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UK must ‘disabuse self’ from reestablishing C’bean colonial power- David Comissiong

- said alleged actions of former Premier must not serve as an indictment on the whole nation
Barbados Ambassador to Caricom, David Comissiong has called on the UK to 'disabuse' itself for seeking to re-establish colonial powers in the VI, by imposing direct rule from London. Photo: Internet Source
Comissiong says while Caricom welcomes constructive relationship with Britain, any idea that it is going back to a colonial relationship will be rejected. Photo: Internet Source
Comissiong says while Caricom welcomes constructive relationship with Britain, any idea that it is going back to a colonial relationship will be rejected. Photo: Internet Source
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
Demonstration against the possible imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday, May 2, 2022. Photo: VINO
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM David Comissiong has called on the United Kingdom (UK) to 'disabuse' itself from seeking to re-establish colonial powers in the Virgin Islands (VI) by imposing direct rule from London.

Mr Comissiong appeared on the May 1, 2022, ‘Barbados Morning’ television show, which discussed the situation in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) and the UK seeking to suspend the local constitution as well as rule the VI from London, as recommended in a Commission of Inquiry report.

No taking away of democratic rights 

“You don't take away the democratic rights of the people. In fact, you trust that the people will use their democratic rights in elections to deal with those politicians who are who are guilty of wrongdoing,” he said while quoting Errol W. Barrow.

Mr Comissiong then chronicles a history of the suspension of constitutions across the region and said the majority of those actions had dire consequences for regional countries with Turks and Caicos being the latest to have their constitution suspended in 2009. 

“I think the UK needs to understand that the atmosphere in the Caribbean Community in 2022 is not what it was in 2009 and people are much more alert now to these kinds of things and the Caribbean Community, I think, is much more conscious now that it is heading in the direction of sovereignty and independence.”

He said countries like Barbados have become a Republic and other constitutional monarchies have indicated that they're moving in that direction.  

“And this seems to be in some contradiction with some thinking within Britain because since Britain left the European Union there is in some circles in Britain this idea that Britain must now reestablish this kind of colonial empire that it used to have.”

Caricom welcomes constructive relationship 

Comissiong says while CARICOM welcomes constructive relationship with Britain, any idea that they are going back to colonial relationships, “I think the British need to disabuse themselves of any such idea,” he said.

He added, “We should make the point that if indeed the Premier {Andrew A. Fahie] has involved himself in criminal activity, then you know the legal process will deal with that,” he added.

“You cannot draw up an indictment against a whole nation. You cannot punish a whole people for the infractions of a leader. You have to respect the democratic rights of people,” he added while again quoting Barrow.

5 Responses to “UK must ‘disabuse self’ from reestablishing C’bean colonial power- David Comissiong”

  • wha! (12/05/2022, 12:15) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    Mind your own business Sir. You have no idea how deep the corruption runs within BVI culture. This sham government that has been formed consists of politicians from the two parties that have been investigated and found at best, seriously deficient, if not criminal. You think they are the best people to investigate themselves? We all know how that works in the BVI.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (12/05/2022, 14:09) Like (6) Dislike (27) Reply
    It is strange that almost every Caribbean political leaders seem to thing that they are the best of the experts of knowing how to advised th BVI on what we should acceptee and rejected, in regards to the UK's rule over us, yet they have not experienced, but we have, and are continuing experiencing the hardship that were done against us financially by our trusted politicians.
    Sir, no personal disrespect to you, but know this truth, only the ones that have, and continue wearing the shoes wear of political corruption know for sure how tight, and painful the shoes feel.
    Like you believe that you as a nation have rights to the make decisions for your country people future, don't you not know that we have the right to make our own decisions for ours
    Isn't it time for some of you to stop airing you mouths on our affair, and stop trying to make us look naive, as if we can't make good, and right decisions without your inexperience opinions of proof of knowledge in regards to our present political problems?
  • Christ Church (12/05/2022, 18:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can tell that the Barbados Ambassador to CARICOM David Comissiong, Has a mental problem. The problem is swell headedness; believing that he knows it all. However, i believe he is a down right Id**t.
    Corruption is a crime and must be stamped out of the BVI. Please take some time and review the BVI constitution, and ask yourself if this is in the interest of the people and for the people. Do you know the 90% of Government Officials own private business. Do you know it is illegal to have a trade union in the BVI. Oh man, you wicked!
  • no no no (12/05/2022, 18:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did anyone counted the large sum of money found in Head C*a*ch house today? Well don't you tell CARICOM how much?
  • Concerned (13/05/2022, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What's wrong with you bloggers? Every Caribbean leader that is speaking out against direct rule fully well knows that once this colonial rule is reintroduce it would not stop just there, it will move like a cancer. Apart from that, these countries know what it feels like to be free from our oppressors. So I would say, for the sake of the less fortunate there should be some sort of monitoring but no direct rule....


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