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Unity Gov’t will consult with VI on implementing CoI recommendations– Premier Wheatley

- reminded that suspension of the constitution means no elections & will put VI back several decades
New Premier, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says the people of the VI will be consulted in detail on changes to be made to implement good Governance in keeping with the CoI recommendations. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Hon Wheatley reminded that the suspension of the local constitution is not an option, as it will take VI back 100-200years before the territory had a cabinet or legislative council with the governor having full executive authority. Photo: CoI BVI
Hon Wheatley reminded that the suspension of the local constitution is not an option, as it will take VI back 100-200years before the territory had a cabinet or legislative council with the governor having full executive authority. Photo: CoI BVI
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – New Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be consulted in detail on changes to be made to implement Good Governance, in keeping with the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendations.

“We believe very firmly that the people of the VI, and they have been speaking very loudly and we have been listening to them, they want good governance, they want the reforms,” he said.

Hon Wheatley was at the time speaking during an update on current matters on May 13, 2022, where he urged the public to go through the report and see what the Unity Government has committed to outside of the suspension of the constitution.

“And we will be coming to the people, we are going to be sharing with them in detail the changes that we have to make to show our commitment to good governance,” he said. 

Suspension of Constitution not an option for VI- Dr Wheatley

Hon Wheatley reminded that the suspension of the local constitution is not an option, as it will take the VI back 100 to 200 years, which is before the territory had a cabinet or legislative council and the governor had full executive authority.

“We don’t want to go back to that and the people of the VI I believe do not want us to go back to that and, in order for us to not go back to that, we have to have a firm commitment to implementing those recommendations,” Dr Wheatley added.

He said some of the recommendations are reasonable and make sense, based on what was happening in the CoI hearings.

“Those recommendations are intended to avoid those challenges and those problems,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr the Hon Wheatley said the suspension of the constitution would also mean that there would be no elections in 2023.

“This Government of National Unity would like the opportunity to implement the reform. We have made a firm commitment to do so [and] we are hopeful that the United Kingdom accepts our proposal to implement the reforms,” he added.

43 Responses to “Unity Gov’t will consult with VI on implementing CoI recommendations– Premier Wheatley”

  • bvibuzz (16/05/2022, 18:25) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pure lies and some many things went to the Uk already without consulting
    • We need Britain.. (16/05/2022, 19:23) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
      A lot of people who are against Britain intervention are now for it as the corruption is clear and continues people are now seeing only Britain can solves thks infection ,
    • Rubber Duck (17/05/2022, 12:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The main recommendation is to get rid of ypu and your one party state. Hope will comply with that.
  • WOW (16/05/2022, 18:37) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sounds like he’s talking to elementary school children again and again. Wow it’s truly unnerving.
    • Rubber Duck (17/05/2022, 05:39) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      He talks and talks and still the crooks and rip off artists sit on the boards , people under criminal investigation sit in the HOA , world famous criminal government officials lord it over us and the mess that is education, roads, sewers, Labour and the rest of the government bureaucracy continues unchanged. He taxes the poorest like his hero Fahie and fawns on the ruling elite.

      Nothing has changed. Nothing will change.
    • Crazy joe (17/05/2022, 05:41) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who will he be consulting with? Lake? Sylvester? Wade Smith? Gaskin? The drug cartels?

      It sure as hell won’t be the ordinary people of the BVI.
  • Fed up of that race (16/05/2022, 19:05) Like (6) Dislike (46) Reply
    Tell those white colonial out of reality people take their knees off our necks
    • @ Fed up at that rat race (16/05/2022, 21:11) Like (26) Dislike (7) Reply
      You must’ve missed the COI and clearly didn’t notice those corrupt locals (not all are corrupt) are the ones with their knee in others’ necks
    • @fed up of that race (16/05/2022, 21:28) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      For the last 20+ years looks like the colonial changed color and has been standing on the entire BVI’s neck and back and shoulder. And my dear, wait till you see what’s coming next. Are you one who kneels on the neck of your people? They are truly suffering, your people of all colors. Get off and let your people go.
  • Ho,ho (16/05/2022, 19:07) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for the show
    BVI netflix
  • Just do the thing.. (16/05/2022, 19:19) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why consultation when u already have all the recommendations, Consulting the few powerful will will just delay and stall...Just start acting quickly, show that your govt is serious, and while you at it. Find out why Hospital that has so many extra space and unused rooms is renting the old flow building, Now if this isn't blatant waste of tax payers money..Also so something about this amt of rental spaces, that is just like NHI eating up all our financial resources..
  • down2earth (16/05/2022, 19:56) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Confused...Who is responsible for carrying out the recommendations of the COI?
    Mr. Wheatley can you please tell us.
  • Common Sense (16/05/2022, 20:00) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    With all due respect, the single most significant COI recommendation, is, suspension of the Constitution for a minimum 24 months. To ignore that relegates the whole COI process to the scrap heap.
    • oh yea (17/05/2022, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The only way changes can be effective and maintained (at least for the period), is to suspend the constitution,
      unless the UK's theory is to let police investigate themselves.
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (16/05/2022, 20:06) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hon. Premier, Natalio Sajande Wheatley, are you not tired of trying to fool us with, in your opinion, with slick political words. The secret is out. The whole now know that in the Caribbean region the British Virgin Islands is badly politically corrupted.
    Don't fool yourself in thinking that the UK's trusted us.
    In addition to that, neither to many that have supported the VIP, Feb.2019.
    We need good governance, not meaningless political speeches, and brain tickling, random political rambling at this time.
    As far as I am concern, all that were taken from us unjustly, both money and property, need to be taken from those that took from us unjustly, and returned to our posession, rightfully, as soon as possible. Millions still unaccounted for. Enough is enough. To much is more than enough. I have no confidence in your Illformed unison government, too little too late, Premier.
    • @Native Senior Citizen (17/05/2022, 07:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just as Fahie said to the DEA. He’ll get right to work creating companies, with bank accounts. I think I remember the female implying the same thing. And now let’s see who in the “world” have secret, tax free money, in companies and accounts right here. Buckle up.
    • @ Native son (17/05/2022, 08:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      In addition we will like an inpartial investigation into our former Head Cop purchase of prooerty. BVI going clean leave no stone unturn or else we will give the impression that some people are above reproach.
  • X vip member (16/05/2022, 20:13) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man Showada off to a bad start your own members told you to do an election get on with it
  • Old TV (16/05/2022, 21:25) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    In ancient times there was this quiz show on black and white television named 'To tell the Truth' where all but one contestant lied continuously. The guests on this show were challenged to distinguish the liars from the one honest contestant. Right now that same show is happening in the BVI with the 13 HOA members as the contestants and all BVI residents as the guests. Maybe 1 of the 13 is honest or maybe not. Time will tell.
  • Tafari Zharr (16/05/2022, 21:32) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    INTENTIONAL ATTENTION, HUH?



    I grew up hearing my father improvise on his musical instruments, and this song has never left my head: “Come Back To The Virgin Islands", he said he had played it with Bill La Motta back in the day on St. Croix; everybody recall musical artist like “The Gun” with his Scratch/Fungi Bank, fanatically going at it. Some people are hard to forget, some places are harder to leave, and the hardest thing to do is give up roots. Once you put roots down in the VI, “yah done”. I say that to say, even the dialect is unique. Offer your guest a glass of water and if they decline escort them out.

    As I was saying, there is a level of “infatuation” that becomes devotion; one senses a loyalty that is a keen to a once admired relationship and you wondered how the hell the lovely couple could still dance with such sultry, soulful, organic, exotic, moves; that’s what the BVI does with its intoxicating ambiance. But don’t let the atmosphere like, BVILOVE, fool you. Is all I am saying. But that was earlier and this is now. Does the BVI need Intentional Attention, right now? Maybe, but I am leaning towards a cultural, NO. The BVI is having social and political growing pains.
    As well as, this “news-obsession” is here - ain’t nothing we can do about it. But before y’all blabber and sell out or selloff the place lets first be proud that the BVI have long been a place that people choose.

    It’s been the Rusty love of the lovers who chose to fall for it. It’s been the soft, slow, steady love song that first loves never forget; It’s the gift that keeps on giving in its undulating rise and fall of a “province” that keeps having to prove itself to the rest of the Caribbean, the World, and to its peers and parents- the UK that it can either stand on its own two feet or be forced to grow up; and hopefully one day soon accept that when earthquakes come even where there should be none that shakeups ensue. BVI people will find a way to survive; that’s inherently the thing BVI is made of.


    Like Summer, the transnational migration trend is coming: Fresh and clear as the song, suggests, "they come not to America, but to the Virgin Isles. This BVILOVE - a vibe, a mindset, no doubt may or may not meet a visitor's expectation - but one day we will be that painted province that is as picturesque a place set beneath the rolling green hills nested into the landscape of “treasured “islands where the skirts are white and the frills are blue; as in my own retrospection. Yes, and You too see it , don’t you?

    Lawd some Journalists, are “mettae”, but the heart of the people beat with every story after story - nothing new here. What’s new is BVI not washing their dirty clothes. Please, At least, drop your clothes off to the laundromat. Quizas, Quizas, Quizas! Air out your houses: In any order, put out your trash out, Sweep your floors, Shine your cutlery. Only After that can you consider inviting anyone to break bread with you.

    So what will the table talk be like? Really! Segue, we not going to get pass airing out our dirty laundry? We just going act like the laundry not piling up, the washer not broken, and the power not off! BVILOVE should start with cleaning up home, and after home is good, then we invite guests for Fish and Johnny Cake, Coconut Water and Cane Rum; some Fungi Music, Peas and Rice, Whelks, and remembering to send them home packing fast with Tart and Guava Berry, okay!

    The BVI I LOVE- let's say I'm having a difficult time with the integrity model that only suggests romanticism of an idyllic place but falling short of a paradise; particulary when I'm hearing the cries from the bellies of babes (loyalists of District One) I get the discomfort of this bellyache that's overbearing; this harrowing enigma of loathing associated, for me, with a "controversial" BVI's tourism slogan; albeit, aggregated by the newly ousted premier whose initials are synonymous with Affectionate Fiasco not limited to contradiction, conspiracy, corruption, crime, and culture. Wait a minute, Neither is AF the first politician to face investigation nor will he be the last. But love your politician or not, the people need their province, the Queen's men have to deliver: Good Exposure For The Territory Is Good; but it’s not a good time; So, What!

    So, What? BVI reeks and spews of rancor, is rancid, and the territory has no other choice but to play this game of chess with the UK to get around or out of the mess. It's a game of chess where the autonomy is left in check by the Sovereign of State, love don't hate. because the only game in town is to be checked by the United Kingdom. Adding insult to injury, an alleged stalemate remains restricted, removed, whilst renamed into US custody, withal, one illustrious, district and neighborhood leaders, are allegedly, unbecoming, lack-lustrous, and loosing face. Elected official with images settled in stained-mirrored frames as if poorly photoshopped. Still flooding the airwaves are countless reports of legacies and retirements rescinded; reputations reduced amidst rescissions; and redundancies reaching displeasing regret.

    Will journalists conflate those apologies into a Shakespearean tragedy. Just Be careful who you let in your house, unless you are apologies and remorse, offering up compassion for the common people and the constituents . Please be intentional and give the people some real attention, not the journalists, although I would give anything to be the fly on the wall. Keep Your Head Up because Ain’t No Mountain High Enough To Keep the media Away From You.



    Journalists, et al., Welcome to the BVI! Enjoy Your Stay!


    Copyright. Tafari Zharr. May 16,2022 All rights reserved.
    • @Tafari Zharr (17/05/2022, 08:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If one does not want “International Attention”, then one should not bring International attention into their Country. We are one small global world now. Why no registers????? Think broadly now. The world has no time for a tiny Nation with BIG International Ideas to expect anything less. And to be crying about PRIVACY now? Are you now trying to censor the global financial c********n? The arrogance is mighty. In waaaaaay too deep. And you cry about attention. Why is the BVI so attractive ??? Think again.
    • ToTafariZhar (17/05/2022, 10:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sent this to the copyright board already and received copyright? How much did you pay? You must pay lots of money for copyright! Tomfoolery. And I’m sure no one would steal this so called ©. It’s just not worthy of theft because you’re already playing.
  • only (16/05/2022, 22:49) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    The only way things is going to be put in place, we just got to eat crow and let the UK do what they have to do.We can’t fix this by ourselves, to much damage has been done to the territory. I am for the UK stepping in for a couple of months.
    • @only (17/05/2022, 08:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      2 Months? The way the road is unwinding it will take far more time to expose the corruption that is yet to come??? BVI invited corruption in a BIG GREEDY (trickery) way. I do not blame the good citizens, but the very very bad citizens hijacked the BVI, and it is they who played with bigger “boys”. Their magic played the people. They knew how the beautiful heart beat rhythms of the BVI and her true people resonated, and they stole it and changed the frequency for their own greedy evil selfish purpose.
  • PHD (17/05/2022, 01:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the Lord said 'Natalio go be a farmer' Go to the hills at 5AM and toil the soil till sunset. Your labour will be honestly rewarded with food to eat. Only then, will we listen to your Doctor of Philosophy rhetoric.
  • Breaking News. FBI landed in SK. (17/05/2022, 05:19) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    News out of SK is that a set of FBI agent have landed, some are wondering if the X Premier already started singing...This is good news for St. Kitts. . We are still waiting on Scotland Yard, Mr. Governor what taking you so long...The corruption here is worst than we thought, worst than we had ever imagine....Pls, send help.
  • Citizen (17/05/2022, 07:34) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just let England take over for a few months.
  • E. Leonard (17/05/2022, 11:37) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    The VI(British) ship of state got off course, ran aground, leaning starboard and taking on water. It is in distress and the captain and crew must rescue it. The VI people played a role in the VI running aground and must rescue it. The VI people, not the UK nor politicians, must fix what ails the VI. Fix it needs to be the cry. The late Norbert Wheatley aka Fix It popularized the term “Fix It.” May he trst easy.

    Moreover, many in the VI community seems to be of the opinion that only the UK can fix the VI governing issues. To me, that sounds defeatist and may reek of self-reinforcing discrimination and a parasitic slavery/colonialism mentality. The I Alone Can Fix strategy is a failed strategy.

    In peeking at the UK’s Inquiry Act, one of the main focus of the Act is ‘preventing reoccurrence.’ Consequently, ‘preventing reoccurrence’ can be accomplished without suspending the constitution and substituting UK direct rule. The UK as the Administering Power for the VI with responsibility under UN charter on decolonization for preparing and guiding the VI towards a full measure of self-government can work close up with the locally elected government, providing administrative, financial, technical, etc, support and help. Some management science purists, locals, etc may debate that the person, agency, etc, that created the problem cannot fix the problem. I don’t totally buy into that school of thought. There may be some truth to that if the person, agency, etc don’t want to change. But it seems as if the new Unity Government is on board with implementing the recommendations of the CoI.

    Further, from the 30,000’ level and peeking at the UK Inquiry Act, I have a few thoughts on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI). The Act permits a chair/lone commissioner to conduct a CoI. In this instance, Sir Gary Hickinbottom was the lone member, so the CoI lacked diversity in membership, thoughts, opinions, etc. Further, it seems like a hard pill to swallow if the weighty and grave action of suspending the constitution and substituting UK direct rule and suspending the democratic rights, freedoms, etc, of approx 30,000 people were based on the opinion of a sole commissioner. Is the severe action consistent with human rights? Was the CoI independently adjudicated/conducted? Will the constitution suspension be an order in council or will the decision be laid before parliament? And consistent with the rule of law, fairness, equity, etc will the local government representatives be given the opportunity to present their case before the Privy Council or Parliament? Admittedly, I know nought about UK governing procedures.


    • BVI Done (17/05/2022, 13:09) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      How is the to place to get better and progress the government send ah yu away but you all don’t come back. So I blame ah yu for the royal mess. So much of ah yu away and none of you look back on the BVI. You making sense now but it is to late. All badness done happen. Now the white people from England feel sorry for us and coming to take us over. We right back like in slavery. I only went primary school but I know that is not a good thing.
      • @ BVI DONE WW3 (17/05/2022, 15:09) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Oh you are insane. The world is fighting for justice and you think UK has nothing better to do than feel sorry for a completely corrupt government and let’s just include most of the Caribbean corridor? Only a very inferior, low low self esteemed idiot would say such trash. It matters not what grade you completed. You are so deeply lost as to what is happening in the world. Do you watch stupid tv all day. You made that crap up in your head. No reading, no research. Look at your PhD’s in government. They went to college and they know nothing. A man or woman can learn to read without school. Dumb as a rock. Disgusting!!!!
        • @BVI Done WW3 (17/05/2022, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          @BVI Done WW3, BVI Done is entitled to his:her opinion as you and I are. We may or may not agree but he/she is entitled to to it. And of course, you are also entitled to disagree.
    • E Leonard (17/05/2022, 15:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      SIT DOWN!!!!!!!
      • E. Leonard (17/05/2022, 18:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @E. Leonard or who ever you are, you don’t have the courage to use your own name?

      • E. Leonard (17/05/2022, 20:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @E. Leonard or whoever you are, are you not courageous to use your own name?
        • Moesha (18/05/2022, 13:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          E Leonard doesn’t have to use his/her name. Did you used yours. No one on this blog used their names so why you think he is not courageous because he didn’t use his name STOP!
    • Out of Jurisdiction (17/05/2022, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, the UK Inquiries Act you referred to is out of the BVI jurisdiction, for it applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The BVI is not an integral part of the UK. It has no representation in Parliament.
    • Stealth (18/05/2022, 04:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good, sensible and reasoned read, E. Leonard. The last paragraph was particularly powerful—“Further, it seems like a hard pill to swallow if the weighty and grave action of suspending the constitution and substituting UK direct rule and suspending the democratic rights, freedoms, etc, of approx 30,000 people were based on the opinion of a sole commissioner.
    • Stealth (18/05/2022, 04:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good, sensible, and reasoned read, E. Leonard. The last paragraph was particularly powerful, ie, “Further, it seems like a hard pill to swallow if the weighty and grave action of suspending the constitution and substituting UK direct rule and suspending the democratic rights, freedoms, etc, of approx 30,000 people were based on the opinion of a sole commissioner.” Another punchy line from the blog, “Moreover, many in the VI community seems to be of the opinion that only the UK can fix the VI governing issues. To me, that sounds defeatist and may reek of self-reinforcing discrimination and a parasitic slavery/colonialism mentality.” Your Facebook posts on the BVI saga are also interesting reads. The BVI has its pig to a fine market as the people says. Nevertheless, the BVI people cannot lose hope. It muster persevere as our foreparents did after slavery when the colonialists raced out of the territory leaving it as a bird sanctuary. BVI lets dig ourselves out of this hole together. The first of business is getting the BVI back on course, on track. There will be much time to debate The who, what, when, where and why and cast blame. The BVI house is on fire so let’s extinguish the blaze and then determine the cause and avoiding a repeat.
  • Ne Timeas (17/05/2022, 13:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    E. Leonard, my brother, good read. The Unity Government is promising to consult with the people and that is a good thing. But the people cannot wait on the government; it must demand; it must demand accountability and regular updates from the government. We trusted the government and now we are in deep sh**. We cannot afford that mistake again. "To me, that sounds defeatist and may reek of self-reinforcing discrimination and a parasitic slavery/colonialism mentality." That is deep, profound, and much to meditate on. And I will leave that there. Harry say you will hear

  • lol (17/05/2022, 14:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    infighting in 3... 2.... 1....
  • lodger (17/05/2022, 15:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    More lies from nat he has a proposal on the table and have not come to we the people

    Already this man cannot be trusted
    • Moesha (18/05/2022, 13:41) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      To me nay is a puppet on a string just carrying out the dirty work of that white man and when he finish with him he’s going to throw him to the curve. Watch


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