PM Skerrit challenged to debate economic issues (with poll)

PM Skerrit has been challenged to debate issues of national importance
PM Skerrit has been challenged to debate issues of national importance

Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has issued a challenge to prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, to participate in a debate on the economic issues facing Dominica.

Linton told privately owned Q95 on Thursday morning that the debate would be between the prime minister and the UWP’s chief economist, Dr. Thompson Fontaine, and would take the format of “an exchange on where exactly the economy of Dominica should be heading.”

The debate on economic issues is one of several the UWP is challenging the government to take part in.

Linton said other debates the UWP is proposing would be on foreign policy and good governance and rule of law. He said while Fontaine will debate the prime minister on the economy, Linton will face the prime minister on the other two.

“We are issuing the challenge,” the UWP leader stated. “It is necessary for us to debate. We cannot be the last country in the world where no debate takes place, no debates take place among politicians from either side of the parliament. It is totally disgraceful. It is unacceptable.”

Linton noted that during election time in other Caribbean countries, politicians actually debate each other on relevant issues.

“Members of political parties stand up side by side with each other and say, well here is what we going to do, no I don’t agree, this is what we should be doing instead,” he noted. “Out of that, the country gets a better sense of where the country needs to be heading.”

Linton said the debates should take place within the next three months.

This is not the first time a political leader has asked for a debate to discuss matters of national importance.

In November 2012, acting political leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) Michael Astaphans issued a call for “debates where the main candidates went head to head on topics which are deemed relevant to the electorate.”

He said in Dominica, politicians tend to go on radio stations or political platforms “to spread rumors” and it is time they stop “lying to the people and be prepared to face opposing parties and show their competencies.”

Dominica News Online would like to get the opinions of readers in a new poll.

Should politicians participate in debates concerning matters of national importance?

  • Yes (86%, 1,404 Votes)
  • It will make no difference (8%, 138 Votes)
  • No (6%, 97 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,639

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390 Comments

  1. Dominican
    December 3, 2014

    Even the uwpites are confused. When did Fontaine come into that? UWP must make up their mind. Two weeks ago it was Linton who wanted a debate, today Linton say it’s someone else. But where is Hector in all of that? I for one would only debate Hector as he is the elected member of parliament. UWP behave like assassins, they cannot beat you on a one to one basis, so they gather together and in the process make a mess of it. UWP mashie.

  2. Shelloch Holmes
    February 8, 2014

    Boss! you were more advance than him at school and you are more advance than him now,he just doesn’t know when to say enough is enough.He could have easily ask you for a job.he alway settle for second best

  3. For Richer Or Poorer
    February 7, 2014

    The UWP don’t even know what to call their party. I believe they need a debate as to what their political name really is or should be.

    That is being indecisive. Every other day they have a new name. The UWP needs a debate among themselves.

    Can any UWP supporters on blog tell us what their party name is today? Who is their leader? Who is the Opposition Leader? Why is the Opposition Leader and the Leader of the Party are not one and the same person?

    Who decides what the party does and does not do? Did they debate who will be their Leader? Was their leader chosen through a democratic process? And they want to debate the PM?

    They are calling on an organize party for a debate? Is it possible some members do not want to be associated with the name UWP and is busy trying to change its name to make us believe that they are all new and improved? Then show us!! have a debate among yourself.

    Since Honourable Skeritt has been the Leader of the Dominica Labour Party, how many leaders have the UWP had? And it seems they are yet to get it right.

    Who needs a debate? Dominicans are pretty well aware what the DLP and its Leader stands for but what do we really know of the UWP?

    The UWP needs a debate among themselves, to let us see why they should once again after being only 4 1/2 years in power which was a total disaster, why would Dominicans take a chance with them. I call for a debate between all the UWP Candidates among themselves to show us how different they would be in government this time.

    We love our Prime Minister and we love the Dominica Labour Party because they are the best or Dominica right now.

    Show us why we should give you that chance. up to now you have been unable to do that.

    • Voter
      February 7, 2014

      Stop beating around the bush and tell your incompetent and inept Skerrit to face the music and challenge Lennox Linton( the man with no degree ) to a debate

    • boys vs men
      February 8, 2014

      Is this the best you could do? Well at least you are not confused as from the word go you are clear that it is UWP.

      The nation is clear on the issue of change being a must and no longer an option.

      Last but by no means least the young, elderly, blue, red, green and yellow…alla wi is workers we voting! CHANG MUST COME.

    • chief!
      February 8, 2014

      @ Richer or Poorer, you are so ignorant that you are not even able to differentiate between the LEADER and The opposition leader. What a shame. Please go and ask your leader what is the difference. Finally are you better off now than 15 years ago? what is you take on the following: The Bin Bobol, The fertilizer bobol, The villas, the $400,000 three bed house( now valued at over 2 million),Can a man who earns 8,000/month build a house costing $2,000,000 dollars? LET US DEBATE? awaiting your response!!!!

  4. Binggie
    February 7, 2014

    Thank you very much to UWP bringing forth this debate and challenge which is much needed for the country.
    This is a fair approach to the PEOPLE of the country. Nothing should be done in the Dark ANYMORE…
    Whatever is done by the government or opposing party should be address WITH the public. Weekly, monthly, but at some point and not far an few in between. Frequent enough not once every 6 months or 1 debate per year.

    I fully agree with this new plan of action.

    RAS-BINGGIE
    BLESS UP

  5. Binggie
    February 7, 2014

    That is something I’ve been thinking to myself for a very long time. Why is it that in D/a the politicians do not have weekly or mouthly debates addressing the public about what ideas, issues or views and disagreements they may have.

    This gives the public a more open an transperant playing field to work with. Rather than going into voting half blind.

  6. February 7, 2014

    Hello and good morning my people. First I must say that I don’t vote and I don’t take sides in Politics in Dominica . I do believed in a functioning Democratic State and a well informed citizenry therefore we must have debates between the party leaders. In that way we will be able to examine their position on the critical issues facing our people. I attended the UWP event in Brooklyn and I heard their platform as related to land use Issues, Banking and investing in Dominica which are issues of great concern to me. I need to know what’s the Prime Ministers position on said subjects and these issues should be debated. We must also have debates between all the candidates so the voters can make an inform decision when they go to the polls.

  7. Poison
    February 7, 2014

    Lennox should try talking to the executive of the DLP to arrange a debate than going on Q for challenge.you talking bout change..you guys deep in the ghetto politics..

  8. Anonymous
    February 7, 2014

    Lord look upon my people ,why Dominica learders been corrupt I mean all administrations present and previous government,corruption kept our country behind.folks there was a b

  9. DA Man In the USA
    February 6, 2014

    In any modern society debates are good especially in politics. My only suggestion would be to allow an independent group be the time keepers and moderators. I am certain that the Dominica State college,Ross University and several of the high schools have debate clubs. One of them should be asked to set up the debate. Subject/s, time for each speaker, who will ask the questions and how long they have to answer each question. And lastly the time and place for the debate. After this is done, if the PM still refuses attend the debate it will leave us with no choice but to assume that;one he’s scared of the UWP candidates.

    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2014

      You forgot to mention who the PM should debate; Linton, Fontaine or both, and if so, why?

      • Native DA Man in USA
        February 7, 2014

        My bag..the PM am Lynton…then before the election several more debates should be conducted between the parl reps of the different districts. In that way citizens will be able to make better choices when they go to the polls. One should not because he is blue, green or red. You vote on the ability of the candidates..eg..the red candidate for Roseau north might be more capable than the blue candidate, that doesn’t mean the the red on in St. Joseph is better than the blue one. That’s why the debates are so important so people can make intelligent choices and not BLINDLY vote a color in office.

  10. jhadam
    February 6, 2014

    Skerrit should not have to debate on anything. What the man have in his head is none of allyou DAMN BUSINESS, and allyou can go to HELL! This is skerrit country, he’s the king. when he say jump you say how high! haha

    • roseau
      February 6, 2014

      U sound like a lil monkey

    • DA Man In the USA
      February 6, 2014

      @ jhadam..You would be right if the PM was running his own private business. You need to remember you are not the only one who VOTED him in office so you or him for that matter cannot tell us what’s in his head is not our business. Maybe he has nothing left in his head so that’s why he is afraid to debate. Any private citizen of our beloved land has the right to know what he is doing. If he doesn’t want us to ask questions then he should not be the PM of the Nature Isle, our beloved country. If according to some of his cohorts he has nothing to hide, then accept the challenge and debate them.

      • Forkit
        February 7, 2014

        you guys are to tense, jhadam was just being sarcastic. a little laughter helps.. but on a serious note skerrit is running dominica like his private estate, when asked questions he curse people, he uses government funds for political advantage and the list can go on and on…

        if that is not running dominica like his private business then my mother is a man..

        remember that is a man less than 14 years ago was bombing ride in blenhim, now he richer than de big nassief.

      • smh
        February 7, 2014

        Sorry Jhadam, not everybody gets sarcasm.

    • NKRUMAH KWAME
      February 7, 2014

      Could NOT agree More with your sentiments!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • looking on......
      February 7, 2014

      SMH! I cant believe somebody would actually take time out to type such rubbish!”Sherrit country” “He is king” You are obviously brain washed I feel sorry for you or maybe you dont know better. Poor you,I will keep praying for my country and i will now include you in my prayers.

    • woyoyoy
      February 9, 2014

      @ jhadam…You sound like a true laborrat.

  11. ReeAreLeeTea
    February 6, 2014

    It is a lowly shame, disappointment and embarrassing show of lack of intelligence when we have people who are educated or learned enough to turn on a computer or us a mobile device to navigate to this site and then make such uninformed, disrespectful and undemocratic comments. It saddens me to my heart when I think that it may be the people who I pass on the road every day or even people i frequent or work with who may be making such comments.

    We should never stop fighting for our right to be educated. The more we learn the better off we are in everything that we do. We should always strive to know as much as we can politically about political candidates and members of government. This process keeps politics and politicians honest and hard working.

    I know I speak for a lot of Dominicans when I say that it is high time for debates.

    Too many one sided meetings. Let us hear from each side right then and there in front of each other what there plans are. Lets get a chance to see them under some pressure so there temperaments and intelligence, or lack of as it may be in some cases, show.

    • Dread
      February 7, 2014

      At a debate both the UWP and the DLP will just repeat their talking points that they have been uttering on the talk shows for the past several, the public will be hearing nothing new.

  12. Lucia
    February 6, 2014

    just to let you guys know. the PM and the government is under the watchful eye of the international community. I bet if he is re-elected all Dominicans will need visas to go worldwide. there are 3 men on the worlds most wanted calling themselves Dominicans………..people its time to rise and think clearly and logically about what you guys want…….

    • Anonymous
      February 6, 2014

      Isnt that what you said at the last elections?

    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2014

      Total b.s.

    • Dread
      February 7, 2014

      no longer need visa to go to France. This happened under the DLP!!!!

  13. On the road
    February 6, 2014

    Is Lennox Linton an elected member of Parliament? Why is he asking for debate with the PM. Mr Hector John, Norris Prevost and Eddison James can ask for a debate at present with the PM, not the hopefools. To add salt to injury he is even giving a time frame in the next 3 months? Does Mr Obama debate with hopefools even before elections is called? No!!!
    Stop playing marcho and in charge Mr Linton, you have not won any election and represents no one.

    • Greg cadette
      February 6, 2014

      U too STUPID u do have to be an elected member of Parlament to ask for a debate Brainless

    • Just reading
      February 7, 2014

      Do you read or a you just dumb….Who was Mitt Romney? Wasn’t he a hopeful? Didn’t Obama debated him? Who was John McCain…wasn’t him a hopeful and leader of his part? Didn’t Obama debated him? Incumbent leaders like Obama and Skerrit debated with the leadership of the opposition party such as Mitt Romney and Lennox…if you had said that the PM has no right to debated Thompson, I would agree as Thompson is not the leader of the opposing party…

      yes, Obama debated each of the hopefuls 3 time each even before election was called, because unlike Dominica, American has a set election date..so no election has to be called…Don’t try to compares apples and pears, if you don’t know the difference between oranges and grapefruit, which we grow here?

      • Anonymous
        February 7, 2014

        When he debated them they were both vying for the same position. He did not have to debate two different republicans therefore I think Skerrit should debate Hector John, who would be the next PM if uwp wins.

  14. Nomination committe
    February 6, 2014

    DNO the Nomination Committee did not even realized you had a poll.

    DNO why did you not conduct a poll on whether the candidates for Prime Minister should have a degree?

    • youth Leader
      February 6, 2014

      just a question to you, are u trying to say that only people with degress can be a good Leader. because if thats the case in dominica the Degree makes no sense because right now we have alot of so called men holding degress and the country is not moving forward. so the topic of Degree is a dead letter.

    • Da in NY
      February 6, 2014

      Does the PRIME MINSTER have a degree. stupes.

    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2014

      Did PM Pierre Charles (RIP) have a degree?

    • Pahplzzz
      February 9, 2014

      Skerrit doe have one either sot

  15. February 6, 2014

    This is what I have been talking about lived debate face to face the voters will decide who too trust and know the truth . Dominica is in deep trouble our government need to put things in place to attract more visitors come to our shores, we cant depend on agriculture any markets to export our goods, our government need to build an international airport and a marina without these Dominica will not improve we are the only country in the caricom without these.

    • ah ha
      February 6, 2014

      Dude the best debater id not necessarily the most honest….just the most convincing!

  16. Anonymous
    February 6, 2014

    @ leavesyou2wonder and citizen,
    As per the IMF and the world bank, Dominica has the highest drop in poverty and unemployment in the caribbean. It is also said to be in one of the best positions to withstand the present world economic crisis. We are driving on some of the best roads we have ever seen. Our airport is now able to accommodate night landing. We are now poised to take advantage of one of our natural resources; geothermal energy. From a position of almost last we are now ranked number eight in the caribbean as per these two reputable organizations.

    In education, we are seeing a very high number of scholarships being awarded to our students. We have also seen secondary education being afforded to all our students where transportation, lunches and help with text books are being made available. There is also the opening of the “State of the Art” Dominica State college which is now enrolling record numbers of students. And, oh! our students seem to be doing quite well locally, regionally and internationally.

    In Agriculture, the soon to be opened coffee plant will provide opportunities for a lot of farmers also, the soon to be opened abattoir which promises to make us self sufficient and also give opportunities to export pork and poultry, cutting down our export bill dramatically and also providing foreign revenue.

    In reference to lost jobs let me mention the number of jobs that were created is more than those that were lost. A lot of new hotels have been opened creating new employment. Supermarkets were closed, new ones were opened ( that is the nature of business ). clear harbor is on the verge of creating more jobs than they previously lost. The government is also presently engaged in training programs for young people. A number of them are already employed and some are guaranteed employment. Things are happening everywhere, just look around you will see.

    Now can you now disclose the source of your claims?

  17. grandbay boy
    February 6, 2014

    This is like throwing the Prime Minister to the worlves.

    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2014

      Dude if you’re a member of this administration take this note to your leader, and if you dont beleive me ask the young lady she has an assignment for a survey to asked departure visitors how was theirb at the Mellvile Hall airport

  18. Nancy
    February 6, 2014

    Big men and grown ladies debate and they shake hands after!!! Nuff said.

  19. Morihei Ueshiba
    February 6, 2014

    Roosevelt skerrit legacy in history will be the ONLY prime minister of Dominica who never debates, most insultive leader on our shores, he put more Dominicans on the poverty line with his red clinic, increased the most debt to foreign nations on the backs of his people, and increased the most taxes. :mrgreen:

    • Gary
      February 6, 2014

      Wow, it seems you have conveniently forgotten the history of your country just to suit your Political belief, stop being a follower this does not make an educated electorate.You have said so much nonsense it is sad,but again that is what has been fed to you.

  20. February 4, 2014

    Gary, I say yes to your question below. And by the way I always give you the thumbs up, except for when you come against me–I am on your side, so to speak Hahahahahaha

    And you Telemaque, you need to just shut up! You wrote against Gary without understanding what he said–it is loud and clear in your comment below–only those who exist in that “twilight zone” of yours would not notice it.

    It is for you to acknowledge when you have flawed–perhaps you wouldn’t do it so often. As Gary said to you, doh mess with us!

  21. Anonymous
    February 3, 2014

    While I personally want a debate for Dominicans to decide who handles the issues best Thompson is not the party leader. Lennox it is time for Dominicans to see you stand up with Skerrit. Call for a debate with you and Skerrit.

    • leaves you2wonder
      February 6, 2014

      Have you not read the article at the top, here is what it said “Linton said other debates the UWP is proposing would be on foreign policy and good governance and rule of law. He said while Fontaine will debate the prime minister on the economy, Linton will face the prime minister on the other two.” Read first, educate yourself, imperatively analyse, conclude and then speak, that’s why you went to school, be smart. Stop making yourself a fool in the eyes of other.

      • Anonymous
        February 6, 2014

        The answer is still no. Linton against Skerrit. End of story.

      • Partial Observer
        February 6, 2014

        While I respect the qualifications of Mr. Thompson the Prime Minister should not be expected to debate him. The debate should be between the Prime Minister and The Leader of the UWP Party.

        I commend and applaud UWP’s team effort however Mr. Linton needs to be well versed on all areas and be comfortable debating the Prime Minster on any issues.

        In the US the president does not debate with the senators or all presidential hopefuls. The President only debates the person who wins their party nomination.

      • February 6, 2014

        so where is hector john in all this isn’t he the leader of the opposition in cabenet

    • citizen
      February 6, 2014

      You seem to have forgotten that you are dealing with “TEAM DOMINICA” and not one man Skerro as in your camp the Labour Camp. see the difference?

      • Anonymous
        February 6, 2014

        I’m a Dominican and you are not my team. Who is your leader? We know who is our leader.

      • alas
        February 6, 2014

        when Skerrit has to prepare debate against every dog and cat in UWP, who going do his work for him. PM has better things to do.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      February 6, 2014

      Are they already Parliamentarians?

      The PM should not consider a debate with non parliamentarians. The UWP Parliamentarians seldom debate in The House. That is what is disrespectful to Dominicans.

      The Prime Minister has a country to run. I would suggest the Prime Minister only debate Parliamentarians. The UWP has more time on their hands than the PM and the Government Ministers. If I saw the UWP helping the Government to uplift our country then and only then I would support a debate.

    • ReeAreLeeTea
      February 6, 2014

      Dominica isn’t the United States otherwise when the PM told the people on the radio that it’s non of our damn business where he gets his money he, the PM, would have been investigated immediately and would have been forced out of office. So don’t compare Dominican laws to that of the U.S.
      Further more, this PM has had more advisors over the years than some businesses have had employees. So as Minister of Finance, I think it is only fair that he debate someone related to finance.
      Unlike the U.S. when we don’t get to elect our president; unfortunately.
      I offer my opinion that the candidates for each position (finance, ports, education, ext.) get to debate each other at least once before elections are called so that we can have a better picture of what we’re getting ourselves into and wont make the same mistakes again.

  22. norm
    February 2, 2014

    It is great that the leader of UWP Lenox Linton would challenge the current Prime Minister R. Skerrit to a debate so that Dominicans can have an idea as to what economic plans the PM are implementing for the good of the island nation. However I am at a loss to read that he wants Dr. Thompson Fountain to do the debating.

    Mr. opposition leader why don’t you wait come election time and then challenge the incumbent to a debate? In that setting, you will show the voters whether your economic plans if implemented would work better for the island nation than that of Skerrit.

    Mr. Linton, clear-headed citizens all know that the current economic plans that are at play, are not working that we would like it to. The PM must be mindful of that as he is doing all in his power to make things work.
    However if you want to lead the island- nation the next time around, take the “political bull” by the horn. Step up to the plate. Tell the people why you think you are
    “more qualified” to be the economic commander in chief and nor Rosevelt Skerrit.

    NB: I have no doubt that Dr. Fountain would be more than happy to prepare you for an economic debate against the Prime Minister. Good Luck.

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2014

      FYI, I think that the current economic plans are working quite well. Look at all the progress we have made. What exactly do you think is not working?

      • leaves you2wonder
        February 6, 2014

        Did you hear that breezie mart closed its shopping center and sent home workers, did you hear that mappin sent home workers, Did you hear that LIME sent home workers, did you hear that KFC closed in Portsmouth, Do you see banks repossessing vehicles, Land and houses, other companies are closing, banks find it difficult to lend due to lack of repayments. Have a look at this article from the sun where Mr Michael Bird has indicated that the biggest bank in Dominica, the NBD- National Bank Of Dominica has made a 6.2 million dollar loss in 3013:
        So before you go purporting that you think that the economic plans are working, read and educate yourself, research on economic performance indicators, research on signs of a growing economy then after you would have discern all your findings then post on the blogs.

      • citizen
        February 6, 2014

        What do you call progress, he big money waste at Melville-Hall, Portsmouth to Roseau road rehabilitation, an obsolete road contract with Ghadakan and M C W for airport road to Pond Case’, the abandonment of agriculture, total reliant on tourism yielding to its lowest during the last 14 years,coupled with the highest unemployment rate in the English speaking Caribbean, Value for money after 14 years? you are deep in he red, i could never employ you because you are very unproductive.

      • February 6, 2014

        Dont wory yourself you should still be getting your hand out if you stay with the DLP who will be the next opposition party, Change is a must and it already begin like it or not.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      February 6, 2014

      Who is the Opposition Leader?

      The Opposition Leader and the UWP leader is not the same person currently, though they usually are, but for some unknown reason, known only to the UWP, they are not. Am I wrong?

      Isn’t the Leader of the Opposition an elected member in parliament? I could be wrong, please enlighten us.

  23. I TOLD YOU
    February 1, 2014

    Imagine that….. A sitting prime minister with 14 years experience running scared from a man who declared himself as a novice. Laborats should be ashamed.

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2014

      Labourites just don’t think it is worth the time and effort. Linton and uwp have nothing to offer and , by the way, I think the PM would win all the debates.

  24. True Patriot
    February 1, 2014

    HA,HA SO LINTON FINALLY AGREE THAT HE IS NOT COMPETENT TO DEBATE ECONOMIC ISSUES,reflection of his educational deficiency,Dr Fontaine is not even a member of the UWP executive and such debates are betweem Government and Opposition leader-so Dr.fONTAINE IS LEADER OF WHAT?? IN uwp

  25. Doc. Love
    February 1, 2014

    On many occasions, Dominicans in particular supporters of the DLP enjoy putting heavy blows on DNO. I will admit I have given my share of blows especially as regards to the moderation of my comments, but they always try to be consistent and convincing in their reporting. Remember the polls conducted by DNO concerning the boycott by the UWP of the Parade during the National Celebrations when the people indicated they were not in favor of the boycott, Skeritt and his supporters considered the results in their favor and a victory for the people. The tables have turned, 85% so far of Dominicans are asking for a debate, A, A , Skeritt and his supporters have no interest in the polls and the resounding approval by the people. As far as yhe DLP supporters are concerned, a poll taken by the Bajan as regards the DLP’s popularity was totally believable but a poll taken by our own DNO is nonsense . In my opinion, as a one time school teacher, Skeritt knows how to debate, he does that in Parliament on occasions, what Skeritt is afraid off is a one on one debate on issues concerning Governance, Corruption, Foreign Policy and his Personal Wealth as Prime Minister.

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2014

      Dno polls can be manipulated and are not scientific. The victory from the boycott was measured by the turnout.

  26. Mamizoo
    February 1, 2014

    Now how interesting is that, Fast N Furious , Jude Nicholas, Parry Bellot and Philsbert Aaron can decide against a thousand Dominicans.

  27. mia
    February 1, 2014

    you dominicans a crying wolf dominica is in a better place .the PM IS DOING A VERY GOOD JOB DONT LET UWP FULL U ALL DOMINICANS DONT FORGET THERE WAS IN AND DID NOT DO ANY THING FOR DOMINICA UWP IS :twisted:

  28. February 1, 2014

    Really—–? Did you go to school in August like the rest of us; are you from the planet of the Apes or first cousin of a jack-ass? So you find it a problem that the serving Min. of finance should debate with the shadow Min of finance. No problem just advise the guy to debate that’s all we ask for i really don’t care whom he debates just bring bring the joker on since you are so confident he will win; so far he has not accepted any challenge to debate an i bet you he never will. Put that in your pipe an smoke it.

  29. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 31, 2014

    Elected members of the opposition refused to go to Parliament for 2 years or more to take care of the people’s business.They enjoyed tax payers money for doing nothing.If Skerrit refuses to debate any member of the opposition there should be no problem in that.One would imagine going to Parliament to discuss and take care of the people’s business would have been more important and they refused to do so.Tell them take their debate and shove it up ^^^^^ @@@

    • leaves you2wonder
      February 6, 2014

      Its appalling that some of you are not well learned and therefore suffer from an exaggerated state of cognitive deficiency. You lack the ability and capacity thereof to to use your gray matter. You think with a high level of myopic intelligence.

      • DA
        February 6, 2014

        You sound like an educated fool, just because you can use some words do not mean jack,

      • DA
        February 6, 2014

        And the word is learnt not learned, ENGLISH MAN

  30. Anonymous
    January 31, 2014

    So skerrit have to debate three men. That says alot about his ability. Well I will stay with that one man. What a joke.

  31. Francisco Telemaque
    January 31, 2014

    Elizabeth, I am very much aware of what Gary said!

    My issue with his comment is the fact that he believes that Tony Astaphan should represent Mr. Skerrit, who is the Prime Minister of Dominica in a political debate, on matters pertaining to Dominica with a political opponent . I mean Tony can debate anybody he wish on his own terms. He can debate Dominica’s issue as we all are doing here on DNO.

    However, it is ridiculous for anyone to entertain that thought; that he should take the place of the prime minister in a political debate with his opponent. I think Skerrit is quite capable of debating Linton, after all its part of the duty as prime minister of the country to take on all comers; the man went to school; Tony might be capable of arguing his cases in court, and win, as we know, however, he is not in government, and should not undertake the responsibilities of the Prime Minister debating Lennox or any other politician based on information passed onto him.

    Mr. Skerrit is the authority, Lennox is vying for his crown, that’s how politics works; why should Tony face of with Lennox? To do that would be the same as you and I am arguing everyday, as in the past.

    Barrack debated Romney, when they contested the presidential election, both vice president hopeful debated each other, Romney and Obama did not select other people to fight their battle for them, they played and dance to their very own music!

    Now, to the person who commented on what I said about foreign affairs, and mentioned all of the nations such a China, and Australia, let me inform you although I concentrated on Foreign Affairs, I want you to know that there is a difference in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.

    Foreign Policy, is the policy of a sovereign State or country in its interaction with other sovereign states, so since yo caught me off guard where I concentrated on foreign affaires and not foreign policy, again I am going to say Dominica has no foreign policy okay!

    Give me an example, such as how would you or any foreign minister in Dominica deal with the crisis in Lebanon right now; because when we are talking about foreign policy such are the matters we are talking about, not simply signing an agreement of recognition of some as Dominica has done all over the world.

    How many times in the past have you and Dominica got an invitation to suggest a resolve on any issue in world affairs?

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 2, 2014

      “Give me an example,such as how would you or any foreign minister in Dominica deal with the crisis in Lebanon.”

      Correction: I erred; I actually meant the crisis in Syria; and not Lebanon! What is Dominica’s government policy in regards to Syria; and the almost civil war in progress in Syria?

      FET

      • koul
        February 2, 2014

        On that specific issue, I know that ALBA had taken a stance of “solidarity with Syria” (ie. the State of Syria) and against US intervention in a meeting a few weeks after the sarin gas attack that stirred up the world last summer. We were listed as part of some 9 or so member states in that meeting so we must have taken a stance. (Google it)

        Of course, there wasn’t any public statement on this stance (we’re literally taking Bashar al Assad’s side on this). IIRC the leader of the opposition party was asked to bring up the matter to the government so we may see this surface at the possible foreign policy debate.

  32. Observer
    January 31, 2014

    But Lennox asking to debate Skerrit is nothing new. In fact, Lennox Linton said that he was ready debate with Skeritt on his first appearance on Q95 as political leader of UWP (or close after announcement as leader). He further told Skerrit that he could bring Tony and Lennox Lawrence, and anybody else he wanted to accompany him, and that he would face them all. That’s a man with confidence. That’s what I like about Lennox Linton- the man is brilliant. And if some of you say talk is cheap, think again. I think Lennox would be a much better negotiator than Skerrit, any time, any where. I was privilege to be at the meeting in NJ, and this man answered all kinds of questions thrown at him as if he had rehearsed the questions and answer before. Now, that is the man I want to represent my country!

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2014

      Where has all the confidence gone since he is seeking the help of Fontaine. Talk is cheap. Just wait when reality staring you in the face.

      • observer
        February 6, 2014

        Skerrit has not confidence in himself to challenge Lennox. Lennox will not back down from Skerrit any day-the PM just too coward to face Linton. Linton stood before open forum to take questions and answered brilliantly- tell the PM do that nor?

      • Dread
        February 6, 2014

        Confidence? He no longer have confidence when he sees what he is up against, he is desperately asking for help from Fontaine and others. Let us just stop the waste of time, bring on the debate on one side we will have the challengers: Lennox Linton, Thompson Fontaine, Joseph Issacs, Sanford, Isidore and Hector John accompanied by their advisors, Edison James, Athie Martin, Norris Prevost, Blessings, Clayton Shillingford and the entire executive of the UWP. On the other side is the incumbent Roosevelt Skeritt waiting patiently for the challengers to to decide which one of them would be the first to enter the ring. Their many advisors look confused as the challengers cotinued to argue. Matt the moderator Called the debate to order……. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  33. Rastafari
    January 31, 2014

    LOL! :mrgreen:

  34. Tyre hit de road
    January 31, 2014

    We need a debate in Dominica badly ……. just like “No swinging Stars No carnival” so should it be “No debate no Voting” in Dominica …. :?: :?: :?: :?:

  35. Nancy
    January 31, 2014

    One unique aspect of the parliamentary system is the voters ‘desire to hold leaders debates between leaders. Rather than reaching a resolution, the purpose of the debate is to expose candidates’ policies and opinion and criticism of them to voters. This is a normal occurrence in places with systems like ours.
    Skerrit’s refusal to debate is just a confirmation that is not a leader and never been one. I don’t think this guy is competent enough to be a Chairman of a small Village council. Is anyone surprised?

    • hat
      February 1, 2014

      “Skerrit’s refusal to debate is just a confirmation that is not a leader and never been one.”…[email protected], has skeritt refused to debate?

  36. Really
    January 31, 2014

    Really Linton? Why is Skerrit to debate the economic issues with Fontaine and not you? Have you seen Biden and Romney debating certain issues? If any debate should take place it should be the leaders of the parties or if they prefer to have a team of debaters.

    I wonder why you want skerrit to debate with Fontaine. Skerrit can beat Fontaine on the economic issue hands down. We deal with facts not accusations or lies.

    • WOW
      January 31, 2014

      @ Reaslly Isn’t Skerrit the Minister of Finance in this failed Labour Party? Isn’t the learned DOCTOR FONTAINE THE SOON TO BE MINISTER OF FINANCE IN ‘TEAM DOMIHNICA? Are you sick or what.If you are not sick, you are high!
      According to most bloggers, Linton will win Skerrit on any issue except if the issue at hand is insults. Skerrit will win the debate on issults easily.

      • Anonymous
        February 3, 2014

        You are quite delusional my friend. Until uwp wins the election and Thomson Fontaine wins his seat he need stand aside still.

    • islandman14
      February 1, 2014

      Really man? You must be living under a rock or probably you do not know the meaning of the word Facts……..

    • 4u2C
      February 1, 2014

      Skerrit cannot run a rum shop but he can beat fountain? I want to see that!!

    • unique
      February 1, 2014

      That’s because the one with the degree can do it alone but the one without uses his resources wisely, leadership is also about using your resources effectively.

    • why
      February 1, 2014

      isn’t the PM the minister of finance and economic development?

    • lyfe
      February 1, 2014

      i support you 1000000000000000000% Really

      • be real
        February 1, 2014

        when skerret was going all around begging they said he knows how to beg and they were all silent when he gets things on a more stable condition they want to rush in and get a bigger piece of the pie . MR LENNOX want to role high they dont care about the needs of the people .between 1995-99 if you come for help and you not a surpporter they enquire about you and they turn you down . POLITICS IS JUST A GAME AND INSPITE OF THE PMs FAULTS I RATHER HE BE THERE BECAUSE HE DID THINGS UWP NEVER DID AND HE BROUGHT IDEAS TO THE TABLE UWP NEVER THOUGHT OF AND IF EVER THEY WOULD MAKE IT TO BE IN POWER THEY WILL FOLLOW THE SAME PARTERN INSPITE OF THEIR CRITICS

    • phil me
      February 1, 2014

      there you go he is the leader of the party not Fontaine so this tells me you are not ready to be the PM of Dominica.Dominicans look out

    • February 6, 2014

      Lennox want Thomson to debate Roosevelt so he, Lennox, can take notes to rebuttal Roosevelt. TRICKS OF THE TRADE.

      I hope Lennox knows that “you can not teach an old dog new tricks.”

  37. Doc. Love
    January 31, 2014

    One would have thought that a man who claims to possess two University Degrees, i.e a Bsc. in Psychology, a BA in English and many years of political experience, would want to prove his mettle against a school drop out and political novice. On the contrary, the man behaves like a kite in high winds.

  38. Anonymous
    January 31, 2014

    I notice this poll is moving down the list very quickly as more new items are added. Admin, please keep this poll visible for a longer period, maybe an additional week. I hope by then the PM will visit the site and see the opinion of the people. Let’s get the debate on

  39. Pondera
    January 31, 2014

    Debates on critical issues of concern among politicians is most welcome. This will promote politics of substance rather than character assassination. I am happy that the people are asking for this to happen. May good sense prevail.

  40. hat
    January 31, 2014

    Now that we are trying to introduce American style politics to Dominica, we should start at the party level with the debating, to see which candidate has what it takes to lead. The UWP should therefore lead by example by organising a debate between Isidore, Sanford, Fontaine and Linton.

  41. Rule
    January 31, 2014

    Why such resistance from the Laborrats? Shouldn’t a challenge of that nature be taken with open arms, because this is what a true democracy looks like. The economic situation is the biggest concern here so if you believe your economic policies that you enacted is working, then accept the challenge and show us.
    The truth is Dominica among other Caribbean Islands sits at the bottom with:
    High unemployment,
    High taxes results in high food prices,
    Low GDP,
    Substandard health care,
    Dilapidated Roads,
    High deficit caused by too many loans from China,
    Arrogant and incompetent leadership.

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      January 31, 2014

      You did not listen to Sir Dwight on Wednesday Night. You did not listen to the President Obama on Tuesday evening. You do not listen to world news.

    • Ail
      January 31, 2014

      @Rule. I like your spelling. *** Laborrats ***. I think that is so fitting.

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014

      We are not resisting. We just don’t need a debate to tell us what we already know. Skerrit will win the debate anyway. The facts are there for all who have eyes to see.

  42. Too Late
    January 31, 2014

    @ Serious: Serious you said this
    “The only three places I can see Lennox defeating Skerrit in any debate is on Q95, DNO and at Showdown Mas camp.. Nowhere else!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Definetely not in the ballot box..Dreammmmmmmmmmm on” .
    Is there a debate at the ballot box?

    • LUCKY
      January 31, 2014

      TOO LATE well said Lennox cannot win on a one and one debate before day break they are on DNO to like or not but,but this cannot win elections the people will talk on election day

      • St.Joe
        January 31, 2014

        It is people like you who keep Dominica and it’s people back.
        So are you now telling me that you do not want to give demoratic processes a chance to work in Da?

    • in dat too
      February 1, 2014

      I want a HUGE sum for my debate in the ballot box this time around, no joke!

  43. January 30, 2014

    “To debate or not to debate that’s the question”. Irrespective of which side of the political landscape you are would u not like to here so discus between the so called qualified an unqualified leader? That should put all the speculation to rest once an for all. But by the same token can i ask all u haters a question or two? Are you ashamed of your former political leaders? if i remember vividly the late PM Rosie Douglas was more than willing to debate. Why all -of -a sudden your jesus christ is being so evasive once the word DEBATE is thrown his way? an to add insult to injury his most loyal supporters will shamefully defend his non participation in debating Nation Issues. OK i know why; Tony, Lennox an Alick will not be there to defend him. It’s a shame that a man who has been in the Political arena for 14 years cannot face his less unfortunate, unqualified comrades in a simple debate. That says a lot for Leadership qualifications; i’d rather have a NOVICE anytime. But one thing you can say for the BOY he is good en! at debating NO ONE give that to him.

    • points
      January 31, 2014

      @gabriel st jean, has skeritt refused to debate? if he has please point me to that information.

      • January 31, 2014

        Refused!——? Ops!you said that. If he has debated please point me to that information. If he intends to debate point me to that information also.

      • T
        January 31, 2014

        Skerrit’s chief spokesman has already said that Skerrit will not debate. Linton would ‘kwa vay’ him.

    • phil me
      February 1, 2014

      but Lennox has no Leadership either why he needs Fontaine to debate skeritt ?

    • points
      February 2, 2014

      @gabriel st jean, your post is based on the premise that Skeritt has rejected the challenge to debate. Since you cannot provide any information about his refusal to debate, your post is just political gibberish.

      • Anonymous
        February 6, 2014

        POINTS; “Political gibberish” were you referring to yourself an your post? i really thought you were going to provide the information that he had or rather has accepted the challenge to debate. Until such time save your comments.

    • Diasporan
      February 6, 2014

      Why would the Hon. Prime Minister even consider Lennox invitation to debate on three separate occasions??? There is no reason for him to do that. Over the years 98% of Lennox claims and accusations have not stood the test of court and time. He makes general statements without the ability to substantiate any of his claims with facts. A country is not run by rumours and papagandas, facts and statistics must be presented to back-up claims and allegations. Lennox can present a rehearsed speech, but when put to task he fumbles and use flourishing words to respond which amounts to nothing of substance. It would be a waste of the Prime Minister’s time to have any one-on-one discussion with Lennox. He did that already when he was the Minister of Education.

  44. January 30, 2014

    Common Skerrit, show some balls :-D

  45. workers supporter.
    January 30, 2014

    Skerrit is the leader of the DLP and Linton is the leader of the UWP. Any debate on any national issue should be among the leaders not their deputies or a party rep… the leaders carry more weight :wink:

    • pedro
      January 31, 2014

      Dominica is Govern by a cabinet, Not one man,

      • Jekyl
        January 31, 2014

        pedro you forgot the word ” supposedly”

      • Workers Supporter
        January 31, 2014

        Well in that case, Skerrit should ask Tony Astaphan to represent him in the economic debate, Lennox Lawrence for the foreign affairs debate and Alick Lawrence for the governance debate… and the debate on education should be between himself and Lennox Linton… Now that would be a joke, wouldn’t it… Now back to the drawing board, my leader is Lennox Linton, so he should be the one debating the alledged corrupt leader of the DLP, Roosevelt Skerrit… If Linton cannot debate Skerrit on economics then I have to start to think twice… :wink:

      • T
        February 1, 2014

        @workers supporter. Lennox can debate Skerrit and all the senior counsels and Lennox will win handsomely.

  46. rescue 911
    January 30, 2014

    if only we had an opposition like we have now there would be less secrecy in government.i believe the government with the help of the opposition can make a happy dominica,we cannot just sit and agree to every thing the prime minister says.and what about the cabinet,dont they get a chance to disagree with the prime minister to or they just sit back and agree

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014

      Because most of the PM ideas are good. They have full faith in him. I’m sure they discuss ideas and come to conclusions. The PM does seek advice from more experienced people.

  47. Serious
    January 30, 2014

    The only three places I can see Lennox defeating Skerrit in any debate is on Q95, DNO and at Showdown Mas camp.. Nowhere else!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Definetely not in the ballot box..Dreammmmmmmmmmm on my fellas.
    By the way you are Team UWP not Team Dominica because you are certainly not representing me.
    God not catching crab and he doesn’t take sick leave. Dream mmmmmm for debate.

    • Mojo1
      January 30, 2014

      @Serious

      Please remove God from your crab nonsense! The proof of the pudding is in the eating, it’s only primitive people that will not entertain a civilised debate.

      The debated unlike the polls(or the courts) can’t be rigged, that’s why you are so confident.

      • Anonymous
        January 31, 2014

        Lennox already trying to find a way to rig it by having Thomson help him and setting the entire format.

  48. Man on the Ground
    January 30, 2014

    @ FAST . MY DEAR FRIEND YOU HAVE YOUR PARTY I HAVE MY PARTY . COME ON MAN . PLEASE BRING THE LEVEL OF DISCUSS UP TO THE TABLE AND STOP TALKING ALL THEM …. FROM YOUR MOUTH , WE ARE ALL DOMINICAN WHO LOVE DOMINICA AND WANT THE BEST FOR DOMINICA . PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR PARTY BUT TRY TO LIFT THE DISCUSS SO THAT THE YOUNG ONE COMING UP WILL HAVE SOMETHING THAT THEY WILL LOVE TO READ . GROW UP MAN GROW UP.

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  49. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 30, 2014

    Only a Dictator acts this way.Linton dictates his dates for his debate;he chooses his topics and says who is going to debate who.It’s his way or no way.

    • Hola
      January 30, 2014

      wow, like really did he not say on Q95 that he welcomes a change of date if the PM thinks dates suggested are unsuitable. Now since the debate will be about the economy, why not set topics to address the topic ‘THE ECONOMY’.

    • February 6, 2014

      Wait IF he wins the elections to see how much he WILL DICTATE. HE HAS STARTED.

  50. For Richer Or Poorer
    January 30, 2014

    The only debate I would like to see is who would make a good UWP Leader.

    The UWP are the only ones who need a debate. Dominicans are very much aware what Prime Minister Skeritt and the DLP government brings to the table. We see it daily. The UWP on the other hand, since losing the elections in 2000 has lost their way. What we want to know is why should we give the UWP a turn in government once again.

    My bet is on Hon. Edison James. It would not surprise me that when elections are called Hon. Edison James will again be the Leader. This is the only person I see who can make the UWP relevant. Mr. James please take back your Party.

    Thompson and Linton both want to be Prime Minister and are not complementing each other. Too many mistakes are being made in the campaign where Dominica is concern they make each other look very bad.

  51. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 30, 2014

    DNO,is something wrong with my comments that you fail to moderate them?Or are you deliberately refusing to moderate them?

  52. ?????????????
    January 30, 2014

    If it’s a CURSING DEBATE, Skerrit will attend, and i am 1000 000 000 000 000% certain that Skerrit will win you linton… NOT ON ANY OTHER ISSUE, you will knock him down flat.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      January 30, 2014

      that is what we need in this modern times. we need to hear what those who want to lead us have to offer. Too many Dumminicans are too dumb to support tat view, If it was to give Maypuis Skerrit would agree.

  53. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    When things not going too good for them they call for a debate as a distraction under the premise that Linton would win any debate because he is much more articulate than Skerrit but Skerrit has the documents to back up his claims.

    • ?????????????
      January 30, 2014

      @ Anonymous Skerrit will win easily if the issue to be debated is insults. He will be whipped by Linton on any other issue. Skerrit cannot debate.

  54. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    Facts will triumph over fiction every time. If a debate is held I see the PM winning hands down but I do not see this as necessary. We are not in America. It also depends on the format and which questions they chose to ask. If it can be set up in an impartial way, PM all the way. No amount of fancy words and phrases can triumph over facts and figures.

    • New Town
      January 31, 2014

      In what language do you the P.M winning any debate? LoL

  55. Not Me Alone
    January 30, 2014

    Skerro, not only do we Dominicans plead with you for a debate but as PM you got home court advantage, which means you could choose to have the debate at the State Palace, Financial Center which is the home of your Wednesday Red Clinic, DBS Radio, Kairi FM or your home village of Vieille- Case, where many Dominicans chase you on Thursdays for an injection. Not only that, but you could choose any of your team members to moderate the debate, just to make sure it goes your way sir. All we are asking from you is that you ban the debate from being carried over the World wide web, because WE DONT want the world to hear you curse us and send anyone to hell in public as is so common with you. Eyes have it?

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      You mad? I want to hear that debate boi so bring it on and via the web cause I not in DA. Anywhere, anytime and online.

      • Not Me Alone
        January 30, 2014

        @Anonymous, you sure you would want to hear that online? Do you have children? You sure you would want them to hear a debate that involves Skero boy? You want the world to see how foolish we are to have a PM that cursing like that? As far as I am concerned his political speeches are rate “R” and therefore as a decent person with a decent family and friends, I will never take a chance to listen to anything live that he is involved in when family members and friends are present.

      • WOW
        January 30, 2014

        Skerrit is intellectually weak, so he wont debate.

    • Anonymous
      February 1, 2014

      You seem to have a “thing” about cursing. You accused PM of cursing in Cuba – LIE. Now you say is only curse Pm will curse. You are such a lying, ignorant small percent of larva! That is even if you know what a curse is!

  56. Too Late
    January 30, 2014

    Debate between mr skerrit and mr linton. moderator is mr too late.

    moderator : mr pm where laba get money from?
    Skerrit : none of your damn business
    moderator : what do you think of mr Joshua Francis?
    skerrit: is rum shop man mista defending
    moderator:what about ms monell williams?
    skerrit: half half half
    moderator : where you think uwp get money from?
    skerrit: is drug man those bastards taking money from
    moderator: so how much your house cost sir?
    skeriit: ummmm 400,000 modest house
    moderator: what do you think of the uwp candidate for Roseau valley
    Skerrit? mista they sending up?car de man was selling.
    moderator: who do you think would be the best person for president?
    skerrit: de ole speaker
    moderator: how is the economy
    skerrit: we are the best we even giving Anguilla money
    moderator: what about the fire bombing sir?
    skerrit: say mano kee bwilay mano
    moderator: Finally what about the bin bobol sir?
    skerrit: Go to hell Go To hell Go to Hell

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      LOL…you got the job as the moderator

      • ?????????????
        January 30, 2014

        Skerrit’s contribution would be 99% curse 1% stammering.

      • ***
        January 30, 2014

        you all workers are a bunch of idiots.

    • Not Me Alone
      January 30, 2014

      @TOO Late, the Skerrit I know would not answer that many questions before sending people to hell and before telling them it’s not their damp business. There are other curse words I know he would use but I too decent to even mention them.

    • Newtral
      January 30, 2014

      yes I, I like… lol lol lol lol
      I read your post like ten times, lol

    • JoJo
      January 30, 2014

      Brilliant. I laughing because if I don’t laugh I must cry. You forgot the “bastard” word but maybe that’s “none of my damn business, y’unnnerstan?

    • For Richer Or Poorer
      January 31, 2014

      So Mr. Linton is irrelevant? No questions to the UWP representation? Why is he there? Moderator? You do not want to even speak to him? lol.

    • BT
      January 31, 2014

      LMAO! Post of the day!

  57. stephen
    January 30, 2014

    Lennox and Fontaine are not elected , the only person who can challenge the PM is the opposition leader . UWP must debate in the house.

    • WOW
      January 30, 2014

      Your idiot Linton is leader of his team. Skerrit is leader of his team. Your moron.These are the leaders of the two parties.

    • JoJo
      January 30, 2014

      But Stephen what is this. Skerrit is God then? In a democracy anyone can challenge the leader. it is up to him if he responds.

    • pedro
      January 31, 2014

      We are ask to elect future leaders. You are living in the past.

  58. wait a minute
    January 30, 2014

    wat sot that nuh The leaders of the two political parties that normally debate. Y send ur strong expert on economic issues n u there in the background. Linton or spags that should debate. If Fountain has debate on economic issues then skerrit should send his top economist too. allu want to b like american politics. wen last u c in US debate Mitt Romie sent his economist to debate OBAma. It shows that the UWP leader is incompetent..

    • chow mien
      January 30, 2014

      U forgot or deliberately excluded certain facts, including that Skeritt is the present minister of finance and Fontaine is the shadow minister of finance. That’s why they were matched together to discuss ECONOMIC matters.

      Further more if you listen futher Linton went on to suggest a date when skeritt should debate him as well.

      • ''''''''
        January 31, 2014

        I can’t understand Mr Linton is even given the PM time frame for debate? What a joke. Mr Linton wants to debate with Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, the same person he was calling all those nasty and insulting names? Lennox you and your supporter are leaving a dream. You forgot all the times you were playing journalist on the radio you did not know it would come back to hunt you today? Remember for you to ever win you need the votes of all the Labour supporters and you and your supporters are so often insulting them? Especially Shirley Alleyne who can’t even come back to vote? Think again.

      • TOM
        January 31, 2014

        What shadow are you talking about?

      • Anonymous
        January 31, 2014

        Fontaine is the minister of finance??? When?? where???

      • wait a minute
        February 1, 2014

        u r a maji man. re read wat u wrote and c how it sounds. a political leader should b able to talk on any issues because he has to make decisions on all matters. allu u have joke in d/a boy

  59. %
    January 30, 2014

    The only person that can take on THE LEARNED DOCTOR FONTAINE in a debate and has a 30% chance of winning in this GREEDY AND DUNCE LABOUR PARTY is Tim Tim, and the DOCTOR will still put him to the canvas like a (foo foo) bird. Other than Tim Tim, this failed,greedy and corrupt team is empty in terms of people who can communicate.
    Linton Skerrit will debate you but the agenda has to be ” Who can insult each other more”,Or he will debate you if the agenda is ‘Lying’ and this you won’t take part in.
    He incited you inot the ring.
    Skerrit Linton, whom i call Hollyfield is there now. HE WILL BREAK YOUR MEG CHEST.

  60. DA
    January 30, 2014

    SO two against one, I AM for debate, but leader against leader and who the hell is Fontaine that the prime minister should debate him, if he is an economist let him go debate another economist or coach Linton so he can debate.

    • Toure
      January 30, 2014

      And who are you?

      • DA
        January 31, 2014

        I am a hard working man who gave all my youth to my country, now I am in the US working hard and is still helping out in DA. NOW WHAT?

      • wait a minute
        February 1, 2014

        wo is u?

    • Rastafari
      January 31, 2014

      You are soooo clueless, or just a plain ole’ naïve beggar of crumbs from the PM’s table. The PM is THE minister of finance as well, and the challenge is fair, since Fontaine is the economist for the other party. He (the PM) should face up and debate, just as was suggested, and set the record straight, once and for all! Allu scared because there is going to be no more free-ness and special interest favors and give-aways, once the PM is dethroned! And for the record, Dominica is NOT a Democracy

      • Anonymous
        February 6, 2014

        And yet you free to voice your opinion.

  61. natural dominican
    January 30, 2014

    It is about time Dominica politics take a new direction. Debates are a good way to start. It will give the public a chance to listen to the issues plaguing the country and what our proposed leaders plan to do about it and not foolish negative bickering. My people stop, ‘i belobg to this party’ bs and start listening to figures and issues.

  62. %
    January 30, 2014

    Linton trust me brother Skerrit will not debate you,or Dr Fontaine or Joshua, or Isaac or any other member of the Team Dominica candidates.Yes i say he cannot debate any of the candidates of ‘Team Dominica’.
    Skerrit is a weakling in English, HE IS WEAK AND FRAIL. He stammers and stutters his worda, and he is afraid of the issues especially the serious ones. Some of these issues he has unilaterally plunged the country into without the knowledge of the puppets in his broken cabinet.
    After all man Linton man!!!!!!! So you really thought that Skerrit could debate you or the learned DOCTOR FONTAINE?
    Be careful though, he can debate you in HURLING AT YOU INSULTAIVE WORDS, UNBECOMING OF A HEAD OF GOVERNMENT. That is his forte, and that of some of his supporters, especially the GREEDY ACOLYTES singing for their supper.. I listened to the “Animal Show”, sometime age that is how they wanted to get at THE LEARNED DOCTOR FONTAINE. HOW? By insulting him.
    One thing i do know is that Dominica is pregnant with economic issues, and other issues of national concern.Some of these issues have plunged us into BEING ONE OF THE POOREST CARIBBEAN ECONOMIES.The begging and mendicancy syndrome is the brainchild of lazy, insultive and incompetent Skerrit.
    You would whip him like a child in a debate. THE LEARNED DOCTOR, would laugh at Skerrit.
    GUTTER POLITICS IS WHAT HE IS POWERFFUL AT. Thats what he does when he is ont ‘ANIMAL SHOW’. A REAL DEBATE? Skerrit cannot debate. His English and communication skills are too darn poor, and he knows that.
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!
    In all his arrogance, he called you into the ring You are there now.
    YOUR FIGHTING SPIRIT HAS COMPELLED ME TO CALL YOU lENNOX “”””””””Evander ‘Real Deal” Hollyfield…
    GIVE HIM MOE UPPER CUTS TO HIS CHIN LINTON!!!!!!!

  63. STATESMAN
    January 30, 2014

    THE LAST POLITICAL DEBATE I CAN RECALL WAS BETWEEN;

    ROSIE DOUGLAS (DLP)
    CHARLES SAVRIEN (DFP)
    EDDISON JAMES (UWP)
    LENARD PAAPY BAPTISTE (DPF)

    IT WAS DURING THIS DEBATE ROSIE DOUGLAS SAID, “PERFORMANCE DOES NOT MATTER BECAUSE ALL PARTIES HAVE PERFORMED

    Admin: Refrain from using all caps in future posts. Please read our comment policy as a reference for what makes an acceptable comment.

  64. Truth is
    January 30, 2014

    Yes there needs to be debates between the political parties! The last debate was between MR. James and deceased MR. Douglas! I need to know the policies being put forward by the political parties! Come on Skerrit!

  65. vibrantlady
    January 30, 2014

    if there must have a debate why is with thompson fontain it have to be with lennox linton cause he is the leader

  66. Truth is
    January 30, 2014

    Skerrit cannot debate! :(

    • WOW
      January 30, 2014

      He does not have the capacity to debate.

  67. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    Always want to hear a debate between the leaders. The last debate I heard was between Mr. James and Mr. Douglas! time for one. I am a voter and I need to hear the difference in the policies put forward by the two political parties!

  68. JustSaying
    January 30, 2014

    Come on people stop playing the fool and get serious. This is a chance for issues in the country to be addressed and allu online there debating who have dgree and who is the better party. All of them is nonsense none of them doesn’t do nothing but allu ready to tear each other down to make people that doe care about us feel like they matter. power is al wat they want. We are the ones that can make things happen show the government that they have to make things right stand together.

  69. January 30, 2014

    I have posted numerous comments regarding live debate both parties,not going on different radio and make false comments, from there the voters will decide who too trust.

  70. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 30, 2014

    The result of this poll should be no surprise to anyone.99.9% of the voters are UWPITES;But why should the PM debate anyone who has not been elected to parliament?The way things are going on in the country now,the DEBATE is on;So after elections the final counts at the polls will determine the result of the poll.Not on DNO.

  71. web
    January 30, 2014

    This is the next level,let’s talk about the issues, lets talk unemployment,let’s talk crime and drugs, let’s talk about the MOU,so if every thing is good, then a debate should not be problem,sit and tell the nation of your trips abroad. Could go on and on,so if you call yourself a leader then step up to the plate. Stop the talk and walk the walk.. :lol:

  72. Ebeh weh
    January 30, 2014

    I cannot wait to hear the response to this challenge.

  73. Rereree
    January 30, 2014

    DNO: You have demonstrated your bias once again by refusing to publish my contribution to the debate about the election debate.
    You can longer pretend to be impartial

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      I agree with you that DNO is not impartial and is very bias in its reporting and posting of our commentaries to its bias articles. DNO every comments can’t be in DNO’s or UWP favor so be fair folks.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      stupes! since things not going all you way it’s bias being shown! stupes! if DNO soo bias why you keep on reading their articles?

      • ''''''''
        January 31, 2014

        DNO is a mouth piece for the UWP, so do you expect them not to be bias? The same as Q95. This is why I will only listen to DBS radio and read the Chronicle because is new management. Hope all you will get over the defeat at the next election. Remember how all you prickeles was up in 2009 and after the defeat Lennox Linton shutt up and could not come back on the radio the next day. All you want foreign policy with red China now ?

  74. De Marine
    January 30, 2014

    If my memory serves me right wasnt Skerrit the one who called for Lennox,brian alleyen et tal to come put on the gloves and trunks and come into the political ring and how he woulda mash them up pound for pound nuh! well look the challenge we.Mr. pm come and show your worth.But no you not falling for that nuh..you fraid Lennox and Thompson expose and blaysay your bobo! Man up mr pm and take the challenge…well if it was to give maypwis i would have declared you the undisputed winner(knock out) before the debate because thats where all you strong..But because is issues that are going to be debated you are chickening out…dock still my brother…lol!!

    • %
      January 30, 2014

      @ De Marine Your memory is strong. HE WAS THE ONE.”””I would also like to know the constituency that he will be contesting so that i go all out to ensure that he loses his deposit”. skerrit said these words.
      LINTON IS BOXING HIM NOW LIKE “Evander the Real Deal Hollyfield. The only thing skerrit can do well is to insult people.

    • ''''''''
      January 31, 2014

      You are only his brother for financial blessings and trying to get news for the UWP? They feeding you with good infor to bring back. lol Every party you want to be invited and you does be vex they doh invite you?

  75. January 30, 2014

    Skerrit is time for you to man up, debate and defend your policies.
    Linton man up and jump in ring, now is you turn and if you dont accept,I’ll call you Chicken Skerrit :-D :-D :-D :-D

  76. Child of God
    January 30, 2014

    I never saw the day in 2014 when there would be a debate among Dominicans as to whether or not the political parties should have a debate. I saw a story on dno a couple of weeks ago about a series of debates that was taking place between the different secondary schools, the comments at the time showed that it was a well received initiative and we congratulated the young people for their efforts, well what are we saying to them now with these comments from people like Bogo Roy who are stuck in the 1970’s and wont get out of it.
    The truth is the debates should not come as a challenge to anyone, the debates should be organized by an independant body with no agenda, and the ground work should be set through negotiations between the parties involved. Let us move into the 21st century and cut out the mapwee politics of the 70’s, put the country first and do whats best for the citizenry. If my child is sick and I cannot get proper medical care, what does it matter what party I support? The people who will be labor or Uwp till they die will understand that you can die way before they have to put you in your grave, you are dead to society if you sit and watch and condone nonesense, simply because it is done by the party that you support.
    Rise up Dominicans, stop being red and blue… there are more colors in the flag, be a Dominican first and a party member after.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      The colour blue is not in the flag

      • JoJo
        January 30, 2014

        UWP is not about blue, red or green. Is all the colours in our flag. That’s why they calling themselves team Dominica now. Very smart.

    • Just Curious
      January 31, 2014

      So well said Child of God! To find even one person saying there should not be a debate is just frightful. Its minds like those that make me worry for our nation. When people are willing to keep their eyes, mouths and minds shut, What the hec can we expect from any leader!

  77. Change is a must
    January 30, 2014

    But what is the big deal about debates? In the Dominica I grew up there we lots of political debates and discourse going on. This situation we are in now just indicates that we have retrogressed as a Nation. Now the government media only give one side of everything. Even Marpin use to have the vibrant “What About” programme hosted by none other than Lennox Linton. …The last debate I saw was between Rosie,…Brian Alleyne and Edison James….but all political discourse stopped since Skerrit is in power…..It is time to revert to the goood old days of democracy…Skerrit…Let Dominicans GO!!!

  78. Afterall!
    January 30, 2014

    DNO the question should be, “Should political parties whose members are elected to Parliament participate in debates in the House of Assembly?” There is so much opportunity for debate in the House of Assembly that it is amazing that a party that has stayed away from Parliament, set up its own people’s parliament, now wants a debate with the Prime Minister.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      Debates happen between political parties before an election is called. That happen in many democratic countries. Two weeks ago there was a debate in Antigua between the two political parties. Dominica should have one, simple!

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      You can’t have in the house of assembly when the speaker only wants one side to talk.

    • >>>>>>>>>>>
      January 30, 2014

      @Afterall! Your Skerrit political lapdog.Your deficiency in English is worse than that of Skerrit. You did not understand what you read, so it is advisable that you shut up. Are you paro or what? Go buy an exercise book, cut it in two, take a piece, and give Skerrit a piece, and go attend English classes.

    • points
      January 30, 2014

      @afterall, u are so right. This is just the MO of the UWP it is my way or the highway…@>>>>>>>>, stop calling people insulting names and telling them to shut up, you and your party are not the only ones that have the right to talk your opinion. again typical UWP if you not supporting them you are iether stupid or an idiot.

      • WOW
        January 30, 2014

        @points It is also important that you go to school to. You are too dam foolish. Are you a Skerrit puppet? Are you an illiterate?
        What i would want is for my PM, the insultive PM to engage Linton in a debate. Wasn’t Skerrit a so called English teacher? Why can’t he debate the man stupid you called a novice, and a drop out. Your darn fool.

  79. talkshow
    January 30, 2014

    So “in November 2012, Acting Political Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) Michael Astaphans, issued a call for ‘debates where the main candidates went head to head on topics which are deemed relevant to the electorate’”. If that is the basis on which Linton is now issuing a call for debates, it means that Linton is no more serious than Michael Astaphan and his call must be seen in that light; an empty gesture for media attention.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      Please, Michael Astaphan is not Lennox Linton. Be real.

  80. Seriously
    January 30, 2014

    Lennox wants to arrange a debate for Thompson Fontaine but who or what is Thompson Fontaine. He is not the leader of the Opposition; he is not the Political Leader of the UWP; he is not the president of the UWP; he is not a Member of Parliament. So on what basis does Linton feel that he can demand that the Prime Minister have a debate with Thompson Fontaine? Is that an admission by Lennox Linton, that he Lennox Linton is not qualified to be Leader of the United Workers Party, nor the Leader of the Opposition and that Thompson Fontaine should occupy both positions?

    • Tri-State Beauty
      January 30, 2014

      Well dare me.. who or what is Thompson Fountaine?

      Thompson Fountaine is a MAN, born of the earthen clay of Dominica.

      Thompson Fountaine is a native son of the soil who has done tireless work for and in the interest of Dominica pro-bono.

      Thomspson Fountaine is a man, a BLACK MAN proud of his skin tone, his heritage, from whence he come, who has every right to live, speak, contribute or stay silent in the affairs of Dominica.

      Thompson Fountaine is that MAN who doesn’t compete for limelight, doesn’t need to be political leader of any party, to lead on issues of economic policies and so speak with authority.

      I could go on, but this would take a few lifetimes, but you get the message. Thompson Fountaine is no lesser a mortal than YOU, than Skerrit, than any other person on the earth. I find some of you out of place! Every single Dominican reserves that right to speak on the issues of national importance.

    • HIM
      January 30, 2014

      Go read over. Lennox is awaiting a debate too. Stop mis understanging simple english.

    • Listening!!!
      January 30, 2014

      My friend Seriously….with a small stretch of common sense I am surprised you could not connect the dots…..So I will help.

      Skerrit is the Minister of Finance and UWP candidate for Minister of Finance is Thompson so they will debate on the economy….Hope it now make sense to you.

      I also now hope you will figure out why would Lennox debate Skerrit on good governance, rule of law and foreign policies.

      But just incase I will tell you ….. Lennox is the Leader of the opposition party looking to take the leadership role as the Prime Minister Dominica.

      SMH

      • Anonymous
        January 30, 2014

        Pure b.s. You all lost before you all even started. Leader to Leader. That should really be Spaggs versus Skerrit. After all Spaggs is the Leader of the opposition.

      • phil me
        February 1, 2014

        he is not ready leader to leader to debate that’s a mistake by the uwp they will not win

    • concerned
      January 30, 2014

      You really need to read the story AGAIN ! Thompson will debate the PM on the economy and the (bomb, boss, the majore) LENNOX LINTON will debate the PM on the other TWO topics !!!!! Read again !

  81. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    No amount of goading by you sorry lot will get any decent person to take you all on.

  82. looking
    January 30, 2014

    Lets take it further, each representative of each constituency of each political party should debate in their respective constituencies.

  83. beholder
    January 30, 2014

    A debate should include only candidates for office—and that means all party backed candidates, including the Greens, Freedom Party (if there is still one) and any other independent candidate who had requisite to support to put his or her name forward for election. This debate should be carried on the national television station as well as the radio. That way we can see the body language of each candidate as he/she makes their agenda know, answers questions and questions the other candidates. There must be an impartial moderator. Questions should also be accepted via text or email from the general public. This would be a worthy debate.

  84. TF Grand Bay
    January 30, 2014

    A debate between to party heads, I am all for that and it is about time the DLP was made to answer questions about their policies.
    However if you are leader of the opposition then you must take the helm and lead your party so therefore I think Linton should be the person facing the prime minister if there is a debate. He cant send his chief economist, its like Manchester City VS The Dominica football team.

    Lennox Linton needs to show the nation that he is well rounded and can debate on every topic. He needs to face up to the reality because if he becomes Prime Minister I am certain he will be appointing himself the Minister of Finance and how can one do so if they don’t understand economics.

    PLEAS PLEASE PLEASE PEOPLE,I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MY COMMENTS.DO GIVE ME FEEDBACK. THANK YOU

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014

      Hector John is the Leader of Opposition. Correct me if i’m wrong.

  85. Gary
    January 30, 2014

    The UWP does it again,manipulating public discussion to gain Political mileage, asking for a debate. Now why would a Leader of a Political Party call for a debate to talk about the issues facing The Country and not be the one debating, choosing instead to send someone from his Party to carry out the debate.This to me shows serious weakness in Leadership and The Party as a whole.Mr.Linton needs to step up to the plate and do what any Leader is expected to do,represent his Party.

    What also bewilders me is Mr.Linton insistence as to what topic he will personally make himself available to debate.What would happen if The PM challenged the UWP for a debate on foreign policy and good governance and rule of law and choose Senior Council Tony Astaphan to represent The Government at the debate.Why is it Dominicans cannot see the deception of The UWP. Mr.Linton was chosen to be Leadership of The UWP simply because of his outspokenness talking about good governance and rule of law very eloquently creating a large cult following creating a perception of a Corrupt Government while changing the whole Political landscape in The Country.The UWP saw this as opportunity to capitalize on this persona. Mr.Linton sees this as a boost to his ego thinking this might be an opportunity to become PM. Mr Linton has been criticized as not being qualified to be PM simply because he does not hold a university degree.I do not hold the view that a PM or Leader of a country needs to have an academic degree to be an effective leader,this topic I will leave for some other time.

    Regarding the debate issue, The PM should accept on one condition, he debates Mr Linton face to face on all issues facing the country, keep Dr Fontaine out of it,he will have his chance to be Leader soon.This should be an interesting scenario for both Parties.I’m not a favorite of Political debates, they are not the same as your school debate as we would like to think.I would rather an open forum where both Party Leaders take questions from the electorate rather than having a moderator asking the questions,just my opinion. In the mean time let us wait and see how things play out, and yes, I’m also looking forward to see much more manipulation by The UWP regarding public discussion to gain political mileage.

    .

    • Francisco Telemaque
      January 30, 2014

      “The PM challenged the UWP for a debate on foreign policy and good governance and rule of law and choose Senior Council Tony Astaphan to represent The Government at the debate.Why is it Dominicans cannot see the deception of The UWP.”(Gary).

      You know, I do not want to get too deeply involved into the “mere politics” of the day, because if I do, my openness, and my unlimited thoughts will make me appear as if I am taking sides, and that I am careful to avoid.

      Nonetheless Gary, you have to be joking! Any political debate in the country should be between the two political leaders of each party, or politicians vying to represent certain constituency’s. In this case I would believe all concern should get into a public forum and a moderator pose certain questions to the opposing candidates, to see who presents the best resolve to the problems facing our nation.

      What is written in the quote above, has to be a joke; you could not be serious. In the first place Tony Astaphan, is my friend okay, people have said lots of things about him, such as he is running the country, nevertheless, to my knowledge Tony has never been voted for by the people of the country, he may be a party member, however not an official representative of the people; therefore it would be ironic in my view for you to entertain the idea that Tony Astaphan should represent the government at any level of debate on matters pertaining to the government, and people of Dominica.

      And if the prime minister suggests as you claim, that is proving some fear, and worrying of some embarrassment, since as prime minister of the country he should have the more appropriate answers to every matter affecting Dominica, good or bad. Have you ever watch the Prime Minster’s of Britain “prime ministers questions, and answer?

      Have you noticed that all the politicians, even from his own party stands and throws questions at him, and he simply answers them all.

      Tony is a good layer, however he may not be a good governor, nor an administrator; another thing, what sort of foreign policy does Dominica have?

      None!

      Not unless we are talking about the sale of Dominica Passports, and it requires no diplomatic skills, nor any special knowledge to collect money from a foreigner, and stick it into one’s pocket!

      Just incase you are not aware here is an simple definition of the words ” foreign affairs;” Foreign Affair means matters having to do with international relations, and with the interest of the home country in foreign countries.

      Simply as that is Gary, it is much deeper than that; I do not have to remind you that the voices of Caribbean leaders carry’s no weight in the universe, except on the islands to which they, belongs certainly from time to time we dip our mouth into business that does not concern us, but who in the universe (internationally) cares about what we have to say?

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • TOM
        January 31, 2014

        Just incase you are not aware here is an simple definition of the words ” foreign affairs;” Foreign Affair means matters having to do with international relations, and with the interest of the home country in foreign countries.

        These are your words and yet you say DA has no foreign policy. What about out international relations with China, America, Australia, France, Bretain etc? Do you have your own interpretation for Foreign Affairs?

      • January 31, 2014

        @Francisco Telemaque January 30, 2014

        I tried not to be part of those comments here, but I cannot let this one pass, because it is comments like that one above, which plagues the people’s mind with all sorts of darkness and confusion and that is bad, extremely bad for our Dominica–as we continue to exist with no hope–not that there isn’t hope for the future–God’s will be done!

        Telemaque here is what Gary said in his comments above compare it with yours and you will notice your own “deception”–as you hypocritically claim not to be taking side in politics.

        “What would happen if The PM challenged the UWP for a debate on foreign policy and good governance and rule of law and choose Senior Council Tony Astaphan to represent The Government at the debate. Why is it Dominicans cannot see the deception of The UWP”. Gary January 30.

        What Gary is saying is that: Lennox (if he is the leader of UPW) is challenging the Prime Minister into a debate against his fellow colleague who is
        “Thompson Fontaine” who might have the qualification to debate economics; Gary is saying that Mr. Skerrit could do the same with Tony Astaphan because of his qualifications of the law etcetera–imagine the uproar against the decision. But Mr. Skerrit would never call for such debate–like what Linton is calling for.

        But you deceptively left out the “what would happen” form Gary’s post as you went on with you blah, blah, blah, blah, and making a bigger fool of yourself to readers like me such as:

        “And if the prime minister suggests as you claim, that is proving some fear, and worrying of some embarrassment, since as prime minister of the country he should have the more appropriate answers to every matter affecting Dominica, good or bad” Telemaque to Gary on January 30

        Gary did not say such things about the Prime Minister. You did not understand his post–as usual; but you will not “shut up” just because you are familiar with his identity.

        These are the ways those who claim to be wise in their own eyes are doing nothing but putting the people deeper into the “darkness of existence” How can the dull and the ignorance find any kind of enlightenment through the talks of people like you? Lord have mercy!

    • Gary
      January 31, 2014

      To lizavier4jesus

      Thank you dear.You saved me time replying to Francisco.Love your reply.Does that mean I can now have you as my defender.Francisco be where do not mess with us.

  86. Shim
    January 30, 2014

    I think that we need public debates because they will give public leaders the opportunity to dialogue without script. We should then get a clearer understanding of their knowledge, experience, statesmanship, etc. However, the PM and his advisers are likely to ignore any call for a debate because of the manner in which it was made (arrogant, confrontational, and condescending) and by the party calling for it (Linton, a man whose report card for public service is vilifying and denigrating the PM and those close to him).

    Maybe a “neutral” party should seek to organize such an event.

  87. Gulfstream
    January 30, 2014

    The UWP and its disciples needs a crash course in “Protocol”. How can Lennox and Thompson request to debate the Prime Minister of the Country? Is this the level of protocol that the UWP wants to establish? None of these guys are elected members of Parliamnet. Please… a course in diplomacy is recommended for these guys.

  88. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    I just don’t believe that a person will make a better leader just because he is a better debater. This is just me.

  89. truth
    January 30, 2014

    im for it

  90. POSITIVELY DOMINICAN
    January 30, 2014

    Lennox Linton epitomises all the qualities of a transformational leader.
    Lennox is an ideal role model who “walks the talk” and is admired for this.
    Lennox has the ability to inspire and motivate.
    Lennox demonstrates genuine concern for the needs and feelings of Dominicans.
    Lennox challenges the government to demonstrate higher levels of performance, integrity and transparency.

    Lennox is very assertive and strategic in his approach. These are positive qualities of a good leader.
    Indeed, a debate is absolutely necessary!!

    We need to focus on the issues!!

    • phil me
      February 1, 2014

      for you not to me I think he is too one side

  91. stick
    January 30, 2014

    yes i
    skerrit ask Linton to join de ring……….for de longest while he getting tomp under his belly…..all his face swollen……he looking in his corner and his coach just showing a long face…..now he wishing he didn’t ask for a challenge
    It looks like is lennox that calling de shots now and de PM have to respond……nuff tomp in skerrit face and de little gloves he have cannot protect his swollen face…….you can’t even see de dimples…..is a mad cow face he showing……..be careful what you wish for skerrit……..IT MAY JUST COME TRUE. HAHAHAHAH!!
    Our Finance Minister PM has to face up to a brilliant, intelligent, well seasoned former IMF Economist…..skerrit palms sweaty, he baygaying, he stammering, he crying foul looking to see if de referee will take him notice call off de match and say he win by default

    Bondieu skerro pwi
    Skerrit can pon couwi

    hahahahahah!!!!!!is that our brave, determined, eloquent PM?????
    now we seeing you for who you really are boy skerrit…………

    YOU FAKE GARCON!!!!!!!!!
    GIVE US ROOM AND COME OUT DERE!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014

      Hector John is the Leader of Opposition. Correct me if i’m wrong.

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014

      Let us see who will deliver the knockout punch.

  92. JOBS
    January 30, 2014

    It is amazing how politicians think, that we the people are so gullible. First we saw good news of about 400 brothers and sisters that are going to be employed. Whether it is short term or long term that is for us to see but they will definitely be better off. Then here goes this loud cry that has been there in the past for a debate among UWP and Labour as a means of distraction. One can say that is good political strategy on behalf of the UWP while others can see it as political deception. I said UWP and Labour because his call was to debate the PM and no other political party leader. Why?

    Now, Lenox indicated in his call that we are the only country that doesn’t debate. Really? Don’t tell me that your trip through the states has confused you and allow you to think that you have seen the world. No, the world is bigger than the USA and Canada. Take the Caribbean for example, we do exist and there isn’t one of the Caribbean countries where their politicians debate.
    I love debates, but one must appreciate that this is something that we have to slowly moved into our political culture and believe you me, it will not happen overnight. It will take more than this antagonizing call from Mr. Linton or any political party strategy to get this going.

    I must however congratulate Mr. Linton for bring back to us from his tour of North America, something valuable as a political debate. That will sure help us with jobs and develop us economically. Really?

  93. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 30, 2014

    The result of that POLL should be no surprise to anyone.99.9% of the voters are UWPites.But why should the PM debate anyone who has not been elected to parliament?The way things are going on in the country right now,the DEBATE is on.After elections the final count of the polls will determine the result of the debate.Not on DNO Poll.

  94. mac
    January 30, 2014

    I don’t know why people making this sound like some kind of competition to see who is more brilliant, its the purpose of the debate that’s what important, some of you just love nonsense politics, why would skerrit have to hide or fly, sound so juvenile.

  95. non
    January 30, 2014

    Lennox should debate the Advantages and disadvantages of having a DEGREE

    • coolie
      January 30, 2014

      lmao zor pa feb

    • Good is good
      January 30, 2014

      I am sure he would still win.

    • LINKY
      January 30, 2014

      the ignorance of some of you people are appalling..
      a man without a degree is challenging a prime minister with a degree and the man with the degree is afraid.. that is the issue.
      so please grow up and think outside the box

      • Sunshine
        January 30, 2014

        Skerrit has no degree, there are no records of him graduating from University.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      January 30, 2014

      Yours is another foolish opinion, it does not matter if the Prime Minister of a country is in possession of a degree, if that was a requirement, Dominica would be a much better off place than it is right now.
      I am not going to sit here and name names, however, Eugenia Charles had a law degree, she was in control of Dominica for more than twenty years I believe; somebody correct me if I am wrong! The present day president of Dominica, does not have a degree, the man was even thrown out of the teaching profession, while he played teacher at the DGS.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Let us focus on the present day Labor Party, in power, we can count how many of those who thinks of themselves as indispensable’s who have degrees, yet Dominica under their leadership is still the poorest, and most backsword place in the Caribbean, and the world for that matter.

      Ian Douglas has a law degree, we have the notorious McIntyre, who calls himself doctor! There are others, yet they struggle to produce an atmosphere where people can make a halfway decent living in order to survive.

      Many years ago when the late Charles Maynard came along they claimed “he is an economist, he has a degree;” the man remained in government all of these years, and could not do anything to boost the economy of our country. He will be remembered in our nations history, to suggest that we rise the salaries of government ministers, and civil servants, pay them reasonable enough, however if they steal after that they should be sent to jail.

      In spite of his degree he could not even run a candy store, such as J. Astaphan & Co, under his leadership, Astaphan’s almost went bankrupt, that is a whole other subject.

      On his suggestion, everybody in the civil service, and the politicians got their pound of beef, as a result Dominica civil servants were among the highest paid in the Caribbean, at least they were paid more than the Civil Servants on the island of Antigua. So, economically he boosted his colleagues and his economic status, however, the actual economy of our country remains stagnant to this day. (Maynard surfaced in the early 1960’s in politics).

      Let’s review Antigua, dating back to the days of V. C. Bird Sr., he did not have an academic degree, and none of those who followed him besides his sons all who has law degrees, Antigua is nonetheless, one of the most developed island in the Caribbean. Baldwin Spencer does not have a degree, I grew up next to him in Gray’s Farm, I’ve known him when he was a school boy, and I was seventeen years old!

      Thanks to old man V. C. Bird Sr for Antigua’s progress; so a degree sometimes can become an obstacle, whereas people with commonsense most of the time; lest’s say eighty 80% of the time are more effective than some of us who have a pile of degrees in our hip pocket.

      I have heard some Dominicans boast of being alumnus, well anybody who attended collage or university can become alumna, or alumnus, however, that does not mean they graduated, or obtained a degree in anything, and there are lots of people like that in Dominica, better known as undergraduates. The late Rosie Douglas majored in political science, I do not know he obtained a degree, but he was Prime Minister of Dominica, What progress did our country make under his leadership?

      Food for thought!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • non
        January 30, 2014

        Sir
        Get your facts right and stop embarrassing yourself

      • WOW
        January 30, 2014

        What are you saying? You sit behind a computer with no facts and spreading propaganda. Get your facts right.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        January 30, 2014

        When you challenge someone to get their facts straight, or right, you had better have something which you can use to refute what the person said. Your half line crap has no substance. I stand firm on what I stated, be informed I am college, and university educated.

        And mind you better educated academically than half the amount of people who are in government in Dominica right now; Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it!

        I know what I am talking about okay, so just shut up, state where my facts are inaccurate, then maybe I will give you a chance to dust the sole of my shoe off!

        My facts are that a degree does not mean squat in politics, the most important is to have a vision of what you want to accomplish for the nation, and set about doing what it takes to accomplish the nation’s goal.

        Bill Gates did not graduate in any college, as a matter of fact he is a college dropout. Yet he revolutionized the computer industry, the owner of virgin Atlantic, is none other than a high school dropout, the man who invented the cotton picking machine, was a slave, he did not get any credit for his invention, so too is the black man who perfected the first heart transplant, and was first to do the first heart transplant, he did not get any credit, it is important to let you know he did not have a college, nor a medical.

        Say you heard it from me first!

        Visionaries are the people who cause the world to function, and not people with a bit of paper hanging on a wall, or in their hip pocket, if you do not have the ability to think and visualize where you want to take a nation, how the hell you are going to run the country!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Anonymous
        January 30, 2014

        Hold it! This is the sort of argument that people like Linton would like to present as fact: Dominica is the poorest and most backward in the world! We have the word of the world bank and the IMF to dipute this fact. I can see such a debate would be a useless exercise since like you people like Linton will try to ignore the the proven facts and figures and still try to sell to the world that what he says are the facts. Some people think that they are the leading authority on everything in this world even with no track record to back that up. So sad.

    • Ebeh weh
      January 30, 2014

      Degree or not he sounds more educated than Skerrit.

    • Natural Living
      January 30, 2014

      typical answer of a labourite……cannot respond sensibly to a perfectly sensible request…

    • Too Late
      January 30, 2014

      the advantage of not having a degree is that lennox can debate and the disadvantage of having a degree is that skeritt can not debate

    • HIM
      January 30, 2014

      he will defeat skerrit on any topic. trust me Skerrit is a poor communicator. Lennox likes to express himself. I LOVE HIM FOR THAT.

    • ....................
      January 30, 2014

      Your idiot. DOES SKERRIT HAVE ANY DEGREE?
      The answer is no! You are so brainless, he has told you that he has one, and you have accepted that. SOT!

  96. ??
    January 30, 2014

    Nonsense!!! Linton should debate all issues. If Linton is not comfortable rebating all the issues then he should step down and make Thomson the leader. If Thomson wants to debate he will debate the economist on the government side.

    • 4CARS
      January 30, 2014

      Why are you people fighting? One time i see hope, and the next i see hopelessness. All you people fighting too damn much! Good things come to good people – all you acting too piggish.

    • Ebeh weh
      January 30, 2014

      The economist on the govenment side is Skerrit. Isn’t he the Minister of Finance? Who best to answer questions regarding the economic situation in Dominica?

    • January 30, 2014

      My sentiments exactly. This do sound strange. WHY IS THOMSON DEBATING SKERRIT? At NO TIME should anyone in Thomson’s capacity should be ALLOWED to DEBATE the PRIME MINISTER. ALL DEBATES should be between the Prime Minister and the LEADER of the other Party, NOT with his assistant.

      LENNOX IS USING THOMSON. Thomson CAN DEBATE Charles or ANYONE ELSE, NOT the PRIME MINISTER.

    • non
      January 30, 2014

      correct is right.so really, why fontain have to debate for Linton? it seems Linton not capable man.so Linton will run his mouth on bef and he will let fontain talk on fiction?

  97. Executioner
    January 30, 2014

    I think that he should accept, you shouldn’t be afraid to debate with novice and deceitful people because they tend to make a lot of mistakes. Go ahead skerrit show them that you’re are an intelligent man and take them head on in a civilized debate and bring your fanciest suit, or you can flee like a coward. The choice is yours :mrgreen:

  98. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    Bad idea UWPers too dishonest with information…

    Fontaine says that things were good in 2004 imagine

    • ....................
      January 30, 2014

      That’s what you heard on The Animal Show.People like you have brain of your own. You must listen to Q95, then you will get a little smarter. Tell Skerrit to debate him or Linton, for them to make hism day parlay.

  99. love I
    January 30, 2014

    Very Good Idea…..lets get it done…

    • January 30, 2014

      YES to DEBATE, NO, NOT WITH THOMSON. Thomson is NOT the LEADER of the OTHER PARTY.

  100. Fami Wachen
    January 30, 2014

    iN 2009 I HEARD MORE TALK ABOUT DEBATE DEBATE DEBATE. lENNOX ARE YOU CERTAIN THAT A DEBATE CAN CHANGE DOMINICANS PSYCHE ON ISSUES? gARCON WHO BLUE DEY BLUE,WHO FOR RED DEY RED AND FOR Q THEY DAMN WELL FOR Q.

    Q

    • Bogoroy
      January 30, 2014

      :lol:

    • LINKY
      January 30, 2014

      no, its not about changing Dominicans psyche, its what leaders should do as to should their knowledge on political and socio-economical issues…
      not about go in de toilet and hide or its non of your damn business.

    • January 30, 2014

      A DEBATE IS ESSENTIAL.

  101. winston warrington
    January 30, 2014

    Whereas many believe a debate or debates might help them decide how to vote, debates are not solutions. There would be no need for debate if the Freedom Party or UW Party would clearly say right now how they are going to resolve our unemployment crisis.
    Since the early Fifties, Dominicans have been running away from home because we have never experienced an economic boom under any administration. Instead, we have been witnesses to near zero population growth, rabid consumerism and a religious dependence on regionally competitive small scale, one crop agriculture. The most educated workers in the Caribbean civil service are employed in our Agriculture division, but over the last forty years, with so many University graduates, they have produced zilch. We are not a creative people, we follow, “you follow?”
    To be a leader, one has to be egotistic; so politicians care most about themselves and any debate merely stages a contest between those who feel they are superior to others. And to win, they distract you with the promises (lies).

    • Gary
      January 31, 2014

      Nice comment Winston.I love the last paragraph.

  102. Fami Wachen
    January 30, 2014

    DNO we already know the results of the poll before people even vote.BIAS

    • coolie
      January 30, 2014

      i there wondering when that poll happen and where it was hiding lol

    • madame dominique
      January 30, 2014

      DNO just put up the article and I’m already seeing voting results. I am also trying to vote I cant find anywhere to vote. SMDFH @ DNO

      • January 30, 2014

        “DNO just put up the article and I’m already seeing voting results. I am also trying to vote I cant find anywhere to vote. SMDFH @ DNO”

        YOU DID NOT LOOK, IF YOU HAD YOU WOULD SEE.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      In fact they are the ones who call for the polls so they mobilize their people to be ready to vote yes but who cares. This is Caribbean politics. There are no formal debates in our politics. The fact is the debate will not change much. Linton and co cannot see me looking at the blue sky and convince me it is red no matter how much they say it.

  103. Fami Wachen
    January 30, 2014

    What is the point of the debate.We aregoing to hear the same ……..that is spewed on Q95 and DNO everyday..Coshoni….
    Lennox can run his mouth on radio every morning because he has no work to do… Early morning more …… nahman Parlez parlez parlez.We will debate with the little finger..Watch en

  104. Whatever!!
    January 30, 2014

    Yess ! Yes! Yes ! yes! yess yes ! 8-O :lol:

  105. playboy
    January 30, 2014

    I would like to know when and in what Caribbean country a political debate was last held.
    Not that they should not take place, but that is just not Caribbean politics at this time, nor in the foreseeable future. Never was.

  106. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    Skerrit would be a fool to take on someone as deceptive as Lennox.

    Why don’t they give their information to the public independently and let eachother respond?

  107. Rereree
    January 30, 2014

    This debate challenge from the UWP leadership will undoubtedly set a new elevated tone for the next elections.
    In an age when the level of education in the country has grown exponentially in recent times, it is somewhat demoralizing to see the level of political debate in the country stagnate. Given all the sums of money spent to bring the level of education to where it is today, it is past time to elevate the quality and depth of political interaction beyond the traditional “mapuis” and misinformation that has been the staple of past political campaigns.
    So yes, there ought to be a debate along the lines the opposition proposed. It would be enlightening, informative and uplifting, to say the least. It would make a clear and unambiguous statement about the seriousness we bring to the important task of of electioneering and the exercise of our civic duty.
    If the prime minister fails to belly up to the bar, as I fear he will, it can only because he is a veritable coward, unwilling or unable to show his substance, perhaps out of fear that the public will find that he has none.

    It cannot be good for enlightened democracy for a sitting prime minister to evade his moral duty to partake in a debate forum that has the promise of educating the electorate about the choices they are called upon to make. Absent the debate, the next election season will degenerate into the kind of disgraceful name calling and rum shop atmosphere that has been the staple of elections past.
    Given the rising education standards in the country and the familiarity of election standards we witness in other countries via television, a prime minister who famously trashed the leader of the the UWP for not having a university degree, it would be ironic for the prime minister to hide behind a rock out of fear that the debate would be his undoing. But the truth is, the debate would not be about the prime minister, it would be about the electorate who must be trusted to hear all the facts before they are expected to make an informed voting decision. The educated class of the country should come forward and proclaim that the days of “mapuis” and outright lies in the election process belong in the past, not in an era of enlightenment. Besides, the prime minister, a proud university graduate, ought to welcome the opportunity to showcase his brilliance and his command of policy issues and thus expose Linton as the novice he is portrayed to be.
    Indeed, if the prime minister fails to accept this historic challenge he would be sending the message that he lacks confidence, if not substance.
    Mr Skerrit should not dock his responsibility to the electorate. The sanctity of our democracy will not allow him to play coward and hide behind a rock to continue his mapuis as in days of old.

  108. Curious
    January 30, 2014

    Why is it that the opposition party is now demanding to debate when for so long they have been refusing to even attend Parliament where they could show any concerns they have with the direction of any Government policy by debating?

    Or perhaps I have missed something and the elections have already been called that they now feel the urgency to demand debate within the next 3 months?

  109. john bess
    January 30, 2014

    Skerrit wont accept the debate,he prefer to spread lies and fool those he can,vote them out i say.

    • AAAAA
      January 30, 2014

      I guess you are from moroco… I saw the live debate in Jamaica a few years ago. Portia who was the opposition leader and Andrew Holiness who was the PM….

  110. Not Me Alone
    January 30, 2014

    Skerro, not only do we Dominicans plead with you for a debate but as PM you got home court advantage, which means you could choose to have the debate at the State Palace, Financial Center which is the home of your Wednesday Red Clinic, DBS Radio, Kairi FM or your home village of Vieille- Case where many Dominicans chase you on Thursdays for an injection. Not only that, but you could choose either Daryl Pete, Tony/Ian/Lenox/Savarin (co hosts of the animal show, or even Alix Boyd Knight to moderate the debate just to make sure it goes your way sir. All we are asking from you is that you ban the debate from being carried over the World wide web, because WE DONT want the world to hear you curse in public as is so common with you. Eyes have it?

  111. Just Blaze
    January 30, 2014

    I would much rather see a debate with Lennox vs Skerrit. I understand fountain is the economic expert but i rather see a debate between the two leaders on all issues. So lets make it happen fellers. Obama vs Romney Style. Woooooooooow.

    • January 30, 2014

      I agree, this is what a debate is all about. The LEADERS, NOT SECOND HAND.

  112. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    This is obviously a distraction to try to take steam off the recnt Clear habour announcement. Anyway the PM will continue to work to develop Dominica and will debate if and when the time comes for that. This is NOT a priority right now, let the no good talkers go about what they can do best, empty rhetoric. When the time comes you all will see and hear how these no-substance talkers shall be humiliated in any debate that comes up. in the mean time we will continue to deal with moving dominica forward. Lennox et al can continue to talk and tour the world!!

  113. January 30, 2014

    skerritt will never agree he stammer to much

  114. life
    January 30, 2014

    Labour must win in cottage,portsmouth,paixbouche,veillecase,colihaut,mahaut,stjoe,grandbay,sscottshead,petitte savanne,woodforthill,castlebruce,caribreserve.so skerit will be dominicas pm,an uwp.will stay braga braga braga,who wth sence going vote workers..lol

  115. Domnichen
    January 30, 2014

    UWP– what a bunch of jokers !!!!!

  116. dissident
    January 30, 2014

    Some of you bloggers just as scared or even more scared……..you don’t want your boyish pm to pass like a fool
    Yeah…….I want to see our finance minister debate a high profile former IMF economist….al you afraid for skerrit then. De same person he say using drug money to campaign and in bed with drug dealers and gun runners
    Skerrit has to account for these mischievous statements. We want to see skerrit statesmanship.

    After he tells Linton to come in de ring…..de man built his team now de pm scared……….now is Linton that challenging de pm

    PM running scared

    • anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      If the debate happens, the participants will be responding to questions hopefully from independent journalist or individuals. Not the likes of Athie, Matt, Angelo, Tony, Kamala or others of that ilk who constantly express their politics. If an independent approach is used the UWP should be carefull what the wish for, as MR.Skeritt will be coming to the debate with quite a number of foreign policy acheivments. Thanks mainly to China, Venezuela and Moroco. On the domestic front Mr.Skeritt can talk about infrastructure improvement, education, poorverty reduction and geothermal.Talking about these things are not promises it is there for all to see.So,is the UWP willing to give the opportunity to Mr. Skeritt to trumpet his successes at a debate? Such a move would satisfy the diehard UWP suporters not win any additional support.

      • Interesting
        January 30, 2014

        “If an independent approach is used the UWP should be careful what the wish for, as MR.Skeritt will be coming to the debate with quite a number of foreign policy acheivements,” as well as, “on the domestic front” You are so right!.

      • dissident
        January 30, 2014

        Skerrit tired talk of his successes….. it all over GIS
        It doesn’t matter who asking questions…..
        He has so much to boast about why he duck in so long

  117. life
    January 30, 2014

    I hope skeritt dho go an put his self down an sit an debate wth lenox..skerit is better dan dat to stoop so low an debate wth lenox..lenox blessing an all af dem need to stay in there league,,I hope skeritt never answer dem ,just hav noting to say to dem.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      What is your level? Pre-school, your spelling is out of this world.SMH.

  118. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    There can be no reason why Skerrit would take on Fontain in a debate on economic issues. There is nothing for HIM to gain from that. Firstly Thompson woll eat him alive. Secondly, why would the prime minister debate someone other than the LEADER of the opposition during an election campaign?

    In as much as I agree with Lennox that there should be a debate(s) during the campaign, it must be a LEADERS debate. He (Linton) would have to bring himself up to speed on economic issues to be able to stand up to the prime minister.

    Nice try, but it is not going to happen in the manner that he (Lennox) wants.

  119. Mamizoo
    January 30, 2014

    While many or most of us care for a debate we are being unreasonably wishful when we know that Skerrit has avoided any debate or even any challenges from people that he know are much more capable than he is.

    Now there are people who will find all kind of reasons to not witness the embarrassment of our lives as Dominicans to see our PM debate Lennox Linton. Note though that the very same people like arthley aaron for example was more than happy to see Rosie Douglas on a debate panel with Charles Saverin and Edison James.

    But I do understand that Tony Astaphan is still in denial – he can’t conceptualize that there are many many more Dominicans who are not just as educated as he is but even much more educated than he is and that the Dominicans who have further their intellectual capabilities did not come from a well to do family like he Tony Astaphan did. But what is very disturbing is the sad reality that there are still some people who have attained higher education yet they remain lap dogs or puppets of Tony Astaphan – I am talking about people like Lennox Lawrence, Philsbert Aaron and all the yard fowls groveling for the crumbs from Tony and Skerrit’s table.

    How can in 2014 Tony,Lennox Lawrence , Philsbert Aaron, Parry Bellot still think that feeding people with mepwuis and blatant lies is sustainable. The truth is these guys may not necessarily be disconnected but instead they are stuck in the mud that they have created for themselves – I am talking about the lies meeting lies, the famous declaration by Philsbert Aaron that the Labor Party is not focused on politics of truth.

    In all honesty what can Skerrit debate on – what is he going to tell us ? the world is I recession , we sending money to our family is America, that we are lending money to Antigua and Anguilla, that we are doing better than the rest. Well we are living in an era of mass and high speed information technology and most Dominicans know the truth.

    “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  120. grell
    January 30, 2014

    The country should have a debate,step up to the plate pm,show us what you got.

  121. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    The PM should debate Lennox however Lennox can’t dictate what they should debate,and the idea of the PM debating Fontaine should be a no no.who is Fontaine?The PM should not stup to his level that doesn’t happen in other countries either.

  122. exclav
    January 30, 2014

    Waylllllllllay lay. Debate with Pm. Not one labour map could stand up to hurricane Thompson. This is Sampson in the bible whipping them down. The pm can’t speakkkk, from the time he is through with ammm am mm an so on and so on and chief, and comrade, well debate done…. please get a moderator from foreign so as to prevent conflict……
    Labour power is mapweee power, these folks can’t debate..
    Hardly do these ministers, write their own speech or speeches… Mr minister of education is another one who just like to come and read as if he is preaching…. poooooooooooor fellas.
    This s the most incompetent Government every in Dominica. But Dominicans to an extent deserve what they getting now…so long they should have voted them out…….. well this time s judgment day for us…..
    Skerrit should tell Dominicans where they getting next election money from , now that uncle Chavez kick de bucks?
    He should stop talking non sense to America, he to freshhhh…..man time to send this man back vieille case to fish…… n enjoy his simple 400 thousand house…………….
    The god narcisus must be proud of ya allll……..

  123. January 30, 2014

    labor talking progress and next level debate is a must to the next level.

  124. anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    I am all for debating. However the dictatorial style of the UWP leadership once again shows its ugly face.. There will be 3 debates, Thomson will take on the PM on economic issues and Lennox debate the the PM on governance and the rule of law, they have even laid out a time frame for these debates. so let it be writen so let it be done as per the UWP. The are not yet in power and they display with such natural inclination their attitude to dictate and force their will on other people.

    • Ben Dover
      January 30, 2014

      Sot….Lennox made it clear, and DNO mentioned it, that the ideas of the debates were proposals…he proposed the debates….he did not say let us debate just so.

      He was just making a proposal. Like throwing a line into the sea, hoping a fish would bite.

      • Jake The Snake
        January 30, 2014

        He propose a debate? That is your rationale. Man politics can make people sound real foolish. Certainly Lennox Linton is not proposing a debate between Skerrit and Ambrose or Skerrit and Reginald Austrie or Reginald Austrie and Mervin Paul.

        Be real man and start thinking of Dominica. It is time to stop this stupid behavior and hold politicians accountable. Stop making excuses for Skerrit’s failure to engage opponents on discussions and matters important to our country.

      • anonymous
        January 30, 2014

        SOT….”Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has issued a challenge to prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, to participate in a debate on the economic issues facing Dominica.”….“We are issuing the challenge,” the UWP leader stated. “It is necessary for us to debate. We cannot be the last country in the world where no debate takes place, no debates take place among politicians from either side of the parliament. It is totally disgraceful. It is unacceptable.”.. Ben Dover, UNACCEPTABLE in this context means that the UWP will not go along with a situation where there is no political debate between the parties in their opinion it would be disgraceful not to have a debate. This sounds like an ultimatum not a proposal. FYI, there are many countries in the world including many of our sister Islands where political debate between leaders of parties does not take place.

      • observer
        January 30, 2014

        Furthermore, Lennox said that the date can be set by the DLP. Why are some people like that boy? Do you all care about Dominica, or you just care about a ‘party’? Isn’t time to move away from such small-mindedness?!! Mr. Linton is requesting a debate and you said he is dictatorial? wow.

    • Student
      January 30, 2014

      Just a correction sir, I guess your misunderstanding is due to the concise nature in which this was reported. Lennox stated that they were putting forward a format since they were proposing it. He also stated that they will work around the schedule of the gov’t if they accept but will be flexible if other times are more convenient.

      In my opinion, it is the mark of an organised person to suggest all the details of an engagement when proposing it. But that’s just me bro.

    • Positively Dominican
      January 30, 2014

      Lennox Linton epitomises the qualities of a transformational leader. He is an ideal role model who “walks the talk” and is admired for this.
      Lennox has the ability to inspire and motivate. Lennox demonstrates genuine concern for the needs and feelings of Dominicans.
      Lennox challenges the ruling government to be innovative and creative, and demonstrate higher levels of performance, integrity and transparency.

      Indeed, Lennox is very assertive and strategic in his approach. These are positive qualities of a good leader. A debate is absolutely necessary!!!

      WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES!!!

    • Tri-State Beauty
      January 30, 2014

      @Anonymous you lying, pas try sah. Lennox suggested three (3) dates for the first three debates, and clearly said others will follow. He further stated the Labour Party can suggest other dates if they don’t like those he proposed. Stop the deceit for no reason.

    • JoJo
      January 30, 2014

      Man, you guys running scared. UWP once again taking the initiative. I hear Lennox on the radio this morning saying they are flexible with the Govt. if the schedule s don’t suit them.
      I used to follow Skerrit but now I’m tired of mister avoiding the issues. DLP calling Lennox unqualified and uneducated. Well Skerrit is the Min. of finance with two degrees. If he does not take this challenge I have no more respect for him. Man, have some balls!

  125. Yam Babawoolais
    January 30, 2014

    Allah why all you want Thomson to debate Skerrit -mashastais. Is like dominica playing Honduras- 10-0 or 10 love.

    Fly Fly Skerrit fly – you run from Ron green , you runaway from Edison this time is fly you have to fly from Thomson.

    Now as minister of foreign affairs you Skerrit have to face Lennox on foreign policy.

    • Just askin
      January 30, 2014

      Yam Babawoolais claims that Skerrit run from Ron Green…but Skerrit still dere, where is Ron. He claims Skerrit run from Edison….Skerrit is Prime Minister, where is Edison. Now he claims that Skerrit has to fly from Thompson….but Skerrit is still here and Thompson has his return ticket to the United States. So who has to fly?

      • Anonymous
        January 30, 2014

        lol. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Yam Babwoolais
        January 30, 2014

        Really that is your response. You have the intellect of a dead morph. I am sure that even those with half a brain know what I am talking about.

  126. Skerrit_Bashing_Crew
    January 30, 2014

    Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy skerro trembling he pissing on him, he cannot debate Linton………. run and hide under your bed skerro. :mrgreen:

  127. Great
    January 30, 2014

    Come on , we are ready to listen to the debate, it is high time.LET’S SEE THE BRAINS AT WORK

  128. Morihei Ueshiba
    January 30, 2014

    Skerrit is a coward, he will never debate, tell de Govt we want more money, give us an increase, vegetables gone up, provision gone up, but salary not going up, tell de Govt we want money…a dubai…. :mrgreen:

  129. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    I thought Lennox was going to ask the PM to debate him. After all he is the leader of the Party and the one challenging Skerrit for the PM position. Thompson can provide him with the pointers for the debate if he likes.

    So does that mean that under all that so-called ‘eloquent english’ and bravado, is just another coward who fears for exposure of his political immaturity and deficiencies when closely scrutinized???

    • Great
      January 30, 2014

      BUT CAN’T YOU NOT UNDERSTAND, HE WILL BE CHALLENGING HIM ON THE OTHER TWO DEBATES.

      • Anonymous
        January 30, 2014

        Why not all three?

      • .
        January 30, 2014

        So why 2 against 1.
        Is the PM that strong?

      • Clueless
        January 30, 2014

        in other words….Linton knows NOTHING about the economy.

    • Channel 1
      January 30, 2014

      @Anonymous – Dotish, I am going to talk slowly for you to understand alright.

      Mr Thompson Fontaine was put forward to debate the Prime Minister on financial/economic issues as Linton clearly said that Fontaine will be the UWP’s Finance Minister when it takes government.

      The Labour Party and current Government Minister of Finance is Mr Roosevelt.

      Go figure out de rest….

      • say it loud
        January 30, 2014

        How many post can one man hold in his government. This is clear a dictatorship.

      • warma
        January 30, 2014

        beauuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful answer

      • madame dominique
        January 30, 2014

        Channel 1 ehbeh you funny. What do you mean when UWP takes Office. Do you have an idea when they will take Office….lol…as far as I can see…..NEVER

      • lol
        February 6, 2014

        @ Say it loud.

        I would say not many posts, like Marpin and Domlec posts, he would definitely need others to help hold those posts… so all he does is say ‘yes, no, later’. :lol:

    • visitor
      January 30, 2014

      Skerrit is also Minister of Finance.

    • Lang Mama
      January 30, 2014

      Even if Lennox was to challenge Skerrit on the economy Lennox would still sell Skerrit and buy him at a .99 cents store

    • Mamize
      January 30, 2014

      Anonymous en benwey, you tebeah ehh.
      If Skerrit don’t want to debate Lennox on the other two, well he can send Mathew Walters, or Justina Charles, or any other of his ministers.
      However it just shows how versatile the UWP team is, anyone can debate the DLP.
      I would love to see him and Joseph Issac in a debate on Job creation.
      Or Joshua Francis on Crime and justice system…
      Or Issac Baptiste on Land reform and Housing…
      Or Monel Williams on Women’s rights
      Or Roland Charles on Tourism and Industry
      Or Hector John on Agriculture
      Or Mr. George on National Security and Information
      Or Ron Green on Sports and Education
      boy let me stop there, DLP finie batt.
      Look talent on Team Dominica.

      • punani
        February 6, 2014

        Up to this point most of your names’ debate would be theoretic. A little bit of ‘experience’ sort of changes the game. If I vote, I vote for change not for a perfect new world order.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      This is an excellent observation and based on the responses and looking at the “likes” and “dislikes” the (dislikes) are in the increase. Recently, I read under a separate subject matter where someone commented that Dominicans are “dummies” and privately I took some objection to that. However, after carefully reviewing the comments that we Dominicans (both men and women) post in response to some articles or news item on DNO I have to rethink that “dummies accusation”.

      My fellow countrymen and women, for once can we take a minute and be rationale? Why would Lennox Linton want Thompson Fountain to debate the Prime Minister? Of course, Thompson would welcome that debate because he have been waiting for such an opportunity to debate the PM whom by the way, he was good friends and buddies with and a big supporter of the PM political party, but the PM did not give in to his demands so he turned UWP supporter and later candidate. I welcome and support a debate but not Thompson vs. the PM, but the Opposition leader vs. the PM. I concur that Thompson can provide Lennox or the Opposition leader Mr. John with pointers, which he can and should do, but debating the PM is out of place at this time. In my view, a more appropriate forum for Thompson would be for him to debate his opponent (DLP candidate) in the constituency he (Thompson) is contesting – that makes more sense. Let’s not forget he must be forthcoming with us on his true intentions and also why he left the IMF. It’s just fair that he tell us that if he wants transparency.

      At the end of the day, that is the level of political representations that I wish for my country and not these pity nonsense. That is why I continue to ponder on if UWP is really serious or even ready politically despite all the talks. Let’s see more action rather that the continual “lip-service” and “radio SoundBits” from all sides. If we really care about our beloved country let us all take a serious look at the issues and debate or discuss them respectfully with solutions. UWP can you please provide Dominicans solutions (action plans) vs. DLP and DLP do likewise and only then can I make up my mind which party is best for Dominica.

      God bless our beloved land.

      • Anonymous
        January 31, 2014

        Thomson would still lose. Just look at the way he has been contradicting himself lately.

      • Anonymous
        January 31, 2014

        DLP plans are well laid out and most of them are already in motion.

  130. Sam
    January 30, 2014

    It would be a good thing. It would add the feeling of maturity and authenticity to leaders representing us. Debates are good for the governance of the state because everyone can feel they are part of the political process. The truth is for election campaigns public debating is only one of many activities used by candidates to connect with voters. So a candidate can get his votes without debating :-D

  131. Not Me Alone
    January 30, 2014

    I cannot understand why some Dominicans do not agree for a debate according to poll. Why not? Are you all confirming that your vote is not based on national issues? I know is just a few voted ‘No” but that bothers me because a vote should always be based on issues and who has a better vision to address them. I guess Skerrit, Tony, Lenox (the lawyer) and all the rest in the circle must have voted no because they know very well that if our vote is based on issues, they don’t stand a chance.

    • Nac Vibes
      January 30, 2014

      They won’t agree because they know how useless their government is and all would see that they are not fit for purpose. It is far safer for them to go down to the gutter, shove a lot of sh-t on the wall and hope some of it stick.

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014

      It’s interesting how you just jump to conclusion as to who voted no.

  132. 4CARS
    January 30, 2014

    Darkness and light have no communion. Oil and water won’t mix. Dictators know no debate. They give you D-bait.

  133. For true
    January 30, 2014

    Skerrit show you motion

    • 4CARS
      January 30, 2014

      Are the British “Commissioners” still here in Dominica? Oh, the will have something funny to report back to Britain. “Your highness, the PM of our former colony (Dominica) refuses to debate the opposition.” Well my servants, their Independence have caused them to disregard the British way of practicing transparency in the most Democratic way. Therefore, see that you meet no more with the Underable Skerritt; till he abides by the will of the people.” Yes your Highness – ver Queen. En’it!

  134. Bogoroy
    January 30, 2014

    DNO: “Linton told privately owned Q95 on Thursday morning that the debate would be between the prime minister and the UWP’s chief economist, Dr. Thompson Fontaine, and would take the format of ‘an exchange on where exactly the economy of Dominica should be heading.’”

    Wait a while, I thought UWP supporters were pushing for a debate between Linton and Skerrit?! What happened, Fontaine suddenly has eclipsed Linton, Sandford, et al as the brains behind the party’s economic and finance policies? Whatever happened to the party’s confidence in Lennox as the Great White Hope? Seems to me that the party is finally waking up to the realisation that Lennox Linton is only an articulate and malleable public speaker. The man sings the chorus prepared for him by the unofficial brain of the party, Fontaine. More on this some other time.

    Back to the article. Firstly, why would anyone take this “challenge” seriously? Can you imagine the chaos and daybah if you pit any member of either party in an “open exchange” debate?! Funny, Lennox! Second, the UWP seems to assume that Fontaine can adequately debate public policy with a seasoned politician. Even if we accept that his credential as a technocrat is impressive (and I certainly do not believe so), we know that he has a capital deficiency: Tunnel vision. His pronouncements thus far prove how naïve he is regarding the way forward for Dominica, e.g. goat cheese factory. The Lennox’s confidence is therefore premature and ill-placed. Third, remember, it was this same Thomson Fontaine who is on record publicly telling Dominicans that the DLP administration is on the right track with its macro development policy. What a joker! Audi records exist where the guy is publicly trying to convince Dominicans that the DLP administration is on the right track. Why should anyone believe his sudden change of heart? Lol!

    What a bunch of ninnies! I hope Skerrit and his people hit that foolish “challenge” for 12 runs.

    • Student
      January 30, 2014

      But Bogoroy, all you did was give reasons for a debate. Thompson so full , Lennox can only speak, and Skerrit is seasoned. It is for this reason that DLP should take up the challenge. So they can really expose them and hit them, not the challenge, for 12 runs.

      • Bogoroy
        January 30, 2014

        Why waste time, Student? You need a “worthy opponent” in a debate otherwise you might as well have a press conference where you make yourself look good.

    • Nature Spice
      January 30, 2014

      This is what you call teamwork. Knowledge does not reside in one brain, so you make use of the persons that have the expertise in a particular field.

      A good leader surrounds himself with good people and use them appropriately and take advise from them too. It is not one who believes that he knows all and can do all by himself. A thought to ponder on.

      Therefore I can say that Lennox is a good leader, who uses his team’s gift, expertise and talent for the benefit of the UWP and this will be transfer to Dominica when we get into government.

    • Jacky Chan
      January 30, 2014

      It is funny how you weaklings create distraction to avoid the real issue. You honestly think that Lennox cannot hold his own against skerrit on a debate about the economy. Well let us first establish the fact that Skerrit challenged Ron Green in 2009 but failed to show up and that Skerrit was deliberately hidden from Edison James – I know cause I have first hand knowledge of this plan.
      When the issue of debate came up last year you guys found all kind of reason so much so that you sickos were on air waves stating that Dominicans are not ready for debate. Isn’t that an insult to the people of Dominica?
      Now you are trying to make an issue as to what or who Lennox should debate. Well the reasonable person would conclude that (1) Lennox is demonstrating the attitude of inclusion and team work (2) the open mind would realize that on the matters of the economy the Labor Party has only Skerrit (laughable) on the matters of foreign policy the Labor Party has only Skerrit (sad), on matters of government conduct it is Skerrit unless he send Tony Astaphan.

      What other distraction you have cause Lennox is not the only one from the opposition that is ready to debate. The question is the Labor party team willing to debate?

    • Nac Vibes
      January 30, 2014

      Let me finish the rest of the quote you so deliberately left out, as I do believe that your god is as well as being finance minister, is also foreign minister, the two ministries that make it most convenient for you lot to rob the country and ferry the cash out of the country.

      “Linton said other debates the UWP is proposing would be on foreign policy and good governance and rule of law. He said while Fontaine will debate the prime minister on the economy, Linton will face the prime minister on the other two.”

      .

      Keep clutching at straws, your comment is like trying to carry water in a basket.

    • Mamizoo
      January 30, 2014

      Fyodor Dostoyevsky says – “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

      Isn’t that what many of our people have become – I am talking about this bloke posing as Bogoroy, Peeping Tom, Gary , Karmal ,

    • Roy Williams
      January 30, 2014

      Apparently BogoRoy has a hearing problem. Mr. Linton said he will debate the Prime Minister on Governance and Mr. Fontaine will debate on economic issues. Quite frankly, knowing Mr. Linton, it does not matter whether the debate is on governance, economics, corruption. It was the DLP supporters who first told Dominicans that Mr. Linton was a school drop out, therefore, the Prime Minister should have absolutely no problems as regards having the debate with Mr. Linton. I will say this, The Prime Minister can hide as much as he wants, according to my friend from Canefield, ” every rope has a bend and every rope has an end.”

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      A goat cheese factory—–is there a problem with that? goat milk is so expensive. That;s what i drink when i come to DA.Buy it at Save a Lot.Goat cheese is expensive too. Dominicans raise goats and we never drink the milk.Get a grip.Anything to push the economy.Use whaT WE GROW

  135. President
    January 30, 2014

    Bring it on..I think its a good idea. It will also assist in the decision making or citizens come election day. leaders deal with issues and from there we move forward.

  136. Flystraight
    January 30, 2014

    Whilst I’m not against debates, actually I think it is time that political process in our region takes that format. I ask this, where in the Caribbean are politicians debating issues? Clearly, Mr. Linton is still jetlagged from his US tour, but then again it seems to be the culture of the UWP to just blurt out unsubstantiated remarks!

  137. 007
    January 30, 2014

    There is alot of things I can say about the PM, there are lots names I can call him and I have done that .but I have come to realize that I’m lowering my self to a leavel that I don’t like so I’m going to stop.and pray that our people see the light and go to the polls and vote him out.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      When you’re saying those things about the PM, I suggest that you stand in the mirror.

    • john brown
      January 30, 2014

      let he that have no sins cast the first stone,and trust me lennox wont but if he does come into power u will be saying just the same about him a few months down the line.

  138. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    As somebody said today if Skerritt debates anyone my mother is a man. Hahahaha!!!’nm

  139. willam
    January 30, 2014

    WHAT IS THAT FOR ME :-? :-x :twisted:

  140. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014

    Lennox should challenge the debate for himself and the P. M., not with Thompson. Is he admitting that he marks what it takes to be the leader.

    • Nac Vibes
      January 30, 2014

      Which ever way you want it, Lennox and skerrit, skerrit and Fountain, skerrit would show himself up for what he is useless, so your call is irrelevant.

    • Tyre hit de road
      January 30, 2014

      I would agree with you on this one only if the PM was not the one managing DOMINICA $$ isn’t he the Finance Minister as well? However both the PM and his challenger Mr Linton Should have some kind of debate…a general one !! That should be great for starters and that would set a new trend for future. They should agree and the terms and rules of the Debate (Democratic) The prime minister and the DLP doesn’t have to agree to everything UWP wants and Mr Linton and the UWP doesn’t have to agree with every thing DLP wants but they should have some compromise and get to the debate Raymond Lawrence would be a great Mediator for this Debate

    • Not a herd follower
      January 30, 2014

      U have brains? Lenox said he is prepared to debate. he is asking for debates between himself and the current PM

    • LINKY
      January 30, 2014

      skerrit should debate all uwp candidates because skerrit is the minister for all ministries in dominica… the rest of the bunch are lazy and bollsless.

  141. Del
    January 30, 2014

    Finally. And we all know who thinks it doesn’t make a difference or say No. Hint: Red clinic handout people to name a few.

  142. Mexican
    January 30, 2014

    How dare you challenge the Honourable Roosevelt M. Skeritt to a debate? Allu know very well that the PM is not skilled in that area. Any debate will be lop-sided in the favour of UWP and will be unfair to Mr. Skeritt.

    Why don’t you challenge him to a cursing match instead? For sure he will defeat allu hands down. He is well trained in that area by the senior counsel.

    • Nac Vibes
      January 30, 2014

      Well said, you are so right.

    • LINKY
      January 30, 2014

      so you saying the degree he has is in cursing and not English..hahah

  143. Razor
    January 30, 2014

    Lol! A UWP distraction to take away the shine from the PM’s recent Clear Harbour job announcement. SMH! A desperate and empty party.

    Ehbeh zot sot!

    • Lucia
      January 30, 2014

      Razor you sound like a moron………..they talking about debate you talking about jobs…….ppl like you that have Dominica so…………

    • Fed- Up
      January 30, 2014

      So is Skerrit who create the jobs at Clear Harbor? Stop spreading lies. Come again. I’m sure you read the article where the manager of Clear Harbor gave the details, it had nothing to do with Skerrit.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      I could not agree more

    • ?????????????
      January 30, 2014

      @Razor Your idiot. For 14 years can you tell Domoinicans how many jobs this lazy and incompetent team has created?. Does Skerrit own Clear Harbour?. Your fool,do you have a brain? Does Skerrit have the capacity to do anything other than to make you beg? Well for your information, if jobs are created at Clear Harbour, Skerrit had nothing to do with these jobs. This is not a governments company. Skerrit can only cause you to be in poverty, and he feeds on your high level of ignorance. Nothing More.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2014

      I concur.

  144. NKRUMAH KWAME
    January 30, 2014

    Wait, noh,!! The Labour Party is INCAPABLE (now)of engaging itself in any rational debate. Gone are the days of Mike, Vic, Roosie, Elford Henry, etc.

    Honourable Skerritt knows he would loose so he will not so do but I only put my X alongside the names of politicians who engage in debates.

    “Free cheese is only found on a mouse trap”

    • Anik
      January 30, 2014

      So you’ve never voted in Dominica before? How many passports do you have?

  145. Channel 1
    January 30, 2014

    Round 1 – Begin. Let’s see who chickens out…. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Hans
      January 30, 2014

      Wrong this is round two – the issue came up early last year and they said that Dominicans are not ready for debate. In other words we are still living in the jungle in Africa.

      So on the first round they said Dominicans are too dumb for debate. Now they are saying that Lennox is avoiding a debate on the economy. What we would prefer hear from Laborites or Rosevelt skerrit is ” Lennox let us debate on the economy. Holding my breath on that

    • Nac Vibes
      January 30, 2014

      SKERRIT!!!!!!

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