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Is Gov Rankin a liar? Double standards & hypocrisy over CoP investigation

- CoP wrote letter requesting Wade N. Smith be placed on leave while investigation is ongoing
Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, right, is coming under fierce criticisms for his handling of damning allegations against Police Commissioner and fellow UK national Mark Collins, left. Photo: VINO/File
Former Permanent Secretary in the Premier's Office Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton, left, and Commissioner of Customs Wade N. Smith, right, were sent on leave as investigations were launched against them. Photo: VINO/GIS/File
Former Permanent Secretary in the Premier's Office Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton, left, and Commissioner of Customs Wade N. Smith, right, were sent on leave as investigations were launched against them. Photo: VINO/GIS/File
Before a formal investigation had reportedly started, the Director of International Affairs Secretariat, Ms Najan Christopher, right, was sent on leave. Left: Ms Lorna Stevens, the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education was sent on leave even before being investigated for the Elmore Stoutt High School wall. Photo: Facebook/File
Before a formal investigation had reportedly started, the Director of International Affairs Secretariat, Ms Najan Christopher, right, was sent on leave. Left: Ms Lorna Stevens, the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education was sent on leave even before being investigated for the Elmore Stoutt High School wall. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was about a year ago that Police Commissioner Mark Collins wrote to his friend Governor John J. Rankin asking him to send Commissioner of Customs Wade N. Smith on leave while he was being investigated.

The Governor, who will be remembered for his recent power grab attempt, agreed.

Mr Smith, who has reportedly done nothing wrong and no corruption was found under his leadership coming out of the Commissioner of Inquiry Report, was sent on Administrative leave.

Before a formal investigation had started, the Director of International Affairs Secretariat, Ms Najan Christopher, was sent on leave for writing a letter saying that former Premier Andrew A. Fahie was head of Government at the time of his arrest and diplomatic immunity may be applicable. She was later charged with Breach of Trust over this letter.

Former Permanent Secretary in the Premier's Office Dr Carolyn O’Neal-Morton was accused of not cooperating with the Auditor General when she simply asked for more time to provide information. For that she was sent on leave and to date she has not been charged with anything. Dr O’Neal has since filed a Constitutional Motion against Governor Rankin.

While Ms Lorna Stevens, the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education was being investigated for the Elmore Stoutt High School wall, even before any formal charges were made, she was sent on leave.

Double standards & lies

Today, the Governor has a different version, claiming he cannot send the Commissioner of Police on leave with some 55 allegations against him until the investigation has started and there is evidence. This new policy made just for Mr Collins is alarming and the public may have just lost all faith in Mr Rankin. There are loud noises of a hidden agenda and double standards over this issue, even from Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

While it is clear both Rankin and Collins are UK nationals, the justice system should be fair to all and treat each public officer the same.

Some fourteen years ago, a prominent Permanent Secretary was sent on leave before any investigation into a mere newspaper article. The Officer later sued and was successful against the crown.

This has again solidified in the public domain that this is a conspiracy against those who speak out for fairness and justice and then become targets with trumped-up charges to damage their reputations.

The policy has been for almost twenty-five years that if serious allegations are made against a public officer, that officer is sent on leave while an investigation is ongoing, something Mr Rankin himself has applied to other public officers.

Special Treatment?

Many critics continue to allege that the police commissioner and governor are using the justice system as a weapon to silence them, as in the case of the Customs Commissioner Mr Smith. There are now reports that the Chief Immigration Officer Mr Ian B. Penn was forced to retire because he challenged many of the corruption taking place by the UK police officers.

The fact that Governor Rankin refused to send Mr Collins on leave, as had been the practice for years, placed the legitimacy and credibility of the investigation in jeopardy and many residents have now lost confidence as Mr Rankin, in recent interviews, continues to change the rules over the matter.

Some are now asking if former local Commissioners of Police Vernon E. Marlone and Reynell Frazer would have still been on the job while an investigation was ongoing if fifty-five allegations were leveled against them.

Under Mr Collins and Governor Rankin, there are over 14 lawsuits pending against them from public officers, most of them from the police and civilians for violations of rights and unfair treatment. A class action lawsuit is to be filed shortly, according to an Attorney working on the matter.

33 Responses to “Is Gov Rankin a liar? Double standards & hypocrisy over CoP investigation”

  • Rubber Duck (17/01/2024, 10:44) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is deep vino
    • hypocrites (17/01/2024, 15:10) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      If the local elected officials had done what the Governor is doing with this matter then the UK paid bloggers would be calling for their removal. This action of the Governor is stink of abuse of power and lack of integrity.
    • @rubber duck (17/01/2024, 15:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you think this deep then wait to hear what really happen in the death of the UK Police officer. One thing is clear is anyone who goes against these people's corruption then look out.
  • TurtleDove (17/01/2024, 11:06) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only the public tax payers suffering over these lawsuits
  • 2024 (17/01/2024, 11:07) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    maybe if the commissioner is sent on leave more irregularities might be unfold in the absence
    • TO 2024 (17/01/2024, 14:45) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      These people are not only liars but they are dangerous when their lies are exposed. Only then they abuse their powers and destroy anyone who challenges them.
    • @2024 (17/01/2024, 14:45) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
      The people of the BVI needs to take the streets in protest against this high handed action of the Governor. All this is is a cover up in a manner that seems transparent but really is not just like what they did with the handpicked Commissioner of the COI and his processes and report. They have no regard for the people. They have us as possession and not people.
  • Agreeable One (17/01/2024, 11:16) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    I have noticed a very specific trend on this site taking place as of recent. People of this BVI, there is something in the powers that be arsenal called “psychological warfare” and it is in full force. Do not allow the powers that be to shape how you think. Think for yourselves or you will be lead. Stand strong BVI!
  • fish (17/01/2024, 11:19) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply

    This is so wrong and high handed what the governor is doing!!!! The Governor is showing it is not about JUSTICE but JUST US once you have a bl*** face

    • simple (17/01/2024, 16:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Governor wants control of Customs and Immigration so if you take out Wade and Penn retiring it makes for an easier path to do so. The Governor $1millon report of law enforcement by another UK firm will conclude this in their report. It is all a well organized setup through their cabal system.
  • Hum (17/01/2024, 12:08) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    Keep trying your bulshit of vengeance
    Fahie going to be jail anyway
    • @ Hum (17/01/2024, 13:27) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      Confused again what does Collins going on administrative leave has to do with Andrew? Smdh
    • facts (17/01/2024, 14:27) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Most of the BVI public have loss ALL respect, trust, and confidence in the Governor. I found him to be like the Commissioner of police. They both are challenged with the truth.
      • To facts (17/01/2024, 15:07) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
        Don't forget the Governor supported the COP when he told the general BVI public we were wrong and trying to cause mischief by saying the out post police station on all islands were all closed all day seven days a week. The two of them did so in a press conference. The Governor also supported him with that unethical video aimed at damaging the BVI Tourosm product where it was being used by them to recruit police officers. Just face it, these people think nothing of the BVI people. Their intentions for us are not good.
      • The plot & white magic is real (17/01/2024, 15:53) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
        The people of the BVI please take heed. Those who have ears and eyes let them see and hear. These colomial official people are like the mafia. They have evil spiritual people hired as consultants in many law enforcement areas and paying them out of tax payers money to guide them and show them who is against their agenda and how to eliminate them while making it look like their hands are clean. This is real but the people are fast a sleep by their design. Look at who all died or they moved out of the way but make it look like their hands are clean with Sam, Carvin, Wade, Fahie, the white UK officer that died, Najan, Myron, just to name a few that they know are a threat to what they trying to achieve. Look out this week for them to do something drastically major to further abuse their powers and instill more fear in the people to warn them not to interfere with their wicked agenda. The BVI people need to pray and unite against this colonial dragon or they will be in bondage crying for years. This is for real just watch this week and see
      • tola (18/01/2024, 12:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        This is why thetecshould have been an organized street protest. Asking the British government to remove him. Stating clearly the people of the virgin islands British., have no confidence in the present governor. That is all it take accompanied by a letter from the premier with the entire BVI Legislators. Signatures attached.
    • To Hum (17/01/2024, 14:37) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
      I am glad you brought up Fahie matter because whether he is guilty or not the court in USA will decide. The BVI Street knows what really took place and why. What is alarming is allegedly the Governor & Commissioner of Police worked with Fahie and the Government while trying to keep the BVI people alive during covid and Fahie did a good job. While doing this they did not like Fahie at all because of how he stood up against their evil and high handedness. It was known by most they would do anything to get rid of him so they worked with a foreign country to come in BVI to try to set him up and then they pretend like their hands are clean. I am not for nor against Fahie. What I am saying it shows these UK Commissioner & Governor & UK officials are no better than a murderer or a terrorist when they want to try to eliminate you. This is extremely alarming and it tells they cannot be trusted as they are capable of any unethical or unthinkable actions to eliminate anyone who resist their plot even if treason is committed but not admitted. The people of BVI should be concerned as this is not good in the 21st century.
      • @To Hum (17/01/2024, 15:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        I never looked at this matter in this light. This is deep and food for thought.
  • i told you so (17/01/2024, 12:11) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    More of the same with the uk and their usual corruptions and double standards
  • Rattler (17/01/2024, 12:51) Like (62) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yes,UK-appointed John Rankin, CMG,,is a bold face,, snake in the grass, dotty,,power hungry,,etc liar, changing the rules of the game in the middle of the game for the benefit of fellow White Briton CoP Mark Collins. Seasoned Virgin Islanders with a little snow on the roof are saying the Commissioner John Augustus Cockburn Cruikshank( 1946-1954) was horrific but John Rankin is several order of magnitude worst. Nevertheless, Virgin Islanders having had enough with Cruikshank semantics,terrorist-like actions United and rise up against him. Virgin Islanders disgust and frustration manifested in the Great March of 24 November 1949. The Great March yielded results,,viz, 1) reinstating the Legislature which was suspended in 1901, 2) modern constitution, 3) locals for the first time got the opportunity for the first time to vote directly for members of the legislature, 4) universal suffrage (1954), etc. The courage, heart , unity, group effort, etc of Virgin Islanders of the 1940, 1950, 1960, etc put to shame and dwarf that of current generations of Virgin Islanders who are focus on commercialism and don’t give rat’s @$$ about social, political, cultural, environmental, etc. They want change but don’t want to fight and sacrifice for change..They feel entitled and want things to be handed to them on a silver platter. The VI is a deeply divided community. And John Rankin is weaponizing the disunity to do what he damn well please, realizing and acknowledging that there will only temporary talk and no push back. Where have Theodolph Faulkner, Noel Lloyd, Walter ‘Lindy de Castro aka Ras Uhuru, Meg Donovan, Cromwell’Brushy’ Nibbs, Chris Fleming, Perin George, etc gone?

    Moreover, the handpicked Sir Gary Hickinbottom’s led CoI outcomes were predetermined, especially the suspension of the VI constitution, etc. The CoI was conducted unfairly with much bias. For example, the total focus of the one-man commissioner investigation was laser-focused on functions under the purview of Black locals. However, little or no focus was placed on troubled functions under the purview of the Governor, viz, RVIPF, Civil service, HMP, etc. Further, the conclusion of the investigation into the 55 charges lodged against CoP Mark Collins will read, “ no evidence to substantiate charges.” As was the case with the Gary Hickinbottom’s CoI, the outcome of this investigation by fellow CoP Kurt Walton is pre-determined. The cabal strike, strike and strike again!!

    If I were to roll a dice, there is a probability that one of these numbers will be on top, ie,? 1, 2,3,4,5, or 6. Is it a coincidence that only white Britons, members of the cabal are selected to lead investigations. Or that the Governor(s) is very deliberate is not wanting blacks to conduct investigations??
    • The Frig…. (17/01/2024, 13:05) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      To Rattler, you know the routine, wait for it, you are a damn useful frig… You deservingly call us out. We deserve the call out, for too many of us believe that someone will wave a magic wand and voila things are solved, dreams fulfilled. Let’s wait nah!
  • lol (17/01/2024, 13:19) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Some have criminal charges to answer before the courts one other has accusations by an officer under investigation.
    • @LOL (17/01/2024, 15:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You have no point because there are those with accusations in the public service who the Governor send home until after the investigation and they were not investigated. Stop trying to justify wrong.
  • jack (17/01/2024, 13:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    At least a journalist had the balls to call out his excellency

    Their injustice is so raw in your face
  • It is time (17/01/2024, 14:39) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is time for a march on these issues and a revolution. The colonial masters thinks we have no rights and must accept whatever wrong they do or decide. We must not stand for these things.
  • Eyes Wide Open (17/01/2024, 15:30) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    That fact the governor rankin selected another white man in a Caribbean country in itself is a racist move
  • Hmm (17/01/2024, 16:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mental slavery they want. Brexit was the UK's plan to exit that gloomy place. Colonizers. Dont care how you try sugar coat it, they just shuffling $h!t
  • ☠️Caution ☠️ (17/01/2024, 16:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be wary of the ???? you keep in your bosom, for they will be sure to bite your breast. None of those people have our best interest at heart. They are racist and evil people to the core.
    They will quicker ???? on us than help us. Adding to that, we are our biggest enemy.
  • jack@$$ (17/01/2024, 17:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree that things don't appear to represent a level playing field for all the players
  • BOI Oh BOY (17/01/2024, 17:58) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Hey Guv (17/01/2024, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey Guv. Hey uk. Where is your good governance? One of YOUR own is under investigation. Why is he getting special treatment? He supposed to be sent on leave while the investigation is done. Just like what was done to the bl@ck bvislanders.
  • Psalms 91 (17/01/2024, 21:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There two blue eyes Jesus are no good taken bribe money from west bank and A F . Them can't buy the FED
  • Citizen (18/01/2024, 07:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    “Some are now asking if former local Commissioners of Police Vernon E. Marlone and Reynell Frazer would have still been on the job while an investigation was ongoing if fifty-five allegations were leveled against them.”

    Come on People we know the answer is yes they are b*** so of course they will be sent on leave!!!!

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