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Hon Skelton blasts Walwyn! Says he is incapable of managing Territory’s affairs

The NDP 2 the breakaway group—PVIM—will be launched on Friday December 7, 2018. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (left), has come out swinging against his political nemesis, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), saying the Minister for Education and Culture, is incapable of managing the affairs of the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (left), has come out swinging against his political nemesis, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), saying the Minister for Education and Culture, is incapable of managing the affairs of the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), has come out swinging against his political nemesis, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL)— recently elected Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP)—saying the Minister for Education and Culture, is incapable of managing the affairs of the Territory.

He was at the time responding—over the weekend in a social media interview—to the notion that he left the NDP because he lost the race for chairmanship to Hon Walwyn.

Hon Skelton—now Chairman of the newly formed Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM)— is adamant, “I was not upset,” and that his decisions rest with the fact, that “he [Walwyn] cannot manage the affairs of the country”.

Not Upset

The former Minister of Government and NDP founder said he was “not upset over the loss… however, I thought the reason for the election was for a leader that was capable of managing the affairs of the country, but that was not the case.”

The former Minister noted too, that once he learnt of what transpired with regards to the NDP’s internal election and how it was ran, introspection led to the question, “where was the transparency, where was the accountability… and these are things we were accusing others of not doing.”

Lambasting the party’s congress, Hon Skelton observed that there was no accountability and transparency.

“The same things when the NDP started, we were accusing others of, and here we did the same things we were accusing others of doing,” referring to the internal elections.

Abandon Country

He said too, persons have been encouraging him to not “just abandon the country.”

According to Hon Skelton, he is doing this “for my country,” and he wants to build the VI for “the young people and it’s important for the young people to be ready to take over after I leave.”

The former Finance Minister between 2003 to 2007 revealed too, that now that he has been relieved of his duties, as Minister for Health and Social Development, he can now concentrate on “building his party the PVIM.” 

Cannot Continue

The former Cabinet Member also said what is happening now with the current government, "cannot continue," as his party is trying to make things better for the future.

According to Hon Skelton, he is building an organization “that can give people hope,” and said he has enjoyed a good life and wants to build a country to have people enjoy the same. 

The now Opposition Member was unwavering in announcing he is “loyal” to his country and not the party, saying, once a party becomes no longer interested in building a country, even as a founding member of the NDP, “it’s time to walk away.”

The NDP 2, the breakaway group—PVIM—will be launched on Friday, December 7, 2018.

27 Responses to “Hon Skelton blasts Walwyn! Says he is incapable of managing Territory’s affairs”

  • good for you (03/12/2018, 18:16) Like (34) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ronnie has been fighting silently with Dr. Smith for a while, to the point of frustration but did not want to make him look bad. It seems he was expecting Dr. Smith to turn over the reigns to him or at least give him a fair chance to become the leader after him (after all it was Ronnie to lead the party initially). But that did not happen and he does not seem confident from his knowledge of the internal (which I am sure he would not really divulge - as he is not his nephew and won't employ that approach), he could not support the team any longer. It seems the timing is questionable but all in all, I understand his delay and trying to cover his Premier. For some that is admirable. For others it is weak, so we will see how he comes out in the wash.
    • oops (05/12/2018, 21:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hogwash! Scuse me. Cow dodo! Scuse me again... Bird droppings! Sorry must be something in the ear or! Wasn't it Ronnie boi the finance minister 2003. How was his handling of that ministry back then? Why was he not given that ministry when NDP return to government????? What's the cost of the new Peebles and is it true that due to the high cost of that project hence we got NHI and more taxes????? While the spinners have lots of tricks, googlies and all people must keep eyes on the ball. Watch and listen carefully they're quite skilled in tricks and cheats.
  • wize up (03/12/2018, 18:20) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    one can imagine the conduct during the upcoming sitting of the house of assembly because the only we can advance is though negative vibes: it is unbelievable because when the set of them gathered during cabinet we never heard this level conversation: all of them sat side-by-side while closing a blind eyes to the mismanagement of your tax money however suddenly it’s con-fession time.....The set of them were together for almost 20 years but suddenly you hear story: political leadership mean uniting and exchanging ideas for the benefit and best interest of our people...
    • me (03/12/2018, 19:50) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
      Is it ever too late to say enough is enough? Who says he wasn't there pleading all along with his party to not make the mistakes they made? Handled his frustrations and disagree with the party internally like he should.
    • Lilly (04/12/2018, 12:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wize up is one of those people who believe that government members are suppose to go to the house of assembly and fight and quarrel for all to hear if they disagree with each other over a matter. I do not believe this is how professionals should operate in any forum. If you are part of the Government, you must know how to conduct yourself and I applaud certain members of Government for not going to cabinet to embarrass the Premiere. Does everyone agree with all decisions their employers make? No, but we do not go on the air and speak ill of them, so why should Ronnie have gone to Cabinet and indulge in this.
  • Oilman (03/12/2018, 18:41) Like (64) Dislike (14) Reply
    Honorable Skelton can you answer one simple question weren't you there when all this foolishness was going on with the ndp camp and you sit there with your mouth shut and now you come to the people like you is Jesus Christ. You had 8 years to say something and you didn't so might as well you go sit down and continue keeping your mouth shut
    • Jumper (04/12/2018, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cabinet meetings should have been made public long ago and then our questions would be answered. Can you confidently say he kept his mouth shut? Mr Skelton ought to let the people know his views and he should answer any question asked of him.
  • six voter (03/12/2018, 18:46) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
    • Lucky (04/12/2018, 11:15) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
      Old wine is always better. He is the only one fit and proper to do the job at the moment. I would bet that the same wall project would have been handled better and come in as a finished product and not cost that much to the taxpayers. You all don't like competent persons and that's a problem.
      • The real Lucky (06/12/2018, 01:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Whoever you are. Stay in your lane. This little island is too small for more than one of us. Nice try though. Silly rabbit.
  • observer (03/12/2018, 19:09) Like (36) Dislike (7) Reply
    So, Ronnie thinks the party election is the first instance of NDP having a lack of transparency. Pier Park, BVI Airways, etc say hi.
  • tola (03/12/2018, 19:24) Like (42) Dislike (34) Reply
    Ronnie you are family but you sound dumb if you think Myron can’t lead you can’t either .
  • wize up (03/12/2018, 19:48) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
    just a follow up: mr man acted as minister of finance and did such a wonderful job that the members of the voting public refused to re-elect him(simply sent him packing to reestablish the family business up there in fish bay) the historic records will show(it was the 2 doctors that sat in opposition).....prove me wrong(play the tape)
  • VI PPL (03/12/2018, 22:09) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Empty Barrels make the most noise
  • Vain (04/12/2018, 01:27) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    I think the Constitutional discussions should consider adding a spinchter examination as part of the requirement for persons running for public office. Only person who pass with it intact would be eligible to run. This would immediately disqualify Walwyn from office.
    • Lord O . The Truth (04/12/2018, 07:23) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
      In 2011 and 2015 Myron was the most popular Polititian especially with the youths and belongers . Evidence of this was he got the most votes . Here is the Truth. Ronnie and Archie won because of Myron. .Myron strength/popularity benefited both men..Now he is the Devil Hmmm.. Myron has lost his way these few years . He needs to get back with the masses listen to the people . I like Myron as a person and as a politician ..Politicians need to stick with the masses quit the greed the selfishness and the hate. Work for the people . Love people . All people .
  • Well let’s ask (04/12/2018, 04:06) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    Myron was right there along with all of them when the pier Park,the 7mil the wall and more they said nothing all of them
  • Big Crabbe (04/12/2018, 06:58) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ronnie shows his poor Knowledge or lack of by Making this statement . If Ronnie thinks he is a better leader than Myron say that and tell us why . To tare Myron down. I am very much surprise/disappointed in Ronnie .He made himself look smaller than he is.
  • ann (04/12/2018, 07:08) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    Both are the same
  • Minister of Health (04/12/2018, 07:32) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Health workers were crying for help . Especially the long serving Xpats who had to go immigration to go in line to get time ..Just the thought of this doesn't sound good. ..What is so wrong in granting those with 10 yrs or more resident status . .That would have been a great legacy for Ronnie . A good campaign message and a good following . Influence can't be under estimated . Marlon now has the chance to do something great and remembered for doing something great . Godly and moral .
  • Well said Ronnie (04/12/2018, 08:36) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    I would support this man as the next leader of this country. Add some others who will truly look out for the country and the BVI would be in good hands.
  • Jaigon Jumbie (04/12/2018, 08:40) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    So Hon. Ronnie Skelton- founder and member of the National Democratic Party, the broad minded and courageous man according to Fletcher Scatliffe, it took you 25 years to realize that the NDP is not the accountable and transparent government that they purported to be. When did you really come to your senses that the NDP was a bad choice for this country. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all the time. Drain the swamp my people, do not make fancy talks convince you, choose wisely. Ronnie sits there for almost 20 years and see the mismanagement of this country’s financial resources and was a part of it but yet after an internal process at which he was not successful, he come chatting poodle in people ears. Retirement for all of you, NDP 1 and NDP 2. We will not be fooled this time around. Go and make amends with your old colleagues and see if you can help rebuild the party. Thank you Sir for your years of service.
  • me (04/12/2018, 10:34) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    He acting like Julian now, he don't want to be under the chosen leader, ask Frazer how he feels now. That thing call pride.
  • concern (04/12/2018, 15:23) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree with an earlier post, in 2011 and 2015 Myron did gather the most votes and literally carried NDP, however Myron has let power gone to this head and I dont' think he is no longer for the people. He now has a sense of entitlement and how he manages his portfolio is how he will manage our country. Do things how he wants, with no transparency and believe he doesn't have to answer to the people. Love him as a person, but not to lead or manager our country and get us back on track. Sorry Myron, you won't get my vote this election. I need some fresh eyes in there to open the books, show ALL the cards, and then show me a plan on how you can clean it up.
    • rubbish (04/12/2018, 22:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ex Ndp supporter, Myron got my 6 household votes because we voted party straight. Never liked the arrogant man but voted for him. I am very disappointed for how he treated many of us, locals. The Premier and Ronnie had 100% votes without question, many other Ndp supporters voted the same way. Without them straight votes see how much votes Myron will get this time. Ting to talk!!!
  • hot air (04/12/2018, 16:46) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ronnie if you only know your vote was a pity vote last election. Best believe not this time around

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