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OT Minister Hon David H. Rutley to visit Territory

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Americas and Caribbean Honourable David H. Rutley (MP) will reportedly be visiting the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) this week. Photo:
Just recently, former Governor John J. Rankin, CMG requested more powers to force bills on the people. Photo: VINO/File
Just recently, former Governor John J. Rankin, CMG requested more powers to force bills on the people. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While Government officials are tight-lipped, it is our understanding that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Americas and Caribbean, Honourable David H. Rutley (MP), will be visiting the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) this week.

Hon Rutley's agenda and purpose of the visit have not been made public.

The VI and the UK are at a tense and sensitive moment in its partnership, after a one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommended that the VI be recolonised by suspension of its constitution where a one-man UK-appointed governor will have all the powers.

This move has been strongly condemned by other Overseas Territories, The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Community, and the United Nations.

Power grab by former Governor

Just recently, former Governor John J. Rankin, CMG requested more powers to force bills on the people, such as the controversial Police Bill to allow UK police officers to go into homes without search warrants and do so whether or not the homes are occupied. In his quest for more power, former Governor Rankin had his eyes on the Immigration Department to allegedly give belonger status to whom he chose and force a gay marriage bill on the people.

Power is only to help with CoI recommendations- Rankin

However, the former Governor stated these allegations were not so, as the extra powers he sought would only be for the governor to enforce CoI recommendations. Mr Rankin left the Territory not fulfilling his own CoI obligations.

At a recent press conference, Opposition Member Hon Myron V. Walwyn (R6) blasted the former Governor. Hon Walwyn pointed out that now under the current constitutional arrangements, the governor already has the power to ensure that public officers carry out the CoI recommendations.

Information requested from Hon Rutley's London Office on his trip to the Territory was not forthcoming before publication time.

Our newsroom will bring more information as this story develops.

44 Responses to “OT Minister Hon David H. Rutley to visit Territory”

  • Citizen (22/01/2024, 12:24) Like (45) Dislike (30) Reply
    More bull again towards the people of the bvi
    • @citizen (22/01/2024, 13:12) Like (39) Dislike (5) Reply
      Yea like the roads and concert lol
      • To @citizen (22/01/2024, 13:51) Like (19) Dislike (55) Reply
        Like the $1million dollars the UK just spend on a bogus law enforcement report with a hand pick consultant just like what they did with the ten million on the COI so the report will state exactly what they want it to state so it can try to make them look independent of the review and findings so they can seem justified with their preauthored actions to come. Look at both sides and call a spade a spade and not just one side due to hatred.
        • Truth to power (22/01/2024, 14:37) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
          Most of the BVI public have loss ALL respect, trust, and confidence in the Governor. I found him to be like the Commissioner of police. They both are challenged with the truth.
          • To Truth to Power (22/01/2024, 20:55) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
            Most of the public has lost respect and confidence in our elected officials too.
      • Bring balance in good governance (22/01/2024, 14:03) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
        He needs to start to match the bogus reports the Governor writes to him with starting to Look at the real track record of the Governor on the ground and UK and tell me if they are serious about developing the people of the Caribbean through democracy and good governance. For this reason the Governor does not need any more power and fhe OT Minister MUST block such request. They need to do better by the people with the power they have. Look at their track record:
        1) The Governor is in charge of the prison and can pardon prisoners. There are no transparent process in this regard nor can anyone hold him accountable. In the last 20yrs the only persons pardon who were prisoners were two white people.
        2) The Governor is in charge of the public service and he has failed the public service miserably in all areas but loves to throw the blame on elected officials.
        3) The Governor ensured all public officers accused of corruption were 1st put on leave and then investigated but he allowed his white UK Commissioner of Police to remain on the job while being investigated. This is because of what all evil they have planned using the COI as a front.
        4) During covid the Governor refused to help the BVI and left them on their own. It is in the latter part they beat their chest saying they brought vaccines to save the day. The COI was meant to belittle the good efforts of the BVI during covid.
        5) The Governor said the COI was independent. Yet he wrote the terms of reference. He putt them to go after what he wanted them to go after and exempted other areas especially around him He put his fellow UK staff to assist the COI Commissioner. He hand picked the COI Commissioner in a non transparent manner. The COI lawyers practiced law in BVI illegally and got away with it. The COI was preauthored and prearranged. The list of unethical actions with the COI and its processes is long.
        6) To this day the UK cannot state how one can become a Governor. To date there is not one black person as Governor. To date there is not one Caribbean person as Governor. Only in 2020 they appointed a woman as Governor.
        7) To this date the Governor & UK cannot identify where one can go to research and find the clear path one can follow and apply if they want independence. Yet they are stipulating through the COI this kind of process be established in all of BVI affairs in government. This is called hypocrisy.
        8) The Governor refuses to register his interest according to BVI law while working in the BVI stating he has already done so in the UK. He holds the same view for all UK officials working in BVI. Talk about hypocrisy.
        9) The Governor already have the power over the public service to had second persons in the areas where he felt was falling behind with the 48 ill advised & unrealistic COI
        recommendations. He did no such thing because he wants the BVI to fail so their plot can succeed. It is not about what is best for the people of the BVI, only what is best for the UK unjustified takeover plot.
        10) The police force said they are cleaning up corruption in the force but this is only supported because the Commissioner is from the UK and it is a subject under the Governor. They are failing at it. Now they want more power.
        11) The Governor & UK awarded less than 20 scholarships to study abroad or the UK in the last 20yrs.
        12) The Governor gives the UK updates about what happens in the BVI but it is never made public so its validity can be tested. After all they have challenges with the truth.

        To the UK Minister: When you truly care about people you develop them and empower them. Not try to take power from them and try to belittle them. The UK officials are no brighter than anyone else. They have no more nor less integrity than anyone else. They need to stop behaving as if they are more superior than others. It is wrong and racists.
    • @citizen (22/01/2024, 13:27) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
      Well said. The UK Officials do not go against each other even when the wrong they are doing is looking at them in their face.
      • The analysis (22/01/2024, 14:16) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
        "...the extra powers he sought would only be for the governor to enforce CoI recommendations. Mr Rankin left the Territory not fulfilling his own CoI obligations."
        These are the words of the Governor speaking to big grown people of the BVI as if they are as$E$. This is just like a man saying to a woman he will not have sex with her but allow him to only get his head in and nothing more. Governor stop taking the people of the BVI for fools.
  • Lb (22/01/2024, 12:35) Like (7) Dislike (26) Reply
    Hope the premier is organizing a march
    • @Lb (22/01/2024, 13:29) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Organizing a March for WHAT? To make us look like typical fools? Even though I am a sometime critic of the Premier Sans it is not personal but business, I do not see the Premier organizing a March against our guest.
      • UK Minister please get this corrected (22/01/2024, 13:54) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
        The man in Cayman the Governor hand picked to do the sham of an investigation on Mark Collins is a close friend of Collins. This is nepotism at it's best by the Governor. It is not transparent. A panel of persons from different ethnic backgrounds with the right qualifications should be doing this investigation. BVI PEOPLE WAKE UP! You are being hoodwinked.
    • Preserve Democracy: March needed (22/01/2024, 13:57) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      The real issue with all that is haopening now with the Governor's actions is the UK should be preserving democracy and not promoting colonialism and dictatorship. This action of suspending a constitution in any form is saying to the public worldwide is they have no respect for the BVI's democratic process and judiciary system. This is a slap in the face of justice and democracy. The UK Minister must address this and stop condoning wrong.
      • UK Minister take note (22/01/2024, 14:39) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        The Foreign, Commonwealth, Development Office or Minister of Overseas Territories, etc, should initiate a Commission of Enquiry/Inquiry of Governor John Rankin, CMG, performance in office as well as his predecessor. He is retiring but still should be done right away. They need to search their accounts and that of their family before they served in the BVI and after they served. Start in Switzerland.
    • Asking for a friend. (22/01/2024, 14:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      So when we find out the Governor is not performing how can we take power from him or hold him accountable? Just asking for a friend.
    • Coogi t shirt (22/01/2024, 20:55) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Well Lb if you want to go march behind the premier and his band of merry jesters go ahead. We’ve been bamboozled way to long by these politicians. Imagine it have districts in Tortola where as soon a 6 pm water is gone. Imagine East end road is riddled with potholes. Prices ridiculous in the supermarket. Rent high So I think you want to March for the wrong causes
  • @Lb (22/01/2024, 13:22) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Just stop the nonsense already, there is no need for the Premier to organize a March against the visiting Mr. Rutley. That would be rude.Mr. Premier, don’t let people like LB ruse you up to do something as such. People need to learn how to think, just suppose the people of the UK decides to March and protest for the locals living, working and attending school in the UK to get out of the UK, have you ever thought about that?
    • To @Lb (22/01/2024, 14:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Check the UK news. The people of the UK are marching already against the poor policies of the government that is causing life for UK people to become harder and harder to survive. Please research before posting nonsense. They have bigger and more important things marching for in the UK than the nonsense you post.
      • Teally (22/01/2024, 15:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @@LB, the blogger is not talking about the UK marching against poor policies in the UK, the blogger stated suppose the UK march and protest for the locals living, working and going to school in the UK to leave STUPID!!!!!!. What you need to do is clean out the 2 years of built up wax in your donkey ears.
  • One VI (22/01/2024, 13:26) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    please ???? don’t march
    • UK resident (22/01/2024, 14:07) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      The UK has proven to be the most corrupt country who always find how to cover up their corruption and make their explanation sound justifiable. They have no word and no one to hold them accountable so they keep getting away with it. Just look how they handling the alleged corruption of their own white UK Commissioner of Police in BVI. They cannot be trusted. Look at how they disgraced the office of Governor with their lifestyle. They are known for abusing power and covering it up while trying to make everyone else look like the only ones who have weak areas.
  • See (22/01/2024, 13:27) Like (19) Dislike (8) Reply
    We deserve what we get. Look at the roads ,the.schools, the sewage, the crime, the corruption, Pockwood Pond , cost of living, etc.
    • Education for all (22/01/2024, 14:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It comes down to the UK wanting more power and control over its overseas territories, especially the BVI given the financial connection of companies registered in the BVI to global finance. Remember the BVI is competing with London. Destroy the BVI financial services section and which country do you think will benefit most? The UK! Palin and simple.
    • jack@$$ (22/01/2024, 18:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You expect these things to change overnight if the UK takes over?
  • First Thing (22/01/2024, 13:30) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    He needs to overturn the unethical actions of Rankin immediately especially with how he is handling the alleged corruption of the white UK Commissioner of Police now serving in BVI. Like every local public officer when accused of wrongdoing is put on leave until the investigation is completed then the same must hold true for the Commissioner of Police Mark Collins. What's good for the goose must be good for the gander.
  • 2024 (22/01/2024, 14:04) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    is his visit to put the nail in the coffin because the visit coinciding with the new governor assignment
    • @2024 (22/01/2024, 14:29) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      The UK officials are a boss at divide and conqueror. While they blocking the BVI from making medicinal Marijuana legal, they are in the UK making millions a year from it. These colonial people are always promoting ignorance and division and some of you swallow the Kool aid. Some of you speak as if the BVI has not done plenty good where the good far outweigh the bad. Certainly they have helped more people of the BVI over the last 40yrs to present than the UK has done per capita with their residents.
      • @2024 (22/01/2024, 20:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        simply for the record(born 1957 in this British Overseas Territory)…don’t even have a Green Card

        not much some of can tell about the territory but of course fully entitled to your opinion

        try not to forget that BVI a part of a Global Market
    • @2024 (22/01/2024, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Perhaps, we just have to wait and see.
  • UK Minister: Myron is correct: No more power for Governors (22/01/2024, 14:11) Like (48) Dislike (3) Reply
    The Governor & UK have no good intentions for Caribbean people. Imagine the Governor wants more power to do things like this to protect his own only and also allow him to ignore the democratic process to do the following (Note these are just a few of his alleged intentions cloaked as good governance):
    1) Take over Immigration: He wants to immediately give over 4000 of his kind status so they can out number the people of the BVI and then allow them to have a secondary take over plan.
    2) Pass the new police act on his own: He wants to give the police unlimited powers to do many anti-democratic things such as but not limited to searching anyone's home without a warrant and do so on mere suspicion. Talk about making the BVI a police state where people will have no basic human nor democratic rights.
    3) He wants to pass the Jury Act: Here is where he wants the cases to proceed without any jury to decided the cases but rather have the Judge themselves decide if you are guilty. Not only is this anti democratic but it represents dictatorship as all the UK will do next is flood the position of Judges with persons from the UK who have like minds as them against the locals and Caribbean people. It is another tier of their take over plan.
    4) Powers to pass laws by himself without HOA: Here is where he wants to legalize same sex marriage. Here is where he wants to redefine who is a Virgin Islander.
    5) The Governor want to implement the 48 recommendations from his bogus COI without the input and views of the people of the BVI who they are suppose to be helping they say and who they will be affecting. Which means they will be telling the people of the BVI and doing what they see and think is best for the people of the BVI but it is really about them controlling than helping. This should never be allowed.

    I will stop there for now but people of the BVI these people have no good intention for us. They have no respect for our democracy and democratic rights. It is time to wake up and stand up for what is right and represents true democracy and not sit back and allow a wicked agenda by the Brits to get through.
  • I KNOW HE (22/01/2024, 14:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • BVI TAKE HEED (22/01/2024, 14:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The people of the BVI please take heed. Those who have ears and eyes let them see and hear. These colomial official people are like the mafia. They have evil spiritual people hired as consultants in many law enforcement areas and paying them out of tax payers money to guide them and show them who is against their agenda and how to eliminate them while making it look like their hands are clean. This is real but the people are fast a sleep by their design. Look at who all died or they moved out of the way but make it look like their hands are clean with Sam, Carvin, Wade, Fahie, the white UK officer that died, Najan, Myron, just to name a few that they know are a threat to what they trying to achieve. Look out this week for them to do something drastically major to further abuse their powers and instill more fear in the people to warn them not to interfere with their wicked agenda. The BVI people need to pray and unite against this colonial dragon or they will be in bondage crying for years. This is for real just watch this week and beyond what their wicker plots will be at next.
  • Food for thought (22/01/2024, 14:54) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fahie matter needs to be discussed as it is not just a guilty or not guilty matter like they want us to believe because whether he is guilty or not the court in USA will decide. The BVI Street knows what really took place and why and who was behind it. What is alarming is allegedly the Governor & Commissioner of Police pretended to be working with Fahie and the Government while he and his government were trying to keep the BVI people alive during covid and Fahie did a good job. While doing this they did not like Fahie at all because of how he stood up against their evil and high handedness. It was known by most they would do anything to get rid of him so they worked with a foreign country to come in BVI to try to set him up and then they pretend like their hands are clean. I am not for nor against Fahie. What I am saying it shows these UK Commissioner & Governor & UK officials are no better than a murderer or a terrorist when they want to try to eliminate you. This is extremely alarming and it tells the UK cannot be trusted as they are capable of any unethical or unthinkable actions to eliminate anyone who resist their plot even if treason is committed but not admitted. The people of BVI should be concerned as this is not good in the 21st century. This is something to watch.
  • Lb (22/01/2024, 14:56) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    White supremacy and racism must go, a march against this man is a MUST
    • @Lb (22/01/2024, 21:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why don’t you get out with your bill horn and sign protesting who ever the man is you are speaking about and ask others to join you. I can guarantee you no one will join you. Here, people have all the mouth behind closed blinds, curtains and ducking behind park vehicles in the dark peeping.
  • The Governor was not honest (22/01/2024, 15:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't forget the Governor supported the COP when he told the general BVI public we were wrong and trying to cause mischief by saying the out post police station on all islands were all closed all day seven days a week. The two of them did so in a press conference. The Governor also supported him with that unethical video aimed at damaging the BVI Tourism product where it was being used by them to recruit police officers. Just face it, these people think nothing of the BVI people. Their intentions for us are not good.
  • People just don’t learn (22/01/2024, 15:47) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Y’all keep fanning the flames and making things worse for yourselves with the UK. This little dot in the middle of the ocean is going to end up losing. The UK is sick of the nonsense and the constant having to babysit the BVI. You all have a problem with the UK then turn in your British passports and call it a day. You can’t have cake and expect cherries on the top.
    • So agree (23/01/2024, 06:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      If they have a problem with the UK, simply turn in your British passports.
  • lol (22/01/2024, 15:48) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Here to suspend the constitution?
  • bvibuzz (22/01/2024, 19:51) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yes put those blacks back in slavery
  • A winter break (23/01/2024, 06:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Simply taking a little sun , maybe some sailing and gently whip up some enthusiasm amongst the HOA to complete the COI recommendations as they have previously agreed to do. Just get on with it LADIES & GENTLEMEN.
  • oh (23/01/2024, 13:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring the. rum and water also. The rum is great!
  • Common Sense (24/01/2024, 16:34) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Perhaps the UK critics should look at the likes and dislike spaces to the commentaries, clearly a referendum on UK takeover would vote in favor.

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