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Premier’s post should be held by Indigenous Virgin Islander - Willock

-Promises to create a viable economic plan & champion Airport runway expansion should he run for office in 2023
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA), Julian Willock said he believes the next version of the territory’s constitution should contain 'some protection for the indigenous Virgin Islander.' Photo: Facebook
While on the same show, Mr Willock stated that if he runs for office in 2023, he wants to champion the Beef Island airport runway expansion, get meaningful help for the poor and create an economic plan. Photo: Facebook/File
While on the same show, Mr Willock stated that if he runs for office in 2023, he wants to champion the Beef Island airport runway expansion, get meaningful help for the poor and create an economic plan. Photo: Facebook/File
Mr Julian Willock promised reformed in the VI should he run for public office adding, 'It is too hard doing business the BVI, from work permit delays, clearance delays, and visa delays.' Photo: Facebook/File
Mr Julian Willock promised reformed in the VI should he run for public office adding, 'It is too hard doing business the BVI, from work permit delays, clearance delays, and visa delays.' Photo: Facebook/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA), Julian Willock said he believes the next version of the territory’s constitution should contain “some protection for the indigenous Virgin Islander,” including in the highest public office.

Mr Willock was at the time being interviewed on the Talking Points radio show on ZBVI 780 am earlier this week hosted by Mrs. Violet Gaul.

The outspoken and popular former Speaker further added that the person who is the VI's Premier should also be an indigenous Virgin Islander, while noting, “I make no apology for that.”

The former Speaker, who said his life has always been about “bringing people together” added that it was not unusual to have special protection for a certain portion of the population just as is the case in Canada, USA, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican and most Latin American and African countries.

Protect people!

However, the astute political aspirant noted that it should be done “in a way that does not discriminate against anyone”.

The term ‘indigenous’ Virgin Islander as prescribed in the Virgin Islands constitution is; once you can trace one or both of your parents over two generations to being born in the VI.

Mr Willock who is expected to run for office in the 2023 General Elections said he will be making an announcement in December of this year on whether he will run or not. 

In an invited comment this morning, November 19, 2022, when asked if he will go as far as Culture Icon Mrs. Eileen L. Parsons OBE, who believes an indigenous Virgin Islander must be able to trace both parents back to three generations, he noted that he will stick with the definition as outlined in the Virgin Islands constitution and anything further,  it is for the people to decided.

Mr. Willock said he will continue his quest to unify the people of the Territory, however, it is his humble opinion the new constitution must protect indigenous Virgin Islanders. 

Legal fees - zero cost to taxpayers

When asked by one of the moderators on Talking Points about his legal fees over the Commissioner of Inquiry (CoI) cost to taxpayers, the former Speaker noted that ironically, the matter with the CoI lawyers cost taxpayers zero, since a High Court judge and the HoA both ordered Mr Willock to pay out of pocket. 

While on the same show, Mr Willock stated that if he runs for office in 2023 however, he wants to champion the airport runway expansion, get meaningful help for the poor and create a viable economic plan for the VI.

Mr Willock said too many people in the VI are suffering, “it is too hard doing business in the BVI, from work permit delays, clearance delays, and even visa delays.”  


53 Responses to “Premier’s post should be held by Indigenous Virgin Islander - Willock”

  • Jim (19/11/2022, 14:08) Like (15) Dislike (85) Reply
    This is the man we need
  • Indigenous?? (19/11/2022, 14:11) Like (87) Dislike (17) Reply
    There have been no indigenous Virgin Islanders since the 17th century when they were exterminated or driven out by the European settlers and their West African slaves.
    The current population of the BVI comprises the descendants of indigenous West Africans brought here against their will, the descendants of other indigenous West Africans who were taken to other parts of the Caribbean against their will and who have now chosen to voluntarily come here, and various other non BVI indigenous persons, and their descendants, who have come here voluntarily.
    Claims by anybody living here to be indigenous are ludicrous and ignorant.
    • @ Indigenous? (19/11/2022, 14:45) Like (20) Dislike (47) Reply
      don't be a jack ass the vi constitution says who is indigenous! Someone who can trace one or both parents to being born in the VI over two generation.
      Of course, many residents fit that category so go sit down always with you all shit trying to rewrite our history with propaganda
      • Tasty (20/11/2022, 23:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        You have cleary not read the constitution - it makes no reference to indigenous persons!
    • Josiahsbay (19/11/2022, 18:25) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      If the out-of-Africa theory is correct there is only one place people can be indigenous to, Africa.
  • SAVE OUR SEED (19/11/2022, 14:13) Like (23) Dislike (32) Reply
    Agreed 100% but I will take it further and say all 13 MUST BE INDIGENOUS
  • ah we land (19/11/2022, 14:20) Like (14) Dislike (13) Reply
    Since Israel is for the Israelis then the BVI should be for BVIslanders
    • isreal (20/11/2022, 13:06) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      The Israelies are not indigenous to Israel.
    • Israel (20/11/2022, 13:11) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      If biblical stories are true, Israel is born out of Abraham who who is from Ur of the Chaldees which is in sohthern Iraq.
      • Where is Israel? (22/11/2022, 07:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Israel is not a place. It is the name given to God's chosen people. Read Exodus. The land now called Israel was actually called 'the promised land'. It became Israel later because Israel (the people called after Gods name) settled there. If my people, who are called by my name (what do you think this means).
  • Rubber Duck (19/11/2022, 14:28) Like (12) Dislike (59) Reply

    I noticed that filthy nasty racist trash site bvi news trying to let in all kind of comments against Mr. Willock to turn people against him on a story like this one. That would not work this election. The man speaks his mind and many locals who catching hell agrees with him.

    All over the world there are protections for certain groups of people, how come when someone says it in the BVI it’s a problem? We got your back Willock as we know you are a man who will unite not divide

    You are going win the next election now take that to BANCO

  • Xxx (19/11/2022, 14:42) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    He got balls to take on this controversial topic
  • asking for a friend (19/11/2022, 15:02) Like (7) Dislike (34) Reply
    These people on that trash site bvi news crazy ???? how can a black man be a racist? Can they kill, rape, colonize black people via slavey suspend constitution, stop one race from getting equal pay, invade a country and steal its resources, engage in killing millions in the middle passage? Has black people lench blacks in the usa?
    • @asking for a friend (20/11/2022, 09:29) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are delusional! Please seek help!
    • We know it (20/11/2022, 14:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      To answer your question, to all of the above yes blacks can and have done just that. We blacks were sold out by out own black people.

      Read your true history.
  • bvibuzz (19/11/2022, 15:17) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Willock said too many people in the VI are suffering, “it is too hard doing business in the BVI, from work permit delays, clearance delays, and even visa delays.” I AGREE WITH HIM HERE FOR SURE BUT NOT THAT INDIGENOUS MELEE
  • Agreeable One (19/11/2022, 15:22) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    Interesting comment indeed! Every country has the right to preserve the well being of it’s people. The VI is no exception! We are a very small country with no extreme international appeal. This makes perfect sense to me. You can never be the president of Argentina and not be catholic. We as indigenous Virgin Islanders must let our views and voices be heard because we are in the monitory. Let us rise to the occasion before us to set things right or we will be in a lot of trouble. Others are looking out for their interest, let us get ours!
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands. (19/11/2022, 15:28) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    Former Speaker of the House, Mr. Julian Willock position is a hard pill to swallow by many. Evidence has shown that indigenous people all over the world has been pushed down the ladder of self determination by others that are not, Spiritually, socially, economically, politically, and even educationally. This is an evil practice that do not favour co-operation of ethnicity, but rather lust for rulership.
    True, many or probably most individuals that are indigenous people of a country need help of support from others, but to support a people do not mean that you have the rights to overrule or surpress them or inforced your ideology, your cultural philosophy, your religion preferance, and political views on then, as many are now doing.

    According to the late Dr. Martin Luther king, as revealed by the Bible: "All was Created equal."
    Whether you like it or don't, I support the Former Speaker of the BVI House, Mr. Julian Willock position on this topic issue. His position is a vital on the road to good governance for the rights of the indigenous people of this country, and must be respected by all people of ethnical diversity, and country of birth. This same principle is being practicing in the UK, I hope.

    Let your conscience be your guide. The choice is yours
    Vote like or dislike
  • VI / SKB (19/11/2022, 15:45) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    And what about the D.P premiere.? The L.T Governor of the USVI is from St Kitts.
  • WEW (19/11/2022, 15:56) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe DNA testing will show who is a true belonger. It will also show those who been having sex with their relatives!!
    • Worldwide (21/11/2022, 06:28) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      This started from the beginning of time, so your DNA would reveal the same - one Adam and one Eve. We’re All offsprings; just watered down. Move on.
  • 999 (19/11/2022, 15:58) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    the regulations and stipulations are always focused towards the black peoples that call this place home

    Just a few hours ago government gave certain sectors of this society usage of our sea waters without certain permits

    governor and commissioner of police should be indigenous or what !!!! some of afraid to hold levels of conversation

  • 911 (19/11/2022, 16:49) Like (25) Dislike (12) Reply
    Willock is the man; love him or hate he
  • Dreams. (19/11/2022, 17:48) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    In the next 12 yrs we are going to have either a local white or a local serian elected to office.. them by 2040 one of those will be our Prime minister.. wishes or hopes cannot stop the wheel from going forward.
  • 999 (19/11/2022, 18:18) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    Yea we again:-

    It is about the people vote for who will be premier and dept premier

    no political party should be appointing whomever they wish to run this country those days are ling gone

    Yes such person must be indigenous: put your name in the hat if you want to run for premier or a deputy premier

  • Josiahsbay (19/11/2022, 18:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The premiere should be an elected position and not a selective one which will make him/her more accountable to the people.
    • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (19/11/2022, 22:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Josiah's bay: I am in agreement with you that "the Premier position should be an elected, and not a selected one, which will make him/her more accountable to the people."

      Speaking of the BVI Construction Review, this view should be included, in order for better governance become a reality for the people of the BVI, facts.
  • long look me come from (19/11/2022, 18:44) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    I just listened to the interview on fb on talking points Julian you good with words boss
  • musa (19/11/2022, 18:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next election we will have a new leader .
  • Clap ???? (19/11/2022, 19:16) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is how I know that we can let Julian Willock be in the next administration. He has integrity, we know where he stands and he is a leader not a politician. The events of the last year shows us that we need to do things differently and elect leaders who will fight for all of us.
  • TurtleDove (19/11/2022, 19:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy we taxpayers did not have to pay his legal bills so this matter is closed. next
  • African Queen (19/11/2022, 19:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Indigenous, well ma boy
    Can you get into heaven with that name? No. You all STOP craving for the things of this world that God said will ALL passed away. Money Name title's and power. Let's see if God will let you all into heaven tell God, say God, I am indigenous so let me into heaven. You all are a set a foolish pople. Yes, I know what he is getting at but the idea is stupid. Yes stupid.

  • LAME AGAIN (19/11/2022, 19:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Of Course! Brilliant idea! (19/11/2022, 20:10) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why don’t we just give all the Belongers get out of jail free cards!
    Run over a tourist with a boat and kill he – get out of jail free! Run drugs and get caught with guns – get out of jail free! Steal money from government construction contracts – get out of jail free!
    Oh wait! That’s what happens now!
    We need change. This idea is bad. Everyone needs to be accountable. When laws are not enforced the same for all people That’s not justice. That’s why we have these people breaking into cars and shooting one another over drugs.
  • Flippant (19/11/2022, 20:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well by Ms P definition you wouldn’t be premier
  • Mustang (19/11/2022, 21:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are no set definition of the term ‘indigenous.’ There is no fix definition. What was acceptable several several hundred years ago may not be applicable today. The majority of people determines who are indigenous. Furthermore, the constitution, the BVI guidance document, provides a definition for whom are considered indigenous. A majority of people will decide if a change is needed. Nonetheless, the Premier position should be voted on directly by voters, not chosen by a majority of other elected members to whom he/she is directly accountable. The Premier should be directly elected by the people and accountable to the people.
  • Pyramid mommy (20/11/2022, 06:05) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ralph T O’neal
    Dr Orlando Smith
    Andrew A Fahie
    Sowande wheatley
    Don’t see why this discussion is happening. The last 4 premiers of the Virgin Islands are or were quote unquote indigenous
    • @ pyramid mommy (20/11/2022, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      That was then who knows what will happen next time around . I agree with Mr Willock all the way
  • Loose mouth (20/11/2022, 06:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Speaker, as I blogged sometime ago, for certain reasons I hold much respect for you but to be honest when I hear you speak this, doubt about who you really are and about your intentions leaks into my mind. Even if your statement may be a popular belief, in a time like this it could only do one thing ..devide us, a tactic that has been used to conquer for hundreds of years now. I am therefore forced to say this, if we apply the word "Indigenous " in it's true meaning to your statement, we will discover that the only person(s) who is qualified to be the Premier of these Islands is someone from the first people to walk these lands. An European or a defendant of an African slave are therefore disqualified from this position. Think who is.
  • guy hill (20/11/2022, 06:22) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier must be incorruptible. End talk. Men like Ivan Dawson were incorruptible. Should the Governor be indigenous also? Hmm.
    • E. Leonard. (20/11/2022, 10:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Indeed, the Premier must be incorruptible and the Premier must demonstrate leadership and effective, no nonsense management to ensure ministers, etc, are non-corruptible. The people/voters must play a key role in holding elected officials responsible and accountable. Moreover, the Premier must be voted on directly by a majority of people and directly accountable to the people, not anointed by other elected officials to whom he/she is accountable to. The people must hold their(politcians) feet to the fire.

      On another note, the UK-appointed Governor seems to represents the interest of the UK. If the Governor is truly representing the interest of the BVI people, the BVI people should have a strong say in whom is assigned as Governor.
      • @ELeonard (20/11/2022, 15:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The Westminster system structure does allow voters to vote direct for PM, Premier, Chief Minister, etc. The Parisian elected members vote for the top government leader. Agree, though that the Premier should be elected by the people. Let’s see if the CRC even address this issue or it will the traditional OT constitution boiler plate.
  • Voter no 321 (20/11/2022, 08:05) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Willock you got my vote depending on who you running with
  • Jusyice (20/11/2022, 09:01) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is one of the primary reasons why there are do many civil wars in our world. I was born in a country same as you are but because your family falls under certain classification you are denying me the same equal right as you hold? This stirs up the warrior spirit in me!
  • Real talj (20/11/2022, 11:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where in the BIB you have Indigenous Virgin Islander
  • running (20/11/2022, 14:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    This confirms he's running for office. It's election time !

  • @ JIM (20/11/2022, 15:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    if he didn't know that all the people who has been running the country is indigenous by now , then where have been been living ??? ( even he is not a full blown ( TOLIAN ) and he can ask ( E LEONARD ) what that makes him , ( just another wannabe trying to be relevant ,he ain't one ah we so he .better get his WIG and pacifier and go nand play with himself
  • @ Loose mouth (20/11/2022, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That was brilliantly put , and he knows it , but he is so full of himself that he refuses to believe the people have seen through him , so he trying AH TING ????
  • 90210 (20/11/2022, 18:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Premier's post should be held by someone who will look out for the best interest of The BVI and its people. Dassit!
  • musa (20/11/2022, 21:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good luck ex man
  • 999 (21/11/2022, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The indigenous
    must look to the non indigenous to obtain political office especially on vote day
  • for real (21/11/2022, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What Mr Willock is saying makes sense, the only thing and the sad reality is, in a few years to come there will be no such thing as indigenous virgin islanders. Believe it or not.....

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