Among the reasons Ronnie Skelton said he broke away from the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) is that he grew tired of watching the party hand down menial blue-collar jobs to Virgin Islanders and Belongers.
In a statement seemingly addressed to locals on Sunday, Skelton, who now leads the opposing PVIM, said: “They (the NDP) do things like get you to clean ghuts and cut bush while you are much, much better than that. You can do much more than this.”
Skelton said that was not what the political organisation stood for when it formed two decades ago.
“When we started the NDP, it was about building this country and building its people — [fostering] country to own the businesses and to occupy high jobs in government … We have people in every home in this country with bachelor degrees, masters, PhDs. But every time an opportunity comes up for our people, we would find some reason why they can’t do the job. It is wrong and the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement will fix it and stop it,” the politician said.
Top government posts such as Superintendent of Prison, Commissioner of Police, Director of Public Prosecutions are some of the roles that the expatriate community still hold.
Skelton complained about those issues while giving remarks at his running mate, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull’s, State of the Second District Address in Brewers Bay.
Turnbull outlined the work he has done and the successes he has had as representative of the district during his term in office. Sunday’s district address was the third Turnbull has made since getting elected back in 2015.
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