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'I am the Commissioner, you aren’t'– Hickinbottom tells Skelton-Cline

- in response to Skelton-Cline's comments that CoI may not be in best interest of VI people
Government consultant Claude O. Skelton-Cline appeared before the Commission of Inquiry in Monday, October 4, 2021. Photo: YouTube
Claude O. Skelton-Cline said there ought to be another road map on the way forward, and it has to come from the people of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Claude O. Skelton-Cline said there ought to be another road map on the way forward, and it has to come from the people of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom has reminded businessman Claude O. Skelton-Cline that he is the boss at the United Kingdom-sponsored Commission of Inquiry(CoI) and asserted that his findings on the governance and whether there is corruption, victimisation and the like in the Virgin Islands will be evidence-based.

CoI is in public's interest- Hickinbottom

“I am the Commissioner, and you aren’t, and I say that with great respect. The CoI has been set up in the public interest, and the public interest is the interest of the people of the BVI; that’s why I am here. My findings will be made on the evidence; they will not be made on anything else.

“My conclusions will be drawn from those findings, and I will make recommendations that I consider firstly to address the problems as I identify them and also they will result in better systems, better results for governance for the people of the BVI. That is my job; I do not accept the premise of what you just said, which is whatever recommendation I make, that things will be worse when I leave these islands than when I came,” he added.

Commissioner Hiclinbottom also said it was not ‘right” for Skelton- Cline to say that he was only focusing on one aspect of governance.

“My terms of reference enable me to look at the big picture,” and it allows him to make recommendations as he sees fit, he expressed.

Sir Hickinbottom was referring to the previous words of Skelton-Cline during his testimony on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Road map has to come from VI people- Skelton-Cline

Skelton-Cline said the West Minster system of governance does not work for the VI, and the country could risk falling back into the ‘same run because it’s the same system.”

“You can’t put three of us in the room, and based upon what we hearing about what may work in the UK or any larger country simply does not work here. We know each other, we live with each other, we have breakfast, lunch and dinner with each other and so I am afraid based upon what I’ve heard so far that there is an assessment, a judgement being had to kind of make it very murky and almost corruptible, that something must be going on because these people are so close. That’s the nature of the small footprint we living in and what I am afraid of, that no matter what recommendations you bring, sincere and earnest as they may be, they are going to be plugged into a very system that simply is not going to work.”

The businessman said there ought to be another road map on the way forward, and it has to come from the people of the Virgin Islands.

“It can’t be a road map that is imported because there what you will discover is animosity, resistance that would result and it need not be that way. And so what I want to offer you sir, is that somewhere in this journey is that you really gather a group of well-meaning, cross-section of private citizens to say or provide them with an opportunity for an alternative structurally because in my ecclesiastical term, there is a structural sin that is this current system.”

Put on new set of lens- Skelton-Cline to Hickinbottom

Skelton Cline added: “We are going to see a retrograde move back into our people of this country. I am terribly afraid of a repeat of 1949, and so that’s why I am simply asking.

"It may not be part of your mandate, it may not be what you’ve come for, but I do want to invite you to at least put on a new set of lens in which to see a bigger picture as it relates to the destiny of these islands as which you can play a more positive, impactful role as your recommendations will go to the governor and then go up to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office," Skelton-Cline stated.

19 Responses to “'I am the Commissioner, you aren’t'– Hickinbottom tells Skelton-Cline”

  • At the End (05/10/2021, 11:55) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
    Mr. Commissione. I am guilty, we all are guilty, but its the bad Systems that cause us to act irresponsibly...So I am asking you to apply justice with mercy, lets fix the system together..
  • NezRez (05/10/2021, 11:59) Like (32) Dislike (65) Reply
    Skelton Cline. You are a son of the soil and you have rights to speak out about BVI affairs. And to Hickinbottom, you are not accustomed to us speaking our minds, so do your job and stop trying to sensor people.
    • @NezRez (05/10/2021, 14:30) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
      Please ,how do you identify a " son of the soil".
      What are the requirements to be identified as a " son of the soil,,,"
    • trrefdrfds (06/10/2021, 05:25) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Stop encouraging bad behavior. He needs to respect himself and answer the questions.
      • The Time Is Now (06/10/2021, 08:07) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
        Mr Skelton is a real defender of this country and him self. what you all do not understand is that man is a private citizen call to answer questions by the Government COI. if the Government was not satisfied with Skelton Cline service they was to take him to court. non of that took place. go after those who give him the contacts. if they giveaway Government money why you talking to him talk to the Government.
  • 1 Phrase (05/10/2021, 12:01) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rudeness Made Me - the paragraphs under this heading: Road map has to come from VI people- Skelton-Cline

    The ROAD MAP will come from the VI people but not the way CSC and others see and/or want it.
  • Stupes (05/10/2021, 12:15) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    may not be in the best interest of him he meant! If you dont have nothing to hide quit prolonging the process and out with it already!
  • Yes (05/10/2021, 12:32) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    old pirates yes they robs us- sold us to the pirate ship minutes after they took us from the bottomless pit

    in a mix society one must find several people with several opinions

    those that arrived seeking economic gain to develop personal well-being

    those who are the descendants of former slaves must have a different vision

    didn't my people before me slaved for this country now you look at me with scorn

    those crazy ball-heads

  • Ahhh, CSC (05/10/2021, 12:49) Like (51) Dislike (3) Reply
    You are digging the hole deeper and deeper for yourself and others.
  • Thinker (05/10/2021, 15:01) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Realistic (05/10/2021, 15:11) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only people with something to hide are always on the defensive.
    Nothing to hide, nothing to worry about.
  • nonsense (05/10/2021, 18:33) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    We cannot continue with this I boan hay mentality. We are functioning in a global market. Your references are only affirming that nepotism and cronyism and favouritism are our ways of social interaction. This lacks professionalism. We need to remove our blinkers and learn of beneficial alternatives.
    • uh (05/10/2021, 19:33) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
      You don’t go to Japan and tell the Japanese to stop being nationalistic. You can’t go to France or the US and do it either.

      Why do you think it’s ok to tell VI landers that they should let everyone walk over them in their piece of the world???
  • Happy fuh UK takeover (05/10/2021, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
  • WOW (06/10/2021, 01:30) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Every one living in the Virgin Islands regardless of where they are from and though they had to leave their country to seek a better life will proudly say where they were born and express pride in their country of birth but it is presume an offense for a Virgin Islander to express same sentiments.
  • wow (06/10/2021, 14:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you'll need to comprehend the verbatim of "I born here"
    I am a Proud Virgin Islander and happy to say "I born here" but that's within context of not indulging in unfair and unethical practices to the detriment of Others. We cannot standby and hold Our heads in pain and shame because a.or some Citizens use the
    • @SMH (06/10/2021, 16:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      In whatever context it is used it is a problem to some. If you were a Virgin Islander you would know. But you are just another hater who come to destroy. Blogging hate all day and night. BVINews is not enough space for your hate and jealousy. You want to know how we get where we are? through generations of hard work. Despite the Johnny come latelees who telling us now that we can't we were taught yes we can. Everything that is being thrown at us you all go check your country and see worse is going on there.
  • AND AS USUAL (06/10/2021, 19:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Ggb (06/10/2021, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    How can Aman at 45-50yrs tell Aman at 60-75l living on the same land as you that he can't say nothing to you because he not from hare and you born hare when he pamper you as a child
    All BVI landers are part of England so if you don't want the COI to do them job give back all the British Passports passport

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