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NDP Gov’t is no longer fit to serve- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

- said NDP has blatant disregard & disrespect for its own people
Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline,right, has blasted his own NDP Government saying they have betrayed the people they were elected to serve. Photo: VINO/File
Television talk show host Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka does not agree that changing the Government is the way to go. Photo: Youtube
Television talk show host Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka does not agree that changing the Government is the way to go. Photo: Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Making a case that there is need for a new group of thinkers to come forward as an alternative for the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline blasted his own NDP Government saying they have betrayed the people they were elected to serve.

Speaking on the show Spotlight on JTV Channel 55 with host Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka on April 18, 2017 Mr Skelton-Cline said he believes there is need for a new party or group to take the Virgin Islands forward.

“This Government has seemingly done everything to walk over, trample upon, cast to the side its own people. The challenge that I have with this government, who I supported, who I stood on the stage with in 2010 and ran with, when it comes to their own people they seem to have no respect, for their own people, their own people’s competencies, and their own people’s character,” the former Ports Boss said.

Mr Skelton-Cline contested the Second District seat in the 2011 General Elections on the NDP ticket but was defeated by J. Alvin Christopher.

Following the 2015 General Elections; however, Mr Skelton-Cline filed a lawsuit against the National Democratic Party Government after his contract as Managing Director of the BVIPA was not renewed, although he was allegedly given the assurance it would have been.

NDP not serving us

Meanwhile, host of the show Mr Smith disagreed that changing the Government was the way to go as he believed that no matter which Government is in power there will also be a few who will have influence over it for their own agenda.

Mr Skelton-Cline; however, believes that with a different mindset for country and a genuine desire to see the territory go in the right direction, a new party can be the answer.

Noting that there are many brilliant minds in the Virgin Islands, Mr Skelton-Cline made an appeal to persons who wish to serve their country to come forward.

“My challenge and my disgust and disappointment with this government is the blatant disregard and disrespect it seems to have for its own people. That’s why I think they are no longer fit to serve, because the truth of the matter is They are not serving us. They are serving everybody else’s interests except the people who went in their poll booth and put an X to their name and voted them in that spot. That’s my concern,” Mr Skelton-Cline concluded.

46 Responses to “NDP Gov’t is no longer fit to serve- Claude O. Skelton-Cline”

  • fish (19/04/2017, 14:33) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sah
  • DON Q (19/04/2017, 14:41) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Finally he work up and smell the coffee
    • A Boogie wit da Hoodie (20/04/2017, 08:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      I'm still feeling Corner Stories son. We killing em.
  • i from here (19/04/2017, 14:42) Like (37) Dislike (0) Reply
    We know this already Claude! No political points for you sir!
  • Fungi w Okra (19/04/2017, 14:51) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well bai, you aint wanted Detroit, Wee-I-P, aint wanted the old rusty kerosene can, and now aint want NDP so where you going now?
  • Eagle Eye (19/04/2017, 15:00) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Who it hurt it hurt, but that's the gospel bvi truth.sick of um
  • Law Abiding citizen (19/04/2017, 15:34) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Neither were you Claude.
  • Translation (19/04/2017, 15:38) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is toying with the idea of coming with a new group and just muddying the waters. Cline, I beg you hard hush because nobody trust you. Stay in the church and keep out of politics, you are the weakest link, GOODBYE!
    • B Savage (20/04/2017, 12:17) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Wait? Nobody trust him but you want him stay in the church? Hmmm oh yeah I forget they using one of the FALSE most misleading book in history. The KING JAMES version let's forget about the 1500 to bout 2000 year old bible found in Turkey. You can find it at the Ethnography Museum of Ankara. 1st thing 1st YOUR JESUS of NAZARETH wasn't crucified it was the SNITCH.
      • fact check (20/04/2017, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        1500 Year Old Bible Confirms That Jesus Christ Was Not Crucified–Fiction!


        Summary of eRumor:

        A 1,500 year old gold lettered book alleged to be the “Gospel of Barnabas” has surfaced in Turkey. It is made up of loosely-tied leather and written in Aramaic, the language of Israel during the time of Jesus Christ. The book is alleged to say that Judas Iscariot took the place of Jesus at the crucifixion. The book claims that Jesus also prophesied the coming of Muhammad.


        The Truth:

        An ancient book was “rediscovered” in Ankara, Turkey, in 2000 after authorities captured a smuggling ring in the Mediterranean, according to a February 23, 2012, article by the National Turk news service. This rare find is a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas that has been appraised to be worth $28 million. The text does mention that Judas took the place of Jesus on the Cross and mentions Muhammad, but the book is not a bible, nor is it considered part of biblical canon.



        The article said the manuscript was actually written in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which was the native language of Jesus. Once a common language used throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, Syrian Christians in India, as well as a village near Damascus, are the remaining few who have managed to keep it alive. It is also “still used in religious rituals of Maronite Christians in Cyprus.”

        The original texts of all books from the the New Testament were written in Greek, not Aramaic. Old Testament books were written in Hebrew, with the exception of portions of Daniel, Ezra and one verse in Jeremiah, which were written in Aramaic.

        The article said that eight years after the trial of the gang of smugglers, who were “charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives,” the ancient manuscript was transferred to the Ankaran Ethnography Museum.

        The National Turk reported, “Experts were however divided over the provenance of the manuscript, and whether it was an original, which would render it priceless, or a fake.” The Vatican also sent a formal request to inspect the manuscript.

        According to a March 4, 2012, article by Vatican Insider, a branch of the daily newspaper La Stampa, the ”discovery is probably a hoax, the work of a forger who, according to some, could have been a European Jewish scholar from the Middle Ages.” The article said that the “most factual criticisms have come from the Syriacs,” and that those who speak modern Assyrian would not have any difficulty reading this manuscript. Language experts detected “obvious and quite significant” errors in grammar and concept that could rule out authenticity for such an ancient religious document.

        Today’s Bible consists of 66 books written by 40 authors and is divided into the Old and New Testaments. This version is commonly used by most Protestant denominations. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Bibles contains the same books, plus the deuterocanonical books. These additional books are Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, parts of Esther and parts of Daniel. The Protestants call these books the Apocrypha, which may be studied, but are not regarded as canon.

        There are also a group of Gnostic gospels, which are not considered part of the canon by neither Protestants nor Catholics. These are a collection of approximately 52 different texts, the most famous being the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas.

        According to the Moody Handbook of Theology, in order for a text to be considered canonical, there are four basic measuring criteria that must be answered:
        Apostolicity. Was the text written by an apostle or by someone who had a connection with one of the apostles?
        Acceptance. Did the church at large accept the book?
        Content. Had the book been accepted as orthodox teaching, and did it reflect consistency with existing doctrine?
        Inspiration. What was the quality of inspiration reflected by the book?
        • @fact check (20/04/2017, 21:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          And when you die you can fact check all your findings with 'Jesus Chris't Your Creator. I will pray that Jesus Christ reveals his truth to you before then for He never lies.
          • fact check (20/04/2017, 22:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
            Please take the time to READ my original post. I am a believer and in full support of Christianity. I was proving to B Savage that his post was a lie.
            • B Savage (21/04/2017, 08:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
              And you believe a VATICAN INSIDER?! CATHOLIC PAEDOPHILE VATICAN? INSIDER? You lost me and everyone else.

              Nice try though.
              • fact check (21/04/2017, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
                There is none do blind as those who refuse to see. Thank you for at least reading my post all the way through.
  • street reporter. (19/04/2017, 15:57) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    I have to Agree. Claude you won me over to your side...You are stating the obvious.. Whoever advising them and telling them they doing good. Such a lie. Such a big lie...
    • Just saying... (20/04/2017, 07:46) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Skelton_cline we with you
    • Dog We Is (20/04/2017, 12:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's the thing to many big people afraid to speak the truth. Ndp is a frig and I not going smile up with none for no gain. I going tell them to face how I feel. It is about time they look out for the people of this country and forget about the rich cronies who invest in them campaign. Back in the days district rep raised money by fish fry and so on the entire community was together and involved. Now they have us divided. they divided us from the land the sea now ourselves. Have us struggling and dm near begging bread.
  • Joc (19/04/2017, 16:07) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oh brother, he still around (rolling my eyes). He run from America doing muck, now he involoved in muk, tek wha ya get bos.
  • Interesting (19/04/2017, 16:11) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    this one seems to be back and forth. Wah happen, the cheque bounce?
  • Sue (19/04/2017, 16:56) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pastor? Oh no
  • cay (19/04/2017, 16:56) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    I agree 100% with claude
  • Hmmmm (19/04/2017, 17:16) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Claude form your own party see how many votes you will get BIG FAT ZERO
  • Old news (19/04/2017, 17:20) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Those Clines have more to say to the news reporters than to the congregation.
  • Konocky (19/04/2017, 18:05) Like (31) Dislike (7) Reply
    My brother I can't judge you or anyone else,But you hit the nail on the head.If only we the people would sit and think before voting.VIP,NDP,PEP or PPP whatever P all of them is the dam same.What I can say tho,when VIP were in power the country ran better.A blind man can see.
  • Jack B Nimble (19/04/2017, 19:11) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Never bit the hands that feeds you...give the governor the evidence you have about the corruption concernong the Pier project. Now that you are save and baptized...
  • mattie (19/04/2017, 20:11) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    CSC IS RIGHT
  • Common Sense (19/04/2017, 20:40) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let me get this straight, The Government wasting the taxpayer's money left, right, and centre on projects they can't seem to finish or that no one need or wants and let's be honest with ourselves these so-called Honourable Ministers are getting paid their salaries and still stealing the taxpayer's money with every project. So to make up for wasting and stealing the money and bankrupting the country they are trying to rape the people even more with ridiculous taxes and fees. These Ministers make so much money that they can't seem to consider the little people that they are hurting, the people barely scraping by living paycheck to paycheck. To the Ministers 5, 10, 15, 25 and even 100 dollars is nothing, and they act like they do not hear the cries of the people working for pennies, they have forgotten that it is the little people that elected them to their position. This is injustice and we the people need to PROTEST against this
  • wize up (19/04/2017, 21:12) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    let me see if the publisher will post this one(my first blog might have hit a nerve)...when some of us smiling all the way to the bank the general public hears nothing from them: however when thing not In some of us favour they want the general public to start world war 3: on radio & tv with a set of old talk looking sympathy( some of us really selfish) I am saying, when ting good not 1 word(set of back stabers)...come share some of those dollars(talk cheap!!!!)
  • musa (20/04/2017, 06:47) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    all of us need help please give him a job to sort out garbage site in the bvi
  • Love for My Country (20/04/2017, 08:07) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply

    Shame on you Claude Skelton Cline! When things were good for you, you were drinking coffee, building big house.... The NDP may not be perfect but there is some good they are doing for the country. From what you have said, it appears that your fault with them is that they are not giving hands out to the people that vote for them, and that is good. They were elected to serve all the people of this country. If you were to be elected it means that you would only serve those who you believe voted for you! That being the case, GO AND SIT DOWN!

    • wize up (20/04/2017, 08:34) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ love my country: I love your blog: from preacher to head of ports with no know job experience(all smiles)....then suddenly home boy highly mortified !!!! What I realize, once these political appointees can no longer have they own way here comes the long eye water(port, health service and former NDP spokes man to name a few)....gravy train dry up!!!!!
  • time (20/04/2017, 09:04) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    You're right Mr Skelton, a new group does need to come and take over this mess. Its called the British Government.
  • Thumbs down (20/04/2017, 09:32) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp sucks, Claude sucks, pep sucks, ppa sucks, vip sucks. Out all the suckers VIP did most for this country while ndp suck the place dry. Soon all you will be sucking salt with another year of ndp suckers. Happy sucking day!!
  • ndp (20/04/2017, 10:09) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    after all i did for you this is how you repay me
  • vex (20/04/2017, 13:17) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    The man is speaking good
  • Ya me born (20/04/2017, 17:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He just miss being on the gravy train
    • wize up (20/04/2017, 19:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Ya me born: once them get thrown from that gravy train; what used to be right will become wrong: mouth shut while travelling on the gravy train !!!!
  • ww (21/04/2017, 21:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    t has long been known that the root problem is a lack of discipline within the NDP and love for people
  • foxy (25/04/2017, 20:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Other countries are so much more advance compared to the BVI. Just recently , the South Korea's president , Samsung's ceo and other wealthy South Koreans arrested on corruption charges.

    The BVI must follow South Korea's example and enforce the laws. But, I doubt we will, when we have corrupt incompetents as leaders.


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