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‘We will never go down without fighting for this country’- Hon Flax-Charles

- said VI has been supporting itself all along without significant UK help
As national pride and sentiments of breaking off the shackles of colonialism continue to grow in the Virgin Islands, Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) has declared that the [British] Virgin Islands has been supporting itself for centuries with little help from the United Kingdom (UK) and it will not allow those efforts to be wasted. Photo: GIS/File
The United Kingdom has refused to give any financial assistance to the [British] Virgin Islands during the pandemic. Ex Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert had said the VI had enough money to help itself. Photo: VINO/File
The United Kingdom has refused to give any financial assistance to the [British] Virgin Islands during the pandemic. Ex Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert had said the VI had enough money to help itself. Photo: VINO/File
When the Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017, many felt the UK would have played a significant part in helping to rebuild the territory. Not surprising to many; however, the VI has been rebuilding on its own. Photo: Internet Source/File
When the Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017, many felt the UK would have played a significant part in helping to rebuild the territory. Not surprising to many; however, the VI has been rebuilding on its own. Photo: Internet Source/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As national pride and sentiments of breaking off the shackles of colonialism continue to grow in the Virgin Islands, Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) has declared that the [British] Virgin Islands has been supporting itself for centuries with little help from the United Kingdom (UK) and it will not allow those efforts to be wasted.

UK takeover talks

Talks of a possible UK takeover of the VI have been rife with a Commission of Inquiry being called in the Virgin Islands on the backdrop of the Global Britain agenda and the imperialist mentality of UK Prime Minister Alexander Boris Pfeffel Johnson, who has said colonialism in Africa should never have ended.

The CoI also comes at a time when the democratically elected government was making moves towards a new round of constitutional review and a more self-determined future.

Speaking under ‘Other Business’ at the continuation of the 11th Sitting of the 3rd Session of the 4th House of Assembly held virtually on September 9, 2021, Hon Flax-Charles admitted she has not spoken much about the CoI and that she doesn’t really intend to speak much about it either, “but everybody has been reading, seeing what has been going on, and we are in trying times…but we have to make sure we maintain and keep our BVI for us.”

‘VI will never give up what it has worked so hard for’

According to her, the VI has worked too hard over the years through blood, sweat and tears and it cannot afford and will never give up what it has worked so hard for.

Once declared a bird sanctuary by the British, the Virgin Islands almost independently worked to become one of the more prosperous economies of the Caribbean region, thanks to financial services and tourism.

“Yes, there are things that we have to fix and they must be fixed, but we will never go down without fighting for this country. We need to be able to make our own decisions.”

‘Absolutely no comparison’ to what USVI receives from US Gov’t

Making the case that the VI continues to handle its own affairs even in these times of economic challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hon Flax-Charles highlighted the assistance being given to the territory of the US Virgin Islands by the Federal Government of the US.

She noted the some $21M given to the USVI to assist persons to pay their rent.

Additionally, the more than $515M given to the US Virgin Islands to assist with COVID relief was also highlighted.

The UK has refused to give any financial assistance to the VI during the pandemic, saying it had enough money to help itself.

It; however, sent AstraZeneca vaccines and some equipment to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

“And I want persons to really pay attention to that. I have nothing against the UK but compare what the USVI has gotten from their Federal counterparts and what we from the Virgin Islands have received from the UK.

“There is absolutely no comparison.”

Hon Flax-Charles said this should tell us that the VI has been managing its affairs without the UK all the time.

“We have been supporting ourselves. We meet bumps along the roadway, we make mistakes but we have been supporting ourselves here in these British Virgin Islands for decades and I think persons need to make that comparison.”

‘VI been supporting itself all along’- Flax-Charles

She said while persons have been shunning the notion of independence or self-determination, saying that the VI cannot support itself, the VI has actually been supporting itself all along.

“And we thank the UK for what they have been able to contribute, and maybe that is all they could contribute, looking at their circumstance, but we have to give our BVI a fighting chance to ensure what we the adults have worked so hard for over the decades does not disappear…

“We can agree to disagree [but] we have the same goals in mind and that is to make a better, more beautiful Virgin Islands,” Hon Flax-Charles stated.

VI recovering from Irma without UK

When the Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017, many felt the UK would have played a significant part in helping to rebuild the territory.

Not surprising to many; however, the VI has been rebuilding on its own.

The UK only offered a loan guarantee while refusing to raise the borrowing ceiling in the Protocols for Effective Financial Management imposed by the UK after the hurricanes. This means that the VI would be unable to borrow significantly without violating the protocols.

45 Responses to “‘We will never go down without fighting for this country’- Hon Flax-Charles”

  • See (12/09/2021, 11:33) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Big difference. The USVI get to vote for president. It's all politics and nothing else .
    • @ see (12/09/2021, 11:59) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Wrong only in a primary fool
      • Baron (15/09/2021, 08:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, and that is not an election but a political party activity. It is part of the illusion that they are a part of the US, when they are really only "owned by" the US.
    • The watchman (12/09/2021, 12:30) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Please get your facts straight, USVI and Puerto Rican people are US citizens, but none of them vote for President of the USA. Those who do are registered in a State and not a Territory.
    • Bango (12/09/2021, 15:56) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      If we na have England who gan want bring money here?
    • RealPol (12/09/2021, 21:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @See, USVI residents residing in and registered in 1 of the 50 states + DC can vote for President. VI residents cannot vote directly for president from the USVI, unless they are resident of 1 of 50 states and DC. During the presidential primary campaign, VI residents can cast votes in the primary to nominate party candidates for president. USVI residents do pay US taxes but get much more than they contribute.,
    • Vinooo (13/09/2021, 00:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The us can keep their violence, greed, exploitation. We good here an the coi showing us where we can improve.
    • Norris Turnbull (13/09/2021, 06:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @see. The usvi cannot vote for presidents. Duur
    • mitchell (13/09/2021, 11:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @See: You are clueless friend
  • ausar (12/09/2021, 11:35) Like (4) Dislike (15) Reply
    Thank you, Honourable Flax-Charles for your swift response in this matter!

    And there are those of us Belongers, living in the American Virgin Islands, that would roll up our sleeves, at any request, to help out our family in the fight!

    It is true that Uncle Sam has been very good to us during these trying times: stimulus cheques of varying amounts, child tax credits, unemployment benefits for all, including business owners, self employed and lay workers, paycheck protection programs- providing loans turning into eventual grants, so that businesses could retain employees- yes, America has been very good to us during these times!

    And that's why as Belongers, we who live over here are vexxed at the non-empathetic treatment that the UK Virgin Islands got from Britain during these times, and must, at any behest, do what we must to help BVIslanders, protect and defend, the sovereignty, and rights of the peoples of these islands, by any means necessary!
  • The other side (12/09/2021, 11:40) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Doesn’t the USVI pay into the US federal tax coffers? In this situation, I can see funds coming back to assist in times like these. That said, I’m not saying that UK shouldn’t help—but unlike BVI, UK citizens are taxed heavily for similar assistance to USVI. BVI do not pay into the UK coffers so I don’t think the comparison is fair!
    • Smart people pick their fights.. (12/09/2021, 12:06) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wisdom will tell you dont waste your strength, your time and your money on a fight you have no chance of winning....Dont understand why you all want to be so wrong and yet so stubborn and strong....How about been humble and accept the mistakes.
    • Common Sense (12/09/2021, 13:13) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      More to the point, any American citizen can live, work and play in the USVI as a matter of right, it’s a US territory. American citizens have the same rights as USVI born residents, they can purchase and sell property, create businesses with exactly the same rights as locals, it’s nothing like the BVI. There is zero comparison between the two.
  • taxes (12/09/2021, 11:55) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do BVIslanders pay UK taxes?
    Do US Virgin Islanders pay US taxes?
    I think this should provide thought for your comments Ms. Flax-Charles.
  • one eye (12/09/2021, 12:01) Like (5) Dislike (30) Reply
    This women is a power house i love to hear her speak
  • 911 (12/09/2021, 12:02) Like (13) Dislike (34) Reply
    Flax charles is on point the uk needs to go!!
  • Always forgetting (12/09/2021, 12:08) Like (23) Dislike (11) Reply
    The despised down islanders built the bvi and the racism right here against our fellow Caribbean people is even worse so zip it woman : most of us will be glad if the UK step in
    • @ always forgetting (12/09/2021, 12:36) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
      Blacks cannot be racist so go sit down with that crap the history of white supremacy is clear we need our freedom
      • @@always forgetting (12/09/2021, 15:13) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
        BLACKS CANNOT BE RACIST?????
        PSST, REALLY? OK.
      • wtf? (12/09/2021, 16:06) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        Blacks cannot be racist? Tell that to the Ugandan Asians. It’s obviously ridiculous to suggest that more melanin in someone’s skin makes it impossible for them to be prejudiced against others. That really would be crazy to think that, wouldn’t it?
    • Humpty (12/09/2021, 13:08) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      The UK hesitates to help because most of the population are non VIslanders .Don't blame them...Making the VI the septic tank of the Caribbean for power and votes has consequences.
    • @ always forgetting (12/09/2021, 13:23) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
      I am a down Islander and was able to achieve a lot for myself and family because of the opportunity I was given here in the Virgin Islands. Opportunity I was not given in my country of birth. Any down islander who want to tell the truth will tell you that. So stop promoting division. This divide and conquer strategy is not new. Check the Windrush story you will understand how UK treat people from the caribbean islands. How foolish can we get UK taking over will not be good for Down Islanders.
    • @Always forgetting (12/09/2021, 16:55) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      I hope you’re the first to get a knee to your neck should that time arrive.
  • x (12/09/2021, 12:16) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    ok, patriotism. now speak out against corruption and conflict of interest if you want a chance at re-election
  • Fam (12/09/2021, 12:37) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
    She speaking good i ready to marh the oppresors plans are real they want the bvi
    • vi (12/09/2021, 15:16) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      They need to take control because we cannot do it we cannot control our borders so let them come to protect us the have what it takes
  • fromafar (12/09/2021, 15:23) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    we watching and waiting , thank Ms. Charles I said not too long ago we have been taking care of ourselves for years , we can do it , if not now when free the Virgin Islands from real slavery we are not going down without a fight we have come too far , we have worked too hard our fore fathers sacrifice too much, these are the Virgin Islands we love.
  • Don’t (12/09/2021, 15:27) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I respect and don’t have a problem with the people from other Caribbean Country’s that respect and is law abiding in another man’s Country. I have no respect and don’t like the ones that is coming here and acting like they own the place and can do as they please. They will never allow a Tortolian to get away with the bad behavior in their Country. So why should we.
  • thank you (12/09/2021, 15:49) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Thanks for reminding us. It’s like this COI have so many blinded. Yes we should do things right. Yes we should follow rules. And at the end of this I hope all wannabe politicians have learnt a lesson but this should not be an opportunity for a take over and I hope that is not the agenda because despite some bad apples a lot of us and our forefathers a lot for these BVIs. Let us the majority of the people decide the future of the BVI!
  • home boy (12/09/2021, 17:27) Like (1) Dislike (18) Reply
    Miss Flax you are right on time , I remember when my mother and many people had to leave the BVI to survive, but those who remain stayed and work there hands off to bring this country too where it is today, with little help from the UK , it is time to seek self determination, the BVI has been taking care of it safe all along.
  • NICK (12/09/2021, 17:31) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    she is comparing a pear with an apple.also,after irma,a lot of stuff has been sent to the bvi and only the cronies and big family names had their hands on it.just to say.
  • Be humble but be wize (12/09/2021, 18:13) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    There is no point for the BVI staying under UK rule since we do not pay taxes to the UK and UK is not contributing much to the BVI. In truth and in fact we on our own already we just have to make it legal. I am positive the BVI will get and is getting better assistance from places that do not come throughing all kind of rubbish in our faces and bullying us because we are British. Listen to them saying we should not query anything that UK throw at us if we do we are being disrespectful what we should do is hang our heads and say sorry masa do what ever you want. The world is way pass that and so are we. If we do not decide our own destiny someone else will and it will not be in our best interest. All of you who think UK will be good for us google Windrush.
  • PT9 (12/09/2021, 18:42) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shereen D. Flax-Charles, Who are you going to fight? If it's the UK I would like a ring side seat and my money is on the UK. Let the games begin.
    • Oh Hush (12/09/2021, 20:00) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      You for your own stupid reasons has missed the point. Keep on the “side”
  • child (12/09/2021, 19:24) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    YOUR FIGHT IS NOT WITH NOT WITH THE WHITE PEOPLE / YOU READING SCRIPT FROM THE WRONG SIDE /\\_ LOOK WHITIN THYSELF
  • Good Advisor Free-Of-Charge Advisory (12/09/2021, 22:13) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    My people, I advise us to stop pushing our luck beyon the cliff's edge. Understand and accept this truth. The British Virgin Islands is owned by the UK. It is a British Oversea Territory. The UK is under no obligation to give their country, but neither will the UK order us off it. Stop letting the political leaders continue feeding false information into you minds, that they themselves, I hope, know that is not true. The are playing stalling tactics. Understand this truth. If the UK chose and give us independence, that's good. But if they don't, all the noise, and protests will not change their mind. Further on, what make you and others think that the is naive and would abandoned their country's citizens that borned in the UK now living here to be continue to be taken advantage of by a few greedy politicians? Is it that what you believe? If you do, think again differently.
    I have started the above as I see it. You have the freedom to see it as you please. Only make sure that you are right. Rather than wrong.
  • A wise ant will never even think of challenging an elephant in a tug-of-war struggle, but an unwise one will. (12/09/2021, 23:17) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I heard about "B.V.I LOVE". I am still yet to see B.V.I WISDOM from our political leaders, and many others of the same mindset. Money is good, but it can also be a blinder. That blurred our vision, if we chose wrongly.
    The Titanic builder bragged that it was unsinkable. I sank on its first voyage. In other words, know you strength before you involve yourself in a war with a much stronger power.

    I am not a Calypsonian, but I decided to write the following lyrics below.

    Warning, B.V.I take warning. Good morning, you better take warning, I say hay! hay! hay! you better take warning. I say warning, here me now, warning you better take warning. It ok to play, but in a war you sure to get bash by the UK. So my brothers and sisters take warning, B.V.I ye I, ye I, ye I, ye I, ye I, VIP take warning, you better take warning, ye I, ye I, ye I
    • fromafar (13/09/2021, 12:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You better take warning, the virgin islands are being used by people like you for your own personal gain that is why so many of you are afraid . Why are you afraid ? People pretend they love us but use these islands for their own benefits . I say , i want my country back and we will we no longer could be all things to all people.
  • BVI Patriot (13/09/2021, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree with the Hon. Flax-Charles wholeheartedly. However, her Government is partly to blame for getting us into this CoI. Unfortunate but true nonetheless. I am watching closely and I keep hearing some call for independence but truth be told we are a long way from self governance and we brought it on ourselves because of greed and mismanagement and cronyism. I for one am not in favour of independence at this time because if you believe things were bad leading up to this CoI, you'll see what will happen if the majority ever votes for independence in a referendum.
    • Sigh (13/09/2021, 09:41) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      So asking our slavemasters to contnue to rule over us is the best way? You are no BVI patriot. you are a selfish, blind bum
  • Citizen (13/09/2021, 11:39) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mrs Flax Charles. You have a duty to follow what is going on with the COI. Since you choose to ignore the obvious. We the voters will fight for ourselves. We dont need people like you mouthing off if you dont understand the issues. Right now we are tired of the lies and falsehoods from you and your elected group. We are tired of hearing what the last Govt did. You told us that already which is why we elected you. It is past high time you get to working for the people that elected you. We are tired of the it is someone else fault. You have been elected for 3 years now. What really do you stand for. We only hear from you as the wind blows. Gosh man. Sick and tired of being sick and tired.
  • UK coffers (13/09/2021, 18:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well said honorable representative.

    We don’t pay into us coffers but neither do the people who they keep dropping bombs on or the governments they keep dishing out foreign aid to.

    They come with financial tricks like the 300million dollar loan off YEARS after hurricane Irma and media campaigns casting the territory and the people’s reps in a bad light.

    How can we stay silent in the face of these maneuvers? Knowing our forefathers came here as slaves to be abused for profit?

    It’s too much as if they have no shame or accountability.
  • hello (14/09/2021, 16:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    YAPPING ABOUT RACISM / UK


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