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Friday, Nov 27, 2020

Gov Jaspert ‘in a difficult position’ to apologise

Gov Jaspert ‘in a difficult position’ to apologise

UK National and Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews says the Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr Augustus J.U. Jasper is in a difficult position to apologise for comments he made regarding the UK not paying slavery reparations to the ancestors of slavery in the VI.

The Commissioner was at the time speaking a guest on the Tuesday, October 27, 2020, edition ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio show when moderator Claud O. Skelton asked for his position on the topic.


On Monday, September 7, 2020, during an interview with 284 Media, Mr Jaspert said paying reparations to the VI for acts of slavery and the slave trade is not the position of the UK at the moment.

Slavery remains a stain on the UK – CoP Matthews


“I've followed the media response on the points that you raised and the first point I will make, is look, as you've rightly said as a white British guy, I'm not even sure I can put myself in the shoes of a black nation whose ancestors suffered at the hands of white people,” CoP Matthews said.

“It's a stain on the history of the UK and certainly… British people of today aren’t proud of that, although…not every person from the UK has relatives that were slavers same as not every black person as relatives who were slaves.”

The Commissioner said that while he understands the emotion that comes with reflecting about slavery, he said reparations is a question that only governments can determine at the end of the day.

The Governor On Monday, September 7, 2020, during an interview with 284 Media, said paying reparations to the VI for acts of slavery and the slave trade is not the position of the UK at the moment.

He also called for relics of slavery such as the channel named after slave owner Sir Francis Drake to be preserved in the Territory causing community outrage with several calling for the Governor to apologise for the statements.


Leading the calls for an apology is Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, right, who has asked for Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, to apologise for his unartful comments on reparations and has been counting the days that no apology is made.

Governor apologizing is Queen apologizing – CoP Matthews


According to CoP Matthews, “I suppose my only point that I can make... you're asking the Queen for an apology because of course, Governor Jaspert is the Head of State, he is the Queen's representative, he's here doing her will, her bidding.”

He said it, therefore, becomes difficult to be looking to the Queen for an apology, “How do BVIslanders who are her Majesty’s subject, ask Her Majesty for an apology…. and for me, we have to take that with the personality out of it, you know it's not about the Governor,” CoP Matthews said.

“So, I think he [Governor Jaspert] is in a difficult position, I don't see he can personally apologize on behalf of the Queen and I think that's a difficult one,” the ToP CoP commented.

Comments

FreeMan 26 days ago
“How do BVIslanders who are her Majesty’s subject, ask Her Majesty for an apology”??? Is he real? Is it 2020 or 1750?

Elizabeth is eating her employers taxes, so they are not her “subjects” they are her boss.

If Hitler was alive, he would have to apologize to his 20 million victims, and as Elizabeth is alive, she must apologize for her 40 million victims.

Germany pay billions of dollars to the Jews, and so do Britain must pay to their victims.

Unlike Germany, that pay money for absolute psychopathic behavior of their leader that did damage also to Germany itself, the British justification to pay is much higher, as it was evilness for pure greed!

One thing he is right: not all the British people need to pay it. It shouldn’t come from any taxes money. The top 10%should pay 90% of their fortune. And justice for all.

And wake up, old lady. No one is your subject in 2020. We are all equal on this earth, and you deserve no more or less respect as any other BVislader.

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