As the British Virgin Islands readies for the next general election, outspoken clergyman Bishop John Cline has sought to fend off political candidates seeking to get elected for self-serving reasons.
In what can be described as a spirited address this week, Cline said the territory requires representatives capable of delivering it out of an economic hole that has been induced by poor governance and the 2017 hurricanes.
“It must be country first above political party and friendship. If that is not you, stay out of politics. If you are seeking political office for power, stay out. If you are seeking political office for position, stay out. If you are seeking political office for personal gain, stay out,” Cline said.
He said the territory needs what he describes as ‘righteous leaders’.
The clergyman then criticized the National Democratic Party (NDP) government for their response to the United Kingdom inquiry on the future of the relationship between Britain and the BVI.
Cline said it was ‘insulting’ that government has not consulted residents for their input into the inquiry.
“Thank God for the Honorable Leader of the Opposition who brought this matter to our attention for our input,” said Cline, who the NDP administration forced to resign as Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority back in 2016.
He expressed those sentiments while noting the importance of the next general elections, which are constitutionally due in 2019.
“Please hear me, ladies and gentlemen, this coming election is critical to our future,” he said.
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