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'We cannot rest until decolonisation process is complete'- Premier Wheatley to OECS

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 73rd Meeting of the OECS Authority in St Kitts on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Photo: OECS/Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), 5th from right, has thanked the governments and people of the Eastern Caribbean for their support when the territory was faced with the threat of direct rule following the release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK). Photo: OECS/Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), 5th from right, has thanked the governments and people of the Eastern Caribbean for their support when the territory was faced with the threat of direct rule following the release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK). Photo: OECS/Facebook
BASSETERRE, St Kitts- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has thanked the governments and people of the Eastern Caribbean for their support when the territory was faced with the threat of direct rule following the release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK).

According to the Premier, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States was one of the bodies that stood in the corner of the VI and continues to do so to ensure the democratic and human rights of the people of the [British] Virgin Islands are respected.

“We are grateful for your efforts to ensure the democratic and human rights of the people of the British Virgin Islands are respected, including our inalienable right to self-determination and the well-established principle of self-governance for a people seeking to achieve a full measure of self-government,” Dr Wheatley stated at the Opening Ceremony of the 73rd Meeting of the OECS Authority in St Kitts on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Premier Wheatley shared that the path to the April 24, 2023, general election was not easy, since the territory faced very difficult and uncertain circumstances.

‘We cannot rest until decolonisation process is complete’- Premier

But he said while the democratic will of the people has been clearly expressed, the territory still faces the threat of suspension of the constitution “that is hanging over our heads by the United Kingdom Order in Council held in reserve and the potential attempt to seize more powers over the islands.

“I am very conscious that I would not be here this afternoon as the newly elected Premier without the unwavering support and intervention of the OECS,” Dr Wheatley said to applause.

He thanked the Governments and people of the Eastern Caribbean “for coming to our aid” during the VI’s darkest hour and continue to make representation on the VI’s behalf at the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation in New York.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot afford to forget that the Caribbean space is not yet completely free of its colonial past. Therefore, we cannot and should not rest until the decolonisation process is complete,” Dr Wheatley stated.

39 Responses to “'We cannot rest until decolonisation process is complete'- Premier Wheatley to OECS”

  • mad max (20/06/2023, 20:49) Like (119) Dislike (1) Reply
    We can’t rest until the;
    - Corruption is stopped.
    - Guilty are prosecuted.
    - Infrastructure reaches first world status.
    - Country can stand on its own 2 feet.
    • Two feet (21/06/2023, 08:12) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said Mad Max. I’d clarify the last point to say when the Territory can stand on it’s own two feet without resorting to narcotrafficking, and would add when we have a world class educational system
  • WHAT!!! (20/06/2023, 21:06) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was going to post but “mad max” said it better than I ever could have.
  • Accidental premier (20/06/2023, 21:20) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    Had a side job as clown in the BVI circus ????
  • Umm (20/06/2023, 21:24) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
    So,people are being gunned down like animals and this is what yall got energy for???? This world is going down slowly
  • cap (20/06/2023, 21:29) Like (71) Dislike (6) Reply
    This man is literally obsessed with independence and reparations just like the other whack jobs who are stuck in the past. Why don’t you do your job and focus on the present and the future and do what’s best for this country! Please! We are begging you! Stop focussing on things that your elders have taught you and focus on why you were elected! We are SO fed up with the state of the BVI.
    • .mary (20/06/2023, 21:45) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      I agree with the last writer 100%. These are scary time. Make not mistake. BVI and it's people are not in a good place with this type of leadership. Thinking
    • @cap (20/06/2023, 23:34) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
      Thank you!!!! He needs to leave that decolonization and independence thing alone and give it a rest and deal with the problems at hand. He needs to do his job and get this country in a better state then that order of council wouldn't be a problem. Let's put this place in a better state to sustain itself in the case of independence then we can talk about that.
    • No change (22/06/2023, 01:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Well he's there with power nothing we all can say or do to change his mind and stop beg him he's about self not nations and slowly given this country up to others watch and see
  • Democracy? (20/06/2023, 21:49) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    If the democratic rights of the people of the British Virgin Islands were being respected, the UK would take control and sort out the mess we are in
  • c (20/06/2023, 22:12) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Grow up and worry about real issues
  • HAHAHA (20/06/2023, 22:39) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why are people acting surprised??? Do you remember years ago when he was trying to run for politics?? Nobody took that dude serious because he used to rant and rave like a madman
  • we the people (20/06/2023, 22:50) Like (5) Dislike (38) Reply
    I love this premier he is correct
  • Finally (21/06/2023, 02:12) Like (3) Dislike (23) Reply
    A glimmer of hope. Now you talking like a real Noel Lloyd.
  • HMMM (21/06/2023, 03:28) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why don't he exercise a referendum on this? Eventually we will get to self determination included, but not until the corruption and self interest are stamped out and we have laws to protect us. Victimization is rampant.
  • YoungConcernedCitizen (21/06/2023, 04:10) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    He does not speak for me or the many intelligent minds of the Territory. There are so many problems that must be resolve first such as having the proper reserves (food and money) to be self-sustainable, understanding how to manage money and its people resources, holding persons accountable for their missteps, fixing the government infrastructure so that they act as one, shifting the objectives to put young people and the elderly first as they will define our future path, and the list can goes on. Leaders should use wisdom before they speak. Some of the other countries who speak of decolonization are in a better position than us. Plus, I do not consider us a colony.
  • WHY? (21/06/2023, 05:24) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why he can't focus on implementing the COI recommendations from creating tit-for-tat behaviour. The UK gave you all enough chances. Simple. No progress? Suspend constitution. The people deserve better and sadly UK taking over look like it will be better. Can't even fix a damn road. Took 3, 4 trucks to fall off a hill for you to know it need fixing. Garbage.
  • lol (21/06/2023, 06:03) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    So much criticism of the premier so why did we return him to office. We only have ourselves to blame. What did we do ?
    • @LOL (21/06/2023, 13:36) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      The territory did not vote him in as Premier. The People of the district 7 who he flew in and bought out did. Premier and deputy premier should be at-large people. He should step down and give Lorna premier and Sharie for deputy since they are the 2 at-large members on that ride.
  • Struggling Man (21/06/2023, 07:41) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
    Premier stop traveling and wasting our money on weekly first class airline tickets and 5 star hotels and fix our roads.
    Public Works has many idle employees, send them on the roads daily to fill in the potholes with bags of concrete mix as opposed to that useless cold asphalt.
    • Mustang (21/06/2023, 16:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Struggling Man, true the roads are in horrible condition and needs attention but Public Works is poor-led and less it cannot eben properly repair a pothole. Public works definitely needs to be more productive. Public works upper management is surely Peter Principled. In regards to Premier’s reasonable travel, it is required incident to the position; it is an inherent sunk cost. The Premier is the leader of government business, leading the country and managing the territory’s resources. Part of the leading function is “Representing.” And some of the representing responsibilities requires traveling out of the territory.
  • Rush More (21/06/2023, 07:58) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hurry hurry lest we be lacking! Misery is our goal.
    We must become like the other Independent cesspools in the Caribbean. It is not enough that we have degraded desecrated our landscape with their Independent hungry criminal castaways.
    • First things first.. (21/06/2023, 10:10) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      1/ Live clean and honest..2/ Earned the People's trust..Then we can talk that talk.. But for now its nice to have someone bigger watching over you...
  • Common Sense (21/06/2023, 10:41) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    From the numerous comments on this subject it is clear this gentleman does not speak for the people of the BVI. Accordingly, a referendum of the people should be held to determine once and for all what the people want.
  • resident (21/06/2023, 11:19) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    This dude aint serious we just had a premier busted for drugs and a probe for corruption there is no way we are ready to be independent
  • BVI LOVE NOTES (21/06/2023, 13:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The territory is colonized by ignorance, greed and badmind. Show us the plan to decolonize from these social diseases which are stagnating and strangling development in all sectors of society. What's happening should be more of a priority than what happened hundreds of years ago. Get on with the real work.
  • Manjack (21/06/2023, 15:29) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    The vibe from some bloggers seem to say forget about colonialism brutal subjugation, colonialists expropriation of land and resources, exploiting slave and indigenous labor, building tremendous wealth from slave labour, shattering local customs, culture, heritage, history, etc, permanently separating families, depriving the indigenous and slaves of the joy of even a basic education, basic healthcare, decent housing, liberties, freedom and basic human rights., etc. But the bard from Stratford-Upon-Avon, William Shakespeare says in the Tempest, “ what is past is prologue.” This quote can have a double meaning: what happened in the past sets the stage for a bright future. Secondly, what happened in the past may repeats itself. In my view to move forward to the future, requires peeking back at the past and present. Why should Virgin Islanders not enjoy the same freedoms, basic rights , pursuing the same political advances, self-determination as others? Should Virgin Islanders get the same reparative justice as other people, ie, Jews, Japanese, Kenyans, Indians, etc, who were subjugated, exploited? Are they lesser with less pride, dreams, aspirations, than others? Do Virgin Islanders not have the strength, mental capacity and capability, etc, to chart their own course and set their own compass without depending on colonialists to decide for us? Are we buying into the social Darwinism nonsense? Are struct with the Stockholm Syndrome? Are we so less that we are altruistically putting what others want over what is in our best interest? Premier Natalio Wheatley is on point; the decolonization journey is far from complete. If in doubt look at the 2007 constitution with its democratic deficits. It gives the Governor unilateral power, ie, retained powers, special reserved powers, assent, etc. Were not our ancestors abused, exploited, raped, disrespected, belittled enough? Common on people we are better than this.
  • Hmm (21/06/2023, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Blows my mind how many people cant see the bigger picture. And @ mad max there is a time & place to discuss your concerns here and now is you being disrespectful.

    Practically dancing on the graves of the slaves & our ancestors, in ignorance.
  • @Manjack (21/06/2023, 22:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The concept of self-determination is not being disputed by the people. The problem is that these recent crop of politicians have let "charting their own course" take them where we do not take any pleasure in being at this time. It is because the failed to manage what has been entrusted to them. Internal self-government has been inexistence here since the early 1970's. What do we have to show for it today? There is not even a Public Library in Road Town where students can go to do research. We use to have one but it was closed because of mold, long before Hurricane Irma and Maria. So I guess there was no cure for the mold and there was no place else in town to relocate it, so this is the kind of "decolonisation" set back we can expect, instead of going forward, go backwards, progress in words but not in reality. If things continue like they are right now the BVI would soon be worse than a bird sanctuary. At least it was clean and pristine then. Too much ungrateful minded ignorance in the place. It's you locals responsible, nobody else.
    • Manjack (22/06/2023, 12:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Manjack, agree that the VI missed some opportunities and should be farther down the growth and development timeline and window of opportunity is closing quickly. The BVI has been operating from the seat of its pants and not from a national development plan. The BVI is not functioning on all cylinders; in fact it is misfiring. All of its systems, functions, institutions, agencies, etc, are misfiring. Its physical infrastructure, health, education, security, governing, etc are underperforming. And change is needed but change is not going to come from politicians. The people have to demand change. We cannot just expect change; we must fight for change, peacefully of course. Dolph Faulkner, and Noel Lloyd didn’t just expect change, they fought for change. They started the change journey fighting alone against the colonial rising tide and their struggles paid dividends, ie, constitutional reform, direct at large voting, universal adult, suffrage, partial internal self- government, keeping Wickhams Cay and 4/5 of Anegada in local hands, etc. The progress since fail miserably in comparison to the progress force fed by these national heroes. Again, if we want change, we must fight for change.
      • Gotit (22/06/2023, 19:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well, we don't have Noel Lloyd and Dolf Falkner now. So who is going to fight against the ones who are a part of the problem rather than part of the solution, the wannabe dictators? Or nobody cares about that as long as they are fighting against imaginary colonial masters?
        • Manjack (23/06/2023, 08:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Got it, there are Dolph Faulkners, Noel Lloyds Christopher Flemings in our midst, for fight, struggle, courage, resistance, etc, is in the true Virgin Islander DNA. But dormancy has set in. The current generation(s) is comfortable with life as it, for they never had to struggle, to fight, and assume that things were always the way they are. They are driven by materialism and a fast food mentality and wants change but don’t want or see the need to fight or want others to fight the battles, thinking that the power brokers are going to give them what want and deserve on a silver platter. We are prisoners to and handicapped by our bad beliefs and behaviors. Frederick Douglass, “ If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” All the progress that the BVI has attained came from struggle. The colonialists were never enthusiastic about improving the lives of the enslaved and their descendants. They try to sell their marginal existence on their own behavior, lack of initiative, etc rather than on the economic, social, political, etc, structures put in place by colonialists to benefit themselves and intended to keep blacks as a permanent, non-competitive underclass. Moreover, the BVI has a representative democracy if it can keep it. However, with the lackadaisical, nonchalant, entitled, privileged, etc, behavior and expectation, it will surely slip away without change with deliberate speed. Change is the only constant in life and it is occurring at an accelerating rate. By the way, neither colonial masters nor colonialism is imaginary. If we buy into that the conditioning was effective and game over. Colonialism is still alive and well but it is just more subtle, quiet, slick, and being employed without force. It is using constitutions with unilateral powers, administrative procedures( CoI), conditioning some in the population that it know what is best for them, etc. We better be vigilant and awake from our deep slumber and get organized. No power can come without effective organization(s). The Jews understand the power of organization well. Group power is more effective than a scatter shot approach.
          • @Manjack (23/06/2023, 11:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            @Manjack, deep and profound worthy and well-deserved tongue lashing( my take). But doubt anyone give a rat’s ass about what going in the territory. Who cares, though we should, about democracy as long as the “ green backs” are circulating. Meh son you better off chasing and capture the win.
          • Gotit again (23/06/2023, 11:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            "Lackadaisical ", "nonchalant", "entitled", "prvileged" are words you used to describe the so-called present-day Noel Lloyds, Falkners and Flemmings, abi? Which is a blatant insults to those dead heroes. Perhaps if they had air-conditioned offices and computers to blog filth on everyday they wouldn't have had any reasons to get out there and "struggle" for the country? I find it amusing that you people know exactly what the problem is in this place, as you mention, "materialism" and "fast money", and still have the nerve to pass the blame on to "colonial masters", real or imaginary. How long will this blame game continue?
            • Manjack (23/06/2023, 13:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
              @ Got it Again, I posit that there Dolph Faulkners, Noel Lloyds, Christopher Flemings in the midst; there also are some that are also lackadaisical, nonchalant, privileged, entitled,etc. There are also some like the cool and clean air conditioning but should be out in the field doing the people wuk. The Faulkners, Lloyds, and Flemings need to step out and step forward, for the territory needs you urgently. Moreover, we can jump low, jump high, trying to down play the extractive, subjugative, exploitive, violent, racial supremacy, unilateral power, etc practices but the truths have a way of haunting us and resurfacing like a bad penny.
  • Me (22/06/2023, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    I cant believe this boy is on international stage representing my BVI with this kind of crap.People of the BVI pls. be mindful the boy was only elected by the least amount of votes last election 4 hundred plus.So if he is speaking on their behalf so be it.This boy is not a leader to lead the BVI forward.
    • @ Me (22/06/2023, 11:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Me, you sound like a bitter old hag. Here is a news flash nothing in the current constitution says that the BVI leader must be elected by a majority of the votes cast. Was the Premier duly, fairly, and legally appointed, gaining the support of six other duly elected members. If we leaders to elected based on a majority vote instead of a plurality, first pass the pole vote change the constitution. People like you are giddy about crown rep who you were not even respected enough to be consulted on serve as governor. But want to diss a local leader who was democratically elected by the people. Where is your pride, your sense of national consciousness, etc?
  • @ resident (22/06/2023, 19:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    absolutely right we have to learn how to think and chew at the same time first. Well sah.
  • Duh? (23/06/2023, 00:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Self determination will come when the country has the right political leaders, not this guava crop. First end the corruption, fix the roads, fix the schools, fix the NHS. It is a long list. And nobody give our accidental premier nor his special envoy brother no mandate.

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