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Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr is Acting as Governor

- Gov John J. Rankin will be out of Territory
Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer Jr, centre, signs the Oath of Allegiance and Oath for Due Execution of Office in the presence of Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, right, and Justice Sonya Young. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Governor, Mr David D. Archer, Jr will act in the Office of Governor from November 12 to November 24, 2023, in the absence of His Excellency the Governor, Mr John J. Rankin, CMG, who will be out of the Territory.

This is according to a press release from Government Information Service (GIS) on November 11, 2023.

The press release did not state the purpose of Governor Rankin's travel.

Deputy Governor Archer Jr’s appointment is in accordance with section 37 (1) (a) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007 which states, “During any period when the office of Governor is vacant, or the Governor is absent from the Virgin Islands or is for any other reason unable to perform the functions of his or her office, the Deputy Governor shall during Her Majesty’s pleasure, act in the office of Governor and shall perform the functions of that office accordingly.”

22 Responses to “Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr is Acting as Governor”

  • lol (12/11/2023, 10:54) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI got more actors than Hollywood
    • @LOL (12/11/2023, 11:34) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      Haha well I have been woman enough to ask; why do we need a governor in 2023?
      • To @LOL (12/11/2023, 13:11) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
        You are so correct in this trend of thought especially having a Governor who is not accountable to the people of the BVI but claiming he is working in our best interest. He can only serve one master and work in their best interest which is his boss the UK. He have us in the BVI for a set of a#$.
      • Worse yet... (12/11/2023, 13:25) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        How come the Governor travels so much but at no time does have to account to the people of the BVI where he is going and the purpose of his trip but yet every elected official and every public officer except the Commissioner of Police has to inform the public where they going and the purpose of their trip. When will the people of the BVI wake up and realize this is not a modern day partnership but a modern day slavery ship.
      • For @LOL (12/11/2023, 14:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        I fully support your post as well as stating the UK think so less of Caribbean black people and women in general as their actions in the modern day error shows they have never appointed a black person as Governor and only lately in 2020 they appointed a woman as Governor. Actions always speak louder than words.
        • For @ Lol. (15/11/2023, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Ok. Mr. Wil. We did not elect the Governor. The governor didn't come before us begging us for a Job.The Governor didn't campaign and had a manifesto and make us promises..These are sins of our own people..
    • smdh (12/11/2023, 13:15) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Every minute the Governor traveling, the Opposition traveling, the Government Ministers traveling, the senior public officers traveling, the Commissioner of Police traveling. No wonder we the people suffering and can't get any refuge and why they can't be proactive and keep us safe from crime. Yet whenever we the people need something done they all turn around and say there is no money and blame each other yet they all traveling and living large.
  • one eye (12/11/2023, 10:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    He gone england to watch over Lorna and showande
    • To: one eye (12/11/2023, 13:08) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are partially correct. He gone there hoping his presence will intimidate them from speaking on behalf of the majority of people in the BVI who see the order in council to suspend a country's constitution in the 21st century is not only wrong and colonialistic but down right non democratic. It needs to be totally abolished immediately..
    • @one eye (12/11/2023, 14:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Here we have another act of oppression. Every year the UK Officials meet with all Premiers of their UK Overseas Territories once a year usually in November. The UK meets all Governors of OTs once a year also. Here is where it is clear how the UK officials think little about the OT democracy and elected leaders as the UK insist that all OT Governors must attend the OT Premiers meeting but the same OT Premiers are not allowed nor invited to attend the UK Governors meeting. Talk about modern day dictatorship, slavery and intimidation. These people see us all as inferior and themselves as superior. It is time for all OT to seek a clear path towards independence.
  • Free Gaza (12/11/2023, 11:30) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free! End the genocide in Gaza now! Ceasefire now! We stand with the Palestinian people. We say no to apartheid Israel and strongly condemn Israel aggression.
    • @ free gaza (12/11/2023, 11:50) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      Who is standing with the bvi people over coloism with ranking and Collins?
    • Okay now (12/11/2023, 13:34) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Well we in the BVI also say no to apartheid Governor and UK slavery plans cloaked as good governance. The first thing an abuser does is make the person being abused to think what is happening to them is their fault. The Governor used a well organized non transparent and non independent COI to try to justify his actions to pass a modern day slavery whip of an order in council to suspend our constitution unless the BVI does what he wants and when he wants without discussions and our leaders and a few blind people in BVI see no issues with this actions. Of course I agree the BVI have areas needing to be improved, but we are no worse than the UK nor any where else in the world but there are no legal avenues to hold the Governor and UK accountable. In the BVI a non elected Governor has more power than the democratically elected members. This means they take democracy for a joke. The Governor is only accountable to the UK Officials who seem to cannot get the many serious issues in the UK fixed but are professionals and know it all on how to fix every issue in the BVI but only to their advantage and liking. PEOPLE OF BVI I BEG YOU TO PLEASE WAKE UP!
    • Real Talk (12/11/2023, 23:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
  • whatever (12/11/2023, 11:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    He don’t love us
  • Ho (12/11/2023, 12:49) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I condemn both side
  • Last War (12/11/2023, 12:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is it.
  • No balance (12/11/2023, 13:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The law demands every public officer and elected official must register their interest with the register of interest and make it public. However the Governor and all UK officials working locally has insisted the law is not for them as they are already doing so in the UK. What foolishness is this? Not only that but the same Governor insist that although persons or consultants working in the BVI for the BVI Government must adhere to the register of interest laws even if they have registered their interest in the country where they are from. What duplicitous actions by the Governor. I am for accountability across the board. I use to support the Governor and COI but the more the facts come out I realized this was a real con man job disguised as something credible. We have been hoodwinked and we must see the Governor and his actions for what they really are --- DICTATORSHIP!
  • Malcolm X (12/11/2023, 13:40) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    All these people in hi places are very deceptive Miss Rosalie Adams was the better person for that job good thing really don't last long
  • 2023 (12/11/2023, 13:43) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    could be he gone London to paint the picture for his 2024 partner should be nice to see what the New Governor brings to the table
  • Hmmmm (12/11/2023, 14:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Until the laws holds a Governor just as accountable as it holds public officers and elected officials then they will always be abuse of power disguised as otherwise by all Governors where the people will have no recourse.
  • No justice. No fairness. (12/11/2023, 15:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can there be justice and fairness in the actions of the Governor when he called the COI. He wrote and approved the terms of reference himself. He target where the COI should focus. He supplied all the information to the COI. He hand picked the Commissioner of the COI and the lawyers without any transparent and independent actions. He paid the Commissioner of the COI which violated the BVI Commission of Inquiry Act. He hired his UK colleagues to be the staff for the Commissioner of the COI. He condoned the COI lawyers to practice law illegally in the BVI and get away with it. He condoned the Commissioner of the COI to give non factual information to the authorities at the airport as the purpose of his trip. He is now using this preauthored and non transparent COI report along with his authority over the police force aided by his wicked minded UK Commissioner of Police to weaponize certain people in the BVI. The list of apparent misconduct is long and serious in nature. Yet the Governor want to try to make us believe the COI was independent and credible. It was culturally bias. It was unjustly targeting. It looked at one side of how covid was handled rather than looking to see the overall handling anf conduct of covid by the Government to see if it was a consistent behavior by Government across the board given it was a difficult time dealing with the worse pandemic in the last 100yrs which would not reveal corruption as he is opining. These actions need to be challenged in court. If I want a specific report against this Premier then I would hire Cindy. I do not have to put her in the direction I want because I know she is already of like mind. This is what the Governor seem to have done in the non transparent process of hiring of the man who was the Commissioner of the COI. The BVI has been shafted and it is time to call the Governor out. All he is doing with his actions is trying to justify to the international world especially the UK tax payers why they had to do what they do and spend the millions they spent on the COI. This COI needs a COI.

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