Portsmouth residents demonstrate in land dispute matter

Some residents who took part in the demonstration on Sunday
Some residents who took part in the demonstration on Sunday

A motorcade headed by the Parliamentary Representative Ian Douglas was held on Sunday afternoon in Portsmouth as controversy involving a land dispute in the area continues.

The event, which has been described as spontaneous, is an attempt to gain the support of Lagoon residents in the issue which has been causing quite a stir in the north.

Residents have squatted on a piece of land called Georgetown and in a recent protest have made it clear that unless they get the land there will be “no vote.”

Glanvillia residents, particularly those who occupied the land, say they want Lagoon residents to support them.

Douglas said he is quite aware that he is going against the wishes of the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit but, the interest of his people takes priority.

Skerrit has indicated that government had purchased 25 acres of land, with about 101 lots in Cotton Hill, for the Glanvillia residents and those occupying the land in Georgetown were doing so illegally.

But Douglas said the people are not interested in lands at Cotton Hill.

He says they are sticking to their original plan and the lands in Georgetown should be allocated to them as promised.

“They were promised the lands by several governments. This cannot be right. Politicians have spoken and promised the people that they would give them the lands. Now is the time to do it. The time is now,” Douglas said.

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183 Comments

  1. Miss Speak It
    July 23, 2013

    I think it is high time that Dominicans stand up for their right. Stop letting people push things down our throats. Well all Glanvillia people have to do is block the road because that is just not fair. Fast Company of Vielle Case can not own all of Dominica. That is nonsense man!!!! :twisted:

  2. ANONYMOUS
    July 23, 2013

    One day all of you DAMN DONKEYS will learn to UNITE. Until then, all you deserve everything you get.

  3. ted lewis. (posie)
    July 23, 2013

    I have said it before and will say it again that this government has some good ideas but poor implementation. Let’s assume that the PM like me realized that this land has some true commercial value. It’s a simple matter of discussing it in the cabinet and the proper approach to acquire the land. Then Ian would be fully aware and be in a position to call a town hall meeting with the residents,explaining to them that jobs will be created from the development of the said area they will be given first option on employment and also plots will be made available to them at cotton hill. We want land but we also need work to build on the land and mentain our house and families. Look at chance zicack . Land was sold for $1 a square feet and some people never pay a a cent on their land. government had to write these people about two years ago. I also think that Ian should find a copy of the arrangement that gueest left. Some important question need to be answered. In Picard gueest shared the land to the farmers. Did guest left names of family that should get land in George town or was it just left for village expansion. How do one become eligible for a piece of land in Georgetown or are we saying that once you from glanvillia you can go claim a piece of land there. What size of plot is due to each family or persons. Can one family received multiple plot like in chance where government give brother, sister,aunty,etc of one said family. If there is going to be a village expansion would the government or who is going to say land should be allocated there for a basket ball court,net ball,tennis,and a day care. Look at chance zicack. It’s a mess not even a community center there. A true leader must go against his people sometimes for the betterment of the country. Forget vote Ian. If there going to be a Development that will create jobs like the one I talk to you about a duty free shopping complex like port Zante in skb or heritage quay in Antigua this will create in excess of 300 jobs. And will also complement the development in picard. Use the long house pier for the cruise ship. You will have to extend on it with a little dredging. Your first statement was the resident will remain on the land until cotton hill ready and now u making a u turn. I wonder y. Them other minister quiet. Reggie telling g lagoon people they going cotton hill but they still approving wall houses to be built on the beach. What a mess this government is. No plan after 13 years in government. Where can I get a copy of the national development strategy for dominica. Where can get the medium term development strategy for dominica. Where are our development papers people. Do we have a land use policy. Where are the lands that are identify for commercial purposes. This is a no plan government every body doing their do. How much people in pose not working right now. How many still working for 30 ec a day. What the price of a corn beef Ian. These are all issues you should be vocal of.

  4. misdeamenor
    July 23, 2013

    dont know why people vote for labour party,especially the people of portsomouth,just passing like a papishow.so sad

  5. lady
    July 22, 2013

    that was not a protest. if anybody in here commenting, if y”all had seen it, they were just there looking 4 qwhatever excitement they thought that was going to be there. that was not a protest no way,

  6. Glanvillia Resident
    July 22, 2013

    Ian to little to late, where were you when the possie people needed strong leadership? You were hiding and abetting with Skeriit.The so called labour party has no regards to the political history of Portsmouth.I do not support the sqatting however it is time for the people to hold their leaders accountable for their empty promises.Skeritt and his regime including Ian Douglas should go. They have founded guilty , corrupt, dishonest and wicked. We the Portsmouth people deserve better than that.

  7. Doc. Love
    July 22, 2013

    They fired you as Attorney General.You have an opportunity to be the next Attorney General,all you have to do is to join the New United Workers Party.

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2013

      I hope you are not a real UWP because that would mean your party is worse than what we have now. It seems like who outside waiting to get inside to do the same, hypocrite, Ian? lol.

  8. POOR? WOW!
    July 22, 2013

    No wonder that an important Non-Profit organization based in Possie that helping all the poor People in the Minister constituencies in the North was refused a small lot in the georgetown area to store a few containers. Aaaah bway greedy politicians and their co-horts….one of those days justice will be served….

  9. concerned
    July 22, 2013

    Could someone please tell me exactly where this George Town is, i hope my Aunty not in that area.

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2013

      If you so love aunty you would know exactly if she is in Georgetown.

  10. rescue 911
    July 22, 2013

    i can hear myself laughing later.i just believe that this is a conspiracy.ian and skerrit plan that shit.after election we will hear about that

    • Curious2
      July 23, 2013

      Rescue 911, you hit the nail right on the head. With the ongoing rumours that Ian is on shaky grounds in Portsmouth, this psychological strategy by Mr Skerrit is being played out. The man is really smart boy. The people talking about “no land no vote” so after what Ian doing for them they will not vote for him? I doubt it. But let them be reminded that a vote for Ian is ‘A VOTE’ for Skerrit. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  11. Good-to-go
    July 22, 2013

    Skeritt will not go against the wishes of the people of Glanvillia. It is too much a stronghold of Labour. He will find a way out of this mess and fool the people of Glanvillia just in time for the votes at the next elections.

    He will not move against Ian either. That would split the Labour Party which he can ill-afford at this time.

    Somehow, I get the feeling that with positive changes taking place within UWP plus this mess in Georgetown that the Labour party finds itself in, internal opposition to Skerrit rule may mount.

    Watch this space!!

  12. ok
    July 22, 2013

    Do you guys hear yourselves? I have read a number of comments and it is becoming very clear to me that the issue is not what is best for the development of the the Portsmouth area but which groups of people should live where. Dominica is too small to be so divided. Who cares at the end of the day whether cotton hill is for granvillia people or not? We can all live together and should. In the next ten years we will be crying the same cry that there is no visible development in Dominica, not even a mall where tourists, students and locals can go and just hang out and shop. Instead we are threatening fires and violence for what is possibly not yours. I do not think that there would be much debate if land titles could be presented, would there?
    The Towns of Roseau and Portsmouth are just that and should be understood that the primary function of such is to generate revenue and not housing.

    I know that this forum is so heated with the supporters for the squatters that this comment is sure to receive many “thumb downs” but I attribute each “thumb down” to just one who has not removed emotions from the equations and calculate based on reasoning.

    • John Paul
      July 27, 2013

      I applaud Your sentiment but do You actually realize the plight of the Poor who have been misled by Politicians? They just want the buck to stop here and get one promise kept .What is more infuriating is that said land has been given or sold to big guns in the party who have resold and made millions probably .Those same Members are saying that the Glanvilia People don’t deserve the land .This has gone way past the point You are referring to.
      Even Ambrose George seemed taken aback when He heard some of the information that the Comitiee of Glanvilia shared with the delegation .He was on Local news saying that though He still tried His best to justify the Govt position.

  13. Rastar-Marn
    July 22, 2013

    Garçon no body should move no where,,,

    Lagor people shouldn’t move to Cotton Hill and Georgetown people shouldn’t move NO Where!!!

    Until they form a Co-operative for the benefit of all involved, Mista dem planning a huge development deal and d only people dat gonna benefit is dem high-color people dat have been manipulating d system,,,

    You doh see dey come and take Coconut beach and what happened to dem???

    Now dey take Secret Beach, now people cannot go dere like they used to,,,

    Yes Marn Say “Take” cause dats all dey know how to do is Take and Take and Take cause day always want More!!!

    No Body Doh Move No Where!!!

  14. July 22, 2013

    Ian just there as show off, why now after so long?? He is is part of Skerrit and Co, he supported corruption for so many years, and right now he is coming with some solidarity tricks and you know the worst thing is that, the people of Portsmouth gonna fall for it and vote for him Again, sad, very sad :-D

  15. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    So skerrit u want to give the land to chineese to build apartment??..that not right

  16. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Ok I did nott know that it was to build apartment complexes…more competition for the locals who are renting their homes nah nah nah..that is wrong

    • John Paul
      July 27, 2013

      All You really think is dem Villas alone He own ? He have the whole construction industry in the north sewn up .All govt contracts go to His syndicate

  17. MARK MY WORDS
    July 22, 2013

    Just now all possie people will demonstrate cause they will not want nanthon to be their next parl Rep, Ian watch ur back, mark my words

  18. promesville
    July 22, 2013

    let me say it in local terms this land cant be industrial any more due to the lcation andthe developmet that have taken place over the last 10 years. it is just a put up to full the people. while they selling to big names. they say is a slom the people will buid. there are doctors, lowyers, teachers,builders, landscapers, engineers, walk of all profetional on the land i ask u how can there be a slom it will be a modern model village.

  19. LOL
    July 22, 2013

    I hope workers people not rejoicing cause after that show by Ian i don’t think he will lose on election day

    • John Paul
      July 27, 2013

      Ian win on which ticket ? as an independent? then if Skeritt need Him He will tuck His Dog last tail between His legs and walk back to Him?
      Where will the Glanvilians be then ?

  20. ronda ronaldson
    July 22, 2013

    ian I am with you 100% on this one. I am extremely proud of you, mike would be proud. in any democracy, the power belongs to the people. it is time to take back control

  21. BROTHS
    July 22, 2013

    Anonymous, u have no work to do, u comment on everythong, give somebody a break man so thay can comment to,please take my advise

  22. Anonymous
    July 22, 2013

    Parl Rep Hon Ian Douglas, while your energy is up, could you PLEASE fix the two main thoroughfares leading to the Reginald Fitzroy Armour Hospital, before the next election?

    Thank You.

  23. real possie
    July 22, 2013

    MR.PM you know i back most of what u do but i have no idea if its true or not what was put in place by geest if what they saying is true mind how u step portsmouth people will stand together i understand your point that,that place should be for commercial use but at the same time don’t sell that land its not yours lease the land.Now a better plan should be in place for the people to move to,from what i get is 250 people so if u have 25 acres with 101 lots what about the 149 thats left now lagoon people waiting on that same land is war u want in possie,back in the day when glanvillia and lagoon clash is trails of blood heading up zicack warning to u if u play possie people u will lose portsmouth.

    • John Paul
      July 27, 2013

      Careful what You ask for!
      They were asking for a Housing revolution I think they got one now !

  24. Canefield
    July 22, 2013

    Can any one tell me where the next money train will be? Becaue they miss my village last weekend.
    I want to go for my hand-out to fix my house and pay some bills.

  25. Massacre
    July 22, 2013

    There is an old saying, “When the people lead the leaders will follow.”
    So District by district , Dominicans take up your cross with burdens and lead the way.

  26. Frenz
    July 22, 2013

    Is Ian at work today?

  27. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Get them out of there skerrit…..Dominicans are too bold…..

    • possie
      July 22, 2013

      MASH..dats yur response..sot

    • Just Me
      July 22, 2013

      If Dominicans were bold, Skerrit would not be in power. We talk too darn much.. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Crossing
      July 22, 2013

      this is way too funny. I find they well bold for true. MOve them out and Let KrazyT them build their business up there. What’s up with those people, Don’t they know who run this country. It is I.

  28. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Ok I am against sqatters, they should be moved, they should be greatful for the land being offered to them……you squat you don’t have a chice….the land is for industrial development and not for slums created by sqaters

    • MINICA
      July 22, 2013

      where were you when the land was promise to them by Geest? Is this one that want to it and do what ever they please? We do not need a dictator. The same way we vote them in they can be vote out.

      Do not make promise every election. Is time for the none sense to stop.

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2013

      it is industrial do u know what it mean. can u put industrial close to ross or amoung housing. if so y are it being sold to the big names for housing. plus get the facts straight its not the government land to sell. the was given the power to subdivid and distrubute to the glanvillia people 50 yrs ago

  29. Anonymous
    July 22, 2013

    Someone please enlighten me, I’m new to this situation. What is wrong with Cotton HIll that the residents don’t want to move there?
    Sometimes we have to look at the bigger picture in terms of development and to be frank, I’d much rather see this area being developed for commercial purposes than to be turned into another housing scheme. This will definitely devalue all properties in the area.

    • lagoon possi
      July 22, 2013

      Because cotton hill was already promised to the people of lagoon. Their plan is to relocate lagoon residents especially those living on the seaside to develop the bay to be in sync with the new marina. So skerrit damn rude to offer glanvillia residents cotton hill. I back them up!! They do right say they don’t want it. Georgetown for glanvillia, Cotton Hill for Lagoon. No land, No vote!!

    • lagoon possi
      July 22, 2013

      you say you new to the situation, well wait for an explanation before you make your comment on the ‘bigger picture’!!

  30. Anony
    July 22, 2013

    Another example of entitlement in Dominica.

    Instead of getting a perfectly useful piece of land, residents demand a specific area because they feel like it is appropriate.

    THAT IS NOT HOW A COUNTRY WORKS.

    Why don’t people start working for their own property instead of being given it? It’s always been a lesson that you can’t appreciate something unless you earned it. If we just give them land, it won’t be the last time we do so.

    • MINICA
      July 22, 2013

      They parents work as slaves on the land for Geest that why it was sold little money to them. When you hear the work give, is NOT freeness.

      Look at Bath Estate is the same thing the is suppose to be done in that area, but no Dictatorship want to take over. This not right

      Is time we Dominicans put our foot down.

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2013

      our parents worked for it that was thier penssion get the facts staight. if u mother have something would u fight for it. would u allow someone to do what they want with it

    • Just Me
      July 22, 2013

      I guess they are learning from the RED CLINIC, :-D :-D

  31. hmm
    July 22, 2013

    more reason to vote out this party full of corruption even their own members have to stand against them. Skirret believe he is a dictator and can run the country how ever he wishes but think again lennox will get you out. Too much poverty, no jobs, and he still wants to take pple land and house …change is not an option its a must !

  32. July 22, 2013

    I will support the government if these land for devellopments,The government has right to claim land to create development for his country,I am concern what is happening in Dominica for decade,most Domincan doesnt care about their country they only care about their selfs,They prefer too slow process for this country,the reason why we have been behind for decades,The people in Dominica should contribute if guys want to see development and a better tomorrow for our grand kidds,We shouldnt depend on our government only.

    • jahh
      July 22, 2013

      there are people living nearby. how is industrial development going to happen. are the people living close by being relocated?
      Well the ppl of glanvillia want to put there industry there.

    • Malatete
      July 22, 2013

      The Govt. does not have a right to claim land. It does have the powers to execute a cop (compulsory purchase order) but in doing so it must show a clear public interest ,have good cause to do so. and compensate the legal owners with fair market value. In fact, such an application can be contested before the courts.

  33. von
    July 22, 2013

    all that is a good show…. a sanctioned show !

    time will tell … :)

  34. Niko
    July 22, 2013

    Stupes all you falling for that…Skerrit gave his consent for Douglas to participate in the demonstration….This is an act of deception people…don’t think that because Douglas came out that you should stand down and leave it in his hands….hold your grounds…Is not all that glitters that’s gold…Douglas and Skerrit well laughing!!

    • Peters
      July 22, 2013

      Nik, you not trusting your shadow after dark nuh!! weh weh weh! I guess you have seen it all.

  35. onelife to live
    July 22, 2013

    look kics

  36. pottersville
    July 22, 2013

    glanvillia lagoon zicack just name it and as we no mess with one possie person u mess with all , skerrit boy hmmmm i feeling your pain cause possie ppl dont play games boy …

    • July 22, 2013

      Thanks, that was so helpful :-D

    • Bouble B
      July 22, 2013

      All I making you know Possie not enough to make this Government look like a fool. All you think all you making the rest of Dominica mock us. just like all you will not be move this Government will not be move. All you determine to build a getto by Ross, not so it will never happen.

  37. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    The most important question is why was the sqating allwed to get out of control…….when the first and second squator errected their buildings, someting should have been done …..how many suaters were allowed to build before any action was taken?….start bulldozing the housed……you don’t own land, then rent houses …………

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2013

      Bulldoze? Goodluck, you’re looking for war. Just look at Jamaica.

  38. jahh
    July 22, 2013

    Ian Is following the people. not the people following him. that’s what is now going on

    • concerned
      July 22, 2013

      and thats how its suppose to be, its time we run things we the peopel have the say.

  39. jahh
    July 22, 2013

    Correction Ian did not start this movement he meet us doing our thing and stood behind us. he did not lead the motorcade either get your facts straight… and minister skerrit please do not delay.please.

  40. Big Teeth
    July 22, 2013

    Ian,

    I hope that you do not go and cry to him this time to keep you in. If the PM wants to show his muscles on you, return to your people. You are not serving Skerrit. You are serving your people of Possy! The PM needs to get off his high horse and be more people centered. He is causing too many labourites to leave the party!
    Too much commese inside the cabinet.

  41. Hmmmmm
    July 22, 2013

    This is the Ian Douglas I went to school with. Passionate about the plight of his people just like his father. I used to listen to you at Sifocol speak and say to myself that this passion is the their blood. I remember you chanting “All shall eat”. Where you been my friend. Its good to have you back.

    • BRITISH CITIZEN
      July 23, 2013

      So it took Ian thirteen (13)years to wake up wow you guys are not serious. No wonder they treat you people with so much contempt.

  42. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Squatters yeah…..they probably turned the place into a slum

  43. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Like one commenter said, I always thought that place was reserved for industrial development……skerrit I’m with you on this one……..

  44. Jejep
    July 22, 2013

    What di hell???? i am still in negociations with the bank for *$80000.00 so i can purchase some land at Cotton hill. After squatting on land that does not belong to you (which is illegal), the Government is offering you land for free or almost free and your behind protesting. Ian, stop your crap.

  45. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Ian knows that he can’t do anything bt listen to the complaints thus his ratings will be ok…at least he will say he tried….but thr FACT OF THE MATTER IS..if the people are squatters they should move to the land offered to them

  46. thiny
    July 22, 2013

    Acceot what the government is offering, you people are too bold beggars are not choosers

  47. But
    July 22, 2013

    There is ample land available for sale all over Dominica. Those people want to be wrong and strong. Squatting on land is akin to stealing the land. They don’t even want to pay for it they just want hand outs. It is not the governments responsibility to provide housing (unless we are in a communism) or jobs. Stop demanding hand outs and go live your own life. Stop asking ‘who will feed your children’ nobody (especially Mr. Skerrit) asked you to make children when you aren’t probably settled.

  48. mee1
    July 22, 2013

    Ian is doing what is right,put politics aside and support the people. I think if WE Dominicans did that and put politics aside, the contry would be completely different and we would not be blamely politicians for everythings. We are the ones have them doing what the are doing since we play politic with everything.
    DO THE RIGHT THING MR.DOUGLAS SUPPORT YOUR PEOPLE, IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

  49. Mahaut
    July 22, 2013

    Don’t worry my Possie people, soon DLP will come and give out money like what is being done in mahaut and New town.Every weekend DLP is going around the island giving out cash to those who come for it.
    Where will we go from there?? what shall be next?? This is the level of politics in my land, money will close their eyes and shut their mouth and prevent them from feeling the ills in society.

  50. Possie
    July 22, 2013

    The time has come when we have to rise above the pity politics and secure the future for our children.
    We are now calling on more Pal Reps to replicate what Ian is doing , come put with your people and demonstrate against, bad roads , bad health facilities, low employment, no proper sporting facilities for our kids to play, high cost of living and so on and so on.
    Roseau is the next stop to show our dissatisfaction.

  51. Anonymous
    July 22, 2013

    Remember he (Skerrit) ordered you alone to sing “We Shall Not Be Moved” Ian. Now is your turn to stand up to Skerrit. Do so like a political terrorist Ian. I SUPPORT YOU FULLY IAN.

  52. Observer
    July 22, 2013

    Skerrit Have to lose this election!First time I seein a Pm like that.Everything de man do is a secret.Sell he will try and sell dcans next.To skerrit we are just votes to put him back on his pedestle.He does not view us as poor people with needs.A promise is a comfort to a fool and we dcans are getting wise!We don’t want u Skerrit!

    • So Sick
      July 22, 2013

      But Skerrit selling Dominica for them chinese just now. Ppl doesnt do all them tings dr for free. them chinese will soon come for what is theirs’. SO GOOD LUCK

  53. LOL
    July 22, 2013

    I hope workers people not rejoicing cause after that show by Ian i don’t think he will lose on election day

  54. Nikee
    July 22, 2013

    So tell me DNO,why didn’t you take a pic of the crowd or was that it?

  55. FearIsFear
    July 22, 2013

    Domniche’ not easy oui! Magwaysa!!!!!

    The property and land isn’t yours and you have been squatting on there illegally for years!!!!!

    You need to move away ASAP as it is the land of whichever government is in power at the time.

    Just as crown land isn’t everyone’s property to take and use as they want, the same applies here. Dominicans need to realise this and if that poppycot of a Parl Rep of allu was any kind of man, he’d actually stand up and be counted for once and stop encouraging allu foolishness and demonstrating.

    What about me, am I not entitled to a piece as well as a Dominican? Total nonsense!

    Sadly this has been yet another issue that has been ignored systematically for years by successive governments, as its deemed “not politically smart” to implement and move these people on to another place.

    Prime land for tourism projects and much needed developments for the area is what should be used for this land not, squats or “little ghettos.” Surely allu Tourism Minister and MP should be able to get this through to allu.

    Good on the government for taking a stand and trying to deal with this much un talked about issue as its long overdue.

    That Ian has no shame!!!!! Anything to get those fools to vote for you!!!!! JOKER IN A PACK OF CARDS!!! :cry:

  56. Too Free
    July 22, 2013

    We are promoting a squatter mentality in Dominica. Tax paying Dominicans are fed up with this nonsense! We hope that whatever happens, the land will be bought and not given away. First of all, We do not owe anyone any land when it is free. ‘God bless the child who has his/her own.’

    The land was paid for by our hard earned tex money and will be ‘allocated’. Does that mean given away or sold? They were ‘promised’ land by other Governments. So would this have been free?? This country too free indeed. Some of these people are too entitled. They don’t want to pay for anything. Also people want to make 5 & 6 children and government (meaning tax payers) must pay for their irresponsible behaviour.. Family planning is free. Think first!

    Many of these people have large flatscreen TVs, endless clothes, HIBs, etc and spend what money they have (do not have) on material things they do not need and pay no tax. It’s time for this to stop. Be responsible and do your best to be an example for your children or they will think, we owe them a house and land too.. when will it stop?

  57. BRITISH CITIZEN
    July 22, 2013

    They were promised the lands by several governments!! You have been the government for over thirteen (13) years and you are still talking about several government. When is the Lobour party going to one day take responsibility for something in Dominica.

  58. Faceup
    July 22, 2013

    Mr Douglas you are a brave man !

  59. Shorty
    July 22, 2013

    Boss what good tactic. u playing foot ball well boy Ian. d goaly even allowin u to score. come proper. Dat is good poetry too.damnnnnnnnn——

  60. Mojo1
    July 22, 2013

    This is all a grand Labour Party strategy can’t you all see? Skeritt is in on it it is the notorious ‘good cop – bad cop move’. This was done to counter the low ratings the party suffered during the recent debacle with the single mother that they promised a house.

    In the end Douglas and Skeritt will ‘patch up’ their difference and everything will be better for labour.

  61. Bouble B
    July 22, 2013

    I will continue to say to Ian you are making a mistake that will hunt you and the Government later if you are allowed to have your way, which I hope the government will not let you have. Think my brother, this area is not good for the type of development you want to create, I will say to you again, when people want land in a manner like this it is likely that a getto will develop there sooner or later and it will be one that will embarrass you and the people of Portsmouth, think my brother think remember how close Ross University is to there.

  62. July 22, 2013

    The President of a Large Country serves ONLY TWO TERMS, CASTRO, CHAVEZ, PING, whatever his name is in China, that one in JAPAN, (no, I do not know all their names because they are of no significance to me) they ALL reign FOREVER. I think that Roosevelt has made his mark and he should step aside for someone else to make the attempt for PROGRESSION in Dominica. Nothing personal Roosevelt, but you have done your part. Go on a well-deserved honeymoon.

    As for LENNOX LINTON, he should keep doing what he do best, REPORTING.

  63. Guombo
    July 22, 2013

    Dominica is out of order, out of control. Now politicians are using land as a political football for their own selfish agenda. Illegal occupation of land is wrong. There is now two ways about it. As I have said before, and I will say it again a Thousand times – I’m not a supporter of this present government. However, if government is being hindered from efforts to remedy the squatting problem in Portsmouth; then what is government for? I think Ian is just attempting to make a name for himself by siding with these out of control Portsmouth squatters who need to buy their own land.

  64. July 22, 2013

    From whom did Roosevelt/Government purchase that land? If this was a LEGAL purchase, there is NOTHING anyone can do about it. If the land was purchased for a purpose, it is about time that land serve its purpose.

  65. Free Thinker
    July 22, 2013

    I won’t be surprised if Ian gets fired for going against the wishes of Skerrit.There is evidence to believe that there is a rift in the Labour Party Government. We will soon hear and see.
    All that is in the dark must come to light.

  66. peeping
    July 22, 2013

    Hello People of all parties and no party all. Hold it here a while. Right now Ian has right to give the people every bit of supports that they need right now and the people have a right to give Iam every bit of support he needs right now. Ian better now make it pass like a game because these people don.t joke and they are very serious. Secondly that constituency has been a DLP stronghold for several decades and that is one of the things Ian is taking into consideration and he does not want it mess it up.
    Industrial land or not the governmnet would have to turn this rule around and go with the peoples wishes otherwise I suspect this thing will turn very bitter and sour in the North and at the end will spill over the rest of the country. We have to be wise and not just educated but be wise and the Bible does talk about wisdom. Let go and give the people what they want.I suspect no matter what if Ian decides to go independent just to please his people he will do it and that is what might just happen at the end because of internal pressure he might undergo which is not very good for his health anyway. Anther problem the people have is that they are being moved from one constituency into another constituency against their choice even though they can go back to vote in the previous constituncey when its election time but technically some might just say choo-pool I want to register in another constituency because I do not want to go all the way to Glanvillia to vote. Now it also says here that leaders, businness owners and the like must maintain a very cordial and good working relationship with their people at all time as possible. there wil be little hicups now and then but do not do or say thing that could leave lasting memories (n) on their minds. Some time ago there was something surfacing in the media re the parlrep of posrmouth and the leader of the country re who said and who did not says that there was a rift and who dod not like who. We are human being and sometimes remember things. Could it mean that Ian decided to stand with his people all the way because of that too hmmm. Does the form Press Secretary still hold grudges re ho he was treated or dismissed. Does the Douglas lineage feel fairly treated at all by a DLP. Could it be that the Douglassesa re taking several things into consideration and have decide this time they are not going to allow a member of the lineage to be treated anyhow. I don;t know, I am asking.turn the pages back into history and let look at the situation from all sides. I think that no matter where Ian goes whether its Red, Blue ,Yellow of personal color development, the people will stand strong with him providing he grants them their wish. Again I suggest that its time to really turn the law on the land issue around for that area and give the people and grant the people and their parlrep their wish for peace sake. otherwise I smell trouble and only a disobedient and hard headed leader would not grant the people their wish. It has happened it Bible times where some leaders were very stubborn and their nations ended in chaos.

  67. trolol
    July 22, 2013

    All you udoubleupeewrites can bark from election day to election day, Labour still sweeping all constituency’s. Once you have $$$ which china have we can never lose, just try and hold on to all you 3 little sits. If you are really thinking a 18 sit victory going and reduce drastically in 5 years, you must be mad.

  68. Anonymous
    July 22, 2013

    Well the ppl just decided to claim what’s theirs n that’s what’s popping,mr.pm all we need from u is a surveyor,we will do the rest, good work mr.douglas.

  69. Lagoon
    July 22, 2013

    Fight for alyou la nf lagoon people will fight when there time comes .if Ian or the pm think they will take Cotten hill to give glanvillia people the lie. Is then fire will pass in the north.

  70. Yang
    July 21, 2013

    Don’t fall for Ian’s theatrics . Ian is not a leader and time and events have proven that fact . Soon Skerrit will hold a meeting in Lagoon, Portsmouth where he will give Ian a huge hug and call him a bosom brother and then it will be all l over. This is early Portsmouth carnival and Ian is leading the “lawraie” .

  71. givethemtheirland
    July 21, 2013

    i hear somebody from paixbouche(thats living in boston)get a piece for free) that not fair non skerro.

    • Possie
      July 23, 2013

      Stupppsssss! U seem to like a lot of gossip! Get piece for free where?!

  72. sakway sort
    July 21, 2013

    there is just question and just one answer
    why is the pm saying that the residents are living on the land illigally?
    the only answer is ..the pm donn sell the land already.(but again that good for all you.all you give him too much power.)

  73. Citizen
    July 21, 2013

    You represent people of ports mouth sir . I salute you .
    Follow your heart and the people who elected you to represent them .
    You entered this constitution for the people and by the people and thats who you have to protect and serve.

    GOD BLESS YOU, YOU HAVE SHOWED LEADERSHIP !!!!.

  74. WHAT
    July 21, 2013

    WHAT :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  75. hmmm
    July 21, 2013

    election coming up u want vote so u protesting with people.. is so nuh

  76. MET YO
    July 21, 2013

    Interesting situation here. But I am still skeptical. This could be a ploy to eventually lead to the boost in Support for Skerrit and Ian in Portsmouth since they have been under tremendous pressure over the past 2 years down there. Too much that situation there have a little Hartley H. written all over it. These guys have no boundaries when it comes to regaining support. They will fool you so easy if you not smart.

    So Possie people, do not allow yourself to be the ….. Reggie said allu are.

    Election season as year end approaching. Calypso Season one time. Look Bowdelle eh. boom :mrgreen:

  77. Shameless
    July 21, 2013

    Hold your own Ian, hold your own! Skerro must be taught a lesson. He cannot keep disrespecting the people when he is supposed to be the servant of the people. I challenge him to fire you like he did to Tiyani. I beg him to fire you if he is a man! Your constituents need you now so don’t back down. Our eyes are on him because we are fed up. I will be in the crowd when, not if, but when the demonstration gets to Roseau.

    My eyes are on you..for Change Must Come!
    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  78. truth
    July 21, 2013

    thats political strategy people wake up obviously its the mp for portsmouth that speaking and he is in the labour government so there for he fighting for ur rights is he u wil stil support there for u still supports skerrit

  79. ????????????
    July 21, 2013

    Ian we await you on MATT IN THE MNORNING, “The Hot Seat” sometime this week. Every other programme will be pushed back for sure to accommodate you. JUST TELL DOMINICA EVERYTHING THAT YOU KNOW.
    Finally your balls have grown bigger that that of Skerrit’s. I LIKE THAT.

  80. Doc. Love
    July 21, 2013

    I hope you don’t go and sing with him this time.The people will love you for supporting them . Don’t be afraid, Mr. Douglas, if Skerrit touches you,the United Workers Party under the capable leadership of Mr. Lennox Linton will accept you with open hands. We always knew you were a patriot.

    • Doc. Love
      July 21, 2013

      Exellent job DNO, this is the fastest moderation I have had in fourteen months.

    • Shoe
      July 22, 2013

      There is a true saying that when people in love they does be on cloud 9 and out of touch with reality!!

      To make bad matters worse you are a doctor of love!!! Shows your extent of how out of touch you are. :lol: seriously.

    • Possie
      July 22, 2013

      And who told u that our parliamentary rep wants to run for uwp? Get it right! We did not say we will vote for uwp! We said ” no vote”

    • Tri-State Beauty
      July 22, 2013

      Really Doc.Love ..”Skerrit touches you,the United Workers Party under the capable leadership of Mr. Lennox Linton will accept you with open hands…”

      So why you all spend so much time criticising Skerrit for taking in Timothy and others who went over? You all accused them of being traitors. It’s this kind of skettel politics by all sides that really takes Dominica for a ride. Why should Ian join you all, Ian is born and bred labour, if anything he should grow some balls and take back his father and uncle party.

    • Positive
      July 22, 2013

      Sorry. I do not think UWP is in the business of garbage collection.

    • chow mien
      July 22, 2013

      Who told you dat UWP will accept inefficient politician like Douglas?

    • hmmph
      July 22, 2013

      Oh plz..this is just another strategy by labour to gain loyalty to them in the constituency…Skerrit know exactly what he doing

  81. maindesk
    July 21, 2013

    Soon Douglas will be on some stage singing the party song as commanded by Skerrit as he did during the 2009 election campaign.

  82. John
    July 21, 2013

    I love to see a good shoe fight… Skero is trying to divide and conquer.. Don’t vote for the shoe anymore. The shoe will kick you in the but.

  83. Lori
    July 21, 2013

    Now, if I remember correctly, (living overseas) the PM will not be running in the next election. Could Ian be positioning for a leadership role in a new regime?

    • Tri-State Beauty
      July 22, 2013

      Bondieu hoye, which PM that will not be running in the next election? Why? Where did you get that propaganda from? My crosses long today eh

  84. Concern One
    July 21, 2013

    This is democracy; I love to see this in politics. The people voted you to represent them and so you are doing. It shows that even within the Govt. there are disagreements. It is for the leaders to further discuss the situation and do what is best for the people of the area. A Govt. voted by the people for the people. It seems after all, that the PM isn’t the dictator that he is being portrayed as.

    • Shoe
      July 22, 2013

      If by the stretch of our imagination UWP were to be in office and a storm in a teacup like this one were to occur in Salisbury, would Hector John stand up for his People (like Ian Douglas) against Lennox Linton as Prime Minister?

      The answer is NO!!!!!!!!!!

      Past behavior is a reflection of future behavior to come. As leader of the Opposition , Hector John has to present the alternative budget in Parliament by July 29 or July 31, 2013 and has a platform to convince the whole Nation as to what his party in power could do if given that chance.

      If that is not leadership responsibilities at the highest level then I do not know what is leadership!!!

      For Hector John to rollover and play turkey so tells all of Dominica how he will handle a storm in a teacup.

      I will listen to Hector John alternative Budget Address and will laugh when it will be clear to all that the just concluded School reading contest had more weight and substance than “his” reading of a budget.

      This will also hurt UWP and Lennox Linton who is already showing Dominicans that he is leaving in the past and glory days of protectionism for manufacturers. He will be another UWP failed Trade Minister.

      • Anonymous
        July 22, 2013

        Shoe you are really a SHOE. What does your comment has to do with the situation at hand?

  85. %
    July 21, 2013

    Ian knows deep down within him,that this party is not what Mike (his father) his uncle Roosie or Pierro envisaged the party, the party of the working class people would come to. He must hold his ground very firmly, and if it comes to dismantling the deck of cards, he seem to be prepared to flow with the tide.
    But honestly Ian remained in this COMMESS for too long.
    HE TOO HAS A SHARE OF THE BLAME,ON HOW THEY HAVE BETRAYED THE COMMON MAN, AND DOMINICA.
    IAN enough is enough, stand with the people my boy!

    • July 22, 2013

      Ian is standing with the people because he want another term in office. Who told you he is jumping ship?

      This is what you call POLITICS.

  86. %
    July 21, 2013

    Is Skerrit a Labourite? Do we still have a Labour Party in Dominica championing the cause and struggles of the poor? I SAY NO!
    KEEP UP THE SRTUGGLE IAN!

    • p
      July 21, 2013

      mr is a freedom right.rember if ian go down from the party secro govermnt will lose a seat.it will be17 to 3 with 1 second. 17:03.1

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2013

      What struggle Ian keeping up? You seem to forget that his bread is well buttered.

  87. zagayan
    July 21, 2013

    Ian is a complete waste of time and will soon fall in line.

  88. lol
    July 21, 2013

    its all part of the game. watch international politics in action.

  89. IluvmyPm
    July 21, 2013

    If u seating at a table and u turn your head on him he will say the same thing about you.

  90. CHARMER
    July 21, 2013

    Even if they would sell them the land at a dollar per square foot, would they even be able to afford it? And what kind of houses would they build on it? This place is reserved for industrial development, why should it turn into a slum. There is one guy who says that the Gov’t has not done anything for him. But his girlfriend and his nine children were given a home by the gov’t. I am not a labourite, but give jack his jacket. Cotton hill is for housing development, but Geogetown is an industrial site.

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2013

      Cotton hill is for lagoon residents gorge town land was given to the ppl by geest not govnt n no scheme mot playing here

      • ok
        July 22, 2013

        Do you guys hear yourselves? I have read a number of comments and it is becoming very clear to me that the issue is not what is best for the development of the the Portsmouth area but which groups of people should live where. Dominica is too small to be so divided. Who cares at the end of the day whether cotton hill is for granvillia people or not? We can all live together and should. In the next ten years we will be crying the same cry that there is no visible development in Dominica, not even a mall where tourists, students and locals can go and just hang out and shop. Instead we are threatening fires and violence for what is possibly not yours. I do not think that there would be much debate if land titles could be presented, would there?
        The Towns of Roseau and Portsmouth are just that and should be understood that the primary function of such is to generate revenue and not housing.

        I know that this forum is so heated with the supporters for the squatters that this comment is sure to receive many “thumb downs” but I attribute each “thumb down” to just one who has not removed emotions from the equations and calculate based on reasoning.

    • Incredible
      July 22, 2013

      Charmer, stop repeating what you hear people say. Mamo said there was for industry. After Geest left the land she told the people to go ask Mike for land because is he they vote for. The labour party always knew that the land was for the people that is why they continued promising it to them each election cycle. Ever since Mamo, people just repeating industrial site like parrot. Where the industry? Since 1980 you cannot attract one industry? The land belongs to to the people, give them their land.

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2013

      why hasn’t there be discussions with the people outlining where they will relocated in full view of all the facts….remember these people are potto supporters of Mr. Skerrit and his DLP…they would have been willing to hear him out and have been opened to persuasion….but it is either a lack of respect for the grass roots supporters or the need to hide exactly what has transpired re the land that has caused this current morass…neither options augers well for the protesters of Glanvilla people….

  91. PetProjects
    July 21, 2013

    Outcome on this matter.

    1. PM Skerrit is going to back down FOR NOW until after elections.

    2. After PM backdown, Ian Douglas is going to be hailed as a hero & a ppls man .

    3. Ppl in Portsmouth are still going to vote Labor sending Ian Back as MP.

    4. If Skerrit wins next election, And thts a big IF. The lands will be taken away from the ppl, they will hav no choice but to move to Cotton Hill.

    • Shoe
      July 22, 2013

      You really is a pet project for true. A big person like you still playing mama? It is time to have a family and stop playing with dolls. :lol:

      • PetProjects
        July 22, 2013

        @ Shoe I see u have been enjoying my comments, I’ll keep them coming…And no thanks on the doll issue, I’m choosing the saw this time. 8)

    • Crooks
      July 22, 2013

      We have seen many crooks in politics , so it will not surprise if this is the plan.
      Well, it is the people of Portsmouth to open their eyes and see the deceit.

    • Dominiquen
      July 22, 2013

      You all well know that Skerrit will win the next election so stop fooling your self. :?:

    • True dat
      July 22, 2013

      Waw, so cute. from the mind of a social psychologist, unfortunately, you know Dominicans all too well, and that’s a shame.

    • Anony
      July 22, 2013

      It’s not a big IF at all. UWP is falling apart.

  92. Masterpiece
    July 21, 2013

    Cordi Angelo Alleyne Ian dog isn’t last anymore.

  93. Anonymous
    July 21, 2013

    Go Ian go.stand up and be counted.its not about what skerrit says but what the cabinet decides. Reggie is a big pappy show.

  94. Incredible
    July 21, 2013

    Yo yo yo. Hold it DNO. You cannot squat on what is yours. The land does not belong to the Government. The government is executor to the wishes of Geest Industries. So the people are not squatting. So get your facts straight. No land no vote.

    • July 22, 2013

      Are you voting for land?

    • Incredible
      July 22, 2013

      We are all rational people here. How can land that was owned by Geest Industries suddenly become Government’s property? Did Geest gift it to the government? Did government acquire it? This land has had owners going back to the 1700s according to a document by Dr. Honychurch. Suddenly government has land sharing for their friends. People, I would like to invite you to more closely acquaint yourselves with the facts on the ground. This government is stealing the people’s land and handing it to their friends in the name of industry. . Then he turned around and sold half to the owners of KFC (the spot where KFC building now stands). This government has been doing a lot of things to Dominicans which we have been accepting. Now they have backed up the wrong tree. Glanvillia people will NOT let Reggie and Skerrit and their gang steel their inheritance.

  95. Top cop
    July 21, 2013

    Very well said mr Douglas the people voted u in serve them with respect government must not trample on the rights of the poor people I support your move

  96. Seminole Ave
    July 21, 2013

    wonder if this could spark a split in the Labour Dynasty…..

    Wonder what will be the outcome..

    The last time i can recall Dominicans did the right thing was at a election in 1995 they were thinkers..

    But sadly Dominicans are just actors to be scaled for the Supermo!

  97. Anonymous
    July 21, 2013

    Go Ian go.stand up and be counted.its not about what skerrit says but what the cabinet decides. Reggie is a big pappy show.

    • CHARMER
      July 21, 2013

      Well the people of Cottage constituency need to demonstrate to make sure they get good roads and not patchwork.

  98. Victim
    July 21, 2013

    Ian stand your ground be firm hold strong they will attach but your people comes first,What is Austrie saying..

  99. Mamizoo
    July 21, 2013

    Ian when Mike opposed Patrick John PJ fired him but Skerrit will let you sing We shall not be moved cause hr cyan fire you cause you have secrets that I know you know and you know that I know

    • ()
      July 21, 2013

      Many Dominicans know that. Thousands!000’s……
      A cupboard well ladened with skeletons.

      • July 22, 2013

        and yet still, you Guys still have him in power, just shows how smart you Guys are :-D :-D :-D

    • July 22, 2013

      Keep your secrets among you. This is not the time to reveal your secrets.

  100. Hmmmmmmmmmmm
    July 21, 2013

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, I think that Ian is sensing that they within the party have intentions of removing him and so he is making the first move in the hope that he will be able to maintain the support of his constituents into the next election and win no matter what happens in order that he can maintain his parliamentary seat. I believe that this is all that is happening…….Ian is looking for an easy way out of this government so as to withdraw unnoticed and as such not have to answer to the question WHY DID YOU REMAIN WITH THEM FOR SO LONG IF YOU KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON IN TERMS OF BOBOL AND CORRUPT PRACTICES?

    • Thinking
      July 21, 2013

      Be that as it may, better late than never, and it is better to leave with dignity that to stay begging. More power to Ian.

    • MAMMIZE
      July 21, 2013

      Hmmmmmmmmm, i never saw it from that perspective, this outcome will be interesting.

    • real Pirssie
      July 21, 2013

      B I agree with you fully.

    • July 22, 2013

      The evil that men do live with them.

  101. Victim
    July 21, 2013

    we shall not we shall not be moved, just like a tree that planted by the water we shall not be move…. what a song Ian hold strong stand firm, they will attach you but stand your grounf enough is enough.

  102. Victim
    July 21, 2013

    Next move par-rep bring the motor cade to Roseau outside the F building like how you were bring them in large numbers to campaign

  103. Victim
    July 21, 2013

    I totally agree with the par-rep a promise is a promis them politicians must stop taking people for granted.

  104. Anonymous
    July 21, 2013

    hahaha…i wonder how much he will take this time…that 7K was kinna low last elections.

  105. IAM THAT IAM
    July 21, 2013

    long before skerrit could even blow his nose properly that land was reserve by pj,oj,mamo and edo for the housing developement of portsmouth people.. but i do not feel sorry for them because they stand strong with the corruption and the skull doggery in dominica…

    tout cochon ni samdi yo

  106. Anonymous
    July 21, 2013

    y is he doing it behind the PM back. all u don’t notice Ian fraid lennox yes i he have them shaking in their boots workers

  107. my word
    July 21, 2013

    When Skerrit comes back with his budget stress Ian will get his beating on his rear end.

  108. wells
    July 21, 2013

    In solidarity with mr douglas its ime the pm listen to the masses the ppl have spoken this is a sign that portsmouth is turning its back againts labour mr pm listen to the residents the rest of dominica will soon follow

  109. Anonymous
    July 21, 2013

    half of those persons squatting on the land are not from Glanvillia so I know plenty will be disappointed at the end of that fiasco because the land is for Glanvillia people and not those that came there to make their home.

    • O_O
      July 21, 2013

      How do you know a grandvillia person??

      • ____________________
        July 21, 2013

        @ O-O By the way he demonstrates for land to build his home. On a Sunday!
        Only Glanvillia people do that.

      • CHARMER
        July 21, 2013

        What stupid comment is that. If the person is from the area, of course he/she will know the difference.

      • Anonymous
        July 22, 2013

        well, if you were born and raised in a place, i think you would know the people who cross water and those who did not.

    • July 22, 2013

      Did the people building in Glanvillia not buy their land to build? Did they just build on vacant land without proper documentation? If that is the case then the residents of Glanvillia has the right to fight for their land, but if I buy my land and my documents are in order, the residents of Glanvillia CANNOT ask me to leave. I PAID FOR MY LAND, THIS IS MY LAND.

  110. poe-ki-toe
    July 21, 2013

    Well, well, well…look bowdelle! I hope Ian has tied his waist for the shit storm that will be rained on his head. From my observation, Ian will use this land issue as a strategy to sway the Portsmouth residents to vote only for him and he will run on an independent ticket. He believes he will win the seat on his own accord and thereby cause the PM and his cronies will meet him on his terms to get the seat as a DLP seat.

    • Incredible
      July 21, 2013

      Of course he will win. Portsmouth is not a Skerrit seat. It is a labour seat and has always been one. Mike Douglas whipped PJ’s candidate as an independent when he made the mistake to fire him. Ian can do it and should do it. My only problem is that he may have started too late but if he keeps the momentum he may catch up. From what I am hearing on the ground, and the words I am hearing labourites calling and referring to Skerrit and his cronies, Skerrit better think twice before he makes his next move.

      • Shoe
        July 22, 2013

        Your recollection of PJ and Mike is twisted.

        First of all when PJ fired Mike Douglas , Mike sat on the Opposition side and PJ’s majority of 17 stood then at 15 since the Colihaut Rep was fired too and he also sat on the Opposition side.

        PJ never got a chance to call election after firing Mike Douglas since his administration was dismantled after the saga of May 29, 1979.

        OJ who was interim Prime Minister and Mike Deputy Prime Minister formed DEMLAB with the Hat Symbol which was originally the symbol of the DLP. DEMLAB stood for Democratic Labour Party in 1980.

        Mike never ran as an independent candidate. After the results of the 1980 elections DEMLAB won two seats. Mike and the gentleman from the Carib Reserve. From 1980 to 1985 Eugenia pursued PJ for his involvement in the attempted coup against her administration in 1981 and Mike the brilliant political strategist consolidated DEMLAB and DLP support and kept the DLP Brand alive by reviving the DLP which had just lost all seats for the first time in its history.

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