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Persons openly disrespecting elected officials on Facebook- Hon Wheatley

- calls for more self-respect & overall decency in VI
Hon Vincent O. Wheatley said he has observed persons casually disrespecting others and even taking it further to disrespect elected officials on Facebook. Photo: Internet Source
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called out disrespectful behaviour amongst Virgin Islanders expecially online, which he said has bothered him for months. Photo: HoA/Youtube
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called out disrespectful behaviour amongst Virgin Islanders expecially online, which he said has bothered him for months. Photo: HoA/Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called out disrespectful behaviour amongst Virgin Islanders, especially online, which he said has bothered him for months.

The minister raised the issue during yesterday’s September 10, 2021, virtual sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) under Other Business where he hinted that a generation gap might be responsible for these alleged behaviours.

“I grew up in a very different period from now, where persons acting with dignity and respect was an integral part of BVI society,” he said while highlighting some common greetings and salutations, including public etiquette practices.

“These things were not done because we thought anybody was better than us, these acts of respect are about us and how we feel about ourselves, because the way we feel about ourselves is the way we treat others,” he said.

The minister said on Facebook, he has observed persons casually disrespecting others and even taking it further to disrespect elected officials.

Disrespectful behaviour concerning - Hon Wheatley 

“I never thought I would have seen the day when persons would openly disrespect elected officials the way I’m seeing it today, Mr Speaker, this concerns me,” Hon Wheatley said.

He further said that some persons would use excuses that officials are not behaving in an honourable way as such the disrespect is justified.  

“No, I should never agree to that. Respect is an internal thing,” Hon Wheatley underscored.

He said when persons start to practice self-respect then they will begin to respect others. He called for an end to the behaviour as quickly as possible.

“In this age of social media where information is available to anyone even the smallest child, they have a smartphone and they can go on the smartphone and they look at anything they want to look at, so we must be very careful what we as individuals put out there and the behaviours that we put out there also,” he said.

35 Responses to “Persons openly disrespecting elected officials on Facebook- Hon Wheatley ”

  • !..^ (10/09/2021, 08:55) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    tis their fb page, i know folks forward them clips to y'all, tis "young ppl" ...them vex
  • priest (10/09/2021, 08:58) Like (12) Dislike (25) Reply
    Well said Hon. Wheatley. Seems though this behaviour is only called out when it impacts certain persons. For years now a particular Politician (and others) were abused and called names on certain media platform without restraint. This Politician just happened to have lineage outside of the Territory like Antigua another Anguilla and yet another was regarded as not being "real" because his so called Cuban heritage. I remember the days when our Political leaders were respected. The Police were required to salute the Governor, Premier, Elected members of the house including the Speaker, Attorney General, judges and Magistrates (ok some may link this to colonialism) Others like Teachers, Doctors Religious Leaders of just common persons were respected. Nowadays every and anyone through social media on the basis of "freedom of speech" and identity shields could say almost anything about a person without fear. Things will get worst. Only when someone is successfully sued in a court of law for these behaviour would people stop and think before they lost anything on social media.

    • Rubber Duck (10/09/2021, 13:30) Like (51) Dislike (6) Reply
      Respect is to be earned. There is no entitlement to it because you are a politician, or any other profession for that matter.
  • DISRESPECT (10/09/2021, 09:02) Like (85) Dislike (4) Reply
    This behaviour is retaliation for the disrespect elected officials are showing residents and tax payers
  • hmmm (10/09/2021, 09:02) Like (82) Dislike (7) Reply
    It is called "freedom of speech sir" . Do the right thing and people wouldn't have to speak their minds. How about that???
  • (10/09/2021, 09:15) Like (0) Dislike (17) Reply

    Sue them r#$s like jw is doing

  • saying (10/09/2021, 09:15) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Can't take the heat then get out of the kitchen
  • resident (10/09/2021, 09:25) Like (65) Dislike (2) Reply
    Its called freedom of speech, you don't have to like it but as long as they don't threaten violence or slander you then its their right to talk
    • not the USA (10/09/2021, 13:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      libel, swearing , slander is not allowed by law, there is no freedom of speech 1st amendment in the BVI.
  • wha yo buy yo wear (10/09/2021, 09:35) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    when yo in the kitchen yo feel the heat
  • yess (10/09/2021, 09:46) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow it is call " freedom of speech " sir. Do the right thing and people wouldn't have to be so harsh. All we ask for is a transparent government. This we have not gotten with this administration.
  • Really (10/09/2021, 09:47) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sir you are disrespected because you and your colleagues disrespect the voters by:

    1.Political Consultants
    2. Pension for Life
    3, Claude Cline Contract
    4. Many more too numerous to list
    • claude (10/09/2021, 19:48) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Claude is a born intellengicia, gifted and annoited, stop the hate…it’s one thing you can’t take away from him!!! Talk about Myron and his million dollar wall, or the missing 7 million with no plane or the yacht parked up in Anguilla!
  • josiah'sbay (10/09/2021, 10:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The question is, do freedom of speech equate to disrespect. In some instances it do and in other it don't. As for colonialism some of these prefix before official name are subtle form of indoctrination and forced hero worship. Honorable "*****" and Lord"****" so and so are tittle that should be earned by the recipient and not force on people to say. At the end of the day in a free speech society if it is not slanderous or libellous, It maybe disrespectful but allowable.
  • Oh SIRRRR (10/09/2021, 10:23) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    If you can’t stand the heat, kindly excuse yourself from the KITCHEN. FREEDOM OF SPEECH. IF YOU DO THE RIGHT THING, YOU WILL NOT GET PUT ON BLAST OR GET CALLED OUT.
  • respect (10/09/2021, 10:30) Like (4) Dislike (19) Reply
    That's because they were not brought up in respectable homes, so they dont know any better. Children live what they learn. They dont respect their parents must less anyone else
  • Thats the new way.. (10/09/2021, 10:36) Like (72) Dislike (2) Reply
    Get acustom to it my brother, do good treat the people right and fairly, . Here is what is disturbing, with all the criticism and the many social media with so many Eyes and Ears on you all Politicians and you all still doing the wrong things....Imagine if you all were operating in the darkness...
  • Windy (10/09/2021, 11:46) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    AWWW they been dissed. Poor spoiled babies.
  • Wea (10/09/2021, 12:27) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Waaaw, you feel disrespected right but when you disrespect others it's OK because you are A HONOURABLE. YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE THE BOSS BUT REMEMBER THE PEOPLE IS THE BOSS.
  • hgfhgffgdg (10/09/2021, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Amused (10/09/2021, 13:11) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Respect: Noun
    A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

    Considering this definition, Sir, and considering what has been revealed during the ongoing COI, do you believe you or your government colleagues are entitled to respect? I'm just asking.
  • um (10/09/2021, 13:17) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Your colleague just called another elected representative a Smurf....

    However maybe if the people elected by the people actually worked for the people instead of throwing dirt in their faces they would get more respect.
  • Lead by example (10/09/2021, 13:47) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I agree with Mr. Wheatley that there are many disrespectful comments online and I agree with some of the comments that people are entitled to free speech. What I don't agree with, is that speaking your mind necessarily has to be disrespectful - we can disagree with others and tell them candidly how we feel without disrespecting either them or ourselves. Its a skill that we need to learn. I would also like to point out to Mr. Wheatley that people called to leadership are called to lead by example. There are times when I attempt to listen to HOA sessions and end up turning the radio off because of the disrespect members show to each other in the house and the disrespect they show to us - the people they supposedly represent. Tell your colleagues to lead by example (good example, that is!).
  • its (10/09/2021, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    part of he culture..what's wrong?
  • Jason (10/09/2021, 20:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree with the Honorable Minister. This current generation has no self respect think about respect for others. Their behavior is atrocious and it reflects bad on BVIslanders who are often describe as as stupid by foreigners, no doubt because of some of us and our behavior.
  • You for real (10/09/2021, 20:56) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Does the good minister not understand that a COI has been called because of the level of disrespect that elected officials have heaped on the residents of this territory. It is your duty to insure justice for all. Do you believe that you could strip people of their birth right and treat them like garbage and nothing will be done. If you guys were smart you would humble yourselves and try to right your wrongs. This article is nothing more than decadent foolishness. You in the house of assembly are all related to Alice in Wonderland. YOU ARE DOING MORE HARM TO THIS COUNTRY THAN GOOD. DEFINITELY NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE.
  • Struppz (11/09/2021, 10:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What we suppose to do cry?!
  • Tadow (11/09/2021, 16:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let me say this to you Vincent Wheatley. There a ghut between the Park in Long Look and my business and home the was damage since hurricane Irma and ever since then when ever it rain and or waste comes through that ghut my equipments suffers water damage, two five thousand dollars ones that is out of commission due to water damage. Two hurricane seasons has passed since I have reported this to the Premier, the representative for 7&5 district, the director of PWD and his right man in 2020 and not a dam thing has been done about it, but lip service. Now Wheatley you tell me if I am not qualify to turn loose some mother this after all yo. Tell me Wheatley. My two five thousand dollars equipment are out of commission due to water damage Wheatley. So tell me Wheatley.
  • Truth Meter (12/09/2021, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ills of a society is reflected in its people. Bad behavior unchecked denotes, a history of evil. These are the end of time, evil breeds evil. Obviously you are looking in your rear mirror. End the cycle and good will attend us all.
  • i see (13/09/2021, 13:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    “..... these acts of respect are about us and how we feel about ourselves, because the way we feel about ourselves is the way we treat others,”

    So, then if I am a liar, a thief and a drunkard, I should have the expectation that this behaviour will be reflected back at me, after all, we only see reflected in others what we are ourselves.

    Or is it that you want to have the good reflected back at you while you give out the bad to others?

    Your expectation is not congruent with your reality.

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