We Had To Act Quickly

Name

By Sonje Greenidge, Journalist

Updated 1:56 PM AST, Mon Jun 20, 2022

No Image Found
(Photo Credit: Sonje Greenidge/BVI Platinum News)

(PLTM) - Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. Natalio Wheatley reiterated that the status of the Virgin Islands as a Territory that does not enjoy the privileges of formal independence- means that the Constitution is an Order of the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament and is therefore subject to suspension at any time.

Advertisement
Advertisement

This morning on “Da Morning Braff” radio show, Dr. Whealtey sought to explain the difference between how the Constitution of an independent country varies from the Constitution of the Virgin Islands. In doing so, he provided a rationale for how the United Kingdom possesed the authority to call for the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to be established firstly, by the former Governor Augustus Jaspert, and the authority to make a decision based on its findings.

“We had to act quickly to give the United Kingdom (UK) an alternative from suspending the Constitution, and of course implementing these reforms themselves,” Dr. Wheatley stated.

Dr. Wheatley also stressed that the first order of business after the publishing of the CoI report, was to persuade Governor John Rankin, and other UK government officials of the local governments commitment and capability to implement the recommendations.

In describing the limitations that are imposed on the Government of the Virgin Islands as an Overseas Territory, Dr. Wheatley said: “That is the reality of our status.”

He also mentioned that the United Nations (UN) has declared in a Charter and in their Resolutions from as early as 1960 or 1961, that colonialism must be rooted out throughout the world.

Advertisement
Advertisement

On this premise the United Nations (UN) established a committee specifically for nations who have not yet attained complete self-governance, to report to the United Nations (UN) on their progress towards self-determination.

He stated that the Virgin Islands and other Overseas Territories are obligated to provide the committee with regular and routine reports on the process towards self-governance, which representatives from the Territory have attended every year in recent times.

Dr. Whealtey explained that contrary to popular belief, independence is not the only form of self-governance. Self-governance can be manifested through “integration” which some French Territories are endeavouring towards, and “free association”.

Advertisement
Advertisement

----
Copyright 2022 by Virgin Islands Platinum News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Reader Opinion

Please note that the opinions posted are the opinions of its author and does not in any way reflect the views of the management, staff, parent company or sponsors of Virgin Islands Platinum News.
and are required.
4 Comments
I 2nd The Motion
Robin overthrew batman
Like · · 5d ago
0 Likes
and are required.
Really
So he is still spouting self-governance. None of US want all of you to govern us and keep on *** our money. They all need to go. Acting quickly to stay in power giving out 1 Million Dollar contracts for 2-floor-elevators.
Like · · 6d ago
4 Likes
and are required.
Slow Wande
But you are the same person along with Andrew who got us in this mess in the first place. Do you forget your role? Do you forget your constant attacks on the UK and the governor every time you spoke? Do you forget that you supported Andrew with every bad thing from the fake stimulus to the barges? You were the dutiful lieutenant who supported all the crap. Now you are saying that you had to act quickly when you raise up the ants nest!
Like · · 6d ago
30 Likes
and are required.
Loyalty The Obeah Wearing Off
He had to salvage what was left of the muck the VIP got us in . Look at the one who just jump . Does he understand loyalty ? The bath water washing off
Like · 6d ago
3 Likes
Platinum Comments Plugin