Ian Douglas bewildered by UWP challenger

Joseph (left) plans to take on Douglas (right) in the next general elections
Joseph (left) plans to take on Douglas (right) in the next general elections

Member of parliament for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) stronghold of Portsmouth, Ian Douglas, says he’s bewildered by United Workers Party (UWP) challenger, Jefferson James, who intends to turn the tide against him in the upcoming general elections.

At a recent meeting in the second town James, 34, announced his candidacy for the UWP, saying he was willing to sacrifice even his life to bring change to the area.

In reaction, Douglas used words such as  “an atrocity, sad and shocking” to describe James’ decision “to even think” of challenging and opposing the DLP in the constituency since, according to Douglas, the DLP has a record, both in opposition and in government, for assisting the area.

“The people in the Portsmouth constituency supports the DLP because it was the DLP under the leadership of Edward Oliver Leblanc that made the lands of Glanvillia at $500 a lot at the time to the people of Glanvillia,” he said.

Douglas pointed out that Glanvillia did not receive attention  from any government, including the UWP, until the present DLP came to power. “We started resurfacing all the streets in Glavillia and refurbishing the home of the people of  Glanvillia, extended the lots of the houses, build the packing house and even recently, I, as the parl rep, championed the cause of the Glanvillia people being given lots at Promiseville,” he stated.

Douglas said he has no problems with James and he believes the young man has a contribution to make but he is of the opinion that the UWP is not the right organization in which to do.

“I am just bewildered right now that he want to be part of organization that really cannot take Dominica anywhere,” he noted. “I believe for him to make himself available on the UWP right now and promise to lead the people of Portsmouth really is an atrocity, for want of a better statement.

The MP did point out that he takes all opposition seriously, ‘however insignificant they may be.’

“As an experienced politician I take every opposition seriously, I am not one that will underestimate any opponent,” he said. “I believe politics is serious business. You just don’t wash your foot tomorrow morning and come into politics, politics is not a birthday party or a tea party. It is not a joke. It is serious business.”

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114 Comments

  1. Youth
    December 3, 2013

    Yes finally we are able to think for our selves. I tell my mother I not in her labour business with her she asking me why,so I say to her see how long you supporting that party and see where we be still we do go no where. She finally see where I was coming from and said am right lets give UWP a chance. Well JJ you have 4 votes from our house. But if is one thing she maintain she will never make a cross for Ian Douglas again. So am talking to all young people in possei goin me a young woman in Portsmouth and lets make that change for ourselves. :)

    • uwp ambassador
      November 7, 2014

      if your mum feeds you and sleep under her arms she should tell you who to vote because you are not independent, you are a child so get out of here

  2. De Original Met Yo
    November 29, 2013

    Papamet look blows on Ian in the comments section. I staying out of that one. Massacre I from papa.

  3. STUDENT
    November 29, 2013

    Ian Douglas got into politics purely by default. Ian should have chosen singing instead of law, because he’s an atrocious example of a lawyer, especially one who went to UWI. Dr. Severin must be hanging his head in shame. Ian has been politically emasculated and treated by Skerrit with utmost derision, so Ian has no moral authority to say anything about anybody who wants to run for the Portsmouth constituency

  4. Portsmouth man
    November 29, 2013

    Change is a must, change is coming…JayJay and the UWP you have my 100Plus percent support.

  5. Neutral
    November 29, 2013

    I am bewildered Ian Douglas. this is a General Election, any Dominican can make that choice to challenge that seat. This is not a dictatorship – it does not hinges on whether your party’s record is excellent or not. This is democracy and anyone can challenge you, so stop using these irrelevant out of context words to down play your would be opponent. please think before you speak, not just the words but the content.
    Your father and uncle would be appalled by your behavior and political fortitude.

  6. black sheep
    November 29, 2013

    Ian will be the newest calypsonian for 2014 as the “lass dog” . No one can sing like him. The dice’s fan beware of the dog. We fed up of you in possie and don’t let us have to tell the public what you said you will do if Skerrit did not want you again for Possie when you were pretending to be with us in our land melee . We giving JJ and the UWP a chance. We will support you in calypso instaed.

  7. Winner Team
    November 29, 2013

    Douglas pointed out that Glanvillia did not receive attention from any government, including the UWP, until the present DLP came to power. “We started resurfacing all the streets in Glavillia and refurbishing the home of the people of Glanvillia, extended the lots of the houses, build the packing house and even recently, I, as the parl rep, championed the cause of the Glanvillia people being given lots at Promiseville,” he stated.”

    Is this a misprint? Did Ian really say that?

    • Possie
      December 3, 2013

      Now you know Ian mad and sick. Rehab he need to go and live politics alone.

  8. Ashamed
    November 29, 2013

    Ian my boy, if you know what good for you, shut up and stop bashing JJ, a real son of the soil, a son of poor parents who grew up in your father’s potato garden, did what it took to excel, went to university, earned a degree in civil engineering and returned to his community, actively contributing to its development. JJ is not like you, Mano, Ofay and all the other labour talking heads who have sweet words but cannot show real love and caring for the people. You lost your opportunity when JJ was at your side in the Promiseville issue. JJ pulled out when you, Mr. Douglas, turned your back on the people who were putting their necks out, even lying for you saying that you were representing them but was given a cold shoulder by Skerrit. You have no shame and you and the entire labour/skerrit team will be rejected this coming election by the people of Portsmouth. We, the people of Portsmouth, will make you the poster child of political self destruction.

  9. Possie
    November 29, 2013

    Ian boy leave them man alone do us in possie a favor step down now swallow your pride You know better than that Do you know how stupid you looking singing labour song now. The PM dont like you and you know that Douglas political days are gone boy leave gracefully now and stop making a fool of yourself man. I don’t think your kids would like to know that that is the legacy there dad left behind. You have your law degree you can do better.

  10. MeCamem
    November 29, 2013

    Possie people, Please read Ian’s quote again: “Douglas pointed out that Glanvillia did not receive attention from any government, including the UWP, until the present DLP came to power. “We started resurfacing all the streets in Glavillia and refurbishing the home of the people of Glanvillia, extended the lots of the houses, build the packing house and even recently, I, as the parl rep, championed the cause of the Glanvillia people being given lots at Promiseville,” he stated.”

    Point 1. Until the DLP came to power. If he means this then Ian is joking because the DLP has always been in power in Possie. Really! If anyone ignoring Portsmouth has always been the Labour Party and not the other parties because we committed ourselves to Labour. Ignoring the constituency in which you lost is a function of Dominica politics.

    Point 2. I had sounded the alarm on DNO about the recent land issue in Glanvillia. Ian was sent to control the people’s movement in the area. How could Ian attack the PM who never responded to a person for whom he had no respect. It was Ian’s (the football, the joker on carnival stage of the DLP) job was to control the people’s spontaneous movement because how Glanvillia went so was Dominica going, and Skerrit understood that and sent the to football to attack him. Glanvillia people thought Ian was on their side and chanted with him, not realizing they were actually cheering with the person who came to control their movement, Skerrit, and Alick Lawrence who was the author of the conspiracy to take over the people’s movement.

  11. MeCamem
    November 29, 2013

    Please read this again: “Douglas pointed out that Glanvillia did not receive attention from any government, including the UWP, until the present DLP came to power. “We started resurfacing all the streets in Glavillia and refurbishing the home of the people of Glanvillia, extended the lots of the houses, build the packing house and even recently, I, as the parl rep, championed the cause of the Glanvillia people being given lots at Promiseville,” he stated.”

  12. AROUND
    November 28, 2013

    :-| labour power do not like you mr ian.join the UWP and show them who have power now.are you willing for a change in your life mr ian or are you gonna die like the slaves in the past. 8-O see mr ian labour dow like you.they saying real bad things bout you.

  13. AROUND
    November 28, 2013

    :-| well from reading all those comments it’s clear now that my partner ian can feel it in de air.Step down and go in peace mr ian.Go overseas or make your own money to live.dust out on labour power before labour power dust you out.

  14. Tumble back kick
    November 28, 2013

    Ian you have more guts than a calabash to make such a statement. Gorcon ou fini bat, Let me see if Glanvillia people will really vote you back in for your wotlis representation. From your track record you cannot do anything to impress.

  15. geeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    November 28, 2013

    jay jay is the man ,he forget how the pm treating him he forget the tears of how he was hurt

  16. geeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    November 28, 2013

    mr ian u saying that the people got lot i want to know the people who got .and u where in the struggle with the land issue but u forget jay jay was head to head with u and he even join in the struggle for the land befor u and no lands has been alocated to no one yet so stop the miss leading there

  17. Ashamed
    November 28, 2013

    Well, well well, Ian’s head is in the sand. If Ian knew what on his doorstep he would be busy buying votes because JJ earning votes. De Jardin Patat finish. When Ian see what coming for him it will be too late. The next story on DNO will go something like this “Parliamentary representative for Portsmouth Ian Douglas barred from visiting Glanvillia”. The work continues and we intend to make sure that Ian, or any one Skerrit sends up in Portsmouth will be taught a lesson. Just watch.

  18. Positive Thinking.
    November 28, 2013

    UWP is known for not speaking the truth. I would like to ask Mrs Douglas if she was ever approached by any one from the UWP for help for her son.It would put the UWP in good light if they would speak the truth.

    • November 28, 2013

      Ask Ian what help did he receive from them. If he is truthful, he will tell you.

    • November 28, 2013

      The UWP is a party of truth. They did help Ian. They don’t have to sing their song. Yes, when they learnt of his situation, they helped him. Sir, please stop your accusation of they not speaking the truth when you do not know. Skerrit is speaking so much lies and you believe him. His lied about the value of his house and you believe him. He is a great liar and you believe him. Why because you do not like someone/party, you have to lie about him. Stop doing that. It is a truth that they helped Ian when his back was against the wall. You have no facts yet you are saying they are lying because you hate the party.

      • CONCERN
        November 28, 2013

        The labour party help JJ also by sending him to study.

        Everyone is looking for themselves.

    • peace
      November 29, 2013

      Will and come again who is known for not speaking the truth rephrase that

  19. Concerned2DAMax
    November 28, 2013

    Whey papamet.. Iz not the same Ian that was standing with the People of Glanvillia to defy the land issue against Government and vowed to stand with the people if government came with bulldozers.. now he talking against Mr James.

    Ian get with the program because change is coming and “Douglas Dynasty Days” are over. Portsmouth people want change, they want development, they want some one for the people by the people not some puppet who have to be played from inside the box and turn to mouse when the puppet master bleches.

    • looking on
      November 29, 2013

      They want change and who is going to do it Lennox and the UWP, you have to be joking where is this development going to come from you all âre crazy, this is the same UWP that bankrupt our country dont forget when people want power they say anything.

      • Possie Proper
        November 29, 2013

        Dont forget when they in power they does do the SAME THING TOOOOO!!!!!! 8)

  20. November 28, 2013

    Ian, just for keeping quiet, you have lost all your credibility

    You weak :-D

  21. alas
    November 28, 2013

    so nobody must oppose you Ian? Portsmouth must just remain under your reign?

    And you start singing for skeritt again boy?

  22. John Paul
    November 28, 2013

    Well the real Atrocity is when Skeritt passing Ian at the bustop in His security motorcade and they both going to Parliament!Rosie used to pick up any Citizen and Give them a ride .Skeritt Does not want Ian .Ian had to scramble and bring several buses to Pointe Michel Convention.Then they pass a motion and decide to not vote but to leave everything as is .Now comes the insult,”where is Ian to sing the Party song?Ian made a show of standing with the People of Glanvilia against Skeritt ,Alas it was a show .Privately who knows what He said to Skeritt.

  23. A perfect idiot
    November 28, 2013

    Ian boy, we have you on youtube expressing the true character of the Skerrit you trying to sing for today. The thing about you Ian is, you seem to be very forgetful and therefore you constanly need people to remind you. So let me remind you of where UWP helped you without going in detail because I know DNO will not publish as they usually do to me.
    1. Let me start with your dad Michael Douglas. During his illness and death, Rosie Douglas went on DBS to thank UWP for using their personal money to assist your dad during that difficult time.
    2. When you were in University and your back was against the wall, UWP reached out to you and ensured that all your financial needs were met while in college. But you so malonet boy! I hope someday maybe when you get kicked out by Skerrit, you will remember to tell the nation that you said those things because you were politicking and you just had to sing for your supper.

    • looking on
      November 29, 2013

      Dell government help students in college every time in need not just Ian ok the labour party helped Earl Williams when he was in college so its even out, come better than that allu so mal tua net.

  24. Possie Vibes
    November 28, 2013

    yess Jay Jay we Have Your Back All the way in Glanvillia Ian HAsnt done Anything For Us all those years we there pm doesnt respect him he iss a puppet .Not even in the promiseville land he could help us all ian has is talk and more talk we voting Jefferson James for betterment in Portsmouth

  25. intoxi
    November 28, 2013

    ”an atrocity, sad and shocking” All that is You Ian Doglass for the want of a better phrase. You Ian just don’t have no Shame, but don’t worry Skerrit is getting rid of all the Doglass’s in his cabinet your turn is not far just wait and you will see. You are a Sad excuse of a politician and further to be a representative of my constituency

  26. jeff
    November 28, 2013

    Ian don’t have shame , the govt don’t even want him muchless for we the portsmoth people

  27. Xxkav
    November 28, 2013

    Is This Mr Ian Douglas taking like this? This is a sign of a man who is afraid and not sure of his future, so he is now joining the band wagan train to criticise the young man! He wants to come out as being arrogant and showing some false pride! I wonder what’s his rating on the ground in his constituency and within the labour party!
    Imagine in 2013, here comes Mr Ian, telling the people of portsmouth that they are duty bound to vote labour because of 500 dollars. Is that the value of the people in his constituency? Is he nw threatening the people that you guys must vote labour because…… imagine he is so sure that the people will vote labour no matter what is done or what has not been done? This is modern day slavery, slavery played in politics… Its like these bunch of slaves whom we bought for some price in the past must vote us on matter what? This is very insulting and low. Seems to me, these so called failed politicians – are now going crazy and now out of touch with reality- they are all rude and out of place. Shame shame shame, thats why Dominica just need to get rid of this labour party…… For the record, this is the worst government ever in Dominica, so it cant get worst, get rid of them,,,, portsmouth should vote out Ian so he can learn a lesson….
    He is very shaky it seems cause they have him and some others in the political dog house, so they have him last. When last did he acted as PM? Just a question> Douglas

  28. Channel 1
    November 28, 2013

    Some of the UWP accomplishments in Portsmouth:

    – The construction of the Michael Douglas Boulevard

    – The construction of the public library near the Portsmouth Secondary School

    – Extensions to PSS with additional plans for further extensions of the school

    – A road in the Longhouse area(at the back of Georgetown) to make it easier for the trailer trucks – that used to carry bananas for export to the deep-water port in Roseau – to travel and not have to disturb the community late at night with loud noise.

    – Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t it during the UWP’s reign the eatery(shacks) at Ross were constructed to enable locals to have the opportunity to sell eats and drinks to the Ross students during lunch time, snack time etc?

    ……….(y’all can list more things the UWP did for Portsmouth as I can’t remember all the things). But surely, y’all Portsmouth folk know exactly what was done for you all by the UWP even though some of all you like to pretend that all you does suffer from recurring bouts of amnesia especially when the UWP’s name comes up.

    Every government before Dominica’s most backward thinking government ever ie the DLP came into power ensured that the bulk of the housing for Ross students remained in the hands of the local population. However the DLP true to form ie “Keep you poor so that you will always be dependent on the DLP” gave Ross permission to build dorms when there are so many empty apartments in Picard.

    Can you all believe this TRULY atrocious act committed by the DLP on the people of Portsmouth?

    And you people of Portsmouth tell me all you still going to bawl Labour Power and support a government that is only interested in paying lip service to all you around elections?

    …smh……….Something has to be deadly wrong with the heads of a number of Portsmouth people eh…

    • A perfect idiot
      November 28, 2013

      @Channel, you forgot one of the most important accomplishments of the UWP in Glanvillia itself, which disappeared under the DLP. I cannot remember how it was called but I think it was a ish Aquriaum” which had over 60 people from the north employed and immediately after DLP came, that project which I think was managed/ owned by an Australian or Japanese left Dominica as well. It was located just a little south of Longhouse. Ian Douglas would not know about it because at that time he was in university and that same UWP he hates, was helping him pay his tuition bills.

  29. possie people
    November 28, 2013

    Every rope has an end. Ian your end has come…bow out gracefull or we’ll do it for u

  30. Watermelon
    November 28, 2013

    ian you must be a calypsonian go let pat write you a song you have to much guts :lol: :lol: what wrong with you my friend go take a trip again go New York

  31. RastarMarn
    November 28, 2013

    Ok dis is what Ian Say ”an atrocity, sad and shocking” to describe James’ decision “ to even think”,

    d Old English Dictionary definition:

    (atrocity |əˈtrɒsɪti|
    noun ( pl. atrocities )
    an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury: a textbook which detailed war atrocities.
    • humorous a highly unpleasant or distasteful object: atrocities in cheap red nylon.
    ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘cruelty’): from French atrocité or Latin atrocitas, from atrox, atroc- ‘cruel’.)

    Ok soh could someone please ask Ian WTF he talking about???

    For Eons Portsmouth have been let down by the Political regime in Dominica it was Rosie dat brought light and improvement to Portsmouth and his constituency and he wasn’t a member of the DLP initially!!!

    Arguably stating “No Rosie was not of that mentality of those who established the DLP in 1955, Rosie was from a more reformed-Socialist mentality and that’s not the original concept of the DLP”,,,

    Soh for Ian to come talk about what Glanvillia people got is not anything compared to how the whole District was neglected over the Last 50 years before Rosie came on d scene,,,

    Dere is still issues of overcrowding at PSS and dem students still have to travel a million miles to further their studies,,,

    D public works department still don’t have the various equipment needed to maintain the District’s infrastructure,,,

    Portsmouth still don’t have a viable Waste Management program,,,

    All in All the whole district is still in the same predicament that it was 50 years ago even with the little improvements dat Rosie put in place!!!

  32. Toure
    November 28, 2013

    Why am I not surprised at this rant?Jefferson James making himself available to serve his country is “an atrocity,sad and shocking”?

    What is the atrocity?Is Portsmouth are dynasty?
    Mr Ian Douglas pleaseee address your constituents,the larger Dominican populace and yourself with more class,rational and intelligence.We are fed-up of this tribal politics.

    Mr James has come forward and has a fundamental right to do so,you on the other hand should now present to your constituents your plans and the reason why they should give you and the party you represent another chance.Stop acting like people are dotish,keep your foolishness generic,do not extend it to all Dominicans.

    What is the bewilderment? Let me answer that,the whole of Dominica is bewildered.Let’s take your ministry for instance,the tourists are asking for simple things,like public conveniences when they disembark the ship,they complain our people are angry and rude when “they go into the small dark holes they call stores to ask them to use their bathrooms” Do you know almost half the passengers don’t get off the ships? Mr Minister why can’t we collectively come up with a beautification plan for the administrative and commercial city and a timetable to execute that lan?Many are bewildered by this.What happen to the $40,000,000 for the rehabilitation of Roseau?

    It is time we become aware,vigilant and cognizant of what’s happening and stop the tribalism,it’s about Dominica and the betterment of her citizens,stop getting it twisted.It is time for this country to rise above the fray of gutterish politicking.Thanks D.N.O. I’ll stop here for now.

  33. 4CAR
    November 28, 2013

    Tell Ian change ah come!!!

  34. _____________
    November 28, 2013

    Ian you have been used, disrespected and abused by Skerrit.The best thing is for you to stand down or for the people of Portsmouth to demand that you do so. If the young gentleman is the one to replace you, well so be it,but for too long you have shown yourself to be a weakling at the mercy of Skerrit.

  35. November 28, 2013

    I want to join the previous writer and ask what have you and your Government done for the people of your community who were providing housing for the Ross students? This present Govt have given Ross permission to building 400 apartments for their students. It is already hard when there are hundreds of empty rooms in the Picard area and many people are unable to meet their bank commitments. When they start providing these facilities, there will be more and more hardship. The other Govts did not give them permission because the locals could provide housing. That worked well until the DLP came into power. Ian, you did not put in a word for the landlords of your community. What is the reason why the Govt did this? Did they find that the people would become independent and no longer rely on their handouts to vote for them? Did they receive any deal? Will their apartments be filled up and so they went ahead to give them permission? It does not even make sense for the bank to reclaim these buildings because no one will buy such property when their is no or little business. Why, why, why, did you all do this? This shows there is no concern for the people of Portsmouth and Dominica on a whole. It is one cry in this community- houses and apartments are empty. Mr Douglas, what are you doing for the people of your constituency? Do you and your Govt care? I guess not.

    • BEB
      November 28, 2013

      Let us use that scenario, lets say a man has many children, what is wrong if he allows his children to live in his house or around him,So if he decides to build houses to all of his children , who thinks that he is wrong to do this? So if Ross decides to build apartments for his students, what’s the hue and cry about it?

      • Kamchatka
        November 28, 2013

        @BEB – Well it is said that even the devil has his supporters so when people like you talk utter rubbish just so that you can support the atrocities of the Dominica Labour Party then,…………….

        …..(sigh)……………

      • November 28, 2013

        if you had invested and taken a loan from the bank to build apartments for these people, and you cannot pay the bank, then you would understand what is the hue and cry about.

      • countrywoman
        November 28, 2013

        no wonder Ian never lost election, because fools like you vote

      • Anonymous
        November 28, 2013

        you are a damn fool BEB if ross is given the permission to build doom for its students ,who will rent the apartments? i guess u have your house in river estate so you have nothing to thing about.

      • November 28, 2013

        you are a damn fool BEB if ross is given the permission to build doom for its students ,who will rent the apartments? i guess u have your house in river estate so you have nothing to thing about.

      • Papa Dom
        November 29, 2013

        Investment, that is what the people of portsmouth did. Now that Ross has been given the right to build all those investments are in trouble. I guess when the banks reposesses the properties the owners will have to line up at the red clinic since there are no jobs. I bet you and skerritt will like that very much.

    • Ashamed
      November 30, 2013

      Ross University has been the cash cow for many and is now the premier foreign exchange earner for Dominica. But what has this government done to maintain it? Nothing. Ian is the ministry of tourism and the parliamentary representative of the area. Picard is a glorified shanty town with huge concrete structures but no decent infrastructure. There are no sidewalks, no drainage and no paved roads. Students twist their ankles on the tarrish roads daily. Ross security is the police for the area. I will not even touch on the housing issue with Skerrit/Bubbles and that gang.

  36. I see clearly now .
    November 28, 2013

    Every time these people speak you truly get a good idea of how they think of us Dominicans in their individual minds and collectively . If the guy was running on a labour party ticket , oh my Ian would have said so many good things about his character and so on. Ian you should know that everyone in a democratic country cannot and will not be on your side, so please learn to respect peoples decisions and treat people as fair and as humanly as possible. You got your chance to make a difference in the lives of the people in your constituency ,if James feels he can let him take his chances. You and your government keep telling the young people take their chances , strive for higher, don’t be afraid , now a young person has chosen his path, instead of supporting him you are trying to make him feel less than you or a human being come on Ian .

  37. Doc. Love
    November 28, 2013

    Mr. Jefferson James is not Ian’s problem. Skeritt is the man Ian should fear, if he wishes to run in the Portsmouth Constituency. Skeritt never forgets neither does he forgive when politics is involved. Does Ian really believe the nasty things he said about Skeritt, ” just turn your back to have a glass of water and the man will say bad things about you.” Ian really believes Skeritt will forget the embarrassment he caused him at Pointe Michelle during the DLP Convention when he was called to sing the Party song. Ian really believes Skeritt will forget when he was all over T.V. showing his support for the people at Chance as regards to the land issue. If Ian really believes Skeritt does forget, he must ask Garraway, Martin and Severin.

  38. 4CAR
    November 28, 2013

    Mr. Douglas is running and leaning on two things. (1) his last name. (2) his “education.” But we need someone with a heart and concern for the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. They have been in power for donkey years, and all they have to show is land excavation. People are still without jobs and basic necessities. The reason why they want to remain in power is not to better the lives of the citizens. The reason why they want to remain in power is not to move the Country forward. Their main goal is to continue draining the Country, selling the Country and enriching themselves, friends and family. We need a change. God knows we need a change. We cannot afford one more day of labor. We need a change and we need it now.

    Don’t let no one fool you about Ian’s education. Don’t allow anyone to fool you with Skerritt’s Dimples. Don’t let all the bait and switch gifts China is giving – this is just a trap. China is behind our Water. Dominica could be the envy of the other Caribbean Islands if we had good leaders who knew how to generate wealth by exporting the best quality water on the face of the earth. The Chinese want to put their hands on our water to export to Asia. Asia do not have clean drinking water; and the Chinese see gold in the making by controlling our H2o. This will not happen. Labor must go.

  39. November 28, 2013

    Ian, according to you, the UWP is not the right organization in which to do his contribution. Ian, have you forgotten that UWP brothers were the ones who were there for you? How many people of the Glanvillia community have you all sent to study over the fourteen years you have been in power? You all want to keep the people of Glanvillia stupid so they will always vote for you. If they get intelligent they will begin to question you and see you and your party’s crookedness and so you will keep them stupid and poorer so they can continue to vote for you. Was it your Govt that sent JJames to study? No, although the people of Glanvillia did not vote them yet they invested in one of your own. Answer this truthfully, Ian, which is the better organization for JJ to work with? They are a more honest,educated, patriotic people who will bring back money and food and shelter for all Dominicans.When they get in Government, more of them and others all over Dominica will certainly be better of educationally, socially, economically. Change is a must, Dominicans.

  40. ROSEAU VALLEY
    November 28, 2013

    Ian would be well advised to focus on the struggle that is coming from within his party rather than outside. Ian is a good guy at heart but clearly he is being undermined from within and the thing is he is well aware of that.

    The United Workers Party (UWP) challenger, Jefferson James, who intends to turn the tide against him in the upcoming general elections ought to be the least of his worries. If only that was his number one concern he could well sleep his way to victory but alas he has his own dismal record and awful utterances to fight against on his quest for a 4th term in parliament. The people of Portsmouth know that Ian has failed as a Parl rep compliments the undermining of the Prime Minister and other members of the Labour team. We like Ian as a young man. He has a good heart but as long as he continues with the DLP, he will never achieve his true potentials and in turn Portsmouth cannot achieve its highest potential.

    A friend recently whispered that we do not need change in Dominica, what we need is improvement. I, of course respectfully disagreed, because in Portsmouth like Dominica, we cannot get improvement from Ian and this inept bunch of Parliamentarians without effecting positive change and that is why we say change is a must not an option.

    Remember it was Ian who told us in the Roseau Valley that AGRICULTURE IS a HAS BEEN INDUSTRY and we should focus only on Tourism.

    As Ian says let’s check the economic performance records in deciding whether the DLP is really managing the affairs of this country well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJfZZ_EUQ4g

    Respectfully
    Roseau Valley

    • November 30, 2013

      Stay in Roseau Valley and leave Douglas alone freedom party did nothing for Portsmouth thank God for Douglas

  41. Danielle
    November 28, 2013

    I don’t know why, but it still surprises me to see that Dominicans think that only one set of men/ women can lead a country. Why then are we all striving to obtain degrees and better ourselves, if only a selected few can make a difference? To the point of even belittling a fellow man’s decision as atrocious, sad and shocking? What happened to democracy?

  42. Truth be told
    November 28, 2013

    It appears that to some people there should be no opposition in Dominica! Seriously, Ian? What is really so seriously wrong with the UWP organisation that you could say that the candidates are ok but the UWP is not? I thought the candidates made up the UWP? Don’t worry I plan to remake the Dominica Freedom party, what will you say then?

  43. ROSEAU VALLEY
    November 28, 2013

    The Member of parliament for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) in stronghold of Portsmouth, Ian Douglas is one of the most highly educated, qualified and well spoken members in the Parliament of Dominica.
    Anyone listening to the Parliament must be impressed with his relatively better contributions when compared with the bull dogs and those who overuse the words and expressions “therefore”, “Of Course” or You understand!.

    However, we are all bewildered by the fact that Ian has allowed himself to be pushed around by Skerrit from Ministry to Ministry, to sing the party’s song as a jester and never allowing him to act as PM in the absence of Skerrit. Ian has been repeatedly disrespected by the the Skerrit administration over the year in the way the DLP has treated Ian and for this reason as clearly expressed by Ian himself in the attached , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jka__EE-a64, the People of Portsmouth MUST RISE.

    Like Ian, the people of Portsmouth must be going through a perpetual struggle as they have given their heart and soul to the DLP. Now is the time for them to rise and be counted.

    Respectfully
    Roseau Valley

    • ()
      November 28, 2013

      Especially the two words “You Understand”..wonder if the man really has a university degree. A terrible speaker.

    • femmedominique
      November 29, 2013

      very interesting point.

  44. November 28, 2013

    When the UWP was in Government, even your uncle Rosie knew they were working. However, they tried something about corruption and the people went with it without any evidence even today and voted them out of Govt. Today, there is so much corruption in Government. If our police and others in the judiciary system were doing there work, these people would be in jail. The police men are aware of the corruption and because of the under handed deals they do nothing. Ian you are aware of all the corruption but you will keep silent because you have to sing for your supper. You all must pay for it one day. Your government has brought us to the highest level of poverty. Apart from your ministers and their friends and family, every other Dominican has become poorer. God will bring justice one day, I know, to the people of Dominica. There is just too much corruption and everyone can see it, even Peeping Tom but he is keeping quiet.

  45. Brooklyn New York
    November 28, 2013

    DNO, what you guys trying nor. I post my comment , without no profanity or violation and you all refuse to post my comment as is, even going as far as editing so much of what I had to say. Where is the freedom of expression?? Is it a political move you make dere?

  46. maindesk
    November 28, 2013

    Don’t you find Douglas strange? A man under our Constitution with a perfect right to participate in our elections as a candidate announces his intention and Ian insults the man and the people of Portsmouth calling this an atrocity? Was Ian drunk at the time? The real atrocity is that Ian Douglas wants the DLP to win again under a leader Skerrit that he himself told the world is a backstabber of the worse kind.

    • only in Da
      November 28, 2013

      I agree with you 100% I must ask Lord when all these foolishness will come to an end? In the mean time I am praying. The longest ruler has a culvert to go and hide in it.

    • NOT A HERD FOLLOWER
      November 28, 2013

      well said, maindesk. well said

  47. November 28, 2013

    Ian, if you cannot say good about the UWP, don’t say bad. It was the UWP who helped you to complete your schooling in law school. Don’t be ungrateful. If it was Skerrit Govt in power when you were having difficulties, Skerrit would not have helped you out. You are there lavabo and you know that. You are only there because they do not have a choice. So many times they wanted to do away with you and to get someone else but the cabal suspect if they do away with you, people will turn on them. All they need you for is to help them to get that seat but they don’t care about you. The UWP did not say you were labour and did not help you, they did. It is not like today where UWPites are victimised and cannot get work to do. All I know, the longest rope has an end. It will not be so always. Dominica is high jacked by a set of mercenaries who will do every thing to remain in power. IF the Government had worked, they would not have to get handouts to fool the people. Everyone would see their work. Everyone knew the UWP government was working and everyone including you had done better under Workers. We could all see their work. Apart from the coastal road that the Chinese built, what can we see the DLP have done than to bring people poorer. It is the poorest country in the Eastern Caribbean. Shame on you, Ian, it is the UWP who helped you to complete your education that is why you are a lawyer today. You are nothing but ungrateful.

  48. big joke
    November 28, 2013

    if allu doe know wat happening in possie shut up labour all de way

  49. A perfect idiot
    November 28, 2013

    “The people in the Portsmouth constituency supports the DLP because it was the DLP under the leadership of Edward Oliver Leblanc that made the lands of Glanvillia at $500 a lot at the time to the people of Glanvillia,” he said.

    Ian, please do not mention the good name of EO Leblanc in your labor thingy because their is not one true laborite that does not know their is a divorce between the Leblanc brand of DLP and the Ian Douglas / Skerrit imitation of the DLP. For example, one of the biggest enemies of the policies of the Leblanc DLP was Charles Savrin. Today he is the president of the Skerrit imitation of the new DLP. Furthermore, some of the key pillars of the Leblanc DLP that are still alive today are on the other side. Where is PJ? Where is Vic? Where is OJ? Where is Paul Joe? Where is Tom, Dick, and Harry? They were kicked out from the Ian Douglas, Skerrit, Savarin, MKintire brand of the DLP, which has just hijacked the good name of the Leblanc DLP.

    In contrast to the Leblanc DLP that made lots available for $500.00 a lot, today it is the Skerrit/Savarin/Ian Douglas false immitaion of the DLP that is fighting the people of Glandvillia for land. What a shame Ian!

    • November 30, 2013

      Ask Charles Savrin how many times he ran in Portsmouth and how many times he won

  50. Truth
    November 28, 2013

    Ian ,i am born and raise possie ,and for 50 years labour ;;;;; I would be a fool to vote you again

  51. Not a herd follower
    November 28, 2013

    Bondieu! Ian is going mad. His reaction to having Jefferson James as an opponent is so irrational. Are you sensing something unexpected to happen, Ian?

  52. Glanvillia Man
    November 28, 2013

    Jay-Jay is just a puppet in Edison James puppet show. Where you going to put that “state college” in Possie there? In your Promiseville land the labour party gave you? Your plans are so unrealistic and foolish for Portsmouth, I suggest you get a negotiator to get a better deal from the workers if you want to have them have you so. You know it can’t be done without labour… workers can’t even clean their own backyard. Ian we have your back 100%.

  53. Friend
    November 28, 2013

    I have noticed how often the DLP supporters are saying that their opponents – though credible, strong and ideal – are incapable of fulfilling any change because they are with the UWP.

    Why is that? Is UWP cursed or something?

    And another thing – when a man is good say he is! Don’t be afraid of the truth.

    Say that Mr Linton – though lacking in a degree, has potential, which he has demonstrated through his achievements.

    Say that Mr Francis, Mr Thompson, Mr Bazil, Mr Isaac, Mr Sanford and all the others – have potential, say that they have all demonstrated the zeal to achieve and empower – all of which are demonstrated in their achievements.

    I am just frustrated by the constant bringing down of each other in Dominica and this is a thought process which is being continuously endorsed by the DLP members (opposition members as well) Though I am pleased to say they are starting to refrain from the mapwis!

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2013

      You should first familiarise yourself with the facts, next listen to the UWP then analyse the situation. It will then be clear as to how suitable they they are as a replacement of the DLP at this point in time.

    • DoubleStandardMuch?
      November 28, 2013

      Dear Friend…

      this statement would be supported by if…if it went both ways.

      I am always saying how i’ve yet to see any member of the UWP say that the DLP has doen anythign good for Dominica. Nothing they do is ever praised.

      i think that a true measure of any man is one who acknowledges both success and failure.

      so i will continually ask

      Change is an must when there is an OPTION.

      The DLP under Roosevelt Skerrit is not bring the people of Dominica forward. Yes, Dominica is seeign improvements in roads, schools, infrasstructure…but there is no improvemnt in employment, economy etc.

      so if you are askign others to accept and praise the UWP candidates…perhaps you should ask them to praise the successes of the DLP. that would really show their true measure.

      And that is just the hypocrisy that i do not understand. Yesterday’s article had a quote from Lennox saying that the Minister gets a paycheck for doing nothing. Guess what…amny UWP ministers – OPPOSITION – got paychecks and didn’t work. Double standard much?

  54. Talking Numbers
    November 28, 2013

    Hold Up!!!!”Douglas pointed out that Glanvillia did not receive attention from any government, including the UWP, until the present DLP came to power”
    Did I just read that..who did the Micheal Douglas Boulevard?
    What happen you want to say is labour that do it?

    • November 28, 2013

      Also, if my memory serves me right, the National Bank in Portsmouth was built there in the Glanvillia community when the UWP Government was in power. People seems to be forgetting that as well.

      • Anonymous
        November 28, 2013

        That and others were already in the pipe-line when the previous party (Before UWP) was in power. And Ian, I will honestly say, as an individual, meaning if we were voting people and not party, I would never vote for you, but as a representative of my party, you sure have my vote and that of my huge household.

      • November 28, 2013

        That was already in the pipeline but they did not have to do it. They could have done just as the present government did- taken Thibaud school and give it to Newtown. The international airport was in the pipeline but this government did not follow up and wasted money on the present airport when we could have an international airport. Pipeline does not mean any thing; the execution of it that is the most important thing. The Govt then had a good heart and believed that things must be done all over Dominica despite of who vote them or not. Not so this present Govt, they are doing nothing for the constituencies that did not vote them when these people are tax payers as well. This is not right.

      • November 30, 2013

        That’s a lie the national bank was build under the labor party UWP run Dominica bankrupt all u forget all u have short memory

  55. Amazed
    November 28, 2013

    No wonder Ian Douglas is accepting all this crap from his labour colleagues…These people have serious class mentality….In other words…who is Joseph to even think of challenging him….People of Portsmouth …you are doomed under the DLP and the …This not at all about development….it is all about maintaining the status Quo….

    • Ashamed
      November 28, 2013

      I agree and trust me, when the bell rings, you will see a change in Portsmouth that you never thought possible. JJ has a team of hard workers behind him, holding him up and sharing the load. We are going to whip Ian and any candidate the DLP sends. If Ian had any dignity in him, he should resign now or else face humiliation at the polls.

      • November 29, 2013

        It was mike Ian father who save chance for us today we have chance Mike and Rosie and Ian grand father make posse what it is today when the Freedom Party left us behind UWP will do nothing for Dominica all u watch and see labor all the way

  56. Francisco Telemaque
    November 28, 2013

    Ian Douglas; one of the fist things you need to remember is that you are not indispensable, people; all of us are vulnerable, and expendable!

    You are not a god; and you are not above reproach, no one should make politics an estate, therefore every Dominican citizen; born in Dominica, or one who becomes a Dominican by choice have the same rights and privilege as you to contest a general election, or any other form of election in our country!

    Even the Chines, or anybody that the Labor Party, and your sales men, and women sold our national Passports to. As far as we are aware, anybody holding a Dominica passport, murderer, rapist, kidnapper, drug cartel who wish to become a minister of government in Dominica, all they have to do is go to Dominica for a hundred and eighty days prior to the election, and place their name on some ballet, then go around the country, and give away some rum, and money, and simply get the votes, and take Ports, and the rest of Dominica from you.

    Why should you become bewildered?

    The reason you are so delusional about it is because you are of the opinion that no one besides a Douglas should represent the people of Portsmouth. No man is an island Ian, and though you believe you are performing well for the people of Dominica, you need to know your best is not good enough!

    As good as many of us believe we are there are always people better than us when we are performing at our very best.

    your challenger is a much younger man than you; perhaps he is a much better visionary than you are, and may bring something into reality that you and the Labor Party have not been able bring to reality from the year 2000 to now. Your lack of vision is one of the reasons Dominica is without an International Airport in the twenty-first century.

    You know I am aware that you possess great abilities, one of your greatest is your ability, and talent to be able to read and write from the right to your left, your opponent may not be endowed with such great talent, and abilities; nevertheless, that does not mean he should not become a challenge to you.

    People like you and that old man Ambrose should go home, your father left plenty of farm land at Hempstead I believe, South of Ans de Mai I believe he and Rosie is buried there, remember that place where you all used to have plenty of grapefruits which we use to thief in the night when we were transporting bananas to Long House:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah; go and revitalized your fathers estate, and plant bananas you will make more money farming than the obstacle you are in the way of development in the country!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • banan
      November 28, 2013

      ONE THING MY MAN,i got to give you respect,you say it the way you know it,wather they like it or not,though some time you off,you always come right on.like reading your comments.

      • femmedominique
        November 29, 2013

        Then why is he not standing up to skerrit if what they are saying is true?

    • November 29, 2013

      Eugenia Charles was the first PM to sell Dominica passport for china check the record

    • November 30, 2013

      Douglas have done their work in possie it was the Douglas who save chance for us to build and enjoy Freedom Party did nothin for us UWP did nothing for us

  57. Warren Buffet
    November 28, 2013

    Dominicans need to vote labour out of every constituency dem fellas acting like Govt is there birthright. Only the people can set dem fellas straight

  58. Pedro
    November 28, 2013

    Ian, you think you own the people. The young people have realized that they will be worst off than their parents under Labour. watch out for the young dynamic, brilliant Mr. James

    • November 30, 2013

      It is the labor party that put Dominica on the map go and study the history of the labor party

  59. faceup
    November 28, 2013

    GUY you are just so lucky your name is Douglas in Portsmouth and your Daddy was.. Anyway LABOUR MUST GO !

  60. REDMAN
    November 28, 2013

    An atrocity Ian? you must be joking. Does democracy reign in Da. Wake up my former teacher a man can make his contribution to his country on what ever side he chooses. Posse dose not belone to you or your family so please stop acting like it does.

  61. WAYYYY
    November 28, 2013

    Serious Ian! am happy for your last comment, i hope u, Sam, Toulon, Ambrose and these other take note of wat you said. Cus right now, u all have become so complacent just because u no that you all will be voted back again as pal rep. Each of this constituencies have a history. Possy is a strong hold of labour for year, that will not change now, Colihaut, Soufriere and Roseau South, these constituencies were once a freedom stronghold and they have voted for Freedom for 15 years, so its not ez for them to change. It was de freedom Party personnel who ask them to vote for Labour and this they will do for a very long time. So in saying so, honestly UWP will not win these constituencies even if the Pal Reps are and so too is Marigot and Salibury, they have been voting UWP for a long time, that will not change even if their Pal Reps are shits.
    So Politics is a funny ting one has to analize the history of the constituencies before making rash opinion. UWP thinks they will win the coming election. I say No! even if they have pulled some votes but this will not happen now. Maybe in the other election. But not tis one.

    • Papa Dom
      November 28, 2013

      Shallow analysis. How many new voters are there in Rosesu south since freedom made that request to its voters?

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2013

      Age means nothing… Skeritt was 35 when he became PM…

  62. young patriot
    November 28, 2013

    34 years? Thats a little boy

    • Black Nobility
      November 28, 2013

      Age does not determine ones mental ability. Just ask bill gate, dell, mark zuckerberg and countless others while u at it ask your pm.

      • Toomatoe Tomato
        November 28, 2013

        But Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg and Dell as you put it didn’t wait to be in government to make a difference; that is where the UWP is all so very wrong.

        UWP wants us to believe the only difference they can make is if they are holding the country’s purse. They forget we remember that when they had it before the emptied it and left us broke. That we were forced into austerity measures.

        Make a difference out of Government create jobs like Bill Gates and Zuckerberg make jobs happen out of government and then we will take you seriously. Until then, I agree with Ian Douglas. DLP is the only Government to lead Dominica right now. So come again.

      • Dom
        November 28, 2013

        Toomatoe Tomato Toomatoe Tomato Toomatoe Tomato :-D Do you even know what you are talking about?

      • November 28, 2013

        Tomato, how many jobs did the labour party create when they were in opposition? They are in power now and more people are unemployed in Dominica than ever before. Everyone will tell you when Workers was in power they had more money. Just give them a chance and you will see how you will not have to go to the Red Clinic again- they will teach you how to fish so you can provide for your children.

    • Papa Dom
      November 28, 2013

      How old is skerritt again? And how many years has he been in parliament?

    • Anonymous
      November 28, 2013

      How old was pm when he got into politics. Smh.

    • British Citizen
      November 28, 2013

      Skerrit was 31 when he became PM, So your point is?

    • REDMAN
      November 28, 2013

      Hello hypocrite what was the PM age when he became the prime minister? the youngest in the caribbean? He is like God to you eh let someone get the chance to get that same kind of courtesy.

    • Malgraysa
      November 28, 2013

      Oh, and how old or young was Roosevelt Sjkerrit when he became P.M.?

    • Lang Mama
      November 28, 2013

      How old was Skerrit when the fellas made him PM?

    • Ashamed
      November 28, 2013

      That’s a little boy? But JJ can show you his university degree at 34. Ask Skerrit for his own.

      • BRAIN DAMAGE
        November 29, 2013

        So, “Tomato” it’s one set of people to enjoy life in Dominica, the 18 fellers,friends, family and you, and the rest of Dominicans should be kicking dust? Change is coming, and it will come!

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