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Hon Ronnie W. Skelton admits, mistakes but won’t be led by another

…boasts of financial prowess
Chairman of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL). Photo: VINO/File
 Progressive Virgin Islands Movement. Photo: VINO/File
Progressive Virgin Islands Movement. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), believes even though many believe he was too tight with the Territory’s finances and has made mistakes, he is still the best person to lead the Virgin Islands (VI) into the future.

In fact, Hon Skelton believes, he has learnt enough to lead; “and not be led by another.”

He declared his position during the PVIM’s Official 2019 New Year’s message to the residents of the VI recently.


“My effort to lead this country is not about power…It is about ability and capacity…I am not a perfect man… I make mistakes…We all do…But certain things I can do very well.”

According to the PVIM Chairman in his party’s message, his strong points include the handling money and making money work and grow and while it “has been said, that I am perhaps too tight with the people’s money,” he is determined to get value for money.”

According to the PVIM leader, “I am extremely dedicated to ensuring the people’s money is not wasted…I do not believe that wasting of money is good financial management.”

Hon Skelton—in his message said too—“to those of you who believe being a proper fiduciary of tax payers’ money makes me too tight, then I ask you to forgive me, even those of you who are my friends.”

He insists it is the only way I know to make unprofitable things profitable, “it is my intention to make this Territory profitable.”


Boasting of his achievements, Hon Skelton used the opportunity to point to the introduction of National Health Insurance (NHI) despite its early challenges, the introduction of a $10,000 tax free salary, free tuition at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and the completion of the Peebles Hospital which had lay idle for four years, among others.

Speaking to his decision to enter the political race in 2019 as PVIM Leader and Chairman, Hon Skelton said, “If I sat back and followed again for the short window I have left, I am not confident that I would get the necessary matters accomplished…I am not confident that I would have done my best for my beloved VI.”


8 Responses to “Hon Ronnie W. Skelton admits, mistakes but won’t be led by another ”

  • Outlaw (10/01/2019, 10:08) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    Hon. Ronnie Skelton, I heard you mentioned that when you was part of the government between 2003 to 2007 you was instrumental in giving civil servants a raise of salary. To my recollection. The last raise of salary to civil servants was given by a VIP government under Hon. Ralph O’Neal. At the time they offered 15%, the paid 71/2% with the understanding that the other 71/2% would have been paid at a later date. The VIP lost the elections to the NDP and instead of paying civil servants the other 71/2%, the NDP moved to do a salary revision, thereby creating a salary scale which up to today, still remains a problem because in some instances you will find Junior officers making more money than their superior. Civil servants are still waiting to be paid the 71/2% that was offered years ago.
    • @Outlaw (10/01/2019, 17:18) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      But after the salary revision you got the increase. Whether the pay scale was wrong or right you got a salary increase.
  • ... (10/01/2019, 10:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    who is to blame then?
  • 2 grand (10/01/2019, 11:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    in seeking power everybody love and knows what's best for the vi but would abuse neglect ignore fail to protect and defend it. as bob marley said see them fighting for power but they know not the HOUR
  • Well (10/01/2019, 18:03) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bob Marley had his demons to deal with. Move on.
  • Eagle Eye (11/01/2019, 07:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can't wait to vote all back biters out. Get lost.
  • wow (12/01/2019, 13:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    DWL...all of a sudden, it's what I have done! what I didn't do! What should be done! Who did what? What we are going to do? All one is hearing is Blah blah blah!
    You all took the Territory through the wringer! You all couldn't even hold a Legislative Session on time! You all were like cat and dogs in control of the Government. You all were pulling personal weight over each other based on (family ties). You all were very rude, vendictive, and insulting to members of the Public, Staff, Members of the Opposition, and even to Supporters who voted for you all ( At Large). Now you all coming divided into 2, singing praises upon yourselves and tearing each other down. Nah! People can't and hopefully pray, that they wouldn't be bullied into voting for you all! So wheel and gowan, go long!
  • jokers (14/01/2019, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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