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CARICOM ‘not standing’ for direct rule in VI- Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves

- says ‘ridiculous proposal’ of UK takeover will not be supported
Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves has called ‘ridiculous’ the BVI CoI recommendation which calls for UK direct rule and a suspension of the local constitution. Photo: Internet Source
Regional organization, CARICOM has so far slammed what it called a ‘retrograde step’ of restoring direct rule by the Governor in Council as existed in Her Majesty’s colonies during the colonial period and says it supports the VI government and people in their objection to this recommendation. Photo: Internet Source
Regional organization, CARICOM has so far slammed what it called a ‘retrograde step’ of restoring direct rule by the Governor in Council as existed in Her Majesty’s colonies during the colonial period and says it supports the VI government and people in their objection to this recommendation. Photo: Internet Source
Virgin Islanders publicly express their objection to direct rule outside the Office of the Governor on May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islanders publicly express their objection to direct rule outside the Office of the Governor on May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islanders publicly express their objection to direct rule outside the Office of the Governor on May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islanders publicly express their objection to direct rule outside the Office of the Governor on May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islanders publicly express their objection to direct rule outside the Office of the Governor on May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islanders publicly express their objection to direct rule outside the Office of the Governor on May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
KINGSTON, St Vincent & the Grenadines – Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves has called ‘ridiculous’ the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report recommendation which calls for direct rule from London and a suspension of the local constitution in the [British] Virgin Islands.

PM Gonsalves was at the time speaking during a May 4, 2022, radio interview on NBC radio “Your Morning Cup’ radio show in his home country on the topic of the VI and the way forward.

“We [CARICOM] are not standing for that, we are very firm… if anybody is corrupt, deal with them in accordance with the law,” he said.

Gonsalves added that the courts can deal with corruption as a straightforward matter if persons are found to be guilty.

“You can’t come and want to close down democracy, close down representative Government on that account, the experience is bad in principle [and] bad in practice” he added.

PM Gonsalves said previous suspension of constitutions across the region had brought about none of the proposed benefits as suggested by the British, “Not in this day and age, and both OECS and Caricom have taken a strong position on it [direct rule],” he added.

Caricom slams reccomendation 

The regional organisation, CARICOM, has so far slammed what it called a ‘retrograde step’ of restoring direct rule by the Governor in Council as existed in Her Majesty’s colonies during the colonial period and says it supports the VI government and people in their objection to this recommendation.

It said the imposition of direct rule, and the history of such imposition in the Caribbean, was never intended to deliver democratic governance or to be an instrument of economic and social development in Caribbean countries and peoples.

PM Gonsalves added that the UK proposal is to indict an entire nation over alleged corruption to “punish them.” He said instead, the UK should present its evidence and let the law takes its course.

The OECS in a statement said it has noted the position taken by the duly elected Government of the VI which, while welcoming the recommendations arising from the Inquiry, rejects the intention of the British Government to impose direct rule on the VI.

“It is clear to us that, in principle, it is a bad idea to impose direct colonial rule and the history of such imposition in the Caribbean has never delivered the desired results,” it made known in a statement on May 2, 2022.

31 Responses to “CARICOM ‘not standing’ for direct rule in VI- Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves”

  • Lodger. (09/05/2022, 10:12) Like (52) Dislike (9) Reply
    And when corruption has become endemic over twenty plus years, and all levels of society are infected, what then?
    Please mind your own affairs.
    • Strups (09/05/2022, 20:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did he even read the report? Everyone has an opinion. No one bothers to check the details.
  • home grown (09/05/2022, 10:18) Like (46) Dislike (6) Reply
    Take your mouth out our business and go and give back vincentians their jobs
  • hm (09/05/2022, 10:22) Like (6) Dislike (48) Reply
    Well said Ralph - but the Brits are not really interested and they love the idea of taking over a former colony. They made a complete mess of the TCI (and had to restart the prosecutions when the Judge died after a 5 year case), and want to see if they can do better this time in the BVI.
  • PT09 (09/05/2022, 10:31) Like (55) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ralph E. Gonsalves, Who are you to try and stand in the way of the UK take over who the hell are you and CARICOM if its going to happen you or CARICOM can't stop it on top of that most people in the BVI want it who are you or CARICOM to dictate for us stay out of our business we are not a member of CARICOM.
  • ?? (09/05/2022, 10:34) Like (38) Dislike (2) Reply
    How is it punishing the whole population if corruption in government and civil service is removed, and procedures put in place to prevent it happening again?
    Please explain!
  • asura (09/05/2022, 10:42) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    they will still impose direct rule no body study CARICOM
  • Hmmmm (09/05/2022, 11:03) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fed-up with this waste of time CARICOM, who cares what you stand for, can you stop the UK from direct rule whether you stand for it or not, the answer is NO, so shut you trap and go take care of CARICOM business, BVI is not a member of CARICOM.
  • Shackles (09/05/2022, 11:13) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
    Bigs you next!! You been doing the same and much worst to your own people dem. Geh away from here!!
  • Just Sayin' (09/05/2022, 11:19) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    i dont doubt that the courts can deal with the criminals ONCE THEY ARE CAUGHT. but u der the current system of favouratism, family members protecting each other from being caught...it is almost impossible to actually catch those dishonest people. hate to say it, but we need uk to come in and help us set up systems that can assist us with routing out these corrupt people and preventing it getting worse..thats all we want....direct rule, no way, but help...most definitely needed. that is prroven and that is a fact.
  • BVIslander (09/05/2022, 11:23) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS RALPH AND STAY IN YOUR DAMN LANE. WE DON’T NEED YOUR SERVICES OR INPUT IN A DAMN THING. CLEAR OUT YOUR BACK YARD FIRST.
    • for real (09/05/2022, 12:12) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      As the Italians would say, GET OUTTA HEREEEE. Go worry about your own Country. You didn’t learn anything from the rock stone blow?
      • @For Real (09/05/2022, 13:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        You have given me a good laugh for the day. The rock stone blow Lmao.
  • Trini (09/05/2022, 11:26) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gonsalves is better not to give his opinion, you are a dictator, a tea has been kept by force, you behaved for LIAT and you have One Caribbean, we are not fools
  • Nickname (09/05/2022, 11:53) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    We wished we had a UK to help us all now in SVG to help hold you and your cronies accountable!
  • man about town (09/05/2022, 12:33) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    listen to a bunch of duncyhead ungrateful people. when Irma destroy this country who was one of the first to come to the aide of BVI? FYI the OECS and Caricom have the best interest at heart.Some of you all don't even understand what is the meaning of suspending your own constitution because you all don/t read. I am sure all of you who are speaking don't know the contents of the constitution. Caricom has done more for the advancement of the BVI than the UK. You all are a set of educated dunce still living in a state of colonialism. slave mentality.
    • @man about town (09/05/2022, 14:16) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
      Most of the people who want UK rule are not BVIslanders. They are expats who do not like BVislanders and do not want to see them progress.
    • Secret Bear (09/05/2022, 14:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You mean Puerto Rico?
  • UKM (09/05/2022, 13:15) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why people like Ralph E. Gonsalves and the members of CARICOM must be as corrupt as our past and present governments pay attention to your islands and find work for your people not because we have people from every CARICOM Island don't give none of you the right to be in the BVI business.
  • Ratty (09/05/2022, 14:25) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    All them who on here bashing Ralph is his own country that hate him them need to go meet him cause them don't have a clue what direct rule means
  • Secret Bear (09/05/2022, 14:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good thing for us you’re not in charge here. The U.K. is, and they’re coming to clean house.
  • Eldread (09/05/2022, 15:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    We should stop interfering in justice been dispensed. The registry of companies will be made public with all these caribbean ministers thievery. And beside the fact all these caribbean independent countries still retain the queen jezibelle as head of state swearing to her every turn if election.
  • Rubber Duck (09/05/2022, 15:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like what will you do silly man? Send your tanks?
  • hmm now (09/05/2022, 16:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if some of you CARICOM MEMBERS ARE A PART OF THIS CORRUPTION AFTERALL AF DID SAY PEOPLE DOWN THE ISLAND IN HIGH PLACES ARE INVOLVE.
  • thank god (09/05/2022, 16:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    IT’S NOT YOUR CALL
  • defence (09/05/2022, 16:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some people should be running their mouths from jail.
  • Sambo (09/05/2022, 17:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    UK suspending the BVI constitution is a fait accompli that was crafted months if not years ago.
  • @ RALF (09/05/2022, 17:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    WITH THE VAST KNOWLEDGE YOU POSSESS OF THE LAW , YOU MAKE YOURSELF LOOK BAD ???? DO YOU KNOW WHATS REALLY GOING ON HERE ???? ❓ WHY DON'T YOU HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WITH YOUR COUNTRY MEN WHO LIVE AND WORK HERE ( BEFORE BANGING OFF YOUR MOUTH ) I HOPE YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN BRO
  • Says who (09/05/2022, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What can CARICIM do about it. All these Caribbean politicians have RAPED our countries and impoverished our people for the past sixty years. Our Caribbean area should not be far behind Singapore at this stage but we are much closer to Haiti than Singapore in our development. The Caribbean deserves politicians that serves with integrity. Not one of you as CARICOM leaders has condemn the current state of affairs in the country but you all have the strength to criticize direct rule. I think the cows will do a better job of shearing the cheese than the Rats.
  • Hmm (09/05/2022, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    So caricom was fully agreed and is in support of the foolishness,,greed and abuse which was taking place there, clean ayo damn back yard and let uk take over and straigten things out too much nonsense was happening, wait untill the usa start clamping down on caricom heads ,its coming
  • Black on black enslavement (11/05/2022, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you talk to some of your citizens of your country about the way they have been treated, you would think differently, protect your own


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