COMMENTARY: The cottage with no house

Mervin Paul

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Resilient, robust, build back better, different and stronger are all words and terms which have been banded about and frivolously used to describe Dominica’s thrust going forward in all sectors but more so our housing sector, since the ravages of Hurricane Maria.

We have seen a number of apartments being constructed all over the country and while there have been rumors of concerns about plumbing and other maintenance issues, one can only hope that we don’t have to see them tested with another severe weather condition. My prayer is that they were built truly resilient.

While some people are nonetheless enjoying these apartments and I do encourage them to do so, the cottage which created and carved out the senior minister and longest ever serving housing minister, itself, has no house except for the few which were built, bought and refurbished to truly epitomize the resilient approach we hear so much about. I will tell you about these later. We can today count on one hand a half, the few people in the cottage who got a house, bought a house or repaired a house under the current parl rep’s stewardship and those who either bought, built or refurbished for the most part, have done so having received zinc and plywood while living in a build back better and resilient touted era in Dominica.

Tell me why almost four years after Maria, an elderly man still lives in the Cottage community center and the people of the community cannot even play a bingo game there as they usually did on a weekend.

This cottage has no house.

Car-zo lived in the rat infested upstairs of the once popular Toucarie party spot and even after he was repeatedly named on lists of people whom cheques were prepared for to go towards housing assistance, it is only recently a little shelter was started and still yet to be completed. Have all these cheques finally made it to the hardware stores and the materials finally used to build this little shack?

Does this cottage have any house?

Ask the people of Capuchin who received housing assistance from the parl rep, especially our indigenous people of that community, how many concrete roofs and impact resistance windows did they get as against the zinc and plywood they had to accept and hush their mouths. How many can boast that if another severe weather comes their way, they feel safe in their homes? Your guess is as good as mine.

Does this cottage have any house?

So why the five to seven people who have concrete roofs for which they had to beg to get the material from the parl rep are themselves even afraid to speak publicly about their neighbors who are languishing in poverty and squalor housing conditions? Is it that they are being threatened with never again getting government assistance and being told that they are ungrateful? How does one seek to represent people and after twenty seven years of failed representation, you still feel that people should not say that the cottage has no house?

Plywood and zinc are important but in the context of resilient housing as coined by this administration, it is an insult and downright disrespect to the people of the cottage constituency and they deserve better and they should have their government assisted houses built within the same structure like the third one being built in Savanne Paille

The cottage has no house.

Take a look at lagoon. Look at the amount of little wooden residences still on the beach side and opposite side of the road throughout this part of the constituency. Are these resilient houses or were they built under the housing revolution program?

Does this cottage have a house?

Cotton Hill got some apartments, even before these were built, this cottage had issues with the house. Is it true that boy soldier from Vielle Case was approved for the site clearing because he met all the requirements in his application but because he would not agree to the under table kick backs, he was fought against by an attack dog parl rep and the boys of the company who are fast were given the hefty contract because they as usual knows what time it is?

Does this cottage have a house?

Oh and just before I forget, does the cottage parl rep know about the huge container of materials to include hundreds of pieces steel which the former mayor of Portsmouth had the keys for? Does the parl rep know anything about materials from that container going to the Savane Paille upcoming two-story mansion and other communities to assist in the building houses for side kicks, I did not say side chicks?

Yet, plywood and zink is what best suits the rest of the people in lagoon, Savanne Paille, Toucarie, Cottage, Clifton and Capuchin.

Does the cottage have any house?

It would be unfair on my part though if I did not ask the parl rep whether he knows or assisted in the building of at least two house which are well known, and did he ensure another big one in Morne-a-louis was also bought and refurbished to meet all resilient criteria? I must credit the parl rep if he knows or assisted the owners or owner of these three resilient houses and to say that the owner did well in looking out for himself.

This cottage that I just spoke about definitely has resilient houses.

So it is for the people of the cottage constituency to look, listen and say whether they are satisfied with the level of housing in their constituency after twenty seven years under this one parliamentary representative and the Dominica Labour Party. Can you sleep comfortable knowing that if tomorrow, another severe weather condition is approaching, you can stay in your houses because it is resilient and can withstand a category 2 hurricane? How much more can you take, how much longer can you sit around and see people you have been sending to parliament to represent you, use your vote to enjoy the resilience of life while you languish in constant pain and silent agony?

Since clearly, housing is the ministry which has best suited the constituency in government for so long, people of the cottage constituency speak up and speak out. Let your parlrep and the Prime minister know “your cottage does not have any house” and you will determine who will next provide fresh, new and genuine representation.

Does your cottage have any house?

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 24, 2022

    One of Roosevelt ploy is to give houses to people which they cannot own!
    Who is the rightful owner of these properties?
    In any event where salaries are small in the country, very few people are able to accumulate enough to build a house, considering that it is more expensive to build a house from the ground up in Dominica, than in Europe, Canada, and the United States.
    Here is the reason why!
    The average annual salary for a civil servant at home is EC, or xc5,160.00 or US$1,911.11 per year. The lowest annual salary is EC$4,480 = US$1,659.30 per year.
    The highest annual income is EC$7,800 or US$2,888.89 per year: divide any or the pay by 12, one will see that one does not make enough to build a house when even according to Roosevelt Skerrit; it takes more than a million dollars to build a
    “modest” house in Dominica.
    What happens to those people in the country with no job, they become parasites living on handouts from where they get it.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 24, 2022

      Indeed, they live as parasites off handouts, from Roosevelt, rather they demand industries to produce jobs, they are afraid to speak out fearing the bits of peanuts they grovel at the feet of Roosevelt will be taken away from them.
      If someone takes the time to research public servants’ salary in the Caribbean, they will find that even on the 39.38 square mile island, a British colony the annual salary of a civil servant is higher than the corn grains and peanut change Roosevelt pays our people.
      Skerrit lovers gun me down if you wish:
      But here is a question: if the highest paid annual salary is less than eight thousand EC. annually in Dominica, can any of you tell me from where Roosevelt got his millions?
      Compute his monthly salary, and decide if that boy should not be jail, the same applies to Austrie, Blackmore all of whom owns more than one property valued and more than a million dollars each!
      If Austrie is leaving, someone should check out his bank…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 25, 2022

        So, the 39.38 square mile island I am talking about is Monserrat, people work for more money in Monserrat per hour than in Dominica.

        And by the way they don’t sell British Passports to Criminals!

  2. Accountant
    August 24, 2022

    Before I’m arrested for incitement under the Public Order Act by the Skerrit Militia, this is no clarion call for riots. It is to say that a democracy that is unable to satisfy the basic needs of its citizens brings mass unrest on itself. Martin Luther King aptly observed that “a riot is the language of the unheard”; how else can ordinary people force the powerful to listen? Waiting for the next general election that may be just as unfair and possibly even unlawful as the previous ones since 1999 will not deal with the imminent humanitarian and economic catastrophe we face in our beloved country. The Skerrit regime has to go and with it characters like Austrie, Blackmoore, Pampalam, Gucci and D. Charles.

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    • Bwa-Banday
      August 24, 2022

      I echo your sentiments sir/ madam!

      We have heard the refrain; “How long, NOT long” by many in opposition for far too long but this sheet has become worse by the minute and we as a people must unite like yesterday and do what we have to do. The Ukranians put a stop to mighty Russia with boozies and a determination unseen in history. The Bangladeshes came together and made the change they wanted happen.

      With all the opposition voice we have here, they all seems to be singing their individual tunes with individual interests. Imagine IF Christian Counsel, CCM, NJAM, House of NAYABINGHI, UWP, NITCLIF, APP, Pawol Party, Freedom, Disgruntled Labour all hit the streets on Monday morning in every nook and cranny what can happen? Letang will have no choice but to call out the DPSU disgruntled to join in and whala, change MUST COME. Dca needs change like yester-year! :twisted: :twisted:

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  3. RBD Cinema
    August 24, 2022

    But hear Mervin Paul nou. Mervin is this an attack on Reggie or an attack on the corruption of Roosevelt Skerrit and the DLP? But are you not one of them bro? Boy Judging by how Ian Douglas described Skerrit as the person that will love you in in your face but the moment you go to the toilet he will attack you to another friend, I wouldn’t be surprised Skerrit is the one that pushed Mervin to roast Reggie like he did. Is just a bunch of crooks and corrupt people in this DLP and everyone singing for their supper

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  4. Massacre
    August 23, 2022

    “Will all the Mervins in every constituency Stand-up and be counted!” I was about time that someone the cabal grow a pair and come out to the unfamiliar territory to expose the corruption that we have been talking about for more than 20 years. I am now looking to encourage more Mervins to leave this fiasco and start to build Dominica once and for all.

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  5. Pierre
    August 23, 2022

    Why do people think government must always give them something. That’s not the role of a government. Government should help people provide for themselves. To measure the performance of the parl rep and his govt based on how many houses people get is shallow. It was President Kennedy who famously said, “Think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. And this,I think, is the mindset we, Dominicans, must have going forward, if this island of ours is to be a great nation.

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    • Marty
      August 24, 2022

      That’s the way Skerrit wanted it (Red Clinic etc.) That’s what Skerrit told them.

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    • Ibo France
      August 24, 2022

      Governments should ensure to provide the enabling economic environment – low taxes, incentives for businesses to thrive, proper infrastructure, livable wages, etc. for its inhabitants.

      This government does none of these. In fact, it is self centred and not people centred as all governments should be. The evidence of this is unmistakable. Roosevelt and his ministers live in exquisite opulence while the vast majority of resident citizens lives in squalid conditions.

      People in general prefer to earn to own. But, in Dominica, the living circumstances are dire. Therefore, the masses are dispossessed and are forced to beg for their survival.

      The corrupt politicians like it this way. Giving the people handouts makes these electors and their children feel eternally grateful to their ‘benefactors’.

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  6. Possie Direct
    August 23, 2022

    It is nice to hear my friend Mervin expose the failures of Reggie Austrie but the sad thing is while he tries to toast Austrie he is giving the impression that Skerrit is not part of the problem. But my friend Reggie is doing what Skerrit wants him to do and in most cases he is doing it for Skerrit. Mervin, Cottage is no different than Portsmouth, Paix Bouche, colihault, St Joseph, Mahault, Roseau, Soufriere, Grandbay or anywhere in Dominica. Is the same mess, same Skerrit makaquee all over but somehow laborites are blaming the parlrep instead of Skerrit. In fact I would be surprised that Mervin didn’t expose Reggie on behalf of Skerrit and with help from Skerrit just as Reggie criticized Blackmore on behalf of Skerrit and with help from Skerrit. Dominica is just a big mess in every town or village and though it’s a labor mess, the truth is Roosevelt Skerrit is the main reason for the mess we see

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    • Bobby
      August 24, 2022

      My sentiments exactly. Skerrit got all of them by the short and curly. Having said that, Austrie on his own right is a very disgusting human being.

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  7. TAD
    August 23, 2022

    well said Mervin
    shame on parlrep Austrie for failing to represent his people. After 25 yrs the only person you beautified is your self. building houses after houses while the valnerable people are left out. Mr.Pm you need to ask reggie the monies that were giving to him to finish the houses for the people of cottage where was it spent, was it spent on the TAD BEACHFRONT? WHILE THE POOR OLD MAN IS IN THE COMMUNITY CENTER is in A deplorable condition. The road in the cottage village is undermine since before Hurricane Maria (no wall was built) right now ( THE ALMOND DECK BAR) IS COMPLETED and a wall was built to place a GAZEBO for the fake eyelash.
    The same people who help you before now you are trying to attack them( The Daniel Boys) PASSING THROUGH THIS VILLAGE IS A SHAME . Are you trying to compete with the keepin it Real..
    Just a reminder the DANIELS are the reason why you are here and from what am hearing you don’t give a sh.. about them anymore.

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  8. Zandoli
    August 23, 2022

    Mervin….I hope this is your last go at the Parl Rep re the deficiencies in the Cottage constituency. We agree he could/should have done more for his people, but we kinda get the message.

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    • Lin clown
      August 23, 2022

      I have tried to understand UWP for a very long time.According to Mervin Paul Regime has been representing the cottage for 27 years(5 elections).For 27 years UWP has been running their mouth,until all their teeth drop.REGIE is still there.We know Mervin has tried on several occasions t o unseat Regime.REGIE is still there.So who,is the jacka,Mervin,REGIE ,IBO,Zandoli,Fed up,Paul or UWP.?These UWP and their minority must respect the voice of the PEOPLE.The PEOPLE of the Cottage constituency has rejected Mervin Paul is it because they know he is a fake?The people of Cottage know REGIE and they know Mervin.Why are they not listening to Mervin,they know Mervin was heading GIS when REGIE was a minister.Where was Mervin living when he was at GIS?

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    • John john
      August 24, 2022

      Hate the truth don’t you ?

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  9. Ibo France
    August 23, 2022

    Mr. Mervin Paul, welcome to reality. It’s better to be late than never. You are in a unique position to disclose the evil doings of this kakistocracy as you had a seat at the table.

    Roosevelt is Dominica’s most devastating problem. Despite this, he still commands the support of a sizable percent of the electorate, not the majority locally.

    In order to eliminate him from the political landscape of the country, we will have to change the minds of the people who support his party. He manipulates these people by using the public purse and resources of the state. Yku, Mr. Paul, are one of the best persons to do this being an ex-member of the cabal.

    If a fish comes ashore and tells you that there are sharks in the sea you better believe. As a former insider you have credibility with a significant number of the populace despite the misgivings of some.

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  10. Paul
    August 23, 2022

    Well said, Mervin. But none of that would happen without the blessing and approval of Roosevelt Skerrit. So to eradicate the problem of No Cottages in Cottage, you must call out the leadership that allows that to happen. No Poetic hyperbole will solve the problem! C all them OUT!

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    • Pipo
      August 24, 2022

      You see Mervin, I can not escape the conclusion that the piece you have written has the approval of Skerrit written all over it. Yes, Austrie needs replacing but by whom? You? What is Skerrit’s motivation for wanting his old comrade out of the way? The very man he appointed as his second in command and trusted with the chairmanship of his oil venture with Venezuela? Has he upset him and outlived his usefulness? Be very careful Mervin and make sure you are not being played or you may end up like the speaker of the house, who sold his soul irretrievably. Is that a price worthy of your ambition?

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  11. Fed up
    August 23, 2022

    Well said bro. There isn’t anything untrue about this revelation but a total misrepresentation for 27 years. A failure and selfishness. Take what all you get but i know all you will still vote for me bcuz zor sot. Con you imagine the night before the pal rep opening of his daughter’s bar men installed solar lights along the toucarie flat just to entertain the opeing. Is this fair? Just like Internet reaching toucarie and not cottage, clifton or capuchin for a while. This Pal Rep needs to go and thanks for speaking out Paul

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  12. Indira Pierre-Louis
    August 23, 2022

    Does the Government have to provide a home for every Dominican? Dominicans need to start prioritizing. All the money they spend partying they need to invest it wisely and stop trying to give the Goverment a bad name. Many of them can do better for themselves. This is pure nonsense.

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    • We the People
      August 23, 2022

      My dear Indira

      In case you are not aware, this is how the government operates. I would just replace the word Dominicans, with the word Labourites

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    • brain less
      August 23, 2022

      tell that to your dead father who benefitted with roof and flooring to make his house more resilient. not to those who still have tapolins on their roofs.or to those who are still begging the pit bull.

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      • Desdemonia Visconti
        August 24, 2022

        Don’t talk about my dead dad you ……..go and learn to read and write ..

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        • RandyX
          August 26, 2022

          Wow, we definitely hit a nerve here. All over sudden all those creatures that were hiding under Skerrits skirt and kept hush, venture out… kicking and screaming! The day of reckoning will be similarly undignified, I can assure you. All you will be paying a heavy price for betraying your country.

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          • Beta
            August 28, 2022

            One of the most disgusting set of people on earth have their home in Dominica. They didn’t buy it, they don’t pay rent for it! They just have to vote for the right person at election time and he tops it with 2 burned chicken wings, a shot of the cheapest Dominican rum and an envelope containing a 20 dollar bill. No who would want to vote for that man, in particular if you don’t want to work.

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          • Peter
            September 8, 2022

            They are totally blinded by their greed and Skerrit knows exactly how to play them. A ten dollar bill usually does the trick and they won’t ask where the billions of CBI are stashed. They continue to live in hope that they might hit the jackpot one day… a hundred dollar bill!

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    • Cheh Cotteche
      August 23, 2022

      Hypocrisy. Wasn’t your deceased father, a former principal and respected member of the Dominican society, a beneficiary of the government housing assistance? Should we now assume that he was not atop his priorities and was investing unwisely? Should we also assume that you, who reside at your father’s home (no disrespect) and who’s also a teacher employed by the Government of Dominica, could not have done better for yourself? Remember, when you point one finger, three are pointing right back.

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      • Marty
        August 24, 2022

        Very well spoken. But that’s the trade of all those hypocrites. Disgusting!

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      • Indira Pierre-Louis
        August 24, 2022

        You are clueless. You need to take a trip up the hill. I pity you.🤣🤣🤣🤣😍 And as for my dead father, anything he got from government he deserves it. He served his country community all his life without complaining and for free. So if he got a roof he deserved it. Shame on you. Do your research on my dead and shut up. And you are invited up the hill. Stupes. All people like you will miss. Ingrate.

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        • Beta
          August 25, 2022

          He didn’t serve his country community but rather the leader of the DLP. There is a very clear difference which many Skerrit supporters chose to overlook. All you were told years ago that his reign was bound to finish and all you knew all the time that would leave all you supporter high and dry at best, Stockfarm at worst. Stop bawling! Stupse.

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      • D
        August 24, 2022

        If you do not know what your are saying why don’t you shut up and keep my dad name out of your filthy mouth.Take a drone and it will show you what’s going up on the hill.You Dominicans need to know your place and get your facts straight .

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        • Johnson
          August 26, 2022

          You are the one that needs to shut up, servant of evil. We will show you YOUR place very soon. Rest assured, you won’t like it!

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    • elizabethlxavier
      August 23, 2022

      Idira, you have spoken my thoughts here. I just do not understand why people believe that the Government simply have to build houses to give to them and their family.

      What is really the priority of the people in Dominica? Money is not easy in the pocket for no one, except for the people who were born rich and continue to live rich.

      But those who are determined to help themselves will come through.

      Dominicans need to learn the mentality of helping themselves, as God Almighty is willing to lead them into survival.

      The Government can only do what they are called to do by God, Himself, because they are His Workmanship for the works of Love in their region.

      His Will be done, or woe to them if they don’t follow His Laws. The people cannot take the Law in their own hands in the name of Politics. That is how the hard times, the struggles, the unrest, and the suffering are born among us–but what good is that?

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      • Skerrit Babies
        August 24, 2022

        That Elizabeth is so damn hypocrite that I can’t even take her in. All you created all you monkey and now you trying to blame it? Skerrit chose building houses all over to hide hide his corrupt money and now all you want to blame people Skerrit made handicap for looking to him for help? All you too damn hypocrite. Blame Skerrit for that because he is the one that brought the people like that. Train up a child….and when he is old he will not depart from it.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 24, 2022

        “Idira, you have spoken my thoughts here. I just do not understand why people believe that the Government simply have to build houses to give to them and their family.”(Elizebeth).

        Elizabeth, that’s no mystery; and I believe you know precisely what your friend Roosevelt is doing and has done to the nation.
        That’s political ploy!
        There is a Proverb: Give a man a fish: the origin of give a man fish he will eat for a day. Teach a person a useful skill can be much more beneficial in the long run than filling a need for them temporarily that is the meaning of the proverb.

        If you give a person something as a house they may be satisfied for a while, but what happens when it is time for maintenance repairs; ect, and they do not have the resources to conduct maintenance?
        If there are jobs in the country, one can work and save, and perhaps become non dependence on politics, handouts from the Roosevelt sale of passports industry money.

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      • foreign observer
        August 25, 2022

        Elizabeth, where have you been since the passage of Hurricane Maria (i.e., the past 5 years)? You are a frequent commentator on these pages for any opportunity to bash anyone not extolling your beloved leader – such as your comments above.

        Well, let me tell you about the government handing out houses/housing across the land. It’s been going on for quite a while and was initially promoted in Spring, 2018. The government of Dominica hand-in-hand with Montreal Management Consultants (MMC) using funds from the sale of Dominican passports. In fact, here’s an article reporting on the latest homes by your beloved leader from today’s latest DNO reporting:

        Read before you comment, please.

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        • Robertson
          September 3, 2022

          Hiding in Canada collecting welfare stamps and entertaining Makak-Tods Etinne occasionally.

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    • Sarah lee
      August 24, 2022

      So is only for one set he can provide for ?????????

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 24, 2022

      “Does the Government have to provide a home for every Dominican?”(Indira).
      That’s the mentality of Dominicans!
      I of all persons have asks that very question over the years; in the process I got threatened because of my views on that. Nevertheless, I will say that although Dominicans like the “freebees” everybody wants something free, personal economic hardship, has caused many to become dependent on gifts from politicians especially Roosevelt Skerrit.
      Roosevelt has discovered this weakness’ in the majority of people, and he is using the giveaway of houses, and apartments, money as dangling carrots which causes people to vote for him.
      A promise is a fool’s pleasure; give them hope and no work they become dependent on my “Roosevelt handouts.” I can give you instances where even I was caught up in a promise by that damn crook Roosevelt where he promised to give a house to my late sister; after more than fifteen years of waiting, I eventually build a house in 2020, by…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 24, 2022

        So, the hurricane blew away the delipidated house she lived in, I decided to build her a home; by November 2021 moths after she moved into it, she died, as a result of the aftermath of COVID-19
        Nonetheless, if I waited on Roosevelt giveaway my sister may have died in the streets.

        The point I am making here is not everyone at home is fortunate to have the resources as I have to help themselves never minded siblings.
        A few weeks ago, I spoke to someone at home, politics as usually, the person explained to me how nasty and rough life has become under Roosevelt rule, the person told me that there are more poor people at home in 2022, than any other time in Dominica’s history. I suggest why don’t you speak out in the open with your concerns; the person responded, “well I am waiting on a house.”

        So, you see, it’s not mandatory for government to give houses to people, it is Roosevelt tactics used against the poor to keep them voting for him.

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        • Wesley Queen
          August 28, 2022

          Makak -Dods, you are just as bad as your arch enemy. You are a shyster who claims to have done this and that, who owns this and that, who has done this and that… Hold it, we hear but we don’t see. We also hear you are the most beautiful person on earth. We hear but nobody has seen you. Certainly not in DA.

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    • foreign observer
      August 25, 2022

      Indira, you seem rather uninformed about the free government housing situation in Dominica.

      It’s been going on for quite a while and was initially promoted in Spring, 2018. The government of Dominica hand-in-hand with Montreal Management Consultants (MMC) using funds from the sale of Dominican passports. In fact, here’s an article reporting on the latest homes by your beloved leader from today’s latest DNO reporting:

      Mind you, what has been billed as free housing, in the very fine print are such details as recipients not receiving title to the apartments and being responsible for some costs of the properties such as maintenance and utilities (announced by none other than Reginald Austrie himself some time ago).

      So the government is certainly trying to provide a home for many Dominicans (especially red ones) and leaving others to fend for themselves…

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  13. Juanita
    August 22, 2022

    From the beginning, the foundation of the Cottage was faulty, so it’s not surprising that the Cottage has no house and the walls of the Cottage are now full of visible cracks. The “caretakers” of the Cottage now have their work cut out for them to do some internal restructuring to the defective nature of the Cottage. However, one is not optimistic because the House people are known for allegedly imposing greedy and incompetent “caretakers.”

    Hurricane Maria affected almost every Dominican household, but while some folks with “modest” million dollar houses continue to build more houses “on the House”, other folks are practically still living in tents. God does not like ugly. But, keep on writing Mr. Paul. It may become discernible sooner rather than later that the Whole House is patterned just like the Cottage and has the same types of structural defects. He that hath an eye to see, let his see: The House is full of little Cottages!

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  14. Jah Kal
    August 22, 2022

    What an idiot, very insulting, he believes they will cottages to him what a shame.

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    • JAH KAL
      August 25, 2022

      People i throw that one in the pack and it’s amasing how you all took it ,that’s ok . When you a ask to come to Roseau and walk i hope you all jump on the buses like you all jump on the post. People living out of Dominica i hope you encourage your people on island to joint the cause .
      The person i was referring to was the pit bull he said so not me was Austrie , he think’s he is the best thing that ever happen to cottage since the invention of slice bread what an idiot time will tell .
      Dominicans the reason why these guys doing all that havoc they have their way out of Dominica when they loose the election , most of them have their green card so the people they have fooling all the time they can not see that , they themself have no way out, but stay and grind in Dominica . Right now a gallon of gas in the NY is $4.19 right in Dominica is $18.66 per gallon take it like a man.

  15. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 22, 2022

    “The cottage with no house!”(Mervin Paul).

    If that in the quote is a metaphor; I am unable to relate it to anything significant, in other words it is meaningless; because a metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable:

    We are familiar with the term “house!” Nevertheless, a Cottage is defined as a cozy house often in rural or semi-rural locations! Speaking in terms of resilient, or resiliency, it does not take much commonsense to come to a conclusion that Roosevelt and his puppets talking about Dominica is the first or is going to be the first resilient country in the world is simply hogwash; there is absolutely no resiliency against the elements: Rain, Wind, Fire, and Earthquake!
    Since you mentioned it, perhaps you can ask Roosevelt to present you with one of his resilient Architectual drawings, and blueprints for any of his resilient buildings.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 22, 2022

      Our people are so gullible, they believe anything Roosevelt say; I live in a country where we see storms every day; fire destroys many family homes for miles, sometimes entire communities. We see Tornadoes (stronger wind than hurricanes). Flooding which washed away property, leaving the areas uninhabitable.

      People simply collect from their insurance companies. After the fact, you don’t see anybody (government) going on Television) in Europe, nor North America talking fart about building resilient houses.

      One can build a house to withstand a four hundred miles per hour wind; but what happen when the force is over four hundred miles per hour?

      How can you build resilient against water that washes away the foundation, and you inside of the house; we see Neiborhood fire, all the fire trucks and water, Neiborhood still burns to the ground!
      The poorest country on the planet is the first in everything, because cockatoo Roosevelt fantasize it to be so!

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      • Bwa-Banday
        August 23, 2022

        @FET..Come on my man read the message and move on! This is not an English Language Class setting so chill. Let the man be himself because as far as I am concerned his writing is simple and can be comprehended by all. Mervin don’t know me, I only know him as another Dcan bro but sometimes we just have to listen to the message and STOP attacking the messanger.

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        • Ibo France
          August 23, 2022

          I agree Bwa-Banday. Mervin, for whatever reason(s), has had an obvious epiphany.

          Now he is talking truth to power why excoriated him? The message here is much more important than the messenger.

          All of us have engaged in some sort of indiscretion at sometime in our lives. The only perfect person is a fool. Leave the gentleman alone.

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        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          August 24, 2022

          You see you are talking nonsense; just as you have the right to your opinions, I should have the same pleasure; what makes you think I attacked the man?

          If someone is in politics and they are unable to accept criticisms, they should step out of the arena! Guy I am sure we do not read the same books, nor have we attended the same educational institutions; hence our; reasoning power are not the same, everybody cannot think alike, what might be cherished as gold for you might be like pearls before swine’s!
          So what?
          lbo try to insult me with this word “epiphany, if the author of the commentary had a revelation from God perhaps, he should form a church; because the term epiphany means this: the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles: Read (Matthew 2:1–12).

          You see some damn illiterate will see the word epiphany and run with it, not knowing it does not belong in this conversation, but that’s the way you people are!
          Hell; not me I don’t dance to the stupid music of others, okay!

    • elizabethlxavier
      August 23, 2022

      Telemaque, I did not have to read all of your comment because from the time I read: “If that in the quote is a metaphor; I am unable to relate it to anything significant, in other words it is meaningless”. Right away I read my own thoughts in that phrase.

      These people may not be aware that they are writing to educate those who read their thoughts; what does “Mervin” thinks he is saying by writing “cottage” and “house” with the same note?

      During the summer, many Torontonians leave their “house” in the City to go to the rural areas where they have a “cottage” to spend quiet time with their family, so how does a “cottage have no house?”

      Mervin Paul I understand that you are trying to convey a message to fellow Dominicans, and you are speaking about the community name “Cottage” in Dominica.

      However, it is senseless to say that there is “no house” in that community. That makes your dispute against the Government a BIG JOKE, you see!

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 24, 2022

        “However, it is senseless to say that there is “no house” in that community. ”

        Sometimes it is better for someone to refrain (be reserved) so as not to offend!
        Nevertheless, it would appear to me that this guy wishes to take Austrie out; he is going to have a hard time doing so. I am going to try and be balanced here, and asaks for him how long has he and the entire village tolerated Austrie?

        For as lowed as Austrie’s mouth, to be honest with you that village should have much more to show; it is a nice little village one of my favorites’ in the country, one of the reasons I like it is because apart from seeing the island of Marie Galant from my village of Wesley, one can see Guadeloupe from his village, and I had a girlfriend there when I was young and hot eh!


        But as for Austrie, that bastard challenge me to a fight at Long House in Portsmouth, I was just a kid, couldn’t contend with a vicious contender, and he called Wesley people swamp-pigs in patios!

  16. Bwa-Banday
    August 22, 2022

    Mervin…Once again I applaud your bravery in asking these pertinent questions. I hope Dcans will step back and contemplate on the message and not attack the messenger. You I believe is well placed to bring some light to those still living in the dark tormented by the “Demon Of Cottage” who seem to have an insatiable appetite for houses and all things the high life gives.

    Sadly, I myself can speak of the “other” houses and apartments given to women by the said “Demon Of Cottage” in exchange for Pampalam Shaking Affairs. But I will pause for now because it will sound like he cherishes women in uniform hence I digress. Don’t want to spook high ranking garbadine guys and gals who may feel threatened by the younger, thicker, prettier pampalam shakers that have the power of the crotch to crook them in areas of promotion.

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    • Ibo France
      August 23, 2022

      The first paragraph I fully endorse. I thought the same things you so eloquently expressed.

      Most of the second paragraph was too much of a parable to me. Your figurative expressions clean bowled me. Remember I’m not too discerning.

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  17. Ibo France
    August 22, 2022

    The people of Cottage are satisfied with their present lot. How do I know this? They re-election the loud, foul-mouthed, cartoonish hooligan to misrepresent them in government every time.

    The Cottage community has nobody to blame but themselves for their present precarious circumstances. Their long suffering has been self inflicted.

    “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

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    • Beta
      August 24, 2022

      Absolutely correct! However, the same thing could be said for ALL constituencies held by the DLP.

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  18. Sousey sel
    August 22, 2022

    Mervin boy not you alone that giving reggie blows, all woman I know giving reggie blows….

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    • Tussnellda
      August 28, 2022

      True that but not only reggie. I know others. But I grant you reggie is one of the worst. Black and blue from top to bottom mister must be by now.

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  19. Joe Linton
    August 22, 2022

    Mervin i guess you will sleep good going forward because Reggie is no longer going up… You seem to have a love for your people i recommend you come home and contest that seat as an independent candidate, you will be in a position to give the Cottage a house!!!!!!!!

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 24, 2022

      Man shut up’ if your name is truly Linton, you are a damn disgrace to the family, and a yard foul to Roosevelt Skerrit!

      And since the term yard foul is a common term used in Barbados; since the family Linton originates in Barbados you should know how that is degrading! You see I am a Linton, from my grandmother; my fathers’ mother Cecil Linton: I am an Alfred from another grandmother, Margareta Alred by mothers’ I am a Dods by my mother.
      I am also “Telemaque” from the great, great, Klan out of Daka in Sinegal on the African continent of Africa!

      Shut up; we doh want you in our family, cause you are a damn yard foul eh!


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  20. Focus
    August 22, 2022

    Hmmmmmmm well put together….Coming from a former Member of the carbal…

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