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Gov John S. Duncan caught lying to the public; no misquote by VINO!

- told a local Newspaper in an interview that Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) story on his statements on Claude O. Skelton-Cline's contract renewal were ‘inaccurate misquotes’; VINO plays the Tape!
Governor John S Duncan OBE has misinformed a BVI Beacon reporter that Virgin Islands News Online misquoted him on the status of Claude O. Skelton Cline's contract back in April 2016. Photo: VINO
From left: BVI Beacon reporter Ken E. Silva and ZBVI reporter Zan Lewis, who had both interviewed Governor John S. Duncan OBE. Photo: Team of Reporters
From left: BVI Beacon reporter Ken E. Silva and ZBVI reporter Zan Lewis, who had both interviewed Governor John S. Duncan OBE. Photo: Team of Reporters
Left: A portion of the interview with Governor John S Duncan OBE as conducted by BVI Beacon reporter Ken E. Silva. Right: Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
Left: A portion of the interview with Governor John S Duncan OBE as conducted by BVI Beacon reporter Ken E. Silva. Right: Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With his credibility in the pits and with no one trusting him to bring about good governance in the Virgin Islands, controversial Governor John S. Duncan OBE has now been caught lying to the public.

It was last week that the BVI Beacon’s Kenneth E. Silva interviewed Governor Duncan and the information from the exclusive appeared in the May 19, 2016 edition of the BVI Beacon.

One of the questions asked of Governor Duncan by Mr Silva was about the decision on the contract of former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

Play the tape; Governor lies

It was on April 12, 2016 that local reporter Zan Lewis of ZBVI 780 AM Radio Station had an interview with Mr Duncan hours before Mr Skelton-Cline held a live press conference.

Governor Duncan took to the airwaves to tell the public in speaking about the former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority that the National Democratic Party’s Cabinet had “taken a decision not to renew the contract of Mr Skelton-Cline.”

On April 18, 2016 our newsroom published an accurate article after we taped the interview from ZBVI where the Governor was making those statements (see article at end of story).

Very surprisingly, and in a dishonest way Mr Duncan, when asked by Mr Silva in the May 19, 2016 BVI Beacon interview (page 14) to explain the status of Skelton-Cline’s contract, claimed that VINO’s report of what he said were “inaccurate misquotes.”

In fact, Mr Duncan told the Beacon Reporter, “I think that even though you’re a newsman, you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the papers. What I said to your colleague was the limit to what I’m prepared to say on that matter: That is, the Cabinet considered carefully the recommendation of the board on the renewal of the contract of Mr Skelton-Cline, and took a decision on it. That’s it: The rest is pure conjecture and misquoting. I’d like you to note that.  I’ve seen the reports in [Virgin Islands News Online], and they are inaccurate misquotes,” the Governor concluded.

Meanwhile, Mr Silva confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online that his question to the Governor was specific to the contract renewal issue involving Mr Skelton-Cline.

‘Liar Liar pants on fire’ John Duncan

Our newsroom went back to the tape of the interview by Zan Lewis, which is attached along with our story of April 18, 2016, and found both to be an accurate reflection of what Governor Duncan said and what we reported.

Therefore, it is fair to conclude that Governor John S. Duncan OBE told the public a lie about being misquoted by VINO, which further erodes his own integrity, as a United Kingdom senior civil servant in the Foreign Service.

Time for Duncan to go; public has lost confidence

Many ordinary citizens, the media, civil society and talk show hosts have already demanded that the Governor be recalled, as he has turned out to be one of the worst governors in Virgin Islands' history.

A controversial talk show host Edmund G. Maduro said Mr Duncan “has no regard for law and order or the constitution of the Virgin Islands.”

When asked by our newsroom if he is a racist, an allegation made by Mr Maduro, Governor Duncan refused to give a straight answer on such an important matter to a majority black country where he is serving as Her Majesty the Queen’s Representative.

Listen for yourself to tape of John S. Duncan’s interview with ZBVI’s Zan Lewis & see our previous story of April 18, 2016 which he claimed to contain “inaccurate misquotes.”

Click here to download audio.

See accurate story posted by VINO on April 18, 2016

68 Responses to “Gov John S. Duncan caught lying to the public; no misquote by VINO!”

  • White Elephant (24/05/2016, 08:48) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    is this the same man that say JW could not sit on the PSC? well sah shame on you Governor
  • Edmund (24/05/2016, 08:59) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    SMH now this is it with this man
  • Xxx (24/05/2016, 09:10) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    Always like when vino plays the tape
  • BOTTOM LINE (24/05/2016, 09:16) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    It is a "WHITE LIE" plain and simple.
  • Strupes (24/05/2016, 09:22) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Trodding on dangerous ground now my boy.
    • @ Strupes (24/05/2016, 09:57) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
      I agree the Governor needs to pack up and leave
    • @ Strupes (24/05/2016, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      It amazes me how this isn't seen for what it is, the violation of the trust of the people C'mon people,
  • Bunny (24/05/2016, 09:23) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    so why he can't comment.. everything have to be about cabinet. you aint no governor then.
  • B Savage (24/05/2016, 09:27) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    Why is there anything to see here this is how Edomites get.....clay and mud was used to create the original man Edomites were created using pure dishonesty......check their history of lies and deceit.
  • KD (24/05/2016, 09:32) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    vino you the real mvp
  • ReX FeRal (24/05/2016, 09:46) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. go
    • Mark (24/05/2016, 13:52) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      There is only one thruth. Biblical truth. Any other truth is subjective.
  • Trust Me (24/05/2016, 09:48) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    There will be repercussions so be on the look out VINO!
  • SB (24/05/2016, 09:50) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    that Beacon reporter is cute
    • cart yo nasty tail (24/05/2016, 10:28) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
      The man ain't in that nastiness with you.
      • LOLLOLLLLL! (24/05/2016, 10:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        He's cute indeed!! I never Saw him @ "The man ain't in that nastiness with you".
    • The real SB (24/05/2016, 12:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      HA! Who you trying to get to believe you?
  • african (24/05/2016, 10:00) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I just read the interview in the Beacon I find the governor out of order with Mr. Silver
  • UK student (24/05/2016, 10:54) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hats off again vino i continue to be very impress with the talent at the news site
  • Donald trump (24/05/2016, 10:56) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    You got lyin John D, desperate Myron, crooked Hillary and Little Maco lol thing
  • concerned citizen (24/05/2016, 11:02) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the BVI Pee had balls they would have been marching to get the governor out of here but they full of talk as one told me this morning they have bills to pay
    • wize up (24/05/2016, 16:18) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ concerned citzen: you mean modern day BVI people have no balls: just a few days ago some of my coligues were sitting chatting about that 1972 demonstration down to goverment house; at that time the governor was a white fellow called Derick George Cudmore..1234 cudmore must GO, 678 we goin demonistrate ..VI people had balls back in the 60s and the 70s and by mid 1980s(1985) the money began to flow so out went the unity....we can no longer speak out against wrong doing because we dont want to loose our share of that money; you know that bush cutting contract....!!!!
  • bvibuzz (24/05/2016, 11:29) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply

    he was trained by the NDP to l*3 so give the man a break

    • cay (24/05/2016, 14:59) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      the media Strike on the governor Is Seen as a Message to him do not mess with the locals
  • concern (24/05/2016, 12:05) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
  • dog (24/05/2016, 12:20) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have some questions: if you bring in a foreigner with their equipment doesn't that cost more for shipping? and if this project has been on the books for years, aren't there signed contracts that are being breached? and if you piecemeal the project between companies, doesn't that cost more? The danger is one hand doesn't know what the other is doing. Plus some of the money went to the fated cruise ship dock. Finally- invite the PRESS for transparency!
    • ?? (24/05/2016, 13:56) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dog, WTF are you talking about?
      • dog (24/05/2016, 23:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        wrong story. I was responding to LL/EE sewage. You could have been a bit nicer in your query.
        it was a mistake... so sorry I offended you. How do YOU feel about bringing in outside contractors to finish this project?
  • fco (24/05/2016, 13:20) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Caught red handed
  • eh (24/05/2016, 13:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This governor needs to be imprached
  • wize up (24/05/2016, 14:13) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    why you ALL dont leave my stepfather alone please: i brought the man out here for a 4 year vacation and every !ucking you guys have something to say about my stepfather.....
    • @ wize up (25/05/2016, 20:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sad that BVIslanders will believe anything they are told by governors. If someone lies to me once, I find it difficult to trust or believe anything they tell me after that. I wish we were not so gullible.
  • Bernie Sanders (24/05/2016, 14:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dog local don't let off any Cheese the locals hands tight the outside companies give a cut back to who ever brings them in wise up people we living in corruption ,where is Miss P. she gone sleep..
  • -------------------------- (24/05/2016, 15:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Doesn't matter - Mr. Governor don't care - cuz it's not a BVI life.
  • Political Observer (24/05/2016, 15:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The governor is not above the law. We just cannot acknowledge it.
    • Liat 521 (24/05/2016, 16:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is a rather normal action by a lame duck governor who has showed his hands
  • Curious (24/05/2016, 15:08) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of them speak with forked tongues. They are not to be trusted.
  • farmer brown (24/05/2016, 15:28) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Expect more betrayal and heartbreak from these Governors
  • Eagle Eye (24/05/2016, 15:46) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks to this publication for keeping the BVI public inform with good information and keeping people accountable
  • ccc (24/05/2016, 15:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mission Accomplished! Well done VINO
  • wize up (24/05/2016, 16:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    some of you think the governor not doing anything but some of us might be in for a big surprise...
  • Daily Mail (24/05/2016, 16:40) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Send a copy of this article to the online newspaper out of the UK.....The Daily Mail.....dumb liar
  • police (24/05/2016, 18:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lyin duncan
  • Political Observer (24/05/2016, 18:39) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shaggy said it wassing me. What do you say Governor it nah yu? Is that your voice on the tape with the reporter? Ah wah yu say do not believe anything dat come from my lying lips? Governor, it look as if your credibilty is shot to hell in pieces. It might be time that you are recalled from your tropical vacation, for you cannot be effective representing Her Majesty. You have lost the confidence, trust and respect of the people. Doubt if people want to see or even hear from you. The people of the VI deserve better and the FCO must give it better or else it too is an enabler. Governor, why can't you answer the question if you are a racist? It is a slow pitch or in cricket terms a spin bowler question? I can answer the question;I'm not a racist and I can go to sleep at night.
  • Shame Shame (24/05/2016, 20:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    coming soon, even the pop them fell betrayed after they made call to him after the pop tem lock up and he nah repond officially yet.
  • THE ACCOUNTANT (24/05/2016, 21:04) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is disturbing to me is why is he pressing Dr. Smith to hasten the introduction of new legislation to punish whistle blowers. Is he afraid of something? Come on!! What is necessary is the introduction of legislation to "protect" the whistle blowers.
  • Why (24/05/2016, 22:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man is layer back for real meson
  • BuzzBvi (24/05/2016, 22:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ha Ha,

    He been here a couple of years and look how corrupt you think he is. How corrupt does that make the rest of you who been doing stupidness for years against the best for our country. He just trying to get to retirement and not get in the way of anybody who wants to keep the stupidness going.
  • ann (24/05/2016, 23:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Duncan just resign or aplogise
  • Listen (25/05/2016, 00:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    What he said afterwards was some of the finest British coco may may
  • POPE (25/05/2016, 00:20) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is typical of men in their position in a nation full of non-reading self-absorbed nativists.
  • Sherry (25/05/2016, 07:46) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    after this big fat LIE the man remains in office oh well NEXT!
  • kkk (25/05/2016, 09:44) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are people who have worked with this governor who has nothing nice to say about him
  • He needs help (25/05/2016, 12:20) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He needs help in packing his him out on the next plane...
  • liberal (26/05/2016, 07:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    If we the people of the BVI can stand up and come together with the Opposition and send a message to the FCO that we don't want and need this Governor who simply is not trying to really represent our Queen to control the nonsense that the NDP administration is doing then we all will fail and more issues and problems will come. But the the Governor need to be replace for he seems to be the worst one the country has ever had along with this bad elected administration.. ALL NEEDS TO GO!!!
  • cell 5 (26/05/2016, 22:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    When last has a governor in the BVI gone to jail????
  • Online Now (26/05/2016, 22:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    'LYING DUNCAN' this is a label the governor will never be able to shift.
  • TNTC (28/05/2016, 00:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can't get past the fact that there is no outrange in theis country over GOvernor J D behaavior
  • hmmph (29/05/2016, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Governor just not giving up. Like dog eat his shame .

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