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No independence without honesty, pride & respect- Donald E. de Castro

- said VI needs lots of time to talk about independence & understand it
Donald E. de Castro said the Virgin Islands needs not to rush to independence but to fully understand what it is about first. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands must walk the road of independence some day, says talk show host Donald E. de Castro but for now it needs to learn all it can about it. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands must walk the road of independence some day, says talk show host Donald E. de Castro but for now it needs to learn all it can about it. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While he is of the view that the Virgin Islands must walk the road of independence one day, radio talk show host Donald E. de Castro said the territory needs to be in no hurry to achieve that status but rather needs to talk more about it and totally understand what it is and what is required.

de Castro also does not believe this generation of political leaders have what it takes to lead the territory to independence.

“The way this government and past government behave, it’s a known fact that the majority of people when they hit rock bottom they try to make a fresh start and move back to the top but apparently our governments, every time they hit bottom, they tend to dig the hole deeper,” Mr de Castro said on his radio show, Straight Talk, on ZBVI 780 AM on August 10, 2016.

The veteran social activist said persons interested in getting involved in politics and wanting to lead the Virgin Islands need to first learn the importance of honesty, pride, and respect.

“We need to let the young generation understand the importance of independence and the importance of honesty, pride, and respect for others and themselves and the territory…this will help us to have a good discussion on moving forward. Because as long as we cannot develop more respect for ourselves and each other. If we don’t understand the importance of honesty and trust worthiness, we will have a very hard time getting this territory back on the right track.

“These things are important because if we just jump into independence and we don’t have these qualities and all our concern is going to be money, money and material things, we are going to wind up just like the rest of the other countries or even worse. We don’t need to go backwards we need to go forward,” Mr de Castro stated.

Start talking about independence

According to him, the public should start taking about independence and understand what it is all about.

“And if the premier decides to have meetings and get the conversation going, where it is four years late in my estimation, it will be a good start…not going independent but talking about independence so that we can understand what we need to take up the mantle for independence. It is not an easy road but it is one we will have to travel one day.”

de Castro also said he hopes that if the VI ever goes independent that it will still have some kind of close relationship with the United Kingdom.

He ended his conversation on the topic by reiterating that the territory needs a couple of years to know about independence and fully understand it before making any decision on it.

16 Responses to “No independence without honesty, pride & respect- Donald E. de Castro”

  • SB (11/08/2016, 11:23) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Yea mon! (11/08/2016, 11:43) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Accurately correct!!!!
  • VI man (11/08/2016, 11:58) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    And I say, no Independence without ACCOUNTABILITY.
  • Voter Too (11/08/2016, 12:04) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    No independence with ndp
    • ......... (11/08/2016, 13:37) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Normally I would disagree, but these cats ain't showing that they ready right now...
  • wize up (11/08/2016, 12:13) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Decastro nuff respect ; this is the type of conversation that is wanted in this place(progressive and futuristic) after all we have national to build we have our offspring to be mindful of....keep the faith
  • just asking.. (11/08/2016, 13:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why the m n m boys pushing infependence? They want to get rich fast again
    • wize up (11/08/2016, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ just asking: the answer is very simple; you can either vote them back in or vote them out....the voters place them there so let's all hope they do not kill us before the next election..... the money gone to their head!!!!
  • Scow (11/08/2016, 14:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well alright now. You cannot correct what you are not willing to confront
  • Close Eyes. (11/08/2016, 14:48) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ok De Castro. U R on here too often..
  • eye spell (11/08/2016, 16:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Decastro for once I agree with you, talking sense! If we rush we lose, all dem financial company will go and we be broke take our time and think dis thing thro
  • Well Well (11/08/2016, 16:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I Never Thought I'd See The Day I Actually Agreed With Donald E. De Castro.
  • YesBut (11/08/2016, 16:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    A different political system one that allows the general public to have a great say/vote/control over the countries finances/laws in particular!!!!
    • wize up (11/08/2016, 18:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ yes but.... I have to agree with you because I have been wondering for many many years how can five ministers make such powerful decision for all of us....we now over thirty thousand people living in this territory and 5 men sits in a room and then imposed all manner of laws, rules and regulations on all of us...such madness have to change...the voters and all who calls this place home should vote on major matters!!!
      • we 7 (13/08/2016, 06:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        3 men make decision for the world but God make gecision for minkind.
  • Son of the Spoil (11/08/2016, 22:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Donald you on the ball here buddy. Not with these set, at all, at all, at all!

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