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Cabinet lays out restrictions on its publication of decisions

While the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands has been updating the public on its decisions, it has also made it clear that not all decisions will be made public. Photo: VINO
Governor John J. Rankin, CMG. The Governor is the Chair of Cabinet Meetings. Photo: VINO/File
Governor John J. Rankin, CMG. The Governor is the Chair of Cabinet Meetings. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands has been updating the public on its decisions, it has also made it clear that not all decisions will be made public.

Cabinet decisions are published by the Cabinet Office following confirmation of the Minutes and only a summary of the decisions are published.

Cabinet discussions are not disclosed.

In its recent Post Meeting Statements, Cabinet Office has informed the public that “Cabinet decisions of a sensitive nature, matters of national security, those where publication breaches regional or international conventions and those relating to personal privacy will not be disclosed.”

It also said Cabinet decisions will be published in the weekly issues of the Virgin Islands Official Gazette at

Cabinet decisions will be also available on and on Twitter.

The Governor is the Chair of Cabinet Meetings.

15 Responses to “Cabinet lays out restrictions on its publication of decisions”

  • voice (25/06/2023, 15:19) Like (44) Dislike (5) Reply
    Are we under a dictatorship?/ The people put you there to represent. What ever is discussed in cabinet is the peoples business.
  • INJUSTICE (25/06/2023, 15:52) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    But how the coi could have made cabinet decisions that was of National security public?
  • c (25/06/2023, 17:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Chair yes but (25/06/2023, 19:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No vote
    • @Chair yes but (26/06/2023, 11:14) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      So he is the non-chair; why is he even the chair. Is it because the colonialists believe locals, especially black people, are not capable of leading and needs white as the adult in the room. Time to ditch the mentality and stop buying into the social Darwinism lie about inferiority. The colonialists give the colonies one step forward in the decolonization effort but things are always structured with dependency on them. What decolonization progress? The mumus see this as progress. Send help.
  • Facial expression (25/06/2023, 20:50) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
  • WOW (25/06/2023, 21:01) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    Anything to protect the Governor but not the people. The slavery mill is grinding slow but grinding still.
  • Interesting (25/06/2023, 21:03) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    If this is the case, then the same Governor and his COI commissioner with their predetermined COI has violated the laws of the Virgin Islands.
  • Buy It Wear It (26/06/2023, 09:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Old people say " Wa u buy u wear." You had good and intelligent people warning you all but because you wanted to continue drinking from the Government's trough you refused to make the switch. So I say that's good. Who don't hear will feel.
  • Mustang (26/06/2023, 09:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Undoubtedly, the press and the rest of us , perhaps would want cabinet to release all or most information. However, it is not a good governing practice to release all information. This is the norm and practice in both public and private institutions and organizations. As such, some information in the public sector should be protected and withheld, ie, national security information, sensitive info, some private and confidential information, proprietary info, some private and confidential, personal privacy info, etc. However, there must be balance between the public need to know and government need and interest to protect certain information. The government thought should not unnecessarily over protect and withheld information.

    Moreover, HoA, the legislative body, should get more in depth and delving deeper into the sausage making of policy making. This means that legislators must be prepared and come ready to discuss and debate the pros and cons issue(s) on the floor. This would assist the public in understanding what went into creating policy(s). Of course, this is different from the discussion(s) in Cabinet, the Executive body, which is chaired by the Governor, and also comprise members of the HoA. Got to be a better and more effective system . HoA, should legislate, set policy, etc. And Cabinet should be a separate group to execute. The current system is warped and too inbred. Constitutional Review Committee what you say?
    • @Mustang (26/06/2023, 16:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

      A reasonable and practical comment. Too many of us just see things from a personal, aggrieved, resentful , political bent. Governing is a serious, responsible, professional business, etc. It is not a poopy show event. It is one thing to have day-to-day governing responsibilities, and yet another thing being in the opposition or the press, etc. We may not have voted for or favour the government in power there should be an understand that government needs room to govern. Yes, we should be vigilant, praising them when do they something good and heap on nuff blows when they do sh** like the $250,000 dance party. The VI has a myriad of needs, ie, roads, education, health, etc. Consequently, this is not effective maximizing of limited budget resources. After the party is over what is the tangible benefit of expenditure of the $250K expenditure? If it were spent on properly fixing potholes there would be some value. Since Festival is just around the corner, it would have been a better bitter pill to swallow if it were invested on Festival, helping to offset the cost. This expenditure is a mite better than the $7.2M plane giveaway, hiest.

  • @Mustang (26/06/2023, 11:49) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Mustang, you tell that young drinking the kool aid, buying into the government convenient reasoning why it should withhold information that the public is entitled. But for self-interest and personal convenience, it tries to justify why it needs to withheld information. We elect people to represent us and they should keep us informaed, sharing information with us. Once elected, they into information hoaders, starving the public unnecessarily of info. Release the information, free us...etc

  • MY OPINION (26/06/2023, 13:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is not a good thing. We are going right back to where we were before, not keeping the people informed. All decisions they want to make without informing us, they will throw under this law. We need to always know what our government is doing. They are in there for the people! Let’s not get back to this private decision making scheme. It is wrong!!

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