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Is Ex-Governor John S. Duncan the ‘Boogie Man’? - Hon Skelton suggests

Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), right, has suggested that former governor John S. Duncan OBE who could not get his way in the Territory was up in England trying to help formulate the strict measures imposed by the United Kingdom (UK), in the recovery framework document in exchange for the loan guarantees. Photo: VINO/Andre Dawson aka ‘Shadow'
It was Friday March 23, 2018 at the continuation of the Third Sitting of the Third Session of the House of Assembly on the debate of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Act, 2018 that former Governor John S. Duncan OBE was thrown in the spot light. Photo: VINO/File
It was Friday March 23, 2018 at the continuation of the Third Sitting of the Third Session of the House of Assembly on the debate of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Act, 2018 that former Governor John S. Duncan OBE was thrown in the spot light. Photo: VINO/File
Former Governor John S. Duncan OBE had directed that Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), inset, the Education and Culture Minister, be investigated for building a wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School in 2015 just before the general elections. Photo: VINO/File
Former Governor John S. Duncan OBE had directed that Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), inset, the Education and Culture Minister, be investigated for building a wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School in 2015 just before the general elections. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- For his first two years in office former British appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE [2014-2017] was praising the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and some had described him as the sixth NDP Minister.

However, the relationship turned sour in 2016 and by time he was about to leave office his own credibility and integrity was at zero. In fact, the public no longer trusted him and even our newsroom caught him lying in 2016 over the matter of what he said publicly about the contract renewal of former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Claude O. Skelton Cline.

It was Friday March 23, 2018 at the continuation of the Third Sitting of the Third Session on the debate of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Act, 2018 that the former Governor was in the spot light.

Is John Duncan the Boogie Man?

While he did not call his name directly, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) suggested that a former governor who could not get his way in the Territory was up in England trying to help formulate the strict measures imposed by the United Kingdom (UK) in the recovery framework document in exchange for loan guarantees.

Minister Skelton, who many in the ruling Administration has called on to take up the portfolio of Finance, told the public: “We had a Governor here, I understand he is up there causing all of this problem. I understand that from reliable sources; don’t ask me for a piece of paper because I don’t have it.”

Mr Skelton, a former Finance Minister [2003-2007], went on to state “But because he couldn’t get his way here, he gone up there to get his way.” In other words, the Minister suggested there is a ‘Boogie Man’ behind the scenes trying to frighten the Virgin Islands into good financial behaviour.

Hon Skelton, an indigenous Virgin Islander, said “We have institutions here in this country that are beacons to some of the world.” He gave examples of the Social Security Board, and the National Health Insurance (NHI) where he said members from that agency are helping St Kitts-Nevis start their NHI.

NDP & John Duncan’s war of words

During the last year of Governor Duncan’s tenure in the Virgin Islands (VI), he publicly and privately leveled heavy criticisms against the NDP regime. Publicly, he accused them for “mismanagement of public funds, lack of spending priority and lacking transparency and good governance.”

A series of letters was leaked to the press on how Mr Duncan felt about the NDP administration on their stewardship of public funds, issues the Opposition, the media and civil society were saying for years.

It is our understanding that the former Governor was also on the streets with private conversations, making allegations on which politician was corrupt.

Hon Myron V. Walwyn still under investigation

Four days before his departure, he had also made a request to the then Acting Auditor General to conduct an investigation/audit into a small wall constructed by Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Education and Culture Minister, around the Elmore Stoutt High School in 2015 just before the general elections.

The wall cost tax payers $1.6M and new governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert told our newsroom in an exclusive interview that the investigation into Hon Walwyn’s high school wall is continuing.

21 Responses to “Is Ex-Governor John S. Duncan the ‘Boogie Man’? - Hon Skelton suggests”

  • ABC123 (27/03/2018, 13:21) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Thing coming out...

    "...Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) suggested that a former governor who could not get his way in the Territory was up in England trying to help formulate the strict measures imposed by the United Kingdom (UK) in the recovery framework document in exchange for loan guarantees."
    • Tip top (27/03/2018, 15:49) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      He has contacts in British government? Come on be real...no one believes that bs
    • @ABC123 (28/03/2018, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Remember that under that Gov, he had he handful and running over: Extradition, Port MD sacked and hospital chair sacked. Suh he will see all kind a ting wrong w the man
  • cromwell (27/03/2018, 13:32) Like (24) Dislike (12) Reply
    With all the Ministers complaining about the UK, accusing it of everything from returning local's back to slavery, to, setting you up to pull the rug from under you, I don't understand why your government does not just go independent. If the UK is so bad, why have anything to do with them, you can cut the cord in a heartbeat and they will be delighted.
    • now see here (27/03/2018, 19:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Independence is not a ministers decision. It is a people's decision.
    • Melanin Strong (27/03/2018, 19:21) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      We going to come out from under UK and send home all the Edomites who here among us pretending. Them looking for what our forefathers took whips for. The ting heating up. Remember the words of TB Lettsome: "The UK will do you a thing one day, and you will have no choice but to leave them." If TB could see the writing on the wall, why can't we now. The day will come people, when we must leave that Colonial Master, the UK. The same God who brought us out of the land of Egypt will take us to the next promise land. Melanin cannot die.
  • wow (27/03/2018, 13:39) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    This educated fool. We need better representation. Come on ya'll, the country could do better
  • wow (27/03/2018, 13:39) Like (27) Dislike (9) Reply
    What a lot of wasted words that mean nothing.
    Innuendo but zero Content.
    The whole part With Ronnie saying whatever he saying. That don’t make no sense at all. Some words but not strung together in a way that means anything. Look:
    “We had a Governor here, I understand he is up there causing all of this problem. I understand that from reliable sources; don’t ask me for a piece of paper because I don’t have it.”“But because he couldn’t get his way here, he gone up there to get his way.”
    I mean, if you want to be leader - and “many” say he should take over Finance(!!!) - you should at least be able to make a point, string a sentence together and not just half say something so it sound like you really saying something.
    Finally, STOP with this misuse of the word “indigenous”. The indigenous people of these islands were native Americans wiped out by Europeans. The African slaves came from Africa, so not indigenous. Misusing this word is a way of telling people you are ignorant and you don’t care. Why would you want to convey such a message?
  • Really!? (27/03/2018, 13:45) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    “But because he couldn’t get his way here, he gone up there to get his way.” What about when you all had your way with the public finances now you can't do it you bawling?!
  • pat (27/03/2018, 14:01) Like (39) Dislike (2) Reply
    The ndp going shit themselves to hear Duncan will head the agency
    • nonsense (27/03/2018, 16:24) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      No he was to dam weak weak writing letters to the premier saying he must do better instead of taking action.
    • great (27/03/2018, 17:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lol lol. Oh shut and blimey. I love thay one. What a scenario. Ha ha he haw.
  • Well (27/03/2018, 14:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    connect the dots, is he? The game has not change. This play took you too long former coach. You are definitely out of practice- and now your team is caught having to play a grossly weak defense. Whose fault is it?
  • onlooker (27/03/2018, 14:22) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Definition of governor
    1 : one that governs: such as
    a : one that exercises authority especially over an area or group
    b : an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit.

    It's like y'all don't get it. Soon enough.
  • no immunity (27/03/2018, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    M&M might not run for office next time around because they cant be prosecuted for irregularities as ordinary citizens, only while they are elected officials
  • belonger (27/03/2018, 14:27) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Minister is a prideful fool, who has not practices fiscal responsibility, and who now plays the race card when someone simply points out it's time to be accountable.
  • Queef (27/03/2018, 14:31) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ronnie won't be happy until all whitey is banned from BVI
  • Amazing (27/03/2018, 15:49) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    What gets me is that by all their actions, the COUNTRY ends up in this mess and none of them can see how they contributed. Amazing..........
  • @ Amazing (27/03/2018, 16:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Exactly they behaving like they were running the country well and the board is not justified.
  • ann (27/03/2018, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    I TRUST RONNIE HE SHOULD BE THE CHIEF
  • policeman (28/03/2018, 09:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't wait for the results of Myron investigation


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