UWP Vieille Case hopeful apologizes for ‘silence’ on issues

Birmingham said his silence has dragged Vielle Case into poverty
Birmingham said his silence has dragged Vielle Case into poverty

The man who is to battle prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, in the Vieille Case constituency for the United Workers Pary (UWP) in the upcoming general election has apologized to the people, saying he has remained silent for too long on matters affecting the constituency.

Alexander Birmingham laments his silence saying that it has caused the people to sink deeper into poverty.

“I think I have stayed quiet a little too long,” he told a UWP press conference last week where he was officially presented as the new candidate. “I think all the time I spent being so quiet and so cool, I think that has deepened my community and my constituency into deep poverty. I am sorry.”

According to Birmingham, he was called to the task “a long, long time ago” by people who meet him on the streets and say “I think you should be in politics, you know.”

However, he said, he had remained on “the low side.”

He vows to create jobs, re-establish sports, and revive agriculture in the constituency.

He pointed out that he will be there for the people 100 percent.

“I am going to be there for you people of Thibaud, Penville, and Vieille Case 100 percent,” he noted.. “You call me, I’m there, you need something and I’ll be there to answer you. If I can give, I give. If I cannot give, I will bring it up to those who can give and table your concerns to the people.”

He said his approach will be an integrated one and all heads will work together “to form a plan for the constituency”.

Birmingham is originally from Penville and is the eldest of four children.

He attended the Portsmouth Secondary School and at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute where he majored in Hotel management and Accommodation.

He has been employed at the Fort Young Hotel for the past 15 years as night auditor and also said he is a freelance accountant.

Political leader for the (UWP) Lennox Linton, described Birmingham as a “very brave man.”

“We are behind him 100 percent,” he stated. “A number of surprises are in store with this election that is coming up. We have our eyes on Vieille Case and we think that the representative for Vieille Case has done enough to disgrace political representation for the people of Dominica and the Vieille Case Constituency.”


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  1. All is well
    July 2, 2014

    Worry not your hearts and not your souls just do the right thing to build nation .
    We need job creation .
    We need poverty eradication .
    We need independent women in our society .
    We need five star resorts to attract tourism.
    We need carnival cruise lines back on to our shores.
    We need international airport.
    We need geothermal energy .
    We need solar power .
    We need sustainability .
    We need the yes we care program .
    We need leaders who can lead and listen to our cry .
    We do not need our leaders calling us cockroaches .
    We do not need our leaders telling us go to hell.
    We do not need our leaders telling us mind your damm buisness .
    We do not need our leaders to go on a podium and use words like those bast…. .
    What we need most of all is change its a must not an option .

  2. Me Myself I Glad
    July 1, 2014

    Wait a minute! the national song “come ye forward sons and daughters” is for labourites only? why cant Alex represent his people, who knew skeritt before he became very wealthy being in government, Alex some people like to associate with those with riches so be careful that skeritt does not use your wife, mother or brothers and sister to talk on his platform against you”.Largent faire daibre dancer”.remember Abraham brown mother took the thirty pieces of silver to disown her son, pled the blood of Jesus on your family and be on your guard the man want 21 seats now you coming to give him competition, when a man is envious he stop at nothing to bring his opponents down, he may even try to buy you he is the devil himself thats why he tell us go to hell. he buy pastor priest and lawyers so please be on your guard.


  3. v.c
    July 1, 2014

    when this guy comes and say vieille case is in poverty or the constituency is sinking deeper into poverty i would like him to bring up stats that will show the trend of the constituency from what year to present has the poverty gotten worse that it already were

  4. NYPD
    July 1, 2014

    IF we put all that negative energy together Dominica would be such a better place. I am not for red or blue with that said i think the current administration is doing a good job. We need a first class hospital and we will be ok. Alex might be a great guy but he is not winning politics in Vieille Case this time around or anytime soon but i wish him the best.

  5. Morihei Ueshiba
    July 1, 2014

    E O Leblanc lived in a small house by the bay, why did he have to build such a Big house ontop a hill above all of us.

    • July 1, 2014

      This is the 21st Century. We are not going back. Would you build a house like EOL, today?

    • fil
      July 1, 2014

      Please we in the 20th century. People who are not doing anything have big houses. Don’t bring Mr. Leblanc’s name in you coshonee let him rest in peace.

  6. watcher
    July 1, 2014

    people in penville so broke.the easy small handout they like so they want the pm to remain.Dominica sad and have a very crippling future ahead.

    July 1, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM bro, hold strong. Nothing comes easy without a fight.
    The people of the Vieille Case constituency are fed up with Skerrit.
    Right now his head is swelling because he realize a cool change is blowing at his door. He has no idea what’s coming to him.

  8. fil
    June 30, 2014

    Alex you don’t need to be in politics to do your contribution.
    I’am wondering if you ever give any contribution to Penville. You want to palee now keep apologizing.

  9. del
    June 30, 2014

    You are very right to apologize to you people because you want thier votes where were you before linton wants to push you down their throat. Alex you are very bravo don’t apologize to Vielle Case because we dont’ know you and don’t call poverty on people.

    June 30, 2014


  11. June 30, 2014

    Alexander, first order of politics is to NEVER apologize unless you are at FAULT for something. I understand your concern, but DO NOT use the phrase “I apologize” again because you are NOT the reason Thibaud, Vieille Case, and Penville, are in the state that they are in. Those who have have it all, and those who do not have may never have.

    On another note, I am glad that there is someone interested, hopefully, in those Villages to assist in making improvements. Honestly, these Villages should be CLEANED.

    One would think since Roosevelt is from Vieille Case, he has to drive through Thibaud to get there (home), and the MAJORITY of the people from Penville (approximately 80%) are on HIS SIDE (WELFARE) HE would be a MUCH BETTER REPRESENTATIVE. Well, he do not have to because HE KNOW/THINK that his VOTES are SECURE. HE is TOO COMFORTABLE/CONFIDENT. What he apparently do not know is that NOT ALL that was BORN and RAISED LABOR will DIE LABOR.


  12. AG- Penville
    June 30, 2014

    if u all dying for Skerrit – EXCLUDE ME & MY FAMILY.
    Alex i tell u hold strong.

    We will not belittle ourselves by begging -we are not BEGGERS

  13. June 30, 2014

    WHY is Roosevelt, as Prime Minister, be the Pal Rep for Vieille Case anyway? Should that position not be for someone other than himself?

    Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Parliamentary Representative.


    • Stamos
      July 1, 2014

      LOL… Are you for real??? You are not qualified to comment of politics my dear friend. Go rad some info on dominica politics and election system and come back….

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      July 1, 2014

      Alas! Please do not come in here and show that level of ignorance. You know nothing about representative politics. Where have you been all those years of enlightened democratic principles? Even if we can be somewhat anonymous on here, the mere fact that we speak with such deep ignorance on here sends a loud message about who we are.

      Go and read up on the type of government structure you live under. Jesus man!

    • Anonymous
      July 1, 2014

      what the heck did I just read? ARe you trying to say DLP should find a weaker contender for Alex? You have me so bamboozled I am even talking more nonsense than you now lol :mrgreen:

  14. AG- Penville
    June 30, 2014

    Alex do not worry…………… I was one who cast an EARLY vote last election for Skerrit- Not this time. NEVER

    Keep your head high. For the first time in my life i will vote otherwise…………………….

  15. vieille case
    June 30, 2014

    ask vieille case people about penville people this is laughable and tiboo people

  16. June 30, 2014

    Who is Alex what is really that fellah’s problem. Lennox you are right when you say Alex better known as TEMPO is a brave man. what really can you do better than Skerro in the constituency. WE DON’T KNOW YOU LIL BOY.

    • June 30, 2014

      Do you have to know him, or what he is CAPABLE of doing? We really do not need help.

    • watcher
      July 1, 2014

      you must be a singer for your supper no wonder you can type rubbish.

    June 30, 2014

    he from penville we don not want him,.,. with all the talk they talking their he never come vieille case.. he will not even have a mind to tell somebody anything about uwp.. lennox say he BRAVE… HMM U HAVE GUTS .. well lennox right you KNO.. I MORE BELIEVE HE IS A BRAVE MAN TO BE FOLLOWING LENNOX.

    • June 30, 2014

      “he from penville we don not want him,.,” Really, who do you want? Would you rather someone from Antigua?

      No wonder we are not MOVING FORWARD.

    • Face the Facts
      June 30, 2014

      Some of you can make me laugh. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • watcher
      July 1, 2014

      your brain is red not pink

  18. sacway copawazon
    June 30, 2014

    my brother u gan start a war u can;t handle…. if a job u want then ask skerrit. u will better make urself… fort young hotel is a respectable and well represented, i think u should remain there,, u have a better life there than what u want to try.. MY BOY IT IS EASIER FOR A CARMEL TO ENTER THE EYE OF A NIDDLE THAn FOR U TO WIN SKERRIT IN VIEILLE CASE,,,, THE PEOPLE ALREADY DIEING FOR THEIR SKERRIT AND U KNOW THAT… IF IS ONE TIME I WILL AGREE WITH LENNOX LINTON IS THIS TIME WHEN HE SAY ” YOU A BRAVE MAN ”. congrats Linton,, for once u get someone right

    • June 30, 2014


    • Anonymous
      June 30, 2014

      I dont usually comment on you all ‘politrics’ but i am curious. Why should he have to go to Skeritt to ask for job? This is my ONE MAJOR problem with this Govt. Avenues for employment should be created not avenues for a dependent and begging society. STOP giving hand-outs MR Prime minister and contributing to a begging society, instead create employment. People of Dca, the truth is if you become too independent then you wont stand for crap. This is the reason when we are kept dependent. We are no longer slaves to the white man…….. We are slaves to a system run by fellow black men. SMH.. I am not a fan of ‘politrics’ so do not try to affiliate me to any party.. thank u

      • Ba Yo Bwa
        July 1, 2014

        Shows how much you understand the nature of governance. Show me one, any form of government, or political system, anywhere in the world who, does not offer its citizens some type of socialized relief.

        In fact, on mere observation, you will see that even the great United States of America – the most advanced country the world has ever seen – acknowledges that if it was not for government assistance to the needy, this country and its citizenry would not meet the description of being the richest country in the world.

        It is US government assistance – and they are many, including section 8, food stamps, tax breaks, earned income credit, school lunch, granting of grazing rights, agricultural subsidies, subsidizing research and development, and the list goes on – why this country is doing so well.

        Don’t fool yourself, the US economy is a mix of social programs, intended to assist the poor and needy, and capitalist policies to help generate investment and drive private industry.

    • watcher
      July 1, 2014

      you must be another begger to the clinic squad

  19. Sunlight
    June 30, 2014

    Political leader for the (UWP) Lennox Linton, described Birmingham as a “very brave man
    Sino die that the way they say it in Latin?
    Catholics Amen
    In local palance we Salpet!
    LL/Starlight opposition leader is that deja -vu all over again?
    I rest my case.

  20. Funny
    June 30, 2014

    That man always Canefield way I thought he was from Mahaut leaving morne Daniel is that the same man I am I seeing wrong.

  21. A Valley Man
    June 30, 2014

    Those of us who profess to be Christians know the Story of David and Goliath. Mr Birmingham is quit capable to represent his people. I think the Laborites are afraid. Good luck and best Wishes my brother, have faith in yourself and confidence in your people. If god is for you who can be against you.

  22. i must speak
    June 30, 2014

    i say its time for change!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is not a one man estate that his father left fort him. this is a democratic country.

    time to see some new faces, new ideas…

  23. The Times
    June 30, 2014

    i don’t no why some of u all like to call people ugly if is one thing that i no is that your face my be good looking but your heart is as black as ever so don’t look at the face is what the face can do

    • Les Tempts
      June 30, 2014

      I agree with U 200 % that’s not the point it’ s what the face can do. Correct too!

      It can frighten you. lol

  24. Anonymous
    June 30, 2014

    Penville people knows very well theres provety widespread in the community. 80% of the household in penville are receiving monies from the welfare department.

    • June 30, 2014

      Better believe these 80% of people will keep voting WELFARE.

    • shirlyne
      June 30, 2014

      dame fool and u want us to give up welfare for lennox fare

    • Face the Facts
      June 30, 2014

      Today, they are fortunate that they receive financial assistance from the government. Ask them how they survived in past years or ask their ancestors, those who are alive.

    • watcher
      July 1, 2014

      a set of lazy beggers so they like it to say the pm nice.

  25. Lougaoo Mem
    June 30, 2014

    At least give him credit for standing against the mini Mugabe of the constituency and country.

    The negative comments clearly demonstrate how politically immature a lot of our people are in 2014. No doubt, there are many who would like their PM to stay in power for the next 50 years, once they get their crumbs of bread while they remain in poverty. And that’s a tragedy to say the least.

    • real possie
      June 30, 2014

      @ Lougaoo when the shoe is on the other feet you tend to cry foul, here it is you just called the PM Mugabe is that not an insult to the man? if the man was who you refer to him as? my friend you DNO would’ve been censored long time but your rights are still in your hand as far as I can see.

      • Grand Bay Yard-fowl
        June 30, 2014

        Real Possie,
        It’s not my fault if you do not know the definition of “insult.” It could be the queen of England, President Obama, Lennox Linnton, or any other, same difference my friend. Doubt you know who’s Mugabe anyway. Sorry!

      • Face the Facts
        June 30, 2014

        This is why his name is Lougaoo. Who and what is Lougaoo anyway?
        Where the PM is concerned, they are full of insults. God is good!

      • real possie
        July 1, 2014

        But hold on nah where that yard fowl come out nah? boss stay in the yard and cluck eh. Well up and out of place want to walk in people house LOL boss with that name you should not tell people nothing, well one of us don’t know who Mugabe is I guess cause if you put me and Mugabe in the same sentence is court we going.

      • Sout Man
        July 1, 2014

        Correction: impostor, not imposter

  26. ali
    June 30, 2014

    What Linton knows about our lovely Vieille Case constituency we are happy with PM and his work. Labour all the way.

  27. Penville
    June 30, 2014

    I vex until with tht partner from Penville ALEX
    ForBOY GO AND LOOK FOR WORK TO DO POLITIVS IS NOT For you not because u ug…ly like linton you have to follow boss the whipping u going to get layou river too small too take ur tears in it…. your brother already advise you your aunty advising you to step down
    .. Penville people warning you alex Alex Alex

    • woy woy
      June 30, 2014

      Penville, you are really foolish. You are hearing that the man is a night auditor at Fortyoung; he is a free lance accountant and you still have the gull to advise him to get work to do, what work? I think you need to go get work to do instead of being the PM’s boom boom fly or go to remedial classes.

    • June 30, 2014

      Are you all voting for PRETTY? Well, well, look ugly. Anyway, if Alex feel he can assist in making that change, why not? Politics is for everyone with interest in PROGRESS, MOVING FORWARD. Do you not agree? Since you are from Penville, WHY NOT VOTE FOR HIM to see what he can CONTRIBUTE?

      Are we supposed to remain STAGNANT?

    • watcher
      July 1, 2014

      canal knowledge you have

  28. jah
    June 30, 2014

    Alex may the good lord be with you. ….

    Alex where in Penville thy have poverty alex when was the last time u were in penville alex do u know any body in vielle case or thibaud. …. alex alex alex shame on you

    • Anonymous
      June 30, 2014

      That is what I want to know? Where he is living in Morne Daniel and hardly visits Penville. All of a sudden you apologizing to the people……….Stupes!

    • Princess
      June 30, 2014

      Those who have eyes to see let them see.

    • June 30, 2014

      He do not have to know the people personally. I think he knows much more than you realize. I do not live at home and I know that there is POVERTY on the ENTIRE ISLAND.

      • Face the Facts
        June 30, 2014

        Not worst than in bygone years. Think how many D/cans migrated to Great Britain of all. There were shiploads of them. We are not counting other countries.

  29. Northerner
    June 30, 2014

    A brave man indeed! Why would any decent person want to be so misled? Why would Birmingham allow a political novice to entrap hi in the manner he has been trapped. Penville is the power base of the Prime minister. Prime minister Skerrit has brushed aside every opponent since 2000. Alexander believes he can do better? His first speech into politics is to offer an apology? Perhaps his leader should follow suite. I agree with the self acclaimed novice leader. There will be many surprises in this coming election. Alex is one of those and he is very early at that. I just came form Roseau and chanced upon a conversation between two individuals from Penville, One is a close relative. Here is what she has to say and I paraphrase. He is my cousin, my aunty son. He is a nice person, but my vote is not for workers. A vote for Alex is a vote for workers – ah wa ah wa!! I am not leaving what I know to go after what I do not know. Not this time Alex – not with a novice. Penville is where Skerrit does defonce’ people wi!

    • louisanne
      June 30, 2014

      Utter rubbish. Wasn’t Skerrit a novice in 2000?

      • Northerner
        June 30, 2014

        When Skerro was first elected as Parl rep, he was posted as a junior minister in the Ministry of Education. That helped him learn the ropes of the civil serrvice bureaucracy, parliamentary proceedings etc. and to be in a position to respond to the call to be a full minister when the opportunity arose after Rosie’s death. He served as a minister for 4 years before he was again elevated to the position of PM following Pierro’s death. He used his years to learn so that when he would be given a greater task, he had a head start on things. see the difference between him and the novice. When the novice became leader he could have taken the opportunity to serve in the house. he chose not to. Perhaps he did not want to estrange any constituency with the de-appointment of Ronnie, Green, Danny or Bazil. He has the perfect opportunity now to be appointed Senator to learn the intricacies of parliamentary procedures. In similar fashion to how he ended his high school days, he still does not want to subject himself to learn and thus grab the opportunity to serve in the parliament. I am sure with his command of the English language, he can make a significantly better contribution to the up coming budget debate than Monelle. She will not be permitted to red from a prepared script. He has again gone flat on another opportunity to learn. It would seem that unless he is the leader he will not follow. So much for his self confession of being a novice. Test me again.

    • woy woy
      June 30, 2014

      well let Skerrit defonce’ still, Notherner. let him defonce’.

    • June 30, 2014

      I totally agree

    • June 30, 2014

      You said and I quote from your conversation with that cousin – “He is my cousin, my aunty son. He is a nice person, but my vote is not for workers. A vote for Alex is a vote for workers – ah wa ah wa!! I am not leaving what I know to go after what I do not know. Not this time Alex – not with a novice. Penville is where Skerrit does defonce’ people wi!”

      However, the focal point on this piece is ” I am not leaving “what I know” to go after what I do not know.” This make NO SENSE at all. I think this is one person who is SATISFIED with its situation, AS IS. I think that anyone who is NOT SATISFIED with their way of life would want to make IMPROVEMENTS regardless to whom is at the helm.

  30. DCA Next Opposition
    June 30, 2014

    “I think I have stayed quiet a little too long,” he told a UWP press conference last week where he was officially presented as the new candidate.

    You should have said, “I think I have stayed away from my village way too long, and for this I am sorry.”

    • RastarMarn
      June 30, 2014

      Better Late than never,,,
      Sometimes One must leave his environment to uplift himself to return for the souls left behind,,,

      At list Deman trying,,,

      Rosie, Para dem-man dere had to go away, study and come back,,,

      What about Skerrit you ever go visit dat compound he build up dere in Ville Case??? If not go up there and look across the street,,,

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