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‘All hands should be on deck’ behind Premier’s agenda – Skelton-Cline

- said Gov't's unconventional approach is what is needed to 'cut against the grain'
The Virgin Islands Party Government led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), while involving the people all the way, have been making tough decisions for the benefit of the Territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline said the Government's unconventional approach to governing is what is needed to 'cut against the grain' and effect change. Photo: VINO/File
Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline said the Government's unconventional approach to governing is what is needed to 'cut against the grain' and effect change. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie had indicated that there was a shortfall in the key financial services sector for 2019, hence, his government was looking at various ways to diversify the economy. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie had indicated that there was a shortfall in the key financial services sector for 2019, hence, his government was looking at various ways to diversify the economy. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – ZBVI ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host and social commentator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says that given the Premier’s unconventional approach to governance and a renewed push towards the developmental agenda of the Virgin Islands (VI), all hands should be on deck to support the ideas of Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Mr Skelton-Cline was speaking on the Tuesday, January 7, 2020 edition of his Honestly Speaking radio show, with the Premier as his guest.

During the show, both the Premier and his government came in for high praise over their approach to governance of the Territory since taking office in February 2019.

Unconventional Gov’t

“I don’t think it's just a tag name of being unconventional, I really believe that’s what it takes in this particular hour to cut against the grain, to do things in ways that have not been done normally, if you want to effectuate the kind of change, cut through some of the bureaucracy, cut through some of the normal rituals that we go through,” Skelton-Cline said.

He added that as a people, the ideas propagated by the government are going to make the difference and help determine what the future will look like for both the current and future generations.

Targeted Priorities

Touching directly on the Premier’s 2020 budget plans, Skelton-Cine pointed to several of the plans as being transformative. 

He said venturing into areas like gaming, medicinal marijuana, expansion of the airports and seaports, forming Caribbean alliance and financial technology speaks to ways that the territory ought to move forward, since it is indicative of future trends.

“I am pleased, and I want to say publicly why I think; all of our hands should be on deck helping to push this agenda forward given when there is a $30M drop in our financial services,” Skelton-Cline said.

Premier Fahie had indicated there was a shortfall in the key financial services sector for 2019, hence, his government was looking at various ways to diversify the economy.

6 Responses to “‘All hands should be on deck’ behind Premier’s agenda – Skelton-Cline”

  • jack (13/01/2020, 13:37) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    If we had 90k consultancy we and all would be saying the same thing...
  • God has nothing to do with it (13/01/2020, 17:10) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Seems like where the money is is where u will speak
  • One eye fowl cock (13/01/2020, 18:09) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Rt Honorable Andrew Fahie is a pioneer of the British Virgin Islands Long LIVE him and the VIP They have my vote again in 2023
  • Disinterested (13/01/2020, 18:32) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    News flash! Where a cow or goat or sheep Ian tied Ian where it feeds. CSC layering high praise on the government isn’t expected. If CSC consultancy contract for $90K was not given in the first instance and renewed, would he heaping high praise on good government for its unconventional approach to governing? If no he would making loads of noise like an empty kerosene pan. CSC is not a good messenger to carry the message. I think every resident would want any government to succeed, making decisions for the public good. Nevertheless, the populace cannot and should not behave like buffaloes or sheep and march off the cliff behind it when its doing crap. A strong opposition is needed to keep the government focus and honest. Without a strong opposition, government will feel it is above the law; it starts by to behave in an autocratic or dictatorial manner. I say support government when it is governing in the best interest of the people and territory and be equally critical when it is doing s.....t. To me the unconventional style is nonsense. Unconventional spells one term. Stay tune. It is early but I see signs for many one termers, if they don’t pull their socks. Life is being breathe deep into the politically dead.
  • facts (14/01/2020, 07:11) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    The non national at the RDA getting 300g and has done nothing so far


    Claude is one of we and his record of progress is clear and unmatched bottom line!!


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