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HoA Speaker blasts ‘disrespectful’ CoI Commissioner

- Accuses Commissioner Hickinbottom of ‘highhandedness’ & having no regard for HoA
Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Honourable Julian Willock, left, has come to the representation of the legislature and its Honourable Members, following alleged disrespectful treatment meted out by the sole Commissioner of the Inquiry into governance in the Virgin Islands, Gary R. Hickinbottom, right. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom has allegedly violated parliamentary sovereignty, norms, traditions, convention and the rule of law by asking Honourable members to appear before him on days of HoA sittings despite being told about the schedule of sittings. Photo: HoA/File
Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom has allegedly violated parliamentary sovereignty, norms, traditions, convention and the rule of law by asking Honourable members to appear before him on days of HoA sittings despite being told about the schedule of sittings. Photo: HoA/File
Speaker Hon Julian Willock was of the view that the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was called by a 'vexed' ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert because he was not allowed to get his way with violating the Virgin Islands Constitution. Photo: VINO/File
Speaker Hon Julian Willock was of the view that the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was called by a 'vexed' ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert because he was not allowed to get his way with violating the Virgin Islands Constitution. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Honourable Julian Willock has come to the representation of the legislature and its Honourable Members, following alleged disrespectful treatment meted out by the sole Commissioner of the Inquiry into governance in the Virgin Islands.

Hon Willock was using the occasion of the opening of the Virgin Islands Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Members Training today, Monday, June 14, 2021, to voice his concerns over the behaviour of United Kingdom national, Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom.

‘Blatant disregard for HoA’

After listing a number of concerns with the CoI, which he believes was called by ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert because he was not allowed to get his way with violating the VI Constitution, Hon Willock said what should be of greater concern is the “blatant disregard” by the Commission of Inquiry for the House of Assembly and its members.

"Take for example; the one-man commissioner had the audacity to ask the fifteen grown adult members of the Legislature to write him an essay on what is good governance?”

High-handness by CoI Commissioner

Hon Willock said even more insulting and disrespectful was for Hickinbottom to tell professional men and women that they are to use numbered paragraph with no less than 1.5 line spacing and a font size that is no less than 12 and that footnotes should be avoided.

The Speaker said Hickinbottom continued with his “disingenuous behaviour” by suggesting to HoA Members that the position statement must not be more than fifty (50) pages in length and it should not be submitted in PDF format.

“Could you imagine the further high handedness of this one-man commissioner, to tell big men and women in which thirteen (13) were elected by the people of this country that any statement that does not comply will be sent back for amendments? Students nowadays in high schools and colleges are not even given such insulting instructions for a term paper.”

Hickinbottom above the law?

Mr Willock was emphatic that the commissioner continues to violate the rights of members and has no regards for the schedule of the House of Assembly, “where in the British Westminster System it has long been established, almost five hundred (500) years now, that the parliament is sovereign and no other activity, including a commission of inquiry, shall not interrupt the work of parliament.”

The House of Assembly will be sitting this week on June 15, 16 and 17, 2021.

According to Mr Willock; however, Hickinbottom still violated parliamentary sovereignty, norms, traditions, convention and the rule of law by asking Honourable members to appear before him on those dates despite being told about the schedule of sittings. 

“Even today many of our Members are not attending this workshop because again they are asked to appear before him on, the day of a Parliamentary activity after we told him in advance of this event.”

Notwithstanding, he said some House of Assembly members, “in the spirit of co-operation”, have decided to so appear before the CoI on the conflicting days.

Members of the UK House of Lords, BVI representative in London and the European Union, Ms Tracy Bradshaw, other Executives and staff of the CPA, were reportedly also in attendance at the workshop opening in a virtual capacity.

47 Responses to “HoA Speaker blasts ‘disrespectful’ CoI Commissioner”

  • Rubber Duck (14/06/2021, 18:35) Like (62) Dislike (49) Reply
    Tell them like it is esteemed at least you got balls
    • Crazy stupidness and foolishness (14/06/2021, 19:00) Like (16) Dislike (15) Reply
      Whilst all this was going on, the Commissioner ignored an irresistible suggestion that his Counsel is committing a criminal offence by practicing law in the BVI without being admitted to the BVI Bar (if he is not practicing law, then what is he doing as 'Counsel to the Inquiry') AND found Willock to be in contempt of the summons to appear today.
      Willock has now been summoned to appear on Friday, and Counsel to the Inquiry will continue?
      • @ (14/06/2021, 21:01) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
        You notice how the Commissioner brush over that like was nothing!
        And the media ain't pick up on that to report.
        The Counsel IS breaking BVI law but want to tell BVI legislators about obeying the law and deadlines and ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
        One rule for Massa and one rule for the colonized.
        • 007 (15/06/2021, 02:48) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
          The counsel to the commission was appointed by the Attorney General.
  • 6th (14/06/2021, 19:16) Like (31) Dislike (38) Reply
    I agree willock!!
  • 1st District (14/06/2021, 19:22) Like (36) Dislike (9) Reply
    Esteem forget that the "CROWN"is the boss in this case
  • GTFOH (14/06/2021, 19:33) Like (25) Dislike (18) Reply
    Ok that is going a little overboard. While I'm very interested in seeing what CSC, Mark, Dr Smith and others have to say about the these questionable projects and contracts, That is condescending to ask them to write an essay and if true they shouldn't comply. That is totally disrespectful.
    • @GTFOH (14/06/2021, 21:58) Like (24) Dislike (14) Reply
      Agreed. To ask members of the Government HOA to write “essays on what is good governance”, as if they were school children, is terribly disrespectful.
      In fact, it’s UnF’ing believable.
  • BALLZ ¿?¿ (14/06/2021, 19:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    WHERE
  • Rudolph (14/06/2021, 20:04) Like (65) Dislike (16) Reply
    Unbelievable but expected! Of course gary hickinbottom comes to us in the tradition of Tarzan and all the other white so-called missionaries/explorers whose task it was to tame, subjugate and control the "unlearned" natives. What is poignantly disquieting in the present matter is that some of these our otherwised learned legislators acquiesced to his demands - how regrettable.....
    Although I do not always view this speaker positively, on this occasion I offer to you sir, a huge kudos for calling a spade a spade. How fitting it would be if the lady in the recent motorcade would step forward in calling for immediate sanctions against and expulsion of this racist sophmaniac from our shores.
  • 2030 (14/06/2021, 20:13) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    JW - "Take for example; the one-man commissioner had the audacity to ask the fifteen grown adult members of the Legislature to write him an essay on what is good governance?”

    2030 - An insult indeed to ALL BVIslanders. Sir Hickinbottom if this is true in addition to the other above comments, I respectfully ask that you refrain from such behavior. BVI has a very high level of intelligent people from the as young as those suckling on the breast. Maybe, you should task yourself with the request so that those of us (I am not a politician) you are insulting can see how great you are at writing an essay on what is good governance and therefore model you!!!
  • Secret Bear (14/06/2021, 20:14) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I didn't realize "the right to use 14-point font" was enshrined in the VI Constitution.
  • GOT BALLS YES BUT... (14/06/2021, 20:22) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lacking a bat. Why? Because the CoI commissioner got the bat.
  • jack (14/06/2021, 20:47) Like (20) Dislike (27) Reply
    This white racist mob trying to take over the bvi
  • do something about it (14/06/2021, 21:08) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    willock, do something about it. make his decision null and void. let him get the right protocols and come back
  • crazy (14/06/2021, 21:40) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'II BE LOOKING FORWARD FOR FRIDAY, WHEN THE SPEAKER WILL BE ON THE HOT SEAT.!
    • @ CRAZY (15/06/2021, 07:57) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Bet the Commissioner is looking forward too. He will have the last word.
      Previous Governor also had the last word.
    • @ CRAZY (15/06/2021, 08:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If he shows up
  • These w**** people (14/06/2021, 21:47) Like (17) Dislike (12) Reply

    The essay thing did it for me he out of order

    • @These w**** people (14/06/2021, 22:26) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      The essay thing did it for this w**** person too.
      Out of order, no doubt!
  • De D (14/06/2021, 22:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did he say it to his face?
  • Local authorities (14/06/2021, 22:25) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Does the col have a work permit??
  • asking for a friend (14/06/2021, 22:45) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Where is crazy Cindy to March on this bias coi?
  • wellsaw (14/06/2021, 23:02) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    If this ain’t below belittling and a blatant act of racism, I don’t know what this is. Get this man out of the BVI now. This COI needs to halt immediately. Unfukerage believeable.
  • HAHA (14/06/2021, 23:13) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    If that happened in a predominantly black city in the USA they would be marching and screaming racism because that has never happened anywhere else in the world where leaders of a territory is asked to write an essay. We need better leaders because if none of them could have tell that man to get his MS then they are a waste of time. Where is Boris Johnson’s essay? Did Gus have to write an essay as a requirement to be selected as Governor? What about Mr. Rankin?
  • outta place (14/06/2021, 23:46) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    We got to realize who is our boss
  • Free Thinker (15/06/2021, 00:12) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    When are the good sheeps going to finally realize that
    the plantation does not belong to them.
    They belong to the plantation. How can you try to take
    over something that's already yours. Wake up and
    realize that this man is an agent of the matter so
    he does not have to answer to anyone.
  • point blank (15/06/2021, 03:24) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hickingbottom, you outta order!!!
  • #6 (15/06/2021, 04:45) Like (21) Dislike (14) Reply
    Write the essays and publish them so we can see who knows what good governance is. I don’t see what all the back and forth is about…
  • Yes (15/06/2021, 05:53) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
    Willock for premier come 2023, we need somebody to speak-up for us, without reciting it from a paper
  • Hammer time (15/06/2021, 06:45) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    why cant the 13 of them
    join arm in arm and stand up
    no them run gone sit before the white boy

    the defiant days of decastro; faulkner; fonseca are gone) a set of yes boys running our country

    get up stand up for your rights
    on every talk show chatting piss no action

    i challenge the 13 members to over to the cay were CoI is hosted and protest(that will be a cold day in-hell)




  • Interesting (15/06/2021, 07:23) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why don't you Mr. Commissioner go and write an essay on colonisation, and why it wont be accepted in the Virgin Islands. What does writing an Essay have to do with your investigation?Do your job and then get out. The disrespect of our people will not be met with open arms or tolerated.
  • ONE Ah DEM (15/06/2021, 07:29) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    WE CAN SEE THROUGH YOUR SCHEME THAT IS ONE PARTICULAR CANARY BLOGGING UNDER DIFFERENT NAME TO CREATE NUMBERS SO YOU AINT FOOLING ANYONE BUT YOURSELF
    • @ One a dem (15/06/2021, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is what you do. It takes one to know one. Because you does it you think every one else does it too.
  • Politriks (15/06/2021, 09:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cindy and Kishma think that the COI investigation is a help to them. They are not looking out for the people. They running next election. Thzt is a political party they building
  • omg (15/06/2021, 09:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all ain’t see this was coming. It’s about to get dirty. From my point of view they start off good but when these people get irritated and not get their own way they start showing their true & condescending colors. Asking grown men who we the people voted for to write an essay is all about having power over them.

    If they keep it up they’ll be going back the the UK with new reputations & titles as the last governor did through his petty & incessant wrestling for power.

    You as an unelected officer should not be fighting unprofessionally for the spotlight with those who were elected democratically.


    The manner in which this COI was started was obviously to the public the result of this tit for tat. Upheld by the UK, upheld similarly to retaining places named after slave traffickers. History is what it is and we remain vigilant & conscious of your behavior to this very day.

    In fact we continue to be oppressed as we await an end to this COI our people are delayed in receiving the therapeutic benefits of what our again democratically elected politicians have voted for over a year ago.
  • nonsense (15/06/2021, 09:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    They must be having a good chuckle at us over tea. I am a regular citizen and I am highly insulted! They need to take this back to their own country where good governance is lacking much.
  • BVITTB (15/06/2021, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Whilst I agree to a certain extent with what the Speaker said, I think the COI is important because some parts of our system is broken resulting in abuse over the years at the highest level. There certainly needs to be greater accountability and transparency. Without both we will never be trusted to handle our own affairs as a territory and will always be subject to UK control.
  • cohort (15/06/2021, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why Hickleton don't investigate those white people who pay expat lawyers to steal local lands? The expat lawyers work in cohorts, fooling and taking the locals money while making deals with the other lawyers. I would call them all vipers but the vipers would say, please don't insult us.
  • AOC (15/06/2021, 10:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This request for an essay on "what is good governance " should me viewed merely as a request and only if the elected members wish to submit but is not an enforceable action. I personally would not write anything. Once his inquiry is completed - he should be the one writing an essay on "what is good governance" and make that part of his report. Seems to me as if the COI has put gthe cart before the horse in this matter, so to speak.
  • Rudolph (15/06/2021, 11:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry to take up more of your space VENO. Let us all VI-landers step out in a unified assault on bigotry, subjugation and this man's master-slave mentality. We MUST protect ourselves and country against this return to serfdom and intellectual servitude.
    Messurs DeCastro and Fonseca and Mr. Noel Lloyd may not be here with us but they've mapped out the path of self-assertion against this type of neocolonism, abuse of power and bondage. Friends, we must take a STAND and step up and out in a unified dismissal of this man.
    As Marley urges us, let us emancipate ourselves from mental slavery.
  • dua (15/06/2021, 12:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Crazy stupidness and foolishness, You are so foolish that you can't tell the difference between an investigation and hearing.
  • Son (15/06/2021, 16:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN AGREEMENT WITH WILOCK UNTIL NOW. That being said I think the members should write the essay as instructed. if they need a little help i am willing to write a few for them. HERE ARE A FEW ESSAYS IN FULL WRITTEN FORMS.

    1. CLEAN UP YOUR OUR CORRUPT PRIME MINISTER IN THE UK THEN COME TALK TO US. Fifty pages of that.

    2. GOOD GOVERNANCE IS NOT WHAT IS HAPPENNING IN THE UK - Fifty pages

    3. WHAT IS GOOD GOVERNANCE? NOT WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AT THIS MOMENT - Fifty pages

    4.CLEAN THE MOTT FROM YOUR OWN EYES BEFORE YOU TRY TO CLEAN OUR EYES - Fifty pages

    5. IF YOU ARE INVESTIGATING CORRUPTION AS YOU CLAIM, WHY GO BACK ONLY SINCE THIS ADMINISTRATION - fifty pages

    6. GTFOH - Fifty pages
  • my2cents (15/06/2021, 20:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get used to it bc if we get colonized these things will be the normal modus operandi for everyone.
  • @ JACKASS & SON (16/06/2021, 06:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    BOYS WILL B BOYZ
  • Well Sir (17/06/2021, 19:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Col....need to get on with the meat of the matter and stop wasting big people precious time. Like they ain't got enough political agendas to do. Willock write a letter to him, only one line alone , letting him know you already pass that stage in life for essays -school days. Out ah order set ah flies.


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