Party reps clash over PM’s absence at political forum

This photo captured the moment when Linton was prevented from taking the podium
This photo captured the moment when Linton was prevented from taking the podium

Members of the two main political parties went head to head over prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit’s absence at a forum organised by the Dominica State College Journalism Club on Thursday.

When Dominica Labor Party’s representative, Dr Philbert Aaron defended the nation’s leader’s absence from the forum, he inquired as to why leader of the United Workers Party leader, Lennox Linton, who was present at the forum, was not the one addressing the audience, instead of Joshua Francis.

“My dear friends I heard the comments about the honorable Prime Minister sarcastically …. the Honorable Prime Minister being interested in youth and not being here but he has a reason” Aaron said. “He runs a country. What you should ask is, what explains why Mr Linton cannot sit here and address a Dominica State College crowd.”

This immediately prompted Linton out of his seat who dashed to the podium to give a response.

However, he was stopped by the forum’s moderator, Jaisiah Benoit who reminded the audience that only two speakers were permitted to speak.

“In a forum such as this you have two speakers,” he stated. “Only these two speakers are permitted to speak at the podium. So please understand that it is basic house rules that we are sticking to.”

Francis would not accept Aaron’s reason for Skerrit’s absence describing it as “rather unfortunate.”

“I heard Dr Aaron saying that the Prime Minister has a keen interest in youth,” he noted. “I must say that it is an indictment to the prime minister who has keen interest in youth and yet is absent here today and finally I must say today is constituency day in Dominica, which means that the prime minister and his ministers are more likely in their constituency offices. It is rather unfortunate.”

Francis also condemned earlier remarks by Aaron, which he described as “attacks” on the UWP political leader.

“It is easy when you are not in office to have all the plans in the world,” Aaron had said. “It is even sexier to be in the opposition, no responsibility, no commitments, curse the Chinese today, be in the building that they helped to build the next day. So my dear friends, you recognize that in the 20th century it was possible, maybe even acceptable, to have a leader who could not present his CV to the public. But I say respectfully today, among you the intelligent of Dominica, that talking about hope, talking about a brighter economy it is not making any sense to entrust, subject our economy to a man, Mr Linton, … to a man who does not present his educational background to Dominica.”

Francis said Aaron’s remarks represent the type of politics that the DLP is known for.

“What we heard a few minutes ago is an epitome or a representation of the type of politics that is the Dominica Labor party, and I do not have the energy to extend on personal attacks and on matters that have nothing to do with the price of sugar in Dominica,” he said.

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189 Comments

  1. Frank Talker
    April 7, 2014

    Sometimes I think that Aaron does not have a degree. And if he has one, it was not earned. Here’s my reason for saying so:- While Aaron, as the DLP’s PRO, makes noise about Linton’s CV and possible lack of a degree, Reginald Austrie, is often Acting Prime Minister. Where is Austrie’s degree? What is his claim to fame? And what is Artley’s claim to fame…..a PH.D? Lennox is more marketable than all those guys put together. He worked in media and broadcasting in Barbados, Dominic and Antigua. He worked as communications consultant in St. Kitts and Antigua. Where has Artley, Skerrit and Austrie worked? Prior to contesting elections, Austrie’s education could only get him in a photocopying room at Ross.
    When the war was going against Great Britain, they looked for a man who would turn the tides against the Germans; a man who England and its Allies would listen to; a man who had a strategy to rid the world, yes the world, of the sin that was the Axis forces. They turned to a little old man, plagued by bad temper and health challenges. Winston Churchhill had poor academic record in school for which he was often punished. He had a lisp and stuttered. Winston enrolled at harrow in 1888 with very poor entrance exam scores, effectively placing him at the bottom of hi class. His school days were deeply frustrating. “……I had hardly ever been asked to learn anything which seemed of the slightest use or interest, or allowed

    • ????????????
      April 7, 2014

      Aaron and his Labourites should be ashamed of themselves after this miserable performance by someone who claims to hold a PHD.

    • Graham Chambers
      April 7, 2014

      This cry about Linton not having a degree is nothing but cheap political hitting below the belt which can only be accepted in Dominica. When one listens to Linton’s Grand Oral on You Tube and compare him with some of these Phd holders, then you know these degrees did not come from any Ivy League…

  2. sexyComeBacward
    April 7, 2014

    I like this, I like that. I really like it.

  3. dsc
    April 6, 2014

    I am a college student and i know what happened, you see skerrit was supposed to speak (introduce the speaker and share thoughts on the topic) then lennox was supposed to do the same and then aaron would speak and then joshua wld speak. but the pm,, never came or even sent a video message or something so the journalism club said that since the pm did not talk it wld be unfair for linton to talk so they jumped right into the debate. however they did not telll linton that this was the case, also aaron was attacking linton from the very beginning and that was not the purpose of the forum so i figure linton decided enough was enough, he too must speak. but the moderator, mr. benoit. was and is the WORST moderator there is. the lecturer in charge of the journalism club had to go speak to him and tell him he needs to get things in check because aaron is out of control, and benoit said and did nothing. all in all joshua was the best because he spoke to us about us and aaron spoke to us about lennox and his cv or the lack thereof

  4. DEL
    April 6, 2014

    There is more to come of Lenox all the signs are there no ignore them. I was told they are no good.

    • ????????????
      April 7, 2014

      Will you please call him the Incoming Prime Minister?
      LINTONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
      LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
      BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

  5. ZUMA
    April 6, 2014

    this is not leadership and management.. i personnaly do not want such peole of low moral representing me…

  6. Lovely Dominica
    April 6, 2014

    It is so unfortunate to see grown men, leaders and aspiring leaders act this way. This wasn’t the occasion for such ‘dirty politicking’. Because of such behavior the purpose of the event was defeated. Is that what they intend to teach the audience, the future leaders of our country? Shame shame Shame. Very disappointed.

  7. Efficatious
    April 5, 2014

    HI dears! according to comments we all proven UWP To be incompetent . With election due in July how do we rectify that.A MARRIAGE never run smoothly because the bride never marries the Best man.Go with the best “Labour”

  8. Efficatious
    April 5, 2014

    Really and truly when are we going to get someone to challenge mr.skerrit for the leadership. All uwp leaders go into pieces.Where oh where is dr Fontaine now ,dear oh dear

  9. Bias
    April 5, 2014

    It is poor excuse in journalism to deliver one side of the story. This is called gutter journalism. You constant degrading of the PM is of poor choice. Don’t look for a job using this website as reference, you will be laugh at

  10. no law
    April 5, 2014

    Pm skerritt refuse to hand his FRENCH PASSPORT to the court.you calling on mr linton to submit a C V the P M is above the law well the P M has told us no law no constitution

  11. me
    April 4, 2014

    please fire Aaron…..he is an embarrassment.

  12. A Sick Laborite
    April 4, 2014

    @Simply the Truth, Stop making weak and sick excuses because the more excuses laborites make the more they turning laborites away from the party. it was just about a month ago that same PM told young people to learn to separate truth from friction. He got a very good opportunity to help us do just that and he failed to show up. That’s why myself and many more laborites who had enough of his crap will switch to the truth we heard. This forum only takes place once a year where as constitution day is every Thursday, four times a month and forty-eight times a year. Missing out one Thursday to listen to the concerns of the youth is too much to ask for? Please hold your excuse for yourself and don’t think we are going to vote labor just like that as in previous times. Life is too hard in Dominica and to hear you talk nonsense like that leaves me to wonder if you leaving in Dominica to FEEL the HEAT.

  13. gabriel st jean
    April 4, 2014

    It has been said that “the youth are the future of a nation” It better be true ’cause the display of the debate moderator an his followers paints a bleak future for our beloved Dominica. If he was so quick to point out an enforce the rules when Lennox attempted to get to the podium the #6 million dollar question is why did he not enforce the rules when the speakers deviated from the topic as proposed for the debate. Wake up youth the future is not gone- wait for you; show you can practice what you preach. “Morale Ethics” will determine your future not bogus degrees an lack of common-sense.

  14. Emile Zapatos
    April 4, 2014

    I am amazed. UWP find fault with the PM because he was not in attendance as a “representative”. The leader of the uwp ” team” did not represent his “party”. The Uwp did not send an elected person or a nominated person as a representative, but Lennox Linton was in the audience and wanted to create disruption. To me it was an equal acceptance , both men are equal in their political standing, so why the fuss . Its just their double standard.They are good at playing UAGRADY.
    Both uwp’s, (the old one ,and the new uwp team) , have one thing in common. When the are invited ,they claim late invitation. When the not invited they mop and crash the function. They are bent on agitation and confrontation and boycott. (BOYCOTTATION ?)

    • %
      April 4, 2014

      @Emile Zapatos Emile you finally spewed some garbage?I am not surprisedf that Skerrit was hiding somewhere under a huge tree or stone in Morne Diablotin. He is afraid of debaters because of his lack of communication skills. Emile that’s why i would compell him to debate the incoming Prime Minister or the Doctor Fontaine. From all accounts this insult which Skerrit metted out to the students of the college by refusing to make his presence felt, will tell a lot against him at the next election.
      So Emile this corrupt Labour Party could not have found anyone better than Aaron? The man shamefully represented you and the other gang members of Labour Party, and this is signs Emile that SKERRIT IS ON HIS WAY OUT. Bad leadership will soon give way to responsible and loving leadership, led by the ELOQUENT AND BRILLIANT LENNOX LINTON. THE MAN LOVES DEBATES!
      HE IS DAM GOOD EMILE!
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

    • Bones
      April 7, 2014

      They like to boycott but their interest is where the fet is.
      As far as I am concern they should have been at the rallies for the independence supporting the youth and not asking to boycott. (I guess no rum in that one so lets boycott)….LOL

      The state house my friends, That is world class…..We all want to take photos in front the white house but want to criticize what we have ..Chu poul!!!

  15. we won d debate
    April 4, 2014

    The DLP won that debate hands down.
    It was so sad that the students responded with such great enthusiasm to dr aaron and each time he called the PM name the audience went into a frenzy and LL was so boway and visibly upset at his UWP representative monsiuer Frenchis. According to Bob all you have to go back to d drawing board we workers. Labour and d pm is very very very popular amongst the youths….

  16. FUFU law @ DSC Dbate
    April 4, 2014

    Dr Aaron won that debate and now the blues are crying fowl again.
    It is rather unfortunate that the UWP’s rep at the debate was completely out matched and out witted and out skilled and out brained and by the Dr. Ambassador Aaron. The blues representation was so poor that Linton was forced tried to do some damage control but failed and this was quite embarrassing . I was there and saw just what madness that the Novice was attempted; my word !!!!! this is absurd and painful in that a man who is the leader of a major party cannot respect nor understand the basic rules of a debate at an institution which this Labour party has built. Now I hearing prevost cryin about Grammar School and China My God the MOU spoke about Phase 1 of the New DGS and that is long complete…….WORKERS losing it we pal. Anyways congrats to Dr Aaron on doing such a great job. We students were wandering why didn’t they choose Dr T_F to represent them at that debate. I wander why they hiding him and send a qualified novice to represent them what a poor job. Dr Aaron statements/comments were punctuated with such loud and consistent and persistent applauding a significant majority of the DSC students . I felt so sorry for the blues. NOT DEBATE all you want NUH LOL! DNO U BETTER PUBLISH THIS…and well done moderator Benoit; u did a splendid professional job and those on the Q want to attack you and our hardworking JOURNALISTIC CLUB @ THE NEW DSC.

  17. April 4, 2014

    These guys must understand that Lennox is not afraid to take them on in or at any forum. They are the ones who are scared of him and not the other way around.
    PM, Lennox is unqualified, he does not have a CV to present, so MASH him up in a debate nah and stop hiding under Aaron.

    • Emile Zapatos
      April 4, 2014

      @Joy,…………So Lennox is not afraid of Skerrit , but is afraid Aaron, thanks for the elightenment.

      • uhm
        April 4, 2014

        Your statement makes no sense. It’s better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth (in this case type) and remove all doubt.

      • stunner
        April 7, 2014

        i more think that d p.m sending his puppets to take the blow

    • Shame on you
      April 4, 2014

      After this behaviour you are still calling for a debate? Lennox going on podium to respond to someone who is taking part in a debate. Have you ever seen this happen before?

      Lennox can’t take talk but want to give. The man will fight at an actual debate.

      • Emile Zapatos
        April 5, 2014

        I keep wondering why the uwp and the uwp team have not been able to understand that Skerrit will not fall for their entrapment . They are pretending to want a debate but their trap will not work. Skerrit is quite familiar with the saying that translate as “birds are stupid , but traps are not.
        Just see how they sent a lawyer to the debate. Who can win a debate over a lawyer, but an other lawyer. The DLP did not send a lawyer because they did not see this as a competition , so they sent a real “representative”.

      • Jahchild
        April 6, 2014

        Your comment is rather unfortunate – totally disagree with your thoughts

      • For Richer Or Poorer
        April 7, 2014

        Only in wrestling type games we see these things happening; where an onlooker leaves his or her seat an rushes up to the main act to take part in.

        Debates are not like that.

    • ____________________
      April 4, 2014

      @joy Linton can take all of the fools and clowns in this wicked Labour Party on in ONE DEBATE, and humiliate them all..

    • JUST BE TRUE
      April 7, 2014

      this is so shameful of the UWP political leader, that is the behavior u portray as a leader, so everytime someone call ur name in a sentence ur don’t like u go up to confront them. so if u happen to become the next Prime Minister of Dominica that will be ur behavior at on and aboard because u didn’t like what they say. Lennox be more of a Gentleman, and learn to let things PASS. Really I cannot see you as Prime Minister. You have to work on ur Attitude. Joy there is nothing about be scared and about debate, show more self control. Lennox don’t have wat it takes to even DEBATE with him, he is to arrogant. Troublemakers don’t need to Debate. And what’s the fuss about a DEBATE with the PM and Lennox.

  18. April 4, 2014

    d sob will never come

  19. As I See It
    April 4, 2014

    We can minced words here as much as we want ….This debate was won by the students.

    And the students went wild when ever they say the Prime Minister or the Government.

    I think the UWP has a lot of grounds to catch up too

    • April 4, 2014

      If you missed the event you can look forward to the entire video recording of the event soon on the Journalism Club’s newsletter site (see link in name field).

  20. Doc. Love
    April 4, 2014

    It was never the Skeritt Administration plan to make any significant contribution as regards to the Political Forum. There intentions were to embarrass Mr. Lennox Linton in terms of his educational back ground. The plan backfired when the program was changed and Mr. Linton gave way to Mr. Josua Francis, as a result Dr. Aaron was not properly prepared thus making a monkey of himself. Apart from Tony, Dr. Aaron has been the most destructive agent the Labor Party Government has had in its armoury trying to destroy Mr. Linton’s effort to become Prime Minister of Dominica. We must understand the selection of Dr. Aaron was purposefully designed to go after Mr. Linton at every opportunity regardless. God is good all the time, all the time God is good, because, had their not been a change of the program, although not to the satisfaction of Mr. Linton, the Forum would have ended in chaos, thus blaming the UWP.

    • ISLANDER
      April 4, 2014

      Doc Love you obviously was not there and have no idea what went down. Alas.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      April 6, 2014

      Let me see whether I understand the UWP and the people representing that party.

      They asked for debate – when it happens and it didn’t go their way, they cry foul. Strike 1

      They asked for election when it happened and it didn’t go their way, they have been calling it foul. Strike 2

      They take matters to court, when it does not go their way, they call it foul. Strike 3

      They criticised the building of the State House by our very good friends the Chinese and even had a long list of things to criticize the Governments of Dominica and China for. Strike 4.

      Yet they cry foul when some UWP non-parliamentarians critics of that same State House was not invited to a function at that same State House. The question is why would they even want to go there? Strike 5

      But again, when the UWP Members of Parliament are invited, they say they got their invitation late; so they did what they are known to do best, they boycotted the event. Strike 6

      That was the best thing they could have done for all of us to see their true feelings regarding the relationship between our two countries. I wonder what should we call that? Plus 1.

      I also wonder whether they were flying from some unknown country and whether LIAT was late, the same Airline they criticize our government for being Shareholders of or they had a flight cancellation. Strike 7

      LIAT I am apologizing here to you, because I know you had nothing to do with it, because the E.O .Leblanc Highway built by our friends the Chinese, can get you to Roseau and The State House hassle free in no time. So you do understand LIAT, why you may be an easy scapegoat? Strike 8

      I am completely confused as to what the UWP wants. I know what they cannot get and that is being the Government of Dominica anytime soon. Strike 9

      Therefore in conclusion; Change is a must, not an option, they must change the way they make us view them. We do not like what they are showing us. Strike 10.

  21. Gary
    April 4, 2014

    What has politics turned to in our Country, an election has not been called as yet and politicians are behaving like this.Why Politicians are getting on so childish exploiting situations to gain political mileage at every opportunity they get. It is sad to see such an important forum like this being manipulated by Politicians.

  22. nonsense
    April 4, 2014

    I think all young people should boycott the election.. and let these so called grown folks deal with that nonsnese on their own.

  23. Hello!!!!!!
    April 4, 2014

    After 14 Years in office, you mean the DLP cannot find a suitable Minster in Govt. to represent them in a debate? Aaron is a civil servant. PM just cannot, will not face the music. Never will PM debate any opposition politician, much less the Leader of the Opposition.

    Remember it is Linton who consistently, with evidence and facts, revealed to all Dominicans, here and abroad, of the corrupt practices, bad governance, incompetence of PM. Up to now he cannot sue Linton for defaming his character or his name, amidst all those revelations. PM afraid that he will be embarrassed by a volley of burning questions. Especially passport sales, quick enrichment – villas etc., etc. etc. He fraid to take the stand for fear of incriminating himself.

    PM an English teacher, who is afraid to debate? Afraid like devil fraid Glo Beni. The young people of the DSC and throughout Dominica have again been disrespected by PM. They would love to hear him debate against Linton to prove if he is worth his salt, but alas!!!!!

    That is why, for young people like me, change is a must, not an option. How Long? Not Long!!!!!!!!!

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      April 4, 2014

      Did the DSC Journalist Panel asked that the Prime Minister be there or a representative? Was it the Opposition Parliamentarian Leader who represented the UWP? Why are some so blind sided?

      • Anonymous
        April 4, 2014

        Yes we did (formally)… The two political leaders were the ones to speak at the forum. A petition was signed by the students to ensure that that happened, but as you can see it did not go as planned.

      • uhm
        April 4, 2014

        At least UWP was represented by the future Parliamentary Representative. Ambassador should not have been there. I would have felt better if kelvar* Darroux was the one debating.

      • April 4, 2014

        The club invited the -political leaders- of the two major parties to the address the forum as far back as late February.

      • Jah yute
        April 5, 2014

        The leader of the up and the leader of the opposition
        We’re there. Where was the prime ministe? That’s the young ppl he always say he cares about. Why didn’t he show up even if he did not debate. If it was a case where he didn’t have to square off with the uwp he would have been the with the his camera rolling to further his bs how he cares about the youth.

      • dsc
        April 6, 2014

        yes they sent him MULTIPLE letters and he never came, so dont be blaming the members of the journalism club

  24. HMMM
    April 4, 2014

    Petty politics…. They docking every forum but they want to question why the LEADER wasn’t present???? A man who’s duty is running the country, guess he was attending to some other matter and had Dr. Aaron represent on behalf of the party… You can see Linton’s face ( you can see is problem and physical fight them man there want to have)..

    They don’t only despise the things the claim the government is doing wrong but they HATE Skerit and the other members with a passion! HATTTTTTTTTE.

    We in the world are making politics our god, sleeping and waking with it on our minds.. It’s like constant worship! and we forget to even pray.

    Stop mixing those things up and literally hating each other!

    • Jah yute
      April 5, 2014

      U need to take your own advice cause your hatred for Lennox is quite apparent.

    • Jah yute
      April 5, 2014

      Something important? Giving money to those lazy Laborite every Thursday is more important than him being at the forum? Well I guess the youths see just how important they are to that waste of a government?

  25. humble_me
    April 4, 2014

    What a shame. I have never seen such political madness in Dominica.

    PS. 64 v 11: God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God

  26. Just Blaze
    April 4, 2014

    I thought it was wrong to criticize skerrit for prioritizing constituency day over the forum. He was elected to serve the people of his constituency. If thats the reason he could not be there that is a legitimate reason.

    I also want to know why is not Lennox who as up there. He is the party leader. Why wasnt he the one speaking on behalf of his party. And to me thats the setting to have an educated discussion on the economy and other issues affecting the people. That kinda name calling and mapwie save that for kairi and q95.

    Both parties showed a bad example to the youth with their nonsene and bad behavior

    • April 4, 2014

      Mr. Linton came to the forum expecting to deliver at least the opening remarks as was agreed with the Journalism Club. The absence of a part of the DLP representation meant that the format changed while some miscommunications meant that Mr. Linton was only informed that he could not deliver after he got up to speak.

    • waters 69
      April 7, 2014

      so true

    • April 7, 2014

      That is a question that should be put to the moderator Jaisiah Benoit because Mr.Linton was ready and willing to speak at the forum but because Jaisiah is a supporter of the DLP and that Skerrit refuses to debate the agenda was changed, but why did the committee accepted Philbert Aaron to speak on behalf of the Govt with so many other elected ministers they should keep to their so call HOUSE RULE .
      This matter is not only a very poor behavior on the Govt it is also a very poor feedback on the committee that put the forum together they knew and didnt rejected so I believe we have to see things as they are we just cannot pushed it aside and I would say to Jaisiah Benoit to stop the double standard if he cannot put his own political preferences a side dont be a moderator ever because his colors were out there for all of us to see we have to stop the nonsense that is going on in D’ica.
      By the way what type of doctor is Philbert Aaron because he should be called a doctor of stupidity and hot air.
      That’s why we need CHANGE and it’s here no matter what the DLP supporters say or do.

  27. true
    April 4, 2014

    Sad, a forum?
    this is gutter politics and that is the example we are trying to set for the young people?

  28. Gutter Rat
    April 4, 2014

    What behind I am seeing there nuh. Instead the man sit at the table he taking picture of Lennox. What nonsense is that? Jahisiah go and do the Project that you have to deliver on.

    • hmm
      April 4, 2014

      That’s how manipulative these folks are. Dominicans need to stop sleeping.

    • name
      April 4, 2014

      @gutter rat, sorry u blue vex :lol: :lol:…. I guess only Lennox and his group can stand and storm the stage as they like and all the others have to sit and say yes massa.

  29. FAST N FURIOUS
    April 4, 2014

    BOSS,Cool down your temper;dem youths are watching! 8-O

    • ()
      April 4, 2014

      @FAST N IDIOT You can say that again, the young people are watching. They watched everywhere, but Skerrit could not be found, I KNOW THEY WILL VOTE THE COWARD OUT. These are the same people he claims to love so much. SHAME ON YOU SKERRIT!

  30. Iinteresting
    April 4, 2014

    where sexier coming in that nuh hmm hmm hmm bravo, I find this disrespect for the students the PM claimed he care about. I honestly think the students should have called off the debate yesterday. Pinch yourself students pinch yourself and pinch it hard.

    • FORKIT
      April 4, 2014

      that was not a debate, a doctor throwing maypwie.

  31. Ah magwa sa
    April 4, 2014

    I listened to parts of this debate and I was suprised to find out that the debate was not about Curriculum Vitae and educational background. The debate was almost half way through when I realised that the debate was about the economy and the youth prospects.
    I am a bit pived though that the DSC Journalism club did not run the debate how it was supposed to be run.

    Either way I would give Joshua Francis an A+ and C+ to Dr. Aaron. I am also disappointed with the Labour Party that a minister was not sent but instead a PRO. Does that mean the partys choices were limited or they wanted to secure A PHD response from Lagoon Portsmouth.

    Mr. Linton on the other hand I believe you should have insisted on Consistancy from the get go.

    But well done Mr. Francis it seemed that you were the only adult in this debate and you country begining showed your good manners.

    Grace Mercy and Peace.

    • nonsense
      April 4, 2014

      Maybe Johua Francis should be party leader …

  32. why hide
    April 4, 2014

    this is VERY suggestive and does not show an appropriate picture to what happened. Ambassador was taunting Mr. Linton, so he simply was approaching to the podium to explain why he was not made able to speak, and the reason was in short notice they only allowed Mr Francis, because Lennox originally planned to speak for an initial minute or two. you read some of the stupid ignorant comments on here and you just have to bow your head in shame.

  33. Ohhh Dominica!
    April 4, 2014

    Jaisiah Benoit you did a POOR job! You had the fortitude to stand up to Linton, why did you allow Aaron to get so off track? You did a disservice to the journalism club yesterday, this was not the intention of such forum. You gave Aaron unfiltered access to bash Linton in Linton’s presence and prevented Linton from responding.

    You all sending emails, making arrangement and not sticking to the arrangements. You all are college students, getting prepared to take on different roles in society, so show some level of responsibility now so that some employer out there might be impressed.

    I am waiting to hear the debate on Monday on Q95 as Matt has promised. I am just so disappointed in how this discussion turned out.

    • Dixie Normas
      April 4, 2014

      But what do you expect from Jaisiah Benoit Mr is an operative of the DLP. still dont understand why he was chosen to play referee when he in on there side.

      • For Richer Or Poorer
        April 4, 2014

        OMG! Did you read what you wrote?

      • John Paul
        April 7, 2014

        Remember Kamala and Her Husband were both concerned about who would be Moderator? Well that concern was taken care of .They spent days talking about why Skeritt should not debate the Opposition.The very same reasons they gave for not attending they broke all those rules,the biggest one “Personal attacks” Hats off to Mr. Francis He remained firm as a true Gentleman!

    • There you have it
      April 4, 2014

      A very sensible comment. The moderator was inept and gave the impression, rightly or wrongly, that he was partisan in allowing Aaron to attack the Leader of the UWP.

      Maybe Linton will accept an apology from the Journalism Club.

      • IT
        April 4, 2014

        @There you have it….. Did not Mr. Francis attack the leader of the DLP for not attending the function? The Team Dominica and it’s few supporters continue to exhibit there elitist attitude consistent with there motto DO AS I SAY BUT NOT AS I DO….

  34. yes I moderator
    April 4, 2014

    He caption of this story should have read Pm Skerrit snubed the college student.

  35. For Richer Or Poorer
    April 4, 2014

    Sometimes we listen to a talk, speech or read a newspaper column and everyone can come out with something different.

    Reading the comments here and I am not even referring to the article itself, just the readers’ comments surely we are getting a different scenario than what truly happened, that would be of interest to us who was not at the forum to tell us what happened

    However, Listening to Kairi Heng this morning, it shed such a different light on what truly happened last night at a journalism forum.

    Have you ever read a novel that the author describes everything in such detail that you feel that you are right there with the characters in the book? That you can imagine everything that is being described that you feel that you are part of the story? That is how I’d like to feel when I read anything.

  36. truthbetold
    April 4, 2014

    Lol what did the students expect, they are not recipients of toilets and petro casas that would allow them to hear ‘I did’, ‘I went’, ‘I paid’, ‘I gave’, ‘Thanks to my’, ‘due to my’, ‘because of my’ and ‘I and I’.

    • Anonymous
      April 7, 2014

      I like that, I like that, I really like that.

  37. Anonymous
    April 4, 2014

    I wonder what is Aaron point standing there removing Mr. Linton and Benoit photo in discussion. He is the confrontational one attacking Linton and then getting up from his sit to remove photo. All you think that all you will continue fooling people all the time. You failed the students MISERABLY my boy with your PHD. More booooo’s!!!!!!!

  38. Shameless
    April 4, 2014

    I see Skerro WEAVING and DUCKING againnnnnn! For the hell of me I don’t understand why this man who thinks of himself as the intellectual of all intellectuals keep running from debates/ discussions. Is it because he has no substance and only knows how to take out maypwe
    Linton was prepared to represent at a moment’s notice and even made himself available when the suggestion was made by the said Ambassador . They were so taken aback that they are accusing Linton of being brash/ aggressive. Can you believe this crap? Linton continues show leadership and respect for the youth of the nation at every turn.

    Skerro can duck all he wants but he can’t hide. He has insulted the intelligence of some of our brightest minds and for that there is no forgiveness. He shall pay dearly at the polls. Great job by Mr. Francis who mastered the engagement and make the said ambassador look like a first year kindergarden student. But Change will come..

    “I AM FOR CHANGE, ARE U?”

    Assertive, NOT Agressive! :twisted:

    • penny
      April 4, 2014

      If Lennox wanted to debate he would be on stage instead of Francis and no amount of flowery talk can change that. If Skeritt ducked the debate may I ask U @Shameless what did your leader Lennox do? What I heard from your leader is a plea to the moderator to hold him back to prevent him from interlectually destroying Dr.Aaron, the moderator granted his plea. :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • We the people
        April 4, 2014

        Lennox was there and ready to debate, the invitation read as such. However, they introduced Joshua and not Linton. That was a laps on the organizers part. First they should have not allowed Aaron to debate as he is not a politician and will not be on any ballot paper. Secondly, it is obvious that he came to give Maypree and not deal with he issues, so the moderator should have stopped him. The moderator could sop Lennox and not Aaron because he is a Labourite….why do you think he in all source these days….talk show, youth council…A labourite doing what they best at, trying to block everything. Eg Daryl Titre on DBS commenting on calypso….really?

      • April 7, 2014

        Penny stop talking nonsense remember the debate from the begining was a debate between Skerrit and the leader of Team D’ica UWP but because your Skerrit refuses to debate the agenda was water down to this, ask yourself why didnt the DLP party send the minister of education to the forum instead of Dr. P.Aaron.

  39. real possie
    April 4, 2014

    Funny thing is I see people say why was the PM not there to debate why this why that? but I rather someone show me what they doing than tell me what they are going to do, now they should have closed their eyes for a second then open it look around where they were sitting and tell if where they are is not for them a proper learning facility, people tend to forget what the PRO went to school for, this man been around for a long time an he is well versed on any progress that is made in Dominica any true Dominican could have sat at that debate and tell all, and now its appalling that Linton has no faith in Joshua because he had to wait for him to answer why he Linton was not the one doing the debate but u can put lipstick on a /// it will still be a /// it cant change who and what it is, as a leader u have to show constraint. This was the perfect time to show the younger ones how to handle situations like this and not charge their fellow brother, I guess the notion of being party leader has not sunk in yet u still have that disc jockey mentality.

  40. Ba Yo Bwa
    April 4, 2014

    It would be most helpful for DNO to say who was invited to speak at the forum. So much innuendo and aspersions being flung here and there that the conversation is tending towards the nonsensical. Why does everything we do and say continues to be void of the real context? In DA it just seem like we are forever contented in hearing ourselves talk for the sake of talking only. The organizers of the forum could help with publishing the list of the people invited to speak. That would be interesting to me.

    Let me add that, given the current rancor that characterizes Dominica’s politics today, I daresay I thought things would turn out as it did. Sad, eh? Such a small country and yet so divided.

  41. Tito
    April 4, 2014

    Ehbeh Aaron, you come out papa, poche plein, boudin plein.

  42. watchdog
    April 4, 2014

    But I dont understand why the PM has to be at that forum. I think the representatives of both parties were adequate. The debate should be who came through better, not who was there and who was not.

  43. April 4, 2014

    u DOMINICANS are the BEST u all complain about every thing. The PM wasn t there he wasnt there!One time some of u jumping to the conclusion that he not interesting in youth when he doing for the youth all u month close.I really would like to c the UWP win this election and c what better they are going to do.all u need to stop complain about stupid stuff and focus on developing the country .

    • There you have it
      April 4, 2014

      All he had to do was inform the DSC Club, well in advance, why he could not attend. Simple… That would have avoided all the speculation you mentioned.

  44. IFF I WUZ
    April 4, 2014

    Parry, I would express to the Prime Minister, the move to have Dr. Aaron represent the DLP at the Economy Forum was always going to be a blatant disaster. Not only is Dr. Aaron a Public Servant, he does not have the necessary qualifications to make any purposeful contribution at such a Forum. Had the Prime Minister solicit my advise, I am assuming he was afraid to face Mr. Lennox Linton, I would have recommended Mr Doulgas who is an economist.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      April 4, 2014

      Can you imagine if this was a foreign ministers’ conference and the DLP was not our Government?

      After calling for a debate to have this happen; it is unreal. Unbelievable really!

  45. Dunce Cat
    April 4, 2014

    no matter which forum it is he just cannot resist that sexy thing

  46. PoKeSa
    April 4, 2014

    The show put on by the ruling government at the forum organised by the Dominica State College Journalism Club on Thursday epitomises their incompetence and failure. What we have is a government that really is unsure, even about its own motives. It is acting out of instinct and all the initiatives being announced seem driven by an instinct to punish the opposition.

    What the government is showing is not just its true colours. What it’s showing is its inability to understand its roles as parliamentarians. What it’s demonstrating to us is that it can use its majority not just to impose austerities on workers, but also what is possible should they ever be handed another 5-year term to govern Dominica.

    Instead of using their majority to establish that they can be trusted with executive power, they are doing the exact opposite. They have shown that they do not understand their role, the budget process, and that they have no proper answers to the country’s problems.

    The ruling party’s politics in parliament should not be about getting even. It should not be about bitchy politics. Therefore, my advice to the opposition is to show it is above these things; that it can rise above these base instincts and not become stuck in the politics of reprisal.

  47. Tri-State Beauty
    April 4, 2014

    The heading is a bit dramatic, over sensationalized, unnecessary if you ask me. There was no CLASH and DNO your writers need be mindful of that, even though their aim is grab attention, nothing else supports that!

    While the PM may not have been able to attend the forum to which I know he was specifically invited why send Aaron. I know, I know Aaron is Labour Party mouthpiece so in that case even Sogofly could be there, however Skerrit missed the opportunity to practice his “youthful ever speeches”. We have elected members of parliament Julius Timothy, Ambrose George, Dr McIntyre and Dr Darroux who could have made representation on behalf of the Government. Mr Skerrit needs to learn When, What, Where & Whom!! Labour party animal show, nonsense in the Chronicle, incessant yapping and maypuis is for Labour Party and it’s goons. Dominica’s’ issues and Dominica’s’ representation is for elected officials and high ranking public servants, not for Labour operatives and dimwits. What next Mamie addressing youth rally?

    • T & T
      April 4, 2014

      so y did the uwp choose to send a non parliamentarian? hector Spaggs. John is the leader of the opposition, the sending Joshua francis a wash your foot and come, and u find nothing wrong in that.

  48. saying it as it is
    April 4, 2014

    the same disrespect of skerrit, while Lennox Linton was present, Arron was asking why Lennox could not represent UWP but had excuses why Skerrit couldn’t make it because it was constituency day, did Skerrit not receive the invitation way in advance top respond to them that the day they choose would not be convenient to him if he was so interested in the youth he would have asked if it was ok to change the day if he really wanted to there, that waste of time prime minister needs to go.

  49. Too Late
    April 4, 2014

    You mean we have a cabinet of 18 members and the labour party could not find one member capable of debate?

    • Too Late
      April 4, 2014

      or 16 members

  50. Papa Dom
    April 4, 2014

    In my humble opinion Lennox should not have attempted to answer Aaron. Lennox should try to temper his enthusiasm and not respond to every silly statement made by this skerritt kabal. It may be hard and run contrary to his natural tendencies but is part of what the whole process of becoming a leader demands. So, I will not be expecting to hear much about this incident from him except it is to admit that he made a mistake and apologise for it.

    • Jah yute
      April 5, 2014

      Signs of a good leader. Acknowledges when he strays and appologises. That’s something you will never hear skirt it say.

  51. disgusted
    April 4, 2014

    “Sexier”?

  52. Cyrique
    April 4, 2014

    What the students possibly also learnt is what NOR to do or behave. Linton you need to calm down and observe protocol if you want to represent Dominica on the international stage. You need to practice being a statesman and not behave like a bay boy!! If it was agreed that two people will address the seminar then you need to respect that decision if you were not one of the two chosen ones. And if you were, then you wait your turn. I believe that you have potential however you need to be more politically mature for the job. Please try to be a positive role model for our young. Also, the PM can’t attend everything. His responsibilities are vast and delegation is a sign of good leadership.

    • There you have it
      April 4, 2014

      How selective can you be. It was the responsibility of the moderator to have advised Aaron that his call to Linton was unacceptable. You seem to give the impression that it was okay for Aaron to call Linton but not okay for Linton to respond…

  53. First time voter
    April 4, 2014

    ” It is even sexier to be in the opposition”- This is the future of politics? And what kind of behaviour is that? You came to give a speech, give your speech and go. If the two parties want to debate have a national debate. This was not the place for all this. I believe there are issues to be discussed because both parties have reasonable questions but this should not have been the place to display such. In my opinion shame on both sides. That’s the example for the young people. Shame! Shame! Shame

    • winston warrington
      April 4, 2014

      “Sexy” in modern parlance and as frequently used in England to mean attractive and not in a carnal sense.

  54. Anonymous
    April 4, 2014

    Well well well are you Dominicans for real is this the person (Linton) you would truly allow to govern Dominica. Furthermore a PM does not have to be there in person, that is why there are such a thing as other representatives. Stop showing allyou ignorance another thing is travel the world I don’t mean other caribbean countries I mean the world , It is embarrasing when you guys write such nonsencical statements before thinking.
    I believe that the big issue here is the fact that a future PM is behaving in such a way and the people of DA is seriously considering him as a leader. I am sure YELLOw would do a better job

  55. Lang Mama
    April 3, 2014

    All you Woy look at how he sanding there like he auditioning ……… DNO I doh call no name.

  56. Fake reports
    April 3, 2014

    Based on DNO reports it appears that 95% of college students are supporters of Team Dominica… DAT ISNOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    DNO be balanced non!!!!!!!!! stop favouring Lennox majee…
    So if Lennox becomes PrimeMinister and he goes to a UN or Caricom forum, will he react in this roguish manner, when something is said contrary to what he believes..

    Lennox is angry, angry, angry and his personality is becoming clearer to the electorate everyday. Mr is just too rough…. you cannot want things your way everytime… I thought Brian his brother was a malcase but Lennox as Prime MInister…jamais……

    • Emile Zapatos
      April 4, 2014

      @Fake Report,………It is said that by the fruits you shall know them/. The fruits coming out Lennox mouth is as confusing as his behavior. I thought I was the only one who speculated that officials at a regional or international conference would call for interpreters to translate his English. They would also ask for an explanation of his behavior from a cultural point of view. The Marigot people he once disown and hope to represent is confused by his version of English. The people of Marigot have always been the best English speaking people.

  57. Doc. Love
    April 3, 2014

    If you read my comments on DNO, as regards Dr. Aaron’s representing the Skeritt Labor Party Government at the Forum concerning the economy of Dominica, it proves my sentiments that the man is a versatile producer of mapuis, roro and daybar is right on target. Whenever Dr. Aaron gets an opportunity, he always want to attack Mr. Lennox Linton as regards to his educational background. It is alleged, Dr. Aaron does not have a doctorate. A talk show host has been requesting Dr. Aaron to produce his University Degree Certificate he claimed he received from Toego to prove he has a Doctorate, he is yet to produce it.

  58. Real Dominica
    April 3, 2014

    Sick Labourite, I’m amazed by your comments. I do hope that your conscience will play a better role in your life and see that the PM is a very busy man and that Dr. Ambassador Aaron is very well knowledgeable about the economy of our home, Dominica.

  59. Zorpafeb
    April 3, 2014

    You mean DLP couldn’t send one minister or representative. What about Walter, Austrie, Darroux squared, Justina, Petter Pepper, Ian Douglas, Blackmore, Timothy, Sam Martin, Cococ. Shame on them sending a supporter. Crazy T or Simeon would do a better job.

    • Emile Zapatos
      April 4, 2014

      @ Zorpafeb,……….Joshau Francis is just a supporter , so whats the difference. Your representative comments sound just like the double standards of the uwp (new and old)

  60. DSC STUDENT
    April 3, 2014

    In my opinion this was more of a campaign strategy to gain votes from the student body but alas it backfired , remember Politicians you said it yourself we the youth and the students of the state college are smarter and less naïve now than any other generation that has passed in Dominica. Both parties failed to answer the question placed before them , they behaved immaturely ,which was very entertaining but very sad in their case , mostly every student who was present commented on their arbitrary behaviour afterwards. This forum changed the way many of the students viewed both parties ; and not in a good way at alll :-?

    • oh oh :)
      April 4, 2014

      i was present and if you’re saying Mr. Francis of U.W.P, equipped with power point presentation, charts of economic growth (under prev. UWP administration) comparable to D.L.P’s reign… also the same Mr. Francis who went on to tell us how the UWP will increase productivity among many things, then my friend you’re not being fair…. Mr. Francis did stick to the issue and topic of the forum…..

    • Jah yute
      April 5, 2014

      I can see you are a disappointmented Laborite. I feel ur pain. There’s room for u on team Dominica.

  61. gmmm
    April 3, 2014

    parliament will have fights can imagine :-P

  62. Malgraysa
    April 3, 2014

    Did Roosevelt Skerrit allow Philbert Aaron to walk into the lion’s den to be mauled because he has become a liability and is expendable? Why else let him commit political suicide like this if not to remove him as a political rival and make him look insignificant as a message to those disaffected who may have been tempted to back the Dr’s ambitions ? The Prince of darkness at work?

  63. A Sick Laborite
    April 3, 2014

    Skerrit you talking so much about your love for the youth, about the amount of money you spending on the college and about Lennox Linton not being educated enough to lead the country. Yet these students organized a forum and invited both parties to discuss the economy and there was a no show on the side of the government. After all, who is the best person to have represented the government of Dominica other than Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, who is the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and also a man that was in his 30’s when he became PM? I am very ashamed, embarrassed, deflated, belittled and yes, defeated. I was eager to hear you school Lennox today and to my surprise not only did you not show up but not one of your ministers showed up? Prior to today I hated UWP and Lennox and never thought I would one day support them. But after the embarrassment of today, I can now say goodbye to the DLP and sorry to the UWP for the manner in which I looked and thought of them.

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      I have never heard/read such nonsense in my life. The PM cannot attend every meeting. This is why he has a representative and/or a deputy/assistant. One of these should have been invited to represent him.
      For God’s sake!!! He is the Prime Minister of Dominica!!! What is wrong with some of you???
      A Prime Minister does not have to attend every meeting which takes place in Dominica. He has other matters to attend to as to the business of Dominica. Accord him due respect, his rights and dignity as the Prime Minister of Dominica!!!

    • anonymous
      April 4, 2014

      you were never a Laborite so stop playing with the truth :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • 100% Dominican
      April 4, 2014

      Please…you already going, so be gone…”S”….see the confusion that was created by LL, when he charged the stage, embarassing if i may say so myself, for someone who porports to be a better person, he could care less about the rules established, he wanted to get on the stage to have his say, can you imagine the kind of hopla, if the PM was there! he was waiting in the shadows so if PM showed up he would be the person to speak and Joshua if the PM didnt show…that ws the plan all along.

      We saw through that, and additionally, did the student identify the PM as the person who they invited to the debate? if not then anyone can represent the Party and Aaron as the PRO can do this very very well and articulate the work of the Government and the DLP as it relates to youth….

      Come on people…all you forget what UWP stands for …NOTHING but themselves!

    • joe
      April 4, 2014

      Sick Labourite, u must understand Protocol, the DLP sent its’ PRO to talk to the students just like UWP sent Joshua not Lennox not Spaggs who was in the audience etc.

      The fact that the club asked for a representative of the Labour Party the party could send anyone and not necessarily the leader, however in the future if they want the ‘Leaders’ then they should say so….

      The PM not attending this forum cannot be interpreted as if he don’t care for the youth, it is ridiculous of you or anyone to come to such a conclusion, i mean just the mere fact that this college was built to accommodate over 1,000 youth is significant a project funded by the Chinese for which the same opposition opposed vehemently.
      Even when you look at the fact that children 18 and under is exempt from paying hospital fees is also a significant proof that the PM do care of the well being of the youth.

      But Government cannot do every single thing for you, so just as when you wake in the morning the onus is on you to brush your teeth so to the onus is on you to seek all opportunities for your growth, socially, education, financial and other wise.

      • nonsense
        April 4, 2014

        Very Well said. We act like our own downfall is the fault of others when we are the cause of our own problems. We lack discipline and courage to work for ourselves.

      • A Sick Laborite
        April 4, 2014

        @ joe and the rest of you stop that nonsense. I have known no other party than the DLP. Last election in in 2009, I was a poll worker for the DLP. My son attends the college and we were helped by the government and needless to say that he is a laborite as well. based on what he told me, all of them laborites present were ashamed by the performance of Aaron and they no show of the PM. I was also informed that students requested for ‘party heads’ to attend the forum and not a representati9ve as you are saying. It was very disrespectful of the PM. So stop defending because he, the DLP and the student body know very well what took place.

      • April 4, 2014

        our excuse is tooooo lame

  64. CURIOUS
    April 3, 2014

    DNO why wasnt your picture captioned “The moment when Linton rushed to the podium because he was angry. Benoit was following the rules. Lennox was breaking it

    • >>>>>>>>
      April 3, 2014

      @ CURIOUS He is the incoming PM, not Lennox.

    • Nac Vibes
      April 4, 2014

      I expected nothing less from people like you, true gutter politics, you should have focussed on the fact that your leaders are telling the country that they are really cowards.

    • B. Have
      April 4, 2014

      Benoit handel corective

      ……NO STREETFIGHTERS MENTALITY persons :evil: …………………………………..ON THE PODIUM !!…………………………………

    • hey
      April 4, 2014

      he that the same benoit who sang at the youth rally if it is the same benoit listen to the clips of that parade carefully

  65. CURIOUS
    April 3, 2014

    What was Lennox thinking when he ran to the podium? Is this a sign of aggression or thin skinness. Boy when you in politics you have to take all mepuis. A little forum like that you ready to rush. Not good Mr. LInton , Not good.

    • Views Expressed
      April 3, 2014

      We are all human, Lennox did nothing wrong, it is worth defending such utter rubbish and untruth from this so called Dr. Aaron.

      Where was Skerrit….he`s been in hiding for years

      TEAM DOMINICA WAS WELL REPRESENTED

      IT IS TIME FOR DECENCY IN POLITICAS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

      TIME FOR CHANGE….CHNAGE IS A MUST

      • Emile Zapatos
        April 7, 2014

        @ views expressed,………..Yes it is time for the uwp and the uwp team to stop thinking that Dominicans will accept their hooliganism . NO to those hooligans who want to CHANGE us to an uncivilized society. They would do with some serious holism.

      • Emile Zapatos
        April 7, 2014

        @ views expressed,…………There is no decency in their behavior. You call bashing of the Speaker, bashing the Chinese, crashing parties and disrupting seminars and debates good behavior. Are you telling me that kind of behavior is good governance. You want to see ministers of government and officials behaving that way in office, and having “LAPSE IN JUDGEMENT”. Is that the kind of “CHANGE” you want for your children.

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      He did not rush to attend the gathering at the State House. This is where he should have rushed in as leader of the opposition.

      • April 4, 2014

        Wouldnt you want to defend yourself if someone kept on bashing you?Even Moses got angry with the Israelites.And you are no better.Sit and think

    • Anonymous
      April 4, 2014

      Linox is one aggressive man and only time will tell! I just cannot stand this man!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • verily, verily
        April 4, 2014

        @anonymous, I love Lennox and I love my neighbour as myself. Are you for real? or are you the devil”s bride?

      • Anonymous
        April 4, 2014

        that’s your damn biz…He will be the next PM…. :-P

  66. Wow
    April 3, 2014

    Can’t believe the labour party would send Aaron and did not educate him first on the economy, He was a disgrace to the Labour party.

    • verily, verily
      April 4, 2014

      and by extension, he is a disgrace to the human race.

  67. Nun
    April 3, 2014

    The only winner was the STUDENT CLUB. Aaron is a brawler and he showed it today. He made a complete fool of himself.

    Labour is behaving as the party in opposition. Run on your record. Where was Skerrit? Hiding under a STONE?
    How long? Not long?

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      Leave the word “nun” out of your hatred. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • nonsense
      April 4, 2014

      Aaron defended the PM and the Labor Party. Linton got offended and tried to bum rush the podium to try and speak. how is Aaron a brawler when it was Linton who couldnt take it and got aggitated? i think all politicians have complexes hence their desire for power and rule. All of these people are the same. no one different from the other. Speak about things you know not repeat speculations you hear from others.

  68. Student
    April 3, 2014

    Firstly, both parties, at some point, failed to directly answer certain questions posed to them. It was certainly not what I expected, as a matter of fact it should have been longer because the topic was not fully addressed. But good job to the journalism club who organized the forum. There was also a large crowd of students present! :)

  69. DC
    April 3, 2014

    Lennox, calm down! This behavior is totally unacceptable. What a shame! You couldn’t even control your emotions in the presence of our future leaders, this further demonstrates your inability to lead anything, especially our gem Dominica.

    Mr. Francis, sounds like you are losing your sense of reasoning. As an attorney you must be detail oriented. Your criticism of the PM’s absence is contradicting. If the PM was in his constituency serving his people, then, he was performing one of his duties, which he was elected to. The students are of equal importance, however, he can only be in one place at a time.

    • %
      April 3, 2014

      @DC I think that you are defeated. Aaron asked for the Leader, the leader was showing himself, ready and eager to debate Aaron, and HUMILIATE HIM.
      In fact Linton would debate stupid you, Skerrit, Aaron and the DUNCECATS IN THE LABOUR PARTY TOGETHER.
      By the way, ‘Why did Skerrit send Aaron and made your party be so disgraceffully represented’? CAN YOU ANSWER TO THAT? Where was Skerrit hiding?
      Well a good friend of mine told me that it is signs that you all are falling flat down. THE WAY YOU ALL TREATED THE YOUTHS WILL SURELY SHOW IN THE POLLS!!!!
      I am so happy that the youths have seen that Labour has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO OFFER TO THEM!
      Francis well done Sir!
      HURRAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

      • nyc
        April 3, 2014

        Did you call Dr. Philbert Aaron duncecat? That says a lot about you and the fools you follow. We are still waiting to find out whats Linton educated background.

      • g
        April 3, 2014

        @% Why don’t you hush! Everybody from the workers party always quick to resolve in anger and haterd just lile ur way of deportment right now. And the only DUNCECATS is you and your blabbing mouth. Because skerrit didn’t came to one event for DSC shows that he dntdnt care or have interest for the students? Ask them, how much of their school fees are paid by the government, how much of them are getting assistance. I am a past student from DSC, one year ago.. and when i saw the list when had to sign the list was almost four pages long with students who the government pay their school fees. Their are way more important things to show if some one care than just the absence of one event. He also made sure a New DSC was built to stimulate education and a conducive enviroment for learning.

        BIG UPS DLP!
        But next time don’t send Aron.

      • g
        April 3, 2014

        Also not event college but nation wide he assist students in their school fees from primary to college level.. So tell me if this man dnt care for the youths if so i rally want to know what is you all way of interest for d youths.. UWP boyh leaders and followers of the part like too much problem just appreciate. I don’t know when Dominicans will stop fight amongst theirself for petty things like politics..
        And if UWP get in power we should appreciate also apecially if they party is doing more good dan bad no one is perfect but when the good outways the bad then we can deal with that but nt visi versal.
        Stupesßssssssss tired with Dominicans anger over politics.. I just nt voting period!

      • Simply the Truth
        April 3, 2014

        It appears that Linton attended with a fighting spirit and ready for a war. What else is new?

      • nonsense
        April 4, 2014

        the leader should have been on stage already. he should have asked why lennox wasnt there for last minute lennox want to get vex and bum rush the spot? awah…you miss your turn padner..sit down and let Joshua run the vibes. next time for you. when the invitation was sent you should have known your place then.

      • Anonymous
        April 4, 2014

        Hey, did you right that with a straight face?? And did you, and all the other blue fanatics giving you thumbs up here listened to the recording or witnessed the event to hear the rousing applause that the government received, particularly at the mention of the CV of the Blue leader??? If college students do not respect the ‘angry one’ how can you expect regional and international leaders to??? We will surely become the laughing stock of the world if this guy was ever to become PM!!!

      • Emile Zapatos
        April 6, 2014

        @nyc………Linton is acting like someone who dropped out of reform school. Someone thought he graduated from reform school and gave him a dictionary and a thesaurus. He can remember words but cant remember what they mean. Sometimes he just makes up words. Like Symbot. His illuminati is a pyrotechnical use of English. His equivocal statements are just vague enough to say nothing and still sedate his constituents. He is trying to cause collateral damage to the DLP, but his only success is pushing the new uwp team to a lower decibel of public fixation. he think he is giving his gang meaningful sanctionary teeth at the vortex of cruciality . To me he speaks in camouflage to hide his disrespect and bad behavior. He has plenty of sound and fury signifying nothing .

    • &
      April 3, 2014

      @DC The writing is on the wall for Labour after the insult the college students got from the Labour Party.
      WE NEED ELECTIONS NOW SKERRIT!
      The party sent Aaron to the debate? OMG!

      • Simply the Truth
        April 3, 2014

        How easily you could be deceived. How senseless you are.

    • Gary
      April 3, 2014

      So why did he accept the invitation?

    • Reader
      April 4, 2014

      My sentiments exactly. Imagine you on a cricket team but not selected to be in the squad lineup for a particular match. Next thing, because you don’t like the bowling you going to jump on the pitch. smh … let everything be done decently and in order.

    • April 4, 2014

      This is no excuseYou are very bias

  70. pc
    April 3, 2014

    the students ask for representatives not leaders. the pm is one man an has the country to run. he cannot be everywhere. but you knoe something linton should go an talk to makr make a fool of himself like he always do. election soon come. labour power! !!

    • April 3, 2014

      So what you are saying Pm have a country to run so it’s alright for him to run the country to the ground, ask yourself if you had a child or know of any child attending the college how do you believe they felt ,it’s time PM call the election but unfortunately your man will never agree to be oppersition leader after he ask Mr.Linton to come into the ring.
      Change is here how long not too long.

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      How intelligent and considerate they were to ask for representatives. Generally, a PM would send his/her representative since they cannot attend every meeting.
      Labour Power indeed! Pray for this to come again! God bless you! God bless Dominica! God is taking note.

    • April 4, 2014

      you making a fool out of your self you tebeh

      • infra red
        April 4, 2014

        sorry, gave you a thumbs down by mistake.

    • dsc
      April 6, 2014

      the students asked for leaders

  71. April 3, 2014

    It is possible that Roosevelt had a valid reason for his absence. These things happen. If Lennox was NOT invited to speak prior to the occasion, he had NO business going to the podium. On the other hand, if he was invited to speak prior to the occasion, the other men had NO right to stop him. What is the fuss about any way? I can only imagine ELECTION NIGHT. IMMATURE.

    • %
      April 3, 2014

      I think the talk among the college students is “Why is Mr ( referring to “Aaron) that the lazy Labour Party sent to represent them. From all accounts the man just spoke about geothermal, and was at bay and totally unprepared to answer basic questions. WHAT A SHAME. IS IT THAT the wicked, incompetent, heartless, inept and evil Labour Party is conceding defeat?
      I THINK THAT THE STUDENTS SHOULD teach the Labour Party a lesson at the polls. So of all the acolytes and lapdogs in the party Aaron was the best that they had?.
      way papa!
      How long
      Not long.

      • name
        April 4, 2014

        It’s wishing well time, Team Dominica or UWP can never win this coming election, they will have to try again.

      • eat ur hearts out
        April 4, 2014

        they ask for representatives of both parties. Not leaders of both party and Dr. Aaron the the PRO for the Dominica Labour Party

    • April 4, 2014

      Mr. Linton was invited to speak as well as Hon. Skerrit. Linton came ready to speak by all reports but some miscommunication between the hosts and the party regarding the format meant that the starting speaker (Mr. Francis) had to represent them throughout.

    • hey
      April 4, 2014

      aaron asked for him

  72. Famous Ambassador
    April 3, 2014

    “Sexier”, where is aaron going with this.

    • Anonymous
      April 3, 2014

      That says a lot,,, calling a man sexy ,,when they
      Make song on him he running to court ,,

    • April 3, 2014

      Aaron have to sing for his super but it want be much longer before he hit the road.

  73. Too hard too long
    April 3, 2014

    All is see is a set of grown men throwing words at each other in front of young people. They are the role models for these same youth.

    Aaron, you threw a couple low blows. In fact, it was totally unnecessary. You guys are currently in power. No need to be always on the defensive. Show me the confidence.

    Francis, same thing – you want to win the next election so show me the confidence. Use every opportunity to push your agenda. Forget about vilifying the prime minister or other ministers. Just show us the right way, the way forward, every single time.

    • True
      April 4, 2014

      Completely agree. It broke down till just insults. However, i have hope these will get better over time and may even showcase the two leaders in a civilized debate

  74. Anonymous
    April 3, 2014

    Hm anyway anyway anyway…I was so proud that the students were able to organize this and applauded the political parties for sending reps to take part but alas some stupidness had to go down…there was no need for Skerrit or Linton to debate as this was not a National level debate…so I really don’t see the big deal that either party made…all yuh must stop being so petty and let things run smoothly for once…

  75. missy ellot
    April 3, 2014

    But what is this atoll< ? this nonsense with these big men calling themselves political men and acting like toddlers ,

    What example are you men teaching the youths ?

    Citizens , Dominicans , Political leaders surely you men have to stop this .

    I do not understand the need for cheap shots on either side, to score cheap points.

    Men and women , do the work of the country for the benefit of the country, and the people .

    I am a Born Dominican and have been overseas for 29 years and seeing is believing , the Labour party has done allot for Dominica,

    I am not taking any sides , but it is time for red , green, blue to get together and devise a stronger plan , so that the educated youths will receive employment , the single mothers willing to work will get employment .

    All we need now is to get the youths mobile with some form of work , we have to get them away from the corner streets , so instead of taking shots at each other maybe it is time for everyone to get together and work for a brighter Dominica.

    • Build The Economy
      April 3, 2014

      Are you Naive?

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      I am not surprised. Generally, this is how it works with politicians all over the world. Ever viewed the proceedings in the legislature and parliament in Canada? Those politicians are like little children. They make a lot of noise, banging their desks, shouting etc. I am not insinuating that it should be so in D/ca.
      Nevertheless, the PM should not have been expected to attend. Granted, if an invitation was sent to him, he would review it and then decide if he should attend or not; if it is necessary to attend. If he cannot attend, he would decide to send his representative. For obvious reasons, his decision should be respected.

    • Anonymous
      April 4, 2014

      @missy ellot – Since you claim that the Labour party has done so much for Dominica, why are still residing outside Dominica? Why haven’t you found it in yourself to return to Dominica to take up permanent residence at any point in the last 14 years under the DLP government which you claim is doing so much[good] for Dominica?

      Come home and enjoy the GOOD the Labour party has done for Dominica nuh. Some of all you just like to make empty statements of grandeur.

      This is what I cannot understand about SOME of all you diasporians. All you claim Dominica is so good under the Labour party but you all won’t for a fleeting second entertain the thought of returning to Dominica to live in its current state under the Dominica Labour Party government.

      But one can always count on some of y’all to post “about the excellence and good” the Labour party has done for Dominica. It seems like no other government in Dominica’s history did anything for Dominica.

      When the Labour Party in the 2000 elections told people to ignore the UWP’s tremendous performance around the island and instead focus on the mirage of corruption, I suppose for some folks, thatwas okay. Now, things have been flipped – we have tremendous corruption going on with the mirage of a performing government being used to fool the gullible……….(and you say?)…..smh…….

    • Channel 1
      April 4, 2014

      @missy ellot – Since you claim that the Labour party has done so much for Dominica, why are still residing outside Dominica? Why haven’t you found it in yourself to return to Dominica to take up permanent residence at any point in the last 14 years under the DLP government which you claim is doing so much[good] for Dominica?

      Come home and enjoy the GOOD the Labour party has done for Dominica nuh. Some of all you just like to make empty statements of grandeur.

      This is what I cannot understand about SOME of all you diasporians. All you claim Dominica is so good under the Labour party but you all won’t for a fleeting second entertain the thought of returning to Dominica to live in its current state under the Dominica Labour Party government.

      But one can always count on some of y’all to post “about the excellence and good” the Labour party has done for Dominica. It seems like no other government in Dominica’s history did anything for Dominica.

      When the Labour Party in the 2000 elections told people to ignore the UWP’s tremendous performance around the island and instead focus on the mirage of corruption, I suppose for some folks, thatwas okay. Now, things have been flipped – we have tremendous corruption going on with the mirage of a performing government being used to fool the gullible……….(and you say?)…..smh…….

    • burtdave
      April 4, 2014

      First be honest to yourself you have taken a side, if you cannot own up to that I cannot believe you any further. the cheap shots came from your side not Mr Francis

  76. Lisad
    April 3, 2014

    They said representatives of the parties. Joshua Francis is not the political leader, he is a member of the party so is Mr. Aaron to the labour party.. I think that was a perfect equation

    • Native & indigenous
      April 3, 2014

      Joshua is a potential candidate who is expected to face the electorate while Dr Aron is a mouth piece of the labour party who doesn’t face up to the electorate Joshua is planning on being a policy maker while Dr Aron is a messenger.

      • progress
        April 3, 2014

        How you so sure dr aaron not a prospective candidate,.

  77. No Color
    April 3, 2014

    smh at these people…i hope the young people are taking notes about their leaders and wanna be leaders….their character and all …

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      They should learn a lesson to conduct themselves appropriately.

  78. Disgrace
    April 3, 2014

    Well said Mr Francis. Don’t fall into their trap of bad talk and gossip. The government couldnt finda competent MP or minister to present. This shows you what we re dealing with.

  79. viewer
    April 3, 2014

    i want to applaud the DSC journalism club but the speakers did not capitalize on the opportunity to address the issues expected form the topic

    • Simply the Truth
      April 3, 2014

      Lennox did not help too much or not at all. Some people – politicians – can spoil everything. Hope in future they will conduct themselves better than that.
      Do not blame Dr. Aaron. He is human. Some representatives do get angry in view of the attitude and response of some attendees. Ask yourself what would your reaction be if you were in an identical situation.

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