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Radio caller wants new constitution; No power for Governor

Noting that Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (left) is the Minister of Finance and an elected Member of Government, a caller to the Speak out BVI programme with host Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday March 21, 2017 said it was dictatorial for Governor John S. Duncan OBE (right) to instruct that taxpayers money go towards funding the police. Photo: VINO/File
According to talk show host Mr Doug Wheatley, as long as the Virgin Islands remains a British Overseas Territory, the Governor will continue to have his reserved power as stated in the VI Constitution. Photo: VINO/File
According to talk show host Mr Doug Wheatley, as long as the Virgin Islands remains a British Overseas Territory, the Governor will continue to have his reserved power as stated in the VI Constitution. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Making his disappointment known for the recent decision by His Excellency the Governor John S. Duncan OBE to evoke section 103 (b) which gave him the power to withdraw money from the consolidated fund or other public funds, at least one caller is suggesting a constitutional change, one that leaves the Governor powerless.

The caller was expressing his views on the matter on the Speak out BVI programme with host Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday March 21, 2017.

The Virgin Islands was abuzz with what many believe was a dictatorial move when the Governor announced that he was ordering some $800,000 to go towards financing the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) last week.

Many have voiced their opinions on the issue, including Opposition Leader Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith(AL) and even the former Deputy Governor Mr Elton Georges, CMG, OBE.

Honestly disappointed

“I am honestly disappointed in the position that the Governor took, I am very disappointed. I understand that nothing like this has ever been done in this country, and for the governor to take such a position it comes across like a dictatorship. I don’t think the Governor should have done that,” he said.

The caller informed that while he is not against the fact that the police should be properly funded, as he strongly believes that they do, the citizens of the territory voted in a Government to handle its affairs.

“…but for the governor to take such a position, you know what pained the most in situations like these? We have our leaders of our country whom we vote in an election, the Governor is no such person. From my understanding we are not even supported by Britain anymore, so for the Governor to take our tax money to do what he wants, yes he is doing it for the good of the country I recognise that but it is just the way that he goes about it,” he continued.

“Sometimes Doug you know, it is not what you do you know, it is how you do it. It’s not what you do is how you do it. We have a Minister for Finance. We really need to go back to the drawing board, we need a new constitution, and we need to take away that power from the governor.” 

Powers will not be able to be revoked from Governor

But Mr Wheatley said as long as the Virgin Islands remains a British Overseas Territory, the Governor will have such power.

“You will not be able to take it from the Governor,” Mr Wheatley said.

Wheatley informed that the governor had two sets of reserved powers and among them finance, but during the constitutional review in 2007, the British Government gave up the one reserved power that he had earlier in the constitution and they kept the one where he can go in the funds. Because the governor as far as the British Government is concerned, must have at all times the ability to ensure that certain things happen in the territory and he is responsible for a number of subjects under section 60 of the constitution.

Wheatley said because of this the Governor has to have the ability to take care of the areas in which he is responsible.

33 Responses to “Radio caller wants new constitution; No power for Governor”

  • HAHAHA (23/03/2017, 11:28) Like (86) Dislike (2) Reply
    Then go independent then or shut up! You ungrateful people can't even afford independence. All you just want to use the Queen yea right. Foolish caller doesn't realize the Governor acted in the best interest of the territory. Let somebody gun down your love one then you'll change your tune. Let this Government be exposed for corruption then you'll change your tune. Some all you too ungrateful and ignorant.
    • Strupes (23/03/2017, 16:45) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
      The police could have had three times that money it would not have made a difference. So I don't see your point. They complaining about resources and won't solve anything whether they have it or not. That's why the Government stop wasting the money as no results. Foolishness
    • Jacperlance (23/03/2017, 20:08) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      @HAHAHA, you are so right, I agree with you 100%. We really have some arrogant people living among us. That caller is down right foolish and foolishness like that should never be entertained
      • agreed (24/03/2017, 02:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well caller, I think you 's an @$$. You don't consider it a dictatorship when the infrastructure in shambles, gov workers can't get increments but yet people declaring air port project as done deal?
  • Nah (23/03/2017, 11:29) Like (62) Dislike (2) Reply
    ABSOLUTELY NOT! THANK GOD FOR THE GOVERNOR BECAUSE THE LAWLESSNESS THAT'S GOING ON IN THE BVI IS UNBELIEVABLE!
  • too doggone bias (23/03/2017, 11:50) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    If it had happened to the VIP, kelly would've been happy but because it happened to his NDP boys, he vex
  • Welsah (23/03/2017, 12:21) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    That caller must be a NDP toad and needs to go find a stool and sit down. When Dr. Zzzz giving away our hard earned cash with no accountability and definitely no explanation it is OK with you because he's from here. Well the Queen sent her representative and gave him certain powers which, once we are under her authority cannot be taken away. Gov. Duncan you did what you to for crime is on the rise and the Queen's police force needed back those funds. With their priorities all mixed up that money would've either went into ministers pockets or would be injected into the airport project or the cruise pier which still doesn't show value for the money spent.
  • John (23/03/2017, 12:27) Like (8) Dislike (19) Reply
    I disagree with the way the Governor did what he did. The Governor and the Premier should have discussed this matter in cabinet or in private, where the Governor should have informed the Premier of the requirements and inform him of the necessary actions he, as Governor, may have to take.

    On the other hand the Premier and indeed the NDP have brought this unto themselves by time after time ignoring the constitution and the rule of law and acting as though they can do as they please on all matters. If the Government abide by the constitution and listen to the electorate, this sort of thing would not have to happen. We did not elect dictators. Hopefully this is a lesson learned. If the government does not want the Governor to dictate, then they should not try to either.
    • sleeping beauty (23/03/2017, 12:57) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      @John
      The Governor did inform the Premier, but he's sleeping all the time!!!
  • ABC (23/03/2017, 12:34) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Vino do not mind the noise we love the cartoon
  • tola (23/03/2017, 12:36) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    We the BVI people really don't know what we really want if the governor sit back an let these NDP crooked do what them want ayo make noise an got the world a things to say some a ayo really need to shut the hell up thank god for this governor all the other one them joint with the NDP and help mash up our country Mr governor do what ever you see best for our country cause leave it up to the NDP them bring we right to the ground all these government people what we elected them is jus a bunch a time waister ayo really need to go mehson when ayo don't give the police them money how ayo think them goin to protected us #good job governor I am very proud of what you did and I sure a lot more people in our country is proud to
  • Lock ur boca (23/03/2017, 12:50) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    This caller needs to shut up . the governor is our only hope from these vampires...
  • TOL (23/03/2017, 12:55) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Concerned Caller, Do you think the people of the BVI voted in this corrupt Government??? At least the Governor is not using the taxpayers' money for his personal interest like how your "Voted" Government does!!!
    If you don't like the fact that the Governor has powers, then call for independence and we will support you.
    Unfortunately, some people don't hear what they say, and they always try to hide their heads in the sand.
  • VIBES (23/03/2017, 13:18) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love my VI too much to continue to watch this ndp administration rape the country and destroy our people, values and culture. It's called political incest. We are suppose to be one people but these unlawful lawmakers are too darn trifling and disgraceful. Everyday is war war war, disrespect and bad governance when done they taking no blame then want to get upset with our gracious Queen. We need to purge ourselves from this Government. Send them out the country to a mental institution. NHI must can cover that.
  • ??? (23/03/2017, 13:23) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is this even a topic for debate. This is not some random person that just up and decided that he is going to allocate money to the RVIPF, this is the Governor, the Queen's representative. Since when, as a territory, do we feel that we are above the decisions of the heads we are under? Since when should a Governor not have the right to make a decision over the territory? I assumed that's what the term Governor meant
  • i from here (23/03/2017, 13:28) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP paid someone to call in and speak in favour of them!
  • noooo (23/03/2017, 13:31) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who that retard is? I am willing to bet NDP paid him off to call and make that comment.
  • Ayyeeee (23/03/2017, 14:11) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some one needs to give the caller a very tall glass of shut up juice!!!!!

    Another idiot who doesn't know or understand the constitution. The BVI is a DEPENDENT Territory. Dependent like a dependent child which means smarty that we are not a law unto ourselves and must answer to who we are dependent to. IF the people who we elected won't do what they supposed to then he has an obligation to do what he must to protect us from the ones who we elected to act in our best interest. We give you kudos and a drink of tea. Since its cleaning time lets continue in the spirit of cleaning house:
    1) Audit for the wall
    2) Audit for the Cruise Pier
    3) Accountant General Audits for the last 6 or so years
    4) Accountability on BVI Airways
    This will do for now cause all the people hearing is hot air and we tired of the secrecy, underhadness and bullying mentality.
  • Youths on War (YOW) (23/03/2017, 15:50) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    We are accustom to unlawfulness and do not need any ceremonial monarch to dictate to a British "Dependent" Territory like:

    “Murders have been happening in the territory long before the current governor arrived.”...Honourable Mitch Turnbull, member of the National Democratic Party.

    Best hope for our young people heeey! :(
    • @YOW (23/03/2017, 16:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      YG2BCRAZY!!!

      You got to be crazy!

      Mitch is a follower not a leader. A mouth champion I will give him but no substance nor relevance.

      He is like a hype man for a rapper. Those guys who appear on stsge with famous rappers and ends up screaming most of the song than the rapper him/herself.

      Tell Mitch to go jump in de water and take a bathe!!!

      • @@YOW (23/03/2017, 19:56) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        "Took me a while to figure out "UG2BCRAZY"? Sorry I'm a slow youth but I'll be aight dude. Ima be alright dawg. Ain't no Governor gonna tell me nothing man. Like my partna say man "murders been happening in the territory long before the current governor arrive"...Honourable Melvin Mitch Turnbull, member of the National Democratic Party. Ima do me man. Ain't no Governor gonna stop my flow man check. Ima get my white envelope man. Dread this ain't no sarcasm dawg wud up lol. Ima hail my partna Mitch tomorrow man. He so wise man. Ain't no body got time to solve murders man. Like wha dem powpow don't need da $800,000 man. Da just shortening my white envelope man. Yow dawg that's wad up. Like all yo can't read rubbish man." :)))))) :(((((((
    • Yow (23/03/2017, 21:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh no please don't hit like. That was major sarcasm. Somebody spike Mitch water lmfao.
  • dot com (23/03/2017, 16:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor rained on you guys parade and you vexed that's all.
  • ForbiddenTruth (23/03/2017, 16:46) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    We still on the plantation
  • Ajic (23/03/2017, 17:52) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Radio caller is a fool. The reserve power of the governor is in keeping with his mandate to ensure the safety and stability of the country. There is nothing wrong with taking the money to be used to build up the police dept. We complain about the rising cost of crime. Well, You need resources to fight crime. How can you cut police budget by 46 % and expect them to be effective? People stop listening to the politicians and other greedy idiots about going independent. They just want to empty the treasury. Right now the UK is watching them that is the only reason why they have not pocket the rest of the country money. We have no stability without the UK. FINANCIAL SREVICES AND TOURISM are NOT STABLE ECONOMIES. We cannot stand on our own.
  • bvi (23/03/2017, 19:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    that caller must be a j@ck @$$, cant you guys realise you are owned by the UK, unless you are independent then you are subject to uk rules, get that in your dum @$$ thick skull, cheeeeeze.
  • SMH (23/03/2017, 20:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    mitch is that you
  • Yo (23/03/2017, 20:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor had a right to cut the Premier behind and wake him up from sleeping on the job. These NDP are too self serving and blatant The Anguillian has outdone the original Cookie Monster. For him to come out and say he don't thief is a pure shame. The Governor need to whip his behind next.
  • voiceofthevoiceless (23/03/2017, 20:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a dependent overseas territory, we are a contingent liability of the UK Government. That is if our Government is unable to meet its financial commitments then the UK must bail it out. It is this reason why any negotiation on the constitution will not cede the Governor's financial powers to the local Government. Straight up. The only alternative is independence which we are clearly not ready for.

    I personally am glad what he did as it was within the powers reserved by the constitution and that it was a wakeup call to the Government that they are checks and balances to their powers. At the same time, the Police need proper financing to get the crime situation under control.
  • qc (23/03/2017, 23:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happened to the bright boys who could run the country
    • Womenrule (24/03/2017, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You forget it got brighter girls. You see, allyo always discriminating against women. We are not going to be silent in no church pews for too long because the men them can't lead themselves or the country. They too busy studying party politics before they start to study country and people's politics. When the new leaders emerge, watch there will be many women among them. My cousin and her rest cousins; count them in.
  • World view (25/03/2017, 17:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The caller forgets that financial off shore locations like the BVI are a dying breed . We remain a British OT and if you don't like it tough , your government will soon sink this rock without the UK keeeping check


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