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'Dr Smith is ill prepared for Finance portfolio'- John I Cline

- The man of the cloth said even the backbenchers share his views in confidence
National Democratic Party (NDP) member, Bishop John I. Cline, left, has publicly stated that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, is not capable of running the Finance Ministry portfolio and ‘only his pride have him holding on to it.’ Photo: VINO/Facebook
Bishop John I. Cline was interviewed on Monday November 20, 2017 by Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz' (left) on the online radio station, Fresh Radio Vybz. Photo: Facebook
Bishop John I. Cline was interviewed on Monday November 20, 2017 by Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz' (left) on the online radio station, Fresh Radio Vybz. Photo: Facebook
Former Legislator and National Democratic Party (NDP) spokeswoman Eileene L. Parsons OBE late last year, 2016, led an unsuccessful effort, via lobbying and a letter published by our newsroom, to remove Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) from the post of Minister of Finance. Photo: VINO/File
Former Legislator and National Democratic Party (NDP) spokeswoman Eileene L. Parsons OBE late last year, 2016, led an unsuccessful effort, via lobbying and a letter published by our newsroom, to remove Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) from the post of Minister of Finance. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In another bombshell statement from a National Democratic Party (NDP) member, Bishop John I. Cline has told an online radio station that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is not capable of running the Finance Ministry portfolio and "only his pride have him holding on to it."

The outspoken religious leader was at the time speaking on Monday November 20, 2017 in an interview on Fresh Radio Vybz, the online radio station hosted by Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz'.

He said everybody he talks to in the NDP and the wider Territory believe that the Ministry of Finance should be given to Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL). He said the best thing for the country now is for "Ronnie to be given the finance portfolio." The Bishop went on to say, "every last one of the backbenchers think that Dr Smith should give up the portfolio, every last one, and I can tell you this in confidence..."

Pride would not allow it to happen-Cline

The only persons who support the Premier keeping the Finance Ministry are "some of his very close supporters and that the only thing stopping the premier from giving it up is pride."

Mr Cline said, if Mr Skelton was the Minister of Finance "by now we would have had all the audited financial reports in order...I can guarantee this as Dr Smith took on something that he is ill prepared for," he told Mr Peart.

He said under Hon Skelton, who now holds the Health and Social Development Ministry, we would have "ensured accountability and transparency."

The NDP member told the host 'Gadiethz' that he has no confidence in his party with Dr Smith as the Leader. He said the NDP backbenchers are not treated right, they have no voice, they are not listened to, they are only told to fall in line.

Next Election will be different

Bishop Cline, who is the Senior Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom on Tortola, said "one thing for sure, the next election the people will be given information and we will speak truth to power and the Christian community will have a voice."

The founder of the Save the Seed Energy Centre and co-founder of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League told the host that the public is very disappointed in the Leadership of the country and the Government does not have a plan to deal with the current crisis post Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Cline was victimised for speaking out

In January of this year, Mr Cline was forced by Premier Smith to resign as Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority Board because he publicly agreed with former Legislator and NDP spokeswoman Eileene L. Parsons OBE, who led an effort via lobbying and a letter (published by our newsroom), to remove Premier Smith from the post of Minister of Finance.

Dr Smith survived the “coup d'état” and also a Motion brought to the House of Assembly to replace him as Finance Minister by Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), which was never seconded.

Persons can tune in to Fresh Radio Vybz by clicking on the link below:

28 Responses to “'Dr Smith is ill prepared for Finance portfolio'- John I Cline”

  • Sed (21/11/2017, 14:43) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much corruption has happened under this Premier,s watch. Even now with the distribution of aid some people in need will be looked over. We see what is happening, the flood like never before in August , two category five hurricanes in September.. God is speaking to us. Time for love, honesty and transpearancy. We have been given a chance. Pray and bring back the Christian community we once shared and enjoyed.
  • wize up (21/11/2017, 14:56) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Pocket stop get full now. Just before he left the heath facility the man he here bashing was the best thing since slice bread and cline might have a good point but most of us heard nothing publicly when homeboy was smiling all the to the bank
    • vi (22/11/2017, 11:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The position that the Bishop held was not a salaried position. He only received a small stipend, so I don't know which bank you saw him smiling all the way too.
  • dog man (21/11/2017, 14:58) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Amen it's true smith is not ready for that money post right now . Dr. U did go by its time to call it
    • Switch or lose.. (21/11/2017, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      I'm an NDP. Honestly.. labour is weak.....agriculture is weak''', Culture is Weak, Finance is Weak,.,, Tourism is Weak..... Hoeever, I will suggesting...Give Ronnie Finance, communication and labour.--. Switch Myron to Health, agruculture and youth affairs.(Provide our hospital with home grown food) Myron will make it happen.....Give Picko Education and social develop meet.-- Give Smith,,,Tourism and Culture.. (The perfect Match..(Give mark Works and natural resources....
      • Xxx (22/11/2017, 06:31) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        History will show dr smith biggest political and leadership mistake was not reshuffling his cabinet.

        Move mark and myron to the back bench they have been failures
  • NDP voter (21/11/2017, 15:00) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Cline this is nothing new you bringing to the tale old news even his staff knows he needs to give finaince but its the first L
  • Really (21/11/2017, 15:15) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Ah hh me boy what a thing to tell de king de doc feed you me know you pocket dem full ungrateful set of people.
  • ... (21/11/2017, 15:15) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am keeping out of the NDP civil war demand
  • Aid hmmmm (21/11/2017, 15:25) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Aid and Aid distribution need a serious investigation. Where are all those technical stuff gone..special lights for people etc...I can give an idea search the houses of the people give them out and their families houses too..u may find those and alot more...
  • Luci (21/11/2017, 15:43) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well he better than all who in his cabinet. Leave the rest there will be no treasury
  • My New Party where are you? (21/11/2017, 15:57) Like (6) Dislike (15) Reply
    Ms Romney, Zoe, Carl, Rawl, the two lawyers the one Doctor and other potential want to Be... U all come together and work with Frazer.. Frazer will lead this country better than Fahie and better than Doc... What's going now made it very clear to me. We need a strong our people first courageous leader. Frazer is the man...
    • Yes (21/11/2017, 18:19) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
      Fraser? Please! We need youngsters like Marlon Penn to break the silence and take this country forward. These leaders' time has passed and its time for new blood.
      • Clueless (22/11/2017, 23:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Marlon clueless.. This has to be Marlon comment
        • No it's not Myrun (23/11/2017, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Not everyone like you online commenting about themselves. You are going to get a stroke with your obsession to lead this country. Not going to happen, now who is clueless?
  • Scrooge (21/11/2017, 17:28) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    After this hurricane is just pure wickedness going on. Bosses laying of workers talking bout they can't afford to pay,but yet they buying different vehicles and partying when night come..but it's all good cause GOD sees all the greed and I have faith that He will deal with the wicked accordingly. So drink and be merry dear business due time....
  • pat (21/11/2017, 17:43) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    We do not trust fahie but he will do better that them ndp crooks
  • laughing (21/11/2017, 18:28) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Cline loves the spotlight.
  • Fraser, I (21/11/2017, 18:57) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Give Fraser a chance. He loves this country and will do good, I believe.
    • Huh? (21/11/2017, 22:28) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      Fraser??? The one who couldn't put love of country above his bruised ego and second the motion for no confidence in the Premier? Please, the outside world would eat him up alive! He can't even speak in a clear and cohesive manner...his ideas are ALL over the place! I mean, I have to pull out a darn map every time I listen to him...struups...better i listen to the Premier's undecipherable ramblings.
  • .... (21/11/2017, 20:54) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply

    Bishop Cline is ill prepared to be a man of the cloth

  • HeHe (21/11/2017, 21:45) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dr Smith isn’t prepared to manage a piggybank.
  • OKAY... (21/11/2017, 22:40) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Okay...I think at this point, if there be no protests, no motions to oust the Premier then what good is it to slag him off? And you're really proving your name, backbenchers, backbiters, backwards, back EVERYthing! What you SHOULD be doing is helping him. Help the Premier. Pull him in a corner and advise him...pray for him! If we want to take this to church, consider this,(and funny that this was my bible reading for today):
    Exodus 17:8-13 (NIV) says:

    "The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands." So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword."

    Let us be the Aaron and the Hur for our Premier. Maybe he his tired, maybe his hands are down. Let us help him to hold them up or else we cannot win. This is what I would like to hear from our Chrisitian community.
  • @okay (22/11/2017, 02:18) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Then what?
  • we the people (22/11/2017, 06:36) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    I maintained the governor needs to desolved THE government until the next election
  • island man (22/11/2017, 09:19) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe Mr. Clyne should stay from politics and focus on the converting bad people to a better way of redeeming themselves and follow the path laid by the Lord. He confuses me on weather he is a man of God or just a man looking for more opportunity for a fat salary.
    A waiting to hear he interview on social behavior on youths and adults, behavior on adultery and how true Christian should portray themselves... Leave Politics alone Brother!
  • Jazman (22/11/2017, 21:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I honestly believed that any minister that have a business should not be in charge of lobour because there staff would not have a voice ,so the person that said they are NDP and they think mark should be in charge of public work and natural resources no no

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