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Gus strikes back! Announces Commission of Inquiry aimed @ elected Gov't

- said CoI has support of incoming Governor John J. Rankin
Already accused of trying to bully the democratically elected government of the Virgin Islands and sabotaging the economic advancement of the territory by refusing to assent to bills designed to introduce new revenue streams to the territory, controversial outgoing governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has seemingly hit back with the announcement that he has issued a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Good Governance. Photo: VINO/File
Governor Jaspert's move to launch a CoI comes even after Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) recently reiterated his Government's commitment to having the Integrity in Public Life Act 2020, brought to the House of Assembly in 2021. Photo: GIS/File
Governor Jaspert's move to launch a CoI comes even after Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) recently reiterated his Government's commitment to having the Integrity in Public Life Act 2020, brought to the House of Assembly in 2021. Photo: GIS/File
According to outgoing Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Good Governance will be fully supported by his successor, Mr John J. Rankin, CMG. Photo: GIS/File.
According to outgoing Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Good Governance will be fully supported by his successor, Mr John J. Rankin, CMG. Photo: GIS/File.
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, along with the Opposition, has been singing a chorus of independence and has accused the UK of trying to hinder the territory from achieving it, while at the same time neglecting its needs. Photo: HoA/File
The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, along with the Opposition, has been singing a chorus of independence and has accused the UK of trying to hinder the territory from achieving it, while at the same time neglecting its needs. Photo: HoA/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Already accused of trying to bully the democratically elected government of the Virgin Islands and sabotaging the economic advancement of the territory by refusing to assent to bills designed to introduce new revenue streams to the territory, controversial outgoing governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has seemingly hit back with the announcement that he has issued a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Good Governance.

Governor Jaspert's move to launch a CoI comes even after Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) recently reiterated his Government's commitment to having the Integrity in Public Life Act 2020, brought to the House of Assembly in 2021.

In December 2020, Premier Fahie had said his administration remained serious about ensuring that the Integrity in Public Life Act and the Code of Conduct are put in place as well as all the necessary foundations to support the legislation. 

The Premier had then reiterated this government's intention as recent as January 12, 2021.

Today, January 18, 2021; however, Governor Jaspert, who had angered sections of the Virgin Islands over what many deemed as insensitive and even racist statements over reparations and preserving names of landmarks in honour of perpetrators of chattel slavery, announced in a press release that he has issued a Commission of Inquiry over unfounded allegations of corruption and discrimination in the public service.

Commission of Inquiry

"You will recall that in early December, I spoke openly with the public about the growing number of concerns and allegations relating to the standards of governance in BVI. These concerns were put to me by individuals across the community - including senior business leaders, public officers, community groups, media and others. Cumulatively, they paint a worrisome picture.

"In the past months, the community has had many open and honest conversations about this.  For the first time, many have felt confident to raise their voice. This is an important conversation for us to have, albeit difficult as those who speak up are too often silenced. However, we must continue to do so in order to protect the values of our Constitution and democracy in BVI."

According to Mr Jaspert, who it is alleged had refused to undergo a 14-day quarantine after returning from the United Kingdom over a week ago, he has been speaking with his colleagues in the Governor’s Group, including the Deputy Governor, the Auditor General, the Police Commissioner, the Registrar of Interests and others and they share responsibility for ensuring good governance and "are concerned by what we have seen in our roles and the allegations put to us."

Concerns & Allegations

The Governor then sought to set out his "concerns and allegations", which he said date back a number of years.

"First, there are wide concerns over the lack of transparency when it comes to spending public funds, particularly those relating to COVID-19 economic stimulus support.

"Second, there are wide concerns over the possible mismanagement of some public projects. Successive audit reports have set out practices of political interference, inflated pricing and conflicts of interest. These may have cost the public purse millions of dollars in recent years, with no sign of improvement.

"Third, and linked to the previous points, there are concerns over the lack of transparency relating to Government contracts. Key concerns include a lack of fair and open competition, conflicts of interest and a lack of value for money. We need to know how individuals are getting work so we can ensure equal opportunities for all.

"Fourth, there are allegations of some political interference occurring in some statutory bodies. A number of officers from our bodies have come to me with concerns about individuals being replaced by political allies and officers being coerced into circumventing protocols and taking improper practices."

Alleged attempts of interference in criminal justice system

According to the Governor, there are similar allegations relating to the public service and serious allegations of attempts of interference in the criminal justice system.

He said there are also "wide concerns" about intimidation taking place across our society, public services and the media with many describing ‘a growing culture of fear’ in the VI.

Organised crime claim

"In addition to these allegations, there is growing evidence of serious organised crime infiltrating BVI. This was made clear in November, when 2,300 kilos of cocaine, with a street value of at least $250 million, was smuggled through our borders.

Mr Jaspert said while the issues are just allegations, they cannot be ignored and "I must fulfil my Constitutional role to support the people and to uphold the peace, order and good governance of the Virgin Islands."

Robust & impartial intervention

The Governor claimed that local institutions responsible for good governance feel hindered and unable to act without the laws and frameworks of Good Governance in place.

According to him, the state of governance in the VI requires robust and impartial intervention now.

"Therefore, I have decided to issue a Commission of Inquiry, in accordance with BVI’s Commissions of Inquiry Act. A Commission of Inquiry is a body that can look impartially into matters of public concern. The Commission will look into whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty in relation to officials - elected, statutory or public - may have taken place in recent years. If so, it will consider the conditions which allowed this to take place and make independent recommendations for improvement."

Sir Gary Hickinbottom the CoI Judge

Mr Jaspert said the CoI will be an entirely independent process led by a senior impartial judge coming from outside of the Territory, the Right Honourable Sir Gary Hickinbottom. This, he said, will help the Commission reach fair unbiased conclusions under local law. Furthermore, according to the Governor, the Judge will have powers under the Commission of Inquiry Ordinance to collect evidence and summon witnesses in a way that local institutions cannot.

The Right Honourable Sir Gary Hickinbottom, Mr Jaspert said, brings with him more than 45 years of judicial experience, including 20 years as a judge. Most recently he worked as a Lord Justice of Appeal in the UK and also served as a Supreme Court Judge in the Falkland Islands and worked on a number of Caribbean legal cases throughout his career.

Mr Jaspert said later this week he will be hosting a press conference with Judge Hickinbottom to set out more details.

"I will also be speaking to Public Officers with the Deputy Governor. We know that values of integrity, transparency and dedication run deep in the Public Service and that officers will continue to operate at the highest standards in support of BVI."

CoI has full support of John J. Rankin, CMG- Jaspert

Governor Jaspert said he hopes the Premier, Ministers and all Elected Members can and will fully support the CoI.

"I am acting in full accordance with the Commission of Inquiry Act passed by Honourable Members of the House of Assembly in support of the public whom we all serve. It also has the full support of my successor."

Further, Governor Jaspert said he knows some people will oppose the Commission. "To those people I ask, why do you oppose getting to the truth? If you are honest – which I know, the vast, vast majority of people in BVI are – you have no reason to oppose it. It is a chance to clear names and end the allegations of corruption which threaten to plague our community."

He added that he believes issuing this Commission is the right decision and I hope in future will be seen as a positive moment for the VI.

"It will enable BVI to carve a clear path to better governance and greater self-determination. We want BVI to remain one of the safest places in the Caribbean, underpinned by an effective public service, strong rule of law and internationally successful industries. Through this Commission, we can take stock of where we are and give the people the power to say where we go next. It is inspired by the people and will deliver for the people and is one of the greatest levers under local law designed to ensure public welfare."

Governor Jaspert even dared to end his statement with a quote by the late Chief Minister, H. Lavity Stoutt.

"I will close by drawing on one of the great Hamilton Lavity Stoutt’s favourite quotes. It says, 'where there is no vision, the people perish.' So I ask the people of BVI, what is your vision for our beautiful Virgin Islands?"

Premier's prediction? 

Premier Fahie, during the January 5, 2021 sitting of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), had stated that the forces opposing his unconventional government have been planning continuously to smear his government and thwart their efforts.

Further, he had warned that the UK has a history of trying to dismantle a government they do not like by painting them as corrupt.

Notably, the Virgin Islands Party Government, along with the Opposition, has been singing a chorus of independence and has accused the UK of trying to hinder the territory from achieving it, while at the same time neglecting its needs.

Ironically, H. Lavity Stoutt, whom the Governor quoted, was one of the founders of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), which has traditionally pushed for more autonomy and opportunities for Virgin Islanders.

90 Responses to “Gus strikes back! Announces Commission of Inquiry aimed @ elected Gov't”

  • Joker (18/01/2021, 13:27) Like (66) Dislike (0) Reply

    S**t just get real..I hope it doesn't backfire..190 million let's see where it

  • Fire pon babylan (18/01/2021, 13:31) Like (23) Dislike (213) Reply
    Kno this was coming. the colonialists will remain colonialists and slave masters like a leopard that will never change his spots. God be with you Andrew and the BVI. the Godly will prevail.
    • the rock (18/01/2021, 14:06) Like (10) Dislike (122) Reply
      Time for us to go independant
      • Banker (18/01/2021, 17:29) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
        So they can rip you off at will with no one watching?
        • Local (18/01/2021, 17:50) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
          what you prefer to have a master that can tell you when and where or how we are our own enemies afraid to go on our own we have nothing to lose but a passport.
          • OR... (19/01/2021, 06:20) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
            Here’s an alternate future. You do lose your passport. Then you lose your job. Then your home. Then your health. Then your country because you have to go cap in had to the UK.
            It’s not nice being little in the playground but that’s life. Stop believing this Disney crap about being able to have what you want if you only try. It’s fake. Adults understand that.
      • Laugh (18/01/2021, 18:00) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      • yea right (19/01/2021, 03:34) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Independent? And if Irma happens again? An need more covid shots? Pffft
      • Medusa (20/01/2021, 09:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        So more corruption then
    • Medusa (20/01/2021, 09:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      What's the fuss? If there is no corruption then no-one got a thing to worry about.
  • Desperate (18/01/2021, 13:33) Like (19) Dislike (126) Reply

    gus gone desperate clutcing at straws trying to get back at this government. He no match for the bronx bomber. unfounded allegations...just a couple rumor spreaders who against this government filling him with nonsense in his ears. what they don't know is they not getting any pardon from augustus trump when the sh*t hits the fan

    • @desperate (18/01/2021, 14:19) Like (127) Dislike (5) Reply
      What planet are you living on? We all know there is corruption here - everyone sees it. The rich get richer. I am all for this investigation. If you believe there is nothing to find then nobody needs to worry and you can sit and be happy that the UK wasted their money.....
      • Fools (18/01/2021, 14:31) Like (15) Dislike (77) Reply
        so there is no corruption in UK? there is corruption everywhere, including Uk. So because there may be corruption in bvi that means you try to overthrow this work with them not try to gain power and bully them. Gus is a little bully who probably was bullied as a child. he came as a fake superhero and leaving in scorn and bitter tongue.
        • west (19/01/2021, 01:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ fools, yes there is corruption every where but the difference is this is on the UK taxpayers dime. And BVI is the size of a pin which can hardly be seen on the map. UK right, it's only our poor great grandchildren... will be able to feel and see the mess we left for them!! I say bring the funk on and put a stop to it!!
          • I agree with most of what you said but (20/01/2021, 05:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            How is this on the UK taxpayers dime? How much money does the UK give the BVI. I thought that the BVI generated its own revenues?
    • sh*t hit the fan (18/01/2021, 16:02) Like (43) Dislike (2) Reply

      this aint gus this is england. Gus aint going do nothing without england knowing so stop there. Bronx bummer cant fight the queen. England also going after ndp too so aint no*t hit the fan.

      • josiah'sbay (18/01/2021, 19:20) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        @sh*t hit the fan, You can't fight the Queen because we are to afraid to challenge her, the (UK). There are certain rights that we should have regardless who the colonial power is. If we don't fight for rights we can't expect that they will bestowed upon us by the goodness of the UK's heart.
  • annudda2cents (18/01/2021, 13:37) Like (13) Dislike (35) Reply
    when does this back and forth end? what is the underlying motive here? our Premier has matters that he has to address, but I am thinking out loud if the UK made a mistake sending us a very young Governor as the Queen's representative? I am having a hard time thinking that had this been a more senior Governor, like David Perry, John Duncan, etc, if this charade would've gone on this long? we have some very pressing matters in this territory that need immediate attention and we need to get things going. PLEASE!
  • Racist Head (18/01/2021, 13:39) Like (30) Dislike (86) Reply
    That Governor have something personal against Andrew Fahie and his Government... He didn't do an inquiry on NDP when people were crying wolf.

    Now one is done. Andrew them has not done shit on the level NDP did. How can the person who over the Public Service that includes the Police call the county corrupt when it's under your watch..

    The Police got more corrupt under Matthew and Gus if you ask me. Then he want talk about interference in the legal system and such is so broken and corrupted. People waiting on trials for years, being arrested and convicted with out evidence... There were a case of 3 young men being arrested and changed for burglary. (Wheatley (Penz) Gurshard (Lil Pear) and Harris (Smosh).

    They case where appealed after being convicted 6 years later the appeal court squash they conviction and were shocked to have learn 2 of the 3 prison sentences were completed. During judgment is was stated their wasn't enough to even warrant an arrest must less conviction..

    Now where is the Justice for them especially Harris who was taken to St Lucia for 12 months and was wrongfully convicted. And they're countless other as well. This Governor is on a witch hunt. So much millions wasted under NDP no inquiry now there's one.

    Just can't wait for Gus to GO
  • Lucas Cage (18/01/2021, 13:40) Like (10) Dislike (75) Reply
    He don’t have what it takes to come up against Premier Andrew Fahie aka Lucas Cage and his team. He’s leaving the BVI like how Trump leaving the White House.
    • Delusion (18/01/2021, 16:51) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      You have no idea what you are about to see. We have for so long accepted corruption that we assume it's normal. The Brits will bring it all down around us and put in place mechanisms to ensure this place is cleaned up. Popcorn please!
    • oh ok (20/01/2021, 15:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      He has majority of the people's support. This is not a UK and BVI thing nor is it a black and white thing, this is about right and wrong.
  • WHAT!!! (18/01/2021, 13:42) Like (120) Dislike (1) Reply
    If y’all take trouble to read the whole thing the inquiry is going back to the NDP time in office also not just VIP . If you done nothing wrong there is no need to worry about a commission of inquiry.
    • facts (18/01/2021, 14:34) Like (7) Dislike (41) Reply
      this may be so but we know they would not have done that with NDP because the NDP was weak and eating out of UK hands. this Government is strong and resilient and no nonsense. Gus can't appreciate that, he still wants to have his way as if anyone elected him. Yes he may have done ok after the hurricane after sidelining the elected government so they could look bad, but the power went to his head. We didn't elect Gus!!
      • Umm (18/01/2021, 16:10) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
        If the Government is doing what it should be then I don't see what y'all complaining about. The only people who should have a problem with this is people who KNOW they doing wrong. So regardless of the time this came up if this government know they safe then they just have to relax.
  • Interested (18/01/2021, 13:44) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Look at the actions of both men and tell me which one is more like Trump.I am waiting.............
    • @ interested (18/01/2021, 14:11) Like (4) Dislike (60) Reply

      Not only gus like trump but he is a rac**t who only needs his kkk hoody

    • Augustus Trump (18/01/2021, 14:13) Like (7) Dislike (61) Reply
      Gus, cause he recalled long time ago and fighting to stay in office while trying to stir up trouble using his cronies. Be gone Augutus Trump and your cronies (aka sellouts)
    • lol (18/01/2021, 14:14) Like (5) Dislike (44) Reply
      The govna..he look like trump..look at that screw up face...filled with hate like trump
  • Hmm (18/01/2021, 13:50) Like (108) Dislike (0) Reply
    This started under the previous administration and continued with this has been YEARS in the making!! Anyone with an iota of sense could have seen this coming a long time ago. a truly sad day for the BVI, but not at all surprising.

    Governments in the BVI have always been a cesspool of contamination, the hurtful part is that we could not fix our problem ourselves

    Keep sticking your hand in the mouth of the day you will come back with just a stump.
  • Honestly (18/01/2021, 13:51) Like (57) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good government is honest government.
  • Fools (18/01/2021, 13:53) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    What annoys me about this is our own b fools think they playing around with somebody nice. going diving and canoeing or beach or whatever with the man and think they good. boi they will see hell I tell you. some of them educated fools, who apparently never studied their history. History will be very unkind to them and their households. bunch a sellouts
  • trrefdrfds (18/01/2021, 13:54) Like (4) Dislike (60) Reply
    So all who give out covid he investigating this man is nothing but a racist son of a gun
  • soooo (18/01/2021, 13:59) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gov we also want an investigation into all this land purchased over the past years by SSB. We the people demand it!

    We also want an investigation into why no inquiry into the last government despite the same things you now mentioning happening.

    Also Gov how independent is this person you selected - we want an investigation into that too.

    More investigation requests to come.

    • rewrsdffds (18/01/2021, 14:05) Like (48) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Right Honourable Lord Justice holds more power and sway then the Governor , it is not just this government its everything past and present he is looking at.

      All you Premier lovers this is also about the $7.2mil for a plane, $1.2mil for a wall and all the contracts that are given out to their cronies.
  • Too Much Corruption! (18/01/2021, 14:01) Like (44) Dislike (1) Reply
    The full press release states that not only will they be investigating the current government, but the past government as well. The EHSH Wall, BVI Airways, The Pier Park, and the Hospital were all mentioned to be a part of the COI. They serious bad.
  • racist (18/01/2021, 14:03) Like (3) Dislike (70) Reply
    Worst governor in the history of the BVI. Point Blank!! Take back this man to Uk quick and put him back in school.
  • Bloomberg (18/01/2021, 14:04) Like (13) Dislike (63) Reply
    Hey Gus,

    I'm on the outside looking in and find this to be quite childish of you to make such a move as you exit the BVI.

    Seems like you have a chip on your shoulder that you will never be able to get rid of because you are leaving with a sour taste in your mouth, a storm that you created, and the fake super hero you a few had you to be dealing with the storms in the BVI. Your successor is a man of experience and though he fully supports your request, he will see for himself that the culture of the BVI is a diverse one and have no room for colonialist barking down on the people of the territory.

    I see you are now creating a pattern for Governors who leaves their post unhappy imposing their will to come across as good when the intention is bad just to please yourself.

    I wish you God's speed as you exit the BVI.
  • oh yea (18/01/2021, 14:05) Like (83) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can we please get an investigation into after Hurricane Irma also.
  • salt (18/01/2021, 14:05) Like (9) Dislike (58) Reply
    We want an investigation into the Governor and the Governor's Office. Please don't let our cries fall on deaf ears. We want this too. Why only white staff and why drunkards and what do they actually do other than blogging against this government?
  • Tolan (18/01/2021, 14:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    ya love to see it !
  • Rubber Duck (18/01/2021, 14:13) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    You know who you are. Be afraid, be very afraid.
  • rewrsdffds (18/01/2021, 14:15) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
  • wow (18/01/2021, 14:17) Like (11) Dislike (47) Reply
    This Governor just demonstrated that he is truly against the People's Choice for Government. He might have presume that they would have been easy to manipulate and control, but was he wrong. H.E. Mr. Jasper, it's a great insight on Our behalves to see exactly what your intended or vendictive Agenda might have been/be. BVI STRONG It's not because We under the Queen. It's Our Resilience and Ancestory that We refuse to ignore. It's the willingness of Our People.not to faulter despite all Adversities.We can be bent, but We shall not be broken!
    Rather hypocritical that he hit the Public with this on MLK JR Day
  • observant (18/01/2021, 14:22) Like (8) Dislike (46) Reply
    Gus Jaspert makes petty look like Johnny Cakes and saltfish. This move is terribly low is for your base standards that you've exhibited of late.

    Wait though, rejoice and be exceedingly glad because the same man, Gus Jaspert, that utterly dismissed reparations for the Diaspora has mysteriously gotten high standards of transparency and all that says Righteousness by setting up an Independent Commission to probe corruption in the BVI. Good I like that.

    Can you kindly acquiesce to this one thing Mr. Governor? In your probe please investigate the fact that the United Kingdom for centuries has reaped great financial rewards whilst committing atrocities worldwide in the name of their fake god, king or queens name?

    Since returning from the UK, your moral code suddenly reappeared, so we the people would love to see this occur. You really have some gall to come to the Caribbean with your seemingly white supremacist ways and think that you could trample us and walk away unscathed. The God who created Heaven and Earth, whom you and your kind don't serve will come with you with a wrath beyond human comprehension for the evil that you continually do.

  • !! (18/01/2021, 14:23) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Comission of inquiry was passed in HOA so there should be no riff raff about this..
  • Hmmmm (18/01/2021, 14:24) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ahah the thing start now !!
  • ABOUT TIME!!! (18/01/2021, 14:33) Like (77) Dislike (11) Reply
    I really commend Governor Jaspert for speaking out! It is his constitutional duty, and quite frankly, the people have had enough!
  • um (18/01/2021, 14:35) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    We want to investigate things after Irma and how come all the older people up to now ain’t get their homes repair but working party supporters got. Also we want an investigation into all that land SSB buy out of our money. We need an investigation into the investigation. We need to investigate into the investigator and how independent he really is.
  • MI6 (18/01/2021, 14:40) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is what Gus was sent out for in the first place. Why do you think they sent a 45 year old security expert. If it had not been for Irma and Covid this would have happened some time back and the guilty would be swinging from the yardarm.
  • Ghost (18/01/2021, 15:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look into the prison
  • VIslander (18/01/2021, 15:12) Like (141) Dislike (26) Reply
    Sounds like Gus really was working against the government and has a narrative and an agenda to propagate. We shall see what we shall see. But I don't see anything happening under this government that didn't happen under the last. I see no new crime here that wasn't here before when NDP was in power either.
    • @VIslander (19/01/2021, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What you see is what you see. What the UK see is what matters.
      Your vision is no match and frankly,does not matter.
  • u (18/01/2021, 16:09) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    U people will go on and on until UK do what thay don't want to do Mr primer with due respect all remember a still tounge keep a wise head u don't fight fire with fire remember fire is not flour
    • Blackbeauty (18/01/2021, 21:14) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are right! One must be wise as a serpent.

      Remember we are still governed by the Queen. My people be very, very careful with your words.

  • tola (18/01/2021, 16:10) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    Watch and see not a thing come out this shit ....u think because the bvi is a spek that it people is a easy roll overu all bad minded people and the white man will learn

  • NDP spending (18/01/2021, 16:23) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    -$1m+ The building of a school wall
    -$32m in excess spending on a cruise ship pier
    -$7m on a nonexistent airline.
    -$55m may have been overspent on various hospital projects.

    These are the figure we KNOW about. The rest have lined pockets.
    • Informed (18/01/2021, 17:28) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      -15m on road construction which washed away on the ridge road
      -5m on the greenhouses
      -1m on the traffic lights.
      -25m (ish) to settle court settlement with water machine lawsuit this is not in the media but they won.

  • My girl (18/01/2021, 17:24) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    reading these quotes tis thing to tell please residents lets us pray to god for protectionn gov jaspert is going down the hill and he is carrying a lot behind hin I hope NDp members got their last will and testement already made to say. You all think that Andrew will be blamed hay hay NDp your race is about to run, Tell myron try find a hole on some cay to hide tell dr smith he need amor and the rest of them go to the dock to get some pills for the pain and belly ache because they will need it, Tii much thing happeniing in this place a loot of things went down with NDP tis only who know/ Amdrew doy do what you have to do and sonot let nothing get you down. The truth willcome out the governor has his role to play so leep your head on and clean uo the mess. You have to make a goof swept pf some headds of de[rtmrnts through retorement necause some are NDP cooks Andrew trust FGps and he will see you through
  • Joshua (18/01/2021, 18:01) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Hon Premier and others are of the opinion that it is the same handful of bloggers doing the Gov bidding. Whether this is so or not I do not know. What I do know however is that the Premier has it within his power to find out. Seek a fresh mandate from the constituents. If you are returned to power you are the king of hearts. If you are rejected you are the hack of clubs and there is your answer. What is an undeniable truth is that the incoming governor is 100 percent in agreement with this COI. if he was not the present governor would not have allowed it under his watch knowing full well it falls into his term. Finally all the talk about first time in history two governors here at once. There goes your answer. Burn the books let the truth be known. The queen is sending her team to lead this 2×4 down island piece of rock. Smile, come quickly your majesty. While at it your highness may I suggest the you send back Gus as Premier. Excellent choice.
  • There it is (18/01/2021, 18:02) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only time will tell.
    People here hate it when their corruption comes to light, well here it is. Deal with it.
  • Joshau (18/01/2021, 18:04) Like (18) Dislike (12) Reply
    Who is with me. Let's have Gus for Premier. Start voting now. Press like for Gus and dislike for Andrew.
  • No regrets (18/01/2021, 18:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the goverment can show their accounting books and the totals tally, then there will be no problems.
    Good government can always stand up to close inspections and should be held responsible for all money's spent. It is our money and our social security!
  • lol (18/01/2021, 18:34) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    He got his foot on y'all neck boy, wa allu do he so lol
  • help me (18/01/2021, 18:48) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is the same governor who during lockdown & curfew & tuff cash flow times used 90,000.00 of bvi tax money and buy a new vehicle for himself:::i hope he investigates how the current head of enforcement obtained the property @ east side: i hope his excellency will point his fingers in all directions and not only @ locals....i should be justice and not just us
  • Wait and see (18/01/2021, 19:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    No problem with inquiries and ensuring just ability. Just wait and see what comes out of this. If there is no reason to hide then don't. Let's see who is right and who is wrong.
  • lol Really? (18/01/2021, 19:31) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sir Gary Hickinbottom - What kinda name is that....
  • Duppy Maker (18/01/2021, 21:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do it chek me
  • Cross eye (19/01/2021, 00:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are going to get to the BOTTOM of this , both NDP and VIP.
  • Norris Turnbull (19/01/2021, 06:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Jaspert said while the issues are just allegations, they cannot be ignored and "I must fulfil my Constitutional role to support the people and to uphold the peace, order and good governance of the Virgin Islands."

    Come on Jaspervert. Allegations?
    • Yep (19/01/2021, 10:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I mean how else are you going to solidify or dismiss these "Allegations" if you don't investigate? You don't think the people involve are just going to come out and admit their wrong doings right?
  • Dancing in the sunshine (19/01/2021, 07:38) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    The time has come for the people of this territory must stand up against Colonialism. The days of the Colonial domination are over an it s time for the British accept their role in relations with the Overseas Territories. For over four hundred years the people of the Caribbean were told to submit themselves to their masters. Well it is time for us to stand up and resist our masters.

    The action of the governor can be compared to the US President Trump when he is about to demit office. We should not be subjected to domination of one race by another. If the Colonial Master don't realize that there is a shift in the paradigm. No more will we subject ourselves to inferiority complex. We are a proud people and it is time for the world to recognize that we are not accepting white supremacy rule. It is time for the British to accept MASSA DAYS ARE OVER. I fully support the Hon. Premier Andrew Fahie for standing up for his people.
  • This i know (19/01/2021, 07:47) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Governor is acting out of hatred. He is being driven by a spirit of hate.
    He quotes Lavity not knowing lavity was quoting the Bible.
    If he knew the Bible and the verse he would understand the interpretation. It means where there is no revelation, the people lack restraint from evil. The Governor needs God’s word and wisdom so that the spirit of evil will not be his source.
    God is love Governor, seek Him and find love before it’s too late. Seek Him while He can be found!
  • Don't want to leave (19/01/2021, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So someone spent 3 1/2 years on a job and gets an extension to start doing his job? Sounds like a failed employee to me. I know over the years there were some who sought extension because they were emotionally attached to the BVI but this one takes the cake! I'm not against the CoI but why is the out-going one commissioning it? He failed to bring other legislation to the table but succeeded in this one. Interesting times we are living in!
  • get out (19/01/2021, 09:56) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    England is in a recession so he is just finding work for his comrades. We need to paddle our own canoe. Bvi Islanders survived with the helped of the U.S. Virgin Islands. England has not done anything for us. Most of our people had to go St.Thomas to work and send back money, clothes etc. for those behind. God bless America.
  • bigshow (19/01/2021, 09:57) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    while you at it you need to do the same for the police force because it stinks I guest because a white man is in charge you wouldn't because white is always right so you will continue to attack the black man I will surely welcome one for there too so that same passion you have for our elected officials i want the same for your appointed officials lets be transparent
  • Black man struggles and fall (19/01/2021, 10:21) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Black people are still in chains. They still have a white master who considers them less than. When a outstanding black person comes along he is either assassinated or black mailed with help of his own color .From slavery days, the house slaves(news carriers) were assisting their masters in prolonging slavery. The same thing is happening today just in a different form. Will black people ever be free. It is heart wrenching , but what can be do?. Pray for the black man, he only struggles and then falls. Here is no different from anywhere else.
    . In England right now, alll the contracts are given to the wives of the Tory government and their follows. It time indigenous Bvi islanders raised
    up and defend our rock.
    • Medusa (20/01/2021, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound like a victim man. Look at Kanye he a billionaire. get off you butt and you get respect
  • GG (19/01/2021, 10:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • tretretrete (19/01/2021, 12:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm looking at the number of likes and dislikes on each comment.. hmmmm... something good.
  • Medusa (20/01/2021, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    C'mon! Even VINO cant deny that a commission is warranted. Not only the Pier Park, the million dollar wall, the contracts awarded to family and friends, the drug and gun smuggling, but also the BVI Airways millions that went somewhere. I would like to know where the money went.
  • Medusa (20/01/2021, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor cant win. If he didnt call for commission and let any corruption continue that aint good. Where are the fines or the jail sentences for the guys who broke the curfew bringing the girls and covid so out cases went up to 72 in August? None at all.
    • (20/01/2021, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Things that happen under his watch and not to talk about the broad day murder of Mathew

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