Former National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Claude Skelton Cline is now officially a member of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).
He is also now considering to throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming general election under the VIP banner.
“I am close to making a decision to contest but at the appropriate time as that goes forward, you will hear what I intend to do,” Sketon Cline said.
The one-time Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority made the pronouncement yesterday ( July 10) during his weekly ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio programme.
VIP is a better option
Skelton Cline said there are a number of reasons he decided to make the party switch.
“I have joined the VIP because of what I see emerging from the VIP team in terms of the people, in terms of the policy and principles,” he said.
According to Skelton Cline, the VIP represents what the territory needs at this time. He claimed the party demonstrates an awareness of the path the country should be taking at this juncture.
“I have also joined because the VIP has a closer affinity to the cares and concerns of the people – the average person on the street,” he said.
Skelton Cline said another reason for the political changeover was because the VIP has “a history of trusting and believing in the competencies and character of BVIslanders”.
He said this is ‘critical’, particularly since locals are being ‘overlooked’ for managerial positions in the workplace.
Skelton Cline said his fourth reason for joining the VIP has to do with what he described as the party’s willingness to listen, to be guided, and to govern accordingly.
He said leaders in every faction of society should have those virtues.
“That is a very key point that I want to underscore … You can’t have a set of people who already conclude that they know everything,” the talkshow host said.
Fahie has vision
The final reason Skelton-Cline disclosed was what he said was VIP leader Andrew Fahie’s ‘critical’ vision for the territory.
Skelton Cline also said the VIP’s team possess the “requisite skillset to get the country back on track.”
“Those are the reasons why I have made the switch – why I have gone green,” he said referring to the VIP’s party colour.
The new VIP member promised to be an advocate on behalf of residents.
NDP lost its way
On the other hand, Skelton Cline said the ruling NDP has lost its way.
“The NDP, which I used to be a part of, is 100 miles adrift of some of the fundamental values of the family, the government, the sunshine, and I trust that they will get back on stream but here is where I stand, where I am at.”
Just recently, Education Minister Myron Walwyn was voted as the new leader on the NDP during that party’s internal elections.
Walwyn is expected to lead that party into the next general election, which is constitutionally scheduled for the year 2019.
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