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BVI has a leadership challenge, says Skelton Cline

Commentator and clergyman Claude Skelton Cline said he believes the BVI has been dealing with a leadership challenge in recent times.

According to Skelton Cline, the BVI needs a profile or some sort of threshold that not only speaks to the way in which persons are elected, but also addresses choosing the people that are elected.

“Leadership is the critical issue. One of the main reasons why I believe that the people of this country, humbly, are not going to wholeheartedly vote any of these parties into power — the main parties -– is because of the leadership that has presented themselves,“ Skelton Cline said.

But the outspoken commentator noted that the circumstances were not unique to the territory and argued that the problem was shared by both the United States and the United Kingdom.

“I think they got the same problem in America, I think they got the same problem in the UK, that’s why they have had to have four or five Prime Ministers, that’s why they’re still up here [in the US] deciding between Biden and Trump, some 70-odd-year-old men,” he said.

Skelton Cline argued that the issue in relation to the territory is about who is made to sit at the head of the electoral ‘tickets’.

“The truth of the matter is, that’s how a party succeeds or not. I mean, let’s not kid ourselves. People give the benefit of the doubt based upon the confidence, [or] the belief they have, in whoever is leading the party at the time,” he argued.

In recent months, Skelton Cline suggested a number of female leaders that can potentially fill the leadership gap that he has identified as a major issue for the territory. One of those female leaders he has endorsed is the current head of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira.

Skelton Cline has been bashing party politics for months, claiming it has failed the territory. He’s also said voters should choose candidates at the ballot box on the basis of their own individual merits instead of voting for parties as a whole.


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  1. Why don't you says:

    Go back to Detroit and give them your wisdom and advice?

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  2. BVI has a Skelton Cline challenge says:

    The challenge is to come up with a name that describes the clergyman.

    I’m going with the “tick”

    Hard to kill, bloodsucking, spreads disease, you get the idea.

    Like 12
  3. @ Y DON'T U says:


  4. Salty Fish says:

    The key question is “just what this cat’s agenda is?” We know his agenda is all about him for sure, but just who are his backers and allies that actually gives him some semblance of belief that the points he makes are relevant, or that the majority of us even care to hear from him?

    I for one wish BVI News would stop giving this guy a platform!

  5. wow says:

    Can this site stop featuring this dude.

    Im tired of it. When will you have relevant articles or are we still too busy trackin users and trackin govt transparency & sniffing around the coke saga. So much potential gone to waste but I forget this site has an agenda to follow & its not making the BVI look good in most readers opinion!

    Probably why you post all these negative characters opinion instead of the sane & positive majority Opinion! so carry on with the agenda.

    Bet you dont post my comment.

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  6. Please says:

    Will you please stop reporting this man’s unhinged, narcissistic ramblings as news?

    Like 6
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  7. Licher and Sticher Good says:

    BVI Islanders looking for good men and women they can hide behind and criticize when they want without understanding the key issues. Good men and women see this and choosing to move on with their already challenging lives. We in trouble buddy

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  8. lol says:

    There is a challenge with returning the funds to the Treasury

  9. Recent times says:

    Leadership problem in recent times, he says? I wouldn’t call the last 30 years recent, and I’d include him in the problem. When was the last time he had anything constructive to say?

  10. BuzzBvi says:

    News would be when we don’t hear from c.o.s-c on BVI news.

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