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UK approach would be different if VI was majority white– Bishop Cline

- Calls on UK Gov't to stop acting like a police & be a partner to OTs like the VI
Bishop of the new life Baptist church in the Virgin Islands, Mr John I Cline has accused the United Kingdom of institutional racism regarding its relationship with the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) and its handling of the way forward on the implementations of the COI recommendations in the VI. Photo: Facebook/File
Bishop Cline made the comments while appearing on an episode of JTV’s The Big Story with host Cathy O. Richards. Photo: Facebook/JTV
Bishop Cline made the comments while appearing on an episode of JTV’s The Big Story with host Cathy O. Richards. Photo: Facebook/JTV
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI– Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church Mr John I Cline has accused the United Kingdom (UK) of institutional racism, regarding its relationship with the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) and its handling of the way forward on the implementations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendations.

“The United Kingdom has not changed its approach to us the Overseas Territory and destinations that have the population with my complexion,” the Bishop said while appearing on the June 17, 2022, episode of JTV’s The Big Story with host Cathy O. Richards.

Stop being a police- Bishop Cline 

“If it was the Isle of Man, if it Guernsey, if it was Jersey, if it was any one of their Crown Dependencies, the approach, I believe would be much different,” he said.

He called on UK to have a true partnership with Overseas Territories like the VI and those with a majority black population, rather than being a police.

“And we are saying to the UK, when will you change your ways and instead of just acting like a police, be a partner, be a true partner of the people of your Overseas Territories and we would want to stay.”

As part of its agreement with the UK, the Government of National Unity had submitted a final proposal to the UK government outlining clear timelines on how they will deliver the Commission of Inquiry recommendations but without the need for a temporary partial suspension of the constitution.

UK direct rule not off the table  

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG however, made it clear that direct rule was not off the table, but rather held in reserve. 

According to the governor, he will formally assess progress every three months before sending a quarterly update to the Foreign Secretary in the UK and this will continue throughout the full period of CoI implementation, which is estimated to be two years in total.

“If the government of National Unity Government fails to deliver any of the milestones without reasonable justification or assess that progress is being frustrated in any way the UK government and I will take action to protect the interests of people here," Mr Rankin has said.

The UK also put in place “a continuing option” of temporary suspension of the House of Assembly, Ministerial Government and replaced with a temporary governor-led interim administration assisted by an Advisory Council, should the Unity Government fail to implement reform. 

'No mutual respect' 

According to Bishop Cline; however, that approach may not have been the best in the spirit of partnership between the UK and VI.

“You are not demonstrating mutual respect when you want to come with the threat of dissolving our democratically elected government... suspend our constitution, take our Belongership and give it to all your UK citizens, who are you really rooting for?” Bishop Cline questioned.

It should be noted that the current Prime Minister of the UK, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has openly stated in the past that colonialism in Africa should not have ended. His statement has been interpreted by many to be racist.

38 Responses to “UK approach would be different if VI was majority white– Bishop Cline”

  • Really (23/06/2022, 11:36) Like (67) Dislike (8) Reply
    All of you all devil worshiper always pushing racism. The same people pushing the racism is the same bishop Cline. Why talk about it. The topics to really talk about all of you wouldn't even mention them. Racism is taught through the dirty politicians,tv, radio, songs etc. It's a teaching that you all keep teaching. Why if a black has a problem with a white person in their life the white person is racist but a black can say or do the same and they ain't racist. Only dumb people yell out racism
    • Stop Entertaining him (23/06/2022, 16:45) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      People stop entertaining this man then hopefully he’d stop blabbering out his behind
  • mad max (23/06/2022, 11:44) Like (79) Dislike (6) Reply
    UK approach would be different if there was not so much corruption, drugs, and money laundering ....
    • Tasty (23/06/2022, 11:56) Like (8) Dislike (15) Reply
      …. there are similar levels of corruption in Jersey (where the Chief Minister has just lost his seat), probably less drugs (but more hard drugs consumed on Island) in Jersey, but much more money laundering (albeit using US and UK banks) in Jersey.
    • @ mad max (23/06/2022, 14:03) Like (5) Dislike (24) Reply
      if you live in glass house don’t throw stones: the united kingdom is far more corrupt

      mad max
      What is more reprehensible that white folks selling off black folks into slavery: human cargo(in case you forgot your ancestors were sold into slavery by the same united kingdom you on here biging up)

      These are facts West Indians should never forget because a leopard can not change its spots

      Mad Max
      U have all rights to your opinion and keep the faith
      • Hmm (23/06/2022, 15:58) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
        White folk sold black folk to other white folk, black folk sold black folk to the white folk. Two wrongs don’t make a right, you keep the faith though.
      • @@ mad max (23/06/2022, 16:03) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
        Yep the white folk sold the black folks, after they had bought them from other black folks... You forgot that part, pretty reprehensible.
  • stop (23/06/2022, 11:52) Like (51) Dislike (3) Reply
    If Guernsey or the IOM were showing such blatant disregard, yes, they would be treated the same. Stop making this about race. It’s about a group of people who have chosen greed and corruption regardless of their skin tone.
  • Really??? (23/06/2022, 11:53) Like (56) Dislike (3) Reply
    UK approach would be different if VI politicians were majority honest. Just saying.
  • Rubber Duck (23/06/2022, 12:00) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yep, you would probably have been in jail by now
  • Vi massive (23/06/2022, 12:09) Like (42) Dislike (3) Reply
    pastor cline please with the Race Games so not nice
  • WOW (23/06/2022, 12:16) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
    Stupid comment Bishop,you trying to create discorde.stupid comment,
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British government of the British Virgin Islands (23/06/2022, 12:32) Like (46) Dislike (2) Reply

    So-called bishop John Cline, your are a very mentally, and spiritually sick man.
    In all you media issues as of late, not once has you mentioned the name Jesus.
    You seeks to imposes your opinions on others, especially the weak, and mentally gullible people of the country. You are a shower of hate, and division, rather than and encourager of peace and genuine unity.
    You posses a spirit that is not good for you, and others that you are trying to convince.
    Instead of you got money, money got you. You are a very disgusting person with a self imposing mindset.
    It is too bad that the congregation of church members that you pastoring and are sadly unable to detect your evil deception against better governance for our people of the BVI.
    In spite of your selfish mindset. However, God loves us all, only our sins that he extremely hates.

  • Really (23/06/2022, 12:33) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply

    Parna stop with this race talk.... Stop It I never hear more * wid this man

  • Wrong (23/06/2022, 12:37) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Majority white usually inject and invest their drug money back to the community so maybe the sewerage, dump site, schools, roads and even a proper building for HOA to meet would be fixed..ohh nooo but your church hall won't be rented for HOA meetings tho....the struggle and punish mentality. A new smell is in the air called CHANGE and most people can't wait bro..
  • WEW (23/06/2022, 12:45) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    Really ? The fake Bishop showing his real colour
  • Hmmmm (23/06/2022, 13:58) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    And you know this HOW?..... Was it a vision you had? I would be mighty upset if my surname was Cline at this time - these two 'religious men' giving them all a bad name....
  • Jane (23/06/2022, 14:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI approach would be different if UK was majority black. There, fixed it for you Mr "Bishop" Cline
  • Yes to UK (23/06/2022, 14:13) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    @Native Senior Citizen of the British government of the British Virgin Islands, Well said you have a million likes from me, this man is not a man of God, if he were he wont be saying the things he says talking about hate. I cant understand how people can go to his church and lessen to him.
  • Sambo (23/06/2022, 14:59) Like (15) Dislike (18) Reply
    Many May not like the messenger but the message is real talk. The sad truth is that if the BVI were a majority white country like the Falkland Islands, the Channel Islands( crown dependencies of Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey), etc. The Channel Islands lie just off shore of the UK with a majority white population and has close relationship with the UK, ie, social, political, religious, economic and familial. Let’s be honest the UK has a stronger and closer comfort level with the Channel Islands than with its Caribbean OTs with majority Black populations and a sordid history of slavery and colonialism. Nevertheless, are the Channel Islands virtuous locales. Specifically, take a close and in-depth look at for example the dark side of Jersey, ie, money laundering, tax havens, corruption, etc. Look at what investigation(s) have been conducted and their findings and recommendations.

    The BVI does not have clean hands; it has governing challenges. As such, the UK must be a straight shooter and fair dealer. The UK failed on both counts. It is clear that the BVI is getting disparate treatment. The BVI should and get fair and equal treatment.
  • emem (23/06/2022, 15:09) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    take a seat and be quiet fake self appointed bishop
  • josiah'sbay (23/06/2022, 15:09) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    The world is ran by white supremacy if that's not an automatic ideology of racism I don't know what is. If it is damning then deny or deflect or find an exception that's their mantra.
  • Partner not Police (23/06/2022, 15:11) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The UK is a partner for helping with the COI to better the country. Police go after the crooks so you and your greedy friends need to to get ready for when your time come for the Police COI (charge or investigate) better get rest until then
  • Hmm (23/06/2022, 15:14) Like (12) Dislike (19) Reply
    Say what u want but he's right as pie
  • resident (23/06/2022, 15:19) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    The gravy train is over pastor
  • lol (23/06/2022, 15:37) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    Oh please. This con is not going to work. Apart from no more gravy for you and cronies no one is buying the bogeyman white colonialist racist drivel you are peddling. The BVI is broken and needs fixing and no one trusts the persons who are responsible for breaking it to fix it.
  • HE / CSC AND MR SILENT (23/06/2022, 15:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • A Sin is A ain (23/06/2022, 16:05) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    .There is only one way to spell corruption, greediness, selfishness and laziness. There is no black way or white way..That's how the BVI can best be described...From the head down...To me it seems like Pastor Clyne is pushing all the buttons for Britain to suspend our constiturion
  • Mula gwop (23/06/2022, 18:02) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This bishop sure like to cause division amongst people.
    • Norris Turnbull (28/06/2022, 06:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Mula also and your Mika Barry narrative. Go siddung.
  • WOW (23/06/2022, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Ohanio Harris (23/06/2022, 19:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    All blogging here help themselves in raping the VI.
  • WOw Wow (23/06/2022, 20:35) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nonsense. Racism is not inherited, it is being thought. Stop the crap and preach above love and honesty for and towards each other. Stop stirring up hatred and animosity amongst persons for your own agenda. STOP
  • jah know (24/06/2022, 03:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give it a rest Cline. You say you are a pastor, act like it. It seems you have an agenda. Stop with your racist rant. We tired ah you now.
  • Smells Like (24/06/2022, 10:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bishop Cline - Absolute BS!
  • No Brainer (25/06/2022, 07:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Secret Bear (25/06/2022, 11:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Race baiting, race hustling nonsense. It is in this man's best interest to get you hating people of different races for no reason, so you don't notice while he and his cronies enrich themselves at your expense.
  • Ckine (25/06/2022, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a waste of space Cline is. Call himself a Bishop. Racist waste of space man. Stand up for the people not your corrupt ways. Go Sid down

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