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There needs to be a 're-shuffling of our entire' NDP Gov't - Skelton-Cline

- again challenges Premier Smith to give MoF to Hon Ronnie W. Skelton
Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline believes a complete reshuffling of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government is needed. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has also supported the call for Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) to give the Ministry of Finance portfolio to Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right), the current Minister for Health and Social Development. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has also supported the call for Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) to give the Ministry of Finance portfolio to Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right), the current Minister for Health and Social Development. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The trumpet continues to be sounded for Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to give up the position as Minister of Finance.

The latest call has been made by former BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Managing Director Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, who believes a re-shuffling of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government is warranted.

“I think what needs to happen if you talking about good governance to turn this train around, there needs to be a shuffling and re-shuffling of our entire government,” Mr Skelton-Cline said on the CBN Channel 51 show, Vigilate Dialogue, with host Shania M. Smith on Monday June 5, 2017.

As the guest of the local show, Mr Skelton-Cline and Smith were discussing various aspects of Governance and highlighting a number of issues that has gripped the territory because of the lack thereof.

Premier Smith ‘not the best’ person for MoF

Skelton-Cline suggested that Premier Smith may not be the best person in Cabinet to handle the Minister of Finance portfolio. “We have a challenge here in our territory where our Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, who is a good man, who I think was one of our first  surgeons here who had done a tremendous job in his primary work as a medical physician. He later ran for office got elected two or three times and has  now became the leader of the country.

“Prior to that he did not function as Minister of Finance. That was not his forte, that is not his skills set and in this last two sections he has assumed the role as Minister of Finance and we have found ourselves in a very peculiar and precarious position.”

For that reason Mr Skelton-Cline said Premier Smith should give up the portfolio as Minister of Finance. “If I were to advise our Premier, if I were you, I would take that Minister of Finance and give it to the best person on the team, who I think is Ronnie W. Skelton and let him handle the Ministry of Finance...”

The very vocal Skelton-Cline who currently has taken legal actions against the NDP Government for not renewing his contract as promised use the Bahamian Government as an example that Premier should follow.

In that instance the Premier there who is also of the Medical profession made the move to split his Ministry of Finance and did not take on the portfolio unto himself. “You have to match skill set with a specific office if you are going to yield the highest good.”

Gov’t of secrecy

The Vigilate Dialogue guest was also flabbergasted by the fact that the Premier continues to have a government of secrecy. He pointed to the media being the first to bring it to the attention of the public that Mr Neil M. Smith will not be returning to the seat as financial secretary. “This is not Chinese Checkers, this is Chess, these are some major, major moves, constitutionally, these are some major moves.” he said adding, “Why are we finding this out in the press, why are you finding out after you say you send someone on vacation for two months?”

Mr Neil M. Smith was sent on vacation for two months from sometime in March after coming under serious fire for Premier Smith’s release of inaccurate information to the public. He has since been replaced by Mr Glenroy A. Forbes, a story first and accurately reported by this news site.

Mr Skelton-Cline insisted there is a major communication problem in the government that is causing a major break down of the territory. He went as far as to accusing the government of caring only about holding on to an office.

“Politicians are only thinking about the next elections, they can only count votes and count money rather than what is in the benefit of the territory.”

Ms Smith posited that its time the people of the territory take a stand and decide what it is they need for the country come the next election. “That’s the long and short of it because if we are not going to ride above the politics and say we are looking out for the next generation these are the things that will have to go into play.”

Meanwhile, former legislator and strong NDP supporter Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE had first recommended, in a letter to the NDP, that the portfolio of finance be given to Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL). Then chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVHSA) John I. Cline had publicly supported Mrs Parsons suggestion but this upset Premier Smith, who demanded the resignation of Mr Cline.

24 Responses to “There needs to be a 're-shuffling of our entire' NDP Gov't - Skelton-Cline”

  • PASTOR (08/06/2017, 12:41) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    Putting everything else aside, you making a whole lot a sense here.
    • very concern (08/06/2017, 13:31) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply

      MR Cline tell the public why you never come forth before if you were in your former position your lips would have been tights seal. You are no better than them.

      • @ very concern (08/06/2017, 15:36) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        well he was a government worker you well know how they can't speak out for they afraid of victimization
  • ndp (08/06/2017, 12:47) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    We all agree with CS
  • Yes (08/06/2017, 13:58) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    He was a good Finance Minister when he was cutting his checks as a Consultant and otherwise though. Ah boy!
  • my 2 cents (08/06/2017, 14:08) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Put myrun as a jr minister give deloris education make ronnie m of f and give penn comm and works
    • Outlaw (08/06/2017, 14:23) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
      Put Myrun as a back bencher, not even junior minister
      • @ outlaw (08/06/2017, 14:43) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
        I would not go that far but he has certainly killed education he needs to go work on trade issues or tourism as the Jr Minister
  • musa (08/06/2017, 14:11) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    pastor say what u want but just remember who is the bass
  • Sawda (08/06/2017, 14:31) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    When the cruise ship project was in Swing and Doctor Smith was signing for Loans for C O C and is cronies to spend and over Spend,he was a good Finance Minister then..Now being on the outside peeping in C O C talking down the Doc..We all in the BVI loose site on reality too easily..
  • MEHSON! (08/06/2017, 14:36) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude - by your OWN logic and reasoning being that O.S does NOT have the requisite skills/training/experience/qualifications to be our Minister of Finance; then the same should be held for you and YOUR case that you have before the courts! You have NONE of what you claim O.S. has neither, yet you were given a cushy high paying (over $100k/yr) job that you now feel as if you were ENTITLED to it! Same Government you calling for a reshuffle are the same gangsters you were laying in bed with so to speak and praised over and over again. The Hypocrisy in this small as you called it 2x4 place is mind blowing to say the least!
  • judge (08/06/2017, 14:42) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    So why were you a loyal soldier to this disfunction and now making noise. If you were really genuine you would've addressed these issues when you were in the camp not after they removed you. That's my 1st reaction.
    After I get past that, everything you said makes sense.
  • WMaster (08/06/2017, 16:23) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    A Pastor who spent most of his life in Detroit was tipped to be a Consultant on Port and Cruise Ship issues. His prior experience in that field? NONE!! Pastor further tipped to be Director of Ports Authority, charged with oversight of ALL BVI Ports and at the time, overseeing the $80mil pier park project. His background or experience with engineering, construction, tourism, ports or marine industries? NONE!! He is a fine one to be talking.

    This man is an example of majority of the people who are complaining about NDP or Government this and that. When the Government does things in their favor then its fine. When they are on the outside looking in and can't get their way any longer, all of a sudden they are speaking publicly as if they care about the country. Where was Claude when people were crying out about the pier and he was just shoving it down people's throats? We have a set of hypocrites parading this place pretending to be patriots!
  • Really (08/06/2017, 16:41) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    When them start to say Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good night then talk to me.

  • truth be told (08/06/2017, 16:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The PS is the one who truly runs a ministry. Maybe the PS in the MoF needs to be qualified in economics or such the like. So the question becmes: Is the sitting PS qualified in the field, or any related field that would make him a true asset to the Ministry and our 'mis'qualified Minister?

    As much as I do not like America and its politics, I agree with how they choose their Secretaries. They select persons qualified in the particular field for each post.

    We can not get away from the elected officials being unqualified in the ministries to which they are assigned, but can not we do something about how the other posts are filled?
  • hater (08/06/2017, 17:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They need removing
  • Premier for a day.. (08/06/2017, 18:08) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I couldn't agree more.. Switch up the thing.. I honestly think Myron would be a great minister of health... Kendrick will be a good minister of education and natural resources... Put Ronnie in Finance. Transportation and Labour. Put Mark as AgrCulture and works....Put Smith as Tourism, culture and communication... Done deal...
  • ... (08/06/2017, 19:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing to add that hasn't been said
  • NPolitico (08/06/2017, 21:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP has an 11-2 advantage in the HOA. Nonetheless, its bench is weak though the government critically needs a reshuffling. Hon Skelton is the go to member but he can only serve in one ministry at a time. In addition to being the Minister of Health and Social Services, he can effectively serve as Minister of Finance or Minister of Communication and Works or Minister of Natural Resources and Labour or even Minister of Education & Culture. Be that as it may, Ronnie should be appointed Minster of Finance with Marlon as Junior Minister and Orlando Minister of Health and Social Services. From there, it just a roll of the dice with no clear cut choices. Archie can probably go MCW. Kedric probably MNRL. Myron MEC with Delores as Junior Minister of Culture. Mark????
    • shadrak (09/06/2017, 00:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

      They just need to be gone for a while. All of them need 4yrs to ponder on their flaws and correct themselves to promote any of them or to reward any with an term will only empower them to continue to do worse

      Cline seems to have made a career of getting government funds and is not sure what to do without it because I suspect he feels entitled. Detroit paid him and were broke. VIP paid him for a project never completed as far as I know. And NDP paid him as a loyal soldier until he wasn't loyal anymore. He is part of them problem and needs to be gone to ponder his ways as well not to be pining for a new party or VIP to recruit him. He will deny it but he has a "I can't say no" problem. 

  • Freedom! (09/06/2017, 00:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Speak claude speak
  • Supporter (09/06/2017, 00:33) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just switch myron to nrl and kedrick to education and yes give ronnie finanace you will be sure of another ndp for 4 years
  • wize up (09/06/2017, 08:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    To the bloggers: come up with the names of 15 persons you think have what it takes to lead our people into and way beyond 2030: making sure our sons and doughters are educated to fill the developing industries in this territory: we need a group that instruct our youth to strive to business owner and not job seekers.....leraship matters; need legislation to eridicate those bad government practices; where persons continue using there electoral office for self gratification: we need people in office now,that love the people of this territory and won't put them on the back burner for the foreign investor because of money...make your list and publish that list on VINO
  • u killing me (09/06/2017, 22:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most ordinary BVI citizens will undoubtedly think he has more legitimacy now.

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