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Shame on Myron V. Walwyn! Threatens media & public with legal action

- Minister for Education & Culture, who engaged in libel & slander against the Opposition Leader’s nomination to the PSC & once a response was made, threatened & tried to intimidate the media & public not to use information!
The embattled and controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (right) has continued his unstatesmanlike tactics on the media and the ordinary citizens of the Virgin Islands. It was on Wednesday March 23, 2016 during the House of Assembly sitting on the Budget Debate that Mr Walwyn went on a childish and self-serving rant during his contribution to the Appropriation Act 2016 about the nomination made by Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to the Public Service Commission (PSC). The person nominated is former Permanent Secretary Julian Willock (left). Photo: VINO/File
Germany's Adolph Hitler and Iraq's Saddam Hussein were considered despots even though they started out as likable characters but soon revealed they were suppressors of free speech and free will. Photo: Internet Source
Germany's Adolph Hitler and Iraq's Saddam Hussein were considered despots even though they started out as likable characters but soon revealed they were suppressors of free speech and free will. Photo: Internet Source
The then Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin (left) and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi also started out as likable characters but soon revealed they were suppressors of free speech and free will. Photo: Internet Source
The then Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin (left) and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi also started out as likable characters but soon revealed they were suppressors of free speech and free will. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The embattled and controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn has continued his unstatesmanlike tactics on the media and the ordinary citizens of the Virgin Islands.

It was on Wednesday March 23, 2016 during the House of Assembly sitting on the Budget Debate that Mr Walwyn went on a childish and self-serving rant during his contribution to the Appropriation Act 2016 about the nomination made by Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The person nominated is former Permanent Secretary Julian Willock. The Opposition Leader was exercising his role under Sec 91 of the Virgin Islands Constitution.

Mr Walwyn hid behind the House of Assembly where he has immunity from being sued and blatantly misinformed the public about the matter involving Mr Willock’s termination from the service.

Walwyn lied to the people in claiming that the esteemed Mr Willock was fired for “misconduct” which he knows is not accurate.

Willock issue & the facts!

It was in 2010 when a local tabloid wrote an article claiming that Mr Willock, the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, had a person working for him without a work permit.

Even before Mr Willock was given a chance to provide evidence to the contrary, he was sent on paid leave from his post as Permanent Secretary. The Governor then set up a panel outside of the PSC to investigate the matter and they submitted a report without even interviewing Mr Willock, actions that many in the legal fraternity said had lost credibility from the start.

Mr Willock took the Government of the Virgin Islands to court over the matter and was successful. The judge ruled that: 1. All Mr Willock’s rights were violated as afforded under the Constitution. 2. The panel set up to investigate Mr Willock was illegal and the report must be disregarded (set aside) as it was invalid and could not be used. 3. Mr Willock must be given redress for his good name and that the PSC could still investigate the matter, as it is their role to do so.

The PSC then conducted their own investigation and concluded that they found no evidence that Mr Willock, who was regarded as one of the most effective senior managers in the civil service, had done anything wrong.

The PSC also recommended in a unanimous vote in 2012 that Mr Willock must be reinstated to his post as Permanent Secretary. In addition, the Labour Department wrote to the tabloid, the Governor, and the PSC detailing that Mr Willock had all his work permits intact and had not violated the labour laws.

Fired for political reason, not misconduct!

The Governor did not take the PSC’s recommendation and terminated Mr Willock for what many have concluded were political reasons, after the then National Democratic Party Government told the Governor in Cabinet they did not want to work with Mr Willock.

There were no findings of wrongdoing or misconduct against Mr Willock, as Mr Walwyn told the people in a deliberate attempt to slander the good name of Mr Willock.

In a statement dated March 24, 2016 from Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Mr Willock and his advisors sought to set the record straight after the attack and deliberate attempt at character assassination on Mr Willock’s good name.

Hide the truth or else legal action- Walwyn

However, Mr Walwyn has resorted to threatening the media and other citizens with legal action if they published the facts.

In an Email dated the same day, March 24, 2016, from Samuels Richardson & Co who said they were acting for Myron V. Walwyn, the Minister for Education and Culture told the media and other citizens who received the information that they were “warn that you could be held liable for publication of the defamatory remarks embodied in the Email”.

In his continued attempt to intimidate and threaten the people, Attorneys for Mr Walwyn went on to say “we hereby demand that you decline to publish or cease and desist from publishing (whether in writing, verbally or by any other means of Communication) the contents of the said Email,” referring to the response from Mr Willock.

Media & Willock’s reaction

Most media houses and ordinary citizens have dismissed the authoritarian and bully type actions of Mr Walwyn and published all or portions of the statement. Some residents have published the entire statement on their Facebook pages and circulated it via social media, including on many WhatsApp chats.

When contacted this morning March 28, 2016, Mr Willock, who has been the subject of Mr Walwyn’s biased and disgusting attacks, said he had just come off a radio show and had not seen the statement from Samuels Richardson & Co, “but it goes to show the character of Myron… he gets up in the House of Assembly where I cannot sue him and tell lies about me, but when a response is given he threatens others with legal action….I hope that the public is taking note of the type of self- serving politicians we are now dealing with.”

History & evil politicians

While Mr Willock said he was in a rush to get on a boat to Virgin Gorda to celebrate with the people for the Easter Monday parade, he noted: “We must also look at History and what happened to evil politicians like Idi Amin, Ivan The Terrible of Russia, Muammar Gaddafi, Adolph Hitler, Napoleon and Joseph Stalin, and most recently the likes of Saddam Hussein, and Bashar Al-Assad and check their history and see how they started out…very popular and doing things for the people and look what they did to their own people when they spoke out for their rights…I see a pattern emerging here,” said Mr Willock who was anxious to end the conversation and told our newsroom: “I am begging a ride on a friend’s power boat to Virgin Gorda, so I must go.”

66 Responses to “Shame on Myron V. Walwyn! Threatens media & public with legal action”

  • My reaction (28/03/2016, 16:32) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    • HMPH (aka"Socal Comantatar") (28/03/2016, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      The church has lost its way...they need to speak up and out before we create Saddam Hussein, Jospeph Stain and Adolph Hilter in the BVI
    • the rock (29/03/2016, 01:40) Like (6) Dislike (37) Reply
      Hon Myron Walywin should be our next premier, he is the man, without him the NDP would of never been back inn power, we got your back brother!
  • chad (28/03/2016, 16:39) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    Myrun is letting his popularity go to his head. He's starting to think that he's a god. I am disappointed in his conduct lately in regards to many matters.
    • wize up (28/03/2016, 18:50) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
      @ wow; Myron run things
    • Captain (28/03/2016, 22:05) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      He has a big head for sure, every time i see it i think of the ninja turtles
    • HAHA (28/03/2016, 22:33) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      Myron is loosing his mind. He is acting like Kanye West, real Cray Cray. Next election, Myron will not get me, my family or friends vote. Be careful Myron,you are destroying your political career. That hissy fit that you threw was
      Not called for.
      • Music (29/03/2016, 06:27) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Just a point. It is illegal to coerce another person into voting in a certain way.
  • Like really (28/03/2016, 16:40) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why is this still news! Dont care if you dnt post my comment either. This tit for tat need stop.
  • rewrsdffds (28/03/2016, 16:41) Like (31) Dislike (11) Reply
    It is time for a complete & thorough audit of Myron ministry. Too many dark clouds being rumoured.
  • fact (28/03/2016, 16:44) Like (53) Dislike (6) Reply
    Two ministers entered politics in 2011 close to bankruptcy but since being elected they are doing excellent. This is easy to see. m&m.
    • thanks to you (29/03/2016, 12:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those same 2 politicians are now able to collect a pension for the rest of their lives.
  • pat (28/03/2016, 16:53) Like (30) Dislike (12) Reply
    Ha ha myrun met his match
  • tretretrete (28/03/2016, 16:54) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    What is it with these 2....whats really going on hmmm
  • Friendship (28/03/2016, 16:55) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Friendship gone sour.
    • Yes (29/03/2016, 00:02) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      What's wrong with these island people who ran and win but should not be in our LEGO?
  • wize up (28/03/2016, 17:50) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    both parties need to sit down over a bottle of callwood cane rum
  • Melleeforso (28/03/2016, 18:10) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Adele Song written in my own words in reggae/calypso format- short version
    Opened to anyone to complete- Can’t even post satire, politicians want to close us down. What’s wrong with them mehson. Freedom of Press to keep you politicians incheck. Sha!!!

    Hellooo, its me…
    I’m in Virgin Gorda dreaming of how it used to be
    Hellooo, is it over
    Reminiscing of the times when we were so younger, naive and free
    Wondering what happened… To Our Paradise
    Before the world came rushing in and fell right at our feet.
    There's such a difference, from then and now.
    What’s even more frightening is that some have no place to run.

    Hellooo, are you hearing?
    I can see they caught us sleeping and not ready for this time.

    Hellooo, it’s me again…
    I was wondering if after all these years you lie to me
    I must recall a thousand times, whatever happened to Our Paradise...
    Please listen…to what we have to say… before you realized it just may all be gone.
    Is it all over…for us here… please stop holding so much secrets and open up and share.

    Hellooo from the other side…At least I can say that I have tried
    O’God to tell you… I'm sorry for breaking your heart,
    with the choices I’ve made with all these leaders we’ve got.

    Hellooo from the other side…

    Taken from the version on this link- these are trying times in the Virgin Islands. Enjoy:

  • qc (28/03/2016, 18:10) Like (50) Dislike (3) Reply
    for a man who got the most votes he certainly acting funny!
  • It is alright (28/03/2016, 18:12) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    The time has come when people of the BVI now know their rights, and will speak up, and not be afraid of bullies.
  • welox (28/03/2016, 18:15) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
    The begining of the end of myron poltical career
  • Boo (28/03/2016, 18:19) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    This spat has gone ballistic. My run just needs to grow a little moustache now.

    Meanwhile back on the ranch..... Doc wake up and pass the budget yet?
  • match (28/03/2016, 18:55) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    this is nonsense to be in government with this childish behaviour ,this is no leader ship head for government official
  • Bernie Sanders (28/03/2016, 19:06) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply

    ATlarge Show Down,i with WilCOX..All the sexual harassment in the government and no one doing nothing about it ,they harassing women and man..MVW and Gang doing worst than what Wilcox did because he did nothing..THe DG tired of complains ,so she is FED up and leaving her Boy Doctor Smith ,what a damn Shame..THe ESTeem all the way for2019.. My People HAVE NO FEAR Willocks Is HERE TO STAY.I am BERNIE SANDERS and i approve this message..

    • The Real Madrid (30/03/2016, 23:42) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Julian willock has my support !! Turn up the things Willock!!
  • useless (28/03/2016, 19:42) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Which he was fighting this hard for musicians to get paid and for schools. To get supplies. Those are causes worth fighting for. Not these waste of energy and time foolishness..
  • Xxx (28/03/2016, 20:05) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Really shame of walwyn a guy i voted for
  • Expat (28/03/2016, 20:15) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this the guy that wants to be Premier? God send help. I must agree he will be another Saddam, or Hitler…people keep standing up for your rights and keep speaking out against injustice
  • equality (28/03/2016, 20:28) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    So fire burn Myron he cannot take the pressure tell him no one afraid he and he lawyers it got lawyers for everyone. He went in the house pick a fight now he got a knockout punch and running to lawyers.

    It’s clear he is a coward in fact a big coward
  • Political Observer (28/03/2016, 20:50) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have no dog in this fight between two birds of a feather flapping their gumbs in the wind. But one cannot stand with immunity in the HOA and say whatever one wants true or not because there one cannot be sued or otherwise held accountable. But behave like a spoil brat and threaten to sue if the accused responds. Nonsense. If one want to play big man, come out from the well of the HOA and throw stones. Throw stones! Lol! Stop being a cry baby and a coward and stop seeking shelter in the well of the HOA. This is s......y behaviour. It is not bravery for sure. VI residents are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the nonsense. The VI has too many problems to be wasting time on nonsense Both of them need Jesus and may be a cutass.
    • Building Courage (28/03/2016, 22:58) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Political Observer- I agree! 100 percent. People have to wake up and see what's happening! A collaboration of intellectual perspectives required from us all to move forward. Where are our aspiring political candidates such as Karl Dawson, Sharie B Decastro, Natalio ‘Sowande’ Wheatley, Kevin Smith, and all others not mentioned. And those in our society such as Colin O’Neal, Michael O’Neal, Charles Wheatley E. Leonard, Sonia Webster, Kevin Malone, and Benito Wheatley in this discourse? Everyone who are seriously concern about the future of the Virgin Islands need to get involved. This set needs help in visioning scenarios for our future. My 5 children are watching?
  • ---------------- (28/03/2016, 21:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    come on funny man chill mehson let sleeping dog sleep
  • chad (28/03/2016, 21:39) Like (5) Dislike (38) Reply
    Neither willock nor fraser can walk in the footsteps of the rightful hon. Myron walwyn. Period
    • @ wow (28/03/2016, 22:00) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      ok Myron please stop while you ahead old Hilter
      • @ WOM (28/03/2016, 23:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        ha ha shoes of killing the country and using the house for personal reasons... well sah Lawd have mercy boss go sit down and hide your ugly face
  • q (28/03/2016, 22:09) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Melleeforso, I enjoy reading your blogs. I sit back with a nice cold glass of red wine and read your blogs over and over. You get stright to the point.
  • Charley Rose (28/03/2016, 22:14) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is time for the people of the BVI to sensor Hon Walyn. He seems to be standing in the wind that blows over everyone's head.
  • public (28/03/2016, 22:19) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bring it on Myronnnnn, no one is afraid of your damn lawsuit. Freedom of speech buddy. You let the power that was handed to you on a Dixie paper plate go to your head. Stop the bully baby behavior. Stop because you will self distruct.Myron, you are your own worst enemy. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
  • think (28/03/2016, 23:17) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This bully cry baby Myron is turning into a real TYRANT. Oh no Myron, keep this up and your Political Career is going to be stripped away from you. I saw you on the way up and I will see you on the way down. Mr. TYRANT, just remember next election. Keep it up and the people that cast their vote for you is the same people that will vote you out.Bring on the lawsuit Myron, Bring it on.
  • Amen (28/03/2016, 23:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    where are the pastors! and the church to speak out against Myron wrong doing and oppression?
  • Public #2 (28/03/2016, 23:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOL, as a member of the public, this is what I have to say to you, go kick rocks. I am also not afraid of your lawsuit. As a matter of fact I a member of the public will personally accompany you to file that lawsuit against myself a member of the public. Your words and your actions don't scare me Myron.
  • VG (28/03/2016, 23:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    When is the mass rally against this guy Myron???
  • Anonymous (28/03/2016, 23:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    So after so many crime, lack of water, jobs and oppertunity for youths and murder all myron is concern about is the type of foolishness strupps
  • TEK DAT (28/03/2016, 23:59) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another depraved minded politiacan
  • Political Observer II (29/03/2016, 00:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    What wrong with these Antuguan leave the people them alone why dont you talk about crime, failing education system on your watch, sexual harsament that Fahie spoke about and thiefing at the ports?
  • ladyLura (29/03/2016, 00:08) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • weed (29/03/2016, 00:21) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    there is another election NDP and the gang will be back again full circle.
  • Oh Myron. Help him Lord (29/03/2016, 05:52) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now you know Locals don't like you. Check yourself.. Be humble. Speak only when you have to.. People who don't like you will never like you. They will only pretend. Or try to show you good face when they want something or when they get something. Be wise Myrun. Be wise. Always strive to do what's right. Youvcwill be ok
    • l (29/03/2016, 08:12) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      The locals don't like him because he made it that way. And if that is the case, he don't like the locals either.
  • T (29/03/2016, 08:02) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    With Myron, Always shake with the right hand but keep a rock in the left hand.
  • ta ta (29/03/2016, 08:22) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    look at Myron face he looks just like Robert Magubey
  • Spy (29/03/2016, 08:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Goliath will cut him down to his knees watch you will see people..Let's remember this 11 - 2 is not a good # ,what goes around comes around..Party done bruk up Doctor Smith gone Ronnie gone,who will lead the wolf pack ,let's guess...
  • Me (29/03/2016, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ccc (29/03/2016, 09:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep the heat on willoo if ball head cant take it he should get out the kitchen
  • Pros and cons (29/03/2016, 10:10) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Should print blogs that are both for and against an issue. I will continue to say that, from the outside world, the BVI sounds disgraceful. We use to be better and bigger in our tone. Even if you dont print this post, either, I will continue to voice my comments on the tone of the ones you print.
  • Scary Mary (29/03/2016, 16:22) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wonder where the grown-ups have gone? Really, don't we have any big people among us anymore? The man was vindicated in a court of law. Isn't that enough?

    The bickering has to stop and surely a gentleman (a sitting minister) representing the BVI can do better than this. Stop sniping, bullying, dictating, grow up and let things take their natural course! Let's try to keep the Donald Trumpisms to a minimum.

    The references to some well known (cough) "world leaders" (cough) in this article are also waaaay over the top. Both sides need to chill.
    • west (29/03/2016, 23:53) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good for Mr. Willock; he has been a courageous fighter for the welfare of our people for many years before myron came now
  • mother hen (30/03/2016, 00:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    just watching Myron face all I can say is ....steupz
  • Hmmm m (30/03/2016, 21:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wait weren't they extra close friends at one point? What went wrong here?
  • facts (30/03/2016, 23:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    A Government that add nothing to citizens daily lives of its people should rot in HELL

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