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Is Governor Duncan just enjoying a paid vacation?

- local talk show personalities allege Governor flouting Constitution, not looking out for locals
A number of prominent figures in the VI have roundly condemned the tenure of Governor John S. Duncan OBE, all of them agreeing that his time in the territory has been mired in controversy and acting outside of the interest of Virgin Islanders. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking with this news site, television commentator Julio ‘Sam’ Henry said that while he does not believe that the Governor is racist or corrupt, he is not acting in the best interest of the territory but of the UK. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking with this news site, television commentator Julio ‘Sam’ Henry said that while he does not believe that the Governor is racist or corrupt, he is not acting in the best interest of the territory but of the UK. Photo: VINO/File
Columnist and contributor Alred C. Frett said the Governor is the UK’s representative. 'He isn’t the BVI people’s representative...the people elected persons for that purpose,' he said. Photo: VINO/File
Columnist and contributor Alred C. Frett said the Governor is the UK’s representative. 'He isn’t the BVI people’s representative...the people elected persons for that purpose,' he said. Photo: VINO/File
According to talk show host Donald E. de Castro, there is a lot that the Governor could do if he is so concerned about good governance. Photo: VINO/File
According to talk show host Donald E. de Castro, there is a lot that the Governor could do if he is so concerned about good governance. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A number of prominent figures in the VI have roundly condemned the tenure of Governor John S. Duncan OBE, all of them agreeing that his time in the territory has been mired in controversy and acting outside of the interest of Virgin Islanders.

To clear the air on these issues, we asked them whether they thought Governor Duncan was corrupt, racist and whether he was disregarding the constitution.

Not acting in best interest of VI

Speaking with this news site, television commentator Julio ‘Sam’ Henry said that while he does not believe that the Governor is racist or corrupt, he is not acting in the best interest of the territory but of the UK.

“I think the Governor’s position is one of protectionism,” said Henry who co-hosts Speak Your Mind on JTV Live Channel 55 on Saturday evenings.

“He is protecting the establishment of the Government,” he said. “I think that is why he is here...if you look at his history and what he has done...look at his entire portfolio while he was here, he has not taken any type of disciplinary action,” Mr Henry said.

According to Henry, the Governor has made statements in relation to holding the Government accountable. “In fact, he challenged the Premier to fulfill his Government in the sunshine mantra and he now comes out and backpedals on this, blaming the people and saying that the people are too dependent on him and the Premier too much for transparency and good governance,” said Henry.

“Then one must ask then what is his role...why is he here?” asked Henry. “He is also saying that we do not have certain legislation in place. Well whose responsibility is it to have those things in place?” he asked.

He made the point that it is the Government who puts forward legislation and the Governor who assents to all laws. “If the Government does not do this how are the people going to put things in place?” he asked.

Governor ‘sitting in a big white house & not doing his job’

According to Henry, prior to the 2011 elections there was established a Law Reform Office to look at outdated laws and to come up with new ideas for laws that could move different portfolios forward such as education and the Information Act. “That Law Reform Office was closed under the National Democratic Party Government. There are laws sitting on some of these Ministers’ desk that they have no interest in passing. That would have addressed some of the same concerns that the Governor was speaking about,” he said.

The talk show host and public activist noted that in the circumstances one must ask what is truly the Governor’s role.

According to Henry, the Governor is sitting in “a big white house” and not doing his job.

‘UK Rep not people’s Rep’

Columnist and contributor Alred C. Frett said the Governor is the UK’s representative. “He isn’t the BVI people’s representative...the people elected persons for that purpose,” he said.

Frett added that the Governor’s job inherently is to look out for the interest of the UK. “If so be it a part of that happens to be to the people’s benefit, hip hip hooray. But it is the people who are elected locally who have the job of ensuring that their people are treated properly and well,” he said.

“For me to say whether the Governor is this that or the other, it is not within me to get involved in that. So I cannot answer your question about the Governor’s personal characteristics,” Mr Frett said.

Governor of talk & no action?

Donald E. de Castro said that with regards to the Governor he has read on several occasions where people wrote that he was racist and corrupt. “I am not in a position to comment on that because I really don’t know and I don’t have any reason at this time...but as far as the Constitution and good governance is concerned, he makes a lot of comments and does a lot of talking about both, but in my opinion he is not taking any action to cover his comments,” he said.

According to de Castro, there is a lot that the Governor could do if he is so concerned about good governance. “In addition to that, he would see that the House of Assembly takes the necessary action when the Commissioner of Complaints makes reports and recommendations. So I don’t know whether he is following the Constitution and exercising his power that the Constitution gives him. Personally I think he is just enjoying a paid pre-retirement vacation,” Mr de Castro said.

Governor Duncan fell out of popularity among many when he refused to order a commission of inquiry into the controversial cruise pier project despite the recommendations of the then Auditor General Sonia M. Webster and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and loud calls for an investigation from the general public.

51 Responses to “Is Governor Duncan just enjoying a paid vacation?”

  • wize up (06/05/2016, 08:23) Like (30) Dislike (38) Reply
    Fight your own battles and leave the governor alone: the governor is not your problem.... the problems in this territory are casued by those we voted for on 8 june 2015....i hope when the united kingdom sends her deligates to manage the affairs of our territory those talking now will be happy::: rulership under any UK administration will see the citzens of this territory under some serious preasure .... hold those you elected on 8 june 2015 accountable and stop pass blame to the UK representative:: lord help us because in 2016 and we still looking to the white man for help.....our people ran these islands for so many years and now what????
    • Exactly (06/05/2016, 09:14) Like (14) Dislike (28) Reply
      "The Governor is not doing his job" - Translation: "The Governor is not doing the things we want him to do for our own personal satisfaction and we are upset, so we will keep talking and get our names in the news because we love making it seem as though we really care about the BVI - Thanks VINO!"
      • HMPH (aka "Socal Comantar") (07/05/2016, 18:18) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Who Julio ‘Sam’ Henry an Alred C. Frett is?

        Donald E. de Castro big mouf wiv stupidness an foolishness comin out
        • @ HMPH ... (07/05/2016, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
          Take off your orange tinted glasses and you will see more clearly and start understanding too.
    • SMH (06/05/2016, 09:21) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
      your name is misleading the governor is suppose to be a watcher for the queen and intervene when the situation warrants it, the pier park was one such situation but he decided it was easier to just do nothing then get off his butt and start untangling the root of the corruption
    • Jim Jones (06/05/2016, 09:23) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
      So true WIZE UP, leave d darm governor along, ndp government is who all you vate inn, not d governor, go to the ministers office, go to the premier's office, there is where the problems is.
    • @ wize up (06/05/2016, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please stop wize up the governor has a role
      • wize up (06/05/2016, 18:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ wize up: I hear that!!! but the more you talk the less the man doing SO you doing to keep talking & taking..... a whole year done gone and after all the talk nothing done by your Governor!!!!
  • okay (06/05/2016, 09:02) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    governor done got his extra year just you all could jump high and jump low
  • One word (06/05/2016, 09:11) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Failure!
  • SMH (06/05/2016, 09:13) Like (14) Dislike (23) Reply
    Sam, Alred, Donald, prominent figures? I'm done.....
    • @ SMH (06/05/2016, 11:38) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      At least they did not thief our tax dollars or trouble girls and boys for sex
  • Online Now (06/05/2016, 09:14) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    Mr Frett is completely correct. Why are you looking for the Governor to do the Government's job? He is here for a reason and is doing his job as a representative of the UK. Now the ELECTED officials need to do their's.
  • John following the crowd (06/05/2016, 09:14) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    He just adapted to the government corrupt laid back life style...can't blame him
  • SYMUP (06/05/2016, 09:16) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    The Governor is the Queen's representative. It never felt or sounded funny to have those that enslave us to still be rulers over us. Those who by trickery gave us a religion to subdue us and we still feel comfortable under them? Suppose they do it again? Why persons always want to see the Queen send a representative to rule us? People, do you understand the history of these islands, that all these plantations in the BVI were owned by people from the UK? Simply put, they were the ones who had our forefathers as slaves. Why do we want to go back there? I trust any one of our people to rule us rather than the descendants of the British plantocracy. People, be wise, it is time to start thinking about our true freedom. We haven't gained it yet. Clandestinely they are planning our demise. We are melanin and we will never be destroyed. Prepare, people, prepare!!
  • voter (06/05/2016, 09:42) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look how soft you all people are why the hick you all do not sign a petition and take it to the FCO. DUNCAN MUST GO
  • kkk (06/05/2016, 10:17) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    Any man who cannot answer a question if he is a racist is a racist bottom line
    • The TRUTH (06/05/2016, 19:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      As a BVIsialdner, I am very sad about this situation, but I don't see anything unique here. I am no fan of our Governor, but I am not sure that local politicians have much control over larger issues of economic and racial injustice that create blighted neighborhoods in the BVI
  • good old boys club (06/05/2016, 10:25) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am convinced that he is a member of the lodge and we all know that they look out for each other.
  • revenge? (06/05/2016, 10:27) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    This seems personal to me.
  • ccc (06/05/2016, 11:25) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    John d needs to just pack up and catch the next flight out
  • Xxx (06/05/2016, 11:39) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need to investigate this governor
  • rio (06/05/2016, 12:22) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    We still on the plantation!!!
  • Cronyville (06/05/2016, 12:41) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    The governor problem is he gets a lot of poor advise from the Attorney General, Inez, Dr Smith and the bow tie man…that will be his down fall
  • civil servant (06/05/2016, 13:28) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    this governor got some work to do to repair his image with the public
  • wize up (06/05/2016, 13:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    listen: in am not a smart fellow: the same United Kingdom gave the NDP administration permission to develop the airport at a cost far higher that the cruise Pier....some 200 million dollars is suggested cost for that project..... folks here talking and talking but the UK have done nothing thus far ....those who have so much to talk should jump on the plane and have a direct conversation with persons in the UK because they keep talking about the governor not doing nothing.....this ia your country the governor is only here for at most 5 years then he gone, leave you here talking and talking..... get what is wrong fix !!!! the talk shows certainly not working
    • Plan-Strategy-Execution (06/05/2016, 15:04) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      @wize up, wize up, giving them enough rope to hang themselves. UK possible agenda may be to takeover since they don't have much going for themselves at the moment. There is no way they can have this Governor here who can obviously detect that all-is-not-well in this place; all kinds of Red Flags without even having to look extra hard, and not even trying to address the simplest iota of it. This has to be a set-up for an unexpected takeover. Remember, they are ahead of us and have had much more practice at the game.
  • lodger (06/05/2016, 15:11) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Name a past governor that any of you moaners have liked? If none, what are you doing to get a government you can trust, or to vote for independence. And do you think that will solve our problems?
  • Chupz (06/05/2016, 15:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    NEWSFLASH: The Governor is the queen's representative. We are a BRITISH overseas territory. Let's get real around here. He has a duty to the queen just as much as to us. So stop the madness please.
    • wize up (06/05/2016, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ chupz.....the same queen has given the same administration permission to spend 200 millions dollars.... the same governor that we want investigate this and investigate that, his boss the Queen gave the same NDP administration permission to spend more money....there is a big difference between 87 million and 200 million( some people have issues with the 87 million lets see how the 200 mil project work out)....
    • facts man (06/05/2016, 19:34) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Governor's behaviour is a microcosm of the new BVI: racially and ethnically divided, and presided over by a smiling opportunistic cabal of realtors and business people who have a vested interest in the continued oppression of locals and caribben people.
  • ccc (06/05/2016, 17:02) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    He and the ndp is much of the same
  • guess what? (06/05/2016, 19:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh my KLE! Running a goverment or being a governor in the BVI isn't as easy as it looks eh?
    • It’s more than that… (06/05/2016, 21:04) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      @guess what? He needs to get the Hell of Dodge! Being passive and enjoying our natural beauty and beaches could have been overlooked back in the days, but the world has changed, so we have to expect more accountability for holding these positions, whether sent to us or elected.
  • SMH 101 (06/05/2016, 19:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    So again with thos goverment and this governor, the blacks will not own anything for themselves, and will be left begging for a work.
    • wize up (07/05/2016, 07:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ SMH; well said; so you can only imagine if and when the UK takeover...we suffering like this under your own people(some out there asking for the UK to come in)
  • qc (06/05/2016, 19:27) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    the BVI has a plethora of problems. Most notably, the BVI is broke left so by the NDP under the watch of John Duncan.
  • Don't give up (06/05/2016, 19:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The governor done figure out and knows that most bvi people aren't much of a threat so he will continue to misuse and abuse them until they stand up.
  • Dirty Laundry (06/05/2016, 22:02) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Stop it. The world viewing if you up set then march or something but this is foolishness on the blogs man we can do better. Nothing wrong with fighting for our rights but it is how we do it.
  • run baby run (07/05/2016, 18:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    just looking at some of the faces I want to run
  • stand up (07/05/2016, 22:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who will take up the task of challenging this governor? It is left to the entire society to do so or else we are all doomed
  • farmer brown (07/05/2016, 23:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hebrews 4:13 There is nothing that can be hidden from the lord. God knows all who the governor is blocking and how he disregards the BVI higest laws
  • Boo (08/05/2016, 20:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I see the Guv loosening out the rope, and I see the NDP wrapping it around their own throats waiting to be jerked tight.

  • PHILLIP (10/05/2016, 15:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guess it feels good to to have someone else to blame. Look closer we elected them.


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