Full speech of PM Skerrit at DLP meeting in St. Joseph

PM Skerrit addressing the meting on Tuesday night
PM Skerrit addressing the meting on Tuesday night

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesday evening, the ruling Dominica Labour Party held a public meeting in St. Joseph. A number of government ministers delivered addresses at the event, including Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. Below is the full speech of the Prime Minister.

Comrades and Friends, Christmas was just a month and a half ago…so I will be very kind and generous tonight!!

Firstly, I want to start by assuring the opposition, that in spite of all the wrongs they have committed against Dominica in the last 13 months, I will not call a snap election on them tonight. …So they can stop trembling in their boots!!

Comrades and friends, I sense that some of you are sooooooo incensed by the irresponsibility and recklessness of the other side, that you would wish for me to do whatever I can to remove some of them from public life….including calling an early election.

But I am not in that frame of mind this evening. My position is that this Dominica Labour Party has been given a mandate by the people to govern this country at this crucial Juncture; and from this WE SHALL NOT deviate.

Back in December 2014, none of us knew what would have befallen us, in the form of Tropical Storm Erika, less than one year later. By this time, in this new term of office, I was hoping to be motoring along smoothly with the implementation of our manifesto promises and building on the solid foundation we laid in previous years.

However, my dear Brothers and Sisters, Man proposes…..but God disposes!

Brothers and Sisters – cast your minds back to the morning of August 27th, last year, when you awoke and found Dominica in that unrecognizable state…. Can you imagine Lennox Linton and that band of political misfits, occupying the seat of decision making at that time?

Seriously, Comrades and Friends, on the morning of August 27th, who, in the Caribbean, the region and the world…could the leadership of a United Workers Party Government, have turned to, for immediate help and attention?

They have made an enemy of every friend of Dominica! Everyone who has befriended us, they have taunted and tormented. Think about it….Brothers and Sisters. The French, the Chinese, the Cubans, the Venezuelans, the Moroccans, the British, the Bajans…..and the list continues. All our friends came to our assistance. Where were theirs? Who did or who could Lennox Linton have called the morning after the storm? He has cursed and vilified 90 per cent of the leaders, countries, corporations and individuals that assisted us. So to whom would he have turned for help?

Think on these things, Ladies and Gentlemen,…..And see what you, Labourites, across the length and breadth of this country, saved all of us from, when you returned the Dominica Labour Party to office on December 8th 2014, with a fourth consecutive mandate.

The regional and international community does not respond to an S.O.S, simply because a distress call is made.

There are countries in the region and the world that experienced similar situations, and no immediate help was forthcoming. Indeed, years after disasters, some countries are still waiting for help and assistance.

We live in an age where friendships, relationships and goodwill matter. We live in an era where the leader of a country responds to a colleague’s cry for help, depending on the last encounter they had.

Journey back with me to the morning of August 27th 2015, Ladies and Gentlemen, and tell me the leader…..tell me the country….tell me the private company….tell me the club, group or Organization….tell me the individual that would have dropped everything, and run to the aid of a Dominica, under the leadership of Lennox Linton, Monelle Williams and Thomson Fontaine!!! Tell me Ladies and Gentlemen. I want to hear!!

Do you recall how Linton bungled the issue of the election of a new Commonwealth Secretary General? Imagine, the Government of Barbados, where Sir Ron Sanders lived and paid taxes, publicly declared its support for the Dominica candidate. The new leader of St. Kitts and Nevis reversed his predecessor’s position on the matter and supported the Dominica candidate. The majority of the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations threw its support behind our candidate.

But Lennox Linton, the Leader of the Opposition in Dominica; the man who wants to lead this country, said to the region and the world, that he had no confidence in the ability of a Dominican born lady to lead the Commonwealth.

Well tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, Baroness Patricia Scotland of Vieille Case, Penville and St. Joseph, IS the new Commonwealth Secretary General designate….and there is nothing that Lennox Linton or anyone in the leadership of the United Workers Party, can do about that.

That issue goes to the heart of leadership in 2016, Ladies and Gentlemen. It speaks to the issue of judgement! It speaks to the issue of competence! It speaks to the issue of understanding global geo-political affairs! It speaks to the issue of suitability for leadership of Dominica in 2016! On all counts, Ladies and Gentlemen, Lennox Linton failed miserably!!! I keep telling you….That boy needs to grow up!!!

So we meet in St. Joseph this evening, against the backdrop of significant improvements in the quality of life of Dominicans, following the disaster of August 2015.

This is the real world we are living in, Ladies and Gentlemen. And I am saying tonight, beyond any fear of doubt or contradiction, that there is no other political party in the Commonwealth of Dominica tonight, that could have occupied the halls of government, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, and received as much support; as much outpouring of love, concern and genuine sympathy, as did this government that you returned to office on December 8th 2014.

None of us knew what lay ahead, when the voters of this country returned the Dominica Labour Party to office for a fourth consecutive term.
But tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, while we would wish that Erika did not pass Dominica’s way on August 27th, as patriotic Dominicans, we give God thanks for saving us from the ravages of a United Workers Party government, led by the politically obnoxious and highly divisive Lennox Linton.

We are not here this evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, to beat our chests, over all that we have achieved since being returned to office 13 months ago, or, about the rapid rebound of this nation, since the passage of the storm. Several speakers before me have alluded to our accomplishments in various spheres of social and economic endeavor. I thought ladies and gentlemen, the speeches tonight were excellent!!

Comrades and Friends, many of you in this audience suffered loss of loved ones, loss of limb, loss of property and loss of spirit. You recall very well how the leadership of the government spun into action and calmed the fears. You recall how quickly we united this country around a common cause. You recall how all embracing the leadership of this government was, in looking out for each and every citizen; each and every community; each and every family – irrespective of color, class, creed or political persuasion.

So I am not here this evening to list our achievements or detail the work we are doing. The time for that will come!

Indeed, this is perhaps an opportune time for me to indicate to you, the supporters of this government, and to the wider population of Dominica, that very shortly, I will be delivering a comprehensive report card, on the progress of this government in 13 short months, to forge ahead with the mandate of the people, in light of, and in spite of, the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. You will hear it all then….chapter and verse!

So tonight is not about the number of bridges we rebuilt, or the number of houses that are under construction. Tonight is not the night for me to recap our outreach and our tangible assistance to the farming and fishing communities. Tonight is not the occasion when we shall speak about the direct assistance we have given to resuscitate many small businesses and the write off of debts and fees owed by companies, large and small, in our efforts to save them from operational collapse.

Our report card is impressive and would be the toast of any fair and independent review tribunal. But tonight is not the night for that.

Stay tuned to your radios and television sets, and very soon you shall hear when my Address to the Nation will be made, and the measures that we will put in place to accelerate the pace of reconstruction and development in this beautiful country of ours.

Tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends….I want to do two things.

I want to first thank you for your continued prayers and well wishes. It is the power of your voices, raised in prayers and praise, to Almighty God, that gives me the strength, the wisdom and the determination to move forward with the national agenda, day after day.

It is your calls, messages and other well wishes that help my Ministers and I remain focused, in the face of persecution; persecution originating in, and circulated to the international community, but which is masterminded right here in Dominica. So first and foremost, I want to say thank you and tell you how much I appreciate all of you. You have been marvelous over the past 13 months!

They have thrown every missile at us!! They have joined forces with every known enemy of Dominica and fired their best shots. But, together, as a party in government; together, as a family of Labourites; together, as the leadership of this country, we rallied together, and we have prevailed!!!!

Growing up in Vieille Case, we had a saying that there’s no bite worse than your own dog’s bite. Even if it is not as serious a bite, it hurts you more, when one of your own turns on you. In this instance, the attacks and criticisms on Dominica by foreign individuals are unfortunate and, in many instances, very painful and harmful to individual and country alike.

But the most brutal and unkindest cut of all, is knowing that all the filth that is being written and circulated worldwide about Dominica, is formulated right here in Roseau, Dominica or in the Dominican Diaspora, by persons masquerading as Dominicans, but who have absolutely no interest or stake in this land of ours.

My dear people, when you travel abroad…whether it is in the Caribbean, United States Virgin Islands, US Mainland, Canada or Europe, you can always tell a Labourite from any other.

A Dominican living abroad who meets you and enquires lovingly about this island, or about wanting to invest in this country, or return to this country one day and live out their retirement years – Any such Dominican you meet, is a Labourite! Labourites love Dominica. Even if they are not happy with something their party does in Government – that does not detract from their interest in the welfare and well-being of this country.

They may tell you they’re vex with their Parl Rep or they do not like something that Skerrit said or did, but the overriding theme of their conversation is their expression of love for Dominica and wanting to see it succeed.

Then you meet an individual, who confronts you in an aggressive and confrontational manner. He or she has nothing good to say about Dominica and will vow never to return to Dominica; neither on holiday or to reside. That person, Ladies and Gentlemen, is NOT a Labourite!

That person reads all sorts of salacious gossip about Dominica and rushes to judgement, without checking the accuracy of a single allegation. That person is not a Labourite!

The person who sits and writes on the blog and says all manner of ill things about Dominica and how backward and poverty stricken Dominica is today, is not a Labourite!

The person who compares the road network in Dominica to that of the United States, or the health care package in a negative way, to that which is available here in Dominica, is not a Labourite!

Labourites love Dominica! They are proud of Dominica. They want to see Dominica succeed.

That Ladies and Gentlemen, is one of the reasons; I am soooooo proud and honored to be leader of this great political party, at this exciting juncture of our development.

It is also why, Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel compelled tonight to address a development of major concern to me as Prime Minister of this country.

I have been in public life long enough to know and understand the nature of party politics in Dominica and the wider Caribbean.

I understand very well that persons elected to Parliament on the Opposition side, feel and see it as their duty to criticize. I have no difficulty with that. My motto is simple – they criticize, we construct and deliver!!

For the last 15 years, this government was pilloried, on a daily basis, by opposition politicians, who saw it as their duty not to support anything the government said or did.

I did not agree with that posture and I feel our development suffered as a result of the tendency by some to criticize, merely for the sake of criticizing.
But, notwithstanding our many battles as government and opposition, over the last 15 years I never had reason to question the patriotism of Edison James or Ron Green as leaders of the United Workers Party.

Hector John is not a very smart guy, and his was a very undistinguished stint as Leader of the Opposition. Indeed, during the period that he served, Hector “Spaggs” John will be remembered mostly for making the worst budget replies in the history of the modern world.

I warned in the last general elections campaign that we ran the risk of taking our politics and the conduct of public life in Dominica to a frighteningly low level, with the endorsement of Lennox Linton as Leader of that party.

I did not say this, Ladies and Gentlemen, to score any minor political point. I was never in any doubt of winning the last election, because I knew we had delivered as best we could, and that you, the voters of Dominica, recognized and appreciated this to be the case.

I warned of the danger in electing Lennox Linton to Parliament, because I have followed his flight path over the last 15 years. I spoke with colleague Prime Ministers, for whom he ran occasional errands, and they all related a tendency and capacity to stretch and distort facts. You just need to give him a sentence, and he can make a story.

Lennox Linton is not a politician. Lennox Linton is a tabloid writer who was hand-picked by a group of foreign businessmen to tow a particular line, was he to be elected Prime Minister of Dominica. He has brought no honor or decorum to public life.

I am saying this evening, Ladies and Gentlemen; that wherever there is anything negatively written about Dominica, the shadow of Lennox Linton is never far away.

Many of you who did not take to heart my warnings in the last campaign, have been shocked and alarmed by the seeming onslaught of negative articles about Dominica and myself, emanating from various parts of the world.

A few of you have actually done some checks and discovered many of the referenced publications to be non-existent or with negligible circulation, and that many of the articles are written under fictitious names.

These negative articles, Ladies and Gentlemen, are not coincidental or accidental. It is not that all of a sudden the whole world is interested in Dominica.

These articles are appearing every seven to 10 days, because they have been commissioned by persons acting for and on behalf of the leadership of the United Workers Party.

The passage of Tropical Storm Erika has worsened the desperation of these individuals, and one expects, in the course of the next six months, for these salacious writings to increase in frequency.

You can rest assured also, that the victory of Dominica’s candidate in the race for Commonwealth Secretary General, is also associated with the venom and frequency of these articles.

They are meant to harm Dominica economically! They are meant to dissuade governments, corporations and individuals from cooperating or doing any business with Dominica. These articles are payback for two things: – The victory of the Dominica Labour Party at the polls in December, 2014 and the triumph of Dominica’s candidate in last year’s election of a new Commonwealth Secretary General.

The thinking of the Opposition in Dominica tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, is quite clear. They know that notwithstanding the damage wrought upon our island by the passage of Tropical storm Erika, this government is more than capable of building back, and building back Dominica, better.

Indeed, they know that based on the submissions we have made and the promises that have been forthcoming, the infrastructure of this country will in three years be better than it was before Erika. They know that this Labour Government is capable of attracting the necessary grant and concessionary funding to build and rebuild hundreds of houses for the people displaced by the storm.

The Opposition in this country knows that I will do my utmost to secure opportunities for the farmers of this country. We are going to nurture the increase of agricultural output in Dominica.

I am determined to maintain a zero tax regime on agricultural inputs. I have made clear to the government of Morocco that I need to be able to continue accessing fertilizer at an affordable and concessionary rate, so that the savings can be passed on to the farmers of Dominica.

The Opposition of this country knows, Ladies and Gentlemen, that the National Employment Program (NEP) will continue, particularly during this challenging period, when families are trying desperately to rebuild their lives. We continue to employ a total of 1,047 individuals under the NEP.

They know that we will maintain an open door policy to hoteliers and others involved in the vital tourism industry and that, as soon as practical, we will give the sector an ease, so that it too can quicken the pace of making our local tourism plant better than before.

So what’s at issue here, Ladies and Gentlemen, is not the competence of the Government. What’s at issue here is not our ability to get the job done, and rebuild this country as a shining example to the world.

There is no doubt whatsoever, about our capacity and ability to get the job done.

What the Opposition in this country is worried about tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what the rapid rebuilding of this country in four short years, would mean for their electoral chances at the next general elections. They know that if we successfully rebuild this country in four short years, that we will whip them at the polls again!

They know that if Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party are given a free hand to implement the party’s programs, every single seat they have will be under threat and possibly lost at the next election. So they have embarked on a campaign of what I will call tonight, economic terrorism.

They want to so discredit this government and its democratically elected leader that no one would want to do business with Dominica and therefore the economy would falter.

Have you heard them hail the fact that the Chinese promised to rebuild the West Coast Road? Have you heard them endorse the pledged support of the British and French governments? Have they congratulated Venezuela for the support and assistance it is giving in the area of housing? The answer, my friends, is No!! They have not endorsed any of this, because it is not what they want. They want everybody to abandon Dominica.

Lennox Linton and his colleagues in the United Workers Party want to be able to go into the campaign next election, complaining that we had not fixed the roads. They want few, if any, new houses to be built. They wanted for communities to still remain cut off from the rest of the country. They want widespread suffering and out of control unemployment.

The trajectory for every single instance, Ladies and Gentlemen, is opposite. We shall build back and transform this country in the next four years….and that is what has Lennox Linton and his co-conspirators, mad.

That is why they have teamed up with foreign journalistic assassins to slow and stymie the pace of economic development in Dominica.

These nasty and salacious articles you are seeing creeping up all over the place are the handiwork of persons in positions of leadership and influence in the United Workers Party. They are bearing all sorts of fictitious names and originating from all corners of the globe; but I am telling you here tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, they are all fabricated right here in Dominica in the lying incubator of the United Workers Party. Understand this tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen; the enemies of Dominica are the friends of Lennox Linton and others in the leadership of the United Workers Party.

Their infantile thinking is that if they can black eye Dominica and slow the flow of direct aid and assistance to this country, the Government would not be able to complete its transformation of the country in four short years.

If they can discredit the Citizenship by Investment Program and make Dominica an unattractive place to obtain citizenship, then revenues would fall and the government would not be able to rebuild the country. Or, the government would then have to increase taxes on the people; making itself unpopular in their sight.

They have reasoned that if they can make foreign governments think twice about offering to assist with the rebuilding of Dominica, then the government would not be able to produce an impressive performance card in four years…and this would enhance their chances of winning the next elections.

So this whole guerrilla campaign they are waging is about better positioning themselves to win. They don’t care about you or your social and economic well-being. They would love for persons to remain in shelters for the next five years. They would love for bridges to remain inaccessible and for the country to remain in a state of disrepair and confusion. That is what this guerrilla campaign is all about.

So this unending series of salacious nastiness that you are seeing circulating all over the internet is the Opposition’s effort at making it difficult for this government to succeed in its quest to transform the lives of Dominicans and the landscape of this beautiful country.

Now Ladies and Gentlemen, if I said this tonight and left it at that, they would be correct in saying tomorrow that Skerrit is only trying to bad mouth Linton and that Skerrit had no evidence of collaboration between the leadership of the United Workers Party and the producers of this filth that is being written and circulated about Skerrit and the government that he leads.

So the question tonight is – how do I know of this collaboration? What evidence is there to support my submission that they are working in tandem? I want to make it clear tonight that I am not in the business of tapping anyone’s phones or hacking into their computers. We all know which party did this two elections ago.

Indeed, I am putting Labourites on notice tonight that the hackers are up to their dirty tricks again.

There are persons close to me, whose emails are being tampered with every single day. Supporters and associates of mine are getting messages from Yahoo and Gmail, etc. that their emails are being tampered with. So we know what the hackers did six years ago and we are compiling evidence to show that they are doing it again.

But my submission tonight is not about hacking….they can pry into emails as much as they like. They can tap into cell phone calls as much as they wish. I am not bothered, because I have nothing to hide.

But what concerns me tonight Ladies and Gentlemen, is what I know to be the collusion of leaders of the United Workers Party with authors of nasty articles being circulated in the name of investigative journalism.

And I will give you tonight, just one example of this collusion. A couple weeks ago, many of you would have seen and heard of an interview given by Lennox Linton to a Till Bruckner.

Till Bruckner was said to be this noted international writer, working on articles concerning economic citizenship programs in the Caribbean for several international media outlets.

Till Bruckner has had nothing good to say about Dominica, or its CBI Program; Till Bruckner has had nothing positive to say about this government, or its leader Roosevelt Skerrit; Till Bruckner did this interview with Lennox Linton and circulated it far and wide, suggesting it was the product of fair and reasonable journalism.

Ladies and Gentlemen, do you know where Till Bruckner, the purported global international writer, has been camped out for the last few weeks?

You would expect that an independent writer wanting to do objective writing on Dominica would want to maintain independence and objectivity.

Well, I am sorry to inform you tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, that the Till Bruckner who authored that infamous article in which Lennox Linton said all manner of evil about Dominica, it’s CBI Program, and about its democratically elected leader, Roosevelt Skerrit…, That same Till Bruckner has spent the last few weeks camping out right here in Dominica, at a family home of an Opposition Parliamentarian.

But furthermore, I want Lennox Linton to tell the country tomorrow morning how well he knows Till Bruckner; whether he is aware of the presence of Till Bruckner in this country; whether he has hosted Till Bruckner at his home several times socially; whether he was instrumental in arranging for Till Bruckner to stay, not at a hotel, as any objective, independent journalist or writer would, but as guest of the family of one of the Opposition Parliamentarians in Dominica.

Till Bruckner would want the world to believe that he is an independent, objective writer. I want him now to tell the world how credible and objective any of his writings henceforth can be; when he chooses the bed of the Opposition in Dominica to rest his head. Till Bruckner I ask you tonight – who is paying you to write these nasty articles on Dominica? Who paid your ticket to come to Dominica? Who is feeding and maintaining you during your stay in Dominica? I want Till Bruckner or any Opposition Parliamentarian in Dominica, including Senator Felix Thomas, to answer these questions.

I am going further to say tonight that several of the nasty, salacious articles circulated globally about Dominica and Roosevelt Skerrit in recent weeks, were first written on the same computer, even though they were purportedly authored by persons living in various parts of the world. But I will not give more information tonight, as I am giving opposition operatives in Dominica, all the rope that they require, to hang themselves.

Now do you understand what I mean when I say to you that these salacious articles being written about Dominica are not accidental? Do you understand what I mean when I say to you that the motive of the authors has to be seriously questioned? These Opposition operatives in Dominica have teamed up with foreign journalistic assassins, to portray Dominica and its leader in the worst possible light.

I cannot understand the logic of destroying a country you wish to lead….

They claim they want to lead Dominica. They insist they would like an opportunity to govern this country. Yet every instrument of governance in this country they criticize and tear down. When you destroy the name and image of Dominica in 2016, how do you hope to inherit and lead the government in 2019? The utterances and actions of the opposition in Dominica make absolutely no sense to me.

People who do not wish to do business with Dominica in 2016, will not change their minds four years from now because of a change of government. Persons who view the Dominica CBI program with disdain in 2016, will not change that view or perception four years from now. What these people are doing to Dominica is nothing short of criminal. They are destroying the name and image of this country in their quest for political advantage.

Well let me say something here this evening….and I want you to listen to me very carefully.

On the night of December 8th when we won the last election, I told my wife and a few very close associates and my colleagues, that that was my last election campaign as leader of this great political party. I had absolutely no intention of contesting the next election as Prime Ministerial candidate.
But these guys have made me mad! These guys have made me angry! These guys are doing damage to Dominica that will take more than four years to repair.

I have now told myself, my work in this country is not complete. Not only will we rebuild this country in four short years, but I will lead my forces into battle one more time to defeat Lennox Linton and the United Workers Party. I want to defeat them badly! I want to punish them for the wrong that they are doing to Dominica. I am predicting here in St. Joseph tonight that we will take back no less than four seats from them. They can fight their wars in the international media. I will fight my war in the homes and villages of Dominica! Is blows they want….is blows they will get!

Tonight I give you the assurance that Roosevelt Skerrit, God willing, shall be back to lead his forces into battle four years from now, or whenever the opportunity presents itself to call a general election.

Comrades and Friends, I view these individuals in the leadership of the United Workers Party, not as clever politicians, but as traitors to Dominica!
They are selling this country out!

They are teaming up with others to portray Dominica as a place not worthy of investment, not worthy of residing, not worthy of visiting and not worthy of assisting.

Years ago this would have been called treason. Tonight, I say to you they are traitors!

I view them as traitors and I want you to do the same as well. When you see them on the streets, in the supermarket, at a funeral, on a plane or even in their cars, shout out to every single one of them – Traitor!

What do you call them? Traitor! When you see Lennox Linton, what do you call him? Traitor! When you see Thomson Fontaine, what do you call him?
Traitor! When you see Monelle Williams, what do you call her? Traitor!!

Every single one of them who join with others to tear down and destroy the name of Dominica, must be called out for what they are -Traitors!!

So tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have called the family of Labour here to St. Joseph to say to you…..its fight-back time! We have sat silent for months and allowed them to strut their stuff. They have gone far and wide with this insidious campaign, targeting the economic welfare and wellbeing of Dominica.

Tonight, I say to the family of the Dominica Labour Party – I have had enough!

In the coming days and weeks, we shall unveil strategies to deal with all the lies that have been told and the propaganda that has been promoted.
We shall outline policies to deal with genuine areas of concern and we shall address areas of worry or discomfort to you, the people of Dominica. You are my employer. I report to you.

I have consulted you and you have shared your concerns and dissatisfactions, and I shall report to you in the days and weeks ahead what I will do, as your humble servant, to remedy any real or perceived weaknesses in the governance and administration of this country or any local or international programs that it administers.

This country shall be governed by best practices and we shall never be too big or too arrogant to stop, take stock and address genuine areas of concern. So have no fear, my brothers and sisters. Your Dominica Labour Party in government is strong, focused and united. We are working together for the betterment of you, your family, your community and this beloved country of ours.

It is proposed that in addition to the Address to the Nation which I will be delivering soon, we shall ourselves, as a governing party, take this series of public meetings to every constituency, in the hope of educating and sensitizing residents to what is happening in the country and to the fact that your government is motoring along with its mandate as set forth by you, the voters of this country.

We shall build Dominica better. Have absolutely no fear of that. Very shortly we shall speak to a number of large scale projects that will not only address infrastructure but which shall also create valuable jobs and help stimulate economic activity in the country.

We shall deal with the enemies of Dominica in a very systematic way. We are on to them in a way that they do not even suspect. We will shatter the conspiracy. We will break up the unholy alliance of foreign journalistic assassins and political wannabes here in Dominica.

This meeting tonight is but the first in a series. Fear not, my brothers and sisters, the Labour Party will govern Dominica responsibly, but, as of tonight, it will also take the fight to its detractors here in Dominica and those living abroad.

I thank you very much for coming out tonight. I thank those of you who have followed this meeting on radio and who viewed it via the live stream. I thank members of the Cabinet of Ministers for their continued cooperation and support.

We are focused my dear people. Do not mistake silence for weakness. We are systematic in our execution of policies as well as strategies. Rest assured the battle will always be won by a united Dominica Labour Party. Support your Parl Reps, my dear people. These are difficult circumstances and progress takes time. But rest assured, Brothers and Sisters, we have your back! We shall deliver on our promises and we shall fight and triumph over the enemy.

This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad! Drive safely on the roads, Ladies and Gentlemen, go to your homes in peace; knowing that all is well in Galilee!

I want to say to you that we shall never forget you. Your unwavering commitment to Dominica. Your unwavering support for this DLP will never go unnoticed. As leader of this Government, I will do everything possible to help you and to build this country. You are the reason why I am here tonight and why I will continue to fight for the future of your children. I appreciate the love and admiration. I love you very much. I love you just as my family.

Thank you very much for coming out tonight. Good night and may God Bless you all. May God Bless the Dominica Labour Party and this country of ours.

Thank you.

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62 Comments

  1. Teddy's girl
    February 7, 2016

    Jesus has spoken. All is well

  2. Ma Moses
    February 5, 2016

    I have mulled this over for some time now and come to the conclusion that, ironically, Roosevelt Skerrit did L:ennox Linton a great favour with this deranged speech. He calls himself a psychologist but subconsciously he was promoting Lennox Linton’s cause.
    Roosevelt Skerrit made a big mistake there..

  3. Truth and Justice
    February 4, 2016

    I listned to the speches and was kind of confused, by th venom that was bing spewed about lnnox Linton, lt me say that as an impartial observer, I am not a Linton fan, for my personl rsons, hwever, i am shocked by the tone of th speeches, esecially as it was so divisive, I heard racist remarks about the people of Marigot, the last I knew Marigot was still a part of Dominica, and no uglier than any other Dominican, but no one on that platform apologised to th people of marigot for the racist comment., which was embarassi where are we going as a people, the speech says that anyone who criticises the health care in Dominica is not a laborite, does that mean that when members of the cabint choose to go overseas for care because the care in Dominicais not available are theynot labourites, when he chose to have his wife deliver her normal delivery in America , does that mean he is not a labourite and does not love Dominica as he did not want his children to be Dominicans.

  4. HA!
    February 4, 2016

    Look at what the office of the Prime Minister has devolved into

  5. jonathan st jean
    February 4, 2016

    So finally Mr Skerritt is promising to practice open and honest,democratic government. He talks about best practices and good governance. Does he know what that means?Why didn’t he conduct himself like that from the start.I believe Baroness Scotland whispered some sense into his ears.However the proof is in eating the pudding, so I’ll wait to see what the next four years bring,not just what Skerritt says.
    He said that if the DLP is given a free hand to implement the party’s programs, UWP will lose every seat at the next election. Sir with the majority you have in Parliament, you have a free hand.Remember the three readings in one day to amend the banking act.
    How can a PM of sound mind instruct his party stalwarts to go and terrorize other politicians in Dominica.This is lunacy.Skerritt,on the eve of carnival you are stirring up a hornet’s nest in this peaceful country. You are so mad at Lennox Linton that you are losing your mind.If you can’t thjr the heat get out of the…

  6. judy rolle
    February 3, 2016

    Can the road to ladaut that tropical storm damaged be fix please the tourist are calling the government incompetent.

  7. 4sure
    February 3, 2016

    Wake up and hear the real details of this speech ppl. There is more in it then you are listening to just to criticize your PM. Understand what he means by the Oppositions “Guerrilla Campaign”. Ask questions of the Opposition to understand their motives and tactics, to ensure they understand that the way they are going about taking down your PM does not take the country down economically with it. If you gamble you could lose everything.

  8. February 3, 2016

    Some screws loose in Skerrits head :-D :-D

  9. linton linton linton linton linton linton
    February 3, 2016

    skerrit must be dreaming of Linton every night……and mabe whispering in his wife ears linton without knowing it

    • indira Ghandi
      February 3, 2016

      I am not going to waste my time reading Skerrits trash.
      Trash is for the dump.
      That is where it belongs.
      Take it to LABASS.

  10. February 3, 2016

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    By Winston Churchill

  11. Uma
    February 3, 2016

    Stop that . Dominica is not yours we are the people and we will take you out because you making us look like idot. You are tormented. I am a labourite and you will not get my vote . you need to aplogies to the nation.

  12. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 3, 2016

    “Firstly, I want to start by assuring the opposition, that in spite of all the wrongs they have committed against Dominica in the last 13 months, I will not call a snap election on them tonight. …So they can stop trembling in their boots!!”(Roosevelt Skerrit).

    Roosevelt Skerrit, such rubbish, such pile of trash as you have spoken in the quote above, are the
    rhetoric of a mad man! I challenge you to state one single wrong the opposition has done to the country in one year, and one month, which compares to the wrong and damage which you in your incompetence has caused Dominica from the first day you became prime minister to this very day!

    Only would make such a stupid comment; all I sense in your foolish ramblings here is that you are promoting, violence, hate, and inciting murder of your opponents in the country.

  13. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    February 3, 2016

    I read the entire speech, I found it rather fascinating ; though if the bloggers on this board were to write an exam all would fail. What else did the PM say? Let me ask a question? What is an impartial journalist? Did he mention anything about articles we have all seen about the PM and Dominica? Did anyone find that odd? I haven’t seen any comments so far. Maybe most did not listen or read it in its entirety. I will wait to see if there are any comments. Holding my breadth.

  14. Ex Da lawman
    February 3, 2016

    He condemned lugay for inciting violence.I wonder was that last night.Where are the charges?As a prime minister that speech was very dangerous.As an ex Da cop I know for a fact the police force can’t handle multiple demonstration at the same time.60 thousand plus pop. vs couple hundred cops.You are putting your only security force in harms way uselessly.That is playing with fire.Smh.Give the lawlessness their might be more guns out theie than the police have.The pm have just given the criminals out an excuse to use thier guns and put the police in harms way uselessly.Remember Iraq and Libya.The leaders thought they were invincible.The power lies in the people and not the government.Wont be surprised if Linton is brought up on some bogus charge.Linton knows too much and as a result is a threat to their freedom if he gets elected.I can see a preemptive strike against him in the works.Why weren’t the the facts presented last night to deny what is being said as oppose to atacking him.

  15. Dominica
    February 3, 2016

    Wow. This was our PM. Dominicans need to be very worried and its not because of Lennox.

  16. Thomian
    February 3, 2016

    They all looked like cartoons on the screen last evening. Expected much more from our PM. What a poorly written speech. So much was reveal about you and your associates and you never mentioned one single thing. Instead it was all about Lennox, LENNOX lennoxxxx.

    • 4sure
      February 3, 2016

      Did we read the same speech??? This was an angry leader…angry with the foolery that will actually destroy your country for selfish reasons…it is about the Opposition derailing outside financial support so to better position themselves to win later at the expense of social and economic well-being now. Their interference now will keep you in shelters for the next five years and cause the country to remain in a state of disrepair and confusion to blame dlp as you are now doing. That is what Skeritt means by “guerrilla campaign”. It is meant to harm Dominica economically so you are angry and they win by dissuading governments, corporations and individuals from cooperating or doing any business with Dominica”, therefore the economy will falter…your PM is ready to take up his armor and fight with weapons of truth that you all should hear about soon. On the contrary it was not all about Lennox but about evil like a roaring lion seeking to steal, kill, and destroy your country.

  17. FEAR NO MORE
    February 3, 2016

    Well, well, well. Dominicans are once again being embarrassed. What? The people who were clapping and jumping at these words of rubbish, how will they correct their children? No wonder we have so much crime and violence, so many high school drop outs, so many young people involved in dealing of drugs, so many burglaries and theft. We do not have a good example in this man that calls himself the Prime Minister of Dominica. The pastors and priest who like to run their mouth about violence in carnival better shut up this carnival if they don’t chastise this man for that speech. Boy Lennox them powerful. You mean is what they say that brought about the poor response from the donor community after Erika? But fellas all you under estimating all you power. I thought it was the request for cash rather than assistance of whatever kind that can be afforded that caused the donors to be apprehensive of this con- artist, Prime Minister and hold back their money!

  18. Nature Rose
    February 3, 2016

    When he speak like that he convincing himself and his red leeches that he better than Lennox, but he cannot stand in Lennox shoes where integrity, statesmanship and love of country is concerned. Now if he want to talk about traitor, let us talk about traitor. Which prime minister in the world would have not one but both of his kids being born in a foreign country? Only a traitor would do that. Which Prime minister would continue to allow the sale of passports wiith noe benefits to the country from these sales? Only a traitor would be capable of such a crime against his country! Which Prime Minister would have the road and bridges in the state they are now more than 5 months after ERIKA AND AFTER collecting millions of dollars in relief money. Only a traitor would do that! Only a traitor would continue to have the students who are citizens of this country and children of his supporters be threatened with being thrown out of school because he not paying their fees?

  19. I FED UP
    February 3, 2016

    Lennox Linton and UWP politicians and supporters continue to do what all you doing, all you on the right track. Skerrit trembling, he can feel the winds of change shifting he and his red leeches to the wilderness. de 120,000 Dominicans collected for Lennox caused skerrit and his acolites of corruption to make an unusual number of trips to the toilet. Hey hey! Mister campaigning in front of carnival? Election is next month nuh? In front of carnival you in-sighting violence like that? And you want people to call you honorable? No wonder the other heads of government in the other islands have very little regard and respect for this renegade!
    Only in Dominica Skerrit could be prime minister and continue to disrespect the very same citizens that he represents as prime minister. Oh My God, dominique fini bat!!

  20. viewsexpressed
    February 3, 2016

    I wonder, where are Cyril Volneys, etc,,etc,,..The President just came form Rome, the Vatican and he forgot to bring rosaries and the big confession box with Holy Water to sprinkle on Skerrit.
    This is disgusting…some people are sick. politically sick and worried.

  21. Suce sel
    February 3, 2016

    April Fools!!!!…but wait we not in April yet nuh

  22. Tetcal
    February 3, 2016

    But where is Skerrit going nah? That speech sounding like a farewell speech eh

  23. mampo
    February 3, 2016

    Lennox be careful, labyrinths want Skrriet to take you out

  24. Nana
    February 3, 2016

    What a load of nothing. Whoever is writing his speeches for him needs to be sacked, or improve on their editing skills.

    I tried my hardest to read all the way through but gave up.

    When he mentions, para 9, the friends, French, Chinese, Cubans etc who assisted after Erika, he would have his followers believe they did this because of him. I thought they came stepped forward to held ‘DOMINICA’ and ‘DOMINICIANS’. Am I missing the point?

    Para 12 – “There are countries in the region and the World that experienced similar situations, and no immediate help was forthcoming”. A good leader would have names and dates.

    Does he even know the meaning of the word traitor? What kind of leader would incite/encourage his followers to label anyone traitor? Am I missing the point again and he is leading by example.

    What would you call someone who makes numerous promises/pledges of works to be done for and on behalf of Dominica?

    For someone who is not frightened of Linton his…

    • Derick Gonsalves
      February 3, 2016

      You are missing the point!!!!!

    • Gary
      February 4, 2016

      When you read something do you read to understand or read to reply, I think it is the latter. To say that this speech is a load of nothing says lot about your understanding. Apart from these two paragraphs you chose to analyze, are there not many more paragraphs in the speech which dealt with real issues outlining the behavior of the opposition with regard to their modus operandi, and the effects it is having on the Country, are you saying these issues which the PM brought up are irrelevant and should not be a concern.

      I wonder what is your understanding of traitor, is the opposition leading by example. Does this speech sounds like a person who is frighten about Linton, so much for your understanding.

  25. Ideal
    February 3, 2016

    ” I report to you”. Well mister PM is you do we want full disclosure of all your dealings oversea. We need a report, no more lies. Where is all the passport money gone?. Your speech was just nonsense. You will continue to fool us but every rope has it’s end. FBI, CIA, SCOTLAND YARD will be knocking at your door soon.

  26. Just Saying
    February 3, 2016

    To succeed, first we must rid ourselves of certain ways of thinking and responding that get in the way of seeing others clearly. Many leaders exercise power in a haze of what we call “delusion of adequacy”. Delusion of Adequacy corrode the generative premises of effective leadership. To serve effectively, the leader must know his limits…

  27. calibishie boy
    February 3, 2016

    As a supporter of the Labour party I was very very disappointed with thy pm speech last night , I stood up and I just could not believe what I was hering that’s why tht yep supporters call’s US fouls. Don’t believe that I will go to meeting like this it was a shame

    • Danziger
      February 3, 2016

      Wake up LABOURITES ALL THE WAY WITH SKERRO .

  28. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    February 3, 2016

    It was high time. Enough is enough of the bashing of our country not only at home but internationally. Thank You Mr. Prime Minister.

    At a recent luncheon a few Non-Dominicans friends asked me in the days leading to the nomination and election of Baroness Scotland to the top post of Commonwealth Secretary why would any right thinking Dominicans carry out such a awful campaign against one of their own in favour of someone else.

    They told me if it were their country nominee they would have called every other person they knew with much excitement because they would have felt so proud. and how proud of Dominica’s Candidate they were and hoped she would be elected among so many other countries. Didn’t we as Dominicans recognized what that was doing for our country?

    I was taken aback, but quickly said most Dominicans were very proud and excited of the possibility that she would be elected. That is one incident among many we have had to endure shamefully by the UWP.

  29. lyn
    February 3, 2016

    Poor Skeriit. He shaking in his boots. He wears red everywhere he goes. he was not kidding when he said he is scared of lennox. He said lennox is a Sunami. Well this Sunami has hit him hard. Poor Skeritt. he is in a box. Supporters please help him. Because what you are doing now is not comforting him.

    • lyn
      February 3, 2016

      Skeritt,

      as someone said you are describing your self. Come clean . Let Dominicans know where you going, how much money you raised each time. Why did you not call Angelo’s name. You scared of Angelo you scared of Angelo

      Skeritt scared of Angelo
      Skeritt scared of Angelo

  30. Tampa
    February 3, 2016

    PM Skerrit mentioned Lennox Linton’s name 22 times in his speech. My God! Why is Skerrit so obsessed with Linton. There is a country and a people that need to hear some serious talk about how we are going to get out of the mess that we are in. Mr. Skerrit, the problem is not Lennox. It is a stagnant and regressing economy that you have not been able to get going for the past twelve years that you have been PM. Take a good look at the country. Do you see anything there to smile about? Well, maybe those who are benefitting from being agents for your CIP.

    • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      February 3, 2016

      That is all? PM has a long way to go., he must stay in office for another 15 years.

      Now quickly multiply 365 days x 2 shows x 7 days x 4 hours x 12 months x 12 years at least and tell us how many times the PM name have been mentioned by the UWP and we can bet they were not in the best of lights.

      But again we love our PM and his name so that is ok.

  31. mampo
    February 3, 2016

    that you would wish that I do whatever I can to REMOVE THEM FROM PUBLIC LIFE. This is exactly what I have been saying to Linton. It came out of the mouth of the Prime Minister.
    Something is in the works to take out Lennox one way or another. That’s a threat. is”nt this the same thing that Lugay was suspended from parliament for?
    I say again, Linton be careful, this is not a joke, they are going to take you out.

  32. ex police
    February 3, 2016

    I just wasted 30 minutes of my none labourite time reading this. What a lot of nothings, this meeting/speech is solely about Lennox Linton and the opposition. Mr PM, so much allegations against you, yet you refuse to answer questions base on these allegations. I live overseas and I have heard so many people (labourites) say they can never come home, because there is nothing for them in Dominica and I agree, what do we come back too? A cost of living that’s past income generated, an economy at it worst? We don’t need to know about you dealing with the stories (lies as you call it) we need you to prove to us that they are lies, then tell us how you are going to remove the country from where it is. This back and forth story about your ego is way pass us now. We need to see sustainable development, job creation, investment, and no all you haven’t rebuild not one bridge yet! The Bailey bridges is not rebuilding a bridge, your DBL!!!

  33. Just Saying
    February 3, 2016

    This speech is disappointing., it was antagonistic, and alienated a lot of people. Skeritt needs to structure his decision making more carefully, in order to achieve significant victories. This was a gamble, that in my opinion, fell way short of it’s mark.

  34. too late
    February 3, 2016

    The reason Th Pm and minsters speak the way they speak at their meetings is because they know that iwas what their supporters will be excited about. No discussion on econmy, geothermal, economic citizenship, layou river hotel, employment , zika, airport road, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, crime, gdp, foreign direct investment, nothing but maypwee, lennox linton, thomson fontaine and violence

  35. ashma Jones
    February 3, 2016

    what a load of B..S. This speech was only to play on the
    minds of the labourites who blindly support him no matter what. None of the current issues which the Dominican Public need answers too was addressed. All about LENOX, LENOX, LENOX, who I don’t even see as an issue. Please address and answer the accusations made about you by the Dominica people. We are not all foolish and ignorant people you know. By the way I am not UWP, but I was I waiting to hear Skerritt clear his name

  36. Doc. Love
    February 3, 2016

    According to Skeritt, Linton a fraud, a traitor, a bastard and is shaking in his boots, also according to him, let him hang himself with his own rope. Then, why waist precious hours at a political meeting bashing him. Skeritt mentioned the name Lennox Linton approximately twelve times, he only mentioned the name of God who gives him the strength and courage to govern this country, three times. I believe as far as Skeritt is concerned, Mr. Lennox Linton is a very powerful man. He will not admit it to Tony and DLP supporters. Skeritt told us that he made a promise to his wife, closest friends, I assume his mother too, he had decided to retire from politics, but because of Lennox Linton, he will return to lead his party at the next general elections. We must ask, who is trembling in his boots, who is afraid of what Linton might do re investigations in terms of the management of the Government under the leadership of Skerrit and who is likely to spend some time at stock farm.

    • Doc. Love
      February 3, 2016

      Typo: waste for waist.

  37. enough is enough
    February 3, 2016

    view them as traitors and I want you to do the same as well. When you see them on the streets, in the supermarket, at a funeral, on a plane or even in their cars, shout out to every single one of them – Traitor!

    What do you call them? Traitor! When you see Lennox Linton, what do you call him? Traitor! When you see Thomson Fontaine, what do you call him?
    Traitor! When you see Monelle Williams, what do you call her? Traitor!!

    this is very clear : he lost it !!!! call 911 !!!!come fast to pick him up

    • 4sure
      February 3, 2016

      This was the only part of the speech i believed he should have left out as it could generate serious negative actions towards the opposition. Everything else was a real wake up call ppl. The “Guerrilla campaign” by the Opposition has real economic devastating consequences in store for your country for purely selfish gain (election) whether they or you realize it or not!!!

  38. nonamegal
    February 3, 2016

    Where the sousay sel part? Surely I heard that last night hahaha

  39. Yes
    February 3, 2016

    This is an American CIA guerrilla campaign. Tell lies, keep repeating them and people will believe them, because people are easily lead; especially when you control the media.
    You have to counter this with transparency, proof of facts and putting the names and faces of the liars out to the public. Information is the weapon, truth and the people are the victims.

    • 4sure
      February 3, 2016

      He said it was coming and if it doesn’t then the ppl should continue a demand for answers from him! Otherwise contrary to what a lot of post indicate this is a man ready for warfare on behalf of saving his country from the selfish ambitions of the opposition! “Guerrilla campaigning”.

  40. 4cars
    February 3, 2016

    “Please, my labor family, don’t just stand there! throw me a lifeline. Can’t you see that I’m sinking?” :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: No boss, it’s not fight back time – It’s pay back time.

  41. real deal
    February 3, 2016

    Where are the hotels Mr PM. U can full some people some times but u can’t full all the people all of the time now we see the light we gona stand up for our rights.

  42. zane
    February 3, 2016

    Aghast!

  43. Jake
    February 3, 2016

    I have never heard more foolishness coming from the mouth of a seating Prime Minister. #UtterRubbish
    Dominicans will one day demand better representation, higher level of discourse, demand better living conditions for all.
    I await patiently to see my people demand accountability.

    God Continue to watch over our Lovely Dominica.

  44. john paul
    February 3, 2016

    we need an international airport,what are you saying about it?.

  45. Channel 1
    February 3, 2016

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ………..all you, boy I don’t even know where to start with this absolutely ludicrous speech from Roosevelt.

    Boy, that United Workers Party and Lennox Linton powerful. All dem tings dem fellas are able to do while in opposition. Boy, I think that it is now time that this powerful United Workers Party take the reigns of power of this country.

    P.S. – Folks, based on the unsaid things hidden in that frightened, nonsensical, incoherent speech of Roosevelt & reading between the lines of the speech, we can now conclude that Roosevelt Skerrit’s reign as Prime Minister is over. Stay tuned.

    • Channel 1
      February 3, 2016

      There are so many inconsistencies in that speech, but we can rest assured they will be dissected one after the other. Let me address one of these inconsistencies:

      Roosevelt is claiming that had the UWP been in power when Erika struck, they would have no friendly entity overseas to seek help from because [they have no friends or influence overseas]. Yet in the same breath, Roosevelt is saying that the UWP apparently is influencing foreign entities overseas not to help Dominica.

      So the opposition influence more powerful than your influence eh Roosevelt.

      Roosevelt Skerrit, you are a paradox unto your own self. The scriptures do say in James 1:8 that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and you Roosevelt Skerrit are a very, very unstable man.

  46. February 3, 2016

    Skerrit is gave a perfect description of himself, while pointing one finger, four pointing back at you :-D :-D

  47. Floridian diaspora
    February 3, 2016

    After that speech last night I give up. Dominica finish!!! There’s only one word to describe these guys DELUSIONAL. This meeting was meaningless. Total waste of time. All they did was insult Linton and the Workers Party and speak about their phantom projects. They even claimed that almost all Dominicans in all four corners of the island have a job with a satisfactory salary. Based on the ill-mannered nature of these guys, I’m surprised that they even have any supporters left. They say one thing in their meeting but evidence on the ground suggests otherwise. They must be thinking we are April fools like the rest of their disciples. Go ahead, fool your herd of sheep but you won’t fool those that can see right through your poli-tricks. They gave Linton so much maypwe but I didn’t hear anything about the various scandals that’s circling them like vultures ready to pounce. Last night served as hardcore evidence that these guys’ brains exists in oblivion. Enough is enough, Skeritt has to go

  48. Shaka Zulu
    February 3, 2016

    This is the sound of a tormented man! Lennox Linton is the devil, spags stupid, only because of Skeritt Dominica got help and dominicans are Skeritt dogs.

    I said yesterday this would be about Lennox Linton and tropical storm Erika. This guy has some messed up screws in his head.

  49. Oh La La
    February 3, 2016

    Very Divisive I must say. I am sure the Prime Minister can do better, if he claims to be better than Lennox Linton. Sad.

    • Dominican
      February 3, 2016

      Divisive eh? Well he learned from lennox eh

      • Kay Bear
        February 7, 2016

        Why would he learn from Linton? I thought he was superior!

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