Social commentator and radio talk show host Claude Skelton Cline has named the governing Premier Smith administration as the downfall of the British Virgin Islands and is now calling for an early election.
“The National Democratic Party (NDP) has taken our country and have turned it into a failed state,” Skelton Cline said during a rant on his radio show this week.
The former NDP supporter has suggested that he has lost all love for the party and believes the BVI needs to elect a new government ‘immediately’.
“We are in disarray and one of the ways in which to stop the haemorrhaging is to allow the people to go to the polls and make another decision about who will lead them,” he said.
The talk show host then criticized the governing party for doing what he suggested is a continuously poor effort at restoring infrastructure that was damaged during the September 2017 hurricanes.
He made specific mention of governments efforts in getting all public schools restored.
“Our schools are still not rebuilt, our windows not fixed. I don’t understand that the administrative complex where our good people work … are still in an environment that is not conducive for working. I don’t understand that there are no desks at the college,” he said.
Repairs to sections of some schools such as the original Elmore Stoutt High School campus in Road Town and the Bregado Flax Educational Centre on Virgin Gorda are ongoing.
However, repairs have been completed on a number of other public educational facilities such as Leonora Deville Primary and Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary schools.
Notably, works to repair the aforementioned Administrative Complex in Road Town only started recently. Government received an $11 million insurance payout for the complex nearly six months ago.