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Businesses, citizens should take charge of COVID-19 pandemic - Skelton-Cline

-says too much dependency on Gov't to get things done
Social Commentator and ZBVI Radio moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on the Business community as well as citizens of the Virgin Islands (VI) to start taking charge of the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of depending on the government for everything. Photo: Facebook/File
According to Skelton-Cline, this switch will allow the business community to be the real engine of the pandemic and take charge of running the economy of the country, to help determine policies and laws moving forward. Photo: VINO/File
According to Skelton-Cline, this switch will allow the business community to be the real engine of the pandemic and take charge of running the economy of the country, to help determine policies and laws moving forward. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Social commentator and ZBVI Radio moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on the Business community as well as citizens of the Virgin Islands (VI) to start taking charge of the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of depending on the government for everything.

"We have got to solve this pandemic, we... if we keep looking just to one sector if we keep looking just to government... it is the government that has been the engine, but I think this is a good time to begin to switch to the business community," he said on the Thursday, September 3, 2020, edition of the 'Honestly Speaking' show. 

Business community must take charge - Skelton-Cline 

According to Skelton-Cline, this switch will allow the business community to be the real engine of the pandemic and take charge of running the economy of the country, to help determine policies and laws moving forward. 

"We have looked to the Government and we have looked to politicians for everything and in one degree, we have been idolatrous because we have made the politicians lords," he said. 

According to the man of the cloth, this behaviour has allowed the populace to become completely dependent on the government for everything, which should not be the case he said.

 "A good time to change these Virgin Islands in right now, all of us have a role to play and no matter the percentage of your role, it is equally important but play it, we must."

Citizens must carry some of the burden - Skelton-Cline 

He said the territory cannot afford to return to the dysfunctions of the past, rather, should use the COVID-19 crisis and pandemic as a catalyst for change.

"This is the time to change it... we must become to change agents, stop looking to the government," he said. 

Skelton-Cline noted that while both the VI Government and the United Kingdom (UK) ought to be held accountable for decisions they make, the people also have a responsibility to carry the load of the pandemic until the burden gets lighter.


32 Responses to “Businesses, citizens should take charge of COVID-19 pandemic - Skelton-Cline”

  • Lets Go! (05/09/2020, 15:43) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ok so what you are saying is businesses should ignore government restrictions and get all of our employees back to work. Ignore the border closure laws and start importing tourists. When we have a covid outbreak that the hospital cant handle we can just set up more private clinics to provide treatment and since it will be tourists who are sick they wont qualify for NHI so all the new private clinics will make a fortune $$. This fortune can be used to spur investment and growth and the engine of the BVI economy will shift into high gear. We can build the casinos and open the medical weed farms and all live happily ever after. Finally Pastor Cline you have said something intelligent! Lets get to work people.
    • @Lets Go (05/09/2020, 15:52) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
      Oh hush, you never had the flu before ? Open up let’s get on with our lives this agenda is old and played out
      • Overspend worried (05/09/2020, 19:19) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        The Overspend is worried that if the Govt runs out of money, then his $16,666.67 per month consultancy might come to an end.
    • DEFG (06/09/2020, 01:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Lets go.....m...a.....n...u.....
  • Mask off (05/09/2020, 15:51) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
    If your mask protects you from me what are you worrying about or you know deep down inside that these mask don’t work ? And why does the warning on the box of mask say these does not protect you from Covid 19 ? Did something change over night or did the politics change ? Why when we had swine flu the mainstream media and doctors were saying “DO NOT WEAR MASK, IT’LL ONLY MAKE YOU SICK.” Did something change or did the politics change ? Can someone show me a mask that says it works against viruses ?
    • @ Mask Off (05/09/2020, 18:38) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Masks minimize the risk of germs getting in your nose and mouth.

      Why be concerned that the other person isn’t wearing...just like a condom it’s not 100% effective and some women use birth control as well.
      • @@Mask off (05/09/2020, 19:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        So why they told us not to wear a mask during the swine flu ?
    • jokes (06/09/2020, 07:39) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Your mask protects everyone else from you!
      When you cough, sneeze or speak you release droplets (spit) which is caught in your mask, so not spreading.
      You risk other’s health when not wearing a mask in public.
      So I wear a mask to protect you, you wear one to protect me, got it?

      Only medical grade (N95 or better) masks protect the wearer.
  • voter (05/09/2020, 15:51) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Total nonsense!! We are presently on lockdown in total fear of being fined or
    tased by police , for violating curfew, and you are talking this nonsense !! Unbelievable..get a life!!
  • WTF (05/09/2020, 15:58) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wtf he on about now...
  • Deport me (05/09/2020, 15:58) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Wish I was in Berlin where Millions march against these mask and lockdowns ! Fight the fight, these tolians ain’t built like y’all ! Y’all wokeeee
    • @Deport me (05/09/2020, 17:47) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      You always talking about wish you were that or this place. It takes one person to start change. Do so or shut your mouth.
  • Funny (05/09/2020, 15:59) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    Covid or no covid, he more dependent on the government more than any blooming body I know....
  • commentar (05/09/2020, 16:08) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    claude I agree with tou what people expect the government to do EVERYTGING People please lift up your self and do what you suppose to do the Government an only do a certian amount follow the ruules and COVID pass ing will decrease, Claude sometimes I donot back you but you have to support the Government because they are the main factor in the problem right now, The people have to hear and ad here the ball is in their courtsome of the politicians neeed to stop chat SHIT and come together to help there are a lot of people who are depressed please use your services to help them and make the place and people better
    • what (06/09/2020, 08:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      In a situation as this where the country is in lock down and our movement is restricted the government is responsible it is as if we are in a state of emergency. This is why they created the emergency fund for such a time as this . We are not able to function as we use too so hence our dependence on the government. But unfortunately this is the time when they use this pandemic as a political tool .
  • Really (05/09/2020, 16:09) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    This guy really enjoy hearing himself !! SMH
  • NezRez (05/09/2020, 16:19) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Business owners mist insist that anyone who wants to enter their establishments must wear a mask and sanitize their hands before entering. I don't care if they are your family or friends, we must all work on this together. Don't listen to the excuses that they left their mask in the car, make them go back and get it or sell them one if you have any, period! All food establishments, for now should be take out only, no mingling to talk, just keep distancing, they can talk when they get away from your stores. The business owners must insist on this for everything to work as smoothly as possible, so we can stay as healthy as possible. I TOO AM READY!!!!
  • Lucifer (05/09/2020, 16:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Citizens can’t even be trusted to social distance and wear masks properly. Even after the premier’s warning there are still people not wearing their masks in public. All well and good implementing fines for not complying but where is the enforcement?! Also what are businesses expected to do whilst on lockdown? If we need them to help then we need the government to allow them it operate
  • Fake News (05/09/2020, 17:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    He need. The government more than the people
  • Voice Piece (05/09/2020, 17:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Skelton Cline you need to stop pretending you are independent. Everyone knows you are sounding out public reaction by saying what the Premier is to scared to say.
    • Don't let WHO run this country, (06/09/2020, 05:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why these Govt without a proper plan always using the few failing countries as their reason to stay lock down...Why can't they look at the many success stories, learn how they do it and use them as reasons to open..?? We can't continue looking for the easy way out.... All of us learn from young from parents, from teachers , that there is "No success without sacrifice'". We have to quit looking for a perfect system because there is none....We just have to focus on moving forward.... That's Why I love St Lucia and the wisdom and courage of their leaders to quickly recognized, that this thing will not going Away And put plans in place to co-exist,. It's the first Caribbean country to open and doing very well, I know lots of these leaders are only waiting for something to go wrong to criticize,. Look how much those weak leaders criticize Jamaica and Antigua because they open their borders and had a few cases, but they continue to lead and ignore the noise,.and ignore the pressure from WHO, They fix, adjust and solve the issues, ...U cannot judge the effectiveness of a plan.until it get tested....WHO was put together under the disguise of good with an agenda to reduce the black population,. Not one Black person of their executive board. Let's be careful who we take instructions from...

  • Talking nonsense (05/09/2020, 17:59) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Govt making the rules,. The laws and plans that oppressed, citizens and businesses... Maybe Govt need to put more consideration in the citizens and businesses before they make rules and laws and shut down and lock downs....
  • Rubber Duck (05/09/2020, 19:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is he smoking?
  • Hotter fire (05/09/2020, 19:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    THe government depends upon the citizens to function, it sucks whatever it can from the ppl. Now he is talking about Covid 19, I guess their so called miracle cannot penetrate this virus, well sah.
  • vi (05/09/2020, 19:45) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    You chatting bullshit make them open the country so we all can work and take care of ourselves
    • @vi (05/09/2020, 20:59) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bravo! Point blank. Allow us to work so that we can take care of ourselves.
  • Cut deep (05/09/2020, 20:41) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    We what Kishma Penn on a talk show! She talks not only with passion and body language like the host of C** D**P but actually have facts and solutions. I’ve checked out her live after it was known my the said host of C** D**P who basically only shred it because she made more sense than C!N&Y herself. Kishma is a true BVI Islander by blood, heart and mind and if yo ever run I’ll be her biggest supporter.
  • Yes (05/09/2020, 21:31) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    We the people see COVID for what it truly is: a mild flu like virus created in a lab in communist China to generate worldwide hysteria which is used by elite globalists like Bill Gates and George Soros to mandate vaccines that will alter our DNA and sterilise us to lower birth rates. Its time for us to wake up, live our lives, love our neighbour, and not fall for the fear mongering being used to control us.
  • just in time (06/09/2020, 05:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Cline it's time u stop making excuses stop d blame game get on your knees and pray instead of fussing over who should do this and who should do that certain things only come by praying and fasting come on as a pastor u know better only God can handle this right now
  • musa (06/09/2020, 05:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good news
  • COVID (06/09/2020, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    A lot of those illegals Jamaicans working for the the man with the wh**** K*** truck fat hogs bay

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