And Monelle Williams wept

Williams said she buried a daughter four years ago
Williams said she buried a daughter four years ago

United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the St. Joseph constituency, Monelle Williams, had to be assisted off the stage at a UWP rally when she broke down in tears in response to a statement made by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, during a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally in Calibishie last week.

“My heart bleeds for every mother who has lost a baby,” an emotional Williams said. “You were right Roosevelt Skerrit, my father is one grandchild less because I buried her four years ago. You don’t know what it’s like to bury your child.”

At the DLP rally Skerrit had said if he had a daughter, he would not want her to be a Monelle Williams since he would be short of one grandchild.

“If I had a daughter, ladies and gentlemen, I would wish for her to one day be a Catherine Daniel, to be an Athenia Benjamin, to be a Nurse Charles or to be a Roselyn Paul. I would definitely not wish for my daughter to be a Monell Williams because I might end up short of a grandchild,” he sad.

The statement created a furore and at a DLP rally in St. Joseph last Saturday Skerrit said he was withdrawing it, saying he wishes to apologize “to anyone of you who was offended by the statement and I give you the assurances from hence forth you shall hear nothing like that from Roosevelt Skerrit again.”

But the issue appears far from over.

“I have news for Roosevelt Skerrit, for all the endorsers of the Labour Party, for all of them that believe that our country can move forward on gutter politics and maypwee…your perception of me or any other woman, child, man, young boy, young girl does not change who I am,” Williams said at the UWP rally in Castle Bruce on Sunday.

Williams broke into tears and was led off the stage by UWP candidate for Paix Bouche, Eunica Anthony-Victor.

Meanwhile the UWP Youth Arm is calling for a personal apology from Skerrit to Williams.

In a release the organization said the withdrawal of the statement “appeared to be an apology to supporters instead of Ms Williams.”

“The UWP Youth Arm called on Mr. Skerrit to properly apologize to her and the women of Dominica,” the release said.

It said all political parties should commit to avoiding “character assassination.”

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161 Comments

  1. November 27, 2014

    I do not support any political party;i will do so when politicians will start by putting forward the issues which affects the country ,that should be dealt with to better the future of the country…
    We have learnt that we should not judge a book by it’s cover ;nonetheless it is not proper to go to the garden dressed with a jacket /suit ,tie and farmers boots on …What an example is this P M to dominica,,,maypwee,kankan,,,layay,on mani borbor ,listen to the way the women are laughing and feel so happy to listen to him,,,what is that at all? why talk about peoples private lives ,…i mean it is time for that to stop…it is getting out of control.

  2. Hate liars
    November 27, 2014

    if u cant take the pressure stay out of the jam………

  3. Anonymous
    November 27, 2014

    if you don’t like the heat get out the kitchen stop crying

  4. lookitt
    November 26, 2014

    Skerrit….. just give monelle a little $5000 for her stress.

  5. A Doubting Thomas
    November 26, 2014

    What I have noticed in Politics not only in Dominica but around the world is that many candidates do not have the stomach for their lives to become an open book. When you put yourself in the political arena your life is no longer private we all know that; we hope it was not so but we know that is the reality of public life; you are constantly under scrutiny and therefore your life should be above reproach.

    Both the men and the women who put themselves forward and no matter what others tell you, that they will protect you; you and only you should know what you can handle and what you cannot. Women should not believe they should be treated differently than the men because you are a woman and there are some things no one can protect women from when in public life.

    For the UWP to pretend that their candidates should not receive what the DLP people have been receiving for so many years is absurd and downright ridiculous.

    listening to the UWP for the past several years; what I would have expected from the UWP would be that each and every one of their candidates would be people who are above reproach, super human beings, people who do no wrong, people who would have no skeletons in their closets, people who would live a God like existent. I did not expect the UWP to have human beings like the rest of Dominicans who are imperfect people, sinners like the rest of us, where humans could point fingers at them for possible wrong doings and I believe it would hurt, especially if the truth. The lies we get angry about, but the truth hurts,

    Again, the UWP are their own worse enemies in trying to spin things. That forces the public to ask questions and more questions. And the answers received sadly are always worse that the statement made in the first instant.

    Politics is not for the faint hearted.

  6. Taking Notes
    November 26, 2014

    Monelle, my heart bleeds for you. Monelle, here is the solution for this and I mean it. Please go down on your knees and make your request known to the great I AM. Man is powerless to resolve your emotional wounds. Anyone than kneels before God can stand up to any man. Remember, that NOTHING is to hard for God. He is in full control. No need for anymore public appearances regarding this, take it privately to your Father. Amen?! Hold strong! God is Amazing.

  7. merlin
    November 26, 2014

    The conduct ofthe prime minister proves that he is unfit for public office.the aforementioned statements is not the only reason, he has been insulting the populace time and again.dominicans seemms to relish and appreciate his insults.He’s an opportunist who lack any true intelligence.

  8. yardie
    November 26, 2014

    young lady where were you on a norther planet have you been following dominica’s politics en? i guest not, your coleauges in your party should hav tell u what to expect. well miss Williams this is northing compare to what these guys have been saying about other people including the pm

  9. professor
    November 26, 2014

    but wait…..Mr. Skerritt must personally apologise to mamselle when Mr. Linton call all Dominican women prostitute?? that is how low minded Dominicans are right now in their thinking? Lennox is the one who played gutter politics Monelle so you all need not show how inept you all are cause if one must apologise all must apologize.

  10. Anonymous
    November 26, 2014

    Monelle Needs a personal apology form de pm truly it’s heart breaking when a mother has to bury her own child I was ten years old when my sister died my mom and dad had to bury her it was heart breaking mr pm you have skeleton in your own cupboard be careful

  11. Ma Moses
    November 26, 2014

    All I can say is that I find that P.M. callous and I don’t want a person like him to represent me or my country. Even his own labour party doesn’t deserve that. I will vote accordingly on 8 Dec.

  12. November 26, 2014

    you all dominicans should be ashamed of you all self. this circus does’nt look like leaders you all are puppets.

  13. out of south city
    November 25, 2014

    I have been saying that religion and politics are two things that divide people. We really don’t need all of this type of insensitive words coming from someone who is supposed to be setting an example to the nation. But again, words say a lot about a person and as far as I see the prime minister has been using his words very loosely and doesn’t care who gets hurt by them. There is something called karma; no one should want the worse for another because it will come back right at you.
    This is the worse that I have seen as far as politics is concerned, in Dominica. The nation is divided and the majority involved in this mess are are christians. Dominica is really too small for all this mess.

  14. rescue 911
    November 25, 2014

    It baffels me to see people still support the pm on that.I am quite certain that the pm is feeling guilty.mr pm.tell us you really didn’t mean that.I’m giving you the benefit of a dout on that one.

  15. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014

    I understood Tony Astaphan took up the topic as well and is questioning the young lady. It will be interesting to find out whether or not he have any children.

  16. tears of women
    November 25, 2014

    UWP, it is not good enough to sit the and condemn Skerrit for what he said to Ms. Williams. You all need to go all out to expose his statement and the tears of Ms. Williams. I urge the opposition to email the words of skerrit to Media outlets like CNN, ABC, FOX, BBC and others, with the audio of both what Skerrit said and the tears of Ms. Williams. Furthermore, they need to copy it to Mrs. Obama and organizations such as: FGM – Female Genital Mutilation, rainbow organization, VAW – Violence Against Women, RHR – Reproductive Health and Rights, NOFW- National Organization For Women & MFWO – March For Women Organization. The world needs to know what we have standing as Prime Minister of Dominica. I am sure if these organizations and media outlets get the information they will not hesitate to present it to the world. We need to take steps to get rid of people like skerrit

    • A Doubting Thomas
      November 26, 2014

      Send it self and

      Also send the UWP clips

      of the mother whose child was struck by the vehicle in Mahaut and left for dead.

      Send also the clip of the spelling of the word directed to women.

      Send the clip about our elderly

      Do not forget the ointment piece

      Need I say more?

  17. crab
    November 25, 2014

    Come on, stop this stupid drama. The UWP is treating Mornell as if she is something special. When she lost her Job she was she was given a trip to St Marteen by her party, the UWP created such drama about this trip, who knew and the shock and awe on the faces of the members of the UWP who were in St Marteen, all pretending that they were suprised when she arrived… cut this crap and crying nonsense.

  18. tears of women
    November 25, 2014

    Luke 7:37-50The Voice (VOICE)

    36-40 Once a Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to be a guest for a meal. Just as Jesus enters the man’s home and takes His place at the table, a woman from the city—notorious as a woman of ill repute—follows Him in. She has heard that Jesus will be at the Pharisee’s home, so she comes in and approaches Him, carrying an alabaster flask of perfumed oil. Then she begins to cry, she kneels down so her tears fall on Jesus’ feet, and she starts wiping His feet with her own hair. Then she actually kisses His feet, and she pours the perfumed oil on them.
    Simon (thinking): Now I know this guy is a fraud. If He were a real prophet, He would have known this woman is a sinner and He would never let her get near Him, much less touch Him . . . or kiss Him!

    Jesus (knowing what the Pharisee is thinking): Simon, I want to tell you a story.

    Simon: Tell me, Teacher.

    Jesus: 41 Two men owed a certain lender a lot of money. One owed 100 weeks’ wages, and the other owed 10 weeks’ wages. 42 Both men defaulted on their loans, but the lender forgave them both. Here’s a question for you: which man will love the lender more?

    Simon: 43 Well, I guess it would be the one who was forgiven more.
    Jesus: Good answer.
    44-46 Now Jesus turns around so He’s facing the woman, although He’s still speaking to Simon.
    Jesus: Do you see this woman here? It’s kind of funny. I entered your home, and you didn’t provide a basin of water so I could wash the road dust from My feet. You didn’t give Me a customary kiss of greeting and welcome. You didn’t offer Me the common courtesy of providing oil to brighten My face. But this woman has wet My feet with her own tears and washed them with her own hair. She hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. And she has applied perfumed oil to My feet. 47 This woman has been forgiven much, and she is showing much love. But the person who has shown little love shows how little forgiveness he has received.
    48 (to the woman) Your sins are forgiven.

    Skerrit, I am ashamed of you and regret the support I gave you for 15 years. I wish I could take it back! Skerrit, based on your attitude towards women especially those that are down and out, you have proven to me that you are not even worthy to participate in a village council election, let alone town council and prime ministership. More shame though on the DLP for allowing you to continue in the race! Shame on all women that continue to support you but especially for those four you identified by name before insulting us, the women of Dominica. Dominica is the ONLY country that I know of that would call you prime minister and allow you to lead them into another election. I am so mad that I carefully searched for everything in my house that is red and set them on fire, including DLP t shirts and caps I had from 1990. Shame on you little boy!

    • A Doubting Thomas
      November 26, 2014

      Oh please. Read the readings of this Sunday and come again.

  19. blessed
    November 25, 2014

    Dem say sticks and stones can break my bones but words can’t do me no harm. Hmmmmmm it is amazing to know the amount of damage words can do to some one, mentally and emotionally. We must all bridle our tongue. And that goes to both parties, UWP and Labour. And I must say we all have skeleton in our closet, some is hidden and some is expose. Both parties need to MAN UP and stop behaving like you all have a virgina between you all pants.

  20. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014

    Yes what skerrit said was not nice , but she did not have to bring up, she could of risen above it . The aftermath a tad dramatic

    • JoJo
      November 26, 2014

      You reap what you sow my friend and that applies to everybody, including Mr. Skerrit. His insensitive remarks provided an enormous publicity scoop for the opposition and damaged his chances of reelection, and he knows it. A word, once spoken can never be taken back, so be very careful what you say when, where and to whom!!
      How often have we not heard someone say in triumph ” Hmm, I told him, so there!”, only to find that we lose respect and friends in the process.

    • Tragic
      November 26, 2014

      “she did not have to bring it up”? What the %@&@?? This sort of mentality is EXACTLY what holds Dominica back. Let the wrongdoers brazenly offend, insult, injure and abuse, but the victim should not dare even mention it?! Uh-uh you guys need to step into the 21st century for real. You truly sound like fodder for manipulation and exploitation!

  21. mister public
    November 25, 2014

    Dominican politics is one of the most dirties of all that I have ever seen. The prime minster should conduct himself with more respect ad class than to stoop down to such a low standard, that he has to rely on childish antics which are useless in everyway what so ever. Women tend to be more emotional thmen so I understood why mrs.williams dropped down in tears. As I’m a follower of the labour I found the prime minster unethical in all sense.

    • philme
      November 26, 2014

      it’s all over the world what are you talking about

  22. One of Her Many Sons
    November 25, 2014

    Oh no!! How low can you go Mr Prime Minister? That was low even for you.
    You have a mother, you have a wife and may even have that little daughter you mentioned one day.
    Be careful what stones you throw.

  23. OMG
    November 25, 2014

    It is amazing that many are unable to be objective and considerate enough to weigh a situation impartially. Skerrit has the audacity to disrespect and abuse Dominican women but I want to remind everyone especially the blind and hungry labor party supporters that YOUR SKERRIT LOVES Dominica so MUCH that he sent his wife to give birth to his SON IN A FOREIGN LAND – US. This is a treasonous act that has not yet met condemnation by every Dominican.

    Every man and woman should rise up and condemn these attacks on our fellow citizens. It is disgraceful, loathsome and entirely intolerable behavior.

  24. Intrigued
    November 25, 2014

    is it rude of me to ask what is tge story with Mobelle?

    I am intrigued as the P M alluded to something, but I am still not sure what she is guilty of doing?

  25. chicken gone ye
    November 25, 2014

    skerrit losing it ,he his a married man who came from the whom of a woman,shame on you pm your my priminister not my abusive step father :(

  26. November 25, 2014

    Icepop is the true reflection of all the Dumbminicans who are saying that Lennox Linton called Dominicabln women prostitutes. ..The Dumbnicans together with icepop who believe the Labour party’s spin on the statement of Lennox Linton, your brain must be made up of frozen water & red coolaid to have absolutely no comprehension of the English Language, as not to have known that the context in which Lennox spoke, that prostitute is not a noun, but a verb in that case, which describes the actions of the ministers. The subject of that statement was about the ministers and not our Dominican women. .
    Really your brain reflects your alias. ..icepop..Go and read ass. Learn your nouns, verb, subject and predicate, then you will understand the structure of a sentence, so no political party will not use you as toilet paper …

    • crab
      November 25, 2014

      @Bush Lawyer. it looks as if you are the Dumbminican. What your dear leader said was, “………young people are prostituting themselves for assistance from the public purse” I heard it and I read it. Bush Lawyer if you are prostituting yourself you are a prostitute, it is as simple as that. So you can spin it how you want call people all your names but the fact is Lennox refered to the young people as prostitutes and for those who perhaps did not understand he spelt it out.

      • Ras B
        November 26, 2014

        Crab, your interpretation is wrong!!!!Go back and read the statement. It says “Young people are prostituting themselves for assistance from the public purse”. In that statement, no body is called a prostitute!!!Put simply, Bush lawyer is right, the verb is “are prostituting”!!!! The Oxford dictionary tells me that the verb prostitute means to put something worthwhile to an unworthy use!!! So if the young people are prostituting themselves inorder to get help from the public purse it has nothing to do with the act of prostitution, it just simply means that they by begging etc (as occurs at the Red Clinic),, they are lowering themselves.

      • crab killer
        November 26, 2014

        You really a crab for real. ..no brain. Just stay in ur mud hole n die…idiot

    • Interesting
      November 26, 2014

      Prostitutes prostitute themselves for Money..so if Lennox Linton said we are prostituting ourselves he indirectly called prostitutes..Plz look up the meaning in the dictionary before you People open your mouths.

  27. Double M
    November 25, 2014

    so it is right to remind Monell of her daughter who died 4 years ago? Just remember the PM has two sons and I don’t know what may happen to them tomorrow but remember karma, karma, karma. Today is hers, tomorrow is the PM own. God don’t sleep.

    …and to all the people who accepting this is right, you may have kids. what you wont wish for yourself, don’t make mockery out of someone else. again, today is hers, tomorrow is yours

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2014

      This is not about a daughter who died four years ago.

  28. conscious
    November 25, 2014

    I must say asking the UWP to use Skeritt degredation of Miss Williams as political advancement would be equal to what Skeritt did. End that there and then. Monell put your big girls panty. Wipe your tears Skeritt and shown the world how low he has stooped. Show your quality and class.

    • MY 2cents
      November 25, 2014

      @ conscious you are sooo right. I don’t know why Monelle not realizing UWP using her. It shows how UWP don’t even care about their own people. They using a negative situation which is hurting and damaging to Monelle and keeping the talk going and even creating more talk just for personal gain.

      • Anonymous
        November 26, 2014

        You have just devaluated yourself to a farthing.

      • lawyer
        November 26, 2014

        That is politics if you make a gave you have pay the consequences… Skerritte is the leader of the
        labour Party and of the country he represents Monelle as well as all other Dominicans and should have chosen is words much more carefully. He is an intelligent man he knew exactly what he was saying and has to pay the political price, UWP has every right to keep the pressure on him and truly expose him.

  29. God forbid
    November 25, 2014

    With all these negative comments does anyone have evidence that it is a recent scenario? deaf and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
    Miss Monell rise, keep your head up, if you don’t know let me tell you your pass is behind you, it’s only the devil that will dig up your pass.
    You have come from the ghetto and work your way up brace your self and keep on pushing the sky is the limit.

    I hope those of you that is digging the pit don’t have any skeletion :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

  30. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014

    Cry cry baby how are you a strong woman? how do you intend to uplift women with your cry baby looking for sympathy attitude? The only method I see you use to campaign is sympathy, yet your platform is to strengthen women how is that possible? Despite what you said you have gone through do you know there are women who have gone through worse and are standing tall? This is in no way condoning what the PM said but you are not ready for public life. You fail to handle your personal issues in a diplomatic manner and you are a cry cry baby how is that going to bring change? We want reputable people in politics, how are you going to change this with the life you live? Monell need to take several sits and retrain, Monell is not ready for public life. What will happen when you sit in the house to debate and a minister goes harsh on you? ARe you going to burst into tears? Give me a break girl, go get ready.

    • a.n.o.n.y.m.o.u.s
      November 25, 2014

      r u human…then u would know what it felt like to be in her position.

    • loved
      November 25, 2014

      if you lost a love one or a child you would have known how miss monell william felt,. i lost my husband a few years ago and every time i talk about him i breakdown i tears. Will you call me a cry baby. so i know how she felt talking about buring her child the tears just came out. so instead of calling a cry baby, i think you say my heart goes out for her for loosing her child. thank you

  31. November 25, 2014

    Where is the speaker of the house, a woman I have great respect for and a role model for Dominican woman young and old . This is so so sad.Monel stay strong Dominican woman have great strength.

  32. amy
    November 25, 2014

    And you think this is just about monelle, you women are disgusting and should be ashamed, dominica is going backward, way backward.these are people in power and they should have respect. She’s crying because she’s hurting she’s human, and for you cold and heartless women, your day is coming for your tears,you will cry one day,
    Because it’s politics it doesn’t have to be nasty. The most precious gift is a life, and in dominica it has no value.youll are destroying the very fabric of your heritage.

  33. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014

    If you can’t take the roughness don’t come to the jam you want to be in politics be prepared to take the maypwee sometime it goes all the way to your relatives. Politics is dirty business if you are looking for clean politics Monelle you are in the right church but the wrong pew. Monelle you crying already and the game have just started girl start wearing your big girl’s panty and toughen up or get out.

    • ATF
      November 25, 2014

      This is not a jam. Why should there be anything else than civilized discourse on the issues affecting Dominicans? That statement was “twissayaying” and the young woman deserves an apology.

    • Hope
      November 25, 2014

      With attitude like that no wonder Dominica is in the mess hat if is.. My god?

    • laborinvain
      November 25, 2014

      All you laborites just like you leader. allu lacking morals and dignity you see that crusade that was sabotoged just for politics allu will pay the price. God first over everything else but for laborites is the opposite..tato tato God is not to be mocked and all glory n honor belongs to hi only.

    • Farewell Tbaby
      November 25, 2014

      Smh ,you’re such an ignorant person with no class… lol.. hope you can swallow this one without answering, let see you live by your words spoken.

  34. 767
    November 25, 2014

    some of all u have so much to say about Ms Williams ,but yet still NONE of u have the GUTS to do half of what she is doing or has done,. And ask for the PM who the hell are u to say something like that how would u feel the loose ur SON. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE . CHANGE IS COMMING .CHANGE IS A MUST

  35. Pointe michel
    November 25, 2014

    What is so disrespectful about the pm statement? Didn’t she lost a child? Isn’t her father short of a grandchild? If one says he was insensitive I can understand. There is a difference between disrespectful and insensitive. Miss Moselle needs to be more tough especially when you join the dirty politics we have in Dominica. By the way I am blue vex, red with anger and mellow like yellow.

  36. November 25, 2014

    SHAME ON YOU DOMINICANS! For those people who saying ”Monelle shouldn’t come in big man jam if she can’t handle it” You have no respect what so ever. It’s nothing about big man jam. It’s about respect. Imagine someone made a statement like that toward you mother, sister or any other family member who lost a baby. How would you feel? The Prime minister was very disrespectful in that statement and he is in no way correct. Too all his supporters calling Monelle a ”Cry baby” You should call your Prime minister ”Disrespectful” Come on Dominicans, You all can do better. Realize what is wrong a say it!
    Nothing about big man jam. Yes politics is a dirty game, but the politicians have no right to be disrespectful toward their opponents and the country.
    Message from a 14 year old. I’ve realized it. You all should realize it too.

  37. Really
    November 25, 2014

    Miss Williams my advice to you is whatever it is..IT MUST PASS…After every storm comes a calm..The sun will shine again… Rise up and shine…

  38. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014

    My God, anybody going up for politics should expect and be prepared to have their linen, dirty or clean exposed. Some will be straight-forward, some twisted. Its a political battlefield, stop the crying, stand up and fight. For example Bill Clinton was openly exposed about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the list goes on. If you cannot take the heat get out of the flame. I believe you know exactly what the PM was or is referring to. True that he has apologized publicly, but the damage is already done. Put on your armor girl, and stop weeping. (This is as a woman perspective). Are you a wimp or what? Thought you was tougher than that. Linton referred to us a prostitutes, when he made his dirty statement, you see us crying? We will beat him at the poles, that’s the way we gonna hit him back. Real Hard!!!!!.

    • hmmph
      November 25, 2014

      Saying that women in Dominica are being prostituted in return for financial assistance from ministers of govt and calling women prostitutes are two totally different things.

  39. just saying
    November 25, 2014

    alas monelle.politics is not for you you are too soft hearted. you cry for every single little thing. i’m even afraid of saying hi to you these days God forbid you burst into tears.

  40. ParoInRoseau
    November 25, 2014

    When I read the comment about Ms.Williams on Facebook I was in shock. However, despite the fact that the comment was outlandish Ms. Williams has to understand that this a political campaign. Once you put yourself out there as a political figure you ought to prepare for the worst regardless from whose mouth it comes from. And I don’t think Skerrit knows or cares you buried a child four years ago and neither do the people of Dominica. I certainly don’t care I want to know what can you or are you going to do in the next five years if you win. Yes it is a sad and difficult thing but that’s your personal business that I don’t care for. Other people may want to know what goes on in your life with your children but I don’t…Was it coincidental that he made that statement? Yes it was but these things happen Ms. Williams you need to learn to suck it up. Politicians don’t care about feelings… They all want to win so if character assassination is what needs to be done then by all means that’s what they will do. Ms. Williams if you knew that you could not take all that backlash and crazy talking you should have never gone up in the first place. This has nothing to do with whether you’re a man or a woman. If I want somebody to represent me they need to be a strong individual inside and most importantly out. Don’t you think that’s what the DLP wants? To get under your skin…to break you down… And you are doing exactly what they want…you are giving in. This is besides the point of being human everybody gets emotional… The amount of things that are said about Obama day in, day out on FOX NEWS is insane whether its true or not people don’t want to see him on a platform crying they want to know what is he going to do to move the country forward. It is simple as that.

    To All persons considering a political career ensure that this is something you and your family sits and have a discussion about. Don’t just jump out of bed and say I going up. Politics is not for the weak and intimidated. At the end of the day when things are being said it will be about your character and even your family so please take heed.

    • smdh
      November 26, 2014

      well well well said. very true. none bias…

  41. Fair is fair
    November 25, 2014

    I am a woman and to all those criticizing Ms Monelle Williams. Honestly I think we should look above political party and realise that the Prime Minister did act harshly. His statement to me at first glance indicates that she may have had an abortion which is not so. I also lost a child and it is not easy to bury your child. What does that have to do with a political platform. This is a very degrading statement and she should be apologised to. How does someone make fun of another loosing and burying a child. This is unheard of. We all have to loose someone one time in our lives or the other and we expect others to sympathize with us not make fun of us.

    I wonder why she is being attached so much. Does this ring like there is fear where she is concerned. I hate this character assassination strategy of the Labour party and right now, I no longer want to hear about people’s character, tell me why I should vote for you again this election. Tell me about your plans for Education; Health etc. I am fedup of all this mapwe and it hurts. This is not how politics is supposed to be it is supposed to be about ethics and right now we have lost all this in Dominica. All I see is a good time and many people no longer care about what will happen to them after the election they are interested in the good time and then after the 8th they will still be jobless and wondering how to feed their children and pay their bills. This is the reality of Dominica today and I am saddened by this.

    I am asking my Prime Minister to manup and apologise to the young lady. She deserves respect like all politicians deserve.

  42. me
    November 25, 2014

    d ppl dat saying toughen up maybe dont have kids or never lost one…. cuz if they had they would never put these comments

  43. moi
    November 25, 2014

    i didnt realise that dominica had so many gynaechologist…. y’all dont know what happened….y’all dont have feelings…..is d same thing with dominicans…..check allu self first before allu check other ppl….things happening right in allu face…..ma gway sa man

  44. wild animal
    November 25, 2014

    “If I had a daughter, ladies and gentlemen, I would wish for her to one day be a Catherine Daniel, to be an Athenia Benjamin, to be a Nurse Charles or to be a Roselyn Paul. I would definitely not wish for my daughter to be a Monell Williams because I might end up short of a grandchild,” he sad.

    Are you serious DNO? These words came from the mouth of the nations Prime Minister? I am a Dominican woman that voted for the DLP in 1995,2000 and 2005 before I migrated in 2007. I gave birth to 3 children and my first two died before their 10th birthday and my last one is less than 15. I cannot say I will be a grandmother! So I feel insulted as well, though I am a laborite. This is not politics and there is no way I would vote for Skerrit again after hearing these words! I do not know any of the four ladies skerrit called by name above and do not know what they had to deal with in life before becoming politicians; however, if they were real women that had any sense of pride, dignity and conscience in them, they would all withdraw themselves from this animal thing. Thankfully they might all be mothers and grandmothers but they do not know what tragedy lies ahead for them, their children and grandchildren and therefore should make a statement for our Dominican women, by leaving Skerrit and Reggie in their nastiness. I call on all women to reject Skerrit and the DLP on Dec 8. You rejoicing over the death of a child Skerrit? Are you a human being? Have you ever questioned the person that brought you here to see if they were better than Ms. Williams? I will pay my passage to make sure I come down to vote you out because no country deserves to have politicians like Skerrit.

  45. November 25, 2014

    I would have thought there would have been 100% support from all Dominican women. I never realised how divided Dominican woman are. Sister Monel we love you stay strong.

  46. November 25, 2014

    A sad sad day for Dominica. The speaker of the house a woman I have great respect for would have responded in defence of our sister Monel and Dominican women in general.

  47. Truth and Justice
    November 25, 2014

    Well chnage has indeed come and Dominica politics have arrived at the next level. Both sides are making capital of a topic which should not have been introduce. Personal tragedy should not be exploited for votes. Now when Danny Lugay said he would take out certain people in government meaning he would commit an unlawful act, if he was not a Christian, Lennox response was that he was just speaking and that the PM was trying to change the culture of Dominica by condemning Danny Lugay words. Now I am not condoning the PM but however he did not threaten to commit a crime, he did not recommend others to commit a crime, he did not incite violence. he was insensitive and that was inappropriate,but it is in line with Dominica political culture. Sai mepuis avec lang sal. Just saying. So why Lennox exploiting Monelle and the tragedy of the death of her child. So Dominicans this is the situation it is called politricks they are all at it, but duh make Lennox Linton PM of Dominica nuh because is now all you women will cry. Neither Lennox or Skerrit should be PM of Dominica, send these two gentlemen home suplaie.

    • `
      November 25, 2014

      Wrong! Skerrit is the right one for Dominica at this time.

  48. vali
    November 25, 2014

    Please my people let us be a civilize country and support the right but reject the wrong. Don’t let politics be blinders over our eyes and heart . How many of you enjoy negetive remarks made about you especially in public? Its time for our people to stand up for what is right.

  49. The Bible
    November 25, 2014

    Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone!

  50. vali
    November 25, 2014

    That comment is in such bad taste and poor choice of words coming from the leader of a country. He is a bad example to the youths of Dominica. Now is not the time for for these remarks. After being in power so many years he should at least gain some wisdom on how to conduct himself. I am very disapionted with this prime minister.

  51. justice
    November 25, 2014

    I may not agree with everything about UWP but Skeritt should not have said that and he needs to come out and give a big apology. He have 2 sons and one of them can die any day..they are not immortal. SHAME ON YOU PM!

  52. Red
    November 25, 2014

    You know I find some of us bias and unfair, some many things were said about Roosevelt Skerrit they call him thief they call him bobol, dishonest all kinds of names. Lennox said so many things about the PM on radio, which has the world wide coverage, he had to bear all those evil spoken things about him. I haven’t heard one public group or any religious group come and ask Lennox to apologize. As for the one they call Pastor Rod running his mouth of Q95 every Friday. I am happy that God is just God and he seats on his throne and does not depend on any man’s words to judge. I understood that Pastor Rod called on his church members not to attend the gospel concert on Friday night. But I am letting him know he cannot run a church based on his political affliction. You support who you want and let your people be free to support who they want. You have embarrassed the christian community with your talk show, preach Jesus Christ and stop politics. You are dividing the people of God. I am fed up of all this hypocrisy in this country. Monelle let the apology begin with your side, ask Lennox to apologize to the Bishop and Peter R Augustine and the President first and them PM will apologize to you. Non sense, when is Skerrit he is wrong and when is Lennox he is right. As for the Athie Martin he has no allegiance to anybody, I have to live to see Athie turn against that same workers party is just a matter of time………………

  53. Natural Dominican
    November 25, 2014

    Only in dominica can an elected official get away with such a statement smfh….All women regardless of party affiliation should be furious about this…This is the level of respect the PM of Dominica has for women and his people by extension smmfh

  54. Straight
    November 25, 2014

    “I have news for Roosevelt Skerrit, for all the endorsers of the Labour Party, for all of them that believe that our country can move forward on gutter politics and maypwee…your perception of me or any other woman, child, man, young boy, young girl does not change who I am,” PPERFECT RESPONSE Ms. Williams.

    I would never say what mister said to anyone not even to my worst enemy.
    Ms. Williams continue to be who God says you are. You are an inspiration to women ,especially single mothers. I rise with you.

  55. November 25, 2014

    alas mornelle UWP will tired exploit u one day eh!!! wept ki sah…u that is Jesus now stupesssss woman toughen up eh

    • 4u2c
      November 25, 2014

      That is why folks like you will beg and get no where.. You just don’t understand a woman pain in burying her own child. Don’t let the chicken come home to roost…..!!Politics should be on issues not on people personal short comings cause we all have short comings..

    • overseasembarassed
      November 25, 2014

      you serious

  56. icepop
    November 25, 2014

    did lennox apologize to the women of Dca and the DLP for saying that women prostituting themselves to get help from the DLP??? im so getting fed up with UWP Pitiful campaign… just crying and complaining … Monelle stop trying to Stand for women!! try standing for yourself – lennox is only using you.. guess you seriously believe you will be Minister for social development and Gender Affairs… poor girl we

    • vex
      November 25, 2014

      When you can issue a clip of Lennox stating that the women of Dominica are prostitutes then I can denounce it. Until then stop being an ignorant , uninformed follower led by the self proclaimed Messiah Roosevelt Skerrit. English Language read and comprehend Lennox stated that the ministers of government were prostitituting the women of Dominica . Well I am a novice and you are a degree holder but please let common sense reign don’t be a fool

      • `
        November 25, 2014

        It does not matter how you put it play the clip over and over and listen to it. He said it.

    • 4u2c
      November 25, 2014

      You could NOT have achieved a higher education than stage 5. You lack the understanding of English and critical thinking. Twist lennox statement to mean what you want but you get the message and all of you know its true. Young ladies prostituting themselves to obtaining government assistance. And we know who the ministers that is doing it to even under age children. Wait until your daughter, your sister, your aunt, your mother, your grand mother or wife become a victim and u might then see the light. You guys to wicked!!Pl;aying blind and bring the country like Haiti…Greed! Greed! Greed!

    • Observer
      November 25, 2014

      Why don’t some of you stop acting like you don’t know simple English? Lennox was talking in defense of women, by exposing the many allegations of abuse of office by government ministers to exploit ladies, but you are trying to twist the message around? Why don’t inquire about these allegations, and asked the ministers the tough questions than trying to turn the statement around for you own politics? It is shameful the extent some people will go to defend ‘their party’. Go find out if the ministers are doing those things (having women prostitute themselves), and stand up for the ladies like Lennox is doing. Shame on you!

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2014

      Thats right they only hearing when is the pm but it is ok for lenox people it is not good somsay it all the time lol

    • Mee3
      November 25, 2014

      stop letting other people listen for you and listen for yourself. You will hear Linton NEVER call dominican women prostitues. He said “the minsters are prostituting the young people”…. go get the tape from kairi Q95 or DBS and listen to it. Stop lettign people brain wash all you.

    • mid day sun
      November 26, 2014

      To icepop I guest u were made of or by sour orange or concentrated lime..u have no taste! Please go and melt in the sun somewhere. …its clear labour didnt invest in u and didnt bother sending u school..idiot

  57. van
    November 25, 2014

    How much lower can this ‘MP’ go? This is no longer about politics, it is sheer playground tactics, and desperation. His speech writer should be sacked, or is he writing these himself?

  58. Cookie
    November 25, 2014

    alas bonjay we dominicans hypocrite we!! monelle u self have guts we… before u went into politics you had ur fair share of doing wrong and like all of us, will continue to do wrong cause we are humans but like austrie rightly said ” dont act like you drop from Heavens Gate”… your entire campaign you crying before someone mention your name… you have too much tricks man… stop with the crocodile tears and man up……. enough already with the crying

    • Straight
      November 25, 2014

      You are despicable! At least she is changing her life around unlike you who continue the unpleasing life you live. Yes everyone has done wrong but it’s all about repenting. Words are powerful and what your leader said only portray who he is and his followers like you are! Repent!

      • Loreen
        November 25, 2014

        The “Almighty” is not a Gid of confusion, nor does He thinks as man thinks. He sets up and put down governments. Have you ever wondered whether these partisan people pray and worship the same God? If that is so it surely is not the God of heaven or else politics would be base on issues and mandates not on character assassination for we all are sinners. What does the shepherd of their faith have to say about all of this? Pray not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. We were called to serve. We also hear ‘brother and sisters’, what does that phrase really mean to those who use those words? Do we use it only to suit our own purpose. The good book also says to love your neighbor as you love yourself and as Christ loves you. Stick with the issues.loreen

      • vex
        November 25, 2014

        No wonder your name is cookie. You must be dishing out some cookies.mdoarahah

  59. country
    November 25, 2014

    politic politic..the 8 soon come everybody hon roosevelt skerrit is this or that oh god will deal with him this way and that way but nuff of us have greater skeleton in our closet hidden that not expose and it might send us to hell .sin HON .ROOSEVELT SKERRIT point is the truth y worry so many bashing on bothe sides.the woman crying for sympathy what wept

    • Straight
      November 25, 2014

      what truth did he speak ? His utterance was trash that needed to be dumped in labas. Tomorrow will be your turn, you defender of evil! People like you if that little boy (he is no man) does something wrong in your face you will still say he didn’t and make some lame excuse. Everything he says right in your eyes!

  60. bias
    November 25, 2014

    The PM was not speaking about any dead child 4 years ago…..

    • Straight
      November 25, 2014

      well she clarified the ONLY child she loss was the one for years ago. If you have evidence of something else bring it forth. Stop lying and spread rumors about people.

    • me
      November 25, 2014

      So what was he talking about….

    • o-RAP
      November 25, 2014

      it was insensitive and thoughtless regardless what he was referring to.

  61. yessah
    November 25, 2014

    I’m not a Labourite nor Uwp-left… but when is the uwp blasting at the dlp the people don’t hear all thèse arguments.. both parties should respect one another and STOP sending “MAYPWEE” for each other. Act like the adults they are and like the leaders that they want to be. But then again the supporters giving more maypwee than them so they will Allways have supporters.
    GIVE RESPECT TO EARN RESPECT

    • vex
      November 25, 2014

      UWP blasting who? For speaking truth to power? Tell your King Skerrit take Lennox to court for all the accusations that Lennox has spoken of about him over the years if is not true nah. Allu people wicked. Allu going to church playing part christians, do talk about those cat-olics . Shame on alu that allu to blind or just damn wicked to see the glaring truth in front you.

      • ah ha
        November 25, 2014

        Do you know that more that 75% of UWP supporters have no idea what the term “truth to power” means?

        They just like repeating it because their leader says it so often they think they’ll sound as smart as him if they do

  62. November 25, 2014

    Hey skerro you could have made mentioned of monell’s name in your so called apology. When u were being high and mighty you were fearless in calling the woman’s name for the entire world to know is monell u were refering to. However when it came for you to humble yourself you fail to even mention her name and direct the apology towards her. It is very difficult for a man to portray humility when he believes that the sun rises and sets on his a&&.

    • Just Observing
      November 25, 2014

      Did Danny Lugay mentioned the name “Alick Lawrence” in his apology? When he made the threats he mentioned “Alick Lawrence” by name. His apology DID NOT mention Alick by name. Yet it was OK for the UWP. Danny apologized they say. Today the shoe seats on a different foot. If it was good for Danny why isn’t it good for Skerro. And Skerro’s supporters too, if it is good for Skerro, why was it not good for Danny?

  63. Anonymous
    November 25, 2014

    Stupes…..Crocodile tears!

  64. st.joe
    November 25, 2014

    We love monell…..we are rising babygirl….

  65. November 25, 2014

    Very Sad :cry: Every right thinking mother (woman) should condemn this. This should not be a political matter but one of conscience.

  66. PROUD
    November 25, 2014

    my mother would say hypocrite tears.

  67. Maria
    November 25, 2014

    If she’s going to be in politics, she has to get tough skin. She can’t appear to be weak in public no matter what the comments.

    • Hmmmmmm
      November 25, 2014

      Crying is not a form of weakness, it is a sign of strength. We need to stop sending that message to the youths. That tough external image will destroy us unless we show deep emotions.

    • rainbow
      November 26, 2014

      why don’t you think politics should not be dirty. Do think we were born poor so we die poor? smh

  68. shanika
    November 25, 2014

    Notice that he never apologised to Monelle William personally but rather the apology was directed @: ” Anyone of you who were offended by the statement…” That was cheap and underhanded attempt at an apology, if you are going to apologise, then go ahead and apologise the the person you’ve offended, Mr. Skerrit you are an embarrassment to me as a Dominican and Dominicans everywhere, but thank God your time is running out…

    • Just Observing
      November 25, 2014

      Did Danny Lugay mentioned the name “Alick Lawrence” in his apology? When he made the threats he mentioned “Alick Lawrence” by name. His apology DID NOT mention Alick by name. Yet it was OK for the UWP. Danny apologized they say. Today the shoe seats on a different foot. If it was good for Danny why isn’t it good for Skerro. And Skerro’s supporters too, if it is good for Skerro, why was it not good for Danny?

  69. Jon Carson
    November 25, 2014

    Hi Everyone, As we are all aware, the Leader of the Dominica Labour Party have done the right and honorable thing by apologizing, though it’s not in a manner that we may approved off. The bottom line is, he apologized and although, from both a personal and professional standpoint, in my view, he should have called Ms. Monelle Williams name as part of his apology.

    He made those insensitive, stupid and inappropriate remarks at a political gathering so to apologize in that setting – I have or see no problem with that. Let’s cease the focus and dwelling on that issue and look at the bigger picture which is the country’s future and who do we want to lead us forward after December 8th, 2014.

    • Ras B
      November 25, 2014

      Jon,
      What do you consider the bigger issue, the quality of the leader? or the party to whom we delegate the responsibility to take the country forward? To my mind, the quality of the leader, his ability to empathise with his electorate, his ability to say I am sorry etc when things go wrong or he makes an idiot of himself, is the hallmark of a decent individual. If you take somebody from the gutter to lead your country, you expect to be immersed in the gutter. Hence the bin bobol, the fire bombing, the incessant lies, the increase in the vagrant population in Dominica etc. all those are products of gutter leadership, so I don’t get it when you talk of the bigger picture. If we understand how a man thinks then we can also understand if given the reigns of leadership, how he is likely to lead.

  70. Doninican
    November 25, 2014

    Oh Monel! Cry cry baby; you all started it, for 5 long years you and you uwp party made the Prime minister and Dominica your main line of abuse. You did not ask Linton to apologise to the many women your party leader insulted when he made reference to them as prostitutes. Did you tell Lennox to apologise to Kisher for treating her with such disrespect? Maybe the Prime Minister did not even know you had lost a child. Stop the crying, uwp been doing for too long. You all even cry when the Labour party do something good. Your crying I a clear symbol of uwp weakness and the want for every thing easy. We in the wider community go through much more than a sinple ill thought remark. We go to he’ll and back, we get on, monel GET ON

    • vex
      November 25, 2014

      apologise to Kisha for what? Tell kisha go and ask roosevelt the same questions she posed to lennox then we can respect her as a so called journalist sakway toneh. You people biased and have too much double standards

  71. diva girl
    November 25, 2014

    Skerrit and they labour party gang fou :mrgreen:

  72. appalled
    November 25, 2014

    woman get a grip on yourself.Stop that foolish crocodile tears.

  73. Righteous
    November 25, 2014

    This is really a non-issue and both parties should get back to the business of telling Dominicans what are their plans for moving the country forward. Both sides need to stop detracting from the issues at hand with dancing around “what who say, when they said it and how they said it’. While I am not connected enough to the statement, i.e.. the lost of a child, I do not see why people are saying that this is an attack on women.

    December 8th can’t come fast enough so that whoever wins this election hit the ground running to make Dominica the best country in the region. Enough of this BS and opportunistic tit for tat. Speak substance and all supporters whether Red, Blue , Green or Yellow, should demand more from their leaders.

    One Love Dominicans!!!!

  74. November 25, 2014

    A politician should be able to handle criticism and fire back to your opponents, do not allow your emotions to overcome you, people will used different slogans,be strong lady.Mr.Skerit shouldn’t have used that slogan as a leader of a country this is un professionalism as a leader.

  75. grell
    November 25, 2014

    Skerrit has to answer to the almighty one day.

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2014

      Is not Skerrit alone, ALL of us. So what’s your point??

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2014

      Grell, by way of information, we all have to. Stupessss or are you different and all good?

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2014

      we all have to.

  76. DLP die hard
    November 25, 2014

    personal apology! PLEASESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
    All you had apologise to the women of Dominica when all you called us prostitutes. When you leave in a glass house don’t throw stones. Pure hypocrisy is all I’m seeing being displayed here. All you even lucky skerrit apologized cause I would not have. All saying all kinds of things on people and before they say a little something on all you all you crying. CRY NA! CRY NA! Politics is not for the weak hearted and the faint!

    • vex
      November 25, 2014

      And that is why you people can NEVER be of GOD. Lennox NEVER said that Dominican women are prostitutes stop lying. GOD will deal with you people he will. False ministers posing to be God fearing and of God, Blasphemy, Double standards, liars….GOD will deal with you all My heart bleeds for my country. Partisan politics have destroyed our morals.

  77. Doc. Love
    November 25, 2014

    The dishonesty of Madame Alix is as big as the moon. Why hasn’t she commented or extend solidarity with Miss Monel Williams. Women rights or protect my job first. :mrgreen:

    • November 25, 2014

      Mon ell isn’t the victim! Stop the truth will be revealed! How can you people stand behind such people! do not make a victim of Monell it will blow up in your faces?

  78. rosa parks
    November 25, 2014

    God took note of those tears… it will fall on Skerrit and Austrie’s back. You all will have to beg God for mercy so he will hold back his wrath. Never rejoice in another person’s misfortune

    • real possie
      November 25, 2014

      Ye those tears will fall where it have to fall, when the statement was made it was about the present and not the past, but God said bring the children unto me, to use that for political mileage is also wrong. See the same crying msg was not repeated in St. Joseph, wonder why could it just be the people there knows? food for thought.

  79. ah .
    November 25, 2014

    Don’t worry Ms Williams God is in control, he knows you and knows your heart. Fear no man. May God Bless you.

  80. anonymous2
    November 25, 2014

    Ms Williams has to toughen up because when you are in the political arena the objective is of your opponent to take you down by hitting your vulnerable points. Skerrit is a politician, not a leader who is geared toward bringing prosperity to this island………only prosperity to his pocket. People cannot lazily sit back after they elect someone to office if they want anything to get done in their favor.

    • wounded lion
      November 25, 2014

      please don’t tell the young lady how to react. when you’ve walked a mile in her shoes maybe then just maybe you will understand where her tears came from.

      • Too Hard Too Long
        November 25, 2014

        anonymous2 is right. You have to be tough when you go into politics.

  81. TRUEMAN
    November 25, 2014

    ***********************NOT HONORABLE**************************************

    “Skerrit said he was withdrawing it, saying he wishes to apologize “to anyone of you who was offended by the statement and I give you the assurances from hence forth you shall hear nothing like that from Roosevelt Skerrit again.”

    …………………………………………………….

    Mr. Prime Minister…………………

    Notice I did not add “Honorable”…because he has lost respect for such a title!!
    Your comment was REALLY heartless, careless and moronic!!

    So if you really care to apologize for offending anyone then the person you need to apologize to[PERSONALLY]…….. is Ms. Williams

    If you don’t then any other apology you make is………………….. WORTHLESS!!!!

    So go ahead and apologize to her, because this is what a real man would do!!

    -Thanks

  82. Salisbury
    November 25, 2014

    The truth is all that gutter politics began with the UWP and I really see no reason for a personal apology. Just can’t wait for the 8th to stop all this nonsense talk. My Government have work to do we need our hospital to begin forthwith.

    • wounded lion
      November 25, 2014

      I see fool written all over your face in shocking colours

    • Jah Bless
      November 25, 2014

      who ever you are, you know that what you are saying is not true.

    • politbureau
      November 25, 2014

      they wont stop .these guys are i perpetual denial and campaign mode.

    • TRUTH
      November 25, 2014

      salisbuey , you will suffer , mark my words you will suffer for that statement you made, Remember ,you are human like we are ,always be careful what you support when you singing for your supper, because your supper may just turn to stones,

    • Anonymous
      November 25, 2014

      You sound so stupid and ignorant.Remember,you came from a woman.Your mother was also disrespected too by his comment.

    • vex
      November 25, 2014

      It is better to be thought of a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Did you not hear yourself. LOL. 27 million to build a state palace and no hospital. The hospital good for us but for them they can run to America to get better healthcare I forget they can run to france too. Just last week there was no stitches and scheduled surgeries had to be cancelled. Wait for hospital still. Since last election we hearing that. Zor Machaystay

  83. Pondera
    November 25, 2014

    Leadership! Are we expected to emulate a leader who concocs degrading statement of a woman who has offered herself for the highest service of the land. Mr Skerrit, in your impulsive urge for power, you have become heartless and savage. Only time will tell of your reward sir. I am appalled at your behaviour. This is no leadership to recognize. The nation decry your crude and shameless attitude. Dominicans will repay you handsomely in the Dec 8th election. The boomshell is coming.

  84. Madame Dominique
    November 25, 2014

    Ohh Plz Monelle Williams. Stop looking for Sympathy. We all know that PM Skerrit was not making reference to your dead daughter. SMH

    • Sick and Tired
      November 25, 2014

      Madame Dominique I couldn’t agree with you more. Monelle you need to be ashamed of yourself. I was a UWP follower until this “Monelle” situation started back where she was alledgedly terminated at her last place of employment. . Monelle be careful of those tears you cry.

    • diva girl
      November 25, 2014

      :mrgreen: you no what you saying …don’t let politics take over you

    • November 25, 2014

      how can #madame dominique be so ill hearted and stupid at the same time…….. if he was not making reference to her and sure he was making it to you…….. your pm called her name, were u deaf, cant you read?????/ lord help us please…. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

      • Madame Dominique
        November 25, 2014

        Its maybe you that’s deaf and cannot read. Cause I said he was not making reference to her dead baby. I never said he wasn’t making reference to Miss Monel herself. SMH

  85. Ras B
    November 25, 2014

    Without divulging too much, It would be useful to give a bit more information about the child’s death, for example what was the cause of death, It does not appear to be an abortion, could it be prematurity, could it be a congenital defect. If you would have just given us the cause of death, it would win you a tremendous volume of political points by painting Mr Skerritt as a heartless man. Your advisers should have alerted you that this would have gone much further than just simply saying you buried her four years ago.

    You see, all the damage has not been dealt with, because inherent in Mr Skerritt’s statement is that Monelle is a child killer, so if you are going to respond ensure that your response paints him as a heartless bastard who shows that he can not sympathise with a grieving mother who despite her circumstances is willing to lend herself to D/can representational politics.

    It was also disappointing to hear how Eunica Anthony-Victor dealt with the issue on Sunday evening. After she spoke, I got the impression that Monelle had an abortion. The blunder by Mr Skerritt is an issue that should be championed by the UWP and its females, particularly, if the child’s death was not secondary to any illegal activity on Monelle’s part or for which she is culpable. Mr Linton where are your strategists? Again sir, you are missing the opportunity to cash in on Mr Skerritt’s errors!!!! The last such blunder, I recall, was with the Danny Lugay fiasco. You need strategist who are able to cash in on the obvious blunder by your opponents.

    • Too Hard Too Long
      November 25, 2014

      I agree with you 100%. The UWP is letting so many golden opportunities pass them by. The party has squandered so many opportunities to gain major political points that it pains me to think about it.

      • MY 2cents
        November 25, 2014

        Why do you think? NOVICES… A set of unprepared NOVICES. And they want us to let them run the country when all they show us is how disorganized, unprepared and jokers that they are. UWP wheel and come again. Labour we voting

      • linux
        November 25, 2014

        that can not score political points for uwp because labourite is a special breed of people. they support the color red and they dont care who is at the head. he or she dont have to have any true politican qualities
        once you can give them sewo and take out maypwee then you good and the so called freedomites of before lost all values miss charles instilled in them…GREED GREED AND MORE GREED. you can see them sucking out the financies from dominicas purse.

      • Really.....
        November 25, 2014

        The UWP has stated over and over again that as a party it is going to rise above gutter politics. Why should they take advantage of a situation that is obviously causing emotional pain to their candidate.

        If it’s gutter politics that will cause LAYBA to win, then the Dominicans that vote for them and their gutter politics deserve the misery that LAYBA will cause.

    • Barbara Saunders
      November 25, 2014

      Ras B

      That’s just the issue. What is the issue? Perhaps Eunica Anthony is better informed on the issue than most of us including the hundreds who are posting their views on this medium. If I apply my logic to the sequence of events and all of the information which has been bandied about, I do not get the impression that the baby issue is a four year historical event, hence I conclude that the reference of the PM (regrettable, I hasten to add) was to a more recent occurrence but I guess this has got lost in the political melee and I don’t blame Miss Williams for seizing that advantage or cashing in as you put it, if that is in fact what she has done.

      Actually, I like the lady, she is well spoken and confident and if the incident causing the furore is in fact the four year event then that is, I repeat, most regrettable. If it is of more recent vintage then, in a political environment, everyone is expected to be held to account once they enter the arena of public life and their lives become an open book, be that book good or bad, so that book better be good. It is not a game for the faint-hearted. Moreso, the work of a Minister of Government, which the lady is aspiring to, is not easy pie and many demands are made in cases of natural disasters and other requirements of government and constituents. Hence it requires toughness, preparedness and fortitude.

      I have noted, for a number of years that even government employees, both male and female carrying out their functions for which they are being paid have been the subject of vicious political attacks against which they are unable to defend themselves, but they have to carry on non-the-less.

      Just some food for balanced thought!

      • Ras B
        November 25, 2014

        Babara Saunders,
        Your comments have been noted. But let us in the interest of “balanced thought”, assume that the event to which reference was made, was of more recent times; We all know that abortions are illegal in Dominica, so since she has not been made to answer to such a charge, I am willing to assume that she did not have an abortion.

        We know however, in fact it is public record that she buried a child 4 years ago and she inferred from her statement that that was the case to which the PM referred, It seems to me that the UWP has failed to make the most of that situation. As I intimated above, all she had to do was to refer to the cause of death on the child’s birth certificate and use that to paint Mr Skerritt as a heartless individual who does not or is incapable of understanding a mother’s grief. She could use that information to explain why the female composition in Mr Skeritt’s cabinet is what it is – less than 10% and consider whether Mr Skerritt has a misogynist predisposition. In that way the UWP would have won over some women voters to their camp and they in turn could even influence the way their male folk vote. This would be achieved without wallowing in the gutter like Mr Skerritt and would ensure that the UWP made lemon juice when handed a lemon.

      • Barbara Saunders
        November 26, 2014

        Ras B

        In a democracy, each person can determine what inference they wish to draw. I draw a different inference from that drawn by you. We all know that not every unlawful thing done gets the attention of the law enforcers. I also think that the UWP is being smart in not pushing their luck too much on this issue. Perhaps the lady was also wise in not doing what you are suggesting.

        Some blanks in my logic lead me to conclude that the regrettable reference by the PM was not to the incident of four years ago. I also wonder if he even knew about that because that’s an obvious gaffe that no sensible person would knowingly make. Having made the statement though, it’s natural for the lady and his other opponents to make mileage out of it. After all, perhaps 75% of us posting comments here and at whom the mileage is aimed, haven’t got a clue about the actual facts and are not even taking the time to think through the situation analytically.

        The nature of politics!

    • Not a herd follower
      November 25, 2014

      Ras B, you have to take into account Monelle’s right to privacy., She probably does not want the sad situation to be replayed again. She may be hurting inside from this experience of the loss of a child. This is a terrible loss for a woman.

      • Ras B
        November 25, 2014

        Not a herd Follower, I agree but since she chose to talk about the subject she should make the most of it. She would now have all Dominicans sympathising with her, if she had given thought to how she should address the issue. That is all I am saying!!!seen!!!

  86. IG
    November 25, 2014

    I really hope Mr. Skerrit can raise the quality of his campaign. It is disheartening to see the kind of things that so many people love to hear when we have issues which will affect us for a long time to come.
    :-? I even see people trying their best to compare what Lennox said about the Ministers of Government who use the privilege of there positions to abuse women in our country.

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