Linton alleges handouts, bribery for DLP win in Soufriere by-election

Video screenshot of jubilant DLP supporters after the victory
Video screenshot of jubilant DLP supporters after the victory

Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, said the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) won the Soufriere by-election on Tuesday because more interest was placed on handouts rather than issues and integrity of the voting process.

During a live interview on Q-95 Radio Hot Seat Programme on Wednesday morning, Linton also made allegations of bribery during the polls.

“We had nothing to pass because we don’t bribe people for their votes,” he stated.

Denise Charles of the DLP won the by-election with 1,342 votes compared to UWP’s Higgs Adams with 560. Charles in the by-election secured more votes than her predecessor Ian Pinard of the DLP who received 1,326 votes compared to UWP’s Higgs Adams who received 822 votes in the 2014 General Election.

“We all know what happened,” Linton stated. “Mr. Skerrit now speaks about the issues in the campaign; he didn’t seem to be interested in those issues when he was distributing loads and loads of materials to be transported in the community to be handed out to people as bribes for their votes,” He wasn’t concerned about the issues and the integrity of the voting process in Dominica. And so the people voted, the people have spoken. We contested the election, we did not do as well as we thought we would have done, but there are a lot of factors at play and we understand those factors.”

Linton gave a brief description of his party’s campaign strategy in the run-up to the by-election.

“We were around the constituency, we had over a dozen public meetings in different locations of the constituency,” he stated. “The Labour Party had three rallies…We had messages about the issues that we felt were of concern; obviously, the issues that we represent that would be of concern were not of concern to 70 percent of the people in the constituency. That’s what the result says, and so we wonder what really is going on?”

Linton thanked his team and commended Adams, who he said stood as a man of “honour” and represented his people.

“We had an excellent team on the ground throughout the two weeks, very committed, very devoted, very methodical in what they were doing, which is what allowed us to understand very clearly what has happened,” he said.

He argued that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, ‘who stands and beats his chest after the victory in Pointe Michel,’ is the same person who has mismanaged the economy of Dominica.

“We see unemployment, we see decline in the performance of agriculture, of tourism, of manufacturing, construction and service sectors, we see an alarming increase in trade deficit, the massive national debt and we see the absence of good governance, conduct and procedures,” Linton remarked. “Is any of that important to the people of the constituency?”

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131 Comments

  1. Francis Chicago
    June 9, 2016

    The last general election 2015 I stay up all night lesson in the election this guy Adams did not win one of any poling station as a leader you should know that people don’t like this man stop that nonsense focus on issues like international airport term in politics nothing wrong with hand out but a government have to create jobs Hugo chavez philosophy lol.

  2. glasshouse
    June 9, 2016

    Roseau South is next in line for a by election and by Yahweh’s grace this seat will belong to DLP. We don’t need any GAY advocates, let all gays do their thing in privacy and let Yahweh deal with them. We don’t need the leader of the opposition to be the PM of Dominica, he is just an ordinary man with unscrupulous attitude, hungry for power. The opposition who won the Roseau south seat did not behave in an appropriate manner when he was accused of having illegal acts with a minor, instead he made it worse for himself so much that the people of Dominica including his fellowmen of his party has lost an abundance of respect for him kicking him out on his buns. They can’t even come to an understanding conclusion amongst themselves without throwing their fellowman under the bus. Is that the kind of representation we want for our country? I think not. The opposition has no vision…. Their hearts are so desperately wicked, full of hate that they can’t see any further than their toes.

  3. Dominican Passports
    June 9, 2016

    Come on now.. Singing the same song again it’s getting old… They simply do not like UWP is that too hard to understand MR Linton?

  4. sunil
    June 9, 2016

    Dominica sweet sweet sweet. Imagine Marigot hospital close down because of mould what a big ass shame but the country sweet. I believe that prime minister needs to serve 2 terms in office and get the hell out because they get quiet comfortable. I am just sick of their promises bribery carefree and disgusting lies. I pray that one day the people of this country will wake up

  5. Mein Kampf
    June 9, 2016

    As hunger mounts, Venezuelans turn to trash for food… Soon Coming to a nature island near u, thank you soufriere

  6. bigger
    June 9, 2016

    Lennox is Labour’s best asset we don’t want him to go please let him talk he is digging his own grave. Do you remember the youth rally when Lennox advise the people to boycott it ? and the outcome was that the stadium was filled to capacity his shameful remarks was that the PM use buses to ferry people to the stadium and now this bribery and handouts issue. Will he ever learn?he is too arrogant to behave differently his loyal supporters is too frightened to approach him. So roll on Roseau South

  7. Ridiculousness
    June 9, 2016

    Back in the day I used to be “BLUE”.
    I grew up in a household where my parents were “GREEN” and when RED became in power my parents supported blue.
    The first time I voted, I voted Blue.
    But when Lennox Linton became the leader of my UWP…………………I’m WHITE!

    Lennox needs to go! Don’t you people see what he has done to the party?! He is power hungry and IF he ever becomes PM, I’m sorry… you think we sucking salt under Skerrit… we’ll be sucking stones by the bay under Lennox!

  8. Well I glad to see that comments are on my side here. Whatever I would have said is already said to quite a few comments below, so I have said enough.

    Except for one more thing!

    Lennox Lintion keep pointing the issues which is worldwide, for example unemployment is an issue all over the world–Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, but they still have high unemployment rates in and out

    They still have high deficit etcetera; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is receiving the same negative reaction from those who do not support his Leadership– no different from Prime Minister Roosevelt Kerrit.

    These kinds of complaints from Linton has no weight, he needs to come heavier–much, much heavier than that; except that goal or achievement does not exist or it is like searching for a needle in a haystack

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 9, 2016

      Shut up you old monkey fool old woman Elizabeth, cockroach bite you lips eh!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    • forreal
      June 10, 2016

      of course your comment is very real and sensual,it is a fact that you have pointed out about this developed countries.

  9. forreal
    June 9, 2016

    why am I not surprised…..lennox here is a next theory,the platform or your platform rather was child protection,which is anti society,higgs is an open gay advocate,does not that fester into child protection also!!!,kids are also endangered by gay men in dominica also,see what happen in Guyana to that kid who was assaulted by a gay man in his workshop,so it is factual the streets are talking,people will vote against that nature,you raised so much money for your court fees,so why could you not raise funds to pour resources into your campaign also,if that is how you think things work,you want to go into a labour stronghold with a child protection slogan,but yet still your PR is in the same boat,you guys should not have contested that constituency before addressing your own situation fully.

  10. 1 800 CONCERNED
    June 9, 2016

    UWP NEEDS NEW STRATEGY!!

    Mr Linton, Sir , there have always been handouts and there will continue to be handouts; using handouts
    as an excuse for losing the election is so lame. Enough!! Accept defeat gracefully and focus your attention on what you can do right the next time. Learn how to lose well.

    Stop talking and talking about the issues, for crying out loud, give the solutions to some of the issues. Find a PR person and let him/her do the talking.

    You and the team need an exercise on strong leadership. As the leader of UWP you need to create a vision, articulate the vision, make that vision yours and accomplish the vision by providing purpose, direction and motivation to your team.

    You have little time to prepare…..ROSEAU SOUTH MAY BE NEXT IN LINE!!!

  11. alma mata
    June 8, 2016

    Congrats to the ruling party on its resounding victory, however, results indicate that both parties need to go back to the drawing board. UWP candidate received 560 votes in 2016 compared to 882 in 2014 while DLP candidate received 1342 in 2016 compared to 1326 in 2014. This means that UWP lost 262 voters and DLP only receiving a mere 16 more votes., which is disappointing. With so much being invested in that constituency, DLP should have gained much more votes. What happened to the 262 UWP voters? They did not switch to the DLP…..a lesson was taught…..both parties should learn!!!

    • OneDestiny
      June 9, 2016

      Good observation. I have been thinking along those lines. I think it’s time perhaps for a new party with people who have a clear vision for the country. People are fed up, and in this give me island we find ourselves, he who has the most money wins.

    • @alma mata June 8, 2016

      I beg to differ pertaining to your disappointing idea. You have missed the fact the voters list was only 22 more than the 2014 election, and DLP got 16 of them. Now the total voters were 1902; DLP took 70% of that figure–how is that disappointment?

  12. Dominican too!
    June 8, 2016

    Sick people! Always crying the grapes sour when they did not get it!

  13. Face the Facts
    June 8, 2016

    DLP won. Therefore accept it and bow out gracefully, if you can.
    Denise Charles is now the Parl. Rep for that Riding. Congratulations to her.
    You do not have it in you to go to her, shake her hand and congratulate her in a gentlemanly and amicable manner.
    Ian Pinard supporters love him as a person and as a Parl. Rep. They did not forsake him. There must be something good in him.
    Inform your UWP supporters to cease insulting and underestimating the intelligence of DLP supporters. The latter are much smarter than they think and smarter than they.
    If you have it in you, teach them to comprehend that everyone has a favorite political Party and that it is their privilege and right to support the Party of their choice and vote for that Party’s candidate. Much more could be stated.

    • Dominican Passports
      June 9, 2016

      Regarding to your last comment “People as you make comments and about who and what which you know nothing about. When you comment/write, keep personal matters to yourself for you do not know me.
      Do not be ignorant and narrow-minded.. You do not know me. You do not know my family. You do not know my friends. If only you knew, you would be surprised. I will not make you smart.
      Should I and also my family decide to return to D/ca, we will be extremely comfortable. We have much to offer to Dominica.
      What do you have to offer Dominica? All you can do is to blab; nothing concrete, busybody.”

      My Response: If you can why don’t you do it? Is the air toxic down here in Dominica? Go back home you Freeloader XD

  14. FitzClancy
    June 8, 2016

    UWP supporters you all have been calling Dominican voters all kind of names , like hungry people, stupid
    people, ignorant people, voler , begging for their supper ETC , ETC , ETC. Yet still you want these same
    people to vote for your party when election time. Well if they do that they have no shame and are very
    very stupid. THE Dominican PEOPLE SHOULD INVESTSGATE LENNOX ABOUT HIS FINANCES, WHERE IS HE
    GETTIG THE MONEY TO PAY ALL THESE COURT FEES.

    • Favoured
      June 9, 2016

      Fitz Clarence in the opposition leader comments did you read any of what you have written about. And frankly that is our problem in DominicA. You have not addressed one concern that the opposition leader has raised and referred to instead you allow yourself to go of on a tangent that adds nothing to the discussion. And you know what is hypocritical about people like you is the fact you play a blind game to all the denegrading and insulting comments by the PM and Anthony Astaphan. Some of the worst insults towards the opposition and their supporters have come from the leadership of the DLP and their supported as you are well aware of the insults referred to. Even Baroness Scotland joined in the insults by referring to those who hold opposing views to the DLP leader should go suck salt.’ That is worst curse you can wish for a people and yet still you see nothing wrong with that rather you are taking aim at Linton who has said nothing in his response that is insulting to the people.

      • Favoured
        June 9, 2016

        Yes Fitz Clancy let me remind you Tony Astophan that refers to and calls Dominicans who supports UWP as cockroaches and kakadors yes it is the same Tony who said Thompson Fontaine should be slapped him in the face. Call him thief for the DAAS monies etc. Yes Fitz Clancy be reminded is Skerrit who insulted and curse off Dominicans telling them ‘ where Labour party get their money is not your Damn business go to hell( x3). It is the same Skerrit who directed people like you to go up in the faces of UWP leaders and to call them traitors and you need to do that in supermarkets, at funerals ( that is real hate where people are mourning man), even on airplanes now I will beg you and others do not do that because that is a global crime equivalent to terrorism; you will be treated as a hostile passenger and jailed under international civil aviation rules. So please I begging do not follow blindly your leaders hate.Finally lets be honest have you ever heard that hate coming from UW P.

    • Annoyed
      June 9, 2016

      Didn’t you hear stupid they had raised money for him, just another of those jackasses Dominicans who like to run their mouth,if you all like skerritt so much go Dominica and meet him

  15. SUNNY
    June 8, 2016

    This i simple, to analyse: The people of that constituency knew that if Higs won he will only become a member of parliament and if Denise won she will become a member of the cabinet / her party members are already members of cabinet. She will be able to have direct access to the public purse and favors to satisfy her constituents. This is a Bi Election, not general election.

    Congratulations Denise and hope your representation contributes to the cause that resulted to the Bi Election. Denise knows that Higs is a good guy and Higs know that Denise is not a bad person. Some of the attitudes displayed was more about the moments than personalities. We all have to work and pray for our country.

    • Annoyed
      June 9, 2016

      Denise may have become a member of cabinet but she is only another one of serenity puppets,she can’t do anything without his permission.

      • Face the Facts
        June 9, 2016

        What is your problem? Every democratic country has a PM and cabinet ministers. The latter must recognize the PM as being in authority and must have respect for “their boss.” They must do their utmost not to embarrass him/her and the Party. It is obvious they cannot do anything and agree upon everything without his approval, as in the case in Dominica. They can introduce a bill, a change of legislation, etc., but they must present it before their PM for discussion and approval. This is the way it is all over the world. Dominica should be no exception. I doubt it is.
        Some of you are disrespectful and disobedience. This is what is wrong with you why you are so critical of the current government and make derogatory remarks also about his ministers. One day God will take care of people as you.

  16. Dominican
    June 8, 2016

    Lets be real. Uwp did not win this by-election and were not expected to. However, Roosevelt Skerrit is not sitting so pretty either. His party only managed to get 38.6% , less than half of all available votes. So he can not claim to represent the majority of people in that constituency either since less than half of those that could vote did not do so. To go and get all hysterical about winning an election like that is out of order, absurd and unbalanced for a man, who is supposed to be the wisest leader in the Caribbean.

    • Face the Facts
      June 9, 2016

      What difference it makes? DLP won! It is on the record. Case closed.

  17. For Dominica
    June 8, 2016

    “Rev’ Donald Hill D. D. and others who want to tell UWP who their leader should be.. you all out of place. OUR Leader, NOT YOURS, is the INTELLIGENT, WELL-SPOKEN, HONOURABLE Lennox Linton. WE LIKE HIM, LOVE HIM, HONOUR HIM, AND RESPECT HIM. WE ARE THE ONES WHO CHOOSE OUR LEADER – NOT YOU.

    LIVE WITH THAT.

  18. Way Papa
    June 8, 2016

    Quit the talking and talking about issues. At the rate at which money and goodies are being handed out and voters bought and brought in, the UWP or any opposition party should take out their minds on winning an election in Dominica. The talking about issues is not winning the election!! Find solutions and let people see you the UWP are doing things! That is how people will judge you, by what you are doing; not by what you all are saying. You all are not learning.

  19. June 8, 2016

    Lennox is the solution and not the problem . Dominicans you all are your own worst enemies.

  20. If according to the UWP Leader, the DLP won the elections due to bribery and handouts; Did the 500 votes the UWP candidate got, did the UWP bribe the people for them? Maybe they did how else would he have received them.

    The UWP members are such poor losers. The people obviously wanted the DLP to represent them and not the UWP. Why would a constituency whose former representative was in the government vote for the opposition?

  21. Titiwi
    June 8, 2016

    Stripped of euphoria, when examined in the bright light of day the figures tell us that the DLP garnered 1,342 votes ( against 1,326 in the 2014 general election), hardly a change given that the total eligible electorate increased from 3,459 in 2014 to 3,481 now. Whilst the DLP did not increase their votes the UWP lost 262 votes compared with 2014 (from 822 to 560). The turnout this time was 54.6% as against 63.1% in 2014. With the DLP result almost identical to the general election the loss in UWP votes was not picked up by the DLP either. This gives rise to some interesting observations:
    – despite spending a reported approx. $2 million why did the DLP not advance on the number of votes they collected in 2014?
    – why was the turnout so low this time?
    Both parties should be aware of the fact that some 1,580 people did not bother to vote (45.4%) and we therefore do not know their opinion. This should be a concern to both parties and in particular the DLP.

    • Titiwi June 8, 2016

      What you failed to realize is that, this was not a general election –that is the reason for the differences all in all.

      Also from the increase of voters, which was 3459 in 2014 compared to 3481 for this by-election–the difference is 22 for this by-election.

      Now with DLP having received 1342 votes for the by-election compared to 1326 for the general election –that means they picked up 16 votes from that 22 voters increase — but this was just for a by-election, don\’t forget that!

      • Dominican
        June 9, 2016

        The only difference is that the UWP polled fewer votes than in 2014. He DLP remained constant with around 38% of the electorate voting for them. Surprisingly the loss of UWP votes was not translated into extra votes for the DLP. Also surprising is the low turnout after all the ballabahoo, especially by the DLP. Close to half the eligible voters did not bother to do so and this leaves lot of people who do not support the UWP or the DLP. Although Skerrit;s candidate won he can not claim that she represents the majority of people in her constituency. It is simple logic. If you register say, 38% of all available votes it means that 62%, the majority, did not vote for you, maybe they just stayed at home.
        Food for thought for both parties.

  22. Cyrique
    June 8, 2016

    Linton take the hint – you LOST!!! Have respect for yourself & accept defeat in a dignified way & stop crying fowl!! You’re the best gift that the Labour Party has. Luck your wounds and live to lose another day.

  23. lightbulb
    June 8, 2016

    padna padna padna
    you lost the moral high ground with your MP for Harlem you hear.
    if you could have run the campaign differently.
    because everybody know
    than ian should not have been on the podium
    ian should have been tainted, especially for a woman campaigner
    but all you doh have your house in order
    so if better cannah be done
    let the worse continue

    lightbulb 2016

  24. Dead letter
    June 8, 2016

    You are doing a good job of burying UWP.

    Even Matt is starting to sound irritated by his ignorant callers. Same fools different day. Nothing sensible to say except vomit recycled phrases; No law no constitution, PM is a criminal, they will suck salt, misery, wah wah Wah… Uwp all u finish.

    Thomson on fb posting BS. Linton on Matt talking BS. That’s the level of politics.

    absolutely nothing of value to the country. It’s over UWP.

  25. WadadlI-Da
    June 8, 2016

    Linton please!!! You just full of hog wash. Stop making the same ole,same Ole bullcrap excuse from you and UWP BAD policy and tactics.you seem to think is all Dominicans love your gimmics..If you don’t change your attitude and strategies things will always remain the same..you need to step aside and let people who really care about Dominica and not their self interest to lead your party

  26. Black jack
    June 8, 2016

    Lennox, you knew from the start you could never win u were on a hiding for nothing, get your English news paper ? to investigate like u did before.

  27. Bagaila Bande
    June 8, 2016

    Can the government move a vote of no confidence against the opposition?

    • Concern citizen
      June 8, 2016

      BAGAILA BANDE,
      This could only happen if they are playing on a level playing field,
      Like if Linton had the same opportunity like SKERRIT to push his hands in the treasure to bribe the populace, but if not then it can’t happen
      tell SKERRIT to stop handling GOVT. funds for his selfish motives
      Owen Authar of Barbados said and I quote “DOMINICAN are the most uneducated people in the region” he wasn’t referring to degrees, Diplomas, or even Dr. rates and I concur with him

      • indira Ghandi
        June 8, 2016

        Anyway,i have come to the conclusion that something is really and terribly wrong with Dominicans.
        you mean to tell me these people still support labour
        His leader is yet to condemn his actions.
        awa garcon,domnichen malad

    • June 8, 2016

      Lack of knowledge and the England language is a bad thing and you just prove what the public is saying of your constituency you depend only on handouts and that is affecting your way of life, I met and spoke with some supporters of the DLP and not even them could understand how their there people didn’t understand the reason for the by-election and how sad they felt for the young girl, And you have the nerve to ask such a dumb question like that,
      Bagaila go back to school Government cannot bring a no confidence against the Opposition it’s the Opposition party to make that move and of cause Skerrit have the numbers in the House to off set it , you need to be educated on the rule of law instead of asking stupid questions.
      Sexual molestation of young girls and boys is of no interest to you what a you saying and what are Dominicans saying to their children, and what about those workers from Public Works for 6 & 7 weeks without pay get the facts before you make comments.

  28. Yung Musician
    June 8, 2016

    Mr. Linton should learn to respect the people’s choice and stop finding excuses. This is not 1995 anymore, the demographics of Dominica has changed. We live in an information age, people are more informed than ever. You can’ keep using the same political strategy of 20 years ago. One liners and exaggeration is not going to win you an election. A lost of over 30% of voters and an increase for the DLP and no one is questioning your abilities as a leader? Why should the voters “punish” Denise and the DLP for the transgressions of Ian, when he did the honorable thing and resigned? Come on UWP, get yourselves together. We need a proper opposition, not just some guys just playing victim and wanting to oppose everything.

    • Concern citizen
      June 8, 2016

      Dear young musician,
      You are just exposing your self as a DONKEY HOLE, is the playing field level, while the treasury is paying for that, didn’t u hear about the millions that was spent in the SOUFRIERE CONSTITUENCY while the rest of the country is made to suffer,
      OWEN AUTHAR of Barbados said and I quote ” DOMINICANS ARE THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE IN THE RIGEON he wasn’t referring to Degrees, Diplomas, or even Dr. rates, so is it not a shame to hear those things about ur country men?

      • @Concern citizen June 8, 2016

        I beg to differ! Yung Musician has spoken with great wisdom, his message is very strong.

        Seems to me that you are the one who is the DONKEY HOLE your opinion is quite futile and dead; and if you were ashamed of what you are hearing against Dominicans –which is also of no ESSENCE OF TRUTH, you would not be using it to bashed against a fellow man.

  29. June 8, 2016

    and plz explain to the public how u guys lost over 200 votes in the Soufriere constituency since the 2014 elections??!! and u talking about ground work!! man stupessssss tan

  30. June 8, 2016

    really linton???….really??? u call what u guys did ground work and campaigning….awah man alu not ready yet shame on u

  31. gwensho
    June 8, 2016

    Lennox really needs to go I agree. But in this case I think is a case of politics at the next level, where our society has become loyal to bribes and will honor those who give them notwithstanding the cause or so. Again according the late Pierre Charles mentioned it, Dominican where their ignorance as a badge of honor. But again the people have spoken. They voted, no one was brought in at gun point to cast a vote.

    • @gwensho June 8, 2016

      The difference between the votes of the General Election compared to that of this By-election was only 16 votes. so are you saying that the government went back and paid all of those who voted DLP in 2014 for this By-election?

      I really believe that you people are being unfair to your fellow Dominicans as you all follow your leader Lennox Linton to accuse them of everything–accusing a person of bribery or accepting bribes is not a good principle for society–and it is against God\’s Law here it is, number 9 of The Ten Commandments at Exodus 20: 16 \”You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor\”.

      Take time in deep ponder and you people will discover why God has not found favor in your attitude and conducts–that is the reason you all will always be defeated.

      Let those who have ears hear what the Spirit is saying.

  32. Ridiculousness
    June 8, 2016

    Maybe if you didn’t pay all that money to Byrne you would have a lil something to hand out too!

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      I thought of the same even prior to reading your comment. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      He may also not be a generous person.

  33. Mein Kampf
    June 8, 2016

    The problem is not Linton, problem is Dominicans, they greedy & selfish people who only care about there personal gain, not about issues. In St.Lucia, One of the first things Chastanet said the UWP will do to if elected to office, is to immediately deduct the “dreaded Value Added tax (VAT),”which will eventually lead to its ultimate removal.
    Chastanet believes it is not acceptable that men who are struggling and have trucks to supplement their income, are forced to park it because of the high license fee.
    Chastanet said a UWP government will remove personal property tax for a period of three years, within the first year in office.
    Any other caribbean country skerrit out of office. He is a complete waste of time.

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      On that basis Chastanet won. Generally people do not like paying taxes. If they hear of tax cuts (not increase) they will fall for it. This is not a criticism of him. While every one who owns property should pay property tax, nationals do need a tax break.
      Those who rent, be it a house or apartment, this tax is incorporated in their rent. These do not get a tax break as their rent increase annually. It is something for governments to consider.

  34. ISIS
    June 8, 2016

    Mr. Linton, as the Leader of your Party you are reason for the loss of the by-election. Your only strategy was to talk about the issues, the issues, ,the issues. How about bringing solutions to those issues. The UWP received 262 less votes than it did in 2014. Can’t you see that something is not right within the UWP? It really is time for you to go. Do the honourable thing and just go….

    #timeforlintontogo

  35. true dominican
    June 8, 2016

    Lenox stay complaining. He can\’t even manage his own personal financial affairs. what makes him think he can manage that of a country. I don\’t support either party but those following Linton are bigger fools. Unqualified, uneducated, no resources to fund a campaign, no resources to his own bills, no job but yet we think he would make a better leader. smfh

  36. TOOFUNNY
    June 8, 2016

    Bribery? Really? Is that all he can come up with?
    I mean to say, is he implying that Dominicans are not smart?
    I am a young citizen, old enough to vote, but no one can bribe me, that’s for sure!
    I would take the bribe and still vote who I want on voting day, because at the end of it all, no one can see who I voted for.
    So BRIBERY? FALL BACK LINTON.

    • Time will Tell
      June 8, 2016

      Maybe you but you cannot run from the fact that there are alot of illiterate people on Island. Some of them too stupid to realise that no one can see who they have voted for. They will vote based on what they have received from whom. Maybe you should start an adult education class.

      • Too Hard Too Long
        June 8, 2016

        And with that level of condescension for the common man you expect UWP to ever attract the popular vote?

    • Concern citizen
      June 8, 2016

      I support U 100% but I also agree with Owen Authar who said and I quote
      ” Dominicans are the most un educated people in the region” and that is a fact because he wasn’t referring to Degrees, Diplomas, or even Dr. rates, so my take on that is yes that’s true,

  37. AAGabriel
    June 8, 2016

    Lenox, we all know how they operate and we all know it has to stop. We need to sit down and discuss how to stop it. Since it is an illegal practise surely we can do something about it. There must be ways and means and we need to have them in place for the next general election. We need to be seen as the party that ‘does’ and not as the party that talks. Let the Labour Party do the talking.

    • redd Hott
      June 8, 2016

      Sweety linton can not take Dominica to the next level….bribe no bribe….lennox linton will never win the election….the strategy that needs to be changed is you all leader…..btw why didn’t u mention when he beg poor ppl to pay Mr byrne or may i add when he paid off his house :?:

  38. June 8, 2016

    Hear we go again Linton licking his wounds and blaming Labour for cuttinv him, Boy grow up people can see through you. My advise to you is to go ahead and start the 500 jobs that you promised the nation, only then will the nation respec t you as a responsible leader.
    As for now fontinue robbing the poor with your court cases.

  39. Delvin Castro
    June 8, 2016

    “What we have been seeing in Caribbean elections is that we are trying to analyze them based on broad issues like issues of policy, development and leadership, but truly what swings those elections is money and . . . the people who can do the money thing better are very often the ones who can in fact win an election,” the Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) told Barbados TODAY. :cry:

  40. dominica last in every thing
    June 8, 2016

    One more thing, as from to today I will not be carrying any any body who supports the labor party and that government

    • Dominican
      June 8, 2016

      when they boycott you I hope you wont cry foul idiot

    • Punjab
      June 8, 2016

      Tell us your vehicle number, your bus number or your cabooway number. There are many we will be happy to give our dollar, come on tell us so we will beware.

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      This is ignorant and silly. You lack broadmindedness. Expect that everyone has a favorite political Party. It is something all of us have to put up with and sometimes with a smile, if they are matured enough. People have a right to support the Party of their choice. You should not interfere with their preference.
      If you know who they support, simply do not discuss politics with them. Just as those who belong to a religion or other. If per chance it is mentioned, you do not have to reply or speak your mind and leave it at that without creating discord and enmity. Learn from that. It is applying diplomacy. Christians must learn to get along and to practice it. Promote love and peace; not the reverse.

  41. JDavid
    June 8, 2016

    Votes for UWP decreased by over 30% in just about two years. That says a lot. UWP officials & supporters should not take this lightly. There is a serious problem with the party (most likely it is the leader, Mr Linton) that needs to be. An analysis needs to be conducted on the party, its source of funds, its allocation of funds, its aim, its priorities, its Parl Reps and most importantly its leader Mr Linton. Stop being so soft on Mr Linton, stop protecting Mr Linton. This is for the UWP’s own good. And also for Dominica’s good because Dominica needs an opposition.

    • Channel 1
      June 8, 2016

      @JDavid – You see all you these pseudo-analysts dere….

      Linton became the leader of the UWP about a year before the 2014 general elections. The UWP under Linton were able to move from 3 to 6 seats in the last general election – and one might even argue that it could have been more seats if the 2014 elections had not been tainted.

      If Linton is so bad for the UWP, then the Labour party should be championing hard for the UWP to keep him as leader because a bad leader of the UWP will only benefit the Labour party. It cannot be that Labourites are looking out for the best interests of the UWP to advise it on who is a better leader for it.

      People with sense see what’s happen though – the Labour party ESPECIALLY ROOSEVELT SKERRIT is absolutely terrified of Lennox Linton. Hence the reason Lennox Linton is the major focus of the Labour party meetings and their propaganda “tricks” behind the scenes.

    • The Real Thing
      June 8, 2016

      Perhaps an analysis of the source of the funds that the Labour Party. Seems to have unlimited to dispense cash,rum.galvanise,timbers,etc.ect.You might find the reason that no progress is made.

      • Ras Ju
        June 9, 2016

        I am wondering – if I decided to repair my home during the run up to an election and have a drink with my friends who might have their party paraphernalia on, would I be classed as having been bought/paid?

    • @JDavid June 8, 2016

      I can see what you are saying! This Opposition especially with its Leader, Lennox Linton, is bad for Dominica; there is no doubt in my mind, that it could have been worse without God\’s intervention. But that cannot be, for PM Skerrit and his men and women are in the teaching and guidance of His Divine Principles, with this kind of intervention, we shall not be moved!

  42. Real
    June 8, 2016

    These handouts/Red clinic are destroying the very fabric of our society. When the DLP stops doing that, we will be just like Venezuela. You cannot buy your way into power all the time.

    • Black jack
      June 8, 2016

      Real, get back under the rock and stop ✋ talking crap.

  43. Lenpro
    June 8, 2016

    What is very clear right now it is only the UWP supporters in Dominca and overseas who see SKerrit as Dictator. Sadly, it looks like all of their Blogs on DNO are falling on deaf ears because they have no Leader who can find a case to convict the Dictator. Because he is to busy running his mouth and destroying good relationships and losing battles. Interestingly, the man who they labeled as the Dictator seems very popular with other well known powerful world leaders like England and America who is well know for isolating dictators. Something to think about.

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      Have you considered that “Dictator” is all in your mind?
      The problem with some of you is because you support one Party, you expect everyone to support it. You insult them, calling them idiot because they do not support the Party of your choice. Is this fair to them? Know that everyone views such matters differently. Consider if we all thought the same and support the same Party, what type of people and world would there be?
      You are the dictator because you are dictating who all Dominicans should support. It is not fair to others who have a mind of their own.
      You are aware some people can get along while others cannot get along? Ask yourself why. Why do some like certain foods, have different tastes, certain color of fabrics, certain styles, etc., and others prefer others? None of us know why. They are merely our preference because we possess individual character and personality traits. This might be the reason. It is something to contemplate on.

    • @Lenpro June 8, 2016

      Your comment is part good and part bad, I cannot decide whether to agree with you or not to agree. Now here is what I think!

      I agree with you that it is the UWPites in Dominica and its supports in the diaspora who see PM Skerrit as a Dictator–that is because they are blind, death, and idiots to the things of Truth and Life.

      Also if that idea of theirs was true, why would those accuses not find a way to convict him, for the Truth will always unveil the LIE OR THE TRAITOR.

      I like your suggestion that the labelled Dictator seems to be very popular with other well known powerful Leaders–that is a visible fact–but your idea of isolated dictators, I cannot accept, for it is saying that God has no Authority in this world; that cannot be!

  44. dominica last in every thing
    June 8, 2016

    Well as from today I don’t expect labourite to come for credit in my shop again, because the county is good, and as for bus ride I done with that all who owe me labourite bring my dam money for me, or I will embarrass all you on the road,

    • NabesandI
      June 8, 2016

      Run your mouth tebeh if you man just tell us your buss number since you have so much to say about labour people let us boycott your tail see if you wouldnt koolee

    • June 8, 2016

      u fine u making sense marge….when all ur customers boycott u because of stupid politics u will run and cry on matt about victimization as usual…I will give u one piece of advice don’t get politics involve in your business buddy

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      June 8, 2016

      You should be damn well happy is the Labourites that have you still in business…When they leave start crying the country hard and blame the PM FOR YOUR IGNORANCE!

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      Are you a Christian or not? This is not smart of you. I cannot believe you would go so far to make this a personal and business issue.
      It appears Dominica does not have a Law against discrimination, refusing service to customers and based on their political preference or whatever.
      If there isn’t such a Law, it is time for the government to enact one.
      You could also be charged for hatred.
      You must pray to God to purge your heart of such a feeling. Your attitude lacks love to your fellow people.

  45. Excuse me but I am just trying to understand how this amounts to “bribery”.

    Before the voting people received certain “handouts”.

    Did they promise to vote for Mr. Linton’s candidate before they received the handout?

    Were they not free to vote their choice even after the handout?

    Was anybody watching to see how they voted?

    Did Mr. Linton not have the same right as the P.M. to give handouts?

    If Denice Charles had not won – and that by a huge majority – would Mr. Linton even be mentioning the handouts and raising the issue of a bribery after the election?

    Excuse me for asking.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • June 8, 2016

      a corrupt Rev will not understand

      • Instead of bad mouthing me please take an educated and objective approach by simply answering my questions.

        The answers would show there was no bribery.

        The answers would embarrass you.

        Do not be like a dog howling at the moon. It tells you nothing about the moon. The next night the moon is still shining. Long after the dog is gone the moon will still be there.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      Linton would not. Imagine if someone offers certain items, should the people refuse them? I hope not. Most are not rich people or well-off ones. They are happy to accept them.
      These days UWP followers call everything given as handouts. These project their narrow minds. They do not see the necessity of helping those who are in need of because the DLP government does. Just as they hate the DLP government, they also hate the supporters. They lack true Christianity.
      Linton gives them nothing. He should try doing so. However, this would not prevent them from voting for the Party of their choice.

    • @Rev. Donald Hill, D.D. June 8, 2016

      Good question Reverend Hill, no wonder \”silver bird\” can only respond the way he or she did–they have no answer to these profound questions –including their leader, Lennox Linton.

      Your question \”Did they promise to vote for Mr. Linton’s candidate before they received the handout?\” is the most profound one

      If my mind is made up to do something or not to do it–there is no amount of bribery which can change that product of my mind–it will be done!

  46. ?????????
    June 8, 2016

    Lennox you not learning. Just talk talk. Did you truly expect Ian supporters to just give it to Higgs. MAN you like to talk unintelligently. Who are your targeted hearers? Not intelligent people?

    • @????????? June 8, 2016

      Nice going my lady–I hope this you. Just in case you don\’t know, I am your wise friend on facebook, you came to visit me twice when I was in Dominica in 2013. I don\’t want to reveal my name here.

  47. Righteous
    June 8, 2016

    “We had an excellent team on the ground throughout the two weeks, very committed, very devoted, very methodical in what they were doing, which is what allowed us to understand very clearly what has happened,” he said. “Mr. Skerrit now speaks about the issues in the campaign; he didn’t seem to be interested in those issues when he was distributing loads and loads of materials to be transported in the community to be handed out to people as bribes for their votes,”

    My boy becoming a real politician man. If you had your investigative hat on, we would have pictures of such bribery. Enough already my boy. Go back to the drawing board so that the UWP can have something viable to present to the voters and you and the IMF man need to stop braying like some Associates in de country.

    #OLD

  48. uuu
    June 8, 2016

    That’s typical of you to use you …… behavior to decimate those who don’t share your ideology. Almost 3/4 of the populace rejected you. Your message wasn’t resonating. You are the problem.

    • Dominican
      June 9, 2016

      UUU get your maths right. How can 3/4 (75%)of the population reject him when only 54.6% of the electorate cast their vote…and that does include all people who were eligible, DLP and UWP supporters included. Nearly half the electorate did not bother to cast their vote.What does that tell you? That tells me that the majority of our people neither support DLP or UWP.

  49. So.. if there were no handouts, gifts, etc., by the blessed Dominica Labour Party would the United Workers Party win in the Soufriere Constituency? NO!!!!

  50. ArAb
    June 8, 2016

    Maybe it is true maybe it is not but i don’t care. Everyone does it and there is nothin in place to stop it or control it. You could give me $300 to vote for you and when i am casting my vote is only me and God to witness. Best advice to the people is to do what is best for them. If a party is giving hand-outs then take it but who you vote for should be chosen on who you think is best for the job and who will pave a better future for the next generation.

  51. engineer
    June 8, 2016

    My guess is when some people don’t know how to win or be successful in anything, they usually end up blame shifting for their failures. I have said this before Lennox Linton will never be the prime minister of Dominica. He is better at destroying relationships than mending them. He recently took a shot at Patricia Scotland, I won’t be surprised that Lennox will be facing another lawsuit soon.

  52. Ideal
    June 8, 2016

    UWP too bad you loss the bye-election, but in order to win in future you guys need a winning leader. It is time to get rid of Linton, he just does not have what it takes to be a leader. Dominicans have no respect for him (cry baby). Linton I would advise you to step down as leader. You have to learn to smile more be friendly,
    be nice to people.

  53. papa
    June 8, 2016

    What else is new u no that’s all dlp and the hungry guts fall for there crap

  54. Say What
    June 8, 2016

    Linton you are an embarrassment to our country and as a leader you are a failure. How can you insult an entire constituency and say they were bribe! How do you expect people to gravitate towards you and your party when you are constantly belittle them? You are the worst disaster in the political world. After such an embarrassing defeat you are belittling the people who you were trying to court. Like yourself, you gave us a candidate who was also an embarrassment. After asking three different women, who turn you down you had to settle for what you had, which is recycle goods. Is it because you are bias and uneducated why you harbor so much animosity?

    • Duggie
      June 8, 2016

      SAY WHAT,
      You sound uneducated as well.

      • Ras Ju
        June 9, 2016

        Why would you come to that conclusion? I find the points stated interesting

  55. Thomian
    June 8, 2016

    smh, it is hurtful yes for Lennox because too many of us are blind. We focus too much on what we can receive from government rather than the day to day issues facing us at hand. But my dear time will tell…..the misery wont fall on Lennox’s roof alone , but remember on all of us roof. God bless us and God bless Dominica.

  56. JDavid
    June 8, 2016

    Mr Linton that is why you will continue to fall short. Did you congratulate your opponents, at least Ms Charles? Why didn’t you congratulate the young lady Sir? She is a young lady who did battle with you, a congratulats would have gone a very long way for you and UWP. Instead you chose to once again insult Dominicans who did not vote for UWP, like is plywood 1,342 got why they voted against you. DLP got about the same amount of votes last GE with an increase of just about 1.2%. On the other hand your party the UWP received a decrease in votes of about 31.8%. Really, 31.8%? Tell your supporters what happened Mr Linton. Where did the 262 who voted UWP last GE went to? Were they flown in but was not flown in this year? Why weren’t there enough funds for better campaign by UWP? Were the funds used for other ‘things?’ If so what were these other ‘things?’ Or were the people not motivated? If so why? Failed leadership? UWP officials should demand an explanation from you.

    • AAGabriel
      June 8, 2016

      Congratulations what for??? Having successfully bought another election?

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      He did not congratulate the PM. He did not congratulate Hon. Denise Charles, MP-elect. He is a bad loser.
      He walked out of Parliament during the PM’s talk.
      After TS Erika, the PM reached out to him. This was not satisfactory to him. He is always in a fighting spirit.
      Whatever the PM and his ministers state, he opposes. He never has a good word to state about them. This is also evident in his supporters’ comments.
      He refused to attend the reception for Patricia Scotland. He informed the D/ca Media which everyone in Dominica and overseas read that he destroyed the invitation. He made the excuse about TS Erika and the poor. There is more.
      Who in their right sense would support this Party of all?
      Who would consider him a good candidate for prime minister?
      I do believe that Linton has harmed himself through his own personal attitude.

    • Duggie
      June 8, 2016

      JDAVID .This does not deserve an explanation. It is clear for all to see, unless yo are blind.

    • Ras Ju
      June 9, 2016

      Well stated

  57. wow
    June 8, 2016

    Lennox stop blaming Skerrit for your party demise. UWP????? accept defeat as a grown man and move on.
    My advice is resign as leader and let it be. Labour all the way

  58. oh please
    June 8, 2016

    Stupes……Yawn! Move on… next item on the agenda please.

  59. Peace
    June 8, 2016

    Mr. Linton it is clear that people no longer worry about these issues since they themselves cannot do anything about it, …my dear happy retirement in advance…go and enjoy the rest of your twilight years with your family and forget about those people… Let Go and Let God!… God Bless You now and always..

    • smh
      June 8, 2016

      Lennox let go and let God?!! That power hungry man??!! Hmp good luck with that.

    • Barbara Saunders
      June 8, 2016

      From the time that the bye-election was announced I saw comments on this site cursing out the people of that constituency for accepting handouts, lazy, stupid and other names. I assumed that these comments were coming from opposition supporters. I suggested that they might want to change their tone because they needed the votes of the same people they were cursing and furthermore those comments were like a concession of defeat even before the elections.

      I suggested that the opposition and supporters needed to become a kinder, gentler people. The premise was that if for fifteen years you have been maligning Mr. Skerrit on radio and in print media, digging up dirt, spreading stories of corruption real or imagined; demonising; calling him and his colleagues honourable criminals; the works and that has not defeated him, a change of strategy is needed.

      It is said that if you continue doing the same thing over and over and expect different results you are either mad or stupid.

      • Face the Facts
        June 8, 2016

        Well stated. I have also considered their repetitious and insulting comments are boring.

      • @Barbara Saunders June 8, 2016

        I salute this comment; that is what I have been saying all along. The UWPites are joining with their Leader to speak all sorts of derogatory thigns against their own people–and yet the majority of us are following PM Skerrit –why do they expect that we will turn around and support them with all the rudeness and insults that they speak against us?

  60. Chief Jaco
    June 8, 2016

    Boy, things in UWP Dominica so bad. Lennox sucking all poor people money to pay his pregnant court bills and making poor UWP suck salt to survive without their hard earned money.
    Boy Lennox you need to drink a new kind of rum; Resources rum that Skerrit pouring non-stop.

    • Dominican
      June 8, 2016

      Look he asking for more lawsuit with that talk. Matt ask him for proof he say let the journalist fiind it lol lennox stop playing with fire even if is not you that paying

    • Duggie
      June 8, 2016

      Wise up. Utter rubbish.

  61. Pako
    June 8, 2016

    Yes.

    Blame the voters for your unpopularity.

    Lennox. first thing. Help people. Smile at someone. Be someone people want to talk to and ask questions of.

    Stop blaming the voters you need. Blame yourself and the fact that you said nothing new to the people except to punish Denise for Ians alleged behaviour.

    • %
      June 8, 2016

      Your narrow mindd no brainer…Its people like you that have the country so, not Lennox..Your evil even immoral Dominican.

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        June 8, 2016

        There You,( %,) go, Lennox’s Toilet Tissue!

  62. June 8, 2016

    Handouts have always been the main interest of the population and the voters for many years.Dominicans never see tomorrow ;only the end of their nose is the most important for them,The word future has never been in the vocabulary,The are always begging ,even the gov’t is begging,they are not doing anything productive enough to sustain the population in the future.Soon all the people who received handouts will realize that the little they received is over and they will start begging and crying again.

    • ?????????
      June 8, 2016

      ???????????? WHAT are you saying. Now I know whom Lennox addresses with his unintelligent talk. Did u believe otherwise?

    • Face the Facts
      June 8, 2016

      Most are in need of. God expects that they will be helped one way or the other.
      In His holy and perfect eyes they are not handouts.
      In the eyes of people as you they are handouts. What a shame! You have no love and compassion!
      God is with His people. He will find a way and always provide.
      Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “I will never forget you My people. . .”
      Thanks be to God!

    • Dominican too!
      June 8, 2016

      You mean Lennox will beg again just now and will save the extras as usual? Dotish

  63. water 99
    June 8, 2016

    Stop Crying boy linton Labour win already :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

  64. Yinka
    June 8, 2016

    Skerrit mismanaging the Dominica economy…what makes you any better…you mamaging the people’s money to pay your PERSONAL debt….go get a job….when people fooling you is one thing….but when the fool fooling himself….what a disaster!

    • Chief Jaco
      June 8, 2016

      Lennox mismanaging UWP economy. He taking all of it to pay his pregnant court bills instead of using it for election campaign. Suck their pocket dry Lennox, with you as leader they will never have the money for a general election.

      • Extremely
        June 9, 2016

        Big set of hypocrites. No matter who is the leader of the uwp it will still yield the same results. I’ve come to realize that no matter how bad things get in Dominica people will still vote labour. It’s not because they want development but they are all guided by hatred for the uwp. Majority of labourites are hard core freedomites starting with the pm. They will grind Dominica to nothing as long as workers stay out of power.

  65. smh
    June 8, 2016

    Lennox you sound hurt …did you really expect to win?? You want to know what is going on…what is going on is that the people of the Soufriere constituency DO NOT want UWP. 70% mandate…you telling me that 70% of the constituency population was bribed?? Denise has been working with people for many years, even when Sam Martin was parl rep. She not a ‘just come’. She knows what the people need and has been working with them. After Erika Denise was there..front and center actively participating and organizing clean-up, food, supplies etc. Where the hellll was Higgs? Denise you have been doing a good job behind the scenes. Now you in the spotlight show these nincompoops what you can do. We behind you all the way…LABOURRRRR!!!

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