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Saturday, Oct 31, 2020

Hon Fraser dropped a 'bombshell' to reprimand Gov Jaspert - Skelton-Cline

Regarded motion as historic against a sitting VI Governor

Social Commentator and ZBVI 780 AM 'Honestly Speaking' radio host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called a 'bombshell', the actions of veteran politician and Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser, RA to move a motion to reprimand a sitting Governor in the Territory.

Hon Fraser, during the Thursday, May 28, 2020, sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA), moved a motion against His Excellency, Augustus J. U. Jaspert to reprimand him for the handling of the BVI Airways audit report prepared by the Auditor General.

The Third District Representative said the report reached the House "A full month and one day past the statutory deadline," which, according to Mr Fraser, was due to the Governor exhibiting a 'cavalier attitude' towards the HoA after receiving the report and holding it since February 7, 2020.


Historical - Skelton-Cline

According to Skelton-Cline, "We've had some Governors recalled and we have had some run out of town but I am not aware of in History where the House of Assembly was considering motions that currently sits before it... in regards to a motion to reprimand the sitting Governor."

"This is tantamount to a bombshell that was dropped in the House of Assembly," Skelton-Cline noted while questioning the credentials of Mr Jaspert.

Hon Fraser said the actions of the Government seemed to have been a pattern and that it needs to stop.


Motion seconded by Hon Turnbull

The Motion moved by Hon Fraser was seconded by Second District Representative, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) ahead of the House moving into recess until Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 2:00 pm.

Mr Skelton-Cline also noted, "The governor is being seen and heard in too many instances that concerns itself with local politics and the Governor has no business in the local politics of this country.

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