‘Come again’ – Ambrose George on opposition budget rebuttal

Ambrose George. Photo credit: GIS
Ambrose George. Photo credit: GIS

Minister of Government Ambrose George has said that the opposition needs to “come again” when it comes to the 2013-2014 national budget.

The budget was presented on Wednesday by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

George said after listening to opposition leader Hector John’s rebuttal of the budget, that it appears that John was unsure of what he was presenting.

“Really and truly after listening to the contents of the opposition leader’s presentation, one can summarize it by saying that he was not quite sure what it is that he was really presenting,” he told DNO shortly after John’s presentation.

George stated that John made some promises that the United Workers Party would present if it was in power. However he did not indicate how the programmes would be implemented neither did he indicate where the money would be coming from.

“One is left to wonder what is he really speaking about. It appeared that he had great difficulty presenting whatever was prepared for him and as a result there was no sequence, no trend, and one could not easily grasp what he was trying to present,” George stated.

The minister pointed out that John was only able to regain himself only when he began speaking about his constituency.

“You would have noticed that his tone of voice changed, his gesture and posture changed and he found comfort there,” Ambrose stated. “So one has to wonder really and truly what part did he play in the preparing of his presentation. Was it something that was prepared for him and given to him to read?”

He described John’s presentation as showing “no promise.” George went on further to state that the other two presentations made by the opposition were “off target.”

He was referring to the presentations of senators Isidore and Bazil.

“They were speaking of things which in my mind certainly didn’t make any sense. Therefore, I wonder whether in fact the United Workers Party is showing any sign of preparation or readiness to be the government of Dominica in the near future,” he said.

He compared the presentations made by the opposition on Friday morning to that of Kelvar Darroux another minister of Government and according to George, Darroux stuck to the budget, and spoke to things that were relevant, and things planned for his constituency.

George emphasized that the opposition is “far off” as it relates to the budget.

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63 Comments

  1. JUDGE DREDD
    July 30, 2013

    thirteen years of mismanaging, stealing, lying, killing, raping,plundering, fire-booming, skull doggerying, aborting, fleecing, misappropriating,
    robbing,fooling,victimizing, and ALLU STILL BLAMING UWP.

  2. JUDGE DREDD
    July 30, 2013

    ambrose hear the non sense skerrit presenting, led bulbs duty free so we can say on electricity… who ever gave him that idea…

    watts is watts if and led bulb and an energy saving bulb stays on for 10 hours and they are 9 watts each, they will consume the same. MOST HOUSES IN DOMINICA HAVE ENERGY BULBS.

    allu mad, to save on electricity first SKERRIT have to give domlec the concession on fuel.
    and install hydo plants in all major rivers, including wind and solar farms. creat the awareness of green energy.

    this concession is not for poor people when a led screw-in bulb will cost 12us dollars each, when it is retailed in dominica it will not sell for less than 50 dollars each, WHICH POOR PERSON THAT CAN BUY BULBS FOR THAT KIND OF MONEY, YOU DOH SEE ALLU MAD, AMBROSE

  3. Anonymous
    July 29, 2013

    Say what all you want but i giving this government another two or more terms, Dominicans should do like me. Fancy talk on the outside won’t cut it because it is never as easy as it seem and whoever else get there will soon be singing the same song, trust me on that.

  4. Possi Born/ NYC
    July 29, 2013

    sir thank you very much for confirming my thoughts and belief..i had to turn to watching tv. i kept wondering if this person could not read..it was clear that the opposition leader was reading from something given to him to read,and not something he prepared himself..these are the people who want to represent dominica overseas and local.i was saying to myself that those kids in the reading competition was doing a better job than the OPPOSITION LEADER

  5. ReeAreLeeTea
    July 29, 2013

    Even if he may be nothing else, Mr. George is a great poly-tick-tion.

  6. hmmhmm
    July 28, 2013

    Yes i ambrose…. So u mean to tell me that i as tax payer suppose to work hard and is nonsense dlp doing with it for example miss red pagent, red clinic, million dollar palace, giving all kinda people money to buy ipad ….. Hmmm.. U should come again mr george….

  7. Hee haw
    July 28, 2013

    These heartless bands of thieves, rouges and vagabonds must be voted out at all costs. Elections just around the corner so expect them to show solidarity with aany ‘hog waste’ Skeritt says. They will also be coming with bread buttered on both sides, with ham & turkey in the middle. NYAM DEM OUT, DEN VOTE DEM OUT’

  8. Michael Moses
    July 28, 2013

    Isn’t it the same Lebour party that came up with there corupting lies to the nation in the election campagne in 2000 without giving Dominican’s one proof of evidence as to what, how, where and who was corrupted? and up to today we haven’t had and answer to all that money they spent trying to investigate that corrupting isue? now you asking UWP leader to exsplain what, man if you Dominica’s can’t read no more,,, YOU COME AGAIN YOU DUMB FOOL…. and today you’ll have gone doing the same and way worst than what you did acuse the then UWP for,, you’ll must pay the price,, can you tell us hoow did Skerite or how ever his name is spelt, got his vilas built and where these new monies came from to build them? it sure can’t be from what we pay him, Dummy, boy i’m so disqusted with you’ll, makes a baby sick furthere more for an adult,,

    you’ll are so out of inspiration to fix what you’ll messed up, stop trying to steel Idea’s from the Opposition,

    Rise UP Dominica, Please

  9. blackman NET
    July 27, 2013

    All this nonsense and hoopla about this and that…….here is a fact: 0.1% growth in an entire year…….are you serious Labor Party……GTFOH

    • hmmhmm
      July 29, 2013

      Thank you. No increase and they dishing out money for people like hot bread

  10. July 27, 2013

    Too many blue thumbs down.

  11. GIVE ME BAK MA VOTE
    July 27, 2013

    WE DONT want you again 14 years of ROSEAU SOUTH FAILURE…..U have no tme for newtown people. It is just one church you know CATHOLIC alone.
    You continue to show no respect for WE THE PEOPLE and your family in KINGshill and Citronier you know.
    Pack up and go go go nous pas vlayw encore
    You have no more personal vote and trust me if its you dats our DLP candidate then I aint voting for you.
    YOU DO NUTHING FOR US AT ALL.

  12. Francisco Telemaque
    July 27, 2013

    Francisco Telemaque July 27, 2013 Your comment is awaiting moderation

    It is always amazing to red some of the comments, and response by some people on DNO.

    I am left to wonder if there are any intelligent people left in our country. I believe there are intellectuals who would like to contribute their opinions, however are reluctant to do so because of the rubbish they read, and are to ashamed to submit their thought among such trash!

    I know people who have contributed certain thoughts, sound and intelligent as their comments were, they were never posted, that leaves the impression that the person (s) who clear the comments for posting seem not to be interesting in comments, which makes sense, however, we find plenty of nonsensical , or outright ignorant one line sentiments posted.

    It is supposed to be educational, and informative; that however is not what we have here.

    I read the comments of Hector (Spags) John, he identified areas which the UWP will review if the party is elected, he did not promise to shut down any project as the Labor Party had done, when the kept their promise and stupidly shut down the International Airport that was practically under construction when the coalition siege power twenty years or so ago.

    John also identify to review safety, and sustainable development: His critic, Ambrose George responded under the caption “Come Again.”

    I ask what nonsense is that?

    According to what I read as stated by DNO, I doubt that was the full contents of Hector’s speech; however there is more substance in what I read here on DNO, from John, than all of the nonsense that Ambrose spoke.

    What do we find though is that someone supposedly an “A Douglas”, whoever that is, and others think that Spags has done a poor job with his presentation.

    What happens to the garbage Ambrose spoke?

    John comments are more effective in comparison Ambrose!

    Spags is yet in his youth, the future of Dominica rest on the shoulders of young men, and women such as Spags, and others. These are the people who should be elected to run the country, the youths who are ambisious may bring about some changes to the country. Ambrose is an old man his kind serves no other purpose than an obstacle in the way of development in our country.

    It was a bunch of old men like him who are stock in their backward ways who could not see a vision of Dominica with an International Airport, they will all go to their grave, leaving a legacy of backwardness for the youths of Dominica to inherit.

    Wake up people, wake up, “the young may; but the old must.”

    Chances are green limes will fall off the lime tree, however, It is mandatory for the ripe and yellow limes to fall off the tree.

    The power of the nation is in the hands of the youth, it is time for these old tired politicians to take a rest. Edison James and the Pestana lady is a mark of a good example, these other old obstacles should go home and be at peace with themselves. I know some people, especially the Labor Party supporters will be offended, but I could careless politics is not what I am about, I am about the best thing for my country!

    DNO wether you print this or not, it will be on some other forum within five minuets!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  13. Pedro
    July 27, 2013

    It is the Country that is able to raise money. Tell Ambrose to send Skerrit back to Ville case and we will how much money he can raise from his palace. While in office the UWP completed many projects without taking from the people (VAT). The people had money, the roads were maintained and many projects were implemented. We had development and we will do it again.

  14. Massacre
    July 27, 2013

    Of al lpeople to open their mouth on money affiars is Ambrose G?? Da is really in a mess.
    Ambi it is tim eto park up and take a hike.
    First it was Rayburn , now it is you!
    No need for the rest to say anything because we are not listening.

  15. I DIE NU
    July 27, 2013

    Spraggs,you mean that’s the best you had to offer?Did you write that or were you given something to read which you could not explain?I think that’s what you call a LAZY BOY rebutal.Come again Sraggs.Don’t critise when you can’t do better.BOYYY!

  16. Black Nobility
    July 27, 2013

    There are 2 kinds of people that is voting DLP, the ones that are too uneducated to realize that they are living below the poverty line and the ones that are deliberating keeping them below that line.

  17. Doc. Love
    July 27, 2013

    The Skerrit Labor Government had over six months to prepare the budget. Skerrit had many advisors, office equiptments and office space, Mr. John was given approximately twenty hours with no staff, no organized office and Ambrose wants to criticise the presentation by the Opposition Leader, maguasa.

    • Doc. Love
      July 27, 2013

      For your information,Ambrose, part of the money to fund the programs would come from, a reduction of the cabinet and advisors by fifty percent. A cutting of the waste and corruption.The travelling of Government Ministers especially Skerrit by fifty percent.A reduction of vat from fifteen percent to ten.Construction and Agriculteral material should be duty free. All those gains would help put more people back to work thus improving the economy and finally try to get as many grants as possible.

  18. lioness
    July 27, 2013

    Ambrose u saying spaggs need to cum again but we not voting u in again.Forward ever backward never!U have failed miserably as our parl rep!Dominicans when they cum to u with the sardine,box of chicken,rum etc take it with open arms.Eat them out Drink them out and VOTE THEM OUT!!!

  19. Truth be told
    July 27, 2013

    Dominica experience less than zero economic growth (-0.1) and the Minister’s main concern is how the leader of the Opposition spoke or who wrote his speech! Is there a politician in the world today who does not have advisors contributing to their speeches including the Prime Minister of Dominica or the President of the USA? Mr George the whole of Dominica need to give Labour the rebuttal for such terrible management performance of the economy and the Dominican society that is falling apart under Labour with unemployment, drugs, guns, crimes and corruption and I will be writing that speech in the Queen’s English and my mother tongue, kweyol!

  20. BRAIN DAMAGE
    July 27, 2013

    That’s is you Ambrose, but your days are numbered.

  21. Anonymous
    July 27, 2013

    Ou tay pon curie…you remembered?

  22. Looking in
    July 26, 2013

    Ambrose pon couwee…run Ambrose run

  23. john bess
    July 26, 2013

    come again ? u are right mr.armbruise,uwp is coming again !!!

  24. Views Expressed
    July 26, 2013

    Ambrose….did you really listen to Skerits presentation with empty cut and paste nonsense….I honestly felt that Skerrit was in Transit in San Juan on his way to Miami on one of his trips to nowhere and was stopped by Snowdon and the FBI

  25. jah knows star
    July 26, 2013

    Shame on u and all the labourites that asking about community spirit. Let me inform u all since mr george is representing kingshill we the young people are the ones cutting the grass year in year out. Where is our community spirit? It died with all the lies of this lazy m p who election after election promise to fix and light up the field and up to now nothing. Yes we can help ourselves by voting this government out of office.

  26. July 26, 2013

    For a minute, I thought that was Mr sharpkin

  27. Lol
    July 26, 2013

    UWP put shame in there supporters face. What a party, just on Q fm talking and have no substance. O my God what a shame. Now I believe is 21 or 20-1 came election.

  28. July 26, 2013

    Ambrose not “coming again.” His time has come and gone.

  29. no wes pay e may
    July 26, 2013

    CORRECTION: Still

  30. July 26, 2013

    THE park in JIMMIT THE DLP build for the children that have the DOMINICA debt high so god help us.

    • T
      July 26, 2013

      You need an injection for madness. You foo!
      POOR PITY!

  31. ____________________
    July 26, 2013

    BOY that man there SHAMELESS WE. I TELL YOU!!!!!!

    • NOW
      July 27, 2013

      What happen to the fella in river street is he dead for true DNO

  32. WENDY MOROCCO
    July 26, 2013

    WE don’t want you again
    it is time the DLP gets another candidate
    you are a complete failure

    not even a mention of the word Newtown in d budget by the PM>>>>>>>>

    • JUDGE DREDD
      July 27, 2013

      darlin the whole labar party is a complete failure

  33. WHAT
    July 26, 2013

    all of a sudden you have a opinion on something,,,,,,elections must be coming or else you would remain moomoo as usual,,,all you guys have to know you can not fool us no more,,we are on to you and realize you only care about yourselfs :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x :-x

  34. Fedup
    July 26, 2013

    Whatever George, all of you politicians are confusing us. The whole system is just a mess and politicians are falling very short of what is expected of them.

  35. Observer
    July 26, 2013

    Oh Spaggs! What a laughable presentation. I now understand why Eddie is rushing ahead to replace Spaggs with his own man. that could not have been the best that Dominica has to offer. If Spaggs wrote his speech, he could not even read what he wrote. If the speech was given to him, it appeared that he was given the speech as he entered parliament this morning.

    Spaggs was inconsistent, incoherent, his ideas reflected that of a third former, He was not innovative and certainly did not provide any ideas of where the funds will be sourced for his development program. He was supposed to deliver an alternative budget complete with revenue streams and expenditure proposals. He fell flat on his face and failed miserably.

    Lennox Linton would have done superbly better. Salisbury people should not stand in the way of progress and the future.

    • Truth be told
      July 27, 2013

      Dominica experience minus 0 economic growth -0.1 and your concern is how Spaggs presented his rebuttal? But the whole of Dominica need to give Labour the rebuttal. Government taking Dominica land for themselves and you worried about how Spaggs spoke? That is your main concern?

    • >>>>>>>>>
      July 27, 2013

      @ STUPID OBSERVER But you are the classic case of a hypocrite because apparantly you are standing in the way of progress by supporting a greedy lazy, incompetent cabal that have virtually destroyed the country. So really you are in no situation to tell Spaggs what to do when you are an accomplice of evil.
      I AM FROM ROSEAU SOUTH, and I would rather have Spaggs for my Parl Rep every day every minute and every hour, than useless Ambrose. Are you aware of that? And I am sure many other Labourites who are bold enough will tell you the same thing.
      SO STOP BEING A HYPOCRITICAL FOOL, Spaggs can give better representation, and I would rather him.
      Ambrose my vote is not your this time around.

    • JUDGE DREDD
      July 27, 2013

      oh observer the thumbs down speaks for itself, you are trying to bring down the man for speaking the truth with all that kosonie that going on in dominica

  36. July 26, 2013

    there is a beautiful playinfield in JIMMIT for the children but boats. are playin there so far.

  37. %
    July 26, 2013

    HERE COMES ANOTHER LABOUR PARY CLOWN. This man should have been voted out by the Roseau South Constituency long, long, long, ago. He cannot point to anything he has accomplished in the constituency, but he has the unmitigated gall, and brazen enough to talk about ‘come again’.
    John can come again, THAT’S WHAT LEADERS DO.
    What you can do is “PWEN COUWEE”…Remember the song?
    Go give your people representation.
    They are saying it in secret.How useless you are.They are ashame, they cannot talk loud. I am hearing them, because they are still believing that I am a Skerrit Labout Party “Tool” or ‘Fool”. I am not!I will be the first one to make an ‘X’ for Skerrits reparesentative to ‘go’…..
    VOTE OUT. HE HAS BEEN THE MOST TERRIBLE FAILURE I CAN REMEMBER THIS CONSTITUENCY HAS EVER GOT IN TERMS OF REPRESENTATION.
    Take the sandal, rice, sweetie, sardine, rice, balloon,oil,used shirts, etc he will bring later in the campaign and VOTE HIM OUT.

  38. Malgraysa
    July 26, 2013

    Please mr. George. This is getting really embarrassing. Is this all you can come up with? You should leave stuff like that for Philbert Aaron. Please, retire from politics before people discard you because you are past the “sell-by” date and that would not be dignified at all.

  39. USA
    July 26, 2013

    I’m certain, that it did not take the DLP 24 hr to compile this budget, so how on earth a document, that has so much information, that took such a long time for the presenters to prepare,that they would give the opposition one day to present their rebuttal, this is unfair, and it is a clear indication, that this government is not interested in, the devise of any other local grope, in regards to the affairs of this Country,though they know, clearly that they have no clue, as to the way forward for this Country. Change is a must not an option ….. I thank you.

    • orchid
      July 27, 2013

      The opposition is the opposition. They have an important role to play in the parliament, but they are NOT the government. What they needed to do, was to take their time and prepare a REBUTTAL to the budget that would analyze what the government presented and recommend changes that they believe would be better than what was presented by the ruling party. John must become his own man and stop allowing the more senior guys to manipulate him. His bosses have served their time and need to allow him a chance to learn the ropes. John you are smart enough to release yourself from that knot.

  40. young man
    July 26, 2013

    come on Ambe we expect nothing Different from u,,tell us what u have plan for us and stop focusing on de opposition they get paid to oppose,,Mr Skerit and his team is working hard to get rid of u,,tell us what u going to deliver before u go,,,

  41. Frank Talker
    July 26, 2013

    Ambrose, your remit is not to focus on what the opposition says or do. You are the stewards of the economy and country and that’s where you should focus your attention. Nobody cares what your response to UWP is because you failed in the first pace to provide leadership to the country. The budget is empty and lacks direction and creativity. It is an excellent example of redundant thinking. Your party continues to show indication that it has burnt-out and any further time in office is outliving your usefulness. So, Sir, your rebuttal to UWP is useless, baseless and a total waste of media time and space.

  42. jah knows star
    July 26, 2013

    But mr ambrose george. The only thing your government good at is good speeches talk talk talk and no action. Ask for you, what have you done in your constituency over the past years. Please be informed that the kingshill playing field is now a graze land for goats and sheep. The grass is so high its impossible to even walk in. Do you no its summer time and all school children are at their homes and this playing field is all they have for recreation. You are the laziest mp ever. Change is a must and I don’t care of workers put a dog to represent the roseau south constituency I will vote for it. I waiting for you in kingshill election time.

    • shame on u
      July 26, 2013

      where is the community spirit in kingshill?? its time we stop waiting on parliamentarians and government to do everything for us… where the the children’s fathers.. grab some equipment and go cut the grass yourselves… smh…

      • jah knows star
        July 27, 2013

        We have been doing that for all the 13 yrs mr george in power. When is he ever going to do his part. Where is all does promises he made, why is none fulfill after 13 yrs. Our community spirit died wit the lies of mr george. So SHAME ON U b4 u come and run your mouth get your facts straight. We need to hold mr george accountable on his promises. After all we pay taxes isn’t that enough community spirit ? the youth of kingshill have decided to stop cut the grass and feed our hungry stomachs instead. Change is a must.

    • Tolie
      July 26, 2013

      Don’t be too hard on Amby because he is not alone. Just take a look at the Castle Bruce Reunion Center. An excellent reflection of the kind of leadership that the people of Castle Bruce craved for!

    • blue blue
      July 26, 2013

      I guess you UWP SUPPORTERS found Spaggs’ rebuttal excellent, well delivered, progressive. :mrgreen: :roll: :lol: :oops:

  43. Pappy
    July 26, 2013

    Now that is what you call a Lazy Man rebuttal!!!

    I encouraging Dominicans to vote for Pappy instead of UWP. At least Pappy have plans for Dominica and that is no Pappy Show.

    • Insider
      July 26, 2013

      Pappy asked Spaggs to call him and he refused, he listened to lennox and he made a real pappy show of himself

      • him
        July 27, 2013

        @ Insider You can see how Lennox have you all trembling eh. HOW LONG? NOT LONG. Love you Lenny.

  44. wowo
    July 26, 2013

    Ambrose you need to go home and rest yourself.

    • That Old Man
      July 26, 2013

      That Old Man is a master.

      That Old Man is strong and healthy!!!

      Compared to Mr. James , age is just a number for Mr. George and that was declared openly by all of us from Roseau South.

      We know Ambrose Old but he not cold!!! Long life for Ti Papa. Wosh!!!

      • ?
        July 26, 2013

        @ THAT OLD MAN You must be SUPER BLIND or some Labourite must have poured SUPER GLUE in your two RED EYES, man for you to say Ambrose has done “a fat” in the constituency. What happen Labour you Labour like that.
        Well for your information he is the most useless of all representatives we have had in Roseau South, from the time Dominica was discovered.
        I AM ASHAME TOO,CAUSE I VOTED HIM TWICE but he really needs to go. I won’t vote him again.
        IF YOU WNAT TO SE KOSHONYEE GIVE THAT OLD MAN ANOTHER CHANCE. THIS OLD MAN CANNOT REPRESENT. THIS OLD MAN IS UESLESS. THIS OLD MAN NEEDS TO GO……

  45. ah ha
    July 26, 2013

    george is so right about kelver cause st joseph people still cant go to their garden in carholm cause the road conditions is so bad humm. bad is an understatement .The most productive area of his constituency.boo hoo to politics in DA

  46. Lena
    July 26, 2013

    Was Ambrose realy listing to the big boy.I do not think so. come agian Ambrose

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