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NDP inaction will lead to Gov Jaspert tapping VI Treasury for RDA works-Claude O. Skelton-Cline

-says our children & our children’s, children hangs in the balance; It’s unacceptable
NDP inaction will lead to Gov Jaspert tapping VI Treasury for RDA works-Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline was adamant there, is monies available for Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert (pictured here) to extract and hand over to the RDA. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline was adamant there, is monies available for Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert (pictured here) to extract and hand over to the RDA. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The unfinished work and inaction of the current National Democratic Party (NDP) government, as it relates to the regulations and ancillary legislation required for the proper functioning of the Recovery Development Agency (RDA), will soon force Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, to exercise his ‘reserve powers’ and tap into the Virgin Islands’ (VI) Treasury in order to fund the works of the agency.

The warning was sounded by radio personality, Honestly Speaking’s Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, during his live broadcast on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, when hosted as Guest, eminent Virgin Islander, Mr Elroy Turnbull.

Speaking to the confusion, turmoil, power grabbing and poor stewardship which has led to an instability of the Territory—and which currently exists in the NDP—Mr Skelton Cline, posited that this will lead to a further encroachment into the affairs of the VI.

Provisional Budget

Speaking to the political climate that exists within the NDP government, Mr Skelton-Cline suggested that it would be difficult for the Government to pass the required legislation for the effective functioning of the RDA, such as procurement laws.       

He used the occasion to remind that government will also have to pass a provisional budget for first three months of 2019.

This, as a result of the fact General Elections are to be held on or before April, 19, 2019.

The radio host said, “I am concerned and you (VI residents) should be concerned too,” and drew reference to what he terms, the recklessness and inaction which currently permeates the sitting government.

FCO Boss/No Plan

Mr Skelton-Cline reminded that only recently, during a tour of the Territory by newly appointed Director for Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Ben Merrick and Governor Jaspert, the NDP administration was unable to present a recovery plan to the officials—that would also include a source of finances.

Questioning the funding of any such plan, Mr Skelton-Cline, pointed out that should government fail to enact the required ancillary legislation for the RDA, then the Governor will simply—using his reserved powers and like his predecessor—reach into the Treasury

He was adamant there, is monies available for Governor Jaspert to extract and hand over to the RDA.

Mr Skelton-Cline reminded listeners that this past year, the Financial Services Industry, did in fact perform better than expected, in terms of revenue had.

He drew reference too, to an $11M take by government from an insurance company, in addition to a promised $10M from the UK’s Financial Secretary.

Hanging in a Balance

The radio show host and man of the cloth was adamant, these are funds that the Governor, “will have a right under reserved powers, to reach over and grab, if in fact this government cannot pass the requisite legislation, so that the RDA can function.”

This, he said will obtain should the government continue to procrastinate, saying, “…need I remind how we got to this RDA business in the first place.”

Mr Skelton-Cline suggested, “I am concern about the unfinished work of this government and what will happen if they continue on the path that they are in” and posits, “we will see and will experience together, further encroachment of the UK in the affairs of our Territory.”

He is adamant, this state of affairs is “because of the poor (NDP) stewardship (of the Territory)—and that’s putting it mildly—the recklessness, the power grabbing that we have seen demonstrated, the instability that they have placed this territory in and we and our children, and our children’s, children hangs in the balance;  It’s unacceptable.”

13 Responses to “NDP inaction will lead to Gov Jaspert tapping VI Treasury for RDA works-Claude O. Skelton-Cline”

  • Feel n Sad (21/11/2018, 12:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Things need to get done If the government is slow marching or standing.at attention . Then the Governor has to get the march going forward ..
  • wize up (21/11/2018, 13:14) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    there is something still missing because as a developing and progressive people we still have the mindset of seeking instructions and guidance from a governor: honestly speaking; when we as VI-People sit back & reflect you will discover that we are the ones putting ourselves in bad positions: some of we still have house-slave mindset: i personally think our territory made significant strides up until 1999: don’t you find it mind blowing that our people & territory came all the way from being branded as a bird sanctuary back them: out from granting aid back then: we began fully capable and skillful managed our affairs back them: one would think 2018 would have seen this territory a bit further forward: millions and millions gone where(just look around) sewage: public water: poor drainage: floodings: poor public highways: 1834-2018
  • musa (21/11/2018, 13:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    he need to get some out from you too
  • just do it (21/11/2018, 13:41) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let the Governor do what has to be done because our Government isn't doing a thing!
  • VI connection (21/11/2018, 14:01) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    at least it is not you tapping into it. You done get enough.
  • qc (21/11/2018, 14:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    here here here here
  • Hmmm (21/11/2018, 16:03) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bad topic for this man. I don’t trust him to ma bone.
  • guy hill (22/11/2018, 05:26) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The man has a right to his opinion. You have a right to yours but don't be judging and blogging malicious statements behind a fake name. If you are so confident about your statement enough to state it, it would be a good thing to prove it. If not stop the slander because thats what it amongst to.
  • Law Abiding citizen (22/11/2018, 08:56) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Better him than you or NDP.
  • WHY? (22/11/2018, 10:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is this man's opinion news when he still hasn't truthfully reported on his involvement in the Port fiasco. Until this man tells the truth, everything his says is false and irrelevant.
  • guy hill (26/11/2018, 11:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't need fictitious name to say what I have to say or voicertain my considered opinion.


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