Erika a “real body blow” to Dominica – Baroness Scotland

Erika caused devastation across Dominica. Photo by GIS
Erika caused devastation across Dominica. Photo by GIS

Dominica’s International Efforts Relief Coordinator, Baroness Patricia Scotland, has said the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika, and to a lesser extent by the remnants of TS Grace, is a ‘real body blow’ to the island.

She said based on size of population and per capita, it is the greatest humanitarian disaster to take place anywhere in the world in recent years.

“I think these two storms have caused a real body blow to our country when you look at the level of devastation,” Scotland, who is on her first visit to the island since she was named international coordinator, said. “It is literally the greatest humanitarian disaster in the last two years anywhere in the world, when you look at per capita and population, we are only 72,000 people…”

She stated that the damages caused are a heavy blow for the island.

 

 Scotland is Dominica's International Efforts Relief Coordinator

Scotland is Dominica’s International Efforts Relief Coordinator

She noted that since she was named International Efforts Relief Coordinator, she has been working very hard to galvanize support of the international community.

“And I am really pleased to see how people have responded in our hour of real need,” she noted.

Scotland remarked that she is doing everything she can to enable the world to see the hurt that has been caused, to show the resilience of the Dominican people and their love for God.

“So I think we know that God will continue to bless us and if we work hard and we have the help and the support of others in the international community, I am sure Dominica will outstrip expectations,” she said.

She stated that it is going to take all Dominicans to get the island back on its feet again.

“I think it is going to take all of us, every Dominican, whether they are on island or off island working together to get us back where we need to be,” Scotland noted.

She said she is on the island to get a first-hand look at what happened and what is being done

“And to get a really good idea as to what we need,” she pointed out. “It’s like being given a shopping list, shopping in the international community hearts … that is what I am trying to do.”

On August 27, Erika dumped heavy rains on Dominica, killing several residents and devastated several sections of the island. Roads, bridges and infrastructure were washed away and the island’s main airport was severely damaged. As of Monday two communities, Boetica and Delices, remain cut off from the rest of the island. About a week and a half later the remnants of TS Grace brought more rainfall and more flooding across the island.

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56 Comments

  1. Francisco Telemaque
    September 22, 2015

    You need to shut up: what are you coordinating? I know that in Dominica linguists; words does not seem to mean the same in English: i. e., I was told that in Dominica a State of Emergency does not mean the same as it is know internationally.

    I do not understand the term relief coordinator, since one of the definition of the word coordinate is: “any of a set of numbers used in specifying the location of a point on a line, on a surface, or in space.” Any one of a set of variables used in specifying the state of a substance, or the motion of a particle or momentum.

    Then again if Skerrit is implying he employed you to act together in a smooth concerted way, with someone who is of equal rank, authority, or importance with another, who are they? How much are you receiving from the Dominica treasury for holding that political position; and what have you coordinated thus far?

  2. the fly
    September 22, 2015

    TiTiwi ,it looks like you have done your home work well, i could not have done better respect to you .

  3. A" REAL BODY BLOW"
    September 22, 2015

    I listened to the interview Ms. Baroness Scotland had on Sky News, and she really sounded like she did not know much about Dominica. Before the interview she should have done some research or maybe read a good book about Dominica, especially about hurricane David. For example, Wikipedia reported that David killed 56 people in Dominica.
    In her interview she said Tropical storm Erika killed 31 people and many more are still missing. Then she went on to say that Erika killed more people than David. I mean is 31 greater than 56 Ms. Scotland? Now if she is trying to suggest that the 31 killed plus the many more missing would be more than the 56 of David, I would understand her. But when we do the maths the 31 presumed killed by Erika, is a combination of those 11 confirmed dead plus 20 presumed dead, which brings the death tally to 31. So clearly Ms. Scotland made a soup in her interview and its a shame that a person who was born in Dominica has not read about David. Wonder if Skerrit has

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 22, 2015

      She been out of Dominica perhaps before she could even talk, so anybody who expect her to know much about Dominica, would be the one and only Mountain Chicken Crapo brain mentality Roosevelt Skerrit!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Because she is called Baroness, Skerrit is trying to associate with her because she held some position in British politics. They say Birds of a feather flocked together, what is the difference in a prime minister who violates the laws of Dominica, and then boast no law or constitution can prevent him from becoming prime minister; and one in England who violated British law by employing illegal people illegally to work for them in England?

      Once you are tainted in the more developed world, it is difficult to get people who have a clean reputation to shake hands with that tainted person. If Skerrit belief his associating with that woman and her phony accent is going to help the image of Dominica, he is living in Disney Land, and the Taillights…

  4. bigger
    September 22, 2015

    People talks about her British accent. Now you have Arthie Martin Bernard Wiltshire and many more that speaks with a British accent they don’t seem to have a problem why is it in Dominica people like to disrespect others so they can look good this lady speaks with a cultured accent may be if she speaks CORCOY this would be right your alley

  5. tru d bino q la
    September 22, 2015

    “Don’t ever let a disaster go to waste” in the words of Donald Rums….. something. In my view, the word is ……’self_aggrandizement’.

  6. too late
    September 21, 2015

    But who is dat woman there nuh really?

  7. September 21, 2015

    I am Dominican born but live in the Uk and speak with a British accent, why is it some people appear to have a problem with Patricia Scotlands accent. She is a QC, has held high powered position do you expect her to speak pidgeon english e.g ‘yes we’. She has to be able to communicate internationlly and be understood. As a people I think us Dominican can be ungrateful, ungracious,quick to accept but slow to give. Please Dominicans let us try to have a more generous and giving nature, and stop being so petty, filled with hate and envy plus narrow mindedness. We can be a god fearing people, and good hearted,but unfortunately this does not always comes across, so please let us display a more positive attitude as opposed to the negative attitude which seems to be order of the day on DNO.
    ly

    • Dominican Paying Taxes
      September 22, 2015

      filled with hate and envy ki sah… the truth is her accent is neither here nor there, but FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS and the woman knows NOTHING about Dominica nor what is needed. This is all a sham by Skerrit to appoint his gal pal in a position to further entrench herself in her bid for that other job and that is the long and short of it. Ungrateful about what? Until that woman came to Dominica to bring Skerrit into the Lodge as part of her bid for the Commonwealth job nobody knew of her, and she admitted she had done nothing for Dominica. The woman spent the entire interview promoting herself and the pacific trying to galvanize sympathy and votes.. You people are too bias..

    • Shameless
      September 22, 2015

      What you mean by saying that is the order of the day on DNO? Stuuuuppppeeeessss!

      doh put DNO in your nonsense. This forum is for all so why blame DNO for the way people express themselves? Stupes man!

      Assertive, NEVER Aggressive! :twisted:

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 22, 2015

      A Leopard cannot change it color, you can change your fictitious name, but your rhetoric remains the same. As I told you before if you are Dominica born, and you speak with a British accent, I must tell you that you are a fraud, because people are born with their accent.

      I was born in the Village of Wesley, I left when I was fourteen years old. I lived in St. Johns Antigua; I lived in Harlow Essex England, I lived in Cuxhaven West Germany, and I have been living in the United States from May 6th 1980, and my accent has not changed, you will find Wesley in my accent every minuet of the day.

      One of my daughters came here when she was three years old, as soon as she opens her mouth one knows she is foreign to America. Her brothers and sisters who all went to school here still has their West Indian accent. If you have a British accent, how do you account for someone born in Essex, having a different accent to someone born in Folkstone, Manchester, or Liverpool! How do you account…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 22, 2015

        How do you account for someone born in Essex, having a different accent to someone born in Folkstone, Manchester, or Liverpool! How do you account for someone born in New York, having a different accent to someone born in Los Angeles or Texas.

        Los Angeles is approximately two hundred eighty-seven miles or approximately three hundred miles from Las Vegas, however people born in the State of Nevada do have a different accent to those born California; and if you want some joke, when you are in Tennessee, you will here an accent you cannot find anywhere else in the United States, unless the person speaking to you is from Tennessee!

        You all need to accept yourselves as your creator made you!

  8. too late
    September 21, 2015

    what does she know about Dominica?

    • On Time
      September 21, 2015

      Perhaps a little more than you do, surprisingly.

    • Mary Brown
      September 22, 2015

      You do not have to leave in a country to know all you need to know about it. So go and get a life all of you young people think that you knows it all but you know shit.

  9. Newkid
    September 21, 2015

    All I’m reading is Dominicans complaining. After everything we’ve received plus more from families abroad and strangers. Stupes.

    • the fly
      September 21, 2015

      NewKid , Dominicans are not complaining at everything they received ,there are a group call UTD. WORKERS PARTY making all the trouble like HYENA’S :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  10. The Authorities
    September 21, 2015

    We The Authorities wish to apologize for the technical error of the background video being from the Dominican Republic and not The Commonwealth of Dominica.

    This error was not the fault of either the interviewer Ms Gillian Joseph or the interviewee Baroness Scotland but that of the background Technical video crew who apparently were unaware of the difference between the two countries.

    Herein lies another reason why we will be changing the name to Waitukubuli after we have recovered from the effects of TS Erika.

    • Barbara Saunders
      September 21, 2015

      I think she also said that she was doing this pro bono (free) and using some of her own resources too. I assume airfare etc. don’t think I saw that in the report above.

      Just thought it important to add that note.

      • Titiwi
        September 21, 2015

        Ms. Saunders, I viewed/listened to the interview a second time an nowhere is there any mention of pro bono or using her won resources. You know, I voted for Roosevelt Skerrit in 2005 but now I can’t wait for him to leave. His insensitivity of appointing this woman with a stained record, without consultation when he fully well knows how controversial such a move would be, particular with our Caricom partners, smacks of insouciance and a total lack of empathy. She is damaged goods. I desperately wish we could be united, especially at a time like now but with a man like this at the helm that is frankly impossible.

    • the fly
      September 21, 2015

      The word WAITUKUBULI, mean’s land of many Battles, look it up We have enough of that guy Linton and his Barracudas .

      • Anonymous
        September 21, 2015

        I looked at the blog above and unless you know that the Authorities is
        Linton, did not see his name either. Why blame him for what that person said? Something happened on August 27th, mother nature has showed us something we should spend time thinking about but we can’t get over our petty ways. Too much Hate in the Country people we need to forget Politics and think and act as the Lord instructs us “to love our neighbors as ourselves” and stop pointing the finger.

  11. Yoland J J
    September 21, 2015

    Thanks very much Baroness Scotland for offering your services free of charge to assist in the recovery process in Dominica, you are really a Dominican at heart. I know you have contacted a number of International Organizations and Governments, your influence got the British Army vessel in Dominica ASAP and they did a very good job on the West and through out Dominica ,continue the good and hard work you are doing as International coordinator. All those who are commenting negatively they are just a bunch of empty drums the make the most noise we will just ignore them. How many of them went on the field and interview any body, you find your way to Dominica, mingled with the people old and young you speak better patios then most of them you can relate to people a thousand times better than the leader of the opposition, who has opposed your appointment and have so much to say, But we know that you are a genuine Dominican leaving in the UK but with your heart in Dominica Thanks very much

    • the fly
      September 21, 2015

      YoLand, your comment was well said ,there are mules on this island that would moan at every and any thing so Uncultured and rough cut.

    • originaljahguide
      September 21, 2015

      Yoland! please go and preach God’s word fearlessly and try to win stars in your crown. You wolves in sheep clothing claiming to be men of God but so divisive in your preaching. The bible says “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in Heaven”.

  12. PEACE
    September 21, 2015

    It is dishearten and act of savagery to always bite your own. We are like animals after giving birth, they turn around and eat their own. Ms. Scotland place of birth is St. Joseph, Dominica. This woman has tried in every possible way to work for the betterment of her BIRTH PLACE and every opportunity you get you are belittling and dissecting her. You don’t know the women, yet she has become your political batting ball. It is shameful and disgraceful for some of your sarcastic,, pathetic and unwarranted remarks.

    • Barbara Saunders
      September 21, 2015

      Peace

      This is the society which we have become. I am like a stuck record trying to convince people that they are doing harm to the country, not the politicians, when they speak and act in the way that they do. I keep praying that what I see ahead does not, by the grace of God come to pass.

      Imagine that I was speaking to someone not too long showing some “documentary facts” to dispute an untrue story which had been making the rounds in the media and when the person recognised that I was correct on the facts the person stopped me so that I would not change what the person had been convinced about and had been repeating so passionately. The truth was not important to the person because it might have put the victim in a better light than that which the person was accustomed to viewing the victim.

      Can you see where we are heading?

  13. dominica new york
    September 21, 2015

    DNO is not fair they are playing poltics the lady will do a good job let rally with her let;s help her rise and dominica will rise

  14. Ma Moses
    September 21, 2015

    Baroness Scotland says we have 70,000 inhabitants but the DNO report of her speech shows 72,000. What is it? The same with the number of dead. So many different figures have been given, even by the P.M. Can we get a definite, correct figure please. I suggest the authorities give the names of the victims so we can all check. We should not appear so incompetent to the outside world.

  15. Caricom Traveler
    September 21, 2015

    Why i fear Dominica maybe stock in the Doldrums is the fact they aren’t know at a Governmental level to speak the Truth…

    Many of the agencies upon arrival in Dominica will be quick to notice that 80% of he island is intact, the Capital Roseau is up and running the sea ports are ok, thus Commerce is in shape, the structural Damage in the Capital is quite manageable, it’s not a fact that you had total devastation on island, the villages can be dealt with as you have a Regime quote and quote that’s their mandate to get the process forward.

    Dominica needs to be careful how is deals with this situation, the relief supplies should soon cease as you don’t want to create a droll society of beggars for food.

    St.Lucia and Grenada has disasters can quickly hit the road running to normalcy but i’m afraid Dominica’s Leadership lacks the focus and direction which could create chaos going forward…

  16. William Mc Lawrence
    September 21, 2015

    First of all congratulations to Baroness Patricia Scotland on your appointment as International Relief Efforts Coordinator for Dominica’s rebuilding programme post Tropical Storm Erika,

    Now the shopping list:
    1. New airport development for Dominica
    2. Upgraded port development at Woodbridge Bay and Long House
    3. New Cruise Ship Berth and Cruise Passenger Terminal and Helipad at Cane Field
    4. Expansion of the Cane Field industrial Estate to include Information Technology Park, an Indoor Sports Stadium, an International Swimming Club/ Olympic Pool Facilities, and, a Lawn Tennis Complex
    5. Conversion of the Douglas Charles airport to a industrial site for the north east
    6. New Marina Development for Portsmouth
    7. Strengthened infrastructure to include replacement of all one way bridges with two-way bridges
    8. Increased support for the farming communities including access to increase technical support, improved feeder/farm access roads and cheaper access to farm inputs and…

    • William Mc Lawrence
      September 21, 2015

      8 continued… including cost effective and reliable market access for fresh and manufactured products from Dominica
      9. Programme to relocate all vulnerable families from danger zones across the island to safer areas providing them with proper accommodation and support infrastructure at those locations
      10. improved medical/ health facilities and services, education facilities and services, public safety (police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue facilities, equipment (including a couple search and rescue helicopters and trained personnel/ pilots) and services…
      11. Improving the housing stock across the island
      12. Construction of better river and sea walls… and engage the Local Government Councils across the play of great role in disaster management
      13. Re-equip, re-tool, re-train, re-instate the Public Works Corporation to be part of the rebuilding and national reconstruction effort
      14. Re-tool. re-train, re-equip the Office of Disaster management to play in rightful…

      • William Mc Lawrence
        September 21, 2015

        14 Continued… disaster education, research, management, coordination… etc
        15. Educate and inform the public and recognize we are all Dominicans and have a role to play in the rebuilding effort.
        16…. I am sure more ideas will flow… but considering that the island’s development is said to have been pushed back 20 to 50 years because of the passage of Tropical Storm, I may not see the full recovery but I would like my children and grand children to benefit… So I welcome the input of who ever is willing to come forward and help

        Again best wishes for a successful term in office :wink: I am available to assist and already making my contribution to the relief effort… I am calling on all abled Dominicans to play their role too… large and small… do something! There this is not the time for polishing one’s nail its the time to tighten belts and getting fingers dirty in the working hard…

  17. Emile Zapatos
    September 21, 2015

    DNO I think you are doing your country and your business a deservice by not discouraging personal attacks. Wish we could stick to isues. What does accents have to do with the job of reconstructing Dominica? Don’t you think its time you change your slant. Those negative attacks will do more harm than good.

  18. Emile Zapatos
    September 21, 2015

    I wonder when DNO will encourage its people to be more supportive and appreciative.

  19. A Heavy Heart
    September 21, 2015

    Ms. Scotland, is either you were given a false shopping list or you don’t know anything about Dominica. How could everyone on the government be so wrong or misleading with the Erika death toll? Here is the PM himself “So far we can confirm that at least 20 citizens have died, and some are missing.” Dominica News Online – Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 7:00 AM.

    The PM forgot what he said above and said this: “Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that 11 persons have been confirmed dead and 21 missing” Dominica News Online – Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 1:39 PM. So is no longer 20 but downgraded to ten.

    Here is Police Commissioner: “11 bodies have been recovered so far while 22 people are feared dead” Dominica News Online – Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 11:57 AM .

    Baroness Scotland on Sept. 15, told Gillian Joseph of Sky News that everyone was wrong as it is 31 people that died and many more missing.

    Who do you believe when everyone is wrong and giving…

  20. Orange County
    September 21, 2015

    this is just a show piece, this lady is unable to get Dominica international help, as the world knows how corrupt Dominica’s Regime is, has the regime disclosed to date how much funds and names of persons on the sale of Dominica’s Passport these are the testings issues….Transparency!!!

    Folks must understand the rest of the civilized world aren’t dull, ignorant and uninformed of issues
    surrounding the above concerns, as Dominicans in General tend to sweep and pretend against reality!!

  21. I, Me, & I Alone
    September 21, 2015

    “And to get a really good idea as to what we need,” she pointed out. “It’s like being given a shopping list, shopping in the international community hearts … that is what I am trying to do.”

    Whoever gave Baroness Scotland that shopping list, sure did not know what they wanted her to get. I listened to Ms Scotland in a live interview with ‘Gillian Joseph of Sky News” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6xW6MBI_Lw, and she sure sounded lost or forgot what was on her shopping list.
    For example, she said Erika killed 31, and many more missing. Yet she said Erika killed more people in DA than David did in 1979. Doesn’t she know David killed 37? The Erika death toll is so bogus and confusing. At first Skerrit informed us that they had 20 confirmed dead “. “ at least 20 citizens have died…” DNO-, August 29th, 2015… On Sept. 1 2015 skerrit said “11 persons have been confirmed dead and 21 missing.” Altogether 32. The commissioner says maybe 33 Sept. DNO. Sept. 4. Its Bogus!

  22. Thorbjørn Jagland
    September 21, 2015

    Baroness enough talk, HOW MUCH MONEY U RAISE??? So long u appointed u just giving interviews all over de place. :(

    • Passing cloud
      September 21, 2015

      @ Thorbjørn Jagland, Are you really serious about How money she raised so far? Do you even expect to get that information? Even if they feel pressured to quote a figure, do you expect what they quote to be anywhere close to the real amount? I mean if they cannot agree on the death toll so we could know beyond any doubt that X and X amount of people died, do you think they will be transparent with money? In the death toll these guys are as far apart as east is from the west. What a shame!

    • jane smith
      September 21, 2015

      the British Army vessel and £300,000.00 from the British Government!!!

      • Ma Moses
        September 22, 2015

        Should we be grateful to Patricia Scotland for that Jane or the British Govt.?

  23. Passing cloud
    September 21, 2015

    Prior to TS Erika Ms. Baroness Scotland was a star in the international world, she sure has risen to be a SUPER STAR since TS EriKa. It was great listening to her interview no Sky News Tonight\’s Gillian Joseph about how DA was devastated by TS Erika. She had a great interview, though being from Dominica myself I must admit that I had a had time with her fluent, British like accent, since I am from a different part of Dominica where our accent is more unpolished. Is Ms. Gillian Joseph, the one conducted the interview, also Dominica? They sure sound alike.
    If anything, she left me a little confused when she said 31 people died, many are still missing, and compared it to hurricane David of 1979, yet she said Erika caused much more loss of life. If my memory serves me right, I believe 37 were confirmed dead by David and more missing. Ms. Scottland says Erika killed 31 and more missing. How could it have caused more loss of life than David, when Skerrit said 11 confirmed dead & 14…

    • Cyrique
      September 21, 2015

      Gillis is Dominican. It was a fabulous interview and Patricia Scotland was very passionate when she talked about the devastation which Erika caused.

      • alas
        September 21, 2015

        the footage that supported the interview was quite embarrassing.
        no footage of petite savanne, coulibistrie, the airport, and i could go on and on.
        The footage showed waves crashing on the beach in Dominican Republic.
        this interview appeared to be a propaganda opportunity for the International relief coordinator to get some prime time coverage to expose Dominica’s plight to the world.
        I wonder how this British Attorney General couldn’t get an interview with BBC?
        That would have sure given us some credible international recognition and support.
        be honest cyrique.
        Patricia did not for one second make an international plea for support during that 5 minute interview…..she really blew it!!
        For all de political clout that she claims to carry i find the effect of her inclusion to be quite silent.
        I don’t hear her speak of any country who is or have reached out in our recovery efforts.
        we have a $1 billion estimate for that.

      • Ma Moses
        September 21, 2015

        I don’t know how Dominica Ms. Joseph is, but I know that she was born in the U.K, Coventry to be exact and she is based there and making her career there. Nothing wrong with that but I do not like it when people with a tenuous connection to our country claim to be Dominican when it suits them.

      • boo
        September 21, 2015

        She is, in fact, from Dominica. Her mother is from Marigot as far as I’m aware.

      • Ma Moses
        September 22, 2015

        Boo, if according to Patricia Scotland supporters her place of birth (Dominica) makes her Dominican then, by the same token Gillian Joseph would be British, the U.K. being her place of birth. I don’t know if either of the two have a Dominican passport but they whey certainly would be entitled to one making them in fact dual nationals (….just like Roosevelt Skerrit and many others). And don’t forget, we have also have full fledged Dominicans that have no connection with the island at all except that they paid for their citizenship. It would even be possible for one of them to become the country’s leader and keep his dual nationality if he happens to be a Commonwealth citizen at the same time.

  24. dominica
    September 21, 2015

    I thought she was coming to tell us how much assistance she has been able to get for the dominicans in need of the help. Them ppl who appoint her say she so well connected yet all she coming to do is talk talk talk, What happen to your connections lady ??? U can start by giving ur salary eh

  25. Domnichen
    September 21, 2015

    Would have been nice if Baroness Scotland had mentioned what commitments/pledges she has received so far ????

  26. CYRIL Volney
    September 21, 2015

    REPRESENT US WELL, Baroness Scotland. Thank you for taking up the challenge.

    • MR Dominica
      September 21, 2015

      yes mr crybo this is your friend the one you refer to as the american. see you next week

    • Emile Zapatos
      September 21, 2015

      Nice comment. It is good to see that the Baroness has the courage to talk up this task. She will need the support of all Dominicans at home and abroad in this overwhelming task. I wish we had a counterpart in Asia and the USA.

  27. Titiwi
    September 21, 2015

    Where and when did Mrs. Mawhinney say all this? I’m curious, that’s all.

    • Passing cloud
      September 21, 2015

      @ Titiwi, you could watch and listen to the bogus information here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6xW6MBI_Lw or Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, talks to Sky News Tonight\’s Gillian Joseph about how the Caribbean island of …

      Ms. Scotland sure knows more about Britain, their politics than anything about Dominica. In fact when we do some “Fact Checking” I conclude that she knows nothing about Dominica. Furthermore, during her interview at one time she refers to Dominica as “We” and later when asked about the British politics she also referred to it as “WE”. No wonder she was thanked for a very diplomatic answer by Gillian Joseph.

      Is she British or Dominican? I sure cannot understand her British Accent. I wonder if Skerrit understanding her accent since he is from Vielle Case, with a French accent lol

      • Titiwi
        September 21, 2015

        Thanks Passing Cloud. I did watch that interview, which was obviously done in the U.K. without the good lady having put in a physical appearance here. The worst booboo was the background showing the Domninican Republic instead of Dominica and both she and Gilian Joseph should have checked that before the Sky interview was posted. Gilian was born in the U.K. from Dominican parents. Her mother was a teacher here and Gilian herself lived here for short while. What gets me most though is that the lady keeps saying “we” hen she refers to Dominica. She may have been born here but left when she was two. Hell, Antoine Raffoul is more Dominican than she is, although he was not born here but goes about doing good things with out boasting about it. This lady is British, first and foremost. She is married to A British Q.C. of N. Irish stock and when she votes she uses his family name. Her peerage is a life peerage and will die out with her. She is just using this disaster to boost her own…

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