Court ruling a pyrrhic victory – Edison James

Edison James
Edison James

Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Edison James has described the election petition ruling by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as a “Pyrrhic victory” (a victory which will ultimately lead to defeat) for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean.

On Monday the court dismissed an appeal initiated by the UWP against the two citing lack of evidence as the main reason.

According to the UWP both Skerrit and Saint Jean had violated an electoral code by pledging allegiance to a foreign power before the 2009 general election.

According to the Constitution of Dominica, no one who pledges allegiance to a foreign state, except Commonwealth countries, is eligible to run for public office.

James told DNO that the evidence shows that both Skerrit and Saint Jean had in fact pledged allegiance to a foreign power before and leading up to the election.

“We are convinced by the information available to us and by the action of the other party that both Mr. Skerrit and Mr. Saint Jean were under acknowledgement of allegiance and adherrence to a foriegn power which disqaulify them from the electoral process in 2009,” he said.

He said the fact that the court had issued subpoenas, through the registry, for the two men to give information with  respect to their holding of passports and to present their passports, is very important. “The trial judge set those subpoenas aside,” he said.

James pointed out that of further importance is the fact that the other side had approached the UWP, while the judge was deliberating whether the subpoenas would be admitted in court or not, to say that if the judge were to rule that the two men should disclose their passports or make themselves available to be cross examined, that they would resign. “What does that tell us?” he queried.

James noted that when all these things have been put together, the UWP is satisfied that Skerrit and Saint Jean were not eligible, under the Constitution, to participate in the 2009 general elections.

He said the party is satisfied that as a matter of great public interest, it was right to deal with the matter the way it was dealt with. “It is now for us to move on and to do our work as a party, as a genuine opposition to bring the change in this country,” he said.

James also pointed out that the matter of dual citizenship should be examined on the the regional and subregional level.

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116 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 14, 2013

    mr james stop wasting money and do something for the country

  2. March 13, 2013

    All the talk about this and that, when there is only ONE answer, VOTE! Just do it VOTE! The winner will rejoice.

    I DO NOT think anyone should vote for Eddison James because he was already in office and was kicked out. Eddison James is in the same position as Roosevelt Skerrit. One was Kicked out of office, and the other holds Dual Citizenship.

    Is anyone thinking of what is best for us? NO. Everyone wants POWER, everyone wants to be in CONTROL. WHAT NEXT?

  3. well we need change!
    March 13, 2013

    BEHANZIN is the only answer for this country, He and he alone with a young team can respond to the challenges, to clean up all aspects of our society. He has remained humble despite all that was done to him. He continue to speak and lend his expertise to government agencies, colleges, schools, High Schools, Primary Schools, various Community Councils. He had the courage to face up to the corruption in the judicial system, the Magistracy, the DPP’s Office. He continue to speak his mind from Prison treatment and condition to environmental damage, electricity regulation, unfairness of Customs, poverty, crime, the media, the treatment of young people. The opposition need to step aside and allow a fresh team to take the fight to clean up this mess we call Dominica!!!!

  4. marigot
    March 12, 2013

    mr james the united workers party is finished. totally finished. so i suggest that u may just retire and enjoy the rest of your life scene. we love u but u cant bring development to our community again. peace. we have lost hopes in the united workers party,

  5. hilda green
    March 12, 2013

    Waco, Waco, James afo a we mai nou par foo just lick your sores and get back to your hole

  6. Alphonse st-jean
    March 12, 2013

    Big hurray to our pm and his party, you were kicked out as leader ofopposition we need young blood the young generation won,t accept you EDDOO stop and think get ayoung haitian and go out and have a nice time.give some money to the schools your kids must be frustrated with you if you had time to have any, take them on acruise. NO HOpe our pm is handsome ILOVE this GUY.

    • Stupes
      March 12, 2013

      Go learn to spell and keep your mouth out of Dominica’s issues! You are HAITIAN and your island need you sakway enjup! Dominica isn’s Haiti, 3 months lyndurst looking for you and your people to claim your dead! Then people will say Dominicans are mean to you all. You don’t even know a thing about Eddison? Keep you all tonton macoute and filth in Haiti, stay in your lane! What Skerrit doing with Haitian woman to fall down lamore seebit from disease? Have you not seen his woman? Haitian don’t upset me

    • TALK
      March 13, 2013

      Alphonse,

      While in the process of composing your posting, did you not stop and think? Why would you savage someone like this? What is really wrong with Mr. James? Why such hate? Is that the best we can do…really? SAD!!

    • Creativity
      March 13, 2013

      U big fool

  7. Marcus Hill
    March 12, 2013

    It seems strange to me, this ruling. As a lay man, it appears that the issue of the passport was accepted by default but they are now saying that Mendes did not argue the case that under French law, holding a passport demostrated allegiance to France.

  8. Bakes
    March 12, 2013

    It would be nice to see an opposition party talk to us about the different ways in which they would help to improve our country rather than try to continually discredit a Government that appears to be making change.

    Maybe they could talking about how they could increase our exporting of produce etc. Our infrastructure is looking good but we cant keep borrowing we have to try to now increase our exports.

    • ....................
      March 12, 2013

      @ Burn Bakes Your fool. Are we producing anything to export? Since this cabal has taken office they have put agriculture in its coffin.Beg the lazy and incompetent PM is begging. That’s the money you get when you go to the Red clinic there,because of your laziness.

  9. The truth
    March 12, 2013

    This is beyond comprehension. The Country has the highest unemployment rate since its inception, taxes are extremely high, the poverty rate is increasing, the quality of life is decreasing, but yet these LP followers seems to be separated from the reality of economic depletion in Dominica.

  10. CYRIL FRANCIS
    March 12, 2013

    sorry edo ,why wornt u stop fighting your self ; chavez did more than you . sadam was more than you / castro act like a god ; that did not prevent london bridge to tomble down ;; dont rase your preasure too high;; i owne 2 passport to. they are mine ” so please try to get your next passport .. so that all of us will have 2 passport;please get your next passport thank uuuuuuuuuuuu

    • Stupes
      March 12, 2013

      You don’t need 2 passports, you need HOOKED ON PHONICS!! Geez Eddo isn’t your issue it’s basic spelling and sentence structure! This isn’t even a typo you are indeed an illiterate. Disgraceful, forget having 2 passports or commenting on blog, grab a basic education!

  11. Oh yes
    March 12, 2013

    Well put Mr. James. Unless our myopic vision is healed we will all continue to e ignorant as a people.

  12. Solo
    March 12, 2013

    Say what you will about Eddo but we must admit that this man has a nice grasp of the english language, or should I say he has a wide vocabulary (including words of Greek or Latin origin). I had not met the word “pyrrhic” before and had to consult a dictionary for further clarification…thanks for that Eddo!

    Having said that, it`s too bad he doesn`t have an equally admirable grasp of the law and its interpretation…maybe next time! I`m very glad that he`s acknowledged that it`s time to move on and anxiously await ideas and plans for development worthwhile of an Opposition as compared to one irrelevant court case after another!

    • %
      March 12, 2013

      He is a well edcucated man.Well mannered indeed… I din not know of such a word either.

      • Anonymous
        March 12, 2013

        @% if you did not know of such a word it shows how little you read. Its not that Eddison is so well educated but that you are very uneducated so he will seem way above your standard. Yet people like you come here to call voters retards and stupid but you want their votes. :mrgreen:

      • scrappy coco
        March 13, 2013

        the same way you took your time to get the meaning of the word itsthe same way deck deck edo got it,he use his search engine the computer

  13. Me
    March 12, 2013

    When all is said and done, and due to precedence set by Mr Ron Green of uwp, and many others before, the Dominican people and the courts are satisfied that Mr Skerritt and St Jean are citizens of The Commonwealth of Dominica and were eligible to run for the 2009 general elections.

  14. Faceup
    March 12, 2013

    Ron and Edo so sorry, you guy’s done, i mean FINI BAT !!

    • &
      March 12, 2013

      I wonder if you understood what was written there.

  15. nightwatch
    March 12, 2013

    Stop crying wolf Mr. James your band of UWP saying and doing too much that’s why it backfired right in their faces… Skerro there too stay!!!That just the way it is.. move on and let the man continue to build DA..the handsome prince for DA the more bla bla lien he gets the better he see his way..Morons

  16. The truth
    March 12, 2013

    Not only did they pledge their allegiance to an foreign power, it seems like some allegiance was pledged to Venezuela also. Everything that happens in Venezuela takes center stage in DA. This is so embarrassing to fantom. A country known to have world renowned relations with dictatorship Governments such as Libya, Cuba, China, Iran. Chavez died and left assets worth $1.8 billion

  17. Just me
    March 12, 2013

    Uwp will not learn, please boys open ur eyes and ears since u all have been on this rampage how many laborites have u win over to uwp? U all sure pushing us in deeper to support the pm, last election I was angry with you all cheap politics that’s y I went out in anger and vote labor. Stop that and try to convince me to vote uwp

  18. Too Hard Too Long
    March 12, 2013

    There was nothing pyrrhic about this DLP victory, Mr James. You are simply trying to impress us with semantics. Who lost more in this battle, DLP or UWP? I believe the UWP lost more – more credibility, more time, more money, more voters.

    Time to focus on the upcoming elections Mr James. Many of us are undecided voters. Prepare your bandwagon.

  19. Old House
    March 12, 2013

    This verdict was not about political party. it was about how the Judicial System look at us as a people in Dominica, and decided that we cannot handle and is not capable of dealing with the truth.
    They don’t respect us. So the winners and losers can wear their badges think that something was achived or not but still the court system still consider that Dominicans are still not mature enough to make the right decisions on their behalf.
    Now is the time to make this momentous move to show them who we are!!

    • Anonymous
      March 12, 2013

      Interesting. That is possible. By using the many loopholes that the law provides, the judges favoured the status quo. The judges decided leave us in the comess that we know than the comess that could turn into total chaos.

      Now you think we are mature enough because you say “show them who we are” but we have. We gave, at worse, a liar and a criminal, and at best, the most irresponsible, economy-destroying leader, 18 seats out of 21. In fact, we would probably give him all 21 if he called elections today.

      Maybe the judges are a lot wiser than we gave them credit for.

      • Aye Dominique
        March 12, 2013

        Nicely said, could not be said better. I think the judges are much wiser. They have already analyzed the populace, and they know just how much we are worth. Insignificant little Dominica, who cares even if Chinese came and run us all to the seas.

        As far as the rest of the Caribbean is concerned, Dominica not worth a fart, we almost shaking hands with Haiti, who cares? They should have just placed the decision in the regular post, when it gets to us it gets to us.

        I don’t think a case of this significance would be handled so casually in any other Caribbean country.

        But this is how much we’re worth!

  20. Mahaut
    March 12, 2013

    The UWP and Freedom party now have to come up with postitive alternative plans to present to Dominicans if you two parties want us to take you as a serious contender to this “Madness” (according to the calysonian) that is going on in Dominica.
    We need more public polical discussions that will show the people that there are better ways for the world to respect Dominicans and that DFP or UWP will present a more internationally trusted environment in which the global community can do bussiness in .
    Every little island is laughing at us in Da with, “No law or constituion.”
    A lack of respect for the law could eventually cause the collapse of any society. hence forth, “Somalia, Libya, Congo, Syria,as was in Haiti to name a few.
    My people it is time to put our country first. It is not by accident that we are the least developed in the carribean region. “We need a global mindset”

  21. Gongaga
    March 12, 2013

    Dominica gone gaga,Papa rule,church support for their intrest,constitution in dominica is comprised,tony Red Dog’ rule,we go see where we are heading,Too Late Shall Be The Cry.

  22. Anonymous
    March 12, 2013

    Bah yo blabalen labourites, bah yo blabalen! Who beat you, you crying (sing with me people!)

  23. SOCRATES
    March 12, 2013

    I said earlier that the real truth shall be revealed in 2013 and Edison, Emanuel, Baron, Brian, Lennox, Matt, Angelo and the others can not stop what is about to happen. What they can do is come clean and ask for forgiveness. The good Lord is merciful.

  24. happ
    March 12, 2013

    Mr. James, I’m very sorry to say this but right now your party does not look like an alternative to the government. You all should concentrate on rebuilding the party and looking at new leaders to take the party forward.

  25. my take
    March 12, 2013

    What a state our society has come to.SMH. Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. If UWP did wrong in 1995 and 2005 and Labour did it in 2009 it does not make it right..Sick society..Those rejoicing there is no victory in condoning wrong…..Whether workers, or labour…WRONG IS WRONG!!!So Dummy-in-Cans go to Lagoon tonight and celebrate the right of doing wrong…This country is too SICK!!!!Woe be unto us…but Lord we still plead for your mercies.

  26. wesleyman
    March 12, 2013

    It is amazing to see how Dominicans think(not that I am claiming to be wiser). To me the issue here is whether or not these two high officials did indeed disobey the constitution of the country and knowingly pledge alligence to a foreign country, The fact that they renounced their citizenship says so, but if I were the prime minister of a country and someone accused me of doing something this dis-loyal I would show up in the most public of place to dis-prove the allegation, If my wife accuses me of cheating, my response to her would not be “bring your evidence”, I would do everything I can to show her that what she thinks is evidence is misguided because I have a vested interest in retaining her trust, so for all the people who support someone not based on commonsense or fact but based on who they support politically I want to ask you if this is the way you would have handled it if this were a personal issue to you, if someone that you had a fiduciary responsibility to accused you of stealing, would your response be “prove it”? I have not live in Dominica for the past 30 year, love my country and support it in any way that I can, but the more I read the views here the more I understand the brain drain. People the world is watching, and some of us have to defend these views that defy logic. Have a blessed day

  27. De W
    March 12, 2013

    did i hear that the case was dimissed because of LACK OF EVIDENCE? Wasnt the main piece of evidence, the passports, inadmissible in the court? Inside out , upside down.

  28. bold
    March 12, 2013

    James send the party to princess Margaret. It needs gentle rest

  29. Massacre
    March 12, 2013

    Dominicans look within yourselves and make a decision as to whether the verdict was right or wrong.
    In the future you will have yourselves to blame/or praise for what will happen to Da.

  30. yay-z
    March 12, 2013

    Can we move on now?
    The country needs developing

    • Alexander Solkanhien
      March 12, 2013

      name should be Rodney King. After they kicked and almost kill his rear he had the cojones to say” can we all get along?” Moron. That a reflection of you Yay-Z

  31. Anonymous
    March 12, 2013

    Mr. James, the law has spoken; find something constructive and rewarding to do to fulfill your spare time. It is time to stop the fussing and bickering and put the past to rest. Amen!!!!

    • Anonymous1
      March 12, 2013

      What has the law spoken……..it has spoken falsehood, while acknowledging that the main evidence should be brought before the court yet in another vain it denies these liars from doing so. Oh what a court? CCJ? let that never be mentioned here

  32. 4u2c
    March 12, 2013

    MLK went through worse trying to liberate black folks. Some of these folks ridicule him tell him to leave Massah alone. MLK did jail time and was always on he list to be eliminated. He and others were the lonely voices in the wilderness seeking justice for black folks. They were struck down by local court, supreme court but they never gave up. Today many of us are enjoying MLK sweat and tears. We are even making headway in his country where we can feed the oppress in DA. As a result I want say to Eddo and the others to be of strong and continue the fight for justice. If it was easy there would be no need to fight. Even those who mock you, you are fighting for their liberation and a better future for them and their children. The are too blind to see beyond politics and see truth, righteousness and justice. The right to respect the rules that govern – the Constitution.!

    • IPO
      March 12, 2013

      You are stuck in the past….those days are over….we have a bkack president and black pope

    • Aye Dominique
      March 12, 2013

      Which I could give you 100 thumbs up but I am unfortunately allowed only one.

      You think MLK was fighting whites, but a lot of blacks were not for him also, people felt he was a trouble maker. His mission would have been much easier if he had more support from the black community, but thank God today they are all enjoying what he died for.

      If we truly pay attention to the bible, we will know which side truth is on. The good old book puts it in proper perspective, men loves sin, and bad things, by nature, and very few of us seek out that blood to wash us inside out, to takeaway the evil disposition that we all naturally possess.

      True chrisitans knows the truth, and knows exactly on which side truth, righteousness and justice lies.

      Hold on Dominica, God soon come and free you up.

    • Me
      March 13, 2013

      Who, among the opposition, are you comparing to Martin Luther King. Surely not Edison James and the rest of the uwp members and followers, who stood by Mr Ron Green with these ridiculous charges against members of the DLP, while he himself Ron was guilty of the same sin he was accusing others of. MLK was fighting for equal rights and justice-remember. Please stop with the Mlk, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ comparism. This just cannot fly. Examine the evidence. Apples and oranges.

  33. grell
    March 12, 2013

    eddo move on lots to be done in dominica,tired of this case its very boring.find another important issue and fight for what your being paid.

    • March 13, 2013

      Yes we should move on I want to hear and know the plans of the Oppositions because I believe they should come together as one to be able to blow out this GOVT on their behind, untill I can see action moving foward I will remain undecided

  34. struggling yought
    March 12, 2013

    Why is it so ignorant on behalf of the opposition,not to agree on the ruling of the highest judiciary in Caricom?There is one explanation for this unfotunate act,inasainity.Please DNO approve my commment.

  35. WHO VEX VEX
    March 12, 2013

    EDDO you run out of bullets to shoot and in fact you were only shooting Labour Party’s empty shells,
    trying to use our 2000 bo-bol strategy on us, and after Freedom Party joined us you had so much ting to say now see you, you licking there behind you doh see u are an old dog with expired tricks.
    KILL YOUR SELF :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

    • MARIGOT
      March 12, 2013

      Your comment speaks of what you are a STUPID IDIOT WITH NO SENSE go educate yourself fool then come back and may a contribution.

    • TALK
      March 13, 2013

      Lord have mercy. Is that the best we can do? My friend, does that sit well on your conscience? Go kill your self? My god! Civility where hath thou gone? Oh lord, please guide my people.

  36. dissident
    March 12, 2013

    Soon we will see a Chinee in cabinet……de door wide open

    Dem tief out there watching what we doing here and wikk make us pay dearly. U see is de malayway dat will have to go in people office to ask if they can clean somebody toilet to earn a bread. It already happening……we must be honest.

    • IPO
      March 12, 2013

      As long as the chinese is born in DA….white , black, spanish, indian…as long as they born in DA

  37. viable
    March 12, 2013

    Tee land dey

  38. maindesk
    March 12, 2013

    So now anybody whether with two or four foreign passports can run for elections. All they have to say is no law not even the constitution can stop me and then sit silent in the court. There is something not right with this. These featherweight naive judges will block the passport evidence to prove it and then say say you have to get the passport evidence to prove it and we are not going to help you. You must break down their doors and seize it from them yourself. These judges are not going to help protect the constitution just write long essays to find ways around it. So the constitution provision for elections is useless in that regard. What are we to do

  39. lol
    March 12, 2013

    Its weird that ppl still backing skerit, lol, on d same dno site that shows no jobs in the country lol,ppl going at their homes, skerrit isnt doing anything for the country where new jobs are concerned…wake up ppl gzz.

  40. OH BOY
    March 12, 2013

    You lost and you happy with the results? You telling me i have this winning and loosing thing wrong all this time…So when you guys lost the election why did you take the pm to court i guess it don’t apply then. This is getting way to funny…lol

  41. monkey hill"
    March 11, 2013

    “YOU KNOW HOW THAT FACE IS ALREADY
    PLEASE I IM BEGGING YOU just smile”

    who said these words about a recent picture ?

    CLUE as in nails : ” Blessings to you King and Blessings to your family “

  42. LAR-GORE"SEA OF RED"
    March 11, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS

    I hear that all RED CLOTH AT ASTAPHANS SOLD OUT WE
    I JUST CANNOT UNDERSTAND THOSE LABOURITES

    Ebeh look it huh ROSEAU ON FIRE LATER TODAY I DOH MISSING IT

    DLP MEETING IS THE LAST WARM DOWN AFTER OUR VAL VAL
    SISTER go get your red t shirt…chupes where everything RED..We going to take our foot with our shoe….why d man not calling d election nuh ? Workers shude have win dat case eh boy…..I telling you we would have just dissolve that parliament and call new elections and den allu would see action…..The new time on d clock would be 19/2 but say thanks to the OECS COURT OF APPEAL allu will not be facing an election nuh. What a blessings in disguise for the BLACK SIGATOKAR LOL
    SO TONITE TONITE TONITE IS THE NITE
    I WILL BE FEELING SORRY FOR “Antilles the friendly team we make the time to help ”
    democracy
    political gp
    we love our labour we boy
    more we complain more we love our party
    more they talk more we develop
    Susette say ” we voting koruption for development ” Trust me I in that !!!!
    I hear some swip sior that WCK TRIPLE KAY might all be down there with GATOR SOUNDS —-children labour not broaks nor boy !!!!

  43. Grand Bay Girl
    March 11, 2013

    Good News! Love it.Let progress continues. lol

  44. BLUE BLUE BLUE VEZ !
    March 11, 2013

    ALAS
    angry ANGRY hypertensionism

    “THE COURT HAD ISUES SUBPOENAS THROUGH THE REGISTRY …AND THE TRIAL JUDGE HAD THROWN THOSE SUBPOENAS ASIDE ”

    What utter legal rubbish ?
    Why cannot the uwpwee face the reality of the situation…use the money all you have there to rebuild your party. No one listens to uwp, not even Freedom. Alas…magway sar ” I here my granny say o las papa bondieu ola orkers pass say ”
    Workers continue to do the impossible what next another big demonstration against THE COURT OF APPEAL when the sit in Dominica ??? What next another big anti-geothermal demonstration ? What else another almighty appeal to the famous legal fund ? What else another call for voter id card ?
    Continue to listen to LL the political double L and allu will get more votes lol trust me it will not be 5000 less when the next election is called. Uwp needs a serious face lift.
    The wise memebers of that court of appeal have ruled and I think workers was seriously hurt again I feeling sorry !

  45. Looking in
    March 11, 2013

    One day…Dominicans will realize what the UWP were fighting for but it will be too late…very too late. Dominica does not belong to Dominicans anymore…….stay tuned and listen well..Time will tell!!!

  46. Jbfox
    March 11, 2013

    Eat your heart eddo it will only get better for the PM and the country u don’t like the progress that is going on in DA but the majority of Dominicans know better than what u are trying to make us believe.

  47. March 11, 2013

    i always knew that this was the result that we were expecting to get. i’m not surprised anyways, the favour is always on the government side. we’ll just wait and see the outcome of their victory. they say “something happening”, let’s wait and see wats going to happen next. UWP will rise again…….we’re not afraid!!!!!

  48. SOCRATES
    March 11, 2013

    I said earlier that the truth would be revealed in 2013, and what is about to happen can not be stopped by Edison, Emanuel, Lennox, Matt, Angelo, Brian,Baron, Blessings, and others. I urge all concerned to mend their ways before it is too late. Do not be consumed with hatred at a time like this. Be humble and ask for forgiveness while you still have a chance.

  49. ok
    March 11, 2013

    this case was not called for. other ministers had dual citizenship as well and nothing happened. so what they should have enforced is for no other minister to come in from next term in this kind of roro. and if it meant kicking skerrit out next term, then so be it.
    but it went free with others so what the hey

  50. Too hard too long
    March 11, 2013

    Mr James. You allowed Ron Green and Carbon to run for election, win election, run again and again. Carbon even sat in PARLIAMENT while living overseas and all that time The Holy Constitution was not an Issue, not relevant. Now you want me to believe that you care so deeply about that same Constitution! Really!!!

    Pick another cause Sir. You can never convince me of your sincerity in this one.

  51. Aye
    March 11, 2013

    I am ashamed to read the ignorant comments coming from Dominicans. Who in their right senses give these peoplle computer and Internet and I am surprised they can read.

  52. mapee
    March 11, 2013

    Lack of evidence doesn’t mean they are not in violation.the high court some with something better.They just causing distrust in the system.

  53. concern
    March 11, 2013

    Mr James why dont you and your concubine stop fighting the government and work with them for a better Dominica stop it you all look and act like fools

    • Jaime Lewis
      March 13, 2013

      Concubine?

  54. wassey
    March 11, 2013

    hope lennox have money to pay when he lose his case because we going to paint his house in red and make it labour headquter

    • TALK
      March 13, 2013

      Learn to READ!!

  55. Jbfox
    March 11, 2013

    Eat Ur heart eddo that won’t lead to the PM’s defeat it makes him stronger. :cry:

  56. March 11, 2013

    thats what i cant overstand since 1995 ron green and peter carbon have running for election and they hold dual citizenship pastport now it is a problem for another person to have it just because they lost the election what is good for the goose is also good for the gandar

  57. hmmm
    March 11, 2013

    AY AY…. SHETTTTT-TORP!!!! … all you lose, agree and go find something constructive to do!

  58. Anonymous
    March 11, 2013

    Dominicans are STUPID. : :cry: Today they celebrate and yet we see the richest ministers ever!! We see redundancies,bankruptcies,young men disappearing,increased crime, increased drug use,no opportunities for its citizens,increased Social Security contributions, moving up the age of retirement,nepotism, contracts for d boys etc etc
    Take what you get!!!!!!you deserve the government you have is so true

  59. March 11, 2013

    Alas Mr.James…..the bill/court expenses that you will be getting.Is it worth it?I bet it will be a humongous figure.More expense again? L.L and Jerry B will help.Think hard,give up.

  60. Culture Boy!
    March 11, 2013

    Fellow Domincans, in my opinion,

    The changes I expect to see for Dominica should be to care for the elderly, so our children can consume their knowledge, in order to sustain our Culture, and grow!

    Example, Build that 40 million $ hospital, and a few more Retirement Homes; Trained Health Care Personal Support Workers, to assist with the Elderly, and People with Disabilities, same magnitude as the Stadium and State College, and I don’t care who Fund it, just build it!

    Also, build infrastructure and create services, which the current PM is already doing, and forcasting, which will re habilitate, inspire, and maintain our children’s destiny, so our culture will be sustained and grow!

    Example, High End Training Facilities that will train our children not only in Sports, but Agriculture, Tourism, Customer Service, Trade, the opportunity and exposure for International experience (because that’s what made a major experience in my life) and, I mean more than the State College! and I don’t care who Fund it! just build it!

    To protect the population of the island, whether one is with the PM and his party, or against the PM and his party, to sustain culture, and grow!

    Example, Improve salary/benefits and educate our law Enforcement Sector, not only locally, but more International training and Administration exposure, so we can fall in line with Intenational law enforcement practices/qualifications when neccessary, and I don’t care who Fund it! just do it!

    To build positive international relationships for the benefit of our Culture’s Legacy, which will help the people of Dominica, so our Culture will be sustained, and grow!

    Example, Not only to build relationships with Internationals that are easily willing to inherit a share in our Nature Island, but to persuade the Countries that don’t show interest in our well being, for our people, and I don’t care which Country, as long as our people benefit and not suffer for the cause of it!

    Not to trick or mis lead the people of Dominca for the benefit of our own trophy stand! but to sustain the Culture, and grow!

    Example, Charity begins at home, practice what you preach,if you sign up for the cause of the people, be there for the people, and not your own little Village, Friends, or Colleagues, or the people that seem to be well off!

    Not what your Country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country!

    A zor! ma ka chamay give up!

  61. SOMETHING ELSE
    March 11, 2013

    Anything that doesn’t go in the favor of UWP is never ever good or right for that regime!Trust me, If thing had ruled in thier favor,boy every devil in hell would get loose today.Q95 would be on fire!Lennox would be driving on a BLUE carpet in every steet in Roseau.Labourites would be tramped on like zagaier.Now that illegal,disrespectful name must stop.Skerro see to it dem boys respect you.KI YO LAY KI YO PALAY YOU ARE THE HANGER FOR THEIR JACKET.

  62. watching
    March 11, 2013

    A phyrric victory indeed.

    The defendants did contest the 2009 elections.
    They knew they possessed French passports, were French citizens, through their own decisions as adults, and therefore owed allegiance to France at the time of the elections.

    They hurriedly wrote to the French Embassy to revoke their French citizenship. Proof that they had french passports and declarde French citizens.

    Does the Court have the power to request the defendants to exhibit their French passport to the court? If so why did the court/judges not want to ascertain the fact that they possessed French passports as evidence in court?

    Why the Courts would not asked the defendants to take the stand? The Courts feared they would incriminate themselves.

    Several crimes (petty and white collar) crimes have been committed. Criminals, perpetrators not caught or case dismissed or criminal goes scott free, does not mean the crime was not committed.

    Our Constitutiojn is being reaped to threads right in front our eyes. Righteousness must prevail. Justice delayed is justice denied.

    The People’s pressure forced the defendants in Public Office, in Govt as Ministers, to revoke their French citizenship.

    Imagine if they had not revoked, were still owing allegiance to France, still holders of a French passport, the Courts/judges would still agree against our Constitution that they should still sit as members of the Dominica Parliament.

  63. IPO
    March 11, 2013

    James said, ““We are convinced by the information available to us”….why wasn’t it presented in court..

    • Louis Bernard
      March 11, 2013

      Nothing is settled (over) until it is settled right. This is a serious miscarriage of justice, and a cop out by the justices, by concluding at the appeal level that there was insufficient evidence. This is one of the most ludicrous decisions ever made by any court in the region. For persons to now accuse those of us who choose not to have our intelligence insulted , as not loving country, is to not understand the gravity of the situation. The constitution is the pillar that supports the country we call DOMINICA. It is the bedrock of the society, when we can allow such flagrant violation and disdain for the constitution, we signal the end of the rule of law, and welcome in frontier justice. This is indeed a sad time for Dominica, and I take offense at anyone who will challenge my love for Dominica, because I challenge the misguided decision of a court that is comprised of people who do not respect the sanctity of the Constitution of Dominica. Is this a harbinger of what is to come under the CCJ? Please Sir Dennis tel us it is not so.

  64. joy
    March 11, 2013

    Mr James saved your sad story for another time you are late it should have been so for Ron Green,not because we remain silent.this is the nail in uwp coffin,wait till you get the cost of that appeal from the court it’s coming

  65. lovelydominica
    March 11, 2013

    Eddo, zor kay lass pwen coo!

  66. March 11, 2013

    come lagou tomorrow night and all u will c wat is support

  67. Mweh mem
    March 11, 2013

    Some things are facts only when it suits UWP, otherwise is nonsense with eloquence….was the constitution suspended in 1995 and 2009 when Ron was running?….ok then

    • Papa Dom
      March 12, 2013

      I expect to be branded as blue vex but it’s that kind of ignorance(lack of knowledge) which has Dominica the way it is; last kakarat! Go read skerritt’s letter to the French authority and you will maybe understand why what you’re saying is utterribbish. Pay particular attention to the phrase ” a recent court ruling”

  68. DANZIGER
    March 11, 2013

    Well look papyshow in DOMINICA SHAME, SHAME,SHAME on you all EDDO. BEST ALL YOU GO AND PRAY AND ASK THE GOOD LORD TO FORGIVE YOU

  69. Sweety
    March 11, 2013

    N
    ot in a hurry will it change. Dominicans are set on their handsome PM and that’s how it is going to stay. I am sooooooo sorry.

    • jah
      March 11, 2013

      Handsome Pm…..lol….You must be blind…lol…

  70. cod capi
    March 11, 2013

    sorry eddo u guys are fighting a down hill battle can u think of another 15 years in opposition youll b about 80 85 years EXPIRED! WE IN DOMINICA WANT YOUNG BLOOD GO TO REST YOU AND RON GREEN PLUS PREVOST

    • ()
      March 11, 2013

      @ cod capi It amazes me to see the level of ignorance some of all you Skerrit crumb pickers exhibit. My boss life and death is God that has it in his hands.Many Venezuelans thought Chavez would be there forever. Where is he now? Your stupidity and ignorance is shameful.

  71. me
    March 11, 2013

    I wonder what James will push them to do next, now he realize they have to move on after wasting money uselessly.

    • Nel
      March 11, 2013

      money they should have used to build the party. I want to vote for them but they not showing me capability. Thy wasting more money than skerrit chasing skerrit instead of building the party! schupes!

  72. Petro Caribe rescue
    March 11, 2013

    A phyrric victory indeed. Due to the advocay by Law-abidding citizens for public officials to respect the Constitution and laws, the defendants were forced to revoke their French citizenship.
    Facts:

    • STILL
      March 11, 2013

      One question what led to Ron Green revoking his American citizenship. See where the hypocrisy begins. Two thieves broke into a house then one goes the police to report the other because he could not take as much. Now I’m not saying that Skerrit or St. Jean were eligible for election but the case presented needed work. In no justice system is a defendant forced to produce evidence or testify in court. Why should Skerrit or St.Jean be forced too. The opposition should have found other means to prove that these men were not eligible. So please just give it a break. Elections are due next year why isn’t the opposition preparing for it instead.

    • Nurse
      March 12, 2013

      Did Ron Green not also run up to B/dos to revoke his? Now he must be regretting

  73. La Plaine Massive
    March 11, 2013

    Shut up Eddison, Under your leadership Ron Green, Earl Williams and Peter Carbon all had dual citizenship and you had no issue with it. What is your issue now with Skerrit and St Jean? Arent you also a holder of another country’s passport? you guys are a bunch of disgruntled losers. Enough with all the court cases already, take the time now to rebuild your party so we can have a solid opposition.

  74. Act of contrition
    March 11, 2013

    Mr, James, I am very sorry for my two sins. I take the blame.n 1999 I voted Rosie and did not know Rosie would go so soon. At that time I knew DA was heading the right the right direction but I was kind of taken up by Rosie Douglas’s vision. However, I my sin of 2005 was worse because both Rosie and Pero were gone and I was not conviced that Skerro was ready for the job. But being a true, though blind laborite I went on to campaign and vote for the man. To my shame, he did away with our constitution and the things that Rosie gave his life for …talking about the poor man, has just been made poorer. So sorry, my bad! Right now he looks glued but we will just continue to trust. Again, my bad!

    • right-on
      March 11, 2013

      why r u saying sorry for your sins to eddo? is he your God? don’t be foolish dear friend, we’ve all made mistakes, don’t make another one and confess ur sins to a man

    • Me
      March 12, 2013

      And now you should confess for making such an idiotic statement.

  75. Music
    March 11, 2013

    Mr. James, please please let us really put all this aside and do the work of the country. It is because of statments like these the UWP cannot see forward. Accept defeat and move on. Let US build Dominica, UWP put your plans forward, so we can what you have in store for Dominica. On another note, I was a strong UWP supporter, but Lennox Linton made me NOT vote for any party in the last election, we are not happy with Linton…..

    • Louis Bernard
      March 11, 2013

      It is rather interesting that the appeals court uses the lack of evidence to dismiss the appeal. I am not a lawyer, the extent of law that I know is business law, but I have a good understanding of Jurisprudence, so when an appeals court talks about evidence, it mystifies me. My understanding of the appeals process is where the application of law applied or the reasoning, or the interpretation of the law by the trial judge, or whether proper directions were given to the jury, or in this particular instance whether the trial judge was correct in the first place to exclude parts of the evidence, and whether the trial judge was correct in law and procedure to not use the “Inherent Jurisdiction” principle. Obviously it seems to be that these ECSC justices are all taken up with evidential matters at the appeals level, to the extent that one SC in the case of NBD V Corbett at the privy counsel hearing wanted to ask for minutes of board meeting as evidence. The SC was rightfully laughed out of court. I do not see this as any vindication. Another observation, is the court affirming the principle of self incrimination in a non-criminal matter, and affirming that the court does not have inherent jurisdiction

  76. lm
    March 11, 2013

    and to peter carbon

  77. Rastafari
    March 11, 2013

    Very interesting. Can’t wait to see the outcome of this.

  78. Anonymous
    March 11, 2013

    “According to the Constitution of Dominica, no one who pledges allegiance to a foreign state, except Commonwealth countries, is eligible to run for public office”

    So answer this question Mr. James, why didn’t the above apply to Mr. Green during the 1995 & 2000 general elections?

    • Jim
      March 11, 2013

      In wanting to correct that post Admin, Dominica’s constitution makes NO exception for being a dual citizen of a Commonwealth Country unlike Grenada’s Constitution which has that provision. In Grenada, the fact that a Commonwealth citizen can be a member of parliament, just having to reside there for 12 consecutive months prior to election, means that being a dual citizen of a Commonwealth country does not bar them from serving in parliament. Unlike Dominica! Please correct that erroneous part of your story.

    • hilda green
      March 12, 2013

      There are more you all don,t know this guy that run on uwp ticket in petite savanne he got lots of investment in the V.I.check his status,he too have dual citizenship.Who have no sins cast the first stone.

  79. Jolly
    March 11, 2013

    Sorry Edo, nothing will change in a hurry…
    Majority of Dominicans love skero that’s how them Roll, so the chatter about good governance and standards are not what the masses want..

    if the masses of dominica had any worth they would have shown some slight protest action

    remain silent and barking on a radio can’t effect change…sorry Edo you in a different planet right now….think long and hard…

    • March 11, 2013

      you jolly jolly stupid you have a problem on the radio you will see charge in dominica watch

    • Justice
      March 11, 2013

      Dominicans must now take Skerrit seriouly when said that no law not even the constitution can prevent him from being nominated, now that the high court Judge has proteced him from giving evidence in court and the court of appeal has dismissed the case due to lack of evidence it is quite clear that the people and the opposition must be resolute to defend what is left of Dominica with their feet, hands,minds, hearts and voices.Let us be guided by Proverbs 16 vers4 “the lord has a reason for everything he does, and he lets evil people live only to be punished”
      .

  80. Plain Talk
    March 11, 2013

    Cry cry baby!!! Who beat you? Stop crying. Baby, settle down and accept you party’s defeat. That’s what big men do.

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