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Is Governor John S. Duncan a Liar?

-After a few months in the Virgin Islands his credibility & integrity are under fire
Governor John S. Duncan's credibility and integrity are not under fire after just a few months in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Works progressing on the cruise pier project even as the Auditor General and the Public Accounts Committee found serious issues with it, prompting the call for a Commission of Inquiry. Photo: BVIPA
Works progressing on the cruise pier project even as the Auditor General and the Public Accounts Committee found serious issues with it, prompting the call for a Commission of Inquiry. Photo: BVIPA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands Community continues to be extremely disappointed in recently appointed United Kingdom Representative to the Virgin Islands Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

Bad start with media

He started off on the wrong foot few weeks after he arrived in the British Overseas Territory by shutting out the major media houses including Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) where he conducted his first interview with some of the smaller and not widely read media houses. Notwithstanding, a few months later he did grant this news site an exclusive interview.

Broken promises & denial

In that interview with Virgin Islands News Online and on record throughout the Territory Governor Duncan promised the people of the Virgin Islands that he “intended to make a decision on the Commission of Inquiry into the Ports Project by the end of 2014…certainly by the end of the year,” his direct quote.

However, he did in the same exclusive interview with VINO - in a story we carried on November 24, 2014 - left a small window of opening suggesting that there might be a chance that he may go over to January 2015.

This news site will continue to be fair and objective not only to the Governor but to all, however it must be noted that Governor Duncan insisted that he will have the report by the end of December 2014 and even while he softly suggested it could go over to January, as of today January 31, 2015 the Governor has still not kept his word to the public on a decision for the Commission of Inquiry on the findings of both the Auditor General and the House of Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee on the Ports Development Project.

Governor picks fight with media

Instead, Governor Duncan through the Government Information Service (GIS) took to the airways on January 28, 2015 lashing out at the media and accusing them of “publishing inaccurate statements regarding his time line.” He further offended most of the media houses when he cherry-picked one media house for the public to log on in order to see an article he used to justify his alleged media inaccuracy.

Caught on tape - poor media advice

However, other media houses jumped all over the Governor with one who he snubbed from his first interview posting an audio tape where Governor Duncan was again insisting that he will make a decision by the end of 2014 on if he will decide on a Commission of Inquiry into the Ports Development Project.

Most residents were disappointed and there are now loud whispers as to who is advising the Governor on media relations in the Virgin Islands. What would have been prudent is a new statement telling the public he needed more time to come up with a decision on this weighty matter of a Commission of Inquiry, and to his satisfaction he would have found a very understanding and sympathetic public.

However, instead he chose to attack the media with divisive statements notwithstanding he stopped short of naming any media house.

Is the governor a liar?

It now further puts Governor Duncan’s credibility and integrity into question so early in his tenure as now there are opinions about him being truthful and issues of trust. It was even said that after only six months on the job one talk show host Edmund G. Maduro has already called for him to be sent home from the VI for not helping to promote good governance.

29 Responses to “Is Governor John S. Duncan a Liar?”

  • one eye (31/01/2015, 11:50) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why is he refusing to call a commission of inquiry
  • IDI (31/01/2015, 12:00) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yes he iz.
  • Johnny Walker (31/01/2015, 12:45) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    The governor and Ms. P. are both currently tied for the Donkey of the week. While the governor could have forgot what he said he should not have decided to bash the media publicly especially since they always have tape recorders while conducting interviews.
  • nbc (31/01/2015, 14:36) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    The question is, who is the Governor listening to. The NDP's tentacles stretch all the way to the top of the Civil Service. He needs to be careful.
    • ooooo (31/01/2015, 16:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      as long as that woman is there he will be always blindfolded by her...we need to retire that woman from that position...she is politically deadly
  • Online Now (31/01/2015, 15:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor say on the press good side
  • Word to the Wise (31/01/2015, 16:34) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    don't mess up like the last governor brother John Duncan, the last one left in disgrace you would want to left on a high as you are still young!
  • Jacperlance (31/01/2015, 18:10) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    One thing I want you people to realize is that Englishman always feel very uncomfortable when you write down what they say or record them because they lie a lot
  • Buff-Baff (31/01/2015, 20:43) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    The governor stated also that he will look into the other reports, namely the greenhouse and Sea Cows Bay Barbour project. I find it strange that the public is only concerned about the COI on the cruise ship pier report.
    • @ Buff-Baff (31/01/2015, 21:08) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      that is where the real corruption is the ports project botht the green house and sea cows bay is just a side show
      • shelia (01/02/2015, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        their must be a reason why the people are showing so much skepticism knowing the real need to investigate this ports project
  • nest (31/01/2015, 20:52) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Governor needs to give the assurance that he will do what he thinks is right because it’s the right thing to do,
  • Not again (31/01/2015, 21:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And when one would have behaved in this way, trying to apologise and in the apology, you further compound the issue.
  • please (01/02/2015, 07:30) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Give the man a break, he has only been here a few month and you all want label him already. Now who is been disrespectful here, just because he is taking his time does not mean he wouldn't get things done. He just wants to get it right.
  • Peng (01/02/2015, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    holly cow governor you really did mess up...AS you previously indicated its a tedious matter you could have bought more time to advise that for the sake of a tranquil election you will make your decision after the election on greenhouse, Cruise Port and sea cows bay....being fair!!! wen he released the statement I really didn't understand what he was saying as he from time to time indicated that he would make a decision by years end.. I never agree to anything that VINO says and I never comment but with this one they stand corrected.
  • Bert KILBRIDE (01/02/2015, 08:20) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    1234 Duncan must GO. Take it go the streets yall.
  • Peter (01/02/2015, 09:02) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    White people living well in this country--Governor aint foolish, why rock their boat? They get their permit approved in one month. why Caribbean people are asked to wait for 3 and 4 months, every white person permit says "manager"--- they see locals as a set of foolish complainers. They can be right--maybe its our system, that's oppressing us.
  • ooooo (01/02/2015, 12:01) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    do you all think that the governor knows that his deputy is a pro NDP?
  • Funny (01/02/2015, 13:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    When we start holding our local politicians to the same timeframe and accountability standards of the governor , that would be the day. It is quite funny that we hold the governor to this strict time frame yet we hold our local government to none...
  • one eye roaster (01/02/2015, 13:52) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    i just listen to the tape on bvi news I am shocked...caught in an small lie
  • poor fella (01/02/2015, 17:09) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    the governor is a good man but he getting a lot of bad advise...
  • my two cents (01/02/2015, 17:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Someone said that the new bvi politicks is a game where you have to be really smart to understand it and really dumb to care enough to try.
  • we the people (01/02/2015, 17:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    for jsutice sake I'm rooting for the comm of inqury
  • Ralph (01/02/2015, 19:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "just play the tape"
  • for real (02/02/2015, 21:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he is not protecting the government from curruption
  • ln the news (02/02/2015, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give him some time he will catch on

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