An Open Letter to the Leader of the Opposition

Dear Sir,

For many years I have been a supporter of the Dominica Labour Party. My household and I have always voted them. But we have come to realize that this new DLP doesn’t stand for what we believe and moreover the country could have been more advanced and this since before Maria. I am not a diasporan, I am right here In Dominica. I believe it’s time for a change in Dominica. We need a break from this DLP government. So I have been thinking which one? I don’t trust the DFP. I don’t like the UWP.

I repeat I don’t like the UWP but I love Dominica. And this time around a vote for change is a vote for Dominica.
Now let me get to the real reason for this letter. I am one but the voice of many. I have listened to fellow Labourites who want change like me; I have listened to Labourites who are blinded by their love for their PM or some who just think that the country is okay how it is. I have also listened to the UWP supporters. And they all make sense in their own way.

They all say the same thing: the Opposition Leader needs to make some changes to his personality if the party wants to win the election.

Mr. Opposition leader you need to step down to the level of the people. You need to give the people what they want.

1. Smile for those around you. You will make your supporters happy and you might just gain someone from the other parties. Charm them with your smile.

2. Mingle with the people; don’t stand in the corner and keep to yourself when in a crowd.

3. Go out there find out which of the elderly that’s not being taken care of and help them. You don’t need much. The diaspora is with you. They will help you. If you can help at least 2 people from each constituency that would be great.

4. Undertake a project to fix at least one road (the people are playing ignorant nowadays, they know that’s not the role of the opposition but that’s what they want).

5. Stop focusing on corruption. Some people care but most don’t – especially as long as they are getting a little something, or hope to.

6. Get someone else in the party to talk about corruption and to expose the government. But YOU focus on what your party will do for people and how they will be better off and happier with you.

7. Take trips to get investors and friends of Dominica, not to waste your time talking about the PM.

8. You are an intelligent man, even more than the PM himself – and he knows it. That’s why he’ll never debate you one on one. The people are saying you have no education. Well do a bachelor’s degree in political science online or whatever and let the people know you are doing it.

9. Meet the young people both in home and on the block. Greet them. Talk with them. Find ideas from them. The youth have great vision.

10. Have more charisma. Don’t be scared to shake hands with people. Listen to the voice of the people not Workers alone, but all the people of Dominica.

11. Go out meet the common man on the street, by the bay etc… Educate them. Those that are already educated have made up their mind already. They are either for or against corruption. But the common man and the uneducated need to be educated. Meet the forgotten ones, the poor farmer who are trying to make ends meet.

12. Do what it takes to convince the people who want nothing to do with Labour anymore but who you haven’t been able to convince to vote for your party.”

13. Rekindle the youth arm of workers and the women arm. They play important roles.

14. Try to get your team to plan some activities in their constituency. For example game night, BBQ, sporting activities etc.

I can assure you change is around the corner. But YOU, Sir, must first become that change!
And I’ll be voting for change at the next election. I’ll be voting for my sweet Dominica!

Sincerely,
A concerned citizen and A turning voter

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96 Comments

  1. Straight Talker
    August 17, 2018

    If uwp executive team had any sense or strategy in their blood they would have asked the new party leader to lead us to victory. The lady is smart and very diplomatic. Linton is linton that serious booway face not working for workers. Joshua and her i believe can landslide the next election. I keep following her and like her or not thats our winning card. I give her plenty pressure but she can handle herself . Remember she is very like-able. Trust i met her she sweet. We have to be real we cannot afford to lose another election. Mark my words without her coming on board i not seeing a win for us straight up

  2. Lie
    August 14, 2018

    Yadi yadi yada. Can you change the spots on a zebra?! Can you remove the dimples of from Skerrit’s face? I say this to say that; Lennox will and should remain Lennox. Why should he pretend to be a people’s person when he is not! My only concern is that when placed in government he and the UWP team need to live up to the expectations of the people in terms of providing jobs and placing Dominica on the “Map” etc. Trump came in as a little arrogant person and guess what?! many did not approved of him but he won! right? he won the election and is now the President of the USA.

  3. JZ
    August 14, 2018

    FINALLY! A labourite who has seen the LIGHT! This person is speaking 100% truth. I myself am a freedomite….from back in the day…not the current DFP. Nonetheless, I am a Dominican. And opposition leader really needs to do1 of 2 things…step up his game as mentioned above…or please…step down. And give another member of opposition the job. Full stop.

    • Neverson St jean
      August 14, 2018

      What if he doesn’t will the likes of u put the dlp back in power. We need to get this govt out then five years down the road think about that other stuff . It is just a distraction right now

  4. .....
    August 14, 2018

    No offense but this comes across as someone who is trying to get information. Take it for what it is a letter to DNO.

    You are a student this is the type of advice you give to the candidate contesting your village council or at your high school. NICE TRY A FOR EFFORT.

    Number 2 gave you away. This is why we have Public relations people happy go lucky at constituency level. What constituency are you from see what goes on with the representatives of the different parties. Your parliamentary representative or potential is your direct line of focus there.

    I do not want Mr Linton laughing at the table and the rest is history I am not mentioning it. 8-O

    • Is this guy for real?
      August 14, 2018

      What you trying to say nuh? You wrote so much to say nothing.

  5. zandoli
    August 14, 2018

    I am in full agreement with the writer. Very well written and Lennox and the UWP crew had better take note. Anything else and they will wallow in the wilderness.

    • Neverson St jean
      August 14, 2018

      Dominica will. So u rather your island go further down because a guy doesn’t smile or shake hands . Really???????

  6. Real
    August 14, 2018

    Every election DLP cheating by spending five times the money of the uwp and bringing overseas voters no amount of advice to uwp can change that.

  7. viewsexpressed
    August 14, 2018

    UWP gained three crucial seats in the last elections. No one believed UWP would achieve this under the professional leadership of Hon. Linton.
    I know that there is some level of fear that the failed Skerrit corrupt labour party will get back in government, but it is not going to happen. Those who are asking for Hon Linton to be more smiling, let us focus on promoting the UWP as a decent and focussed change for Domininca to be in office under the leadership and team of the professional Hon Linton & his Able Team. We Dominicans must stop being personal and focus on what we want for Domininca and which party is more sincere & professional to achieve this under sincere professional Linton.
    Hon Linton is trustworthy, has a brilliant team nd those who complain of Linton must be out there giving the smiles, hopes, encouragement and education to be our people to vote UWP, for good governance. Hon Linton is an exceptionally disciplined, honest and focussed man with the interest of Dominica.

  8. Linton is a liability
    August 14, 2018

    Yes DLP and Skerro must go, but LL clearly does not possess the natural persona or strategic ability to lead Dominica.

    Even if he wins he will be an arrogant leader. UWP needs a new leader now, which many in the UWP leadership are clearly aware of and voiced in closed circles.

    Walking around in dark glasses in a bank and not able to greet people

    Throwing money at a beggar

    Taking poor people money to pay for his loose tongue

    The letter speaks exactly to what so many know. Lennox is a car crash waiting to happen.

  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 14, 2018

    The person who claim because they want change, no longer wish to support Labor,  is a very dangerous person and a liar!

    If you wanted to  launch a personal attack on Lennox you should simply do so and spare us your lies and hogwash; in the first place you cannot be a diasporan, I do not believe there is any such person; nevertheless: “I am a Dominican living in the diaspora; and that could be any place in the world!”

    Personality is define as the quality and state of being an individual person in existence, it is the condition or fact of relating to a particular person specifically, we are born with our personality. You are suggesting that Lennox is a disparaging hustle person therefore he must change his personality.

    You hate Lennox because he has exposed Roosevelt corruption; such as money that was misappropriated to buy the trash bin of which the greater part went into the pockets of the crooks involved.

    You are an enemy our people!

    • viewsexpressed
      August 14, 2018

      Amen Francisco, Amen,, Tell them. They are scared of Hon Linton and protect the mismanagement and bobol of Skerrit’s government.

    • A concern citizen/ a turning voter
      August 14, 2018

      Mr Telemarque I must admit that while reading the comments I was specifically looking forward to reading yours since I have always read your input under other people ‘s post. I was very disappointed when you started by calling me a liar and an enemy. I thought you were a wise man that could detect sincerity but I guess I was wrong.
      No sir I am not a liar , no sir I am not an enemy and I am definitely not a dangerous person.
      I am just someone who listens to people. And whether some people like it or not this is what people have been saying . You all need to respect people’s opinion. Some people look for different things in a leader. First impression is a lasting one for some people.
      Therefore sir you are accusation has no basis. This is the problem with some grown people on both sides you all are quick to call each other hurtful names.
      Yes I was a favourite. Yes I am disappointed in my party. Yes I want change. And a bote for uwp is a vote for change.
      Respecfully your…

      • Concern citizen
        August 14, 2018

        I meant yes I was a labourite
        Yes I want change. A vote for UWP is a vote for change

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 14, 2018

        The personality of someone is something which they are born with; that cannot be change. If we are dealing with someone who has a learent habit; such as stealing, smoking a violent wife beater, or let’s says thief thief.

        A violent person, or a thief can seek help (psychological help; therapy) which might help them break such bad habit!

        Nevertheless, when you say to me I need to change my personality, it would be like telling me I need to change my phenotype (my face or the appearance of my face) which is my face which is my God given! So, my facial expressions is part of my personality, and that cannot change.

        Case and point, in 1964 I returned to Dominic, and worked for J Astaphans briefly, I drove around in a van, always looking serious the van broke down, Johnny sent me to guy to have it repaired the man began speaking to when I responded said “aa” you are different than the way you appear.

        Keep reading me!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 15, 2018

       Let me say to the author of the open letter,I appreciate you reading my comments, and I wish you continue; however, try and not to be over sensitive, because once you are involve in to politics, even your friend, brother or sisters may say something to you or about you  that you do not like.

      The worst thing one can do  is take a political comment personal: Even if I say you are a liar, and an enemy of the nation, that does not have to be true:

      If you know you are sincere you should not worry about what I said; but whereas I know I am a loose canon, perhaps you can find a way to change you rhetoric a bit where it pertains to the leader of the opposition, in reality perhaps you do not like the fact that Lennox seldom smile, that does not make him a bad person.

       Lennox is a man who calls a spade he will not lie, expect the best from him!

  10. Rugrat
    August 13, 2018

    The UWP needs to position themselves as the “Alternate Party” and not the “Opposition Party”. They are failing in this regard. They need to give Dominicans something to vote for not just vote against.

    • Neverson St jean
      August 14, 2018

      Really ?????? With all that has gone on especially today and the passed week? U people make me sick

  11. My little take
    August 13, 2018

    I am a very strong supporter of UWP and I must say I am in full agreement, though I strongly disagree with point # 3, 4 and 5. But generally speaking I believe it’s a fair letter that can only make Mr. Linton a better person and more likeable. No doubt Mr. Linton has what Dominica needs at this time but he needs to work hard on winning those that hate him. I know him and love the man to death but I must say I feel a way when he walks right next to me without saying high to me and others. I Know he has said that he is a work in progress but Hon. Linton for the sake of Dominica please start to connect with people ASAP. Please let’s make ourselves like others to win them for the sake of Dominica. I know you are not fresh or copawayzon so you can do it! I believe it’s more shyness than anything but please overcome it. Start tomorrow Sir. Make it your goal to stop by and shake the hand of at least ten persons you never met before. We are all in it together and we play to win!

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      August 13, 2018

      SO NOW YOU BEGGING the NOVICE to change his attitude. Only now you see that man is not a peoples’ person? Only now you realize how selfish this leader of yours is? Very concited and thinks he is above everyone else. If he was a handsome guy one would well imagine the Earth would be too small for him to walk on.

      • dumbo
        August 14, 2018

        so imagine when he becomes the prime minister. what will he do?

  12. %
    August 13, 2018

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with honourable Lintons demeanour.I agree that he is way ahead of the current PM in terms of intellect .What is shocking to me is the lackluster attitude of our people towards their country,and its direction.In which other country people vote for handshakes or dimples?
    However I do believe that honourable Linton reads those comments, and he will act accordingly .
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go Now

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      August 13, 2018

      %, Skerrit will only go when Lennox has left!
      This opposition leader is an embarassment to the country and HE must go NOW!
      One of the main reasons ROSS left is because of all the hate, violence, and destructiopn this guy is preaching and spreading in the country. People fear for their lives so they have no choice but to leave the country.
      Since MR. became the opposition leader is only WAR and rumors of was that exist in Dominica.
      LENNOX MUST GO NOW!

    • My little take
      August 13, 2018

      My friend it’s not based on what you think or not because people like you and I will vote Mr. Linton everyday ahead of that corrupt and disgraceful Skerrit. But we need to help others, especially laborites come over. Being friendly will not hurt him or uwp or Dominica. We will all benefit. We need to learn to play the people game, to win some. It is a fact that some people vote personality, while some vote party and others vote for country. If we understand that and plan on winning those that vote personality and party it will only help us deliver Dominica from the deep shit Skerrit has our beautiful country in. I am hearing a lot that not only with laborites but also uwpites and in constituencies we carry.

  13. Roy Williams
    August 13, 2018

    Dominicans do not learn. They are aware what the young dimpled man did to that country, but they want another beauty to run the country. Why don’t they go tell the management of Ross to come back to Dominica, because Dominica is famous for producing the most handsome and charismatic men in politics in the Caribbean, who knows, maybe they might come back.

    • My little take
      August 13, 2018

      No bro you are wrong. We know Skerrit the deciever uses his dimple to fool the people. But right now our country is in deep …. and we need those who have been fooled by Skerrit to come over to help us deliver Dominica from our oppressor and therefore I, a loyal supporter of UWP call upon Hon. Linton to put aside his shyness and any sense of rejection he might be battling with for the sake of our country. I call of those around him to help him overcome. These are qualities our good leader ought to add to his humility, honesty, faithfulness, love for country etc according to 2 Peter 1:5-9. I love Mr. Linton and pray for him daily but he sure would help my prayers get answered if he would take my advice.

  14. KID ON THE BLOCK
    August 13, 2018

    Now THEY develop a new tactic them UWPites commenting under the name of laborites!
    They are desperate and you know desperate people will do desperate things.

  15. KID ON THE BLOCK
    August 13, 2018

    A wolf in sheep clothing. This letter was written by no other than a UWP SUPPORTER..
    It would have been best if the writer had face Lennox and talk to him instead of PRETENDING commenting under the name of a LABORITE. You claim to hate UWP, THEN WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR THEM?
    Who so ever you are(UWPITE) GOOD ADVICE to your Leader. Hope he listens to you because this guy is a nusense and a nonsense opposition leader that thinks of only PERSONAL POWER. HE HAS NO LOVE in his heart for others. He is distruction. He is greedy, fierce and self centered.

    • Gel fan
      August 13, 2018

      You are so stupid..so, you are saying that a Labourite on the verge of changing cannot write this; if he/she is concern about these traits/attitudes in the Opposition leader? Please, note in democracies; people who once support the ruling party are the easiest to shift alliance.

  16. Uncle
    August 13, 2018

    I am not voting for a personality but for Dominica, that needs changes and right now Lennox Linto is the right man for the job . He is no kisser of babies or passing the time of day just saying pleasantries but he will get the job done that is needed right now. Enough respect.

  17. nng1332
    August 13, 2018

    I think it is good, neutral advice. I am an objective person and I agree that the opposition leader needs to step up and be more positive and approachable.
    But even more than that, we Dominicans who feel UWP is weak, need to join them and support others to join them so they can be strong. I am ready for something new. Over 18 years is too long for any party – we need to keep governments on their toes and changing them when they least expect it is one way. And yes I voted for both UWP and DLP before.

  18. Joseph John
    August 13, 2018

    Good letter, but how can it convince me. Remember when they changed Bird in Antigua. Remember when Trump supporters ask for change because his attitude would change to presidential nature . Remember the saying put a hog in a palace …. about the spots on a leapod .A negative and violent attitude is just like a river flowing away from the sea towards the mountain. It cannot change.
    I wonder where the UWP leaders were hiding, what did they do to help re Maria, Cat 5. I guess they do not know the meaning of “MOBILIZE ”
    See how quickly they could mobilize with their press conference and propaganda machine re Ross
    DLP supports can identify with the ideology of their party. Opposition forces have no ideology , and bashing them will not change them.
    DLP the only party that have been stoned (violently) out of office. The are the only ones who suffered the Sankey Song, split twice, came back after twenty years . So you think they do not have the experience to defend…

  19. Wayne Shaw
    August 13, 2018

    Having read this open letter through a number of times I am still unclear what it is really about. Is it a personality thing between parties? It must be me?

    • UKDominican
      August 13, 2018

      Simple Wayne. It is a clever and devious attempt by Skerrit operatives to create discord in the opposition.

  20. Diman Williams
    August 13, 2018

    Lennox is an intellectual politician more interested in winning debates and debates over everything than in real politics. For example in the case of Ross instead of pushing hard on the failure of Skerrit and that he should now move aside he gets trapped in debating with cronies about who is responsible, why Ross went away and what led to it. Who cares. Skerrit lost Ross and he must be made to pay should be the undiluted message nothing else. If UWP is to win elections the lazy senators other than Baptiste must show their mettle on the ground.

    • Joseph John
      August 13, 2018

      Mr Williams…they have nothing to show. They have no track records of positive things that they have done for anyone. Nothing from nothing equals nothing, but fake news. Both for Erica and Maria they were M.I A, Now they are trying to weaponize the departure of Ross because they have nothing to offer.
      Take note…..you do not have to be in Cabinet to do something for your fellowmen. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IN GOVERNMENT TO HELP DURING A DESASTER.

  21. mine
    August 13, 2018

    You are a coward why didn’t sign your name instead of concern citizen. I think you are a UWP who wants Lennox change but asking alot. Good luck,

  22. Big man ting
    August 13, 2018

    Let mr Francis lead the UWP.. I have confidence that he’ll give the dlp a whooping… Alot of people what change but don’t see lennox capable enough to represent them..

  23. JeanBetasyon
    August 13, 2018

    All I want is a Change for my Country. I have the conviction that Lennox Linton has the interest of Dominica at heart. He seems genuine to me and we need to give him that chance to prove himself. We have seen this DLP Leader and his style of Governance…he is not true to the people and the country. He is only there to stay in power and keep the people waiting on empty promises. It is time for a CHange in our beautiful country.

    It is sad to see how this GOvernment has failed us. It is disheartening to see how they do it with no conscious. Whenever there seems to be some unsavory issues, they send their ambassadors and soffisticated lawyers to slant the truth and fool the people. This is wrong and this must end now!!!

    Change must come.

  24. Concern Dominican
    August 13, 2018

    Your sentiment on being in the OPPOSITION and finally gaining sense to realise that Dominica really needs change – don’t add up; you haven’t given no reasonable or credible explanation for it. Being an effective ‘steward’ as PM of a country has little to do with personality. In a political process it involves balancing competing influences and demands. It will include:
    1. Maintaining the strategic direction of policy development and implementation;
    2. Detecting and correcting undesirable trends and directions;
    3. Articulating the case for economic wealth creation and prosperity;
    4. Regulating the behaviour of a wide range of actors – from political advisers to cabinet ministers; and
    5. Establishing effective transpiration and accountability mechanisms.

    In today’s world, the primary competence needed by any LEADER / POTENTIAL LEADER to grow a Country’s economy is (item 5) listed above. Personality aside, only HON LENNOX LINTON can guarantee you such quality – a…

    • Supporter
      August 13, 2018

      At this time Dominica needs change and an effective leader should know which leadership quality, strategy and characteristics are required at the right time and now we need change. I totally agree that “an effective ‘steward’ as PM of a country has little to do with personality” however, it appears to be critical to many of the voters. That is why Roosevelt Skerrit continues to win, because he has not demonstrated any of the five points you listed above.

      This is politics, not economics or a university class. That is the problem or rather challenge the of the UWP is faced with. They want to do it right but that has proven very very difficult as we have seen over the years. Having won the election, the party will have to being the process of reeducating the population to vote on issues. I am very confident that they can achieve that, but greatest concern is getting in.

      • Concern Dominican
        August 13, 2018

        Ignorance is a curse among D/cans, in the eyes of economic performance. Here’s setting the record straight on what in your own “tunnelled” world equates to this misnomer, since the threshold set by the Caribbean monetary union is 5% annual GDP growth.. To give you an insight, here’s some hard evidence on Dominica’s dismal economic performance in Real GDP Growth (Annual Percentage Change), since 2001, as it continues to deny the citizens of a reasonable “STANDARD OF LIVING” – according to the IMF:
        • 2018………… -16.3%
        • 2017…………. -4.2%
        • 2016………… 2.6%
        • 2015………… -3.7%
        • 2014………… 4.3%
        • 2013………… 0.8%
        • 2012………… -1.1%
        • 2011…………. -0.2%
        • 2010………… 0.7%
        • 2009………… -1.2%
        • 2008………… 7.1%
        • 2007…………. 6.4%
        • 2006………… 4.7%
        • 2005………… 0.7%
        • 2004………… 3.1%
        • 2003………… 6.4%
        • 2002………… -2.8%
        • 2001…………. -0.1%

      • Concern Dominican
        August 14, 2018

        I seem to do it regularly, educating Dominicans like you to quell your ignorance. Now, you said… “This is politics, not economics or a university class”. It’s a good thing when my mother sent me to school I never slept in class to deny myself absorbing any knowledge. Therefore, sit down open you eyes wide and internalise (if you’ve got the ability to do so) this little teaching from me:

        Politics and economics go hand in hand. From politics point of view economics are tools, for economic point of view politics are tools. So “the most important” is a matter of point of view. For capital owners politics are means to gain more capital, for politicians, capitals are means to gain more power. As sciences, both political sciences and economic sciences are social sciences, and they’ve got more or less the same end-goal, to provide society with a framework for efficient development.

      • Supporter
        August 14, 2018

        Hi Concern Dominican, this is not a beat-up thing. The point I want to highlight is about winning an election, not running the country. You must first win the election before you can run the country. Economic advisers will draft economic plan to be presented to the electorates but the party can’t implement these plans unless they have won the election. The UWP has always presented much better economic plans than the DLP, yet they lost the last 2 elections. While “imported voters” had an impact, it appears than these economic plans were not properly sold to the voters on the ground. Back to my initial point, the party MUST improve their PR/communication strategy. Bty, thanks for the ECON101 class. Actually Dr. Fontaine was my first econ lecturer before i moved on to 401 .

    • Development
      August 13, 2018

      @Concern Dominican. Im not even reading your entire comment just the first line and i know you are senseless. The above article was perfectly written and everything that was said above ive thought of it in the past and said the very same thing. GREAT MIND THINK ALIKE. Im a strong labor supporter and if only Lennox Linton changes his attitude, maybe he just might get my vote.

      • Neverson St jean
        August 13, 2018

        Vote for your pal rep and good governance

      • Concern Dominican
        August 13, 2018

        The Dominican public at large needs to change its attitude. This dependency syndrome in Government, which renders the majority of you defunct, unable to be enterprising and elevate yourselves in an evolving world of science and innovation is what impoverishing Dominica. This junk food phenomenon that sees average Dominicans unwilling to work the soil, and a growing appetite for the best clothes, cars and luxury quality goods without a means of income or servicing your debts remains the cancer among this new breed / generation of Dominicans. My only advice to you is the measure your own contribution towards D/ca’s prosperity for a level of self-satisfaction, as opposed to playing Party colours. I’ve satisfied myself by doing my bit and can now say no more under this corrupt regime.

  25. REAL!!!!!!
    August 13, 2018

    I respect the views of the write but he/she has to remember Lennox is a human being and to be a honest politician has to maintain some part of his authentic nature. I believe personally he has made some changes in his personality since becoming a politician but better can also be done in the area on more community work on the ground.

    But I would go further and say on personality ” IRON Lady” PM Eugene Charles was no different from Lennox in terms of been personable and we loved her dearly because Dominica came first.

    I think this a test for us to put personalities aside and do what is best for Dominica!!!!!!!!

    • Think For Yourself
      August 13, 2018

      Wonderful …. The Iron Lady, first female PM in the Caribbean was NOT a very socialable person…. hardly ever smiled but was all for economic growth in Dominica!
      I want a JOB NOT DIMPLES!!!

    • JZ
      August 14, 2018

      Sorry. But there is a difference in not smiling and being personable. The Iron Lady did not smile much and was not always Grinning her her teef!!! however she was very personable! She was for the people! She loved the people and the people loved her back! There will never be another Iron Lady!!! best prime minister in the history of Dominica!!! if we could only have a prime minister with 1/2 the values, tenacity and motivation as Dame Eugenia Charles we would be a much better country! And she for sure would not be selling off the people’s land And tainting the sacred Land of the cabrits as you see today! The curent state of dominica is DISGRACEFUL!!! THE LOSS OF ROSS, CBI….ALL OF IT, HUGE DISGRACE.

  26. TomE
    August 13, 2018

    Fist of all, this letter was written by a UWP supporter so lets stop the SCL propaganda. Second of all, the UWP needs a new leader, period!! There is absolutely no was they can win under the current leadership. They are trying to gain some grounds on the ROSS issues but they are falling flat on their faces.

    • Neverson St jean
      August 13, 2018

      Sir explain to us the readers what is wrong with his leadership

      • Joseph John
        August 13, 2018

        Mr St Jean….please allow me…. Because Linton has the gift of gab he did very well last election. A new face, his first try, six seats after filing 21candidates. Great job. If he was a serious leader he would have endeavored to get some members of the DLP side to cross the floor. In stead he became a basher of everyone. He did not see the need to inform himself of the procedure and rules o the house (self education), instead bashed the speaker with accusation of bias.
        As a member of the house he could have bought issues to the house in a statesmanship manner, instead he took them to the streets in campaign mode.
        He has been bashing the DLP for diplomatic passport issue, only to use one to crash a heads of government conference in Guyana. Was on CNN blasting the C B I program now he is saying HOW he can use it. The list can continue with walkouts, boycotts, quittings and demonstrations, and inciting hatred and violence. Leading on a path to destruction like a judass goat.

    • Truth
      August 14, 2018

      tome, you fail,, We will not change our leader, Change yours, because ours is getting stronger whice yours is fading, The next step from down is up, And the next step from up is down, From 3 to six cannot be going down, Only in labourites mathematics , And from 18 to 15 ,cannot be going up, Only in labourites maths also, And this is why I do not like labour, Because their mathematics turns people into fools

  27. LifeandDeath
    August 13, 2018

    If Skerrit’s smile and fake Charismatic charade could develop Dominica we would already be the best place to Live, Work and Enjoy Life, but sadly it takes way more, and a level of seriousness such as what Mr. Linton brings to build a country.
    Linton will come around to the smiles and chatter when the time comes..Mamo was also a serious person that cared about country and she showed it everywhere.
    Linton also cares about Dominica and it’s people and it shows with the personal sacrifices he has made over the years to stand for truth and justice. If Skerrit remains in Dominica even half a term in Opposition I think would eventually be deserving of the Doctorate he purchased. Highly unlike that will happen though..the people who cares don’t necessarily have to smile and fool people with charisma.
    I implore you to vote for change and don’t look for a clown in your leader, what’s more

  28. ??
    August 13, 2018

    Is this a joke, ” The people are saying you have no education. Well do a bachelor’s degree in political science online or whatever and let the people know you are doing it.” Good luck with that one….

  29. Supporter
    August 13, 2018

    I will admit upfront that I am a support of UWP. I really hope Mr. Linton take note of the points in this letter. Mr. Linton, you may think, you’re doing all what is being suggested by the author, but it is obvious many people do not think so. If you dismiss this letter because you think there is no more you can do, then you would have failed Dominica. It is very obvious that people want change and you and the UWP seams to be the alternative, so their is that extra burden on you to deny yourself for the sake of country. Just for a moment listen to these advise.

    When I speak to people even before the departure of RUSM, I was getting excited about a UWP government, then they would say UWP have no ideas. I know the UWP have ideas, I have heard them over and over again. But the party have not found away to communicate their plans to their non-supporters. The party MUST invest in improving it’s PR/Communication ahead of the next election if you stand a chance. It’s a MUST…

  30. Ti Garcon
    August 13, 2018

    What this letter is saying, is literally the opinions of near 70% of the electorate. People are voting, not for leaders but against bad leaders. That’s the mistake Linton makes, he believed the added votes to UWP from the last elections was from people who loved him, it was from people who got fed up of Skerrit. He is Dominica’s Hillary Clinton.

    Of all the suggestions, number 8 stands out for me. Linton as an individual never saw it fit to progress himself academically. Not only that, even in his position, he was ignorant enough to believe he can be respected in this day and age without even a high school diploma. To me the fact that after 5 years as UWP leader, and he never progressed just shows his level of ambition. He comes across as someone with a ‘know-it-all’, ‘you cant tell me what to do’ attitude, which is way to rampant in Dca. Will he listen to advise once elected? He doesn’t even show these qualities, which is essential to good leader while in opposition.

    • Supporter
      August 13, 2018

      I will agree with some of what you say as hard as it may be for me to swallow. A lot of people see Linton as a ‘know-it-all’. Maybe it’s his level of confidence which cause him to appear that way, but I really don’t think Linton is a ‘know-it-all’.

      UWP supports, remember, the party have your vote already, so while you may disagree with what is being said, if you want to win the DLP supports over, the party may, just may have to consider some of the points which is being suggested by the none-uwp supports. Look at it this way…. it’s not Linton change because people want him to….it’s Linton changing to SAVE Dominica.

    • A_DAMassive
      August 13, 2018

      Way to go Ti Garcon. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :-D :-D :-D.

      I have always felt the man should have taken an online course even in the most malleable academic discipline to placate his detractors. When I looked at Mr. Linton litigating a case in front of the Privy Council, I began to ask myself many questions. But it is he who we have at this time as a viable opposition, and I just hope he listens to the letter, because I can tell you Bro, Dominicans will not give you all the chances they gave to Skerrow.

      • Ti Garcon
        August 13, 2018

        You are 100% right A_DAMassive. Dominicans will not give him all the chances they gave to Skerrow. Infact i’m 100% certain that if UWP had won in 2014, with all Erica and Maria happening they would have already be kicked out of office for pulling less than half of the the stuff Skerrit has done. Lennox doesn’t have a cult following, if Edison wants to run again in Marigot, Lennox would lose his deposit. lennox doesnt have a track record of success or anything.
        My biggest fear is replacing Skerrit, only for him to win with a resounding victory 5 years later- like Vere Bird Sr. in Antigua. And like it or not, Lennox is at best a one term makeshift solution to stem wastage- i expect nothing much. I just wonder why the writer didn’t mention the DFP as a variable option. Maybe this list, excluding No.8, refers to their leader perfectly too.

      • viewsexpressed
        August 14, 2018

        Anything to get Hon Linton, professional out of the picture. It appears that those who write such comments are really scared of Linton as he has surfaced Skerrit in being an intellectual, honesty, good governance, sincere and a real politician.
        Hon Linton is an exceptionally qualified and decent person to run the affairs of Domininca. Stop looking for excuses to protect Skerrit, with all his doctorate cannot and will not make himself availed for a national debate with Hon Linton. Why then is Skerrit running away from the Budget debate speech.. Simple, Skerrit is unable to prepare and present such academic speech compared to Hon Linton. So there is panic in th Labour ca voleur camp that Skerrit is on his way out.. he must go, he has been a nuisance and failed ductored PM.
        Good luck Hon Linton and your professional Team

    • Neverson St jean
      August 13, 2018

      Utter garbage talk

    • Neverson St jean
      August 13, 2018

      Utter garbage talk the last part about know it all I may agree with but the about academics makes no sense . Do u listen to the PM speak, do u want a crook with a PHD

    • c'est ça
      August 14, 2018

      100% agree with you. How can he expect to compete with a “Doctor” même si its not a real doctorate. The people will always see him as grammar school drop out. There is absolutely no reason to be sitting with that status when you can get a degree on line. Simple fix.

  31. Ibo France
    August 13, 2018

    The writer has made some good points most of them are practical and salient. One has to be sincere as people can easily detect the insincerity in a person. All that most citizens want their elected government officials to do is to create the enabling environment for the working poor to live a comfortable life. People gain employment, work for a decent wage, put food on the table for the family, own a piece of the rock, they are good. The problem arises when greedy politicians want their slice of the pie, your slice and still my slice and leave is with crumbs or nothing.

    • Dominican
      August 13, 2018

      The insincerity was not detected in Skerritt. How and why?

      • Ibo France
        August 13, 2018

        @Dominican. Some people are just great at masking their true character and intentions. Politicians are adept at this.

  32. JBaptiste
    August 13, 2018

    You can’t cut and paste someone’s character,however I must admit that some of what you have listed can and should be adopted if there is to be success.
    lennox’s dilemma is his strong stance on professional ethics and morality, two attributes foreign to politicians,while attempting to be a politician. While he will be an ideal leader, even his closest allies will be uneasy. Linton can’t change the game. He has to play it as it’s been played through the ages.
    Even apostle Paul said ” to the Jews I became a Jew to win the jews”

    • Hinata
      August 13, 2018

      yeah… keep it up and he will lose again

  33. Reah
    August 13, 2018

    Good Letter. I especially like that the letter stresses that this is what people want. You cannot want to be in politics and not be a politician. I do hope the opposition leader takes note.

  34. Neverson St jean
    August 13, 2018

    Nonsense letter . That is his personality. Are you voting for someone to move the country forward or is it a personality contest. No wonder we are where we are

    • Darlyn no more labour for me..
      August 13, 2018

      That’s your opinion. Not for Skerrit dimples some voting him nuh.
      Plus the letter talks about much more than personality.
      I too want change . I am fed up with DLp nonesens. I want change. So I agree with this letter.

  35. Possie
    August 13, 2018

    Well Said….i too feel the very same way. it’s time for Change, not for political affiliations but for Dominica!

    • August 13, 2018

      If you know what you changing to go right ahead. The central policy of the UWP is that Skeritt must go and over the years the UWP has attacked his reputation relentlessly with absolutely no proof to support their claims. I have asked many UWP operatives for their evidence to support their claims against Skeritt but I am still waiting. The UWP is now infested with people of shady character, the evidence is there it is public record both locally and overseas. Unfortunate those who are advocating change are deliberately ignoring the facts

      • viewsexpressed
        August 14, 2018

        The point is you are forgetting the numerous Bobol activities Hon Linton discovered or undiscovered of this corrupt Labour government. The fear of Skerrit exiting government is frightening for his supporters who are in denial.
        Skerrit is a failed leader and for 18 years has corrupted Domininca and brought it more into poverty. All those who promote and defend Skerrit do not have Domininca in their interest.
        Focus on the failure and so called bobol activities of the Labour government. For example the bin Bool,, the Fertilizer Bobol and Red Clinic Bobol. The loss of Ross University under his eyes…has been blind did not see it coming. Skerrit is a failure and he must Go. Skerrit Must Go
        Lennox is who and what he is. decent, professional politician, a sound determined leader and has Domininca at heart.

      • Amino
        August 14, 2018

        I think you’ll find that the UWP has a number of solid policies which are published on their website, just follow this link: http://www.uwpdominica.com/policy

      • Amino
        August 14, 2018

        And here’s the 2014 election manifesto: http://www.caribbeanelections.com/eDocs/manifestos/dm/uwp_manifesto_2014.pdf

        We need more like this, this country needs these types of policies right now – VOTE UWP!!

  36. Not A Herd Follower
    August 13, 2018

    What you think Lennox is? A piece of clay, easily malleable to be shaped in the different ways different people want him to be? While I admit Lennox needs to be more engaging with people generally- an area where he has made some improvements- Lennox has to retain his basic authentic self. He cannot be all what all people want him to be. Can you be whatever all people want you to be? Your list of conditions in order to consider voting for his party is generally unfair. We have had charisma, flattery and telling people what they want to hear. Where have all these taken Dominica? Not in a desirable state by your own admission.

    • Smh
      August 13, 2018

      Is people like you that preventing people for coming to all u party.
      All of u saying that about the man but all you don’t want people to point it out to him.
      Why don’t you be quiet and try to help your party

      • Not A Herd Follower
        August 13, 2018

        What makes you believe I am a member of the UWP? For your info, I am not. And I am not childish or puerile when I engage in political discussions.

  37. Mark
    August 13, 2018

    Well said. Mr opposition leader listen to this voice of reason..

  38. August 13, 2018

    Why should you want to make a leader into what you want or believe he should be like? Lennox is who he is, a grown man well past 60 and his attitude developed over a lifetime will not change. What you are asking of the Opposition leader is to fool the Dominican people as to who he really is. And by the way what are the qualifications of Lennox that he should go through this drastic attitude change so that he can become PM, what is his track record in leadership and management? Surely you are no turn voter, just another frustrated UWP supporter saying that Lennox is not fit to lead

  39. A_DAMassive
    August 13, 2018

    I too am a disgruntled Labourite and a diasporan who just had it with the mess going on in Dominica, and the embarrassment when I discuss Dominica with fellow Caribbean brothers and sisters, and even Africans too. So do not believe the world is not watching. How in the world could a leader of HIS country send HIS wife to make their babies in North America, and it is OKAY with many Dominicans: It is because they are a disrespectable people, and skerrow knows that. This foolishness makes all of us Dominicans look like absolute fools.! And I mean period, with an exclamation following.

    Mr. Linton, if, when I was younger, I had been given the advice as you were given in this letter, I would have had amassed so much more wealth. When you are in public service, you are no longer yourself, you are no longer a husband only to our family, and definitely, you are no longer a father only to your children.

    Show the people of Dominica you have what it takes to be a father to the nation.

    • Dominican
      August 13, 2018

      The fact that Skerritt had his wife birth his children in America is extremely disrespectful and insulting. So what is he saying, that the country is good enough to rob and lead astray but not good enough for his children to be born there. Come on!!! Being a Dominican is one of the things I am most proud of.

      Anyways, he knows that he help make the Dominican passport worthless especially since he selling it to all different criminals and all different nations. He wouldn’t want his children to be associated with a place that sells citizenship to any and every criminal and vagabond.

      • August 13, 2018

        Lennox children were also born in the USA.

      • A_DAMassive
        August 13, 2018

        Point:
        Is it before he became Opposition Leader, or is it after he became Opposition Leader were his children born in the USA?

      • mine
        August 13, 2018

        Lennox children was in the USA what you point.

      • Man bites dogs
        August 13, 2018

        @ That nasty Dragon Dominican, my advice to you if you don’t know what you talking about please keep that crap off yours shut before you come talking about Prime minister Dr.Skerrit and his family you dam Well rude ……..

      • August 13, 2018

        @A_Damassive what difference does it make? If Skeritt had his children born in The US because he thought Dominica was not good enough for them to be born in that is also true for Lennox who made a choice to have his children born in the US. It matters not wether he was leader of the opposition. Are you telling me that his love and concern for Dominica only took root when he became opposition leader? Stop looking for excuses to apply double standards.

  40. Liz M
    August 13, 2018

    Good letter that makes a lot of sense. You care about both sides and it shows that we have tried this gov’t long enuff. Especially after loosing Ross U, a blunder that cost 7% or so of the economy under their watch. Though I sympathized with them for the enormous task of rebuilding after Maria, and the opposition’s insensitivity for continuing their relentless barrage of mepuis and corruption claims the very week after that devastating hurricane; with this Ross U blunder I think someone should step down, there should be an exodus from that gov’t. I agree with you it’s time for a change of government.

  41. alick
    August 13, 2018

    WTH that have to do with developing a country, lennox if u lose so what it is there business, this is nonsense ross leaving Dominica and u want the man to smile.

  42. August 13, 2018

    All I want is someone that means business and puts Dominica first, I’m not looking for love or friendship :-D

    • Dominican
      August 13, 2018

      Love of Dominica is what they need

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