Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has made it clear that character and integrity must take center stage as Dominicans make the decision to elect a government for the next five years, while at the same time describing leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, as a fraud and bastard.
He was addressing a public meeting of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on Thursday night, dubbed “Dominica deserves better, Lennox Linton must go.”
“The issue for me at Lagon tonight is one of character,” he told the crowd. “An aspiring leader of Dominica of the second decade of of the 21st century must have character, must have integrity, must have vision and a concept of development of his own.”
Linton is presently embroiled in a controversy in which the DLP alleges that he has plagiarized the work of his colleague from St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet.
Skerrit said the controversy is not only about plagiarism but also about character.
He noted that Linton has no character, integrity, vision or a concept of development of his own.
“Lennox Linton has none of the above,” the prime minister said. “This current leader of the Workers Party seems bent on proving generations of infinite wisdom wrong. He wants to make it through life the easy way, not learning, not working hard and not going about things the honest way, not even to sit with his colleagues and formulate a vision and plan for Dominica.”
Skerrit described the allegations of plagiarism as disgraceful.
“He took a disgraceful route of lifting ideas from the speeches of others and reading them verbatim as his own and that is the man who offers himself to you tonight as a wannabe prime minister of Dominica,” he said.
The prime minister did not mince his words when describing Linton and stated that the general election will soon be called.
“I am very upset what is happening in Dominica and the kind of fraud that has been parading in this country called Lennox Linton,” he noted. “I will give you the opportunity for you to go back to the polls very soon from tonight to tell the Workers Party and to tell Lennox Linton and to tell Edison James we do not want them to lead Dominica now or in the future.”
He told the cheering supporters that they should go home with a clear message.
“So I want you to go back and take this message home, my dear comrades and friends, because this country is too important, this is the future of Dominica is too important for us to put it in these bastards’ hands called Lennox Linton and the Workers Party,” he stated.
The prime minister told those in the crowd that they should prepare themselves for the upcoming polls.
“So I say to you prepare yourself, get ready because very soon we will go back to the polls in Dominica to choose your government to lead you for the next five years.” he said.