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EXCLUSIVE: Dancia Penn ‘like a fly in ointment’- John I. Cline

- says rush for office in the 2015 elections is like ‘touch & tag’ football game
Shortly after announcing her run for political office as an Independent Territorial At Large candidate, former legislator and prominent figure in the legal fraternity Mrs Dancia Penn has come in for criticisms from Bishop John I. Cline who referred to her as a ‘fly in ointment’ due to her late entry into the electoral race. Photo: VINO/Provided
The idiomatic expression ‘fly in ointment’ brings back memories of the 2011 election campaign when it was the then NDP Second District candidate and now Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline who labelled Penn ‘an empty kerosene pan’. Skelton-Cline is a close relative of Bishop Cline.
The idiomatic expression ‘fly in ointment’ brings back memories of the 2011 election campaign when it was the then NDP Second District candidate and now Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline who labelled Penn ‘an empty kerosene pan’. Skelton-Cline is a close relative of Bishop Cline.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Shortly after announcing her run for political office as an Independent Territorial At Large candidate, former legislator and prominent figure in the legal fraternity Mrs Dancia Penn has come in for criticisms from Bishop John I. Cline who referred to her as a ‘fly in ointment’ due to her late entry into the electoral race.

“The talk, and coming now and presenting [herself] as a candidate at this late hour, I am not saying she is not genuine but somehow I feel this is done to mess up the political process, pull votes from here, pull votes from this one, pull votes from that one and just create what seems to be now, like confusion and that is not good for our country,” said Bishop Cline in an exclusive interview with this news site last evening, May 20, 2015.

Speak truth to power

“If you want to be a part of change you can be a part of change. All that she said tonight could have been brought to some of the legislators that were in power. You don’t have to be in no elected office to do those things. You can speak truth to power, you can give voice to Politicians and let them work on some of the things,” he further said.

Bishop Cline said he listened to the speech by Mrs Dancia Penn which he described as very eloquent and well-spoken but said that if one is to judge from her last tenure in the House of Assembly it would show that actions speak louder than words.

“Truly in her case, sitting from where I am sitting from, that is absolutely [true] because it’s under her watch the hospital which is so pivotal to the development and the stability and the vitality of this country did not go any further. For four years it sat there modelled in confusion and now she has come back to present herself to represent us and the question I must ask is, to do what?”

Being very critical to Mrs Penn, he said she was among those who gave the country Biwater. “Sat in the House of Assembly and said nothing about it. This country is saddled with a 1.2million dollar bill because they gave us something we did not ask for and we did not need.”

He alleged it was under her watch healthcare was almost put in private hands as InterHealth Canada was on the way to the Virgin Islands (VI) to run the hospital, asking for a 15-year contract to commission and manage the hospital. “If that had happened we would have had healthcare cost that none of us could have afforded.”

The touch and tag football game

According to Bishop Cline, when he listened to all the candidates announcing their intentions to contest, it leaves much to be desired. “It seems like all of us should get in the race. Like even me should be in the race because it seems like this is almost like a little football game playing touch and tag,” said Bishop Cline.

He said the politics of the country is at a very serious place and do not believe that the country can afford to go back to some of the failed leadership of the past. “And that is what I see happening in terms of those presenting themselves to lead the country.”

While repeating common talks that he has friends on both sides of the aisle, Bishop outlined a number of things he considers real development that can be credited to the current administration. “When you look at these things you cannot say that the NDP has done a bad job. They have not done a perfect job but who can?”

Why break the silence?

There were several attempts made by this news site before to pick the mind of Cline about his taste of the current political atmosphere, even to find out whether or not he was considering running for office, and he had chosen not to speak.

However, having learnt of the move by Mrs Penn, he said he felt the time was right for him to break his silence. “I think most BVIslanders want what’s best for the country and I was willing to sit on the side line and see the political process play out in a manner that I think the BVI would decide who they want to lead them.”

He added, “But when I see these kinds of last ditch efforts to sort of derail, I think the process, this is just my opinion, and pull votes from here and there,” he said he had to say something.

Meanwhile, the idiomatic expression ‘fly in ointment’ brings back memories of the 2011 election campaign when it was the then NDP Second District candidate and now Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline who labelled Penn ‘an empty kerosene pan’.

Skelton-Cline happens to be a close relative of Bishop Cline.

"The culture of disrespect which was started by a member of the NDP in the 2011 elections when he referred to our Deputy Chief Minister as an empty kerosene pan, followed by a sitting member of that government calling our Premier, then Premier and your representative [Hon Ralph T. O'Neal], an emperor without clothes...That continues to today as you would have heard the lawless rants and raves including name calling when referring to us during this campaign," Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Hon Julian Fraser RA had stated at the launch of the VIP Ninth District candidate Elton L. Sprauve aka All Out in Virgin Gorda on May 12, 2015.

129 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Dancia Penn ‘like a fly in ointment’- John I. Cline”

  • confused (21/05/2015, 10:40) Like (133) Dislike (12) Reply
    Are you a preacher or politician
    • ha (21/05/2015, 11:00) Like (90) Dislike (6) Reply
      You want me answer that? Let's just say Jack of many trades master at NONE!
    • Hmm (21/05/2015, 11:24) Like (42) Dislike (124) Reply
      He is a damn BVIslander and he has the right talk. That's what he is.
    • Hmm (21/05/2015, 11:25) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
      hello! dont pull that preacher card because his nephew MITCH is a preacher too... what goes for the goose goes for the gander!
    • what???? (21/05/2015, 11:29) Like (92) Dislike (7) Reply
      My question exactly, Is this a preacher????? calling people derogatory names????? OMG!!! Look what BVI come to. He ahs not said a word about this snap election. There must be something he is afraid of should Dancia win. Oh he is the chief at the hospital!!!!!! People pick sense out of nonsense. This time words speaking soooooo loud
    • Fly in his ointment (21/05/2015, 12:40) Like (139) Dislike (12) Reply
      The truth of the matter is that you dislike the lady and is fearful she returns as Min of Health and remove you from BVI Health Services. What was the purpose of your rant? Hypocrite!!! There are worst than her in the HOA. Check with God first before speaking... Why are you scared? Doesn't God choose who to put up and pull down? Your ugly is showing.
      • Comment (21/05/2015, 14:45) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
        (Fly in his ointment says...Doesn't God choose who to put up and pull down?)...Not if You are a God onto Yourself?
      • Days Of Reconing (22/05/2015, 02:21) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
        Now this ting getting hot. NDP played a high risk maneuver with shutting down the government with all those
        flashing fireworks fresh and lingering in the brains of the voters.

        That is very shameful on the part of Dr. Smith; especially claiming to be a Christian. He has deprived many of their right to vote as well as the electorate the opportunity to learn the financial health of the country; (how much we owe, with all the borrowing and spending). It is specially important to know this information because if the country is in high debt, it means that taxes will go up in order to pay the bills. Nothing is free and the big lavish spending will have to be paid for. This affect everyone's pocket.

        Now the Ndp must be saying to themselves: "What de hell went wrong wid we brains?"

        Dancia is a woman with outstanding credentials...and is running on the eternal premise of: "Country above self".

        She will create a big problem for NDP. First, she will get her regular voters as if she was running in the 8th. Those that support her, will also support 3 of the VIPs At-large. which means less votes for Ndp At-large. In the 9th are are over 1600 votes up for grabs. Again, she will do very well there.

        I like her explanation of what she has been doing during the past 3.5 years: "that she never left the people and that she has been doing some Introspection, learned a lot and grew in her spirituality" is heart warming

        In the end, Dancia is a Vip. She attended Vip launch of All Out as well as the Vip launch at the Band Stand last Saturday night in Road Town. She will merge with the Vip and once again become Minister of Health so she can continue with the work she already started.

        This of course would be a big, big problem for Cline,and it isn't any wonder that he is about to have a nervous breakdown because his scampish acts will be brought to light.

        "Not everyone that says Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom"



    • member (21/05/2015, 14:44) Like (8) Dislike (28) Reply
      He is whatever the hell he wants to be, He's human!
    • I know what he is (22/05/2015, 07:03) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      The devil in disguise.
    • wize up (22/05/2015, 12:59) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      The man is a citizen of these virgin islands ( check history; political action began in the church).... more church folks should be speaking out
  • Dancia (21/05/2015, 10:43) Like (31) Dislike (15) Reply
    Dancia should have run with the VIP- I cannot understand the logic of running as an independent- she joined has Alvin Christopher in confusing the voter
    • thing teh talk (21/05/2015, 12:05) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dancia is on stand by just in case.
    • crazy (21/05/2015, 13:45) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      This is not confusing, if she win as an independent candidate and one of the parties does not have the thirteen members, she can join them and make up the thirteen.
    • Objectivity (22/05/2015, 02:13) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
      Have you ever pondered that the VIP no longer endorses her or she doesn't believe in their philosophy? If so, that speaks volume. Either way it makes me, as it should make anyone, a bit skeptical of the VIP. Beside, I have come to realize that although some of the new comers on their ticket have potential, they aren't quite ready...and the seasoned ones have a track record of poor leadership, and they fail to listen to the people -- Fraser, for one is a dictator, not a liberator.
  • cccc (21/05/2015, 10:46) Like (61) Dislike (23) Reply
    Ndp has no respect
  • Scary Mary (21/05/2015, 10:50) Like (190) Dislike (9) Reply
    Mr. Cline,

    The disrespect you have shown Ms. Penn has been noted previously and again now. One would have hoped that a man of the cloth would know better than to stoop so low as to use disparaging remarks, but every profession has its' detractors, and the church is no different.

    The date for the SNAP election was only announced 14 days prior to Ms. Penn's announcement. Why would you be surprised that she had not yet declared? As with several others, Ms. Penn believed there would be more time.

    It seems to me as though "someone" is more than a little threatened by Ms. Penn's entrance into the race. If she were truly just a "fly in the ointment", you wouldn't have bothered to comment.

    • T (21/05/2015, 11:12) Like (85) Dislike (4) Reply
      I agree with your comment 100%.
    • Fly in alabaster ointment (21/05/2015, 12:31) Like (53) Dislike (4) Reply
      @Scary Mary, I think you are spot on, especially in relation to your last comment. That was my immediate impression, too, when I read the article. There is a palpable fear and urgency in the Bishop's rejection of Mrs. Penn-Sallah's candidacy. It makes one wonder what exactly is in the ointment.

      Given the NDP's abrupt dissolution of the House, it ought not to come as a surprise to anyone if there are nominees come Nomination Day of now undeclared candidates. Mrs. Penn-Sallah's declaration is certainly within that 'reasonable' period left by the NDP for campaigning.

      I just cannot wrap my mind around the good Bishop's outburst.
  • Sooo Mr Cline (21/05/2015, 10:55) Like (138) Dislike (8) Reply

    Do not remind the people of the BVI of your rude @$$ nephew Claude Cline Skelton he called her an empty can of kerosene , now you have to refer to her as "a fly in ointment" . This lady is a well respected woman more respectable than you and your nephew put together dont's go there all you going to do is make things bad for the other nephew who is loved by many. DANCIA YOU GOT MY VOTE!!! way to go woman!!

    • Dont forget (21/05/2015, 15:19) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
      Don't forget the other cline pastor mitch refered to Hon. Alvin Christopher as "A piece of thing" at a rally, that family just have a culture of disrespect towards persons who have dedicated a large portion of their lives to public service
  • JS (21/05/2015, 10:57) Like (100) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't crucify meh. I may be wrong but this is my opinion. I actually think the hospital should be privatised. Because frankly 45 million dollars to run a hospital in a country with less than 35,000 people is wayyy too much money. Something wrong with that budget deh....
    • bornsmart (21/05/2015, 16:46) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hahahahahahahaha--JS you have sense--lots of it---You are two millions short, its 47 million dollars--people are not stupid no more--young people born smart--then they grow in university of the streets--the best university in the world--can`t fool young people
  • Politicks (21/05/2015, 10:59) Like (88) Dislike (7) Reply
    So what is Cline and the rest of his cronies afraid of? We didn't see or hear his comment when that new party emerged and decided to contest, although they do not have a full slate? That party that just came on last week.

    It is the woman's constitutional right to want to defend her country. Why didn't he talk about the injustice and bad mindedness of the administration to call this snap election? Mrs. Penn is a woman of class that in spite of the snap election she will want to jump in and make a positive contribution.

    It is amazing and I am now beginning to wonder why are they all on the back of Fraser and now Dancia? This seem to me like they are 2 forces to reckon with and those ones criticizing and saying all manner of evil are afraid of them, Frazer and Dancia.

    My People of the BVI, don't be fooled any more by the loud noise and scare tactic. They already said action speak louder than words, but all their loud talk ent matching their action. Remember that is how they got you last time, by making you scared, and they said last time that if VIP got back in they would cut down and send home civil servants, now they saying Fraser lie, but I wonder what was it then, when they said it? VIP ALL THE WAY!!!! Including Dancia, ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!
  • A Guilty Mind (21/05/2015, 11:02) Like (72) Dislike (2) Reply

    It is a shame to hear somebody like John I. Clyne speak like about a person who has contribute significantly to this country for justice and freedom. He is doing so because he fully well know what she said in her message last evening is the truth. The massive corruption, abuse of office and conflict of interest is in the BVI Health Services Authority of which he is the chairman of the board. Yet ppl cant see this BVIHSA workers cant get their hard earned increments while ********** walked away with millions from the gov't treasury sanctioned by the Premier and the Health Minister. Dancia chook him in his side with pin why he is now attacking her so the truth don't come out. John I. Clyne u is a Wolf in Sheep Clothing and everyone knows that. This NDP Gov't has condoned all kind of wrong doing. All these sort of corruption happening and the governor turning a blind eye. We need 2 investigate the governor and as for JIC a guilty mind needs no accuser.

  • As I said (21/05/2015, 11:03) Like (100) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bishop Cline, I am very careful with respect to persons who are deemed to be"men/women of the cloth" but not to say much. This appeared to be personal and you seem frightened to me. I did not hear you say anything...as far as I know about any other candidate. Did she do anything to you?. What about those elaborate sermons you preached on forgiveness? Were they just a show for the moment?. I do believe that Ms. Penn's entry has added political flavor in this election process. The people of this territory, subject to what others may think are not stupid. They are the ones who will choose a candidate on June 8th. Your duty Sir, is to do the same and as a man of the cloth to pray for us.
  • wow (21/05/2015, 11:13) Like (97) Dislike (4) Reply
    Where was John Cline speaking publicly when Eileene Parsons was using curse words in public at current member of the House of Assembly. Cline you too one sided and hypocritical.
  • okay (21/05/2015, 11:22) Like (15) Dislike (37) Reply
    The Dancia defenders, please show us her record.
    • me again (21/05/2015, 12:55) Like (55) Dislike (4) Reply
      Her record will send you and many others to drink real hard rum on the night of the 8th, June 2015 because this election is no NDP or VIP or PEP all the way it will be a few chosen ones (COALITION ALL THE WAY)
      • Me to again (21/05/2015, 16:14) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
        I blame Ronnie----Because this cry about this man is been loud and written--But Ronnie refused to do something.. The Monster you built Ronnie will now tear your house down. That`s why you lose a lot of your fans,, because of this character, a lot of us aint voting for you.
  • shaw (21/05/2015, 11:28) Like (60) Dislike (3) Reply
    look a the independent candidates. Preston Stoutt and Dancia are two solid and legitimate leaders. Frankly, I can see Dancia representing BVI overseas better than I can see Fraser. Mix up the votes and get a more diverse legislature in for more thoughtful government, not just one side or another.
  • my point (21/05/2015, 11:33) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well, can you imagine that nasty and degrading remarks coming from an other Cline? Last election was one Cline, now another Cline and they both claim to be preachers and even Bishop???? Preacher and Bishop of what????? That tells me a lot. Wow!!!!! I just could not imagine this coming from a Bishop!! Well, guess they can only give what they have, NOTHING! A big shame!!!
  • Sue (21/05/2015, 11:35) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    THE LORD WILL SOON DEAL WITH HE HE WILL SPEAK IN TOUNGES WHEN THE FIRE START TO BUN HE REMEMBER JIM JONES NOT FAR PEOPLE BE CARE FUL WHO WHO WORSHIP WITH
    • .......... (21/05/2015, 12:01) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
      The ndp and dem gang is a nasty set of people but june 8 will be liberation day
  • CrashnBurn (21/05/2015, 11:36) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply

    'Bishop', are you coming unhinged a bit? No worries, Please take a seat and GTFOH! I hope an investigation into your affiliations with Gov. Treasury is initiated. Sick of you now man.

  • No Name (21/05/2015, 11:51) Like (55) Dislike (4) Reply
    I wouldn't put foot in his church. Wolf in sheep clothing.
  • Speaking (21/05/2015, 11:56) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dancia has to get in at large to keep these two parties in check!
  • cay (21/05/2015, 12:00) Like (26) Dislike (4) Reply
    Look trouble all the ndp can do is attack.
    No plans or solitions on how to move the country forward
  • NDP heckler (21/05/2015, 12:01) Like (53) Dislike (2) Reply
    These Clines are very insulting...One called Dancia an empty kerosene pan...Another one called Alvin a piece ah thing and now this one is calling Dancia a fly in the ointment...WOW!
  • ooooo (21/05/2015, 12:04) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
    this guy is afraid to lose the hospital TT's out of his mouth...no wonder that corruption talk ruffled his feathers?
  • bvi voters (21/05/2015, 12:07) Like (35) Dislike (6) Reply
    THIS IS THE CULTURE OF DISRESPECT WHAT FAHIE AND FRASER ALWAYS SPEAKING ABOUT!
  • LOL (21/05/2015, 12:08) Like (15) Dislike (28) Reply
    What did the man say wrong? Can anybody refute anything he has said? This lady was Deputy Premier a few years ago and what? Maybe she saying this is pay back for what was done to her last time. She will mess up the VIP votes big time.
    • yeah,man (21/05/2015, 13:25) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply

      Let her jump in the ring. Them want to be in ting? When the 8th reach, I hope them could take it. She aint getting in. I wonder if S**** went to the Gambia lately. Them say he ting strong, but we got some prayer warriors going to bruk down the place and all our ancestors coming to join us and ensure deliverance from the hands of people who don't have the best interest of our country at heart.

      • As I said (21/05/2015, 16:44) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Yea man your language sure don't sound like your prayers will be answered. You should know the verse in psalms that says if one regard iniquity in their heart they will not be heard.by the way this prayer warrior thing is not scriptural.
    • ha (21/05/2015, 18:37) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      @LOL....SHE WILL MESS UP YOUR NDP VOTES BIG TIME AS WELL. KEEP CALM
  • notes (21/05/2015, 12:20) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    the hypocrite did the exact same thing a few cycles ago. Ms. Penn might or might not be motivated by love of country (although I lean to the former) but this charlatan feeds on the basest of impulse, VANITY!
  • SMH (21/05/2015, 12:22) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is he afraid of anyway the lady has earned the right to run, and as a preacher he shouldn't be focusing on politics anyways
  • Be strong (21/05/2015, 12:31) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS NDP PARTY HAVE TO BE SO RUDE TOEVERY ONE WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH THEM EVEN THE PREACHERS. THEIR TONGUES WILL SOON FALL OUT THEIR MOUTHS THEY ARE TOO EVIL.
  • VI Voter (21/05/2015, 12:43) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    John Cline only showing his true colors...... -js Who it Hurt, It Hurt.....wolf in sheep clothing.......remember Lucifer was once an angel of the most high!!!! Lord Help Us All!!
  • VIlander (21/05/2015, 12:44) Like (85) Dislike (3) Reply
    Cline basically just guaranteed Dancia a seat, what a dumb A**
    And why don't they respect anyone who isn't with them what sort of superiority complex is that?
    I wonder if Mitch will address this attempt to assassinate Dancia's character. NDP is looking very bad right now.
  • disgraceful (21/05/2015, 13:04) Like (31) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sir, any citizen who qualifies to run for office has a right to do so, and we should all respect that. You too have put yourself up for office in previous election as it was your right to do. However, it is the voting public who will do what they have to do at the polls. I didn't think you were the best choice back then so I did not vote for you. The same way, whoever feels that Miss Penn or any candidate can improve our well-being, then we will each exercise our constitutional right without any input from you.
    • Comment (21/05/2015, 15:17) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      ...and if there were a vote for Bishops in the BVI I would not put him in too.
  • Strupes (21/05/2015, 13:22) Like (13) Dislike (27) Reply
    The Comment he made about Dancia "a fly in ointment" simple means by definition....."a single thing or person that is spoiling a situation that could have been very positive or enjoyable"

    What was so bad in what he said???? People just want thing to talk
    • harry the judge (21/05/2015, 16:37) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Okay, so what exactly has she spoiled by entering the race? This is democracy working at its finest!
      • lodger (21/05/2015, 17:31) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
        She may well win, thus taking away votes from the other great raft of candidates, and that will particularly upset the main parties. I see nothing wrong with saying she is a fly in the ointment. It is not a derogatory expression.
  • In Ah me pants (21/05/2015, 13:49) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    John I. Cline you are not been honest when you said that Dancia sit four years and did nothing to move the hospital forward. You fully well know that when the VIP took power in 2007, they had to do so much assessment with that hospital that it was virtually impossible to continue with it in the state it was met. The contractors hired by the NDP did such a terrible job on that building that the VIP government had to fire them and then bring in a foreign company to do assessments on the building. That foreign company found so many electrical and plumbing deficiencies that they had to correct before anything else could have been done. They had to turn around and choose the same stone that was rejected in the first place (Mr. James Todman) to get that hospital finish. Now what happen, it was completed at a time when the NDP had return to power and now they taking all the credit for it but the VIP also did a great deal of work on that hospital that the NDP is taking credit for
  • monster queen (21/05/2015, 13:53) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    pastor cline just like to be in every sauce before he pray for the country and the people he there running his mouth.
    let him run it until him tongue come out.
  • dirty girl (21/05/2015, 14:02) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply


    dancia is like a fly in ointment your PASTOR john cline is like a fly in vomit
  • Heard You! (21/05/2015, 14:06) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    The level of disrespect in this place is unbelievable, especially coming from a Bishop.

    Let your voice be heard at the polls! By the way, thanks Bishop for giving Dancia the push to victory.
  • Concerned Citizen (21/05/2015, 14:06) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    while it is true that everyone has the right to voice an opinion, if truth be told, some opinions are better left kept to the one airing them. I am of the honest and humble opinion that Mr. Cline should have kept his opinion to himself. Not only is he disgracing himself but also tarnishing the fraternity "member of the cloth" to which he belong.

    I am truely saddened by this. We have a Territory to build and such comments coming from someone like him is disappointing to say the very least. I will sympathize with him and utter the very words Jesus himself used on the cross "Father forgive them for they no not what the do".

    In closing I wish to commend Mrs. Penn-Sallah highly for entering the race as i am confident that she well bring balance back to the House and be a voice to the many who are voiceless in there own country.
  • Mary Jane (21/05/2015, 14:07) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a man of God you need to choose you words wisely if it going to pull some one down don't speak it . that's what Jesus would of done .
  • Tired of this Nonsense (21/05/2015, 14:10) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bishop Cline should be ashamed of himself stooping to such level. Mrs. Penn is an educated lady and she will be in the 3rd house of assembly. You should be leading by example Bishop, the bible does not lie it not all who say lord, lord will enter heaven. He will say depart from me I do not know you. Amen
  • What a thing. (21/05/2015, 14:12) Like (4) Dislike (30) Reply
    The height of ignorance in this place is beyond comprehension.
    "A fly in the ointment" is a term NOT a disrespect you idots.


    • @what a thing (21/05/2015, 16:19) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      OK then, when somebody throws them kind of words on you and tell you in a diplomatic way that you are "sh..t in a glass of purified water" I hope you would take it as a term and not disrespect. You are practically calling good evil and evil good. Gees
    • @ What a thing. (21/05/2015, 16:28) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      But calling us idiots is direspectful. What great examples for the youth.

  • re-consideration (21/05/2015, 14:16) Like (92) Dislike (1) Reply
    Being from the 2nd, I intended to give Mitch my x. but reading this and just hearing who this man really is, all that is crossing my mind is if Mitch gets in, people like JC, and CSC will have more power that what he has now to sh.t on people. I was never a party person and regardless of who you run with, I am voting for decent people, not worthless people. Dancia, by profession is an attorney and not a mean and rugged politician. Yes, she had her term and she, like every other member had a share of mistakes. Today, I believe, she knows better and she has the experience in how running a government works. Remember the mess NDP made in their first term and because of their arrogance people did what they had to do. What happened afterwards? they came back more humble, which was short-lived. So far, the not-so messed up people who I personally am willing to entrust the country with are Dancia, Elford and Carl Dawson. I have my ballot to take care of and you have yours. I will vote for who I want to, and you do the same
    • 2nd (21/05/2015, 15:08) Like (2) Dislike (27) Reply
      Nice try. John Cline is not running for anything. The man is wealthy and don't need NDP or VIP, what nonsense you talking?
      • boo boo (21/05/2015, 15:33) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
        who mentioned that he is running or his wealth? Nobody cares what he has, and his wealth certainly seem important to you. I sure wish him well with whatever God has blessed him with and that is not part of the discussion here. The lady's announcement apparently made him uncomfortable. Do you know why?
      • 4th (22/05/2015, 12:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

        We his wealth will take him with out having a faithful and true relationship with Christ who he continues to speak about. He fist need to be cleansed. 

        I rest my case, it is in God hands.

    • Mmh (21/05/2015, 22:21) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      I am a Mitch supporter and you can't judge him by the actions of others. Mitch is his own person so I sticking with him. And I am sure he will denounce such comments.
      • Comment (23/05/2015, 15:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        First, Mitch would need to apologize for his comments before denouncing anyone else's. If not he would be hypercritical. 'Do these men of God ever apologize to the public for their words? I would think that humbling oneself when you offend others would be the true sign of having the Spirit of God in you? (I know one thing for sure... many men and women sit together in church and on the pulpit claiming a relationship with God. Some are Wheat and some are Tares.) Some leave a trail of evil and victims behind them and still get up on a pulpit and preach to others to repent. Many of these people where never called by God to Christian leadership but wake up one morning and decided that it was a good day to preach in a church 'They figured they can talk well, they were blessed with the gift of gab, their father is a pastor so they should take over the kingdom ‘he’ build. Christ is an afterthought. Pride, Wealth, Ambition, and Power rule their minds. ‘Christ says… leave them if they will not humble themselves and his angels will separate them from his true people when they die and one day on this earth as it is in heaven’.
  • voter (21/05/2015, 14:18) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    The NDP supporter is a disgrace and also a disgrace to the Christian community what a shame DANCIA is a very respectful lady this man is frighten about his party losing that he lost his grace.
    • Disgrace (21/05/2015, 15:13) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
      voter--you hit the nail on its head--I hope Ronnie lose--Got this dude doing what he wants, when he wants, how he wants.
  • well, well (21/05/2015, 14:24) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just for spite I will now VOTE FOR DANCIA. That man is too putta place...
  • Notice to NDP (21/05/2015, 14:25) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    To the NDP: the 2 duty-mouth cats in your party will cost you the election (JC and EP). Please bell them. A lot of people did not vote for CSC because of his disrespect for Dancia during last election. Politics is politics but remember the people will laugh with you, campaign with you, motorcade with you, take the white envelopes and then go to the polls and fr...g you on election day. It isn't who have the most people on the campaign trail nor who have the biggest poster is who going win. at the end of the day people will do what they have to do regardless of the noise and the blogs. Shut those 2 people up.
  • Yes Sir. (21/05/2015, 14:35) Like (1) Dislike (48) Reply
    Most of you who are blogging did not even read the article.
    Why, maybe it's because you can't read. if you did and has some level of intelligence, you would be better informed.
    You will get just what you ask for on June 8th, A bunch of loosers with no vision.
  • ??????? (21/05/2015, 14:35) Like (5) Dislike (59) Reply
    @ Struppes. Because it is John Cline who has the balls to be vocal about anything it is a problem. If more people had the balls to stand up for what they believe this little island of ours would be a much better place. The majority of the comments on here don't make sense. They see John Cline name and he is the worst person. If people take time out to read and understand they would be much better off. Dancia and all these other people who running independent and at large is simply trying to disrupt votes to prevent an all NDP or VIP or PEP or whatever P in the house of assembly. But it is clearly above most on here blogging. John Cline isn't the one you all should feel sorry for cause he is better off than most of you making these comments. @ Crash and burn everything payment that comes out of the Gov't Treasury is documented and accounted for so he has nothing to hide. So your comment is irrelevant. Nobody is asking you all to step foot inside his church or any church. Do you think by not going there is hurting him. He has god on his side. Who do you have on yours/ Think about it
  • Gloria Fahie (21/05/2015, 15:01) Like (42) Dislike (0) Reply
    A WOLF CAN NOT PRETEND TO BE A SHEEP FOREVER...HE OR SHE MUST SHOW THEMSELVES AS A WOLF...JUST SHAMEFUL AND DISRESPECTFUL!
    • @Gloria (22/05/2015, 00:49) Like (0) Dislike (12) Reply
      I see no disrespect here. The man is speaking his mind like you do and I dont call your comments about anyone disrespectful.
  • wHAT IGNORANCE (21/05/2015, 15:02) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
    the metaphorical language simply means "spoiling a situation that could BE successful" What a bunch of stupid people go learn yuh language or better yet take an ENGLISH cOURSE EVEN DANCIA MIGHT BE ASHAMED AT THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
  • blah (21/05/2015, 15:05) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ram, we know who ,did you know what ,with you know who ,you know let's keep that between you and the teacher.
  • No Respect (21/05/2015, 15:09) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply

    Leave it to dem they will destroy anything that is good. The Musicfest is a prime example. I can never vote for his nephew Mitch all because those Cline clang have absolutely no respect for people. its what comes out your mouth that defiles you.

  • Scared (21/05/2015, 15:10) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    the hospital in a mess.. Bad treatment, no respect, bad deals---Only NDP would tolerate this character...he is one of two infamous leaders that loves to lead, think they can lead, but with little, or no confidence from the masses Who thinks differently-----They scared of Dancia--Sheis in-- they are out---no more power
  • June 8th (21/05/2015, 15:12) Like (1) Dislike (56) Reply
    @ well well are you sure you can vote? Did he call her any names? No he did not. You have a number of people throwing their hat in the political arena. 95% are doing it for the same reason Dancia decided to run at the 99th hour. DISRPUT VOTES. Shocks man some of you all can't see past your noses and past John Cline to see what the hell is going on. I feel sorry for us and this little island I call home.
    • voter (21/05/2015, 15:29) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      calling her a fly in ointment is no more respectful that an empty kerosene pan. Think what you want, say what you feel but do so with respect. Who is he? Disrupt whose vote? this country don't belong to no party, it belongs to all of the people. She have a right to run just like everybody else. We need to be scared as hell as to the real reason of this snap election.
  • old (21/05/2015, 15:22) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    john cline just make ndp lose people of the bvi ndp isa friend party plesae vote vip
  • fred (21/05/2015, 15:25) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

    only defending the people that have been giving him and his family contracts and jobs. He is only being loyal. No need to kill him.

  • Lawyer (21/05/2015, 15:26) Like (4) Dislike (46) Reply
    She is notoriously incompetent
  • Crimestopper (21/05/2015, 16:15) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Need I repeat myself people of the Virgin Islands. We continue to disrespect our people and culture. These here need to stop man.
  • the 1% (21/05/2015, 16:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a perfect example of the 1% hating on Dancia. Shame on you John!
  • POWER??? (21/05/2015, 16:29) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    "You can speak truth to power, you can give voice to Politicians and let them work on some of the things,” This is why I am not voting for NDP nor VIP. People like you (Bishop) sit on both sides and control the politicians and they speak with your voice and work on the things that's best for your own interest. The parties are screaming about how much they are for the little man, but the voice of the little man can't be heard.
    • @power (21/05/2015, 17:26) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      If I knew who you were I would find you and shake your hand. Right on target!
  • Dacnia (21/05/2015, 16:30) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its a game of politicians--for politicians---to attack politicians---He is not a politician, he is not in the race, so the attack no matter the implication or the parables of it. It was not warranted or necessary. That`s the personality, that`s what professional workers have to deal with--If he doesn't have respect for Dancia. then who? Bloggers stop calling people who you disagree with idiots, every time you do that it cost your party a vote, disagree respectfully
  • yellow (21/05/2015, 17:05) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    you all should know and I hope dancia tell them that a vote for the ndp is a vote for the uk to take over the bvi and that will be a backwards stept
    • Bzp (22/05/2015, 08:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Tell them again yellow. We already have to give them half of our financial income. Whenever I see DR. Smith all I can do is smile. I don't know how some people can support NDP and theur philosophy.
  • velma (21/05/2015, 17:15) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    i will not be going back to new life church with my friend any more calling the lady a fly in ointment thats not nice why he is the only minister always in things
  • ooooo (21/05/2015, 17:32) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply

    i warn ayo about those greedy c****s

  • nominator (21/05/2015, 17:36) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every BVIslander, (once they meet the criteria) whether you or I like them, have a right to get their 2 people and go to the polling station on nomination day (which is tomorrow Friday 22) to nominate them. Who on earth is this man to question Dancia's putting herself up for office? She isn't perfect, but neither is he. What late hour? When the government plan their strategy behind our backs and call an early election to their own pleasure, how much does that say about them? I for one am doubtful of how clean their hands are and exactly what on earth they are up to. Hey, if I want to get up tomorrow and go to get nominated, I can do it to? All the people have to do is either vote for me or don't vote for me. When Dancia was here making a contribution to the BVI, Cline was reaping the benefits of all the U.S had to offer him and when he had enough he come back to where he was born. Dancia didn't have nowhere to go. She stayed and she provide jobs, she mentored a lot, she encouraged some and she helped a lot (both financially and otherwise). In the last few years she has met some rough times, but she has persevered and kept her integrity through it all, holding her head high. Don't study him Dancia.
  • wow (21/05/2015, 17:39) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    These men seem not to know when they are being disrespectful and rude. They are hiding behind the name preacher. The prophet needs to show them their shortcomings when he returns. Stop hiding behind the cloth and seek forgiveness.
  • stop (21/05/2015, 17:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look what we come to. If we do t respect our ow how will we respect those that visit and work from outside. We are embrasding ourselves for a system that eat at us everyday. Truth is we the people got power to move lift and change things. However when the sunset those who appear to fight does be tight. So people don't let them turn us fools. Vote in the interest of our future. Not by power nor might that everyone chasing but by my spirit thus said the Lord. Whatever it maybe VI we ain't go get more than we can bare.....


  • Hmmmm (21/05/2015, 19:25) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bishop John Cline you are Out of Place!! You have no respect for the democratic process of this country. The candidate has the freedom to enter the race even up to nomination day. How do you expect people to follow you "Bishop"?? When you ran for election prior was that your reason... to take votes from here there and everywhere? I don't think that was your purpose but I'm wondering now. Just stop your foolishness. You are out of order.Let's be accommodating and let the democratic process take its course.
    • Game changer (21/05/2015, 21:03) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      Danica is a game changer. I have to have NDP remain in power so that I can award myself future contracts at the new
      Iris O'Neal clinic. You think I stupid.
  • Well Sah! (21/05/2015, 19:33) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply

    Yes it is okay to call Dr.Smith a liar, Myron funny Island man and the list goes on. What the hell is Dancia Jesus??/ Is she above scrutiny?? Hell no!. Not a thing wrong with what John said. She sat in the house and watch corruption year in and year out, said Bi water was the best thing happen to BVI and did nothing...John don't mind the noise they too damn petty here.. Sad to say these are the same people who come to you looking help..

    • Curious (21/05/2015, 21:48) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Well sah....am do astonished that U JACK IN CART saw nothing wrong with what Cline said.....may the Lord be with both you and him or her or whatever it is.....
  • Future Chosen Leader (21/05/2015, 20:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

    Quote Biblical Meaning and Other Meaning

    Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour. (Ecclesiastes 10:1) For five centuries, 'a fly in the ointment' has meant a small defect that spoils something valuable or is a source of annoyance.


    If the division continues we as a people we will be destroyed. Divide and Conquer stop now, may God forgive us all.
    If my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray turn from their wicked ways, we will hear from heaven and the lord will heal our land.!
  • one eye (21/05/2015, 20:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    THIS IS A POWER MOVE BUT IT WILL NOT BE A SIX SIX
  • Romans 2:1 (21/05/2015, 20:59) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. (‭Romans‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ KJV)
    • Reply (23/05/2015, 16:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      ... for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; (but Bishop someone in church offended me can you speak with them...'for thou that judgest doest the same things' my child.) The Devil uses the word of God to control the church body all the time.

  • Dats dem Cline (21/05/2015, 23:47) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    DATS THEM CLINES LOOSE CANNONS
  • SUSCIE (22/05/2015, 06:22) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    One Cline milk the treasury when the VIP were in power now we have the whole clan want to control it .
  • BP (22/05/2015, 08:02) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Greetings guys, Dancia has no time to put her hand in the cookie jar like the others. I wish she could find 12 more like minds and better things for the people of these islands. No more NDP, that has Mr. Cline worried. Dancia is a game changer and all the parties know that. I am anxiously awaiting our first female premier. Thanks for coming Dancia, I actually wanted you in the 8th but At Large will work for me. You've given my family and I a reason to vote. Let them talk about your healthy walk but they should talk about how much you pushed to save our little rock.
  • voiceforethevoiceless (22/05/2015, 08:55) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    First of all the term and the rhetoric used suggests that Bishop Cline thinks Mrs Penn-Sallah is a spoiler. A Spoiler is one who cannot win but can prevent a front-runner or favorite from winning. Based on the political calculations Mrs. Penn-Sallah is a Favorite out the gate based on her history of legal and political accomplishments. Can she alone form a government? No. However if she could be in a powerful position should it come down to a tie beteen the two main parties.

    The mere use of the word fly suggests a pest. Mr. Cline could have simply said spoiler but he used this terminology which on the face of it is extremely offensive as it uses the annoying and germ spreading pesky fly. Not good choice of terminology for a distinguished and accomplished daughter of the soil. The Bishop is obviously threatened by her presence because his businesses have benefited a lot from this administration. He has a lot to lose.

    As a voter I am thrilled that we have another viable option to the party alternatives. As a voter I am thrilled that this Woman's speech was thoughtful, visionary and based on bringing back integrity to a broken system. Can she get the help she needs to enact ethics legislation to govern the way the people's business is done that is another story. Most of these politicians like the way things are as the system favors their unethical behavior. Good initiative and that alone is why many will vote for her. Many including me.
    • Excellent (22/05/2015, 10:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Whoever you are, you are a wise man/woman and your blog is well said and makes so much sense. Now da mek sense!
    • Laura (22/05/2015, 10:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @voiceforethevoiceless ...well written response.I am in total agreement with that!
  • East Chic (22/05/2015, 09:10) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seems to me like the Clines have an ISSUE with Mrs. Penn. BACK OFF PLEASE!!!
  • Jack-B-Quik (22/05/2015, 09:54) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have read many of these comments coming to the defense of Bishop John Ivan Cline. There are those calling others ignorant and lacking in knowledge over a "figure of speech" made. The question to you is: what is a fly? And what is ointment? Is a fly a clean, sanitary creature? Or is it one that we despise? Swat at? Spray with killing solutions? What is so good or great about this race that Hon. Penn-Sallah is now going to spoil by stepping in? With his also making comments about her last stint in office, am I really to be convinced that what he said was NOT meant to be derogatory?? Come on people.
  • Goose and Gander (22/05/2015, 09:56) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    John Cline is itching to run for election. John, today is Nomination Day just find two voters, pay the $500(which you may forfeit) and run, for it is your right to do so. And so too does Mrs. Dancia Penn-Sallah has the right to stand for election. You think you should be Premier but you lack the courage to stand for election but want to dictate who should run and when they should declare. HELL( all of us should repent if not we burn in Hell), candidates have until 4:00 p.m. today to register. Leave Dancia alone!

    Fly in the ointment. This figurative expression is not a compliment on any continent, in any culture, in any religion, in any country.....etc. The comment about the Hon Penn-Sallah is rude, despicable, degrading, and denigrading. It was sexist. Edmund Maduro, Dr. Hannibal ....etc just declared that they are running at large but you are as quiet as church mouse. What is it about Dancia that is causing you nightmares?

    Are you afraid that her candidacy may over turn the apple cart and truly be that fly in the ointment that peep your card? Run Dancia Run!
  • street (22/05/2015, 12:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is exercising her democratic right to run for elected office, no one should be ridicule for exercising their democratic rights
  • Yes I (22/05/2015, 12:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    People be real. Danica mess up a plan that some people have. The truth does cause offense but it's not a sin
  • Plum (23/05/2015, 15:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    A man of God casting judgement, creating and broadcasting other person name falsely to destroy that person integrity is a bad reflection of Godly character. That person art to pray for peace and righteousness. Also, pray for good governance in a government. 

  • Yes I (25/05/2015, 18:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People let us stop embrassing ourselves and country. Look how we making ourselves look on the international market. I am disappointed by how an election will make us disrespect ourselves. How we educated but behaving uneducated. Strange
  • cherry (27/05/2015, 10:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man of God needs to apologize to this honorable woman in public the same way he has apologize to his congregation about making his comment about her.


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