Government consultant and VIP supporter Claude Skelton Cline is appealing to members of the House of Assembly to publicly denounce the recent statements made by Fourth District Representative Mark Vanterpool.
“It doesn’t matter if you are in the Opposition — denounce this kind of behaviour and conduct,” said Cline in a statement directed at legislators during his Honestly Speaking radio programme on Tuesday.
He also called on the former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, who was present during the speech given by Vanterpool, to also condemn his behaviour. He urged the former Premier to consider the negative effect Vanterpool’s statement could have on the territory.
“He (Dr Smith), of all persons, should know when statements like these are made and in such a manner; how egregious this kind of behaviour is, how much damage this does in terms of investment, both existing and or potential,”
Cline labelled Vanterpool’s rant as ‘reckless’ and also appealed to the Fourth District representative to retract the statements.
“This conduct and behaviour was one you would have thought [would have come from] an enemy of the state. To make these kinds of pronouncements on the public stage where everything is instant, where everything is international and global has implications for us as a territory … These things cannot be taken lightly,” Cline stated.
He further said: “This is damaging to us. It’s not who we are, it lends nothing of value that advances our cause, it lends nothing to the conversation that needs to be had that helps to build our country and you have to denounce this kind of stuff.”
Following a disagreement between Vanterpool and House of Assembly Speaker Julian Willock recently, the Fourth District Representative marched outside the House made a number of damning statements involving members of the VIP government and private business owners.
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