UWP’s failure to show alternative vision for future may have led to electoral defeat

Ron Green, political leader of the UWP

The United Workers Party’s (UWP) poor showing at the last general elections was blamed for its failure to present an alternative vision for the future of Dominica, according to a US diplomatic cable release by Wikileaks.

“The UWP’s poor showing reflects the party’s failure to create a positive, alternate vision for the future, instead running its campaign almost solely on an anti-Skerrit platform,” the cable said in reaction to the elections which was held on December 18, 2009.

The cable continued, “The claims of corruption failed to resonate with the public, possibly in part because the UWP had its own serious corruption issues when it was last in power. The opposition leader and deputy leader lost both of their races, with only ex-PM Edison James, who had himself been run out of office because of corruption, performing well.”

Another cable coming from the US embassy pointed out that Ron Green, the political leader of the UWP, said the party was prepared for the election but was concerned about the timing being “so close to the Christmas holiday, usually a time for family and not political matters.”

It said Green pointed out the UWP was underfunded in comparison to the Labour Party “but will focus its message on job creation and integrity” during the campaign.

Links to cable: Cable one

Cable two

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58 Comments

  1. ineedfree
    September 6, 2011

    Dawoud;

    Good food for thought.

    However, we have a certain reservation for the qualification process for election representation.

    The people’c choice is the highest order,hence while generally the lack of proper judgement because of a lack of info/education runs en masse, what is needed is a reformation of the education system where we avoid prejudice to ensure that the every child LEARNS WELL.

    RIGHT NOW THAT IS TOO MUCH OF A TALL ORDER IN SUCH A SELECTIVE/ignorant SOCIETY.

    The political committee would then serve as a supervisory body capable of objectively alerting our representatives of their duties. We are struggling to be an objective people…

    The financial system should have seed money for young entreprenuers to have a head start. Here we need a qualifying and supervisory committee to ensure accountability and fluency.

    The interest alternative by way of hire purchase reminds us of interest itself. We are not sure of your explanation. Sometimes hire purchase goes three times the original price!!!
    Thank you

  2. My2Sense
    September 5, 2011

    Mr. Darroux makes a few sound points. I will not address his Islamic or spiritual references, but he touched on politics and economics – two issues I think we must address in Dominica.

    Dominica must get over the political fever and get past December 2009. It seems that so many of us are waiting for the next general election; fete, food, free money, foreign artists, rivalry, etc. We need to realize that it is during the period between election dates a country is able to grow and prosper.

    Additionally, our system of electing representatives must be reformed. The idea that every elected official must get a ministry is ludicrous. I believe that the only way to develop our communities is to elect representatives whose sole task is to cater to the needs of that constituency and its constituents. This would require a much-needed reduction in the number of constituencies recognized by law. The number of ministries should also be cut down and the positions should be filled by persons who are appointed by the prime minister (after consultation with his elected fellows) pending a democratic vote by the House of Assembly.

    As for our economics, we have done a poor job of promoting entrepreneurship among young people. We have also failed at investing in the manufacturing industries. If our leaders study the history of great countries that have come and gone, they would realize that manufacturing has always played a significant role in building up a country’s export capacity, while at the same time creating a well-off middle class of skilled and semi-skilled workers.

    Like Mr. Darroux, I will stop here, but we have a long way to go Dominica.

  3. Francis Chicago
    September 5, 2011

    WE THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICAN WANT OR OPPOSITION TO BE.LENNOX LINTON ANGELO ALLEN MAT PELTIER. [

  4. Boi who tell u dat?
    September 4, 2011

    Interesting stuff.

  5. Dawoud A Darroux
    September 4, 2011

    In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    Political Science is suppose to be used for the betterment of mankind, however, we see that the leaders Dominica has produced has been ungodly and corrupted. They have absolutely no fear of Allah. These politicians forget that they must die like others before them thus they must give an account to Allah, Glory be to Him, the Most High.

    Many Dominicans continue to politicize everything in their lives. Some of them have taken these leaders and their pastors as gods besides Allah. How is this done? When man becomes the Supreme Lawgiver, they have made permissible what is forbidden this is vetoing what Allah has revealed for the betterment of man. Many Dominicans fail to keep the campaign fever at the upcoming elections. They do not understand when elections are done they must put the politics aside and work for the betterment of the land. In order to do so there must be common interests for the betterment of the Dominican people. I would like to touch on a few areas.

    Spirituality: We need a serious spiritual revolution in this country. Our ancestors were enslaved for 400 years. After waging a ‘jihad (a struggle)’ against white masters, these slave masters gave us colonial laws which are outdated and suited within the context of enslaving ourselves. Worst of all they gave us a very pagan and a false concept about “God.” Thus we see the African child today still suffering from an inferiority complex because we fail to understand as a people the message of the prophets, their call and their laws. Students must be taught about comparative religions and be taught to think critically. Thus, we need to be aware that we need a spiritual revolution.

    Political: There should be a committee of morally sound people in our society who screen people who want to be a political candidate. There must be a criteria. Too often a man simply because he is “popular” without any sound academic background especially in Political Science goes up and wins, thus he fails to execute the task which makes him a liability to the state. People are paying thousands of dollars in taxes to pay a “minister” who is really unqualified for the position he holds.

    Economics: For too long Dominica continues to suffer from a trade deficit. We fail to produce as a people. Our import bill is too high. There are serious economic constrains and this is reflected in our migration pattern. We have acres of resources for example, our fruits where we can make fruit juices to export to lucrative markets around the world. Our Dominican people are trained to hate and envy each other thus it is difficult for them to come together into establish cooperate businesses in order to manufacture, market and trade. There are many Dominicans abroad who can communicate with each other in that regard. Secondly on the economic arena, we need to revolutionize our banking system. I strongly believe we must get rid of the INTEREST SYSTEM, yes interest system. This is the major killer in any economy. Don’t we see what is happening in America and other parts of the world? When there is interest, it destroys the spending power of a nation thus other sectors in society suffers. An alternative suggestion would be hire purchase banking without interest. An individual should be able to borrow money on hire purchase in that the contract is fixed. I am not an expert but an example would be, a fixed contract would stipulate a man who borrows $1000 cash would pay on hire purchase $1500. Even if the man is late the interest does not increase but the cost is fixed. This allows people to settle their debts quicker and enhances the economy rather than making people a slave. Thus, we need to manufacture for ourselves as well as remove interest from our transactions.

    There are many different sectors I could touch on but will have to write an article highlighting the different sectors and what we can do as a people to better our situation. For sure areas such as Education, sports, health, tourism, all these areas and more must be taken into consideration.

    Thank you for reading, I know this article is very lengthy. :)

    Dawoud Abdur-rahman Darroux.

    • Again!
      September 4, 2011

      who the hell going read all that shit

      • Dawoud A Darroux
        September 4, 2011

        This is the state of affairs in our country, Dominicans love to sewo too much, many of them do not like to read. Dunce cyat! :lol:

  6. The truth
    September 4, 2011

    I have said that all along. Failure to show what they want to develop in Dominica makes them inferior. No publicity is bad publicity, and skerrit has used the free promotion of the uwp to his advantage big time. Several years of skerrit bashing and no policies = devastation for uwp. When they seriously come back with policies, road maps, contacts for funding for Dominica, job creation, infrastructure, show how they will police and eradicate crime, only then will they be a factor again. If next election is more skerrit bashing, they can forget it. They have made skerrit dominica’s biggest celeb

  7. Wat
    September 4, 2011

    I like how allu take this cable and make it the gospel and then on the PM, and his priority allu make sure allu put “wikileaks cable”….lol

  8. SMS
    September 4, 2011

    There are a range of new wikileaks that have much much more important info than what you selectively push.

    ¶9. (C) This was not the first time that we have encountered
    elusive behavior on the part of the Dominican Prime Minister.
    On three other occasions over the past year, Skerrit had
    agreed to join with the Ambassador for donations of vehicles,
    for military medical teams working in the country, and for
    the arrival of Denton flight with relief supplies. In all
    cases, Skerrit was a no-show. Other cooperative engagements
    planned with Dominica by our Military and USAID have also
    encountered last minute delays requiring high-level
    intervention to resolve. It is hard to way whether these
    problems are the result of incompetence on the part of
    Dominica officials, Skerrit,s unreliability, or a wariness
    of engaging to openly with the U.S. out of fear of
    antagonizing Venezuela, which is becoming increasingly active
    within Dominica with involvement in a major runway extension,
    oil storage facility, and PetroCaribe oil shipments. Despite
    repeated assertions of goodwill on the part of the
    government, Dominica remains the most difficult country in
    the region for all of our mission elements to work with, as
    many Dominicans cancel their training programs at the last
    minute leaving the U.S. to foot the bill and counter-drug
    operations often find coast guard boats unable to take action
    on reliable intelligence. The poorest and most vulnerable of
    the Eastern Caribbean islands, Dominica also appears to be
    the most susceptible to outside influences and will merit a
    close watch on Venezuela,s expanding influence.
    OURISMAN

  9. DRAIN DAMAGE
    September 3, 2011

    My beautiful Mother land wants to get pregnant for another man. She is fedup with her husband mr. Skerrit and her ex-boy friend, mr. Eddison.
    Do we have any positive men out there?
    My mother land wants a man right now.
    Men with muscles, men with honesty,
    men with caliber, men that will take care of her kids and those from previous husbands.

    Her husband right now is playing the fool. She need a man to love her children. They are suffering too much!

    • Francis Chicago
      September 4, 2011

      tell her she can call my brother,[ANONYMOUS HE GOT MONEY BEEN LIVEING IN ENGLAND FOR 30 YEARS HE FROM THE NORTH.

  10. La plaine
    September 3, 2011

    UWP, PWEE,,,, LABOUR 4 D.A..

  11. observer
    September 3, 2011

    A critical issue again is too many leaders who just trying to outshine each other. Eddison never gave up power, thats why he chose Earl instead of Timothy. Timothy would have made a bigger difference in the party.Ron is just being used(poor boy) soft spoken,intelligent and and everything else, but too naive to see he is the yoyo, saying and doing the things Eddison doh want to do eg launching the manifesto on line (I still searching for it)MY ADVICE EDDISON TAKE BACK YOUR PARTY BUILT ON GREED AND REVENGE AND FIX IT

  12. remember
    September 3, 2011

    THE COUNTRY IS DIVING DEEPPER INTO POVERTY EVERY MINUTE WHILE THE OTHER C/BEAN ISLE ARE IMPROVING .MAN LOOK AT OUR YOUTH . THEY GOT NO CHOICE .COST OF LEAVING GOING UP .GAS PRICE 15.25 . NO JOB NO MONEY BUT WE BOASTING A PRIME MINISTER .BOY WA RONG WIT US?

  13. GOM
    September 3, 2011

    I don’t think that the focus on Skerrit should stop by any measure… One does not have to remain silent in the face of wrong doing like, corruption,nepotism and all the other ills…I think by now the Dominican public is plenty smarter because the corruption has increased, unemployment has escalated,criminal activities have increased,and will be punished based on the party you support,etc… I KNOW THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING SMARTER BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE FEELING IT…

  14. change must come
    September 3, 2011

    Which Political Party in opposition in Africa and Asia, Latin America, for example,has won any fraudulent elections where irregularities are rampant. There have been numerous examples of cheating, rigging, stealing in elections that have caused much harm and chaos in many countries. Do not tell me that in none of those countries, the opposition parties have nopt articulated good alternatives for development.

    Africa is extremely rich, but due to fraudulent elections, use of resources to bribe the electorate, and because of leaders and their colleagues being so corrupt, enriching themselves while the majority get poorer and poorer, people suffer and the country faces massive decline in its economic, social/cultural development.

    Corruption is plaguing Dominica and will affect us more without electoral reform AND GOOD GOVERNANCE. There could be no FREE and FAIR elections in Dominica without Electoral Reform. That is why the authorities are afraid to help the Electoral Commission with the funds to do the right thing to prevent stealing, cheating, bribery.

    The Commission is being undermined. Corruption is on the rise daily and the rule of law is a thing of the past. Good advice and workable alternatives are a thing of the past. What we are dealing with now in Dominica are a group of politicians and their ilk, the elite class, who will do anything to remain in Power. The people are being bamboozled. Butter has been smeared around their mouths.

    Many have taken BARLEY FOR RICE AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT CORRUPTION, INSTEAD OF FEASIBLE, ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES THAT WOULD BENEFIT ALL. RIGHT NOW THE FEW HAVE THE MAJORITY IN AN UNFORTUNATE STATE OF mental slavery. WHEN WILL IT END?

  15. boyblue
    September 3, 2011

    Its time for a new party.UWP,Freedom party,will never unseat the labour party.it will take a well structure party and that can take thiry or more years for that to happen…….

  16. met veye
    September 3, 2011

    This article is ON POINT!!! UWP is DEAD!!!!!

    • thinker
      September 4, 2011

      So will be the Dominican population under the present leadership you should have said.

  17. September 3, 2011

    This is what I have been saying for a very long time, they have not prove them self to the people at all.

  18. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    admin

    my apologies. just saw the comments about skerrit

    ADMIN: That is the problem with a lot of people like you. You don’t look before you leap. Just waiting for the slightest opportunity to start criticizing. SMH

    • Labour
      September 3, 2011

      ADMIN, allu must stop answer people with such attitude. Allu running a business. Now my comment now….and is to ADMIN again…lol…allu does make sure allu put an anti UWP cable when posting the Skerrit exposures eh? It have plenty plenty more cables ADMIN, you eh read the one about Peter Weakham? I will email it to allu to put up….hope fully allu will find an anti uwp cable to post around the same time…to balance off things…LOL…

  19. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    admin
    why don’t you post the comments of that same embassy of the labour party?

    • Labour
      September 3, 2011

      my point exactly. I read the actual cable from which this story was made and it has been distorted slightly. DNO, what is the motive?

      This is the actual cable:

      On the opposition side, the United Workers Party is the
      most prominent group, and the only one that will challenge across

      the whole country. The UWP is led by Ron Green, a competent and
      honest, but less than charismatic, leader. Green was selected
      hastily last year, after prior opposition leader Earl Williams went
      into hiding in the U.S. after being accused of stealing large sums
      of money from a client of his law practice. With a corruption
      shadow thus also dogging the opposition, making integrity a key
      plank is proving a difficult sell. The only other notable
      opposition party is the Freedom Party, the party of now deceased
      former Prime Minister Eugenia Charles, who was best known for her
      support of President Reagan during the U.S. invasion of Grenada.
      Judith Pestaina is the current leader of this once-dominant party,
      which has seen its influence wither after forming a coalition
      government with the DLP in 2000. The departure of Charles Savarin
      and Julius Timothy to the DLP in Ministerial appointments has also
      depleted the Freedom Party’s pool of qualified candidates. While
      the Freedom Party is not expected to win many seats outright, FP
      supporters may form the bulk of the “swing” vote in Dominica, and
      as such would seem to favor gains by the opposition, to whom FP has
      grown closer as Skerrit has become more populist.

      ADMIN: Be fair and stop that nonesense while it early, because alot of stuff going to come out and other online media sites will gain more credibility over allu.

      Approve if allu want!

      ADMIN: So why you never complained about the story on the Prime Minister?

      • RED-LAYBA
        September 4, 2011

        You got my point, UWP is dead-pwee.

        L A Y B A ALL THE WAY!!!!!!! 8) 8) 8)

      • Labour
        September 4, 2011

        ADMIN: I think you have gotten the point by now. I mean….really…Im not the only one realizing the obvious. The cables on the Prime Minister is of much more relevance than those nonesense about UWP leadership race with earl and UWP not winning and the opinion as to why they didnt win. The cables on the Prime Minister are hard stuff…REAL HARD STUFF. I waiting for allu to put up the one about Peter Wikham, the villas, the money under table for campaign…and many more which confirms all what has been said all along! If you don’t do it, the people will see you for who you are and really start believing that the DLP operatives bought DNO, while leaving it for the original owner to run for them. The cables will be spread far and wide via emails and etc. Be guided

  20. Good ways
    September 3, 2011

    All independent minded people could that and knows that this is true only fanatic Uwp supports that cant seem to see this basic fact

  21. real vibes
    September 3, 2011

    until electoral reform is achieved the boast of the dlp will never settle comfortably(would u boast beating up a cripple?) if all political parties were on a level playing field then the statements made would be valid however there are other factors not mentioned in the article above. now everyone talks about manifesto and plans i would really like to know how many labour supporters even know what are the plans outlined in the manifesto because during the campaign it was maypuis like rain and sewo cyan done. the onus is not only on the opposition to charter development plans for dominica and as far as i can see the present administration has no plan except to beg and prostitute dominica.

    • Again!
      September 4, 2011

      are u a retard or what where was uwp manifesto we never saw shit so war u talking bout and dlp always at rest no matter wat alu say alu aint seeing skerrit dont worry bout wat dem retards dem say or do. hold your hmm eh b4 hmm eh :-D 8) :twisted: dont get yourself twisted right now and hold it there

  22. alternatives
    September 3, 2011

    There are no alternatives than to support those who engage in corrupt practices of all kinds especially while in Govt., in public office?

    There are no alternatives but to sit idly by and watch with tears in our eyes as Dominica deteriorates into lawlessnes, increase in violence and crime and joblessness?

    There are no alternatives when the Constitution and Laws of Dominica are blantantly violated? Bribery is against the Law. just check again the constitution. Yet nothing wrong in disobeying that Law?

    Is a problem for Skerritt and his DLP Govt. to implement Electoral reform. That will mess up his election legacy. Imagine that my people. The Minister of Finance refuse to assist the Electoral Commission with the money to do its work. The Commission wants funds to produce VOTER ID CARDS and TO CLEAN UP THE VOTERS’ LIST.

    Other regional bodies have expressed that same idea that Voter ID cards and a cleaning up of the voters’ list are necessary reforms that must be undertaken to ensure FREE anbd FAIR Elections in Dominica. Without Electoral reforms Elections in Dominica will never be FREE and FAIR anymore. Mark my Words. Why is Skerritt and his ilk afraid of the implementation of Electoral Reform? Why isn’t the Govt. interested in putting the right mechanisms in place, providing the funds to the Commission to make sure elections are Free and Fair, Laws are upheld and irregularities are slowly done with?

    To express consistently that more investment should be put into the productive sectors like Agriculture, manufacturing-agro-processing, the Arts and craft, and creating opportunites for youth advancement and employment are not alternatives?

    To propose that instead of ALL Saints University where it is there in the Old Roseau Boys’ School, A Business Incubator should be set up there where local entrepreneurs could be operating, earning a decent living and engaged in their own small business, are not alternatives?

    To educate, explain, inform continuously that Dominica’s survival depends on “A Clean and Green development focus” doing more to conserve and protect our environment is not an alternative?

    What issues are people interested in? just blindly supporing quick enrichment of their leaders through all kinds of dubious means? How many are engrossed in mental slavery. What is wrong and what is right those days?

    Has the standard of living of the majority of Dominicans gotten better? Is the country producing and selling more food? Critical look at our economic development. Is employment increasing? Are people allowed to participate in their own development? Are people free to exercise their Human Rights as enshrined in our constitution? What could a nation do to stamp out corruption which is a plague in any country? Implementing Electoral Reform now. Those are critical questions and concerns that should engage our minds.

    • Tres Bon
      September 3, 2011

      Electoral reform or not allu will still loose badly and then allu will blame something else. UWP is a dead duck.I am so happy that soon my wear and tear on my vehicle will reduce dramatically with the completion of the west coast road, riding on a brand new road surface. What a joy. My daily journey will be cut by almost 20 minutes.

      • the_1
        September 3, 2011

        u callin that shit a road… hope u dont kill ya self on it more importantly i hope u dont kinn others on ut…. SORT!

    • B. E .B
      September 3, 2011

      Mr. Politician, why you and your other members of Parliament who are elected,go to the House of Assembly to debate all what you have just said?

  23. Francis Chicago
    September 3, 2011

    THE LAST ELECTION DOMINICAN PEEOPLE VOTE FOR THE PARTY AND ALSO FOR THE CANDIDATES REAL LABOUR RIGHT CARE LESS ABOUT SHERRIT I CAN COUNT 10 MAYBE 11 SEAT LABOUR MUST WIN WHAT YOU CAN CALL LABOUR ZONE. IT IS TRUE THAT U.W.P. FOCUS TO MUCH ON SHERRIT THAN THE REAL ISSUES LIKE JOB CREATION COST OF LIVING JUSTICE SYSTEM.PAPI FOR P.M. 2012.

  24. September 3, 2011

    THERE IS ONLY ONE REASON WHY THE UWP LOST:
    IN THE MAIN, THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICA ARE A BUNCH OF DOUBLE STANDARD HYPOCRITES WHO WILL SELL THEIR SOULS AND SOVEREIGNITY FOR $5.00.

    THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE WHOLE OF DOMINICA KNOWS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS CURROPTED TO THE ROOF.
    IF DOMINICANS WERE A PEOPLE OF INTEGRITY NO AMOUNT OF MONEY AND BRIBERY WILL MAKE THEM WIN AN ELECTION.

    IN A COUNTRY WHERE RIGHT AND WRONG MATTERS THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

    THE DLP KNOWS IT
    TONY KNOWS IT
    SKERRIT KNOWS IT
    …AND THEY ARE USING IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE

    IT ALWAYS BAFFLES ME HOW A PEOPLE CAN GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY AND PRAISE THE GOODNESS OF GOD AND THEN
    GO TO THE VOTING BOOTH ON MONDAY AND
    SUPPORT WHAT THEY KNOW IS WRONG.
    IT IS THINGS LIKE THAT THAT CAUSE PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE TO LOSE FAITH IN RELIGION.

    THANK YOU DNO FOR POSTING MY COMMENTS

    • September 3, 2011

      You believe when baby bellie burning with hunger and one not working, plp thinking about integrity and good governance.

      • September 4, 2011

        WELL HASN’T THAT BEEN THE PLAN ALL ALONG? TO MAKE THE PEOPLE POOR AND HUNGRY SO JUSTICE BECOMES LESS OF A PRIORITY?

        THE OPPOSITION HAS BEEN SAYIN GTHAT FOR YEARS NOW, BUT THE PEOPLE WON’T LISTEN

  25. Mastronix
    September 3, 2011

    Wow de US embassy good wee! Next they will say that uwp lost due to dealings with rogue states.

  26. As I c it
    September 3, 2011

    The reason y the uwp never won another term is because they were trying to play god. If only the uwp had taken care of the constituency where they won there seats they would have still b in power. If u go to grandbay and Portsmouth and bring god to them ,they will still not vote for u and that was the mistake that they did .ur enemy will always b ur enemy no matter what good u do to them. UWP should never cut the hand that fed them.

  27. Jada
    September 3, 2011

    Get real People! UWP lost because they were not a viable alternative, particularly given charges of corruption levelled at various members of the party. Whatever happened to the REAL Labor party?

  28. Perspective
    September 3, 2011

    I find it interesting that they paying so much attention to our little island in the States.

  29. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    so one set alone wikileaks talking about – i want it all

  30. Good citizen
    September 3, 2011

    The US is right about UWP.They after skerrit and can’t tell us how they would develop Dominica.Everyday talk shows only on sherrit but they are yet to tell us their plans for the country. Angelo Allen comes on the radio with his battery well charged cursing everybody. everyday.Lennox Linton Mr.Perfect could not convince a judge in court where are all his degrees Mr troublemaker and when he was in trouble the same Skerrit he calling for help.The Doctor from UWI what happen to his tongue now Skerrit ate it.UWP has no plans for Dominica they are just a bunch sore losers

  31. September 3, 2011

    We lost because the P.M skerrit is very popular. He out played us, outspend us,and use his charm over us. I give due respect for leveragging his core competancies for his good. HE OUTPLAYED US, I GIVE comendations for the, he is good.now let’s him ,THE P.M and build Dominica. We lost ? Its water under the bridge let’s move on.

  32. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    Dominicans do not read or listen to educated debates on issues. They are only interested in hand-outs and “sewo”.The persons who can “give the better mepuis” and “give more freeness” win elections.

  33. mouth of the south
    September 3, 2011

    um we complain everyday about uwp leadership…. but the media don’t even help in that regard… here is a news article about u.w.p as a party… not an individual… yet dno puts up the pic of mr green… wouldn’t it be wise to put up the pic of mr hector john instead… the only time mr john pic is up is when he’s the one the news is about personally… the media has a right to educate the masses and right now mr john is the leader of the uwp… stop putting mr green and mr james on front pic article

    • observant
      September 3, 2011

      Yes put the real leader Lennox Linton pic instead.

  34. exit202
    September 3, 2011

    I would love to see what the US would have proposed as the alternative to win the elections. Ca you please let us know what would have been these altenatives that the UWP did not expond on?
    DLP won ONLY becasue they CHEATED!!It is plain and simple. No need to get into anything else. If the laws were excercise and protected by the people are paid to uphold the laws, D/ca would be a different place toady.
    If the alternative to cheating is honesty and UWP not winning on honesty then it says volume of the electorate. We all will feel the pain of the CHEATERS. Domincans have seen how the cheaters have extended their tenticles into cheating the country and it resources…Its bad, I meand real bad….ASK the US what is the alternative to this race to poverty by CHEATING……

    • DA 2 DE BONE
      September 3, 2011

      nonsense !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • FLORIDA
        September 3, 2011

        WHY do you say nonsense?? So it’s ok to cheat.When it’s UWP, get rid of them by any cause but when it’s DLP lets all cheat it is ok.

        When some people never had and they are finally in a position to achieve; they are never satisfied. They will lie, cheat, steal and even brainwash those around them.

        I would send all DLP to meet Gaddafi because that’s the life style they enjoy. They do not like honesty.

    • B. E .B
      September 3, 2011

      But still for all, 2 from 18 still leaves 16, so what’s the point?

  35. Monitor
    September 3, 2011

    “The UWP’s poor showing reflects the party’s failure to create a positive, alternate vision for the future, instead running its campaign almost solely on an anti-Skerrit platform,”

    I think that this is an accurate and fair assesment of the situation.Remember the UWP lost some 4,000 voters that election and although they accused the DLP of bringing voters etc, they failed to look at what was wrong with their own campaign.

    And as for “launching the manifesto in a new way!!!…on line” (which line?) that was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.

    At least the old Freedom Party used to critically reasses itself in private all the time so as to stay focused….but the UWP does not seem to do that. It needs to.

  36. SENSES
    September 3, 2011

    THE U.S GOT THIS ONE WRONG.NO 1 REASON WAS THE CAUSE FOR THE LOST.
    SOME REASONS UWP DID NOT WIN THE LAST ELECTION WERE, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PUT IN THE HANDS OF DOMINICANS, DOMINICANS DO NOT READ, THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES, AND DLP IMPORTED VOTERS.
    UWP ISSUES AND CONCERNS WERE WELL LAID OUT FOR ALL OF US TO SEE, THEY CHOOSE TO DO THINGS THE LEGAL WAY , WHILE THE DLP DID ALL SORTS OF EVIL AND BRIBERY TO CONFUSE SMALL THINKING MINDS.
    NOW WE ARE SEEING THE ILLS OF THE DLP IN HOW BAD A JOB THEY ARE DOING , IN JOB CREATION FOR LOCALS, EDUCATION, JUSTICE SYSTEM, FREEDOM OF IMFORMATION, AND LACK OF TRANSPARENCY….

    • North East
      September 3, 2011

      This is why the UWP is in opposition. They have blinders on. One wonders when will they ever face reality.

    • Anonymous
      September 3, 2011

      I am really tired of the UWP supporters calling Dominicans foolish and wanted handouts.So are you saying that the only wise Dominicans are UWP supporters. My friend there are more intelligent persons with the DLP. We certainly need vision for the future not constant accusations that are unfounded.Persons who are hungry for power and are unable to get what they have lost, persons who project violence, disrespect, persons who are always angry and literally show on their faces. We don’t need that.
      Dominica is moving forward the only persons who do not see that are UWP suppoters.
      The only reason why the Prime Minister appears to be a dictator is because of the unwise leadership of UWP. Come on Michael Douglas at one time fought Miss Charles when labour was in minority.
      He did not walk out from the house.He fought for his people.Oh UWP wake from your stupor and restructure your party, think big and stop crying over lost milk.

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