Member of parliament for Portsmouth, Ian Douglas, has blasted leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Lennox Linton who has criticized some of the government’s social programs.
Speaking on Q95 earlier this week Linton said the programs are delivered on a political basis while describing the “Housing Revolution” and the “Yes We Care” program as ‘propaganda’ which leaves “hundreds and hundreds of people without the assistance that they need and they deserve.”
“Why, because the government has decided it will not deliver these benefits and these social services based on need, it will deliver them purely on a political agenda that ends up favouring the greedy as opposed to the needy,” Linton said.
But Douglas would hear none of it, describing Linton’s statements as ‘unfortunate,’ and suggesting that those who have benefited from the program should condemn Linton’s proclamation.
“It is very unfortunate that we have a political party seeking political office making those kinds of statement,” Douglas told Kairi FM. “It just tells you of the psyche and the psychology of these people and their intentions when they get to office…”
According to Douglas, there are needy Dominicans “from Capuchin to Cashakou” who have been living in miserable conditions and are getting assistance from the government.
He stated that many have been abandoned by their families in their twilight years “and the government has come in and has really ameliorated the conditions of these persons…”
He noted that under the Yes We Care program, “young persons go in and cook for these people and clean their houses, make sure that they are well taken care of and they can live out their elderly (years) in comfort…”
Douglas said it appears the UWP will scrap all social programs put in place by the Dominica Labour Party, if it ever comes to power. “They will abandon the less fortunate and they will scrap all of the social programs as implemented throughout the years….all of the social programs, in health care, in education and all of the other programs will be scrapped. This is what this statement is telling me,” he noted.