Commonwealth leaders reject automatic second term for Baroness Scotland

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

Commonwealth governments have rejected a fresh attempt to give the organisation’s secretary-general Baroness Scotland an automatic second term of office, according to the BBC.

In a letter – obtained by the BBC – Boris Johnson says a “significant and diverse number” of heads of government “from across the Commonwealth” opposed the idea of Lady Scotland being reappointed for another four years without facing re-election.

The prime minister – who is the current “chair-in-office” for the Commonwealth – says that he hopes the heads of government can instead agree just to extend Lady Scotland’s contract temporarily until they meet next year.

The 54 heads of government had expected to decide Lady Scotland’s future at their big biennial summit – known as CHOGM – in Rwanda this month but the meeting was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Commonwealth Secretariat spokesman said the proposal for automatic reappointment had been made because of the uncertainty of when CHOGM might take place, probably next year.

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28 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 12, 2020

    The simplest metaphor in history goes like this: “A man is known by the company he keeps.”
    That can also be interpreted thus; scoundrels vagabonds thieves, and convicted criminals associate with each other. You that Dominica born is a convicted criminal; convicted in England for employing an illegal immigrant, while you were a member of parliament in the labor party government.
    By the same token out of nowhere, one who could be your son that corrupted crook Roosevelt Skerrit; was influence to nominate you for the position you now hold.

    Crooks usually by some means smells each other; crooked, cynical behavior are your common denominator. You left Dominica a toddler, with no known Dominica connection whereas your parent are Antiguan’s.
      Is it not strange Roosevelt had to be the one to use the name of Dominica to nominate you?
    The rest of the Commonwealth Nations recognized Roosevelt as a corrupted crook; you a convicted crook. They now see that they made a mistake earlier;…

  2. Bwa-Banday
    June 12, 2020

    God was never, is not, and shall never be a Dcan Deputy or police Commissioner. When we play with his ambitions and directions as it pertains to his people, retribution is inevitable at his own time and choosing. Now Madame go “SUCK” your own salt or anything else that taste like the salt you prescribed to be “enjoyably sucked” by us Dcans 8) . May I suggest that you keep on sucking until your mouth is full or it becomes tired at which point your misery will be over. As a reminder, he will deal with ALL the others at his own time an choosing. You will soon be FIRED!!

    God bless Buju, Lofty, Matt, Blessings, Lennox, Pyro and others who continue to sacrifice their safety and that of their family in order to protect and save Dcans from this failed state madness called Waitikubuli. May the spirit of the ancestors be pleased! 8)

  3. Silver fox
    June 11, 2020

    When Lady Scotland, made that famous speech” Suck Salt ”
    She was not talking to the majority of Dominicans she was talking at you scumbags so-called Workers clowns along with that fake useless money hungry so-called leader of yours, don’t try putting a spin on it and say she told Dominicans to suck salt, in any case you guys good at sucking so what is the problem.

    • RoRo
      June 12, 2020

      OMG, what a silver jacka.s you are!

      • Toto
        June 12, 2020

        You know RoRo that Fox not silver but grey but he too vain to admit it. That is an old toothless fox that only making noise. Ignore him.

    • Stressfree
      June 12, 2020

      Silver Fox you and your nasty tongue- helping and justifying this lady’s denigration of your own country men. But your Senior Council and your Leader has thought you all to think, speak and act the way you all do. Shame~`!!

      • Silver fox
        June 12, 2020

        @Stressfree, You people want to take a good look at yourselves in the mirror especially that so-called Workers calamity jokers club, Lady Scotland is Dominican just as I am and very proud of her anything Dominica is my life my mother country my special love no one can take away from me I know where I am coming from you go hell and take that fake ugly carbon copy leader with you.

    • 72nations72elements
      June 15, 2020

      When it rains, it doesnt rain on my house alone. Same for laborites and workers. You are burning the house not just one room.

  4. Bob D
    June 11, 2020

    DIMINISHED forever. Over the years ms Scotland like Mamo in a different time, gave up VIRTUE and replaced it with Prestige and Pride. It has been said in certain circles that Dominica have its fair share of Curuptedness. Ms Scotland never showed us Her independent aspect as a Woman of Color, Her role as a Maid has now come to be a Nightmare. Ms Scotland’ hands are deep into the Blood shed by the never ending Wars of the NATO alliance, Her role in what Zimbabwe have become, is nothing but Criminal, the ancients would have called her a WASTE Woman, for the PAIN her policies unleashed on the innocent. The Message to our emerging Women leaders , is that GLAMOR is Impermanent, Substance, is the Hallmark of the True Woman, not taught in Classrooms, but self taught during the Journey of life. Is it to late for a British Bred House SLAVE Born On The Island Of Dominica?.

  5. The EVil one
    June 11, 2020

    May the curse she opened her mouth to curse the people of Dominica that don’t support the evils of Skerrit, fall on her 100 fold, in every turn she takes until she repents from her evil heart Go suck salt you evil woman.

    • Gary
      June 13, 2020

      Why would you take your time and make such a comment You denouncing someone as evil but them at the same time you wishing them evil, Wow, it the flip flop of how the carnal mind works be content with such mentality.

  6. 72nations72elements
    June 11, 2020

    SSSSSAAAAALLLLLLTTTTTTTTTTTTT!! Sousay!

  7. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 11, 2020

    This is giddy news for me 😃. It represents a rejection of the amoral Baroness. The majority of members of the Commonwealth don’t want her and as such disapprove of her behavior whilst secretary-general of the Secretariat. One million French men can’t be wrong. By extension, the person who sponsored her, Skerritt, is also being rejected. It represents a poor judge of character on his part when he nominated her. Those of us who took umbrage with her “souseh cell” comment aren’t surprised and are rejoicing at this outcome. Isn’t it a shame that she was given an opportunity to make Dominica proud on the international stage and the Baronmess failed miserably. Even her nomination was shrouded in controversy when Skerritt did a slikitty slide on his colleagues. I’m sure they also are happy with the fact that she failed. At the end of the day, the Baroness did it to herself. She got promoted to the level of her incompetence.

    • UKDominican
      June 11, 2020

      You are right that Roosevelt Skerrit also sponsored her candidacy for this second term. However, what does surprise me is that, apparently this was immediately seconded by Barbados and I wonder why? I can only surmise that Ms. Motley owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Roosevelt Skerrit. This has not gone unnoticed and other Commonwealth countries have taken careful note
      while maintaining diplomatic silence.

  8. Toto
    June 11, 2020

    So she have a stay of execution then. Well, she can go and suck salt, the same she wished for us.

  9. Batibou River
    June 11, 2020

    She shouldn’t not get an automatic second term. She has done very little for the organisation in her first term. Apart from that people who flock together with the likes of Skerrit and even support him on occasions, have no business to be head of the commonwealth. After Maria she promised to do active raising of foreign aid for DA. We have not seen a penny yet. I wonder why…?

    • Man bites dogs
      June 11, 2020

      @Batibou, It’s funny you saying lady Scotland has done very little for the organisation, my question to you what has Lennox Linton, done for you Country or anyone else since coming back to Dominica after being kicked out of Antigua name me one.

      • Batibou River
        June 12, 2020

        How about if I tell you JA what Lennox has NOT done to my country: he has not stolen from his country, he has not issued passports to known criminals, he has not rigged any election, he has not kicked RU out of our country, he does not lie to the citizens of DA, he has not ordered foreign troops on his own people, he has not misappropriated foreign aid donations… want me to continue? Jacka.s!

        • Silver fox
          June 13, 2020

          Ha ha ha 🤣 that’s how naive you are go take a bath in a septic tank you might learn some sense.

  10. L C Matthew
    June 10, 2020

    “The UK decision came after Lady Scotland was criticised by auditors for “circumventing” usual competitive tendering rules when she awarded a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by a friend.

    The auditors also discovered that procurement rules had been waived by the secretariat on no fewer than 50 occasions over three years.” This is the same nastiness that our PM is involved in. This guy is a magnet for people with questionable moral and ethical integrity. She would not get re elected under normal circumstances so now trying to use COVID 19 to gain another term. Typical molestation of an institution. Mediocrity rewarded not on merit but manipulation and deception. Baroness like the one who nominated only care about what they stand to benifit. The award from Catholic church and cardboard PHd from the ugly university in India all orchestrated by her. I suggest the get an interim Secretary General until the body meet. Get rid of this leach.

    • RoRo
      June 11, 2020

      You hit the nail right on the head. Them two are a match in ‘corruption heaven’.

    • Me
      June 11, 2020

      They are like symbiotic twins, One complimenting the other and deserving of one another.

  11. Zoomville
    June 10, 2020

    The fact that the Commonwealth Heads were willing to arrange the extension with these serious allegations looming over the Baroness, can’t they meet on Zoom to deal with this and other urgent CHOG matters that cannot wait?

    “The UK decision came after Lady Scotland was criticised by auditors for ‘circumventing’ usual competitive tendering rules when she awarded a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by a friend….The auditors also discovered that procurement rules had been waived by the secretariat on no fewer than 50 occasions over three years.”

    Has the Baroness been given the opportunity to defend herself against these allegations? If they are true, the sticklers for transparency and integrity in office will not want her to continue at the Secretariat. So, it is hoped that she can prove these allegations are false.

    • L C Matthew
      June 11, 2020

      Did you not read Auditors discovered. In what universe you living? This lady operates on scratch my back i will scratch yours. She help skerrit get some useless accolades for publicity stunt he paid back with naming school in her name and nominations to Commonwealth secretary general. She is continuing the way in which she operates. The arrogance in telling Dominicans go suck salt indicates the depth of her self serving attitude. She may be getting kick backs. The last time she was questioned for the exorbitant spending to furnish her resident. She crafted a law that she violated and got in hot water when she was AG. As far as i am concerned she is a part of the hungry hyena machinery.

    • UKDominican
      June 11, 2020

      Yes is the answer. She lost a trial case in April 2018, in which she refused to appear, which cost the secretariat a few hundred thousand pounds and again in Jan. of this year after which Prime Minister Boris Johnson publicly announced he would not be supporting a second stint for her to head the Commonwealth Office as he had lost confidence in her. Patricia Scotland must never forget that the Queen is the head of the Commonwealth and not Patricia, who is only her representative and I am afraid she blotted her copybook badly with Her Majesty.

  12. Ibo France
    June 10, 2020

    Everything that Skerrit touches fails.
    *The Economy (F+++)
    *Agriculture (F++)
    *Manufacturing (F+++)
    *Tourism (F++)
    *Healthcare (F++)
    *Crime (F+++)

    After the last elections, Skerrit was given a large gift in a flat cardboard box ( 6′ ✖ 3′). On the outside of this box were the words: BEWARE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN DOMINICA ❗

    Inside the box was a mirror.

    • Me
      June 11, 2020

      Ibo, does this mean he is a flat narcissist, two dimensional with no substance but fragile?

  13. Braindamage
    June 10, 2020

    Madame hoping you will feel how the salt is tasting too.
    Don’t wish people bad stuff.

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