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New VI Governor to be sworn in Jan 29; Gov Rankin exits Jan 18, 2024

Mr Daniel Pruce, right, the incoming Governor of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) will be sworn in on Monday, January 29, 2024, and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, left, is scheduled to depart the territory on January 18, 2024. Photo: GIS/File
Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer Jr will act in the Office of the Governor in the interim, January 18-29, 2024. Photo: GIS/File
Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer Jr will act in the Office of the Governor in the interim, January 18-29, 2024. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mr Daniel Pruce, the incoming Governor of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) will be sworn in on Monday, January 29, 2024, the Office of the Governor has informed our news centre.

It has also disclosed that Governor John J. Rankin, CMG is scheduled to depart the territory on January 18, 2024, which is coincidentally the 3rd anniversary of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) being announced in the Virgin Islands by controversial ex-governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert.

January 18, 2021, was also Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Mr Rankin is said to be retiring from diplomatic service.

Swearing-in set for Jan 29, 2024

The Office of the Governor also informed our news centre that Daniel Pruce is expected to be sworn in as Governor on Monday, January 29, 2024.

It is unclear where Mr Pruce will be sworn in.

It also said Deputy Governor Mr David D. Archer Jr will act in the Office of the Governor in the interim, January 18-29, 2024.

See related article below:

Governor Rankin’s departure delayed until January 2024

24 Responses to “New VI Governor to be sworn in Jan 29; Gov Rankin exits Jan 18, 2024”

  • Joker (29/12/2023, 12:49) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Boy this one look like he not going in for shitty business,so hold one to your seat for a ride boys....
  • Jones (29/12/2023, 12:50) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am sure he will be met with the same hostility from certain parts of society. Wish him all the best and hope that he is able to assist in making the BVI a better place
  • ... (29/12/2023, 13:56) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    I am holding out hope he is the party governor we need in paradise.
  • Quiet Warrior (29/12/2023, 15:42) Like (12) Dislike (12) Reply
    John Rankin good riddance. He as his namesake,,fellow Briton and former Commissioner John Agustus Cockburn Cruikshank is a wolf in sheep clothing,,a snake in the grass, and a true to the bone Colonialist. History will severely unkind to both but Rankin is the worst of the worst.. As the olde timers remember, Cruikshank was a terror but you did not have to light no lamp to look for him. He wore his power out front and on his sleeve. Rankin is one of a kind snake in the grass. Nevertheless, Virgin Islanders fearless warriors through protests, agitation, and advocacy achieve some progress under the reign of Cruikshank, ie, a) reinstating of LegCo which suspended in 1901, b) Universal suffrage (1954), c) modern constitution (Rankin suspended the VI), d) attained the privilege for the first time to vote for four At Large members to the LegCo, etc. Virgin Islanders of the 40s, 50s, 60s had courage, heart, and unity, demonstrating the will to stand and fight against a torrent colonialism rising tide. What did Rankin do for the VI and Virgin Islanders other than beat them down. The Sambos will perhaps be happy and tell a different story. Again, Rankin good riddance and take controversial and out of his depth CoP Mark Collins with you. Governor designee Daniel Pruce could be better or could be worst and time will tell. Let’s be vigilate!!! Rankin was allowed to be a terror partly because Virgin Islanders were disunited, divided and scattered. Dividing and scattering promotes weakness, and vulnerability. The JEWS learnt this valuable lesson in 1500 Europe and ditch the dividing and scattering, circling the wagon and hanging together regardless of the situation. In so doing they have attained significant economic, financial and political power and influence. Where have the Noel Lloyd,,Dolph Faulkner, etc gone.
    • Sambo (30/12/2023, 08:27) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      To Quiet Warrior, truth, real talk. You brought the receipts and all the colonialists and lapdogs Sambos can do is hit the “dislike” button; they have no sound, valid retort to the truth. Long live the truth—-Colonialism is extractive, exploitative , expropriating,social Darwinistic, racist and discriminatory, exclusionary, dehumanizing—and Mount Olympus is emblematic of it all. Too many Virgin Islanders are afflicted with the Stockholm Syndrome, behave as Benedict Arnold and are appeasers like Neville Chamberlain. They are spineless with no heart. Cruikshank has gone and so too will Ranking but the Virgin Islands must live on, must persevere, must unite, must kick the divide and rule mentality to the dung heap and like the Phoenix must rise, rise, rise, from the ashes.
      • Quiet Warrior (30/12/2023, 11:18) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        @Sambo, that is some deep stuff. Now that is real talk.
      • Rattler (02/01/2024, 07:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Let’s stop pretending. Colonialism is a monster and has always been a monster and Monsters don’t get bored; they don’t retire. Those who will not fight and defeat the monster suffer humiliation and destruction by the monster. Strike, strike, strike and strike again. That is the Rattler mentality against monsters and attackers.
    • @Quiet Warrior (30/12/2023, 11:52) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      @Quiet Warrior, it seems as if you comparing and contrasting John Cruikshank and John Rankin who were/are both dictatorial but can we let the magic and joy of Christmas spread and let us let the family of the dearly departed rest comfortably. I know hate, , evil, racism, colonialism , etc don’t take a holiday. But where is our Christmas. Some said darkness don’t doused darkness; light does. Hate don’t eradicate hate; love does. Though we may not forget, let’s see if we can forgive if only for a season.
    • Sambo (31/12/2023, 10:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Warrior, as I sounded off and predicted, all the Sambos and Colonialists retort would be is hitting the “ Dislike.” Common man, ah yu can better than that but then again wah yu gwing say. Truth overwhelm lies, lies, evil, evil..Cowards….
  • YEAH RITE (29/12/2023, 17:20) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    • Troll (29/12/2023, 20:57) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Troll/UPPERCASE bandit yu nah tired trolling and annoying other bloggers and readers. Geh ah hobby nah? Or dis here is uno hobby eh?
  • Karnage (29/12/2023, 18:14) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    He better stay grinning
  • So (29/12/2023, 20:47) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    When does Archer get replaced? Every month government out here getting 'reinvented' or ;reimagined' by him and his cronies but its the same old same old result.
    • @ So (30/12/2023, 08:47) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      stay off my Cousin
      focus on the Drug Lords in our Country
    • @So (30/12/2023, 08:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      To So, tokens like Archer and predecessors show no independence and like the Black Republicans in the US and the Black Social Conservatives ( Tories) in the UK must be beholden to who brought them to dance or else, staying tenuously in the fold taking and holding extreme positions, ie, Clarence Thomas (associate justice of SCOTUS), etc. The Leaders of the Republican Party and Conservative Party get the lackeys and wannabes to do their dirty work, giving them cover. The slave masters used the same strategies and tactics during slavery and it continued into imperialism and colonialism. But our steppin and fetchin and shuckin and givin people are blind to see, too deaf hear to, too numb to feel , etc. The Deputy Governor job is a job with no promotion; the appointee is good enough to act for a few days but will never be appointed Governor to represent the crown unless the appointee is white of course.
  • 2024 (30/12/2023, 07:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    the british are coming
  • Bush Professor (30/12/2023, 09:28) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the rule of law says what it means and means what it says, no one is above the law. Is King Charles III above the law? Does the rule of only apply to people of African descent? Didn’t the Magna Carta under King John ( 1215] reduce the power of the Monarchy? Did not the Glorious Revolution of 1688 didn’t do the same thing ? So why is CoP above the law? Will Rankin pardon him on these allegations too?

    Let’s assume that if either former Black local CoP Reynell Fraser or Vernon Malone had scores of officers signed a letter of concern about scores of concerns, would Rankin just would File 13 it ( trash can) the complaint???I don’t think so. Conduct the investigation and let the chips fall where they may. Is Rankin trying to run out the clock, solving the problem by procrastination, using a Napoleonic move, dumping the problem in Pruce’s lap as controversial former Guv Gus Jaspert did to him with the CoI? Looking back that COI only investigated functions under the purview of local leaders. Anything under the Guv, the king, eas exempted, ie, RVIPF , etc. The rule of law means nothing if it only applies to one race of people.
    • @Bush Professor (30/12/2023, 12:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Bush Professor, VINO University is the best. Ahi, ayi, mehson ah yu bringing it, not giving the people no wiggle room bringing the facts. You gone clean back to King John (1215) with the Magna, and to Mary, Queen of Scot and her husband William of Orange and the Glorious Revolution (1688-89) to support the theory of the case on the rule of law in the BVI. Rankin and the rest of the cabal feel that BVI people have no rights which they feel obligated to honor or respect. Furthermore, the BVI people are only focus on material things, not giving a damn about anything else. And too stupid to see they are losing their country, albeit slowly, depending on the point of view. This is so easy; it is like taking candy from a baby. Let’s us keep ignoring what is so clear as mud. Harry say you will hear. The red warning flags are waving violently in the wind, the red warning lights flashing, etc. but we are ignoring them and other indicators. What are going to say tomorrow, if only we had paid attention. Power and influence follows the numbers in politics, in economics, etc. I’m tired. I need a piece of guava tart and some guavaberry, for soon that too will be history. In George Orwell classic Animal Farm, the animals in the proclaimed that all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. watch out BVI.
    • GateKeeper (30/12/2023, 13:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      To Bush Professor, real hablar!! I endorsed and second the motion . You are on watch and doing the work, keeping things real, bringing the receipts.
    • Mustang (31/12/2023, 09:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      To Bush Professor, it is a commonly used phrase but you brought the receipts for real talk.
    • Rattler (31/12/2023, 13:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Bush Professior, you balling and striking with Rattler mentality, stroke, strike and strike again. King John—-1215– and the Glorious Revolution… I’m Gen X, Gen Y, GenZ have not heard about the Glorious-1688. Revolution. I had to look it up. But it is all good; I like applicable references and example.
  • Local Concerns. (30/12/2023, 15:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    VIslanders, beware, analyze every thing, word and action, and prepare for the Irma that could be coming.

    Remember that Hurricane young Gus that sent the Territory into tailspin rom which it is yet to recover from? Well here comes another young Hurricane Gus in the name of Daniel Pruce.

    Another human man who has nothing in common with the people that he is supposedly coming to rule over. How does that make sense? Do they know how some people truly feel in their depths of their soul every time this occurs?

    Can any none Black person intellectually, psychologically, emotionally, and humanly grasp how that really feels?

    How that system really affects the psychological being of that Black individual who does not appreciate being so called governed by some entity not of his kind.

    Does the British Colonial establishment really care about people’s feelings? Well, the answer is no.

    Will they ever voluntarily remove the noose of colonialism and imperialism from around the necks of the local African Descendants of these islands, which are now theirs due centuries of being and living on them?

    Does who are opposed to this argument will retaliate with the notion that, well, if you don’t like the status quo, then seeks independence?

    Then the other camp will retaliate with, well, we don’t want independence.

    However, the mental noise remains, how can one claim something one has not occupied consistently for over two hundred years?

    None of this makes sense in the 21st. Will Black Virgin Islanders, by extension, Black People in general, ever receive gain the full human respect they deserve?
  • Eldread (31/12/2023, 12:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't mind you know, but if england doesn't have racial or ethnic discrimination as they claim, why not ever send down a black governor? I know you will say they will only be stooges like Obama and condolica rice and Austin the USA defense secretary, or like the BVI present deputy governor, who is so happy with his post, that he makes no contribution to black BVI awareness.

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