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State all your business with gov’t! COI writes to Skelton Cline

Claude Skelton Cline

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) has written to government consultant Claude Skelton Cline requesting him to disclose details of any business he and his companies has had with the government in the last three years.

The VIP administration had hired Skelton Cline’s company, Grace Consulting on a $144,000 contract which was scheduled to run from September 18, 2019 to August 17, 2020. And in a recent interview with 284 Media, Skelton-Cline revealed that he was being retained by the government to carry out two additional projects

During his radio programme Honestly Speaking on Tuesday, Skelton Cline said the COI this month requested details of any arrangement he or his companies has had with the government, “whether paid or unpaid”. 

He’s also been asked to provide all correspondence — whether formal or informal — between himself and the government to include tender documents, emails, texts, and WhatsApp messages.

Provide evidence of products and services

Skelton Cline is also being asked to supply the COI with evidence of service and products provided to the government and details of payments made to Grace Consulting.

According to Skelton Cline, he received two letters from the COI which said disclosure of these documents are voluntary. However, should he decline from sharing the information, he is required to explain why. And at that point, the COI will use its discretion on whether to exercise its “powers of compulsion”.

The government consultant and public supporter of governing Virgin Islands Party said he has not handed over any documents.

“I ain’t gonna send them until I hear from my main attorney as to what I should do … Why are you contacting me when the government has the information?” Skelton Cline stated.

He further described that COI abuse and overreach from the UK, adding that it is “designed to intimidate” and is Britain’s “an attempt for takeover”.

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  1. Stappp Ittttt!!!!!! says:

    Karma is a *****! ain’t it

    Like 87
  2. @ CSC says:

    boy what is in darkness will come to light and if the lord is your light and your salvation stop stalling and deliver your proof of innocence • not the doctored one from GOVERNMENT Scotland yard ain’t no push over

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  3. Rubber Chicken says:

    Thank you COI For starting to ask the real question why claude skelton cline is paid fortunes of the tax payers money for delivering absolutely nothing!

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    • Rubber Duck says:

      Why indeed is the question. It’s very obvious that this man has been given very special treatment, lots of money for zero output. Not once but time and again.

      What does he have on them?

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  4. funny says:

    bet his main lawyer is from the UK…..

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    • @Funny says:

      He ain got a piece of lawyer, just pure old talk. He probably already gave them what they asked for and here capping for the public.

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  5. Further back says:

    How about the 1/4 million for youth development? that alone was basis for COI. If it had been invested as intended we may not be seeing the craziness of today.

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  6. heckler says:

    About time to halt the gravy train

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  7. see now says:

    That loud mouth about the UK this and that put him in trouble

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  8. heckler says:

    Ayo see why the VIP government is always harping on independence now?

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  9. lol says:

    yo only see a fowl arse when the wind blows

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  10. in yo skin says:

    TEK DAT !!!!

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  11. De Ting Start says:

    Fry Him, Roast him, Blaze him

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  12. barry say "yo will hear" says:

    All the nastiness vip doing in the dark is coming to light one by one….Only a matter of time

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  13. Don't forget says:

    Get all the documents from I******e S*******s.

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  14. Hmmm says:

    Why are we so small-minded? The UK doesn’t have to try to ‘takeover’ anything. The BVI is a dependent Territory of the UK and if we don’t like that we simply request independence, there’s a process the same way that UK dealt with Brexit. Deal with the people’s money in the right way and the people would be on your side. If you have nothing to hide, show them what you have done for your $300K + over 3 years. That money could have bought the furniture needed for ESHS.

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    • @Hmm says:

      You are more small minded than anyone else. The Virgin Islands is an overseas territory. We are not dependent on the UK. Check your facts

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      • 007 says:

        The BVI is British Sovereign Territory. Hence the B. The UK is responsible for overseas relations , defense, security etc. The UK allows the local populace to govern itself but oversees that government to make sure it is not corrupt and governs in the interest of the people at large and not for the benefit of government members and their cronies. If the UK suspects that the government is not as it should be or receives many complaints about what is going on , it checks by means of a COI to determine if the government is acting in the best interests of the people. That is what is happening.

        The UK is not “ taking over “ the BVI, it already owns it.

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  15. Crazy says:

    Britain’s attempt for takeover? Are you mad? You don’t think that the UK has enough on its plate right now? They need this nonsense like a hole in the head, but here they are trying to assist the people, since the Government just likes to help itself.

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  16. WEW says:

    YIPPEE 🤣

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  17. Joshua says:

    Surprise surprise. Tell me what would the COI want with a model, upright, honest, unbiased, outstanding citizen like you I wonder. The only person that would surprise is you. I am sure you have proof sir, literally hundreds of persons you can use as an alibi. We hear you every week on the radio taunting fair,unbiased dialogue with your cronies. Pushing the agenda that your master is too scared to bring to the fore. Worry not my friend we will vouch for you. We hear you every week

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  18. BuzzBvi says:

    Great to see COI spotted the people working hardest to hide things. Hand over the docs and prove your innocent. Why wouldn’t you? ……

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  19. Excuses Govt says:

    Isnt the government also have to answer the COI on those questions, the excuses government isnt innocent..

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  20. Lock Him Up...... says:

    and throw away the key as far as possible.

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  21. Good says:

    Good. It’s about time all this foolishness ends. His mouth is too big. Let him explain now. The government needs to explain too.

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  22. People says:

    Do not let the most crooked country in the world the UK divide us in their attempt to try to take us over.

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  23. While we’re at it says:

    Let’s see the invoices and canceled checks for the fancy house that was built around the same time as the bloated pier park project. Can’t fool schoolchildren.

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    • Mort says:

      I am sure the man has a mortgage with the bank for his home, just like the rest of us. Stop being jealous of the man because you live in an apartment all your miserable life.

  24. LMAO says:

    FOR REAL LET HIM EXPLAIN HIMSELF.RIGHT NOW HE IS TRYING TO DO DAMAGE CONTROL. HE CAN’T SQUEEZE HIMSELF OUT OF THIS ONE. HE HAVE A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO. THANK YOU GUS FOR CALLING THEM OUT, YOU WERE ONE OF THE BEST GOVERNORS WE HAVE HAD.

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  25. Movie Fan says:

    Did they ask Central Casting to send them a picture of Mr Big?

  26. Guest says:

    LOL 😂 😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 Thank you COI 🙏🏽 God Bless you

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  27. Stinging Nettle says:

    The sweet part about it is people is running scared around here. That is one of those go to sleep with it on your mind and wake up with it on your mind things. I’m poor but I’m happy.

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  28. YESSSSSS says:

    BRING IT ON COI. WHO’S NEXT? IF PASTOR GOT EXPOSED THERE ARE OTHERS WHO ARE GOING TO GET EXPOSED. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISE IF THEY START SINGING LIKE A CANARY ON EACH OTHER. TIME WILL TELL BECAUSE WHAT GOES IN THE WASH COMES OUT IN THE RINSE.

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  29. Mufeng says:

    The BVI is a terrible place to live. I left there over (10) years ago. A very corrupt nation. Of all the money they boasted about passing through that territory. The have zero road network and infrastructure due to corrupt governments. A country infrastructure demonstrates how well a nation is doing. As poor as Haiti 🇭🇹 is. They have infrastructures. I can bet your government leader is B** and F** over there. I would love to see a picture of him.

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    • Pictureinballs says:

      Shut your racist rarm. You left here because you couldn’t do to us what the Colonial Masters were trying to do in this era. You met a hard-working people and you out there talking p**s about us being a very corrupt nation? Did you see the corruption when our ancestors were chained like animals in the bottom of a ship in route here to work as slaves to build Europe? Where was the corruption when the Church of England engaged in the slave trade? Did you see the corruption when the heir to the Church of England is Elizabeth, Regina, who is sitting on wealth off the backs of black people and still want to own here? Did you see the corruption when the plantocracy brought down their friends to the Caribbean and were raping 10 and 12 year old black girls? Did you see the corruption when the Plantocracy was paid back by UK for the losses when slavery was abolished? Guess what, you never knew that the slaves got nothing for their free labour? Well, it is pay-back time. You had 185 years headstart on us, and you came back to live among the corrupt people? Why? Cart you ‘rarm and let us build this great country. We did good in 185 years. Europe built itself over 500 year, right? Who has the brains? We never raped, killed or enslave anyone to get to where we are today. Take that and smoke it in your Edomite pipe. We are far wiser than you thought. Flipping Rome wasn’t built in a day. We shall build here better in 300 years if you let us do so in peace.

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      • Jane says:

        I would like to see the people, all the people of these most special islands, do well and prosper. We have a GDP per capita higher than the UK, Canada, Germany and France. These islands should be the Switzerland of the Caribbean: Belongers should receive a substantial minimum basic income, be privately educated with full scholarships at the World’s best universities, infrastructure should be world beating.

        It is the 30 years or so of plundering by our own politicians on all sides is the reason we are little more than a 3rd world nation. There are pirates here still, and not just Jost Van Dyke.

  30. Oh Bouy says:

    There exists in the BVI what appears to be an anti- government and anti-local people organization spreading anti-local government and pro-UK take over rhetoric amongst the people.

    The second step was offices  with all white employees. Our government remained silent.

    The third step is the COI, and most people appear to have been psychologically programmed to fall for their ultimate demise.

    See the thumbs each week for certain comments. That is an organized white group.

  31. LILIS says:

    SOME MORE FROM NDP PEPOPLE NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATE TOO

  32. Investigate says:

    I agree with investigating Cline. For the longest time
    I have been wondering what the man is expected to do to earn the heft salary that he is paid.

    It should never have been kept a secret from the taxpayer.

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