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Reverend Turnbull continues to press for ‘self- determination’

Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull says the Virgin Islands should press for 'self-determination'. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church Reverend Dr. Melvin A. Turnbull continues to push for the Virgin Islands (VI) to embrace self-determination. Over the last several weeks, Dr Turnbull has lobbying for the Islands to have “the fair opportunity and right to choose our affiliations, and to sit at the decision-making table with no meddling from any other country.”

Dr Turnbull’s position is reflective in his research paper on “the Economic Impact of BVI Relation with Britain” which was presented in 1998, Reverend Turnbull while he was a student of the H. L. Stoutt Community College.

According to the Pastor, the Virgin Islands “must embrace self-determination, and “not independence for we have a lot of work to do as a Territory which includes enacting and seriously enforcing laws that make all of us, the public and elected officials accountable and respectful of ethical behavioural standards.”

He continued to say that while Islanders “have an expressed desire to become a self-governing people, and we want to exercise the highest degree of control over the affairs of our Territory,” we have a serious problem.

“We are not ready for discussions on independence until we start to hold leaders accountable to the principles of good governance, which I must add are clearly outlined in the Ten Commandments and our constitution,” Reverend Turnbull stated.


He added, “the time is here to ensure that there are harsh consequences for leaders and public officers who step outside the bound, and for members of the public who facilitate and engage the public sector in the nefarious activities.”

According to Reverend Turnbull, “self-determination is about when the people of the Virgin Islands are faced with unprecedented challenges, how do we get a seat at the table and tell our story and negotiate for ourselves.”

He continued to say that “self-determination is not a lifestyle; it is not about personal agendas to enhance self, friends, and family. It is about the people of this Territory- citizens, and residents- becoming stronger together with one voice, one message, one motive, one purpose, one VI, and this expression of ‘one voice’ sitting at the decision-making table with the right people.”

He emphasized his position that “our success as a country cannot be two or three people sitting at the table on our behalf, making decisions then telling us what they have done. This is counterproductive and is not a positive step towards self-determination, but rather self-enhancement and setting us up to fail socially and financially. This incessant action continues to go against the grain of morality and ethical consciousness. Customary practices cannot be the strategy in this conventional time.”

“It really cannot, or we will continue to get the same cascading results over and over," he said.


9 Responses to “Reverend Turnbull continues to press for ‘self- determination’”

  • ccc (16/07/2018, 11:53) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not with the ndp slate
  • wize up (16/07/2018, 12:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    one thing that I will personally love to see, is legislation/laws which will see holders of public office being investigated and thereafter sent off to jail for any unaccountable expenditures before we seek more self rule: the truth be told our territory have come full circle: history will recall that it was your forefather and my fore parents that planted the sugar cane and cotton fields while Great Britain explotited our people that was back in 1700/1800s: understand this; we are now in 2018 and the exploitation of Virgin Islands People continues: it is our people that set about the development of offshore services however the UK wants to disrupt our progress: these Virgin Islands were not subsidize by Great Britain from 1975: our people back in the day work those plantations now our people works those phones to attract financial services....the way forward for this territory should be determined my the people via a vote system and not by a selected few
  • Interesting (16/07/2018, 13:33) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bossman speaks with a Yankee accent and works in the FSC earning a nice mint is suppose; therefore is all this noise mostly about his nest egg? Rev. Turnmbull you’re a decent guy but have you really sat and thought, prayed over what it would be like if we were TOTALLY on our own? Especially after some crisis be it weather related or other. What if the BVi defaulted on all its loans, USA revokes use of their currency etc. then what options do you have in mind as a backup? Where would BVislanders migrate to in the 1st world and be offered the same benefits they can NOW enjoy given their U.K. passport privileges? Those whom have US passports and green-cards can run to the grand ole’ USA to seek shelter just like in 2017. Where would those born in the BVi (in your Independent BVi) go? Imagine bvislanders can go anywhere in the EU rite now and work/study. Would that be the case in your vision of an independent BVi? Or is this talk all just about reaching out to a small demographic that share your sentiments and prefer the status quo remains the same? Where was the loud voice every week when social issues were bimbarding us daily? The spate in serious crimes, lack of axxxountability in central government, incr aced cost of healthcare, state of the schools & government offices where workers are falling ill!!
    Nothing personal brother, but I see this as a more personal issue since this BO Register has to come on-stream and maybe FSC has to trim some fat that’s exisited for far too long! Brighter days ahead, and maybe you and John can find time for ayo flocks!!!
    • wize up (16/07/2018, 16:02) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ interesting: I have to agree with your blog 101%, because there is a very thin line between fact and fiction: those of us with a few dollars and that green card can continue living fictious lives: just my personal point of view, had the UK people remained in this territory following those hurricanes our country would have been rebuilt or far better than where we are right now; but false pride caused our leadership to give them a hard time and army packed up an leave the territory
  • True (16/07/2018, 14:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guy who preaches about fiction wants to leave the UK to get into bed with who? China? USA they way they treated USVI/Puerto Rico guys a joke and needs to stay in his pulpit preaching the slave masters book keeping people in line.
  • BRAD BOYNES (16/07/2018, 23:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Independent cand be spoken of ofcourse but what will be the COST ?
  • E. Leonard (17/07/2018, 11:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Independence and self-determination are often used interchangeably but they are different actions. The V.I. is a non-self governing territory;however, under UN charter it has a right to pursue self-determination/independence. What type of political status does the V.I. want, ie, independence, federation, protectorate..........etc. Pursuing political independence is a heavy lift. Economic independence, residents controlling the majority of resources and controlling how they are used in production, should precede political independence. Without economic independence, investors exert significant power and influence; they run things. This is the reality; he/she who wears the gold make the golden rule. I’m not averse to external investment(just keeping it real); foriegn direct investment is vital for continued economic growth, development and sustainability.

    Moreover, as Virgin Islanders, we must ask ourselves if the V.I., a tiny (59 square mile, 36 island chain), resource-poor (human capital is its key resource), OT of UK, with an approx population of 30,000, with a fragile service economy (tourism and financial services), remote from major markets, highly vulnerable to natural disasters......etc is prepared and ready for independence? We must also ask what is the cost-benefit of independence, would independence erode quality of life and standard of living, would independence increase GDP, would independence arrest the skyrocketing cost of living, would independence affect the US dollar as the legal tender currency, how would travel to the USVI and US be impacted, how would economic diversification be impacted, how would the relationship with the UK change, how would defense, external affairs and internal security be impacted; would independence lower transportation, energy and telecommunications cost; would infrastructure (road, water, electricity, sewer, drainage, ports) improve, would education, health and public safety improve; would governance improve............etc.
    • Eagle and Buffalo (17/07/2018, 14:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is real talk. The agenda is set so let the independence talk begin. In the end, it is the people’s decision so put it on the ballot and let the discussion begin. Let’s put this issue to bed for a while. It is time to craft a sustainable economy and build a nation.

      Lets lead like eagles, not careen of the cliff like buffaloes.

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