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