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Hon Skelton fires back: "I left with my intellectual properties"

Hon Ronnie A. Skelton (AL) fires back: I left with my intellectual properties. Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the Second District constituency at Brewers Bay. Photo: Team of Reporters
A section of the Second District constituency at Brewers Bay. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of those gathered for the State of District Address. Photo: Team of Reporters
Some of those gathered for the State of District Address. Photo: Team of Reporters
BREWERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), has fired back at his political nemesis, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP) saying, “I left with my intellectual properties.”

Hon Skelton was last night, January 13, 2019 speaking at Brewers Bay and was responding to Hon Walywn’s assertion that he was in fact taking credit for NDP successes and not his own.

Hon Walwyn, in a previous rant had said in relation to Hon Skelton, “if you fly out of our nest you can’t walk with our straws, you have to look for your own straws.”

Flew The Coop

Addressing a section of the Second District constituency at Brewers Bay, Hon Skelton said, “I understand saying now that I flew the coop and I need to leave the straws…But all I want to tell them, I didn’t go with their straws, all I went with is my intellectual property… The intellectual properties are what I have in my head, how to get things done.”

He continued saying “…here I am with my intellectual property to assist the PVIM in doing what is good and right for the people of these Virgin Islands (VI).”

The night was Second District Representative, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull aka Mitch's annual Party and State of the District Address where Hon Skelton and another NDP defector Hon Archibald C. Christian(AL), were present, addressing the people of the District—lobbying support for PVIM.

Full Slate

On the very platform, Hon Skelton also confessed to leaving the NDP after failed efforts to ascend to the position of Party Chairman at the internal elections Mid-2018.

Although only announcing a slate of seven Candidates, Hon Skelton is confident the PVIM will be having more soon.

“We have more candidates coming…All can’t come at the same time…We have some coming…We will launch them shortly.”

Further blasting the NDP—of which he is a founding member—Hon Skelton charged that the current NDP is getting the people of the Territory caught up in the minor things, while there are major difficulties facing the territory.

“So they do things like get you to clean ghuts and cut bush while you are much, much better than that…You can do much more than this.”

High Paying Jobs

He commended his team of Candidates who left high paying jobs to fight for their country.

“And I say they are not going to be about to attract those kinds of salaries as elected officials.”

According to Hon Skelton the backbenchers of Government and Opposition members attract a salary of $36K annually.

 “That’s their pension when we calculate it…A similar job in government getting $80k and $90K…A Minister gets $60K salaries, the Permanent Secretaries and the heads of departments get a $120K to $130K.”

He also debunked the notion that the PVIM is an exclusive club putting Virgin Islanders against Non-Virgin Islanders.

“They need to stop,” he said, calling it an attempt to put enmity between him and boyhood days to present day friends for political gains.

“It needs to stop and it needs to stop now.”

19 Responses to “Hon Skelton fires back: "I left with my intellectual properties"”

  • ccc (14/01/2019, 09:29) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    let NDP 1 and 2 kill each other
  • okay (14/01/2019, 09:30) Like (19) Dislike (30) Reply
    We voting u out to we don’t want none of y’all We giving. VIP a chance
    • Xxx (14/01/2019, 11:22) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
      VIP for sure
    • VIP? (14/01/2019, 11:28) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
      You giving VIP a chance? VIP had over 30 years in office to run this country. Enough is Enough!!!
      • Yup (14/01/2019, 14:01) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
        I agree. They had their time. Seems like these voters have amnesia. Fahie stole money too.
    • @okay (14/01/2019, 15:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank God you don't represent the majority of right thinking people in this country. People listening and not saying a word. Not a good sign for NDP. But those same people know that VIP won't get the job done so what a predicament.
  • NICK (14/01/2019, 12:09) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Yes I going vip all the way I only 36 years old an only since NDP get in the country in this state wa more damage you ppl want donus buddy vip has do wrong to but the fact NDP has gone to far 7.2 million no plane 30 million over run cruise pier an still ain’t complete so ain’t complete we have to show these ppl is we have the power an not them
  • Compare (14/01/2019, 12:20) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    It is amazing up to now VIP for the last twenty years what have they done for this country hospital started with the NDP, NDP loss VIP could not finish it, NDP won finish it, VIP for years made proposal to build a crew ship pier, NDP in eight years come and built it, VIP for years promise to increase minimum wage never did NDP come and did it, VIP for centries promise virgin gorda a mini hospital NDP come and built it, VIP for years had every chance to upgrade education , NDP in eight years did it, VIP talk about a national insurance for the territory could not get it done NDP done it, VIP for years talk about graft alive upgraded it never did NDP come and did it, VIP for years talk about getting the sewage off of greenland streets never happen and NDP got it done. The list goes on
    • @Compare (14/01/2019, 15:22) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
      And look at the majority of the things you mentioned. They were under Ronnie Skelton's leadership. The projects were completed on time, on budget and without investigation or corruption. Check the others, the wall (Myron), the cruise pier (Mark), BVI Airways (Premier)....I hope you all now see why Ronnie decided if I can't lead you guys to do better, I won't continue to be apart of you while doing crap.
      • Delusional much (15/01/2019, 00:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        So because the party was that terrible he ran to be the chairman? And wasn't it his intellectual property with the 7.2m airline fiasco? Oh I forgot, anything good under the NDP administration is Ronnie's Intellectual property but the failures were someone else's shortcoming. Bravo Ronnie! Good job!
        • @Delusional much (15/01/2019, 10:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          No delusion. He agreed to brining BVI Airways. Nothing wrong with that. It is now they administered the contract that became the problem. The Premier and his gang took it and next thing you know, disaster. If Ronnie had that, would not have happened for sure. Ronnie can just get stuff done. That's it and without scandal or investigation.
      • Truth! (15/01/2019, 08:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Queen (14/01/2019, 19:32) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Education (14/01/2019, 21:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ronnie did not do all this without the following ministries being involve let me educate you the ministry of communication and works public works must play and important role when it come to engineers, surveying and approved plans, ministry of finance who will approve the moneys being spent the premier and lastly the ministry of natural resources and labour to ensure that the enviroment is being protected and thr development is safe. This is not a one man show Ronnie ministry could not execute this on his own.
    • @Education (15/01/2019, 10:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      All the rest of them had the same support but their projects still in shambles, corrupt and investigated so what's the point. You can only get things done without all the extras if you do not have integrity and you do not have the intelligence to direct the path.
  • Getting it right (14/01/2019, 21:19) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ronnie never got it togethet right the first time with the hospital that is one of the reason he lost so please trt to remember the same with the NHI he never got it right the first time he had to go back to the drawing board because it was not properly plan. So when he was at the electricity with the generators that was bought and just in a few months they stop working he had to try a second time. Before statements are made we need to gather the facts
    • @Geting it right (15/01/2019, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So, that is a great testimony all by itself. Do you always get everything right. The point is he continued until he got the job done and he did.
  • Oh Please (15/01/2019, 10:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear Mr. Skelton please do not repeat that intellectual property line to anyone anywhere. Fact is you could have gained no intellectual property while a part of Cabinet. See, the simple fact is that the Constitution and not intellectual property law is what governs formulation of policy and implementation of that policy. Collective responsibility means that you CANNOT take credit for any projects which were executed while you were Minister of Health, that credit goes to the entire Cabinet (and quite rightly so). By the same token, dear Leader of the Opposition, you CANNOT distance yourself from failures such as the $7.2 million for BVI Airways and the over budget, not yet completed pier park, or indeed even the ESHS wall. You are collectively responsible for the successes of the NDP administration and also the failures. Oh and by the way, collective responsibility holds you responsible for implemention of projects and not just formulation of related policy. So stop treating the voters like we're ignorant, we are not!

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