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‘If the NDP is dead, let's funeralise it’ - Skelton-Cline

- Lambasts ‘complaining Opposition’ & alleged poor leadership of Hon Marlon A. Penn
Radio show commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left, has criticised the leadership of Opposition Leader and Interim Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) has been in tatters for the last few years, and recently saw one of its members, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) crossing the floor to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP). Photo: Facebook
The National Democratic Party (NDP) has been in tatters for the last few years, and recently saw one of its members, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) crossing the floor to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP). Photo: Facebook
Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines recently exited the already struggling National Democratic Party (NDP). Photo: VINO/File
Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines recently exited the already struggling National Democratic Party (NDP). Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Honestly Speaking radio show moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has urged Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) to make official the death of the National Democratic Party (NDP) instead of constantly complaining across the media and in press conferences.

“If you all are leaders, this is a time to show your leadership skill… you don’t come on and whine all the time about…  Unless we are going to funeralise the National Democratic Party Government, the Leader of the Opposition and his party if you want to lead, show your prowess,” Skelton-Cline said on the Tuesday, January 28, 2020, edition of his radio show.

Stop Complaining – Skelton-Cline

In a direct appeal to Hon Penn, the man of the cloth urged the NDP, “Say we are coming back, say yes we have a misstep here… we are alive and well, but short of that, we have to assume the thing is dead,” he said.

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Hon Penn said he was ‘truly disappointed’ that Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines had crossed the floor to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) without first consulting the NDP.

"This decision [has] come out of deep thoughts and prayers over a prolonged period. I have not been made any promises or offers... nor have I asked for any. I simply want which is best for our Territory and I believe that what is best for the BVI at this time, is for all patriotic Virgin Islanders to be working together," Hon Maduro-Caines said as part of her Monday, January 20, 2020, announcement to abandon the NDP.

Since then, the Opposition led by Hon Penn has launched a vicious tirade of criticisms against the government, starting at a press conference the following day where the Opposition Leader was quick to tell the media that he had ‘moved on’ from Hon Maduro-Caines.

Other Opposition Members, including Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2); however, shared a difference in opinion,  noting that some discussion ahead of the exit would have sufficed.

Hon Penn, through his statement and reaction, had subtly confirmed the suspicion that the NDP was caught off-guard regarding Mrs Maduro-Caines’ choice to exit the party; a decision that may have shaken and weakened the core of the NDP.

‘Let’s set a date for the funeral’ – Skelton-Cline

“If it [NDP] is dead, let's funeralise it, let’s set a date for the funeral… then let some viable party come up because in any democracy you’re going to need a strong viable second or [a] third party, that’s who is going to make us strong, that’s what democracy is all about,” Mr Skelton-Cline said.

He said, therefore, the Opposition complaining at press conferences and in the media and even making a promise to go back into the past to investigate NDP spending is not the easy forward but rather the focus should be on the future.

“Brexit is happening, financial services, economic substance, there are so many big-ticket items that we need to be concerned about and yet are expending so much effort and energies… fighting each other when the fight is not amongst each other,” he said.

‘We deserve better,’ of the Opposition, Skelton-Cline told his listening audience, while underscoring that the real fight is with external pressures.  

25 Responses to “‘If the NDP is dead, let's funeralise it’ - Skelton-Cline ”

  • Nasaru (30/01/2020, 12:15) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    The symbol of the party is ? people with no head. Start fresh and weal and come again.
  • cool (30/01/2020, 12:29) Like (15) Dislike (15) Reply
    Tell them Claude!!!! Set of criminals!!!
    • Dr cool (30/01/2020, 19:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s still early remember this grade who laugh last laughs the best
  • marlon fan club (30/01/2020, 12:34) Like (65) Dislike (9) Reply
    Skelton-cline can afford to run his mouth now because he is eating big off taxpayers for the next 18 months and beyond for doing nothing
    • So true (30/01/2020, 15:19) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yes, he is eating gooddddd on us tax payers and trying to destroy the NDP Brand.
  • Liberty (30/01/2020, 12:51) Like (40) Dislike (3) Reply
    that's what you want, that the NDP disappears to continue sucking the opportunist VIP's tit
  • Diaspora (30/01/2020, 12:57) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is the NDP really dead and need to be read its last rites? Some political parties go through a cycle, riding the political crest and troughs. Some reside in the political wilderness and find political renewal. This has happened here in the VI between the two dominant parties——VIP and NDP. The VIP is riding the crest of the wave today but tomorrow is new day and who knows. The NDP needs to go back to the drawing board and do some a serious post mortem of its crash and burn. Like the Phoenix, it can rise from the ashes. I agree that the Hon Penn needs to stop the whining and start doing some serious planning, organizing, creating a new mission and vision.......etc with the aim of rising to the top again. Marlon is a newbie to political leadership and it shows; nuff work to do. IMO the 11-2 advantage in the HOA was one of the causes for its collapse, for it got too cocky. Its cocky disposition was not sexy.
  • Bod the Builder (30/01/2020, 13:11) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    they been dead once Myron won the leadership...
  • Free Willie (30/01/2020, 13:19) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    I totally agree with cline. This three stooges sounds like a set of cry cry babies.
  • detroit (30/01/2020, 13:23) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    LOL since you ran and left us, you're like the devil pacing the earth SMH
  • Listen Marlon (30/01/2020, 13:32) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just sit back and put your plan in motion. They want to see you give up and fail, never let them see you sweat. PHEONIX RISING FROM THE ASHES.
  • Anonymous (30/01/2020, 15:21) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    I will not say they are dead, but at least for the next 12 years they cannot win. First step is to find a leader
  • Close class mate (30/01/2020, 16:08) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Marlon as for someone for the people u need to some times put people before self..smurf sit back and let Fraser stear that ship and look and learn for the future as a young leader to come in as experience strong one in need of that time from the best .....
  • briefs (30/01/2020, 16:36) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    People still wearing briefs talking about Claude who is soo far ahead. If you have any vision you’ll take his advice, his ability to offer advice.
  • Online Now (30/01/2020, 17:11) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    The more crap VIP do (e.g. Stipends!) the more NDP will strengthen. They don't need to do anything themselves. That''s how politics is here.
  • Yup (30/01/2020, 18:09) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Penn a evil boy.
  • musa (30/01/2020, 18:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This pastor love soup day
  • Eart quake (30/01/2020, 22:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes i supported vip my choice ,my advice to Hon Marlon is to hold the strain stand up for what you believe don"t comprise your integrity at no cost things will turn around for you and your party remain strong.
  • 007 (30/01/2020, 22:32) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    It's good to be optimistic but NDP haven't even announced anything new or significant so why would anybody really be optimistic about their future. The party has been in turmoil long before Marlon became the leader. Instead of attacking Fahie and everything VIP is doing Marlon should start to pretend to be a changed man by admitting the failures of NDP by name . It would convince people that he is really is about truth and have the best intentions of the people. Just attacking anybody on the other side including Alvera who shared a seat with him for 8 years just because she left the sinking ship makes him a terrible leader. The difference with Fahie and Fraser as opposition leaders is that they uncovered a lot that NDP tried to remain hidden without all that crying.
  • Wait (31/01/2020, 08:27) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Found you being paid to consult the government this far I have not seen or heard any type of proposal you have bring to this government on how to move this country forward.

    How has the civil service improve, what about the country having a third pillar by improving Agriculture which include crop farming, exporting of fish, sport fishing etc.

    What about tourism beside sand and sea catering for tourist? I thought this government secured the deal for Carnival cruiseline. Richard Branson is a belonger why not have talks with him in having virgin cruise line come to the BVI?

    What about the improvement of our historical sites being incorporated in tourist industry there are a lot of historical sites that are dormant for some time.

    What about placing our national flag around the round about in town all year round instead of territory day only let us be proud of our flag.

    What bout the roads that continue to plaque us and the sewage

    What the decline in financial services companies incorporation on the decrease and liquidation on the increase.

    What about improving the Shipping industry for boat regisration. Over the years that industry has been ignored why not implement more measures to boost such industry.

    Instead of worrying about the NDP on what is going on with their organization focus on what you are getting paid for. NDP is not running the country VIP is so stop the division of the country and move the country forward
  • @Wait (31/01/2020, 10:22) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Now you see the mess ndp left behind. Bravo! Step by step VIP will clean it up.
  • ADAM (31/01/2020, 18:42) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Could you imagine marlon or Mark as premier? Never

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