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‘VI need not wait on UK to determine future’- Skelton-Cline

- Says territory must get into the mindset of self-governance
As British Overseas Territories (OTs) seek greater autonomy to govern their own affairs independent of United Kingdom (UK) interference, outspoken ZBVI radio host and man of the cloth, Mr Caaude O. Skelton-Cline is imploring leaders of the Virgin Islands (VI) to start thinking now about the way forward regarding self-governance. Photo: VINO/File
Since early 2019, the UK has been mounting pressure on OTs, proposing sweeping changes in areas such as removing belongership status, legalization of same-sex marriages and the implementation of the public beneficial ownership registries. Photo: Internet Source
Since early 2019, the UK has been mounting pressure on OTs, proposing sweeping changes in areas such as removing belongership status, legalization of same-sex marriages and the implementation of the public beneficial ownership registries. Photo: Internet Source
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – As British Overseas Territories (OTs) seek greater autonomy to govern their own affairs independent of United Kingdom (UK) interference, outspoken ZBVI radio host and man of the cloth, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline is imploring leaders of the Virgin Islands (VI) to start thinking now about the way forward regarding self-governance.

Pointed out a situation where the UN General Assembly resolution has called for the complete decolonisation of Mauritius and the Chagos Islands from the British, the UK has instead chosen to protect its interest in the territory even at the expense of international law and fundamental human rights.

According to Skelton-Cline on the Tuesday, July 9, 2019, edition of ‘Honestly Speaking’ on ZBVI 780am, oftentimes, territories are up against “principalities and powers and wickedness in high places,” referring to the Crown, and this he says the VI and other OTs must be aware of.

Building VI

“We need not wait to see what happens to the UK to determine our own future, we ought to be spending the time now investing... the efforts, the energy in building our own institutions,” he told the listening audience. 

According to the man of the cloth, the VI can start by, strengthening existing institutions and putting checks and balances in place, “ensure that we become a self-standing people with greater autonomy in these Virgin Islands.”

Further, he said the territory must think about its future under the UK, “Even as we contemplate our own destiny, our own emerging maturity to who we are going to be as a people.”

Stay Vigilant - Skelton-Cline 

Since early 2019, the UK has been putting pressure on OTs, proposing sweeping changes in areas such as removing belongership status, legalization of same-sex marriages and the implementation of the public beneficial ownership registries.

Skelton-Cline charged, “We [VI] have to get ourselves in the mindset… it's important, we keep our head in the game [and] stay alert, stay vigilant as to what’s taking place.”

 

5 Responses to “‘VI need not wait on UK to determine future’- Skelton-Cline ”

  • wize up (14/07/2019, 10:06) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    what are the options: how do we as a unified people strive towards the options: a substantial opinion is independence but can our territory live up to such a mandate: being mindful in this territory we have those who live here and those that call the territory their home: the individuals that live here can systematically pack up and leave however we who call the territory home have to endure any hardships depending on how we deal with the issues comforting our people. We can brake away from the United Kingdom however be mindful in global economic sectors we might end up in the path of the UK: whatever we do should be done in love and respect and fundamental unity for our people(the way forward should not a political decision but 100% the voice of the people )
  • 123 (14/07/2019, 14:31) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I agree with CSC
  • Law Abiding citizen (14/07/2019, 17:22) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply

    Claude. You sit your s***t down. Ayo people want to t***f without scrutiny.

  • Thepeople (15/07/2019, 10:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    No discussion for Independence should be had without first having a system that insured the people are not vulnerable to those we elect for 4 years. One example would be to allow the input of the people by vote when a major project-(example the airport) is being proposed.
  • Ajic (19/07/2019, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man is just a viper. Wolf in sheep clothing


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