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NDP base of supporters eroded because of lack of trust- Bishop Cline

- But said other side is not organised in a way to put up any formidable challenge at next elections
December 28th, 2017 | Tags: NDP VIP Fresh Radio Vybz snap elections John I. Cline
According to Bishop John I. Cline, the base support of the National Democratic Party (NDP) has eroded for the lack of trust in the party. Photo: Facebook
The National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) may have taken comfort over the years in that they have base supporters, but according to Bishop John I. Cline, both parties have lost support over various reasons. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) may have taken comfort over the years in that they have base supporters, but according to Bishop John I. Cline, both parties have lost support over various reasons. Photo: VINO/File
Bishop John I. Cline was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz', in photo, aired on December 22, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Bishop John I. Cline was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with host Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz', in photo, aired on December 22, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the mismanagement of the Territory’s finances, the divide in the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), and the lack of confidence in the leadership of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), many are wondering if snap elections will be called.

Bishop John I. Cline, former Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority Board, says the Opposition is not ready for snap elections.

“I don’t think we should hurry with it at this time because, right now the other side is not organised in a way to put up any formidable challenge,” Bishop Cline said while a guest on the Fresh Radio Vybz show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka Gadiethz, on Friday December 22, 2017.

His statement could be supported by the fact that, according to President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru, the party is rebuilding almost from scratch.

“The only confirmed person who is going to be running right now is Hon Andrew A. Fahie [R1]. We are looking for candidates. We need a new generation of leaders who are willing to step forward and we need the older persons to be able to mentor and pass the baton,” Mr Wheatley added while speaking on Fresh Radio Vybz on Tuesday November 28, 2017.

New leaders need to prepare themselves

According to Bishop Cline, aspiring politicians need to get themselves prepared for the next elections.

“The next election, and looking forward to that, is where all those who wish to be in power and those who wish to lead us need to prepare themselves and put forward their vision for the country that people can listen too.”

NDP base support eroded

He further explained that persons are no longer voting based on loyalty to a party. The National Democratic Party NDP or the VIP may have taken comfort in that they have base supporters, and I have seen, especially for the NDP, I have seen their base eroded because they are not trusted anymore,” said Mr Cline, who was a staunch supporter of the NDP.

The lack of trust for the NDP is also evident within their own party and there is a great divide in the party. However, there is also a rift in the VIP as well. Many felt the nasty public battle for the Leader of the Opposition post in February 2017, between the then leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and the present leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie, has done tremendous damage to the VIP.

Like Bishop Cline said on the programme, “You cannot lead a whole country when you are split in two.” Though he was referring specifically to the NDP’s ability to lead the Territory forward, it is also applicable to the VIP.

See links below to radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’:

https://tunein.com/radio/ Freshradiovybz-s297104/ and http://rdo.to/FRV2

20 Responses to “NDP base of supporters eroded because of lack of trust- Bishop Cline”

  • not ready (28/12/2017, 17:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't wish for snap election. U may just get it with VIP not prepare and ready like the last time.. From all evidence that seems to be likely...
  • Business head (28/12/2017, 18:04) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    I nominate mr. Simon potter. We need good ppl with good business experience especially in finance..
    • Hmmm (28/12/2017, 21:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You better go and have a seat....Do you remember Zeek Rewards....
    • LOL (29/12/2017, 06:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      Please. A man that let D****a walk all over him at rtw

    • @Business head. I agree 100% Rite way lost a good man... (29/12/2017, 19:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Simon is definitely a good pick. A good Man. I hear on the Stret that its the Filipino That's why he resigned from RTW, also he didn't agree with the layoff after the Hurricane. And The bad treatment the staff getting..Imaging a Filipino push out a good qualified BVI Lander out of his Job, I hear Simon is the man who signs their work permits. A very good man Simon is. I think he can Win an At large seat..
  • saying (28/12/2017, 18:52) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    It look like them C men out to sink tge NDP. man.
  • wow (28/12/2017, 18:57) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    what the hell he now about the other side your party let this country down and if you think you have a chance in the ring hell no so you will be just fine
  • ... (28/12/2017, 18:58) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    the man speaking the gospel truth
  • Da Truth (28/12/2017, 20:25) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    I see where Kline is coming from. The bvi needs leaders who can bring people together. People who lead by good example and not be so fast to lash out when criticized. Leaders who have a vision. Leaders who consider actions and consequences. Leaders who make tough choices. Leaders who have the future of the teritory at heart and not be afraid of change.

    I am no politician but I know that now more than ever the bvi needs a stand up leader. Just a simple shift in attitude can make that much of a difference.

    I believe politicians need to come together for a greater good. Forget about “we”and start thinking about the people of the nation and I mean all people, Belongers and non Belongers alike.

    A lot of nonsense comes along with politics. Red tape here. Does and don’ts there. People always disagreeing, infighting etc. Its a tough job to serve the people. Hats off to all you politicians out there.
  • please (28/12/2017, 21:39) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Cline has no clue. NDP base always come together election time.
  • west (28/12/2017, 22:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Payback us a bitch
  • the rock (29/12/2017, 07:47) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Pastor, you need to know your role and shut your mouth. It have so much society ills out here and this is all u can find time to blog about, NDP this and NDP that, why don't u give up all the job post u hold and go into ministry full time, talk that!
    • barbie (29/12/2017, 09:49) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      @The Rock:
      When any pastor/priest/minster say anything about the ills plaguing our society, it's persons like you who quick to call down the churches. When anything goes wrong and they say it's our owna action that caused these things some persons in the church as well as the church itself cannot catch a break with these blogs. All the negative stuff posted on these blogs does amaze me.
    • SMH (29/12/2017, 13:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agree 100% Who he talking to?
    • @the rock (30/12/2017, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You need to know yours too . You are out of order
  • strait talk (29/12/2017, 19:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder if you are so concerned about the things of God ,, Jesus is coming these are serious times, people are living in fear ,many have died without a hope , died gone to hell , but here you are talking about who is ready who doesn't, listen man even the very government need Jesus , need to be saved , go and preach salvation , they need a Savior Jesus Christ , they are human being too , talk about souls of people as a minister , like how you know so much about government and who is ready or not for election, you should rather be getting serious with God and live a holy lifestyle ready for kingdom of heaven , because at the end of the day this government , NDP / VIP or what ever peee, can't help you or us on that great judge ment day.
  • hawk (30/12/2017, 08:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is what happens when a pastor gets kicked off the gravy train.
  • wize up (31/12/2017, 14:31) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP all the way(yep!!!!)
  • YOU (01/01/2018, 03:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    You and your brother ruined this party full of corruption and sin hiding behind the lord. God doesn't live in Duff's bottom though and sooner or later he will get the both of you. Jail isn't good enough for you.
    • NB (02/01/2018, 14:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @you.... couldn't have said it better. Those C men are double standards two headed snakes claiming to love the lord and spread his word. Under all that wool lies the wolves. I know a few other 'preachers' 'pastors' 'deacons' 'reverends' i prefer to be called out as the sinner I am.


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