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UPDATE: Under pressure Governor appoints Ishmael Scatliffe to PSC

- After months of resistance and a stern warning by Leader of the Opposition Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, Governor William B. McCleary complies with VI constitution and appointment request
Virgin Islander Ishmael Scatliffe has finally received his letter from the Governor to serve on the Public Service Commission. Mr. Scatliffe, who is seen as fair and a champion for the rights of civil servants, is the nomination of the Leader of the Opposition Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal OBE. Photo: VINO Team of Reporters
The United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary, after much delay, has issued the appointment letter to the Leader of the Opposition's nominee Ishmael Scatliffe to serve on the Public Service Commission (PSC). Last year the same Governor rejected the Civil Servant Association's recommendation of Mr. Scatliffe. Governor McCleary has also been accused of interfering in the work of the PSC, a move that is illegal under the VI Constitution. Photo: VINO/File
The United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary, after much delay, has issued the appointment letter to the Leader of the Opposition's nominee Ishmael Scatliffe to serve on the Public Service Commission (PSC). Last year the same Governor rejected the Civil Servant Association's recommendation of Mr. Scatliffe. Governor McCleary has also been accused of interfering in the work of the PSC, a move that is illegal under the VI Constitution. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal OBE had made it clear that his nomination of Mr Ishmael Scatliffe to serve on the Public Service Commission was not up for debate with the Governor as the VI Constitution sets out how things are done. The Opposition Leader had also said it was not a situation like what happened with the Civil Service Association when the Governor rejected their nominee. Photo: VINO/File
Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal OBE had made it clear that his nomination of Mr Ishmael Scatliffe to serve on the Public Service Commission was not up for debate with the Governor as the VI Constitution sets out how things are done. The Opposition Leader had also said it was not a situation like what happened with the Civil Service Association when the Governor rejected their nominee. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After almost four months of resistance and close to violation of the Virgin Islands Constitutional Order and under pressure from the Leader of the Opposition Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, the United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary has complied and appointed businessman and Virgin Islander Ishmael Scatliffe as a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Mr Scatliffe received his signed letter by the Governor last month and attended his first PSC meeting last week. However, this came after an exclusive interview with this news site in January of this year, where the Leader of the Opposition said, “as far as I am concerned there is no issue and Mr. Scatliffe should be appointed soon.”

Hon. O’Neal had made clear that the constitution sets out how members of the PSC are appointed and his nomination was not up for debate. The Virgin Islands Party (VIP)  leader and first Premier had also said “it's not a situation like what happened with the CSA where the Governor was not required to take their advice...no no it’s not that kind of situation.”

It took the governor almost four months to make the appointment of Mr. Scatliffe to the PSC, an unusually long time after this same governor often speaks about efficiency in the civil service.

After the retirement of national hero Ms Patsy Lake last year, it provided an opening to the now Opposition VIP to make a nomination.  Ms Lake, a business women, was the nomination of the then Government of Ralph T. O’Neal.

Governor’s Actions

The controversy started last year after the same Governor had rejected the re-nomination of the Civil Service Association (CSA) choice Ishmael Scatliffe to serve on the PSC as their representative.

Mr Scatliffe’s term had expired last year and was strongly backed by the CSA for another five-year term on the PSC.  Many civil servants had seen this as a snub by the Governor, for not accepting the candidate of the CSA.

The Civil Servants are the only group that is affected by the decisions of the PSC.

Even after Governor McCleary rejected Mr Scatliffe, the CSA put forward yet another name. Instead, the Governor had used his powers to appoint retired Human Resources Department Officer Keturah Crabbe, despite written objections from the CSA.

In effect, it gives Governor McCleary three nominations out of five on the body, a move many have described as “unfair, abuse of power and suspicious” and lacks the principle of good governance.

See previous article posted on January 23, 2013

Hon. O’Neal fires stern warning to Governor over PSC nomination!

- Said his nomination for the PSC is not up for veto as the VI constitution is clear as to what should take place

It has been almost three months and counting since the Leader of The Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, one of the authors of the Virgin Islands’ Constitutional Order 2007, wrote the United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary with his nomination of Ishmael Scatliffe to become a member of the powerful Public Service Commission.

To date Mr. Scatliffe, an Indigenous Virgin Islander, businessman and a former PSC member has not been appointed. Hon. O’Neal nominated Mr. Scatliffe to replace outgoing member, Virgin Islands’ businesswoman and national hero Ms. Patsy Lake.

In an exclusive interview with this news site, the Leader of the Opposition said, “as far as I am concerned there is no issue and Mr. Scatliffe should be appointed soon.”

Hon. O’Neal made clear that the constitution sets out how members of the PSC are appointed and his nomination is not up for debate. The Virgin Islands Party leader and first Premier said “it's not a situation like what happened with the CSA where the Governor was not required to take their advise...no no it’s not that kind of situation.”

In fact Hon. O’Neal is correct as the constitution sets out in Chapter 7 section 91 how this should be done.

What the constitution says? Public Service Commission

This section has no associated Explanatory Memorandum

91.—(1) there shall be in and for the Virgin Islands a Public Service Commission which shall consist of five members, of whom;

(a) two shall be appointed by the Governor, acting in his or her discretion;

(b) one shall be appointed by the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Premier;

(c ) one shall be appointed by the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Leader of the Opposition; and

(d) one shall be appointed by the Governor, acting after consultation with the Civil Service Association;

 When asked by this news site if he was sticking with his man-Mr. Scatliffe, Hon O'Neal responded with a resounding “Yes”.

Governor went against convention and snubbed the Civil Services Association (CSA)

In what many political, legal and social commentators had described as an unprecedented move by the United Kingdom appointed Governor McCleary, the Governor had rejected last year the re-nomination of the CSA choice Ishmael Scatliffe to serve on the PSC as their representative.

Mr. Scatliffe’s term had expired last year and was strongly backed by the CSA for another five-year term on the PSC.  Many civil servants had seen this as a snub by the Governor, for not accepting the candidate of the Civil Service Association.

The Civil Servants are the only group that is affected by the decisions of the PSC.

Even after Governor McCleary rejected Mr. Scatliffe, the CSA put forward yet another name. Instead, the Governor had used his powers to appoint retired Human Resources Department Officer Keturah Crabbe, despite written objections from the CSA.

In effect, it gives Governor McCleary three nominations out of five on the body, a move many have described as “unfair, abuse of power and suspicious” and lacks the principle of good governance.

The PSC credibility at low point in eyes of the Public

Governor McCleary's move means that civil servants currently have no voice on the body that affects their promotions, transfers, confirmation to posts, termination and where they are disciplined.

In recent years the credibility of the PSC, an independent body under the constitution, has been undermined.  

Many civil servants and the public see the body as political, filled with double standards and bias and the same Governor has been consistently accused of interfering with the work of the PSC, a move that is illegal. 

Meanwhile, a call was made to the Governor's Office yesterday January 22, 2013 for comments, however, a Maria Mays said the Governor was not in and she wasn't sure when he would be back. She did note that the Governor was not likely to discuss PSC matters with the media and would most likely refer this news site to the Department of Human Resources.

53 Responses to “UPDATE: Under pressure Governor appoints Ishmael Scatliffe to PSC”

  • ooooo (23/01/2013, 09:00) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    ralph still got his eyes on him...goodthing!
  • egg face (23/01/2013, 09:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well put Hon. O'Neal. Thanks
  • virgin gorda (23/01/2013, 09:07) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Not again!!! this governor got to go

    • tell the truth (23/01/2013, 09:56) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      What amazes me is this governor and the British are always talking about good governance and law and Order...But look what and how this governor have done as it relates to that...hypocrites to the fullest
  • ... (23/01/2013, 09:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    finally Uncle Ralph taking a position on this much needed process and isssue.

    • civil servant (23/01/2013, 10:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      The people's Opposition Leader have spoken. Let the healing begin. Concentrate on the challenges and tasks that lie ahead which is to hired more locals in the service and truly getting it to become a world class service
  • joypm@hotmail.com (23/01/2013, 09:14) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    uncle ralph, don't worry. ndp will be out next trip around.
  • faith (23/01/2013, 09:43) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
    Even though the Governor was wrong for not accepting the Leader of the Opposition's choice, Keturah Crabbe is a much better choice for the position. That's my opinion and I know there are others who would disagree with me, but Mrs Crabbe is far more responsible and reliable than Mr. Scatliffe
    • tickets (04/03/2013, 09:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why do the people of the bvi continue to suffer at the hands of this English man?.
      • too hot (04/03/2013, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        if you knew anting about he you would know he aint English, he an Irishman.
  • SIMON (23/01/2013, 10:08) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    From what I hear Mrs. Crabbe is very bias, especially if you are not from East End. I am sure that a much more suitable person to appoint than either of them. Like wise everyone is aware of the political affiliations of both Mrs. Crabbe and Mr. Scatliffe. However, I do support the view that it affects the Civil Service most.
  • Noooooooo (23/01/2013, 11:20) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply

    Neither Scatliffe or CRABBE is a good choice, especially not Scatliffe. Scatliffe I believe will be more bias than CRABBE from what I know of both of them. Scatliffe it is his way or the highway.. I really believe that he will be a hindrance to fairness. Ralph wants Ishmael, because they are alike. There are other qualified people in this community that can fill these positions, but notice how they make the rounds between the same people. That alone tells me that only certain people can fill certain positions. This community is still Stuck Up, and is partial and bias even to say a common Good Morning depends on who you are. We need to start looking around in the communities, from JOST Van DYKE, ANEGADA, East End to West End, and give the many qualified people throughout this territory equal consideration, when scouting for candidates to fill positions. Instead of doing that we make the rounds between the same old tired horses, as if opportunities belong to a select few. We need to get away from this Elitist Class System, it is old and Archaic.

    • *** (24/01/2013, 12:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      "May civil servants and the public see the body as political, filled with double standards and bias ..."

      Is that why Patsy Lake was able to have her stop orders over-ridden to have her huge buildings erected?
    • backwards ever (25/01/2013, 09:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      So HE wants to change the constitution to get what you want? That's awfully short sighted.
    • the rock (04/03/2013, 11:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      well said nooooooooo! bam..bam
  • alpine (23/01/2013, 11:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is bias and thats a fact even in church as well
  • my two cents (23/01/2013, 11:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    How they say Uncle fast asleep???
  • Wide awake (23/01/2013, 14:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ralph wide awake he was on Karia show last week, I was surprise to see he was on top of things, very alert. A good interview!
  • tell the truth (23/01/2013, 16:34) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree the governor full of crap and tying to go against the laws but Lord Ralph you could have found somebody better!
  • wize-up (23/01/2013, 19:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    way to go Hon Oneal; only you will look out for your people....NDP looks out for those with the big pocket book
  • legal team (23/01/2013, 19:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Thank you Daddy Ralphy for letting us know that it is not only in the Police Force that this Ruthless and lawless dictator-Governor is displaying such blatant and flagrant disregard for the V.I Constitution!But you see Daddy;the Governor will continue with such under-cover-lawlessness!Look how Her Majesty the Queen,gave the Governor and the Police Service Commission powers under section 97(1) of the Constituion:But now the Governor without consulting the Police Service Commission;took both his powers and the powers of the Po.S.C and gave all these powers to one-man,C.O.P D M,a UK-Born COP,and tell D M "You want power?Look power!Do whatever you want to these BVI/Caribbean police officers;but leave my UK-Born officers alone". When two BV-Islander officers challenged the Governor's Unconstitutionality and lawlessness,in the High Court of Justice,to call on a judge to make a ruling into the matter;some people chastise the officers for seeking redress!!.So Governor,some people are supporting your lawlessness and you know that other BV-Islanders are afraid to challenge you in court,so you continue to disregard BVI laws:God is watching you Governor:God is watching what you are doing to my law-abiding BVIslanders.I read the Psalms Governor!What happen to Adolph Hitler,Saddam Hussain,The Taliban and the rest of the Middle-East Dictators in recent time?Pharoah,set my people free!!

  • ABC (23/01/2013, 23:45) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

    Appointing Scatliffe will be as bad as keeping Patsy. If Crab makes many of you uneasy, find an alternative but Scatliffe is not an option.

  • Manabouttown (24/01/2013, 01:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Government of the day in democracy must not suppress legitimate criticism under the guise of protecting the public interest, making their own self preservation designs conterminous with the public interest. Laws are made for the peace, order and good Governance of the Virgin Islands pursuant to section 71 of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007. It’s a matter of your interpretation. It has been brought to my attention and I verily that the two brave officers, who challenged the legality of the Governor’s action in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Justice are being pressured by the authority within the RVIPF. I was reliable informed by a senior high ranking officer within the Constabulary that they are preparing to send one of the officers to JVD and the other to the watch room.
  • Legal team again (24/01/2013, 09:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whenever there is a topic about the Governor's disregard for our laws,I will continue to exercise my Constitutional Rights under section 23 of the V.I Constitution to Blogg freely,on the subject and related or similar matters of the topic:It is bothering me more and more,when the person[governor]who is suppose to uphold the laws and secure the Constitution,is in fact the very same person,from a personal and emotional perspective,would disregard laws and Constitution to have his own way and own choice! For example:Read that law under the police Act:Section 12,Chapter 165 of the police act,LAWS of the Virgin Islands:
    Section 12
    (1) states"A Constable SHALL be appointed on probation during the first three-years of his service in the force and may,on the conclusion of the probationary period to the satisfaction of the COP,be CONFIRMED in his appointment by the Governor acting on the advice of the Commission".
    Subsection(2) of 12 states"The service of a Constable on probation MAY be DISPENSED with by the COP with the approval of the Governor at any time [DURING] the [3-YEAR] period of probation [IF] the Constable is not suitable to perform the duties of his office or [IF] he is not likely to become an efficient and well-conducted member of the force".
    This is a LAW made by the BVI Parliament! But here it is there are BVI/Caribbean officers in the BVI force,who passed their 3-year probationary period,serving Her Majesty,for 5,6 maybe 7 years,But the authorities of the Police Force are VIOLATING section 12 of the Police Act;by making my BVI/Caribbean officers SUFFER!But the UK-Born officers can come,and as they join the force,they are immediately appointed and PROMOTED,while BVI/Caribbean officers are suffering to get an appointment letter to maybe take a bank to get a loan etc..This is DISCRIMINATION at its highest level!They appointing the UK officers forthwith-But BVI/Caribbean officers must wait for 5-years and more?Absolute NONESENSE!This is demoralizing the aggrieved-officers,so I am calling on the Governor and the COP,to OBEY BVI LAWS,and stop YOUR personality adventure in the BVI.It is not who you like and who you want! It's about the DAAAM LAW!They would not disobey UK-Laws,but they come to disobey BVI laws..
  • Hmm (24/01/2013, 15:20) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why is it that the same people seems to be chosen time and time again to sit on PSC. The BVI is filled with highly educated people. Give somebody else a chance
  • Fat Head (25/01/2013, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    this man call the governor does not revere the BVI Constitution.....
  • Uncle (26/01/2013, 15:51) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
    I remember when Uncle Ralph welcomed the Governor with these words: '' I will be watching you Governor,'' now the shoe is on the Governor's foot and he is kicking butt- just goes to show you- it is best to keep a low profile sometimes- and don't underestimate and disrespect people- Ralph started the disrespect meh son- now he is getting his just desserts-
  • CSA (26/01/2013, 23:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am certainly definitely absolutely not a fan of Ralph O’Neal…he needs to go home, but he spoke the truth about this governor and also about the constitution.

    It is my opinion that Governor McCleary hijacked the BVI constitution and sidelined the people and should be impeached.
  • mann up (28/01/2013, 07:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now that's a nicer photo of our former Premier - Mr. O'Neal.

  • kkk (04/03/2013, 10:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    White supremacy at play in the place
  • race matters (04/03/2013, 10:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    McCleary disregard for the rule of law is Disgusting...

  • best (04/03/2013, 12:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ishmael, I wish you the best. You're one of the good ones ;)

  • conscious (04/03/2013, 12:51) Like (0) Dislike (20) Reply

    The PSC has gone to the dogs. Ish.... is a HIS WAY OR HIGHWAY individual. Thank God I don't have to go in front of him. I wish future candidates luck if you don't belong in the Right Family with the Right last name. God see for you.

    • blah blah blah blah blah (05/03/2013, 21:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      WOW conscious, you really believe if you can’t BAFFLE people with brilliance, you BEFUDDLE them with bullsh*t.
  • wise-up (04/03/2013, 13:56) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    God will continue to bless Hon RT Oneale; he continues to speak-out for US; the “N.D.P” busy kiss white butt-so they cant upset “that” apple-cart; just imagine a BV Islander wants to offer his services to this own-country and some white joker from the “UK” standing in the way; what is so dam shameful, the current administration “saying nothing”; ladies & gentlemen of the BVI, lets take a page from the recently concluded Grenada elections and come 2015 let simply say farewell to the National Dose of Poison AKA “ NDP political party”.....can you imagine this is 2013 and persons in our society going to sleep without eating>>>while the NDP putting the money in Banco or taking it to expand air & sea ports for visitor arrivals and neglecting the concerns of this community;;;;talk that !!!!!!!!
    • hero (04/03/2013, 18:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh pressure bust pipe how they say Ralph fast asleep and he could get what he want form the white house and poor Orlando even after sending Lorna did not get what the doctor ordered
  • Virgin Son (04/03/2013, 18:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats, Mr. Scatliffe
  • legal team (05/03/2013, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me first thank Her Majesty-The Queen,for accepting the application of thousands of persons,who are deemed to belong to the BVI:We the people of the BVI requested from Her Majesty,a Constitution,and Her Majesty,with the ADVICE of Her PRIVY COUNCIL,accepted the request,so she ordered,declared and granted us the Virgin Islands Constitution Order,2007:It is not the Governor who requested the V.I Constitution! It's the people of the BVI,who requested from Her Majesty-The V.I Constitution! The Governor of the day,has NO Constitutional Authority to Circumvent and twist and do differently from what Her Majesty declares in the V.I Constitution:If he does differently,that means,he disobeyed Her Majesty's Instructions-as defined in the Constitution.And there are Consequencies in Section 31 of the Constitution! So let me secondly Commend Daddy-Ralphy,a man of honor and high public prestige and distinction,who knows the V.I Constitution[Inside-out],and who would do anything lawful to defend and protect his BVI people,who are guaranted freedom and equality under the Constitution! Dear Governor,Legal Team respect Authority in the BVI:But I am saying to you sir "You As the person appointed by Her Majesty; by commission under Her Signed Manual and Signet,which gives you the power to HOLD-OFFICE during Her Majesty Pleasure-I am calling on the Foreign and Commonwealth office,again,to tell the Governor,to obey Her Majesty's wishes,as declared in the V.I Constitution,and leave his personal emotions with himself!".That is why,as part of my religious doctrine and teachings,I will keep my candles burning,for my good police officers of Her Majesty,serving in Her Majesty's RVIPF,and who are the subjects of OPPRESSION,from this ruthless COP,who has NO regard for the V.I Constitution and NO RESPECT for the BVI Police Act!Hold-on Brothers/sisters,we shall repell the Evil forces!!Congratulations to Mr Scatliffe.Do your job,according to LAW.


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