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‘Seriously governor? Singing & dancing for the Prince?’- Cromwell Smith

Talk show host Cromwell Smith (left) has criticised Governor J. U. Jaspert (right) for including 'singing & dancing' in the programme for the visit of the Prince of Wales on November 18, 2017. Photo: Facebook/VINO
The Twitter post by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert that as infuriated Mr Cromwell Smith. Photo: Facebook
The Twitter post by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert that as infuriated Mr Cromwell Smith. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has been criticised for including ‘singing and dancing’ in the programme for the visit of Prince of Wales, Charles P. A. George.

His Royal Highness will be visiting the Virgin Islands on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Talk show host and community activist Mr Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju En Ka’ has taken issue with Governor Jaspert’s Tweet which read: “Please join us in welcoming the Prince of Wales to our islands at the Queen Elizabeth Park II on Saturday afternoon.

“There will be music and dancers to entertain. Arrive by 2:15 P.M.”

Seriously Governor?

Writing on his Facebook page today, November 17, 2017, Mr Smith criticised the Governor for being insensitive to the predicament of the Virgin Islands following the destruction of Hurricane Irma and the United Kingdom being limited in its assistance to the Overseas Territory.

“In our time of disaster, distress and mourning for the loss of our loved ones? You need to attune yourself to our historic and cultural sensibilities! While other countries are aiding their dependancies, we are still around the table with hat in hand! And you talking about dancing and singing for the prince? Seriously?” Mr Smith wrote on his Facebook page.

Less than meaningful visitations

Mr Smith’s comments drew responses in support and against.

A Richard Georges said: “This is another in a list of less than meaningful visitations. I really don’t see the need for festivities... if Prince Charles is coming to see the recovery effort, why waste time with the same old colonial celebration? Go spend time talking with first responders, schoolchildren, the elderly, our linesmen, and those involved in the first line of recovery.”

A Dalan M. Vanterpool commented: “Funny. The Governor was a BVI god or messiah for some people a few weeks ago.

Let’s pause our lives to put on a poppy show honoring the Premier! That sounds crazy right? Facebook & local media would be on fire. “That’s what they doing before dem fix the road???”

This a good reminder that it’s still business as usual. Don’t get distracted.”

Meanwhile, A Johanna Boyd said: “I see nothing wrong with that invite. I hear music coming from certain establishments in Road Town up until curfew time where folks are out drinking and dancing. Let us not find negative in something with good intentions.”

Boyd’s comments drew a response from Mr Smith, who stated, among other comments, “…It’s a sore point for many of us who know that history and have experience racism first hand. We are always being called on to be forgiving and loving and that’s a good thing. However, I would also like to see a little more sensitivity and remorse on the other side. Especially in light of the gyrations we are having to go through and the way they treat our premier to get some much needed financial assistance, when other countries that fall under the same policies they are touting have already assisted their dependencies’. Eg France. Certainly you can understand my ire.”

The Prince of Wales was scheduled to arrive in Antigua and Barbuda today, Friday November 17, 2017 conducting engagements on the island of Antigua that day. His Royal Highness will visit Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands on Saturday November 18. On the final day of the tour, Sunday November 19, The Prince will conduct engagements in Dominica.

During the tour The Prince of Wales will meet members of the local communities and hear about the ways in which they have been recovering since the storms hit the islands.

30 Responses to “‘Seriously governor? Singing & dancing for the Prince?’- Cromwell Smith”

  • Bojangles (17/11/2017, 16:11) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Exactly! We are still seen only as the entertainment...smh...
  • DON Q (17/11/2017, 16:14) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who cares
  • blame (17/11/2017, 16:48) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    There were times in the past when some people Bvislanders especially used to like going down to the big white house to carry news and most times propaganda on some of their fellow BVIslanders to get them booted sometimes from a job or post because they were not getting what they wanted from that person. Lets not forget this is a British territory and who knows maybe something good and beneficial for the people will come from this visit.

    Mr Smith you made some good points but remember If we were managing our finances better we would not have to be around the table with a hat begging. That is what made us different from the United states Virgin islands an independent mind thinking self sufficient people that had more autonomy running our country than any other colony in the world.

    We as a people have missed the point we have to make those who should be accountable for their actions.
  • nat (17/11/2017, 17:34) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much negative does not help. Do not try to make the visit political. Maybe the premier is looking out for you, but the majority of people are suffering.
  • lodger (17/11/2017, 17:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sounds bad, but full itinerary not released for security reasons. Reasonable I suppose.
  • BDT (17/11/2017, 18:14) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ok No singing and dancing..lets just go in a corner and mourn. It is true that people lost lovef ones and we again offfer our condolences but they are moving on We are suppose to be a strong people. What happened to BVI Strong?. Can anyone do anything in this country without these people we have been listening to for years critercising every thing? Please...lets stop this bickering. Ok Cromwell tell me what should we do?
    • Bloody Sick of You (17/11/2017, 20:08) Like (23) Dislike (24) Reply
      @BDT...excuse me Mr. or Miss insensitive, did you just bury your mother or father? Did your house just get destroyed and you don’t know which way to turn? Did your vehicle get destroyed and you have no way to get around or lose your job and can’t pay bills, did you get pneumonia and still feel weak, are your children still in a state of shock? Yes we are in mourning and hell no,we are not BVI strong at this moment. You should take your stupid self over to the park and sing and dance like a buffoon and make them all have a freaking grand old time. We are a strong people but right now we are weak and hurting. You are selfish and ignorant to how broken hearted we are. You go entertain him. Tell the governor we are not the slaves in the fields who come a runnin when he rings the bell. The UK treated our Premier like dirt, when they should have given him the financial aid he asked for. Now in closing, take Charles on a trip from east to west so he can get a first hand taste of what we are experiencing daily.
      • @Bloody Sick Of You (18/11/2017, 06:58) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
        Thats ok ... now take a deep breath...inhale..exhale..easy now. I am glad u get that out. All that pent up anger and frustration could have made u pop a vein
      • O.o (18/11/2017, 07:49) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
        My condolances to you bloody sick..I dont mean to be insensitive but if was up to people like you we will never move forward..My house Got destroyed we had to escape in the first half of Irma..and people close to me have died but what you have to realize is people die everyday and new people are born as well...You want the benefits of being British but don't want the British around...If he is a prince what do you expect?...Dont be a coward..show up at the park and protest...
        • Bloody Sick of You (18/11/2017, 22:14) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
          @O.o. Show up for who. We buried our family member on Anegada today. Yes we are still grieving you insensitive people. I don’t need to take a breath and I an not a coward you punk. My family is more important to me than you behind kissers.
          • O.0 (19/11/2017, 18:07) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
            Bloody sick ..Oh im so sorry for your loss..well be quiet then with your useless behind, You would never protest regarless.Coward.
          • 22 (19/11/2017, 21:29) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
            You Need To Relax And Thank God you got life to carry on on this journey for a better tmr for your family the road is ruff but we can't sit in a corner forever
          • ... (20/11/2017, 00:15) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
            Safe to say that many, if not everyone, lost things, loved ones, jobs, etc. so not sure how people, who suffered and are still suffering, are being insensitive by being positive and optimistic towards the Prince. If BVI is not strong it is not the Prince's fault. Leave black people to run a country and look what happens. If UK is careful about handing out funds to BVI it is not UKs fault. The powers that be have time and time again failed to show accountability, transparency, etc. The failure and sufferings right now is to be blamed on the current government. My heart broke to see people suffer, if I could I would give. The same government watching people suffer yet still looking out for themselves and their friends. Even when food and aid from other countries were coming in to feed me and you, they turned them away because they wanted nothing to do with those countries? Government has no money...tell me why not? They still paying out full $10,000 a month salaries to Ministers when they watching their own people hungry. I guess any monies received from UK would be to maintain that $10,000 a month salary and for what...what job are they doing that is worth all that money. Only one or two working for their salary. Don't know about the others. The anger should be directed at BVI Government, moreso the NDP lot... Not the UK, not the Prince who was so kind to stop by.
  • belonger (17/11/2017, 19:23) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    What about our reparation money. We could do well with it.
  • 8th district gyal (18/11/2017, 02:31) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    You stay there ... just play a lil' Lashing Dogs for me please. My turnt up is long overdue!
  • John (18/11/2017, 02:34) Like (14) Dislike (18) Reply
    Why the heck there is still a monarch I don’t know. Utter nonsense as far as I am concerned. I have much more important thing to do with my time and I am sure there are lots of my fellow citizens who feel the exact same way. Let the so called Prince come and get his photo ops and leave. The only thing I am hoping would come out of his visit is exposure so the plight of the pe,pole could be highlight. Other than that the visit is meaningless as far as I am concerned.
  • Serpico (18/11/2017, 03:42) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    We still on the plantation.
  • Love (18/11/2017, 05:14) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    What is wrong with our people? You guy don't act grateful nor thankful.our Governor is opening doors for us his people too. Our Premier had no right to turn down help when we had the flood it was an insult to our queen yes I said our queen, we still need her and as a form of respect to her and our Governor let come out show that respect and welcome Prince Charles he is indeed our Prince give him a welcome we didn't give to our Governor show them know matter what we are strong people of love hope and faith show them what our culture stands for. It's funny that our Governor what not given the proper welcome to our country most of our government electoral was missing to his arrival some had complained that the were working for the people some on vacation tell me is that the way to welcome him. Who was there for him being sworn in people open your eyes your heart stop this crap that's going on our Governor show us the people he is here for us he rides and stand for us during this e hurrcaine that destroyed our way of life yes but he never gave up not did he quite. He showed us proud people that he is humble that he is here for us working for us stand with him the way he stand for us and welcome Prince Charles to our home land show our Governor that we are here for him the same way he is there for us. Remember he is human just like you and I remember he worked countless hours countless days and still is to help better our country so don't let a small vist for condem our Governor he is viable vocally active with us please show him the same love and concern that he gave to us governor my family and I stand with you to welcome our Prince Charles.
    • @ love (23/11/2017, 09:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You mental make up are the kind that created the house nigga they love, know still exist and who that impedes the progress of this once mighty race. Your prose will insult great minds such as Garvey, Toussaint Malcolm, Martin and countless other warriors who bled and died that such mentality never prevailed.

      @ Belonger: We must organize, organize and organize. Then we must agitate, agitate and agitate until we get what is duly ours.

  • ... (18/11/2017, 07:21) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    The royal family is the symbol of white supremacy
  • Just saying (18/11/2017, 08:08) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    When will we ever open our minds from the negative way of thinking? Ever wonder why we stay hating on each other, judging our every move in a negative way? Ever ask ourselves why we have to stay in such a miserable mindset constantly looking for what is wrong and not what is right? It must be sad living day in and day out with our thoughts set in that way of thinking. So very sad!
    We need to open our heart and fill it with love, look for the beauty in life and in each other and train ourselves to stay in that place of beauty and love. It makes a positive difference in our everyday living and reduces all the stress we keep inside making us hard and uncaring. Please try it, for you for your children, for your country. Be of peace, be of love.
  • Hmph (18/11/2017, 08:14) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yall acting like the governor called upon you to dance and sing. It seems like he already has his singers and dancers so whyyyyy are you upset because he organized a lively event in such a devastating time? Smile a while and give your face a rest. You can't be uptight and upset all the time because it's not good for your mental health. Ease up sir.
  • Ignorance (18/11/2017, 09:25) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    That's ignorance Smith.seem you for get that's the cultra for queens/kings .just how you all love to keep queen shows wasting money on any one selected to walk .we rule under the British that's why we have a governor .only people of such live in that house. While any elected premier have to live in they house where ever it built ..
  • Well Well (18/11/2017, 11:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah, let's dance and do the jig for our supper! I am quite sure it was 'locals' who suggested the singing and dancing to the Governor. Our anger should be directed to the right place. Dance on!
  • Bobmarley (18/11/2017, 14:00) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Emmancipate yourself from mental slavery.
  • Wes (18/11/2017, 20:06) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this the same hypocritical clown who was at the same time saying how great the country was and back slapping the NDP for such a great job? Now on the same day things so bad when he is referring to the Gov. Make up your mind Mr Ka or whatever you chose to call yourself. Hypocrites need not apply
  • faith (18/11/2017, 20:49) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    LOVE....you make a very good comment. Share some more love,we as a people , need to come down to earth. And give thanks.
  • Hmm... (20/11/2017, 10:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is nothing bad on what the Governor did. he jsut wanted to showcase on what the BVI people does with culture we have here. I just hope that the images that I 'm sure will be repeated in the mind of the Prince, if he has a conscience will be and aid for promoting the assitance that the BVI deserve.


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