Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has made it clear that there will be no debates between the leaders of the island’s two major political parties in the run up to the general election.
Speaking on the radio program ‘Focus on government and development’ on Thursday night, the prime minister insisted that he will not share a stage with leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, who has been challenging Skerrit to debate issues of national importance.
Just last week when a plagiarism issue against Linton surfaced, the UWP leader again challenged Skerrit to a debate.
But the prime minister has essentially dumped the idea saying he is not prepared to go face to face with Linton since Linton “has not read a serious book about Dominica.”
“He has not taken time to read the IMF reports or the World Bank reports, the ECCB reports,” Skerrit said. “He has not engaged in himself in any serious, honest discussion. I don’t see myself engaging in discussion with Lennox Linton about Dominica…”
The prime minister said Linton has not demonstrated “any ability to articulate his own words..”
He pointed out that the recent revelations of plagiarism shows that Linton is not capable of penning his own speeches and “he is a lazy fellah.”
“I don’t think I would sit down and debate Lennox Linton on any issue, these are not his ideas,” Skerrit said.