National Unity Government Is A 'Puppet Government'

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By Sonje Greenidge

Updated 12:56 PM AST, Thu May 12, 2022

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A protestor outside Government house on Wednesday, May 11.
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(PLTM) - At least one of the organizers of the public demonstrations against direct United Kingdom (UK) rule has expressed mixed views about newly established National Unity Party Government led by Dr. Natalio Wheatley.

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Sam Henry, who opposes the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendation to temporarily and partially suspend the constitution, explained that he embraced the government’s attempt to preserve the principles of self-governance and to portray a unified approach to governance.

He also stated that the National Unity Government has also demonstrated that Members of the House of Assembly (HoA) were dedicated to addressing the issues highlighted in the CoI report.

“It is a start to show that we are serious about running our own democracy. Regardless, it is the only fighting chance we have, so I support it,” he revealed.

However, he stated that he was not completely satisfied with the newly constructed Government on the basis that it was not an organic solution designed by the people of the Virgin Islands.

When asked if he was reassured by the new Dr. Wheatley-led government, Henry noted that he did not think it was an indication that direct rule by the United Kingdom would not be imposed, and he thinks that the possibility still lingered.

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“The National Unity Government is a puppet government. But it is up to the United Kingdom to decide why the viable plan that we put forward to deal with our concerns is not acceptable,” he told BVI Platinum News.

He added, “Organic is when you have the soil, you dig the hole, you plant the seed, and you water it and wait for it to grow. That was not an organic situation, that was a forced situation."

He also chastised UK government officials for strategically planning months in advance in relation to their response based on the CoI report.

In the contrast, Henry pointed out that the Virgin Islands Government had only been afforded three days to act, following meetings with Governor John Rankin and Minister for Overseas Territories, the Rt. Hon. Amanda Milling.

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Sam Henry, right, and Amberly Crabbe at the protest on Wednesday, May 11.
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Henry, who is one of the leaders of the “We the People VI” movement, noted that the rationale behind Wednesday's demonstration against direct UK rule was to remind persons around the world who are in solidarity against the UK's imposition proposed by the CoI report that Virgin Islanders were still actively protesting against the outlined recommendation.

The protest was staged in front of the Governor's house. Some participants held large portraits of former Ministers such as Hon. Terrance B Lettsome and Hon. H. L. Stoutt. Amberly Crabbe, who is also a coordinator for the event and a key faces of the movement, supported some of the claims posed by Henry.

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"While it is quiet and a lot doesn’t seem to be happening, there is a lot happening behind the scenes. We are aware that our government is operating under duress. A lot of the decisions being made, they are being forced to make. And the UK is indirectly forcing they rule, and we the people will not stand for it,” Crabbe stated.

She also explained that she was not discouraged by the absence of government officials at the protest because she explained that she understood that the current politically context means that they are currently constrained.

“I know there is a lot of things they can’t say to us publicly and I know there is a lot they can’t participate in at this moment, so it doesn’t discourage me any bit,” she confidently stated.

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Cornwall
Its a puppet government indeed. What has really changed. Andrew did not cause all the mess. All of the ministers played a part. Now they are being rewarded for bad behavior. As for the rep for the 6th, she seem to be asleep while she awaits retirement. Stupes. Its a shame.
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SEEN
THESE PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW LAWS ... THATS IS SOMETHING THEY LACK OF THATS WHY THEY ARE IN THIS DILEMMA HOW THE OUTSIDE WORLD IS GOING TO TRUST BVI WHEN THEY ARE NOT TRUST WORTHY SOMEBODY NEED TO TEACH YOU GUYS HOW TO BE HONEST ,TIME TO UNLEAN COOKED WAYS
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Jack
Why is no one apologizing for the mess we are in? Not one member of government has had the common decency to apologize to the people for years of corruption and abuse of power! Not one!
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Rubber Duck
A total lack of support that shows the majority want this government out.
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YES TO UK TAKE OVER
Amberly Crabbe, What money does Hon Amanda A. Milling for you, you are all about the money but as far as that goes you are finished.
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Silly People
I was really wondering what was the message that they were trying to convey with this disrespectful sign, I was not aware that the UK either needed to took the pittance that BVI has a a budget each year. Most corporations have an operating budget that is more than the BVI budget. These people are very silly
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INTEGRITY IS EARNED
AND IF YOU PRETENDERS BELIEVE VE THAT BY USING FORMER CHIEF MINISTERS ,WHOM HAVE SET STANDARDS FOR YOU HYPOCRITES TO EMULATE IS GOING TO MAKE YOU ALL RELAVANT , KEEP ON DREAMING
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HYPOCRITES & PARASITES
THE LORD HAS MADE HIS PRESANCE FELT / LOOK HOW THEY ARE REAVEALING THEMSELVES WHILE STILL TRYING TO FOOL THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR DECEPTION , JUST LOOK THEM STRAIGHT IN THEIR EYES NO ONE CAN FOOL GOD ,BUT THESE SHARKS STILL BELIEVE THEY CAN ( GOOD LUCK
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Spyderman
I am of the opinion that if the British supports the BVI financially ( like theyve been doing for years now ) they should have the right to protect their investment. The other simpler and cheaper solution for the British would be , relinquish control , no more financial support and no more automatic British Citizenship to BVIslanders .
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Spyderman
I am of the opinion that if the British supports the BVI financially ( like theyve been doing for years now ) they should have the right to protect their investment. The other simpler and cheaper solution for the British would be , relinquish control , no more financial support and no more automatic British Citizenship to BVIslanders .
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Licker And Sticker
They worst than a puppet government. They represent parties that facilitated **** on a major level. I am not marching nor am I supporting this lot.
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Referendum
The only way to know how BVIslaners really feel is to hold a referendum. Those making noise now do not appear to truly represent the views of the majority.
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Road Runner
@ Referendum. I agree. Why not hold a general election with a 2 year UK direct rule on the ballot. This will serve several purposes - Democratically reflect the will of the people, Vindicate the UK from the bogus calls of colonialism, Silence our misguided down island vocal commentators, and untimely clean up the corrupt political swamp that the BVI has become.
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Tola
After a successful no confidence vote, election is next step. The caretaker government need to remain until an election is held.The state of governmental affairs presently need to be stabilize . That is whst the coalition government will do. Also some key public servants whose professionalism ,the report revealed was seriously compromised, need to be let go by the governor, who is charge of the public service.
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That'S My Question.
So if UK decide to take over BVi for 2 years as recommended what legal fighting legs do those opposed have?.
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Great Question
None.
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