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Majority of the VI population 'cherish democracy'- Special Envoy Wheatley tells UN

- During statement @ UN Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonisation in Saint Lucia
Special Envoy to the Premier, Mr. E. Benito Wheatley giving his presentation at the United Nations Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonization in Saint Lucia on May 11, 2022. Photo: Team of Reporters
International Advisor on Governance and United Nations expert, Dr Carlyle Corbin has pointed out that while the VI has more preparations to make as it relates to seeking independence from the UK, the territory is already systematically prepared for self-governance. Photo: Internet Source
International Advisor on Governance and United Nations expert, Dr Carlyle Corbin has pointed out that while the VI has more preparations to make as it relates to seeking independence from the UK, the territory is already systematically prepared for self-governance. Photo: Internet Source
 Special Envoy to the Premier, Mr. E. Benito Wheatley has told the United Nations Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonization in Saint Lucia that the majority of VI cherishes democracy and a democratic governance. Photo: File/Provided
Special Envoy to the Premier, Mr. E. Benito Wheatley has told the United Nations Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonization in Saint Lucia that the majority of VI cherishes democracy and a democratic governance. Photo: File/Provided
CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The Government of Premier, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has submitted a proposal to United Kingdom (UK) Minister Amanda A. Milling on behalf of the National Unity Government that sets out the Government’s approach to reform and presents a framework for implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry report under a democratic system.

This was revealed by Special Envoy to the Premier, Mr E. Benito Wheatley at the United Nations Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonisation in Saint Lucia held on May 11, 2022, where he highlighted that the majority of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) cherish democracy. 

Mr Wheatley told the gathering that the National Unity Government has committed to undertaking reforms, including implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry report, under continued democratic governance, and in partnership with the UK and in close cooperation with Governor John J. Rankin.

“The Government believes this is the most desirable approach, especially since the Governor is constitutionally responsible for the Public Service, security, and administration of the courts, while the elected Government is constitutionally responsible for managing the rest of Government."

Mr Wheatley said the proposal was submitted on May 10, 2022, and that the Unity Government sincerely hopes that the UK Government will accept the proposal and will be willing to partner with the VI Government to help the [British] Virgin Islands become the model democracy that its people desires. 

“It is also the UK’s obligation under Article 73 of the UN Charter to help the people of the Territory develop their free political institutions,” he reminded.

Population cherishes democracy - Special Envoy Wheatley 

My Wheatley said the position to reform the Government under a democratic system is not only that of the political directorate, it is also the sentiment of the majority of the population who cherish democracy and do not want to see the constitutional progress made over the past 70 years reversed.

“Not only is the sentiment against direct rule strong in the British Virgin Islands, but the strength of feeling is across the Caribbean where Governments and their people genuinely want to see the UK break with its past and to stand up as a champion of freedom and democracy in the Commonwealth and around the world, including places such as Ukraine. The British Virgin Islands should be no exception.” 

Mr Wheatley thanked the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation for their interests in the current circumstances as well as CARICOM, OECS, the Caribbean Territories, the University of the West Indies, the Government of Saint Lucia, and Governments across the region for their expressions of support and offers of assistance.

Wheatley added, “The British Virgin Islands will remain engaged with the committee on the available options sanctioned by the UN. I ask that a recent self-governance assessment of the Territory completed by independent governance expert Dr Carlyle Corbin is placed on the record of this regional seminar.”

Dr Corbin has said the VI is systematically prepared for independence.

47 Responses to “Majority of the VI population 'cherish democracy'- Special Envoy Wheatley tells UN”

  • trevor (18/05/2022, 08:51) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    Prepared for independence?
    Against direct rule?
    Who this man speaks for?
    • Rubber Duck (19/05/2022, 03:44) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      His Brother, the creator of the One Party State. There is no democracy in BVI when two thirds of the adult long term resident population do not have a vote.

      And just so you know ,I do have a vote , but I can still recognize injustice when I see it.
    • Great Guy (19/05/2022, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Benito is a great guy. Honest and upstanding. Well respected locally, regionally and internationally. He has been good diplomat for the Territory.
  • WW3 (18/05/2022, 08:52) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    same game different players
  • Dukes (18/05/2022, 09:19) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
    The Queen of the UK is going to make an apology for slavery before she goes.
  • Hmm (18/05/2022, 09:20) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Them ain’t realize that’s the premier brother also? Mr Benito Wheatley
    • @hmm (18/05/2022, 11:52) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
      Sorry if that’s his brother what does that have to do with his opinions?
      Any sins I may have committed my child/children my siblings and or parents my Aunty’s and or uncles have nothing to do with what I’ve done
      Plz take a seat.
  • Conflict of Interest (18/05/2022, 09:21) Like (39) Dislike (13) Reply
    Why is Shawonde keep on sending his brother all over the globe to represent us? Nobody didn't elect him! and why is the Premier only taking advice from his brother when there are paid consults to advise him?
    • @ conflict of interest (18/05/2022, 11:11) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly my point!! This government just needs to go!! To much family involved!!
      • @ conflict of interest (18/05/2022, 19:43) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
        Benito has held that position in the UK way before his brother (Natilo) entered into the arena of politics. So ayo need to back off Benito has been holding his own in the UK long before his political career …
    • Get Your Facts Straight (18/05/2022, 13:06) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
      Benito has been advising the Government of the BVI for years! Whether NDP, VIP or whatever PP, he has been serving in advisory positions and quite frankly, he is a brilliant political/diplomatic mind. I will be the first one to call out nepotism, but this is not the case here.
      • OK Then (18/05/2022, 14:29) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        That’s how you know ain’t true BVIslanders blogging or Benito’s brilliant service for many years in and outside of England on behalf of several BVI governments would have been known.
  • PT09 (18/05/2022, 09:47) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why does Natalio Wheatley keep running to the UN they don't have a say over the UK. After all what has been said and proven about the corruption in the BVI these jokers are still talking CRAP. If the UK don't take us over we are in a lot of trouble.
  • L**s (18/05/2022, 09:50) Like (38) Dislike (7) Reply
    That’s not true, do not speak for the majority of the BVI. As the majority of the BVI welcome the UK suspension of the constitution for 24 months. Do not lie or speak for us. Read the comments and see ho people really feel. You all are making decisions for us based in what you think is in your best interest, not the people of the BVI.
    • independence (18/05/2022, 11:08) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      So the evil doers can never be caught
    • Oh Hush (18/05/2022, 11:20) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Speak for yourself. You cannot speak for the majority. Comments is not a good indication of how the majority feels because the same bloggers posting multiple comments and to date we have never had more that 150 comments which ain’t even 10% of the population. Also there is nothing to even prove that the few who blog are even in the BVI - some could well be bloggers from UK
    • @Lies (19/05/2022, 00:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Does the bvi people really know what we want or we are just going along with other people say. Seems to me that we don't have a mind of our own. This man has been representing the BVI a very long time and trust me he knows what he is doing and saying. He by himself can lead this territory if you ask me. Perhaps you don't know the man you are commenting about.
  • inconvenient point (18/05/2022, 09:54) Like (36) Dislike (7) Reply
    Excuse me, the majority of the population cannot vote in the BVI.
    There is no democracy for most people here. Just the few original local population, mostly relatives or friends, who divide everything up between them for their own benefit with no care for other people.
    • @inconvenient point (18/05/2022, 11:10) Like (12) Dislike (13) Reply
      Go Home!
      • @@inconvenient point (18/05/2022, 12:53) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
        That’s what we are talking about. I and many others don’t have another home.
        You think your legacy gives you the right to act wickedness to other people who also call this place home.
        You are using the language of the Nazi and the KKK because your hold over our lives is threatened. Stop. Think about what the Bible taught you. It was not this.
  • my two cents (18/05/2022, 09:56) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    He needs to resign his brother is the premier
  • homeboy (18/05/2022, 10:02) Like (33) Dislike (6) Reply
    We want uk rule. Soon and fat
  • Yes (18/05/2022, 10:17) Like (26) Dislike (7) Reply
    yes we do but unfortunately we do not have it with all the corrupt ministers with their friends and family priorities and backhanders. Less than 10% want this unity government the rest of us want the UK to do a clean sweep for 2 years then leave us to our independence as a new country, till then we need them.
    • yes 2 times (18/05/2022, 10:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes please.. UK needed to level the playing field.. country running too long with this, only friend and family getting all pieces of the pie..
  • Tolan (18/05/2022, 10:20) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
  • FIRE (18/05/2022, 10:35) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    But how y'all love kissing up under these wicked white people so. Did y'all even study their history.
  • WHAT!!! (18/05/2022, 10:43) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Too many politicians speaking for the “people” without asking the people what they want. Same sh** different day.
    • @WHAT!!! (18/05/2022, 14:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • E. Leonard (18/05/2022, 10:46) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    Rise and fall is the fate of all empires, countries, territories, etc; they all face challenges and recover from challenges. And the Virgin Islands(VI) (British) has some governing challenges. Nonetheless, those challenges can be addressed and fix with the desired outcomes without the drastic step of suspending the dependency model constitution and imposing UK direct rule. Suspending the constitution would thrust the VI and its people backwards into colonialism, set back its progress towards self-determination, deprive some 30,000 residents of hard earned democratic rights, freedoms, etc.

    The UK as the Administering Power for the VI under UN initiative on decolonization and self-governing is responsible for preparing and guiding the VI towards a full measure of self-government. It can do this by assisting, supporting, and partnering with the local government by providing administrative, technical and financial support .

    Moreover, not too long ago in 1688-89, the Glorious Revolution changed how the UK is governed and ushered in the ‘The Bill of Right.’ Well, similarly, 2022, can be a rebirth, a turning point, in how the VI is governed. The VI is supposedly a representative democracy of, by and for the people, so the people must be engaged in solving its problems.
    • UK Taxpayer (18/05/2022, 14:12) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
      @E.Leonard, you back at it again trying to get UK taxpayer money for the corrupt bums in th BVI. Well, Not a ¥ of taxpayer hard earn money. Look where you gone now all the way back to the Glorious Revolution og 1798. What is the point of this I had to go look it up. Surprise you did not go back to the Magna Carta.

    • Rubber Duck (18/05/2022, 14:13) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      30,000 people of BVi have democratic rights ? Really? Two thirds of the adult population has no vote. You really are blind to that aren’t you? Clueless. Sit down and shut up.
    • RealPol (18/05/2022, 15:32) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      I have been reading all the post since the CoI was released. This is one of the post that iOS well reasoned. Other people may have other opinions. These are serious times and there should be well thought out discussions where debaters May agree to humbly disagree. We cannot let our reactive emotions carry the day. I think Mr, Leonard suggesting that the UK partner with the local government by providing administrative, technical and financial assistance to work thrur the issues without suspending the constitution. .
  • down2earth (18/05/2022, 11:43) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. Benito Wheatley, I can safely say that we of the Virgin Islands do cherish democracy, but abhor corruption! We do need the suspension of the Constitution if we are to chart a clear course forward without the present distractions (i.e the same people who perpetuated the corruption). I also think it is unfortunate, given all that has happened and continues to happen, we the people of the Virgin Islands continue to be taken for granted. Example, you speaking, supposedly on our behalf, when clearly the people thinks contrary to what you are promoting.

    As for Dr. Carlyle Corbin, when he has written a proposal for the independence of the United States Virgin Islands from the United States of America, then and only then, he can cross the border!

  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (18/05/2022, 12:31) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    The CoI recommdations were haven to our present governor, not given to the failed VIP administration nor to the patchup, so-called unison government, that is now trying to convince us that in order for the CoI recommendations to be fairly fulfilled, the present, so-called unison government deserves an equal negotiation say in how the CoI recommendations should be carried out equal to our Governor's decisions.
    In other words, he, our present Premier, even though he has said that he is willing to comply in order for good governance leadership for our good (we the people, his employer), he is not ready to accept, willingly, the better judgement of our Governor's rights of leadership, to have the final say tryin regards to better governance practices for our good under the UK leadership.
    In other words, he is in love with his position of running
    telling others what to do, and how to do, but is unwilling to humbly himself and accept what will better work for our country's people best interest in line with the CoI reasonable recommendations.
    Hon. Premier, in my judgement, (opinion) you are wrong.

  • UKM (18/05/2022, 12:45) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    @E. Leonard, You are one of them just shut up no one wants to hear you.
    • BVIM (18/05/2022, 16:07) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      @UKM, E. Leonard is not going to respond to you for you don’t have the balls to give your name. But you hush your muda s. t with your nonsense with being one of them. One of who? Crawl back under the rock. What are contributing to the debate?
      • @BVIM (19/05/2022, 10:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @BVIM, muda s…..t. Lol. That is serious Mad BVI talk. Seriously people let’s conversate seriously about a serious issue in serious time. @UKM who is the one of them you talking about? Or you just blowing smoke out of your a…s.?
  • Citizen, born and raised (18/05/2022, 12:51) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am only speaking on my behalf sans I cannot speak for the majority. I am for UK rules. There is to much corruption, favoritism running rampant in the territory. If this does not change. I love this Island but I can’t deal with it anymore. I am at the point where I am thinking about leaving.
  • for real (18/05/2022, 13:19) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    A lot of people blogging who are impersonating BVIslanders saying what they want for the BVI. When things get bad here you people can run back to your birth home so you only want to bring down the BVI so you can have a laugh but we are good people and we shall rise. When y'all digging ditches make sire you dig for yourselves. If it was that bad here for y'all you would not be here.
  • VOTE (18/05/2022, 13:41) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Put it to vote, vote to see who wants to be ruled by the UK...I can't support a people who were the instrument of slavery and those who are quick to forget. This should be taken as a opportunity for VI people to fix this problem, to suggest that we can't helps to support the idea of BLACK aren't able.
  • Tola People (18/05/2022, 15:42) Like (2) Dislike (26) Reply
    Tola people ‘Chupid.’ That is all y’all.
  • "Parliament of Law" (18/05/2022, 19:38) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr Wheatley should go and read the British Nationality Acts and the Virgin Islands constitution, before he talk this none-sense about [decolonization].
    British Nationality and Staus of Aliens Act 1914=[Natural born British subjects]
    British Nationality Act 1948=[Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies]
    British Nationality Act 1981=[British Dependent Territories Citizens]
    British Overseas Territories Act 2002,an amended section of British Nationality Act 1981=[British Overseas Territories Citizens.
    The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007=[Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual].
    So here we are, moving closer to Independence; but our elected official talking about decolonization.
    The BVI is not a Colony!
    The BVI is a [British Overseas Territory]
    • @Parliament of law (19/05/2022, 10:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Parliament at law, the VI is indeed a colony. The terms dependent territory and overseas territories are mirages. The term overseas territory is a politically term. No one can truthfully argue that the UK does not hold the power in the so called power sharing arrangement, ie, retained powers, special responsibilities, reserved powers, assent to bills, etc. Who represent the BVI in Parliament, does the BVI voters vote in UK parliamentary elections (as the brethren in Guadeloupe and Martinique do in French, elections), does the BVI have in the governor that Carries the title of Governor of the Virgin Islands (BVI)? No one, No. It is a colony. If it looks like a duck, quacks like duck, and waddles like a duck, it is a duck. By the way, the BVI is 1 of 17 remaining non-self-governing territories on the UN’s decolonization list. Do you get your facts straight before you lecture Mr. Wheatley or anyone else.
  • ... (19/05/2022, 10:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at this. Everyone is calling for voting rights. Hellooo Europe is in the middle of a migrant crisis. Do you think they get to vote, or do you think the Europeans will allow themselves to become minorities in Europe?

    Cmon we need balance many of these outside opinions are unhinged and short sighted. The only reason we have this many migrant workers in the first place is due to corruption, a lack of investment in local tertiary education, and abuse of the work permit system.

    Being outnumbered by migrants bless their souls is a direct result of bad policy decisions.

    Clean the corruption yes but we cant disadvantage the VI people, and children while doing it.
  • lol (19/05/2022, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When is the UK pulling the plug on this train wreck?

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