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‘It's time to make some demands of the UK!’ – Doug Wheatley

-said it is up to the people to decide whether they want a Referendum for Independence
Radio Talk Show host Doug Wheatley believes that it is up to the people of the Virgin Islands and not the political directorate as to whether the Virgin Islands wants a Referendum for Independence. Photo: Internet source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio Talk Show host Doug Wheatley believes that it is up to the people of the Virgin Islands and not the political directorate as to whether the Virgin Islands wants a Referendum for Independence.

He made the comment on his Radio Talk Show ‘Speak Out BVI’ last evening September 23, 2014 on ZBVI 780 AM. During the show Wheatley was discussing the recent Referendum in Scotland and its result and after effects and drawing parallels with other Overseas Territories and Departments, including the French and the Dutch.

“There is a Referendum Act in the BVI. It is there for us to use. I have said before sometimes the question of self-determination is put forward to the political directorate and they say that the Territory is not ready. But as I said it has nothing to do with the politicians and the political directorate,” said Wheatley.

“Self-determination is for the people to decide what they want and if they want to have a Referendum on their future, then so be it. The people will decide. It is not the leaders who will decide,” said Wheatley.

“I think it is time we ought to step up to the plate and make some demands of the UK for what we want, whether it is greater autonomy or what have you,” he said.

“I mean… when you compare for example the BVI with the United States Virgin Islands…they are able to have first their own appointed Governor then their own elected Governor and a non-voting delegate to Congress,” he said.

“We don’t have any access to the British Parliament…we don’t vote for any Members of Parliament (MPs) in the British Parliament, we don’t lobby any MPs in the British Parliament for better deals and so for us…we have one conduit to the British Government and that is through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office…that we go through the Governor and on to the FCO. But we don’t get a chance as constituents to be able to meet and mingle with the parliamentarians and talk to them and tell them what we want,” he said.

“This might be an opportune moment when we might look into that kind of thing,” he said, referring to the attention the eyes of the world placed on Scotland and its push to have independence from the United Kingdom.

“Perhaps the time has come…since the UK is going through this transformation and they are only thinking of the four units of the UK, we ought to remind them that we are also a part of the UK and it is about time that we change up our relationship with them,” he said.

“It is not just a matter of fixing a little thing here and fixing a little thing there [in the Constitution]. I think the whole relationship has to be looked into,” said Wheatley.

12 Responses to “‘It's time to make some demands of the UK!’ – Doug Wheatley”

  • Yo (24/09/2014, 16:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stop talking madness
    • grace (25/09/2014, 18:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Here it is in a nutshell. He makes a LOT of sense. The U.K. is our mother country. A mother takes care of her children. correct? Our small island is suffering and having a hard time fixing the outstanding problems that have been plaguing us for years. It is high time the U.K. give us assistance before we have nothing to show the tourists, who by the way is our bread and butter. Sure it is for us too so we can live productive lives without fear of falling into potholes, having a good sewer system without us living in filth etc.

      The U.K. want to own these small islands so every now and then she should act like a Mother and take care of her children.
      • tretretrete (26/09/2014, 11:50) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        That depends if you think we really ARE suffering.
        As I keep saying, if you think THIS is suffering, wait tip you see the real thing.
        You don't notice people coming here from all over the Caribbean? Why? Because their islands are suffering and in comparison, ours are doing good.
        You don't notice that we actually have a tourism industry? It may not be boom times like in the past, but we have tourist, so we have money moving through.
        You don't notice that we even have billionaires living here and visiting here and even though they might not be throwing us billions, they are bringing their $$ into our economy.
        So before all you go on complaining about how HARD times is here, step back 50 years, 75 years, 100 years etc to when life REALLY was HARD.
        Seems to me UKGov is not very fond of owning us, but it offers a stability that currently benefits us.
        And seems to me, some of us need to be examining our attitude and why we always complaining, instead of making the most of our situation.
        I know things aint perfect, but be wary of complaining because when tings hard they real, real hard - and this generation of BVIslanders aint seen nothing yet.
        • grace (26/09/2014, 14:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          I know how hard it was here, I was HERE! A BVI Lander FYI. We BVI Landers went to other countries to survive and they welcomed us with open arms. We made families over there, sent money home and now we are back here. No, times are not as hard as back then and this is why I expect better now. I still agree with Mr. Wheatley that we should be entitled to some monies to help us with our infrastructure and paying our Police Officers salaries. We are just above water now. Can't you see little businesses like food stands and selling on the roads etc popping up all over the place? Yes we need help and we need it now while I can still be alive to see the turn around in my homeland and in the end of my lifetime. And if tourism drop off, you and the rest of us will again know HARD TIMES.
  • Go sit down (24/09/2014, 22:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    this guy needs to stay in the past and hush up
  • bay yute (24/09/2014, 22:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    No independent once ndp in power
  • Curious (25/09/2014, 07:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wake from your dream Doug, do u really think the BVI is ready? Lord help you......
  • smdh (25/09/2014, 09:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Some people just like to hear themselves talk. SHDH.
  • knows nothing (25/09/2014, 10:04) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    the BVi are NOT "part of the UK". two seconds on google would have confirmed that. Since 2002, the BVI are a self-governing overseas territory for whom the UK maintains 'some' responsibility on economic and foreign affairs. If you're going to be a public speaker, get your facts right.
    • Nii Kwaku (26/09/2014, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please note that the VI is recognised by the U.N. (including the UK) as one of 17 NON self-governing territories worldwide. An elected government does not make for a self-government status. The UK submits reports to the U.N. each year on its 6 colonies in the Caribbean - apparently out of sight of the elected territorial government. The "responsibilities" of the UK in the BVI are clearly set forth in the constitutional order under "Powers of the Governor." This is far more than mere economic and foreign affairs powers but encompasses total dominance through the power not to assent to legislation, and of course there is the 'nuclear option' of 'order in council' - the power to legislate for us without our consent. Colonialism by consent is colonialism nevertheless.
    • guy (26/09/2014, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let me say this. We all know we are not physically attached to the U.K., that is just common sense. We ARE under the jurisdiction of the U.K., just look at your Governor they sent down to keep an eye on us and report back to them. Yes, we are a self governing territory, but if the U.K. wanted to come down and replace all of us with their people, nothing we could do except march and protest.
      The U.K. will have the last word if they wanted to, so don't fool yourself into believing we are in power to do as we please. Just watch, our islands have been slowly taken over right in front of our faces and we don't seem to see this. The BVI Islanders need to stop selling their land and hold on to it for dear life because at the rate I see things happening, we will be going around in the future saying "Oh, my family used to own that". Get it now? Unless we get our Independence, we will always be under the U.K. and that IS A FACT!
  • pug (26/09/2014, 14:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    At Go sit down. You need to go sit down...and just wait.... Everything goes around full circle, and then you will see hard times my friend. You obviously have not lived long enough to know anything yet. Just like the younger generation act as though SLAVERY is a thing that didn't happen to them so they don't respect and appreciate what their forefathers went through, and that we were free people before that. Just wait..the circle is almost complete. I hope you have a backup plan on how to live here when that happens and I mean live off the land by growing your own food etc., because when the ships stop importing here.........just wait.

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