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‘UK come here implemented a crack of bullsh*t!’- L. Allen Wheatley

-Blames ‘double-standard’ imposed laws as delaying school repairs in VI
Former Financial Secretary in the Virgin Islands Mr L. Allen Wheatley has accused the United Kingdom of imposing laws in the VI that have put the local contract order system in a financial quagmire which has resulted in delayed school repairs in the territory. Photo: File
L. Allen Wheatley said the Supplemental budget which is based on funds coming in and not necessarily sitting down, hasn’t been fully funded because government has two main funding periods falling in May and November with financial services, amongst its main source of revenue. Photo: VINO/File
L. Allen Wheatley said the Supplemental budget which is based on funds coming in and not necessarily sitting down, hasn’t been fully funded because government has two main funding periods falling in May and November with financial services, amongst its main source of revenue. Photo: VINO/File
EAST END, Tortola, VI- Former Financial Secretary Mr L. Allen Wheatley has accused the United Kingdom (UK) of imposing laws on the Virgin Islands (VI), which have put the local contract order system in a financial quagmire, and has resulted in delayed school repairs in the territory.

Mr Wheatley was at the time speaking via a voice message on his WhatsApp blog: Eyes of the People and shared with our newsroom on Sunday, September 10, 2023.

Schools still not fixed

“I hate to be a whiner, but I have been thinking all day about why most of the schools haven't been fixed in the sense that here it is, government had to wait for a supplementary [budget] to get the budgetary funds put in place to issue purchase orders,” he said

Wheatley said the Supplemental Budget, which is based on funds coming in and not necessarily already in hand, hasn’t been fully funded because government has two main funding periods falling in May and November, with financial services amongst its main source of revenue.

The former Financial Secretary detailed; however, that with the new Procurement Act in place, it means that purchase orders or contracts cannot be issued on predicted incoming funds, but rather on already available funds.

“This is this stupid God-damn thing I have heard in my life when it comes to government funding and government budgeting.”

He pointed out that globally, countries would not wait on money "to sit down" before issuing a contract and to get something executed.

UK continues to 'insult our intelligence'

“The UK come here implemented a crack of bullsh*t!. You predict expenditure based on incoming cash flow and you manage the cash flow in relation to your projects and whatever you want to do, and you accelerate or decelerate things in accordance with your flow of funds.”

Wheatley added, “It's called fund management, cash flow management… I mean, when it comes to this antiquated, absolutely ridiculous, stupid system… [it] is an insult to anybody in the Ministry of Finance, like you so stupid you don't know how to manage the flow of funds?”

Wheatley said cash flow management is a system that has been done at the Ministry of Finance for "financial donkey years" and is a system that is also employed in the UK currently.

“Why you implement a system in the BVI that you don't use in the UK? What kind of stupid double standards that is? It’s like these people constantly insult our intelligence and they put it in a law,” he related.

Many have accused the UK of trying to paint the Virgin Islands as a place where its leaders cannot be trusted and strong-arming the VI to put systems in place that have served to delay critical development projects and frustrate the people, who in turn misdirect their frustration towards the government.

70 Responses to “‘UK come here implemented a crack of bullsh*t!’- L. Allen Wheatley ”

  • Opinions (11/09/2023, 09:55) Like (46) Dislike (6) Reply
    of this xenophobe are hilarious.
    • @Opinions (11/09/2023, 13:41) Like (7) Dislike (19) Reply
      What is hilarious is the UK brainwashing persons like you while they cannot keep a prime minister for more than 2 yrs. When they have Ministers of government in the UK resigning like flies over corruption but nothing else ever happen to them. When they have companies newly formed by their friends & family during covid to then be given multimillion dollar contracts to supply things to help fight covid. These are the same people who organized a COI to remove embarrassment from them internationally for their neglect of the BVI as well as to take the focus off of them for some of their corrupt actions in the UK. This is a back door attempt to get control of the BVI Financial Services. It will all be exposed and then we will see what some of you say then.
    • To Opinions (11/09/2023, 13:54) Like (8) Dislike (11) Reply
      All thanks must go to VINO. Because it allows all post whether for or against this young man's position to be posted. Had it been that other anti BVI online news site then only post against the BVI and its people and government would have been allowed to dominant the comment section. They would have blocked the majority of those comments in favor of the BVI from being post. I have experienced this many times which leads me to safely conclude they are part of the Governor and his bosses in the UK colonial plot. KUDOS TO VINO.
  • Lord 0. (11/09/2023, 10:02) Like (75) Dislike (14) Reply
    Is it UK we blame for our BS..? We being messing up and still is and refused to take guidance and correction..The COI recommendation are very necessary and should be adhere to..
    • The Reality (11/09/2023, 13:18) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
      What we have with the UK is the pot calling the kettle black. They know the BVI is a small country and they feel they can jump all over them as they feel when the reality is there is no satisfying the Governor and his UK Officials who are his bosses. Even if the BVI meets the deadline and implements all 48 COI prearranged recommendations exactly how the UK wants as it still will not satisfy them. They will always continue to shift the goal post because it is not really about good governance but about control over a people.
    • NDP supporter (11/09/2023, 13:25) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
      There needs to be a full set of public meetings on these 48 prearranged COI recommendations because not all of them as is are in the best interest of the people of the BVI, especially our future generations. We cannot blame the UK for everything but they are not blameless neither. Also some of you speak as if the BVI has not done more good than bad over the last 70 yrs for its people. The UK want us feel bad about the good that has been done over the years and this is where I can never agree with this approach.
    • @Lord 0. (11/09/2023, 17:22) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      Although said harshly the young man is clearly not condoning wrong nor corruption. He is simply stating some of the recommendations are not in the best interest of the people of the BVI and nor well thought out and he is correct. Look at the one recommendation that had the assistance fund at HOA be put under Social Development. This is a colosial mistake. We all agree stronger oversight was needed but implement such and either leave it at HOA or divide the funds accordingly and put it in different departments & Ministry & a district overseeing committte to assist in managing the funds whereever the funds are lodged as not all issues requiring assistance are social issues. Some are health. Some are Education/college assistance and so on. This is what I am gathering the young man is saying and in this respect he is correct. A man who was only a Judge is not experienced nor qualified to give 48 recommendations to run a government and a country so the question is who really did the COI recommendations? Was it the UK and theb gave them to him through their staff they put to work with him? Clearly issues of transparency with the COI comes into question.
      • @@Lord 0 (12/09/2023, 04:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        I have to disagree with you especially with the transfer of social assist funds from politicians to social development...This is as a result of their own doing. No accountability, no fairness, and you would agree that politicians will all ways take care of their supporters first then the rest get left overs if any. That cannot be right..I will however agree that their is no perfect system social dev too have their biasis and favourites. I will agree with Lord 0. The recommendations are necessary and I will add, they are all evidence base. Agree with the COI or not, they brought out the facts that support their findings and so the responsible thing to do was to seek solutions. They could have just taken over, there were enough reasons to..They allow us a chance to fix the long existing monster that's kept getting bigger. Just do it.
      • @@Lord O. (12/09/2023, 08:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I think the point is that social Development is a government department acting impartially for the best interest of the electorate. HoA are elected officials who have proven themselves to be incapable of managing funds in a clear and honest manner.
  • Say one say Two (11/09/2023, 10:36) Like (37) Dislike (15) Reply
    • To: Say one say Two (11/09/2023, 13:51) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      This recitation is worn out. Look at the major and many positive direct & indirect domino effect the money had on the BVI economy each time. The taxi drivers made more money. So did food vendors, hotels, guess homes, Airbnb, commercial & private airlines, commercial & private boat companies, supermarkets, graphic designers, musicians, production companies, promoters, government passemger taxes, car rental companies, pastry businesses for tarts etc., more employment, and the list is endless. So this point some of you continue to dwell on is nonsense. It is not factual nor realistic but merely political. A government must always inject monies like this from time to time in an economy so all mouths can have a fair chance to be fed.
  • So wait (11/09/2023, 10:43) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Despite all the retardedness that has happened with contracts and public funds we still going to speak as if its not proven that BVI leaders are either inept, corrupt or irresponsible? You really blame the UK for perceiving BVI leadership as a bunch of morons and treating them like children that don't know how to do nothing properly? We does call our own premier slowande! The people cant even side with their local leaders because for years the same local leaders killing the country doing a crack of bullsh*t.
    • @so wait (11/09/2023, 12:50) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
      Those VI leaders that you disrespect helped in building the VI to what it is today. So that YOU can EAT! Where was the UK throughout the years and what did the UK contribute to growing the VI's economy? When we required a learning institute, they provided money to build us a prison. However, our leader ignored them and used the money towards our education, and they were not happy!

      You talk as if your western leaders are perfect and without fault. The U.K. will have 5 prime ministers in just 6 years! You need to go back to the UK and leave us with our leaders if you are so unimpressed and PLEASE take YOURS with you! We heard that the economy is on a down in the UK, but I'm sure your educated leaders will find you a loaf of bread to sustain your miserable soul!
    • @so wait (11/09/2023, 12:59) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
      The UK is doing a good brainwashing job for now but it will not last. The new register of interest act makes it mandatory for all elected and public officials to register their interest and make them public knowledge. However, the Governor and all his UK staff working locally in the BVI have insisted they be exempted from doing the same stating they already registered their interest in the UK yet all not from BVI working for or with Government other than UK residents must register their interest. It is these kinds of high handedness that bothers people about the actions of the Governor and UK while trying to portray that their goal is fairness and balance when in fact it is about dominance and control. We must fight these things and speak out against them.
    • To so wait (11/09/2023, 13:56) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
      Every story have 3 sides. Yours, mines and the truth. Time will get out the other two sides no matter how far infornt the UK think they are with their one sided story.
  • WHAT!!! (11/09/2023, 11:06) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    The UK came here to try to put an end the thieving politicians , as only a handful have been jailed for what they have done.
    • hypocrites (11/09/2023, 13:14) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Britan and their Governor make it seem as if they are promoting good governance and transparency but post for me where you can find the detailed steps/procedures of how an OT like BVI, Anguilla, etc can follow to the "T" and apply for independence. I have not met anyone who can find this information because it does not exist. Why? Simple! Britan says with their mouths who want independence can have it but their actions show they do not intend for that to happen as there is no transparency nor fairness in this "so-called" modern partnership. They cannot insist on things they are not doing themselves. This is where the hypocrisy lies.
    • UK resident (11/09/2023, 13:43) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      When you research what is now taking place here in the UK, life is much worse here than in the BVI and most OTs. Serious crime and illegal drugs and guns are on a significant increase and the UK economy is extremely sluggish. Leadership is not stable. Life for most common UK residents is not good and most of us are disgust with the current policies and leadership. These are the cold hard facts although our UK Officials try to portray their leadership as stellar the facts do not support it. BVI you have always done well and with a few adjustments you can go independent and do well. Do not let the UK Officials continue to put you down and make you feel as if you can do nothing good. It is an old suppressing tactic that you must not fall prey to.
    • To WHAT!!! --- SMDH (11/09/2023, 14:21) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
      Where is it proven any politician was thieving. It is clear more fairness of distribution of assistance needs to be in place but still there has been no evidence of thieving so stop posting lies.
    • @WHAT!!! (11/09/2023, 15:26) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      They came all the way down to the VI (4,052 mi) to put an end to thieving politicians and yet bypassed the larger quantity of those in the UK? Why leave your home unattended to remove thieves from another man's country when you have sooo much more in your backyard?

      Unless 'you are one of those very same thieves' or 'was sent by them' to attempt to expand their criminal activities to far regions of the world.
  • Dear Lord! (11/09/2023, 11:08) Like (31) Dislike (8) Reply
    Save us from this man and the nonsense he talk! smh
  • Foolish Man (11/09/2023, 11:10) Like (44) Dislike (4) Reply
    Before the COI the schools were not being fixed. Stop chatting BS allen
  • Gus (11/09/2023, 11:15) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    This dude don't make no sense,he fighting to go back in gov to do the same nonsense he did before,he need to go bouncer bar an relax.
    • @Gus (11/09/2023, 13:43) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      You gone but you evil ways will soon be exposed and you will have to answer for them.
  • Well Sah (11/09/2023, 11:20) Like (25) Dislike (5) Reply
    Careful with what you saying big dawg, don’t start a war you can’t handle. And by the way the only people the bvi should be blaming is the government here not else where, stop blaming people for y’all mistakes
    • To well sah (11/09/2023, 14:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If people like you were around during the days of the Israelites enslaved in Egypt and the enslavement of our foreparents by the colonial masters then the Isralities would have never come out of Egypt and reach the promise land and our foreparents would have never gain victory in the fight to be free from slavery. We are in the same fight right now where the same oppressive strategies are being used but in a modern way. One such strategy is to get us never to see our good and our strengths and to never trust ourselves nor each other. Once they accomplish such then they can try to achieve a bloodless takeover.
    • @well sah (11/09/2023, 19:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I notice you did not say OUR mistakes. If you do not have a part in the thing then your opinion is not worth much.
  • Youth (11/09/2023, 11:21) Like (11) Dislike (25) Reply
    He said it a little harsh but it is the truth. It is a superior mentality thinking all others are inferior is the UK's philosophy which adds up to modern day slavery.
  • Hmm (11/09/2023, 11:27) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    What do you call it when someone is a public figure and placed in a position of trust only to steal the funds and sit in prison for them to later return to the same public to be the chief mouthpiece to provide advice about what an integral financial system should look like? Why some people don't go look work like everyone else?
  • tola (11/09/2023, 11:33) Like (23) Dislike (4) Reply
    You need to take your head out your a... and stop blame UK for our downfall . The past and present Government is who to blame for the dirty water we are in .The British Virgin Islands was the envy of the Caribbean but now the laughing stock because of green and no proper planning for the future of the next generation but what sad is the community is quiet allowing these set of wicked people them called them self honorable using UK as the problem ...
    • To tola & other UK bloggers (11/09/2023, 13:11) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      The majority of us do not want to hear ayo because no government is perfect and for some of you no government will ever do anything good in your sight. What about the COI lawyers practicing law in the BVI illegally which is a criminal offense but the UK and Governor did everything in their power to try to block anything coming out of this. What about apparent wrong doing by pass UK Commissioner of Police that were all swept under the rug. What about apparent wrong doing of past Governors where their accounts should be checked worldwide as some of you may be surprised. What about neglect of duty by the Governor with all subjects under him for the pass 40yrs? What about wrong doing with the COI and how it was set up violating many parts of the COI Act where all efforts are made to cover this up. What about the apparent lies the COI Commissioner told authorities at the airport as to the reason of his trip where such conduct is a criminal offense. The list is long and serious on apparent violations on the UK side for years but they are they are covered up as they are the law and in control of law enforcement so the people of the BVI can never get justice to be balance when it is dealing with them. Why wasn't actions taken against them? Because the law does not allow and they master at implementing scare tactics to anyone who challenge them like Fahie matter. Anyone who supports the suspension of a constitution any where in the world and the way the UK is going about these high handed acts is supporting oppression and slavery. It is saying the actions of the the judiciary system and others is not enough for them and the punishment must be solely what and how the few men in the UK see it for everyone else except them and their Governor. The ganes the UK continues to play are serious and it is going to take a revolution to resolve this matter as they will never give the people of the BVI a fair deal and always try to make us look to each other without hope. This young man came on a little strong but he is not wrong in his analysis.
    • To tola (11/09/2023, 13:16) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      You are again wrong. The real wrong & abuse of power was the UK because the COI has not revealed the corruption gossip they were pushing or people like you was pushing. Real corruption is the same UK giving out millions of dollars in contracts for covid supplies and PPE suits to friends and family who newly just got in the business to get the contracts. This is just one of many major corruption in the UK that has gone unaddressed because they said it does not make sense to do a COI in the UK as they are busy saving lives and the economy. Now tell me if this is not hypocrisy and abuse of power. We the majority of the people are awake & see the real plot
  • Hmmmm (11/09/2023, 11:54) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    The UK paid bloggers are out in force but like the man or not he has a point. Time will tell.
  • Disinterested (11/09/2023, 12:00) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    I’m no fan of the UK and its colonialism practices, ie, extractive, exploitive, exclusionary, superiority, double standard/double dealing, do as I say not I do, etc., but I’m not too sure that the UK is completely to blame on not having enough budgeted to effect repairs to facilities for the 2023 Fiscal Year. Does not the fiscal year from January 2023 to December 2023. The capital budget is not a separate budget from the Operations and Maintenance, though it should. The budget is a an estimate of projected revenue and expenses. To the estimated repairs for schools
    • Putting things in perspective (11/09/2023, 13:21) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Some of you want to kill the messenger so the messenger could seem like is not credible but it is credible. We all agree our country must improve in certain areas and is doing its best to do so long before the UK mischief. But what about discussing a modern day slavery whip of an order in council to suspend a constitution in the 21st century until things like the judiciary, the 48 unrealistic COI recommendations, and others are operating how a mere few men from the UK want it to operate & be implemented. How can this be correct when there is no law in place to also hold a Governor and UK accountable. People still want to know and see the ad with the criteria and salary offered to the person selected to do the COI. Was this tendered? Was this advertised? Who vetted the applicants? Was the person hand picked? Who decided the salary and terms of reference? Who paid for it? Was this all done according to the COI AcT in BVI? Why can't these questions be answered? Why only one Commissioner for the COI was selected? Was this by design to get a specific result? Why was he from the UK? Why the UK, UN, CARICOM, and OECS, could not each independently name a Commissioner to sit on a board of Commissioners to allow transparency and fairness to do the COI? Why was the staff for the COI selected solely by the UK & were all from the UK? Why was all the COI staff persons from the same UK department as the Governor? Was the COI really independent and transparent as the Governor is claiming? Would we think so if what was done by the UK to initiate the COI was done by our local elected officials? Did the Commissioner of the COI lie to immigration and Customs when he came to BVI and did the Governor on Why he was entering the BVI? If so, is this not an illegal act punishable by law? Who really wrote the 48 recommendations in the COI report? Where they written before the COI started? Where is the other government UK lawyer Cox report? After all every story has 3 sides, yours, minds, and the truth. Where is the letter the Governor wrote to the UK in confidence asking for the COI? Was it factual? Where is the letter the Governor wrote in confidence asking for the Order in Council to suspend the constitution? Was it factual? The BVI public needs to see all these things so history can be accurately recorded. The BVI public needs to know all these things. The BVI tax money pay for a seperate lawyer for the Governor for the COI so why is the Governor, UK, & some locals upset about the speaker's lawyer bill being paid by taxpayers? What is the difference? The Governor is im charge of the police. Is he using them with the UK Commissioner of Police to promote their cause through abuse of power? The well organized intentional negative narrative the Governor & UK Officials is painting on the BVI is seeming as if it is currently working somewhat because the REAL TRUTH is not getting out. The FULL TRUTH NEEDS TO BE SET FREE. Then and only then will the BVI & ITS PEOPLE be set free.
  • coi (11/09/2023, 12:19) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Glad to see some sense being spoken in the comments. For years now the government has been weak and corrupt. We need structure. We need guidance. Who want to act blind could act blind. Yes corruption is everywhere, advice and direction being offered is not..take it.
    • @COI (11/09/2023, 13:03) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      You speak of Britan as a god. You speak of them as if they are sin free. You speak of them as if they are crime free. You speak of them as if they are corruption free. You speak of them as if they they solely determine others destiny as well as theirs. This is where you are making a mistake. This is where Britan is making a mistake. Time will heal all wounds. Jehovah always have the final say.
      • @@COI (11/09/2023, 19:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        LOL I clearly said corruption is everywhere.You either can’t read or can’t see. How am I speaking of anyone as if they are god by highlighting that Tortola is and has been corrupt and should take whatever advice is given to better it’s self. You chose to speak on the UK instead of acknowledging and speaking on the real issue…Our government. Get a grip
    • please (11/09/2023, 13:32) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Some of you speak as if life under the UK will be life in paradise. Do you read the UK news? Do you listen to the cries of the common UK citizen? They are crying out worse than what some of you are here saying about BVI government. We agree more fair & balance systems must be put in place, monitored & continuously strengthen but do not act like the UK and behave as if a small country like BVI has not done good by its people for years without any meaningful help from the UK. What & how the UK is doing what they are doing is wrong and high handed. All there advice is not in the BVI's best interest but rather theirs. No one in the 21st century should have the power to suspend a constitution. This is colonial in nature to say the least.
  • Noni (11/09/2023, 13:03) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sir in this instance silence is golden.
    Opening your mouth in an effort of futility to commit the same nonsensical pass the buck diatribe is beyond diabolical and chupid.
  • No more support for the Governor (11/09/2023, 13:12) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I use to support the Governor but a few things made me wake up and stop my blind obedience. First, it is becoming clearer and clearer the COI was not independent like the Governor is saying. Second, I have an issue with every week the Governor giving speeches only highlighting all his perceived challenges in the BVI and what seems to be wrong. For him BVI can do nothing right. Last, I got totally turn off from the Governor when he said out of his mouth that all past & present Governors never did anything wrong and was blocked from implementing certain new initiatives to strengthen good governance. Beware of anyone who behaves as if they have no sin.
  • lol (11/09/2023, 13:15) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Thank God we didn’t elect this man
  • Weak Government (11/09/2023, 13:23) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This just show how weak the government is. There is no forward or contingency planning. They just realized the schools need fixing in July and there is no funding in place. That is the problem. That is what the budgeting process is for. Not just to spend willy nilly then realized there is no money to pay. Then the contractors have to make monthly trips to the treasury and eventually have to tip somebody to get a check prepared. Proper planning and budgeting that is what the UK is asking for. Check NHI operations and their payments. This is exactly what UK is trying to avoid.
  • Integrity (11/09/2023, 13:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    This guy doesn't have a shred of integrity to be making such utterances.
    • @Integrity (11/09/2023, 18:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      At first neither did Moses but look what he did to free the Israelites from bondage.
  • BVI Future (11/09/2023, 13:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    As Caribbean people we must believe in ourselves and each other and we all will do just fine independent. No one else will be our saviors but ourselves
  • the set up (11/09/2023, 13:35) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    We have been set up. The Uk & Governor know the deadlines given to BVI government to implement 48 recommedation from their preauthored COI report are unattainable. Yet they still assigned the unreachable deadlines while expecting public officers and elected officials to implement 48 recommendations and attend to their daily tasks of doing the people'swork. IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    Then the Governor adds to the planned set up by giving speeches every week sighting his concerns over the slow progress so he can blind the public of the realities & truth of the issue and brainwash them to believe he will be justified to do what he intends to do any how. The people of BVI have to rise up NOW.
  • 2023 (11/09/2023, 13:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    it is our very own members that ran down to the Governor’s residence time after time after time

    straight from the horses mouth so the UK eventually put 3 & 3 together

    at the end day one can not simply sit back and allow Buckingham to do whatever…..
  • Disinterested (11/09/2023, 13:50) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    I’’m no fan of Colonialists, Mount Olympus, UK, Guv, etc, for its behaviour and attitude , ie, extractive, exploitative, exclusionary, racial superiority, special privileges, unearned entitlements, etc. But , I’m not too sure that the blame for the school construction delays can be laid completely at the feet of the UK-appointed Governor and UK. And I don’t also totally concur with all the views of the former Financial Secretary who has not been in government for over 20 years on this school delay issues.

    The BVI don’t have separate Capital, and Operations and Maintenance budgets; both capital projects and O&M needs are included in one budget. The fiscal Year budget runs from January to December. The current fiscal year budget runs from January 2023 to December 2023. The budget is an estimate, a projection, a road map, of revenues and expenses for the year. Frankly, I would attribute the construction delays to poor budgeting and poor facilities management.

    The school repair needs didn’t just fall out of the sky;the needs have been there for a while. As such, either Public Works or the MEC facilities team should have developed shelf-ready projects for inclusion in the 2023 budget to be authorized and appropriated by HoA and assented to by the Guv. The MEC may not be able to fund all its needs but minor school repairs should be a top priority. Ok. Fiscal year 2024 budget is fast approaching so school projects, shelf-ready projects, should be developed for inclusion into the FY2024 Budget.

    FY2024 Budget passed, projects should be advertised, if needed, awarded in time for project(s) to be complete and useable for the timely opening of schools after the summer break. The Governor needs some blows for the underperformance of functions, ie, civil service, judiciary, police under his purview; preferential treatment by CoI, exemption of disclosure of assets, financial interests, might is right/white attitude/stance, etc. But we need to use fire discipline in our attack(s).
    • @Disinterested (11/09/2023, 19:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Disinterested, poor planning of budget and facilities management—bingo..Fire discipline—-bingo. Does the MEC has its own facilities unit or it uses the less Public Works? Regardless of whom is responsible for the facilities management, a prioritized backlog of unfunded work should be developed for budgeting funding. As you suggested there should be shelf-ready projects for inclusion in the annual budget. We know school lets out in May-June and reopens in September. Schools everywhere deals with this scheduling time and get it done. No excuses for the BVI. The Premier and MEC needs to weigh in school projects to make sure they are properly planned and finished on time so that school opening is not adversely impacted. Hon de Castro needs to make sure funding for these critical projects are in the budget.
      • Solomonic (12/09/2023, 05:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yesterday was 22 years since the 9/11 attack in NY. Rudy Guiiiani was Mayor of New York at the time of the attack. He was credited with leading a positive response to the attack, being tagged as America’s Mayor. He exploited 9/11 with every word out of his mouth it seems was 9/11, 9/11…… The tide has turned though for Mr. Guillani; he is facing some legal challenges. Similarly, Mr. Wheatley was the former FS of the territory, leaving the post some 2 decades ago, self-promoting as all knowing about budgeting and finance. No doubt, he is a smart, talented, compassionate, community-minded, but an arrogant, somewhat undisciplined and impatient, limelight seeking fellow who hopes to regain past glory, influential status. Patience is a virtue but he seems to lack it. Seems short on diplomacy. He has good ideas but they sometimes are drown out by impatience, all knowing, wise acre attitude and approach to things, touting his financial secretary chops, bonafides, etc. Nevertheless, some bloggers seem to have a better rationale for the delay in completing the school projects, ie, better budgeting and facilities management.

        The UK, Mount Olympus as some tagged it, has an agenda which needs to be fought back against but misplaced, undisciplined, scatter shot attack, etc., is not effective plan, It brings it some undeserved support. Discipline, targeted, etc., pushback is a better approach, ie, the approach of Theodolph Faulkner, Noel Lloyd and PAM, etc. . A populist approach can be effective but execution is key. It requires strong support, leadership, unity, etc.
        • Frig…. (12/09/2023, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Life is a learning process but some of us are so self-absorbed, arrogant, egotistic and so on that we quickly reject constructive criticism. Mr. Wheatley if he reads this commentary by Solomonic with Solomonic truths ( it is tough medicine) will get irritated and incense, dropping some F bombs and MSs probably . Talent and smart can only take us so far; it takes wisdom and listening to wise council. Wisdom is learning from the knowledge, experience, education, etc, of others. Populism has limits, ie, when both messenger and message is quickly cast aside; that is the outer limit. Keeping it real Allen’s ego, arrogance, attitude, etc may have temporarily derailed his altitude. IMO, politically he would have been elected to the HoA easily; it can still happened but it will take personal change and hard, hard work. VI people is a tough lot to change from A to B and back to A. The reality is that despite our dismay the UK has unilateral power over BVI. These islands ( region)have been under the tentacles of European powers since 1494 with the Treaty of Tordesiillas, which split up the globe between Portugal and Spain. Some gradual changes have taken place since 1672 for the VI and that change came through the collective, cooperative and collaborative effort of Virgin Islanders, not individual white noise. The territory is divided with some measures of meritorious manumission occurring; meritorious manumission is not new , for it was used effectively during slavery. Oh, that Willie Lynch conditioning is a frig; it is hard to eradicate. Nevertheless , the same collective, cooperative, and collaborative leadership effort of the past will be required to effect more positive self-governing changes. It requires a majority to stand against the rising tide, or tsunami. It will require a strategic and effective mixture of “ Street”, populism, and traditionalism to effect change. As Disinterested noted, fire discipline( good metaphor or simile) is needed. The Frig….. out.
          • @Frig… (12/09/2023, 12:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            @Frig….., you are a useful frig….telling truths, giving insights, offering suggestions, going deep into past actions and reminiscing , looking at the way forward, etc.
    • Stealth (12/09/2023, 12:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Supplemental funding is defined as, “ Supplemental Funding is the award of additional funds to provide for an increase in costs due to unforeseen circumstances.” Awarding contracts or purchase orders or whatever for repairs to school prior to their reopening in the Autumn is not an unforeseen need. It is not. It more like poor management, poor planning, poor budgeting,etc. The money for the school repairs should have been in the annual Operations and Maintenance Budget, which averages about $400M. Mr. Wheatley, as a former Financial Secretary, you know this a standard operating procedure. Further, the Minister of Education S. de Castro should have ensured school repair funding was in the O&M Budget. Poor budgeting, poor staff work, ie, PS, EO, etc. This is like spilled milk, water under the bridge. Let’s make sure the same oversight is not repeated in the 2024 O&M budget. Behind Health, delivering quality education is the most important service. Let’s ensure it is the priority that it is. If the critical need is in the ministry’s budget submission ( reasonable proposal) and the HoA cuts it, you have done your job and the responsibility is now on the HoA and you do the best with what you are given, providing the the most/best to the most students with the resources given. The aim is to cut budgets without cutting services.
  • Informed (11/09/2023, 13:50) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    So let me get this straight. You have no money to build but you expect a contractor to purchase all the materials, deliver and construct a building or repairs. Pay their staff and taxes. All on a promise that you will receive money and pay when you receive your funds.

    This is why no one wants government contracts as they don’t pay. Possible this is why the Uk says no more doing business this way.
    • @informed (12/09/2023, 13:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Informed, government should not used contractors to fund budget shortfalls. A contract should not be executed unless there is already appropriated funding, ie, HoA has approved funding in current year budget or if a capital project it can be another budget year, for funding for capital projects can cross fiscal years.

      The bottom line is no money, no contract. Contract awarded, both government and contractor have obligations to meet. The contractor must deliver quality services consistent with plans and specs, and government must pay certified invoices in a timely manner, ie, within 30 days. Contractors are not government piggy bank; they are running a business and has obligations to meet. Another thing, contractors must get official authorization from the proper people before starting work, unless it is an emergency situation.
      • RealPol (12/09/2023, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ Informed, real talk. A number of informative commentaries resulting from this article. Is it not amazing that articles generate quality responses, yet in practice there seems dearth of good policy or poor quality executions.
  • Gossip town (11/09/2023, 14:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI is a gossip town and the UK is now using the gossip and recording it through their UK Commissioner of Police as Intel. If this keeps up we will destroy each other with pure gossip and hatred.
  • (11/09/2023, 14:27) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    In his time as FS allen was an avid financial planner for many years having taught most in the ministry of finance what they know now
  • Me (11/09/2023, 18:06) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hear who talking.Boy like your week's 3 days.If you had one too much pls.don't think that we forget your past.
  • Carrot Bay Lady (11/09/2023, 18:50) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Give this guy credit for at least not being afraid to call out the UK Officials because most people are dead afraid to do so because they are afraid what they might do to them as they will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who opposes them.
    • @Carrot Bay Lady (12/09/2023, 16:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you really want the UK officials to come here and tell HoA how to run things? Because they could do, if that is what the people wanted. Instead the UK feels it would be better to allow HoA to manage their own affairs. Sadly, HoA failed ever since they began. The elected officials here have done nothing for the people of the BVI, not a darn thing. Don't blame the UK because the elected officials failed to provide adequate education services for the island's youth. How's that new super yacht, Vanterpool? How many schools could that money have fixed?
  • @me (11/09/2023, 19:59) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do you have a past or did you just pop up after the last earthquake? God forgives but you must be higher than he is.
  • tooth&claw (12/09/2023, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Attention Mr L. Allen Wheatley,

    With improper discorse such as yours, I think the insults to your intelligence are warranted.


  • Eldread (12/09/2023, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    All I want to know, is if it's so hard to get funds to fix school and it's so easy to get funds for non stop party?
    • @ Eldred (12/09/2023, 10:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Eldred, it is not hard to get money for schools. It takes effective planning, budgeting, prioritizing, etc, all of which seems to be lacking. It takes effective leadership and management both of which comes with the experience; they cannot be bought but must be earned. By the way leadership and management are two sides of the same coin. One cannot be a good leader but a poor manager; similarly, one cannot be a strong manager but a poor leader. Oxymoronic.
  • Good vibes (14/09/2023, 13:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think we should all come together work out our differences and try to work together as one, that’s how I see it, we should be as one in this together

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