Bus driver planning to contest Grand Bay by-election says constituents need ‘roots man’ to represent them

A Grand Bay bus driver who has publicly announced his intention to contest the upcoming by-election in his constituency as an independent candidate, says he is not intimidated by the Prime Minister’s proposed candidate, Dr. Vince Henderson.

Julius Gabriel popularly known as Handbag, told Dominica News Online (DNO) that he decided to enter the race because of what he described as the lack of “real leadership” and representation in his constituency, qualities he claims to possess.

Last evening, Prime Minister Rosevelt Skerrit confirmed mounting speculation that former government minister and senior party scholar, Dr. Henderson, was his chosen candidate to contest the upcoming Grand Bay by-election.

The pending race is to fill the parliamentary position left vacant by the September 1, 2021 death of former MP for that constituency, Ed Registe.

However, Gabriel is firmly of the view that his fellow constituents do not need another politician who is not attuned to their needs but a “roots man” like himself who would be able to bring about change in the community.

“The only time we, the Grand Bay people, seeing Vince in the area is now. Vince is not from Grand Bay so how can he possibly represent us in the House. I was born and raised in Grand Bay so I know what is best for my people,” he stated to Dominica News Online (DNO).

Gabriel dubbed the Prime Minister’s nomination a “slap in the face” to other qualified labourites who he said could have contested the by-election on a DLP ticket.

If elected, the bus driver is promising to bring economic growth to Grand Bay and to restore the lack of unity in the constituency, which he claims has been unfairly treated by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) despite the decades-old loyalty of constituents.

“Grand Bay should be Dominica’s third town but all candidates we get they make promises and we hardly see it when they get voted in,” Gabriel noted. “Nobody should have to beg a parlrep for help even if you didn’t vote for him; so that is something I want to change.”

The would-be parliamentary representatives proposed development plan for the Grand Bay constituency includes increasing the rates of employees of the National Employment Programme (NEP), creating more jobs through resources available in the constituency and petitioning for better facilities for the youth to recreate.

“Grand Bay constituency keeps getting poorer and poorer and that is not the Grand Bay that I know. So we need a change and I don’t think politicians can bring those changes. We are the people who feeling the heat, so is us to change things, not an outsider,” Gabriel argued.

The bus driver says since his announcement to contest the by-election as an independent candidate, he has received massive support from fellow bus drivers who have attached white flags to their vehicles.

He said he will be nominated tomorrow, (October 28,2021) following which a symbol will be provided to him by the electoral office and his campaign will officially begin.

Of the three opposition parties in Dominica, only the Alternative People’s Party (APP) confirmed with DNO its decision to field a candidate in the by-election but has withheld the name of that individual. Both the United Workers Party (UWP) and the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) told DNO that they are not ready to announce a decision as the matter is still being discussed.

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68 Comments

  1. Mark
    November 1, 2021

    @Ibo, honestly, I really don’t know enough about Mrs. Skerrit to say whether she is qualified or not to be a member of parliament. I know what you and others think of her but I do not have the slightest clue about her background except that she is the pm’s wife.
    I believe we’re not on the same page on this. All I was repeating was what you said that if Mrs. Skerrit, we know your feelings about her, can be a member of parliament, then almost anyone with political aspirations can make it. To make such a statement is to place “Handbag” in the same light, a non intellectual as Mrs. Skerrit. I mean, this comparison cannot be any clearer.
    You seem to be an individual with some intellect from your posts. What is confusing the hell out of me is, how could you endorse someone with such “midget intelligence”? Would you have felt the same way if this individual was the DLP candidate? I honestly don’t think so.
    In the end, Grand Bayrians will decide who represents them in parliament.

    • Da Girl
      November 1, 2021

      Next time when you meet her, ask her what she did all that time in NY.

  2. Gary
    October 30, 2021

    Why such behavior towards Julius Gabriel, Independent candidates should be encouraged. In a healthy Democracy dissent from established Political parties is necessary at some point, it sends a message to the established political parties that they must not just use their supporters for their convenience. Julius must not be carried away, by making statements that he is going to bring economic growth to Grand Bay if elected.

    What I will tell Julius, it is ok to aspire to be an Independent Parliamentarian, but I think he could make a better contribution to the people in his community being a Bus driver if he is really interested in making a contribution, grass root level. As to the opposition to Vince, this is not something new, The Freedom Party had candidates run in 1980 elections who were not from the community, some opinions expressed sounds like a Mob. Democracy is well and alive in Dominica.

  3. Ron Charles
    October 29, 2021

    The world knows that this candidacy is not independent. Period! this gentleman is being thrown into the ring because the UWP simply wants to avoid Dr. Honeychurch recording that Dr. Vince Henderson from St. Joseph, (DLP Candidate in the 2021 bye-election in Grandbay) won unopposed.

    The UWP knows who the DLP should not send and they are not silent. Conversely, if their public utterances and posturing are taken at face value, they seemingly know who is the better person to represent the brave people of Grandbay. Remember that the UWP demonized Grandbay’s beloved Pierre Charles, John Fabien, ED Registe (all deceased) and Justina Charles all DLP candidates and Ministers of government. Today they are lionizing the three deceased MPs and continuing to demonize the only one living former MP – Nurse Charles.

    So the handbag is their choice to represent them to run un-officially that is. What an insult to the people of Grandbay. Hand bag is the best hope for UWP. Shameless people they…

  4. Ron Charles
    October 29, 2021

    “Vince is not from Grand Bay so how can he possibly represent us in the House”. The sad reality of that candidacy. The gentleman is quoted as promting his candidacy, for what it is worth with this quotation. The world knows it is a paraphrased version of what he said re his candidacy and that of Dr. Henderson. So that fat shopul dhav ebeen reported.

    The report is not representing the true metal, more “animation” of the gentleman, who is for all intents and purposes the face of UWP in the entire south of Dominica

  5. Happy
    October 29, 2021

    At least the guy have courage to standup for the injustice that’s being done to his people. I respect that.

  6. Mark
    October 29, 2021

    @Ibo France, my reasoning is not clouded. Your statement was very easy to read and comprehend. You do not always have to spell it out verbatim for others to get the message. You have posted on more than one occasion your conclusion of Mrs. Skerrit’s abilities and you just said it again (intellectual midget) therefore it’s safe to conclude that you’re placing “Handbag” in that same category. I think that’s a fair assessment. To say that you were only responding to someone who had questioned the gentleman’s intellect is not being truthful and you know it.
    Let me conclude by saying that I am an independent. I do not advocate for or against any one party. Grand Bayrians in this instant will determine what’s best for them. I must say though that I’m a little disappointed in your endorsement. Everyone has a voice but we have to be honest and tell it like it is. Mr. Hand Bag at this point is not up to the task.

    • Ibo France
      October 29, 2021

      Mark, let me test your honesty, integrity and impartiality right now with this one question.

      Do you think that Mrs. Melissa ‘Popcorn’ Skerrit is qualified to be a sitting parliamentarian? Don’t evade the question. Answer truthfully. If your answer is in the affirmative, give your reasons coupled with her academic achievements.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      October 29, 2021

      I need to asks this simple question ‘who is ever up to the task where it pertains to politics?’
      And I may add in a place like Dominica.
      Politics in Dominica and the Candidates has nothing to do with academical intellectualism, or any significant development plan they have for the country.
      In Dominica people vote for those who present them with the free food, money and other handouts.
      One may have to wait until a chosen candate fails from the sky in order to get the appropriately ready candidate.
      Let’s review Barack Obama; the late McCain said Obama was not ready to be president.
      Eventually Obama was ready to a point where he presented the collapse of the American economy, and ultimately the rest of the devlope, and developing world.
      Almost thirty years of corrupted Roosevelt Skerrit can anyone say he is better suited than the what ever bag he is doub?
      I don’t think so!

      • November 1, 2021

        There is no comparison between Barack Obama and Handbag. Barack Obama is an intellectual and a Harvard or Yale Graduate. Regardless of what McCain thought of Obama, the bottom line is when Americans went out there in hundreds and thousands to vote for Obama they knew who they were voting into Office and Obama did not let them down in the end. What can an unintellectual like Handbag prove. Had Handbag been a DLP candidate, you Francisco would have been lashing out at Skerrit and his cabal at their poor choice. But, you are working against Skerrit, therfore, any port for a storm.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          November 4, 2021

          I am not comparing him in a academic sense with Obama; the reference is he is not “ready.” This man might not have a bought Ph. D, but you never can tell.
          I know a former Minister of Education in Antigua, his name was Williams, his wife was a school teacher, she taught him to read and write when he was twenty-five (25) years old.

          He was a very successful minister of Education; in the 1950’s he along with the old father V.C. Bird Sr. took Antigua out of poverty to the very developed Antigua you see today.

          We always judge, but the more educated people are not always the more successful in anything.

          Have you ever heard of Chamberline, British or Irish, do some political research on see what you will learn about him; I think he was Richard Chamberline!

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 1, 2021

        “a point where he presented the collapse of the American economy, and ultimately the rest of the devlope, and developing world.”

        That should read; “he prevented the collapse.”

  7. Lin clown
    October 29, 2021

    If one were to ask where is Vince Henderson from based on his surname,everybody would say Grandbay.One the other hand one would say Julius Gabriel is from Wesley based on surname.It boiled down to representation.

  8. Man bites dogs
    October 29, 2021

    Instead of minding Pm Skerrit, business whom he chose as candidate for Grand Bay, why the hell you lots so-called Workers blue boomboom flies cannot put someone in place to challenge Mr Vince Henderson, all you afraid Vince, will wipe the floor with you all and dump in the sea dirty coward Rats run away and hide on the hills!!!

  9. Bus Driver
    October 29, 2021

    Whoever chooses to denigrate Handbag is doing the gentleman a great disservice. We are not here to judge, and BTW Nicholas Maduro, President of Venezuela was once a bus driver.

  10. Man Bag
    October 28, 2021

    Handbag run things in Grand Bay. Give it your all Handbag. They may bribe you to drop out from the race. Take no Silver, take no Gold.

  11. Mark
    October 28, 2021

    @Ibo France, I was not planning on getting in on Grand Bay’s by election conversation but after reading your statement and I quote ” By the way, if Melissa can become an elected member of parliament, that gives hope to all politically ambitious Dominicans no matter their station in life”, I decided to jump in. We all know what you think of Mrs. Skerrit’s abilities therefore by cunningly associating this individual with her, you were at least being consistent and indirectly saying, this guy is not up to the task.I give you credit for your honesty unlike some folks who are making the case for this gentleman who we all know is not remotely qualified for parliament.
    I am patiently waiting to see whether he is endorsed by one of the opposition parties.

    • Ibo France
      October 29, 2021

      Mark, your reasonng is being clouded by your worship of the Skerrits. You have badly misconstrued my comments.

      Someone inferred that Handbag was uneducated and therefore he should be disqualified from elected politics. My response is simply this. If Melissa Skerrit, who is an intellectual midget, can get elected to parliament then any Dominican can. My comments were not even remotely directed to belittle Handbag in any way.

      Mark, you seem to have tunnel vision. All you do is to police this forum in an effort to repudiate the unpalatable truth about your demigod and goddess, mendacious Roosevelt and dimwitted Melissa. Go for it Handbag!!!!!!

      • Dounce Cat
        October 30, 2021

        BOY if only I could understand all these big words IBO I would not be a malaprop. Do you think handbag have a chance by your words. Where can I go study to be like you when I go up. You give no place for ordinary people to back him KUDOS to you though.

      • Gary
        October 31, 2021

        You are accusing Mark, suggesting that his reasoning is being clouded by his worship of the Skerrits, what about your reasoning, isn’t it not based on an obsession of the Skerrits. Look at your comment of insults, is this necessary, obsession can become a poison. Do you think that insulting people based on your political partisan beliefs is an unpalatable truth,
        so long.

  12. Bwa-Banday
    October 28, 2021

    Rainman STOP playing smart. You upset at the other parties for not running in this election because you realize Dr. Handbay will take all these votes. So no, they will not contest because that will split the votes if they do so keep being worried.

  13. Frank N Stein
    October 28, 2021

    More jokes in DA. So Grandbay people say they want their own rep to replace Ed. Well who tell dem say dat? Compere Skerrit felt insulted that they were showing independence. He decided that the best way to put them in their place is to chose for them, not someone from their area, or even La Pointe, he chose someone from far away, A man who brought Sen Joe into poverty. That is Skerrits way or kicking jean Grandbay in their face and telling them shut up and sit down. If Grandbay the once respected and most feared village in DA cannot see that they are really blind and high on koolaid. Dominica as we know it is done, our last hope is dead. RIP democrasy in DA. :cry: :cry:

    • October 29, 2021

      You are so right, more jokes in DA. Are you not ashamed of yourself to vote into Parliament a handbag, a trash bag, a bus driver? Where is your class? You must be Frankinstein!

      • Ibo France
        October 29, 2021

        This is what your ‘university’ education and your two fictitious degrees have done for you? They have surely not made you a productive citizen but a menace to society.

        Those choicest of words that you have used to described Handbag perfectly describe a depraved, unlettered , filthy, asinine, brainless character like you.

  14. Lin clown
    October 28, 2021

    Mr.Eagle,it is all about representation.Hangbag cannot represent the people of Grandbay.Grandbarians are NEVER going to vote and idiot.That rootsman ting is just BS.That Hangbag is like Bullvant who went to England,and live there for 40 yes,Bullvant never learned to speak English.Imagine Hangbag contributing to the 2022 budget.

    • Toto
      October 29, 2021

      Man, don’t be so condescending to handbag, belittling the man. So he is good enough to give Skerrit and Vince his vote but shut up otherwise. You just confirmed that Skerrit’s idea of democracy is a charade. He also try to lumber us with an official opposition, controlled by him with that APP story. Too clever by half that man but he is not fooling all Dominicans with his trickery, no Sir.

      • October 29, 2021

        Toto, of course PM Skerrit is not fooling all Dominicans. Why else would there be a group like you, known as the UWPites?

        Except that when the general elections polls are called, he always gets the majority voice, which sends him right back to the seat of the Prime Minister. And that voice is definitely, not foolish! You know that very well!

  15. Fed up Dominican
    October 28, 2021

    Sir, a little warning. Some would see the white ribbon and think of a white flag (sign of surrender).

  16. En Ba La
    October 28, 2021

    First of there are families who left communities and raised families elsewhere in Dominica. Vince Henderson is from Grand Bay. The Henderson’s are all over Dominica. The brothers left and went to other communities – people should know that.

    He has Grand Bay roots and he is an active and visible member of the party. It not not like HE Vince Henderson is a stranger to the Labour Party and serving Dominica abroad as a Diplomat – serving or representing everybody internationally. – the party members know him and he was the campaign manager last election therefore he is well known by the party people.

    Grand Bay is a Labor stronghold and needs solid leadership and a constituency that needs to remain there. With the contacts and connections he has I can see things happening for Grand Bay as a constituency.

    • %
      October 28, 2021

      @ En Ba La
      Vince has been a dismal failure representing Dominica internationally. He has been even worse representing the constituency of St Joseph, so get your facts right. Stop being ludicrous in your defence of DLP skulduggery, you should know better. You have GBay roots, you knew or must have heard of the vicious attack on Ed made by a self proclaimed rot weiler, if you had any moral discipline or ethics in you, you should come on here expressing your disgust, instead of trying to exhume Vince’s navel string from St Joe and burying it in GBay… GBay was insulted!
      You are so shameless, bloviating this arrant nonsensicalities about Vince.
      Stop the hypocrisy!!! Vince has been an accomplished failure when in charge of serving people

      • En Ba La
        October 31, 2021

        %
        Seriously Vince family is from Grand Bay. I do not understand why you are atracking me for thi. Everyone cannot have their name on everything. I worked with Mr. Alexanderthere is still room for more namings.

    • %
      October 28, 2021

      @En Ba La
      It’s hypocrites like you all that have GrandBay in the state that it is…About FOUR people put themselves up as leaders, instead of supporting your own, you are on here spewing lying about Vince’s leadership skills. You thought you were addressing the GBay women “clappers”? Being educated is not tantamount to being a leader. GBay has done a lot for you, but alas you all either because of greed or ignorance hate the community..You claimed to have loved James Alexander so much, why didnt you agitate that the primary school be named after him? You are a bad example, its sad that more Grandbarians cannot expose you all hypocrites.
      Please dont play with me, because i can be very abrasive and crude when i encounter people like you!!

      • En Ba La
        October 31, 2021

        Who are they? There is more to putting yourself up.

  17. Rainman
    October 28, 2021

    Very disappointed that UWP, APP and DFP are not contesting the race. This is a slap to the face of the people of Grandbay! Shame.

    • Bwa-Banday
      October 28, 2021

      Rainman STOP playing smart. You upset at the other parties for not running in this election because you realize Dr. Handbay will take all these votes. So no, they will not contest because that will split the votes if they do so keep being worried.

    • Toto
      October 29, 2021

      Well, let Skerrit be embarrassed because is a hollow victory if he appointee wins.

  18. Not in G-Bay
    October 28, 2021

    Hey my Grand bay people, look what we gonna do…. laugh with the liar, take whatever $$$ he gives you, say yes, if he asks for your votes. But when you go in there, Vote for the “Rootsman.” Anyone could approach a “Rootsman” and he will make the situation in Grand bay better. He will put many young men and women to work. So don’t look down on the “Rootsman.” They who dress in three piece suits and Red neck ties are thieves and robbers. Give them the shock of their lives. We the people of Dominica are now looking to the people of Grand bay to save us from further disasters. GO GRAND BAY THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT. VOTE FOR THE HONORABLE, HANDBAG.

  19. Eagle-Eyed
    October 28, 2021

    Ok Mr handbag man, you can do all “De Rootsman Skanking” ting but at the end of the day Grandbarians will only elect somebody that can help them put food on their table, a roof over their head, healthcare, education and jobs. Your ‘Rootsman’ best man sentiments is of no use if you cannot guarantee them al those things. If you going up against Vince Henderson with the force of Skerrit and the full Labor machine behind him, do you see yourself having any chance of winning this seat? Even if you get UWP, Freedom or APP to endorse you, or you stand as an independent, you still stand no chance. You would be better off continuing your bus driving occupation.

  20. Man bites dogs
    October 28, 2021

    Gabriel, behave yourself with your “Roots Man” business and stick to your Bus driving, for a start you couldn’t compete with Mr Vince Henderson, he is the man to move Grand Bay forward with his experience. I am not being rude to you but you cannot bring home the “Bacon” to the people of Grand Bay sorry amigo you are not ready yet!!

    • Ibo France
      October 29, 2021

      Experience doing what? Fooling the people? Getting pay for doing nothing? Experience in trickery, giving bad advice, failing as a minister, loitering at the UN, lying in bed with a notorious scumbag?

      In any well managed jurisdiction, Vince Henderson would be a reject. He is not erudite as some people think. In an interview on Q95 some years ago with Matt, Mr. Linton ran circles around him. It was painful listening to his responses. He left the interview prematurely, like a defeated dog in a fight with its tail between its back legs.

  21. ONE MAN
    October 28, 2021

    I know the State has power to keep state funeral. But I don’t know if the State has power to kill government ministers so they could replace them with who is better able to help an individual’s personal agenda. If that’s the case then expect many more state funerals to go along with those who died in office in recent times

  22. From grand bay
    October 28, 2021

    So many ppl in grand bay u not hearing one person talking hang bag made his voice heard I support hand bag. But bag when u win don’t forget where u come from. High Land all the way.

  23. Future
    October 28, 2021

    Go for it Handbag, a true son of Grand Bay. The people of Grand Bay must understand that if they allow Skerrit to go through with this, they will lose all claims to their constitutional rights, and worst of all, their God-given rights to choose the person that they want representing them. I don’t want to seem biased or rude, but how can the people of Grand Bay accept Skerrit’s proposal? next they will accept him telling them what color underwear they can wear. If Grand Bayrians are to keep their independent spirit, their innovative spirit, the force of mind that once made Grand Bayrians proud, they must reject this Skerrit party proposal. This is not a labour thing, it is a Skerrit party thing. Grand Bay can be Labourite, but it does not have to be Skerritite. What has he done for Grand Bay in almost 20 years? A piece of culvert, and project housing soon to turn into a ghetto. Grand Bay wake up, and back anybody who is opposed to this skerrit party scheme. Your future depends on it.

  24. Wrong is wrong
    October 28, 2021

    I don’t know if it’s true that Skerrits candidate Vince Henderson of St Joseph is true because we all know Skerrit is a prolific liar. But if that’s true it would be the final nail in Dominica’s coffin because Grandbay is the last place I would expect such disrespect to take place. So yes, I would no doubt support Handbag 100%.

    You know as a Christian raised under the ministry of Pas. St Claire Mitchell, I still had hope for Dominica and a little hope for the church. But when I listened to pastor St. Claire on Q95 on Tuesday with his damnable believe, a belief that agrees with everything corrupt and Skerrit is doing, I realized that all hope is gone. First Pas St Claire said he was only interested in discussing dislike ability and you could tell his demonic poison was geared at Mr Linton. But how could a man that’s disliked got over 14,000local votes? He also said he is in favor of those in the diaspora being able to vote in Dominica. I don’t even know who to turn to for justice

    • Wrong is wrong
      October 28, 2021

      Pastor St Claire really? Pastor doesn’t our president law makes it possible for any Dominican to vote in Dominica as long as they spend 3 months here?
      Then the pastor said he can vote in the USA. That’s not completely true because pastor St Claire knows he can only vote in the one state he is registered and resides. He can’t leave Virginia and say he going to vote in Texas.
      The pastor said he is in favor of what is happening in Grandbay today, where Skerrit is taking Vince from St. Joseph and have him to run in Grandbay. But that same pastor would put you on probation if you left your village and worshipped in another village.
      But some pastors are hypocrites and corrupt like Skerrit. A local pastor in the 80’s was so deceptive like Skerrit, that while pastoring one of our main Pentecostal Churches, had the nerve to play very sick and had to fly to US for treatment. Poor members of PAWI gave their last penny to help him, only to find out he went to pastor a church in the US

  25. An observer of politics in DA
    October 28, 2021

    As a Dominican, I say bravo to Mr. Gabriel’s inspiring motivation to join the fight for his area. I agree that a strong community like Grand Bay should be represented by at least one of their own. No need to go get Vince. Vince will just be doing what he does best – not a damn ting.

    So Grand Bay people, let the parties know that you support your own – vote for a Grand Bay man.

  26. Mike
    October 28, 2021

    Good Luck Hand Bag. The people of south city should vote for Mr. Gabriel in large numbers. You know that passport $$$$$ will be making “devie’- fire with the Labour people. But what we need now is a strong protest vote against the Occupier of our Prime Minister’s office (aka Skerrit) and his crew mate partner Vince. Where is the Occupier’s other partner Judge Byron- he ran away?????
    Good Luck Hand Bag and we are with you.

  27. Toto
    October 28, 2021

    Go for it Dr. Handbag. According to our constitution you are as well qualify as any other Dominican and you are not a foreign smooth talker. We haven’t time for that in Grandbay. Lavie waide already and we prefer straight talk.

    • October 28, 2021

      Oh please Toto, get a life. No uneducated man in Parliament. The man looks unpolished and probably unkempt. Would you like to see him one day become the PM of Dominica? So where does that put ugly Lenny?

      • Toto
        October 28, 2021

        Ds learn your constitution. As long as the man has no criminal record and can speak intelligible English he qualifies to stand as a candidate. The constitution is very clear about that. How do you think Reggie is in Government and representing Skerrit when he is out of country, tell me that. At least Dr. Handbag is not as crude and rude. This is democracy. Nowhere does it say that an MP even has had to visit a school. Wisdom beats smart ass any time, trust me. The key is that an MP is a man or woman of the people, understands them and represents their interest in parliament.Grandbay people deserve at least that.

        • October 29, 2021

          Don’t pay him his bus fare and you will see firsthand how crude and rude he will be. Don’t you guys have any class. You want a bus, handbag driver in Parliament and you don’t want a handsome, charismatic man like the late Maurice Bishop to be the Pm of Dominica. Wey papa.

          • Under the radar
            October 29, 2021

            Yeah like having your pay denied makes people smile. You partisans are the worst with logic, no wonder your little turnip wagon is coming apart.

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  28. Stand Up
    October 28, 2021

    I will come from Guadeloupe to Vote for Mr. Gabriel. You have my Vote and those of all my friends. We must save Dominica from Vultures and Creepy people.

  29. Zandoli
    October 28, 2021

    With all due respect to the gentleman, we need competent people in the House….not roots men. Also he is make a lot of promises which he knows he cannot deliver. He is not even elected yet, but he is behaving like all the other lying politicians.

    • %
      October 28, 2021

      @Zandoli
      Do you want him to make the promises after he is elected? Does that make sense to you?
      Whats wrong with a roots man? So a rootsman has no say in the running of his country? Very strange!!! I rather a roots man to represent me than a thief, a liar, a gangster, etc anywhere and anyday. In terms of competence why are you so blinkered that you are not seeing incompetence in Roseau Central to an extent that you will never see in Dominica or Caricom. Give the man a chance!!

      • October 28, 2021

        No need to give you a chance because if the boot was on the other foot and Skerrit had chosen a roots man bus driver you would have asked how low has Skerrit stooped? Anything from you to upset Skerrit but it won’t work. Go relax before we put you on the MRI machine to check your head out. The MRI came just in time especially for Grandbay nonentities like %..

        • %
          October 28, 2021

          @ds
          Your lack the basic modicum of understanding.You seem quite uneducable. You lack the capacity to contribute to any topic, and it’s not your fault. It could be that you were dodging classes at school, etc. No wonder you seem to have embraced being an accomplished apologist for filthy behaviour for survival!!
          I am not in that with you!

      • Zandoli
        October 28, 2021

        It is not that I do not want a roots man to run for office. My point was that, being a roots man is far down the list of qualities I look for in a politician. I want competence, honesty, integrity, intelligence, good management skills, good communication skills, someone who can make good decisions in difficult circumstances, independent thinkers……door you get where I am going with this?

        Being a roots man is a bonus.

        Enough said

        • October 29, 2021

          The man is uneducated and unpolished. Do you want politicians from the House and Senate in America to laugh at us, to ridicule us? These guys like % still got that Christopher Columbus mentality, 1493. That is how low they have stooped, as low as the fence in my backyard. They are all supporting rubbish just to spite Skerrit but, it won’t work. We need educated, experienced, knowledgeable, progressive people in Parliament. There is no comparison between these bus drivers in Dominica and Jimmy Carter who was the peanut planter in Georgia, America. Handbag is just another trash bag.

  30. Labor voice
    October 28, 2021

    For the life of me I just can’t understand how in 2021 The Dominica Labor Party cannot find a person that is bright enough, intelligent enough, competent enough to replace Edward Registe as parlrep of Grandbay that Skerrit had to go to St Joseph to get Vince Henderson, a person who was already parlrep of St. Joseph but Skerrit didn’t think he was capable enough for St Joseph. Is this the begging of the end of Grandbay just as we see St. Joseph and Portsmouth have become today under Skerrit? What an insult on the people of Grandbay and I do hope that the people of Grandbay wake-up from whatever Skerrit has blinded them with and reject him in a big way

  31. Ibo France
    October 28, 2021

    For Mr. Skerrit to personally handpicked a carpetbagger ( a candidate not from the community) to contest the upcoming bye election in Grand Bay, shows the disdain and utter disrespect he has for not only the people of Grand Bay but for Dominicans in general.

    Grand Bay, although its constituents have given the DLP their unwavering support, has been badly neglected, taken for granted. Despite this appalling treatment, the electors, for some inexplicable reasons, have handcuffed themselves to the Labour Party. Only people of unsound mind do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.

    By the way, if Melissa can become an elected member of parliament, that gives hope to all politically ambitious Dominicans no matter their station in life.

    • October 28, 2021

      You call me uneducated and by the same token you would rather see an uneducated roots man bus driver elected to the house. It goes to show how much disrespect and disdain you have for the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Skerrit. Anything to make a Skerrit look like an idiot. But it will not work. Take care of your health before we have to put you on the MRI machine and run you through. Your bum.

      • Toto
        October 29, 2021

        DS, you know nothing about Dominica. You are insulting our bus drivers now and let me tell you that is a big mistake. They are all self employed and graft for their money and proud of the work they do and I don’t know one of them who is not helpful. They are the salt of the earth and keep Dominica going, they are the glue that keep our country together. Skerrit fears their power they stood up to him and he gave in. Don’t underestimate them my friend.

    • The UK Contingent
      October 28, 2021

      Wish I could give you a THOUSAND likes!

      • The UK Contingent
        October 28, 2021

        Note: this comment is for Ibo France NOT ds

        • October 29, 2021

          Before you catch your flight at Heathrow Airport, let Queen Elizabeth and Boris Johnson know your reason for returning to Dominica. To vote into Dominica Parliament a washed out, uneducated bus driver called handbag with empty promises.

          • The UK Contingent
            October 30, 2021

            Ds…… getting personal for no reason! No class!! 🤣🤣

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            October 31, 2021

            But ds, people can be educated at different level you know. As far as we know Roosevelt is not a an academical educated person.
            Yes; he attended Portsmouth secondary , and was given they say a job to teach English; nevertheless, when one listen to Roosevelt English Vocabulary, people have to wonder how could someone like that be given an English teaching job.
            Now, I know in Dominica anything goes, but what happened when this alleged English professor said he majored in some university in some Southern United?
            (I doh want talk eh), nevertheless; when Dominica people living in America heard the Dominica professor said how he in certain universities!
            They called to find out if attended and graduated there.
            The answer was: there’s no record of a graduated student by that name.
            Perhaps that is why dem man bought honorreary degree, and became doctor, fart, sir knight eh!

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