Astaphan justifies barring of Linton from Parliament building; says UWP intellectually bankrupt

Astaphan said the police were not taking chances in light of recent events

Senior Counsel, Tony Astaphan, has justified the action of the police when they barred Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, from entering the parliament building on Tuesday.

Linton said he was attempting to get some papers from his office in the building but a contingent of police officers, dressed in military attire, prevented him from doing so. The entire episode was played out live on Facebook.

Speaking to state-owned DBS Radio, Astaphan said it was obvious that the police were not taking any chances in light of a protest that was taking place at the same time outside the building and recent events.

“In light of the protest that was taking place, of the ten men that were combining to make noise, in light of the Tuesday (February 7) destruction when the faith reposed in the leadership of the Freedom Party and the UWP by the Police Commissioner was betrayed, it was obvious to me that the police high command was not prepared to take any chances again to allow disruption and destruction and damage to any political or national institutions such as the Parliament or DBS or the financial center and government building and they were secured,” he stated.

He noted that in the midst of all this, Linton tried to gain access to the building that was “secured by the police in the event of disturbances by, guess who, the same supporters of Lennox Linton and the UWP.”

What was more important, he stated, was Linton’s “bizarre reaction” to the matter.

“To me, the important issue was not the securing of the parliament which was a matter of national security and national interest but the reaction, the angry, vile, emotional near schizo reaction by the Leader of the Opposition,” he stated. “I mean, is that the Leader of the Opposition the people deserve and the Prime Minister the people should have or really want? To me bizarre moment was his violent verbal reaction to simple order that you cannot have access to this building, nobody has access to this building because it is secured due to public order, national security reasons.”

In recent times the UWP has held a series of meetings and protest actions calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, due to alleged mismanagement of country’s affairs.

Protest was taking place at the same time Linton was prevented from entering the parliament building and Astaphan said it all shows that the UWP is bankrupt intellectually.

“It is a joke a political joke, it has no substance to it, it has no basis to it,” he remarked. “And what it does to me and whenever I hear it, it reinforces in my mind that the political leader of the UWP, the entire UWP and all of their advisors are intellectually bankrupt, they are incapable of coming with a credible alternative solution to the policies and development and programs of the government.”

He went on to say that the entire matter was basically a pappyshow.

“It is just an empty pappyshow, it’s a line of a calypso that cannot be written or one gone bad and it is utter, absolute political foolishness,” Astaphan said.

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110 Comments

  1. MR. PROLIFIC
    April 16, 2017

    As Leader of the opposition, you should have had a body guard but, he always want an alibi. With those comments, if you should asked, what have you done for your country? But look it! there are good jobs coming on, proper records must be kept, if you feel good enough ,don’t be missed out, Auditors we call them.

  2. Bernard
    April 15, 2017

    I think it is better to find out details of the opposition’s leader status and procedures with the context of the constitution and parliamentary laws. State the facts so we could all have a better informed opinion.

  3. Spike
    April 14, 2017

    Seconding Laplaine Observer and Etienne–How do the Palace Guard justify preventing an elected Member of Parliament from going to his desk, no matter how bankrupt his ideas, how goofy his reaction, or what kind of a disturbance is taking place out on the street?

  4. bigger
    April 14, 2017

    Senior Counsel is being disrespected by opposition supporters truth be told they are scared of Tony’s vast knowledge and experience second to none in this country.

    Isn’t this something? you had the Christian brothers home and away virtually on a daily basis spewing baseless accusation and as far as they are concerned that’s fine .You had Rijock and his caucasion partner with their rhetoric soiling Dominica’s name and they have no problem with that. The slavery mentality is alive and well in Dominica

  5. AP George
    April 13, 2017

    Why is it that this guy reminds me of Joe Pesci in one of those mob movies?

  6. Dorian Shillingford
    April 13, 2017

    Ahhhh….the Machiavellian and omnipresent Tony Astaphan. He has a point though. The opposition leader needs to play better politics. Beyond the protests he must certainly tell Dominicans what he intends to do differently and be sufficiently persuasive in that regard.
    He also needs to get clever in responding to the political games of the government, if he is to retain his credibility. The fun and games of Dominican politics……:-)

  7. Just Saying
    April 13, 2017

    Honestly, had I been the leader of the opposition I would not have ventured to enter Parliament given what was happening at the time (Protest). I really think that that was irrational on his part…he should have thought it through before behaving like that.

  8. April 13, 2017

    Why is it that Tony is allowed to say whether he is happy or not about this matter? Skerrit if one day Tony turns against you ;you are in deep ****

  9. laughing
    April 12, 2017

    Hi mister Toly Astaphan! You look thirsty, eh! :lol: :lol:

  10. laughing
    April 12, 2017

    Mister face turns me off!! :twisted:

    • Mr Hyde
      April 13, 2017

      What, as much as the face of the one he is referring too?

    • UDOHREADYET
      April 13, 2017

      seems like you thinking about something the man not thinking about… so its you that might be thirsty lol!

  11. April 12, 2017

    zor sort any blind bat can see that video was well plan by Lennox Linton. Any kinder gartener can see this was a will fool act. And all those that is siding the opposition leader with his filth is even worst than the leader himself. He fail this vindictive act again and i am pretty sure he is going to try something else. just wait this man cannot sleep well at all he is always up to some mischief.

    • You are so stupid, you do not know you are stupid! You are a fool who has no concept that you are a confounded fool!

      Read your comments a few times over, perhaps you might get a clue from your own words that will make you find some commonsense that will make you learn that you are a fool! There is no fool like a blind fool. When our parents sent us to school, some of us went inside of the building and learnt our lessons well.

      The majority of us went under the school house and sat there until is was all over: we remain young, dunce and ignorant; we grew up beyond adult state, and become even more ignorant, we are flying high wearing our:

      “Dominica Badge of stupidity on our forehead as an honor”(Pirie Charles). You are supporting Labor who keeps you bondage of economic slavery. The late Pirie Charles former prime minister of Dominica, in his grave is very proud of you stupidity!

      Poor fool!

    • viewsexpressed
      April 15, 2017

      You must be a Skerrite, Labourite demonstrating some level of political bias and illiteracy. This was live, how could be a planned or make up video. Denial and a weakness of the living brain and you are in denial.

      “Go to Hell…Go to Hell……..wake up to the Bobol in Dominica”

  12. Flipside
    April 12, 2017

    “they are incapable of coming with a credible alternative solution to the policies and development and programs of the government.” Unfortunately, this is true and they let down their supporters and the country for this reason. Instead of this playground mentality they should be developing themselves as a credible opposition party. What are their policies on Dominica’s social and health issues ? How do they plan to alleviate poverty ? How will they improve education in schools ? What is their strategy for agriculture and tourism ? We would like to hear the answers to these questions and more instead of reading about you all making fools of yourselves.

    • Jon Jones
      April 14, 2017

      If you really believe that that the DLP leadership has any credibility other than criminal, then you, my friend, are totally clueless as to how a decent government is supposed to perform.

      The questions you ask of the opposition are the ones you sould be looking to the current administration for answers after 17 years in power.
      After all the boasts of financial wealth, civils servants are still struggling, ministers are increasingly wealthy, the partizan public get handouts, there has been no worthwhile agricultural or tourism development, plenty talk and little action around dubious captial projects and you want to question the opposition without bringing the government to task for the abject failure and regression it has gripped this nation with?

      I feel very embarrassed that we can have this level of ignorance being so common on the island for the outside world to see. When Skerritt gets prosecuted then your questions may have some relevance but shame will keep you silent.

  13. sponge bob
    April 12, 2017

    why do we keep making what the joker has said relevant.

  14. UDOHREADYET
    April 12, 2017

    “UWP and all of their advisors are intellectually bankrupt, they are incapable of coming with a credible alternative solution to the policies and development and programs of the government.”

    This is true, they don’t have any good ideas or solutions just finger pointing.
    the ignorance level is so high that in the light of sense they reply with nonesense.

    • Jon Jones
      April 14, 2017

      Has Skerritt done anything much other than line his pockets while pointing the finger at Linton? He has certainly fooled you already.

  15. Dave Bertrand
    April 12, 2017

    Tony why don’t you shut it?

  16. Tj
    April 12, 2017

    Thre we go again the puppet master is at it again. The minister without portfolio is justifying the wrong done to Mr. Linton.
    Tony Astaphan should be persona non grata.

  17. Viewsexpressed
    April 12, 2017

    DNO, I expect you, other than this story to give an analysis and objective story of this fiasco and intimidation. The merit of your story has to begin with how this came about. The access by the Leader of the Opposition to his office when what I viewed on social media, Hon Linton was in his own and has , had that right to be entering the Parliament building where he is duly elected member of parliament and the Leader of the Opposition the third highest position in Dominica.
    Who the hell does Skerrit and Astaphan think they are. Where was this ole Speaker to address this nonsense and talk of this matter as Speaker to clarify the role of the leader of Opposition. There was no intimidation warranting this nonsense abuse by the police officer in fatigue uniform. ,Where you think you are in Communist repressive China or in Brutal corrupt North Korea.
    Shame on you Skerrit, Shame on your Police Commissioner, Shame on You Astaphan. You three deserve to be locked up together in a cell for…

  18. April 12, 2017

    But no it seems Tony is de pm of de country
    What he say goes for God sake Tony
    Stop the Hate
    Stop the Politics
    Stop the division
    Stop the lies
    People dying fast those days stop your evil
    Towards the opposition parties and Dominicans

  19. IFF I WUZ PARRY
    April 12, 2017

    I would ask Tony Astaphan why doesn’t he have anything good to say about Mr. Lennox Linton and UWP, even though the Prime Minister decries the amount of politics in Dominica. Is Tony telling Dominicans that because of February 7th , Mr. Linton will be searched before he enters the parliament on business or not. Parry should also ask Tony whether, from now on, Mr. Linton has to seek permission to enter the parliament during the debates.

  20. Jonathan St jean
    April 12, 2017

    Tony Ass-ta-Phan, it’s your boy Skerritt who only a few days ago said that there is too much politics in Dominica,yet here you are on the national radio station,to which the legal leader of the opposition is not given access, talking assness.Was Linton attempting to enter the building with protesters?Or are you suggesting that once there is a protest action taking place then Roseau and government offices have to be shut down or Linton barred from entering..Tell me is Skerritt now afraid of protesters,or is he afraid of Linton.If he was a good Prime Minister he wouldn’t have to fear the people.I wonder if there is a protest close to a bank in Roseau and Linton wanted to go transact some business in that bank,you would justify the police obstructing him from going in there.I just don’t get your point Tony Ass-ta-Phan.Dominica is a democratic country and you as a legal leader seem to have forgotten that

  21. Tony there is no way you can justify the police actions!

    First of all, Lennox is an elected member of the parliament: leader of the opposition, with an assigned office in the building; that gives him every right to gain access to that building at anytime the law of the land permits

    With as many police you claim obstructed him from entering into his office; it could not be that difficult for two or three officers to accompany him into his office assuming they suspect his motive were cynical. They could have said to him; you have three minuets to go in fulfil your mission and out! At this time your defense seems more accusatory than anything else.

    The police action is a form of intimidation, trying to incite turmoil in the country, that is provocation in the highest degree. The plan was they would provoke Lennox to anger, and if spoke loudly, the plan was to arrest him and make a spectacle out of him; that political mentality is wrong, and believe it or not one day the shoe…

  22. DomiChina
    April 12, 2017

    Roy Benjamin

    Is true, I saw the Video.
    This man is really up to something.

    He is up to defending the people of the country of political slavery. He is up to defending democracy and realistic governance.
    He is up to reconstructing international trust and business affiliation with wealthy countries instead of those that have been branded as rogues and vagabonds, corrupt and ruthless.

    He is preventing the country from becoming like the would be third-world countries that begs and causes unnecessary disaster in a country as a way of life. He is fighting hard for freedom and peace unlike Syria and the rest of the Middle East that undergoes unrest throughout history.

    He is a faithful and patriotic Dominican that wants good for the country unlike you and Roosevelt that uses the countries wealth for your own personal gain.

    Governance has become corrupt in many countries, and Lincoln is trying hard to prevent that from happening in little Dominica and you are too blind to see…

  23. The Eel
    April 12, 2017

    We must learn to forgive and forget. Since Mr. Tyson was sent to the calaboose % is not the same person he use to be.Tony is doing a good job answering those childish comments

  24. The Thinker
    April 12, 2017

    Astaphan,Name the law that prevents an Elected Representative from entering the House of Assembly.
    The rest of your RAMBLE regarding National Security is pure and utter BILGE.
    THE COUNTRY is entering the first display of DICTATORSHIP that should be a warning to ALL Dominicans that care.

  25. mamzel
    April 12, 2017

    i think that DNO should question Tony before public his crap. He need to understand that there are other sides to every matter. He already has DBS and Kairi and the likes to voice his crap – so when he comes to DNO i would like it to be a question and answer session

  26. Din-din
    April 12, 2017

    Wow this guy gets on worse than my 2 year old—always seeking attention.

  27. Din-din
    April 12, 2017

    Hey Tony what do you think of your man Assad gasing his own Arab brothers and sisters, mothers and grandmothers? Would you say he lacks intellectual capacity?

  28. Has it come to this?
    April 12, 2017

    And the “Shrimp” has spoken!!! Oh by the way does anyone knows what’s in the head of a “Shrimp”?

  29. CIA Agent
    April 12, 2017

    And here we have it Ladies and Gentlemen. As advised by the media consultation firm Mercury Public Affairs LLC.

    The government has the right to do ANYTHING as long as the term “due to public order, national security reasons” is used. Supposedly Dominican international criminals like Monfared, Madueke and many more are not a national security issue.

    To Hon. Linton:

    Every smile you fake
    Every claim you stake
    Every move you make
    Every step you take
    Every single day
    Every word you say
    I’ll be watching you.

    (Sting and THE POLICE) :!:

  30. committed
    April 12, 2017

    Tony why don’t you find something worthwhile to do and allow democracy to reign in our country.
    Go back to your war ravaged country and allow Dominica to move on, because in Syria or Lebanon or wherever you all from you would not have a thing to say.

  31. Dan is de man in de Van
    April 12, 2017

    Is tony a liar a lawyer a politrickster a what. Why is tony all up in the crack of Dominica politics why isn’t tony dealing with all them fraudulent cases that’s on his desk. Why oh why. Did tony ever campaign to be in government as a minister and if yes who is he representing as a pal rep……

    • Be Good
      April 12, 2017

      he is a Dominican just like you! so Stop! you think Dominica is some of those African places power is only by the ballot 2019 soon come!

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Skerritt and Astaphan are operating like Dominica is one of those African places. Power is kept by a flawed electoral system. Without the red clinic queues, CBI immigrants and election time free plane tickets he would have little chance of holding onto it.

        In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

    • Just Passing Through
      April 12, 2017

      Why is it every person who supports the UWP can speak about anybody and everything yet the same supporters of the opposition seem to have problems with people who supports the government speaking.

      It always seems unreal to me as to why the opposition believes the supporters of the government and the DLP should not show their support to their party and the government.

      We all have the same democratic rights to support the government or opposition as we choose.

  32. weh
    April 12, 2017

    This man is such a hypocrite if the police had prevented the PM from entering the parliment building, would he be saying the same thing?

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      What you stated is nonsense. The police would not be suspicious of the PM. They were of Lennox Linton due to those circumstances which everyone knows. No need for further explanation.

    • dayandnight vision
      April 13, 2017

      Weh the PM would surely not have tried to enter the Parliament Building at this time and you know that
      Lennox had his own agenda. Lets not be naïve or pretend to be stupid

  33. April 12, 2017

    Lennox deserves an Oscar for that performance there :lol: :lol:

    But for true, watch that man closely, he is up to something!

    • Jon Jones
      April 14, 2017

      Have you been wearing a dunce cap since birth?

  34. Laplaine Observer
    April 12, 2017

    Barring the opposition leader from entering parliament because of some preconceived notions formed by skeritt and his regime speaks volume of the dictatorial behavior of DLP leader. The ones who are intellectually bankrupt are the decision makers of this cabal. When you start restricting the movements of your political opponents, you are adopting the styles of dictators like Gaddafi, Chavez, Saddam, Castro and Putin. All these are being done to shift the focus from the main issue which is the sales of Diplomatic Passports to criminals.

    • weh
      April 12, 2017

      You couldn’t have said it any better

    • KaliBud
      April 12, 2017

      Again I ask for proof. Every day I keep asking (often moderated into obscurity). Linton say, Skerrit deny. I need proof. And the media isn’t helping. I’ll ask again, is there any evidence that our diplomatic passports were ever sold? And also, is there any of our diplomats that have been caught and convicted whilst holding a VALID diplomatic passport?

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Yawn. When Skerritt is out of office then your questions will be answered. You could even get to bring him lunch in his jail cell. Make no mistake – this will happen!!!

    • Just Passing Through
      April 12, 2017

      DNO as a major media house on island. Can you tell us how many times have the Leader of the Opposition went to his office in the House of Parliament when there has not been Parliament in Session? Is this the office he uses on a daily basis and was banned from entering? Did you as a media house seek to get some information from the Police to share with your readers?

      I am curious. I thought the members of parliament have specific sitting areas in the House for each member. Was not aware each had an office there. Do the members really have an office? Or do both the Government side and the Opposition side have an area where the members can congregate during breaks if they do not feel like socializing with the other side depending on the day they are having and wanting to talk in private ?

      DNO owes it to its readership to get to the bottom of this. Something does not make sense to me and I would like to know the facts from both sides. Thanks DNO.

  35. April 12, 2017

    Is the “Don’t touch me!” that frighten me eh. Alas Linton, you seeing little green men?

    • Just Passing Through
      April 12, 2017

      He did not show us in the video of the officer trying to touch him. We heard him but why did he not show it.

      To me I heard that same don’t touch me when the Sargent of Arms was asked to remove him from the House at the last sitting. How many times has he been to his office in the House since then?

  36. Lang Mama
    April 12, 2017

    Did DNO make an attempt to speak with the police or with Lintin? I would lije to thinks so. Why are we bombard with Tony Astsphan’s rants on DNO. If the media make an attempts to speak with the government press secretary and the media is then directed to speak to Tony Astaphan then the media must say so.
    It is only because the mexia continue to give Tony Astaphan credence and authority on government matters that Tony continue to babble. It is the media that have implanted the habit of Tony speaking instead of the people elected in government.
    That is unacceptable-stop giving this narcissistic character the attention he craves

    • KaliBud
      April 12, 2017

      Actually they spoke with Linton first. It is his words that gave rise to Tony’s response. But so far, no one has credibly answered why he wasn’t allowed in the building. Maybe the top cop will answer in a third installment of the saga – which should’ve all been in one article. He say, she say and no journalistic analysis and input. Is almost like DNO have a self imposed no opinion.

      • Lang Mama
        April 13, 2017

        I agree , expressing an opnion does not mean that one is taking sides. If somethong is pink say it is

  37. Erasmus B. Black
    April 12, 2017

    Meanwhile, in Florida police picked up a man who ran a stop sign and blamed the accident on a fly going into his mouth. They did not say why the fly went into his mouth or whether he ate the fly. The police said the man was later arrested because he was an impostor who gave them 2 fake names. One can only hope that the fly or its descendants can make their way to Dominica.

  38. Doc. Love
    April 12, 2017

    I would like to make it fundamentally clear, I am a strong supporter of DNO, but whenever it portrays the propaganda of Tony Astaphan, I become very angry. DNO must understand this media outlet is read internationally and to open an avenue to a man who is not a minister of government, he is not the commissioner of police, he is not a senator in parliament to always be the one that makes statements on behalf of the government on issues that pertain to the operation or the governance of the country gives readers residing outside of Dominica the wrong impression. I believe it is dishonest, promoting an agenda which is disliked my many Dominicans. The commissioner should be outraged at Tony for opening his big mouth before he himself could make a statement on the matter. The commissioner must understand, massa day has been over a long time ago and should not allow anyone, especially of a different pigment, speaking of an issue which concerns him and his department.

    • Papa Dom
      April 12, 2017

      I would like to disagree with you there. Why is every statement of tony being aired on the national radio station when the legitimate opposition has no access to it? That should be the more important concern and not what an independent news outlet chooses to publish. The management of DBS should be made to answer to the people for this constant barrage of filth from tony on the national station especially since he is not an elected official. No other private citizen has this amount of unfettered access to DBS as this tony had.

    • winston warrington
      April 12, 2017

      “A man of different pigment” This man’s father was born in Dominica and so was he. What must he look like to enjoy the rights and privileges of a natural born citizen?

    • Zandoli
      April 12, 2017

      Doc Love
      It looks like you have an inferiority complex.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Zandoli
        It looks like you have an stupidity complex.

    • Jay....
      April 12, 2017

      I was right with you up until the last sentence.

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      Tony is the Senior Counsel. He has every right to comment. He influences no one whether internationally.
      People must utilize their common sense and know that Lennox is up to no good.
      DNO is a Dominican Media and has every right to publish the news, whether some like it or not. The Media must be fair to all with no exception.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Tony is not elected by anyone but obviously the PM nor any of the cabinet have the ability to speak, hence his presence. You voted for a bunch of crooked fools who are fleecing you blind with your unwavering support. The DLP support base is reflected by its leadership, hence why they are rich while poverty increases all around.

        I hear the words, I see the actions and recognise patterns – Do you?

        In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

  39. joe
    April 12, 2017

    astaphan guesss u is the pm of d damn country

  40. Ibo France
    April 12, 2017

    Just recently, the PM voiced his concerns about the political divisiveness plaguing the country. If Mr. Skerrit were serious about quelling the political tensions, firstly, he would fire his Senior Counsel. Almost every word he utters about the Opposition is distasteful, objectionable, unsavory and really disgusting. His speeches and interviews are heavily laced with toxicity and negativity. The PM should realize that you can’t be positive when you surround yourself with negative people. The Senior Advisor would never put himself up to be a candidate but is omniscient on anything political. What the country needs right now is for cooler heads to prevail not derision and division. The Senior Counsel is at his very best when his mouth is close.

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      We do know you are on the side of Linton which is why you made this comment.
      We could state the same for Linton. We have observed his actions which leave much to be desired. Therefore, in all fairness and in this respect who should be fired? Should it not be Linton?

      • Mr Hyde
        April 13, 2017

        @Let The Truth Be Told: Exactly! When will the UWP wake up and realise they are going nowhere with Linton as their leader. What a pitiful state! This emperor has his arse hanging outside his pants and someone needs to be bold and state that his crack is showing.

      • Ibo France
        April 16, 2017

        @Original Your accusatory comments are symptomatic with all that is wrong with our society. It is obvious that you perceive me as anti-government because of the post. I’m not anti-government, I’m anti-wrong. I have no political allegiance so I don’t hesitate to express my honest opinions especially when the State errs. Unlike you, I would never give blind support to any political organization nor practice tribal politics. People like you who are hasty with your unfounded accusations, contribute to the decadence of a once proud country.

  41. %
    April 12, 2017

    Man nobody voted for you.Stop disseminating filth and hatred among the blacks on island.You dont hang out among us,but you want to make us look up to you?FOR WHAT? What good can an upright level headed person learn from you?Go take your garbage and dump in a toilet.I refuse to read it..It is unadulterated rubbish…YOU CANT STAND IN LINTONS SHOES! Are you jealous of him?
    SKERRIT MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUZT GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!

    • Me
      April 12, 2017

      %, YOUR HYPERBOLE and biasness has earned you a special seat in the Guinness world record. Who the hell cares who and where Toney Astaphan associate with? You can’t control your own garbage at home far less to control Toney Astaphan. You are the only donkey on the face of the earth who keep saying the same redundant line. I love love, LOVE, my dimples, PM. Smoke That!

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      Who are the blacks you refer to? There is no pure black race in Dominica. There is no Dominican who is of a pure black race. If you can find some who are of a pure black race, negro – African which you mean, let us know.
      In any case why mention it? This is not the issue and far from it.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Stop with the nosnsense, please. It’s embarrasing! If you dont think Dominica is a black nation then you really have been drinking too much Kool Aid. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  42. April 12, 2017

    Dominica is your estate man….it was left to you by your forefathers — Time will tell…..

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      Time will tell about what? You plan to seize his estate or his portion?
      You UWP supporters love to threaten non-supporters. Time will tell for you.

      • April 13, 2017

        Lett The Truth Be Told – Original —

        Drink water before you ” TOUUFAY”

  43. April 12, 2017

    Astaphan i am not one of your fans , but this is one time you can put your two cent. Any blind man could see Linton was up to know good.

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      We must tell it like it is. Those with commonsense and who are fair will know that Linton was indeed up to no good. God knows what he will concoct in future.

  44. April 12, 2017

    Linton just wants to divert the attention from the positive and worthy news items!

    • Anonymous
      April 13, 2017

      Linton more effective, smarter and far cheaper than Mercury!

  45. Monfared friend
    April 12, 2017

    Who cares what Tony Astaphan says. Is he an elected member? What he says is as unimportant as what I say since we are both private citizens. As the voice of Skerrit what I think he should talk about is where is Roosevelt Skerrit at this time and what evidence he can give to confirm the whereabouts of pm

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      Stick to the issue.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        You obviously dont like uncomfortable truths about your leader. He will be questioned and likely face charges when out of office for his involvement with Monfared and co. Monfared cannot help him as he is facing an almost certain death sentence. He better keep an eye out for the Iranian Secret Service or their contractors as I doubt they will seek to take him in for questioning.

  46. Anansi
    April 12, 2017

    Anansi justifies the barring of Tony Astaphan from commonsense and morals; says Tony is ethically bankrupt and intellectually defunct.

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      Anansi has no brains. Consequently, no common sense.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Then it’s a pity that you cannot help Anansi

  47. HOODY
    April 12, 2017

    Pappyshow? Well then you should not waste your time commenting on it

  48. April 12, 2017

    Tony, you hit the nail on the head, an absolute pappyshow is what it was!

    • %
      April 12, 2017

      What is greater pappyshow than a leader giving his countrys diplomtic passports to gangs of criminals?Have you commented on that?.The trial of two of the criminals are very close..Hope they dont cover up for their criminal friends.

      • Be Good
        April 12, 2017

        you have money

      • KaliBud
        April 12, 2017

        Evidence my friend. I’ll keep asking for it. I just can’t follow accusations blindly, especially when the accuser has been found guilty of libel and slander. SHOW ME PROOF

      • playboy
        April 12, 2017

        All you Blue people seem to forget that it was under the UWP government between 1995 and 2000 that their Re-engineered Economic Citizenship program caused the Canadian government to require ALL of us Dominicans to have a visa to enter their country. UWP, not DLP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Shaka Zulu
    April 12, 2017

    Mr. Astaphans you are a cancer to the political climate in Dominica and over the years have benefited greatly from the abuse and litigations involving this Labour party. In this regard I understand your eager to share your thoughts because you benefit financially. You feeds on discontent and does not have Dominicans interest. If the law says the opposition leader has no access to the parliment outside of regular session then the police have right. Mr. Linton is an elected member of Dominica parliment which gives him the power to influence laws in the country and represent a larger chunk of the population than the prime Minister. That matters. If there is no law that prevents Mr. Linton from going to the building only a court injunction based on a reasonably cause can prevent him and then the police can stop. The order to stop an elected leader cannot come from​ another politician. If Linton is a threat to national security then put him under arrest.

    • Shaka Zulu
      April 12, 2017

      You continue to prey on the ignorance of the population mainly the labor party supporters. I am no politician ,i am no lawyer, and have no interest in either party neither have I received any money from any party. However, I love my country and its painful to see a man of your caliber who knows better manipulate the system for your benefit. The police role is not to pick sides but to enforce law independent of politics the most they could do was escort him to get his papers and escort him out. Do you think Linton is that stupid to do something harmful with all these officers around. If he had any bad intention then he is an idiot. The police role is to facilitate an elected official and in nowhere in the world can do this unless we in a communist society where a supreme leader makes laws. You should do better to educate your people not continue to sow seeds of discontent and ignorance. One day it will come back to bit u.

    • KaliBud
      April 12, 2017

      I totally agree. But so far no one can tell me what the law says on that. If his appointed office is in there, case closed, he has every right to enter at any time. However, if it’s just an office for when parliament is in session, then we have a different matter at hand. Can DNO clarify for us who do not know.

  50. M
    April 12, 2017

    thats ridiculous!!!!, he’s the opposition leader and should have access to the parliament,

    All tht nonsense because of 4 years of political control by the uwp…….hmmmmm…………the uwp’s development must have rocked dominica………………..dominica and there foolish behaviour…….SO PRIMITIVE!!!!

    you all say we’ll suck salt, lets see whos gonna sucks salt with this administration..

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      The Good Lord’s protection prevented Lennox from entering the Parliament building. Thank God for the presence of the Police Force.

  51. Dorothy John Baptiste
    April 12, 2017

    Lord, please take this menace to the Dominican society away! :twisted: :twisted: A disturbance to our spirits! We need a Tony Blackout. Stop making him relevant!

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      God is a fair and just Judge. If you are a Christian, you should know He does not approve, encourage and condone wickedness. We need a Lennox blackout and also his supporters as you.

  52. jihan
    April 12, 2017

    Tony you wont be around forevever also Skerrit,time will come dude,The almighty is in control and will deal with you in due time,the corruption will stop,no evil will never prevail,your time is coming Tony.

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      You should say the same for each and everyone one us, no exception Lennox and you his supporters, you won’t be around forever. Therefore, speak for yourself.

  53. Vanya
    April 12, 2017

    well Dominicans are quite happy with the state of affairs in the island
    they refuse to come out on the streets to show their disgust..

    Labor will still remain in power as many dominicans are docile..

    Dominicans DO NOT WANT CHANGE PERIOD!

    • HOODY
      April 12, 2017

      Well and CORRECTLY said Vanya

    • The Darkness
      April 12, 2017

      They don’t have any back bone when it comes to standing up for themselves.

      Spineless…

      Don’t just think of proper decorum, think of your children’s future… Do you want a future where your sons or daughters have to sell themselves just to get some bread? (Handouts galore)

      Think next time before you fools spout Labour or UWP as kings… look for better alternatives, because right now… we have accepted being at the mercy of the boujees and their old ways…

      Also, who says that all of this political bull crap isn’t just a big scheme laid out by all these old men (politicians) and are just acting out their roles?

      – Think of everything before you go out to SUPPORT a COLOR… you guys are starting to sound like members of popular colored gangs (Bloods and Crips)

      – Don’t let politics rule your lives. Many a foolish business man/ woman have fallen into politics and now don’t get customers because of their political persuasions. MORE BS!!!

      Pick yourself before…

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      Something which deludes you, all Dominicans are not one and the same. They are not all ignorant, small-minded and unfair. They do not all support UWP and Lennox with his madness, destructive behavior which also lack peace and unity.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        Ignore the crooks, fraudsters and criminals to focus on the opposition. You sound like you wont have a bed to lie in if the red clinic stops.

  54. Cricket Lover
    April 12, 2017

    Is Tony the spokesman for DLP?

    • Lett The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 12, 2017

      By now you should know Tony’s position. If you knew there would be no need to ask this question. However, if you are a Dominican, surely you should know about his Dominican position.

      • Jon Jones
        April 14, 2017

        I’m sure Skerritt and Astaphan dont buy toilet paper when you are around.

    • I Hear You
      April 14, 2017

      I am Dominican and I would like to know myself because I don’t.

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