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‘UK believes VI's wealth comes from corruption’ – Skelton-Cline

- Calls on citizens to reject notion that VI is a corrupt island nation
Talkshow host and Social Commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline says the UK in its quest to allegedly take control of the borders of the Virgin Islands (VI), is looking to do so on the premise that the territory is corrupt. Photo: Facebook/File
Skelton-Cline’s comment came on the heels of a statement made by Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert at a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Press conference on the recent historic $250M drug bust, where he said that VI has pockets of corruption facilitating crime. Photo: Facebook/File
Skelton-Cline’s comment came on the heels of a statement made by Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert at a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Press conference on the recent historic $250M drug bust, where he said that VI has pockets of corruption facilitating crime. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – Talkshow host and commentator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says the United Kingdom (UK), in its quest to allegedly take control of the borders of the Virgin Islands (VI), is looking to do so on the premise that the territory is corrupt.

“They believe that the wealth of this nation has come from corruption, from monies that's been corrupted or trafficked in the drug cartel. That's what they believe,” he said on the November 11, 2020, edition of JTV’s The Big Story.

‘Fundamental Misrepresentation’ – Skelton-Cline

“It’s the fundamental misrepresentation of the tenacity, of the hard work, of the genius of the people of this Virgin Islands, our ancestors, our parents and grandparents who owned the land to develop a business model,” he said.

Skelton-Cline’s comment came on the heels of a statement made by Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert at a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, press conference on the recent historic $250M drug bust, where he said the VI has pockets of corruption facilitating crime. 

According to the man of the cloth, “They come in here, see these homes in the hills and ask the question, well who owned these homes? Well, the locals own these homes. How can the local own these homes working at the government or working on their job?” he asked rhetorically.

He said often, VI homeowners use about three different jobs and would own businesses on the side to finance their properties.

“They don't know that that homeowner has land handed down to him or her from their parents, they don't know that it was the genius of elected officials at the fall of Panama and then see financial services come in here that we were able to build a business model,” he further said.

Rental properties to finance homeownership – Skelton-Cline

That business model, Skelton-Cline explained, is built on real estate and property rental where homes are built with apartment dwellings to pay for mortgages.

“That has been the financial model, the business model, that we have used on the heels of financial services...that's how we get where we have gotten” 

He called on the people of the VI to reject the notion that the territory is corrupt and built on monies from nefarious activities.

“This notion that somehow this is a corrupt island nation and we are corrupt people and what we have gotten has been gathered by ill gain, we must reject that argument, we must reject it at every turn,” he said.

63 Responses to “‘UK believes VI's wealth comes from corruption’ – Skelton-Cline”

  • Truth (16/11/2020, 09:36) Like (62) Dislike (12) Reply
    Skelton, you know it's the truth
  • Earl (16/11/2020, 09:43) Like (64) Dislike (4) Reply

    Oh shut up Skelton... I know loads of people here that have made their money on the back on drugs! 

  • Ahhh Claude (16/11/2020, 09:49) Like (48) Dislike (1) Reply
    It too early for you yes. I am fed up with hearing your big mouth.
  • Faithful (16/11/2020, 09:52) Like (19) Dislike (28) Reply
    Pastor Cline is absolutely correct. I worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to pay the mortgages on my 2 buildings on properties inherited from my father, along with rent income that those properties generated. I don't know a darn thing about easy, dirty money.
    • @Faithful (16/11/2020, 11:54) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
      God bless you and your hard work, but don't pretend that corruption, do not exist here as in everywhere.
    • the rock (16/11/2020, 17:32) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Not saying this is your case, but alot of people here got land by parents that stole it from other family members, so that's dirty money too.
      • facts (17/11/2020, 11:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well my father didn't steal any body property. In fact a well known family stole some of my family land for flour and sugar along with lots of other poor families back in the days.
    • My Guy (17/11/2020, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeaa- no, no no no. UhmUhm. Either you are genuinely oblivious or...
  • jack (16/11/2020, 09:52) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    could some one with sense please please talk to claude skelton cline andask hin to please shut his mouth up he is go ing to talk till he talk him self right in to th furnance SHUT IP CLINE EHAT HAPPEN YOU HAVE A TALKING SPRIT OVER YOUR HEAD WELL PRAY TO GOD THAT HE REMOVE IT BECAUSE YOU SEEM TO NOT HEAR, yes your concerns are needed but you need to know what to talk stop making things hard for us stop talking things what you cannot straighten time longer than time SHUT UP YOUR MOUTH UK HAS A RIGHT TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO AND THEY WOULD NOT DO THINGS TO REALLY HURT THE BVI BUT CLYNE IT IS TIME YOU BEED TO GO A SIDE BEFORE YOU GET CAUGHT UP
  • soo (16/11/2020, 10:05) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tell how how they get rich then?? Since you know its not corruption tell us all. Where did the VI wealth really come from???
  • Really (16/11/2020, 10:08) Like (46) Dislike (4) Reply
    Explain a guy in a job not a business owner having a $500,000 boat or why does Tortola/VG have so many barges, heavy trucks that are not needed???
    • Norris Turnbull (16/11/2020, 23:47) Like (2) Dislike (33) Reply
      @Really... That is so none of your dam business. So stop asking none of your business questions. Where you get your ignorance from?
      • Really (17/11/2020, 12:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        From the LAW that is now going to be introduced to get all these gains taken away from criminals
  • Expat (16/11/2020, 10:08) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    You said they rich because they owned land, so what are you saying money is growing on those land??
    • @Expat (17/11/2020, 12:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes land grows money

      example: 2.5 acres worth $800,000 in 2006. same piece of land now worth $4.5 million no drugs involved just hard work.
  • u (16/11/2020, 10:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is now u know that this is history
  • Rubber Duck (16/11/2020, 10:20) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
    The rents could be charged because of the success of two industries, finance and sailing , both created by outsiders. But if he believes that $250 million drugs hauls are insignificant and just the work of two naughty boys he is even dumber than he appears.
    • Poor Fella very naive (16/11/2020, 11:07) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not UK alone, most countries,, , They have reasons to come to that conclusion,,,, Think of Mr Murphy,,, the Panama paper,,,,, Because the money came so easily in the 80s and 90s in abundance,,,, The government didn't manage the money and the country properly,,,, Look at it most of government offices are in rental property,,,, What real estate government own of value,,,, They were all taking for themselves,,,,,, Hence the country been going backwards since the turn of 2000,,,,
      • Sherlock (16/11/2020, 17:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        The investigation into high level corruption and constant attacks on those doing the investigating , the governor and the CoP , are not unrelated.
  • Really (16/11/2020, 10:21) Like (49) Dislike (0) Reply
    They were not implying that the poor hardworking people of Tortola are corrupt. They are suggesting that there are wealthy people in Tortola that do not work hard that should have their bank accounts scrutinized. Perhaps they should start with the people denying corruption and making all the noise.
  • Gospel (16/11/2020, 10:24) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BVI is not a corrupt place. Some of the people are. Some lie, thief and corrupt. If it wasn’t for the godly front, it would be easy to spot the unrighteous.
  • u (16/11/2020, 10:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    All of you up and down talking this and talking that and d most important thing to take about u all turn off d volume
  • Heckler (16/11/2020, 10:26) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not the whole BVI but certainly applies to the parasitic oligarchs and political hegemony.
  • uh (16/11/2020, 10:30) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Right now corruption start to smelling in torla thay try to cover it by taking about island people this and that but God sees all every thing must come to light
    • roadtown (16/11/2020, 14:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The smell in Roadtown today was bad. I gest it was just the corruption.
    • Deh Watcha (16/11/2020, 16:22) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Enough with the island this and that talk.

      The government politicises everything now bloggers "islandising" everything.
  • Who the Cap Fit (16/11/2020, 11:12) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    And who the cap fit,
    Let him wear it.
    Said ah throw mi corn
    Me no call no fowl
  • Well (16/11/2020, 11:27) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Born and raised in tortola.....i wont lie.... majority of the peopleninknow have dipped their hands in corruption to move up the economic ladder. Plenty of those who are wealthy but do not take part in corruption are the beneficiaries of the forefathers who did....... Very few of us here have a clean slate and can say we did not build off corruption.
  • u (16/11/2020, 11:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Corruption in this place is not a new thing that starts when d big shot out by that has station and it never stop so Mr Cline let's b real up in here remember my God don't need a pellow
  • bob marley (16/11/2020, 11:40) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    If NIGHT should turn to day a lot of People would RUN away
  • j (16/11/2020, 11:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ who d cap fit d corn that u throw fel among thown so that dead long time
  • Monday, Monday (16/11/2020, 12:46) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pastor Cline, no one want to hear your nonsense today.
  • priest (16/11/2020, 13:08) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Cline you are correct in one area. Our forefathers were in fact hard working people who accumulated their wealth through honest back braking work like farming, fishing and boat building. They risked their live by using some of these boats to traverse the dangerous seas around the nearby Islands as far as Antigua. They sought work in St Thomas USVI and the Dominican Republic. Some of their children have built their wealth today on that foundation. However having lived in the USA for such a long time you may not know a few things. There is a part of this society which is corrupt. While the majority of us are just struggling honest, hard working people, corruption has clawed its ugly head into every part of our society. Let me mentioned a fact (many people may red flag me for this) How could you explain a 20 year old man who hardly finished school, never held a job in his life never took a loan form the bank but has several apartments, boat trucks and a car rental company?. The $7.2 million and the wall we always mentioned when we want to prove our point and the Pier Park. Have we not been saying amongst our selves that corruption was involved? There are several of these persons here in different age group and those are who we know. I assume that if the UK is making a statement that the BVI is corrupt they have the proof. We should be careful that this proof is not released in the wind by pushing this subject.
  • water boy (16/11/2020, 13:33) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    So a 28yr old on the water Sunday in a 38ft go fast boat with 4 x 300hp outboard engines and he owns it but hey he don't work !!!!!@!
  • unbeliever (16/11/2020, 14:12) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two weeks until we are to receive visitors and we have no protocols in place and none posted on our tourist website and this is the big concern? Well sir, you and I have different priorities and different means of earning our living that's for sure.
  • lola (16/11/2020, 14:20) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply

    All this is coming from a man that was ready to organize the first "Gangsta Summit" Claude you are so funny.

  • lol (16/11/2020, 14:25) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply

    Even the religious people in the BVI are corrupt. ALL of them! ALL of them! But they think all people stupid.
    • @LOL (17/11/2020, 08:38) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      They are the most corrupt. I believe it was them who spawned corruption in the BVI. The Christians and church-goers.
  • Post turtle (16/11/2020, 14:35) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    C.S.C is just the humble messenger ,plus the puppet on the string.
  • Wate (16/11/2020, 15:36) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tell water and sewerage to stop the corruption and reconnect laid off people water.
  • lol (16/11/2020, 15:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lighten up people. This is comedy Monday! Vino knows how to start the week welsah. Everybody wake up now. Keep the peace.
  • tola (16/11/2020, 15:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well duh only fool will play blind
  • taxman (16/11/2020, 17:17) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You only have to see the climb down of the government on work permit renewal procedures when they realised most of the local business owners hadn't been paying over their taxes for years. They are securing many valuable assets on the back of taxes they have taken from their employees but not paid to the inland revenue. That says all you need to know about corruption here
  • E. Leonard (16/11/2020, 20:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Corruption within countries borders and outside of borders. To me, there are no Pilates among countries regarding actual corruption or perception of corruption. In some countries, corruption is out in the open and in others it is more hidden and subtle. In some countries, there is a blind eye for some engaging in corruption, ie, elites.....etc while others are fiercely investigated and prosecuted. Is there corruption in the UK? If no, perhaps we are not looking hard enough. Further, making bold charges on corruption is explosive and should be based on solid facts. One of the cornerstone of the practice of democracy in the VI is the Rule of Law. A person is innocent until proven guilty. The persons arrested for the alleged largest drug bust in the VI are only charged, not convicted of the charges. They are entitled to their day in court. Moreover, violent, property and other crimes are a cancer in the VI as in any other society and should be rooted out at all cost. Low crime rates are a standard of living and quality of life issue.

    Moreover, in my view, Virgin Islanders work extremely hard to acquire real estate and other assets, the VI having been abandoned as a poverty stricken place with the only value was as a bird sanctuary in the 19th Century. Abandoned, the hardy people of the VI toiled hard through subsistence agriculture, sailing, fishing, migration.......etc to eek out a living. In the mid 60’s, the VI’s economic fortunes began to change; tourism busted on the scene. And in the 80’s, financial services busted on the scene. These two sectors provided more jobs, job skills and opportunities, projecting the VI as having one of the highest per capita income in the region(~$34K). Further, Virgin Islanders leverage the land acquired by their. foreparents through their blood, sweat and tears and the lash and who passed it on to them.

    Racial supremacy, racial hierarchy institutionalized slavery, slave trade, colonialism..........etc creating poverty in the colonies. These institutions were extractive and violent and left Virgin Islanders at a severe disadvantage. Slave labour, Black capitalism.........etc built the UK’s economy, improving the quality of life and standard of living in the UK. Slave labour capitalized the Industrial Revolution. Nonetheless, though slave labour built the UK, they didn’t and couldn’t benefit from the economy. For example, they could not own property or engage in trade. Their labour and value as chattel property just built wealth for slave owners. The majority of Virgin Islanders worked hard to acquire and accumulate assets and should be recognized for their efforts, not derided. Is there a tinge of jealousy?
    • @E. Leonard (17/11/2020, 09:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      You're at it again... This has nothing - NOTHING - to do with slavery. Slavery was horrific, and by all means fight for reparations if you believe they are warranted, but being descendants of survivors of slavery does not give anyone a free pass to disregard the law. Fight the law if you disagree with it, advocate for change, but you cannot just ignore it.

      Yes, there is corruption in all countries. Yes, in some places it is part of the fabric of society and it barely even qualifies as corruption, and in others it is well hidden. But the complaint being made is that the 'UK Gov believes VI wealth comes from corruption'.

      Local corruption is rife and has been for many years. The UK Gov has not intervened directly. This is not the main source of concern.

      What is now different is that the cocaine market in which the VI has always played a significant part is now not capable of effective counter-measures now the Royal Navy patrol ship is here, and so the complicit people - the criminals - be they in pastors', politicians' or policemans' clothes, are getting caught out.

      Cocaine is illegal in BVI, UK, Peru and Colombia (the main manufacturing sites), and USA - that's the entire supply, distribution and consumption network. It is a drug that has been agreed upon as illegal. Enforcing drug controls costs a fortune and this drug destroys lives, which also costs society a fortune. So any person or institution that makes their money on the back of this industry is going to become a target for law enforcement and governance agencies, whether its by direct involvement or by looking the other way.

  • look here (16/11/2020, 21:56) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The harborer is as bad as the thief. If all of you who blogging these things know about the corruption and you stick around to benefit from it then you are as bad as those who iare actually doing it. Be kind to your perfect, pure holier than thou selves and move to a place that is deserving of you. Because from what you are blogging it seems like it is the corruption money is what is paying your salaries. Anyone reading these blogs can feel the hate coming from them. You all talk about the corruption money but you cannot get enough of it. You set of hypocrites.
  • PReal (16/11/2020, 22:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lool only now ayo talking bout coruption and dirty money ayo need listen to killa tooma third pillar
  • ? (17/11/2020, 03:45) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    the governor the commissioner of police the former dpp came here with a plan but somehow that plan not working where the governor where the commissioner of police hails from have far more crime have far more corruption than BVI there are persons from europe in this bvi committing all manner of financial crimes but being descendants from europe the commissioner of police and the governor does nothing there are residents in bvi from europe operating charter boats and salvage boats conducting questionable activities within the bvi and commissioner of police does nothing not only negro people violates the laws of the bvi
    • @? (17/11/2020, 08:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well we are not talking about where they come from, are we? Ayo always quick to point fingers, like two wrongs does make a right. Having said that, I agree with you on the fact that there is a level of criminal activities committed by the white expat community that somehow slide under the radar, and it is high time that is addressed.
      • @@? (18/11/2020, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        where you from is where you from just like you can't plant corn and reap yam looking @ the principle of facts and understand that in bvi texture of skin play a great role as an example and public knowledge a white attorney at law was arrested in varsity of village cay in possession of a controlled substance this chap was given a slap on the wrist paid a fine and off he went another white female entered this territory with a control substance again went before the justice system and given a slap on the wrist paid a fine and off she went no charge of importing a control drug was laid against this woman i am sure the white attorney continues to practice law in my personal opinion any black accused would have been sentenced to jail time understand these examples are simply facts over color and the only place i have to go outside of this territory is my grave so if anyone takes offence forgive me because i am speaking where i am from
  • observa (17/11/2020, 15:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most countries are corrupt even the uk gets bust with drugs too
  • tola (17/11/2020, 16:55) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sounds to me like most of you all just jealous of the Tolians and grudge them for what they have.
    • Pink Panther (19/11/2020, 05:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @tola and what is it that the jealousy and grudge is for?? Is it our young brothers that are killing each other, is it how " some of you To loans" don't care about "Children with disabilities, and l can go on. Why Don you show some love for your " Tolian" bretherns and sjstrens and encourage them to stop destroying one another. Instead of this " jealousy and grudge s%$@ you talking.
  • Third pillar (18/11/2020, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You said it yourself . Going back on your words
  • asking for a friend (18/11/2020, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who more courrupt that these governors and police commissioners over the many years?

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