properties-for-sale2

.

Skelton caves in

Health Minister Ronnie Skelton

Health Minister Ronnie Skelton

The tension that gripped the National Democratic Party government over the weekend into Monday has started to subside; this after Minister of Health Ronnie Skelton reportedly changed his posture regarding the forced resignation of an appointee under his ministry.

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr D Orlando Smith, late last week, ordered the minister to have Bishop John Cline resign forthwith as Chairman of the state-owned BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA).

The request was made after Bishop Cline, on public radio, said he agreed that Premier Smith should hand over the reins of the finance ministry to Skelton.

Amid tension over the premier’s demand, Bishop Cline eventually tendered his resignation.

In an interview with BVI News Online yesterday, he stated that the health minister was not in agreement with his forced resignation.

But, according to the clergyman, the minister eventually decided to accept Premier Smith’s dictate.

“The minister is a team player, and he is not in agreement with the decision [for me to resign], but he is a team player and so he goes along with it. That is how democracy works: I don’t always agree with you, but if you think this is the right thing for you to do right now, I will go along with it because you are the leader,” Bishop Cline added.

Asked if the health minister’s about-turn has affected the bond they built over many years, Bishop Cline replied: “I respect him and I respect his decision. I give him the liberty to make a decision given all things considered.”

Bishop Cline added that his connection with the health minister ‘far supersedes’ anything relating to the BVIHSA.

JOHN CLINE: “The minister is a team player, and he is not in agreement with the decision [for me to resign], but he is a team player and so he goes along with it. That is how democracy works: I don't always agree with you, but if you think this is the right thing for you to do right now, I will go along with it because you are the leader.”

JOHN CLINE: “The minister is a team player, and he is not in agreement with the decision [for me to resign], but he is a team player and so he goes along with it. That is how democracy works: I don’t always agree with you, but if you think this is the right thing for you to do right now, I will go along with it because you are the leader.”

Copyright 2017 BVI News, Media Expressions Limited. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

tola_radio_jan04

20 Comments

Disclaimer: BVI News and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the comments below or other interaction among the users.

  1. ndp heckler says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 2

    Ronnie either has to lead, follow or get out of the way…He gone soft because he wont back his boy cline

  2. MVW says:

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1

    Mouth champion!

    Knowledge is power!

  3. Political Observer (PO) says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 2

    Did Hon MHSS Ronnie Skelton cave? Don’t think so. Pompey had a Hobson’s choice of sorts.

    Responding allegedly to a request from Dr. Hon Premier and MoF D. Orlando Smith, his boss, to fire John Cline, Chairperson BVIHSA, Ronnie had the choice of asking the Bishop to tender his resignation or resign himself as MHSS.

    In the end, he had to do what is in the best interest of the people. Or some some may argue that he did what was best for him, casting adrift his friend.

    Perhaps, when Eileen Parsons letter was supposedly leaked, Ronnie and others should have move with bud speed supporting the Premier as MoF.

    It is surprising that anyone in the caucus has not come forward to back the Premier. Instead, he is left twisting in the wind. The silence is raising more questions than answers and may speak volume.

    Should Doc just end the whole damn thing and let the people decide? Does he have the bal….s to do it?

    The question is what is in the best interest of the nation? It is time to bring the some stability back to the territory.

    Stability lowers the fears and concerns of weary and anxious residents and also boosts the confidence of external investors.

    • Diaspora says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1

      @PO: “Should Doc just end the whole damn thing and let the people decide? Does he have the bal….s to do it?” It will never happen.

      People with power do not easily give up power. It has to be wrestled from their frozen hands.

      In any event, the NDP will win by default again, for the Opposition Ian still not ready.

  4. Grumpy says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

    Time to make changes and Skelton COULD lead that change, but too much influence of Smith, Pickering and Vanterpool..

    • Change is coming says:

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2

      A new Government can emerge here

      Its:

      Ronnie
      Myron
      Marlon
      Delores
      Alvera
      Archie
      Mitch

      against

      Premier
      Deputy Premier
      Mark Vanterpool

      Where is Bertie? Even if on the minority, that’s 7 – 4

      This is not over by a long shot. But do those guys have the ghuts?

      They all feel the same way about the Premier but will they move on it?

      • Nah says:

        Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

        @Change is coming

        No they don’t. Half of who you named are with the Premier. And the rest straight up don’t have the guts….

      • Eagle & Buffalo says:

        Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0

        @Change is coming

        “It is surprising that anyone in the caucus has not come forward to back the Premier. Instead, he is left twisting in the wind.”

        Is this a palace coup in the making? Who from the majority group will be Premier? Ronnie, Myron or someone else? Who will be Deputy Premier? Who will be ministers?

        Ronnie—-MOF
        Myron—-MEC
        Archie—-MCW
        Delores —-MLNR
        Mitch—-MHSD

        Let’s soar as eagles, not careen off the cliff like buffaloes

      • delores says:

        Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0

        she still in gov she need to get her ms

        5th district voter

  5. Interested says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

    I agree with Ronnie’s decision.

    I am, not in favour with what The Premier did,because whatever John Cline said was absolutely true.

    But I can tell you if the Premier had even attempted to fire Ronnie, like his deputy wanted,he would have seen the fall of his government,

  6. well sah says:

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 2

    ronnie threw cline under the bus

  7. Lol says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 2

    Cline has been a loose cannon for years. Besides his loose lips he seemingly has been doing as he pleases and ignoring the dictates of Cabinet with regards to the BVIHSA.

    He has abused his friendship with Ronnie by putting him in uncomfortable position after uncomfortable position.

    This was simply the straw that broke the Camel’s back and Ronnie despite his discomfort had no choice but to cut John and his loose lips and swinging hips adrift.

    Hopefully they (Ronnie and Orlando) can heal their bruised egos and come together and run the Government in the best interest of the Territory.

  8. Lilly says:

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 4 Thumb down 4

    Ronnie for Permier – Hip, Hip

  9. realest says:

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

    divided u fall united u stand them pulling the team from under u die on your feet not your knees

  10. Would Say says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2

    Ronnie showed better moral character and judgement than John.

    He showed that he knows how to follow the chain of command and that he understands authority. Ronnie full well knows that he would have fired John if the roles were reversed and he was the Premier. I respect Ronnie for that. A good follower makes a good leader. He set a good example and I commend him for it.

    People making a point of whether or not what John said is true, but that is not the issue. John serves at the pleasure of the Premeir/Cabinet.

    What he did was inappropriate and showed very bad taste and lack of respect. He should have had the decency to resign if he wanted to do what he did. He lacks character period.

Leave a Comment

duts-2017-ad_sm2