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‘It is time UK get a new loan for reparations’- Hon Julian Fraser RA

- Urges VI to be reminded of true meaning & relevance of emancipation even while having fun
Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Honourable Julian Fraser has called for reparations from the United Kingdom (UK) for the descendants of slaves, while noting that this must be captured in the pending reformed Constitution of the Virgin Islands. Photo: GIS/File
The crowd at the opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2022 at Bernard 'Yampie' Nibbs Festiville on July 27, 2022. Photo: VINO
The crowd at the opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2022 at Bernard 'Yampie' Nibbs Festiville on July 27, 2022. Photo: VINO
The crowd at the opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2022 at Bernard 'Yampie' Nibbs Festiville on July 27, 2022. Photo: VINO
The crowd at the opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2022 at Bernard 'Yampie' Nibbs Festiville on July 27, 2022. Photo: VINO
Bernard 'Yampie' Nibbs is honoured at the opening of VI Emancipation Festival 2022. Photo: VINO
Bernard 'Yampie' Nibbs is honoured at the opening of VI Emancipation Festival 2022. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has called for reparations from the United Kingdom (UK) for the descendants of slaves, while noting that this must be captured in the pending reformed Constitution of the Virgin Islands.

‘Reparation is the word’- Hon Fraser

Honourable Fraser was at the time giving official remarks at the official opening of the Bernard ‘Yampi’ Nibbs Festiville at Festival Grounds, Tortola on July 27, 2022, when he sought to leave the word ‘Reparation’ as a takeaway for those present.

“But the one word I want to leave with you this evening is reparation. Reparation is a word I want you to remember. Reparation means whatever we were emancipated from we are going to be compensated for.”

‘Uk should get a loan for reparations’

According to the Opposition Leader, the British Government recently finished off paying off a loan that they used to compensate slave masters and plantation owners at the time of emancipation and can now seek a loan for reparations.

“It is time they get a new loan for reparations,” Hon Fraser said.

The British government in 1835 borrowed 20 million pounds – the equivalent of around 17 billion pounds today – to compensate slave owners for the lost capital associated with freeing slaves. This payout was a massive 40% of the government's budget and required many bonds to slave owners to effectuate the law.

The loan was one of the largest in history and was paid off by the UK government only in 2015.

‘DOVIS’ will be eligible for reparations

According to Hon Fraser, “Reparation shall come to Virgin Islanders who will be here to get it and I want for the new constitution review to reflect that. In that new constitution review we shall establish, we shall create a new section in the constitution and establish a new category of persons in the Virgin Islands called indigenous Virgin Islanders. Those indigenous Virgin Islanders will be referred to as DOVIS - Descendants of Virgin Islands Slaves and they will be compensated through this reparation for that which we were emancipated from,” Hon Fraser stated.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader charged the crowd at Festival Grounds to be reminded of the true meaning and relevance of emancipation even while having fun.

Avoid pitfalls- Hon Fraser to VIF&FC

“I want to wish you a happy emancipation, I want to wish you a safe emancipation, I want to wish you joy and happiness during that period and I want to wish the Festivals and Fairs Committee all the best and I want them to make sure that the pitfalls that came the way of former Festival and Fairs Committees; they avoid them and make this year’s festivals and fairs exemplary and far different from anyone we have before. I have seen it and it can happen,” he said.

Other officials who gave remarks were His Excellency Governor John J. Rankin, Acting Premier, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5); Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro (AL); Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Dirk L. Walters. 

31 Responses to “‘It is time UK get a new loan for reparations’- Hon Julian Fraser RA”

  • Sad to Say.. (28/07/2022, 17:23) Like (44) Dislike (13) Reply
    But if you really believe in reparation and who deserve reparation. I think Xpats too deserve reparation for the wilful wrong and wilful denial from BVI government and its immigration Dept going against their own laws and constitution just to punish and oppressed a certain type of people.. That too is deserving of reparation..
    • whatever (29/07/2022, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You just looking money, go back to your country for reparations
    • BONNIE (30/07/2022, 08:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      BVI is the only Caribbean country that non BVIslander feel they are entitled or should have just as much or more rights than VIslanders. This pisses me off as a VIslander.
      • YeahRight (30/07/2022, 10:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Are you sure? Have you checked? I mean all over the world people move to countries and after a certain period of time, paying taxes and being involved in the community, they get rights to settle and vote. That's just fact.
        In the US there are millions of people undocumented, who snuck in or were born to people who came in illegally. They are demanding rights in the US and most decent people think they should have them after a certain amount of time because it is a basic human right.
        I get that you don't like outsiders, but it doesn't mean you should talk nonsense to try and hide your prejudice.
        As a VIslander this pisses me off.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (28/07/2022, 17:34) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    Hon. Julian Frazer, we have raised this issue time, and time, and times before. The way I see it is that you are only trying to stir up some people passion to add confusion on confusion at this time.
    In my honest opinion, in reference to a sport game named baseball, you are pitching balls, not strikes at this time.
    In spite of, you are looking more presentable with your new hair style with a smile on your face in the photo, facts.
  • AOC (28/07/2022, 17:41) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Nice hair cut boss. Makes you look at least 15 - 20 years younger and showing more vigor. Now you looking more like a strong new leader of Her Loyal Majesty's Opposition. Sharp!!
  • rubber duck (28/07/2022, 18:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser went up under ranking yall
  • Truth as seen (28/07/2022, 18:19) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    #1. This is now a music fest not a festival with those types of entrance fees on all 3 weekend nights.
    #2. The Governor if aint speaking on Reparations shouldn't even be invited.
    #3. $30 and $40 is way to high. Charge less and make more $$
    #4. The village is name after a man who will be in there trying to rob the public.
  • Native African (28/07/2022, 18:30) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    I believe the UK should just put us on planes and repatriate us back to the land of our forefathers. Let's see how many of us would like to go
    • josiah'sbay (29/07/2022, 13:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      It doesn't bother you to know that slave owners were compensated for their lost our ancestors through us is not compensated for their labor? That's probably why so many know of Arthur Hodge but so little know of Prosper. History is history, but it do have perspectives.
  • DON Q (28/07/2022, 19:07) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    Fraser is so correct free the bread now
  • @ rubber duck (28/07/2022, 20:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So did Andy , and the 3rd district got struck out by the same Andy / funny how the world turns ???? now he seems to be hallucinating
  • Sammy (28/07/2022, 20:31) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Typical BVI thinking... we from the BVI are the only ones that deserve reparation .
    • The TRUTH (29/07/2022, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      You should go to your home country and lobby with your fellow countrymen/women for reparations in the land of your birth. Your ancestors were not slaves in the Virgin Islands.
  • DON Q (28/07/2022, 20:43) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    LOOKS LIqKE YOU HAD ONE TOO MANY ,T YOU BETTER GET A JOB / THE BRITISH WAITING ON OUR ANCESTORS ANCESTORS TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE , AS IT WAS THEM WHO SOLD THEIR OWN BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO THE WHITE BOYS ( THAT PART OF OUR HISTORY IS DELIBERATELY LEFT OUT ) ???? SO ITS A TWO WAY STREET
  • E. Leonard (28/07/2022, 21:43) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    The freeing [emancipation sounds so scholarly] of VI slaves on 01 August 1834 was an important day and vital and inseparable part of VI history. Wish all a joyous and safe August Festival. Moreover, reparations and slavery are closely linked.

    Sir Richard Attaway during an Oxford Union debate on reparations noted that paying reparations to former colonies would be patronizing and unnecessary. Undoubtedly, the slave trade and slavery built the UK’s economy. It is also undeniable that slave labour fueled the birth of commercial capitalism and that the dizzying profits from commercial capitalism give birth to industrial capitalism. Further, the profits generated by slave labour was the life blood that carried the oxygen to provide the seed money to fund the industrial revolution. Moreover, it is also undeniable that the West Indian “sugar islands” contributed significantly to building the UK economy.

    Moreover, though 01 August 1834 was a joyous and celebratory time for slaves, the plantation owners freed them barefooted, in rags, property less, jobless, pence less, etc. To date, their descendants have not gotten even a simple apology or a “hapeney” for the brutality, dehumanization treatment, exploitation, rape, pain and suffering, and other atrocities. Slaves were the credit card on which British wealth was built but everyone save for slaves and their descendants benefited from slavery. For example, consistent with 1833 Abolition Act, the UK appropriated £20M to compensate slave owners. The family members of some present day prominent Britons were compensated. Slaves and their descendants are well-deserving of reparations. One point of disagreement with the Hon Julian Fraser, RA, R-4 and Leader of the Opposition. The UK does not need a new loan. The UK just needs to do the right thing and appropriate the funding for reparations. Perhaps, I missed Hon Fraser’s point.
    • charge (29/07/2022, 11:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well Said, but I believe the Hon remarks was built around the fact the Britain took out a loan to pay the Slavers reparations, so its time for them to take a second loan to pay the descendances of the enslave reparation.
    • @E.Leonard (29/07/2022, 22:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, who is Sir Richard Attaway?
  • BV Islander (28/07/2022, 22:02) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wherr did frazer spend most of his youthful life?
    Man stop with your crop, talk about real issues
    Roads
    Sewerage
    Schools
    Health care
    Minimum wage
    Increment
    Goverment workes need a raise
    High prices

    Sick of you guys small minded way of thinking
    Let say the uk offer us $500m that money not going to be used to help us the same leaders who dont want transparency with find ways to make it dissapear

    Talk about issues people car about my brother
    Bvi love
    • @ B V Islander (29/07/2022, 10:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @BV Islander, you are assuming that reparation payment is just direct payment to descendants. There are a range of options. Refer to Caricom Reparation Commission 10-point plan.
  • deep (29/07/2022, 00:54) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    That’s some deep stuff there Fraser but it will go over most people’s head because they still have a slave mind. They don’t understand the concept of reparations. Some even confuse it with repatriation. Imagine that….a massive loan to pay SLAVE OWNERS for their losses….while all the slave got is so called freedom and the ability to have fun. It’s really messed up when you think about it. Thank You for putting it into perspective. And then in true slave fashion, some won’t understand why it is important to distinguish who are ancestors of slaves in the Virgin Islands. Fraser can only speak for the Virgin Islands. He can’t speak to what other Caribbean islands may be entitled to.
  • Not the answer (29/07/2022, 08:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We descendants of the slaves own the land on which our forefathers were enslaved. That many if we descendants didn’t use that land to our advantage is not the fault of the UK. We all too busy blaming everyone else for our own failures. Reparations won’t change the past and probably won’t change the future either.
  • @ E , LEONARD (29/07/2022, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I DO RESPECT YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORY , YET YOU ONLY DRAMATISING CERTAIN PARTS / RIGHT HERE IN OUR BACK YARD , OUR OWN PEOPLE ARE TREATING OUR ANCESTORS CARIBBEAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH THE SAME MENTALITY LIKE THE SLAVE MASTERS DID ( FOR INSTANCE ONE GUY IN THE EAST SAID WHEN THE WOMAN GOT HERE BELONGERS PAPERS AND WAS THANKING GOD / CELEBRATING , (
  • @ E LEONARD (29/07/2022, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I WILL CONTINUE , WITH THE WISE GUY IN THE EAST , HE OPENLY SAID IN A A PUBLIC MEETING WITH HIGHLY EDUCATED PEOPLE , THAT( SHE IS HAPPY AND I AM SAD ) JUST BECAUSE SHE WAS THANKING GOD SHE FINALLY GOT HER PAPERS / AND ANOTHER ONE THE VIP ALL AGREED TO DOUBLE TAX THE EXPAT AS THEY ARE CALLED , ( LEAVING ) THOSE EMPLOYERS WHO HAS BEEN RIPPING OFF THE GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS , (UNTOUCHED ) AND ANDY BRAGGED ON HOW MUCH MILLIONS HE GOT FROM THOSE NIGGARS / PLEASE DO SOME DRAMA ON THAT .MR HISTORIAN ????
  • THANK YOU (29/07/2022, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    FOR POSTING MY COMMENT , AND IF WE SAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE
    TRANSPARENT / THEN EVERY VOICE SHOULD BE HEARD , IN OTHER WORDS LIVE AND LET LIVE ,/ THIS LAND IS NOT OUR HOME WE ARE ONLY PASSING THROUGH ,WE DON'T OWN IT , AND WHEN ARE THE HIGHLY EDUCATED ONES DO AND SAY THE RIGHT THING ❓ ???? KNOWLEDGE BIS POWER , BUT NOT TO BE USED ON OTHER HUMANN BEINGS , HOW CAN YOU JUMP ON THE WHITE BOYS AND AND DOING THE SAME THING THAT THEY ARE DOING / HELLOOOOOOOOOOO ????
  • BeVI (29/07/2022, 11:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice Hair cut . Festival ready.
  • question (29/07/2022, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The issue of reparation for actions decades or more ago is tricky indeed. Should Jewish people get reparations for the Holocaust? Should Latin Americans get reparation for their invasion by Spain which resulted in decimation of natives? Should Spain seek reparation from Northern African countries who imposed their language and culture on Spain for 800+ years? What about Haiti, which went into bankruptcy (and still remains in) in buying its independence from France in the early 19th century. Slavery, of course is and was abominable, but it ended almost 200 years ago. And, when we talk reparation, regardless of having to figure out who is a DOVIS (descendant on one side, or both? Determined how? Slaves were chattel so many did not even have names), how much money is reasonable? There are probably 12-15,000 Belongs here. Say 20% are DOVIS, and say you claim $ 1 million per, you'd be asking UK government to hand out 2-3 billion dollars here. How likely does Mr. Fraser think that is?

    The BVI is better served by investing in education and infrastructure to build its future instead of spouting rhetoric that implies wishful thinking for free money. Yes, slavery was awful. So are wars and pandemics.
  • Really? (29/07/2022, 15:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am sorry. but I don't see the UK paying anyone reparations in a million years.
    Imagine they pay BVIslanders - even with a long-term development fund. Now they have opened themselves up to being liable to pay everyone else. Antiguans, Kittitians, Jamaicans - all of the Caribbean ex colonies will be hollering for their slice.
    In fact, everyone everywhere who has an ancestor affected by the British Empire now has a claim. Most of Africa. All of India and Pakistan. A huge number of countries around the world.
    Even the USA could claim for injustices before the War of Independence.
    And don't even begin on how much is owed to real indigenous people who were 90% wiped off the face of the earth!
    This argument sounds morally righteous but it is not a practical demand. It is a way of setting the present in the past to divide people and control them for people like Esteem and Fraser's little political shenanigans. That's what he and them guys do. Pure shenanigans.
    Better we think about how to make a great future for all BVI people and stop this talk about something that, for sure, is not going to happen.


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