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'I will not be bullied!' Skelton-Cline accuses Governor of probing his Gov't contract

- says he will not be intimidated from making a dollar in VI
Commentator and Consultant, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, right, has accused Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, left, of investigating him and his consultancy contract with the aim of silencing him. Photo: VINO/File
On June 23, 2020, Fourth District Representative in the House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool accused Governor Jaspert, along with past Governors, of what he called 'intimidation' of the democratically elected Premier of the Virgin Islands to lead the Territory, according to the mandate of the people. Photo: Facebook/File
On June 23, 2020, Fourth District Representative in the House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool accused Governor Jaspert, along with past Governors, of what he called 'intimidation' of the democratically elected Premier of the Virgin Islands to lead the Territory, according to the mandate of the people. Photo: Facebook/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - In explosive allegation towards a Sitting Governor from a private citizen, outspoken ZBVI 780 AM 'Honestly Speaking' radio host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has accused H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert of investigating him and his consultancy contract with the aim of silencing him.

"It has come to my understanding that the sitting governor... that he is now looking into, investigating the contract that I currently have with the government because of what I have been speaking out about," Skelton-Cline said on the Thursday, June 25, 2020, edition of his radio show. 

'I will not be silenced' - Skelton-Cline 

While not revealing how he was privy to such information, Skelton-Clone said he will not be intimidated, bullied, nor silenced over his outspokenness in the VI.

"This is exactly the kind of discrimination when one uses their power. I'm here as a private citizen, I'm not a public officer, I'm not a civil servant and I am out here speaking for those who don't have a voice... and the sitting governor is looking into me?" he said.

"I want the governor to be aware that I am aware of some of these conversations that [are] taking place behind the scenes and this will not be accepted, tolerated, I will not be silenced!" 

Mr Skelton-Cline further pointed out that his outspokenness about the Governor is not aimed at Governor Jaspert specifically, rather the officer of the Governor, its power and what it represents in the constitution.

'Governor making it personal' - Skelton-Cline 

"And now he is going to take and make this personal? Threaten me, threaten my livelihood, threaten my family, that's what it is!' Skelton-Cline said.

Skelton-Cline continued, "That I as a son of the soil can't make money in my own country, I can't provide a service and receive a fee? The devil is a liar as we would say in church."

'If it's not true, I am inviting you to come on this programme and correct the record," he said, noting that the allegation is one that boils his blood.

"That ain't no chip on the shoulder, that's a knee on my neck... Governor Jaspert, it's unacceptable," he said.

Skelton-Cline also said the Governor's privilege is ascribed, as such, any Governor sitting in the office is a public officer that has powers according to the constitution, but not powers to be abused or to be overreaching into the affairs of the local government.

It as on June 23, 2020, during the House of Assembly (HoA) that Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool accused the sitting Governor, H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert, along with past Governors, of what he called 'intimidation' of the democratically elected Premier of the Virgin Islands to lead the Territory, according to the mandate of the people.

47 Responses to “'I will not be bullied!' Skelton-Cline accuses Governor of probing his Gov't contract”

  • Agree (26/06/2020, 14:19) Like (26) Dislike (78) Reply
    This Governor is an embarrassment and needs to go. Not only sits on our necks but endorses subjugation- just look at the emblem he wears - white man crushing neck of black man with his knee! Colonial crap in 2020! Still! Wake up VI!!
    • Pathetic (26/06/2020, 22:39) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are pathetic
      • hm (27/06/2020, 07:26) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
        The Overspend is paid $16,666.00 per month on what appears to be a revolving 6 month contract (thus staying within the $100,000 petty contract limit). What does he do for that?
        • FEO GOMEZ (27/06/2020, 12:29) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
          And all of us must baawl for him so he can support his family by doing nothing except walk around the pier looking for food. Pathetic man
  • vi (26/06/2020, 14:33) Like (72) Dislike (4) Reply
    cdc god in heaven go sit down you pick the fight first now you crying fowl when the ndp did not renew your contract you the start by putting the in court so please stop while your ahead the governor is here by the crown
  • Hmm (26/06/2020, 14:40) Like (83) Dislike (3) Reply
    Maybe he is investigating the life you was living in the states.
  • pat (26/06/2020, 14:44) Like (7) Dislike (67) Reply
    See the cartoon is spot on governor still trying to keep his foot on the man neck
  • Rubber Duck (26/06/2020, 14:48) Like (95) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why does he not publish the results of the work he was paid $98,000 to do. Then surely everyone would say “ worth every penny” . Wouldn’t they?
  • facts (26/06/2020, 14:52) Like (36) Dislike (71) Reply
    I am not a fan of claude but I will never accept this Governor because it is clear that he's not up to no good.
  • Give me a Break (26/06/2020, 14:59) Like (97) Dislike (58) Reply
    wow you aren't above the law Mr. Cline
  • above average citizen (26/06/2020, 15:13) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    look he above average he a gov consultant after all
  • Soldier (26/06/2020, 15:14) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    It seems like C O C is fighting a Battle on his own after helping a Army get Elected..
  • TheCode (26/06/2020, 15:27) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    As long as CSC is providing value for money, he has nothing to fear.
  • priest (26/06/2020, 15:53) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow ! These are very serious allegations especially when a person believe their family is being threatened. But here is my view. I do not believe this story. Not in defense of the Governor, but threatening anyone especially their family is not his modus operandi. Why all this fear when you know you have done no wrong? Why the sudden rush to "dogpile" the Governor? Are you saying that some of these so called persons who sit "behind the "scene" discussing this so called investigation are sneaking info to you? If you were being investigated Sir, let me tell the first step that would have been taken. No one with any ties to you would have been part of the discussions. One more thing, when hunting sometime your quarry would hide. In an effort to flush it out, a false alarm is made, the prey panics,
    breaks cover. It is now exposed for the perfect shot. You may have been duped to reveal your hand. Too many people in my opinion, are playing the victim. Let me say this, Governor Jaspert will be long gone. Regardless to who comes after, even if it is one of our own these same scenes will be played out.
  • YBM (26/06/2020, 16:14) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Day by Day y'all going just keep putting yourselves in hot hot water. CSC trying his best to wake a sleeping giant. One day I hope you realize the Governor has more power than the Premier in BRITISH VI
  • Governor is a Bully (26/06/2020, 16:27) Like (37) Dislike (47) Reply
    Governor is a bully. Feel sorry for his staff and cabinet who have to work with this dreadful pos.
  • He lied about his dad under hiterla (26/06/2020, 16:43) Like (35) Dislike (24) Reply

    Some have concluded the governor in my opinion may be a rac**t

  • zzzzzzz (26/06/2020, 16:49) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Zzzzzzzzzz any other important matters happening in the VI today
  • old school (26/06/2020, 16:55) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Treat others with respect and others will respect you.
  • @ybm (26/06/2020, 16:57) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
    In your fragile mind he is the greatest..why the queen dont take him back to help them with there mess up there now...u is just ass kissers
  • Strupes (26/06/2020, 17:20) Like (1) Dislike (22) Reply
  • Challenger (26/06/2020, 17:50) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
    ive asked the same question before but no one has answered.
    if the government e ters a contract with a private individual the we the people have a right to know where that money is being soebt and what we get in return. I remember when this conteaxt was announced last year...premier said...on record...." you had better produce or you will have me to answer to and you.ll ve fired " or words to that effect.
    so..lwts hear it Mr. SC. what have you done for us.
    the govenor along with any private citizen has a right to know what you were hired to do and what you have produced...transparancy. to say the govenor is threatening your family is noncense. you are upset that someonw in supposed authority is asking questions of you...quite with the conspiricy theory please. i.d be happy to come on your show and ask you the questions.
    I wonder sir if the Premier or the HOS were asking you the same question i you.d have the same reaction.

    respectfully submitted
  • Dont know (26/06/2020, 18:14) Like (41) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just in case you dont know., the governor hss a right to investigate any goverment contract. You attack the governor and now you squeelling its personal.
  • Wow (26/06/2020, 18:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You Like a broken record, get your own slogan and leave other ppl own.
  • Ring master (26/06/2020, 19:38) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well Pastor, you threw the first punch. Big mistake on your part.
  • jj (27/06/2020, 02:37) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor you doing just right... it's time for Claude to go. Many more to follow behind him. Keep the government in line.
  • DOUBLE STANDARDS (27/06/2020, 05:11) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The governor need to investigate some of the workers who leak private information,I know on one for sure who did it.
    • Kitchen Table Group Panel (27/06/2020, 10:22) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mr.Governour, we the panel is requesting that you investigate some of your workers that is leaking private and sensitive information to others on the outside before you leave office. The insiders needs to be exposed and terminated. Mr. Cline said he was aware of said conversation. How is that possible unless one or more of your workers is leaking information.
    • Yep (27/06/2020, 12:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are so right. We have some lose lips around here. Nothing is confidential.
  • A VOTER IN #6 (27/06/2020, 06:43) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Ghost (27/06/2020, 06:49) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always admired you for your bravery and fearless ness to speak on topics others may not dare to touch; but you keep jabbing at the Gov.. there are 2 old adages that goes like this:
    1. If u keep knocking on the devil’s door sooner or later someone will answer .(Meaning if u keep looking for trouble eventually u will find it)
    2. If u stab the devil in his back, payback to him isn't vengeance, it's justice..
    By no means I am saying the Gov. is a devil. I think he’s the best Gov we’ve had so far.. he keep tabs on things since all of the slothful spending of our last administration.. not saying he’s perfect but I believe he tries to do his the past have we had any Gov better than him?...and as someone said where is our value for money re: your exuberant contracts... how exactly do you consult our Govt; in what capacity?...
  • Hmm (27/06/2020, 06:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor and FCO should not have allowed him to get that contract in the first place especially when he had a case with Government. Now it is alleged that he is going back at port after everybody who came in contact with him said he couldn't handle the job. And the Governor just sitting and allowing.

    The people were made fools of a project that was overspent and nothing was done. Not to mention the port authority was one of the richest statutory boards and now their workers getting pay cuts and no explanation is giving to the people why and how it happened, was crime involved or just fiscal irresponsibility to spend that kind of money on one project while the ports of entry was in shambles even before the hurricane.
  • Every right (27/06/2020, 08:02) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Pastor, the Governor have every right to investergate. Seems like someone on the Governor’s staff leaked the behind the scene conversation that you claimed you are aware of. Leave the Governor alone. I would agree, you Mr. Pastor threw the first punch.
  • First strike (27/06/2020, 08:19) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well Mr. Pastor you attacked the Governor first. Now you are talking about he threatened your family. You and a whole lot thought that you could manipulate, bully and walk on this Governor like you have done to many others.
  • london (27/06/2020, 08:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    cline you start your troubleyou throw the first blows remember you are an american cool out the governor is more powerful than you stop playing with fire you likley to get bun the premier beter muzzle you because what yuo are talking about might muzzle you premier be on your watch times are coming i think yu should know how you are adessing england what are tou going to do with out england be caarefull
  • To say publicly (27/06/2020, 09:21) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    That someone threatened your family is a serious accusation. Pastor, yes you can speak up for the rights and be the voice of the people, but not at the rate you are going. You are using bullying tactics. I as a private citizen, don’t appreciate the way in which you go about doing and saying things to stir up unnecessary things. I happen to think this Governor is one of the best we have had so far. The next Governor we get might be the one to send everyone to jail and put you and impose tight restrictions. Be very careful about what you wish for.
  • Quick Question (27/06/2020, 09:30) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Pastor, if you are doing what you are suppose to be doing and you have nothing to hide, you will welcome the investergation. Why is it that the guilty ones or the ones that have something to hide is the first ones to become so defensive?
  • asking for a friend (27/06/2020, 10:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who said the governor was a racist?
  • @to say publuc (27/06/2020, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are many ways u can treated ones and there family.... between the lines that wat common sense are for ....and yes oppression victimiz....of racism to anyone is a treat to that one and there family...400 year ain't proof
  • @jj (27/06/2020, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who really have the people and there children future at it best interest especially on the teams of Democracy.....just asking for all..
  • FEO GOMEZ (27/06/2020, 12:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any bettors? Bet you Jasper box food out this fool mouth although he is OUR fool a fool none the less.
  • Blak Alucard (27/06/2020, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh JJ will get rid of this man easy. Who feel lucky? These man LOVEE to be around and get praises from white people they will slip something into food or drink. BOOM unexplained illness then gone weeks later my my troglodytes don't play at all with their murder game.
  • Obstinate king (27/06/2020, 12:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want the governor to be aware that I am aware of some of these conversations that [are] taking place behind the scenes and this will not be accepted, tolerated, I will not be silenced!"
    You just put some people who give you that information on blast lol
  • Tell us (27/06/2020, 13:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the tape you played for the last Gov, on one of the past Dep... Gov...?
  • @asking for a grief. (27/06/2020, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I ask myself the same question .From how they are sounding they around more to be racist to me.
  • Governor threatened your family (27/06/2020, 22:25) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    If the Governor threatened you and your family the police need to investigate him ASAP. Oh wait.... M**** is in his pocket.... so how do we get an independent impartial investigation? Guess we can’t. Corrupt G*****= Corrupt VI. Clear up our mess ASAP and get rid of G and M ASAP.

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