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'Not Lorna Smith!' Skelton-Cline suffers meltdown on live talk show

- radio talk show host slams Hon Lorna G. Smith for teaming up with VIP to form Gov't
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline expressed both disbelief and anger that Hon Lorna G. Smith OBE of the National Democratic Party (NDP) has joined the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to form a new government. Photo: VINO
Radio Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has slammed National Democratic Party’s At-Large representative Hon Lorna G. Smith OBE for 'jumping ship' and teaming up with the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to form the new government. Photo: VINO/File/Internet Source
Radio Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has slammed National Democratic Party’s At-Large representative Hon Lorna G. Smith OBE for 'jumping ship' and teaming up with the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to form the new government. Photo: VINO/File/Internet Source
Hon Smith in a statement yesterday justified her move to form the Government with the party by adding that while on the campaign trail, she had consistently said that she is willing to work with whichever party the people of the BVI elect, in the best interest of this territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Hon Smith in a statement yesterday justified her move to form the Government with the party by adding that while on the campaign trail, she had consistently said that she is willing to work with whichever party the people of the BVI elect, in the best interest of this territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline, while on his live radio show Honestly Speaking, could not contain his disbelief and anger that Honourable Lorna G. Smith, OBE, a National Democratic Party (NDP) At Large Representative, has joined the elected members of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to form the next government of the Virgin Islands.

“I could not have fathomed within the deepest recesses of my imagination that if anybody would have moved from the National Democratic Party, NDP, or the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement, PVIM…not Lorna Smith, I would have put money on it,” Skelton-Cline said on the April 25, 2023, edition of his show on ZBVI 780 AM and live-streamed on Facebook.

Mrs Smith forms Gov't with VIP 

In a bombshell announcement yesterday, April 25, 2023, Mrs Smith announced that she would be teaming up with the Virgin Islands Party’s six elected representatives as the seventh member to help form the new Government under Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

It came as PVIM led by Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), NDP led by Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Progressives United (PU) led by Julian Fraser RA (R3) could not reach an agreement to form the next government and oust the VIP from office.

Both PVIM and NDP won 3 seats and PU won 1, which meant they had the opportunity to take the government with their 7 seats combined. 

Hon Smith said her decision came after a discussion with several parties and ultimately the decision to join with the VIP while remaining a member of the NDP is one that came from putting country above self.

A blow to the NDP - Skelton-Cline 

Skelton-Cline said: “Just when you thought you have seen it all, keep on living you will see some more… even as I sit here right now, I still can’t believe it, I still can’t grasp it,” he said in obvious frustration.

The talk show host added that he wish he was in a dream or a nightmare rather than to have seen Ms Smith team up to form the VIP Government, and questioned the electorate on whether they have voted for what transpired.

On the 2023 campaign trail, the talk show host openly used his platform to back the PVIM and indicated he was no longer a member of the VIP.

Further, Mr Skelton-Cline, who had prophesied a woman becoming Premier, admitted to backing PVIM’s Shereen D. Flax-Charles who crossed the floor from VIP, rather than the District 9 candidate, Hon Vincent o. Wheatley.

He was also pushing Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard in the Seventh District; however, Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley retained his seat.

“I don’t know how the National Democratic Party (NDP) survives this, this is the second time they have put a death nail in the NDP and this may be the final death nail,” he added while questioning the integrity of the process.

Country over self - Hon Smith  

Hon Smith in a statement yesterday justified her move to form the Government with the Virgin Islands Party by adding that on the campaign trail she had consistently said she is willing to work with whichever party the people of the VI elect.

“I remain grateful to the people for the faith they have placed in me and I will uphold my promises to you, now and throughout my tenure. The people have spoken: they want a coalition of persons to run the territory,” she added. 

62 Responses to “'Not Lorna Smith!' Skelton-Cline suffers meltdown on live talk show”

  • Yup (26/04/2023, 11:04) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    The pictures chosen are funny and on point. LOLOLOL
    • Marlon is so Weak.. (26/04/2023, 12:30) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
      Why is Lorna still and NDP. ? She needed to be weed out, read out and or ask to resign....Soon after she won she was on the phone negotiating with VIP when NDP is the reason why she won... She was never all in with NDP..She had her plan..A devious one..
      • @Marlon is so Weak.. NDP Supporter speaks (26/04/2023, 16:57) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am an NDP Supporter, but it is time to get real. Lorna is not NDP's problem. The ones the main artery of the party loves, is the problem which is Marlon. Let's examine Marlon (The only Accidental Leader). He is the one & only accidental leader but the party letting this slide to the death of the party. He pronounced himself leader after the 2019 elections when he was one of two NDP members who won with Alvera being the next. Here lies the problem. He held no meaningful meetings in 4yrs to allow party members to select the new leader or ratify him/her in an open and transparent manner. He avoided such party meetings. Then Alvera crossed the HOA floor under his leadership & joined the VIP Government as a result of his poor leadership. Just like now with Lorna, some of my fellow NDPers blamed Alvera and turned against her with a passion. Again, Marlon was allowed to tell his usual non-factual but emotional stories to make him look & sound good which caused the NDP Party supporters like myself at the time, to once again bury the symptom of the problem (In this case Alvera) & not he (Marlon) who is the problem. The 2023 General Elections didn't come as a surprise as it was known by ALL to happen in 4yrs after 2019. Here lies the other issue. He then jammed the party last minute, with his stories again, so we were forced to leave him as leader to go through the 2023 elections. He failed in four years to grow the NDP and worse, yet he failed to get 13 candidates. Simply put, NO ONE WANTED TO FOLLOW HIM. None of us stop to ask WHY? It is because he is a poor leader who masters how to keep power through divisiveness. This is disgraceful & unacceptable. He only managed to start the campaign with 7 NDP candidates. Two founding members had already launched as independent At-Large candidates long ago. How come they knew elections was coming & not Marlon? He managed to get others in the Party to help convince those two (Kedrick & the same Lorna Ayo my fellow NDPers now want to kill) to change from being independent candidates & run with NDP. Hesitantly they did so because they felt he was not a leader. They were correct because if they could have started campaigning on their own means he could have started campaigning from a long time ago because the election was not scheduled like you would schedule a surprise birthday party. IT WAS KNOWN TO BE COMING! Let us not forget he said he joined Natalio to save the country because the UK did not want the VIP Government. Well, we all now know that was also not true (Another one of his non-factual stories) as Tuesday 25th April, 2023, the same UK Governor sworn in a 6 member VIP Government with a one alliance in the person of Lorna who is an NDP who like Alvera crossed the floor as a result of his poor leadership. Man strupeeesss, the list of Marlon mistakes is too long so I will stop here for now and if things continue with NDP under Marlon, then so will the NDP.
    • madam (26/04/2023, 16:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Gone as far as saying people does wake up with cum in they eyes, lol, lol!
  • voter (26/04/2023, 11:09) Like (69) Dislike (3) Reply
    He will be fine... Lets move on and heal. The country now have a government instead of waiting in limbo. Let's rebuild the country it is desperately needed.
    • Some people are unrealistic (26/04/2023, 11:52) Like (70) Dislike (4) Reply
      He & others will get over it. We just had a free, fair and transparent elections and we all know we had to live with whatever the results would be. There must be a winner and a loser. There is no need to be bitter nor blame Natalio, Lorna, nor VIP. I am not a VIP supporter & did not vote for them, but I like the outcome & will support the government. I am disappointed & ashamed of Ronnie, Mitch, Myron, Fraser & Marlon who because of arrogance, pride, greed and selfishness could not form the Government with the seven members they had. As a woman it seems to me they took for granted Lorna because she is a woman and like most men think of woman they should be seen and not heard and accept what is decided. They are the ones who have proven to be greedy and a mistake. Long Live the Prosperity of the BVI.
    • @voter (26/04/2023, 13:34) Like (5) Dislike (22) Reply
      VIP needs to place her back in her corner!
  • OY (26/04/2023, 11:11) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Poor fragile man
    • She can't be trusted (26/04/2023, 13:39) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
      I don't often side with Cline but have to agree that she needs to go back in the Red corner.
      • WHY? (26/04/2023, 20:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        He want her to go so his cousin and Uncle could get a chance to govern with VIP.
  • Blind Man (26/04/2023, 11:12) Like (61) Dislike (5) Reply
    Claude what's the difference mark was VIP jump to NDP so what if Lorna jump to VIP, the other parties were having in house fighting as to will be premier Ronnie want it Marlon want it Mitch want deputy, Fraser want Premier it was all about position for them over country Lorna wasn't even offered a ministry with all her experience. She did the best thing in order to make a difference within the our country. So get over it.
    • Jack-B-Quik (26/04/2023, 11:57) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
      @Blind Man Thank you!!!! A lot of them - including him - just don’t get it! That infighting amongst the others was a definite precursor of what was to come. Give me a break!
      • AND? (26/04/2023, 13:36) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        'That infighting amongst the others was a definite precursor of what was to come.' That's just where she belongs!
      • Jaigon (27/04/2023, 14:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ JACK-B-QUICK, well if by now everyone in the BVI cannot see Claude for who he is, well I don’t know when they will see. That man ran from Detroit and came here with every intention of sucking every drip of blood out of this territory and when he cannot get his way is like all hell broke loose
    • fool (27/04/2023, 02:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mark was ndp first then he wasn’t vip then back ndp
  • bvi (26/04/2023, 11:15) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ayo ant vex at those who fool ayo into taking the vax but y’all mad at she for changeing colors?
  • my2cents (26/04/2023, 11:16) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    Well CSC that's how gambling works and how Vegas has waterfalls in the dessert. The public must be more educated on the constitution and understand you can't force a coalition. Teamwork requires sacrifices and without that the dream won't work. We can grasp that concept. Expecting ppl who don't talk due to hatred of each other to work out a power play is insane. Expecting ppl who can't trust each other to form a government under pressure is also insane. Manage your expectations and keep them in the threshold of reality and not a dream. 3 blind mice vs 1 unified group was an easy call to make.
  • Jane (26/04/2023, 11:23) Like (62) Dislike (2) Reply
    But Claude, you predicted a women in leadership and you were nearly right! Don't be too hard on yourself. Prayer will provide you the answers you need.
  • Talk da (26/04/2023, 11:24) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    CSC, you see your last hope gone through the door. Only PVIM you haven't slucks money from. You thought this was the year. You should have organised the Premier between Ronnie and Fraser before the election came to an end.
    Get control of yourself and live under the VIP government or............... I'm sure you know what to do.
    Prophesy on that.
    • @ talk dat (26/04/2023, 16:40) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Bam! Hit the nail on the head. Them was the only people left for him to profit off of. Imagine taking these parties money only to turn around and cuss them and don’t support them anymore.

      But I blame them because they know your story and they still placed you around the table.
  • lol (26/04/2023, 11:27) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    It's ALL MARLON'S FAULT!! How could he ever think that Kedrick and Lorna cared or respected him or NDP? Because Kedrick left NDP in 2019, Sowande won the 7th District but you allowed him back into the fold. NDP get what they deserve and it's same Lorna is the reason why many people stopped supporting NDP.
  • The TRUTH (26/04/2023, 11:29) Like (46) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's wrong Claude, no big consultancy contracts for you promised by your uncle?
  • mp (26/04/2023, 11:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Voter6 (26/04/2023, 11:31) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
  • FALSE PROPHET (26/04/2023, 11:33) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    He should have seen it coming , he was prophesying a woman going to be Chief and now a woman gets Deputy and he can’t believe. Denying his own self. Lorna Yessss. ! An ambassador and Diplomat.
  • Hmm (26/04/2023, 11:37) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    he and sin-D will be fine.
  • Scamp (26/04/2023, 11:39) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
  • FLABBERGASTED (26/04/2023, 11:46) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am at a lost for words at the behavior of this man on the radio. I listened to him and was so embarrassed. His conduct was totally unacceptable for a man who goes to church. Shameful. Yahweh sets up and he takes down. Claude should know that of all persons. Promotion comes from above. End of story. When men are too selfish Yahweh steps in. He sends a woman like Deborah to help Barrak in the bible who had no balls to lead the charge against the enemy. Lorna is Deborah. I am happy with the results. Many did not come out to vote to make the change and are talking nonsense. Have a good day!
    • @Flabbergasted (26/04/2023, 15:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said. Deborah, Abigail, Esther ...
      • Election Results, No Freak at all (27/04/2023, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        With Lorna in our corner things are already beginning to happen. What am I talking about?
        Look how Biblical we are already becoming. Bible study galore. Never heard so much from the bible in years. Biblical names like: Deborah Abigail, Esther. Le we keep up this Bible study and possibly the Hurricanes will ease up off of us. Lol
  • Faithful (26/04/2023, 11:48) Like (53) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lorna Lorna Lorna. I love this woman. She say to herself, Ayo could stay there fighting for power, I going secure a sure job for myself. Lorna in we corner. That is what you call an intelligent woman
    • Real Talk (26/04/2023, 20:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Truth!!! I’m so happy she made that move thank God! I’m looking forward to good things from Lorna…may God bless her with great success, all the best in Jesus name.
  • Your prayers are answered (26/04/2023, 11:54) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    But why is he so enraged? On the talk show few months ago he was the same one predicted that a woman would emerge as the leader of the Territory. He even said and encouraged us residents to vote for women for change. So I don't understand why he getting on so.
    • Outlaw (27/04/2023, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You can’t understand? The candy ???? feel out his mouth. He was preparing to rob the territory again through another government. That did not materialize.
  • street reporter. (26/04/2023, 11:58) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can't give Lorna all the blame Lorna....That family had their plan. Win at all cost and be in Govt. Keep Tax payers monies flowing to the Purple building...Without NDP support and supporters she would have never won...Then again, Why did Ronnie and Marlon waste much time fighting with Frazer, they should have being on the phone calling Dawson, Lou and Vincent, negotiating making an offer? . They ought to know Frazer and his history....VIP out do them, so as much as I wanted a change. I gave VIP and Sowande much respect and credit..They deserved the govt..
  • Josiahsbay (26/04/2023, 12:00) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Crossing the floor indicates that there is no ideological difference but better political opportunities.
  • Outside looking in (26/04/2023, 12:30) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boss Stop The Fr!g
  • tk (26/04/2023, 12:32) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not becaus lana jump ship the plan all of them had the rain wash away before monday so all of them got a shock of ther life the lady did say which ever party win she will work with them so who don't like it lomp it put larna in uh carnor
  • next (26/04/2023, 12:37) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    wow lol lol this sweetened me I laugh I love this Lorna in the corner all the way cline need to seek help ????
  • VIBES (26/04/2023, 12:41) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Blond Man..Please just setting the records straight
    Mark was one of the original members of the NDP. He left NDP jump over to VIP and the came back to where he started.
  • Lite Nin Strike (26/04/2023, 13:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lorna mess up the $$ of this unrighteous sleazeball
    He besides himself and outta control with the handiwork
    and wondrous performance of The Almighty.
    He cant even keep his sanity and do a lick lick like his friend Sindy.
    Coach must be now busy searching for a new obeah performer...
  • good (26/04/2023, 13:32) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude are you better??? Last election you was behind vip
  • Now down to business (26/04/2023, 13:37) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    The only problem I have with the Government is the country needs Ronnie Skelton to assist in getting the finances back on track. He should be offered Minister of Finance since we already have a coalition government.
    • Faithful (26/04/2023, 15:00) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      He is the Leader of the Opposition. Let him advise from the opposite side
    • What business is that? (26/04/2023, 17:34) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      There should be no family link to CSC in any government ministry, especially finance.
  • K (26/04/2023, 14:27) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    He isn't worry about larna he vex because there plan didn't work simple
  • yes yes (26/04/2023, 14:41) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    The fact that Lorna's new position has caused him to be unhinged signals a bright future for these VI
  • 2023 (26/04/2023, 15:01) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the people spoke: the same party they chat so bad about while on their campaign trail got 6 seats while the mouth champions NDP(3) & PVIM(3)

    2027 be sure to get 7 seats and form your administration

    Had NDP 1 or NDP 2; need to stop going fingers:
  • old (26/04/2023, 15:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    IF you say you is a pastor. Pray for thing to get better’s.Than running your mouth like a .Radio need to run for your mouth.
  • Strip it naked (26/04/2023, 15:25) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    If this Good lady was so much about country above self why couldn't she accept a lower position than DEPUTY PREMIER. - Accepting a back bench would still enable a government to be formed. So from that angle I don't buy the "country about self" rhetoric. But look at it... She did a good thing. If she didn't, we would have the "hung jury" phenomenon and someone else would be deciding for us. Gotta thank her.
    • @strip it naked (27/04/2023, 07:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      From a high position which she has gotten she will be able to get more done . A chance at the table to negotiate.
  • VOTER6BVI (26/04/2023, 16:46) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
  • @ YOUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWE (26/04/2023, 19:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Order Don (26/04/2023, 20:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pastor Cline needs to do God’s work, if that is what he is called to do. He is Prophesying, but he is not believing in his own Prophecy. May God bless you and your family Mrs Lorna Smith. You save us from the embarrassment that was about to happen.
  • T (26/04/2023, 20:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the same man that was saying that tola need a woman to lead what he is doing now dancing to his own drum what ah thing u have a right to hide uh face
  • FACIAL EXPRESSIONS (26/04/2023, 20:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

  • LL (26/04/2023, 23:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lorna did the right thing. Those power hungry elders who have never done anything g for the country could not come to an agreement. That should tell u all something. In the next 4 years I voting vip and I am encouraging g the entire Spanish community to do the same.
  • @ VOTER 6 (27/04/2023, 06:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Paranoia1 (30/04/2023, 20:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And it was Skeleton Clone that made the Prediction that a woman would be the Next Premier...???
    Now Downplaying His Own Predictions..
    Which means is not the Woman he wanted as the Head Honcho.. And More Highly Paid Consultancy
    Contract s ..To Consult about What..!!!????..
    The (COI) or The Order in Council.....!!!
  • AWOOOOAAAAAAA (01/05/2023, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    LOLOLOLOL, She hit him a Tortola Two Step. HE DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT CLOUTE COME FROM. AWOOOOAAAAAA Breathe Cline Claude Skelton, Breathe Boy, She only hit you with a Little Tump. Lorna In You Corner, Lorna In You Corner. OH GAWWWWDDDDD, Lash Boy lash.

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