UPDATE: Lennox Linton clarifies position on social services

Lennox Linton said he was misunderstood
Lennox Linton said he was misunderstood

Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) is seeking to clarify his position on some government social services saying his pronouncement on a local radio station was misunderstood.

Speaking on Q95 on Thursday morning, Linton reiterated that it is clear to him that “the government is pursuing an agenda with social programs which ends up benefiting greedy people more than it benefits needy people.”

“I am very clear on this,” he stated. “Some people have misunderstood that to mean that as saying the people that benefited from social programs are greedy, if that is that is what some people got, I apologize for it because that is not what I meant.”

In a program on Tuesday Linton criticized the government’s “Yes We Care” and “Housing Revolution” which he said were delivered on a political basis which benefited some leaving “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.

Linton was immediately pounced upon by members of the government such as MP for Portsmouth, Ian Douglas, who described the statement as unfortunate.

Minister of social services, Gloria Shillingford, followed suit saying she was angry and her “heart is crying out” because of Linton’s statement.

But Linton said on Thursday if critics believed he said needy people are greedy, “that could not have been my intention.”

“I never meant to say that the people who are genuinely in need and are benefiting from the social programs of government are greedy,” he stated. “If that is what was communicated, I apologize.”

He stuck to the point that there are some people who are benefiting from the program who do not deserve it.

“I want to be clear that you have a lot of people who are benefiting from resources that should be going to social programs in Dominica,” he stated “That is not for me to decide…the people of Dominica must decide whether there is need or there is greed.”

Meanwhile, former IMF economist and UWP candidate for Grand Fond, Dr. Thompson Fontaine, has articulated the policy of a United Workers Party government on social services, saying that one of the measures will be to extend the safety net to ensure that government takes of the people who are in need in Dominica.

“And we’ll be doing our best, we’ll do our best to get the people out of those lists but the people who remain for whatever circumstance, will be taken care of and we’ll have a professional system where the Social Welfare Division is well staffed…we’re going to do it in a way that will benefit all of Dominica,” he said. Dr. Fontaine was also a guest on the same programme as Linton Thursday morning.

“It will be done on an issue of need. We’re going to have individuals going to different communities to do the work, do the surveys and find out who within those communities, need help and those people will be targeted with the help that government can give,” he explained.

Dr. Fontaine said a UWP government will ensure that sufficient funds will be allocated to take care of those needs.

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200 Comments

  1. pat
    December 13, 2013

    lennox so like to judge the government he doesn’t even no what to say,he is mixing up his words,he don’t know what to say again.

    • Queen Bee
      December 13, 2013

      I concur with Mr. Linton. I am from a community where strapping young men were given houses, well employed partisan “politickers” were given vehicles and houses to secure votes and to do campaigning in the community. This is not to stay the needy have not received, but alot of greedy persons, pawns of the president administration have unfairly been given unnecessary assistance.

  2. Time for change
    December 13, 2013

    Lennox…all of us Dominicans understand just what you meant…we all know persons who are benefiting and can afford….Whys should I work hard and pay back loaans for land and house while people aho can afford pay $1 a square foot… then build mansion on it….this social welfare program is too unfair and set up for the benefit of labourites…to be fair it must be take out of the hands of politicians and placed in an agency…

  3. mac
    December 13, 2013

    I would only vote for lennox and his cabal if they decide to come into office and work for a dollar a month,now I will know that u in it for the people and not for themselv’s.since u guys are so good at creating jobs,create one for yourself lennox don’t ask me to put u in a job.

    • Enquirer
      December 13, 2013

      Did he ask you to do that? It’s amazing how we think.

      • mac
        December 13, 2013

        yes fool he ask me too when he ask me to vote for the uwp

  4. greedy
    December 13, 2013

    skeritt them know how to galvanize their labour supporters eh. see them there commenting for a statement that labour party ministers twisting.

    labourites, what lennox is speaking about is corruption.that is what you all need to comment about.

  5. greedy
    December 13, 2013

    @needy not greedy.

    assistnace by government must be by priority. Therefore it is unfair for you to get asiatncae while there are much poorer people who have not.

    simple

  6. Concern possie
    December 13, 2013

    I support Lenox on that even the PM know is true but he have to come and try to blind fold Dominicans as usual. When you telling me you giving a contractor I strapped strong man making money in construction all year round right here in Glanvilia Lpo to build a big plywood house just to throw water on the promisville land issue. While you have families all over Portsmouth who don’t even have a good shelter over their head. They that need the help not people who can already help them selves. Ian boy we waiting for the date to call we will let you and that Douglas dinasty have it.

  7. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Dominicans are too hypocrite, they are the same ones who call the Welfare division to report people who receiving money that should not be receiving.

  8. Me Dat
    December 12, 2013

    Why is it that some people think that land and houses shouldn’t be given to young people. Personally I think the social programs should be open to all Dominicans(super rich excluded.) What should happen after a young person receives a house, land or something similar is that they should now channel their resources towards higher education or some small business or other profitable venture . Cause sometimes we want to focus on old people but if we go back in their history we will see where some of them made thousands of dollars in their youth that they squandered away, or even had several opportunities to purchase house, land and they fail maximize on these opportunities.

  9. dog bite
    December 12, 2013

    With all the garbage that Lenox spills out I think he belongs in a landfill. And I mean a garbage dump.

  10. Seek the Truth
    December 12, 2013

    So…if we understood the role of an opposition party, we would all take Linton’s comments as a prompt to question how the Yes We Care program is implemented. Perhaps Linton is right, perhaps he is wrong, the question is as a tax-paying citizen shouldn’t you demand some audit of the program? Why not call Linton on his claim and thereby get a better functioning program.

    Hard core UWP supporter as I may be, Dominicans come before ANY party so I think any program helping the poor is a good one. If the DLP has been implementing it with bias, it isn’t the end of the world in my opinion, all programs encounter flaws and should be continuously audited to provide better delivery. THAT Should be the main take-away from Linton’s comments if we are all seeking a better-run country.

    • Truth Seeker
      December 13, 2013

      Now that’s a Truth Seeker indeed!

  11. Bearing Witness
    December 12, 2013

    I am one of those grabbers who was profiting uselessly from the program; that is a style that I just grew up with. Now that I am now a christian in petters church, I have stopped these bad ways and instead I am giving to the needy. maybe some of these people need to get saved.

  12. Toomatoe Tomato
    December 12, 2013

    DBS and KairiFM are carrying a live program on the YES We CARE Program. How can these elderly people who definitely need help be criticized and be called greedy?

    A better and caring concern for the leader of the UWP should maybe have been instead, where on earth are the children, if they had any in their younger days, of all these elderly people? And at what point do parents when they can no longer help themselves any more become their children responsibility.

    I hope some of us are not on the internet criticizing the government’s YES WE CARE Program. As I listen to the radio, I can tell without a doubt, this program is a Blessing for these people and a very worthwhile thing the Government of Dominica has embarked on for the people.

    The burning question is, would a UWP Government do away with such an important program for those who are unable to care for themselves? that is something the voters must ask themselves when they cast their ballot on election day.

    • Enquirer
      December 13, 2013

      It would be good to have an independent consultant do a review of the programme to get a scientific analysis of the programme because the programme has good intentions but the selection process and implementation is flawed.

      • Concerned
        December 13, 2013

        There’s too much politicking in the system.

  13. Love I
    December 12, 2013

    Lennox a lot of persons commenting do not understand the word “apologize”…too bad…continue your good work…

    • Day Day
      December 12, 2013

      Love I, I would like you to name one good work that Lennox Linton has done for Dominica, just one. If you care to, give DNO readers a few more. I am waiting.

    • Original Observer
      December 13, 2013

      Lennox used the word “apology” as a way of appeasing many of his vexed supporters. Did he mean what he said? See what happened next. In the same “aplogetic” breath, some say “a gest of an apology, he reproduced a long list of other people mostly Ministers of government and others closely associated with the Labour Party who he calls greedy acusing them for receiving large sums of unaccounted money from a lawyer friend of the Prime minister and proclaimed that this is the greedy among us he is referring to. Anyway Lennox, fortunately for most of us, we went to school, completed High Schol and furthered our education at the tertiary level. So we have a good understanding of the language and are able to understand what people say when they speak. The issue of Ministers recieving money was not and is not the subject of the matter. You have long ventilated on the same and seemingly are frustrated that the people w(corruption, corruption and more corruption. Here’s your frustration. The poeople who are trained in spotting the movement of illegal money has not bowed down to your style of charging and convicting people. Go ahead, I earnestly look forward to the next “apology”.

    • pat
      December 13, 2013

      he should have think first

  14. Devoted Dominican
    December 12, 2013

    My fellow Dominicans. What else do you all expect from a brainless Leader?

    • %
      December 12, 2013

      @Devoted DOMINICAN Nothing good.Skerrit is really not Prime Minister material. Brainless, arrogant. lazy and insultive.
      BUT HE WILL SOON BE KICKED OUT!
      Millions are fleeced and given to greedy people, while poor people are punished because of their colour.
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

      • pat
        December 13, 2013

        you say skerrit not good but what about lennox ,is he better?

  15. me
    December 12, 2013

    Well people apologize only when they say or do something wrong, but remember the spoken word can’t be taken back. This apology is not being bone from the heart and his true color is begining to show

    • xx
      December 13, 2013

      First of all , please learn to edit before posting. Check your spelling. Next learn to comprehend. By this I mean when you read, please make an effort to understand what you are reading. The apology if for folks like you who do not understand basic English. Lennox was not apologizing for what he said, he was apologizing to people like you who MISUNDERSTOOD his lingo.

      • me
        December 13, 2013

        You can jump high or jump low he gave his apology.
        The HEADLINE should be Lenox Linton apologized.

    • Queen Bee
      December 13, 2013

      He is apologizing for the misunderstanding bythe twisted government and persons who pretend to be idiots because they “love dey PM”. He is not apologizing for what he said. It is the truth!

  16. Peeping Tom
    December 12, 2013

    I would normally be inclined to credit Mr. Linton for facing the public and attempting to apologize. However, he has simply reiterated the same idiocy that he belched out previously. Frankly, it would have been better if Mr. Linton had simply shut up on the matter if what transpired on Q95 this Thursday morning is his effort at “clarifying his position.” He has added nothing new. He has simply repeated himself using different words.

    For those who missed what he said, here it is.
    1. In the government social programs, many deserving people are helped.
    2. Notwithstanding #1, in the government social programs, most persons who receive help are greedy and do not deserve the help.
    3. The greedy have gotten assistance because the government uses state funds to reward party members. So, the greedy are Labourites.

    How does any of this differ from what he said previously? In fact, he has simply repeated his insult to the many Dominicans (Labourites and non-labourites) who have genuinely received assistance from the State’s social programs.

    My suspicion is that Mr. Linton is confused. He confuses party reward programs with the government programs that are staffed and managed by public servants and audited by the Auditor.

    Yes, the novice-hood is showing, Mr. Linton! Here is what he could have done. Get from the relevant public offices the data on persons helped: numbers, criteria for selection, etc. This is easy information to come by. Then, if he wishes, he could have asked his constituency teams to investigate (i assume these exist). I suspect that their conclusions would still have been skewed; however, they would have been a bit more appealing. As it is right now, Mr. Linton sounds like a little boy who has just joined a school party and is overly excited. So, he jumps and squeals and makes a fool of himself.

    Can the UWPwee ever get it right?

    • ....................
      December 12, 2013

      Your inability to understand simple English will not cut it.You are simply a buffoon, singing for his supper, and in the process you make many asinine comments.. but alas, you will go hungry because the motto of this Skerrit Labour Party is “Some Shall Eat All”.
      LIKE MANY BEFORE ME, I FULLY SUPPORT THE STATEMENT. I THINK LIKE MANY OTHERS IT IS A TRUE REFLECTION, of what is going on, in my country.
      Lennox You Are Spot On!

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2013

      Lennox only error was to try to explain what he said to a bunch of people can’t understand simply English. THis is so elementary. What is there to apologize for or to explain. But what else can he do, we have to have sympathy on these people.

      • Anonymous
        December 13, 2013

        You are the one who is being hypocritical about the simplicity of the interpretation the statement.It is equally simple for you to admit. In fact it does not require interpretation. You are simply in denial. Now go back to your English text books.

      • Anonymous
        December 13, 2013

        Sorry, the above should read “…interpretation of the statement”

  17. *
    December 12, 2013

    You have nothing to clarify. This is a statement of fact. I LIKE IT, AND IT IS THE TRUTH.

    • Peeping Tom
      December 12, 2013

      You mean as factual and truthful as “unemployed loiterers?”

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2013

        This is how Skerrit speaks. He brings shame on the office of the Prime Minister.

  18. December 12, 2013

    Turn it inside out upside Down, it wont change the fact that there are people, who receiving unnessesary help and I personaly know 2 of them In my book, if you taking something that you dont need IS GREED

  19. British Citizen
    December 12, 2013

    Come on people are we going to swallow this from the PM don’t we have a mind of our own can’t we think for ourselves. Mr Linton said nothing wrong and should not have seek to justify anything that was claim to be misunderstood please give me a break. Of course we have stop the greedy who are simply bent on taking the benefits of the needy. Can anyone tell me what is so hard to understand, are we now playing dumb when it suits us just to be malicious in our action. PM you and Ian should be the ones to apologize for maliciously misleading the Dominican public or should I say some of the public who chose not to think for themselves and that is sad, very sad.

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2013

      You British people are the ones milking the welfare system where you live.

  20. justice
    December 12, 2013

    Dominica have a lot of uneducated and bias people. Some don’t understand english and only care for themselves and not for their country. They think of now and not the future. They knows nothing about politics and about their history. They are easily fool cuz they don’t know their rights as a citizen. If they can get a dry bread every morning from you they will vote for you and will not seek for better life because they prefer the dry bread than to work for bacon and bread. Its very sad

  21. as i see
    December 12, 2013

    Look out grannies and papas Dr. Fontaine is going to get you off the list and put you to work!!

  22. NEEDY BUT NOT GREEDY
    December 12, 2013

    Mr. Linton judge me by my situation. I have a middle management job.My husband is also middle management. We have 4 children. our first son just graduated and our daughter is ready for university. We have a mortgage. and a vehicle. We need a change of windows but we just dont have the maens. if i am to get help from the govt. am I greedy ?

    • ....................
      December 12, 2013

      I would not call it greedy. I would call this one VOWAS!
      I LIKE THE TRUTHFUL STATEMENT BY LINTON.

      • pat
        December 13, 2013

        these people are in need and allu calling them vowas,god will punish allu papa

    • Ms Twitter
      December 12, 2013

      if you need a change of windows, why don’t you re-finance your mortgage??

      • t
        December 12, 2013

        So you can see is greedy they greedy.They will fleece the treasury and wreck havoc with the country. GREEDINESS.

    • Frenz
      December 12, 2013

      I call you aviege laborite trying to eat all while too many are in squalor. The only reason why you and your husband cannot make ends meet is because your labor party has crippled the country.
      You should be ashamed of making such analogy you darn fool. The unemployment rate is 48% on paper 65 % on the ground yet you come here telling us that you are doing better than the masses with a husband and wife income. You laborats are pitiful. A young lady from Portsmouth spoke about her condition and you all including Krazy T, Karmala savaged the poor lady.

      You people make me sick ; no wonder the oppressive government appeal to your level ofignorance

    • Papa Dom
      December 13, 2013

      Yes, I would say you are indeed a greedy person but not only that you are a selfish and uncaring person. I’m sure there are things you can do or things which you have that you can sell to raise the funds to replace the window and while you standing in line for the handout you are on the phone, the most expensive cell phone gossiping with your friend about someone on the line who doesn’t have a good pair of shoes on.

    • who Needy?
      December 13, 2013

      Many people in Dominca, who are in middle management are also part of the ‘new poor’ under this administration. This is why the programme needs to be monitored and audited to improve on the targetiing. You may very well be needy, but what about the old couple, lady blind and husband is amputy who (real case) who has no one to care for them, not only they need windows changed, their roof and floor is colapsing. When the system bypasses them, what intervention is there to ensure that many of these are not repeated, how do we determine; who is and who isnt a priority?

  23. pc
    December 12, 2013

    Lennox you change your tongue.

  24. December 12, 2013

    It is clear for every one to see what Mr Linton meant. There are people who benefit from this program who should not benefit. This is a fact. However, Mr Linton, this deception and twisting of words and lies by the DLP is just a ploy used by them to detract you and team A from talking about the real issues and state of the economy. Do not continue to linger on this. Please move on and talk about the villas, the binbol, etc. Let the nation know of the corruption that is happening in the country. Don’t waste time on this. Talk about the issues. They have failed and want to win election on lies and maypwee. God is standing by and is seeing what is happening. These are detractors so move on. He wants to take the people’s eye from the truth that they have failed.Clarify the lies that they have said and move on. Let them stay behind you but move on, please. Highlight their failure in government,etc.

  25. December 12, 2013

    all the labour party parliamentarians are on the defence all because they know for a fact this government has fail to deliever to the people of dominica so they are scared of what is on the horison they can run but they can not hide dont try to destrack the people labour must go go go u felas are tired change is a must not an option the next government of dominica is make no mistake uwp

  26. Antilles Cement
    December 12, 2013

    Thus, a UWP government will ensure that the money will instead go into the social programs of the country to ensure that more people are benefitting.

    “…And benefitting in a way that does not require them to go and compromise themselves or prostitute themselves before ministers of government or go begging prostrate before the ministers of government so that they could get the benefit”.

  27. Just Blaze
    December 12, 2013

    I criticzed Lennox ability to run the country a lot since he became party leader. But this time I agree with what he is saying 100%. Now I seeing UWP talking some sense. Restructuring welfare division and making sure those are NEED aid get it and those greedy ones who dont need dont take advantage of the system will be a big improvement.

    If i hear of more real issues like this one being adressed instead of passport and villas maybe UWP can get my vote.

    So guys keep up d good work. Point for UWP for that initiative minus points from DLP for the low class name calling behavior on the radio.

    But so far I still undecided.

    • Kokay There
      December 12, 2013

      Are you even from Dominica?

    • Truth Seeker
      December 13, 2013

      Welcome to Caribbean Politics 101! Mind you, you would think you were on Pluto if you woke up in the heat of the political season, in any of our islands, and not encounter the real juiciness of a good and saucy verbal bantering, otherwise known as “taking out maypuis.” It happens in other more mature democracies.

    • Queen Bee
      December 13, 2013

      they’ve moved beyond passport and villas long time my dear. please get yourself updated.

  28. Lang Serpern
    December 12, 2013

    Hello all governments are guilty of handouts. UWP is not immune…Allyou to hypocrite !!!!!!!!!!!
    Gov,t recently gave the UWP controlled DAPEX money to buy farmers produce, who benefitting ? Workers….Tell me if UWP would ever get back in power Labourites takay pwi……..Skerro thanks for helping everybody even people from Marigot who Eddison never saw the need to help.

  29. Red Hot
    December 12, 2013

    When workers was in power they did worst, people let us not forget please. Who was getting scholarships to go and study, who was getting lots and housings – check out the Bath Estate Housing Scheme? Earl Williams employed the whole of Salisbury in various government departments. Who was getting appointed between 1995-2000. Well I know cause I worked with government, I saw it all. Down to appointment of PS’s was political, there was no chance for anyone else who didn’t support the party. All the big jobs went to workers supporters, DOWASCO just to name a few. Bias Bias is what I call your comments Lennox I remember everything, try to fool the young people not the old heads like myself. So if you get in office and supporters come to you for help, you will choose Red Hot over them, you lie man. I hate those petty talks, speak about your plans for Dominica, and make sure this time we get a printed manifesto.

  30. patriot
    December 12, 2013

    Too late my brother with your lame duck explanation.
    YOU HAVE JUST LOST MY VOTE.

  31. Red Hot
    December 12, 2013

    Stupid do you know the process for assistance? Stupes you making me vex man. What is the process to get assistance???? Do you see people salary slips??? We have a bad habit in Dominica judging a book by its cover. Look deeper Lennox. Stupes.

    • _________________
      December 12, 2013

      @ Red Hot Do they give you salary slip at the Red clinic? You are young and strong. Go find work to do. You are one of the GREEDIES. VOWAS.
      That’s why I like this statement by Linton so much.

  32. BEACHPILOT437
    December 12, 2013

    Airtarffic or probably you meant airtraffic , you cannot apoligise for something you never did .Would you assert yoursef to be convicted while you are innocent .Well we can see further than what you consider an apology.

    • Airtarffic
      December 13, 2013

      He apologise because of the hurt the distractors are causing to the poor people by them twisting the context of his statement. So he is apologizing on behalf of those who will not; but you know and I know what he is referring to and therefore I will stick to my opinion that I do not think there was any need for an apology however he thinks differently and so be it but it takes a man to apologise especially publicly.

  33. Rule
    December 12, 2013

    I don’t see where an apology was warranted in this statement. Some Laborites think that they are entitled to their RED CLINIC without having to work for it. So the comment does make sense when referring to these people in this regard.
    But the mere fact that Mr. Linton apologized, showed that he is a considerably more sensitive to people’s feelings than Skeritt is. Look at all the name calling Skeritt did by calling Dominicans unemployed loiters and referring to the St Joe lady as half & half, did he apologized to any of these people?

    • *
      December 12, 2013

      It’s a truthful statement, well crafted by the doctor himself LENNOX LINTON. GOOD STATEMENT LENNY.

  34. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Your supporters boast of your eloquence. Neither do I deny it. In your effort to look good you are sacrificing caution for eloquence. This is a major failure of yours. Remember on December first you announced the death of the Past President several hours before he died. Yes you are quick to go to the microphone before verifying the facts. That is another glaring weakness.

    Even at the twenty-fifth hour you are still in denial. You were so eloquent when you made the statement yet you insist “…that is not what I meant.” Now you would have looked better by withdrawing the statement, excusing it as a slip of the tongue. You cannot evoke meaning here the statement is too clear. Is that what you would do as Prime Minister? This is your first test of transparency and you have failed. Now do the honest thing.

    • from no where
      December 12, 2013

      What Lennox said was well understood with those who used their comprehension skills.There was no need for an apology.What he said was just twisted.

    • xx
      December 13, 2013

      In order to have fools like you understand basic English, Lennox had no choice but to apologize for being misunderstood. The apology in question was for being MISUNDERSTOOD, taking what was was said out of context, not for what was said.

  35. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    So it was right for lennox to misinterprete when the PM said that there was no law or constitution ion to prevent him from being nominated? :mrgreen:

    • Papa Dom
      December 13, 2013

      I am not a skerritt supporter but I honestly believe that he was deliberately mis understood in this instance. However, I still wii not crucify anyone for that. Why, because knew full well that he was breaking the law and that decision of the court was the most disgraceful miscarriage of justice .

  36. stop
    December 12, 2013

    I am a laborite but I agree with Linton to an extent. there are persons receiving assistance from government who really should not because they are in a position to help them selves

    • possie
      December 12, 2013

      Laborite :lol: :lol: :lol: ???. How did Lennox and the UWP come to the conclusion that certain people should not be on the program?

      • Papa Dom
        December 13, 2013

        Because the neighbour whose house is falling down showed him all the building material you have rotting, which skerritt gave you.

  37. December 12, 2013

    :lol: lennox is a man but the pm is a boy .the pm never once apologise to dominicans for what he says to people go to hell none of your damn busines.

    • Maria
      December 12, 2013

      At the end of the day skerrit knows how to go out there and get funding for the country and that’s what matters.UWP has no credibility in that area.

      • possie massive
        December 12, 2013

        I applaud lennox for his stance. Some Dominicans are to blind and wicked. we all know there are people who are receiving government assistance and they are able to take care of themselves. It is not because we are supporting a party to agree with every thing they do. We live in dominica we know who them people are. We can call names but today is not carnival. We need proper structure in the social services and a uwp government will initiate that change.

      • Moi
        December 12, 2013

        You mean Skerrit know how to go out there and sell the country and we Dominicans.

  38. Mamizoo
    December 12, 2013

    The irony here is that although there was or is no need to apologize Lennox Linton did and that is definitely a sign of maturity which we don’t and have never seen from the other side of the divide.
    How many times have we heard Skerrit apologized for the blatant lies and disrespect
    Have we heard explanation for discrepancies in government finance management.
    Have we heard an explanation for the reappearance of David Xue
    Have we heard an explanation for the status of our FAO ambassador Francesco corello.
    Have we heard from Roosevelt Skerrit about the Petro Caribe money as promised by Reginald Austrie.

    The more the Laborites talk is the more they expose themselves to the colossal failures , farce and hypocrisy.

    So Lennox apologized and when a man apologizes it shows a level of maturity above those who continue to take the low road, those who are quick to blame others and fail to look in ghe mirror.

    How many times have we heard apologies from chronic liars … etc all of whom have been caught lying to the public on several occasions.

    How many apologies have we heard for the ” discrepancies” in the bin bobol transaction; the fake operation of the Citizens For Better Dominica operation.

    A mature government administration would respond to lennox statement by say something like – We understand that some people may have slipped through the cracks but we intend to improve the operation to meet those who are truly in need.

    There is no doubt that the Yes We Care system is broken – there is documentary evidence even coming from labor Party supporters themselves and Ian Douglas should know much more than anybody else cause people from the constituency of Portsmouth are on video documentary talking about the miscarriage of the Yes we care program.

    Lennox I commend you for demonstrating a level political maturity from the novice bench. The veterans are yet to exhibit the basic understanding of political maturity.

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2013

      well in that case he needed to apologise! what is more blatantly glaring is the fact that lennox has realised the error of his speech and does he know that you can be working and be poor through yours and no fault of yours. Well poor people vote for Lennox but when they win and cut out all programs is all you that will feel it.They will simply say they are restructuring it but the sad fact is that many beneficiaries are UWP supporters. I know pople in Yampiece, tarreau etc the vein blue and is they that quick to see month end to get paupers allowance and housing assistance. Lennox this is politics in Dominica. Think long and hard before you open your mouth and just say things remember it rests on your shoulder once you do it and novice or not we the quick to change our minds voters are just waiting and watching where both parties are going and remember is on election night we does get to know where voters swing and break governments or oppositions hearts

    • ()
      December 12, 2013

      Absolute truth by LENNOX ONCE AGAIN.
      This man is simply the best.
      I concur 1000 000 000 000 000 000 000% with what lennos said.

    • NEEDY
      December 12, 2013

      Eh EH Lennox just putting up a front. He did that just for politics sake.

      • ....................
        December 12, 2013

        What happeh to you nah? Respect linton eh! OK!

    • possie
      December 12, 2013

      What apology? the man reinforced his statement..”Speaking on Q95 on Thursday morning, Linton reiterated that it is clear to him that “the government is pursuing an agenda with social programs which ends up benefiting greedy people more than it benefits needy people.” In his so called apology he still continues to call people greedy.

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2013

        @ possie You seem to be one of the greedies. Greedy people like you cannot understand basic English.

      • xx
        December 13, 2013

        If the cap fits, WEAR IT

  39. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Lennox is right is greedy people self they going in all source and the underprivileged is overlooked since the greedy ones are more assertive.

  40. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Why did DNO leave out the part where Lenox said, “that does not require them to go and compromise themselves or prostitute themselves before ministers of government or go begging prostrate before the ministers of government so that they could get the benefit”.

    So went from saying they are greedy not needy to calling themprostitues. Enough of this nonsense. Lennox should be removed from any leadership position.

    • Papa Dom
      December 12, 2013

      Skerritt should set up a school to teach people like you English and the use of words and language. Linton never called anyone prostitute but in case that is the way you want to look at it, then he is not far wrong. When ministers ask women to sit on his lap and give him a kiss because a little kiss wouldn’t kill them, what then is he asking them to do?

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2013

        Probably you know this because of experience

    • Lucia
      December 12, 2013

      Go and remove him nun………smh………..,read between the lines

  41. Doc. Love
    December 12, 2013

    I must applaud Mr. Lennox Linton for the apology. In fourteen years, I have never heard Skeritt used the word apologize in public. Skeritt and his cabinet moved like quick silver in order to crucify Mr. Linton for statements he made, which in my opinion were distorted. Mr. Linton explained that many Government Ministers and top ranking Labor supporters had been paid large sums of money by a lawyer who has connections with Skeritt. We are now told that some of the money was suppose to be distributed to the needy by Ministers of Government, but instead went to certain supporters of the DLP who were not in need, thus giving the statement, ” the Government is pursuing an agenda with Social Programs which ends up benefiting greedy people more than it benefits needy people,” some credibility.

  42. T
    December 12, 2013

    Stuppessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. NO NEED TO CLARIFY SUCH A CLEAR STATEMENT.
    But all of us know how greedy some of these people are, and how some cannot get anything.
    Skerrit has failed Dominica.

  43. Objectivity
    December 12, 2013

    Question ??? for all – – – Why does the UWP sound like the Tea Party Republicans who oppose the first black president of the USA??

    Please educate me.

    • ?????????????
      December 12, 2013

      Educate you? Go to school and learn to understand simple English.Stop going to the Red Clinic. Laziness does not pay.

  44. Give Thanks
    December 12, 2013

    My People let us not let our ignorance and die hard party affiliation blind us to the truth. Mr. Linton is very correct and most of us know it. No system is fool proof so to avoid these back and forth accusations in the future here is a healthy suggestion to help rectify the program. I suggest that the government set up an office independent of government influence and involvement except for the formulation of the criterions under which a person qualifies as needing these assistance and let that office manage the program. I know there is already a welfare office on island so the government can also use that office and strengthen it through properly trained and adequately qualified employees.

    To Mrs. Shillingford I say this I am very hopeful that you are honest in your utterances now because I hold no malice or ill will towards you but I am still mindful of the days at St. Andrews High School when you as an educator instead of nurturing our young minds would instead put us down. And I must say to you I will never forget this comment, “Do not waste you all’s time registering for CXC because CXC will invent grades for some of you.” But I still have compassion in my heart and will say to you thank you for you have made me so much stronger, smarter, and purpose driven. Please do some reflection.

  45. DC
    December 12, 2013

    Mr. Linton made a very wise move. He knows that the majority of the people are in need, therefore, he must be empathetic and sympathetic towards these people. Those criticizing the act must be realistic. It is impossible to lead Dominica without the support of the less fortunate. My people, please take some time out to understand the nature of politics and stop attempting to destroy each other in the name of politics. One Love!

  46. Tommy
    December 12, 2013

    Well I heard about a welfare program which was aborted because it was not qualifying government supporters who were not in need. I would like to know more about that and how much money was spent to implement it and why was it realy stopped?

  47. lookthings
    December 12, 2013

    Hahahahahah!!! I cant help but laugh. This reminds me of when Mitt Romney shot himself in the leg in the last US presidential elections. He made some comment about obama’s supporters…anyways…lol..I was really waiting for Lennox to do the same and HE DID IT!!! hahahaha…thats so funny!! After them ‘Martin Luther’ type pretend-speeches Lennox was giving there, true colors was bound to show eventually…lol

  48. trolol
    December 12, 2013

    No need to apologize labourites are idiots that do little to no research, they can’t read between the lines. Why you think they’re supporting this administration in the first place? How can you take a statement like that literal? What’s the point of trying to reason with something that has no comprehension, all they’re gonna do is talk crap about you. :-|

  49. Airtarffic
    December 12, 2013

    You know as a citizen of Dominica and a voter I am really getting annoyed with this back and forth among the politicians and on the use of separate radio stations to push their propaganda. The gov’t side says something on Kairi there is a response on Q95 by the opposition and vice – versa the opposition says some on Q95 and there is a response on Kairi; lets put a stop to all this nonsense and let us come into the public forum to have head on head – tete a tete debates on the issues that matter. That business of hiding behind a radio station will no longer work. Time for public debates among the leaders so that we can begin to separate the men from the boys – we the voter deserve and demand better.

  50. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Ahhh finally the labourites have gotten ‘something’ to shout about. Stupes.

  51. December 12, 2013

    I agree with the statement “THOSE IN NEED ARE NOT THOSE RECEIVING”. I believe that a SMALL percentage of those receiving help are “needy” but honestly, the MAJORITY are “GREEDY”, not in need.

    I was told that if you will not live long enough to “VOTE” you are left behind.

  52. Kokay There
    December 12, 2013

    It wasn’t no damn misunderstanding, its exactly what you mean. You have too much damn tricks.

    • anonymous
      December 12, 2013

      Maybe they did misinterpret what Lennox said. After all, listen to the level of conversation from the Prime Minister of the country. One has to speak very elementary if they really want the members of the DLP understand what is being said. Please UWP guys, please use clear, brief and concise language and vocabulary when you are speaking to these people. I have to excuse them because I truly believe that they did not understand. But thanks for the clarification, the statesman you are.

    • POWER HOUSE H
      December 12, 2013

      what about a member of the labour party using words like ”that person is not in my colour” when someone ask about a job and gave it to someone who she thought was in her colour.or the galvanize and plywood some people have rotting in their yard while people who need it sleeps under umbrela. This young lady has a 4 months old baby and a 9 year old,she was promised but never recieved help.the D L P GOVERNMENT SO CALLED HELP IS POLITICAL GIMMIC DISQUISED AS HEIP

    • %
      December 12, 2013

      @Kokay there ‘GO FIND WORK TO DO’!!! YOUR GREEDY! There was no need to clarify a statement that is pellucidly clear for any kindergarten child to understand MR LINTON. However, thousands of Dominicans know that Skerrit and his slaves/cronies, acolytes will deliberately mis interprete it, hoping that they will gain political points… NO WAY SKERRO!
      I FULLY endorse the statement made by MR LINTON, and would like to add further that there are needy ones whom Skerrit pretend to love so much who need help, but because of their political colour these people are passed straight,and some who DO NOT REQUIRE THE HELP GETS IT. THESE PEOPLE ARE INDEED GREEDY! VOWAS!
      Seem as if the 21 in 25 brought the attention of you and your team just what you were hearing. WHAT A POWERFUL INITIATIVE THIS WAS.
      Let me reaffirm that the UNITED WORKERS PARTY is a caring party, a party with men/women of integrity, honesty,a party of professionals, who obey the biblical tenets of thou shall NOT STEAL, LIE, ETC.
      LOVE YOU OUR soon to be PRIME MINISTER.
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

      • Kokay There
        December 12, 2013

        Again. Go and find which work?? Where do you work?? You sure if you hear my occupation you would tell me go find work?

    • ()
      December 12, 2013

      @Kokay There Powerful statement. Truth to power. The man has always been speaking the truth. I am with the statement FULLY.
      well said Linton!

    • *
      December 12, 2013

      @Kokay There. go to school then you will understand simple English. YOUR SOT!

      • Kokay There
        December 12, 2013

        Go to school? Sweetie I am a university graduate and you telling me go to school? What is your job? Give you background? Go to school? Sweetie you must be joking, tell Lennox that not me.

  53. Hmmmmm
    December 12, 2013

    There was no need to apologize. The statement was clear…some of the funds are misdirected to benefit persons who do not merit the assistance. There are persons who would refuse to understand the comments, or worse pretend that they don’t understand what was originally communicated. The political games have begun! I encourage you to stay on message. The economy is going off a cliff! No amount of political tricks (including unsustainable employment programs – catch a vote schemes) will prevent this from happening. A solution has to be found at the polls.

    • ????????????
      December 12, 2013

      Well put together statement.Coming from a soon to be Prime Minister.Lots of people are in need of help, but they are deliberately being ignored because of the party they support. WHAT A SHAME. Thanks God Linton is there and thanks God we will soon be freed from the vicious clutches of Skerrit.

  54. goodwill
    December 12, 2013

    “Speaking on Q95 on Thursday morning, Linton reiterated that it is clear to him that “the government is pursuing an agenda with social programs which ends up benefiting greedy people more than it benefits needy people.”…. no need for clarification, there is no misunderstanding. Unless Mr. Linton can list the names of the hundreds and hundreds of deserving people not allowed to benifit from this program and the list of names of people benfiting who are not qualified to do so, his statement which he reafirmed today is an insult. How did Mr. Linton determine the criteria for persons to qualify for this social program, before he labeled them and still continue to label them as greedy?? Could it be a perception of Mr. Linton that these people have resources and don’t deserve help.

    • Big
      December 12, 2013

      This is a fact that this government is giving money just to their supporters and they do just that. their are people from my constituency in Paix Bouche who are in need of help but guess why? they are not “red” and therefore they stay without. THIS IS A FACT!!!11

    • December 12, 2013

      excuses and more excuses, wont change the fact, that there are people that get help who dont deserve it, I saw atlease 2 on Davibes video

  55. Me
    December 12, 2013

    Mister comes across as a selfish heartless person.Im sorry but im for helping the poor & needy and I wont support anyone trampling on them. You lost major points there Lennox!

    • ????????????
      December 12, 2013

      @ Me Go dump your filth in the landfill. I like and support the statement. You want to know about losing points? Well go put a microphone in front of Skerrit and just tell him to talk, Then you will know who is losing points. Statements put together by Linton is almost always 100% properly put. THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION.
      WELL SAID LENNY. GOOD STATEMENT.Simple and truthful.

  56. Paix Bouche
    December 12, 2013

    I am no supporter of the UWP but when the truth is spoken I have to agree. I don’t believe Lennox should apologize for talking the truth. The wrong people are indeed benefitting from these programs. Can you imagine young people who sit around and mind other people business getting a house just like that and the poor blind people who need their houses renovated and cannot afford to do so are being neglected. This is happening all over Dominica even in the Paix-Bouche Constituency. I say to you Lennox expose them self. Mind you I don’t workers but I stand for truth and for this Lennox I applaud you for saying it as it is. Too bad they misinterpret it and use it for political mileage.

    • December 12, 2013

      Touche’

    • TOTI
      December 13, 2013

      It is happening in Trafalgar. They gave a house to a Labourite who has 2 houses already.Her Housing Revolution house is right next to a visually impaired elderly man who sleeps under a lean- to galvanize. What a shame :?: :(

  57. SMDH
    December 12, 2013

    OK..Lennox back peddling…peddle back…peddle back…Who gonna win? LMAO!

    there is more to come…Remember that this is a BIG difference between “Talk show Host” who talk crap and untruths regardless of what and “Political Leader” who although talks crap and untruths is more accountable for words and deeds!

    • ()
      December 12, 2013

      This is a statement of fact by Linton. I LIKE IT, SINCE I LIKE THE TRUTH.
      LOVE YOU LENNY.

  58. Grand Bay Girl
    December 12, 2013

    Halibot said it…..The tongue. Say what you mean
    and mean what you say! lol….Apology accepted let’s move on

  59. Hurtault
    December 12, 2013

    It’s is inherently right for all ‘so called’ news media moderators to be neutral. That is, they must now hold back, change or adjust, or target messengers of the news or points of view. A news medium doing any thing other than neutral can be listed as an agent to spread propaganda. When such activities become apparent, we reserve the right to ask our legislators to investigate and block such sites.

    • December 12, 2013

      It’s is inherently right for all ‘so called’ news media moderators to be neutral. That is, they must not hold back, change or adjust, or target messengers of the news or points of view. A news medium doing any thing other than neutral can be listed as an agent to spread propaganda. When such activities become apparent, we reserve the right to ask our legislators to investigate and block such sites.

      • December 12, 2013

        Hurtault Learn how to post your comments eh or stay out of de game..bon!

      • Toomatoe Tomato
        December 12, 2013

        To me it is the first time I’ve seen this particular news item on DNO. I was wondering whether DNO heard of it.

        If he repeated what he said and believe what he said was correct. Is his apology sincere? I wonder.

        He should have simply apologized and not blame it on people interpretation of what they thought he said.

  60. concern citizen
    December 12, 2013

    Lennox the yes we care program provides 170 elderly people with care around Dominica. 33 are from Marigot that’s almost 20% as compared to other villages. Marigot has never supported the DLP yet still more people from your area are benefitting from this program.

    • careforall
      December 12, 2013

      People of dominica thats what Lennox don’t have in him as a socall leader!

      Being honest can sometimes be difficult because it makes individuals vulnerable. It reveals who we really are and discloses our mistakes, which gives others the opportunity to criticize or reject openly. Honesty develops character and builds credibility and trust, which are the foundation to evoke confidence and respect from those around you, and in the case of political leaders, teammates and constituents.

      Compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something to alleviate that suffering. While many see compassion as a weakness, true compassion is a characteristic that converts knowledge to wisdom. Good political leaders use compassion to see the needs of those he or she leads and to determine the course of action that would be of greatest benefit to all those involved.

      The word integrity is defined as ‘the adherence to moral and ethical principles; the soundness of moral character.’ It is a synonym for honesty and uprightness, and is a vital characteristic for those in political leadership. Political leaders who possess integrity can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might benefit them to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers. This requires the highest standard of integrity

    • gmmm
      December 12, 2013

      Is it the moral right of any government to help it’s people regardless of supporting your party or not? at the end when you help people they can in return vote for the government….. Marigot has labour supporters…..

  61. BEACHPILOT437
    December 12, 2013

    well well well , you claim to be a recognized / trained journalist , your words and writings should not be misunderstood . I support neither of the plitical parties or big wigs , but I firmly belief what mr.Linton said or how is message came across was what he meant . Y our true colours start to show .

    • Airtarffic
      December 12, 2013

      Beachpilot – be a man and Speak to the apology and move on – have you ever heard those on the other side apologise – thats the differents here it takes a man to stand up and apologise – I heard and read what Mr. Linton said and I am of the opinion that there was no need to apologise but the guy thinks it is worth apologising to those who were offended by the propaganda and misinformation fed to them and I respect him for that.

      • Papa Dom
        December 12, 2013

        What Lennox did is the correct thing but I’m not surprised that skerritt and his friends chose to “prostitute” his words to try to score political points. You have the statement in front of you but you still here talking foolishness. It is time you people get serious and stop following a leader who cares nothing for Dominica and Dominicans. Skerritt is a disgrace and a failure and we all know that but is the same greedy mentality that have you supporting him.

      • Papa Dom
        December 12, 2013

        That response was meant for the fool above and not you, sorry

  62. Hurtault
    December 12, 2013

    Mr. Lintom whether like you or not we must conclude you now have the prime minister and his team nervous. They now respond to every thing you say. This is real hot politics, real democracy, here in Dominica. A couple years ago people concluded that there was no opposition and the prime minister simply ignore what the opposition said. Now it seems clear to me from abroad something has changed. Now a bunch of major players from the government are responding to you comments.

  63. ML
    December 12, 2013

    Mr. Linton,
    There’s no need for an apology or clarification when it’s comes to truth & fact. The public is aware that “some” of the individuals who receive social aide are not in need of it. There are many individuals & families who justly deserve government assistance. Dominican need to stop playing dumb & deal with the facts as is. This is the worse administration we’ve ever had in this country. I guess the ones who are here bashing the opposition are the ones who can’t deal with the facts.

  64. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 12, 2013

    Oh boy! EDI AMIN.

  65. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 12, 2013

    To Matt:This morning you had Lennox on your show with regards to this issue.You played a clip on what the PM said and one of Ian Douglas in connection with the same issue when Lennox referred to the Elderly and the Needy as Greedy.My concern is,why didn’t Matt PLAY THE CLIP where and when Lennox referred to the NEEDY and the ELDERLY GREEDY? ..Why are you all so bias and so protective of Lennox.Matt you should have played the clip because Lennox is now crafting his comment in a different style to make believe.His appology is face value.It doesn’t come from inside.

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2013

      Can you show me where Mr. Linton call the needy and elderly greedy? It’s amazing the extent that some of you will blatantly lie, twisting what people say to make ‘your side’ look good! Apparently, Mr. Linton was a little vague in his statement, but you dan well know he was not referring to the needy as greedy, neither did he referred to elderly as greedy, unlike your ‘dutty mouth’ prime minister who call out people by name, saying nasty things about them.

      • FAST N FURIOUS
        December 12, 2013

        Why Bias Matt didn’t play the clip? Why is he so protective of your god Lennox.He should have played the clip where Lennox was referring to the ELDERLY and NEEDY to be GREEDY then you would have heard.

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2013

        You are in denial so please refer to the audio again and listen carefully. Mr. Linton is potentially a Prime Minister if his party can deliver on polling day. He does not have the luxury of being vague. Can you imagine him being vague on a contentious international issue? He must take responsibility for the “Faux pas” , then apologise to those who were disgraced.

      • Nomination committe
        December 12, 2013

        “Mr. Linton was a little vague in his statement” This is how the apologists for Lennox Linton and the UWP think they are the smartest, too smart to be trusted. Lennox was very deliberate and is always deliberate in his statements due to his training with SCL in strategic Communication, the art of mind binding. He keys his words for specific effect. His training is unethical that is why he refuses to produce his true resume. In the process of trying to bend minds, he is losing credibility. He is very articulate when he is not challenged but under the microscope he warbles.

    • -_____________
      December 12, 2013

      @ FAST N FURIOUS The entire statement made by Linton is the truth nothing else but the truth. Nothing as clear as that. Well articulated well spoken.
      KEEP IT UP LENNY. SO FAR SO GOOD.

    • """""""""""""""""""
      December 12, 2013

      @ FAST N FURIOUS You must be one of Dominica’s most stupid human being. Isn’t that the statement you were telling the world that Lennox made, and that they must listen to? Well I have read it, and it is absolutely, totally truthful, and I like it.
      LIKE LENNOX, I LIKE THE TRUTH.

      • FAST N FURIOUS
        December 12, 2013

        I said listen to Lennox and what he said I didn’t tell you to read what DNO wrote.

  66. ME and ME
    December 12, 2013

    “the government is pursuing an agenda with social programs which ends up benefiting greedy people more than it benefits needy people.

    Isn’t that saying that the people who benefits from the program are predominantly greedy people?

    ”“That is not for me to decide…the people of Dominica must decide whether there is need or there is greed.”

    Again, you are preaching that the people who benefits are greedy but it is for we Dominicans to decide.

    In making these statements you should have gathered your data and be able to show a percentage of people that you know off that shouldn’t be benefiting from the program but they are. Since you do not have such data, but you say, they say and she said, these comments are indeed unfortunate for a man in your position and an insult to the poor. Your apology is made up of excuses aimed at minimizing the damage done instead of being sincere.

    You must understand that your UWP supporters will enjoy these statements but they do nothing to bring independents and Laborites to your side. Make no mistake; you need these people to win the election (18-3 is a steep hill to climb).

  67. Maria
    December 12, 2013

    Again, how does this party plan to finance all these promises,programs, ect.? These things take money, lots of it usually from other countries. They have no diplomatic They criticized the two major countries that are helping us now. Dominicans think smart, Skerrit have his way, but he knows how to get money to fund projects. UWP cannot do it alone not in a small poor island like Dominica

    • Maria
      December 12, 2013

      No diplomatic relations..

      • YOUTH
        December 12, 2013

        Do you even know what Diplomatic relations are? lol you Dominicans hahahaha

    • YOUTH
      December 12, 2013

      a somebody who works for an embassy i can say that diplomatic relations are not with political parties they are with the country, you are way to blind, thinking that because the DLP in power we will benefit more when any Government could have gotten China etc. on the side

    • Frank
      December 12, 2013

      If Skerrit could do it, why do you think another leader would not be able to do it to? Is Skerrit the only one who can do the job

  68. helloooooo
    December 12, 2013

    A poor family who really needs a home and a good roof over their head recieves 2 sheets of galvanise and 8 sheets of Plywood because they suport the UWP or FREEDOM party but a fammily leaving in a block structure who voted for LAbAr gets blocks and and cement plus 2 new toilets to put a master bed room and a larger garageand a fence….that is the Greedy Lennox talking about….Check the valley and the south east and tell me if the needy really benifits or is it the greedy..they get paid to build it plus the material SMFH

    • kubuli
      December 12, 2013

      well if you want blocks and toilet, you sure know what to do.

  69. Chris C
    December 12, 2013

    The instruction from the Word of the Lord is “Those who do not work should not eat and the only exception would be children and the disabled. The young and strong men and women who are receiving my tax money should be put to work. The labour Party has created ZERO employment during their 13years in office. They use tax payerscontributions to campaign instead of putting people to work. Dominica is producing nothing, that’s was not how it was, what has happened to our Bananas, citrus, tree crops what foreign exchange is coming into our country, WHAT ARE WE SELLING TO BOOST OUR ECONOMY. The labour Party and Mr. Skeritt should answer this question. All the social programmes now in place are administered by the party’s stoogies to ensure that their supporters benefit and continue to be loyal to them. The Welfare department has been in existence for years why don’t they handle these programmes???? GIMMICKS GIMMICKS!!! and you all hate the truth.

  70. Francisco Telemaque
    December 12, 2013

    “Minister of social services, Gloria Shillingford, followed suit saying she was angry and her “heart is crying out” because of Linton’s statement.”

    Gloria, of all persons should not have anything to say about this; when some of her biological relatives are the poorest in her constituent of Wesley.

    Some has approached her directly soliciting help; what did cousin Gloria do?

    She ignored her very own poor relatives.

    In the mean time, she has ensured help for some who are employed and are capable of taking care of themselves. It is a shame, it is one thing for people to talk, some will believe what they say, however many of us are aware that its nothing more than talk since we know that there are many who are ignored, and looked upon as rejected nothing, rejected nobody!

    Gloria; nothing you say now will change the minds of the people of Wesley, it will take a miracle for you to retain your seat in the next general election, if you win consider it an intervention of God, and since God plays no part in politics, you should realize you are out of there!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  71. Fed up
    December 12, 2013

    Lennox has the tendency to say exactly what he means and then ‘turn his tongue’ and say something else. I know UWP supporters who benefit and even taunt the DLP supporters who do not get.
    And in retrospect it happened under UWP. I know people who got and sold materials. I know people who got engines and boats in areas where there are no fishermen not even a wave from the sea. And before you say two wrongs don’t make a right, IF God forbid the UWP wins the next elections they will do the exact same thing, trust me. So what is Lennox’s point????

  72. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Too little too late. The damage has already been done. Now it is back firing on you, you want to come with your so called “I apologize”…. yah right!

  73. Victor (palo) Joseph
    December 12, 2013

    DNO I believe that the Headlines for this Story should have been Lennox Linton Appologizes and not Clarifies statements made on the Government Social Programs.This is just my take on that story

    • Nomination committe
      December 13, 2013

      But Palo, The source of the story stated that he was happy to clarify, He said it was a golden opportunity to further expose greedy people. The apology was just in case it turned sour like it did.

      DNO would not do justice to the context with the subject “Lennox Apologies”.

  74. koshon mawon
    December 12, 2013

    I watch my neighbor house got totally renovated with extra building material and I shook my head in disgust knowing that this neighbor and her family is more than able. My neighbor is getting a retirement check , her son has a good job, her children in America providing solid support , grand children providing support from America and those in Dominica.
    As a good neighbor I can’t go public criticizing the program as it will be translated as jealousy. Interestingly right behind the neighbor is a lady whose flooring in her house is the raw dirt as the flooring collapsed; you can push your finger right through the siding. How does a social worker come to the neighbor who isable and not see the condition of the lady next door is totally flabbergasting.
    One may think this is politicking or just an effort to throw fuel on the fire. I wish I could call names to drive the point home butI need not cause the truth never fails. While I am happy that my neighbor is happy I am sad that te lady next door who is more deserving is and was totally ignored.
    I am not going to refer to my neighbor as greedy but I am baffled that one of my neighbor’s son who is well able and connected to the Labor party can totally ignore the lady next door and even have extra building material exposed to the elements and does not notice the neighbor in need.
    The most annoying thing about this is that on election day I witness the very same neighbor’s son picking up the same lady to go vote for labor Party. I say this with a heavy heart and god is my witness.

    • kubuli
      December 12, 2013

      i can clearly see that you are jealous of your neighbors. why not be happy for them and look for yourself?

      • Heartless
        December 13, 2013

        You are a typical …heartless ..labourite..

  75. LUCLU
    December 12, 2013

    Every government is the same. I remember in Marigot there was a couple who received government assistance even if they didn’t need it. When house inspections were being done they would remove their electronics and other big ticket items from their home. The man is a drunkard, all their kids are in the states, Canada and Antigua. I agree with Lenox’s statement but all governments do it. UWP did it when they were in power, Labor doing it now, albeit on a larger scale, and UWP will do it when they get back in power. It’s the nature of the beast.

  76. Joe
    December 12, 2013

    This guy Lennox really thinks we the people of Dominca FOOLISH!!!!!

    Boss we heard you and we dis you so good bye!!!

    • faceup
      December 12, 2013

      Joe have you got hit by an egg, DUMMY !

    • December 12, 2013

      Hi Joe, we can all respect each other. It’s not difficult. Mr. Lennox Linton is now the opposition leader of a major political party in Dominica whether we like it or not. “This guy” is not the way to address our political officials. We can do better.

      • anon
        December 12, 2013

        This guy :lol: :lol: . respect is earned, this guy, this guy :lol: :lol:

      • Joe
        December 12, 2013

        Hi Hurtualt, honestly these guys constantly encourage their supporters to disrespect the Prime Minister therefore i have lost all respect for them.

      • Hello
        December 12, 2013

        I have heard Mr Lennox refer to Mr skerrit as ” this guy “

      • Hurtault
        December 13, 2013

        Hi joe, anon and hello,
        Thanks for the response. We can now agree that we are GUILTY of “inaction.” We’ve not been successful participants of our great democracy. WE HAVE NOT demanded that our politicians cleanse the verbal political landscape. For the sake of country, our future generation and parties of interest in Dominica, the urgency to Demand better political verbatim is now.

    • December 12, 2013

      You are sooo right you guys “Heard” and not “LISTENED” to what he said that’s why majority of the populace misunderstood his sentiments. now linton has to come back and apologize when its not even due in my opinion. It baffles me how people cannot even interpret a simple article.

  77. faceup
    December 12, 2013

    All you Labourites in DA to mordara for a little penny hepni and a pack of sweet biscuit together with all you God Skerro continuing to kill my country, so BY THE HOOK AND THE CROOK LABOUR MUST GO ! YOU HEAR ME, GOOD !

  78. Hurtault
    December 12, 2013

    Sir, I want to applaud you for apologizing to the people of Dominica for your words which were misinterpreted. Good smart politicians always apologize when they, like all reasonable people, are striving to be perfect. Like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, no one is perfect, so don’t be afraid to say you were wrong or misinterpreted and you are sorry. That’s exactly what an educated and informed populace expect of you. Job well done.

  79. Victor (palo) Joseph
    December 12, 2013

    Ladies and Gentlemen please accept my apologies for the statement that I made on the matter of the Social Programmes by the Rosevelt Skerrit administratiob
    n this is all that he should have said and nothing but trying to make an apology and putting a little icing on it to make it look like like is not that you meant to say or saying people mis-understood me is just apharse .I guess his family and others within his ranks spoketo him and he went on Radio to ma believe this was not what he meant .Thank you Mr.Linton for making this appology

  80. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    Mr. Linton, Why do you have to apologize for speaking the truth? This is a dangerous trend!!!!! Nobody misunderstood anything. Instead it was misconstrued by the government to make it seem like your position is one of no support for social programmes. Everybody with common sense knew exactly what was being said.

    Mr. Linton again I’ll say do not apologize for speaking the truth because sooner or later they will continue to purposefully misinterpret what you say to force apologies out of you in order to gain political millage.

    The only people who misunderstood are the puppets from Portsmouth and Wesley respectively. The rest of us are not as ignorant although they seem to think that majority of Dominicans are……..and for good reason to because we condone their arrogant and insulting behavior!!!!!!……………. and support politicians blindly.

    This is also a message to you Mr. Linton …..we will not be accepting this type of behavior from you and your team ………its time for change but not just a change of faces!!! We need a change of philosophy and attitude!!!! Most importantly we need a plausible plan for the development of Dominica.

    • ME and ME
      December 12, 2013

      Come on. Even the republicans would run away from these statements. Your inability to recognize the incorrectness of the statements shows clearly that you follow politicians blindly just as you accused others. He recognized that it was an unfortunate statement, why he gave excuses for an apology. Remember you are just 1 vote.

    • careforall
      December 12, 2013

      we alln know the Lennox don’t care about anyone!

  81. Anon
    December 12, 2013

    ““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.” This seems like perfect English to me. I’m not sure why his words were ‘misunderstood’.

    • ME and ME
      December 12, 2013

      Because with no data, no facts this is just propaganda and an insult to those who are receiving the benefits.

    • Truth
      December 13, 2013

      Re truthful…the facts are glaring to us in our eyes

  82. 4CARS
    December 12, 2013

    It is a fact that some folks are indeed greedy. Furthermore, Linton can do some damage to Skerritt’s camp by dissecting and explaining the word greedy.

  83. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    The government is jumping on the statement to make political mileage. it is a fact that all of the programmes undertaken by Mr skeritt and his team are aimed at boosting his campaign. The mandate from the good Lord is “Put people to work!!!” the labour party has failed miserablyin creating jobs for the citizens of Dominica they have created ZERO employment, Now that money has been allocated to create employment they are again using it to campaign. Utter wickedness to give established businesses additional employees and to have Government pay their salaries;for how long just towards elections and then they are back at their homes? The labour government is ensuring that the citizens depend on hand outs and these handouts come from the office and hand of the Prime Minister because everyone must see him as their source. This is wrong, allow citizens to work and become independent. When they receive a salary and they pay taxes and will be making a contribution like all good citizens do.

    Mr Skeritt the bible confirms that those who do not work should not eat and the only exceptions would be children and disabled persons. Mr. Skeritt for the last 13 years what is the record of job creation, how many people the labour government have put to work???? well except for the Chinese nationals.

  84. Reon
    December 12, 2013

    Anybody who understands English know exactly Linton is talking about. From the get go I know what he meant and anyone that tries to say otherwise is just being plain dishonest.
    Then you have some Dominican people that really have comprehension issues.

    Everybody including the PM knows that Linton is not calling these poor needy people greedy.
    He is calling people like my uncle who got two houses, both he and his wife employed yet still got over $9000, 00 is building aid.

    Then you have my lil sister – trying a little business and is hammered at the customs.

    • YOUTH
      December 12, 2013

      simple as that Dominicans just like purposefully misinterpret things to suit their party color

    • Nomination committe
      December 12, 2013

      When lennox made his statement he was talking to all Dominicans. He he said what he meant. He did not need an interpreter as biased as you. We know what greedy means this is English. Not China Chines or Venezuela Spanish. He did not like them for funding the yes we care program and the housing revolution.

  85. I Am Dominica
    December 12, 2013

    Your intention is to oppose, and you shall be pleased to realize a well suited opposing position after the upcoming elections…

    • Health Worker
      December 12, 2013

      Back then Dominicans were gullible. For fourteen years you have done nothing substantial to improve our quality of life. You have sent us to educate ourselves but even after doing so we cannot get jobs. So many students who are educated refuse to come home and work under your regime because it’s useless. I work in the health system and whilst we may not be the worst there is major need for improvement. There are persons who desperately need help and aren’t getting it. The way the system is if you’re red then you will get help but if you’re not red trust me you’re better off being dead. Mr. Linton we know exactly what you’re saying. Whoever wants to stay in their ignorance its them but we;re with you 100%.

      • I Am Dominica
        December 12, 2013

        Sad thing is the negativity rubs off on you all. A new, none conflict seeking, approach is needed or else the blue party and its followers will forever be singing the blues. Not gonna win new voters like this because they won’t just fall in line with a bunch of…

  86. Just saying.
    December 12, 2013

    DNO I really depreciate you, for not taking sides and saying it as is, thank you for a job well done.

  87. DCW
    December 12, 2013

    There is something that goes…. If you cant say something good…. Just Shut Up! From the 21 in 25… was that all you can come up with? What plans can you say you will work towards the day in your dreams that you get into office?

    • Nac Vibes
      December 12, 2013

      Selective hearing and memory. They have articulated their plans over and over yet you coming here with the same old nonsense.

    • ()
      December 12, 2013

      @ DCW This is a powerful statement, WELL SAID, WELL PUT TOGETHER.
      I fully support it. Coming from ones who speaks the truth.

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