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'Go back to 1950s; When our people in power the country blooms’- Hon Skelton

October 15th, 2023 | Tags: Ronnie W. Skelton HOA noose CoI Gary R. Hickinbottom
Leader of the Opposition Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) has said the people of the Virgin Islands, just like in the past, has what it takes to take the territory forward. Photo: PVIM/Facebook
Lone Commissioner of the CoI Gary R. Hickinbottom controversially recommended the suspension of the Constitution Virgin Islands. Photo: Daily Mail
Lone Commissioner of the CoI Gary R. Hickinbottom controversially recommended the suspension of the Constitution Virgin Islands. Photo: Daily Mail
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) has given the people of the Territory a history lesson in ‘with our own people we can make progress.’

The Member was speaking on Friday, October 13, 2023, at a special sitting of the House of Assembly to name 10 national heroes and 'sheroes'.

Hon Skelton, the Leader of the breakaway group the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), opined in his presentation on the resolution that a lot of sinister things had happened to our foreparents, including the atrocity and genocide of slavery in the Virgin Islands but “none of our colour had anything to do with slavery" in the Virgin Islands.

The former Finance Minister (2003-2007) told the Legislature that back in the days "none of the plantations were owned by us”; however, he said after the 1950s when our House of Assembly (HoA) was restored under our people we made progress. “The history shows that whenever our people are in power the country blooms” and warned us to reject the naysayers that “everything is bad”.

While he admits there will always be bad apples, they cannot allow the rest of us to suffer because of some who did wrong.

Is the CoI recommendations  a noose on the country’s neck?

Hon Skelton lambasted the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendations without calling it by name and noted that the Minister for Communications and Works “even cannot  clean up the place because he needs to get competitive bidding” even in an emergency.

The Opposition Leader noted that these kinds of polices have “retarded  the progress of the Territory and they are just wrong."

He noted that when he drove around after Tropical  Storm Phillipe, the place was dusty and there were pebbles in the road that can crack vehicle windshields, and argued that having to wait for competitive bidding in a time like this is “just wrong…you can’t condemn the whole country because a few people made  mistakes."

The CoI Report 

Following the CoI Report and its many recommendations, petty contracts have been removed, therefore, all  goods and services needed by the Government, even in an emergency, Departments and Ministries are required to obtain two, sometimes three quotes. The HoA was also forced to pass a Procurement Act, which gives no flexibility in getting small projects done in an emergency, which has placed a noose around the neck of the country.

The CoI investigation exempted the corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and the Judiciary, both subjects under the UK appointed Governor John J Rankin, CMG.

60 Responses to “'Go back to 1950s; When our people in power the country blooms’- Hon Skelton”

  • facts (15/10/2023, 14:19) Like (64) Dislike (12) Reply
    The BVI people and leaders have done well over the years to develop the BVI so we will not be fooled by those who all of a sudden trying to use wicked tactics to make us think otherwise.
    • Ur part of D problem. (16/10/2023, 01:09) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
      You benefitting big time from the greedy bill. The long time politician will never have entertained such a bill..
      • @Ur part of D problem. (16/10/2023, 10:14) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
        Most of you who speak of the Retirement Bill being called the greedy bill never read it but speak on gossip and what you heard others speaking. The Bill was passed over 50yrs ago. Only amendments were done to it as it was not a new Bill. The amendments were not all bad. In fact most were good with more needed. I agree one or two areas went over board but when you read the Bill in absence of gossip it is a good bill.
  • Bvi wake up (15/10/2023, 14:25) Like (21) Dislike (25) Reply
    The COI could never be independent of the Governor when he is the one called it. He is the one wrote the terms of reference. He is the one hand picked the commissioner for the COI without transparency. He is the one furnished him with information and put him in a one track direction. He was the one to get his staff colleagues from their same UK Office to be the staff of the Commissioner to influence the report. If an elected official in BVI did this then most of the naysayers would be hitting the roof. The territory has been set up through abuse of power so they can try to justify their take over plan. We must rise up and fight this modernized colonial plot and strategy.
    • Jenna (16/10/2023, 04:14) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
      @Bvi wake up; so Andrew Fahie had nothing to do with calling for a COI? You people can really spin things to suit your agendas!!!!SMDH.
    • To Bvi wake-up (16/10/2023, 08:24) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      I thought that Andrew Fahie requested it, originally, to look into corruption by previous NDP Gov’t
      • @To Bvi wake-up (16/10/2023, 10:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Another division tactic through political rhetoric with non factual information. First the last Governor Jaspert and all the others before him told Fraser & Ralph, not Fahie, no COI will be done because they cost too much money and they reveal no meaningful results. Go check the records & you will find out this is a FACT! So cut the wrongful blame game.
  • reality (15/10/2023, 14:26) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
    Many aspects of the COI from the inception needs to be challenged in the courts right away.
    • VIP FRIG WE AGAIN (15/10/2023, 19:08) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      • @VIP FRIG WE AGAIN (16/10/2023, 10:23) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
        You mean the UK spent over $10 mill pounds to implement their colonial plans. The VIP spent money to defend the people's rights for which we demand of them to make public the other side of the COI story from the report from the UK Lawyer Cox. Every story have 3 sides and in this case it is the UK, BVI, & the truth. The people heard the UK side. Now they need the BVI side and we will then determine the truth.
  • Youth (15/10/2023, 14:28) Like (18) Dislike (22) Reply
    A set of racists people pretending like they really care for us.
  • History (15/10/2023, 14:32) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
    The COI Act was written in 1880 which was only 46 years after slavery was abolished in the BVI. It was written by the UK officials of the day not for fairness but to keep all descendants of slaves n check with the wishes of the UK. A slavery based act is governing a free people in the 21st century. This needs to be challenged as it is a slap in the face of democracy and not relevant in today's world.
  • (15/10/2023, 14:38) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Funny sleeping Ronnie woke up
  • @WAKE UP (15/10/2023, 15:22) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    • To @WAKE UP (15/10/2023, 17:47) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
      Another lie. The only COI was asked for was when Fraser, Fahie and Ralph were in the Opposition and it was requested for the Pier Park and the $8 mill plane where Ralph wrote requesting the COI. The Governor refused and said COI are costly and a waste of time. It is amazing how some of you always want history to record your malicious lies.
    • @@WAKE UP -- Serious Warning (15/10/2023, 22:44) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      For your information the Governor & his UK bosses are operating high handedly using the old corruption card because they know it gets black people scared of them from slavery days. They have a 3 prong plan.

      PLAN #1 --- Attempt a bloodless takeover by having the local government kill themselves and the their people by implementing without debate or adjustments all of the 48 preauthoured by UK COI recommendations. Most of them are set up to allow the UK to run the show by way of how they are written. The elected official will just be a figure head if that at all. One thing for sure the people of the BVI will suffer as the UK will bring in all white UK people to takeover all top government public service and security positions and more thereafter. This way they do not have to use the order in council to suspend the constitution.

      PLAN #2: Implements the suspension of the constitution if they meet any resistance and claim it is because the local government refused to implement all the preauthoured UK written 48 recommendations they claim will ensure good governance but rather is an oppression of a people cloaked as good governance. Then the UK will run the show with their people & by way of how they wrote the recommendations. The elected officials will be no more and neither will democracy in a pure form . One thing for sure the people of the BVI will suffer as the UK will bring in all white UK people and put in all top government public service and security positions and more thereafter. What we will realize is life will not get better for the average person but worse. But it will be too late when most local people realizes this.

      PLAN #3: Pressure the local government to get many belonger status to the people waiting like what the Governor is pressuring to do now. But this is not with any good heart to the Caribbean people. The UK will use this opportunity to flood the BVI with white UK residents to significantly out number the locals and Caribbean people. The UK will then have the numbers to ensure a prominently white VI population with an all white elected government and a white Premier who is really themselves as they will have the numbers to do it. They will use the UK Commissioner to do a series of arrest whether justified or not to instill fear and try to eliminate any local or Caribbean person who rises up against them. Of course independence will always be voted down as they will be in charge and it will never be in their best interest as they will have the Financial Service Industry and Finance. The local people will only be talking about how BVI use to be and they will still have us blaming each other because of how well organized they are doing their plans and actions as is the case now.

      BVI & Caribbean people now is not the time to fight each other. Government & Opposition now is not the time to fight each other. Now is the time to unite. Ensure transparency and accountability without destroying the economy and livelihood of your people and local businesses by turning it over to the wicked people with their wicked plot at hand cloaked as otherwise. If we do not unite and get serious about it we will become prisoners in our own beloved BVI. It is time to chart a way and deadline for independence. It is time to take & make the next step. Do not mind those who want everything perfect before we move because we will never achieve that as the UK to this day has not as well as no other country is perfect.
      • To @@WAKE UP -- Serious Warning (16/10/2023, 11:02) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        WELL SAID!!! We must unite to fight this war which has been brought against us.
        • Hmm (17/10/2023, 16:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The Lord Jesus Himself wants to fight this battle for the people of these Beautiful Virgin Islands. If only His people who are called by His Name will humble themselves and pray and then He will hear from Heaven and heal their land.

          If only the government and the opposing government will do it. We will see it happen.. All He wants is true repentance. I begging you all to just do it.
  • Caution! (15/10/2023, 15:48) Like (28) Dislike (10) Reply
    Let us not forget that the mostly autonomous territory of the British Virgin Islands suffers widespread corruption. The last thing the Elected Members want is the UK keeping check on what they are doing. So that is why the politicians want full independence.

    History tells us that independence is not always good. The average person living in many former British Colonies across Africa and the Caribbean will tell you that independence has resulted in poverty, and a greater divide between the rich and the poor. The rich politicans in these countries will of course tell you something different.
    • Preserve democracy (15/10/2023, 17:50) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      Elections in the BVI allows for democracy where the people's voices through their votes are heard. They vote who they want to represent their affairs. If these people are not working in their best interest then the people have the power to vote them out in the next general elections and vote in new leaders. Neither the UK nor their Governor has ever ran for office in the BVI and asked the people to select them to run their affairs. So no order in council should give such powers to non-elected people to run the affairs of the BVI people or any other country. It is not right. It does not represent good governance nor democracy. It is high handed and a modern day slavery whip, law, and action. We must educate our people of these facts and we must stick together to preserve not just our democracy but to preserve democracy itself. Such anti democratic actions should be banned worldwide as these actions are wrong no matter the reason.
      • To Preserve democracy (16/10/2023, 08:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Agree with One Thing you say, “We must educate our people”! Full Stop.
    • To Caution (15/10/2023, 18:11) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
      For some of you once you hate the BVI and its people you do not agree with anything they do and once you disagree with it you call it corruption. Independence do not result in poverty. This is a myth. Lack of accountability results in poverty whether they are dependent or independent. Let us put in all the accountability measures and strengthen the others and move towards independence right away and stop looking for non factual excuses.
    • @Caution! (16/10/2023, 10:28) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Somebody talking the truth. That’s what they don’t want to hear.
    • Caya (18/10/2023, 00:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Finally, an honest voice of reason. Thank you
  • Voice of Reason (15/10/2023, 17:13) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good to hear from Hon Skelton. I hope to hear more from him moving forward. The opposition is the voice of reason that is necessary in this season. I must say, petty contracts to do public works seems questionable. Hire more people to do public works and train them so that the department is actually functional and that the money can actually go towards regular salaries. Is there something stopping the government from hiring needed resources? I hear they hiring all kinda consultant for the prmr office. Get rid of the stupid RATED programme that do not pay on time and only guarantees employment for up to 6 months. There is a whole public works department. Provide human resources to it, and use it! The folly have to end man! So if one man can't get a contract to remove pebbles from the road, NOBODY in public works equipped to do so? Come on, stop the nonsense man.
  • Resist Dictatorship (15/10/2023, 17:52) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    A lot of people do not realize if the UK suspends your constitution they are in control fully which means they are in control of Immigration. This is significant because through a set of non elected UK public servants like the Governor and others he will put in place can pass laws and policies to make all UK residents automatically BVI residents. This means at anytime any of the 5 million UK residents can come and live and flood out the BVI and each OT. This will out number each country so the issue of independence will be dead as they will always have the majority to vote it down. This is one of their intentions so BVI and all Caribbean OT watch the game. STAY AWOKE.
  • History (15/10/2023, 17:54) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    History shows that whenever the UK realizes an OT is developing and making advancements towards independence they always come up with a well organized plot to claim corruption and get the people divided with no trust in each other and their leaders so the movement can be thwarted in a way it looks like the people doing it when really it is them. People are up to their games. Release the OTs because the UK has failed to raise their children and they had to raise themselves now they want to come to force them to be children again because they are claiming they do not like how they turn out. This is not only ignorance but oppression. Free the people now not later. We the people build the BVI together with little or no help from the Uk.
  • Reminder all who hand their partner knows it starts sweet (15/10/2023, 17:57) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Most people who cheat on their spouse usually testify that when it started and for a while into it everything sounded sweet and everything was sweet. They showed more caring for them than their spouse. They looked out for their well being more than their spouse. They even took care of them in terms of money and honey than their spouse. Those that leave their spouse to go with their fling end up realizing that the grass is not greener on the other side. As matter of fact they turn out to be worse than their spouse and what they did to them they found out they were now doing with others.

    This is how the UK have some of you behaving and thinking about your own people and leaders. But believe me when I say for those who want the UK to take over thinking life will get better & be better you will regret the day it happens because their history shows where ever they took over they made life worse not better for the people. Becareful of their nice words now. Beware of their end game by playing the corruption and abuse of power card. Be mindful of anyone who claims everyone other than them are bad, corrupt, and greedy. BVI Becareful. This is a well organized plot to suppress and enslave using modern day tactics. We are proud of who we are and where we came from and where we are going as a VI people.
  • Realist (15/10/2023, 18:01) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    There is no satisfying the UK officials at any time even if the BVI implements their preauthoured ridiculous 48 recommendations with unrealistic and unreasonable implimentation deadlines they will shift the goal post. It is not about good governance but rather good dominance of a people they will always see as inferior to them with no good in them at all in their sights.
  • vg youth (15/10/2023, 18:04) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    The position of Governor should be an elected position in the 21st century. Why to date the UK do not have one black Governor and just appointed one or two women as Governor. This clearly shows their colonial slave master mentality is still alive in them and their thoughts and actions. This is alarming and they need to be called out in these racists actions.
  • Where is the balance in accountability (15/10/2023, 18:07) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Governor can target and investigate anyone but no one can investigate or look into a Governor. No one should be above the law.
    • 10-4 (16/10/2023, 08:42) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      10-4 Roger that. The Governor is master of all he surveys, aided by some Virgin Islanders of African descent. Some whites are of belief that Blacks don’t have the equal stature, equality and therefore don’t have the right to questions what they do, for they are from inferior specie and don’t measure up. MLK: Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance.
      • @10-4 (16/10/2023, 10:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @10-4, “ MLK: Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance.“ This is deep, profound, statement which should not go under the radar, for it is being played in living color every day. The colonialists are back, having taking a brief respite. Stay woke and vigilant folks.
  • People in power (15/10/2023, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    U people in power think to the Government and the money is there, that what we the people put in for when will dis end with u dirty people in hi place
  • Speak the whole truth. (15/10/2023, 19:59) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Back in those days leaders were caring, honest, ethical, responsible and accountable.. Not like you and all the rest that are selfish, corrupt and take all you all can get. Those leaders back then wouldn't even thought of a greedy bill. So the truth is Ronnie its the modern leaders like you and others responsible for the country failure. Stop blaming others.
    • @Speak the whole truth. (16/10/2023, 11:09) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are so wrong. Back in those days there were local people and the UK trying from then on how to bring down the government and take over the country but do it in a way which looked justified. They did all kinds of things to take out Lavity including introducing an at large system in a form never seen or heard of before. There were many cries of corruption and greed. They are known as heroes now because they are dead but they were no different to now. The only difference was there were no social media to air all concerns in the public whether legitimate or not. So do not come posting as if it was different and they were different. They did well despite and our current leaders did well despite. No one was perfect then and no one is perfect now not even the UK Officials & their Governors.
  • Native Tongue (15/10/2023, 20:15) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    No local person in prison management, but the prison full of Local people 85%. Fix dat.
  • cap (15/10/2023, 20:23) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Go back to the 1950’s and I think you’ll find the government worked for the people. Go back to the 1950’s and I think you’ll find the government didn’t steal from the people. Go back to the 1950’s and I think you’ll find people could live off of far less because the cost of living was a FRACTION of what it is today. You cannot compare this day and age with the “good old days” because this country would get run into the ground if we went independent.
  • HMMM (15/10/2023, 20:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie PWD needs to invest in some heavy equipment especially more backhoes. One for every district at least for everyday working. If not PWD at least solid waste.
  • My take as a youth (15/10/2023, 22:52) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree improvements need to be made in our territory (like all countries) but it does not warrant the actions of the UK through their Governor as they have just as much blame to take over the years as local government but there are no laws to hold the UK accountable and this is not right. Both sides should have legal powers to hold each other accountable and not just an unelected Governor and people millions of miles in England. As a young person this concerns me as I feel as if my rights are being violated and I have no recourse. I am also concern the subliminal message the UK is saying which is only they have integrity. This is oppressive in thoughts and nature. I am also concern that the UK is saying in 40 yrs or more the BVI has done nothing correct and their Governors have done nothing wrong. This is impossible.
  • Nothing different (15/10/2023, 22:58) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    To most with sense the UK is behaving the same as a man trying to win over a woman so she can leave her man or husband. Make her feel he alone is the one to look out for her best interest. Point out all the wrong her man or husband is doing and tell her she deserves better. He makes all the time in the world for her. All good things he does to get her but when he gets her he then starts to show his true colours. People we know who we had and who we have. Let us hold our people and leaders accountable and replace them when they are not but do not make the mistake and trust the UK to think they will ever act in our best interest. If they cannot get the UK fixed then what make any of you think it will be any different in BVI.
  • Contrarian (16/10/2023, 06:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Hon Ronnie Skelton, AtL, Leader of the Opposition, noted, “ none of our colour had anything to do with slavery" in the Virgin Islands.• What? Indeed our people worked tirelessly to move the BVI from a little poverty stricken colonial backwater, the poor house of the West Indies , to today being able to lay claim to having one of the highest standards of living, quality of life. Human development index, etc in the region, the colonialists having bolted from territory after slavery labeling it supposedly as only useful as a bird.sanctuary. Now the colonialists are back under the guise that they are here to help the VI and its people. However, the reality is that they are back to help themselves, for self interest. . The colonialists behavior was as a bird soiling the nest in which it wants to roost. Undoubtedly, the CoI with its handpicked, single commissioner had preplanned outcomes and the farce investigation was just to fill in the blanks. It was one sided, biased, and racial. All functions under the Governor was exempted from any serious reviews, demonstrating the old adage white is might and right. There were some 48 recommendations, including suspending the constitution and inserting direct rule. And to add cocobay pun tap ah yaws, there was a rush to immediately implement the fanciful recommendations made by Sir Gary Hickinbottom without proper analysis. In essence what the UK and Mount Olympus was saying that a single White man has the power, the right, to dictate what is good for 30,000 black people, for we know best and they are not capable of deciding for themselves. It is all part of the “cabal” in operation. Sadly, many Virgin Islanders are behaving like sambos. There is some irony going on.

    This special sitting of HoA was to recognize our heroes and foreparents for standing up against the atrocities, genocide, exploitation, etc of slavery and colonialism, ie, Perreen Georges , Shelly Martin, Obadiah Dawson, Augustus McCleverty, Henry Garnet, Theodolph Faulkner, Isaac Glanville Fonseca, Carlton de Castro, Lavity Stoutt, and Noel Lloyd. These heroes and foreparents fought, struggled, sacrificed, etc valiantly and gallantly against the extractive and evil institutions of slavery and colonialism, attaining some rights, equality, improved living conditions, etc for Virgin Islanders. The work is unfinished but this generation(s) seem content with state of things, refuse to fight as their forebears for liberty, freedom, democracy, etc. it is sad and painful to watch Virgin Islanders sleep walking through time, raising the white flags, refusing to fight. Where has the rugged individualism gone, etc.?? If we refuse to fight to add to what our forebears fought for, we should be ashame to celebrate the sacrifices, exploited, toil, etc if our forebears. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of watching Virgin Islanders refusing to fight, demonstrating altruism to the whims and aims of the colonialists. Sad. Sad.

    Moreover, the BVI is disaster-prone, ie, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, etc. Consequently, it should have contingency con tracts in place so it can rapidly and agilely responds to disaster. Petty contracts allow agencies to quickly respond to customers need. Petty contracts streamlined the administrative work and bureaucracy to deliver responsive services. For example, small dollar requirements,ie, $1000, can be awarded based on verbal quotes. $3000 or bigger 2-3 written quotes. Further, agencies should have contingency contracts in place to quickly execute during emergencies, ie, Time and material, etc.
  • waste of time (16/10/2023, 07:55) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ronnie studying the tapes of past legislators saying the same shit different day.

    Retire this fool man. Don’t know why people voted for this man.
  • Forbidden Truth (16/10/2023, 08:06) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • This man (16/10/2023, 08:12) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    well there was no punishment for Drugs back then. so we had a lot of money
  • VG Mon (16/10/2023, 08:36) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    If you look around, the BVI is going back to the 1950s! No power, no water, no sewer. It is harder to get to VG now than it was in the 1970s. Backwards ever, forwards never - Be We I!
  • Hmm (16/10/2023, 08:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hes right.... we would never be allowed to have financial services under the UK leadership of today.

    Corruption corruption, international law bla bla they will squawk

    That one move snuck in a huge win for the budget of the local government, employment of our people in government is possible as a direct result of that financial services legislation being passed years ago.

    When will the UK be serious about legal weed, the next boost to the local economy. Will the BVI & UK legalize after Germany? After Germany? Our progress is halted.
  • Well Sah (16/10/2023, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    "Our people you said"?
    Well, you said it right . Our people. Now go look for your own credit . Go help the people that elect to to the House.
  • Future (16/10/2023, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Once the BVI becomes a 1st world country it will be absorbed into the UK so all the King's subjects can enjoy this paradise with no restrictions. Corruption will only delay this progression but the outcome is inevitable. Alternatively the UK can just put the BVI on the market and sell it for billions in some currency if the country can't and won't improve.
    • @future (16/10/2023, 10:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Future, not so fast with VI being integrated into the UK. The VI people has a right under self-determination to choose its own their own political status. The BVI being integrated into the UK would have to be made by the BVI people.
  • Yes to UK (16/10/2023, 10:23) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Bvi wake up, Andrew Fahie called for the COI everyone knows that it was good for the VI because we were able to confirm all of the corruption that was going on in the BVI for the last 40 years. The people who speak against the COI is just as corruption as the government. Ronnie W. Skelton you are just as bad as the government.

    • To Yes to UK (16/10/2023, 13:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Andrew Fahie did not call for any COI as you continue to intentionally lie in your post as another one of your hatred & divisive tactic through political rhetoric with non factual information. First the last Governor Jaspert (who many not good corruption rumors are out there) and all the others before him told Fraser & Ralph, not Fahie, no COI will be done because they cost too much money and they reveal no meaningful results. Go check the records & you will find out this is a FACT! So cut the wrongful blame game. Also you speak as if the COI was set up and done transparently and it was not. It was set up to intentionally derive a desired outcome. It was racially bias in composition and methodology. Next you speak as if the UK are so clean and full of integrity and are not corrupt. As a matter of fact if you do some research they are high on the world stage for corruption. They are worse than anything they are accusing the BVI for but the law does not allow them to be challenged nor look into. This itself is corruption and a slap in the face of democracy.
    • @ Yes to UK (16/10/2023, 13:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      So you hate the BVI so bad and love the UK & their Governor so much that you see nothing with a commissioner they hand picked concluding everything in the BVI for the last 40 yrs is no good and corrupt but everything thing the Governors and the UK did in BVI in the last 40yrs was ALL GOOD! You obviously have a serious problem with the people & leaders of the BVI and should go live somewhere else.
  • People of BVI (16/10/2023, 11:13) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't fool yourselves. You are in a war and you will only win it if you unite. Stop letting them divide you as they are masters at that.
  • Yes (16/10/2023, 11:39) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    @To @WAKE UP you must be one of those who are on the government Corruption payroll, Andrew Fahie called for the COI.
    • To: yes (16/10/2023, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You know you posting non factual information out of hatred for the people of the BVI. Do not use Andrew Fahie to justify a UK & their Governor high handed non transparent dictatorial actions.
  • 367 (16/10/2023, 21:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is the number of votes that our Premier got in the last election. Stop all this ‘call for independence’ nonsense. FIRST We need participation. If no more than 367 people out of 30,000 vote, what is that!?
    We have a long way to go. Just face the facts. Our last premier is waiting trial on drug dealing…
  • before and after (17/10/2023, 04:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the 1950s, there wasn’t a reliable electrical infrastructure, roads were poor, there was no education, and people left to work elsewhere. Now, we still don’t have reliable power, the roads are paved but still poor, we import people to do work we don’t want to, our schools don’t do a good job and we squandered billions when the going was good for several decades. Now many think the UK wants to take the place over.
  • WEW (20/10/2023, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "When OUR people" Only the big name belongers. all others don't matter. Skelton's old ways are still relevant.

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