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Where is Gov. McCleary?

- Talk show notes Gov McCleary & UK PM’s silence amid ‘leak’ of private offshore financial information
Commentators are contending that a lack of reaction on the part of United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor William Boyd McCleary and UK Prime Minister David Cameron to the offshore financial information ‘leak’ fiasco is costing the Virgin Islands (VI) money. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentators are contending that a lack of reaction on the part of United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor William Boyd McCleary and UK Prime Minister David Cameron to the offshore financial information ‘leak’ fiasco is costing the Virgin Islands (VI) money.

On the Speak Your Mind TV talk show aired on April 13, 2013 on a local television station, guest Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka and host, Courtney de Castro agreed that the lack of forcefulness in the reaction of UK overseers have forced the VI to spend money on ‘damage control’ that it may not have needed to.

“We seem to have not gotten any support, or little support from our home government on this issue,” said de Castro, “I don’t think they have really came to our rescue in any meaningful and forceful way.”

The issues raised concern a report published by the UK Guardian, detailing a number of alleged leaks of financial information acquired by the Washington, D.C. based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that is said to include a number of names of the world’s wealthy who have ‘hidden’ their financial transactions within the Virgin Islands offshore financial sector. The data reportedly leaked is said to contain as much as 200Gb of information.

Smith expressed surprise about the perceived lack of support and explained that he thought the Governor and UK Prime Minister would come to the defence of the VI in the international media. “… when they speak, when Prime Minister Cameron speaks, that information is reported worldwide,” Smith stated.

He felt it would have been a perfect opportunity and would have saved the VI significant sums of money. “Now we have to do damage control, we have to hire public relations firms, we have to have strategy to try to quell this ground swell of persons in the world that think that somehow we are keeping them from having a good quality of life,” he noted.

Both men agreed that the resulting PR efforts of the VI cost the Territory ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ which ultimately had to be taken from the VI’s budget.

“Prime Minister Cameron, could certainly have saved us perhaps millions of dollars that we [now] have to spend on damage control had he defended us publicly…” Smith related.

According to Smith, PM Cameron could have stated that the reported leaks by the ICIJ were isolated incidents from perhaps one or two countries.

“Up to now we still don’t know how they got the information," he added, "they’re not telling us where the information comes from, they’re not releasing the files themselves to the governments. They are just making these statements, these erroneous statements, and inaccurate statements and it’s basically I see it as a hatchet job on the people of the Virgin Islands.”

38 Responses to “Where is Gov. McCleary?”

  • ... (15/04/2013, 07:42) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    but the governor hates ayo
  • Nothingyet (15/04/2013, 08:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sunday Times 14th April, London. Article reads,"Osbourne (British Chancellor) is finalising measures to clamp down on two of the worlds most notorius tax havens, Caymans and British Virgins Islands, "We are in advanced stages of dicussion with the territories. They are in no doubt what we expect he added.
    • wise-up (15/04/2013, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      that aiport and sea port money should go in to fishing and farming; fihing and farming belongs to us we will alway have sea water and durt...eventually the funds from off-shore will go; farming and fishing can hold us togather;as the man them from the 60s....fix your own thing first
  • reality (15/04/2013, 08:35) Like (9) Dislike (16) Reply
    What do you want the Governor to say?
    "Hey guys for years the BVI have been helping British companies avoid paying tax in the UK, but I am going to stand behind you all on this even though my loyalty and salary comes from the UK"

    Lets get real please!
    • yes he can (15/04/2013, 09:18) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      he can say the bvi has a well regulated financial sector!! BAM
    • @ reality (15/04/2013, 10:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you live with your head buried in the sand?
      • same old (15/04/2013, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I support everything our Priemer does to fight these terrorist as Myron lable them
  • wise-up (15/04/2013, 09:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply

    As a people we need to make our mind up one minute we cussing out the governor next minute we want him to represent us; what the f@@k do we really want-we acting like a bunch of spoil children when we cant get our way big fuss when we want something trying to be a people, when we go to the polls we do not vote for the governor, we vote for 13-citzens of this territory to represent us and represent they must; we don’t need the governor to fight out battles-he probably somewhere having an iris brew laughing his @z$ off at us !!!!!!!!

    • Politics (15/04/2013, 14:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      My fellow countrymen & women, let us not be unsettled by if teh governor support us or not! We are bigger and smarter than that.

      Proud and Free, "all of WE is ONE".
  • qc (15/04/2013, 09:13) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    tis man aint care whether ayo live or die!
    • Shara Parlin (15/04/2013, 11:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Doc Smith needs to examine hid FSC ship while fighting this fight.
  • in the news (15/04/2013, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    if you people sitting and waiting on this governor to help we knowing his history of reckless disregard than you all have a long long long wait!!!
  • soul (15/04/2013, 09:35) Like (4) Dislike (31) Reply
    From: UK Govt
    To: BVI Client State
  • mother hen (15/04/2013, 10:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    look like a weak approach or ineffective approach by this dude.

  • virgin gorda (15/04/2013, 10:33) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    The VIP should have been in office to deal with this mess…The NDP is not respected overseas...the corruption is just too much!
    • So true (15/04/2013, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I believe in God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Not a white man sent from England..he is no savior
  • waiting 2 c (15/04/2013, 10:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    wise-up, I'm with u bro/sis. I'm wondering if we can't work with what we have now instead of spending and spending so much base on what is going on in the world. I remember the stories of deseased Chief Minister Hon. Willard Wheatley making the territory financially strong. Where is the governor they ask. Remember we had a lot to say about Bi-Water and today they are still here and pushing forward. I will say this, see what you can do for self and family to live in the BVI because if you're not directly connected you'll be in problems. So if you can fish or farm and create a job for another BVIslander or have positions for the little ones coming up after you do that. I've found that my younger brother loves to fish and farm, hence I've applied for a loan to finance a vessel for him and the farming is not to long away. Another young BVIsland who can be reached off the streets.............
  • power (15/04/2013, 11:07) Like (5) Dislike (117) Reply
    The word out on the street is that he is wating to see the government fall so the UK can take over and give him more power
  • patience (15/04/2013, 11:26) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    A wise head keepeth a still tounge. Perhaps they are waiting for the dust to settle so that they can have a full view of the situation and do some damage control. It is not always prudent to jump and respond to what the media says let them fire all their guns and when they have nothing esle to fire hit them with the big BOOM!! Its over and now back to daily living.
  • Disgust (15/04/2013, 11:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guys, the UK is Hurting. The Governor will not say anything,neither UK Prime minister or the common wealth office director. The irony to this, is that they see us as an enemy. We are taking businesses away from them. They will never comment.As a matter of fact, they prefer that still be in slavery.
  • Virgin Son (15/04/2013, 13:59) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    you should know by now this 'foolish' man will not support the industry at all, wah he good for is to fire and abuse the natives ....... steups!!!
  • one eye roster (15/04/2013, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How is he different from other governors? Answer: He makes you feel like he cares and he is a good person but his actions speaks!!!
    • Reality check (15/04/2013, 14:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is something about this man, that makes me not trust him. Then again, why would I put my trust in man when there is God himself. Jehovah!
    • control (15/04/2013, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you talk shows just don't understand it and I guess you never will.
  • critic (15/04/2013, 15:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is big mack?...Tell him come from behind the curtain
  • WTF (15/04/2013, 16:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    When are you people going to take responsibility for your own actions. You have bought this upon yourself so you will now reap what you have sewn. You constantly complain about this man but now, want him to speak on your behalf. You complain about the British Government but now, want them to speak on your behalf. You openly abuse both entities publicly as much as possible then wonder why they aren't there to support you. What a sad little culture, everybody elses fault except your own. Well, your time is fast approaching.
  • bvilover (15/04/2013, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The amazing thing is that the UK has ever allowed its overseas territories to become, in its view, "tax havens".

    Now they are beginning to think there is a viper in the nest.

    The BVI would do well to think beyond the finance industry as it exists because it is unlikely to last forever or even long. And the US EU and even China will play as big a part in ending it as the UK will.
  • civil servant (15/04/2013, 23:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    From time he side with morris to break the laws I knew he was up to no good!

  • Really? (16/04/2013, 08:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Help from the British?Really? Dream on my fellow BVIslanders. Dream on!! The British are part and parcel of the G8 plan to destroy our way of life as we know it. Don't expect the British to help.
  • virgin queen (16/04/2013, 15:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you people with the "gimme gimme" syndrome

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