Top judge says PM Skerrit should have consulted Opposition on police appointments

Former Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Sir Brian Alleyne says Opposition Leader Ron Green ought to have been consulted during the appointment of the Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police.

The Opposition Leader Ron Green announced that UWP members would not be attending Parliament following the December 18, 2010 General Elections due to alleged improprieties which took place during the election campaign.

Following the elections, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told a press conference that as it regards the appointment of the Acting Commissioner and Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police “You have to consult, but it doesn’t mean that you need the person to approve. You just need to say that there is no Leader of the Opposition and therefore you are unable to consult with the Leader of the Opposition and you make recommendation with the authority for the appointment as we have done in the case of the Acting and Deputy Chief of Police…”

But according to Sir Alleyne, Prime Minister Skerrit may have been ill- advised and the President of Dominica, His Excellency Dr Nicholas Liverpool,  should not act on the appointments of the Acting Commissioner and Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police.

“As I understand the Constitution, the Opposition Leader remains Opposition Leader until the first sitting of the house and he ought to be consulted. In my view, if he had not been consulted the President ought not to act on the advice of the Prime Minster. To do otherwise is a breach of the constitution,” he said.

“If he is being advised to the contrary, he is being badly advised,” he said.

Meanwhile, the UWP made good on its promise to boycott the first sitting of the House of Assembly today…

Alleyne said the three members were supposed to have been sworn in today and many questioned whether they could still serve as parliamentary representatives.

“They remain  … members of parliament, but until they are sworn in they cannot take their seat or function as members of parliament,” Sir Alleyne advised.

“If they miss three consecutive meeting within one session of parliament, they will lose their seats,” he said

Alleyne said this could prompt by-elections in the three seats namely Marigot, Salisbury and Roseau Central.

“It seems to me that if the UWP that has won those seats and contest those seats, the public may say that you have squandered it and may vote for the ruling party,” he observed.

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59 Comments

  1. hj
    February 8, 2010

    leave skerrit alone. Give him a chance to run the country as best as he sees fit. sop criticizing and start working.

  2. Wait A Minute
    February 7, 2010

    Hey I guess the moumou talking again. I suppose the guy is making a case to be President of Dominica. Sorry Sir, there are much more capable and honest considerations who are ahead in the race such as our dear Caricom Ambassador.

  3. GWATANCE
    February 6, 2010

    Oh,OH,JD,QC(LONDON)

    I like your thinking as logical as a means of creating continuity for Policing the Country, it was necessary PM/President to make that decision in the absence due to deliberate intention of the Opposition. The positions were given as acting which indicates to me if/when the members of the Opposition take their seats, it will be debated/discussed to create permanancy. It is said that the Commissioner is on retirement leave, therefore, technically he is still in situ

    I will say the nominees for the positions are able/capable for the acting positions then what is the problem?

  4. Danielson
    February 5, 2010

    To Morris Antoine,

    This is a very good annotation. Now according to the constitution section 59 (7) there is reference to that particular scenario, which is the period between the dissolution of the Parliament and the first meeting of the House relating to the Office of the Prime Minister.

    This section states that, if at anytime between the holding of a general election of representatives and the First meeting of the House thereafter, the President considers that in consequence of changes in the membership of the House resulting from that election and of any general election of Senators (change of Party) the Prime Minister will not be able to command the support of the MAJORITY of the elected members of the House the President may remove the Prime Minister from office.

    Now this is what is important to recognize, the period of the events. The Prime Minister cannot continue to hold that position during that period if he was not re-elected, retained his parliamentary status or losses the general election. The position becomes vacant and considering that there is reference in the constitution for an elected person to be appoint by the President during that period explains it well.

    The Leader of the Party that commands MAJORITY can occupy that position almost immediately and on condition of legality the President has the power to officially appoint that person as Prime Minister even before the First Meeting of the House.

    cheers

  5. Dominican lover
    February 5, 2010

    Enlighten me, are the three members of the opposition, saying that they were unfairly elected as the election was unfair. If you refuse your seat in parliament where does he PM find u to discuss with you, in de Plaza. Mr.Alleyne is jsut demonstrating why … he did not get the top Judiciary job for the caribbean region ..He interprets the law without sense. Again another one who mised their opportunity and dont know how to step down gracefully.
    Now the Pm should call another seating of Parliament next week and one the week after. If those eleced officers refuse to attend we call a by-election.

  6. Morris Antoine Padua
    February 5, 2010

    ..

    If the results should warrant a change of party, does it mean that the former Prime Minister continue to govern until the first sitting of Parliament?

    I think this should be addressed by whomever constitutionally fit scholar available.

  7. Oh OH!!! JD, QC (LONDON)
    February 5, 2010

    Ian, you are stressed LoL!!!

    Danielson, from what i understood the Commisioner and Deputy is still acting positions they have not yet been appointed.

    The acting period came to an end and needed to be re-appointed to act for a further term until the Commissioner can be officially appointed. The problem is the previous Commissioner is on retirement leave and is therefore still Commissioner.

    The appointments were needed urgently, else they would have returned to their substantive positions, leaving the country without a Commissioner and a deputy.

    Now seeing that Ron Green Lost his seat there is absolutely no way he could be the official opposition leader, .. consulting Mr. Green woud be the wrong thing to do unless the General election result means nothing!!!!

  8. Thoughtful
    February 5, 2010

    It appears that the majority of the people on this blog have not read the Constitution.

    I would advise everyone to do so.

  9. Ian
    February 5, 2010

    Far to many stupid people on this blog—-The police Wait and others—-ignornance is your middle names. Sir Brian is a reputable legal scholar—what are you guys?—-red clinic badge holders or future Totu MACOUTE of Dominca ? Go hide yourselves.

  10. Compassion is Valuable
    February 5, 2010

    To; Realist:TRUE
    To; LCM ;TRUE
    To; ALBERT P.: TRUE
    An opposition party is a healthy for any country, in keeping the ruling government in check or else Haiti will welcome the sisterhood which has so long kept it in the state that it has been.

    Secondly, alot of Dominicans do not read and at that are not even aware that the constitution is available giving creditability reference governance through the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the decision taken.

    As stated by LCM “Making decisions that is against the constitution is setting dangerous precedence if nothing is done about it. I can only imagine what kind of rules may be passed if there was only one party in power.”

  11. Danielson
    February 5, 2010

    On the same note.

    In the event of the Dissolution of Parliament, and the holding of a General Election where the Leader of the Opposition lost his seat in Parliament.

    And it is only the President that makes appointment for the Leader of the Opposition and that appointment only happens between the dissolution of Parliament and the Day election and at the first sitting of the House after the General Elections.

    It would mean that between the time of election day and the first seating of the House, there is no Leader of the Opposition. (I believe that is an open window in the constitution and must be amended.)

    Considering the fact that during that time in question there is NO REFERENCE OF THE EXISTENCE OF A LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, and that the appointments of the commissioners required the consultation of the Leader of the Opposition and knowing that out of the three elected members who do no support the government a Leader of the Opposition would have normally been appointed at the first seating of the HOUSE, then in my opinion, the Prime Minster should have delayed the appointments of the commissioners until then.

    Now, it the three elected MP’s had boycotted the first seating as they did then no consultation would have been necessary, since there would definitively be no Leader of the Opposition.

    I guess the Prime Minister knew that the elected MP’s of the UWP were serious about the boycott and then there would be no Leader of the Opposition to consult so he went ahead with the decision anyway.

  12. Thoughtful
    February 5, 2010

    @tomahawk, please be more specific.

    Enlighten us the ignorant ones on this blog.

  13. Danielson
    February 5, 2010

    I believe this scenario of the election result is bringing much need awareness and education to the citizenry. Something I believe should be part of our public education system.

    Having read the constitution and reviewed the sections related to the Leader of the Opposition it seems clear that with sufficient understanding of the English language the interpretation is very simple but the decision is what is bothersome

    First: The idea that the country must have a Leader of the Opposition after a general election will only occur if there are ELECTED members in the house who DO NOT support the government. This means that the constitution was written up in a manner that makes it LEGAL for a party that wins all the constituencies in a GENERAL ELECTION to govern without an OPPOSITION LEADER. Chapter 66 (2) of the constitution clearly states that. http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/chapters/chap1-01-sch1.pdf

    Second: On the matter of consultation of the Leader of the Opposition “Ron Green”with the actual considerations of the Dissolution of Parliament for a General Election and the results of the election where Ron Green was not elected as a representative to the Parliament. I can’t see where in the constitution reference is made to that particular case.

    What the Constitution does make reference to is the appointment of a Leader of the Opposition between the dissolution of the Parliament and the days ensuing election of representatives that day being December 18th. And the constitution does state that the appointment of a Leader of the Opposition MAY be made as if Parliament had not been dissolved. section 66 (3).

    Was it a breach of the laws of Dominica for the Prime Minister to have not consulted with the Opposition Leader.

    Well, under the circumstances, and considering that there is no reference in the Constitution that allows Ron Green to continue holding the position of Leader of the Opposition after the general election date according to section 66 (4) (b), which states that the office of the Opposition Leader shall become vacant – if, when the House first meets after a dissolution of Parliament, he is not then a member of the House. (not elected a representative). OK….I believe this means that from yesterday’s seating onwards Ron Green is not Leader of the Opposition.

    Lets go back a few weeks between election day and yesterday’s first seating. Was Ron Green Leader of the Opposition?

    Facts
    Time when consultation was required, (after the general election) and (before first seating)
    Was Ron Green an elected representative (no)
    Does the constitution allows for an unelected individual to be opposition leader (no)
    Can Ron Green be Leader of the Opposition after the dissolution of Parliament and after the general election date where he was not elected as the parliamentary representative (no)

    I don’t see a breach because I don’t see a reference in the constitution where Ron Green remains Leader of the Opposition, between the date of the general elections and before the first seating as an unelected member of the House.

    cheers

  14. tomahawk
    February 5, 2010

    I once thought that dominicans were smart people,am amazed at the level of ignorance in our country in the 21st century,no wonder the country stick on a hole,ignorance to the bone.

  15. Morris Antoine Padua
    February 5, 2010

    My content is directed to Mr. Alleyne.

    Sir, since Mr. Green was not the successfully elected candidate for the La plaine constituency, he is not a Parliament Representative. It follows that he is not a member of Parliament, much less leader of the Opposition.

    The Prime Minister could wait for the first sitting of Parliament in order for the Opposition to elect their leader but you would agree with me that a matter of National Security has to be dealt with, with the urgency it deserves.

    The Constitution presumes that the Opposition Leader is an elected member of Parliament and remains so until he/she is or isn’t re-elected by the Opposition Parliamentarians in the house.

    I think it tremendously disengenuous to the Prime Minister to condemn his appointment of these Officers in the interest of National Security, over a constitutional question which according to you is not unanimously settled.

    The fundamental question here is” WHEN DID MR. GREEN STOP BEING A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT?”

    I do sincerely solicit your response.

    morrispadua@gmail.com

  16. Progressive mind
    February 5, 2010

    Realist, who do you think Brian Alleyne is supporting? ..Time will tell.

  17. Thoughtful
    February 5, 2010

    People seems to be getting this whole thing wrong. NoOne is right, the interpretation of the constitution varies from person to person, hence Mr. Alleyne’s opinion is not etched in stone.

    According to the Constitution the Office of the Leader of the Opposition becomes vacant when:

    1. if he ceases to be a member of the House OTHERWISE than by reason of a dissolution of Parliament;
    2. if, when the House first meets after a dissolution of Parliament, he is not then a member of the House;
    3. if, under the provisions of section 35(4) of this Constitution, he is required to cease to perform his functions as a member of the House; or
    4. if he is removed from office by the President under the provisions of subsection (4) of this section.

    Mr. Alleyne is concentrating on the number 2 above but read number 1. I deliberately capitalized the word “otherwise” above because it is crucial in understanding the point being made. Hence one can also argue that the Office of the Leader of the Opposition become vacant when Parliament is dissolved.

    Therefore this whole issue is not as clear cut as many people seems to make it be.

    Furthermore, concerning the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, the Constitution states that “The powers of the President under this section (section concerning the Office of the Leader of the Opposition) shall be exercised by him in his own deliberate judgment.”

    So if there is no Leader of Opposition to consult (since the UWP has made it clear that they have nothing to do with the government) the President using his own deliberate judgement can act on the advise of the Prime Minister.

  18. No Bail
    February 5, 2010

    Abeh I wish they would miss 3 in a row and see what happens to them eh. Hmmmmmm

  19. moses bethelmie
    February 5, 2010

    this man crazy. he wants the pm to consolt with the opposition leader? which opposition leader ? there is non. ron green is not an elected official. so why consult him?opposition fini. don . salt. no more. lit the pm do his job.

  20. Republican
    February 5, 2010

    Blatant disregard for the laws of the land.. To Dominicans ignorance is bliss. What a shame.

  21. child
    February 5, 2010

    dominican still not getting it

  22. NoOne
    February 5, 2010

    As a people we continuously fail to misrepresent facts.

    Mr. Alleyne said, “As I understand the constitution…”. Those three words “as I understand” are most important in this article. The interpretation of the constitution varies from person to person, and Mr. Alleyne is only qualified to give his personal opinion. However that opinion, is not gospel (with all due respect to the Chief Justice, a respectable man) and should not be regarded as such.

    It is for this reason why in the United States constitutional issues are reviewed by a panel of seven Supreme Court judges; each with his/her own opinion and legal understanding. Only after a vote and a ruling by the entire panel is a decision given on the matter.

    My two cents.

  23. Oh OH!!! JD, QC (LONDON)
    February 5, 2010

    Now i understand why mamo….prefered choice was a shop keeper (Imagine that!!) Mr A Carbon may his soull RIP.

    I am not convince that Sir Alleyne interpreted that constitution correctly ….

    so what is brian saying if workers a]had won the elections on december 18 Ron Green would be PM Elect and also Opposition Leader?
    and if the argument is when the house meets is he now saying that the 3 opposition members were not duly elected?

    If the case on skerrit dual citizenship prevented him from taking part in the election would he had remained PM until the house meets?

    If Freedom party had won the 3 seats (including Judith) and workers had none, what is he saying, Judith couldn’t have been the official leader until the house meet? even if there was no uwp candidate in the house, so you saying the PM would have had to by-pass Judith and go to Ron for consultation until the house meets even though he he lost his seat?

    Finally if Ron remained Opposition leader then he should continue getting his salary until the house meets, and that was not the case!!!!!

    BRIAN YOU ARE WRONG AGAIN WITH YOUR INTERPRETATION.

  24. February 5, 2010

    You people keep talking about let him run the affairs of the country. Tell me exactly, WHAT AFFAIRS IS HE (ROOSEVELT SKERRITT) RUNNING?!

    .. What measures or plans has he put in place to combat the rising violence and crime wave affecting our island?

    What measures has he put in place to safe-guard us as much as possible from all those tremors and earthquakes? Most Dominicans live in low-lying coastal areas. Tsunamis are a real threat to us. Why hasn’t he tried to implement Sirens and Horns to warn people to move to higher areas? National Security doesn’t only mean crime and the Police Service, it means to make your people as SECURE as possible. IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.

    Escaped Prisoner notwithstanding, he has YET to address the flourishing drug scene happening right under his watch. Venezuelans coming in on speed-boats and dumping kilos of cocaine right in our waters. Who do you think is going to pay for that? It’s our children and grand-children that will start suddenly disappearing without a trace.

    So please, when all you Labourites running all you mouths, please put it into perspective.

  25. ALBERT P.
    February 5, 2010

    I SOMEWHAT AGREE WITH MR. ALLEYNE….RULES ARE RULES AND THEY SHOULD BE FOLLOWED REGARDLESS…IF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THAT MR. GREEN IS OPPOSITION LEADER UNTIL THE FIRST SITTING, THEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSULTED.

    HOWEVER, NOW THAT THE HOUSE HAS MET THE PRIME MINISTER SHOULD RE-SUBMIT HIS SUGGESTIONS, WHICH SHOULD NOW BE APPROVED…BECAUSE IT IS NOW CONFIRMED THAT WE HAVE NO OPPOSITION LEADER…RULES ARE RULES.

    THE TIME FOR CHILDEST THINGS HAS PASSED. IN THIS DIFFICULT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT WE CAN’T WASTE TIME PLAYING SILLY EXPENSIVE GAMES. MR. GREEN AND THE REST….I AM TRULY SADDENED.

    QUOTE: WHEN ONE ABUSES HIS RIGHT PASSED THE LEVEL OF GOOD TASTE HE HAS LOST ALL SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY.
    A. P.

  26. GWATANCE
    February 5, 2010

    Tell me, the fact that RON GREEN was not elected to be a representive in Parliament then how can he be the Leader of the Opposition. I would have thought a recommendation should be made to select a member of the three elected UWP members to be Leader of the Opposition then RON becomes the UWP leader an a Senator when they are prepared to work for the betterment for the Commonwealth of DOMINICA. I have named three possible Senators Bernard Wilshire, Lennox Linton, Angelo Allen and now Ron Green.

    NOW THEN LET US RUN/GOVERN OUR COUNTRY

  27. pageantlover
    February 5, 2010

    Hey let’s get our cards right. How can a person representing a community REFUSE to sit in parlement? That means that he does not care about those who vote him in and he is just betraying them. No matter what happen the day of election; today I regret that I have no body sitting in parlement t o represent me.As adults YOU NEED TO BE SITTING THERE. THE PEOPLE NEED YOUR VOICE. (One man changed the world) Next time I will follow the crowd and vote for DLP; SHAME ON YOU ALL MAN

  28. LABOUR TO THE BONE
    February 5, 2010

    Relax sir, did you forget we have our massive mandate. just leave my PM alone before we send you back to mahaut.. It is our time Labou time….

  29. JAH!!!
    February 5, 2010

    Waw waw waw…those who just waiting for skerrit to poom to eat food, you guys well never go no where…Allu dominicans soooo stupid yea..waw….such a waste of time country

  30. LMAO
    February 5, 2010

    How is one supposed to consult with an opposition leader when there is none?

    PEACE!!!

  31. LMAO
    February 5, 2010

    Wow,

    they openly boycott Parliament, yet they want to have a say?! These guys have definitely lost it.

  32. sigma-1n
    February 5, 2010


    It is clear to everybody that the opposition is taking no interest in the business of the country. They are more concerned with their individual party issues.

    How can that judge say government ought to consult the opposition. As far as the work of government is concerned the country comes first.. If a law says otherwise then the law should be reformed. The Prime Minister cannot allow himself to run around playing little childish games with Ron Green while the business of the country is put on hold.

    I think the law ought to be improved so that politicians have clear-cut legal paths to follow after an election. I think the opposition is just hell bent on stalling the government for their own selfish reasons. That should not be allowed to happen. They wish to see the government fail.

    What kind of people would want to see their own country fail?

    ..

  33. GOOD en EASY
    February 5, 2010

    In the last days MAN shall not know what is right and what is wrong, but that does not mean that God will not judge the unjust for ignorance,. According to the BIBLE man will be confused of what is right and what is wrong. Is it what the BOOK said we are seeing today???????? Take note my people do not be carried away by popular opinion. one plus one equals to two. No matter 3million people say one plus one is other wise, and one says the answer is two. Who makes he/she wrong?

  34. LCM
    February 5, 2010

    Wether you support the PM or not we have to abide by the constitution. Even if the UWP had a boycott the constitution is still there and unless it is amended it has to be followed and upheld by all including the Prime Minister.

    Making decisions that is against the constitution is setting dangerous precedence if nothing is done about it. I can only imagine what kind of rules may be passed if there was only one party in power.

    If the appointments were unconstitutional, the only right thing to do is withdraw the appointments and follow the law.

  35. Dominican
    February 4, 2010

    .. Sorry Mr Alleyne but i cann’t take you serious.

  36. Aylisha Innis
    February 4, 2010

    It is my view that the Leader of the Opposition MUST at all material times while holding that Office be an elected member of the House. The Constitution of Dominica outlines the qualification for three Offices. The Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and the Leader of the Opposition. The holder of any of theses Offices must at all times while holding any such Constitutional Office be an elected member of the house.

    Section 66(4) of the Dominica Constitution states- The Office of Leader of the Opposition shall become vacant-

    (a) if he ceases to be a member of the House otherwise than by reason of a dissolution of Parliament. When one looses an election he/she ceases to be a member of the House.

    My understanding is that Ron Green having lost his seat on December 18 was no longer qualified to hold the Office of Leader of the Opposition effective December 19. Had Mr. Green won his seat he would continue as Leader of the Opposition untill a new leader of the Opposition is appointed by the President or to the first sitting of Parliament.

    This means that even after the House was dissolved he still remained the Leader of the Opposition. Had Mr Green won his seat, he would continue, as an elected member of the House, to hold the Office of Leader of the Opposition untill a successor is appointed or to the first sitting of Parliament .

    Mr. Green was Leader of the Opposition first an foremost being the elected member of Laplaine and secondly, being the member of the House who had the support of the majority of members who did not support the Government.

    Having lost his seat during the election, Mr Green lost the qualification of being the elected member of Laplaine and as such immediately vacate his Office as Leader of the Opposition. In such a scenario the President does not have to revoke his appointment. Petter Saint Jean who won the Laplaine seat assumes the office of elected Member for Laplaine. No Constituency can have two Parl Reps at the same time. For Ron Green to continue as Leader of the Opposition up to the first sitting of Parliament he would have had to be the elected member for Laplaine after December 18 2009. That was not the case.

    Therefore, Ron Green ceased being Leader of the Opposition effective December 19, 2009 and as such, it is my view the PM was properly advised not to consult with the former Leader of the Opposition. It is my view also that the President who himself is one of the foremost legal luminaries in Dominica would so advise himself before effecting the appointments.

    I would therefore beg to differ with Sir Brian’s Opinion with the utmost respect and support the action of Dr. Liverpool.

    Aylisha Innis (Mrs)
    Attorney at Law
    Mostserrat

  37. Seaman
    February 4, 2010

    Mr Alleyne I am really starting to think differently about you….you are starting to sound like Ron Green and that is really not a nice thing to say about you.

    I wonder what would mamo say.

  38. interesting
    February 4, 2010

    So the UWP decided to not represent the people who voted for them in the three constituency in the house of assemble, and when did that make it a one party issue? no one told these guys not to come they have the right to represent and a matter of fact they are a part of the house once elected so when people like Neg Lawi come on and say things like “….just make DA a one party state and see how it go be for the next five or 41/2 years…maybe like Red China or Red Venezuela….more to come” its sounds like pure ignorance the labour party has never stop the UWP from coming to represent its people they choose not too, so your fustration should be faced towards them.

  39. adjustble
    February 4, 2010

    Mr green u and your boys have a big problem. Most of all u lost your seat and u still want to be in charged,man take a dam break and let the us take dominica to the next level. Stay in laplane sit back and see us work. U lost and yet u can’t get over it

  40. New Yorker
    February 4, 2010

    Well maybe Skeritt should have gone to the rum shop where the so called peoples parliament was held to pass the message that the country was without a commisioner and deputy and the safety of the country was at stake for Ron and his boys to be consluted, the minority leader stated right after the elections that they were not going to partake in any decisions of appointment or parliament, so what was the PM to do put the people who elected him in danager, skeritt is not like you Ron, Eddie, and hector …and thats why the people of Dominica widely choice him and his party over yours. But what you guys are looking for you will get it, three misses and there will be a by-election and you guys may just lose these three sits.

  41. Dominican
    February 4, 2010

    ..SORRY Mr. Alleyne but i cann’t take you
    Serious Sir.

  42. February 4, 2010

    UWP is just**! Sir Brian even thought the PM had consulted with the UWP party wat u think they would say?Consult them doh consult them is the same ting.Let them stay in the yard to clean up the dog **!

  43. Mahaut People
    February 4, 2010

    Will the opposition members be paid? they have not been sworn in as members of parliament. ..and they are talking about a peoples’ parliament. What a joke.

  44. Dominican
    February 4, 2010

    Ron green and his boys need to stay out of parliament. We need some peace and tranquillity in
    this house. Because we have to take this country to another level.

  45. Karkabeff
    February 4, 2010

    hmmmmm

  46. STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE
    February 4, 2010

    OK ALL THE SKERRIT WORSHIPERS….COME AND BASH BRIAN ALLEYNE….

    LET’S GO…..BASH HIM….AND REFUSE TO UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE…

  47. Chiensal
    February 4, 2010

    Red Dominica?

  48. Fbd
    February 4, 2010

    We were told in PLAIN ENGLISH that NO Lawyer or NO constitution ………….
    We were also told GO TO HELL……..
    We were also told its none of your dam buisness……….

    Come to think of it we were also told that I ( the great ) will debate Ron anytime and anywhere !!

    Well well well Dominicans how many more insults can we tolerate ?
    Maybe we might have to tolerate worst but my comfort is that I ( I can only speak for myself ) serve a GOD that neither SLUMBERS nor SLEEPS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Wait A Minute
    February 4, 2010

    Neg Lawi and the rest of the blues, we don’t care a .. of what the likes of you think. If this is a one party state is because your foolish guys from the blue side who were elected refused to sit in the parliament. Too bad for them. The affairs of the state MUST continue with or without them. WHEN THEY ARE THERE IS A PACK OF NONESENSE THEY DOES TALK ANYWAY, SO GOOD RIDDANCE.
    As far as Sir Brian is concerned, with all due respect to the gentleman, I would have to get a second or third legal opinion on this matter before I listen to what he has to say. … It is therefore fair to truly examine every statement of a politically sensitive nature eminating from the gentleman.

  50. Realist
    February 4, 2010

    Mr. Brian Alleyne, I respect you so much and your unbiased view on this and other issues prove that you have really earned your way in history. Mr. Brian Alleyne, one of the few great Dominicans. Charles Maynard, Alix Boyd Knights, Lennox Linton, Lennox Honychurch and Matt Peltier, please learn from Mr.Alleyne. You can support someone and not agree with everything they say.

  51. dominicanfirst
    February 4, 2010

    did someone advice the top judge that ron greenlost his seat so he cannot be leader of the oppositon
    judge enlighten me here

  52. Seaman
    February 4, 2010

    Judge Alleyne, …..you are weak.

  53. People Power
    February 4, 2010

    Well take us to court again. We don’t need your advice. Go advise Ron, Sam, Pestaina, Para and Eddie. We have our advisors already!!!! Labour Power!!!!

  54. Phophet2
    February 4, 2010

    Mi roro

  55. Thoughtful
    February 4, 2010

    Mr. Green and his cohorts has decided that they won’t have anything to do with the government unless fresh elections are called in what? 18 months?

    So what they expect the PM to do? Sit and wait for them? The business of the nation must go on. I am sure the Constitution has some sort of provision for that.

    Mr. Alleyne should use his expertise to advise the duly elected members of the UWP (not Mr. Green. He lost) that if they continue boycotting parliament they will lose their seats and by elections will have to be called. Now if this happens and they lose these three seats as Mr. Alleyne observed, then people go say Dominica is a “one party state” even more than they are saying it is already

    I am waiting with bated breath.

  56. XTE
    February 4, 2010

    Disappoint then because it was done before the first sitting of the house. Then appoint them back today after the first sitting

    What’s the point?

    The opposition take there stance. They are not interested in anything but their own way. They do not respect democracy and hide behind allegations of corruption in the electoral process.

    Just look at that. They disregard some 20, 000 people’s choice and they regard their own choice and call it the people’s.

    Rather than Justice Brian speak on that issue he rather comes out and speaks bout appointment of Police.

    You can just tell that some guys just want to be heard. Why make an issue of that?

    Some people in this country just always want to hear Dominica name in trouble.

    But I expect this! I mean look at the trend of all those former leaders of old. That should indicate something.

  57. Any old how
    February 4, 2010

    Dominica is a country where ANYTHING can happen. Laws no longer hold.

  58. Caddy
    February 4, 2010

    One thing…I really dislike that President! What is he getting paid for? Just to have the name President?? I mean what’s up with that?? Prime Minister advise President, .., President does exactly what Prime Minister says! WOW!

  59. Neg Lawi
    February 4, 2010

    En beh look it….just make DA a one party state and see how it go be for the next five or 41/2 years…maybe like Red China or Red Venezuela….more to come

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