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Stockholm Syndrome in the Virgin Islands

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Thomas C. Famous

Stock·holm syn·drome


"feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor."

Over the last month or so there have been hundreds if not thousands of comments on the issue of direct rule in the Virgin Islands.

Many of the comments who are in support of colonial measures are made by those who hide their faces behind false names.

You know, those afraid to admit who they really are.

Ignorant comments

Here are a few examples.

  • "BuzzBvi (23/05/2022, 17:37) Like (27) Dislike (9)ReplyPerhaps you in Montserrat like we in the VI, need overseers" 
  • Talk Talk (23/05/2022, 19:42) Like (9) Dislike (2)Replywhich one of the talkers will or can prevent the United Kingdom from doing as it which in the overseas territory. Just give the talking a rest and focus on what can be done upon the uk arrival

By process of elimination, one can guess that those writers are either from another Caribbean Island or possibly from Europe.

Let's address the former.

Mass migration

As we know the Virgin Islands has become a place where persons from other Caribbean Islands are eager to work

Here are some of the chief reasons.

  • Here to be with family
  • Higher payscale than other islands
  • Low crime rate
  • Abundance of jobs in certain fields.

No matter the reason, the fact remains tthat the immigration department will always have thousands of applications for new work permits and or renewals.

Essentially, there are more persons wishing to migrate to the Virgin Islands than those wishing to leave.

The other fact is that it is abundantly clear that those wishing to work in the VI come from independent nations.

Whether those nations be in Europe or the Caribbean, they are independent nations.


So, it is somewhat hypocritical of some of those who come from independent nations to be advocating for the VI to be ruled directly, by force, by another country.

Would they themselves want their countries to be taken by force by a larger nation?

Would they write silly comments supporting the dissolution of their National Parliaments?

I suspect the answer would be a resounding "No".

Yet, somehow they feel comfortable hiding behind false names and advocating that the VI be directly ruled by the UK.

Their Caribbean islands were subjected to the same centuries-long genocide, enslavement and colonialism as the Virgin Islands. So, it is shocking that they would be advocating for direct rule by a government, led by someone who has lied to his own Parliament on a repeated basis.

Perhaps these nameless hypocritical bloggers have "Stockholm Syndrome?"

16 Responses to “Stockholm Syndrome in the Virgin Islands”

  • Where have you been,? (31/05/2022, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Famous" just think about the name
  • @ famous (31/05/2022, 13:46) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
  • BuzzBvi (31/05/2022, 15:58) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    And let's not forget that our very own home grown Virgin Islanders prefer to birth their children in the US so that they are in fact born more American than Virgin Islanders. FATCA been a bit of a wake up call for that habit. Talk about mass migration. What syndrome is it to want to be of somewhere else than you home land?
  • Ye (31/05/2022, 16:27) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    He’s an Idiot
  • Just saying (31/05/2022, 17:18) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    The man speaking good
  • Go Famous (31/05/2022, 19:21) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Go Famous !!! You hit the nail on the head. They are low life Hypocrites - black and white jealous fools. Go home and leave the Virgin Islands alone You Hypocrites.

    Proud of your words, boldness and great support. Please keep up the good work on out behalf. We appreciate you ???? ????
  • smh (01/06/2022, 09:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We dont have stockholm syndrome. We know we not ready for independence. We know that the wolves who cant wait to get their hands on tax payers money cant wait for the country to go independent. What we are afraid of is the criminals running the country without any restrictions.
  • Secret Bear (01/06/2022, 12:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The difference is that those countries are countries, the BVI is not. Any more dumb opinions you'd like to share?
  • John Joseph (01/06/2022, 15:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am puzzled by this article. Just who is being held captive? Who are those operating outside of their constitutional framework?

    On Territories Talk, one of the guests said that TCI could have been sorted out on a regional basis. Some years later we are here again. Unfortunately, either local or visiting politicians weren't paying attention or they were simply fooled by the veneer of respectability. Governor Gus did see the problem.

    The COI was initiated by a senior Civil Servant wearing a white uniform. The revelations coming out show that like most places, there are some who put their own wealth enrichment ahead of their fellow man. That's fine if you are sympathetic to that kind of thing, but if you find it displeasureable, it is better not to confuse cries of Colonialism with those instruments in the constitution. Certain individual arguablbly were operating outside of the agreed constitution. In effect, it was a defacto suspension. The population were being held hostage.
  • Cut from the same cloth (01/06/2022, 16:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thomas Famous, E. Leonard, Edju En Ka, AC Frett, among others are cut from the same cloth. They share something in common, ie, always chatting froth. They are hammers always looking for a nail to pound. Let’s be honest day one thing positive that these people are for.
    • Sambo (01/06/2022, 17:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      @Same cloth...., they are chatting froth because they are not behaving like sheep and being led off the cliff like lambs to the slaughter. They are proud of who they are as Virgin Islanders and believe in Virgin Islanders. They believe that Virgin Islanders can fix the BVI problems, the current setbacks notwithstanding. They are not behaving like Sambos, believing that the UK , colonial master, . Is the savior and only it (the White man) can fix the problem. That notion is even embarrassing to write.

      • John Joseph (02/06/2022, 06:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        The UK is a very cosmopolitan place. It is the destination of choice for Bermudians fleeing the policy failures of Bermudian MP Famous's PLP Government.

        If we in the Overseas Territories don't like our constitutional relationship with the UK, why don't we leave? The answer is because most people are frightened by their political leaders ineptness.

        Many in the BVI and Bermuda frame the UK relationship with the Overseas Territories as one of Colonial tyranny. Yet, Britain is a modern cosmopolitan country. Not perfect, but certainly not the place characterised by some of these comments.

        Bermuda has a Black Female Governor. Britain has many immigrant children now in key Ministerial possitions. Kwasi Kwarteng
        Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is the child of highly successful immigrants from Ghana. The Home Secretary is an immigrant from Ughanda. The Education Secretary is a child immigrant from Iraq. The idea that Britain is controlled by 19th Century men in top hats is right out of the Robert Mugabe playback.

        Britain remains the destination of choice for those fleeing failed policies back home. Mp Famous will no doubt testify to that fact.

  • Thomas Famous (02/06/2022, 08:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some interesting comments.

    Note the irony.

    Persons who come from countries that long abandoned direct UK rule are advocating for the VI to have direct uK rule.
    • Disinterested (02/06/2022, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Hon Thomas Famous, many in the BVI are only interested in making the US$ dollar and does not give a rat’s about the territory and people national pride and its self-determination pursuit. They are comfortable with the UK white man coming in and taking over. Sadly, many locals too are shortsightedly comfortable with the white man coming in and taking over. On the hand, if locals show no national pride, lacked the fight to protect their democratic freedoms, kiss up to white man and believe and trust in him more than their own, etc, why should others give a rat’s ass. Locals behave like mumus and nincompoops who believe and behave like that BVI is still 16th Century. They drank and internalized the conditioning kool aid. They were the last in the region to get aboard the education train but Boi, oh Boi, it shows. Who bex, vex.
  • John Joseph (02/06/2022, 16:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thomas Famous, good to hear from you. This all came about because a moral failure with the political intelligentsia. They thought they could get away with things that were clearly unconstitutional. Why not just call it out for what it is.

    For the record, the TCI Good Governance precepts are very agreeable. I think that could be achieved in the BVI without having a limited suspension of aspects of self rule. I would prefer a less controversial approach.

    At the end of the day some very grave things were going on. The BVI would have kicked out of Caricom for some of them.

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