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'Public officers feel their @$$ is made of gold'- Kenneth G. Gladstone

- accuses sector of not doing enough to engage & inform community
Radio host and social commentator, Kenneth G. Gladstone has lashed out at the Public Sector of the Virgin Islands (VI) accusing them of not doing enough to engage with the community and keep them informed on the happenings in the sector. Photo: Facebook/GIS
According to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Micheal B. Matthews he is optimistic that in the future and given the new conditions, public officers will be more confident to come forward and explain their roles and responsibilities. Photo: VINO/File
According to the Commissioner of Police, Mr Micheal B. Matthews he is optimistic that in the future and given the new conditions, public officers will be more confident to come forward and explain their roles and responsibilities. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Radio host and social commentator, Kenneth G. Gladstone has lashed out at the Public Sector of the Virgin Islands (VI), accusing it of not doing enough to engage with the community and keep them informed on the happenings in the sector.

"I'm not sure why public officers feel they are up in the air and their @$$ is made of gold... they are not prone for public service," Gladstone said on the October 22, 2019, edition of his radio show 'A Moment of Truth', on PSI Online Radio. 

Mr Gladstone was at the time interviewing Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews who was updating the public on a number of issues facing the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). 

"And I'm not sure when we have gotten to the place where serving people has become such a menial job," Mr Gladstone continued. 

Past Culture of Secrecy 

The radio show host, in pointing to politicians and others in the sector, sought to seek clarity from the Commissioner, "Why are public servants having a problem appearing before people to give them a sense of what is happening in service, what is happening in their ministries?" 

According to CoP Matthews, one possible reason could be lack of confidence to appear in media via television and radio.

"I think there has perhaps been a culture in the past on not sharing information as widely as it could be shared, but I think that's changing, the BVI is changing and I think we are seeing more legitimacy in terms of the transparency of what's going on in the Public Service," Mr Matthews remarked. 

According to the Commissioner of Police, he is optimistic that in the future and given the new conditions, public officers will be more confident to come forward and explain their roles and responsibility, in addition to updating the public on what is being done in the community. 

11 Responses to “'Public officers feel their @$$ is made of gold'- Kenneth G. Gladstone”

  • opposition (28/10/2019, 16:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    I though things was supposed to change under Fahie and his boys, but let's see.
  • same ole (28/10/2019, 17:18) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Many of these officers know that ultimately their role is not in the interest of the people. It is still a game of slave and master. Gladstone knows this so I don't understand the hype.
  • keep trying (28/10/2019, 17:40) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Gladstone needs to give the officers a break, god don't like ugly...
  • send back to JAMDOWN (28/10/2019, 17:56) Like (18) Dislike (13) Reply
    is he even from here?
  • Charley Rose (28/10/2019, 18:04) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    The basic problem with government officers not sharing information or interacting with the general public is because of some officers having a long relationship with the previous administration and are obligated to that political party and are unwilling to comment on administrative and policy issues.

    As a Public Servant, one has to display professional responsibilities. Politicians will be elected and some will not be re-elected, However, the country remains. I feel strongly that Public Servants should leave their political issues at their homes and work for the government. Unless that is done quickly during the transition the entire development of the territory will be thwarted.
  • V'G (28/10/2019, 18:11) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

    My 2 pennies there's was loose /stray bullets in VG 2 weeks ago ,up to this day no mention of this occurance on police docket nor the media. Bullets in dwellins no police followups ,tenants still tramatise /2 major drug bust in 2 weeks .Let inform U the community of the BVI it all happened in VG.We the people of this community needs to be more proactive u see something say somethig.Our police officers over here on paid vacation.I'm 65 yrs.when I see these fat @$$ women as police officers I wonder man ur new sh*tman at my age u can't catch me if i do sh*t and running I'm running backwards again who the hell are they being recruited base on what.Mr COP.VG needs cleaning up!!!!!!
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  • Nyggah (28/10/2019, 19:06) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply

    What happen to this big d*tty island man ... and him ugl** and broke to.Go home!!

  • Outsider (28/10/2019, 19:15) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some of these officers have been in that position for tooo long. They operate as if it their home and they are in charge. Or they behaving like Cheetos (Donald Thrump) let them take another page from his book and see where he heading for now (impeachment) and what will happen to them soon or later
  • Concerned (28/10/2019, 20:14) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Are the public servants in your country media personalities? Well ours are not! Why don't you do some research.
  • Why (29/10/2019, 09:15) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Some people cannot survive in their own country but come in a next man country and trying to be relevant.


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