Hon. Ronnie Skelton, Minister for Health and Social Development
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Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton has admitted to and apologized for the use of the word 'damn' during the sitting of the House of Assembly last month.
When the minutes from the September 3 sitting were being discussed, First District Representative and Opposition Member, Hon. Andrew Fahie pointed out that the minutes reflected that the Minister apologized for swearing. However, Hon. Fahie told the House that this was not the case and the minutes was an injustice to the Minister.
"Madam Speaker, paragraph 110 (C), it does the Member [Minister Skleton] injustice in a way. I know it's not intentional, because it says during the discussions for the protocols for effective management, during which he [Minister Skelton] again apologized for swearing. This makes it seem like the Member sweared couple of times and that was not so... We make sure that it doesn't look like he cursed more than one bad word," Hon. Fahie stated.
Minister Skelton pointed out that for correction purposes, "I think I used unparliamentary language".
"Swearing; you swear on the Bible when you are giving an affirmation...I think I used unparliamentary language," Minister Skelton stated.
During the September 3 sitting, Minister Skelton stated, "We need to live with it [protocols] and stop fooling people about we sign a document that is tying this country; tie their own damn....Sorry Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker I totally apologize...Madam Speaker we tie our own hands...Madam Speaker I seriously, really seriously apologize."
Minister Skelton repeatedly apologized for his conduct in the House.
BVI Platinum News previously made efforts to contact the Speaker of the House, Hon. Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe on this matter, but could not solicit a comment from her.