Opposition Leader Ronnie Skelton has stated that more resources are needed for the opposing members to effectively perform their duties in the House of Assembly.
“We need resources to do our job better. We need legal opinions, we need funding. We will be trying to negotiate some of that with the Premier in order for us to do our job the best way we know how,” Skelton said during the first sitting of the House of Assembly last week. “Trust me, it’s not going to be $400 million. It’s going to be a small, insignificant portion in order for us to get our job done properly.”
Skelton didn’t stop there. He also called for an office to be established for the Leader of the Opposition and other members of the opposing side.
“If it’s something we must do on our way out from this Fifth House of Assembly, we will try to set that up,” Skelton said.
Skelton, who is performing his fifth stint as an elected leader, is already showing signs that he will lead a tough and formidable Opposition throughout the legislative term.
Already, Opposition members have implemented a shadow cabinet to scrutinise the policies and actions of the government, as well as to offer alternative policies.
A media release from the Opposition said they implemented this shadow ministerial system “in consideration of the wishes of the people of the Virgin Islands