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UK’s narrative paints VI as ‘a lawless town’ to suspend constitution– Hon Malone

Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says the United Kingdom (UK) continues to push a narrative that the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) is lawless and warrants a suspension of the local constitution to bring law and order. This, according to Hon Malone, is not the right approach. Photo: GIS/File
According to Hon Carvin Malone (AL), the UK's Order in Council to suspend the Virgin Islands constitution is like a guillotine on the head of the territory. Photo: VINO/File
According to Hon Carvin Malone (AL), the UK's Order in Council to suspend the Virgin Islands constitution is like a guillotine on the head of the territory. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says the United Kingdom (UK) continues to push a narrative that the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) is lawless and warrants a suspension of the local constitution to bring law and order. This, according to Hon Malone, is not the right approach.

“April 28 or any of the activities after should not be equated to whether or not we can keep our Constitution. There are nations that run afoul, the justice system is there to take care of that. And I think that we must allow the justice system to work,” Hon Malone said.

The At Large Representative was at the time speaking on the Virgin Islands Agenda Open programme on ZBVI 780 AM with guest host Shaina M. Smith-Archer on January 17, 2023.

Uk narrative 'is not right'- Hon Malone

While referencing the arrest of ex-Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie on drug conspiracy charges in the US, Hon Malone said the events of that day and subsequent events have now descended into a number of local arrests in the VI.

“We have a number of arrests that have been going on here and [it] seem as if they're going to be more. But should they be equated to whether or not we keep our Constitution? I say no,” he added.

Hon Malone said the narrative that is being forced currently in the territory is that the VI is a lawless town and unless the Constitution is suspended for two years that's the only way the VI could get better.

“… It is not right, it's incorrect,” the former Minister for Health and Social Development said.

'No justification' for Order in Council

Meanwhile, Hon Malone has called the UK's Order in Council to suspend the VI constitution as a guillotine on the head of the VI.

“It was wrong to place it in the first place. There is no justification for it and it should not exist. It has to be a violation of some world rule,” he added.

Hon Malone also said the existence of the Order in Council is causing persons in the VI to be doubtful about the 2023 election taking place.

43 Responses to “UK’s narrative paints VI as ‘a lawless town’ to suspend constitution– Hon Malone ”

  • Be Mindful (19/01/2023, 16:33) Like (11) Dislike (19) Reply
    The BVI should know that the UK will stop at nothing to get what they want and at all of our expense as this was clear when they used an 1880 COI Act (that was written by them) in the 21st century to champion their pre-arranged COI and recommendations to try to justify their actions. Slavery was abolished in the BVI in 1834 so the COI Act was only 46 years after slavery was abolished which is why it was outdated and not democratic because they wrote it based on their racist heritage which is evident behind their thinking when they passed this act in 1880. We need to take legal actions against this high-handed abuse of power. We agree that things need improving but not in a way that goes after who they hate whether justified or not and leaving themselves and who they love out.
    • @Be Mindful (20/01/2023, 11:18) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      It's called 'The Great White Hope' global propaganda. To make the world nations believe that they cannot fix their own issues without the support and leadership of the Caucasoid racial group and omitting the fact that many of these northern hemisphere nations are poorly managed and, in many cases, extremely corrupt and irreligiously lawless.
      • @@ Be Mindful (20/01/2023, 12:12) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
        The evidence seems to show that this Territory is unable to run itself without cronyism, corruption, nepotism and large scale drug running to the detriment of many born here. Consider the current infrastructure, poor education, limited health care access, much unfixed damage, missing millions from the public purse and so on. Are you saying these are the action of a “Caucasoid racial group? The BVIs has the ability to fix these issues that have been around for decades, but has opted not.
        • @ @@ Be Mindful (20/01/2023, 14:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Obviously, the adverse effect of these 'isms' that you refer, has failed to detour the many Caucasians that have chosen to live within the boards of the Virgin Islands. Which brings me to conclude that (cronyism, corruption, nepotism and large-scale drug running to the detriment of many born in the north regions) are practiced substantially within their boards 'which no doubt, you would describe as a system of perfection'. Yet, the people are leaving their 'perfectly governed system' to find bread and safe dwelling within another man's so called' flawed governed system. It's not logical! Your Great White Hope propaganda speech is as flawed as your envious, ungrateful mentality.
          • Wrong@@@BMindful (20/01/2023, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
            No one is saying out there is not corruption and wickedness elsewhere. Caucasian people move here for two main reasons - work - usually financial or tourism - and because of the natural beauty, which most of us don't appreciate (we destroy it to make money).
            The argument that you make makes no sense. The corruption and murders and cartel control etc. is a true fact - check your favourite news site, any week for evidence, and look around and see/hear how deep the dirty business goes (no help for police to solve the large number of murders? What?).
            To say that those who point this out are lying, or saying it is 'perfect' where they come from is not an argument. They aren't saying 'be like white people in the UK' - which would be foolishness. They are saying 'what is wrong with all you? You don't care about corruption, murders, drug cartels, child molestation and terrible roads and almost zero education for 5 years etc?'
            You twist it every time to try and blame 'caucasians' who are as varied as any group because they are what we all are - humans!
            You however, have a political agenda that needs to deflect away from your own sins by saying 'but they sin, too!'. Like children the playground.
            • @ Wrong@@@… (20/01/2023, 21:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
              The bottom line is those in glass houses up in the north should not throw stones down south. You should have stayed where you were and blogged your online sites to complain of the hundreds of thousands of issues that plagues your region.

              If your nation was truly in order, you would not travel South to complain about another man’s home…it’s pure jealousy and envy. You would be there living the good life with your comrades.

              Moreover, Northern news journalists would have no need to report daily criminal activities such as corruption, murders, arrest of serial rapist which by the way includes the police, large drug bust, high unemployment, serial killer crimes, etc. and top UK leaders would not be replaced every few month. You cannot control your people in the north, and you definitely cannot control us in the South. If you have a problem with our leadership and our people leave and go back to your idyllic whitewashed wonderland of a home you have created in your mind. We will make it in the South with out you, believe that!
              • @@Wrong (22/01/2023, 08:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
                Can you read? Can you comprehend what that person wrote? Your reply shows you did not. How even do you know they are from North? What makes you so sure there is a ‘we’ down here and a ‘they’ up there? There is not. Skin does not define humanity, fool! Skin does not define thoughts either.
                People like you just lie to make it sound simple. Only thing simple here is people like you.
  • Check their history (19/01/2023, 16:35) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    You can never expect peace, calm, or fairness when dealing with the colonial empire that have deceived and destroyed countries far bigger than the BVI. Their history informs who they are and what to expect. They major in destabilizing countries but do it in a way like they are doing in the BVI now having us fight each other while their hands appear clean.
  • wake up bvi (19/01/2023, 16:37) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
    Why they want to implement the Order in Council? So that they can control the judiciary with jury less cases, only their kind as judges, they already have the head of Police and all senior post in the police force with UK persons while controlling the audit department. This is their only interest in these areas so they can try to eliminate us in a way that makes them look like innocent. These actions clearly are aimed at a takeover and will make their actions seem legitimate and sincere when in fact it is not & will never be.
  • questions (19/01/2023, 16:40) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    Why is the Governor and his UK staff working in the BVI are exempted from the law where the new register of interest act shows what all public officers and elected officials own or otherwise. Can't people see that this is a double standard. This is not right at all.
    • @questions (20/01/2023, 11:09) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      Contact your district rep and ask them to propose an amendment bill to add the Governor to the legislation then. If its important to you take action, rather than complain on a blog.
    • BUSY BEE (20/01/2023, 12:27) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      What personal financial interests do you suspect the Governor and/or the staff at Government House have in the BVI?
      Maybe a checking account at Republic? An NHI card?
      • @Busy Bee (20/01/2023, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You will be surprised what really goes ion with them and some of the wealthy of their kind living around us.
  • uhm (19/01/2023, 16:42) Like (40) Dislike (9) Reply
    Sir, have u had a look around over the last 3-5 years? it IS in a lawless state and "deh pressha is gettin WUSSAH"! Yal like to play delusional.
    • @uhm (19/01/2023, 17:29) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      The time frame is longer than the last 3-5years. Do not play down the effects and challenges from the hurricanes, world economic downturn, covid which was the worse pandemic in the last 100years, and it is still upon us as well as other factors we had to endure.
      • Correct (20/01/2023, 09:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ur absolutely right! Its baffling that they continue to act like nothing is really that bad and misleading the public these false narratives to distract ppl from the reality of our situation. Its never that bad until the lawlessness comes knockin at their doors. Continue to turn a blind eye and play paul for stupid.....see how long it lasts!
  • The people's demand (19/01/2023, 16:42) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    For once I agree with Malone. We demand the report from the lawyer man in UK Cox that was the lawyer working with the Attorney General to defend us in the COI from the Governor's organized modern-day lynching. It is a necessary tool in the BVI's defense against this destabilization colonial plot.
  • Democracy is a MUST (19/01/2023, 16:45) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    You have all the below rejecting the Governor and UK Authority dictatorship moves especially with the Order in Council for direct rule:
    1) The United Nations
    2) CARICOM
    4) OECS
    If all these were against actions of our public servants, local and Caribbean people and our politicians’ decisions and all of them kept moving forward regardless, the majority of us would have been hitting the ceiling if they failed to listen to them but we want to give the Governor and his UK Authorities a free pass. It is time to end dictatorships of any kind. It is time to end colonialism. It is time to end the two orders in council or any order in council and their attempt at direct rule. It is anti-democratic. We have to come together to stop this wicked act.
  • Truth (19/01/2023, 16:45) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    They still have not addressed why Hon. Malone or Hon.V.Wheatley were removed from their ministries . There have been no charges or even accusations of wrong doing. Say what you will about Hon.Andrew Fahie but he knew that these were 2 qualified ,competent individuals. The way forward calls for serious ability to think strategically and critically about the issues not just COI but challenges globally. Many times it's not the loudest voice but the quietly competent that's doing the real work and getting accomplishments rather than the ostentatious.
  • The reality we fight (19/01/2023, 16:48) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    The UK needs to justify to the international world why they need to implement the two Orders of Council. They now have full control of the police force by design with a full senior part of it being persons from the UK. This is their so-called transparent vehicle being used to drive them towards fulfilling their goal of the take over for the money in financial services and other areas. It is not about we the people like some of us think. If we play dead, then we will suffer for a very long time. Prayer without works is useless.
  • Too much talk shows.. (19/01/2023, 17:01) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    This place full of plenty talk...But we can't see any change in the system..
  • Putting things in perspective (19/01/2023, 17:06) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    Despite concerns about certain things, and the organized narrative by the UK to the world, we must also be fair and balanced. The Government of 2019 took office in the wake of the damages of two catastrophic category 5 hurricanes where not much of the damage was fixed prior to them taking office including the effects to the economy both public and private sector. There is still more to do on this end, but since taking office this government did fix many of the public roads and infrastructure and schools that were damaged. If this was not challenging enough for them to deal with as soon as they took office, up comes the worse pandemic in the last 100yrs which rock all country’s governments & economies up to this present time. There was no play book to tell how to handle this pandemic for no government to use as this pandemic & its effects, especially financially, baffled all leaders. The government handled it well compared to other governments worldwide (large & small) and their efforts saved many of our lives & the economy from tanking out. While dealing with all of this the UK imposed a COI that leaves a lot of debate over the timing and processes used and transparency and real intent. Nevertheless, the government has done fairly well under all these circumstances and if anyone be fair then they cannot say otherwise unless their motives are bad.
    • @Putting things in perspective (19/01/2023, 17:25) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      You are spot on. The UK realized they failed and did not look good in the international eyes, so they intend to get back on top at all costs by trying to take advantage of the BVI during the most vulnerable times in the history of the country and the world. After the hurricanes they brought body bags rather than substantial help because they thought we were dead. They then give us a $300million dollar loan guarantee and not a loan nor a grant while giving other islands not under them grants. These people have no good intention towards us and never will, although they promote otherwise. We are a praying and resilient people and that is how God continue to help us to survive their attacks.
  • congress (19/01/2023, 19:33) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Carvin for chairman of the VIP
  • cap (19/01/2023, 19:40) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    We are lawless, are we not? This is the country where being bahn here and knowing the right people will carry you far. If you’re not connected to someone in power then the grind is even harder. The word is corruption and just because it’s been happening for decades, doesn’t make it right.
    • Nikki (20/01/2023, 08:30) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @cap . Please get your eyes checked out . Many persons who came among us to live..have had the opportunity
      to purchase land , build houses and have businesses
      • @nikki (21/01/2023, 01:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        My eyes are just fine. Are yours? Yes of course everyone has the opportunity. But at what cost? Money talks
  • WO (19/01/2023, 19:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you could at least fix the dump
    To much talking,nothing happenning
    Complain,complain ,
  • @ in perpespective ? (19/01/2023, 20:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Or out of perpespective ? ? ? ( don't U have any recollection of who begged for the COI ???? are you on medication ? Or the devil has his hands on U ????
  • justice (19/01/2023, 21:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you all committinv your crimes and gaining from them all is fine. All of you criminal now wanr us ro fight for you. I back all the invesigations. We need Justice.
  • 2023 (19/01/2023, 22:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    outsiders are simply talking what they hear. Mr Malone you guys stands in house of assembly and speaks so poorly about one-another

    when outsiders tune in via television, radio or you tube and listen keenly to the political leadership and the simple minded controversial conversations any listener must get a bad impression

    The former minister for health a few weeks ago stood in a sitting asking the current member for health all manner of stupid questions(play the tape

    citzens of these little islands goes publicly just to pull down our own sisters and own brothers seeking to make themselves look good

    all the slave master have to do is take out his notebook

    talk to fu(! ng much
  • the truth shall set you free (20/01/2023, 01:59) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
    People like the good minister will have his day in court like all the others ,when we had the first lock down the premier and his party came out and said that the people of this country needed help and that they were going to spend 2 million dollars on feeding the country of 30 thousand but if you have a population of 30 thousand wasn’t it easier and cheaper to give each person a voucher of $1,000 or even much cheaper each house hold a voucher for $1,000 to buy food for their families which would have cost under $50, 000 yo feed the whole country and they would have had more food than the couple little things that was given to each family all these things needs to be investigated and that minister knows that the Cubans under his portfolio as minister of health was not receiving the kinds of millions that was put out for them that they never received and the people whoes property that was hired to take care of these people were not milking the tax payers monies but this will soon come to light you to will have your day in court I promise you that
  • Hmm (20/01/2023, 07:43) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    When the royals engaging in buggery and pedophilia. Evil people
  • mad max (20/01/2023, 07:49) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Denial and blame will get you nowhere. Acceptance of the shortcomings and will to improve will end the Order quicker than fighting.

    BVI is lawless - not a real place - the Wild West. We see and hear this all the time. It’s only that it’s coming from an outsider that it’s a problem.
  • lodger (20/01/2023, 10:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not aware that the UK is saying or doing anything about the pending Orders in Council. The orders just sit there. Nothing to be afraid of if we just get our house in order. Its sections of our community stirring the pot. Most of them know nothing of what actually going on. Maybe you all want to carry on with the corruption.
  • 1st district original (20/01/2023, 11:34) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    NDP and VIP using obeah to control the people. England must prevail.
    • @1st district original (20/01/2023, 13:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      You obviously have done no research or real prayers because history clearly proves that the masters of witchcraft are the Brits empire. They have the whole region under a spell with ancient spirits. So, get your facts straight.
  • BUSY BEE (20/01/2023, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "narrative paints VI as ‘a lawless town’..."
    I would beg to differ with the Hon. Mr. Malone. While the BVI has some policing issues, mainly the report from the Commission of Inquiry revealed what we all already knew to be true, that elected government in the BVI was based on whim and fancy, and very much not on the law.
  • WEW (20/01/2023, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    No , A lawless, unethical, crooked HOA,
  • Norris Turnbull (20/01/2023, 13:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Check out the terrorists the United Kingdom has failed to deport and
    you will see where the UK really stand. And while you are at it google the book "Police Power and Black People

  • So... (24/01/2023, 13:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Um...According to the COI and recorded confession out of the mouth of some of the ministers and others, with evidence kinda is Carl.

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