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All HOA members cooperating with COI despite ‘misleading reports’

Speaker of the House, Julian Willock (left).

Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock has unequivocally stated that all 15 members of the House of Assembly (HOA) have been cooperating fully with the Commission of Inquiry (COI).

Willock made that public statement in a release on Friday amid what he said are misleading media reports that are “inconsistent with facts as it relates to the members of the HOA’s cooperation”.

Just last month, the Commission reported that it had invited ministers and other public officials including HOA members to make “voluntary disclosure to the COI”. However, at the time of its mid-May statement, the COI said HOA members “have made no representations” to Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom.

But, Willock’s press statement Friday said, “from the onset that the entire HOA has pledged to cooperate”.

Among other things, he said this cooperation is evidenced by the House’s recent move to amend the Register of Interests Act to allow the Commission of Inquiry to have access.

He further said another demonstration of cooperation is that at least three HOA members — including Premier Andrew Fahie and Labour Minister Vincent Wheatley — recently appeared before the COI to answer questions. He said other members of the House have been recently summoned to appear and he is “sure members will cooperate as far as practical”.

In the meantime, UK firm Withers Law is representing the executive branch of government (Cabinet) in the COI while local law firm Silk Legal is representing the government’s legislative branch (the HOA).

The Fahie administration has supplied more than 85,000 documents to the COI to date.

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  1. What? says:

    Are these guys so narsassistic that they have completely lost sight of reality? Guys, the transcripts are PUBLIC. We are all reading them and we see the rubbish being spewed by senior officers and elected officiLs. If that is cooperation then I dont know what to say. There are many instances of the COI commissioner asking where information is and its obvious where information was wilfully left out from the bundles provided. You cannot win this one with words, provide all the information and let the chips fall. This government is shameless and we need a petition to get them out NOW!

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  2. Unconventional leadership says:

    Oh yea Mr speaker 85,000 documents, very impressive but we all know that those documents are useless. Send the ones that are required Mr Hon speaker and stop the games. Your lawyers already apologise to the commissioner for the untidy, disarray useless pile of junk that was delivered. So what are trying to say now. Haha you too.

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    • Rubber Duck says:

      A well known legal technique is to snow tons of irrelevant disordered papers on your opponent as part of discovery. He then has the huge job of trying to dig through them for evidence.

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  3. Hmmm says:

    He does protest too much. Dont worry, we will soon see the transcripts.

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  4. Citizen says:

    Tell us which media house so we can deal with them.

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  5. Difference says:

    There is a difference between complying and telling the truth

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  6. Vex says:

    Thank you mr speaker we love you the haters will eat rocks soon

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  7. Doh says:

    To quote a famous American revolutionary

    THE BRITISH ARE COMING!
    THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

    Thank God

    Carry on

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  8. BuzzBvi says:

    Saying you are cooperating and cooperating are clearly 2 different things and it seems like the right person is in place to get to the bottom of things. At lease let’s all hope so for the good of the VI. Keeping records and burning them are not the same thing. Having minuted meetings that are not minuted are different than ones that are recorded properly. If only we had them on tape. Oh we do. All right then. Let’s listen to those if we can’t get them in righting.

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  9. Not by Choice says:

    Had no choice. Cant ignore all the hurdles and pit holes you all put in the way…Not dont seem like willing and honest coorperation..

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  10. Facts says:

    Please stop publishing misleading government information.

    There have not been 85,000 “documents” submitted, there have been 85,000 “pages” submitted – noted in the transcripts to be around 5,000 documents. This is very different.

    Given the scope of the requests and the matters under investigation this level of disclosure is almost certainly substantially incomplete, as the commissioner has already found.

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  11. @ THAT CRAPO says:

    DONE WAS ALLOWED TO SQUANDER THE BVI PEOPLE’S $$$$$$$$$$ IN A PERSONAL VENDETTA WITH VA*******L WITHOUT CARE OR CONCERN BEFORE THE BOSS FINALLY DECIDED ( BOI THIS S**T AIN’T LOOKING GOOD FOR US ) SO HE NEED TO JOIN P**KIN

  12. D WHITE WIG says:

    WITH ALL THE HATRED AND EVILNESS YOU ALL SPEWING BOUT ABOUT THAT NEW WORD YOU ALL JUST DISCOVERED (RACISM ) YET YOU WORSHIP THE WHITE MAN’S WIG / HOW ABOUT A BLACK ONE ? YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE ALL THE TIME BUT YOU CANNOT FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME

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  13. Anonymous says:

    I must say when Mr. Willock got this job I had my criticism, but he has grown very fast in the post, highly respected by Members and the public and may turn out to be one of the best speakers ever.

    I pray he gets two terms at least he is one of us. He is not a cashew without a nut!

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    • @Anonymous says:

      RESPECT BY MEMBERS OF WHO PUBLIC MAY I ASK? [OTHER] SITE IS VERY BIAS, [OTHER] SITE WILL PUT OUT A STORY AND WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR HONEST OPINION, THEY DEEP SIX YOUR COMMENT BECAUSE HIS … LITTLE FEELINGS IS GOING TO BE HURT. HE NEED TO REMOVE …

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  14. Of course we're cooperating says:

    We have answered every question!
    When did you do this? I don’t remember
    Where is the paperwork? I can’t find it
    Why did you hire this contractor? I don’t know
    Who gave you this contract? I can’t recall

    See? We answered everything! I don’t know why the COI is saying we aren’t cooperating…..

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  15. Ohh says:

    Yes we have cooperated fully!! By playing dumb, clueless and appearing totally incompetent!

    I have read every transcript and I’m ashamed of us. We cannot be serious in this place. There’s no way sensible folk can’t see through this governments’s nonsense. And yes, I’m glad the COI is happening and while they are at it, they need to look into the Anegada Lands.

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  16. Enough says:

    Enough of this gamesmanship and trying to sway public opinion. Let the COI do its job without you butting in. You think people are stupid. They have not appeared as yet, have not submitted statements they were asked to submit be you are here yapping your mouth that they are complying fully. IT is well known that people now a days, especially politicians willingly say one thing today and by the afternoon they do the complete opposite. Just as you are doing now, because it makes you look good. There is no integrity to behavior now, it is just what is socially or politically expedient at this point in time.

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  17. TA TA says:

    GAMESS PEOPLE PLAYY.

  18. @ BEST SPEAKER ? says:

    YEAH RIGHT ( ME TOO ) ( ESTEEMED ) 🤔 WHATEVER I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE THAT DUDE ADJUSTING THAT LOVELY WIG HE WORSHIPS 🤗 ( him come movie star now 😂🤣🤭

  19. CSC - WIGLOX & D BOMBER says:

    SO THEY WAS CHILLING OUT TOGETHER 🤔 WELL CSC HAS A WAY WITH WORDS / WIGLOX LOVE TO FOOL HIMSELF WITH SELF PRAISE AND ARROGANCE / AND THE
    LARGE ONE HAS THE POWER AT HIS DISPOSAL SO HE’S JUST LETTING US KNOW ( ITS LIKE WHEN HE SAY 🗣 JUMP YOU SIMPLY OBEY / OR YOU CAN GET LEANED ON 🦾

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  21. @ ANONYMOUS says:

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  22. Sea cows bay says:

    Willock is a good yute to be honest he helped me with my first job after school I admire him and look up to him

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    • @sea cows bay says:

      Yute? Where the yute is? Don’t kill me people. A damn man nearly 60 who acting like a spoil child you calling huge?

  23. @Sea Cows Bay says:

    Please, he help who he wants to help.What is he doing to help the Sea Cows Bay Community.

  24. Sick ah he says:

    Why is it that this man like to be in things so? This self importance is tiring.

  25. VI Gyal says:

    I have determine this is a lie!!!

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