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'Abstinence is for sexual activity'- Skelton-Cline to Backbenchers

- told Backbenchers who recently abstained on vote for CDB loan that their position must be clear & they do not have the luxury of abstaining
Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotions, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), right, and Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines, left, had abstained on the vote for the House of Assembly to give approval to borrow monies from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on December 20, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Talk show host and former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, is not in agreement with legislators abstaining from voting on motions in the House of Assembly. Photo: Facebook/File
Talk show host and former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, is not in agreement with legislators abstaining from voting on motions in the House of Assembly. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The recent decision by Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotions, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines to abstain on the vote for the House of Assembly (HoA) to give approval to borrow monies from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is not sitting well with social commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government was seeking to borrow some sixty five million, two hundred and ninety one thousand dollars ($65,291,000), according to them "for the purpose of rehabilitation and assisting the Territory in recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma while reducing risks associated with high winds and flood hazards and to support the population in re-establishing sustainable livelihood."

However, the Government failed to get the support of all of its members after the Motion was taken to a vote during the continuation of the Twelfth Sitting of the Second Session of the Third HoA on December 20, 2017.

The two Opposition Members, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Julian Fraser RA (R3) and NDP Backbencher Hon Deloris Christopher (R5) voted against the motion, which went in favour of the NDP Government 6-3, with 2 NDP Backbenchers Hons Penn and Maduro-Caines abstaining and 2 absent.

Either yay or nay

While for some the two Backbenchers abstaining can be considered as a vote against the motion, Mr Skelton-Cline is having none of it.

“I want to say to some of our elected officials. When we elect you to government we elect you to go and sit and to make decisions on our behalf, on behalf of the people who elected you to be there. And when time comes for your vote, your vote needs to be either yay or nay,” Mr Skelton-Cline stated on his show Honestly Speaking, aired on ZBVI 780 AM on January 2, 2017.

According to the former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), legislators do not have the luxury of abstaining.

“Abstinence is for sexual activity. That’s when you abstain from stuff, if you not married or something like that, but you should not be sitting in the House, and I am speaking now to my young friends who abstained, you can’t be abstaining. Let your yay be yay and your nay be nay.”

Mr Skelton-Cline reasoned that the Members need to make their position on any matter clear. “History needs to show that you took a stand that was definitive. Even Jesus said in the New Testament scriptures, you either hot or cold. You can’t be lukewarm, that is the kind of stuff that we have to spew out of our mouths. Lukewarm does not work.”

Was the loan a done deal even before HoA approval vote?

Meanwhile, the talk show host said it was concerning to him that the CDB had already disclosed publicly, some two weeks before the HoA loan vote, that it had approved the $65M loan for the Virgin Islands.

“We know that the House got approval but almost two weeks prior, the CDB issued a press release where it stated that it had already approved” the loan/grants to the VI Government.

Mr Skelton-Cline said he found it interesting that the CDB would announce that it had approved the loan when the HoA had not yet given approval.

21 Responses to “'Abstinence is for sexual activity'- Skelton-Cline to Backbenchers”

  • Curious George (03/01/2018, 10:04) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hate having to agree with Claude.
  • OUT OF PLACE (03/01/2018, 10:08) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Claude Skeleton you are right the people did not elect anyone in the house to abstain. They were elected to take a stance. As long as they got the documents a day before to review they should know what position to take. And if they are not sure ask the people.
  • Garbage (03/01/2018, 10:28) Like (5) Dislike (38) Reply
    Vote your conscience - Cline out of order on this one
  • Binocs (03/01/2018, 10:30) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The whole state of affairs is disheartening. There seems to be a crisis of leadership. Being a leader is not just about leading in times of plenty. It is much more important for our elected officials to demonstrate solid leadership during the devastating times upon us now. We are still waiting for the reconstruction plans. What will happen with the schools? When will repairs begin on the admin complex? There is so much to be done yet the people elected to serve are busy with in fighting and pettiness. Cline is right history will not absolve you for this type of wishy washy behavior. I will continue to pray for our country.
  • vex (03/01/2018, 10:32) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with the man from detroit
  • Yes (03/01/2018, 10:39) Like (8) Dislike (36) Reply
    Marlon is an elected official who will be around for quite a while. Claude is a failed politician trying to get even with the NDP he once was a part of and praised and is only upset because he didn't get his way. Yea, sure, I can see Marlon being bothered by this stance. LMAO!
    • @LOL (03/01/2018, 10:58) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
      This the kind of laidback mentally that get BVI nowhere. These fathead politicians just sit back and bask in their family and friends voting them back in for doing nothing. Voters are wiser and stronger so keep with the talk. LMAO right back at you.
    • Marl (03/01/2018, 14:20) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Shut up Marlon
  • one eye (03/01/2018, 11:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look trouble here
  • Peter Paul John (03/01/2018, 12:15) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lorna Lorna you man have traitors in he party. And and then want to overthrow him. He should fire them no good.
  • Observer (03/01/2018, 13:17) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government getting all these loans and no private new businesses injecting money in the country,how will these loans be paid back?The country was Bankrupt before the floods and hurricanes,so I will like some of the smart accountants around town to help me with a answer..
    • @observer. U thinking.. (03/01/2018, 16:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are all business men. They will wheel, deal and spin so it all goes back to them by the hook or by the crook they will get the bulk of it
  • one eye (03/01/2018, 14:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love this headline well sah
  • Oliver S (03/01/2018, 16:01) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    People Please People Please....Stop the Government from Dipping into the Social security money its or money..For the past years all I have been seeing is the Social security lending money and not seeing news on them receiving any money back from Government..50million hear 35 million there 16 million in pot holes etc..When the people really needs their money I hope its there, just a concern or neighbors GRS system is struggling and for us or SS systems will have less deposits for years ..People please pay attention to your life savings..
  • Street reporter. Switch Now (03/01/2018, 16:28) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Alvera, Mitch and Marlon Just need to make the switch and stop complicating things..Bring the 9 and the 5th along. New government.. Simple..Then Alvera and Marlon will be certain of a ministry. We will have a new coast. New direction..
  • Chet (03/01/2018, 19:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am not voting for none of them they are a set of back stabbers two of them put together Marlon shut up
  • Eagle Eye (04/01/2018, 05:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The indisciplined set would only spread out more of the same NO NDP anymore!
  • rattie (04/01/2018, 06:08) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Plain and simple, both Alvera and Malone need to grow some balls
  • loan (04/01/2018, 07:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You apply for loan
    The loan is approved by lender
    Lender notifies you that loan is approved and OFFERS their terms
    You can either ACCEPT or REJECT the loan.

    Bringing the loan for approval to the HoA was simply the last step. If CDB made an announcement before the last step, well to use another 'sexual' term, it was 'premature' proclamation.
  • Puppet (04/01/2018, 12:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marl doesnt have leadership skills. He's a puppet . she too

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