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Fundraiser a mockery of governance - Maduro

Believes the Governor should never have participated in the Rotary Jail & Bail fundraiser
Controversial talk show host, Edmund Maduro believes the Governor was in contempt when he participated in the recently held Rotary 'Jail & Bail' fundraiser. Photo: VINO/File
Rotary 'Jail & Bail' prisoners in their mock cell on September 14, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
Rotary 'Jail & Bail' prisoners in their mock cell on September 14, 2012. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Controversial talk show host, Edmund Maduro believes that aspects of the recently held “Jail & Bail” Rotary Club fundraiser, were offensive and against the law.

He was specifically referring to the Governor, Boyd McCleary’s participation in the activity that portrayed persons in a mock court setting as criminals being charged with a rap sheet of good deeds.

When you do that to His Excellency [the Governor], you do that to Her Majesty [the Queen of England] because he represents Her Majesty,” Maduro said.

“It is a criminal offence!” he declared.

Maduro explained that it is forbidden under the Common Law to do so.

“You cannot handle the Head of State with disdain or contempt,” he said adding that persons cannot enter a courtroom improperly attired without their shirts tucked into their pants, something he said was referred to as contempt of court.

Matching that with a situation where “…you have a police officer with a gun on his side and the Governor under handcuffs for whatever [reason], without an arrest… it’s disrespectful,” he said.

Some people, he noted, might refer to him as being colonialist, but it’s not a matter of being colonialist he assured, “when a little child is growing up on the street, he gets the impression that he could deal with the Governor, who is a representative of the Queen, with such contempt.” The Queen, he expressed, is a symbol of authority.

“How much respect is he going to have for authority?” he asked. “The child will grow up with that same sort of contempt for authority”

Maduro also added that the kids that are being raised don’t come up on their own, as we are the ones responsible for that. “We have to begin to set examples of excellence for our children,” he said.

“We must teach our children to respect God and the authority,” he continued, “we have to give them that principle of discipline that the [Head of State is the authority] and must be treated accordingly.” He noted that this must always appear to be the case regardless of whether it is done in jest or otherwise.

The talk show host felt that the situation was so serious that it could lead to the Head of State’s recall.

He said if we can be doing this despite knowing that it is contempt of Her Majesty and to her authority, “then we can go down the streets naked!”

“We must deal with the Head of State, whether it is the Premier, His Excellency the Governor… with discipline and respect,” he offered.

“That was a mockery of governance,” Maduro suggested, adding that “I think the Rotary Club has an apology to offer to this society, the Governor himself should apologise, because he knows it was wrong.”

The Rotary 'Jail & Bail' event was held on September 14, 2012 to raise funds for the BVI Youth Tennis and Crime Stoppers programmes and saw persons being “arrested” for good deeds they had done in the community and placed before a mock court to have their “cases” presented for bail hearing. 



41 Responses to “Fundraiser a mockery of governance - Maduro”

  • ooooo (20/09/2012, 13:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is what mr georges should be looking into
  • Get Real (20/09/2012, 13:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    OMG!!!! Seriously? I'm sure the Queen of England herself would applaud the Governor of the BVI for being actively involved in and halping in a fundraiser for a good cause. Anyone with sense knows it is all in good fun. A jest.
    • Online Now (20/09/2012, 16:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Indeed! The times have changed, the Queen is no longer so aloof that she would not recognise such a good cause. Anyone who saw the opening ceremony of the Olympics where she pretended to jump out of a plane with James Bond would realise that she has quite a sense of humour.
  • j (20/09/2012, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    the queen is no better than anyone else.
    she is fortunate that she fell out of the right womb.

    • shut mouth don't catch fly (21/09/2012, 15:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      becareful before she orders this site shut!
  • Cher (20/09/2012, 14:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Maduro's assessment of the event. The first time I heard of this idea, I could not understand it. Good deeds must be rewarded not seemingly punished as is done for real in our society, as it stands. Creative minds surely can come up with other inspiring ideas for rewarding good deeds.
  • Mary J (20/09/2012, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an interesting view Edmund I never thought of that!
  • Crank Shaft (20/09/2012, 14:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    What the hell is wrong with this man??? The Governor understands it's all in the name of fun and this is not the first time he has done it. My goodness this country must be running damn good if this is the bull edmund has to complain about? Jesus Christ this man has totally gone off his rockers now! What constitution and laws he talking about? What does that have to do with a skit? Did he watch the opening ceremony of the London Olympics a few weeks ago? WoWWWWWWWWW! I feel so ashamed, so so ashamed that the international community has access to such idiocy by way of the internet waves. What a crock of horse ****!

  • ccc (20/09/2012, 14:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This governor just wants to be in the in he will do anything to try and fit in!
  • LOL (20/09/2012, 14:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Queen would praise them for doing something positive for the community, the greater good is what matters here, there was no malevolence on the part of Rotary or the Governor. Everyone always too quick to criticise instead of to say well done!!
    • kkk (20/09/2012, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      something strange with this governor because there are so many countries with rotary clubs and I do not see the head of state doing this kind of foolishness!
  • apple pie (20/09/2012, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is wrong with a the governor letting his hair down?
  • Sahra Parlin (20/09/2012, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all need write the FCO about your displeasure with the governor as having it here would not change a thing! Poor the BVI under this governor and the NDP we will remain stagnant and irrelevant..BAM it the right spot!
  • well done (20/09/2012, 15:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done governor, dont worry about Edmund and his stuck in a previous century nonsense. The queen has a good sense of humour otherwise would have never agreed to have been perceived to have jumped out of helicopter with James Bond at the Olympics.

    Edmund - please stop looking attention or might have to call your show for you to hang up on me!
  • Schupse (20/09/2012, 15:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shupse. Whatever!
  • ABC (20/09/2012, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You people really taking on Edmund? All this old talk will disappear as soon as the ink is dried on that contract which he is about to sign with the Min. for Health. Keep your eyes on those Green Houses.
  • ausar (20/09/2012, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Edmund, that photo of you is starting to look a bit dated.
    You really need to update your image!

    You should know that in politics, image is everything and the way you're depicted-I mean, clothing, hair, skin, teeth, et al.-, I keyant tek a ting you seh, not even wid a grain a salt!!
  • (20/09/2012, 16:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    For once in a life time I agree with Edmund!!!
  • Breezy (20/09/2012, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This fool just jealous cause no one wants to handcuff he and have some fun :)
  • wet well (20/09/2012, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the bigger picture is there needs to be a code of conduct for these English men coming here as governors!!
  • speak your mind (20/09/2012, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    me surprise so much people ga so much to say pon this subject, usually yall afraid of the governor
  • BREAKING NEWS (21/09/2012, 14:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have to agree with Edmund on this! Certain standards still need to upheld no matter if you're doing it for fun and games!

    Then it is OK to get a look-a-like Queen of England and dress her up in thongs and whip ?
    • Online Now (21/09/2012, 15:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are right, that's EXACTLY the same as what the Governor does in his free time to raise money for charity.
    • For once (21/09/2012, 20:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is the only time that Edmund has spoken with some degree of conviction and sense. I believe that the Governor could partake in fund raising activities. He should but to be a prisoner is beyond belief. Shame on you Your Excellency. There is nothing wrong with letting your hair down, with partaking in fund-raising, in dancing etc but to be a prisoner - that is sickening. It was done in poor shame Governor. Next time, do something less demeaning of the high office which you hold. You represent the Queen.
  • troull (21/09/2012, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI will always be behind the times because of our small mindedness. Those of you who are criticising this event ought to be ashamed of yourselves, and most likely you have done nothing to help this community. The funds raised by this event might just help you, your child and friends from crime - Grow up and have some humour, the cause of our problems here in the BVI is because too many of you are tight @#$$#,
  • wellsah (21/09/2012, 19:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People like Edmund would love nothing better than to see the BVI returned to the dark ages. Does he not know that the only thing constant is change. Naysers should go on the internet and see how many governors all over the US States were arrested for the good deeds they did, in fact some placdes have them displayed in mich jails in the malls, while some places have them go into real jails and are not let out until they made bail. I hail the Governor to want to be part of this community, if he was stuck up and full of himself, we would be saying how prejudice he is. Wake up people, embrace change and dont be so darn negative all of the time
    • not this time or next (21/09/2012, 23:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the man is right the governor was out of order he trying real hard to be with the in crowd but we must be careful with motives
  • SHERYLAFFS (21/09/2012, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Seriously (22/09/2012, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does this man not get that this event was all in the name of fun and fundraising for a good causes in the community. The Governor himself is a Rotarian and as the Queens representative he would know what was appropriate or inappropriate. This is such a non starter of a issue!
  • Thinker (22/09/2012, 12:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't put it past being some political ploy to make the public fall out of favor with the Governor because some cannot follow the rules that they themselves caused to be in place.
    • GONE WITH THE WIN (23/09/2012, 23:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i heard Mr. Maduro repeat this again on his show Saturday...political ploy????? I think not as Edmund political days are long gone!!!
  • Vg Man (24/09/2012, 12:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    People in this place hard to please. If the Governor too stuck up and don't associate with us ,you going to say he racist. If he let down his hair, have a little fun with us , it still a problem. God damn it the man is a man like anyone else. There is nothing wrong with having fun and still being able to do your work when the time comes. It's time for Edmund to cut the shyte

  • Qeen Mary (25/09/2012, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What the governor did to Mr. Willock was dam wrong!!!!

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