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'I am opposed to British direct rule on the VI'- Julian Willock

- The former Permanent Secretary & Businessman spoke about crime solutions, called for funding for the police & commented on the sacking of John I. Cline
This morning, January 11, 2017 former Permanent Secretary and Businessman, Mr Julian Willock was a guest of the International Morning Ride Show on ZROD 103.7 FM with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ and addressed a variety of topics. Photo: Facebook
Among the many topics discussed by Mr Julian Willock was the issue of crime and offered solutions, including adequately funding the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: Internet Source
Among the many topics discussed by Mr Julian Willock was the issue of crime and offered solutions, including adequately funding the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: Internet Source
Mr Julian Willock skillfully lent his voice to the controversy in which former Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority Board, Bishop John I. Cine, left, was fired by Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock skillfully lent his voice to the controversy in which former Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority Board, Bishop John I. Cine, left, was fired by Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The often candid but thoughtful Julian Willock, the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and now Chairman of the Board of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, a political consulting and marketing company, has again lent his voice to some topical issues affecting the Virgin Islands.

Mr Willock, a Virgin Islander, was at the time being interviewed this morning January 11, 2017 on the International Morning Ride Show on ZROD 103.7 FM with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ where he addressed a variety of topics.

No to British Direct rule-Willock

When asked by the host if he agrees with many residents and those on social networks, who have been calling for the United Kingdom to impose direct rule on the Virgin Islands (VI) because of the crime, alleged corruption and other issues, Mr Willock said he understands the cries of the people, however, he “does not support British direct rule.”

The former Permanent Secretary said “I have confidence in the voters to make the necessary changes and I know that our leaders will get their act together, which I trust is sooner rather than later, but I do not support direct British rule.”

Mr Willock said what all of us need to do is “continue to pressure the Government of the Day for transparency, accountability and workable plans on how to provide economic opportunities for all residents…”

What to do about crime?

Mr Willock, who holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science and Economics, when asked about the Territory’s high crime rate, said it’s a bipartisan issue. He added it’s always “easy to be critical but it’s harder to offer solutions”.

Mr Willock, in his interview, brought three solutions to the table.

He called on the Government to fund the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) so as to provide the resources needed in the efforts against crime. Mr Willock warned too that the political class must link the importance for a low crime rate to our tourism product and make a serious effort to bring effect to the linkage.

“Each year we spend millions of dollars to promote our jurisdiction as a tourist destination, why not take a million out of that and fund the Police so we have a linkage where one of the attributes of the Virgin Islands is a low crime rate for both visitors and residents, which is a win win?"

Another recommendation, according to Mr Willock to address crime, is “the continuous training of police officers at all ranks, which could go a far way in increasing morale and trust.” He said “when crime happens the residents who give tips to the police must also feel that their information will be kept confidential.”

Mr Willock also touched briefly on reforming the legal system and how that also must be linked to a crime fighting strategy… “I have had persons tell me, some in prison, that their cases have been adjourned for 4 and 5 and 6 times...this cannot be fair, this cannot be justice, as it creates hopelessness and lack of confidence in the system”. This must be addressed as a part of the crime fighting commitment, the young leader said.

Cline fired by Premier Smith- Willock’s thoughts

Mr Willock was also asked by Mr Peart about the controversy in which former Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority Board, Bishop John I. Cine, was fired by Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) for agreeing with a letter written by former Legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE, in which she called for new Leadership in the National Democratic Party and to move the Finance portfolio from Dr Smith to Health and Social Development Minister Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL).

The businessman, in his seasoned response, told radio listeners “that the issue here is of two competing interests, one in which a government gives out rewards to party supporters like a Board Chairman or a job and expect a level of support and loyalty, on the other hand there is a constitution where each resident has freedom of expression and freedom of speech”.

He said “both interests in this case had collided and the Premier made a decision…I will leave it to the people to decide which side they come down on…”

Is Willock running for Office?

The number one question that continues to come up to Mr Willock is, if he will be running for office? The brilliant businessman told the International Morning Ride show this morning that “when we are ready to make an announcement you will be the first to know.”

Pressure has been mounting for Mr Willock to run for political office; however, he has not said yes or no to the idea as the country needs new leadership.

34 Responses to “'I am opposed to British direct rule on the VI'- Julian Willock”

  • WAKE UP CALL, 2017 (11/01/2017, 15:09) Like (26) Dislike (18) Reply
    Emerging Leadership!

    We Commend You Willock For Standing Up and Shining Your Light Into The Darkness. The Time Has Come For The Young Lions And Young Lionesses To Wake-Up, Stand Up, and Roaaaarrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This Is You'll Time Now!!!

    • OK Then (11/01/2017, 20:01) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
      the NDP either has to lead, follow or get out of the way…new leadership in the esteem Julian Willock is now on the stage
    • Scary Mary (12/01/2017, 11:25) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      What I don't understand is why everyone seems to think the UK government will have any choice in the matter?

      Whether or not we or the UK government WANTS direct rule, the fact of the matter is that the UK is duty bound to protect US from any government that chooses to step outside the bounds of good governance. If our government insists upon ignoring the laws pertaining to financial governance, the UK MUST step in at some point.

      I think the UK has given this government every possible chance to remedy the situation. In fact, I think the UK is dragging their heels in doing what they know must be done. Yet our government continues to thumb their noses at both the LAW governing our finances and the people of the Virgin Islands!

      It isn't as though the UK needs another headache. Does anyone truly believe they WANT to take over? I can assure you that is the last thing they want. They just want our government to do what they are supposed to do and I for one don't think that is asking too much.

      Mr. Willock may indeed be considering a career in politics, but before he does, I hope he will clearly understand that IF the UK does impose direct rule, it will have been forced upon them by the Doctor Smith government.

      Personally, I believe this government WANTS the UK to impose direct rule for their own agenda. This government has made no secret of the fact that they support independence, but they know that the only way to gain the people's support is if something drastic were to happen that they know the people won't like at all. Direct rule would be a sure fire way to gain that support (overnight) and they know it!

      I believe we are being manipulated by a very masterful puppeteer! We all have to ask ourselves what comes AFTER independence. What are their plans going forward?

      Do we really want to learn to speak Chinese and have to pay for our state-owned housing using the Chinese Juan on our way to collecting our monthly grocery coupons which the state will so kindly provide, IF we are all good little boys and girls who wouldn't dare speak out against anything the leaders of the day decide will be good for us?

      Let's say we do gain independence, then what? Think about it!
  • Spy (11/01/2017, 15:20) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    J W you are a brave one however, being "opposed to Britain's rule over the VI" does not mean it won't or cannot happen. The question is if it does what can we do about it? March?
  • VG (11/01/2017, 15:27) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    This man sounding like a politian already
  • Gold teeth (11/01/2017, 15:27) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
    ayo surely gonna get that boy deported
    • bvi (12/01/2017, 09:09) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      well i didn't want to touch the issue, but since that you did i will comment on it, radio announcer, this island in nothing like an ordinary island, i think you should back off and let these people deal with their own problem, i see that you heading down a road of none renewal of work permit, trust me they will come after you, if they kill and eat their own, who is you that they wouldn't fry. keep out keep out keep out keep out PAUL.
  • also tried law (11/01/2017, 15:28) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    he wants to follow in myron's foot steps
  • pete (11/01/2017, 15:28) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Excellent interview julian
  • Hmm (11/01/2017, 15:40) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
    Let me tell you the answer for Willock. Yes, he would have fired Cline the same way and I would have agreed with Willock, the same way I agree with Dr. Smith, even though I rarely agree with him. Principle is principle. You all can spin this however you wish Cline was fairly treated.
  • rattie (11/01/2017, 17:02) Like (25) Dislike (11) Reply
    Willock you have my vote hands down
    • Another Trumpster (11/01/2017, 19:57) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      Check out the personal back-slapping. Trump is 'smart' and knows everything about everything.He tweets [stupid dumb ego] and it seems this is becoming a trend. Very worrying....and certainly dangerous. Hope we don't go down this road here.
  • Amazing (11/01/2017, 17:58) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    It's amazing to me how time changes things. A few years ago most of us considered Wilcox an ego maniac, today we are seriously considering voting for him if he My how things change. He sounded good this morning though, no lie. He's playing the game well. I see a show down between him and his former best friend if he ever enters the house of assembly though..
  • voter (11/01/2017, 18:35) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    Willock will win hands down
  • Law Abiding citizen (11/01/2017, 19:43) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    When we cannot rule ourselves, let's not get upset when her majesty comes to rule us. Long live the queen!
    • Queenwho? (12/01/2017, 10:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is this obsession with the Queen and a country that used Africans to build up the UK? It is very sad that people want to go back to Colonial rule. You think the Queen has African descendant's interest at heart, or the heart of the UK to find a place to rest its tired, weary, running-from-country-to-country citizens? Even the face of the UK is changing with all the Indians and Muslims who live in it. Will the UK suffer its own fate and be colonized by those who they once colonized? Karma, they say is a 'bitch', it comes back to hurt you where it is most effective. Leave England out of the Virgin Islands business. Understand your history and you wouldn't be crying out to be invaded by an enemy.
  • Would say (11/01/2017, 19:44) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    one thing I admire about Julian is; he bringing solutions to the table and not just talk talk talk like some who wants to run
  • i from here (11/01/2017, 19:55) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    thanks for the positive message willock at least for the first time like Mrs. Obama i will feel that after the next election good about my country
  • Would say (11/01/2017, 20:03) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    i like that he is also highly educated that is the kind of background we need to help run the bvi
    • Spy (11/01/2017, 20:34) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
      @would say two doctors and a lawyer are running the country. Aren't they highly educated? One has to be to be a surgeon or a gynacologist right?. It is obvious that we need more than just education to run the country. Common sense with education seems to work fine
      • @ Spy (12/01/2017, 06:27) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        you sound so stupid and silly..JW is in a class different from them two waste of time doctors
      • @ Spy (12/01/2017, 06:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        please!!! you got to be a fool to think the attorney general is running the country..more like the owners of theos private islands
  • 2019 (11/01/2017, 22:00) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    Vote JW to changing the conversation in 2019!!!!!!! I am with that guy.
  • seen (11/01/2017, 23:03) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Jw u got all my votes in my house am jus can't wait for 2019 jw all the way
  • M.a.c. (12/01/2017, 00:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well the doctor finally find his balls.thing to talk
  • party politics (12/01/2017, 04:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The choice between rewards and jobs for party supporters and compliance with the constitution should be clear. Why should a government be breaking their own laws?
  • bvi massive (12/01/2017, 06:28) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
  • direct rule (12/01/2017, 08:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you have siphoned off 47M on a project that should only cost 35M, bringing the total cost to 82M, should you be investigated and punished if found guilty? Would this be done without direct rule? Direct rule does not have to be permanent, remember the case of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the return to self rule only took two years. I cannot see such corruption going unpunished. If there is another way to accomplish justice, I would like to hear it.
  • Spy (12/01/2017, 10:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey!!! don't go calling me names now I never said that JW is not educated. All I am saying that education with common sense
  • Cuz (13/01/2017, 20:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    bigups to willock he is still a man on the move, very smart, talented and going places
  • Albion (14/01/2017, 21:54) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with the Esteem one! The UK have never acted in the past with anything that they don't stand to benefit them a 100% in the long and short term. So you don't see what's coming or what they are doing to set up the NDP to retake the BVI
  • Liat 521 (16/01/2017, 21:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the citizens of the BVI have a right to know what is going on that will make the UK impose direct rule

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