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UWI tells UK to ‘retreat’ from idea of direct rule in VI

- said Britain has no authority, moral or otherwise, to teach democracy lessons in Caribbean
Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies Professor Sir Hilary M. Beckles in a statement on May 9, 2022, said the Virgin Islands should be given the full opportunity and autonomy to resolve its immediate domestic challenges. Photo: cpressrelease.com
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
A majority of Virgin Islanders appear to be against direct rule by Britain but welcome the help of the UK to fix some of the issues highlighted in the CoI report. Photo: VINO
A majority of Virgin Islanders appear to be against direct rule by Britain but welcome the help of the UK to fix some of the issues highlighted in the CoI report. Photo: VINO
A majority of Virgin Islanders appear to be against direct rule by Britain but welcome the help of the UK to fix some of the issues highlighted in the CoI report. Photo: VINO
A majority of Virgin Islanders appear to be against direct rule by Britain but welcome the help of the UK to fix some of the issues highlighted in the CoI report. Photo: VINO
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies (UWI) has joined with CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in calling on Britain to retreat from “stated political calls to subvert and subordinate the sovereignty of the people of the Virgin Islands.”

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies Professor Sir Hilary M. Beckles in a statement on May 9, 2022, said this is the second occasion in recent weeks UWI has had to call for respect of the national rights of a community; having done so following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The report of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK) during the COVID-19 pandemic has recommended a suspension of the Virgin Islands (VI) constitution and the imposition of direct rule from London.

The report stated there may have been corrupt practices in successive governments and also called for investigation into certain projects.

UWI deplorepersistence of colonial rule’ by UK

But, according to Professor Beckles, UWI is committed to the decolonisation of the Caribbean and deplore the persistence of colonial rule of the people in the VI.

“The regional UWI insists, therefore, that its member community, the Virgin Islands, be given the full opportunity and autonomy to resolve its immediate domestic challenges. We are confident that it will do so within an enabling Caribbean framework without injurious imperial aggression emanating from London.”

Professor Beckles, a Barbadian historian, said all the people of the region have fought with all means available to craft a democratic culture in the face of fierce opposition from Britain. “They have been murdered, imprisoned, and racially denigrated in the quest for freedom, justice and democracy.”

UK has ‘no moral authority’ on democracy in Caribbean

Further, the UWI Vice-Chancellor said Britain has “no authority, moral or otherwise, to teach democracy lessons in the Caribbean, insisting as it does on dominating the people who are seeking reparatory justice for centuries of colonial brutality and continuing imperial rule.”

In efforts to stave off a return to colonialism, the political leaders in the Virgin Islands have formed a coalition government, which has since been sworn in.

According to Professor Beckles, who is the Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, the region is proud of the initiative by the ruling party and opposition to come together to form a national consensus government.

“This is the spirit that forms the core of the independence sensibility now rooted in the region. It is precisely this consciousness that will enable the community to resolve whatever governance challenges are arising from the tragic, debilitating, recent events.”

UK not playing ‘West Indian cricket’

Professor Beckles continued that it is also true that it is persistent British colonial rule of the community that distorts quality indigenous development and constitutes the framework in which international financial malfeasance seeks haven in these islands.

“Britain has created this wicket on which the game being played is not West Indian cricket.”

UWI ready to assist VI

The Caribbean professor said UWI stands ready to facilitate the national strategy of the Virgin Islands, its stakeholder, to maintain and enhance its sovereignty.

“It also stands ready to assist Britain in curing itself from the persistent impulse and cultural addiction to dominate the people of this region by imperial edict.”

A majority of Virgin Islanders appear to be against direct rule by Britain but welcome the help of the UK to fix some of the issues highlighted in the CoI report.

21 Responses to “UWI tells UK to ‘retreat’ from idea of direct rule in VI”

  • one eye (09/05/2022, 21:44) Like (3) Dislike (23) Reply
    Good statement professor no Uk rule
    • Attorney Vere Brown is not alone (10/05/2022, 06:47) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
      I Listen to Vere Brown on Tola Radio Yesterday, giving his personal and legal opinion on the present Situation..I am here to tell you just this morning I heard a Eastern Caribbean Constitutional lawyer explaining that "All the Government members in the BVI should resigned" In Good governance and good times all take credit, it's only fair that in bad governance and bad times all is responsible in one way or the other they are all complicit, responsible and accountable, so in the spirit of the country moving on with confidence,,It's important for all those members of the ruling government to resign, the refusal to so so, that shadow of dark cloud of doubt, no trust, skepticism will continue to be over the BVI...
    • Rubber Duck (10/05/2022, 15:37) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Jamaica. What a fabulous advert for independence. Dirt poor, dangerous, corrupt.

      They even banned it’s citizens from coming here.

      Go away idiots.
      • Real Talk (11/05/2022, 19:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        This man is not a Jamaican he was born in Barbados leave Jamaica out a you stink mouth please do your research before you jump an Jamaica. Big fool
  • Sir Hilary Ur smarter than this. (10/05/2022, 02:35) Like (38) Dislike (5) Reply
    You cannot speak so forcefully, without proper facts and knowledge of the subject matter...You know better Sir,. Have you try to investigate the reasons why Britain is considering direct rule? Let me tell you Sir, .The corruption here is bad, very bad, for very long..What is worst is the complicity of those who knew of it, but instead of standing up and speaking out, they Jump on the corrupt Train... We basically left Britain with no choice....What I don't understand is when a few good honourable decent Citizen were screaming and warning that the corrupt boat is taking in water, no one listen, including yourself sir, and all the Caribbean leaders that are now Bla Bla in, now the corrupt boat has sunk and the people are fight to survive you all are having a problem with Britain the one who is coming to save us from drowning. .Seems like you and others like you want us all to drown...
    • Josiah's Bay (10/05/2022, 10:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Sir, you are conflating the issues. We should consider them one at a time. I agree for the most part with what you prescribe for the possible corrupt Government. I however don't agree with one scintilla on constitutional suspension or direct rule. The VI is in a special status of progressing toward self-determination. Our Constitution is an agreed-upon document that serves as a progressive guiding light to that end. Why would one give up one's Constitutional rights to make adjustments or corrections to a flawed system when it can be done within that system. Direct rule would be an admission that we are not capable of self-governance. Which is totally different from bad governance. We should be allowed to make mistakes and missteps with the ability to correct them. In a progressive self-determining movement one should never voluntarily give up one's rights or devolved powers or established constitutional protections. If we accept the direct rule and the suspension of our Constitution we have effectively signed up for recolonization.
      • Crazy joe (10/05/2022, 15:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        No we haven’t. We have signed up to be rid of the crooks and their free for all constitution.
  • Concerned (10/05/2022, 04:21) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    These people like to have a say in matters that do not concern them. Every Tom, Dick and Harry have an opinion now. Where were they when the government took advantage of some of their own country men and women? Where were they when there was an abuse of power and corruption? Where were they when our money were being double taxed? People need to mind their business. Suddenly everyone is an expert and has an expert opinion. I wonder what anyone of them can do if Britain imposes direct rule. They're all bark and no bite. They need to worry about themselves.
  • BlueMountsins (10/05/2022, 05:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I do believe the Maroons in Jamaica should not come under the direct rule of the Jamaican Government, who should respect their sovereignty and allow them to determine their own way forward. Please use your voice at home to address the plight of these people. By the way, the BVIs hate cricket, a game in which the players like our Politicians, are now being sold to the highest bidder
    • Real Talk (12/05/2022, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This man is not a jamaican do your research please before you all jump down weh throat why should the jamaican government support maroon when these people use to catch run away slave and hand dem over back to there master are kill them please do your research before you all kill jamaican
  • Wasted time (10/05/2022, 06:40) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Pure Crap this man talking, using the same English language to make us believe he is our side. What has Jamaica done for BVI ? Nothing , we were in the kitchen feeling the heat for 30 + years , why he never open his mouth , why didn’t UWI never open its mouth? , UWI in Jamaica and they doing worst , Looting , raping and killing their own people and can’t get it stopped. Only because they are independent they can continue to do this evil to Jamaica. So your words have no value Sir , we will not listen to you and we hope the UK doesn’t either. Id***ts.
  • bvi (10/05/2022, 08:32) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    So many of our people are ignorant and I find it mind boggling. So many prefer to be ruled by white men just like they were under massa during the time of slavery and they are calling for the return of the white man to rule them again. My Gollie, I wonder whether these fools calling for UK direct rule are BVIslanders or outsiders who just want to have things there way so that they as a particular race or class can benefit from UK direct rule. I am a BVIslander who don't support UK direct rule in anyway shape or form. I say conduct the investigations and prosecute those suspected of engaging in corrupt behavior. That aside, let us work to implement the recommendations of thee CoI and stop electing people who are less than credible.
    • Reply to bvi (10/05/2022, 10:12) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Am a BVIslander and it’s better for the white man to rule for 2 yrs and straighten up things for for our own Black leaders to have us suffering for so long. One contractor has 3 Big jobs in this little territory and others have none. 3 big jobs. And you all know it , Hypocrisy.
  • AH WHOLE SET AH DEM (10/05/2022, 09:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    HYPOCRITES , SEEMS TO DISCOVER THEIR MOUTHS OVERNIGHT , THESE HERE TRYING AH WHOLE SET OF PUBLICITY STUNTS LIKE , REALITY AND SEEKING FORGIVENESS FOR THEIR SINS WHICH THEY WERE FULLY AWARE OF BUT STILL
    ENJOYED THE LUXURY ( LET CSC AND THE 2 SO CALLED HOLY MEN FROM CGB PRAY FOR THEM AND THEMSELVES . AMEN ????
  • Realist (10/05/2022, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This Bajan guy is not making any sense. Barbados is in the Eastern Caribbean but refused to join OECS. Why? Because of the same mentality that caused the failure of the West Indies Federation in 1962 where every large island wanted to be in charge.

    The best thing is for the BVI to get integrated into a much larger body, where there are stable economic, political and judicial institutions. Our best bet now would be to unite with our brothers/sisters in the USVI where we have powerful cultural and family ties. By extension, we would have limited access to the USA, which is perfect just as it is.

    The alternative is to get tricked into independence and get pulled into a devisive union like CARICOM. There is hope in OECS. But I believe OECS would pull us down before it pulls us up, if at all. We can't gample with our childrens' future.
  • PT09 (10/05/2022, 09:23) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    UK Please shut these people up by taking us over for however long. A lot of these Caribbean Islands who is down on the UK a lot of them studied in the UK, a lot of their people live there in the UK lots of Jamaicans so you guys need to STFU. You don't know what we had to live with all these years.
  • "Parliament of Law" (10/05/2022, 10:29) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    An excerpt to the [Preamble to the BVI Constitution]:-
    "Affirming that the people of the BVI have generally expressed their desire to become a self-governing people and to exercise the highest degree of control over the affairs of the their country at this stage of its development;
    and
    (Noting) that the (UNITED KINGDOM) the (ADMINISTERING POWER) for the time being, has articulated a [desire] to enter into a [modern partnership] with the BVI, based on the principles of mutual respect and self-determination".

    All the elected members of the VIP Government must resign forthwith!
  • Interested (10/05/2022, 12:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    How funny that everyone is now so interested in the BVI.Especially those who have so many woes in their own countries!
  • Peonia (10/05/2022, 12:28) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    You are not here sir ,let's clean up our own backyard first,for every 100 usd I send to my poor families in jamaica I have to pay 7% tax which was levied during the pandemic, the then primer sat and calculated how much millions he will be making from exparts. I am very qualified in the health field and I have been applying for jobs all over ...and up to date no government body has reach out to me..I now work for myself I am a belonger..so I don't need a permit ..Have you been here to hear or see how they treat people.mista guh si downe an chet yuh mote.
  • @PTO9 (10/05/2022, 12:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man is not from Jamaica, he’s from Barbados so attack Barbados please. He’s only on a contract to work in Jamaica. Thank you
  • WW3 (10/05/2022, 16:47) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Stay in your own lane UWI, who feels it knows it; stop involving yourself in things that do not concern you.


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