As Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) chairman Ronnie Skelton tries to distance himself from the reported transgressions of the NDP government — which he sat on for the last eight years — he has likened his situation to the biblical story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
He suggested that, like Jesus’ followers who were present for the crucifixion but were powerless to save Christ from certain death, so too was he unable dissuade the leadership of the NDP from poor governance and/or bad decisions.
Though the NDP has had a number of accomplishments, the party is also bedevilled by a number of scandals such as the BVI Airways fiasco in which 7.2 million of taxpayer dollars was wasted on a defunct airline.
While speaking on the PVIM’s Solution Time radio talk show Tuesday evening, Skelton said: “People are saying I was there [with the NDP]. A lot of people were there when they crucified Jesus, right? But, there were a lot of people who were trying to stop it also.”
“I have done a lot of good work for this country … I think that I have the requisite skills to help this country to get out of the state that it is in financially and to build this country back so all of us can be proud, once again,” he added.
Skelton leads a team of nine other PVIM political candidates and is offering a number of proposals in his campaign for the party to become the next government.
The party is proposing a 13-month salary package for civil servants, a $15,000 tax break policy, an overnight cruise pier system and gaming zone, medical tourism, among other things.
The PVIM — a breakaway party from the NDP — is comprised of candidates such as clergyman Curnal P Fahie, engineer Shaina Smith, Horse Owners Association president Lesmore Smith, and Skelton who are all At-Large contenders.
The party is further fielding former Director of the BVI International Affairs Secretariat, Sylvia Romney-Moses to contest the First Electoral District; sitting legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull to seek re-election in the Second District; taxi operator Karl Scatliffe who will vie for the Fourth District; recently-resigned Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith for the Fifth; and former Deputy Projects Manager in the Ministry of Finance, Jose de Castro, who will contest the Ninth District seat.
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