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A few ‘bad apples’ cannot be an indictment of entire VI- Former Speaker Willock

-says persons still waiting to hear former Premier’s Fahie side of story regarding his arrest
Former Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HOA) Julian Willock says a few ‘bad apples’ in the VI is not a reason to label the entire country as corrupt according to the narrative being set by the CoI report and some sections of the media. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Willock was at the time speaking during a May 19, 2022, interview on a talk show hosted Dale Enoch, on Trinidad’s I99.5FM radio station. Photo: Facebook
Mr Willock was at the time speaking during a May 19, 2022, interview on a talk show hosted Dale Enoch, on Trinidad’s I99.5FM radio station. Photo: Facebook
PORT OF SPAIN, T&T – Former Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HOA) Julian Willock says a few ‘bad apples’ in the VI is not a reason to label the entire country as corrupt according to the narrative being set by the CoI report and some sections of the media.

Mr Willock was at the time speaking during a May 19, 2022, interview on a talk show hosted by Dale Enoch, on Trinidad’s I99.5FM radio station.

Touching on the topic, including the CoI and the arrest of former VI Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Willock added, “the International label that BVI is corrupt, it's a false narrative.”

Mistakes happen all over the world – Mr Willock

“I will be the first to say that there have been mistakes over the years by all governments, just like mistakes happen all over the world in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, France, United Kingdom, South Africa, Belize, Belgium.”

He said while these issues happen all over the world, it does not mean that these entire jurisdictions are corrupt. “You have these issues that pop up from time to time of lack of accountability and lack of good governance,” even locally he added.

The former Speaker said; however, “The BVI remains well regulated, particularly in our financial services sector. And yes, there have been bad apples over the years, but that cannot be an indictment on the whole country,” he said.

Persons waiting to hear from Premier Fahie

Meanwhile, Mr Willock told listeners in Trinidad & Tobago that the CoI and the arrest of Hon Fahie remain two separate issues.

“There is the former Premier and his legal woes, and then there is a Commission of Inquiry. That’s two separate matters. It's unfortunate what the former premier Honourable Andrew Fahie got himself in whether you want to argue it was a sting operation,” he said.

The former Speaker added that while the drug and money laundering conspiracy allegations of Hon Fahie is shocking, sad, and damaging to the VI if accurate, there is the side of the former Premier to be told, “if there’s another side.”  

Hon Willock noted that to date Hon Fahie has not issued a statement since being arrested, “I think he is still in lock-up… I'm not sure about his movement in terms of while in there, whether he has access to the media or whether he has access to make a statement,” he said.

45 Responses to “A few ‘bad apples’ cannot be an indictment of entire VI- Former Speaker Willock ”

  • Forbidden Truth (21/05/2022, 19:44) Like (17) Dislike (9) Reply
    That's not how they see black people Mr .Willock. yeah I went there.
  • bvibuzz (21/05/2022, 20:22) Like (14) Dislike (37) Reply
    I listen to the interview good job esteemed
    • did you? (21/05/2022, 21:17) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
      well according to the interview Fahie is out on bail at his daughters residence after i heard that I turned it off,total waste of time listening to people that do not no what they are talking about.
    • controversial (23/05/2022, 09:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      One of the conditions for the new government was to get rid of willox. so willox is no longer esteemed, just steamed.
  • "Parliament of Law" (21/05/2022, 20:29) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Go back to the oaths that members of the HoA made.
  • one eye (21/05/2022, 21:40) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
    We to weak to fight the British
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (22/05/2022, 00:11) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    Former Speaker, Julian willock, I agreed with you that you a "few bad apple cannot be an indictment of the entire VI" but when you words refered to the CoI probed into misrepresentation of our finance by our own political leaders, If not all, the majority, in manyand mine opinion included over many years, the word few is totally opposite to truth.
    Even though I don't believe that your birth place is the BVI, you lived in the BVI long enough, and know that the BVI is festered corrupted overseas territory of the UK.
    I am not accusing you of been a corrupted person. I have no definitive proof that you are, but I cannot nor would agreed with you or any other person or persons that that to convince others that in the BVI there are only a few bad apples. In fact in the BVI we are living a omg many badly corrupted apples, (people) criminally, socially, economically, and spiritually, facts
    • Observer (22/05/2022, 07:25) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      A few bad apples is correct, however , most of them are in government or public service.
    • calypsonian (22/05/2022, 09:37) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      St, Kitts is so corrupt, your sentiments are felt as I read them. However it amounts to greed, these politicians only serves themselves, family and their prostitutes.
      • And ... (22/05/2022, 13:15) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
        BVI has plenty Kittitians from the early 60s. Is that how BVI eventually became corrupt? Just asking a question.
    • fromafar (22/05/2022, 15:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Native Senior Citizen of the Virgin islands use our legal name respect your self who gave you the authority to smear everyone with the same brush ? Are you corrupted ? I know I'm not.
    • @Native Senior Citzen (22/05/2022, 16:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Reading your bloggs we have concluded that you are a hater of anything and anyone local. You are parading behind the name of Native because you fully well know that yes like anywhere else there are problems but you are trying very hard to be convincing that there is nothing good in the BVi and it must be destroyed and restart and to do so is to take away the civil rights of Virgin Islanders and belongers. Being a Senior citizen I am sure you are aware that no one on this earth is perfect and that includes you. There is nothing wrong with the UK stepping in and working along with Virgin Islanders to change things for the better but to take away peoplle human rights in this 21 century will be just as bad as what you are accusing the people in the BVI of doing and so this is why we are scared of UK taking over and removing our constitutional rights. We know that the BVi will not be ike drug dealers killing each other, black people will be treated as less than human because they will have no rights and who they complain to if the white man have all the power come on the black man have been there already and I know that there are many whites who will not support that but there are those like yourself who are itching to bring back the good old days. Could be you are the descendant a slave master. I know many descendants of slave owner who will give anything to right the wrong of their descendants but there are those who will like to repeat. Uk assistants is welcome but to trample on the rights of others without consequence is not right. Therefore, it is OK for those who did wrong to be punished but to stigmatize everyone including hard working honest folks is evil. Maybe you should advocate changing the UK constitution because what goes on in this place is child's play to what goes on in the UK. It does not make it right but stop making believe that Uk is above reproach.
  • Final Analysis (22/05/2022, 01:25) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Democracy is in action when people/governments who make "mistakes" are held accountable for them. There is no justification to say well "I know I make mistakes but other people are making them too". For too long we believe we were perfect now that it has been revealed that we are not, it is time that as a people, we hold ourselves accountable. Stop blaming others for our deficiencies. Going around finding others who are " like us" and using it as an antiseptic but continuing to practice the same things that caused the decay in the first place would serve no purpose.
    • @Final analysis (22/05/2022, 16:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one is saying that people/politicians should not be held accountable but taking away the entire territory’s constitutional rights is punishing everyone for the mistake of a few.
  • Agreed for once… (22/05/2022, 03:32) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    For once I agree with him. Of course the whole Territory isn't corrupt, just the politicians, elected representatives, senior civil servants. All of them need to go along and appointees of statutory boards.
  • The analogy (22/05/2022, 04:32) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    The unfortunate truth is a few bad apples have spoiled the barrel.
  • bbc (22/05/2022, 04:51) Like (6) Dislike (19) Reply
    Only black peoples liveing this British overseas territory are involved with dope trafficking white peoples dont do such things
  • @hmmm (22/05/2022, 05:43) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    I made so many "mistakes in my life" would the DEA come for me?
  • Help (22/05/2022, 05:46) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    UK saves from these criminal hypocrites NOW!
    • Old Proverbs (22/05/2022, 07:06) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      When you keep trying or doing the same thing over and over and it's not working, it keeps failing over and over, then you know it's time to try something new, something different.. Britain is that something new, that something different...No need to be scared, it can't get any worst....
  • Ty (22/05/2022, 06:29) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr. esteemed in what group you in? bad or good ????????
  • Really (22/05/2022, 08:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Alot of you all singing a different song now
  • mvw (22/05/2022, 09:43) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    So is he calling the head coach a bad apple?
  • Well Sah (22/05/2022, 09:45) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    kettle calling the pot black
  • Rich (22/05/2022, 09:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Forget the COI focus on GOI
  • cnn (22/05/2022, 10:36) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Willock always does defend the country when our backs are against the wall
  • sin dee (22/05/2022, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The esteem refused to come on morning braff but he on trinidad radio
  • Organized crime (22/05/2022, 12:53) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is the best description of the entire BVI government in May 2022. Well the UK bureaucrats are coming to break up this organization and put most of them in jail including former speakers.
  • hog city (22/05/2022, 13:34) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Just hope he is running for office he sure has my support
  • Guest (22/05/2022, 14:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What will happen if you should throw dye in the head of the river? Hmm?
  • smh (22/05/2022, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NEGATIVITY of some of you Residents( notice I didn't say Virgin Islanders) is the BIGGEST DOWNFALL of this Territory. Instead of trying to work with the Government to bring this Territory into a futile Future you all just stuck on the ugly and defamatory practices of some and blames All for those Actions. Let's focus on improvement and loose the personal indifferences and move forward. NEGATIVITY, HATE AND DISLIKE ain't going to solve Our(Your ) Issues
    • Incorrect (23/05/2022, 03:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wrong! The biggest downfall of the territory is the code of silence, and the fact that elected politicians see their positions as ways to gain wealth and fame while doing little if anything of substance for the people they represent, but the voters keep re-electing them. Can you name one successful project in the last 20 years (i.e. one that was finished within 10-15% of budget)? Why is it that afer 20+ years of a $1 Billion/year GDP, BVI coffers are empty, and many BVIslanders still don’t have homes 5 years after Irma? Or, why we still have not fixed the schools.
  • Wonder Why (22/05/2022, 19:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    no one on the talk shows asking about the many unsolved killings in our country we just on these shows tearing down our own people

    Crime go up in our country and no one have the balls to comfort the governor or commissioner on this serious issue
  • truth (22/05/2022, 22:02) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    The BVI is becoming the most races place in the world. Just read the bloggs carefully the racist undertones anything black is corrupt and no good everything white is above reproach. Funny thing is more white people in the BVI use cocaine and deal it than blacks. All that is going down is to fullfil an agenda
  • Wiglesswonder (23/05/2022, 00:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    It takes one rotten apple to infect the other apples
  • Bad A (23/05/2022, 03:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The issue is not a few bad apples. It’s that the bad apples have been allowed to spoil the barrel to the point where there remain few edible ones.
  • E. Leonard (23/05/2022, 13:23) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Advanced, developing, and emerging countries alike in ancient times and in the modern era have had/have governing challenges, ie, the corruption cancer —UK, US, countries in Oceania, South America, North America, Asia, regional Caribbean countries, etc. This universality of governing challenges does not and should not excuse the alleged behaviors of the VI (British) brethren. The alleged actions if true is a betrayal, treachery, and the broad daylight hijacking of the VI name and the trust and confidence of its people. Nevertheless, in the US, UK and VI, the rule of law is the hallmark of their being a civilized jurisdictions.

    As such, every resident is entitled to due process and if fairly judge guilty by a jury of one’s peers, one should face the music, the consequences. Consequently, the BVI constitution should not be suspended to punish the many for the bad behaviour of an alleged few.

    Moreover, the VI does have governing challenges. In my view, the VI failed because of its success, ie, the success of of individuals and the governing institution, transitioning from subsistence agriculture to services, ie, tourism and financial services. It paid little attention as to why it was successful. It focused on failure after it failed. However, failing is not a strange phenomenon; it is common place. More focus is paid to avoid failing, the stigma of failing, than on winning. Nonetheless, failure is not all bad. Individuals, institutions, organizations, etc, can learn from failure. The VI can and must learn and develop from its failure(s). It must capitalize on the return on failures. It also must focus on why it is successful.

    Looking forward, the VI needs a “Skunk Work” and creative destruction project.
    • @E. Leonard (23/05/2022, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      @E. Leonard, what are you smoking? You gone clean off the cliff mai boi. An intervention is needed to bring you back going completely off the cliff. The BVI failed because of its success. WTF!!!
      • @@E. Leonard (24/05/2022, 03:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You have to be wise enough to think outside of the box to understand what he is saying.
    • Peter Drucker (23/05/2022, 16:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Failing because of success and learning from failure is a deep and profound thinking outside the box. It is winning by losing. My fellow management science gurus, ie, Henri Fayol, Frederick Taylor, W. Edward Demings are pleased. ❣️????????

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