Fending Off Direct Rule! Unity Gov't Submits Plan To UK For Continued Democratic Governance

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By BVI Platinum News

Updated 5:48 AM AST, Thu May 12, 2022

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(PLTM) - Hoping to avoid the United Kingdom implementing a temporary direct rule, the multi-party National Unity Government has mapped a plan to address Government deficiencies and concerns about corruption contained in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report.

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All of this comes less than a week after the formation of the new Government which was sworn in last Thursday, May 5 following the passage of a no-confidence motion for the removal of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration of former Premier Andrew Fahie who is detained in Miami on cocaine trafficking and money laundering charges.

"I am pleased to report on behalf of the Government of National Unity that I have submitted a proposal to UK Minister for the Overseas Territories the Rt. Hon. Amanda Milling that sets out our approach to reform and presents a framework for implementation under continued democratic governance," said Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. Natalio Wheatley in a public address on Wednesday, May 11.

He added, "It represents our commitment to good governance and strengthening our institutions and systems of Government. We want to engender a new culture in the handling of the people's business."

Premier Wheatley expressed the hope that Minister Milling and the UK Government will give due consideration to the proposal and not go down the path of direct rule.

"We stand ready to work as partners with the UK and in close cooperation with Governor [John] Rankin," Dr. Wheatley stated.

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He assured residents that the Government will soon be coming to the public to explain their firm plans to improve governance in the Virgin Islands along with plans to ensure the proper management of our society. An announcement on dates will be made shortly.

Premier Wheatley appealed that these are times when all party affiliations and personal ambitions and agendas must be set aside, and work together for the greater, long-term good of 'our beloved islands and all our people'.

"As we work together, cutting across party lines, we will be holding each other accountable based on the commitments we made in order to forge the Government of National Unity," Premier Wheatley stated.

He said Government has been engaged in a series of meetings to map the way forward for the Virgin Islands. On Monday, 9 May, Government held its first Caucus followed by the first Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

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Following the release of the CoI report, Minister Milling travelled to the Territory and held several closed-door meetings with elected officials, business, community and religious leaders to discuss steps to be taken to address corruption and accountability in governance.

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In a pre-recorded message released following her departure from the Territory on Wednesday, May 4, Minister Milling said she has a lot to consider.

“I will share the feedback from the range of individuals and groups I have met with the Foreign Secretary, and we will discuss what steps to take next,” Minister Milling stated.

No timelines were provided for firm decisions to be delivered by the UK, but some residents and regional institutions have been pushed back against the CoI’s recommendation for there to be a temporary return to UK rule.

Minister Milling has committed to discussions with Governor Rankin and Dr. Wheatley on how to tackle the issues which are holding back the development of the BVI.

“This must happen quickly. The people of the BVI deserve no less. You deserve a government which works in everyone’s interests, not just those of a few. A system which promotes and protects, not divides and instils fear. A future which is bright, not overcast by the dark shadows of crime and corruption,” Minister Milling outlined.

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Jane
No sir, you had years to give us good governance years and years. I do not think you would know good governance if it bit you on the ****sir. We all would like to see what this good governance is like, having no previous experience with with this concept.
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Play School
Off in his new uniform to play school , Dr Wheatley spending the day banging square pegs into round holes!
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Licker And Sticker
I have zero confidence in these ppl. They only recycling material agreed upon by their ppl
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Road Runner
How is having a one party self appointed Government made up solely of members of the old broken corrupt system, representative of the peoples wishes? I don't think this could be any less democratic. They seem not to get it - we want a clean sweep. Get rid of all of these individuals who claim to care about the BVI and it's people, but have continually failed to deliver solid results for decades. We are truly sick of it - time for the UK to put this right!
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Agree
Could not agree more. ALL need to go.
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Rubber Duck
No one agrees with their unelected North Korea style one party state. The represent no one but themselves.
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YES TO UK RULE
This government might try to do good for a while but it won't last, Wheatley has call down the UK and the guvnor many times calling them **** and other names. This new government is made up of people that were in the NDP and the VIP just look at both parties track record. Wheatley as education minister hasn't done much more than talk., there are members in the party that the COI flagged. The new speaker of the house **** to the COI about his contracts with government I can go on and on but we all know this setup is to keep the UK from taking over I hope they don't fall for it, nearly every week Penn and Wheatley were fighting.UK rule is the best and only way forward. Hon. Amanda Milling if you and the UK care anything about the British Virgin Islands please take us over or they will keep doing the same thing, I know I speak for at least 80% of population.
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Hmmm
How did you calculate your 80%? Did you have something set up to know what 80% of the population want? Mehn stop with the made up numbers pls.
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National Unity
Who gave you the right - we did not elect these people - how does NDP just decide to change the government? Please UK come and sort this out, tired of shadow games. We are one of the wealthiest Caribbean islands yet our schools, roads and infrastructure are in taters as our government squanders our tax money on planes that don't fly and budgets that overrun by double.
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National Unity
Who gave you the right - we did not elect these people - how does NDP just decide to change the government? Please UK come and sort this out, tired of shadow games. We are one of the wealthiest Caribbean islands yet our schools, roads and infrastructure are in taters as our government squanders our tax money on planes that don't fly and budgets that overrun by double.
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BuzzBvi
Why would the people of the VI know less about the proposals of "their" Government than UK. Who really are the oppressors? Surely the proposal should have been shown to the people he is supposed to represent. Everything continues to be done in the shadows. Better direct rule - at least that way we may be told what is going on and included in the future of the VI and not just dictated to by these people that ignore our own constitution in this new One Party State.
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Be Patient
Its not the UK that put this Govt together in order not to have direct rule Hon Wheatley put forward this unity government for the governor whos in charge to stop its direct rule that would make changes to the constitution for 2 years. Be patient and things will work out cause theres no others to cast votes for, all are the same right now and under investigations the so-called good, the bad and the ugly would be weeded out.
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