Former candidate in the 2003 general election, Bishop John Cline has said if the electorate wants him to take up political office, they will have to do the legwork.
“If they want me in politics, they will have to vote me in without me campaigning. They would have to put my name on the ballot and they would have to do the campaigning for me,” he said.
Cline, who ran as an independent candidate under the territorial at-large electoral district, garnered 450 votes. Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and Minister for Health and Social Services Ronnie Skelton were the two who topped the list.
The clergyman told BVI News that he has no plans to become a legislator, adding that it is highly unlikely that he will throw his hat in the political ring again.
He said he will stick to his ministry at the New Life Baptist Church where he is a senior pastor.
National plan needed for BVI
However, Bishop Cline also recommending a national plan for the territory.
He explained that the plan would be a roadmap for the BVI, detailing where the territory wants to be in the future and how it will be achieved.
“What we are lacking, I believe, in the BVI is a national development plan for the general public, the voting population… not a party plan. [We need a plan] that all of us can latch on to and see where we are going,”
According to the bishop, the populace has no clue of the direction that the territory is headed.
“No matter who is in power, there needs to be a national development plan for the future of the BVI,” he continued.
“[The plan should say:] here is where we are going, this is how we plan to get there, this is the appropriate time for us to get there, and this is the cost for us to get there over that time,” Cline concluded.
Just weeks ago, the government proposed a five-year recovery and development plan for the British Virgin Islands. Government said the indicative cost to finance that plan is $721 million.