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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022

‘We are not puppets, we are patriots’- Premier Wheatley

‘We are not puppets, we are patriots’- Premier Wheatley

Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has rebutted comments made by Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool that Cabinet members of the Government of National Unity are puppets, comments which Hon Vanterpool later withdrew.

Dr Wheatley was at the time speaking during the Fifth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola.

Assuring the people of the VI that his government is working with the purest intention on what they believe is the best interest of the territory, he lashed out at Hon Vanterpool for the initial comment that his government is a puppet.

Hon Vanterpool during the debate of the controversial Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report said the five members of the Cabinet in the VI were all puppets.

“I am going to speak the truth. They dare not go against the Governor, because they know what he can do,” Hon Vanterpool said while adding that the Governor is a dictator in the VI.

Hon Mark H. Vanterpool during the debate of the controversial CoI Report said the 5 members of the Cabinet in the VI were all puppets, 'I am going to speak the truth. They dare not go against the Governor, because they know what he can do,' he added.


Statements withdrawn


Hon Vanterpool later withdrew his statements, to which the Premier added, “I want to thank the Member for the Fourth [District] for withdrawing the characterisation of us as puppets because we are not puppets, we are patriots.”

Dr Wheatley continued, “and we are we are leading the Virgin Islands through a transition,”.

The Premier further went on to say that it is no coincidence that Mother’s Day came right after the establishment of the Government of National Unity.

“This government of National Unity is almost a vehicle through which our BVI can be born again, that a new BVI can be born and it is not to say that the old BVI was all that bad,” he added

Dr the Hon Wheatley said while there is quite a lot to love about the VI, there are things in the territory that must be reformed because they will threaten that which the people of the territory love.

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