, 2020, during the start of the debate on the VI's long overdue constitutional review. 

Unelected Governor

Even as the VI is self-governing, he said "an unelected Governor is still appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, who presides over a Cabinet composed of a Premier and Ministers who have been duly elected by the people of the BVI to represent them."

The Premier said the appointment runs counter to the rights of free people to govern themselves in a democratic society, with the Governor even retaining powers to intervene into the affairs of the Territory. 

"There is inescapable friction in our constitutional arrangements, in which the democratic will of the people of the Territory runs against the monarchial authority of the Governor appointed by the UK."

The Leader of Government Business said in order to shape the Territory's destiny, the constitution should be in the best interest of the people. 

Constitution does not stop VIslander from holding post - Premier 

Referencing Chapter 3, Section 35, of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, Hon Fahie said there is nothing in the order under the appointment of the Governor, that stipulates the post cannot be held by a Virgin Islander. 

“Yet still in seventy years of the BVI's modern constitutional history and in the thirteen years of existence of the Virgin Islands constitutional order 2007, Her Majesty and  her UK Government have not seen it fit to appoint a Virgin Islander to the post of Governor.”

He said the points about the Governor referenced is not about independence, rather, about self-governance under the current constitutional arrangements as a matter of principle.

'Invisible glass ceiling' - Premier 

According to the Premier, while there are Virgin Islanders who qualify for the post, having been career public servants, innovators of industries and scholars with high-level college education throughout all generations of the Territory, there is no one in the VI deemed acceptable by the UK to hold the Governor's position. 

He called the Governor's Office a symbol of discrimination, oppression and injustice against Virgin Islanders, starting with the youngest child, whom he said cannot achieve the highest office in the land of their birth regardless of how hard they study and work.  

40 Responses to “Governor's Office a 'symbol of discrimination & injustice' to VIslanders - Premier”

  • British (28/07/2020, 14:29) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    It will never happen...
    • Pshhh (28/07/2020, 14:43) Like (39) Dislike (5) Reply
      Give it up bvi it will not happen leave the Governor alone we can’t have that y’all in charge y’all will get away with anything
      • @Pshhh (28/07/2020, 21:29) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yep, they sure will. They will make sure their cronies and family members will be the ones to be taken care of and toss the little man crumbs.
      • Corruption (29/07/2020, 08:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        would go rampant if someone is not checking up on these crooks..sorry politicians
    • @British (28/07/2020, 15:17) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      Agree, it will never happen.
  • Dont Understand (28/07/2020, 14:41) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    so i listened with interest yeterday to the well presented history by the a buildup to the constututional debate.
    the premier...when talking about the absolute lack of BV Islanders in the post of govenor..went on to say that he understand that a BVIslander may not be able to sit as govenor in their country but could maybe sit in another overseas a little this not the same as having anyone other than a BV Islander as govenor in the BVI. what is the difference between having a govenor from as turks n caicos or from if this present govenor hailed from another overseas territory...but upheld his same positions and discusions as he is now...this would suddenly be acceptible..? not clear on what would change......
  • Urine (28/07/2020, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (26) Reply
    Send them island people home mahn then focus on this after
    • @Urine (28/07/2020, 16:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is another dollar in the till for me. Cha Ching. Thanks buddy for keeping extra money in my pockets. Every time you mentioned Island people in your posts, another dollar will be added to my till.
    • Stupes (28/07/2020, 16:50) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      Go wash ur funky sleeping cap
      Rinse the mouth while u at it with pinesol

      U smell ur display name in a stale form
      Aka stale piss
    • Me (28/07/2020, 17:10) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wonder who steal your white fowl?? Go pray
      • Disinterested (28/07/2020, 17:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Wonder who steal hour white fowl?? Go pray. You realized that is Jam Down lingo.
  • nooooo sah (28/07/2020, 14:45) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    HELLLLLLL NOOOOOO we will sink!
  • Seriously (28/07/2020, 14:51) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Go independent then you can have whatever posts you want, in the meantime while England is still having to spend money in the BVI there will be a governor
  • Rub my back ...I rub yours (28/07/2020, 14:55) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    So,when they put our cousin,brother,uncle,father,nephew etc. In the position and favor start to share out will be all good right?
  • UK, don’t give in (28/07/2020, 15:14) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    They want a Black Governor, Why? because they can manipulate and maneuver another non thinking black man. They are angry because this Governor is not a pushover nor will he fall for their BS. Simple, submit your application FOR
    INDEPENDENCE, then you can run your Country the way you want. To allow a Black man to be Governor in the BVI will be playing Russian Roulette with the Country.
  • Forward ever Backward never (28/07/2020, 15:19) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    A local for Governor? We have corruption, cronyism, and government malpractice now, with a UK appointed governor. With a local who will only be accountable to self, the BVI will go up in flames. These people who pushing for independence and a local for governor have bad mind and bad intentions. Those two things are not in the best interest of US collectively. They want all for themselves and theirs. BVI go independent I will move to Haiti, because I believe here will be much worse.
    • Me tooo (28/07/2020, 16:40) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      And I will be right behind you with my family and Invest in making Haiti a better place. There is no way I will continue living in the BVI if a Black Governor is going to sit in that seat. Oh, and by the way, I am a BLACK BVISLANDER BORN AND RAISED IN SEA COWS BAY.
  • jokes (28/07/2020, 15:21) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Welsah (28/07/2020, 15:29) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    A local governor! Really! So that lawful oversight and accountability will not happen and the government can continue with putting in place uncle, auntie, cousin, son and daughter. For a man that always calling in every speech ‘god’ and quoting scriptures you are sure running the BVIs contrary to to ‘God’ but inline with your ‘god.’
  • 2070 (28/07/2020, 15:40) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    So any person born in the BVI since 2010 should emigrate to England for the proper education is statesmanship, foreign affairs, public speaking, etc. then join the UK Foreign Office in say 2030-35. Then spend the next 40 years rising in stature in the FO and successfully perform the duties of governor of all the overseas territories except the BVI. After a lifetime of service this BVI born individual would be eligible to choose his last role as governor before retirement. Hopefully the BVI will be chosen.
  • @British (28/07/2020, 15:56) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Quest u love Jeffery and his royal company too ...hmmmm. baby pedifile
  • Local (28/07/2020, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
    Can’t believe these uncle toms of course independence is a must
  • pork (28/07/2020, 17:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • H (28/07/2020, 17:22) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    This will never happen bvi people have no repect for their country from kindergarden to adults (all ways remember action speaks louder than words)
  • T (28/07/2020, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Always remember a plane minded person has no friends and a no nonsense person. Stick with it my brother our k**g reigns
  • Not a bad idea (28/07/2020, 19:44) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    We just need to know how to approach it. It is achievable
  • name (28/07/2020, 20:10) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Name me one local thy you can think of eligible to hold such position without being associated to a party( NDP or VIP). Someone who can fair no matter the party and not bias towards the other..I am waiting.
  • jah (28/07/2020, 20:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be careful.
  • Worst Governor (29/07/2020, 02:43) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply

    This is the worst Governor we’ve had. He and his all w****** office are r******s. Can’t even protect their b**** servants..... he needs to go and his w*****cop too. VI for VI only.

  • Rubber Duck (29/07/2020, 03:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The appointment of an outside Governor is to make sure that the endemic corruption is held in check, at least somewhat. Appoint a member of the privileged inner circle into the role and watch us become Haiti.
  • A concerned citizen (29/07/2020, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any race of person, whether a BVIander or from somewhere else can be the Governor if qualified. The tasks of the governor's office wouldn't change no matter who's in that position. The world is going backwards it seems. Everyone making race an issue and trying to steer everyone else from the facts.
    Black,white, orange, green, the duties of any office is going to be carried out no matter what someone's racial background is.
    We need to stop using racism as a scapegoat for everything.
  • Disinterested (29/07/2020, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Slavery and its evil twin colonialism and now extended out to neocolonialism was/is about control. It was about dominance over people of African descent. Whites had a dim view about the mental capacity of Blacks and feel it their duty to protect them and civilize them. They still hold that view. To them, institution, systemic and internalized racism is an ideology. Whites and Blacks are at two different intellectual levels; Whites superior and Blacks inferior. Whites think it is their duty to lead and disdain being led by Blacks or seeing Blacks in leadership positions. They see Blacks leading as abnormal and against the natural order of the ladder of life. Thus far, there has not been a Black governor. Is that a coincidence or it is deliberate? What is the probability of not having a Black governor as yet? Would the crown feel uncomfortable being represented by a Black governor? True, in December, a Black governor is heading to Bermuda. Nonetheless, Bermuda, Falkland island, Gibraltar.........etc are horses of a different color.

    Blacks are seen work horses, hewers of wood and carriers of water. Their labor was vital to creating wealth to pass on as inheritance. They cannot fathom Blacks being in leadership roles. Their roles are in subservient positions.
  • Cuba? (30/07/2020, 00:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get rid of the UK Governor who at times brings balance to a selfish government? It's only then we going to feel like we are really in Cuba
  • House Slaves (30/07/2020, 10:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Plenty y'all a bunch ah house slaves. Thank god is just a handful of you.

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