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‘I will not support the NDP next election' - John I. Cline

-said the National Democratic Party has put the VI back some 30 years of its advancement
Popular Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom, businessman and Chairman of the BVI Christian Council, John I. Cline said he will 'not support the [National Democratic Party] NDP come next election'. Photo: VINO/File
John I. Cline was at the time today Wednesday, March 18, 2018, being interviewed on the online radio show Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz.’ Photo: Provided
John I. Cline was at the time today Wednesday, March 18, 2018, being interviewed on the online radio show Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz.’ Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After being one of the engine supporting the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) from its inception in 1998, and being very vocal and a strong advocate in their recent 2015 landslide victory, times have changed.

Popular Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom, businessman and Chairman of the BVI Christian Council, John I. Cline said he will “not support the NDP come next election”. He was at the time being interviewed on the online radio show Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz' on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

"NDP has taken us back 30 years"-John I. Cline

Mr Cline said this current government has put the Territory with their relationship with the United Kingdom (UK) "back some 30 years and has erased all the advancements we have made in terms of BVI autonomy for the last thirty years.”

Bishop Cline told the host that former Premier Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE stood up to the British and that kind of leadership is missing today.

He called on the Opposition to put a team together and said, "We don’t need doctors and lawyers we have that now and look where we are. We just need regular people who love country, it had guys in the days that made a difference like Mr Stoutt, T. B Lettsome and Ivan Dawson.”

When pressed by the host, as if there could be any circumstances under which he can support the NDP he insisted “No, at least not in its current makeup and with that leader...and I speak with the sentiments of a lot of BVIslanders and NDP supporters, too much confusion we cannot go forward with them..”

Jury out on who is not running from NDP

When asked about the Recovery Agency Act 2018 and how it could have passed with a 10 to 2 margin, the Bishop noted that it passed because “there was hand ringing, and lobbying even from the governor…”

The founder of the Save the Seed Energy Centre also added that those who are rumoured not to be running in the next general elections “need to come forward now and make the announcement” and stop playing games, “see Paul Ryan [USA House Speaker] came out early and made an announcement, but the jury is still out about persons in the NDP claiming not to be running again.”

When asked if he is upset with the NDP over his termination as Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) he stated, “No and people who are saying that are simply blinded by hearsay…We are fighting for our economic survival, viability and autonomy, I have more friends in the NDP Government than in any other, I spend time at their houses socialising, but friendship will not cloud my judgement over my country and what is right,” the man of the cloth stated.

Two religious leaders not supporting NDP

Bishop Cline told the host Gadiethz, that he will not be a candidate in the next elections and has now become the second strong NDP supporter who have announced publicly they will not support the ruling party.

Last week former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Pastor and radio commentator of the show Honestly Speaking Claude O. Skelton-Cline made known he will not support the NDP next election. His uncle Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) is the Minister for Health and Social Development a cabinet member of NDP Administration.

27 Responses to “‘I will not support the NDP next election' - John I. Cline”

  • Amen (18/04/2018, 22:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    • ??? (19/04/2018, 17:59) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
      John - SO WHAT???

      You and Claude are shouting out loud, because you got fired.
      Before that, not a peep.
  • you got company (18/04/2018, 22:43) Like (32) Dislike (15) Reply
  • cline and cline (18/04/2018, 22:47) Like (22) Dislike (12) Reply
    it's them 2 that got mitch how he is
  • weed (18/04/2018, 23:26) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yeah right.
  • Local (19/04/2018, 06:04) Like (40) Dislike (12) Reply
    Who is bothered about who he support. That is his democratic right.Since he got fired he antigovernment.
  • cromwell (19/04/2018, 07:57) Like (48) Dislike (10) Reply
    Well, go independent, the UK will be delighted to let you go. As usual you only want to claim to be British when it suites you, when you are in trouble and need money. Well, you can't continue to have it both ways, if you are not happy, take independence and find someone else to give you money to waste.
  • watcher (19/04/2018, 08:27) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    Let's hope it's enough to remove the ndp
  • HipHop (19/04/2018, 09:10) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess he made enough money from them, so now he can walk away!
  • SMH (19/04/2018, 09:24) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Blah blah blah! We are all not that naive...preaching to the wrong choir!
  • GregJost (19/04/2018, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets try to think is the positive .Its not about who your not voting for , its which party you will be voting for
    Who you Wid
  • SHAME (19/04/2018, 09:53) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Typical BVI rubbish, all about themselves, you don't get your way then you take your ball and go home.
  • 123 (19/04/2018, 10:47) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    its so funny no body supporting the NDP but they will still win the next elections well sah
  • Hmmm (19/04/2018, 11:30) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Talk is cheap, money by land.
  • ReX FeRal (19/04/2018, 12:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The question is then what the NDP will look like next elections?
  • straight talk (19/04/2018, 12:10) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Your two votes will not be missed!
  • Interested (19/04/2018, 15:29) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who really cares what you do John .?
  • How (19/04/2018, 15:56) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

    Who cares? You are not significant. Why you fronting so trying to be a God fearing man.

  • just 2 (19/04/2018, 16:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    So where are the vip candidates?
  • Help (20/04/2018, 07:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    HE needs to listen to what the Spirit of the Lord is saying and not just his emotions getting the better part of him. Whether its NDP or VIP or whomever, God is still in control. He has the ultimate say. Its only a matter of time, you will know who the sheep are from the goats.
  • RRestore our soul or Lord and help us (20/04/2018, 11:56) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply

    Is it the NDP that has set us back 30 years or the Hurricanes. Furthermore both the NDP and VIP are responsible for bad spending . I am not sure but perhaps you should play the tape that the NDP used to win the election where a politician told his party that if they did not control their spending the country will come to financial disaster. If you have no money and on your knees then the end result is take it our leave it. We must all come together and help to rebuild our country. This is a time for unity.
  • de silent one (20/04/2018, 17:06) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I guess he's saying that now because, he cannot get anymore of the lucrative contracts. You can't have it your way DUDE!
  • bb (20/04/2018, 19:47) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pastor u need help no 1 trust u
  • Yes (20/04/2018, 21:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply


  • wize up (23/04/2018, 12:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    non of then have a chance of getting any popular votes outside of their own family circle....if the one chap was still at ports and this one was still at hospital we will not be having this piss conversation(if this what our future love is like JR might as well call in the British)

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