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The Political Party System Has Failed BVI – Skelton Cline

File photo Pastor Skelton Cline dressed in a VIP outfit during the February 2019 general election.

The BVI’s political party system has not adequately met the needs of the people of the territory, argued Rev. Claude Skelton Cline.

“The party system, in my view, is floundering and has faltered and some even say it has let the people of these Virgin Islands down,” Skelton Cline said on his Honestly Speaking show yesterday.

The controversial host, who previously said the territory was turned into a failed state by a political party, asked what viable options might exist that could be presented to the people of the BVI in the run-up to next year’s elections.

In the meantime, Skelton Cline asked his guest, At-Large Territorial Representative Carvin Malone, if he (Malone) was confused or disappointed that more voices from particular neighborhoods in the Territory had not joined or lent their expertise. in a way that helps navigate the country through one of its most difficult times since slavery.

Malone, while admitting to having spoken in riddles before on the matter, said there were plenty of scholars who remained silent and in the backseat and chastised them for doing so.

People don’t want to hear Carvin and Claude

Malone argued that the BVI has more lawyers and administrators per capita than anywhere else in the world because “we’ve invested in a lot of people.”

“Everybody sits around and either waits for the mistake or ‘I told you so’ or thinks it doesn’t matter,” Malone said.

The lawmaker said he felt that was a big part of the complicity that exists around the territory when it comes to advancement.

Malone further argued that the people of the territory no longer wish to hear traditional political voices.

“I’m saying people don’t necessarily want to hear Carvin Malone or they don’t want to hear Claude Skelton Cline. They want to hear another voice of reason.

He added: “Another voice that says ‘okay, okay, yes or no or here’s another way for us to look at it’.”

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