Douglas confident in Portsmouth

Labourites at Monday's rally
Labourites at Monday’s rally

Member of parliament for Portsmouth, Ian Douglas, has expressed confidence that the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) will win the constituency when general election is called.

Douglas will be facing his own cousin Cabral Douglas, as an independent candidate and United Workers Party (UWP) candidate, Jefferson James ,when the poll is called.

Douglas had refused to give a comment to DNO on facing Cabral on the political battlefield.

But speaking at a DLP rally in St. Joseph on Monday, Douglas said there should be no fear for Portsmouth.

“Have no fear for the Portsmouth constituency, Portsmouth constituency belongs to the Dominica Labour Party,” he said to thunderous applause.

He stated that Portsmouth has been voting Labour for the past 60 years and will do so for another 60 years “under Roosevelt Skerrit.”

“Because he is young, he is not even 50 yet, he has another 30 years to go,” he said.

Portsmouth has been a DLP stronghold for over 50 years. Prior to Ian Douglas, the persons who served as MP include Michael Douglas (Ian’s father) and Roosevelt (Rosie) Douglas (Ian’s uncle). At the time of his death, Rosie was prime minister of Dominica.



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  1. Anonymous
    May 7, 2014

    All the way with labour

  2. Massacre
    May 7, 2014

    Sometimes I am really embarassed to let my colleagued listen to some of our politicians. The way they speak is shameful, no articulation, no class, no respect , in this mordern times, Skerrit , Ian and Austrie still speak like back in the 1960’s when we were not so enlightened.
    As far as Portsmouth and Ian is concerned, I think it is high time that the Portsmouth people wake up and give the Douglases the door. Enough is enough. There must be some other person who can do better. The whole country is looking at you all as “sheep on a farm.”

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2014

      U speak like ur in the sixties 2 back off

  3. Setup
    May 7, 2014

    No one is forcing people to shop by the Chinese, they choose to buy the rubbish because the rubbish is cheap. A thousand Chinese stores can open, but it takes Dominicans to buy fro buy from them. You should take some time, and educate your fellow Dominicans, on the reasons they should not buy from Chinese.

  4. Devoted Dominican
    May 6, 2014

    My fellow Portsmouth residents, are you all not fed up with with Douglas? for he is as bad as Linton. Do you all know the true meaning of name recognition? that is all that Douglas has. The only one who did anything for Portsmouth was Rosie. Ian has done nothing for Portsmouth. All other ministers take care of their constituencies by building better roads. Look at the roads in Portsmouth, it’s only good for goats to walk on. Look at the hospital, when you walk in there for care, there is a good possibility that you will not walk out. Look at the properties which belong to Douglas, they are all dilapidated. Ian is not good for Portsmouth, for he is not even good for himself. You first have to love and take care of yourself in order to be able to love and take care of others. There are three roads in Portsmouth, with only one which is usable. So Ian Douglas you must go and let the residents of Portsmouth vote for someone else.

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2014

      No we’re not

  5. For real
    May 6, 2014

    DNO why so bias, you mean only Workers that are commenting… my god…. Its organization like yours that will give Workers false hope.
    Workers will surely be taking a serious whipping any time the elecetions are called.. face up
    When Lennox can go to ST.Joe and insult people to their face what you expect…… leadership of the doghouse………
    Yesterday was testament about what is to come so keep hiding all Labour bloggs and think Workers go win………
    We red red red red red readyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • FORKIT
      May 6, 2014

      how did you knowit is only uwp supporters that are commenting, are you saying that the labour party supporters don’t read and write?.

  6. Roy Williams
    May 6, 2014

    I wonder what Cabral has to say about that.

  7. May 6, 2014

    portsmouth people please i went to pss and cuba with JJ, and ian tought us both in pss you guys gave ian two chances and he have failed you guys twice. are you going to risk to give him a third chance. he dont deserve it and you guys are hard working people you deserve better JJ is a good man only good intentions give him a chance

  8. river
    May 6, 2014

    well well look people at stjoe. I am convinced that no other can come close to labour.Workers is just a drop in the ocean

  9. independent voter
    May 6, 2014

    Shame on the palrep of Portsmouth and the people of Portsmouth it took the united workers party to build the. Michael Douglas Bolivard. In Portsmouth and the Secondary school and the Roads in grand bay and Dominicans work in these project not china man. Come on Dominicans we did not give them a chance to finish and skerrit allow the Chinese to give him a bad deal come on I am not against Chinese but is how you negotiate the other Caribbean countries are doing budiness with the Chinese but is how and what your negotiations are.

    • To Independent Voyer,
      We in Portsmouth do not need you symphaty. We will continue to vote Labour and you all will get a heart attack when the seat remain Labour for five more years. The UWP did not build Micheal Douglas boulevard and the Portsmouth Secondary School. It was named Micheal Douglas Boulevard but the highway was already in place. It seems you are not from Portsmouth. We are independent in our thinking and can vote for who we want. Labour Power all the way.

      • FORKIT
        May 6, 2014


    • May 6, 2014

      Tie your hands and stop writing none sense where were you when the Labour Party build up this country Labour Party will hold strong in Portsmouth labour all the way it was the Labour Party who started the bolivard UWP had to finish it UWP and the Freedom Party are who bring this country down Mike and Rossie and their father sweat for us in Portsmouth get the history on them and will and come again because it’s the bolivard alone UWP finished and done nothing else for Portsmouth

  10. ms hill
    May 6, 2014

    I need to hear the clip when Ian Douglas was telling on Skerrit saying he life,e to talk on people if you turn your back and drink a glass of water he talking about you please this should be the clipping for the rest of the time before election If you want to see a man character give him Power electorate think wisley and vote widely I am filling so ashamfor my country.

  11. concerned dominican
    May 6, 2014

    Mean please that not labour of your father mean you want dominican to vote skerro again Portsmouth people skerrit have a plan to give Chinese your land and also to a potential business man who is strong skerrit supporters please Dominican help us to help you see what happen to chance people that not mike and Rossie labour after fourteen years now they realize you deserve better and they only saying because the team Dominica is setting the record strait. This convention was pure Rubbish wat was the substance of it

  12. Too late
    May 6, 2014

    Vote labour because Skeritt young and have 30 more years to go.
    Vote labour because Porstmouth belong to labour.

    These men keep disrespecting their constituents and claiming that the reason they will vote labour is because labour own them.

  13. fabric
    May 6, 2014

    Are politicians really speaking like that in this modern world? Really? That’s what Ian has to say? That demonstrates total lack of intelligence, vision and desire to make an effort on Ian’s part. Ian just leaves the future of his constituency at the mercy of the past electorate. LOL.
    By the way Ian, you are not speaking to animals or foolish humans (or maybe you are…) but aren’t you supposed to be a lawyer?
    Oh my, Change is a MUST, NOT AN OPTION!

  14. Rule
    May 5, 2014

    They all look like RED CLINIC recipients in their red tee shirts. Alas! lolol

  15. RED 2 BLUE
    May 5, 2014

    Possie people……….. Think clearly and vote him OUT

  16. Tumble Back kick
    May 5, 2014

    Same jardin patate story. The crop that keeps on giving.
    You need not have a report card to be reelected. Real convenient politics. People get the government they deserve.

  17. why hide
    May 5, 2014

    they dont even want to hide their intentions no more… where else in the world do you hear such things.. and i cannot understand for the life in me why my dominican people want to subject themselves to that blind arrogant love of power..

  18. Satelite
    May 5, 2014

    I have no problems with Labour in Portsmouth, I just need the parl rep, whoever that person is, whether, Ian or J.J NOT CABRAL, to get off his butt and start working effectively in the constituency. Thats all I need. Drains, garbage, road repairs, lights in the park, more business places in portsmouth to lessen persons travel to Roseau, etc.

  19. D/ca all the way
    May 5, 2014

    Labour I say

  20. political analyst
    May 5, 2014

    Ian Douglas of Portsmouth and Matthew Walter of Paix-Bouche will go down in history as the two worst Government Ministers that ever served Dominica in any era. No wonder Skerrit treated them both as little boys and you all know the rest. For what they went through from Skerrit If they even had a little bitty of boyishness in them they would have jumped out long time. But because they have no sense of pride and shame, at least to preserve the last names they carry, they have put a huge dent in the political future of their family name. Because of Ian Douglas and Matthew Walter, I can NEVER vote another Douglas or Walter again, no matter what party they going up for. Shame on these guys! Sorry Cabral and the rest of the Douglas family that may still have that political desire in them. Just as I will not vote for another Bush in the USA so to I cannot and will not vote another Douglas or Walter. Those are little boys

    • we bonjai
      May 6, 2014

      doe have Ian name in your mouth

  21. countrywoman@hotmail
    May 5, 2014

    Ala, and the begging continues

  22. Simply the Truth
    May 5, 2014

    Good luck Ian Douglas to keeping Portsmouth the stronghold of a succession of DLP family politicians and constituents.
    A politician’s duty is no easy matter. I have noted that through the years some nationals (in Canada where I reside) have become more aggressive and demanding in their expectations of politicians and some without lifting a finger to assist their country/ province except complain and criticize. I have also noted that it is no different in Dominica among some of them. Nevertheless, do your best for your constituents and the town of Portsmouth to make this town a progressive and enjoyable place to reside in.
    Elected politicians can do so much. They cannot always please the people and not all of the time. It is no different in other countries. Therefore the people must be broadminded and understanding.
    I have known your family since childhood and I always feel dear to them especially your uncle Rosie, departed who will always be missed by all those who knew him; also your aunts, one of whom reside in Ontario. I understood she is now vacationing in D/ca.
    Whenever I read about those in politics or who are of a different profession, I do my best to be as fair as possible and to speak the truth.
    I wish you success in the next election. The Lord wants good and considerate politicians to serve his people well and also to make Dominica a better, happy, safe and united place to live in as they also serve him through others and their country. Keep up the good work. God bless you!

    • da in NY
      May 6, 2014

      It is such a shame for someone like you who profess to be a Christian to support such gabbage. These men speaks of the Prime minister like he is God and you support these? They speak like the future belongs to them no regard for God.
      In 60 yrs, in 30yrs.they will do this or that.
      God in no where in the picture its like God told them life and time belongs to them.
      Go on keep on building the GOLDEN CALF of MOUNT HOREB. Remember our God is a JEALOUS GOD.
      Simply The Truth you are soo quick to condem others and yet you uphold such blatant CORRUPTION.
      Father For The Sake Of Your Son”s SORROWFUL PASSION Have MERCY Upon Us Dominicians And On The Whole World. This Regime is OUT OF CONTROL. PEACE to my fellow Dominicians.

  23. 100%truthful
    May 5, 2014

    I somewhat agree with Matthew Walter that agriculture is not dead in Dominica. However, it is very safe to say that it is in a coma or lagony and if we have to take another year of the DLP it sure will die and buried. That’s what the outgoing minister has foreseen and is bailout from the ship knowing very well that not only will agriculture die but Dominica on itself will finish and gone goodbye. That’s what makes this election so very important as it is an election between death and life for Dominica and only us, can save our beautiful country from total disaster. So it is not about DLP or UWP but death and life and the choice is ours to vote for the survival of our country and Team Dominica is the ONLY party in this race that offers hope.

  24. Shaka Zulu
    May 5, 2014

    This is too funny. I am sitting here reading this and all i can do is laugh. 60 years and 60 more. He is young not even 50 yet and has 30 more years. And that is the reason people vote labour. 60 years and town with most potential still in the dark ages. All i will say i feel sorry for our people.

  25. New jersey
    May 5, 2014

    I was at the rally I just. Come for de sewo but I not voting labour again I am disappointed have lost confidence in this government and it’s leadership

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2014

      You lie. You are in New Jersey, as your name says. Stay there!!!!!

      • Simply the Truth
        May 7, 2014

        :lol: :lol: :lol: It must be freezing in New Jersey as it is still cool in Toronto. What a bad winter!
        A few months ago I met someone who resides in New Jersey who was here for a family’s funeral. I was told how cold it was in N.J.
        Do not worry about him/her. This person must be dreaming and hoping that he/she is in sunny and warm-hot Dominica. I am no different. Dreams will do that you know; make belief. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  26. roy laville
    May 5, 2014

    Uwp finish..I agree they die,,

  27. looking out
    May 5, 2014

    please vote for betterment than just someone name

  28. Nocolor
    May 5, 2014

    Weeee. “Portsmouth has been voting Labour for the past 60 years and will do so for another 60 years “under Roosevelt Skerrit.” “Because he is young, he is not even 50 yet, he has another 30 years to go. ?” Is that constitutional? Prime Minister for life. Is it only me or do others determine that it is a dictatorship. Lord help us. This system makes me sick. I’m seeing red.

  29. Anonymous
    May 5, 2014

    Why is the prime minister so uncomfortable by his wife they acting like total stranger. He keep getting up pasting back and front. Clapping for nothing. What a strange couple.

    • we bonjai
      May 6, 2014

      What that have to do with you??????? ….carry come carry go i doe like ppl so

    • Channel 1
      May 6, 2014

      @Anonymous – Brilliant observation. I also made of it myself.

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2014


  30. bomboclat
    May 5, 2014

    We red, red, red, red, ready!!

  31. Osanna Mowanga
    May 5, 2014

    Does portsmouth belong to only Douglas. Wake up people, Give someone else a chance. Enough of Douglas

    • Simply the Truth
      May 7, 2014

      Whom do you have in mind?

    • Devoted Dominican
      May 7, 2014

      Portsmouth people are brainless. For they seem to think that Douglas is the only person alive. Portsmouth people, can you ever remember the last good thing that Douglas has ever done for Portsmouth? Portsmouth, the second town with no roads to walk or drive on, where tourists are scared of coming for there are no security to protect them, where there are more dogs and garbage piling the roads than there are people. Where is Douglas hiding? is he not the one to correct all of those bad things and bring in good things for the people? give Ian Douglas a shovel and have him start cleaning up Portsmouth. For that’s where he belongs.

  32. uwp
    May 5, 2014

    that’s why dno so late on the fire all u to much in politics,workers will not win dno

  33. possie voice
    May 5, 2014

    Confident? ask Ian Douglas what was the last thing he or the Labour party did for Portsmouth!!! A few months Habour lane was dug up by DOWASCO to fix, maintain and change the water line system and up to this date this street cannot be fixed, many of our roads are in really bad condition and in desperate need of improvement… Mr Douglas does nothing for his constituency or his constituents other than give them drinks when he meets up with them at local bars and discos and yet these people will vote for him just because they have been voting DLP for the past 50 yrs…. shame on them… shame on them all!!!!!!

  34. May 5, 2014

    I would also say to most of the laborites who don’t know where a meal is coming from tomorrow that zero from zero leaves what? so love your pm still

  35. piggie
    May 5, 2014

    D.n, o, show de crowd all u to not easy.but thank god itz on the net. All u showing a little tiny part of de crowd

  36. Elos
    May 5, 2014

    Way to go Douggy all the way with Ian Douglas and the DOMINICA Labour party….we going all the way to the poll with you on election day.

  37. Fire bombers
    May 5, 2014

    “Have no fear for the Portsmouth constituency, Portsmouth constituency belongs to the Dominica Labour Party,” he said to thunderous applause.

    He stated that Portsmouth has been voting Labour for the past 60 years and will do so for another 60 years “under Roosevelt Skerrit.”

    “Because he is young, he is not even 50 yet, he has another 30 years to go,” he said.

    Like Matthew Walter said of the Paix Bouche constituency, Ian Douglas says the very same thing about Portsmouth. Not one piece of development the man can identify as reasons why Portsmouth people, the second town of Dominica, should vote Labour. They should vote DLP because: according to Ian:
    A). Portsmouth belongs to the DLP . By the way they really treating Portsmouth like something they own but does not care about it.
    B) Possie has been voting labour for 60 years. No wonder Portsmouth is so undeveloped and dirty.
    C). Will vote DLP for another 60 yrs under Skerrit.
    D) Because Skerrit is young, is not even 50 yrs yet and has another 30 years

    Portsmouth people, how much longer can you continue to take this insult? Can you imagine Portsmouth another 30 yrs. under Skerrit

  38. May 5, 2014

    the douglas family has so much land in hampstead and you have a minister of tourism who has never once thought of trying to uplift the estate and when he speaks he says he has tourism at heart.

  39. May 5, 2014

    am just that this time around other people like myself can realize the wrong we have done over the years by keeping these worthless guys in power.. shame

  40. Oh No
    May 5, 2014

    If these are the reasons for voting labour as given by Ian Douglas he must have had one too many drinks. The PM is not yet 50, Portsmouth has voted labour for 60 years… Politicians must graduate their politicking and as the about party says, take it to the next level. The populace is becoming more mature, hopefully, and more intelligent. The populace must be fed with information to grow socially, economically, politically, among other relevant life matters.

  41. May 5, 2014

    there is nothing that this man can say he has done for the wonderful people of Portsmouth over the past years

  42. May 5, 2014

    ian douglas is the only minister that has nothing yet he still brays like a donkey

  43. Fire bombers
    May 5, 2014

    When one thinks of the hardship that exits in Dominica, the hopelessness that exits, the unemployment and the crisis that’s been created by this government; to hear these guys say they are confident of winning their seats come election time, leads me to conclude that Dominica is cursed until death and will not change because our people are too stupid. None of these fellers deserve to win their seat.

  44. Anonymous
    May 5, 2014

    more chinese businesses opening more dominicans going home. more chinese business more poor dominicans get.

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