Saying it is concerning the number of press conferences the current Governor H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert is having, commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has pointed out that previous Governors serving in the Virgin Islands have never injected themselves into public life and politics to the extent of Mr Jaspert.
"Go back and count how many times Governor Duncan had press conferences for the time that he was here... and I promise you that you can count the time that he had press conferences on your four fingers," Skelton-Cline said on the Tuesday, July 5, 2020, edition of his radio show, Honestly Speaking, on ZBVI 780 AM.
"Go back a step further and count how many times the then Governor McCleary, how many press conferences he had. I agree with Hon Vanterpool because I think that is the spirit of the constitution, that the office of the Governor is by in law, should be a ceremonial one," he said.
Opposition Member Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) at the June 23, 2020, sitting of the House of Assembly had said the Governor suddenly has more powers than before and accused him of trying to intimidate Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in his governance of the Territory.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.