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Governor threatens to publish CoI related reviews ahead of elected Gov’t

- Eager to publish reviews before general elections
Speculations that the United Kingdom (UK) Government is trying to influence the outcome of the Virgin Islands (VI) continue with the UK-appointed Governor John J. Rankin, left, threatening to make public certain Commission of Inquiry (CoI) related reviews before the general elections if the Unity Government of Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), right, does not.
The Governor made the threats during a press conference today, April 6, 2023, during an update on Ministerial Response to Quarterly Review on COI Recommendations Implementation. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The Governor made the threats during a press conference today, April 6, 2023, during an update on Ministerial Response to Quarterly Review on COI Recommendations Implementation. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Speculations that the United Kingdom (UK) Government is trying to influence the outcome of the General Elections of the Virgin Islands (VI) continue with the UK-appointed Governor John J. Rankin threatening to make public certain Commission of Inquiry (CoI) related reviews before the elections if the Unity Government does not.

The Governor made the threats during a press conference today, April 6, 2023, during an update on Ministerial Response to Quarterly Review on COI Recommendations Implementation.

“A number of the specific reviews which were commissioned have now been received. For example, in relation to statutory boards and the distribution of Crown land. The statutory boards' review carried out by Jamal Smith was received on the 31st of December."

He added, “The review of Crown land by David Abednego was received on the 13th of January, but neither of these reviews has yet been made public, allowing people to read for themselves the direction that its proposed reforms will take,” he said. 

The Governor said similarly, the review of social assistance conducted by the Social Policy Research Institute in support of UNICEF is also yet to be published, despite having been received on January 18, 2023.

It remains unclear why the reports have not yet been published; however, Governor Rankin said given the sensitivity of the issues arising from the Assistance Grants audit, he expects that members of the public will be interested to see what solutions the experts recommend.

Make reviews public now - Governor 

“So I believe that the reviews need to start being made public now, and unless they are otherwise published shortly, I will take steps to do so,” he said.

In the past, Governor Rankin without reason had held on to the CoI Report completed by Commissioner Gary R. Hickenbottom despite calls for the report to be made public but only saw it necessary to publish the report immediately after the arrest of Ex-Premier Andrew A. Fahie in Miami in April 2022.

The Report had recommended suspension of the VI constitution; however, after pushback from the people as well as support from regional and international bodies such as CARICOM and the United Nations, the UK stopped short of enforcing direct rule. It nevertheless has an Order in Council on 'reserve' to force the VI to swiftly implement the reforms.

The Governor in his justification to publish the reviews ahead of the Government said they are only the start of a process on which further action is required and that it is imperative that the government considers the recommendations and the reviews, consults with them as necessary, and then gets on with delivering the necessary changes.

"So I believe that the review needs to start being made public now and unless they are otherwise published shortly I will take steps to do so," Governor Rankin stated.

57 Responses to “Governor threatens to publish CoI related reviews ahead of elected Gov’t”

  • This where you lose (06/04/2023, 17:41) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    This report will cause you to lose the election
    • INGRANK (06/04/2023, 19:09) Like (6) Dislike (48) Reply

      Who is 'you' that you refer to? Why is the Governor so hell bent on reports before election? Why those pale skin pe))*le don't go to $%£"^ home? They left the people here to die. They prospered, now they want to be among us. Let them cart their M*snt back to look for the Musdlims who took over their country. Leave us let us suffer like you did in days of yore. We will survive weithout you.

    • Response (06/04/2023, 22:59) Like (6) Dislike (47) Reply
      The Governor is not accountable to the people and he is interfering with the elections and this is an illegal act everywhere in the world according to convention but the system has him above the law.
      • Boo (07/04/2023, 09:06) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
        We need to know what the Slow one dey is hiding
        • @ Boo (07/04/2023, 11:27) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
          It's because the slow one is taking his time and not dancing to the tune of the UK like how the governor wants him too. Trust me if it was another leader they wouldn't have that problem with the UK because they have been already dancing to the tunes of the UK. The others have started it and want the slow one to do so too. You all better be thankful that the slow one is taking his time and going through the processes like he should. Trust me on that one. And with that as God is above that is the reason I will go VIP all the way. Those independent wishy washy coming up can't take on the UK. The opposition have already been dancing to the UK tunes, they are the ones that have been feeding them.
  • loose (06/04/2023, 17:44) Like (75) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is that a bad thing to make publish the reviews? We the public needs to know what is happening.
    • @loose (06/04/2023, 23:01) Like (8) Dislike (44) Reply
      What is bad is that the Governor is abusing his power to release a report in the middle of the final stages of the elections where no one will have time to effectively respond and defend themselves. He is WICKED and now acting like the true DICTATOR he really has turn out to be.
      • LCS (07/04/2023, 04:35) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
        On the contrary... This would give food for thought to the People.
      • @loose (07/04/2023, 08:11) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
        How is the governor abusing his power to ask that the report be released? The Unity Government has these reports from as early as December. Can’t you see that the government wanted people to vote without being informed of the findings in the report?
  • We need the report (06/04/2023, 17:47) Like (78) Dislike (3) Reply
    What is the government hiding. Why are they hiding the report. Great job governor expose their behinds or recall hinkerbottom to light fire in their bottom. Don't care if vino publish or not the only fair press bvi will.
  • lol (06/04/2023, 17:58) Like (86) Dislike (7) Reply
    Instead of calling out the governor why have you not written a story asking why tge government has not released the reports.
    • Interested citizen (06/04/2023, 21:06) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think we all know the answer to that question.
    • @LOL (06/04/2023, 23:14) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
      Be for real. If systems were wrong for so many years, then where was the governors who the public service is under? Why are they not been held to account? How can the Governor have the authority to look into everyone, but no one has the authority to look into them? If it was the other way around, you would have been condemning the actions of the elected officials. The manner of how these actions by the Governor has taken place is wrong and a total abuse of power and our rights as a citizen. Time will tell.
  • Voter 7 (06/04/2023, 18:02) Like (62) Dislike (2) Reply
    don't threaten just post i don't understand how we having election and we don't know the state of the country affairs. we need to know the integrity of the people about to vote for
    • TO Voter 7 (06/04/2023, 23:04) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
      I do not agree that a one man appointed by the Governor to do a pre-authored COI and report is an independent and true state of the country. Every story has three sides, and the other two sides should be released at the same time. What we have is a Governor trying to influence the outcome of an elections.
      • @ TO VOTE 7 (07/04/2023, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Influence the elections if our elected representative are clean the report wouldn't hurt the elections if would make election outcome stronger. full disclosure of the report should have been brought to the public months ago. we now live a time when bad is viewed as good and good bad. people who love and care for this country prefer to go to the poles with a clear conscience
  • Crock (06/04/2023, 18:21) Like (11) Dislike (55) Reply
    Here he goes again trying to monkey wrench our election in his favor he real not here to help let us stay woke
    • @Crock (06/04/2023, 23:10) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply
      Well said! Now he has put his PR team to try to blog all day to make it look like the majority of the BVI people condone his high handed, mischievous and unethical acts. All he is doing is trying to divide us and destabilize the country to try to justify his real intent of a direct rule.
  • Hmm (06/04/2023, 18:22) Like (56) Dislike (7) Reply
    Yes Governor the people need to know.
    • To hmm (06/04/2023, 23:38) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
      The people need to know these people are the real ones who hands are not clean. The people need to know why the poor management of him of the public service was overlooked in the COI. The people need to know why the Governor position cannot be an elected one as this would show true good governance. The people need to know why the $8 mill dollar plane heist was omitted for the actions from the COI. The people need to know why Governor's past and present do not have to register their interest locally and their assets here and abroad so we the people of the BVI can see what they were when they took up the job compared to when they are leaving to ensure funds & other assets MADE IN BETWEEN THROUGH QUESTIONABLE MEANS are not being held in other places in the world such as switzland & other places. THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS AS WELL!!!!!!!
  • When... (06/04/2023, 18:25) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    When Britain helping us over the years, you didn't know they were influencing us then!
  • Ho!ho!ho! (06/04/2023, 18:28) Like (50) Dislike (4) Reply
    If i understand correctly, the now premier, the unity group leader of the same broken down Government, Natilio Wheatlry,Showande Uhuru, was making us to believe that all was going through smooth with the relationship he and that Governor has developed. But that seems to be a ranking lie.
    Can we trust him any further to lead this territory?
  • Jokes. Hahaha. (06/04/2023, 18:39) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
    This Governor and Britain not serious, they are like a no teeth Pit-bull.. They are watching the Wolves and the Snakes attacking and threatening our lives and all they do is bark bark bark and the deadly Vipers not scared..
    • @Jokes. Hahaha. (06/04/2023, 23:20) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
      You are totally brain washed to believe the Governor is our savior and is without sin and fault. They pretend as if they are helping and want good governance but what they really want is for them alone and their kind administering governance in the BVI without being held accountable to the people or by the people. This is like watching ROOTS in modern day times. These people have always justified injustice dished out by them by making the people of the land see themselves and their leaders as no good and cannot be trusted as they as the only person to trust. The BVI has swallowed the 400yrs bait and need to wake up.
  • Lb (06/04/2023, 18:46) Like (15) Dislike (50) Reply
    The Governor is trying to interject his self in our politics! This is not his role! As much as I might want to see VIP gone, this is not right! Why didn’t you release this months ago?
    • The bvi government not release @ (06/04/2023, 20:16) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      The news is: the reports show what went wrong, the bvi local government not release to the public!
      Now lots of politicians spouting about all these subjects, and there were laws broken that were not reported. Sounds like info that would be good to inform who to vote for.
      Do you want this information after the election?
    • Voter 7 (06/04/2023, 22:00) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      i agree with you 100%.
      but we really need to see this report so we know how to chart the way then everyone who present themselves as saviour and problem solver over tjis territory
    • @Lb (07/04/2023, 00:24) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      The governor was giving the premier the courtesy of releasing the report himself but since he's dragging his feet on it for whatever reason, he is in effect forcing governor to release the report for him.
  • Truth (06/04/2023, 20:04) Like (32) Dislike (8) Reply
    Only the VIP elected members are responsible for this..The Premier and his cronies held it back purposefully hoping they would win. The election and sweep it under the rug
    • To Truth (06/04/2023, 23:25) Like (6) Dislike (15) Reply
      Oh please. Any fool can see that if systems are in question, it did not happen since 2019. This is targeting practice by the Governor and his British Officials especially while the country is vulnerable in the middle of COVID.
  • Really? (06/04/2023, 20:39) Like (38) Dislike (2) Reply
    So how is this interference? Are you guys suggesting this should all be hidden from us until after we have voted then? I am no fan of the Governor, but I want to know what the government have really done if anything, before we decide who runs this place next! smh
  • Quiet Warrior (06/04/2023, 20:58) Like (11) Dislike (24) Reply
    Governor John Rankin, CMG, the governor of the Virgin Islands is supposed to be neutral and treat all VI residents fairly and equally. But Clearly he is showing his and preference for one political group over another. He is using is stature and power to put his hands on the scales to determine a political outcome to his liking it seems. The cat is now out of the bag. Wonder what the FCO have to say on the alleged putting hands on the scale.
    • Quiet Rebel (07/04/2023, 11:54) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
      Indeed, the Governor is boldly putting his thumbs on the scale of the pending local election and with the concurrence of Lord Gold Smith and the FCO. It was fools gold for us to believe that the CoI findings were not pre-determined or that the Governor was not a snake in the grass who would be honest dealer who we could trust and who took his oath of office seriously. Racism is alive in the BVI like it is in UK, and US. Look at what happened in Tennessee. Two Black state representatives kicked out of the Legislature while a White woman representative was retained in the Legislature for partaking in the same good trouble, ie, advocating for protecting children against gun violence. Virgin Islanders better take tge scales off their eyes and see the colonialists putting their thumbs on the scales.
  • 2023 (06/04/2023, 21:47) Like (16) Dislike (19) Reply
    it is rather shameful to see how the 13 politicians have the citizens & residence of this territory sitting in limbo simply due to their poor judgment while executing the mandates of their various ministries: the people deserves far better we have not done anything wrong but we the people are not sure what the United Kingdom have up their sleeves relating to the future of our country all because of the political system
    • To 2023 (06/04/2023, 23:07) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
      That is your opinion as the Governor cannot be allowed to get away as an innocent bystander as most of what is now in question was under his responsibility and with his permission, so this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
  • Not good (06/04/2023, 22:56) Like (6) Dislike (25) Reply
    This man is abusing his powers to reintroduce slavery in a modern form.
  • Time to be real (06/04/2023, 22:57) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    I keep informing that the COI was a well organized unethical action by the British Officials. The other side of this story must be told.
  • facts (06/04/2023, 23:05) Like (8) Dislike (20) Reply
    The slavery mill is grinding slow but grinding still.
  • GOVERNOR (06/04/2023, 23:23) Like (10) Dislike (24) Reply
    The mere fact that you have all of a sudden started to hold numerous press conferences during election season tells a lot about your poor character and bad intentions. SMDH.
  • Rubber Duck (06/04/2023, 23:29) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Publish and be dammed. The public needs to have the maximum amount of knowledge before electing people.
    • exactly. (08/04/2023, 15:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The governor shouldn't come here threatening anything. Just publish the reports because we have 2 weeks to read and understand what happened. They will not publish those reports unless forced to.
  • hello (06/04/2023, 23:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    A who DAT in those shades ,DEM no look happy tall
  • Aunty Susan (06/04/2023, 23:51) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    People need the maximum amount of information when voting for a government, so he must publish what he has.
    • Wake up. B Wise. (07/04/2023, 08:14) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      The Governor and Britain got so much information about crimes and corruption in high places in the BVI. These people are serious diplomats, . Whoever think AF, Cat Eye and Them other two wont be talking and cutting a deal, U have no idea how the American judicial system works...Let me tell you. Tuffer, badder, richer and with more connection criminals bow when the pressure comes down..So maybe some that information the DEA getting already being fed back to the Gov and Britain. These people ain fools..
  • Sellout gov (07/04/2023, 06:44) Like (4) Dislike (19) Reply
    Yea UK official governing our territory, how convenient right before elections you have sooo much to chat bout. With allll the time you could of said something you wait till the last hour of elections while everyone is in their campaign mode. Probably having your ppl monitoring the campaign trails to see who looks more promising turn out wise and its not in you all favor. You could of suggested these reports months ago as you known they were available or wait till after elections. If you ain't the (right) devil sent to the BVI, your trying to clear the way for them. God sees it all and the devil and his advocates WILL FLEE in his name.
  • U OWN IT (07/04/2023, 06:45) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    • Only Britain can... (07/04/2023, 08:04) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Give a few black a little money and a little power and they will oppressed their own black. ..Aint no white man come with all kind of tricks and clever schemes to steal and rob the treasury, that's exactly what greedy bill 1 & 2 did..Then we are so backwards, Look in France people are on the Streets protesting against the govt for the same oppression their govt want to subject them to. All those politicians who already get tbeir payout from the greedy bill 1 should not be allowed to run again..The world have to think we here are coward fools. They will not repeal greedy bills, lies, when they get in its going be excuse after excuse. Only Britain can by suspending the const for 2yrs. Put things in order.
  • Dick (07/04/2023, 07:48) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
    The governor wants to keep the people of the bvi under his foot while he and the other British people run things here. The noise he making about belongers and resident it's because those white people who applied have not gotten that status they are upset and making complains to his office. Please people don't get it wrong he is not speaking about the belongers and residence for those black people who applied his main concern is about the white people who want to run we country and try to make us their slaves. They want to take all the top jobs and have us doing all the low jobs.let him know this is a black people island and what happened in the past can never happen again. We are not our four father's who did not know what they have and allowed them to push them around.
  • THEY SAY (07/04/2023, 08:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Eagle (07/04/2023, 08:12) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Just like how he was saying he going publish CIO report in June, but as soon as Andrew get arrested he publish it. He was waiting on Andrew to get arrested all along. He very well knew what was going to happen. He signed a memorandum with the US and nobody know what it is about.
  • Political Scientist (07/04/2023, 09:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The CoI implementation timeline was rushed under duress. There was a rush to avoid having the constitution suspended. Consequently, some of the timelines were not realistic. Under normal circumstances, there would have been a timely negotiation on timely, reasonable, etc timeline. The UK and local government would have both timelines negotiating teams. Instead, a timeline devised by a lone Commissioner, Sir Gary Hickinbottom, was forced upon the BVI government. It was a Hobson’s choice situation with the local government faced with against racing clock agreed to or felt coerced to accept the timeline. Honest brokers will agree that all the findings of functions under local government are not in simple tier 1 issues. Some are complex and require more time to evaluate and implement. The Government according to Lord Goldsmith’s letter acknowledged this and requested extensions but the UK doused cold water on request. Lord Goldsmith concurred with the review of Governor Rankin. No surprise. Nonetheless, Lord Goldsmith in his letter dictated a new timeline be set with the incoming government. A May 31 deadline set. This is another unreasonable timeline. The UK suspended the VI constitution which is being held in abeyance but seem hell bent on completing the suspension process. Colonialism at work. Colonialism like racism is group based power where the major entity has power and full control over the smaller territory (in most cases), treating them as not equal or worthy and an underclass. Undoubtedly, colonialism has and is about exclusion, control, divide and rule ( WillieLynism), exploitation, racial supremacy, special entitlement, special privileges, etc. The divide and rule process is working effectively in the BVI. With their eyes wide open, Virgin Islanders are losing control of their homeland. They have bought in to the mentality that Colonialists have their interest at heart. The colonialists used Divine Will, supposed laws of nature, social Darwinism, etc to convince us/them that they know what is good/best for us, for they have nothing but altruist concern for our wellbeing. Moreover, the absolutist power in the UK was eroded by the Magna Carta in 1215 under King John and under the Glorious Revolution under William of Orange in 1688. What is good for the goose is good for the gander so Virgin Islanders can stay divided and put all their faith and trust in people who have proven time after time that they are deceitful , treacherous, betrayal, etc. Some Virgin Islanders have emulated the behaviour. What is happening in the BVI is straight out of Willie Lynch’s playbook and from the basic tenets of Colonialism, ie, divide and rule. The colonialists know best what is best for us. The way forward for the BVI is to unite, speak up and speak out, for if they don’t not follow on generations of Virgin Islanders and history will be unkind to the current generations. Some want to see this rant as racist. But truth is truth, not alternative truth.
  • Norris Turnbull (07/04/2023, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    The Governor needs integrity. He need to stop shaking up in our government house with a woman he's not married to and leave us alone
  • guy hill (07/04/2023, 10:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you give me limes I'll make limeade for a season but it's the whole lime tree I really want .
  • Yesah (07/04/2023, 10:57) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the goverment who up and done casting blame is without sin why hide the finding u all fraid the backlash that will follow then wen election over person will feel use that they voted for the same government after they find our when it to late u all to bais in this countru want do wrong and dont want to hear about the ill they them self have inflicted what a country
  • DANGER (07/04/2023, 11:28) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Governor ,please do . This will helps us to sanction those who did unjustice to us for the past years. Some of them wants to return to continue their dirty deeds .
  • Dancing with the Stars (09/04/2023, 15:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't mind all the various strategies being used by His Excellency Governor Rankin in trying to destabilized the elected government. The locals who are going to bed with the British Governor will live to regret when they see the results. I have many examples of the British using the local population to achieve their objectives.

    For example, the Grenada government was overthrown with the assistance of locals, and prime Minister Maurice Bishop was murdered. Patrice Lumumba of the Democratic Republic of Congo was overthrown and killed. I prefer our local leaders than any foreign occupier. The Governor is using every clandestine measure to prey on the Locals mind. I will not be moved because I have made up my mind to vote for what I believed in.

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