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Persons pushing ‘politically driven’ narratives about VI– Premier Wheatley

- Both Premier & Governor rejected narratives which he says focuses on challenges & overshadows good in VI
Both Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG say they have not recognise the narrative claimed by Cindy Rosan that the Virgin Islands is about to hit rock bottom. Photo: VINO/File
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG at the National Security Council (NSC) Press Conference on July 20, 2023. Photo: Facebook
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG at the National Security Council (NSC) Press Conference on July 20, 2023. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has rejected what he referred to as ‘narratives’ which paints a doom and gloom outlook for the VI in relation to the affairs of the territory.

The Premier's response came at a press conference on July 20, 2023, following questions from Tola Radio VI’s panelist Cindy Rosan about alleged growing beliefs "ineptitude and indifference" have been demonstrated by the UK and the local government on every level of government and accountability to the people. 

Ms Rosan claimed the belief spans various areas of government, with failures from those in charge and whether elected leaders can convince people that the VI ‘Ship’ is not about to hit "rock bottom".

“I don't recognize it. I don't think that's a narrative of a majority of persons in society, a small minority perhaps, politically driven convenient narrative that persons are promoting,” Premier Wheatley said in response.

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG had also said he did not recognise the narrative Ms Rosan was claiming.

“But let me just recognize the partnership that has been established with the United Kingdom, and the assistance they've been able to provide [for] us. And let me recognize the hard work that is being done by public servants,” Dr Wheatley added.

Challenges experienced - Premier Wheatley 

The Premier said while all public servants and statutory bodies experience challenges, teh goal is to work together to improve those areas.

“But I recognise the efforts and I recognise improvements that need to be made in a number of areas. That's the challenge that I have. That's the challenge that we all have. We will continue to do the best job possible for the people of the territory.” 

The Premier reminded that the territory is still a great place to live and work, and there are lots of great things about society and a lot of good things being done by persons in positions of authority

“And all of the things which are challenging shouldn't overshadow a lot of the good which is taking place in this territory,” he added.

17 Responses to “Persons pushing ‘politically driven’ narratives about VI– Premier Wheatley”

  • chucky the best (21/07/2023, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • less talk (21/07/2023, 15:19) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Less talk and more work. Stop giving excuses and get the country where it should be.
  • NOT UP 2 D TASK (21/07/2023, 16:16) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
  • Hmmmm (21/07/2023, 16:22) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is the UK public relations tactics. The BVI needs to wake up. The set up is ongoing.
  • Rubber Duck (21/07/2023, 16:26) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    You can compile a very long list of the wonderful things there are in BVI, starting with the generally smiling, polite and nice people and going through the stunning countryside, beaches and seascapes.

    What would not be included in the list of the BVIs wonders is the government.

  • Youth lady (21/07/2023, 16:30) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    My biggest issue is the narrative the Governor is pushing because he can never find anything good about the BVI and its people. This is where the major issues lies.
  • Check the Governor & UK (21/07/2023, 16:34) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Most people agree with the Premier but below are my reasons why we need to look no further than the Governor and Uk as the underground and above ground culprits. I painstakingly took the time to highlight a few duplicitous conducts by the Governor and his UK bosses as they are trying to paint the BVI black and as if only BVI has issues with drugs and crime;
    1)After Irma and Maria the 1st thing the UK did was send a ship with body bags. Enough said there.
    2)After Irma and Maria the UK gave non-OTs grants for millions of dollars but give the BVI a loan guarantee offer (not a loan nor grant).
    3)The BVI received little or no help from the UK like the UK is portraying internationally in regard to Irma & Maria.
    4)The Uk bragging how much they spend on OTs after Irma & Maria but they refused to break down what they spent by islands and categories so the truth can come out as most went into fueling and maintenance of their ships & soldiers.
    5)I clearly remember the BVI Government stating they want to take the UK loan guarantee but needed clarity in some of the areas of the agreement which the UK refused to give but the Governor now trying to fool us saying otherwise.
    6)The Uk always has to guarantee any loan any OT gets so what was so special or different after Irma and Maria that they wanted an agreement signed when the procedures for such guarantee already existed. I firmly believe what the COI has done is what they wanted to do in the agreement. This is why most question the transparency of the COI.
    7)The last Governor found a man who was missing when neither the police nor their dogs nor others could find him and to this date no one has received a clear explanation on this matter with the dead man that was found by the Governor. Quite interesting to say the least.
    8)Plenty rumors of ill behavior of Governors but never looked into especially their bank accounts abroad and in their family's names which will show what happened while they served.
    9)Rumors of Governors owning major property in the country while serving but such are quickly dismissed.
    10)Abuse by them on public officers but such are quickly dismissed.
    11)Could not pass the BVI marijuana bill but want 48 recommendations passed in record time.
    12)The Governor & his UK staff refused to be a part of the new BVI registry of interest act to register their interest in the BVI but insisting others in the public service & public office (which I agree) do so and make it public. Their excuse is they are already part of such in the UK. Really?
    13)The public service is under the Governor's responsibility and most of the failures is the government system the COI points out, but the Governor is getting a free pass. I guess because the COI is really him any how.
    14)Likewise the police have been a failure with no serious succession planning, but the COI gives the Governor and UK Commissioner of police a free pass as they blamed everyone else for their failures except themselves & the COI accepted this folly & let them get away with it. I guess because the COI is really them any how.
    15) As for the COI the Govenor cannot state if the Commissioner was selected through a transparent and open process. No one can find if there was a tender process, or interviewing process, or what were the terms and conditions of the hiring that contributed to him accepting the assignment. Plenty questions I have on this alone.
    16)The Governor keeps insulting our intelligence the COI was an independent process. Meanwhile, he called it. He hired the man who was doing it. He & his bosses put his colleagues from the same UK office the Governor works from to assist the Commissioner and to do the recommendations. He received his own work. Yet still insisting it was independently done. Oh please! If a politician did this, then the public would not let them hear the end of it.
    17) The Uk & Governor wants to suspend a constitution in the 21st century. This is unbelievable! It is wrong!
    18)Used a slavery 1880 Commission of Inquiry Act to do a 2022 COI. Talk about people with nerves. Notice no recommendations to upgrade this act was made by the COI. I wonder why?
    19)Put unrealistic deadlines to implement mostly unrealistic 48recommendations which some are good for the BVI, but most are not. There is no input on them from the people. This is an exercise doomed to fail before it started. It is a full set up.
    20)Make it seem as if he or no Governor has done anything wrong or failed in their responsibilities over the last 40yrs. Talk about being naive. This says a lot about their ongoing colonial mentality.
    21)The Uk made it known they could not help the BVI with covid as they had their own issues in the UK. They handled COVID WORSE than what they are accusing the BVI of doing but sweeping their mistakes under the rug but trying to exploit the BVI actions for finding how best to keep their people and economy alive from dying because of the worse pandemic in the last 100yrs where no government knew how to handle it & what to do. The UK refused to do a COI during covid on their actions in the UK but did one during covid on the actions of the BVI. They said the timing to do a COI in the UK during covid was wrong as all energies in the UK must be channeled towards saving lives and livelihoods in the Uk. TALK ABOUT HYPOCRCY!!!!
    22)Now using a modern-day slavery action in the name of an Order in Council to say to the BVI you MUST do as we say & when we say, or we will take over your country, constitution, judiciary system, laws, rights, government, parliament, democracy, freedom, elections, elected officials, public service jobs, cabinet, generations, and everything else. The country will run how they want & by them only and to hell with the people of the BVI as they alone know what is best for us in the BVI although we built it by ourselves over the many years, while they neglected us. Now the BVI is a strong & prospering country they want the BVI but not with its people. To hell with elections unless who they want to run the country is allowed to run and win. IT IS ABOUT GLOBAL BRITAN!!! Read the document!!!!

    I will stop there for now, as there is plenty more. I am not saying the BVI does not need to improve in some areas as every country does but the way the Governor and the UK is selling this is totally unjust and unjustified. The way they are going about it is high handed. Orders in Council should be banned as they are anti-democratic.
    • Mu Mu (21/07/2023, 17:42) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      @Check the Governor and the UK - stop you talking Mu Mu Julian this is just so full of foolishness it embarrass me and all of us here in VI.
      • @Mu Mu (21/07/2023, 22:14) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
        It may have embarrassed you but most of the people agree with it as it is true.
        • @ Mu Mu (22/07/2023, 11:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          It is true! It’s time to stop ignoring the white colonialist agenda in the VI. Two different standards for blacks and whites. They come here and create their Apartheid Community with their nasty separatist attitudes and hide under the governors tail skirts. We have had enough of this slavery Crap! All you racist Euro apartheid colonialist go home!!! …dislike this message now!!!
      • To you Mumu (21/07/2023, 22:20) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
        The Governor and Uk ongoing high-handed actions is about achieving their GLOBAL BRITAN strategy. They want to suspend the constitution to put things their way with their people so the current BVI people whether Caribbean or local can be outnumbered by them. In doing this they can control the HOA and economy and police and public service and all over. Even if they restore the constitution afterwards, their UK control would be so strong and we will be so outnumbered that a bid for independence will never see the light of day. THIS IS THE REAL PLAN FOR BVI & ALL CARIBBEAN OT.
      • @Mu Mu (22/07/2023, 11:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Stop pretending that you are a Virgin Islander. The blogger Check the Governor… makes strong points. The Governor and the UK are inhumane and hypocritical in many ways and so are many of you Euro bloggers!
  • Ho (21/07/2023, 16:47) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I beleive most what the public say is true
  • Crazy old girl (21/07/2023, 17:14) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Cindy hates locals she has no more respect
  • @ MU MU (21/07/2023, 18:42) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply

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