COMMENTARY: Twenty-seven years of loyalty resulting in pain, poverty and degradation

Mervin Paul

When the well-known local principal failed in his bid to replace the late great Alleyne Carbon as the freedom party candidate for the Cottage constituency 27 years ago, did he ever believe that his efforts then, at assisting the now parliamentary representative, Reginald Austrie, would result in the Cottage constituency becoming the least represented and most deprived and depraved constituency in Dominica? It would be interesting to hear his response now.

Between 1995 and 2000, the Cottage constituency was in opposition and one may contend that very little by way of constituency development could have been done since, as we all know, in Dominica today and in the words of the late Dame, “don’t blame me if my eyes fall on the constituencies that voted for me”. From 2000, the current parl rep was a junior minister in the office of then prime minister Roosevelt Douglas with special responsibility for small business development. How many small businesses were developed in the cottage constituency during his tenure as such a minister? Your guess is as good as mine unless you can point me to them.

When, after the death of Rosie, Austrie became Minister for Communications and Works in the Pierre Charles led cabinet, one thought that like Earl Williams, a constituency like Salsbury then would boast of having the best roads in the country. What is the status of our roads in that constituency after you pass Kempinski? Go take a drive all the way to Capuchin.

When under the Roosevelt Skerrit led administration, the parl rep was appointed and still is, the longest-ever serving minister of housing, one thought that we would be able to boast of the best housing stock in the country. What have we seen? Plywood for people in Capuchin and other parts of the constituency and sand, steel, and blocks given to a selected few who still had to pledge quiet allegiance or face victimization. Oh, I almost forgot that a huge house was purchased in Morne-a-Louis where the top deans from the Ross University were renting and another was expanded in Toucarie while the new mansion with two stories and still going up, is almost complete in Savanne Paille. I almost forgot that these belong to a constituent of the cottage constituency so that may be all the real houses we have gotten in 27 years.

For twenty seven years this constituency has voted Labour and one parliamentary representative. What does the constituency have today that we can boast of for having been loyal to the Dominica Labour Party and this one parl rep? Where are the resilient homes, what is our health, education, sports,(take a look at the Lamothe playing field-JURASSIC PARK)  employment, small business, tourism, roads, technology, and overall economic situation, like today, after 27 years of loyalty?

I almost forgot that KEMPINSKI is in the constituency. Well, I’m bold enough to say, this was only because Skerrit felt this was the best location for such an investment and not the representation of the current parl rep. So he cannot take credit for it. Even with such a development right where it is, the favorable road conditions end right there. Take a drive further up and let’s see if you can dispute my assertions.

How many scholarships (gifted or government funded) have we gotten to Cuba, China, the United States, or other parts of the world? Well, I’m sure if we count, we will find that at least four of the few came from one notable house.

Ask the owners of the few little beach bars located on the Lagoon/Purple Turtle beach, Bell Hall, and Toucarie beach how much small business assistance the current parl rep has given. HMMMM. Did I hear someone say that there is competition coming from a new beachfront bar and grill in Toucarie and it belongs to the daughter of a notable member of the constituency? I’m just asking for the people of the Cottage constituency. They want to know. I thought the Catholic Church once used that same little beach bar to raise some funds during the feats of Saint Anthony. Maybe we should ask the church to clear the air on that.

You see, so even while we “keeping it real” on the Toucarie beach and we trying to “GREG-O-RIZE” and re-activate the long-used major spot on the other end of the beach, nepotism and selfishness are once again rearing their ugly head. Does the parl rep have any idea of what I’m talking about and does he know who is developing this new beach bar and grill that a soak away was attempted to be built for recently, and does he plan to assist in ensuring that somebody else gets a chance to make a living seeing that he has been making a very good living as a politician and parl rep for 27 years from the votes of these very people?

It is downright disgraceful that as the longest serving parliamentarian in Dominica’s parliament, Austrie does not have a report card on his constituency which can boast of visible, tangible, and human development. The Cottage constituency is easily the most depressed, depressing, depraved, and deprived constituency on the island and it epitomizes degradation and shame.

For a parl rep to go to parliament and the only thing he can speak about is an apartment building in the lagoon area and sends condolences to the family of those who died, is equivalent to talking about a beautiful funeral home. Is that what the constituency has become after 27 years of loyalty to one man and one party?

Every other “just come “parliamentary representative can go to parliament and speak of what they have achieved or what they plan to do, little or fictional as it may be. This one is all about ‘maypwee’ and gutter-like utterances. This is not what the people of the Cottage constituency wanted after the 15 years of Alleyne Carbon and they have tolerated it for far too long.

So, the big question is when will it end and what are we going to do about it?

From recent public pronouncements, it appears that the cottage constituency has become an estate bequeathed to the parliamentary representative/Labour Party by some unknown previous owner. Even if that was so, the modern-day slavery must end. It shall end by the people and for the people.

It is now time that a very clear, strong, and unambiguous message be sent to the prime minister and leader of the Labour Party, Roosevelt Skerrit, that Reginald Austrie through his lack of representation except having done that well for himself only, has done enough harm to the people and must be removed. This must be made known publicly so the constituents can begin to sleep peacefully knowing their day of political redemption is coming. Any failure to respect the wishes of the very many people who are hurting silently and are calling out for the same covertly shall be met with a massive rejection of this man at the next election which I suspect will be called at least a year sooner than the constitutionally due date.

To all those other political organizations who believe that they are coming to present as replacement, they must themselves “come good” as we say. The time for holding politicians in this constituency accountable has come and no amount of promises and envelopes and galvanize or plywood will cut it. The hams and chicken will still be welcomed at Christmas but that is just a two-week pot. WE DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT!

Let me remind people of the Cottage constituency of what happens when people stand up and demand their respect.

The people of Colihaut were dictated to that they should ditch Toulon and vote Sabroache. This autocratic move was mandated and sanctioned by the prime minister and leader of the DLP who many say they love so much. The people of Calihaut decided to run Toulon as an independent candidate to prove that they had the power. Labour party T-shirts and manifestos were burnt in the middle of the bridge on the highway. Toulon was voted resoundingly and rose to become deputy speaker of the House. I know all about it because I was in the belly of the whale. Don’t ask me any questions. I have nothing more to say about that. Only to ask, Cottage constituency, is it time to run independently, or is it time to demand fresh, honest, and people-centered representation?”

Now guess what. You may decide that still, is Labour you want to vote for. Then let’s tell the political leader that “it is time for change”. You may also decide that you want to get another Alleyne Carbon in another political organization. Whichever your decision, let’s tell these political parties and their leaders that Cottage constituency is no longer on the market block where we are used as pawns in the game, where modern-day slavery will no longer thrive and where people will be free to speak with no fear of victimization. Hello, what do you have to lose anyway? You have been loyal to one party and one man for so long and have been treated like you never voted for the ruling party so we might as well be in opposition. It comes to the same thing anyway.


Oh, and by the way, never believe the pit bull cannot be silenced. Little maco took three hundred votes in the last election. Something that had never been achieved before in this constituency.

So people of the Cottage constituency, wake up and let your voices be heard. One man has used you for too long. He has become affluent as all of us can see while the entire constituency has been fed crumbs and still made to live in fear of speaking because even the crumbs have been used as a bargaining chip.


We are better and worth more than that. I have decided to start the clarion call. Will you join me in letting it resonate?

The power is in your hands.


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  1. RastarMarn
    August 10, 2022

    But Mervin how comes there was no investigation in the mysterious events surrounding Alleyne’s Boat accident and subsequent drowning???

    In order to take Austrie down we must find out his involvement in that boat accident.

    In order to take back Cottage constituency you have to go back to the drawing board and assess the life of Alleyne Carbon, how he came from humble beginnings and work his way up to be arguably one of if not the most prolific Communications and works Minister any administrative body in Dominica recruited,,,

    Also you have to go back to Rosie Douglas’ on the ground campaign strategy and the international alliances he was able to build to make him arguably the Best Head of State Dominica will ever have,,,

    Where there is a will there is a way it all starts at the grass roots level and educating the masses, house by house, track by track village by village and before you know it you will have the Hearts, minds, and full support of the whole…

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    • Lawyer
      August 11, 2022

      While we are at investigating Mister, let’s also have a good look at PetroCaribe and more to the point it’s accounts. The government is still silent as to why Venezuela had to write off US$100 million of Dominicas debts. Is Venezuela lying? If not, and I for one am sure they aren’t, how was this debt accumulated by the government of Dominica. The only feasible reason is that the debts were accumulated by PetroCaribe. Remind me again, who was in charge of PetroCaribe at the time? And who was in charge of the accounts department at the time? Didn’t they pay the bills over the years? What happened to the takings from selling the petroleum products that Alba provided. There we have it!!

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  2. We ready
    August 10, 2022

    Mervin children are not the only ones who hace benefited so stop you’ll BS. Wrong is wrong and incompetence is incompetence. Stop settling for less and say it as it is. Reggie has done nothing and that’s the truth. If what mervin said was a lie then show me what Reggie has done. The pitbull onñy enriched himself and the rest of the constituence hasnt benefited. Its time for him to leave and ñeave now. The time has come to pack up and join the 6:30 clubbers. Nothing never last forever bro. Only time will tell. Make way

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  3. August 9, 2022

    What went wrong Mr. Paul? The leopard has not changed its stripes in 27 years.

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  4. Sousey sel
    August 9, 2022

    Tell us mervin… what reggie father warned us about him before he passed….

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  5. JAH KAL
    August 9, 2022

    Mervin Paul what went wrong, you were in the belly of the whale, you heard everything you know everything according to you , there was nothing wrong with your pal rep you defended him tooth and nail. You thought skerrit and austrie was the best thing after the invention of slice bread now there is so much you know . Man you are a dispointment, what happen you looking for attention, people like you have to pay for supporting this gansters . Why Mervin Paul Why , you went and wrote a long article making us beleive things a bad , we the people not trusting you want bit , your snake. Karma is a B.

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    • August 10, 2022

      If things are that bad in the cottage constituency, why this long and loud silence from Mr. Paul? Just asking.

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    • Monkey Tricks
      August 10, 2022

      When people like Mervin Paul want sympathy to come to DNO to appeal to UWP Opposition Supporters.

      Mervin wanted to be Parl Rep for the Cottage Constituency. He was rejected be ause people knew he would be worst that Honorable Reginald Austrie.

      Mervin jealousy and envie is bad enough and you are worst. What you have labelled as is exactly what you are.

      People must be made aware of the Snake you are Mervin Paul. This article is the epitome of the jealousy and envie you have against Honorable Reginald Austrie because you want his position to do worst than what he has done. You are such a pompous little ……. LMFAO

    • Ibo France
      August 10, 2022

      JAH KAL give the man a break. He has just seen the light. He just had a surgical operation to remove the cataracts from his eyes.

  6. Ibo France
    August 9, 2022

    Most people of Cottage are desperately poor, can’t afford three meals per day, lack adequate housing, jobless, and the list of paucity can go on ad infinitum.

    A community of sheep gets exactly what they deserve in life. The parliamentary representative for Cottage treats his constituents like lepers but they like it so.

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    • Toto
      August 10, 2022

      Ibo, three meals a day in Cottage constituency? You know that is a luxury in most of our country. Plenty of people in Dominica today are lucky if they have a proper meal just once a day. Trust me, I know and I’m not exaggerating either.

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    • August 10, 2022

      What do you expect when you live in a cottage as opposed to living in a mansion?

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  7. Frank N Stein
    August 9, 2022

    Kudos to Merv that he still talking after his children graduated from China. China relations benefits belong to Dominicans not Reggie n Skerrit. You kind of thinking is the reason why people remain silent and here you are encouraging it.

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    • Imputing Improper Motives (The Baptist)
      August 9, 2022

      The big headed no brain monster is back with a disguised name. Oh my Lord, why do you come here in disguise, just be Frankenstein the monster as you were before. This forum is for people and not monsters. When a wolf puts on sheep clothing, it is still a wolf. A big head with no brain even if the word is split in three pieces, it is still a monster with no brain.

  8. Pipo
    August 9, 2022

    Something does not sit right with me about this piece by Mervin Paul. First of all, as a previous head of GIS he is well aware of the power of photos and that picture of him showing off his gold gives me negative vibes. Mervin, this is not a fashion shoot for bling boys. Secondly, I have a suspicion that this more a personal attack on the guard dog of Cottage than a concern for the general well-being of our country, especially since mr Paul’s attempt to unseat the Rottweiler was not successful. His appointment to head up DBS was not universally welcomed by its staff either I seem to remember. Mervin, I don’t know what to make of it but as much as I detest the uncouth uneducated Rottweiler, currently holding this seat your diatribe tastes too much of sour grapes. I remember very well your very public praises of communist China and its regime.To be honest, I do not trust you or your motives, which may well shadow those of Roosevelt.

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    • Frank N Stein
      August 10, 2022

      So the man gold chain bugging you? What does the type of pic have to do with the post? All the rubbish you post there what do they have to do with the subject. Did Mervin lie? Did he ask you to trust him? NO! He stated facts, speak on the facts n forget the messenger with your Bulls…! You apologist look for all sh.. to sidestep the issue.

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  9. Hmmm
    August 9, 2022

    Merv, after all your children graduated from China now you have the testicular fortitude to You stayed quiet all those years knowing what was really going on..You simply stood by and watch your benefits come to fruition before you belch..hahaha..The joke is on you Merv..

    On another note, my people have been silent for too long watching one man and his immediate family ( his kids) prosper
    This man does NOT do anything for his extended family, get that straight..It’s ALL about him! Business in the village, homes and scholarships for them..Name it, they got it..Other than that, the village got nothing to shout about in 27 years..Let’s see how next election goes..I doubt he’ll run again..

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    • Frank N Stein
      August 9, 2022

      Kudos to Merv that he still talking after his children graduated from China. China relations benefits belong to Dominicans not Reggie n Skerrit. You kind of thinking is the reason why people remain silent and here you are encouraging it.

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  10. Zandoli
    August 9, 2022

    The people of Cottage love their parl rep and prime minister. Leave them in their misery.

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  11. mine
    August 9, 2022

    When you expose others to get what you want in life you making a big mistake. why were you in it if you thing it waS CORRUPT. If you want to change party you should do it the right way. Maybe your contract is up and wasn’t renewed, never bite the hands that feed you.

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    • Garçon
      August 9, 2022

      Did he ever mention corruption. Can’t you read and comprehend. He spoke of neglect of the constituency. That’s the whole thrust of his piece.

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  12. Petra Carbon George
    August 9, 2022

    Well spoken Mr. Paul. I love the parlrep and have worked with him during my village council days. He was always willing to help, however, I blame the people in his inner circle who never chastise him when he did wrong but remained silent for their personal benefits. I agree we need a new representative who has the peoples interest at heart. Hopefully the constituency will support change when the time comes.

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  13. What??
    August 9, 2022

    What did Mervin request from the Skerrit administration and did not get? This sounds like a bitter man. Joint the line of haters my brother. You, Thompson, Gabriel et al have the same thing in common. What a shame……

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    • Bwa-Banday
      August 9, 2022

      Shut up Darrel!
      You came back from China with a degree in Architecture Studies and yet to utilize that education because of a lack of opportunities. You are back exactly where you were before you went to China and spend 100 years or maybe a little less :mrgreen: but you get my point.

      Only folks like you will keep supporting the madness that is going on here because you dirty your water everywhere else. At least Mervin is speaking truth to power regardless of his past but you and many others continue to grovel at the table. Leave Gabo and Thompson out of you dorty business my by.

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    • Ben
      August 10, 2022

      any time someone who was part of the cabal or anyone else for that matter speak out, oh is something they didn’t get from Skerrit. Skerrit is God??? Utter Rubbish you speaking. Sometimes it will take a while before people open up their eyes!

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  14. Domnitchen
    August 9, 2022

    This is a great article but sadly that is all it will be, because the DLP has clearly shown that they don’t care for the voice of the people, they don’t listen and they clearly DO NOT CARE! Throughout the Caribbean these political leaders have ONLY cared about their own personal gains, never about the people. I just pray that the new young leaders that we see being voted in like Grenada and St. Kitts can set the churning wheel of change.
    What irks me is that the people of Dominica don’t seem to realize that the power is in fact in their hands and they CAN get these manipulative so-called leaders out; it is either that or ALLU LIKE DE SUFFERING. Mindset is a hell of a hard thing to change and the fact that you people have been voting the same people WHO DO NOTHING FOR YOU in power over and over again, it clear proves that you are brainwashed and BLINDED.

    We should start calling out ALL the “parl reps” and so called “leaders”…and just maybe they will start WORKING for the…

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  15. Time for change
    August 9, 2022

    I think we have a problem in this constituency though. Mervin you need to run as an Independent candidate

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    • mine
      August 9, 2022

      He is talking about Reggie he might be a worst candidate then Reggie . Jealousy is a sin. We should never jealous of what others have.

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  16. Time for change
    August 9, 2022

    Well said mervin and i feel your pain. Some may say when rogues and vacabonds fall out but we’re all hurting in this constituency. Greed is the other of the day. I want it all and to hell with the rest. Time for change

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    • We ready
      August 10, 2022

      Agreed. Corruption and greed

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  17. Righteous
    August 8, 2022

    “It is now time that a very clear, strong, and unambiguous message be sent to the prime minister and leader of the Labour Party, Roosevelt Skerrit, that Reginald Austrie through his lack of representation except having done that well for himself only, has done enough harm to the people and must be removed.” It is time to De-Autriesize Toucarie from grip of these fellas.

    Great article Mr. Paul. The history lesson is of value as well.

    One Love Dominicans #OLD767

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  18. Bouden Kabwit
    August 8, 2022

    I don’t know what water Cottage people drink … but they well drunk on that water. Maybe is from the ravine by dayfeh Susten where the road is eroding and for years now a metal bin stands as a sign indicating road failure. Or perhaps it is from the river mouth at Lamothe, right after the so called playing field that hosting more moonlight lajahbless meetings than any social/ community activities. So many things that could be pointed out … economically, infrastructurally, culturally, a once promising and blooming constituency is languishing in depravity. The only glimmers that can be found in the gloom of this constituency are from those who have either benefitted from generational wealth OR the Houdinis whose bread n butter are redder than red. What else is there to happen for the people of this constituency to SEE THE LIGHT? What about your children and their generations to come … Sans gou tan! Zor paka honte?! Stand up! Have some balls, some guts, some pride, some darn sense!

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  19. From cottage
    August 8, 2022

    At least I am not the only one seeing the greed and selfishness and vindictiveness of this so called pal rep of ours

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  20. GregReal
    August 8, 2022

    Reginald Austrie has done very well for himself and for his family. For this his grade is A+. For representing the interest of the Cottage Constituency and by extension the good people of this country, he remains a dismal failure and a wasted, insultive, selfish, narcissistic and shameless politician. After 27 years in office there is not one person that you can say you have elevated outside of your immediate family circle? This is a crying shame and a disgrace. Reginald Austrie should resign if he has any ounce of patriotism left because it would be his best service to country at this time. Why critize Joseph Isaach for coulaying a bakery when he, himself coulay a whole constituency?

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  21. mine
    August 8, 2022

    When they don’t get what they asked for they are worst than Judas. Ungratefulness never pays.

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  22. Mr B
    August 8, 2022

    I am a firm believer that irrespective of the side of the fence you sit on, your primary forcus and goal should always be your people and improving their standard of living. It is unjust and downright degrading when in this day and age of freedom from slavery that some of our people are deliberately taken advantage of, and just for the goals and fancy of one or a few selected persons. We must all keep educating ourselves and each other on the responsibilities and expectations of persons in power as in the end, if there is no unity and no accountability there is never a prosperous community or country.

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  23. My Dominica
    August 8, 2022

    I remember you Mervin… spoke out… but am watching… have nothing much to say.. waiting near election to see what is what… My constituency deserves better… The ppl of Savanne Paille smh… He can stay dere he will not get my vote and he never has.. no voting instead.

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  24. Angel
    August 8, 2022

    Just reading this article brought TEARS to my EYES poor pity DOMINICA is CRYING

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  25. Angel
    August 8, 2022

    Just reading this article I am in TEARS and DOMINICA is also crying poor pity oh LORD please say DOMINICA

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  26. Gwo pwel
    August 8, 2022

    Well well well. It took you 27yrs to see that. All along when we use to tell you so, you defended him. What change now??? Your children them done graduate??? Is it a case of sour grapes??? They will soon turn it back on you and the joke will be on you.

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    August 8, 2022

    Mervin did “THE PEOPLE” tell you they want change? can you tell us the role of a parliamentarian? reading this article i got the impression that a parliamentarian role is to manage people life, it’s like Reggie must force people to get into a small business venture because he was Minister, or he must give them materials or build houses for them because he is Minister, almost as if nobody in the cottage constituency can afford to build their own home, and i know you are wrong!!!!

    For those blues that will jump on your band wagon all to do is remind them that it is not their policy to give because according to Brian Alleyne, ‘Roosevelt Skerrit has created a MENDICANT society’, so its Gove is a problem don’t give is a problem where do we strike the balance?????

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  28. sikiye
    August 8, 2022

    For a minute, I thought Mervin Paul was referring to Grand Bay; but in Grand Bay case 35 plus years and counting ( Not forgetting the years prior to 1980) so I would say 50 plus years and all you have to show for it is a depressed community.

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  29. Kalinago Justice
    August 8, 2022

    In life, nothing is impossible; cause every man got a conscience and a soul! Good to be reading from a repentant once mouthpiece of a one-man corrupt rogue regime! I hope it’s not just the dirty mouth as.-tray he wants replaced; but the entire rogue regime?

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  30. rexisit
    August 8, 2022

    Mervin, I always applaud folks when they come out to discuss what is not right. But to get to where we are now in Cottage I blame people like you….well seasoned young Freedom champion who allowed these selfish fools to entangle you in this web. But it is better late than never. Continue to bring out the Eugenia in you and stop this one family eating all nonsense in Cottage. You will be hit on but stand firm…make the difference. I applaud you!

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  31. Juanita
    August 8, 2022

    Nice narrative you’ve got there Mr. Mervin Paul, but one is forced to take your lamentations with a “ti gwen sel” ( a pinch of salt). For, it was not so long ago that you were allegedly riding the same gravy train. What changed? And by the way, can you name at least one ruling party politician who has held office since 2000 and has his/her integrity intact?

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  32. Frank talker
    August 8, 2022

    Much of what has been written in the commentary, can be said of several other communities and constituencies here. The status quo has to end! The enrichment of self at the expense of the public has to end! Electors should not be fearful to remove their friends and party folks from office. Parl Reps are our advocates and spokespersons. They are not our bosses, advisors and gods. If a Parl Rep is not performing according to the dictates of the constituency, remove him from office! Send him on a long hike!
    Now, if the commentary was written by a known UWP supporter, Labourats would come out swinging, even if they knew all the info were factual. Let’s build this discussion started by Mervin. Let’s put our insularity aside. Let’s emerge out of our little political cocoon and view our national challenge as a people. Let’s begin to DEMAND representation from our Parl Reps. Let’s remind them that we sent them to Roseau. Let’s Do It!

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  33. August 8, 2022

    Such poor writing.
    Y’all make me frown.

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    • Bwa-Banday
      August 9, 2022

      That’s all you have to say on such an important issue? Well Ms. Francis (if thats your name) this is not an English class one on one. Keep frowning because while those like you grovel at the table for scraps and feel fully satisfied with the said scraps, chou-moon-kar-paytay islandwide. Sadly, labourites are suffering the most but they keep pretending all is well while beeging every Dick, Tom and Harry for a dollar behind the scenes. Tick Toc, Tick Toc

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      • Robert
        August 10, 2022

        Right on the money again!

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    • RastarMarn
      August 10, 2022

      No matter what you say or how you read, Frown or not, you get the picture,,,,

      Don’t come here attack the messengers just take their messages no matter how if come even if the messages are dramatically challenged, or however challenging those messages are to you taste ,,

      Why don’t you put your message like everyone else instead of chastising people for expressing themselves!!!

  34. Garçon
    August 8, 2022

    Good day Mervin, as a son of the constituency I fully support you on this mission. It is nothing personal, and if it were I have more reason than any other to want revenge since my victimization and public humiliation was well known to all. Even staunch labour supporters spoke out against what was being done to me.
    The attack on me was for nothing except, I was bold enough speak about the very things you are talking about when they were still in the bud stage. Of the hundreds of scholarships given out since the DLP has been in power I am not sure the entire constituency has reach the twenty (20) mark. However, in the less than 20 the minister’s four(4) children among several cousins can be counted. Aren’t our children bright enough to be given an opportunity to study abroad? This man has so many houses and other property while the majority live in poverty. There is so much more I can say to include the ungratefulness the Daniel brothers and their family faced.
    Open your eyes.

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    • Imputing Improper Motives (The Baptist)
      August 9, 2022

      But wait, is that what I read before:
      “Come on young lady be honest with the people . Your decision was not based on any such thing but rather a desire to make money and to defend your father’s s party and you failed miserably. You failed because you can’t go to court with what you feel or think but what you can prove.
      I do not support my Skerrit and the government but I am never one to subscribe to this nonsense about stealing election. Come out there campaign, let your ideas be know and most importantly distance yourself from this talk show host who has lost his way. All day it’s informercials and no message getting across while the messaging on the other side is constant.”

      Okay, okay I give up because my head is spinning from side to side. I toodee. So Garcon, please help me with my confusion because I am lost, because I like you now.

      • Garçon
        August 10, 2022

        Exactly it shows you how silly you are. There is no confusion. This is the problem with Dominica you all are loyal to party I am not because I don’t depend on any of them for food like you do. I support my country and the truth. Anyone who comes with pretense and hypocrisy I will speak against it. You don’t have the brain power to realize I do not support party. Please don’t use me when you want to your unfunny jokes.

  35. L C Matthew
    August 8, 2022

    I would change to say at the end “enrich a few men” like you i am and have been speaking for same reasons and it is about Dominica. Happy to see you speak out.

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  36. Bwa-Banday
    August 8, 2022

    Ebeh, Eberh, Ebeh when rouges and vagabonds fall out just men really get their rewards papa :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    But on a serious note I want to thank Mervin for having the testicular fortitude in coming forward with a conversation that is much needed not only in the Cottage Constituency but islandwide. The DLP has failed the people and its time for the people to dolike Mervin and grow some B*lls. Now I await the long anticipated piece like this one from the former Hon. Loree Bannis Roberts. She too can see the DLP and the Pampalam Ladt has failed that Constituency just like they have done in Wesley, Pte.Savanne if there is still one etc.

    The corrupt house of cards that Skerrit built is crumbling. But the joke will soon be on Hon. Whiteless when he learns that “As.-and me Midnight” is DEFINITELY replacing him come election.

    Congrats for having that strenght Mervin, will buy you a drink when we meet!

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  37. Beta
    August 8, 2022

    Exactly, the power is in all our hands! It’s high time that we put an end to this regime that has only brought corruption, division, hatred and unfairness to our country. Look at these ministers, they almost pop and all you having very little to give your children. Is that what all you voted for. I can’t believe it.

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  38. Kevin
    August 8, 2022

    Excellent piece by Mr merlin Paul. It’s well known that during Mr Austrie tenure as minister of housing he did very little for the people of cottage but he can personally boast of owning three homes on a government minister salary. One day this will come to an end

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      August 8, 2022

      @Kelvin, what is a Government Minister Salary?? I am really interested in know how much money they make monthly……

      I await your fruitful info.

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      • Charles
        August 9, 2022

        Why don’t you ask Gwa gel? He knows. He will tell you $58,000 p.a. direct from the treasury plus huge performance bonuses direct from the ‘Special Account’ courtesy of the man in charge.

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        • Marty
          August 10, 2022

          You are about right, it’s their normal ministerial wages they receive and then they get ‘hush-money’ from the ‘special one’. Why do Dominicans tolerate this nonsense.

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