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Pastor Melvin A. Turnbull Sr, supports ‘self-determination’ for VI

…is different from ‘Independence’
Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church, Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull. Photo: VINO/File
Quizzed by Honestly Speaking’s Skelton-Cline on working definition of self-determination, Dr Turnbull said, “…it is unfettered ability for persons to determine their own future.” Photo: VINO/File
Quizzed by Honestly Speaking’s Skelton-Cline on working definition of self-determination, Dr Turnbull said, “…it is unfettered ability for persons to determine their own future.” Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Senior Pastor of the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church, on Tortola, Pastor Dr Melvin A. Turnbull, told the public that he “supports self-determination” for the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI).

He was at the time—Tuesday, June 19, 2018—a guest on the radio, show Honestly Speaking, hosted by Claude O. Skelton-Cline, on ZBVI 780 AM.

Pastor Turnbull told the host that the pursuit of an independent VI has been an integral part of his life journey and that, “this Territory should have long been on a path of self determination.”

We need a clear path  

Quizzed by Honestly Speaking’s, Skelton-Cline, on working definition of 'self-determination,' Dr Turnbull said, “…it is unfettered ability for persons to determine their own future.”

He was adamant, self-determination , is not to be interpreted as Independence.

Ask about a roadmap to self determination and what it may entail, Dr Turnbull spoke to the need for the formation of Committees, to first assess the cost on both sides of the relationship with the United Kingdom (UK).

“We ought to quantify the opportunity cost for the VI,” he said.

The host then turned to the issue of the breach of trust between politicians and people, and the fact that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government—o f which Pastor Turnbull’s son, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) is an elected member—have not kept faith with the people.

Keep hope alive-Rev Turnbull

Rev Turnbull responded, “…we have been here before and our fore-parents were able to forge through with the help of God.”

The man of the cloth encouraged persons not to lose hope, and to study their history as a point of reference; to be proud of that history and not to be apologetic in discussing the matter of race. He also encouraged, “speak truth to power no, matter who is in power and not to relent in their pursuit of a better tomorrow.”

The senior pastor has since committed to publishing information “very soon,” on what he believes would be a tremendous benefit, or part of the road-map to self-determination for the VI.

15 Responses to “Pastor Melvin A. Turnbull Sr, supports ‘self-determination’ for VI ”

  • 123 (21/06/2018, 15:15) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    I agree with this man
    • :( (21/06/2018, 17:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I don't!
    • Ajic (22/06/2018, 05:16) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      You people are fools. The island is too small with limited resources. In addition all of the major economic pillars are on shaky grounds. Please go sit down with this rubbish talk. only those with ulterior motives want independence. You must first ask WHAT IS IN IT FOR THEM. They are not thinking about the people
    • Independebce Where? (22/06/2018, 15:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      1. To benefit who?
      2. Why are they so eager to be self governed?
      3. What resources will we live on?
      4. Even our Tourism Product is not up to par with several of the other islands product. Yes we were just voted the best place to visit in the Caribbean, but that is a moving target. What it is today, may not be the same in the next survey.
      5. We are not doing anything to maintain a sustainable product.
      6. Independence countries have a military.
      7. What will happen to the treaty with the US.
      8. The list goes on!!!
      9. We export nothing!!!! Well cash, I guess!
      • Reply (23/06/2018, 17:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Knowledge is power! Where there is ignorance, fear overrules logics. When there is misunderstanding, violence replaces compassion.
  • Dutch model (21/06/2018, 16:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would support an Aruba, sxm, curacao model for the BVI. They are independant countries within the kingdom of the netherlands.
  • jokers (21/06/2018, 17:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like Jost Van Dyke been independent for the last 20 years with some big Thieves taking the monies every week
  • All set (21/06/2018, 20:48) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    He, Claude and all who shouting from the rooftop got either green card or U.s citizenship to cover them when the hammer falls. They hoping to become the first family and fix what they want with nobody to watchdog them and run the place amuck. Britain has not treated us as they should but we can work on bettering the relationship. All ah dem want their names to be in the history books.
    • ReX FeRal (22/06/2018, 06:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @All set. They cane be in the history books as known criminals
  • LCS (22/06/2018, 03:11) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stay out of politics, please. Men of the cloth should be preaching God' s word. It is centuries ago that both, church and state got separated. It didn't work.
    Clergymen's political opinions and inclinations should be kept private. They gave their lives to God. Unless they are looking for a government post???
    • yes (22/06/2018, 09:45) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      He looking Speaker of the House. He also the puppet master of the two sons.
  • yrral (22/06/2018, 15:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people of subject of the crown,they do not even use British pounds ,but American dollars,why do they delude ,themselves of being independent from the crown,US Virgin Islanders,are American citizen,who can exercise,the same Rights as American,while living in America
  • Intresting Comments (22/06/2018, 19:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI is way too small to go independent what we should consider is getting someone to go to the U.K parliament to represent us just like the u.s territories has senators. The BVI-UK office has no power. We need a person from each territory in parliament to support and represent each territory.
    • Rubber Duck (25/06/2018, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The big problem with that is we would then pay UK tax rates and half the business in BVI would disappear. Look at the French islands.
  • Rubber Duck (25/06/2018, 11:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The UK has rules against TV evangelists and ju ju sky pixie con men that this person may not like.


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