Dominica alleged to have embarrassed CARICOM

Baroness Scotland
Baroness Scotland

Dominica has come under scrutiny in a regional news publication for behaviour which it is alleged, has caused “confusion and embarrassment” to other CARICOM) governments.

An article which appears in regional online newspaper, Caribbean News Now, states, ” The insistence by the government of Dominica to sponsor the candidacy of a sitting member of the British parliament and former minister in the British government for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general when the office comes up for election in November 2015 is causing confusion and embarrassment to other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments.”

According to the article, the start of a scheduled meeting of CARICOM foreign ministers in New York in the margins of the UN General Assembly last Thursday was delayed when Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, a Labour Party peer in the British House of Lords, was found to be occupying Dominica’s chair.

The article goes on to state that CARICOM representatives objected to the presence of the former British government minister and “following a hurried discussion outside the meeting room”, she was “quietly asked to leave the room.”

The position of CARICOM governments on several sensitive international matters was scheduled to be discussed at that meeting, Caribbean News Now reports in the article.

“Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit claims that he is sponsoring Baroness Scotland’s candidacy for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general because she was “born in Dominica”, even though she left there when she was just two years old and has never worked for any Dominica government, Caribbean government or Caribbean institution,” the article further states.

It adds that the Baroness’s presence at the CARICOM foreign ministers meeting appeared to be an obvious attempt to promote her Commonwealth candidacy even though other CARICOM nominees for the post were not at the meeting.

At the end of the last CARICOM Heads of government Conference held in Antigua from 1-4 July, 2014, it was agreed by all Caribbean leaders that CARICOM would put forward one candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

“Scotland’s nomination by Dominica does not sit well with other CARICOM governments, which point to the fact that her entire career has been in Britain — she is part of the British establishment and she has worked exclusively for the British government, holding several positions in the government and legislature for 17 years,” the article points out.

It reveals that one senior Caribbean minister asked rhetorically why the baroness is not a UK government nominee, given the many ministerial positions which she has held in the United Kingdom.

Scotland has been a member of the British parliament since 1997 and has served in many ministerial positions in the British government, including that of attorney general of England and Wales.

According to the Caribbean News Now, “she has reportedly never worked for any Caribbean government or Caribbean organisation and, as a senior member of the British government, she is said to have worked for the British government to persuade Caribbean governments to accept British positions.”

The Commonwealth secretary-general is elected to a maximum of two four-year terms and the incumbent, Kamalesh Sharma of India, is due to demit office in April 2016 on the expiration of his second term. Sharma’s successor is due to be elected at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in November 2015.

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    September 30, 2014

    Listen to TALK in the morning on Q with Mat and you will lies and propaganda.
    Don’t forget from 8.00 am- Propaganda and lies.
    “Tell dem I say that!”

    • change must come
      September 30, 2014

      do you ever listen to yourself or think before before you speak? that’s what dlpites are all about. do you ever try to listen or find the truth about any issue in da? I feel so sorry for you. people like you that have the country how it is and tony and the dlp heads will always continue to fool you all.

    September 30, 2014

    Dominica was once well respected going back all the way when the Freedom party administrtion ruled. Eve under Mr. Edison James government. This admin. is being run like a communist country. Our image need to be changed by voting this government out and electing people who know what they are doing.
    The Baroness is not qualified for this position plain and simple.

    • Green Suga
      October 3, 2014

      Really…you then suggest someone who is of similar qualification, or more and not DEAD.

      • Anne Winn
        December 9, 2015

        Ronald Sanders actually lives in and knows the issues of the Caribbean. Is Baroness Scotland going to give up here peerage , her seat in the house of Lords, her residence in England. She left Dominica when she was two years old and as far as I know has had 0 experience in Caribbean affairs. So why would the PM put forward such a candidate over the objections of our neighbors?

    September 30, 2014

    All they(Matt,Angelo,UWP and Q) do is spread propaganda and lies!
    Dem guys dangerous and will do and say anything to get onto power.

  4. Mark
    September 30, 2014

    Fact are a stuborn thing. This was reported by Media outlets, yet the PM and his henchmen are blaming the opposition.

  5. `
    September 30, 2014

    this is just another political distraction by uwp operatives.

    • change must come
      September 30, 2014

      just like the flagarism by dlp was a distraction to the truth.

  6. Horrified
    September 30, 2014

    Lonesome does not seem to have a clue about the rules and procedures governing CARICOM. Let me educate you. If a country wishes to nominate an individual to any regional or international positio that information is submitted to CARICOM. By the nominating country. Subsequently, at a meeting where this matter is to be discussed among other agenda items, that person is introduced at the appropriate time to make a presentation after which he or she leaves the meeting.

    At no time can that individual sit in on the entire meeting. So while Dominica is free to propose a nominee it cannot unilaterally invite such a person to attend a CARICOM meeting. That invitation must come from CARICOM. So Llonesome get your facts right and stop continuing to support something that is totally wrong and puts Dominica in a bad light.

  7. Bds
    September 30, 2014

    What she brings is something different and a broader more commercial and open minded view. She is Dominican, we should be proud she wants to stand and that such a woman in her position wants yo represent. Stop criticising and instead thnk of the positivity and wealth of experience she can bring to the table. Looking through different lenses. Being Dominican, living there and bring the same of the same to the table isn’t always right and Dominican needs to come with different too. People need to move forward not backwards and she brings forward, experience, ideas, freshness and someone who is proud of her roots and wants to bring her experience she has gained the UK home to Dominica, how can that be wrong. We should be embracing and proud she is representing her own and wants a place on the table

    • MGN
      September 30, 2014

      In full agreement. In order for Dominica to move forward in the World, it is going to have to draw from experience from Dominicans all over the World……

    • change must come
      September 30, 2014

      no one is criticizing the baroness is skerritt and the way he wants to control everything and thinks he can control the caricom heads also. he thinks that what he says must always go. this time he forget is not da he was.

    • just saying
      September 30, 2014

      How is she bringing home anything to Dominica? Do you think she’ll move to Dominica? She didn’t get nominated by England so she wants to be nominated by Dominica lol. I wonder how much more naive Dominicans can become.

    • Green Suga
      October 3, 2014

      Domincans needs to come out of the dark ages and small island mindedness…I fully support your comment Bds

  8. NEG
    September 30, 2014

    Linton is on the band-wagon again?

  9. September 29, 2014

    we need to hear something from the prime minister on this matter. this does not sound good and i repeat the prime minister and not tony, l. lawrence, crazy or bonnie & clyde.

  10. Horrified
    September 29, 2014


    The post of Commonwealth Secretary General is a prestigious position normally held by distinguished career diplomats or eminent persons who have made their mark in one way or the other in the Commonwealth.
    The Commonwealth comprises fifty-three (53) countries which are sovereign independent states. Its member nations include countries as small as Vanuatu in the Pacific to Canada, India and the United Kingdom as well as several African states.
    The post of Commonwealth Secretary General becomes vacant after being held by the sitting Commonwealth Secretary-General for two four-year terms. The position therefore becomes vacant in November 2015 when the present Secretary-General, Mr Kamalesh Sharma who is an Indian national vacates the post.

    The United Kingdom candidates
    It would appear that the United Kingdom which is one of the largest contributors to the Commonwealth budget (an estimated 30%) had first indicated that it would support Baroness Valerie Amos for the position. It therefore suggested to the Government of Guyana that it should co-sponsor her as its nominee, since she is Guyanese born but migrated to the United Kingdom when she was two years old. Of course, the Guyanese government would have nothing to do with this. Failing this, Baroness Scotland of Asthal was put forward and Dominica agreed to co-sponsor her as its candidate. She was born in Dominica but migrated to the UK at seven years old.
    These two Baronesses who are sitting Peers in the House of Lords have lived for most part of their lives in the United Kingdom. None of them have visibly or tangibly contributed to the development of any of the countries of their birth. They have both held ministerial portfolios in the United Kingdom Government. So the question is what qualifies any of them to be nominees by any of the two Caribbean countries for such a position? HM Queen Elizabeth II is Head of the Commonwealth; the Commonwealth Secretariat which is the official headquarters of the Commonwealth is located in London so we may as well call this the British Commonwealth if Baroness Scotland of Asthal not of Roseau is selected as the next Commonwealth Secretary-General! Mind you, she did not and could not choose to be called Baroness Scotland of Roseau as she resides in a very exclusive community in the UK thereby her title.
    The Caricom Debate
    It is not unusual for CARICOM countries to put forward a slate of candidates for such positions as has been done in the past. It is understood that there are at least three other Caricom nationals who have been nominated by their countries for the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General and none of them includes Baroness Scotland of Asthal. And neither has Caricom yet decided on a consensus candidate. However, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has seen it fit to impose Baroness Scotland on Caricom going as far as to send her to the Caricom Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting which was held in May . She was asked to leave the meeting room since as a sitting member of the United Kingdom House of Lords she could not be privy to discussions on sensitive issues pertaining to Caricom. Not having learnt from this episode, the Prime Minister of Dominica proceeds to include her in Dominica’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September and on top of that she attends another meeting of Caricom Ministers of Foreign Affairs being held in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. She is again asked to leave the meeting room to her own embarrassment and that of Caricom and the Caricom Secretariat.
    The Analogy
    Having Baroness Scotland of Asthal at any meeting of Caricom is tantamount to having a member of the United States Congress or the Governor-General of Barbados or elsewhere representing Dominica at the Caricom Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. How can a sitting member of the British House of Lords be in a position to take decisions affecting independent Caricom sovereign states? This is ridiculous. We may as well be back as colonies of the UK and dispense with any independence we think we have. And this permitted by a Prime Minister who is always bashing the West in favour of his favourite donors – China and Venezuela to name a few.
    It is time for us to support our own eminently capable nationals who have served our countries with distinction and who have a thorough and unassailable knowledge of the Commonwealth. It is time for Prime Minister Skerrit to stop making a fool of himself resulting in Dominica becoming a laughing stock in the regional and international field. Baroness Scotland may be well placed to be a sitting member of the House of Lords but that experience is no qualification to fill the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General.

    • Femme San Joseph
      October 1, 2014

      This comment is long in words but short on critical facts.

      Baroness Scotland’s candidacy for the post of Secretary General of the Commonwealth has never been supported by the UK Government. They gave their support to Baroness Amos. It seems that they have decided not to pursue that further.

      Since 2010 Baroness Scotland has been free to accept or turn down any post offered to her. She is not officially a member of the British Government or the Opposition.

      It would perhaps help also to know that members of the House of Lords are of two types: hereditary and life peers. Hereditary inherited from their ancestors and their children can inherit from them. Life peers are given the membership for life, their children cannot inherit from them. Life peerages are given for outstanding contribution in a particular field. In Baroness Scotland’s case in Law. Members who do not hold office for the Government or Opposition are free to practice professionally and hold posts such as Secretary General of the Commonwealth. There is no conflict of interest.

  11. Lonesome
    September 29, 2014

    If The Baronesss was the one asked to leave her seat. If The Dominican Government was the one responsible for placing her in that seat I do not see how it is that CARICOM is the one embarassed. I see it as CARICOM embarassing a distinguished Dominican and The Government of Dominica. But its interesting that the same article appeared in numerous online papers with the same twist. And as far as I am aware Dominica is first an independent country before it is considered part of CARICOM. So even though the Prime Minister or the Foreign Ministry handled this badly, CARICOM is totally out of place to ask our representative to vacate her seat. CARICOM does not select our representative, and we do not need CARICOM’s approval on which Dominican we select to represent us. CARICOM only needs guarantee of confidentiality in its dealing with us on whatever matter being attended to at the time. Its obvious that some of the other islands are fearful that this high powered Dominican is likely to outclass whoever they may have in mind to nominate. Some of CARICOM did not support our Dr. Clarissa Etienne when we called on them. But its likely if the PM chooses to go ahead with Baroness Scotland he has received the Blessings of the Alba countries. And usually they are more reliable than our CARICOM parthers.

    • The mouth
      September 30, 2014

      What are you talking about. CARICOM did support Dr Etienne, without which it would have been impossible for her to have been elected Director of PAHO. What do Alba countries have to do with the Commonwealth? They are not members of the Commonwealth.

      If Baroness Scotland was chosen, as a sitting member of the British parliament, where would her loyalties lie?

      • Lonesome
        September 30, 2014

        There are some Caricom members within ALBA. But your point taken. But do your research on the Dr. Etienne vote and you would be surprised.

      • Femme San Joseph
        October 3, 2014

        Baroness Scotland’s is so highly regarded because of her ability to be impartial. Dominica and CARICOM must put forward a candidate who will be impartial and represent the interests of all the 53 members of the Commonwealth. By supporting her Dominica is saying that it has citizens who are world class and capable of leading the world. When such people stand up we all stand up. Let us support those who achieve inspite of all the obstacles in their way.

    • Anonymous
      September 30, 2014

      Dominica is a part of CARICOM and not the other was around. Therefore when meeting as a member of CARICOM we have to abide by its rules.

    • Doc. Love
      September 30, 2014

      Lonesome cannot be listening to news coming out of Dominica. After it was said that Caricom Officials had politely asked the Baroness to vacate the seat, Mr. Henderson told Dominicans that during a meeting of personal interest, the Baroness was politely requested to vacate the seat, we have to assume it was by him. Regardless to who had asked her to go outside, the Baroness should have never been put in all that row row, all that comedy.

  12. first lady
    September 29, 2014

    She is capable of doing the job and most of all she is Dominican whether u like it or not her passport state place of birth Dominica give her a break and rally behind with her british experience she help Caircom move forward stop hating and see what this Brit/Islander can do.

    • fabric
      September 30, 2014

      Note here that the issue in question is not Scotland’s qualification to sit as commonwealth secretary-general. Instead it is her presence in that forum, the wrongdoing of our prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit, that is in question.
      Stick to the Issue.
      As you can see Dominica well supports and nominates her. The decision of the Government of Dominica represents all Dominicans, unfortunately so at times. But the question is what will the other CARICOM heads decide. Certainly not what we as individual Dominicans decide (as we have on voice representing us in those fora).
      So once again, let’s stop fighting and just stick to and discuss the issue. WRONG IS WRONG. RIGHT IS RIGHT

  13. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    But a suppose to be intelligent lady should not fall for this embarrassment. Skerrit again. Just for her to campaign in St joe wii. Stupes come on people stop making one man do that

  14. blackwoman
    September 29, 2014

    hmph! yes skerrit, you will tired have us like papi-show!

  15. B.E. B.
    September 29, 2014

    Her father is from Antigua and worked in Dominica as police officer when they used to be recruiting police men from the Leeward islands, her mum is from Vieille Case and they moved her up to Europe at an early age, she has never worked in Dominica or any of the Caribbean islands, so why on earth should she be representing Dominica?

    • B.E. B.
      September 29, 2014

      Her father “was” from Antigua, he’s now deceased

      • Lu Belle
        September 30, 2014

        And your point is???

    • Malgraysa
      September 30, 2014

      You are right, she moved to England when she was only two years old. She is a U.K. citizen, went to school there, made her career there, was a member oft eh U.K. labour government and is a life Peer in the House of Lords. Yes, she is al;os a Dominican by birth but how can she possibly be part of a Dominica Govt. delegation at the U.N.?

  16. zagayan
    September 29, 2014

    More comess!

  17. browneyesgirl
    September 29, 2014

    hmmmm : :(

  18. it does not matter
    September 29, 2014

    When is the election that’s what I am interested in.

  19. Jejep
    September 29, 2014

    I know her personally. Born in Dominica. Speaks the Creole language better than I can. Never forgot where she came from..neither her country nor her ancestral home. Ensured that her sick mother was always well taken care of. Made a name for herself professionally. Even if her achievements are all british based, she is never shy about saying, ” mwen fet en Domnik.”

    • Anonymous
      September 30, 2014

      All true that but tit still does not justify what Skerrit did and what is more she is a well educated intelligent womnan and should have known better than to collude with Skerrit in that.

      • Green Suga
        October 3, 2014

        it must be known that the Baroness colludes with no one…NO ONE so do not rubbish her integrity

  20. dafriend
    September 29, 2014

    Skerrit only gets away with his foolishness and dictatorial behaviour in Dominica. We have not got the guts to stand up against him, unlike others (as just seen).

  21. REAL!!!!!!!
    September 29, 2014

    How could this well educated and travelled Baroness allow a government to put her in this embarrassing position.

    I guess she trusted the administration and felt they would not put her in this compromising situation.

    I guess you learnt the hard way, do not trust this GOVT and do your own research next time on the requirements needed to qualify for these INTL GOVT appointed positions.

    They were about to use you so everything happens for a reason. You can now keep your integrity!!!!!

  22. Ravine
    September 29, 2014

    the Dictator in Roosevelt Skerrit shows its face whenever and wherever he puts his head. Am happy the region and the world see what we are going through in Dominica with this autocratic type leader.
    And the shame and disgust does not stop as spin doctor Vince Henderson comes with his usual lies and deceit to ridicule anyone he wants with his laugh down while he talks as if to say is a big joke..

  23. Mary Pierre
    September 29, 2014

    I endorse the pm nomination .
    She is a woman of intelligence and influence..
    I think it’s one of the best thing he has done so far.
    Let’s all pray a Dominican can hold another international position with distinction .

  24. 4 ALL to see
    September 29, 2014

    Another embarrassment in the face of Dominicans. This government has done more to hurt the good name of Dominica than anything else. Wow! Skerrit and his cabal sponsoring British politician? What’s your cut Skerro?

  25. Lang Mama
    September 29, 2014

    I doh know the lady but broda she doesn’t look someone you want to mess with nuh. Mwem men kwere ce te un nomme qui ca abeyere cor un femme. Mwen te lais kwere ir tais un wrestler

    I am Dominica are you- if so tell me what I say

    All you too pokwit- some of you thinking the same thing but afraid to say it. Lang Mama speaketh the trooof.

  26. Leslie Shillingford
    September 29, 2014

    Being part of the British system can be a distinct advantage. If she was a professional soccer player we would be glad for her to represent us here in the Caribbean.

    • JoJo
      September 30, 2014

      Leslie, as the saying goes: IF my uncle was a woman she would be my auntie”
      The point is Baroness Patricia Scotland is not a professional footballer. Stick with the issue please.

  27. Doc. Love
    September 29, 2014

    According to Mr. Vince Henderson, he was the one who politely requested that the Baroness leave her seat during a cession of meetings they were having, he referred to the cession in question as number six. He also reported that the Baroness paid for all her expenses to be at the General Assembly. In my opinion, her promotion was more of an interference and a distraction then trying to find her a job. Skeritt must understand , Dominica is not a political estate bestowed on him by his French father. Dominicans must be informed on a timely basis when major decisions are to be made on our behalf, because when he messes up, he is not the only one who is seen as the joker of the Caribbean.

  28. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    Skerrit doh tired make an arse of himself? Why he so greedy: CARICOM head Dominican, PAHO head Dominican. Those appointments did not take other countries to support the Dominican? He does not intend to support any other countries in dem top jobs den?

    So rogue that man rogue he ignores all previous of agreement tacit or otherwise to force his nominations through and of someone who the rest of the leaders do not like or think qualifies as a Caribbean nominee. It looks like he is about to embarrass Scotland too or she eh care how she gets the job? Is she one of those?

    But that good for all of them and us: We like it so! We free!

  29. va resident
    September 29, 2014

    Prime MinisterSkerrit will continue to make himself the laughing stock of Dominica, Caricom and the world. Labourites feel proud about Leader, ‘the blind leading the blind.Dominicans be aware.’

  30. john paul
    September 29, 2014

    Welcome to the world of Skeritt,he tried to put Alex Boyd Knight as a nominee for President while She was in the seat of the Speaker of the House,that meant She would have to accept Her own name and possibly preside over an election if the Opposition Leader or any 3 Pariamentarians jointly were to put forward a nominee.
    When She declined and His next nominee declined due to She being a US Citizen he then pulled Charlo from His Cabinet and then”It’s had it”
    so You must understand what Skeritt wants Skeritt gets at least here.
    It will be so interesting to see if Tony ,Alix and the Urban Council Chairman demonize the whole Caricom to justify Skeritt’s move and even while they do Skeritt might call the station and inform them that he withdrew his nominee much in the same way in parliament he stalled Matthew Walter from great embarrassment.
    I think we are seeing the effects of what more than two terms in office has on a Prime minister .
    I am a firm believer in the two term policy and I will vote for the Party who agrees to legislate it!

  31. Peter karam
    September 29, 2014

    Tony astaphan PM press secretary says this never happened and worse Vince Henderson was on DBS prime news saying he asked her to go outside, so something happened den

  32. Peter J
    September 29, 2014

    Skerro tried a fast one on his CARICOM partners but dem guys say not this this time dimples. We give you Larocque, we give you support for Clarissa Ettiene, now you trying a fast one on us, not this time.
    But how de Baroness fall for that? She should know that Ralph and these other guys not in Skerrit opportunism.

  33. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    Even If she left at 2 yrs is STILL BORN D/CAN and all tings … How can you… only if it was not diplomatic incompetence

  34. Princess Di
    September 29, 2014

    Is not so Skerritt doing it nuh? Just push his agenda forward “fait accompli” and everybody just have to fall in line. Is the same thing he had done with the Cricket Board.

    Well let me see him try to batayay out of that one now.

  35. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    She is well qualified.

    • Ma Moses
      September 30, 2014

      She also has a conviction in the U.K. for employing an illegal immigrant when she was that country’s Attorney General. That is on the record. It damaged her career badly and for that reason alone her adopted country England would never put her name forward for the position of Secretary General of the Commonwealth. It is just too embarrassing.

      • Femme San Joseph
        October 2, 2014

        If you had done the research in a fair manner you would have found that in the end Patricia Scotland was exonerated. The gutter press finding nothing to pin on her paid the cleaner to penetrate her household. It blew up in their face because it was clearly shown that she was really only guilty of being trusting. Her mistake was one that all of us could make: she saw the cleaner’s documents but failed to take a photocopy of them. Every thing else was in place. The cleaner was convicted, sent to prison and then deported.

    • JoJo
      September 30, 2014

      There is no question about her qualifications, however:

      – we must question the way Roosevelt Skerrit tried to impose her on other Caricom members- they are not Dominican citizens under his control and whom he can bully like his own cabinet.
      – Patricia Scotland has a blot on her career for being convicted and fined for employing an illegal immigrant in 2009 and embarrassing the U.K. govt. for whom she worked as Attorney General.

      I have nothing personal against the Baroness but I think she would be better advised to try and rebuild her law practice in the U.K. and keep a low profile for the time being.

  36. Itassi three
    September 29, 2014

    The same attitude and behaviour Roosevelt Skerrit exhibits in Dominica; is the same the does outside of Dominica and thinks everyone will tolerate it. Shameful and outright rudeness.

  37. Arbitrator
    September 29, 2014

    It should be breaking news on DNO. Let the people of Dominica see the truth about these countries. They are being sprayed with tear gas. There is no democracy there, however that’s the path our PM is choosing to follow

  38. Xoxo Ministry
    September 29, 2014

    What happened when they wanted to sell the diplomatic to Corello. They got Corello to send two boxes of shoes used and new shoes to Dominica just to make it look like Corello was actively involved with Dominica. Before the she arrived a diplomatic passport was issued to Corello with special arrangement for payment. I am only saying special arrangements although I know what the arrangement entail but when truth comes to light Dominicans will get lock jaw. Some might even commit suicide.
    Anyway this is a little inside look of the back door and crooked ways of our government administration. Theven workings of crooked politicians sell our diplomacy to anyone willing to pay millions for diplomatic immunity. 9

  39. Arbitrator
    September 29, 2014

    DNO why aren’t you guys posting the news of the protest in China. Student are protesting for their right vote. “Remember, China is a great example to Dominica”

    • JoJo
      September 30, 2014

      It is not in China they are protesting but in HongKong, which is controlled by mainland China. Yes, they want to keep the democracy they enjoyed when they were a British colony. Maybe they were better off under Britain? So ironic isn’t it. Good luck to them.

  40. ghost face
    September 29, 2014

    guess he though he was in the dominica house of assembly where he just push things down his ministers throats and they have to acccept.. in the civilised world things just don’t work that way.. maybe mr pm should have consulted the novice linton to school him on how such matters are handled.

  41. the saw for sure
    September 29, 2014

    If that is true Labourkatwavey….what an embarrasment to the lady

  42. budman
    September 29, 2014

    i don’t know if this is so much an embarrassment to Caricom as it is a political mileage manoeuvre on the part of Skerritt. Granted she was born in DA, but really has contributed and would likely push British agenda more so than the Caribbean’s. Her profile isn’t as high as it once was, and this could be a shot raising it once more. at the end of the day she is a British politician. the question is why would she be seen as more favourable in the eyes of Skerritt than any other regional person of comparable experience.

  43. Morihei Ueshiba
    September 29, 2014

    Skerrit u good we, one minute u want nothing to do with the privy council in London, next minute u appointing a privy council member as commonwealth secretariat. Maltwet. :lol:

  44. Marianette G
    September 29, 2014

    I have lost all respect for you DNO. That’s all I will say. You do not seek as prudent reporters would, to discover the truth. Shame on you.

    • JoJo
      September 30, 2014

      Marianne please reflect carefully. This is not DNO’s report. They are only publishing what was reported by Caribbean new Now. By the way it is not only DNO relaying this news but also by such media as Winn FM, Curacao Chronicle, Caribbean 360, Gt World Radio, DROC Radio, Black Voice Radio etc.

  45. just saying
    September 29, 2014

    yeah embarassed!!1who is an ole Dominican born and small island prime minister to nominate her? if she was from trinidad or jamaica or barbados it would have been different!!!!!!

  46. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    None issue. She is Dominican so what?

  47. September 29, 2014

    He who is not guilty cast the first stoneb the previous prime minister of Barbados was born in England to a ehite mother, he rulrd beautifully. I could ho on and on noneyheless Skerrit should not hsve done that.

    • Anonymous
      September 30, 2014

      Thompson was raised, educated and practised law in Barbados. Very different situation from that of the Baroness.

  48. Barbados Observer
    September 29, 2014

    Can’t believe that people are defending such ridiculous clear attempt to dictate CARICOM. There’s nothing wrong with nominating a candidate but to be so disrespectful to the other heads of CARICOM is unheard of.

    Did the other Prime Ministers send their nominees to sit in their position????? NO THEY DID NOT because there are rules and procedures that are to be followed and respected. Dominica’s PM apparently feels he is above these and above all other heads of CARICOM!

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2014

      LOL didn’t we recently hear that King Skerritt advises all the PMs in the region ?????? Haven’t you heard that they look to Skerritt for advice ?

  49. Brian
    September 29, 2014

    Dominica media houses are an embarrassment to the state.
    Why should we be quoting information from foreign media regarding an article about Dominica
    A simple verification with our foreign affairs department would have nipped this nonsense in the bud, but just like sheep we simply go with the herd.

    • Anonymous
      September 30, 2014

      That includes DBS, Kairi, DAVibes, the Sun and the Chronicle I presume?

  50. ??
    September 29, 2014

    This story is a total fabrication of what transpired. Is this how low the UWP will go to embarrass the country? What a shame!! We should be thankful that we have the baroness making representation on our behalf. I hope they don’t ask her to address their meetings AGAIN in the future.

  51. Just Observing
    September 29, 2014

    The lady is eminently qualified for the position. She brings the requisite education and professional level skills. She has international prominence which really can only do Dominica good.

    That being said though, I often wonder why those many Dominicans who have and are occupying positions in international organizations are quick to forget from where they came? It appears that they only know, remember the land of their birth when such situations exist.

    If Antigua or Trinidad had a candidate as eminently qualified like ours like ours they would have done the same damn thing. If England had sponsored her as it is being suggested in the report, would Dominica decline supporting her? She will get the backing of the U.K and I am sure so many other countries that the U.K is able to influence. After all she is as much a U.K candidate as she is Dominican. Turn this around and you will get the same thing. As much Dominican as she is U.K.

    • Forever Amber
      September 30, 2014

      Have you read the article? If yes, then you need a lesson in comprehension. The question is not one of support or not, but of protocol.

  52. Frenz
    September 29, 2014

    The sad thing is that there are people willing to testify and lie that Baroness Scotland has been working for Dominica’s foreign ministry. Just by reason of this insidious plan of having her sit in on the UN gathering.
    But if the lying and conniving ways continue to work for Roosevelt Skerrit in Dominica there is no reason to fix what is working for them-lies lies and more lies and the more they lie is the more people like ferrol,Peter A priests ,bishops ,pastors are all willing to facilitate the lying.

  53. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    Disrespect at home is now carried abroad.the straw that broke the camel’s back

  54. Just Asking!
    September 29, 2014

    Why among so many qualified Dominicans who have worked and lived here all or for many years of their life, it is Baroness Scotland, who never worked in Dominica further more in the Caribbean, who have been living in England since she was 2 years Skerritt found to be most appropriate to be Dominica’s nominee for the post? …God help us…
    Look an embarrassing, wise fool….Pastor Augustine

    • Green Suga
      October 3, 2014

      this is interesting…name the Dominicans then Just Asking!!! who you think would aptly fit the position of Secretary General…i would love to now who they are and find out their biography…I’m waiting

  55. Just looking
    September 29, 2014

    Bram!!!!Bram!!!!!!!! The act of our wise prime minister according to the pastor and what was Ian trying to make us belive that all the prime minister in Caribbean consults him on how to run their country? If they do which I for one don’t think so they might be consult skerriet on how to block they eyes of the citizen and hide money lololo if this incident do not open the eyes and change Dominican mind about skerriet then nothing else will . I am so embarrass for my country.After things like those how can I ask educated people out there to come spend time in dominica somebody please tell how to defend dominica when I talk to educated people when they ask me about this

  56. My View
    September 29, 2014

    The prime minister gets away with such breaches of protocol and undiplomatic behavior all the time in Dominica as none of his friends and advisors or persons who know better dare to correct him. He is now extending this undiplomatic behavior to the regional and international scene but thank GOD our CARICOM leaders refuse tolerate this.
    My question is how can Baroness Scotland allowed herself to be so embarrassed by Skerrit? Is she the Minister of Foreign Affairs. She aught to know better or is she so desperate for position and power?

  57. smh
    September 29, 2014

    Vote them out they are an embarrassment shame on the DLP

  58. Munchausen Syndrome
    September 29, 2014

    Allu doh see is lennox an dem workers that have caricom an oecs an dem tryin to mess up our PM! We will make our beloved PM king of caricom when its time to vote an put all dem oecs diplomats to go an plant fig in the sun. All of dem have lennox playing in there head. So is he alone that is historian then and can fix cabrits ? Labar give u job an u fix cabrits and now u runnin uwp and want to embarass my pm by playing in caricom people head? How much them 5 police paying uwp leader to defend them? That lennox there in all source!

      September 30, 2014

      Are you sure you know what the issue is? What does UWP have to do with CARICOM, your post speaks volume of your illiteracy. Dominicans should be proud of any Dominican who has made a name for themselves, be it at home or abroad. If this article is true, again here is YOUR beloved PM, exercising, his mighty powers again. Remember what he said a few years ag o. NO LAW, NO CONSTITUTION can stop him; now he has taken his dictatorship to CARICOM, it will be good for he rest of the Caribbean to see what Dominicans are up against.

  59. Forever Amber
    September 29, 2014

    It is most unfortunate that Baroness Scotland, of whom Dominicans are proud, allowed herself to be placed in this embarrassing situation by Roosevelt Skerrit.

    Skerrit, time and again, acts against, or not in unison, with OECS or CARICOM. Take for instance, ALBA, CCJ, now this. I think Baroness Scotland is owed a PUBLIC apology from Skerrit.

  60. Artfield
    September 29, 2014

    I really don’t want to laugh, but this man, the PM of Dominica really sometimes make himself look stupid. You don’t have to post this DNO as always.

  61. CIA on the Watch
    September 29, 2014

    Living in Dominica with years of experience in Foreign Relations and also years of experience working at the Commonwealth secretariat in London is Dominica’s own Judith Pestina, for those in authority you may have forgotten her this is just a reminder. With the nomination of Baroness Scottland it appears that the Government is looking for something to make political mileage from just like they did with Dr. Ettienne at PAHO.

  62. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    You all run with that, did you even went and ask the government their side to this story? What was going to do take the lame info these heads of state talk about year in year out to take back to give England? Could it be these guys want their own people in there and did not think of take that bold step? At the same time if this true I blame the PM for not relating intentions.

  63. Anonymous
    September 29, 2014

    Where is the link to that article as you usually refer your readers to?

  64. shaka zulu
    September 29, 2014

    Well it is the CCJ that failed to rule on the constitutionality of a French man running Dominica. Instead its ruling said that a decision would be interference in a country’s sovereignty. Well Mr. Skerrit had been made all mighty so his modus operandi is now extended to Caricom. This is just the begining of things to come. I will watch as he try to impose his Chinese style government in caricom pretending to be the brightest in the bunch as he feeds his insecurities. Carry on Carry on. Hope he will realize the reason we are last in everything in the region.

  65. September 29, 2014

    he has lost the plot,the pressure is telling now :oops:

  66. RED 2 BLUE
    September 29, 2014

    How long??
    Not long!

  67. Lang Mama
    September 29, 2014

    I beg to nominate Francesco Corello as the Commonwealth secretary-general.

    Tony Astaphan and Roosevelt skerrit told us that Mr Corello was well suited for such high level positions. I am sure Fast N Furious will agree, Simeone, My Aunty Man and his wife my aunty. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Papa Bondieur everything that these guys do have dishonesty in it.
    Soukoyan Tax; Now they sneaking in Barones Scotland like she been working for Dominica; the sneak Charles Saverin into presidency; they sneak in the Bin Borbol money thru lawyers after lawyers; they sneak out to go silent Weekly blitz; they sneak out to Monaco;they sneak bcrab man in as owner; they sneak millions out to the Cayman, the sneak in Arthenia on Wesley.

  68. September 29, 2014

    The issue is not her credentials or education it’s the procedure and process the PM decided to adhered too. Why is it so difficult for the PM to follow the rule of law , what example is he showing to the younger folks it’s just to much, Why does he keep embarrassing us like that .
    And why didn’t Baroness Scotland do her home work why did she allow herself to be put into such a position, again it’s not about politic of parties people.

  69. Malgraysa
    September 29, 2014

    Was the Secretary General of Caricom, our own Irwin Laroque consulted?
    If he is complicit in this his position would be untenable. If he is not implicated Roosevelt Skerrit owes him, at least a big apology.

  70. Lougaoo Mem
    September 29, 2014

    I hope this is an eye-opener for those who believe that this government does no wrong. Baroness Scotland should be ashamed to allow herself caught up in such bad publicity, especially associated with one of the most corrupt leaders Dominica has ever experienced.

    The Prime Minister has made it known publicly that constitutions, laws, protocols can not stop him from doing whatever he wants. He plagiarized, manipulates the poor, lies and deceives the people constantly. Therefore, it behooves the citizens of the land to vote all these bad politicians out of office as soon as election comes in order to save face, and move the country forward.

  71. eyes wide open
    September 29, 2014

    Wow.A born Dominican have all those British positions and we don’t know until now to be proud and for us young people to look up to.but at the same time if she DOES win the election of ‘commonwealth secretary-general’ then wouldnt under the list of ‘secretaries-general’ as she would be #6 with her name, age,goal,responsibility etc along with her country (her description),wouldnt it be england or britain or sumn like that?if so why is mr.skerrit willing to “sponsor” her?is she being pushed forward by him on tax payers money?why didnt he inform the CARICOM governments of this move?is this a matter of “all publicity is good publicity” on mr.skerrit and Baroness Patricia Scotland behalf?what is the motive for this move mr.skerrit?not even that you couldav told us?so we can decide if she were to be elected if it would benefit Dominica and why wasnt there a PRESS CONFERENCE for Dominicans to know that our Prime minister is “s?p?o?n?s?o?r?i?n?g” (no typo) Miss Scotland to ask questions about this decision.but then i wonder if Dominicans would have had the guts to reject any decisions like the CARICOM governments did.

  72. doh good
    September 29, 2014

    look at what the dictator is doing now!!! open all u eyes…

  73. Mamizoo
    September 29, 2014

    So Roosevelt Skerrit sent Scotland to represent us as our Foreign Minister? I wonder how many more of the cabinet members knew nothing about this cause one member of the cabinet was totally shocked when the news came out. In fact he shook his head in disbelief and uttered /mumbled words of disgust.

    DNO what we are hearing should not be of any surprise. Sometimes we hear about the showing off of the big island on the smaller islands because of size, wealth etc. Right now the grand standing or the showing off by Roosevelt is not about the influence, capability, size, nor popularity of our beloved country on the CARICOM stage cause surely and regrettably we are not in any position to even pretend much less act like we can push people over.
    Roosevelt Skerrit has taken it upon himself to now display his arrogance not just to us in Dominica but to the rest of the CARICOM citizens. This behavior of ” I am rich and can do what I please” is not just coincidental. We saw it with the attainment of the French passport, No law No constitution, These people are too free, where I get money from is not your darn business; the in your face villas, win loose or draw, the sneaky taxes, Garbage Bin fraud etc and much more. These my friends are undeniable evidence of sociopath and despot. Now it is no longer the big island small island pissing contest but which leader is wealthier
    A sociopath who feels that by reason of his sudden wealth and his surrounding yes men and women / mercenaries can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Well has he been getting away with his sociopathic behavior? I am sure most Dominicans who are god fearing will have the right answer to that question.

    Often times we see some of the famous athletes display the same behavior. There are many stories of these famous athletes misbehaving and because of their money , influence and popularity they are surrounded by people who cover up for them. There are countless stories of the South African guy who shot his girl friend – many stories of cover up way before that fatal shooting; Hernandez the football player the same cover ups until he was finally arrested. There are many others but the significance is that some people and many people particularly the those who have become suddenly wealthy- these people adopt a behavior of entitlement, lawlessness and arrogance . Catch me If You can.

    Dominica we need to get rid of this sociopath else many of us will be very very sorry.

    DNO as an aside and maybe not .I have a few questions for a certain lawyer and I’ve already ask that question. I heard Brian ask the very same question.

    Why did the gunman from St Kitts call your number Dominica when he got arrested in Barbados? Why did you not continue the conversation when you recognized his voice? Why was the gunman traveling with so much information about Lennox Linton?

  74. JoJo
    September 29, 2014

    Baroness Scotland was the recipient of the UN Doha anti-corruption award in 2009. How could a person of such standing allow herself to get embroiled with such a controversial and scandal-plagued govt. like that of Roosevelt Skerrit? I just don’t understand it. Be very careful Hon. Lay Scotland. You get judged by the company you keep.

  75. Labourite for Debate
    September 29, 2014

    Shame Shame Shame.

  76. Lone Ranger
    September 29, 2014

    The other members of Caricom are right to express their indignation for this highhanded way in which the Skerrit cabal is trying to shove down their throat someone who, for all practical purposes, is a British citizen who has no practical affiliation with the Caribbean.
    From Scotland’s point of view I am baffled as to why she would want to tarnish her considerable legacy and reputation by being associated with a regime whose values are antithetical to those of baroness Scotland.
    It is true that politics make for strange bed fellows, but this one is baffling and leaves me wondering about the rationale behind this mismatch. I am really flabaggasted and wondering whether this is a calculated attempt by Mr. Skerrit to “buy” legitimacy to quell concerns about some of the controversies he has been associated with.

  77. Dominican in London
    September 29, 2014

    ALLEGED!!!! well I wouldn,t want to see the TRUTH

  78. Grand Bay Yard-fowl
    September 29, 2014


    Nothing seems to go right for this incompetent government of The Commonwealth of Dominica, especially at the United nation. We all know who’s the greatest “PLAGIARIST” in the country. Yet, you have Religious ministers who will tell you that our country is lead by one of the wisest…….We know very well that once the money flows, even while the poor get poorer, government does no wrong in the sight of the false Preachers, Bishops, men in cloth and likes.

    This is not the first, and will not be the last embarrassment while they govern. Our beloved nation has been so tainted, contaminated with the most corrupt politicians, supported by a few unscrupulous lawyers who are ready to kill in order to protect their interests. But the most disturbing and mind bugling thing is, the vast majority of the supporters thinks it’s all good. (SMH)

  79. faceup
    September 29, 2014

    Skerro I want to see you work your way around that one! And Skerro I will not vote for you not this time bubba…YOU ARE DONE SKERRO,GO, ALLEE, SORTIE… NEVER COME BACK!

  80. Bull crap
    September 29, 2014

    This article says it all.. Their is nothing to say about how this government thinks..

  81. me
    September 29, 2014

    It’s a matter of opinion on this one. Much ado about nothing.

  82. September 29, 2014


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