DLP accuses Linton of plagiarism; Chastanet disagrees

Linton (right) is accused by Astaphan (center) of speech stealing from Chastanet
Linton (right) is accused by Astaphan (center) of speech stealing from Chastanet

The Dominica Labour Party has accused leader of the United Workers Party of plagiarizing the speech of his colleague, Allen Chastanet of the St. Lucia United Workers Party.

But Chastanet has disagreed.

The matter was made public on the Next Level Program on privately-owned Kairi FM on the weekend.

During the program, senior counsel, Tony Astaphan accused Linton of “speech stealing.”

“Someone who is bankrupt of ideas has no place in the race to lead the country, our nation forward,” he said. “What we have said in the past that the prime minister has access to a number of persons who write speeches for him. But the content of the speeches come from him and are approved by him and they represent his philosophy, his direction and he does not go to a text book or the speech of another political leader to steal an idea and to claim that it is his. He has never done that. But this is what we have. We don’t have speech writing for Linton, we have speech stealing by Linton.”

A number of documents have been cited which allegedly pointed to Linton using quotes from a speech delivered by Chastanet. The documents include Linton’s inaugural speech in Castle Bruce on September 1 2013, Chastanet’s inaugural speech as leader of the UWP in St. Lucia on August 7, 2013 and a reflection by Linton which was published on Dominica News Online.

But Chastanet told DNO on Tuesday morning that he doesn’t consider the matter plagiarism because both he and Linton share similar ideas, philosophies and visions for their respective countries.

“I’ve known Linton for some time now and we just happened to be political leaders of sister parties,” he stated. “We have shared ideas and have assisted each other … so it won’t be untoward to believe that some of the concepts that we have in our documents are very similar.”

He said both he and Linton have discussed the things they want for their countries on many occasions

“Lennox and I have had many discussions about the visions of where we want to to take our countries,” Chastanet said. “We find ourselves sharing similar positions and we share the same values…”

Based on their shared value, he said he has no problem with Linton using some of his ideas, and the same the other way around.

“I don’t have any issues with it,” he stated.

As a matter of fact, Chastanet said he is proud of Linton using some of his words.

“It did not happen by accident,” he stated. “I am very proud of what words he used over there and equally proud of what works he has been able to achieve.”

See three separate documents below with the alleged plagiarism highlighted by those making the accusations.

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129 Comments

  1. Yup
    September 11, 2014

    In the meantime no airport and poor hospital facilities! Keep going Dominica!

  2. Anonymous
    September 11, 2014

    It does not matter how much we try to defend Lennox, this is serious and everytime he opens his mouth we will forever be wondering where his words come from. This will follow him for the rest of his life….ouch! So now that Lennox has lost his last “talent” what now? :mrgreen:

  3. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014

    PLAGIARISM is a very serious crime we should not take it as a joke. WUP or DLP we should not condone it. What Linton did was disgraceful if you want to lead a country start clean. God knows the truth don’t throw stones when you live in glass houses.

  4. Student101
    September 10, 2014

    WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?

    Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work or borrowing someone else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

    ACCORDING TO THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE DICTIONARY, TO “PLAGIARIZE” MEANS

    to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
    to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
    to commit literary theft
    to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
    In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.

    BUT CAN WORDS AND IDEAS REALLY BE STOLEN?

    According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

    ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ARE CONSIDERED PLAGIARISM:

    turning in someone else’s work as your own
    copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
    failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
    giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
    changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
    copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on “fair use” rules)
    Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source is usually enough to prevent plagiarism. See our section on citation for more information on how to cite sources properly.

    Ref: http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism/

  5. overseas dominican
    September 10, 2014

    Seem starnge that Lennox known as a Caribbean journalist with words as his special forte would now have to be accused of plagiarism in his area of stength!
    He is a speech writer and cetainly more formidable in delivery than Chastanet !
    Very sad that a lazy and careless moment could have caused this ,as the words of which he is accused are simplistic..and not particularly inspiring or earth shaking ..any poliitician of basic intelligence would utter them …
    The echelons and aspirants to high power demands more acute principled considerations of being above the fray in such basic moral litmus tests …
    Certainly no one can cite LINTON for lack of communication and verbal skills …indeed one expects Chastanet to be the one who boorows from Skerritt in speech writing due to his training and reputation and delivery .
    Sad that he let down his guard !!!
    He may wish also to remove the weakness of being over egoistic, haughty, distant and patronising -this worked for Eugenia Charles but certainly will not work for grass root leaders

    • Black Nobility
      September 10, 2014

      Your words and comments are far above what small minded Dominicans can comprehend-(grasp its meaning) just so Dominicans can follow along.

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2014

      Did it ever occur to you that his “speech writing” skills came from pliagiarism?

  6. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014

    DNO, continue to pick and choose which comments you print. So much for free and fair journalism if ever a Linton UWP adminstration is to take power in Dominica! Thankfully, this will NEVER happen, no matter how much you guys in the media try to help your pal Linton!!!

  7. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014

    I can’t believe this. Dominicans seems to be in a permanent state of hypnosis. When are we going to forget about the politicians playing politics with peoples lives and future and start fighting for what we know is right? A better developed country a promising future for our children and the list goes on?

  8. Anonymous
    September 10, 2014

    You always quote someone’s work and that is fact. Are we blind-sided or stupid? This is plagiarism. These so called leaders attended college and still cannot define plagiarism.

  9. mango
    September 10, 2014

    Dno don’t remove my comment. If that is what you doing I will expose them on q95 I am a. Big head in the party so I knows whats am talking about.we talk about Tony Astaphan he is not doing justice to the party,to many labourite they not birding because Tony,Tony lies a lot.

  10. Looking in
    September 9, 2014

    That’s why there can never be peace in the middle east……it is just in your blood Tony:- to look for something to crock about, something to create tension and hatred among peace loving people. Why don’t you go back to your roots and continue to create your problems over there. People are just fed up with all this he say, she say and who didn’t say talk from you and your ‘friends’.

    • A Doubting Thomas
      September 10, 2014

      Looking in, who as the first person to bring to the public domain Speech Writing, and who can write a speech and who cannot. Why blame Tony, and your roots are where, are you also planning to go somewhere else.

  11. A Doubting Thomas
    September 9, 2014

    Primary School Students, High School Students, and College and University Students I guess you know you would not graduate if you would follow the lead of the UWP leader. That type of change saying that passing someone else hard work as yours rest comfortable with some.

    I hope Parents who support the UWP are not telling their children indirectly that they can see nothing wrong with what the leader of the UWP has done. I hope parents are not encouraging their children that it is okay to hand it the same paper as their friend.

    I would expect the principal or the Dean would call both students in and possible fail them both for handing in similar work. I would hope the student who worked hard would not fail because someone else copied his or her work and the professors could not tell them apart.

  12. Nomination committe
    September 9, 2014

    DNO and Matt is the same. Matt suggested to Chastanet that it was not true. What kind of journalist is Matt

  13. Poison
    September 9, 2014

    DNO dislike alone which is working.Everyone should know Lennox is a make believer…as a journalist it was his way or no way…what u expect from him if he ever get the top job in dominica..Lennox always right ..Good job next level for exposing mr.Right..more to come.

    • September 10, 2014

      @Poison, you are incorrect, “thumbs up/thumbs down” works when they want to because none works for me sometimes.

  14. out of south city
    September 9, 2014

    What is the big deal Tony? Mr. Chastanet told DNO on Tuesday morning that he doesn’t consider the matter plagiarism because both he and Linton share similar ideas, philosophies and visions for their respective countries. “I don’t have any issues with it,” Mr. Chastanet said.

    • marigot
      September 10, 2014

      @out of south city, plagiarism has been committed by your dear leader and nothing that Chastanet says can change that. Mr. Chastanet is trying to close the barn door after the horses are long gone. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • smell a rat ta tat
      September 10, 2014

      Is it plagiarizing or not?

  15. IFF I WUZ
    September 9, 2014

    Parry, I would ask the Prime Minister why is it, he and his Party supporters are having nightmares over Mr. Lennox Linton. In August 2013, he said about Mr. Linton,” the pitch forking of Linton to the helm of the UWP at this time is an insult to other competent qualified and hard working well enabling members of the UWP.” Just recently Mr. Tony Astaphan had this to say,” Linton is undeniably a novice and that he is unfit to be elected to public office and particular the office of Prime Minister.” Parry should ask the Prime Minister if they really believe all what they have said about Mr. Linton, why the great interest in whatever he does or says. Why not treat him as a nonentity.

  16. Doc. Love
    September 9, 2014

    The humbleness of Mr. Linton is fascinating, this is a God given leader. Mr. Linton is trying to protect Mr. Chastanet and don’t mind facing the consequence to protect the brother. According to a reliable source, Mr. Linton was allegedly paid by the UWP of St. Lucia to organize their political champagne and to write the acceptance speech for Mr. Chastanet who was voted the opposition leader of the party. All Mr. Linton is doing is to use some of the lines he originally wrote and use it in his own speech. I wish Mr. Linton would reveal the truth for his own sake.

    • real possie
      September 9, 2014

      I hope Linton don’t make that mistake you talking about Doc Love cause that would make it even worse, cause like you said he was paid to write that speech and after being paid and he turns around and use the speech he sold to the UWP of St. Lucia then my friend that’s stealing something you already sold, for instance you sold me a car but you kept the extra key to the car and when I go sleep at night you come and take the car and drive it like it’s yours, as far as I know you would be jailed for doing that in any country.

      • Doc. Love
        September 9, 2014

        Even when we agree because we are friends, you are allowed use the car whenever it is available.

      • real possie
        September 10, 2014

        Ok Doc love, that’s fine and dandy now his name was not on the insurance and he got into an accident and he’s at fault and someone died in that accident I sure would like to be that fly on the wall when the insurance tells you boss you all on you all own. So I buy my car from you for you to use it when you want? well what was the sense of buying it anyway when we both can use it, I would not let you buy my car I would just tell you use it when you want. It does not matter how you try to twist this it still comes out wrong, the more you go the more your leader looks bad so stop and stop letting the man look even worse now.

    • marigot
      September 10, 2014

      @Doc. Love, good try, but rubish is what it is.

  17. Papa Dom
    September 9, 2014

    Tony you know, you know, you know the many recycled speeches skerritt has made. Can you please let us have them so we can make a proper assessment of who really is guilty.

  18. Cops @Robbers
    September 9, 2014

    Change is a must. That’s why Lennox Linton have university graduates running around like chickens that lost their head.

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2014

      You are the only head-less chicken running bro. Don’t put university graduates in your magee (except the head-less ones supporting the nonsense of the UWP)!

  19. September 9, 2014

    dominicans at home open up your eyes i left home to better myself abroad cause dominica financially difficult just in the week DNO news dominica has the lowest minimum wage in the OECS. you guys know what that mean; compared to grenada St vincent St lucia Antigua etc etc we are last at the back and you guys still believe that tony Astaphans and rosevelt skerrit want better for you guys. please wise up i wish better for you guys this coming election. the plan that skerrit and tony want for you all is the rich become richer and the poor keep getting poorer

    • Momo talking
      September 9, 2014

      Stupid they stupid.that means $4 and change an hour.i gets paid 10€50 that same hour.minimum wage to h**lwith politics eh.what poorverty slavery mentality That.chupesss mwen fâcher .momo talking blind refuse to see Man

    • September 10, 2014

      @itassi4life, I agree with your argument. This is the same as the Republicans against the Democrats, protecting themselves and do not care whether the POOR make a step FORWARD, or not. Itassi too.

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2014

      This is the type of journalism that needs to be done to win.

  20. INTERESTING
    September 9, 2014

    Why are peeps complaining that the PM cant even right his own speech..get out of the little hole u all in..all around the world top leaders have special people to right their speeches.90% of them hire skilled executive secretaries to do so. So stop being county bookies and embarrassing you all selves.

  21. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    plagiarism my …….! that is not nothing to speak about

  22. Watcher
    September 9, 2014

    Alan Chastenet cannot make right what is clearly wrong in the “civilized world”. Mr. Linton could have saved himself and his party the embarrassment of what is happening. All he had to do was to cite the quotation and give credit to the originator of the ideas. But, oh no. True to form. Mr. Linton does cannot bring himself to accepting that that one does not have to reinvent the wheel as long as the inventor of the wheel is accorded his/her credit – you can go right ahead and use the wheel. So those people who believe that Mr. Linton was right, they are free to so believe. It does not however make what he did right, even if Chastenet bring his entire executive to defend the indefensible. Again we live in a “civilized world”. By the way did Lennox get Adolf Hitler’s permission to use a phrase form Hitler. You mean of all the world leaders who stood head and shoulders high above Hitler, Lennox could not find a quotable quote? It says a lot about Lennox. Did he also consult the family of JFK when he used the phrase from JFK’s inaugural speech without giving the man due credits?

    • labor power
      September 9, 2014

      Your an idiot if you didn’t think Hitler was not good leader, Germany under Hitler’s reign was at it’s peak in terms of innovation and all the Germans that were born their were happy, that’s why they rallied with him and condoned the things he did. Sure you don’t share Hitler ideals, but you can’t say he was a bad leader. A leader is someone who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. He did that better than almost anyone, to the point where he was almost able to take over the world and take on world super powers.Let me just make some things clear first thought, because dominicans like to take people’s words out of context and put a spin on them. :lol: Do I condone what he did? No, was he a bad leader? No. Back on topic… Right now Dominica economy is going down the toilet and you’re arguing about a plagiarized speech? We got more important things to talk about bub! Go on wikipedia and look at largest economies in the world, Dominica is almost at the bottom of the list, only countries below us are unable to do better because of their geographical location!

    • huh.
      September 9, 2014

      AMEN!

  23. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    Oh well, the brilliant lenox has surfaced. If this guy was running for goverment office and using someone else speech in america he would be doomed. Only in dominica, cause we dont know better. Feel sorry for you people. Like i said before do your research before its to late. This guy is destroying the UWP brand and dominica’s pride. St lucian must be thinking your so call choosen. cant write his own speech. Wait and see more to come. Beware dominica

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      skerrit can write a speech.?He cannot even express his plans in a debate.

    • trolol
      September 9, 2014

      St.Lucia economy is 3x Dominica’s and they’re smaller than your country. If he plans to be a carbon copy of St.Lucia’s prime minister then that’s fine. Right now anything is better than Skerrit, even a man that doesn’t know what he is doing.

  24. September 9, 2014

    Lennox is solid as a rock Original Marigot man nuff respect Godbless

    • Watcher
      September 9, 2014

      I am sure about that. But it is called arrogance. When in the face of guilt, you convince yourself and your close allies that nothing wrong was done. So yes! He is strong Marigot

    • fact
      September 9, 2014

      nuff said!

    • Derick Gonsalves
      September 9, 2014

      Original marigot man????? Stupes please now alone lennox playing he know marigot people…..

  25. callingpencer 4 hire
    September 9, 2014

    plagiarism

  26. van
    September 9, 2014

    Will this childish behaviour never end? Surely the country has more pressing issues to deal with.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      i concur but here they are speaking about the thing all of them are doing.

  27. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    Right is right and wrong is wrong. Mr. Linton should have given credit to Mr. Chastenet.
    I wonder if the paper were to be submitted to turnitin.com (the anti-plagiarism software), what the percentage plagiarism would be. Hmmm! I know that if it’s more than 25%, then that qualifies.

    • Free
      September 9, 2014

      So u mean all u know wrong from right all the time..wicked set of ppl..

  28. listener
    September 9, 2014

    As far as I am concerned Linton can go on copping speeches from January to December it makes no difference , I have never, I am not, and I will never support that party.

    • Nac Vibes
      September 9, 2014

      That is your right.

    • Nac Vibes
      September 9, 2014

      DNO, as i’ve not seen the speech by Mr Chastanet from whence the claim was made, is it possible to print that also.

      Unless I’ve missed something I can only see Mr Linton’s speech with the alleged plagiarized sentences in yellow. Surely Mr Chastanet’s speech should appear along side for clarification.

  29. Honesty & Integrity?
    September 9, 2014

    Wow! It is unbelievable to read the comments in support of what Mr. Linton has done. I am not a supporter of any of the political parties. I’m a university student and based on my understanding of plagiarism:

    “Using another person’s ideas, words, expressions, or findings in your writing without acknowledging the source is to plagiarize. A writer who does not provide appropriate credit when quoting or paraphrasing another’s writing is guilty of plagiarism and in violation of the policy.”

    I wish people would for once, put the politics aside and see this thing for what it truly is.
    Call a spade a spade!

  30. Lougaoo Mem
    September 9, 2014

    This enemy of our nation, Anthony Astaphan, will stop at nothing to destroy Mr. Lennox Linton. This is the same man who concocted the corruption story about UWP years ago in order to impose this evil and corrupted government on the peaceful people of Dominica.

    He continues to instigate, bloviates and hyperventilates to maintain the status quo that is about to crumble in his face. In spite of all the continued lies and deception that he’s so infamous for, even his base, the very poor and illiterate are beginning to see who he is, a true enemy of the Dominican people. Enough is enough people. Anthony Astaphan must be held accountable for what he’s done to the nation.

    • concord
      September 9, 2014

      @Lougaoo Mem, the issue is not Tony the issue is Mr. Linton using writings of other people and passing it off as his. Tony did not advise him to do that. But politicians are so boldface and shameless that Lennox might soon be telling us that is Skeritt who did it….

  31. Efficatious
    September 9, 2014

    Politicians are not more sensible than you are, the thin lines between a professional and politicians are as follows: Professionals are being objective and Politicians are being subjective and half the time they don’t know what they are doing, They use words you will never find in dictionaries because they tell you this and keep that to themselves,and put the public to fight against themselves. If you are a thinker you form a sentence out of his speech and Valhalla you got him. But Dominicans are doers and not thinkers

  32. bb
    September 9, 2014

    Tony go sit down, you seem to be getting senile, I am so disgust with you tony, you have a personal beef with Linton, but you only rising your pressure while Linton relaxes.

  33. PhD candidate
    September 9, 2014

    I am not a political person neither am I affiliated with any party. With that being said, I am only going to address the issue of plagiarism. I have looked at the documents and clearly Mr. Linton has plagiarized. Wrong is wrong and it is wrong. Plagiarism is a serious offense and is taken seriously here in the US. It should not be tolerated under any circumstance and it is about time educators in Dominica stress on this. In my PhD program we were required to take an ethics course which spent a lot of time on plagiarism. This is something I take seriously and expect Dominicans too as well. The mere fact that Mr. Linton copied and pasted not just sentences but paragraphs in some instances WITHOUT giving credit to Mr. Chastanet IS plagiarism. Regardless of whether or not they shared ideologies, his speech should have acknowledged Mr. Chastanet. Without giving credit it passes off as his own which is not the case. So to my fellow Dominicans, please put aside party politics and acknowledge that what Mr. Linton did was wrong. Teach our youth that plagiarism is wrong.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      I agree with you totally! And for those who know better, trying to make it seem like there was nothing wrong with what Mr. Linton did, I’m disappointed to say the least.

    • Views Expressed
      September 9, 2014

      Did you not read Chastenaet`s comments and remarks……what is your beef…….go get a stew man……
      YOU all have nothing n Lennox and you strategy to put him down is NOT working. Nice try….I wonder what next.
      If the man have no issues with it…what is your beef.
      Oooooooohhhh go take a walk and get real..
      KEEP DIGGING …KEEP SEARCHING…YOU ALL ARE ON THE RUN
      CHANGE IS A MUST….TEAM DOMINICA.

      • Anonymous
        September 9, 2014

        tell them continue to dig they will get misspelt words too!

      • marigot
        September 9, 2014

        @Views Expressed, nothing Mr. Chastanet has said or will say in the future can wash away the plagiarsm sins of Mr. Linton even your change is a must mantra was stolen, so go ahead dream on.

    • Frank Talker
      September 9, 2014

      Did Lennox, at any time, said that he was the originator of the lines he uttered? Did he, at any time, said he did not borrow written material? Labour Parties the world over basically say the same things and make the same promises. My take on the matter: In political campaigning, you use lines which will appeal to the listeners. Not cursing like Skerrit.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      I wish you had not used the name “PhD candidate”. If Chastanet allowed Linton to use content of his speech, would that be considered plagiarism?

      How did Linton obtain a copy of Chastanet’s speech?

      Do you know if Linton worked with Chastanet on his original speech?

      How can you accuse Linton without having answers to these questions? It’s obvious you have a bias against Linton as you did not claim to know the facts in your statement; and most of us don’t have the answers to above. Linton/Chastanet will never answer these questions either. This is just politics, so don’t come flashing your qualifications to justify your perceived “neutral position.”

      • Anonymous
        September 10, 2014

        Lennox obtained a copy of the speech the same way I have a copy of Lennox’s speech. Don’t be a hypocrite if it was Skerrit you would be singing a different song. If Chastenet and Lennox agree to copy of each other they would still fail turnitin. Lol, look embartassment. Anytime you search Linton’s name that’s what will be attached and he will not get into any school now.

    • pepper
      September 10, 2014

      Ph D candidate of cooking lies like skerrit. You sound like a no brainer, like your brain cannot remember what you wrote yesterday. In that case you need a brain implant.
      Ph- ysically
      D- iseased.

    • Simple
      September 13, 2014

      what happen, the speech was for his PHd ner? What a non issue we trying to blow out of proportion. I could imagine if you really had something.

  34. dissident
    September 9, 2014

    Is Tony trying to put UWP against UWP?
    Boy looks like political assassination to me.
    So are you trying to use one UWP against another one. So who you trying to make look good……. Alan or Lennox?
    You can’t win UWP here so to discredit Linton you making his colleague look better…… you given Alan a lot of credit…either way UWP will get credit.
    This exercise has shown de Dominican public that Team Dominica UWP is well connected with its colleagues….. respect for leadership goes across the board….Alan and UWP St. Lucia is current in its affairs….well aware of the nastiness in DLP governance in DA….Skerrit and Tony are not friends of Alan neither Lennox……. I am clear on that. Lennox strengthening his position and party

    Wake up Tony that strategy not working.
    Tell us about the cargo boat that was promised at st. Joe…de new hospital… international airport

    Why does the DLP lie to us when they can’t deliver.?

    Get off Lennox back, you not going to vote for him….tell me something convincing that I would even THINK of voting for Julius Timothy.

  35. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    This has made international news and the world does not forget plagiarism Its easier for them to for get a murderer. Now Lennox cant even apply to a school overseas because they frown upon that behavior in a serious manner.

    • Free
      September 9, 2014

      The also frown on cheats and dishonest ppl so tell that to astaphan a and the labour cabal

      • Anonymous
        September 11, 2014

        The labour cabal and tony can still get into any school :mrgreen:

    • Simple
      September 13, 2014

      Nonsense!

  36. equalizer
    September 9, 2014

    We have to be fair. Can you imagine it was skerit who had copied and paste parts of linton speech and read it out as his own speech. would we workers have been that sympathetic and understanding?

  37. WHO VEX VEX
    September 9, 2014

    UWPites are always the 1st say Dumb-inicans :lol: :lol:
    Who is the Dumb-inican now :-? :-?

  38. FAST N FURIOUS
    September 9, 2014

    Boy DNO not easy.
    Chastanet spoke on Q95 on Tuesday morning on the matter of Lennox Linton stealing his speech and making it his(Lennox)own.
    One is left to wonder why Chastanet is yet to answer the question of Plagiarism correctly instead of beating around the bush with fancy stories of when he met Lennox and how they became friends.
    DNO,Chastanet rubbishes allegations is BS.

  39. 897
    September 9, 2014

    Is Astaphan suggesting that Chastanet possess the sole and entire rights to any and all of the material allegedly plagiarized by Linton?

    The subject matter itself are of speeches delivered by Linton which may have contained words of a general nature. Astaphan cannot determine whether the references, names, words, sentences and or phrases from Chastanet’s speech was original or whether there was any degree of skill judgment or labour for the speech to attract copyright.

    These men share similar positions and values and as Chastanet said “I am very proud of what words he used over there…”

    This just another hogwash and political attach on the character of Linton and once again, a disgrace to Astaphan and DLP.

  40. truth
    September 9, 2014

    Tell Tony as the labourites would say we love Linton to the bone, and nothing can shake us, UWP supporters.Tony need to try again, for he has gone out of ideas.God protect and guide Linton.

  41. Rebecca
    September 9, 2014

    Where did tony study law?. He is dominica down fall, he’s the biggest idiot in dominica throw him to the wolfs

  42. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    I do not see anything wrong with that . is the same plans that they have for their respective countries. there are so many of us which do that . copy ideas and make it as ours.
    Secondly, the man did not take the entire speech from the man.

    • huh.
      September 9, 2014

      He didn’t take just ideas or plans.. who took EXACT words! no matter what he is a plagiarizer… no matter if he took one sentence or the whole speech as his own.

      I suspect all those who are saying this was ok have not actually read the documents…

      • confession
        September 9, 2014

        and it is was ok for skerrit to say all supporters of UWP are dishonest in parliament…huh.

        ….and I wonder if you never plagiarizer. everybody that went to school has plagiarizer so don’t play a saint .
        taking ideas, exact words ..it’s all plagiarism

      • huh.
        September 9, 2014

        That is Skerrits opinion. Was it ethically wrong of him to say? Is he not allowed to express his opinion? If anything, it was not very sensitive of him to say something like that. It must have hurt your feelings. (Honestly, I’m sure Skerrit has done something worse than call you dishonest… not the best rebuttal to the accusations against Linton)

        What Linton has done is just wrong. I don’t care how much you love Linton, he is just really wrong on this one… you can’t deny it.

        I have never plagiarized. Why? Because I knew if I got caught I would get an F on my paper and possibly be expelled. Also, if you knowingly plagiarize you will always be worried you will be found out. Not worth it. Not only this, but in school they taught me how to cite my sources. I had my own mind to come up with my own ideas, and was not so lazy to steal someone else…. I had no need to plagiarize.

        I don’t know why the whole “the one without sin cast the first stone” mentality is so popular in Dominica. That really has nothing to do with nothing when it comes down to if something is right or wrong. It’s just an excuse so that whatever side you are on on a matter it’s somehow justified.

        Check your ethical and moral compass. Right is right, wrong is wrong! Doesn’t matter who does it. I could care less if it was Skerrit who did it or Linton. I would still hold the same view. I would just rather some people commenting on here would open their eyes to the truth.

  43. real possie
    September 9, 2014

    Funny how the thumbs up or down only seems to work for one side for a few days now mines don’t work but I sure seem to get my fair share of you know which way LOLOLOLOLO.

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      everything is a lolol,,,get serious ..and it isn’t your thumbs up or down that is not working. if it was working you will definitely get a thumbs down from me.

  44. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    Skerrit cannot even write a speech for himself

  45. sense
    September 9, 2014

    what nonesense pure nonesense plagairism thats plaigarism you people have me laughing. i prefer use a qoute and help my self than have a no degree man write my speech when i have a degee in english language and literature. you people just out of discussion, you people know just how to keep beth going in this country…………

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      is true!!!!! Skerrit has a degree in English and he cannot write a speech not even for children. now that is a joke!

      next time Linton reading a speech he needs to say open quotes blah blah blah close quotation” sourcexxx…..ridiculous

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      I know..they are not asking why our minimum wage is so low or why is the public sector cannot employ people or why young people cannot buy a piece of land to build their house or why the hospital missing so many basic things, or why the illiteracy rate is so high but they were waiting for DNO to post that story: speaking about taking words from another speech

      • September 9, 2014

        I have no idea why people does take on Tony, I for one does ignore him because none of the issues he raises pits bread on my table. CHANGE IS A MUST ABSOLUTELY

  46. grell
    September 9, 2014

    Tony Tony keep on taking my country to the pits,your a narcist,god will deliver dominica from you one day.Go back to your roots in Syria,Assad is calling on you.

  47. Ravine
    September 9, 2014

    Tony so can you ask the police to charge Lennox for the crime.. you have done it before.. you sent police to the chronicle, you sent them to get the papers by Linton about the IPO and you also sent to arrest Lugay.
    We know of you capabilities you have said in the past you can act on behalf of Skerrit at anytime..

  48. Doc. Love
    September 9, 2014

    The pass President of the United States, Mr. Kennedy, was famous for the following,” ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” This is Skeritt’s version, ” ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for Dominica.” We heard last week, an allegation, that many speeches are written for Skeritt by one of his advisors, Harley Henry of Barbados, neither Skeritt or Hartley has denied those allegations. In my opinion that should of greater concern to Skeritt.

  49. Change is a must
    September 9, 2014

    This situation is so LAUGHABLE. Isn’t that the same LENNOX LINTON whom they say does not stand a chance to win the next general elections?
    To tell me that Tony actually takes the time to scrutinize the speech in such detail, tells me that ……RIGHT NOW LENNOX IS A BIGGER THREAT TO TONY AND THE LABOUR PARTY THAN MOST OF US UWP SUPPORTERS THINK…

  50. Truth
    September 9, 2014

    Facts are facts, unless Mr. Chastanet, and Mr. Linton are saying that both speeches were fabricated and they both deny ownership the facts speak for themselves. The fact that neither Chastanet and Linton are denying the contents of their documents speaks to the truth of the allegation of plagiarism. What of the words of the other persons including poets, song writers and politicians that Lennox has used without acknowledgement,(falsely leading people to believe that he was the writer), are we going to hear lame excuses from them on behalf of Lennox. I think not as some like Hitler and JFK are long gone and the only person that might be heard on this matter could be Mr. Mark Marie.

    For Lennox and the UWP no matter what spin they put on this issue it is very very EMBARASSING. As the saying goes you point one finger at me and you have three pointing back at you. This issue begs the question, What other utterances of Lennox were stolen from other writers :?: :?: :?: SHAMELESS

    • Truth
      September 10, 2014

      correction……..The fact that neither Chastanet and Linton are not denying the contents of their documents speaks to the truth of the allegation ….

  51. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    that is wat happens when u don’t have a strong educational background one will think it is a simple thing but that is intellectual robbery of the highest order kids in collage get expelled for plagiarizing other people’s work this is serious stuff people don’t show ur ignorance by not understanding what plagiarism is

  52. diaspora
    September 9, 2014

    My oh my. Linton u are the best. What happens in the dark always has a way of showing off its true colors. Its obvious u got a degree in plagliarism add this one to your resume. Job well done. Bob Marley say u can fool all the ppl sumtime but u cant fool the people all the time. Staight up WORD.

  53. Wow!!
    September 9, 2014

    If I was a UWP supporter my response would be, “Lennox is innocent but if it was Skerrit it would be have been different.” How can this blatant act of plagiarism be defended when this is certainly not about sharing notes or idea…. ?

  54. Red
    September 9, 2014

    Copy catter kill a ratter, since I small I know that poem. LOL LoL Lol

  55. me
    September 9, 2014

    wat was the comment by tony when scrunter sang, who will guard the guard

  56. Turnitin
    September 9, 2014

    First of all, I DO NOT belong to a political party! Mr Linton’s speech would not be able to survive a Turnitin or Grammarly plagiarism checker. Mr Chastanet approval after the fact does not excuse Mr. Linton from the CRIME of plagiarism. Further more, Mr. Linton used Mr. Chastanet information without giving him credit. This is SERIOUS business, plagiarism is a crime. I really hope Mr. Linton will reconsider his method of writing speeches before he gets into SERIOUS trouble. Crimes like that are aired on CNN news (and such like).

    • Teacher
      September 9, 2014

      Al you know crime.. bin bobbol, land transfer bobol, villas bobol, dual citizenship saga.. Skerritt that is a criminal and he has to go.. no wonder he has to say he aint going down he alone

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      Even if Chastenet gave him the speech it is still plagiarism. Even if you allow your friend to copy from you Turnitin would still consider you a cheat. Linton cheated plain and simple. Is this whom we are asking to replace skerrit? Take out stone and put trash?

      • Forever Amber
        September 9, 2014

        Are you suggesting we use plagiarism as the measure for choosing the leadership of a country? How naïve can you get!

    • September 9, 2014

      Shut up…ok you know about turnitin but we all do. Did my Linton acknowledged Mr. Chastenet either in writing or in delivering the speech? Did me mentioned him anytime at all? We don’t have all the facts as presented here and since this is not an academic exercise then there is no need to used some Harvard system for example, of quotations.

    • Watcher
      September 9, 2014

      He even stole a line form Adolph Hitler

  57. uh huh
    September 9, 2014

    Funny DNO never ran this story until they could say the claims have been ‘rubbished’ Also interesting that Chastanet never denied that Lennox used his words without consulting him. He tries to downplay it saying ” it won’t be untoward to believe that some of the concepts that we have in our documents are very similar.”

    But it’s not similar concepts is the issue as much as copying and pasting entire paragraphs and at the time of delivering the speech these paragraphs were presented as Lennox’s words not words of a comrade that he shares similar beliefs with….Lennox could have simple said something like I want to share words of my Comrade Chastanet that also ring true here

    In the end this so-called ‘rubbishing’ is nothing short of one buddy covering for the other…

    • Anonymous
      September 9, 2014

      but I do not understand you. is the same ideas and concepts why rephrase a point, .

      • hector
        September 9, 2014

        the same idea and phrase but has to give credit to the originator. thats English. He should have used quotations. As he claimed to b a self speech writer, he should have known thats a copy right crime. In the US and other countries people pay high fines for that. Even if u use your own words from a previous book you still to make reference. Where is Mr. Mc Marie on that issue?

    • September 9, 2014

      Although it was very kind of Mr Chastenet to oblige Mr Linton, that was the extent of his humility, knowing that ” immitation is the sincerest form of flattery”,
      and the cowardly pretentious act of plagiarism could only serve to lift his intellectual cachet at home.

  58. real possie
    September 9, 2014

    I am not going to read what this story says cause I heard this man state his claim, now let me ask, did you all not see it fit to write the story yesterday? but today you are willing to write the rebuttal of the story. This story make no sense cause the harm was done when Linton did not give credit to any of the people he lifted their quotes, even if my brother and myself share the same ideology and we write a report on our ideology is no way it would come out word for word. To me that’s a mere disrespect to the intelligence of the Dominican people. So you all can try to bend the mind of you all people but it wont work on other right thinking Dominican nationals. You people must really take Dominicans for fools?

    • real possie
      September 9, 2014

      And mind you I would not ask for Linton to step down that’s for the Marigot people to do, he represent their ideology, so if they are ok with hat Linton did well that says a lot about the Marigot people.

      • Teacher
        September 9, 2014

        step down, are you all serious? there about 100 reasons why Skerritt to step down.. at least Linton was available to answer, Skerritt docks under Tony who spins.. Linton and Chastennet are friends and share ideas,,

      • fact
        September 9, 2014

        step down for what? Skerrit more need to step down. bold face corruption everyday and people like you praising him. He can do no wrong for people like you!

      • .
        September 10, 2014

        To Teacher:
        So teacher, if you catch me copying, during an exam, on the student that sits next to me in your class it would be O.K if the student does not have a problem with it?

        And please do not forget that it was Linton who brought up the subject of he writing his own speech while the PM has people writing for him.

    • Dorival John
      September 9, 2014

      You are an idiot….I think DNO wanted to hear all sides of the story.

    • Frank Talker
      September 9, 2014

      Boss, everything has already been said on planet Earth. We are all going through the sequel. Almost nothing new is said nowadays……..there is nothing new under the sun. I see absolutely noting to worry about if a man says something which was already said. When Tonyass Taphan argues cases at Court, don’t he quote lawyers and cases? Didn’t you hear Skerrit quote an old negro spiritual at the end of his budget address a few weeks ago? Real Possie is really from Possie!

      • hector
        September 9, 2014

        come on word 4 word? If u r in the class room and the teachers gives an essay on a topic, no one writes the same thing. same topic different ideas. At least change the wording. there are so many ways of expressing the same idea. I dont belong to a party but cheatin is wrong. He does need advisors and speech writers. I am a professional speech writer. I make a leaving like that so.

      • fact
        September 9, 2014

        Frank Talker if i knew you I who shake your hands. everything has been said under the sun already. you take my words! i never believe in the plagiarism thing. if plagiarism is not only taking only exacts words but ideas also well then everybody has plagiarize.

  59. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014

    Tony is just Laughable.

    • laugh
      September 9, 2014

      The Laughable one is your plagiarizing leader ….

  60. *
    September 9, 2014

    But why is Anthony astaphan acting so much like a little boy noh. That you seeing as a problem. It doesn;t matter what Linton does is out side all you going. We fed up with you Tony.

    You sure cannot tell the Bright Dominicans what to do. You have been discredited a very long time ago. NO ONE LISTENS WHEN YOU SPEAK TONY. You are just belching out bubbles.

    • concord
      September 9, 2014

      Dream on, when you get up there will be a gallon of blue coolaid waiting for you. :( :( :( :( It looks as though you are the only one listenibg to Tony :lol: :lol: :lol:

  61. Frank Talker
    September 9, 2014

    The Reverend Jessie Jackson, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said, but since everyone was not listening, they have to be said again.”

    Tell Tony is not his damn business where Lennox is getting his ideas from. He can go teh hell!

    • huh.
      September 9, 2014

      You are really ignorant to not understand what plagiarism is and how serious it is. You get kicked out of University for that, you know! Peoples professional reputations get ruined for things like this… this is serious business!!!

      Please people WAKE UP! I’m not a DLP nor a UWP. I’m in no way bias. Don’t be stupid and think this is ok. Wrong is wrong.

      • Frank Talker
        September 9, 2014

        What are you huffing and puffing about, huh? Didn’t you read what Chastanet said? Who is going to make the plagiarism case against Lennox when the guy who allegedly uttered the words before Lennox said “it’s all right!” Political parties espousing similar philosophies and known to share their views with each other. Didn’t Allen say so?

      • huh.
        September 9, 2014

        You do not understand what plagiarism is.

        It doesn’t not matter what Chastanet said. There are rules in writing/speaking and Lennox broke them, plain and simple! It’s not about “similar philosophies”.. did you not read the documents???

        READ PEOPLE!!! READ!!!! and then google plagiarism!

    • fact
      September 9, 2014

      Frank Talker i like your posts,,,continue to post. it’s like you have my same ideas, thoughts?Are you pl..hehe?

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