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‘Kindergarten bickering’ in HoA amidst CoI is disconcerting- Skelton-Cline

‘Kindergarten bickering’ in HoA amidst CoI is disconcerting- Skelton-Cline

Honestly Speaking talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called out what he called 'kindergarten bickering' in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) among legislators, even as the UK-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is present in the territory, as disappointing.

Skelton-Cline made the comments on the Thursday, September 16, 2021, edition of his Honestly Speaking radio talk show on ZBVI 780AM.

Bickering in the HoA


"I want to express at this time what I see is my disappointment with some of the bickering that I see taking place in the House of Assembly, and especially at a time like this.

"I know that I am not the only one who see and understand what's getting ready to happen to us as a country resulting from this Commission of Inquiry," the commentator said.

Skeleton-Cline said one of the underlying sentiments coming out of statements from the CoI is that the VI is incapable of handling its own affairs, as such, recommendations may be sent to the UK to address this.

He said the message is that elected leaders present and past cannot be trusted in carrying out the affairs of the country under good governance.

Claude O. Skelton-Cline called on both the Opposition and Government to come together and unite on the singular point to prevent the UK from taking over the territory.


Imposition by UK still possible


"So when I hear some of the kindergarten bickerings in the House of Assembly, amongst the members who we have elected to see about our affairs, it is disconcerting for me and I think it should be for you."

Skelton-Cline reminded that the UK in past CoI's has suspended constitutions in full and part, taken over finance ministries. "These are the recommendations and decisions that can be had," he said.

Urging the VI to be more vigilant and listen to the messages coming out of the CoI, Skelton-Cline called on both the Opposition and Government to come together and unite on the singular point to prevent the UK from taking over the territory and setting back the progress already made.

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