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Formal complaint lodged against Gov Rankin by UK Law Firm

-acted on the behalf of Clyde K. Chalwell, owner of EZ Shipping
Weeks after citizens have written to Governor John J. Ranking CMG requested of him to investigate controversial Police Commissioner Mark Collins over an email he wrote requesting that evidence be destroyed; Mr. Ranking is facing his own request for an investigation over his alleged behavior as a public officer. Photo: Internet Source
A UK Law firm, Stokoe Partnership Solicitors acting on behalf of Mr. Clyde K. Chalwell the proprietor of EZ Shipping has written to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, The Rt Hon. James S. Cleverly, MP to formally complain against Governor Rankin. Photo: Internet Source
A UK Law firm, Stokoe Partnership Solicitors acting on behalf of Mr. Clyde K. Chalwell the proprietor of EZ Shipping has written to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, The Rt Hon. James S. Cleverly, MP to formally complain against Governor Rankin. Photo: Internet Source
At a debate in the House of Assembly (HoA) in 2022 over the Audit General’s Ms Sonia M. Webster's report on the EZ Shipping contract, most members of the HoA lambasted the Auditor General report as being one-sided and not credible for not interviewing anyone from EZ Shipping. Photo: VINO/File/Internet Source
At a debate in the House of Assembly (HoA) in 2022 over the Audit General’s Ms Sonia M. Webster's report on the EZ Shipping contract, most members of the HoA lambasted the Auditor General report as being one-sided and not credible for not interviewing anyone from EZ Shipping. Photo: VINO/File/Internet Source
CENTRAL LONDON, UK - Weeks after citizens have written to Governor John J. Ranking CMG and requested of him to investigate controversial Police Commissioner Mark Collins over an email he wrote reportedly requesting that evidence be destroyed; Mr. Ranking is facing his own request for an investigation over his alleged behavior as a public officer.

A UK Law firm, Stokoe Partnership Solicitors acting on behalf of Mr. Clyde K. Chalwell the proprietor of EZ Shipping has written to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, The Rt Hon. James S. Cleverly, MP  to formally complain against Governor Rankin.

Mr Rankin has no regards for the VI Constitution?

The complaint alleged that Governor Rankin is in violation of some important tenets of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007. These include - Article 12: Equality before the law, Article 16: Provisions to secure protection of law, including in respect of any criminal charge, the right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time, and Article 19: Protection of private and family life and privacy of home and other property.

The Governor's conduct as an unelected foreign diplomatic is covered according to the formal complaint by “The Diplomatic Service Code, which requires all diplomatic service members to conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, objectivity, and impartiality.”

The complaint emanates from a press conference Governor Rankin held on March 3, 2022, where he was questioned about his role in national security issues and reportedly made biased comments about EZ Shipping.

According to the UK-based Law Firm, the substance of their client's complaint concerns the two major statements by Governor Ranking in the same press conference. In the first, the Governor states, "I leave others to speculate as to why the former Premier might have been so opposed to what was the deployment of the more effective method for deterring activity in the waters."

The Law firm noted that in context, “this statement is a deliberate attempt to insinuate misconduct on behalf of our client.”

Ranking biased? Taking a side Over EZ Shipping?

Another issue raised by the Law Firm Stokoe Partnership Solicitors shows alleged bias by Mr. Rankin was when he stated that the EZ shipping report had been sent to the Director of Public Persecution and Police "to assess whether any offenses were committed" concerning the contract. 

The phrase said by Governor Ranking in his press conference, "I will leave others to speculate" is a well-trodden path of saying something by pretending not to say it. It is a dog whistle to those listening, the complaint alleged.

In reality, the Governor is not leaving it to others to speculate at all but himself, alleging that the former Premier's Andrew A. Fahie's opposition to the deployment of HMS Medway was for an improper reason. The insinuation concerning Mr Fahie's motives directly impacts our client, the formal complaint stated.

The Law Firm noted that “the attack is premised on the insinuation that Mr Fahie's motive for rejecting the HMS Medway option was improper.” Given the public allegation that the $1.2m our client's company received through the contracts to supply the radar barges 'was "unearned.

Governor Ranking trying to influence the outcome?

The complaint strongly noted that these  types of comments from Mr. Ranking in his public press conference is “a clear attempt to bridge the alleged criminal activity of Mr Fahie and the funds received by EZ Shipping.”

We submit that these comments by the Governor amounted to “an improper intervention in the investigative process. Another portion of the complaint relates to the following comments - "And when in the presentation I saw about the use of the barges, I was frankly immediately unconvinced as to their effectiveness". This comment amounts to the Governor giving evidence of his opinion in a press conference when the subject matter had been referred to the relevant authorities for an investigation into potential civil recovery proceedings and/or criminal prosecution the complaint letter stated.

Stokoe Partnership Solicitors stated that, “this was clearly not the time or the place for the Governor to give his personal opinion. We submit this comment was entirely inappropriate and represented the Governor descending into the arena' when it was not his place to do so," according to the attached letter.

Government stands by the EZ Shipping Contact

At a debate in the House of Assembly (HoA) in 2022 over the Audit General’s Ms. Sonia M. Webster's report on the EZ Shipping contract, most members of the HoA lambasted the Auditor General's report as being one-sided and not credible for not interviewing anyone from EZ Shipping. 

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) strongly defended the good works of EZ Shipping and stated the money the government spent was below market value for the works in the contract done by EZ Shipping.

See the attached letter here.

98 Responses to “Formal complaint lodged against Gov Rankin by UK Law Firm”

  • You could have got (04/11/2023, 16:09) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lionel messi. You got a barge.
    • What a lie (05/11/2023, 03:25) Like (12) Dislike (18) Reply
      These Brits could lie! They back up each other with lies. The whole BVI know the largest set of drugs flowed through BVI waters when the same UK ship was in the BVI patrilling and they did not detect a thing. Why these people document lies as truth? Deciet is part of them.
      • That is their nature (05/11/2023, 14:16) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        What rid ee expected. These palm colored people never spoke truth, they can never speak truth. Check their past COMPULSIVE LIARS. Even if their tongues are notorized don't believe anything they say furthermore, don't make the mistake and trust them....Never these Godless LIARS that's all they will ever be...
    • herbs power (05/11/2023, 07:17) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      Mean while these mosquitos biting us like the slave masters. who ever bring them in please kill them off, want to enjoy our surroundings in peace.
  • yesss (04/11/2023, 16:18) Like (33) Dislike (35) Reply
    Defend your good name EZ shipping! This man Rankin planned to continue what jaspert started. I am glad that our people are defending themselves in the court of law and not of public opinion. We know these opinions are meant to make our people look corrupt so that that order can be made. Colonizers doing what they best!
    • to Yesss, their agenda must be stopped at all cost. (04/11/2023, 18:40) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      Read all about it. Take Heed!!! This is what they want to introduce here. › news › uk-england-london-67214409

      They are not our gods and saviours. It’s Time to Pushback at these Devils.

      These people are bad news for the BVI. Both the present and past Governors and Police Commissioners. They view us as beneath them and inferior to them. If we don’t take heed now, we will eventually end up in an apartheid environment with our human and constitutional rights being violated at every angle.

      Say No! We Will Take No More!

      These people too, must be held accountable.
    • @yesss (04/11/2023, 21:20) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agree but writing to the UK Minister will only get another cover up because he is going to assign the task to the very UK public officers who are instructing and supporting the Governor in this ongoing cabal plot. They will not give a truthful report as to do so will implicate them also and their AG. The lawyer needs to take it to court and let the judge make a ruling what all they will be legally bound to produce.
  • Hmmmm (04/11/2023, 16:20) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
    Another high handed move by the Governor and his UK Commissioner of Police. They will be exposed one by one for their deceit.
    • Reply (06/11/2023, 01:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Pay attention Virgin Islanders Multiple black faces will come forward to DIVIDE the black vote. Same old, same old TRICK!!!
      That is a UK and colonial strategy!!
  • Youth (04/11/2023, 16:23) Like (28) Dislike (14) Reply
    I keep hearing about these barges but what about the many private boats the police rented from their white friends without any proper procedures before, during, and after the barges were hired. They paid a pretty penny for them so how come they did not make the COI and Auditor General report. A set of biasness just to try to carry out a wicked plot against Caribbean and local residents by the Governor.
    • TO YOUTH (04/11/2023, 17:44) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thanks for this information because I did not know these things at all.
    • TO YOUTH (04/11/2023, 21:12) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Rewind a bit. Don't forget a pass UK Commissioner of Police who allegedly sold government vehicle and property and allegedly pocketed the money with audit being forced to turn a blind eye based on pressure from the then Governor. Somehow this did not make the COI. These people time will come.
    • TO YOUTH (05/11/2023, 01:58) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      I forgot about these because cabinet released those same vendors were paid and approved by cabinet retroactively which means after the services and actions the cabinet was asked to Rubber stamp and pay. I geuss only once it is the Governor and police these actions are good to go.
    • Well (05/11/2023, 02:18) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      The last Commissioner of Police also had challenges with the truth so his word and reports could only be the same non factual information. His credibility also needs to be looked into.
  • anegada (04/11/2023, 16:24) Like (27) Dislike (13) Reply
    I keep warning the people of the BVI of the Governor and his gang abusing their powers because they think we have no rights other than the ones they gave us.
  • ting to talk (04/11/2023, 16:27) Like (22) Dislike (13) Reply
    No one talking about the Commissioner of Police during the same time hiring a helicopter from his partner and paying the huge fuel cost and other cost without any prior approval but they are on the barges. This is what you call putting the attention on others so they can slip through the cracks with the only wrong doing.
    • Get your facts right! (04/11/2023, 18:16) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      The CoP was given permission from the outset to use the helicopter by the then Premier Fahie and the Security Council - know your facts, stop making things up!
      • @Get your facts right! (05/11/2023, 12:08) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        Even if what you said is so the point is they waived regular procedures to allow it which was necessary during covid and paid for the services afterwards as Security Council cannot dictate for a cabinet. Well if it was good for this then the barges are a non issue except it was not the former Commissioner of Police preference so he help to create the ongoing non factual narrative to intentionally paint it in a bad light so he nor the Governor would never see any good in the services because of wicked intentions and conclusions which they wrongfully documented to seem factual.
    • @ting to talk (04/11/2023, 18:18) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Good points. The question will be what value did the Governor see when those other boats were used and who provided the report for them and the barges. This is when we will know the real facts and not the bias information what the Governor is trying to kee programing our minds with.
    • @ting to talk (04/11/2023, 22:25) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      You have absolutely no idea of the truth - for the record Premier Fahie authorised the helicopter to monitor the borders. Authorized in advance and used to great effect to keep our borders protected. Get your facts right !!! I suspect vino won’t put this up either!
      • To @ting to tal (05/11/2023, 13:13) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Great results from the helicopter? Please! You mean that is what the Commissioner of Police documented to legitimize his move of using his friends helicopter. Don't get me started because during covid the helicopter pick up only blacks on the water doing legal and illegal things but somehow could never see the whites. Plenty things going to come out if you come forward with this bogus credit of the helicopter. Don't forget the Governor and Commissioner of Police giving that white man in visar permission to over ride Customs and Cabinet during covid to approve the moving of boats and grounded all local boats but give permission he did not have the authority to do for all white UK people and others of his kind boats to move and sail. This of course did not reach the COI nor was flagged as a wrong doing because of who had him doing it. Don't get me started with what all really happened during covid. SMDH.
  • Dig deeper for the real truth (04/11/2023, 16:31) Like (23) Dislike (13) Reply
    I remember the last Governor Jaspert made a speech claiming Fahie refused the UK ships from coming to the BVI. But I also remember Fahie coming out in different forums and saying the Governor was not being truthful. I remember also the Governor made the speech he said after a NSC meeting and this was a violation in itself as fahie maintained the Governor violated the confidentiality of NSC and was not being truthful. My take is fahie was correct but Jaspert was setting up his plot for Fahie as we all know he hated him and started by trying to programme the people's mind with non factual information. These UK Governors cannot be trusted.
    • Ah boy (04/11/2023, 17:31) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      They hated that man with a passion so that they had to try to get rid of him at all cost as he was fighting against their colonial intent for the best for the future of the people of the BVI. Time will tell all. They are now being exposed.
      • 411 (05/11/2023, 10:01) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        Fahie and the port director got rid of themselves .They were using positions of privilege for financial gain while the law abiding residents of the Virgin Islands struggled to put food on the table.It all will be sorted out in the U.S courts.
        • @411 (05/11/2023, 12:40) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
          That is the picture the Brits have painted but anyone with sense knows better as far as fahie is concern. It is clear the Brits wanted the man out and not because of their bogus drug allegations and ill financial gains that they developed as their narrative but because he stood up for the people of the BVI against their dictatorship colonialism behavior and intentions. They trying to make it look otherwise but everyone on and off the streets know fahie was never in drugs and he genuinely cared for the people. What is clear to me is anyone who opposes the British must watch out because they will do anything and work with any entity to try to eliminate you one way or another even in the middle of a pandemic. The issue I have is there is no accountability of the Governor and the Commissioner of Police which he is solely in charge of and they are using this power to carry out their plot. So the people have no one to turn to when the very people who are supposed to protect them and keep them safe are the ones targeting them unjustifiablely. Here lies the main problem...the lack of accountability on both sides and not just on one side.
          • To @411 (05/11/2023, 13:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
            Well said. On point!
          • Bogus Allehations! (05/11/2023, 15:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
            @411 you are hilarious! Bogus allegations! So bogus that Fahie is facing years of incarceration with ample evidence !!
        • to 411 (05/11/2023, 12:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
          Time will tell what the real issues and facts are with what you are opining but what I can say is there is no justice. Look at the avoidance of the Governor to deal with the email to hide evidence by the Commissioner of Police as well as other very questionable acts by him and other UK officials under the Governor's responsibility as well as concerns over some of the Governors' (past and present) actions. However look at the swift actions to deal with local and Caribbean persons who are public officers when any matter arises. They are suspended immediately or put on leave. Look at Najan, Carolyn, Wade, and the list goes on. This is not right. It is a clear abuse of power. It is a clear dictatorship. What they are saying is once we deem you guilty then you are guilty. And once we see you innocent then you are innocent and the only innocent people are everyone other than the people of the BVI. Something is drastically wrong with this picture and it needs to be addressed. The laws cannot only be for one set of people. Accountability cannot just be on one side. Also look at Frandy matter. The same thing is happening there also. This is not right. It has to stop. Like fahie or not he fought for equality and justice for all and this seem not to have gone down well with them is all I will say as we all know what happened.
  • Rubber Duck (04/11/2023, 16:37) Like (21) Dislike (12) Reply
    Look how ranking and Collins trying hard to destroy the bvi but I am so happy there are some push backs
  • My Advice (04/11/2023, 16:39) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    The first thing this lawyer needs to do is to officially write to request of the courts to demand of the BVI government and Governor to see in writing if the last Premier did in fact reject the UK ships from coming because something said many times may by certain people in society may seem true but may not be true. This information needs to be known in writing and not based on any word or correspondence from an individual especially the Governor. Find the meeting and minutes where it was said and if it was said why it was said and the reasons for any decisions that were made. It is time for facts to speak and not well organized character assassinations.
  • when? (04/11/2023, 16:49) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    When will our BVI Government make this same move against the Governor and UK with the COI procedures and actions? Afterall there are enough legitimate concerns that warrant such. The Governor claims the COI was independent, transparent, and fair. REALLY? How could it be? The Governor did the Terms of Reference to dictate how the COI would go and focus on. The Governor called the COI himself. The Governor hand picked the Commissioner of the COI without any transparent process and for sure without any tender process. The Governor paid for the COI through the UK which violated the Act but he know who pays the piper calls the tune. The Governor selected his own UK colleagues in the UK as the staff members and resiurce persons to assist his hand picked COI Commissioner. All this and more including violating the BVI Commission of Inquiry Act. There is no way the report was not influenced by the Governor & UK. There is no way the report was independent of his interference to get a specific desired result. I ask our Government to wake up and take this matter swriously and take this matter to court before it is too late. The people's rights are being infringed upon and it is time for action. Slavery days are over.
  • my view (04/11/2023, 16:52) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Something does not add up with the narrative that the last Premier did not want the ship as the last Governor and this one is saying. The reason I say this is because if the UK and Governor want a ship to come to BVI then not a man including a Premier can stop it. Something does not add up with this narrative.
    • @my view (04/11/2023, 17:26) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      My coworkers and I was just saying the same thing. Something does not add up with what the last Governor put out in the public.
    • To my view (05/11/2023, 03:28) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
      It can never add up as they lied on fahie. They are some wicked people.
    • @my view (05/11/2023, 15:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly.... If the UK wanted a ship they will send a ship. If they want drama they will cause drama.

      This same ship or others like it have came to the BVI practically unannounced numerous times!!

      All they wanted was an excuse to say our people are encouraging wrong doing by not accepting the ship. If they want to send the ship they will send it. If they want to send helicopters or missiles they will send it. Look at all the innocents dying in Ukraine & Gaza.

      They do not care about people! They were slave masters & profited heavily from suffering. They pumped china full of opium & fought a war to keep them addicted. They burned their witches at the stake.

      They care about holding on to power & holding on to colonialism & holding on to their ruined empire & aspirations of world domination.
  • Observer (04/11/2023, 16:56) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    First of all the Governor will never admitt value for money with anything they want to destroy even if there was value for money. I read these reports and did some digging in the barge industry and found out not only it was value for money but it was cheaper than the usual price for the time hired. So my question is what is the real motive of the Governor. Clearly it is to make every decision and action of local government look suspect to the people. They are going to cause many law suits when all of this is said and done but they do not care as it is we the tax payers who will have to pay.
  • Kermit the Frog (04/11/2023, 16:57) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    Ah tink ayo should check deh last Gov and family members accounts through the world to see if they increased while serving the BVI. Ah believe many will be shocked. Ah gon bac to sipping meh tea.
  • NDP supporter (04/11/2023, 17:02) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    First the court seem to think there may be an abuse of power with Wade Smith matter. Now you have this taking place. Also you have so many other questionable actions including the issues surrounding the email with the Commissioner of Police. It is clear the Governor and his UK Commissioner of Police will not stop their abuse of power because they know most people do not have the resources to expose them through the legal system and the courts. This is where we elected 13 members to protect our rights. Clearly something is not right about how they are moving.
  • ann (04/11/2023, 17:06) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ranking needs to just leave and take Collins with him
    • jah (05/11/2023, 00:18) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      And don't forget Pam and the UK officer's
    • TO: ann (05/11/2023, 12:45) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      What is clear the majoroty of people of the BVI are crying out for accountability on both sides being Governor and elected officials. Failure to do so will create and allow abuse of power by any side left unchecked which is the case now with the Governors using their rule through the UK Commissioners of Police. It is not wise by any side to ignore the cries of the people.
  • Clear interference (04/11/2023, 17:09) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    The Governor said he sent this to the DPP. He also did the same with the wall with Myron. I said then and I said now that the Governor has made himself a witness to these cases amd others as he has no legal authority to be sending anything to the DPP nor be speaking about the matters in his public speeches nor to the DPP. They issue Myron a gag order from speaking publicly about his case but the Governor has a clear runway. The Governor is over the police and he is using this power to weaponize the people of the BVI especially they want to target. This is not right. Justice cannot be served in a fair and transparent manner if this continues. I geuss this is why they do not want anyone to challenge them so they want to suspend the constitution so they are the only law in the land.
  • NSC (04/11/2023, 17:17) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply

    Vino be careful they ploting against you they have you on there hit list these w**** UK officers are deadly

  • 284 (04/11/2023, 17:17) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Someone with ball! Like or don’t like which there no reason not too.
    Politicians are useless. MR CHALWELL thank you.
  • We are being screwed (04/11/2023, 17:24) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    We are being hoodwinked by a modern day attempt to enslave a people under the cloak of good governance according to the standard of the Governor and UK only. Case and point look at these two quotes by the Governor and approved by the Governor:

    “It is not the practice of the Governor’s Office to comment on personal correspondence received.” (This is him commenting and dealing with the email of the Commissioner of Police pertaining to the alleged destroying of evidence).

    "And when in the presentation I saw about the use of the barges, I was frankly immediately unconvinced as to their effectiveness". (This is him now all of sudden can make a determination with the barges without a thorough review and investigation).

    People of the BVI these people have no regards for the people of the BVI and our rights and reputations. They intend to paint us black at all cost to try to justify they high handedness to the international world while at the same time turn a blind eye to the potential wrongs of their people and themselves at all cost. He cannot take a position on the email which is clearer than looking at the barges. Where can the people go to get transparency and fairness. This is troublesome. This is going to cause a revolution.

  • for sure (04/11/2023, 17:28) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Even if they are wrong Governors do not go against Governors. Only black people goes against each other to please these wicked people.
  • I post again (04/11/2023, 17:34) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor and his UK Commissioner of Police can look into and investigate at random anyone they want to go at but how do the people look into them? What more the people of the BVI want to see and hear to come to their senses and realize what is really happening with these people and their actions. It is not about good governance. It is about dominance of a people.
  • The coi (04/11/2023, 17:36) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope we all see why the COI some how conviently left out any questionable actions of the Governor, Commissioner of Police and everything under their responsibility. This is a well organized plot.
  • Amazed (04/11/2023, 17:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am amazed how the same or more interest to this day has not been put in the $8 million plane heist. Something is not right with this situation. Could it be because they are protecting who are involved because some are from the UK and others may be the same UK one who claimed the ships were denied from coming. Only time will tell.
  • The Ting Start (04/11/2023, 17:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I keep saying from the COI report to now that every story has 3 sides. We were only hearing the Governor and UK side. Now the rest sides starting to come out. Soon we will know the other sides and then the real truth with a lot of matters that started one sided in actions in the public and legal domain.
  • my view (04/11/2023, 17:53) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    The UK wanted the BVI to fail in their recovery after of Irma and during and after covid. They did not see how our leaders would get out of the destructions without giving the country over to them. Our leaders shocked them with our resiliency. The UK feeling so embarrassed that they did not help an dependent territory like they should have that they had to remove this shame from out of the eyes of the UN and the international world. So they organized a COI and a well orchestred take out plan of a Premier. In both cases they are claiming their hands are clean and all actions were independent of them but the majority now knows and sees the truth.
  • Now is the time (04/11/2023, 17:54) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now is the time for an independent review of both the present and past Governor and Commissioner of Police. Too many questionable actions are now known with more to come.
  • Hum (04/11/2023, 17:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cartel on alert
  • REALLY ...HOW SOON SOME FORGET (04/11/2023, 18:25) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    "Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has expressed ‘shock’ over a leaked mail penned by him to Baroness Elizabeth G. Sugg, the United Kingdom (UK).

    In the letter confirmed by the Premier, Hon Fahie told Sugg on September 25, 2020, that he was dissatisfied and outraged with the hijacking of the Territory’s sea border by Governor Jaspert.

    The Premier said the Governor’s decision was made based on a “grossly inaccurate and exaggerated misrepresentation” of the capabilities of the VI’s resources to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Governor Jaspert’s intention to deliberately bulldoze the elected Government is pellucidly clear as he has issued a public statement at 6 pm local time today, 25 September 2020,” he noted.

    The Premier said the Governor's statement essentially informed the public that, “the UK Government would be providing various things which my Government and I have not asked for and which we advised him of our objection to in the format in which he is proceeding to act.”

    The Governor in his missive to the public had announced, amongst other plans; that against the orders of the Premier, a UK Military Navy Ship, ‘HMS Medway’, would return to the Territory to provide border security support.

    The Governor’s unilateral decision came even as the Fahie Administration had strengthened its collaborations with the US Virgin Islands (USVI) on border security and utilised local vessels to patrol VI’s waters through a joint task force comprising officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the Immigration Department and Her Majesty’s Customs, a move that has been very effective in keeping the borders secured.

    The Premier said that the Governor’s decisions were made even though he penned Mr Jaspert on three occasions; September 15, 23 and 24 September 2020, informing him that the VI wants to develop the capacity to manage its own border security affairs with limited UK military assistance.

    “I have been very clear that from a cultural perspective, the people of the Virgin Islands see a role for the UK Military in assisting certain aspects of our border protection strategy, but because of the desire to develop our domestic capabilities the invitation for UK Military assistance is limited to certain functions,” Premier Fahie said."

    • @REALLY ...HOW SOON SOME FORGET (05/11/2023, 12:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am one working around this issue and I can say your letter does not have to be leaked as there are more than one letter dealing with this matter which does not support the picture you are trying to paint. You will be shocked what stimulated this letter and the other letters. All I would say those letters should also be leaked and it will show the deceit and wicked intentions for the BVI of the last Governor and how his concern was to see how to suppress and take over the BVI as a result of Covid coming on rather than helping to keep the people of the BVI and economy alive. Time will tell for you who do not want to see these people for who they really are. They have no good intentions for us.
  • We're missing it (04/11/2023, 18:32) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The main issue most people are missing is whenever alleged wrong doing or procedures by the UK Commissioner of Police and Governor are discovered they hold a press conference and try to clear their names and dismiss it as nothing. They get to look into themselves and exonerate themselves. Once they say they are innocent they expect the public to agree and leave it alone and move on. For them it is now a dead issue. However when they are after anyone, especially based on their bias COI procedures and report, then those people have to spend huge sum of monies with lawyers and in the courts to prove their innocence. This is going to turn into a serious modern day revolution because this modern day colonial lynching has to stop.
  • They ploting (04/11/2023, 18:37) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vino they coming for you
  • 2023 (04/11/2023, 19:00) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    come we go fight down babylon “one more time”
  • WOW (04/11/2023, 21:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    As I said that you people in the BVI are not serious of tackling these matters involveing the Police Commissioner and the Governor.
    The Commissioner lied about the reason he told the officers to destroy the evidence and there is more than enoigh prof that he is lying but you all are not doing anything.
    The person that blogs as Rubber Dock only talk poopoo. Look at the first question ask by him/ her in the article sent by a concetn "I wonder who is this concern citizen ".
    Stop talking. There are many civil action that be taken against the COP and the Governor without having to go to court and without violence.
  • Rhythm up.. (04/11/2023, 21:06) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    This is clearly an enemy of the Gov and Britain, I see the bias,. If wasn't for the Gov our Govt would be a total dictatorship crew..
  • no justice (04/11/2023, 21:15) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    There has been no transparent accountability by these UK Commissioners of Police over the last few years of siezed drug money and the actual drugs. This is being over looked and blatantly ignored. It seems as if only black people commits crimes as far as these colonial people are concern.
  • Wow! (04/11/2023, 21:18) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    I read the bbc news uk article about Bianca Williams: “Two Met officers sacked over athlete search gross misconduct.” No wonder they held up the cannabis bill, it’s because they won’t have black people to harass and arrest no longer. These bunch of racist mfs.
  • DNA FACTS (04/11/2023, 21:27) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is their DNA not to trust us and it is in our DNA not to trust them. There can never be a progressive and positive workable partnership as the more powerful one in the partnership being only them will always find ways to make us seem corrupt, lacking integrity, non transparent, liars, thieves, and haters of good governance. They did this during slavery when they made slavery legal which exploited our foreparents. Now they are trying to the same thing once again but in a modern way so some of us would be on their side without checking their side to see if they are really who they saying they are. Becareful with anyone who calls you corrupt and proclaim themselves as paragon of virtue.
  • @ yes (04/11/2023, 21:29) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    What Good Name
  • 911 (04/11/2023, 21:35) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    these uk people comes here and dirty their hands with dope and dope money and get away with it
  • Where is the balance (04/11/2023, 21:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rightfully so the urgency to put in good governance legislation to keep elected officials and public officers in line continues to be the order of the day and I agree. But what is in place or being put in place to keep a Governor in line or to deal with him when he or a Commissioner of Police is not acting according to law. You cannot report to them to look in to themselves as is the case now. The same independent bodies should be in place for them and hold true for them. Without this balance in place then there will never be true democracy nor good governance. Instead abuse of power will be prevalent but done in a way that will always look otherwise.
  • UK Agenda (04/11/2023, 22:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    They are masters of manipulation and deception. Don’t ever trust them.
  • herbs power (04/11/2023, 23:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Total separation is the key to these types of people
  • Martian (04/11/2023, 23:37) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply

    (1) "I leave others to speculate as to why the former Premier might have been so opposed to what was the deployment of the more effective method for deterring activity in the waters."

    (2) ...the EZ shipping report had been sent to the Director of Public Persecution and Police "to assess whether any offenses were committed" concerning the contract.

    In the first statement the Governor seemed to be pushing back at a reporter who wanted him to speculate about Fahie's motives, although he did seem to show bias by suggesting the ship was the better option. In the second statement, I'm sure he had looked at the conclusions in the Auditor's report, and made a decision to have any allegations investigated (he would be negligent if he did not).

    It looks like complaint based on these two statements will achieve nothing, except lucrative fees for the law firm.
  • Treaty with Israel (05/11/2023, 00:14) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    If I was john I would have leave now this is not good he supposed to be a lawyer treat people right big man
  • Curtain (05/11/2023, 00:17) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    BAIT and TRAP
    JudgeJury Public Opinion will be prejudiced against Andrew no matter what.
    Planting seeds of doubt and distrust at the crucial moment just in time to coincidecwith Fahie's hearing.
    He can't win and neither will the VI.

    • @Curtain (05/11/2023, 12:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't worry you fahie hater and UK blogger. God does not need anyone's approval or backing. He alone will balance this whole matter out and he doesn't need public approval so any man programming people's mind for or against someone does not phase what he will do.
  • Barry (05/11/2023, 00:23) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Virgin island's wake up we need to get rid of Rankin Collins Pam the UK officer's and the UK altogether
    • @ barry (05/11/2023, 07:40) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      how can one get the rid of people from their own property

      your passport clearly says british overseas territory citizenship

      what we need to do is become more unified and and stop bad talking each other

      back in the days the governors did not have as much chat as they have now

      Derick George Cudmore was the first Governor of this territory. He had authority as a governor but not that much chat

      I recall the protest our people had against Governor Cudmore went down to the White House

      Now all our people do are talkshow(joke business
  • Tadow (05/11/2023, 00:23) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Yes, chalwell drag him out in deep water. He will be like a dog without teeth.
  • How I see it (05/11/2023, 02:23) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    The more things unravel the more and more it is clear while the last Premier was trying to save lives during covid & protect the people of the BVI without much help from the Governor and UK, they were busy organizing a well crafted plot and story to take him and the BVI out. Now they are being exposed more and more for who they really are and for what they were really doing. They are dangerous people who tell no truth.
  • Public knowledge (05/11/2023, 03:37) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Most people knew from day one Governor Jaspert disliked Andrew Fahie and was doing everything in his power to get him take out from being Premier. Fahie pleaded with the UK office to intervene but they study him not because their UK man on the ground is never wrong. This injustice will not prosper. When the dust clear it will reveal all this and the lies these Governors write and send to their UK bosses as facts so they can convince them to do things like passing an order in council to suspend a country's constitution in the modern day 21st century. These things will soon be exposed. A lie cannot float for long.
  • facts (05/11/2023, 08:02) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Honestly. The bvi will always have a issue with a governor because he's a white British man. Facts are this island was speaking about the same reason they felt mr. Greedy didn't want the HMS and its free protection of or water but yet spend money to give it away yet We have a issue. Honestly tola future for development will always move at 1mile a hour and continue to be what it is in actuality a third world country
  • Sore losers (05/11/2023, 09:52) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    is the main reason for this superfluous complaint. The UK/CoI won and the BVI/EZ team lost. Get over it, life goes on.
  • WOW (05/11/2023, 10:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "We are missing it" i agree with you one million percent. The BVISLANDERS are just sitting there and is doing absolutely nothing but just talk talk and more talk..
  • Undercover Observer (05/11/2023, 10:45) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    As the call by a concerned citizen to Governor Rankin, CMG, to conduct an investigation of CoP Mark Collins, nothing will come of this law suit. If the process was fair, balanced, reasonable, and equitable, the plaintiff may stand a fair chance of getting due process and justice; but it is a kangaroo court.

    In regards to the concern citizen request for an investigation on Mark Collin performance, Mount Olympus which is accountable only unto itself and having carte blanche to do as it wants and needs will never let this complaint move off top dead center and see the light of day. The Guv will pontificate that he looked into the concern and there is to see there and colonialism racial superiority cabal will force it to die a slow, frustrating death, as Guv who has a few days left on his tropical preretirement vacation in the BVI at the BVI taxpayers expense.

    Furthermore, as a point of reference, the Barbados Slave Code of 1661, which other islands also adopted, stipulated that a slave/black person could not give testimony in court against a white person or even change in front of white person or even look a white in the eye. Slaves and Blacks were an inferior species and cast as a permanentservike underclass and all actions taken to keep them in that position. Let’s forget that slaves are property and masters could do whatever he/she wants with property without consequences. The rare exception was white planter/legislator/slave owner Arthur Hodge who murdered Prosper, a slave, for either letting a mango fall on the ground or picking up a mango from the ground. Arthur Hodge used the slave-property defense at his trial, but lost; he was convicted by a jury of other white planters, his peers, of murder, sentenced to be hanged and was hanged. This case made history, creating some concerns and nervousness among slave owners, for it was the first and only time in the institution of slavery history in the West Indies and elsewhere that a slave master was hung for murdering a slave, though it should have happened more. In regards to the request, it will be summarily dismissed, for lack of objective evidence.

    Disunity, complacency, contentment, ‘ I got mine mentality and mindset among many Virgin Islanders is emboldening Mount Olympus to do as it wants, how it wants, when it wants , where and to whom it wants. In the 1940s, administrator John Augustus Cockburn Cruikshank was acting in an absolutist manner. Nonetheless, the unity and group effort among Virgin Islanders led by Anegadian fisherman Theodolph Faulkner through peaceful agitation, protests, etc effected change, ie, reinstating the legislature, attaining a modern constitution, adult suffrage, locals direct voting, etc. That Virgin Islanders fight and rugged individualism have been lost, leading to a reawakening of colonialism.
    • Sambo (05/11/2023, 12:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Undercover Observer: “Disunity, complacency, contentment, ‘ I got mine mentality and mindset among many Virgin Islanders is emboldening Mount Olympus to do as it wants, how it wants, when it wants , where and to whom it wants. In the 1940s, administrator John Augustus Cockburn Cruikshank was acting in an absolutist manner. Nonetheless, the unity and group effort among Virgin Islanders led by Anegadian fisherman Theodolph Faulkner through peaceful agitation, protests, etc effected change, ie, reinstating the legislature, attaining a modern constitution, adult suffrage, locals direct voting, etc. That Virgin Islanders fight and rugged individualism have been lost, leading to a reawakening of colonialism.” Indeed, this what ails the BVI. Virgin Islanders are failing to acknowledge, recognize that dividing, scattering, instead of uniting, is making them weaker and more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, etc. Unity is strength and power but to attain strength and power, it cannot be one and done it must be consistent and persistent. Colonialism success depends on the Colonialists dividing, splintering the population, keeping splintered groups fighting among themselves while they forge ahead with their plan action(s). Let’s stop behaving as one with all hat and but no cattle. National heroes Theodolph Faulkner, Noel Lloyd, Lavity Stout among others demonstrated and have receipts and value of unity, group effort. Let’s try it.
      • @Sambo (06/11/2023, 07:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Sambo, “ all hat but no cattle.” Lol. These drug store cow boys and cow girls. Indeed, nuff pretenders, Sambos, etc in town who are hoping and looking for a likle meritorious manumission, bringing cum, carry to Mount Olympus. Nuff sambos wear the hat but have no racial or national pride, afraid of who they are, work against their own, want UK to take over, etc. It is the 21st Century but the Sambos are behaving in a 17th Century manner. Sad. Nevertheless, the Uncle Toms are not too much better, for they are withering away on the wine with contentment, complacency, things will fix themselves, don’t rock the boat, I’m happy attitude. Disunity, dividing and scattering, ‘crab in bucket mentality’ behavior, altruistic behavior deference to colonialists, lack of group effort, etc, are great contributors to the colonialism reawakening effort by Mount Olympus. The colonialists have found a place, a people on whom they employ the institution of colonialism in the 21st Century. Kenneth Batrs Hill with the assistance of Mount Olympus seize on the last opportunity to exploit a colony, ie, the Wickhams Cay and 4/5 of Anegada debacle in 1968, only to be rebuffed and derailed by Noel Lloyd and PAM. Virgin Islanders are falling into the tried and true colonialists trap, ie, buying off a few Sambos to do their dirty, devious, destructive, divisionsty, despicable, etc.deeds, so that the colonialists can pretend they are Pilates with clean hands. Wake up people from your slumber or by time you wake from your slumber you will be in a yoke yonder with all hat but no cattle.
  • facts (05/11/2023, 11:50) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    there was no reason for the barge as the navy could of done the job at NO COST and a much better job with better radar and fast rhibs full of marines to ctach the drug dealers. This is exactly what the governors statement said and meant, it was FAHIE who chose this option for early penetration of drugs into the territory. EZShipping was not mentioned and he is wasting his money, but let him he can afford it after ripping off the taxpayers of the country during COVID.

    • @facts (05/11/2023, 12:23) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      The ships did come and more drugs than ever went undetected and that is a fact. In addition you did not research or you would have found the ships could not stay more than 2 weeks and then the local resources would have had to deal with covid on their own which they did and did so effectively. All the Governors trying to do is paint a narrative to support their well organized plot.
    • 787 (05/11/2023, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hater get over it.
  • Hum (05/11/2023, 12:12) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Cartel putting pressure
    But Fahie your in for a wile,sorry
  • watch it (05/11/2023, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Well this is going to lead into
    More digging so the Governor can defend his position . Plenty thing will be digged into and more things unearthed.
    Who knows what investigators will find when Governor get his team to defend his reasons for doing what he did .
    A can of worms will open up
  • Less talk more action (05/11/2023, 21:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everyone else around the world is taking action against these colonialists, but all we seem to do best is: talk, talk, and more talk.

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  • WHY? (06/11/2023, 16:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Our government and people suffers from an inferiority complex and does not trust in, or support locally developed ideas and our own. Why in 2023 we still have a British governor??!
  • Boss (06/11/2023, 16:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I went back to look at the press conference I found the governor to be Dismissive and argumentative. It is high time for this little man to go!

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