UWP supports CCJ move but …

John wants more public consultation and participation on the CCJ move
John wants more public consultation and participation on the CCJ move

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has said it is supporting Dominica’s move from the London-based Privy Council to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final appellate court, however it is calling for more public involvement and participation in the matter.

Leader of the Opposition, Hector John, told DNO on Wednesday morning that the public needs to be involved on matters that affect them.

“We want the involvement of the community in it, we want people to know what’s going on, to be sensitized,” he said.

On Wednesday the parliament of Dominica introduced a bill to amend the constitution in order to facilitate the de-linking from the Privy Council.

John said the country should move collectively to the CCJ along with other members of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

“We don’t want to rush but what we want is that the people of Dominica are very much aware of what we are doing in terms of the CCJ and our final appellate court,” he said. “We support the CCJ but we need it to be done properly and we want to ensure that we move in the right direction as a country, not rushing it.”

He suggested a referendum so the people of Dominica could decide on the move.

“We need them to know the decisions that we are taking are for them, on their behalf, and not just when somebody decide that they wake up next day and decide that they are breaking ranks with the Privy Council and move to the CCJ and not inform the populace,” John argued. “That is very important for us as a party; to ensure that we inform our people and every decision we take in their interest every step of the way.”

Recently UWP hopeful for Grand Fond, Thomson Fontaine, openly objected to the move saying the UWP doesn’t believe Dominica is ready for it.

“We don’t believe it should have been done. There are still a lot of questions about the judiciary and the ability of our own people to preside over themselves,” he was quoted as saying.

But minister for tourism and legal affairs, Ian Douglas, described the statement as “immature and downright colonialistic.”

In January Dominica received approval to leave the UK’s Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal.

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77 Comments

  1. Small head
    March 21, 2014

    Austrie you will bring up your pressure. Speak for yourself when you say No place for PHD in Dominica. Are you jealous of the man Thomson Fontaine? You are an elected member not the sole owner of Dominica. You will loose the election and you will wish you had qualified yourself, You are embarassing the Dominican Public.I know you don’t have to be qualified to go back to cutting bodies at Ross. Do not envy and cry down Qualified Dominicans. You sound very desperate.

  2. joy
    March 20, 2014

    I’m still a little confuse here.Who is the leader of the uwp,some articles say Mr Linton.others say Mr John,can someone explain?.

  3. Francisco Telemaque
    March 20, 2014

    winston warrington March 20, 2014
    “My name is Winston, Francisco, not Warrington. If you wish to address my family, wait until they collectively express their views in this forum. You see, your brain is wired British – British enough to support this neo-colonialist BS by Dr Fontaine. Read “Black skin”(Winston Warrigtion).

    Warrington in true Dominica, fashion, let me say I believe you “dotish man!” In modern English someone like you would be considered foolish, meaning the same as dotish, or stupid; Creole, patios or whatever that is in Dominica language. People like you and Emile are simply proving how uneducated , and stupid you puppets are!

    Winston people refer to people by their surname, it would appear if you do not know that, and do not wish to be addressed by your surname, that tells me that you do not have much upstairs. So let me inform you that in linguistics educated people are taught that there are two respectful ways to address someone they are not acquainted to and another way to address acquaintances, and people they know personally.

    Those two words are ” formal, and informal;” now I am not going to educate you as how to apply them, perhaps Emile can teach you since both of you seem to have attended the same institutions and rival each other at the same educational level. Nevertheless, I would much prefer someone who does not know me to use the informal way to addressing me by saying; Mr. Telemaque, which is my surname, whereas family, friends, and acquaintances should address me in the formal way Francisco, or Etienne or by my pet name Son!

    You can talk all sorts of nonsense about brain wired British, and neocolonialist which is a single world, which you have hyphened speaks volumes of how unintelligent you are, the more you small weasels attack me it is the is narrower the circles I have drawn around becomes, the louder you and Emile bark, it the more you expose your educational inferiority.

    Case and point when a person writes the first letters of their name, and surname in lower case letters such as “winston warrington.” Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah: that is an indication that you did not even graduate kindergarten class, so I would have to be an idiot to pay you attention; so as for you not to remain dumb, be infromed that the first letter in the names of people, animals, places, and things are always capitalized or a more educational expression would be “written in upper case letters, and not in lower case letters. Therefore, your mane should be written thus: Winston Warrington, and please inform you partner in crime Emile that my surname can only be spelt and written in two ways. The French way is “Te’le’maque, whereas in English it is written as such “Telemaque” okay, and not as he spelt it Telemacque.

    I am your master,I am also the master of you and Emil, who’s business to kiss the behind of all the Labor Party politicians, while you sing for your ssupper!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Not again
      March 21, 2014

      You said all that to say what????????

    • Bogoroy
      March 21, 2014

      I fail to understand why DNO would publish this incoherent diatribe that has absolutely no relation to the artcile above and which appears to exist for only one reason: Maypuis!

      8-O

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 21, 2014

        Seems to me that you are singing and dancing on a treadmill, for your supper too!

        You are asking why DNO printed what I wrote which you suggest has nothing to do with the topic. If you wish not to be bias, you would have notices DNO simply gave me the opportunity to respond to the man who does not want me to address him by his surname; he claimed that by referring to him by his surname, I am addressing his entire family.

        How dumb can one be; there hundreds of Warrington alive in Dominica, in Antigua, and New York as far as I know, I do not know Elaine Warrington, and Michael Warrington (a Carib Indian) who once represented the Leeward islands playing cricket is still alive, but I called them friend at one time, so if this man who does not want me to refer to him by his surname is related to them; I am sure they may wish to deny him because of his stupidity!

        And by the way how come you were not concerned about it when DNO gave him the chance to tell me that my brain is wired British:

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

        And I am some neocolonialist; he doesn’t even know how to spell neocolonialists, nor neocolonialism.

        Equal opportunity we term that; and DNO has done an excellent job of affording everyone the opportunity to voice their opinions, and indeed respond to the venom when it is spud at victims like me.

        So, ficticious as you are, let me remind you it is a bad thing to kiss up to the politicians, and sing for you breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and late in the night your super!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • FIL
      March 22, 2014

      You think you are Mr. Know it all.

  4. radics
    March 20, 2014

    UWP is just a but party….they are all confused… Lol

  5. GOAT LAW IN FRANCE
    March 20, 2014

    I am now having very serious concerns about the UWP approach to politics and governance in Dominica.
    Its either you are for the court or you are against it. We have to stop talking from both sides of our mouths. Consultations were held in different parts/zones of Dominica on the CCJ. Did the opposition UWP submitted any paper to the government or their constituents or hold any forum on the CCJ? Hell NO ! Those meetings were publicized and we all had the opportunity to attend and voice our concerns. Why is it that the party UWP continues to have everybody talking on this matter and yet to come to come to a position on this matter.

  6. patriot
    March 20, 2014

    But wat ?

  7. Godswillbedone
    March 20, 2014

    Think. Change is still inevitable. The dictatorship has to end. Too much of a one man show.

    • Observer
      March 21, 2014

      The change that is really required is for the UWP to stop flip-flopping and make up their mind as to what it is they really want. The discussion on the CCJ has been going on in Dominica for at least two to three years; on the radio, through community forums, in the media and it really baffling that they would now call for further discussion on the matter. These guys need to stop playing these games and become more responsible politicians and representatives of the people.

      Being in the Opposition does not call for raising absurd and meaningless discussion; it calls for constructive criticism and positive alternatives to what the government is proposing.

      • Godswillbedone
        March 24, 2014

        I appreciate good writing. Thanks.

  8. confusion UWPwee
    March 19, 2014

    Its amazing how this party doesn’t have a clear cut policy on this matter. One month its one view then another follows on the CCJ. Fontaine said its not good and then we have a yes but and the other one says…..!
    It is a shame that UWP believe that we HAVE TO SEEK A REFERUNDUM TO GET PERMISSION FROM ourselves to do away with one of the last remaining Colonial Institutions PRIVY COUNCIL based in London where that very body has made it quite clear that it no longer has any further need for us!
    We are a sovereign country and we as an associate state didn’t ask the other associated states whether Leeward or Windward to go to the UK to seek Independence. Its the same foolish argument that was used in the past that we needed to do this before independence. SHAMEFUL BLUES<?<

  9. Tyre hit de road
    March 19, 2014

    I think the Mr Thompson is too Quick to speak most of the time, It seems to me that he is sometimes over stepping his boundries in the UWP party on issues that the leader of the party, Mr linton should be addressing public Instead, you see Thompson talking about matters so quickly as if he is the leader. He needs to take a vacation to clear his head and relax. As the economist/ Financal Minister which I expect him to be when UWP wins the next General election. He should concentrate from now on Key Issues we are faced with mostly. Thompson should do more listen now and focus on the daunting task he has ahead Investments financial matters for Dominica he needs to do more listening than Talking. The party must slow him down! :-D

  10. Itassi too
    March 19, 2014

    Region not comfortable with CCJ – Peters
    Dominica News Online – Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Peters believes this is evidence that the region is not comfortable with the CCJ. Several former Caribbean leaders and regional diplomats have told the Caribbean to accept the CCJ as they move to strengthen regional integration. Peters however, says those appeals appear to be “emotional”.

    “Nobody can tell me why. What is the benefit for me as a citizen to have Trinidadians and Dominicans making final decision on law. If I were to advise government I would tell them not to support the call,” he stressed.

  11. Itassi too
    March 19, 2014

    You Skerritites are so BLIND and ignorant that you cannot even see there is no difference between what Fontaine said in Feb. and what Spaggs said today; All you know Skerrit is in serious trouble so the strategy is to make people believe UWP is divided, which is false! here is some more of what Dr. said: PM takes on Fontaine on CCJ Dominica News Online – Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 8:50 AM : In an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) recently Fontaine described Dominica’s move to the CCJ as a hasty one and one that is not in the best interest of the country.

    “As a party we don’t believe that Dominica is ready for this move,” he stated. “We don’t believe it should have been done. There are still a lot of questions about the judiciary and the ability of our own people to preside over themselves. We believe that this move is a hasty one and that there should have been discussion about it and we would certainly initially not support this move because we don’t think it was done correctly.” Are they not saying the same thing? Now didn’t Donald Peters had that same opinion in 2011? Here is Peters:
    Region not comfortable with CCJ – Peters
    Dominica News Online – Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Dominican educator Donald Peters Ph.D has boldly spoken out against the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final appellate court for the region.

    I thought I was the one and only “Perfect Idiot” but I realize most of you on this site are making a strong challenge for my title and commonsense is telling me that most of you are more deserving of such title than I. So take it sets of Unquestionable IDIOTS!

  12. jjk
    March 19, 2014

    Its 35 years to late.

  13. jjk
    March 19, 2014

    UWP, ‘we want I D cards’ not voters I D cards. we papa they want to govern.
    ,

  14. Emile Zapatos
    March 19, 2014

    At last we see a true leader. Even if you do not agree with him he is sticking to the issue. He is saying rightly that the decision to join the CCJ is the right one , but need public debate and public information. He is not under the thumb of the new UWP and can see what is good in the move. I hope he will continue on this trend , because that is the attitude we need in the political arena. I was pleasantly surprise by this new attitude. Country first before party and individual interest. That is called nationalism and statesmanship. Even a good move need explanation to the people. Governments in power refrain from referendum because all kinds of unrelating issued will be politicized to embarrass and criticize them. But a white paper on this issue should be distributed to the people and debated in the House of Assembly.
    The street treatment that Thomson and the new uwp people want to give this matter is not sustainable.

  15. salisbury
    March 19, 2014

    i am from salisbury i do not believe that the C C J is good for us in DOMINICA oh no no no,

    • Emile Zapatos
      March 19, 2014

      Why ,Salisbury, do you disagree. I is your right to do so , but you need to make a better contribution to this debate. It will affect generations to come in Dominica and the rest of the Caribbean

  16. FIL
    March 19, 2014

    The problem with UWP every body wants to be the LEADER thats why it is so confusing.

    • ()
      March 19, 2014

      @FIL Your clogged mind is confusing not UWP. This positive party and government in waiting has always been saying that the people needs to be engaged on the matter.

      • FIL
        March 22, 2014

        My mind is clogged like yours. It takes one to know one.

  17. The Times
    March 19, 2014

    I wonder how ppl come out to blast certain media outlets like DNO sayin how they are not balanced when disseminating information but then sing their praises in times like this.

    But in honesty though the CCJ is a serious question mark. we need to understand that this is the final court to handle our criminal matters. Now if there is collusion we are gonna see some serious problems. Judges are humans and will take a very handsome bribe to bail politicians and may even bail out crime syndicates.

    Think my people.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 19, 2014

      This is what you pre-maturely assume. Always on the negative side. What makes you think this will be? Give it a chance. It has not yet gotten off the ground, so to speak and you are already criticizing, even giving it bad luck. You are surely a bearer of bad news which has not yet taken place.

  18. Francisco Telemaque
    March 19, 2014

    Recently UWP hopeful for Grand Fond, Thomson Fontaine, openly objected to the move.”

    Spags, the question at this time is not whether Dominica is read or not! I content that it is a mistake for our country to breakaway from the privy council which has served members of the Commonwealth for so long without errors; they review case, and render justice based on the correct interpretation of the governing laws.

    Our experience is that West Indians, are very political, and bias: we find basis decisions are made in our local courts, the same can be expected within the CCJ. Sags, I wish I could avoid saying this, nonetheless in the interim you will emerge on the wrong side of history!

    Already you have a situation where the government of Barbados, has literally ignored the ruling, and decisions of the CCJ in a matter. How many more of such attitude, and disrespect for the CCJ you anticipate from the regions governments before you realize we have made one of the biggest mistake to have abandoned the British Privy Council.

    We know that most West Indian, organizations such as the judicial system, are incapable of functioning independently, and not subjecting themselves to the mercy of some crooked politicians who controls them as poppet’s, and directs them to render judgments to suite their political purpose. You remember we have someone in Dominica who was the most suited person for the position in a certain court.

    However, because of one St. Vincent crook, our Dominican son, was denied the position; say thanks to Ralph Gonsalves, who stood in the way of our native son, and block him from the court. How many more such incidents you have to witness, and experienced when the time comes for the appoints of judges, and clerks to the court?

    And what about the constant political interference we anticipate?

    Sags had it not been for individual, and collectieve political biases, the attempted murder of Gong Emanuel, and some other cases in Dominica would already be resolved. The same thing is going to happen in the CCJ; politicians will get on the phone and decided cases, and then call the puppet judges and direct them in who’s favor rule.

    Such could not be accomplished with the Privy Council in London!

    Thomson Fontaine is correct, and his objection has relevance any politician in Dominica who supports that move will prove to be on the wrong side of history!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • stephen
      March 20, 2014

      You must stop writing crap on line find some other hobby

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 20, 2014

        Your you know who shall become my hubby very, very, soon considering she is available to whosoever may!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  19. FAST N FURIOUS
    March 19, 2014

    Boy look confusion!..They all fighting for power..They don’t even know their reason for opposing.

    • Kasey
      March 20, 2014

      Neither are they together in what they are saying. One person one thing and another a different thing. Pure crap and confusion among them inspite of they saying they are so together and ready

  20. Grapefruit
    March 19, 2014

    Stupes!!

  21. Bogoroy
    March 19, 2014

    DNO: “Recently UWP hopeful for Grand Fond, Thomson Fontaine, openly objected to the move saying the UWP doesn’t believe Dominica is ready for it.”

    Thanks for reminding us, DNO. Well-done!

    Alas, the comedy doee not end. Is this the party that they want to force on Dominicans?? These guys are so confused and lost.

    FIrst, Linton, the party leader, remained mute on the issue; as if the issue was beyond his capacity. When he spoke, he rambles on using pure rhetoric that says nothing. Then, Fontaine, the defacto leader, chants down the CCJ. Next, Joshua, the real deputy leader echoed Fontaine’s voice. And now, this! From Spaggs. I await to hear what the others have to say. Who knows, maybe they will even recommend a new court!

    What a bunch of jokers. Again, i ask: Is this the party that they want to force on Dominicans??

    • Perfect Idiot
      March 19, 2014

      @Bogoroy your name says it all. The fact that you can fake your name to make the public think you are someone you are not, confirms why you are a supporter of such a wicked government that allows foreigners, sometimes criminals, to land in Dominica under one passport and name and within days they leave with a Dominica passport and a Dominican name. So yes, by using Bogoroy you fake former mayor tells us more about your character.
      On the question of the subject matter, you ought not to make everybody see you as a big fool as you truly are because by Thompson saying UWP does not believe Dominica is ready for CCJ is not the same as saying “Never” to CCJ. 15 years ago America was not ready for a black president. But guess what? As we speak a black president is on his 2nd term.
      By the way, when “Perfect Idiot” calls you a BIG FOOL you better know you are very badly off.

      • Emile Zapatos
        March 19, 2014

        When Edward Leblance introduce policies to ugement development of Dominica’s cultural awareness ,he was bood and redicule in the Winsor Park . About 35 years ago when Patrick John introduced the idea of independence every voice was saying “we are not ready” and the question was always “when will we be ready ?” When Roosy Douglas decided to recognise Cuba, same cry. When Skeritt decided to recognise mainland China , “we are not ready” was the cry from the opposition. Well the DLP is not afraid to take decisions they think are right. Time and time again history has proved that their decisions are correct.

      • anony
        March 20, 2014

        “@Bogoroy your name says it all. The fact that you can fake your name to make the public think you are someone you are not, confirms why you are a supporter of such a wicked government that allows foreigners”…@perfect idiot is this your real name? It seems that you believe that you alone can fake your name that truly make you the PERFECT IDIOT!!!

      • Shari
        March 20, 2014

        Perfect Idiot, is that your registered name?

      • Perfect Idiot
        March 20, 2014

        @anomy and @shari, why expose yourselves to the world? Are you that blind and stupid that you cannot even understand what I said? There is NO ONE in Dominica that goes by the name of “Perfect Idiot.” It is simply a name I gave myself to express my idiotic views on DNO. That is not the same with BOGOROY. You could go to anywhere in Dominica and ask for Bogoroy and most people will tell you about that former footballer, cricketer and DLP candidate in the 80’s. For someone who is not “Bogoroy’ use that as his name is fake, small minded and even illegal.

      • Shim
        March 21, 2014

        Well, perfect idiot, by your own logic i reckon if someone else calls himself “tall boy” or “chabin” he would be “fake, small minded and even illegal” because there are many person sin Dominica who go by that nickname..

        You blue boys have such a warped thinking that i swear you guys are from Mars.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 19, 2014

      You know, “Birds of a feather flock together” and echo each other’s words :lol:

    • Emile Zapatos
      March 20, 2014

      When Obama decided to be President some people were saying that he is not ready, and some were saying that America was not ready for a black President.
      Well we know what more than one negative do.
      The rest is history. There is no way the PM can retreat from moving forward .

  22. Rule
    March 19, 2014

    These Laborrats seems to have Tunnel vision. All they are saying is, What’s the rush and let the people decide if we want to go to the CCJ. Isn’t this what a democracy is all about? The Government can’t just decide our fate.

    • .
      March 19, 2014

      we gave them this authority by electing them into office. Now it is their responsibility.

    • Emile Zapatos
      March 19, 2014

      Mr Rule sir, That is what the government is all about . They have to decide on what is good for the nation. That is what you have elected them to do. that is the job that you hired them to do, regardless of which party is in.

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      March 20, 2014

      The people decided when we gave the DLP Government the mandate to make decisions for us and on our behalf. What is so difficult to understand?

      Thank God the DLP is not confusing us, they speak the same language, unlike the UWP, Team Dominica or whatever they will call themselves tomorrow,

      The UWP it seems to me that, the left hand knows not what the right hand is doing or talking about so we see confusion, when they speak. . It does not talk a rocket scientist to know they confuse each other, far less us.

      Each trying to out do each other.. Too many cooks, they all want to be the leader. That kind of change we can do without.

  23. DC
    March 19, 2014

    The UWP is such a confused Party. Many of the members are unstable, they were once friends of the PM, they now castigate him at every given opportunity. One must be very careful with these deranged individuals because if the relationship turn sour they will stop at nothing to destroy you. UWP, please resolve your internal issues and speak as a team with one voice, and not as a constant battle to prove the member with the highest intellectual capacity. You are definitely not ready to lead!

    • Patriot
      March 19, 2014

      Thanks for telling us about yourself. Confession is good for the soul.

    • concern
      March 19, 2014

      if somone sees something is wrong or right they can voice their opioion.so what . the uwp and also the labour party can have diffrent views. one dont have to support ones opinion. stuupes

    • Itassi too
      March 19, 2014

      @DC, I was once a very solid supporter and friend of Roosevelt Skerrit. I even campaigned for him. But why should you hold on to something that you see is wrong? Why should I support the evils that I know? I know the brother personally and wish he had not gone astray. But as a fellow villager, I can tell you the man has gone very far from what we expected and therefore I cannot support him anymore. I prefer “Dominica” than party and to save Dominica I have to vote Skerrit out.

      • FIL
        March 19, 2014

        I don’t think you are from Vieille Case. Hater.

      • Simply the Truth
        March 19, 2014

        Who asked you? Is this what the article is about? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

      • MET YO
        March 19, 2014

        I guess like those who thought they could spin him like a top, you probably did not get what you wanted. But for me a hard working mother from Vielle Case, I am happy for the help I get to educate my kids

    • Emile Zapatos
      March 19, 2014

      The UWP never had a leadership. In the old UWP, the leader of the opposition was not the political leader. Then Ron Green, Edison James Prevost all took turns preaching boycott and demonstration. At that time the New uwp was calling themselves the peoples parliament and group for good governance, that was two groups with no election backing (dictatorship ?).
      now the old guys have taken a back seat and are getting paid for doing nothing (corruption?)
      Now the new guys have no use for the legally elected opposition and have taken over on a campaign of “transparency and accountability”. They think that their words give them representative value and they can say anything without proof. But they (the new uwp) is not transparent and accountable as was exposed in the DAAS bobol and the use of DAAS money to finance their travels and tyheir campaign. They themselves have provided the proof of their wrong doing and have admitted to their dishonesty. They call it a lapse in judgement,(corruption).
      They are just full of double standards and are thieves and liars. They are syndicated criminals with the Dominica treasury as their target. Those guys are really boldface, but they will provide their means to fizzle out. You have not even faced an election yet and you already have a MINISTER OF FINANCE, that certainly is a change.
      Now this wanabe minister of finance mayb be wanted by the IRS, and Homeland Security… more on that later.

    • March 20, 2014

      That’s the DLP discription and you just outline perfectly.

  24. winston warrington
    March 19, 2014

    The UWP must speak with one voice on issues of national priority. Although Dr Fontaine’s colonialist bias toward the Privy Council as our final Court of Appeal is less palpable than Hector John’s desire to take the issue to a plebiscite, the British government has clearly indicated that it no longer is interested in expenditures that are of no benefit to the British people. Certainly, our colonial masters think we are mature enough, and that we have been mature enough since 1960 when Sir Harold made the “Winds of Change” speech before the House of Assembly of South Africa.” If we are not yet possessed of the political consciousness that drives our independence as a nation, we can’t expect “change” in this century.

    • Bogoroy
      March 19, 2014

      How can a confused party speak with “one voice?” Cant’ you see that these guys are lost and confused?

    • Francisco Telemaque
      March 19, 2014

      ” British government has clearly indicated that it no longer is interested in expenditures that are of no benefit to the British people.”(Warrington).

      Warrington, don’t try to make it up as you go along, because the British government is not expending one British pence so that the Privy Council can review any matter brought to the Privy council. If anything it cost the people who submit matters to the court for review plenty!

      Mind you people, Lawyers; does not stand in front of the Privy Council and present evidence, and call witnesses, all they do is submit a matter for review, the decisions already rendered by some court. It is an appeal court, where they simply review the decisions rendered by the supreme court of some country.

      If a matter is heard in the high court in Dominica, and either the plaintiff, or respondent is dissatisfied with the ruling of our local high court, I believe these days there is a supreme court in Tortolla where they can appeal, if that court fails to render the appropriate decision, then the matter can be appealed to the Privy Council in London!

      This so call CCJ was formed, because somebody was dissatisfied after a ruling by the council. These people wanted to violate the rights of someone criminals they had in custody, for a long period of time exceeding the statue of elimination. People life were at stake, so the court ruled against some government, as a result they decided to create the CCJ, and talking crap about colonialists, and white people.

      As usual Dominica, cannot resists the ignorance, and must become involved.

      Anyway Warrington when a Dominica case is reviewed in London, before the Privy Council it cost the British government nothing! If you support your claim, than it will cost the government of Trinidad, for every case brought to the CCJ. Are you insinuating that shall be the case?

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Emile Zapatos
        March 19, 2014

        Mr Telemaque , have you heard that imperialism and colonialism are extinct as the plantation system. Empire days are gone. We do not sing “God save the queen anymore. WE do not want to and the British do not want us to.
        No one wants it, and certainly not the British. Infact they do not want you, do not want us. As Patrick John said during independence talks ,”we are no more subjects , we are no more objects, we are a sovereign people”.

      • winston warrington
        March 20, 2014

        My name is Winston, Francisco, not Warrington. If you wish to address my family, wait until they collectively express their views in this forum. You see, your brain is wired British – British enough to support this neo-colonialist BS by Dr Fontaine. Read “Black skin White mask “by our Martiniquan brother.

      • stephen
        March 20, 2014

        You must stop writing crap on line find some other hobby

  25. IFF I WUZ
    March 19, 2014

    Parry I would advise Skeritt to hold a referendum. What would be a better way to test his popularity,especially as the talk in Dominica these days is General Elections.

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      March 20, 2014

      I totally agree with you. And an election will be called in 2015 as is constitutionally due, so the UWP has plenty of time to make themselves ready, while the government keeps working on the change that continues to work for and matter Dominicans.

  26. %
    March 19, 2014

    Now this is a measured and almost perfect response by the Honourable Hector John. This is what leadership is all about, and this is why i FULLY AND UNRESERVEDLY SUPPORT TEAM DOMINICA OR THE UWP, as my party of choice.
    It’s not by accident that this team WILL SOON BE OUR GOVERNMENT, but the truth is they are the concerned party, the party of the poor man, the party that listens, the party with men who can think, the party of respectable men and women.
    SKERRO CALL THE ELECTION NAH!
    CALL IT NAH!
    OUT YOU GO SKERRIT!

    • ??
      March 19, 2014

      You know the sad thing with people like you? After you get another whooping from the DLP you all going to cry foul. UWP has no more that 30-35% support of the country. Go smoke that!!! Thomson, your go to man, is like an albatross around Lennox’s neck but can’t do anything without him. It’s just a lose lose situation for the UWP. Sorry guys, just calling it as it is….

      • %
        March 19, 2014

        @?? The message is clear and simple…….The people must be involved. I know this is too difficult for you to comprehend. SHAME ON YOU in 2014, when we have free education for all.

    • Really?
      March 19, 2014

      You mean a party that opose just for doing so. That was against it when the Govt. decided to go that way but now in support and comes out with this lame excuse. My God, these guys need to get their head together. To much people believe that they are in charge doesn’t know what they as a whole believe in. Rmember these words,“We don’t believe it should have been done. There are still a lot of questions about the judiciary and the ability of our own people to preside over themselves.”

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      March 19, 2014

      @%..Don’t be too busy to attend your PARTY’S(UWP) funeral.Hope when the election is called you and the rest like you won’t go crying and say LABOR steal the election again.ok?! because this time UWP gonna get a bigger whooping than the last 21-0.

    • Emile Zapatos
      March 19, 2014

      Mr %,I would be disappointed if the election was called now. We need to wait until the DAAS bobol was investigated by the IRS, Secret Servic and Homeland Security.
      If Fountain worked for the IMF he has Diplomatic status and can only work for the IMF alone. his income is not taxable by the USA government. He should not have worked for anyone and not for the DAAS as Treasurer. Then he invested money in his name . A no no. DAAS we are told was a non profit organization (money laundering ). Then their is a suspision that DAAS money was used for travel expenses of the New uwp and to finance their campaign.
      Now the plot thickens. DAAS stands for “Dominica Academy of Arts and Science” But Clayton Shillingford ,the President and Gabriel Christian the Vice President called it a “Charitable and Civic Organization . Thompson Fountaine , The Treasurer called it a non profit organization. They are as confused as the new UWP. And Lennox called their bobol “a lapse in judgement”( corruption?)… Maybe there is more to come you never know. Maybe we will ask Claudette Loblack and offer her imunity.She does not have a Phd and can be excused.

      • Emile Zapatos
        March 20, 2014

        Oh yes lest we forget transparency and accountability. What happened to the $15,000.00 US annual faffles to raise funds for DAAS. did the DAAS President and Treasurer ever submited a financial report or
        did they behave like an organized crime syndicate.

  27. anony
    March 19, 2014

    Mr.John,if you were paying attention to what is happening in Dominica you would know that this matter has been discussed for a long while now, your own party has multiple positions on the issue sometimes they are for and other times they are against. There was no referendum when we gained independence in 1978, why then we should hold a referendum on a matter that can be considered the final step in the independence process.

  28. Fed up with UWP
    March 19, 2014

    I am so FED UP with this obstructionist opposition. You agree BUT! Everything is a BUT… Opposing just to oppose! I have my issues with the current administration but I’m even more wary of you guys!

    • Really?
      March 19, 2014

      I feel you. I’m on the boundary but the keep pushing me in the direction of the Govt. They don’t seem to be ready or organized.

    • March 20, 2014

      I’m fed up with greedy people like u it’s time for u to stop getting hand out and go and get a job where u can support u and your family .

  29. SMART MIND
    March 19, 2014

    Isn’t it supposed to be the “United” workers party? so Spraggs didn’t realize that Thomson opposed it then? Or is it just opposing for opposing sake???

  30. sstupes
    March 19, 2014

    one time allu not in favor, and another allu in…

    • Emile Zapatos
      March 20, 2014

      That is the change they are offering us . Regresive change . As they say in patois “remove your intestine and replace it with straw”. FOWARD WITH LABOUR! NO TURNING BACK!
      We do not care what those green eyes and dark blue face monsters say, We shall not be moved

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