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'We need leadership that loves its people'- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

- said there is a deficit of leadership in the VI; Clear vision needed
According to former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, there is a deficit of leadership in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Youtube
Members of the panel discussion on Vigilate Dialogues on May 22, 2017 were, from left, host Ms Shaina M. Smith, former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, and Managing Director of Relyon Media Group Mr Elton Callwood. Photo: Youtube
Members of the panel discussion on Vigilate Dialogues on May 22, 2017 were, from left, host Ms Shaina M. Smith, former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, and Managing Director of Relyon Media Group Mr Elton Callwood. Photo: Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “All that we need is right here, but we need leadership that believes in its people. We need leadership that loves his people. You can’t lead people you don’t love. You can control and manipulate them but you can’t lead them. And what is needed in this country right now above all else is leadership and there is a deficit of leadership.”

This is according to former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, who was at the time a guest of the television talk show Vigilate Dialogues on CBN Channel 51 on May 22, 2017.

We have surrendered our courage

According to Mr Skelton-Cline, a former political candidate with the National Democratic Party (NDP), Virgin Islanders have lost their rights in their own country because of poor leadership and it is time the populace demand better.

“We have surrendered our courage. We have surrendered our rights and our people are suffering and I think it is time we all arise and command something different.”

The guests of the show, which included Managing Director of Relyon Media Group and former political candidate with the People’s Progressive Alliance, Mr Elton Callwood and host of the show, Shaina M. Smith, discussed a variety of issues, including good governance, immigration reform, leadership and employment.

Decade old unemployment problem remains

According to Ms Smith, a former political candidate with the People’s Progressive Alliance and the National Democratic Party respectively, unemployment remains a problem in the Virgin Islands as nothing has been done to adequately address the issue for the past decade.

“It concerns me where we have been holding the same percentage of unemployment now for years. It has to be close to a decade and we hear people, especially our young people talking all the time about the fact that they cannot find jobs, not the ones that might be unemployable for different reason but actually finding a job that they are qualified for and can get gainful employment in the country.”

This drew a response from Mr.Callwood, who commented that “a lot of them are basically a product of a failed education system in a way, in the fact that we do not teach for critical thinking.”

Good Governance & clear vision needed

Meanwhile, according to Ms Smith, good governance “is accountable, transparent, follows the rule of law, is responsive, equitable and inclusive, effective and efficient, participatory…….”

Mr Claude Skelton-Cline, a pastor and community activist, stated that good governance requires good leadership and good leadership is reflected by having a clear vision for where or what someone would like to see happen.

“A vision is a picture of your preferred future and you have to use words to paint a picture, cast that vision to your people, have the people to buy into and/or to add or to edit so that they see themselves in the picture.”

He further explained that he has not heard a clear, strategic, thoughtful, inclusive vision for the BVI.

“Imagine, we are 30 thousand, maybe 33 thousand in population. We are smaller than some of the larger universities in terms of people. They manage those every day and you mean to tell me we can’t manage a simple 2 by 4 country in a more meaningful substantive way,” stated Mr. Cline.

Ms Smith directed the topic to Mr Callwood, who responded that “A clear vision has never been put in place by any political party, past or present…...our leaders need to start listening to us, as the constitution read, it’s us.”

24 Responses to “'We need leadership that loves its people'- Claude O. Skelton-Cline”

  • Yes (01/06/2017, 11:45) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    Loves its people..Translation: "The Government of the day should give its political soldiers whatever they ask for, no questions asked and when that happens, they are the best Government in the world however, when it doesn't happen then they are weak and corrupt!"
  • Just saying (01/06/2017, 11:49) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ha ha he throwing words at funny man
    • @Just Saying (01/06/2017, 15:13) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
      Cline need just shut up!! He done get his apple pie now he talking piss. Tired of hearing him now man.
  • nope (01/06/2017, 11:54) Like (32) Dislike (5) Reply
    The BVI does not have an unemployment problem, it has an entitlement problem! In most countries people either start their own business, or they take the job they can GET until they get the job that the really WANT! In the BVI we act as if we are somehow separate to the rest of the real world especially as it comes to business operations. Times changing and we either wake up or sit down and cry.
  • vex (01/06/2017, 11:55) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    Like him or hate him he is right!
    • No (01/06/2017, 12:26) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
      He is NOT RIGHT! Loving your people doesn't mean giving them what they want all the time. The Government is there to look out for the Territory on a whole, not just a few people. When he was the Director at the Ports, the Territory was well and as soon as his contract isn't renewed, the Government is bad? The Government hasn't done anything different to when Claude had his position so it shows he is all about himself.
    • @vex (01/06/2017, 16:12) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      While we busy hating each other and agreeing with the spread of hate, the White Folks loving up on each other and plotting how to overthrow what they consider the rich, but unentitled black folks in this country. Stupid us playing right into their hands. Her Majesty built us Balsam Ghut. We thank her. It would have helped if she had built us a new High School with state of the art Gym et cetera. We have worked hard and taken care of ourselves well, and a few who are fighting for power or chomping at the bit for power is destroying us with the new buzz word 'corrupt' being dropped at will with no evidence giving Her Majesty an excuse to come sniffing around our business. Go ahead. Keep it up. Claude Skelton Cline want power and he can go sit down somewhere for he will not get it. The Brown Bummer suffering the same malady as well. And Her Majesty, well we will march and fight for what we built. Beware!!!
  • DON Q (01/06/2017, 13:43) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Another one coming to the conclusion that ndp must go
    • A Boogie wit da Hoodie (02/06/2017, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Now NDP love the people too they just like the people of EUROPEAN CULTURE more than that of their own. Nothing wrong with SELF HATE.
  • Littlejohn (01/06/2017, 16:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    You mean leadership that loves itself and screws everyone for its own, individual and collective, benefit.
  • pat (01/06/2017, 16:38) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting he feels this way now that he is not on payroll. He was part of the problem when he was head of the port authority, a position he was not qualified for.
    • Really! (01/06/2017, 19:13) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      We need leadership that loves his people. You can’t lead people you don’t love. You can control and manipulate them but you can’t lead them.

      This brother is Narcissitic!!
  • wize up (01/06/2017, 17:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    more to come or more coming ????
  • musa (01/06/2017, 18:19) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    this pastor is a waste a 9 months
    • agreed (01/06/2017, 19:17) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

      I agree with musa. He trying to keep relevant. He ain't on the payroll no more so he find the need to run his mouth. We already know he running against the ndp next upcoming election. Another f*ke sn***y pastor. He will never get in

  • shark (01/06/2017, 20:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    with many youths here un-employed can you tell me if there is any freeze on work permits,
    • @shark (02/06/2017, 21:37) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Freeze? It look to me like they selling them on the street. I am so tired of the overcrowding feeling in Town.
      Down islanders hate their houses. Can't visit Rite Way in peace. They loitering outside every business place.
      Strupes. Drink their beers and get rowdy. Just tonight I was so pissed off. Go home when you finish work no.
      Invite your friends by your house. My poor Tortola. I feel like I am St. Kitts or St. Lucia. In those places
      They even loiter outside the court house all day long. Strupes
  • Scary Times (01/06/2017, 23:25) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Having grown up on the island of Virgin Gorda, and lived here for practically all my life except of a few years overseas; it is easy for me to understand Mr. Cline's statement. Living on Virgin Gorda, it is much easier to see and understand Mr. Cline's point of view about "Good Governance."
    A member of the panel said something about "Critical Thinking". I understand that to mean looking and thinking of things in a different way; unbiased, without prejudice; without favoring one side or the other; simply analyzing the situation or case.
    The fact that Mr. Cline has a case aianst Government, doesn't mean anything other than he feels wronged after doing what he did for the party; feels he gave the job his best; and then gets thrown under the bus so to speak. Real buddies are not treated that way.
    Husband and wife fall out at times and end up in court and separation. Friends fall out; siblings fall out; business partners have their differences and fall out; but that does not necessarily mean anything other than seeing things in a different way; from a different point of view and not being ale to agree hence.
    In the Bible, Saul was persecuting the Christians; then one day, or night, while on the road to Damascus, was struck by Lightning and immediately had a change of heart and was converted to Christianity; same as the people he was persecuting. Can it be that Claude Skelton was of the same philosophy as the party he ran with, but having spent this contractual time working with them finally was trucked by lightning and now sees then in a different light? is seeing their failures, their lack of leadership, and their Flaws in so many areas?
    The NDP government, in their more Virgin days, the days when they were somewhat innocent and perhaps meant well promised us "Government in the sunshine".
    Please lets look at the statement that Mr. Cline made in a different way. Lets say that the statement was made by the leader of the United Party; (and we know the way he feels about all the other parties). The current Leader of the opposition made the statement about the NDP not to long ago, that "they are the most corrupt government in the history of the Virgin Islands".
    It is interesting to note that he hasn't been sued for making the statement; he hasn't apologized as far as we know; nor has he taken it back. Nor was he called upon to prove it.
    During the early 1990s, an up and coming politician referred to a seasoned politician as a "Powerful and corrupt"...and was taken to court by the veteran politician;...and you know what?... The judge agreed...and the rest is istory.
  • Bongo (02/06/2017, 07:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    So now we are a simple 2 x 4 country, eh Claude? Well then you always free to go back to Detroit...

  • foxy (03/06/2017, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I've never wished ill-will upon anyone for their politics before. But now, after throwing the BVI prestige away in the face of denial and not loving we the people who voted for them. There is no fate too awful for these people. I no longer care even a whit about their lives and I truly believe they should spend their days being mocked as the worthless social pariahs they are.
  • Liat 521 (05/06/2017, 23:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    On the face of it the politicians of both parties don't seems to really care about the lives of the average Joe.


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