It’s generally agreed that Michael Douglas was a great orator – many who remember him tend to focus on that aspect of his contribution to Dominican politics and development.
However historian Dr Lennox Honychurch also remembers “Mike” as a complex, multi-faceted politician, very much aware of his constituents in relation to the national picture.
“He knew he had a strong political base and could afford to be outspoken,” Honychurch recalled of the former Portsmouth MP.
The historian says, however, that speaking his mind on a national level got Mike into trouble with the Labour Party and others, including the period that he fell out of favor with then Prime Minister Patrick John.
“Mike had a way with words,” Honychurch says.
He remembers Douglas as “operating at many different levels”, trying to stay on top of the situation at the time.
His humorous take on things is another trait of Mike Douglas that many remember.
There was no trace of humor however more than 20 years ago when he called from a US hospital, confirming to then Voice of the Islands radio that the rumors that had been circulating about him suffering from cancer were in fact true.
It was a sad day for Dominica, and there were many more when he returned as he continued to struggle with the disease until his death.
For those who saw him “do his thing” on Dominica’s political stage, Mike will forever remain ”the politician’s politician”.