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CoI is a theatre to ‘shame & humiliate’ persons in public- Skelton-Cline

- local clergyman stages verbal protest against line of questioning to him as a private citizen
Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has lambasted the UK-funded Virgin Islands (VI) commission of inquiry as one that has a mission to ‘shame and humiliate’ persons in elected office, and in the VI public service on the public stage. Photo: VINO/File
Claude O. Skelton-Cline appeared for the second time before the Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom during his October 4, 2021. Photo: Youtube/CoI
Claude O. Skelton-Cline appeared for the second time before the Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom during his October 4, 2021. Photo: Youtube/CoI
WICKHAMS CAY II, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has lambasted the United Kingdom-funded Virgin Islands (VI) commission of inquiry as one that has a mission to ‘shame and humiliate’ persons in elected office and in the VI public service on the public stage.

“I have seen, and I have observed it and I want to say it again… what this amount to is theatre, it's a shaming in and a humiliating of persons elected and those who have statutory boards and other fiduciary responsibilities,” he told Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom during his second appearance before the Inquiry on October 4, 2021.

The local clergyman’s statements came after a verbal protest against answering questions he said were meant for persons in the Government and the public service.

He said as a private citizen he is being made to answer questions outside of his scope, such as questions on governance that should otherwise be directed to elected officials, public or civil servants.

Unwilling to answer questions on Governance - Skelton-Cline 

“I Claude Skelton-Cline, I am and not willing to participate in that, what I am prepared to do is to respond to any query you have in regards to the Pier Park, to its development, and all while I was the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority that's what I'm prepared to do,” Skelton-Cline reiterated.

Local commentators, including Skelton-Cline, have accused the CoI of being a fishing expedition with a fixed agenda to carry out an alleged mandate of the UK to take control of the VI Government and financial services sector.

Despite the verbal protest, Commissioner Hickinbottom indicated that his questioning through Counsel Bilal M. Rawat will fall within the scope of his terms of reference, with the aim of collecting evidence from Skelton-Cline on whether there has been corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty that has taken place in public office.

Immediately following the verbal protest about the CoI’s line of questioning, Counsel to the Commissioner Mr Rawat's first question to Skelton-Cline was, “Is it right that since 2008 you have held from time to time a number of contracts with Government.”

28 Responses to “CoI is a theatre to ‘shame & humiliate’ persons in public- Skelton-Cline”

  • facts (07/10/2021, 07:48) Like (3) Dislike (54) Reply
    CoI is public lynching, in the modern form. But of course we too bright and advanced to see that the more things change the more they remain the same.
    • Rubber Duck (07/10/2021, 13:07) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cline got $200,000 for 1 years work =1 report.

      That cost every person in the BVI $6 and a typical family $25. That in these hard times.

      If you are happy to pay $25 for what Cline produced so be it.

      I am certain the majority of families are not.
  • You know what CSC (07/10/2021, 07:56) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am going to block you out today. I am not going to entertain you today with the nonsense.
  • WTF (07/10/2021, 08:05) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's working.
  • 2030 (07/10/2021, 08:45) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    The COI is a long time coming. But to be fair in understanding what CSC is saying is that the right questions need to be put to the right persons. The start out question in the last paragraph of this article is rightly put to CSC to answer. If any of his consultancy contracts with government led to the procurement or facilitating of projects then CSC should have made himself aware of any government procurement procedures. One cannot give good quality paid for advise on incomplete information or, give advise where it would cause the person you giving the advise to be in breach of certain of its operations. Also, those type of governance questions should be put to Government officials.

    Let us all think about the big picture and not be closed minded as to what is going on. Government waste and irresponsibility of the public purse as well as corruption and victimization have been going on in the VI for a very long time as far back as in the 80s.
    • @2030 (07/10/2021, 09:58) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
      You obviously don't understand how this works from a legal perspective. If they only question government persons and come to a conclusion then the first thing their Lawyers would say is "If they had questioned the contractor they would've gotten clarity...." etc. The Counsel and Commissioner of the COI are not new to this, they are well versed and understand. When the COI itself is over and prosecutions are up next they won't have an inch to appeal or cry foul. All cards are on the table and everyoen is given a chance to defend themselves. Claude sounded like a guilty person not wanting to be accountable. All he had to do was await each question and if he found it was better being put to a government person that should have been his answer.
      • @@2030 (07/10/2021, 12:20) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        Before you respond to a person's blog, READ and COMPREHEND. 2030 says that the right questions need to be put to the right persons. Questions on government procurement procedures when properly created can be put to CSC since he was the CONSULTANT on the project and should have known to a large degree what the Government procurement procedures are before advising the Government in reference to his paid consultancy contract.

        On another note, not everyone dress up in a jacket and tie and white are bright and well versed. We know better than that and we should be objective. The questions that are put to CSC, he has to be careful how he answer because they can be very well traps set for him. I am neither on CSC or the COI sides.

        But the right questions properly phrased must be put to the right persons. Do we not already know if we cannot get information from the 1st man, we then go to the next he was partnering with to get the answers from the 2nd man that we wanted from the 1st?
  • stop (07/10/2021, 08:48) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Being so defensive and let the chips fall where they may.
  • There he goes again, rattling his tongue as asua. (07/10/2021, 08:49) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it was true that the CoI is a theatre of shame and humiliation against public persons, then who are you? Are you one of them that architect the theatre that causing public shame and humiliation to themselves Claude Skelton Cline?
    It is clear that you, and others of the same mindset are the actors that perform daily in the theatre that has brought great shame and humiliation disgrace in our own eyes, and in the eyes of people elsewhere that read, and listen to the CoI ongoing probing of mismanagement of our finances by political leaders, their supporters, and others that benefit unjustly.
    The day of Reckoning fastly approaching.
    There is a true saying that "Every dog has its day
  • Vino Hmm (07/10/2021, 09:16) Like (43) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thats not true. We are responsible for our own demised...When are we going to take some responsibility...?
    • @Vino Hmmm (07/10/2021, 10:37) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you, we are all responsible for our own actions. Can’t be wrong and want to cop out and be strong at the same time. When we learn to take responsibility for our actions be it good or bad, things will be so much better for all of us.
  • Strupes (07/10/2021, 09:18) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ain't your administration put yourselves there.
  • Wrong… (07/10/2021, 09:21) Like (67) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nope, the public shaming is your own doing. If you had nothing to be ashamed of, then it wouldn’t be a public shaming it would have been a chance to show off your achievements.
    • True (07/10/2021, 12:08) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      The public have nothing to be ashamed about, the public didn’t do anything. I know as a member of the public I am walking along my merry way. You sir and the rest of the VIP Government is the ones that brought shame to the Country.
  • Oscar (07/10/2021, 09:51) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    CC, you deserve an Oscar - no nomination needed!!! (The 'S' didn't work for it)
  • Ya awl (07/10/2021, 09:56) Like (52) Dislike (0) Reply
    Excuse me but it was the VIP Government that insisted that the hearings were made public. Now cus you been caught out you complain. Time an tide wait for no man. You took vast sums of money from the public purse, we the people have a right to know how it was spent!
  • See (07/10/2021, 10:33) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Getting nervous mamma's boy ?
    • Poor baby (07/10/2021, 12:01) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is suffering from the MOMMYITIS SYNDROME. MOMMY ALWAYS SAY, YOU MAKE THE BED YOU LAY IN THE BED BE IT IS FULL OF THORNS OR CANDIES.
  • SMH (07/10/2021, 10:34) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Leave im foot inna im mouth
  • support (07/10/2021, 10:43) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    COI is not a theatre sir. MAYBE THOSE TWO DAYS THAT YOU WERE THERE WHERE YOU PUBLICLY EMBARASS AND HUMILIATE YOUSELF SIMPLY LACK OF HUMBLENESS -- MAKES IT A CHEAP THEATRE . THE COI HAS A MANDATE AND NOTHING ELSE .WHY ARE YOU SO WORK UP? PLEASE REATRAIN YOUSELF ,ARROGANCE IS VERY VERY HELLESH
  • taxpayer (07/10/2021, 10:45) Like (60) Dislike (0) Reply
    We the poor taxpayers of the BVI IS BEING KICKED AND BODY SLAMMED. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHERE EVERY RED PENNY OF OUR MONEY IS GOING. WE ARE SIMPLY TIRED OF YOU AND THE REST OF THE VULTURES PICKING OUR FLESH TO THE BONES EVERY DAY. NOT IN THE MOOD TO DEAL WITH YOU TODAY.
    • @taxpayer (07/10/2021, 17:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Great comment, yesssss, everyday the vultures is slowly picking a piece of flesh from the taxpayers body. Just like a damn mosquito, they land on you suck your blood then they sting you after taking your blood.
  • Mimosas day (07/10/2021, 12:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so looking forward to what Gus is going to reveal that day. I will be home that day glue to the TV sipping on my mimosa cocktail and a side order of fresh strawberries.
    • @mimosa day (07/10/2021, 18:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Likewise as well. I know one thing, certain people(s) is going to be diaper up.
  • FYI (07/10/2021, 13:51) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    You shame and humiliate yourself
  • Hmm (07/10/2021, 16:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You call it humiliating but we call it “knowing where our tax money gone!!! We can’t even get to access it when we’re sick. Strupes
  • Kwame (08/10/2021, 13:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    With your history you should be ashamed
  • Secret Bear (11/10/2021, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Would you rather have it done in private? I seem to recall you were one of the ones crying the loudest for the public hearings. Go take several seats, please. No one is listening to your whining anymore.


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