Gov’t, Opposition draw line on House Speaker choice

Boyd-Knights has been longest serving Speaker in Dominica
Boyd-Knights has been longest serving Speaker in Dominica

It appears that the Government and the Opposition have drawn a line when it comes to nominating a Speaker of the House of Assembly which will be convened in February.

The government has already nominated Alix Boyd-Knights for the job and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is sticking to the choice.

On the other hand, the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is adamant that Boyd-Knights, who has been in the position for the past 14 years, is just not the right person.

As a matter of fact Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, said the UWP is willing to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss another nominee.

“We would like to discuss it with the Prime Minister,” he said.

At a ceremony for the swearing-in of new ministers on December 15, 2014, Skerrit announced that the government will be nominating Boyd-Knights as its nominee for House Speaker in the new Parliament.

The news was greeted with disappointment by the UWP with Linton saying that a more balance and more impartial Speaker was the best way forward.

But it seems that his concerns have fallen on deaf ears because Skerrit told state-owned DBS Radio on Monday that the government is not changing its position when it comes to nominating Boyd-Knights.

“Alix Boyd-Knights still remains our nominee, our candidate for the Speaker of the House,” he said. “That still stands. We believe that she has demonstrated her ability to maintain order in the House of Assembly and she has done so without favor, affection or ill will or any fear.”

He said the government looks forward to her reappointment as Speaker.

But Linton has a completely different take on the matter saying Boyd-Knights is an unsuitable candidate who has not distinguished herself on the job.

“The position of the UWP going into parliament has not changed,” he stated. “Alix Boyd-Knights is unsuitable to continue as Speaker of the House and we have said that.”

Linton said the position of the Opposition is based on the record of the long-serving Speaker.

“She’s been cantankerous, she’s been vindictive, she’s been divisive over the years, she has carried slavishly the agenda of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in the Parliament,” he stated. “And we do not think that is good for the Parliament.”

Linton noted that the Opposition will nominate someone who is “eminently qualified” and “extremely competent” for the position and is willing to meet the Prime Minister to discuss it.

“We prefer to discuss it with the government, the Prime Minister before we make this public,” he stated.

He said the discussion will be based “on the national interest” on the Opposition’s choice for Speaker.

He noted this will be best for the Parliament of Dominica and not necessarily reflect a dislike for Boyd-Knights.

“We’ve always argued that it is the best of us that should take care for the rest of us,” Linton stated.

Boyd-Knights has been the longest serving Speaker of the House in the history of Dominica. She was first elected in April 2000 and was re-elected in July 2005 and February 2010.

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105 Comments

  1. Liberty
    January 29, 2015

    The Speaker should be acceptable to members of the house,the role of the speaker is to maintain order,also to enable the opposition to question the executive,IE the goverment zi have yet to see or hear the speaker being impartial or helpful in any session.

  2. truththe
    January 29, 2015

    Speaker in the High House for Life Division for Life, time to put party away and do the right thing for Dominica. It is indeed time to be grown as a Nation.

  3. bigger
    January 29, 2015

    The UWP oppose every single project that the government proposes be it Roads Extension of airports State House you just name it . It is not in their DNA to agree to anything. If the good Lord was nominated by the Prime Minister they would have a problem with that also. If per chance in the future they would agree with any proposal made by the DLP please abbot it because it wont be in the best interest of the country

  4. January 29, 2015

    Doesn’t anyone find it strange that since 2000 there has been a change in Prime Ministers; Presidents; Ministers of Government; Parliamentarians and the list goes on yet the “SAME SPEAKER”. She is that good at her job eh? When the PM Roosevelt Skerrit stated for the public record that he would answer any question presented to him by the Opposition in Parliament; the good speaker blatantly refused to allow those questions to be put to the PM. No wonder the PM referred to her as conducting her job “without favor, affection or ill will or any fear”. What we want Mr PM is a speaker who is FAIR (not FEAR) and BALANCED.

  5. empress
    January 29, 2015

    Ha ha i just come to read the comments

  6. ParoInRoseau
    January 29, 2015

    Time to put that old speaker by the side of the road…let somebody else get some use out of it. :lol: :lol: but jokes aside its time to get a new speaker. Alex is too complacent and a little too comfortable with her position. Therefore, she does what she wants and says what she wants. I’ve watched several parliament meetings and she was out of line but that’s another story… Apart from that everybody clearly knows what side she’s on and that shouldn’t be the case. She doesn’t even try to conceal that she’s not for the party… “DE LADY JUST DOESNT CARE.” But should they go into talks to ever change that speaker I recommend that they don’t get a MALA speaker. That speaker not good too and it too small for the job.

  7. mine
    January 29, 2015

    In life everything happens for a reason who knows why Lenox lost the election God knows why. You all keep questioning things. Linton was’nt suppose to win of the dream I had the message was keep him out keep him out. I arrest my case. Thank you.

  8. Democracy 4 Dominica
    January 29, 2015

    Arduous, is how Skerrit described the opening of Parliament during his Post Election Speech. well he is doing good on his threat. He is picking a fight by not taking in consideration what the Opposition brings to the table. This could only mean one thing. Nothing has changed and the Country is still on a course for
    disaster.
    It’s going to be business as usual if the Opposition is not allowed to contribute to the development of the Country. If Skerrit is unwilling to sit down and have meaningful discussion and listen to a different point of view, then all this talk of moving forward is just that, TALK.! You can’t be so rigid and it’s counterproductive.

  9. Democracy 4 Dominica
    January 29, 2015

    Skerrit wants people he can control around him. Alix is a classic example, She goes along with everything he says and help push his Agenda. Why on earth would he let her go? This is all part of his Master plan and the Opposition should know Skerrit is not going to give up his trump card!
    Alix on the other hand, should vacant the position and extricate herself thus avoiding any further contention. Exit gracefully and do what’s best for the Country.

  10. IF I WUZ
    January 29, 2015

    Parry, I would advise the Prime Minister to appoint Sir Brian Alleyne as the next speaker of the house. If he supports Sir Brian, he would make the wrong he made to Sir Brian a number of years ago a right.

  11. The Facts
    January 28, 2015

    “cantankerous, vindictive, divisive over the years, carried slavishly the agenda.“ And we do not think that is good for the Parliament.”
    Linton, are you referring to yourself? All those walk-outs of Parliament; disruptions, demonstrations and protests you have conducted and cause others to do likewise? You have the nerve to make those comments against the Speaker of the House?
    For God’s sake Linton, you troublemaker! You are not the PM. You happened to be elected an MP thanks to James’ influence without whom you would never have been elected. Have respect and keep quiet. Know your place! You are causing too much disruptions and divisions in Dominica. You are not worthy to represent the people of Dominica. Take a back seat.
    How about those 4 losers you appointed as Senators? The PM did not criticize you. Linton, man, know your place. Dominica is not yours. Parliament is not yours. Learn to be respectful, humble and docile. You have so much to learn in this…

  12. January 28, 2015

    The nomination of Alix Boyd-Knights and refusal to give the opposition leader the ear of reason to meet with their nominee for the speaker of the house is more evidence that Roosevelt Skerrit has no intention of working with the opposition. For those of us who have followed the political career of Mister Skerrit know quite well that he is one who refuses to lose a fight. We saw it a couple months ago during the election. He will, name call, import voters, refuse to clean up the voters list and do anything imaginable to win a contest. This contest is no different. It is sad but true. Skerrit extended the olive branch to Mr Linton and the opposition and withdrew it before they had the opportunity to stretch out their hands, He is on one who will bury the hatchet with the handle sticking out so he can grab it when his opponent is not looking so he can inflict the most possible damage. Mr. Linton must be forceful and stand firm for what he thinks is best for the country.

  13. pest.......
    January 28, 2015

    Alice missed the Palace but it appears she is well nailed to the house .

  14. Zayaga
    January 28, 2015

    I am not a political party person, but over the years it has become obvious that putting Alix Boyd-Knight int he position of Speaker of the Dominica House of Assembly is not in the interest of healing the political divide that is now holding this country back. in the interest of moving forward I suggest that a different person be found to do that job.

    • anonymous2
      January 28, 2015

      They aren’t interested in moving forward. It is business as usual.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      January 28, 2015

      Dominicans, be honest, be fair. please tell the p.m that he needs to change the speaker.
      she is too biased. She is one sided.she like a fam day bah.

      • Osanna Mowanga
        January 28, 2015

        isn’t there a more suitable person in Dominica?
        why do we constantly get the worse? She was determined to prevent Mr Alleyne from getting the position.
        We are sick and tired of this speaker. we need a change

  15. January 28, 2015

    The re-election of Mrs. Boyd-Knights is a fait accompli but it is very strange, that people on either side of the political divide oppose her nomination as President of the Commonwealth of Dominica because they thought she is not suitable for the position.I believe that later on Mr. Skerrit will come to realize that he has made a mistake. It is true that she is now the longest serving Speaker in the history of this country but that is all. she is void of all the characteristics that would have made her into a good speaker.

  16. genie
    January 28, 2015

    yall for real….seriously??? let’s suppose the PM listens to lennox and they all agree on the same person….can u imagine how lennox will feel he is really the PM and start making more and more demands???? yall looking or ammunition to dis stabilize the government….wait for the next elections man and all will be well

    • JOHNNY
      January 28, 2015

      What if Lennox nomination was a highly respected and acceptable labour party intelectual who is known by all to be fair, conscientious and more balance than the current Speaker?

    • RastarMarn
      January 29, 2015

      You Fool-ish nuh, the political spectrum governing any nation must have more than one side to properly handle the affairs of the masses you know,,,

      Go do a little research nuh and listen to how this woman have mismanaged that position nuh, before you come here talking like you in a primary school Playground,,,

  17. Zuma
    January 28, 2015

    Lipton said the discussion. will be based on the national interest of the opposition choice.. What you fail to accept is that you have no power to implement any decision.the ruling government is in the majority and their decision stands..your choice as the Opp o si tion holds no weight.and your actions are unreasonable.. Alix is doing her job as speaker of the house to keep each one of you all in line. When this is breached you all will be punished. Adhere to the rules of the house and you will not be chastised… Secondly you can’t dictate who must be speaker of the house..

    The people done vote and vote already so stop your disgruntledness in this country…

    At every move of the DLP you come with a countermove. Your behaviour is unbecoming and irritable. I have not read any thing good that you have done since you have been elected. Everything about you is a fight and a roro, you will not speak on my behalf. I do not want you to speak on my behalf, go your way boy.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      January 28, 2015

      He really does not need to speak on your behalf. you sound like you need to go to a special ed. class.

  18. Mahaut talk roro
    January 28, 2015

    Question, does Linton have the authority to change the speaker of the house , if no, why won’t he relax and attack skiroo on the manifesto the DLP presented at the election. See to that it comes into action

    • January 29, 2015

      Stop being an idiot it’s suppose to be a joint effort.

      • marigot
        January 29, 2015

        Stop being an idiot Patriot and read the constitution. When the House meets for the first time after any general election, it shall elect a person to be speaker of the House. This does not require any consultation a person or persons have to be nominated and the house will vote. So if Mr. Linton wants a particular individual to be Speaker all he has to do is to nominate that person , but we know that that person does not stand a snowball chance in hell because Mr. Linton’s party is the minority party.

  19. country too free
    January 28, 2015

    skerrit cannot love Dominica and Dominicans it is very obvious no one can tell me different REMEMBER he skerrit put it on recored and shouted in the parliament MADAM SPEAKER the Country is too FREE and he said it three times

  20. Dawn
    January 28, 2015

    Throw out that old speaker.. get a new speaker for the The Roosevelt pappy show-(House of Assembly

  21. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 28, 2015

    All the man you playing you fraid now! You never thought the both of you would be meeting face to face,eh?
    Well the battle will soon be on..Either you in or You out.

    • Titiwi
      January 29, 2015

      Listen garcon, one thing certain about Lennox he is not scared of the devil himself and madame speaker can not be worse than that.

  22. A Doubting Thomas
    January 28, 2015

    If the Opposition Leader does not like the Speaker, he can just pull the opposition out of parliament when the Speaker is in the Chair, but wait, that will be every time. We are accustom to that. Remember three no shows means a by-election. That is the Law.

    So the Opposition Leader staged a protest for someone he helped lose his job because of his ignorance of the law or so he said.

    Now he wants the Speaker to lose her job, because of his ignorance of the law, Again.

    I mean we all know or should know that a Speaker is nominated and if the nominee gets the most votes in this case where we have a majority in government and The Speaker being the Government choice will be appointed.

    All the Opposition leader has to do is put a name forward and if that person gets more votes, then maybe his nominee will get the job. But that is highly impossible and the Leader of the Opposition knows that, so the question is, why all that hot air?

    Sing Comforter, Sing

  23. amy
    January 28, 2015

    Dominica has sure beautiful intelligent young people, why are you giving the job to a 80 year old, when young minds capable of doing the work is unemployed. Come on its their future, step aside and let a young person apply for the job. They have a vision, Boyd vision is already dead, she need to take a seat somewhere, maybe she can volunteer her time in the prison and give some positive contribution to her country.

    • The Facts
      January 28, 2015

      Listen here, you discriminatory person! Only foolish people make such a statement, knowing that they may never live to be even 80 years. You are discriminating against yourself. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:
      Alix is not yet 80 years old. She is not yet even 75 years.
      Do you not know that you are as old as you feel? Age is not person and does not make a person. If you did not know how old you are, how old do you think you would be? Learn some intelligence and broadmindedness.
      How old are you, you ignorant person? You will be fortunate if you live to be 80 years healthily and gracefully. Some of you people are out of place, disrespectful, crude, rude and insulting toward your very own people. God took note of what you stated. Your day is coming and soon enough. You are digging your grave and deep enough. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  24. January 28, 2015

    8-O Oh my God! …she served that long (since the year 2000)? Is she “House Speaker for life” or for the life of the Dominica Labour Party?

    I think reason dictates that we need a new, and non-controversial, House Speaker. Ms. Knights served long enough.

    • The Facts
      January 28, 2015

      Leave God out of your foolish and ungodly comments. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:
      Are your parents, parents for life?

      • Dam It
        February 20, 2015

        You Idiot! “The Facts”
        Yes! your parents are parents for life.. whether dead or alive.

  25. Me
    January 28, 2015

    I can’t believe there isn’t any person of standing and caliber for this post, who would be acceptable to the majority on both sides of the House. If so, let’s put it to the vote and waste no more time. Why should you bring something back, just to provoke the other side. That is puerile and counterproductive. I believe that Dominica is more than one person.

  26. real possie
    January 28, 2015

    This is what I don’t get, when UWP was in power they changed a man who was fair to all, what they said he don’t look like us. No matter where you people put people around them that they can work with, you don’t used people that you and them has to butt heads all the time the job already stressful you want to have to worry about some other party fool. If Linton feel that way let me tell him bring back the guy from Mahaut to the party, the guy he put there we don’t like him. You dirty the woman name for your gain and you sold that for years till people don’t even know now why they hate the lady, no matter what you say she is you can’t take your case to court because she governs the house by the rules of the house, so Linton like PAT wrote go read your PROVERBS boy.

    • The Facts
      January 28, 2015

      Today many have no respect. They have computer and internet and this makes them more disrespectful.
      In bygone years they would call her Ms. or Mrs. Their lack of respect will not get them to Heaven. God disdains such people. Mark my words. Earth is a preparation for eternity, Heaven or Hell.
      Heaven is reserved for only the holy, pure of heart and in words and deeds and the humble. Quite the opposite for Hell as such people depict. If they make it to Heaven, it will not be without a certain degree of earthly, extensive suffering, causing them to wish they would be dead. What they sow they shall surely reap in time.
      It appears to me they do not know what is contained in Holy Scriptures as much as they quote from it. God will take care of them sooner than they expect. They will find out.

  27. HELLO THERE
    January 28, 2015

    Linton, here you go again , everything has to go Linton’s way . Go conduct yourself in parliament and the speaket will not be a problem

  28. farmer
    January 28, 2015

    Linton you lost the election, 15 to 6

    • Titiwi
      January 28, 2015

      And Skerrit went from 18-3 to 15-6 and it cost him millions, so who lost and who gained??

  29. amy
    January 28, 2015

    Why don’t she train a young person for the position, since she so old and have to retire sooner or later, one way or the other.young people see things different, they are talented and they are the future. So take a seat somewhere Alex Boyd and let a deserving youngster get the job. Give the next generation a chance, so DA can advance, they have vision, Boyd vision is already dead

    • LANGLu
      January 28, 2015

      she train WHO? de woman making her own law. she not even fit to be in any political or governmental job. she is cantankerous and abnoxious. she called herself a vemin… NOT HONORABLE

    • anonymous2
      January 28, 2015

      That’s what they said about Skerrit when they elected the young man into the office of PM. How much advancing has the country done since?

    • The Facts
      January 28, 2015

      You, a human being who does not know how long you will live and when you will die, are you aware that you place a curse on yourself when you make reference to people’s age as you did?
      How old are you? How old are your parents, relatives and friends? I suppose that you will never grow old. People as you will get one good punishment that you will regret the day you were born.

  30. Doc. Love
    January 28, 2015

    I feel your hurt, Hon. Linton. Alix must be Skeritt’s choice for at least for the next year. If not Alix, then who will be able to bridle Linton, as far as Skeritt is concerned. Skeritt has seen Hon. Linton in action and knows fully well those mediocre politicians in his cabinet is of no match for Hon. Linton during the debate, therefore, he will need help to frustrate him. With only a few months as a politician, Linton was able to allegedly caused Skeritt to spend approximately $30 million during the last General Election and still lost three previous constituencies. My recommendation for speaker is Mr. Ossie Lewis former magistrate.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      January 28, 2015

      I believe Ossie would do a great job.support your choice. Good choice

    • The Facts
      January 29, 2015

      Linton must know his place. That man cannot seem to know that and has much to learn about human relationship, good manners and respect for those in a higher position than he is. He is too haughty and proud. Furthermore he is setting a bad example and precedent. He is no good model to emulate. One day he will be brought to naught. His actions will catch up with him.

  31. Yea Right
    January 28, 2015

    Do you think Ossie or Brian are the possible nominees?

    • The Facts
      January 29, 2015

      Linton wants someone who will agree with him all the time and who will not ask him to cease and desist his aggressive behavior/mannerisms, his lawless and disorderly conduct.

  32. lightbulb
    January 28, 2015

    people people you not seeing the move?
    President Savarin will resign we KNOW this.
    Who will be his replacement, Speaker of the House maybe??

  33. Frank Talker
    January 28, 2015

    Alix Boyd-Knights is unsuitable to occupy the Speakers’ seat in Parliament. I believe that the only reason Skerrit wishes to have her in Parliament is because of her open bias toward him. Anyone who listens to the proceedings of The House, will conclude that Alix behaves more like a government Parliamentarian than the Speaker. Even Skerrit knows that Alix is not straight.

    I have no idea who the UWP has in mind for the position, but I wish to indicate to them that Clifford Oswald “Ossie” Lewis, former career public officer and Magistrate, is quite competent to hold the position.

    • joe
      January 29, 2015

      You mean the one that was presenting the uwp candidates, reading all the citations during their launching at the Goodwill Parish Hall??

      He is not BIAS, is that what you saying??? I listen to the house of assembly all the time and i can tell you the Speaker is doing a wonderful job, when a parliamentarian is going out of order and keeps repeating themselves or imputing improper motive she pulls them out on both sides. The difference between the two sides is that the Gov’t side is more humble and sticks to the facts, the opposition side relies on the gossip from their radio talk shows which at most have no substance!!!!!!! Just look at how the former Opposition Leader use to respond to the National Budget and tell me if they were ready!! I think you are the Bias one.

  34. Love All
    January 28, 2015

    While I agree Linton talks too much but that lady she should not hold any public office no matter how qualified she may be on paper.. The P.M. should revisit the nomination. This lady is strong source of the lost of popularity for the DLP. P.M. you have nothing to lose if you let her go.

  35. January 28, 2015

    As usual u are wrong .the pm does not appoint the speaker. He nominates someone and they vote in the house of assembly. Because he has the most seats he gets his way

    • Views Expressed
      January 28, 2015

      But we know that, so what`s your point………..The issue is this lady must go….we need better…we deserve better

      • Osanna Mowanga
        January 28, 2015

        you could not have said it better. We as a people, as Dominicans ,we deserve better.

      • The Facts
        January 29, 2015

        We would like to know what is your status in Dominica to make such a comment. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Observer
      January 28, 2015

      Who is wrong? The only reference of appointment was by the PM “He said the government looks forward to her reappointment as Speaker”.

    • The Facts
      January 29, 2015

      Tout vieux negre have a say. Who are you anyway?

  36. GF
    January 28, 2015

    Unfortunately, the PM has adopted a very autocratic type of leadership where whatever he says goes. He should at least discuss the matter with the Opposition before moving forward. This decision will affect both parties. Its about time the House has a new speaker. Let democracy reign!

    • January 28, 2015

      Ha ha ha! Lennox Linton, you made the statement that “The best of us should take care of us” If what you portray is the best of you then your best you offer is questionable. Do some introspection!

      • Views Expressed
        January 28, 2015

        Jamara you are out of context, if you are unable to contribute to this discussion honourable, please just read and follow the discussion. You will learn.
        We need BIG minds in this important matter………NOT small minds

    • The Facts
      January 29, 2015

      He has nothing to discuss with the opposition. They are always on the warpath. They must know their position, when to speak, what is required of them, when to keep quiet and have respect for the authority of the PM.

  37. Ralph Joseph
    January 28, 2015

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    • Titiwi
      January 28, 2015

      Ralph, what exactly are you trying to say? What is the connection with the Speaker of the House?

  38. The Evangelist
    January 28, 2015

    The woman is a terrible speaker of her own house and should NOT be speaker of the Honorable house.

  39. joe
    January 28, 2015

    Lennox give us a hint!! Who you have in mind?

    • Views Expressed
      January 28, 2015

      Joe, let me answer your concern……An Honourable person who will respect and acknowledge both members on either side of the house.

      • A Doubting Thomas
        January 29, 2015

        View Expressed; that would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. There is no one I have heard or seen so far who supports the UWP who could do what you expressed. Only a person who fully supports the DLP could be partial to both sides. The UWP would not support that either. Tell us one thing coming from the DLP you have heard the UWP fully supported. Nothing, they are incapable. The only person the UWP would support is someone they would choose.

        The UWP wants one of their own. Therefore when they win an elections they can choose whom ever they want. The Current Speaker and the Incoming Speaker, who is one and the same person, is very good for the job and the UWP knows that. She knows the Law. She knows how to keep her House professional and will not allow unnecessary disruptions.

        Madame Speaker you have many fans out there. Keep on doing the great job you always do. And don’t be discouraged there are more of us for you than those who are against you.

      • joe
        January 29, 2015

        And who is that person? Time is running out!!!!! We want a name please!!!!

  40. Handout
    January 28, 2015

    Linton, there is nothing that is being done by the DLP that you don’t oppose. An election was held in December and the DLP got the most seats, therefore, the PM, who is Roosevelt Skeritte has the authority to appoint the speaker. Again, you don’t have a clear understanding in the formation of an elected government. You are in strong opposition of the air that the PM breaths. Why are you always looking for attention? More and more you are being seen as a public nuisance .

    • grell
      January 28, 2015

      Your name speak for itself,you and the rest will continue to beg Skerrit and sit on you lazy butts,while dominica sinks.

    • PS
      January 28, 2015

      “Arrogance and ignorance not a wise man maketh”.
      It is not the Prime Minister but the House that shall elect a person to be the Speaker of the House as its first task of business when it meets after any General Election. The same applies to the appointment of the Deputy Speaker as clearly outlined in 36(1) and 37(1) of our constitution.

    • Papa Dom
      January 28, 2015

      You are so stupid! If anyone does not understand it is you. The PM, who ever he/she is has no authority to appoint a speaker: Parliament does. This issue of the speaker is not a new one and every independent Dominican knows the current holder of that office is most unsuitable to hold that office. If you have surrendered your right to speak or to demand accountability from the elected officials, not all of us have. Furthermore if skerritt was truly serious about all Dominicans working together for the common good he would welcome the suggestion of replacing ABK because truth be told he knows that most people, his supporters included, think that she should be replaced.

      • marigot
        January 28, 2015

        Let me see Parliament elect any one but the person Skeritt nominates. Papa Dom, who controls Parliament? The result of the elections shows the DLP with a clear majority in the house, that means that Skeritt as PM and leader together with the rest of the DLP Parliamentarians will decide who the speaker is going to be. So huffing and puffing not going to prevent the DLP majority from electing Alix Boyd-Knight to be speaker for a 4th term.

      • Ma Moses
        January 28, 2015

        You are correct Marigot that the majority in the house will carry the vote but it s important to show that such a vote would not be unanimous, leaving the parliament badly divided. Ms. Boyd- Knighst has already been the speaker for 15 years and for the sake of unity couldn’t she volunteer not make herself available? I think a lot people on both sides would appreciate such a selfless gesture and it would give the P.M. and the opposition leader an opportunity to agree on a candidate before the house meets. We are supposed to be mature people and should act it. We should be an example to our children, our children and the youth in general.

    • Views Expressed
      January 28, 2015

      This is NOT attention, this is representation. Lenox has concur on matters of government and you may be so deaf you have failed to hear it…..

      If Lennox`s representation of the people has caught your attention then good, his presentation is working.

      Good going Lennox

      • A Doubting Thomas
        January 28, 2015

        Yes. we want him to continue doing what he is doing. It shows us time and time again that we were not wrong to have allowed his party to remain in opposition.

        The right persons and the right party were elected to be our country government. Praise God.

      • marigot
        January 28, 2015

        @ views expressed, this is not representation this is power play. The vast majority of Dominicans couldn’t care less who the speaker of the house is. They do care however who the various ministers are because these are the people whoes feet they will hold to the fire when promises are not kept.

  41. Just Observing
    January 28, 2015

    Who is it that Mr. Linton wishes to be appointed Speaker? It cannot and will not be a non-partisan individual. I suspect it is someone who has canvassed for his party, was actively involved in the last election and is among those disgruntled ones who because of age his contract was not renewed by the Skerrit administration. On another note, when will Mr. Linton come to realize that his ideas for Dominica are not the only ideas that can ought to be considered on the development table? He comes across as someone who will settle at nothing else but what he sees and wishes to take place. Dominica does not have a coalition government. There was an general election. The people spoke 15-6. Linton expressed some doubts about the outcome, led a few protests marches over the results, chose not to challenge the results despite a mountain of evidence to prove election irregularities he claim and then gladly took the oath of office as Opposition Leader. He now refers to the PM Skerrit as the PM.

  42. Cyrique
    January 28, 2015

    Lennox please turn the page. The PM allegedly stated that he’s looking forward to Boyd-Knights being re-appointed as Speaker. He’s happy with her and no doubt she’ll be appointed with a majority backing. Why are you still winging and wasting time????? Mind you, I think you have a right to raise issues of concern but do so in the public’s interest. Not for self importance and media coverage to raise your profile. Roll up your sleeve and do the job you were elected to do. There are more important issues which you should concern yourself with.

  43. January 28, 2015

    Lennox too Rude. We want Alix So you either you accept or resign as a member of parliament let there be a bi-election in Marigot for change,

  44. Speaker For Life
    January 28, 2015

    Dominica’s House of Assembly, that structure, has been willed to Alix Boyd-Knights.

    Imagine Skerritt nominated, wanted, tried to impose Alix as President of the People of this beautiful Nature Isele. The people, through their advocacy, concerns, expressions of,” No, not that cantankerous Lady,” and public pressure, forced her to back down. But that same Lady went back to her House to continue as Speaker.

    The Cabal and apologists hypocritically tell us that Speaker will not be bias. But her job is to protect, defend her ilk in Gov’t? Actions speak louder than words.

    Genuine questions will be blocked. Answers to questions pertinent to the development of Dominica will be hard to come by. Mark my words. Not with that Speaker, who the people rejected as President.

    The opposition must continue to be grounded in the communities, among the people, the marginalized, the youths, elders. Continue to be the guiding force for truth and integrity.

  45. JoJo
    January 28, 2015

    Mr. Skerrit, in your acceptance speech of 8 Dec. you called for everyone to to transcend political differences and pull together (…I presume for the good of the entire country!).
    That is a noble and commendable appeal P.M. Knowing the contentious issue of our current speaker wouldn’t it be better to agree to replace her with a new candidate, acceptable to both sides of the House. Surely that must be possible so that we can concentrate on running this country with the full, committed participation of all and don’t get side-tracked again by acrimony for which we neither have the time, nor the place. We just can not afford that.

  46. January 28, 2015

    Pm is afraid to be able to stand on his own in the house he needs his props and that is what the speaker of the house Alix Boyd-Knight is she is to object and harass the other members, and all I can she is not balance and that’s what the house calls for, But what I don’t understand why does she believe she should be there for another 5 years doesn’t she want to do something else for herself maybe open her own office she speaks about children and women are abused why not step down and go and help them, show us the other side of herself if at all she have one PM (Skerrit) is a problem and we as Dominicans and Dominica are suffering.
    I knew the Olive branch was a dead branch and I’m glad the other side didn’t accept it ,, What was your price this time Alix Boyd – Knight .

  47. concerned Dominican
    January 28, 2015

    If Alix Boyd was a loyal Dominican and love her country she 70yrs. She should just resign the post. I ATTENDED THE CONVENT HIGH SCHOOL WITH HER. wE ATTEN DED bIBLE CLASSES THESE TEACHING SHOULD REMIND HER TO BE A PEACE MAKER. WE ARE 3 SCORES AND 10 NOW IS THE TIME TO SPREAD PEACE AND LOVE ALIX YOUR FORMER SCHOOL MATE IN CHRIST. LET US DISPLAY CHRIST-LIKE BEHAVIOR.

    • TRUTH
      January 28, 2015

      She looks so good! 70 yrs.!! She sure looks younger than you.

      • Osanna Mowanga
        January 28, 2015

        oh oh. i thought she was 80 wee.
        she will need a walking stick to get to work man?
        lady, why dont you resign and go and enjoy your last days on earth?

    • A Doubting Thomas
      January 28, 2015

      Concerned Dominican

      Practice what you preach. You do not speak as someone who knows what a peace maker is.

    • January 28, 2015

      Concerned Dominican you went to convent high school and that’s how they teach you to write caps and commons letters in front of of a cap letter

  48. January 28, 2015

    they don’t know what they want

  49. Stupes
    January 28, 2015

    “Fraid they fraid her so. Leave her where she is. If UWP were acting like adults in parliament, she would not have to be chastising them. They need to grow up and learn to represent their constituents.

  50. TRUTH
    January 28, 2015

    And she will continue to be elected because she is doing a fine job. “Meme si yo vlay meme si yo pa vlay, Speaker sala paka shanger”

  51. Mastermind
    January 28, 2015

    I dislike the speaker’s approach to the UWP but just like Skerrit ain’t going anywhere, THAT SPEAKER, THE SAME SPEAKER PROSPER TRIED TO DEMOTAY WITH HIS SCREWDRIVER; WILL NOT BE MOVED!

    Is so we come!

  52. A
    January 28, 2015

    Let us know who the nominee is. I don’t want the speaker to be Alix Boyd Knight but I certainly hope your nominee is not Brian Alleyne because he seems just as biased as Alix Boyd Knight.

  53. COMBOS
    January 28, 2015

    Linton i love you but if you are reading this.. please leave these people alone on this useless matter please

  54. maindesk
    January 28, 2015

    Is this Team Dominica going to waste important time in a fight with the Speaker again? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The Speaker will be Alix and they better learn to live with it and spend their time fighting for electoral reform.

  55. zulu
    January 28, 2015

    Dj skerro boy I warning you this is the last time I’m fixing that speaker for you throw that speaker out let it hush it mouth

    • Titiwi
      January 29, 2015

      This is an obsolete speaker, spare parts are no longer available.

    • Wow,
      January 29, 2015

      Like or Dislike: 0 0 Wow, January 29, 2015 Your comment is awaiting moderation
      Zulu, what brand is that speaker and how any wats it carries? Is it jbl, kickers or boss? Is it a base or a mid range? Lol!,
      Maybe Lennox should just a bigger amplifier to burn out that old speaker …. Lol
      Now back to y’all politrics……

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