‘I do not need your congratulations’: Skerrit to EU on Dominica’s removal from blacklist

PM Skerrit. File photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is still unhappy about Dominica’s inclusion in the EU’s blacklist despite the country’s recent removal from that list.

The list was announced on March 12th, 2019 and consisted of 15 countries which included Dominica, along with Barbados, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Virgin Islands and United Arab Emirates, among others.

The government said then that it was extremely disappointed in the new tax haven blacklist which was adopted by EU Finance Ministers and in particular by Dominica’s inclusion on the list. A release issued by the government stated that the list “unfairly and without proper justification names and shames countries as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.”

The government complained that the ratification of an OECD convention was the main cause of Dominica being on the blacklist and the only reason why the country had not signed and ratified the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance as amended ‘is that the OECD has to date not given the go ahead to Dominica to sign on.”

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne also expressed concern about the black listing of Dominica.“Dominica in its present circumstances, having been struck by two hurricanes, trying to recover and the EU is targeting poor Dominica,” Browne stated.

Dominica was subsequently removed from the list in May 2019.

Speaking  at a ceremony to celebrate the 208th anniversary of Venezuela, the prime minister reminded his audience of his government’s earlier position that the inclusion of Dominica on the blacklist was an injustice to the country.

“We are seeing some movements in the world to try to recolonize the region and they are unable to do it politically, so they are doing it through the economic instruments,” Skerrit said. “We have suffered for this where for example, the European Union black-listed Dominica for no reason whatsoever. So, even when they called me and say they have removed Dominica from the black list and they extend their congratulations to us, I said I do not need your congratulations.”

Skerrit added that Dominica should receive compensation instead of being congratulated.

“You cannot extend an injustice to my country and then when you have sought to undo the injustice, you’re congratulating me. You should be indicating to me as the leader of country what form of compensation you should be giving to us for denying us of our right for self determination, but in this world…there are nations that are more powerful and have control over the economic instruments and they impose this on us,” he argued.

The Prime Minister thanked the People’s Republic of China for standing as a beacon of principle in this world and defending nations like Dominica against injustice.

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81 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    July 14, 2019

    The only congratulations yours truly the PM should receive is a visit by INTERPOL to be arrested for looting the Dominica treasury.

  2. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    July 14, 2019

    Yours truly the illustrious Prime Minister and “Minister of Finance” needs to account for the millions of dollars “donated” to his cause from the sale of Dominican passports and citizenship, also, the millions of dollars contributed by the international community after Hurricane Maria. That money should be in the Dominican treasury. Yours truly foreign bank account needs to be checked to see if any large deposits were made. Why should any foreign governments trust the present crew running the Government of Dominica? they need to account for all those millions of dollars.

  3. Rodney R
    July 14, 2019

    Skerrit, you will come of your high horse in less than 6 month…!

  4. Solution
    July 13, 2019

    Well it is only one solution: make your country stronger that nobody can put a step on you. Build an IT industry here. You just need for this the Internet, computer and the people, and no impact on the nature. Build an international airport, invest in tourism. Why do not make the mix of Silicon Valley and Dubai in Dominica?

  5. Manyways
    July 12, 2019

    A tax haven is defined as a country or place with very low “effective” rates of taxation for foreign investors. A tax haven also offers financial secrecy.
    This is the reason Dominica was black listed. This has nothing to do with EU colonization. FINANCIAL SECREC,. Money laundering is on the rise and their are many country’s in the EU putting forward legislation to curb this illegal behaviour.
    The statement by the Prime Minister of Dominica is merely a distraction to the gullible Dominicans who will believe he is standing up to the EU. He is only trying to defend he errors.

    • Saying it as it is
      July 13, 2019

      Manyways, Sir, you talk about “moneylaundering”? Really?? By individuals?? When ALL nation states have NO/ NIL/ NADA asset backed currencies? As you well know, all national currencies these day are FIAT currencies which means that the owner countries can just get printers and print and print away. Now that’s moneylaundering!!! Turning to the EU, more that 1 billion EUR is lost each year to internal fraud in that regime. Furthermore, it has never, ever had a clean audit, which means that the money it takes and spends re its members is not properly accounted for. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Wake up folks, smell the coffee and recognise big boy bullying tactics when you see them.

  6. J.John-Charles
    July 12, 2019

    I have not read any of the comments,I don’t know if any one reminded Dr. Skerrit,That the China he is saying “Standing as a beacon of principle in the world.”Is jailing its citizens because of their religious believe.It doesn’t matter whether you Catholic, protestant or Muslim,for example presently it is said the communist regime have a million Muslims in concentration camps like Hitler did with the jews(don’t get me wrong,I am not saying they are all nice people) The Chinese government is brutal.In 1989 students were demonstrating at the Tiananmen Square, This beacon of principle sent the army with tanks and sprayed them with bullets and jailed many of the students.The freedom we are taking for granted in the West, is luxury in China.Yes,China is helping the undeveloped countries,at the same time China’s head is on.I personally don’t trust them.
    Re the PM…He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    China is not Standing as a beacon of principle in the world,period

    • RandyX
      July 14, 2019

      To be honest with you, I actually doubt if Skerrit is right in his head. No sane person can actually utter such nonsense on an ongoing basis without believing it himself. Can we afford to have a person like that at the helm of our country any longer? I don’t think so!!! Let’s not forget, it’s all of us that end up paying for his nonsense, not him. He will be gone as soon as the going gets tough. He will be living a celebrity live style with the money he took from us!

  7. Rebecca V. Musgrave
    July 12, 2019

    When we LIVE our skills and talents and gifts and natural abilities, the whole world is a better place. We have to look at the plank in our eyes before we look at the speck in our brother or sister’s eyes.
    Live in love
    Live in unconditional love
    Be the answer
    Be the solution
    Contribute contribute contribute
    Buid-up and edify and encourage
    Give give give
    Share share share
    Be love be live believe belong become
    Jehovah has already told all His Sons and Daughters who He is and who they ARE

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 12, 2019

      “We have to look at the plank in our eyes before we look at the speck in our brother or sister’s eyes.”

       If you have a plank in your eye, you must be from another planet, perhaps you are extraterrestrial; for a plank is a long, thin, flat piece of timber, used especially in building and flooring.

      Now that is different to the following:

      Mote in a person’s eye, is  a fault observed in another person by a person who ignores a greater fault of his or her own; a mote is an irritating particle in the eye, and the allusion is to Matthew 7:3.

      In the Book of Matthew 7:3 we read:

      ” And why beholdest  thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye.”

      • Pipo
        July 13, 2019

        Francisco, sometimes you are really pedantic. I imagine you can not be easy to live with.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          July 15, 2019

          Indeed I can be an SOB eh!

          Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

          Where it pertains to Roosevelt that little rat, that Dominica Ali Baba, he deserve every sting in his flesh that he gets from me!

          The only way Roosevelt will ever escape me, is if he quiet Dominica politics today; otherwise I will haunt him to the day he make his exit into oblivion!

          I don’t take kindly to lairs, his biggest of his life was when he lied to me personally!

  8. WatAGuy
    July 12, 2019

    This is what I call Leadership>LEADERSHIP> I see a lot of ignorant comments from a lot of house slaves that don’t understand a statement like:

    “We are seeing some movements in the world to try to recolonize the region and they are unable to do it politically, so they are doing it through the economic instruments,” Skerrit said.”

    People don’t talk like this anymore; and to see the ignorant comments after some-one tells u that. All i read on here is a set of Wannabee Europeans.

    Who are these people to put us on on BlackList? Europe is the most corrupt place in the world.#facts everything is legal in Europe. but we on the BlackList?

    The three reasons you on the BlackList are all opinionated. How you put me on BlackList for Good Governance? That is in the EU opinion. They enjoy putting countries like us and Haiti on blacklist. To continue the Narrative Blacks cannot Govern Themselves. I stand with the PM on this.

    We on there BlackList but they the Almighty Father…

    • Pedro
      July 12, 2019

      I can’t really disagree with you, but wouldn’t underestimate the Chinese and ambitions. Their ambitions are likely self serving and certainly have not shown any particular care about the Dominican people. A slave master’s a slave master, wherever they’re from. Frying pan/fire.

    • Neville
      July 12, 2019

      Leadership. The man doesn’t even know the meaning of the word. I call it arrogance and damn right rudeness. But that’s what this corrupt crime minister is all about. The phrase being wrong and strong springs to mind! If only this useless man had shown leadership when Ross was about to leave. He couldn’t even be bothered to meet with them!

  9. Neverson St jean
    July 12, 2019

    Who is re colonizing the world besides the chinese. Dr Hifu u are nuts

  10. J.john-Charles
    July 12, 2019

    DNO readers,do you really believe the PM told this to the EU.
    There is a saying in Creole,but since I am not able to write in Creole,I will say “Before dog is Mr.dog,and behind dog is dog.
    Bye bye

  11. Work-ass
    July 11, 2019

    I am amazed by some of the comments I read on DNO by some that think they know it all, have it all and can say it all. The fact is we all should admit that the EU made a mistake by blacklisting Dominica. They reversed their decision two months later and should not congratulate Dominica but they should apologize instead. You might dislike the prime minister but I understand the reason why he would make such a statement. We cannot surrender or enslave our country to these so called world organizations that think they can hold us hostage for grants and loans. It is time for the so called fly by night politicians on DNO to put right where right is.

    • Casio
      July 12, 2019

      then if thats the case we should not always run to them for money. Doesnt matter if it the EU, World Bank, or your next door neighbor. We need to begin producing for ourselves and be more productive, so that we do not always have to beg them for money and assistance. We hve become a nation of beggars. We need to start producing and exporting. YES THEY CAN HOLD US HOSTAGE FOR GRANTS AND LOANS. because we are not in a position to even stand on one foot. we just have to sit down and shut up. and work with the terms and conditions laid out by them. All i want to know is what are the terms and conditions with China.

  12. Not Easily Swayed
    July 11, 2019

    Anti-Skerritt detractors should slow their role. Why does every DNO article on the two PM candidates generate such partisan and divisive responses, even when a featured statement is proven to be correct or sensible?

    In this case, it does not take a history buff or an economics expert to discern the truth in the PM’s neocolonialist concerns. He is simply calling it like it is.

    Swallowing your conscience and biting your tongue when it comes to dealing with entities such as the EU, IMF and World Bank will not curry any favor or earn any brownie points in this high stakes game where the haves try to devour the have nots while controlling the rules of engagement.

    The leaders of developing countries should resist the temptation to cower and cow-tow to the Big Fishes and must remember to look to the hills from where our true help comes from.

  13. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 11, 2019

    Roosevelt the congratulation you think you have received; is not an indication that you personally have been exonerated from your corruption.
    If indeed that word was used any place close to your name, that indicates a formality; something the people who put you on the list; that form of formality is extended in every other case to all involved!

    And you better stick it in your head, the reality is simple this the land; the country of Dominica may be cursed; nevertheless, corruption is human behavior; the dishonest things you do that is corruption.

    Here is a broader view of you; that little rat:
    Note: Corruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit.
    Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement, though it may also involve practices that are legal in many countries. Now boy Roosevelt have you made corruption legal in Dominica, that is why you are still on the…

  14. Marie
    July 11, 2019

    As a black American living in this country I waited and observed your government before taking a position I recognize this same arrogance coming from your PM & the US president & government leaders. I have been disgusted with your PM eversince he responded disrespectfully to one of your Kalinago citizens when asked recently about the grant money from Venezuela. Time and time again his movements are starting to urk me now I understand why many citizens of this country are divided politically and in many cases socially. There comes a time in government you need a fresh set of eyes I do believe he attempts to use his charisma, charm & networks to get by on what appears to be poor leadership. Why it’s not illegal in this country to buy votes because that’s exactly what this current government is doing as DLP candidates write checks to constituents. It’s disappointing to see what’s happening in this beautiful country it’s a shame greed & pride sit on the throne of this blessed rock.

  15. Pipo
    July 11, 2019

    Roosevelt, your duplicityis breathtaking. You accusing our biggest donor of taking away our right to self determination but you were quite happy to deny that right to the people of W. Sahara in return for goodies from Morocco and a dinner with king Mohammed. Now you want the EU to pay you Compensation? Your sense of entitlement is pathologically sick and I doubt you ever find it necessary to say Thank You to anyone and mean it, do you. I really despair of you brother.

  16. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    July 11, 2019

    There is something called diplomacy. Then again when you convinced that Baroness woman to come down and tell people to “Sousay Sel,” if they don’t support you. So, we expected this response from you Mr. “I run things.”

  17. July 11, 2019

    https://www.irishtimes.com/business/financial-services/dominica-removed-from-eu-tax-haven-blacklist-1.3925792. So after you bowed to their pressure and passed the legislation, you are now bad. What you should have done is refuse to pass the legislation and would see how much compensation you would have gotten. Ridiculous

  18. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 11, 2019

    One word to describe Skerritt is ignorant. The arrogant Skerritt sounds like he runs the EU and makes the rules for them. Well, double doctorate dude, the EU did its due diligence and you as representative of Dominica, in that you are the finance minister, were found wanting. For one minute there you must have thought that the EU was the Venezuelan dictatorship you were dealing with. Meaning that no accountability is the order of the day. How many more times is Skerritt going to be allowed to embarrass Dominica?

    • OpenMindSet
      July 12, 2019

      Are you replying based on facts or have you just made your stuff up. Because that is far from what has happened. The PM, regardless of your political stance is absolutely correct on this matter. If you cannot be objective about anything the PM or the Gov does, then perhaps it’s best you stop reading DNO. Not everything has to be red on blue.

      ADMIN: “Stop reading DNO” let’s not be hasty.

  19. Gwo pwell doing things
    July 11, 2019

    Gwo pwell Skerrit have. :-D All you keep telling the man all you doh want him. After the jumbie ‘marry’ all you in the roundabout pond casse. He’s grown some cojones. :lol:

  20. REAL!!!!
    July 11, 2019

    Skerrit sound like he was looking for money from Venezuela and China with that level of posturing on EU-Blacklist. This guy is desperate and sounds delusional.
    Therefore, he will make unwarranted statements which will damage opportunity with the EU for Dominica.

    What a Hell of a Con Man!!!!!!

    But Maduro is not clever, so he may fall for it.

  21. Zammm
    July 11, 2019

    What an emotional and immature response from a Prime minister.. Just being his usual carefree n wreck less self. Oh I don’t need your congrats, oh please… So much the European union has done n continue to do for our region yet you just don’t think before you speak. Surely you are not a state’s man…. If Dominica was on the blacklist, clean up the place.. You need to clean up alll the corruption and injustice that exist in Dominica… Honestly, Mr Pm, you need to think big, we as a smalll n even most undeveloped country because of you, need the EU…
    I would like to thank the EU for allowing Dominicans to travel visa free for 90 days in many European states… Most Dominicans won’t know that because unfortunately they don’t get to travel the world.. But please leave the EU alone so we can travel all over Europe visa free..
    My pm go coool out your head… Congrats Mr Pm from EU. THEY Showed you who is in charge… Who vex lossss…

    • OpenMindSet
      July 12, 2019

      So you’re saying they should be able to treat DA as they wish? They should be able to blacklist us and tell the whole world don’t trust us when the issue or hold up and nothing to do with DA? what you saying exactly? Why are we so blinded by this West knows Best slave mentality?

  22. Lord help this nation
    July 11, 2019

    “We are seeing some movements in the world to try to recolonize the region and they are unable to do it politically, so they are doing it through the economic instruments,” You mean like how china does it everywhere they go?

  23. Casio
    July 11, 2019

    The man say he doesnt need your congratulations, my brother. He runs things. But seriously, you want a handout because you did what you should have done in the first place? Compensation? Please. All id give you is a hard slap. Relax yourself my brother. You acting like you want to bite the hand that feeding you. The amount of EU money that dominica has benefited from. they have a right to black list you as the expected developments of dominica are not up to par. Let them keep a close eye on you. Thank you EU and we appreciate the congratulations and well wishes. Skerrit only vex because they put a brakes on his lifestyle.

    • Casio
      July 12, 2019

      The kix is, he playing bad now, after he do everything they made him do. You fool, play your bad and puff up your chest. Matters not to the EU, you still did what they told you to do. They probably just smiled and said ok “Roosevelt, until next time”, then patted him on the head like a good little boy just before they told him to run along.

  24. dissident
    July 11, 2019

    Did you tell de EU de same thing when offered grants and low interest loans for development of the country?
    Are you speaking of yourself personally?
    Is it that the government and people of Dominica are not thankful or is that an expression of your large ego expressing ingratitude after being embarrassed as Prime minister and minister of finance for almost 15 yrs Skerrit

    You are arrogant.
    When you are gone Dominica will get more assistance from our EU partners than you can negotiate

  25. viewsexpressed
    July 11, 2019

    ‘I do not need your congratulations’: Skerrit to EU on Dominica’s removal from blacklist!” Skerrit, how on earth did we get onto that “Blacklist” when you were suppose to be protecting and representing us!?” We need answers so don`t go on social media looking for sympathy and empathy. You have failed us
    “Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is still unhappy about Dominica’s inclusion in the EU’s blacklist despite the country’s recent removal from that list.” Skerrit it is your damn business, you clean it up the EU owes you nothing at all, so stop being this big overgrown “cry cry” Baby Doc Scare-it.
    The list was announced on March 12th, 2019 and consisted of 15 countries which included Dominica, along with Barbados, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Virgin Islands and United Arab Emirates, among others.

  26. tsk
    July 11, 2019

    This man proves time and time again that he is vain to the brim.

  27. THE MISSIONARY APOSTLE
    July 11, 2019

    When Mr. Satan, the prolific liar, the deceiver of the nation talks I dont pay him any mind because there id absolutely no truth in anything he says. He was a liar from the beginning and he will continue to lie. Here is how John 8:44 describes the liar :“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” That Satan I talking about started his reign as a murderer and a liar! DNO I AM referrung to the Satan Jesus spoke about in the bible. I nust used the above article to warn Dominicans about that murderer , liar and deceiver of the nations.

  28. July 11, 2019

    Dr! Dr! stop d blood c–t crying, how do you expect the EU to trust a ROGUE and may i me remind you that the Peoples Republic of China hates corruption

  29. Tj
    July 11, 2019

    And the Hon. P.M. continues to aggressively loosing his marbles. A change is coming s coming.

  30. RandyX
    July 11, 2019

    The EU blacklisted Dominica without any reason whatsoever… You ought to be very careful with your childish statements, Skerrit and you ought to be very careful when you tell the EU you do not want their apologies. Who do you think you are?? You are just a little insignificant teacher from the North who admittedly has a fairly large bank account nowadays courtesy of Dominica state funds. The EU has helped our country a lot and that’s how you thank them. The reason the country was blacklisted in the first place was all due to YOUR shady passport deals and associated money laundering and connection with know criminals. Stop dragging Dominica’s name through the dirt just to justify your appalling behaviour. You come from the gutter and you will up in the gutter. Mark my words!

  31. Hedda
    July 11, 2019

    Rants of a dictator.. once the man can speak to UN like that.. then the people of Dominica should be very afraid.. that man needs to be kicked out of office or else Dominicans will be very sorry.. if that DLP governemnt wins another term in office I sorry for all you in that country. ..

    • John hope
      July 11, 2019

      I think u meant to say uwp.

  32. For Love Of Country
    July 11, 2019

    What a loser… one damn inept of a Prime Minister who has “single handily decimating Dominica’s economy.

  33. Case In Point
    July 11, 2019

    Your coolout is coming on election day when we vote you out of office.. You have brought this country’s economy and social structure to its knees with corruption and victimization.. just know there is a big family who will be giving you a surprise at the polls this time around.. less votes for you. All current and former dlp supporters with a conscience needs to vote you out.

    • John hope
      July 11, 2019

      U talking about uwp when they were in power for the short time and made a big mess. Just imagine they had no money to pay p.s think about that.

      • July 12, 2019

        Sir or madam..i sort but please tell me how comes you more sort than me..
        Embrace the learning for change.are you a boooweek?

  34. Flat Tire
    July 11, 2019

    Compensation so you can use it to have a boatload of clappers to st martin and gwada next?

  35. Lets Pretend
    July 10, 2019

    Ok people lets catch a little breath here. So minutes before Ross University announced they were going to pull out of Dominica that same Skerrit took in front to announce the bad news and went on to tell us how “Ross was not at fault”, how :Ross loved Dominica” and how Ross would compensate landlords bla bla bla and blamed Maria for that. But later he was exposed
    he Tony, Ian and Regie said tbey taming Ross to courf and that case was called on kairie fm, where Tony and Vince were the judge but as of now the case is on election hold and we getting a new School to replace Ross and the new Dean is Bobbles? So is that same Skerrit that does want the EU to congratulate HIM but instead feels the EU should compensate him? Tony forgot to tell Skerrit to pretend as if he going to sue the EU for blacklisting Dominica man? Blasting liars, fake and pretenders

  36. July 10, 2019

    Dominica off black list and money gram ban me from sending money home

  37. Massacre
    July 10, 2019

    Does this mad man really know what he is talking about? Disrespecting the EU like that? Dominica has no leadership that the world can respect.
    We have to change the leadership .

    • Frank N Stein
      July 11, 2019

      Then he and his sheep followers say Lennox is arrogant bla bla. SKerrit tried to demonize Linton because he is scared of Linton’s investigative skills. Nobody is as arrogant as skerrit. He just use snakey words while Linton is to the point. Trust the man who will tell you like it is rather than the snake in the grass.

  38. Stanman
    July 10, 2019

    Mista balls drop man?

  39. Possie Direct
    July 10, 2019

    That statement of Skerrit is like that of a criminal that was convicted for a crime they committed and after their attorney helped them settle with the Court, the rude and shameless convicted criminal backtalking the attorney so people will say he didnt commit the crime. Skerrit can talk macho as much as he wants but the truth is he cauzed DA to be blacklisted under his leadership as PM and finance minister. You cant run from it and you cant blame anyone for it. Its you my lord.

  40. Calibishie Warrior
    July 10, 2019

    I am sure the PM said ‘sought’ and not ‘sort’ … And , by the way .. he is right. I don’t often agree with the man.. but in this case .. give Jacqueline her lipstick

  41. Nrt
    July 10, 2019

    You must admit white blue red or green . ..the man is right. OECD is using these bullying tactics with impunity. It’s a sad day.

    • OpenMindSet
      July 12, 2019

      Unfortunately these “little Islanders” (Yes, I said it) who think “West knows Best” don’t see that. They quick to come on here and type like they know what they talking about. All they See is Blue Vs Red. Nothing else.

  42. Norma
    July 10, 2019

    Omg that is Dominica’s pm, P.Alexander and Gee,fighting for.

  43. July 10, 2019

    Boss you sound like a full fledged dictator, keep running things, you will soon run out.

  44. Dominican Citizen
    July 10, 2019

    LOL… China standing as a beacon. Yeah right, while they trying to colonize Africa and have a planned genocidal program of Chinese Muslims, and while they infringing on the sovereignty of other countries by claiming maritime boundaries and small cays and other land masses that don’t legally belong to them.

    You don’t have to sell out the country’s diplomacy for cool out money from China, and just because you do it don’t make it right.

    But again that is the level of leadership being sold here in Dominica :lol: :lol: :lol:

  45. JBaptiste
    July 10, 2019

    What an embarrassment for a PM. This is social experiment gone wrong. Meanwhile his subjects cheer on.

  46. Braindamage
    July 10, 2019

    Skerrit tell lies so much that the people do not know when he is speaking the truth or another lie.

  47. Shaka zulu
    July 10, 2019

    Smfh. Skerrit is the most imature idot i ever see running a place. Thanks to China a beacon my assests. All i read above is a man kissing assets to get money fill his pockets. Why then do you take money from world bank and IMF. China is already colonizing the Caribbean and elsewhere. You are aiding them. If we become productive and self reliant then we dont have to bow to others. The excuse given above sounds like the Russian son Dimitri made that up. That response if true is quite disturbing and sounds like a lunatic

  48. 小帕
    July 10, 2019

    You should have at least demanded an apology. Not compensation.

  49. Bob Denis
    July 10, 2019

    You are totally right Mr Prime Minister, Recolonization is part of the geopolitical set up of the present World Order. Mr Skerrit, they have been looking at you for a while now, the World Leaders you associate yourself with is not of their liking. your stance and vote on Venezuela is a prime example of what a good International vote looks like and you must be commended. Don’t forget that we live in a White Man Rule World, and anything goes if one fail to tow the line. There is a beautiful Igbo proverb that says “When no one speaks about you, it simply means that you are a nobody” some of us know better.

    • Pipo
      July 12, 2019

      Bob, you really suffering from an inferioriteit complex man. Instead of bitching all the time like that go and show your worth. It is up to us to show equality, not just talk and demand it.

  50. %
    July 10, 2019

    But lazy Skerrit, you are doing the same thing. ….You have about 90% of the population as beggars, and when you give them $5:00 from the Red Clinic, you want them to congratulate you.
    You lazy and lousy creature!!
    You nom Foo!
    You are losing it!!!
    Go congratulation Gaston Brown for speaking on your behalf… Your dunce cat!!

    • John hope
      July 11, 2019

      You are the biggest beggar lazy percent. Your only occupation is to wait wen the talk so u and your lazy frenz can run all u mouth. Meantime non honorable l.l aging by de minute dominica laziest person ever.

  51. foreign observer
    July 10, 2019

    “We are seeing some movements in the world to try to recolonize the region and they are unable to do it politically, so they are doing it through the economic instruments,” Skerrit said.

    And what do you call your secret arrangements with China? As you go out of your way to pander to their ego?

    “As a beacon of principle in this world and defending nations like Dominica against injustice”?

    As China unlawfully detains 2 Canadians in direct retaliation for the arrest of an Huawei executive on an extradition request from the United States for sanctions busting…their ongoing human rights persecutions against minorities (including Christians), their recent attempts to introduce an extradition law in Hong Kong in violation of the 50-year agreement of self-determination (fortunately the people of Hong Kong fought long and hard, though determined demonstrations to roll that one back).

    What planet are you actually living on at the moment, Skerritt?

    Prayers for Dominica…

    • OpenMindSet
      July 12, 2019

      You sound like you know what you’re talking about, wow.
      If only you did?
      It sounds like in 500 years you’ve found no wrongs from the West.
      Sounds like you would bow to the alter of USA, UK etc.
      Had they done for us in 500 years what China has in 20 years, just imagine.

      • foreign observer
        July 13, 2019

        My world is a little broader than just the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, true enough.

        I did not and would never say that the former colonizing nations of Europe and America committed no wrongs, for that is indeed untrue. It began with the intentional and unintentional annihilation of the indigenous peoples who lived in the Americas (intentional – massacres of those who resisted; unintentional – the introduction of numerous deadly illnesses and diseases against which the local populations had no resistance).

        Then this was followed by the scourge of slavery, which continued long after Emancipation by any other name.

        However, neither you nor I nor anyone else in Dominica knows what is in the MOU the current PM signed with the PRC, except the PM himself. Which rather begs the question: has the soul of Dominica been sold to the Devil, and for what price, that the PM would make such nonsensical utterances? Especially when there are daily reports of PRC human rights…

  52. Indira
    July 10, 2019

    He rude eh. Anyway yall gangster pm so anything is possible

  53. dee
    July 10, 2019

    Mister has no etiquette as a Prime Minister ?
    He is responding to international affairs like he is still on the political platform in St. Joseph.
    Come on, by now shouldn’t he have gained experience in addressing bodies of international institutions .
    Shame , Shame, Shame .
    Not even Castro would have exposed ignorance like that in his angriest Moment of Injustice towards his country.
    I am refusing to let Mister make me feel ashamed of the office of head of Government of my country.
    ahhhh margwaysar .

  54. FLORA
    July 10, 2019

    Skerrit is rude and disrespectful. These are signs of an emerging dictator whose power has taken the better part of him.
    If the EU was not justified in placing Dominica on the black list why did Skerrit go to parliament to do what had to be done to be removed from the list?
    The mere fact that he went to parliament to correct whatever the mistake was is a clear indication that the EU was justified or he should have stuck to his principle and tell the E.U. that he is right and he is not doing a DAMN thing and remove him from the DAMN list.
    Only then he would have the balls to tell the EU that he does not need their congratulations.
    There is no doubt that Skerrit has outlived his humility as a leader and with five more years he will only be more arrogant and with that devastatingly brutal.
    Dominicans have an obligation to save Skerrit from self-destruction or else we will all suffer the consequences. The signs of insanity are glaringly disturbing.

  55. Ibo france
    July 10, 2019

    I agree with you that the EU is trying to strangle the development of small developing states by using economic asphyxiation. China no, they have ulterior motives. China exports its people to Africa and the Caribbean to dominate economic activities of these regions.

    • Me
      July 12, 2019

      You sound like someone educated in a communist country.

  56. Joseph John
    July 10, 2019

    It is interested to not that the list includes the US Virgin Islands which is a US territory but not the USA per say . And not the British Virgin Islands where the USA dollar is legal tender.
    This is not normal. There are hidden motives.
    An other pointed is that neither the V I nor Dominica have central banks, but Dominica is the only country of the ECCA that was targeted.
    Is that backlash for our friendship with Venezuela and China ? Is that White Colonialism on display ?
    You want to squeeze a country with a population of 70K and a government with a recurrent budget of less than EC$1billion . Why ? Where the fence in low.
    But it was a good experience and good lesson when we see a few of our fellow Dominicans (uwp) were celebrating this unfair imposition, while PM Brown of Antigua was expressing outrage. In our time of need you see who really love us.
    The uwp gang bangers again show their propensity to disparage Dominica just as they did on CNN. ( the MIA re Maria…

  57. derp
    July 10, 2019

    bruh you dun lost your marbles

    • Man bites dogs
      July 11, 2019

      @derp, This is what you evildoers so-called Workers clowns would like to see Dominica 🇩🇲 Skerrit down in the sxxt pan, it will not happens
      long as Labour is in charge of Dominica. And if a BIG If for some miracle that lot so-called UWP criminals ever come back in office maybe in 20 years time Dominica will be back to the stone ages that is what these blue bellys boomboom flies are best at evil good for nothing conmen.

      • viewsexpressed
        July 11, 2019

        Man Bites his own Dogs and end up barking dirty corrupt, Bobol of his surrounding that is the waste of time, corrupted Labour government. By the way the European Union has money that beings to the people of Europe and has to be protected ad well managed. We cannot say the same of this false corrupted Labour Governemnt headed by this immature political clown who knows nothing of what the European Union says about its standards and protection and compliance and compliance of tax payers money not to be abused like we know with the Bin and Fertilizer Bobols undertaken by this failed corrupted Labour government led by this incompetent Prie Minister and his bind ministers. Skerrit is a failure, he has failed us and he has shown poor leadership.
        We all await the incoming new UWP Team under its experienced Leader Hon. Lennox Linton and his highly professional UWP Team.
        Skerrit and this failed Labour government must Go. Get out of out government.
        Wake up my Dominica people. UWP united

  58. Go to hell EU
    July 10, 2019

    That is the type of leader I want to lead me.

    Not *SS kisser like Lennox long-tongue.

    A man who can tell the so-called powers go to hell with your congratulations

    You get congratulations daily by the thousands so not theirs we need.

    They should congratulated us with compensation to build a marina in possie.

    Good PM tell it to them W men

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