Speaker of the House: “What use is by-elections to me personally?”

Knights. *DNO photo

By Dominica News Online

Speaker of the House has categorically denied using her authority to push for by-elections, and has opined that she is being used as a scapegoat by members of the United Workers Party (UWP).

“I’m using my power to push for by-elections?” How do I end up doing that? The rules are clear … I don’t have any say; the rules are there that’s it,” Alix Boyd Knights remarked in response to a question from a Dominica News Online reporter following accusations by the UWP.

Last week, Knights announced that she had informed UWP elected members Edison James and Hector John of the Marigot and Salisbury constituencies that she was declaring their parliamentary seats vacant, after they had missed three consecutive sittings of the House of Assembly without requesting leave or to be excused. However, the two UWP members recently said that Knights had no such authority to declare seats vacant.

“You missed three times you’re out. Norris [Prevost] knew he’d be out so he jumped and came in … he probably felt his chances were not that good [at a by-election] … whatever his reasons he came.

“I get the impression that I am being used as a scapegoat. What use is by-elections to me personally?” the House Speaker asked, advising the UWP elected members: “if you don’t want by-election you come to parliament.”

According to her, she does not own the House of Assembly and she adheres to the rules in the execution of her duties.

Knights claimed that James is asking her to validate his boycott by accepting a letter of information about being absent from the last sitting of Parliament, as a request to be excused. This puts her in a very difficult position, she said.

“So if I tell him I’m validating your boycott and say you’re excused. Am I carrying out my duties as speaker?”

But James has accused Knights of being confused and cunning, adding that he is not afraid.

“The Speaker gave as her reason for not granting us leave because we did not ask for leave but there is no rule to that effect. Not Standing Order 15, 1 or any other section,” James said.

Knights seems to be on a mission to do her battle with the UWP, James believes. “The people of Marigot have given the license to me to be their representative and I am sure that they will continue to do so because they have confidence that we are capable of representing their interested in whatever field,” he added.

Knights was appointed speaker of the House of Assembly for the third consecutive term this year, following the December 18, 2009 general elections.

“I don’t own the House of Assembly; I’m just passing … I don’t own Parliament; I’m jut here to do the job and I do it to the best of my ability… I go by the rules. They’re particular areas which gives me discretion I don’t have the liberty, just the luxury… What they’re saying I should convert a letter of information into a request of leave to miss Parliament.  How can you deal with people like that?” Knights noted.

Meanwhile, Leader of the United Workers Party Ron Green said the speaker’s move to declare seats vacant is worrying, since he has alleged that she is helping Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit achieve his dream of realizing a one-party state.

“This action is in keeping with the Delices declaration where he declared openly that he wanted a one-party stay. The speaker knows why we were absent. Letters have gone to her and I am not aware that she devoted one ounce of energy towards solving this problem,” he said.

According to him, she is happy to carry out the bidding of Skerrit to get the Opposition out of parliament.

He noted that the party will decide whether the two members will participate in a by-election.

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53 Comments

  1. De truth
    May 11, 2010

    Read the President’s message well. And understand the wise counsel therein. The High Court COULD inquire (he did not say shall) into the question of whether a member’ seat was properly declared vacant. This means that the matter has to be referred to the High Court. Who should refer it to the High Court? Is it the Speaker? Mr. James or Mr. Skerrit. The President went on to say that the nothing should be done to prevent the High Court from inquiring into the mater of a member’s vacated seat as this is so important. Did Mr. James and his party had any intention of applying to the High Court for a decision, clarity as to whether he Mr. James had vacated his seat after missing out on three consecutive seatings? Did Mr.James missed out on three consecutive seatings of the House for which he was properly notified?. Did the said seatings of parliament take place in private? Didn’t he, Mr. James tell the world that he had no intention of going to the parliament and that he was prepared to face the consequences – whatever that is? Didn’t he say that? Was he aware of the fact that in the standing rules of the house if any member misses three consecutive seatings without leave of the Speaker, he was in fact, by his own action vacating his seat. Did Mr.james and Spraggs know that know that?

    Now that Mr. James’ seat has been made vacant by his own action why then look for administrative blunders in the process of letting the world know that you Mr. James had vacated your seat and so it needs to be filled? What were the blunders if any. You missed three seatings Mr. James. The penalty for missing out on three seatings is that your seat becomes vacant. Why blames others? Go to the High Court for redress.perhaps the court might ask Lennox to argue his above board morals and ethicals position and ignore what is actually the law. Give Jack his jacket. Lennox can argue a case – rightly or wrongly, better than Don C

    • Lystra
      May 12, 2010

      So true! let’s look first in the mirror, James and John chose to be absent without proper justification or endorsment through the chain of command! Is that any one’s fault bt theirs I think not!
      So gird up oyur loins for a by-election cause it’s coming!

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2010

      she look tired example that she do not have thecountry at heart

  2. child
    May 11, 2010

    i am still trying to figure out why do we so desperately want a one party state.

  3. LerLer
    May 11, 2010

    WE STILL AWAITING THE SUPRME COURT’S DECISION ON THE CASE REGARDING UWP AND BOYD. WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG FOR THE JUDGES OR MEDIATORS TO MAKE A DECISION. HMMMMM.
    IF JUSTICE IS DONE WE WILL AGAIN SEE THAT THE WOMAN IS AN EMBARRASMENT TO OUR COUNTRY LET ALONE HER PUPET MASTER

  4. Anonymous
    May 11, 2010

    IF SKERRIT WANTS TO TURN DOMINICA INTO A ONE PARTY STATE, I WILL SUPPORT HIM.

    ALL THE ONE PARTY STATES PEOPLE LAMBASTING HERE DOING MUCH BETTER THAN US.CUBA HAS ONE OF THE BEST HEALTH AND EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE WORLD (THAT IS SO DESPITE THE CRIPPLING EMBARGO IMPOSED BY UNCLE SAM), CHINA HAS THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY AND WILL BE A SUPERPOWER WITHIN 20 YEARS OR LESS, VENEZUELA JUST SIGNED A MUTLIBILLION DOLLAR OIL DEAL WITH FRANCE, ITALY, THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN (CHECK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND TWITTER. CHAVEZ HAS A TWITTER ACCOUNT). ONLY NORTH KOREA THAT FORMING THE FOOL.

    WHAT BEING A MULTI-STATE PARTY HAS DONE FOR DOMINICA?

    WHAT HAS DEMOCRACY DONE FOR US? WELL A FEW THINGS: AT LEAST WE ARE FREE TO COME ON THIS FORUM AND POST BS TO OUR HEART’S CONTENT (I MEAN REALLY, READ SOME OF THE POSTS ON THIS FORUM).

    FURTHERMORE, DEMOCRACY ONLY GIVE SOME PEOPLE THE PRIVILEGE TO TRY TO HOLD BACK THE PROGRESS OF THE COUNTRY ON THE BASIS THAT THEY UNFAIRLY LOSS AN ELECTION.

    IF A ONE PARTY STATE WILL PROPEL DOMINICA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, AM ALL FOR IT.

    UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T THINK THIS IS WHAT SKERRIT HAS IN MIND. OH WELL,,,,,TOO BAD!!

    • May 11, 2010

      If things are nice and dandy in those places , So why Dominicans don’t rush to Cuba, Venezuela or china to seek employment,

      rather than going to the USA, England, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Monserrat, Totola etc.

      The people are suffering there. Why so many Chinese down here in D/CA if their economy is booming.

      • Anonymous
        May 12, 2010

        DOMINICANS LIKE TO GO TO USA, England, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Monserrat, Totola etc. BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT THE GRASS IS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE ONLY TO REALIZE THAT LIFE IS NO DIFFERENT IN THOSE PLACES. AND THEY HAVE TO WORK THEIR BUTTS OFF IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. THEY GET THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY COULD JUST MIGRATE TO THESE OTHER COUNTRIES AND STREETS OF GOLD AWAITS THEM AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORK HARD. MANY PEOPLE WHO GO TO THESE COUNTRIES CAN HARDLY MAKE ENDS MEET. THE ONLY THING THEY CAN BOAST ABOUT IS ‘I LIVE IN AMERICA OR ENGLAND’ WHILE WE MERE MORTALS CANNOT BOAST THE SAME BUT ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM US? MANY ARE ON WELFARE

        IN CUBA, EVEN DOCTORS HAVE TO WORK IN THE CANEFIELD. PLUS THEY DON’T WANT PEOPLE LIKE US TO COME AND LIVE AND SUCK ON THEIR SYSTEM OR LIVE LARGE ON IT.

        I KNOW THERE ARE MANY CHINESE IN DOMINICA BUT AREN’T THERE AMERICAN BUSINESSES HERE TOO AND ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THAT MATTER? WHY IS THAT SO IF THEIR ECONOMY IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD?

        MANY PEOPLE RUN FROM DOMINICA BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF WORKING REAL HARD. THEY LEAVE AND RUN TO OTHER COUNTRIES ONLY TO REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE JUMPED OUT OF THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE.

        • STUPES!!!!!
          May 13, 2010

          shut up IDIOT you are just too guilible !FOOOLISH

  5. ms spontaneous
    May 11, 2010

    Wat I would like to understand is that if madame speaker doesn’t have de right to declare seats vacant she is not the president,why up to now de president himself haven’t address the … issues doesn’t that say something to u dumb …that she has some kind of rights

  6. nation
    May 11, 2010

    “NOW YOU HAVE READ TH SPEECH. BE FRANK. WHAT IS YOUR CONCLUSION? DOES THE SPEAKER HAVE ANY RIGHT TO DO WHAT SHE DID?

    Reply”

    YES, absolutely!!!

  7. Might is right?
    May 11, 2010

    @dancea. Did you mention Peter WickHam? Who is that man? Isn’t he the Bajan who got mucho $$$$$$ for conducting the polls for DLP? Is he the same pollster for CADRES? That is the same Peter WickHam who indicated some time ago, much to the surprise of the majority of Dominicans, that corruption is not a serious issue in Dominica. He spewed that people are not too worried or concerned about corrupt practices in GOVT. in response to the numerous allegations of corrupt practices by those in authority.

    Strangely, Peter WickHam only mentioned about absence of the opposition members from the House but never touched on whether the Speaker was right, or who gave her the constitutional authority to declare a member’s seat vacant.. Shame on that pollster who lacks all sense of objectivity or fairness. In fact, Wickham should know where to draw the line as far as interference in Dominica’s domestic politics is concerned. His posturing over the years have been definitely one-sided and extremely partisan.

    Peter Wickham must stop bringing the University of the West Indies to shame. The University has shown integrity, excellence and trained its graduates over the years to be analytical and issue-oriented, but not to be subservient to any politician or party solely for financial gains.

  8. Where does UWP Get off
    May 11, 2010

    C’mon people. I hear lennox, mat and jerry desperately trying to convince sensible people that the speaker had no right to do this and that… WHO HAS THE RIGHT? Miss three seatings and you out SIMPLE SO! They trying to get off on a technicality not catered for in the constitution. Nobody imagined that big grown men charged with running the affairs of the country would be playing little children boycott games with NO consequence… GROW UP. And they vex wen murderers get off on a technicality..

    How about this . . . we would wait 5 years for the opposition to go to work . . . cause strike, protest, boycott and do what they will D.L.P is in charge until 2015, the majority of people are behind them and will remain behind them until such time as WE the people see fit.

    Ha ha ha in the meantime skeritt say that they have 5 years to talk and they are obviously doing so without restriction!

  9. Observer
    May 11, 2010

    The High Court of Dominica is the only institution with the authority to interprete the constitution. Certainly it did not authorize Mr.lennox LInton to logically argue the provisions of the constitution. His oratory, articulation, logic, common sense, organised thought processes and perhaps moral arguments are not elements that can be legally entertained in a court of law. The law and those appointed by the same constitution to legally interpre the laws speaks only to the written word. Not the oft repeated cleverly presented arguments as presented by a partisan commentator. With all his logic and above board moral existence, lennox has never ever for once taken up the UWP for anything wrong.Maybe the UWP is his God – perfect as ever.

    If therefore the Speaker acted wrongly why don’t the affected members or constituents go to court to seek redress. The members so affected know that the rulesof the House make provision for declaring any seat vacant. They all agree that once you miss three consecutive seatings without leave of the Speaker you are out. So why create confusion. Mr. Prevost understood that when he unashamedly went and took his oath of membership in a “fraudulent parliament”. I certainly will not call him a fraud. But he now belongs to an organization he himself referred to as fraudulent. He must tellus therefore whether he is a fraud,because oparliamenet is made up of both government and opposition.he did not say the government side of the house is fraudulent. he said the parliament (collective) is a :fraudulent parliament”.

    Why don’t the others agree in public that this is the case. Going on the “hot seat” and seek to make a mountain out of a mole hill cannot help you. But then Iunderstand why the UWp and its acolytes are hesitant in going to court. Thier main spokesperson has been leading a vigorous campaign to dismantle all institutions of state including the court. So if they can show the publioc that the court never buys their illogical arguments baseed more on personality and feeling, rather than the spirit of the law, then they can create mayhem in society making it un-governable. But they lie.

    Take the Speaker to court. The court is the only authority in the land to interprete the law and constitution. Certainly not Lennox Linton.

  10. righteouness exalts a nation
    May 11, 2010

    Dominicans, President Liverpool gave a prophetic speech on the occasion of the opening of the 1st. Meeting of the 5th. Session of the 7th. Parliament on Friday, 31st. July 2009. President Liverpool is considered to be one of the most learned legal minds in the Caribbean. He is known internationally as a man of great stature and intelligence.

    After reading part of his speech below tell me truthfully if Speaker Alix Boyd knights, who was present at that Parliamentary Meeting, ever listened to the President’s words of wisdom and advice or rather preferred to disregard that advice and act unilaterally to manners the opposition. Tell me frankly if the Speaker has the constitutional authority to declare any member’s seat vacant, especially if that seat was always vacant from day one.

    PLEASE MY DOMINICAN PEOPLE, TAKE TIME TO READ PART OF THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH BELOW ON THE TOPIC:.

    PROLONGED ABSENCE OF A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE

    One instance in which the court could enquire into the internal proceedings of Parliament is provided by the Constitution itself. Section 35 states that a Member shall vacate his seat in the House if he is absent from sittings of the House for such period and in such circumstances as may be prescribed in the Rules of Procedure of the House. The relevant Rule which is contained in the Standing Orders of the House stipulates that if, without the leave or Order of the Speaker previously obtained, any Member is absent from three consecutive meetings of the House to which he has been separately summoned during the same session, that Member shall vacate his seat.

    But section 40 of the Constitution confers jurisdiction on the High Court to hear and determine the question whether any Member of the House has vacated his seat. In order to exercise this jurisdiction the court may, in certain circumstances be required to enquire whether the events which have led to the exclusion, even though they took place within the confines of the House of Assembly had breached the applicant’s constitutional rights.

    In such a case a court could inquire into what took place in Parliament so that it may decide whether or not the Member’s seat had in fact been vacated. It would not be simply a matter for Parliament to decide, even if the Member had missed the required number of meetings in the circumstances laid down in the Standing Orders. Nor could Parliament or the Speaker invoke the sovereignty of Parliament in an effort to prevent this inquiry by the court.

    In these circumstances it would be misleading to invoke the sovereignty of Parliament to paralyse the effective exercise of the jurisdiction of the Court; since this jurisdiction is based, not on the normal jurisdiction conferred on the court by the Constitution to determine whether the applicant’s rights had been infringed, but on the specific jurisdiction which has been conferred on the Court by the Constitution to determine whether in fact the circumstances had arisen which would cause the Member’s seat to be declared vacant.

    NOW YOU HAVE READ TH SPEECH. BE FRANK. WHAT IS YOUR CONCLUSION? DOES THE SPEAKER HAVE ANY RIGHT TO DO WHAT SHE DID?

    • children of Assisi
      May 11, 2010

      oh boy, look roro, she did not read the law? or was she trying to prove something? she is a high court judge now? well i hope those man sue her this time, big time, for violation their constitutional rights!

    • BEING OBJECTIVE!!!!
      May 11, 2010

      YOU WILL NOTICE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION THE WORD APPLICANT IS USED!!!

      The Speaker is within her jurisdiction to declare the 2 seats vacant, Section 40 of the Constitution gives the Members the right to go to the High Court to prove otherwise!!!!

      The Speaker of the House is the Head of the House!!!!!!!!

      In any case the UWP is not interested in this Mock Parliament thats why the joined with the .. (MRD) and created their own PARLIAMENT, THE PEOPLES PARLIAMENT, so they should just live things as they are and STAY OUT!!!!!!!!!

  11. WIPING THE EYEBROW
    May 11, 2010

    “Kakabef” I so agree with you. Onceupon a time in Dominica’s most recent history books we use to hear of the man who owns a radio station in roseau and another short ballhead man with lawyer qualifications ranting and raving in Skerrits Defence and ohh what happened to the PRO in Canefield… now it’s Alicks singing for her share….LOLL Who’s on the List? NEXT!!!! We waiting

  12. The man and his poddles
    May 11, 2010

    The speaker of the house has allowed the prime minister and her arrogance to make a fool of her. She was only suppose to declare that the members and missing 3 seating and it was not in her hands again because she has no authority to declare seats vacant. … you only do you masters bidding right or wrong. The writers of the constitution would not be so dumb to give the authority to decides if someone is excused or not and still give the power to say if a sit is vacant. She will learn pride do go before a fall

  13. Please!!!!
    May 11, 2010

    UWP LACKING STRATEGY PERIOD, THEIR FOOLISH ACTION CANNOT AND SHOULDN’T BE BLAMED ON THE SPEAKER AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEY REALLY BELIEVE PPL IS BUYING INTO THAT ‘SKERRIT WANT A ONE PARTY STATE’ CRAP? HAVING 21 SEATS IN PARLIAMENT DOES NOT AND CANNOT TURN THE COUNTRY INTO A ONE PARTY STATE!!!!!

    IN THIS DAY AND AGE I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW THEM MAN CAN COME UP WITH THAT CRAP, SO MANY UNIVERSITY GRADUATES IN DOMINICA AND THATS THE BEST THEY CAN SAY TO THEM?

    THEY STAYED OUT OF THE HOUSE HOPING TO CREATE CHAOS AND ANARCHY IN DOMINICA BUT THAT FAILED AND FAILED MISERABLY BECAUSE WE ARE NOT STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!

    STOP USING THE SPEAKER AS YOUR SCAPEGOAT, WIN THE BY-ELECTIONS AND GO IN THE HOUSE TO REPRESENT THATS WHAT TO DO FOOLISH PPL!!!!!

    BY THE WAY I HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE MOST RETARDED DOMINICAN (MRD) AGAIN, WHAT HAPPEN THEY MOOMOO MAN? LMAO

    • children of Assisi
      May 11, 2010

      satan cannot corrent sin! what she do there dosnt justifiy their koshony,

    • xmxn
      May 11, 2010

      please you will never understand because your head is bury skero a//// and you calling people stupid just look in the mirow OH i forget u cannot see your head is bury somewhere

  14. Do say
    May 11, 2010

    I do not understand the UWP’s issue.

    It is public and international information that they are boycotting, and the reasons for the boycott.

    So what is the fuss right now?

    I don’t get it.

    Just stay out based on the stance taken, as you knew from day one what the consequence was. So what’s all the open hypocrisy and sudden innocence about this agenda and that agenda when you have publicly taken a decision to stay out of parliament?

    Oh please. This is a f*(*&^%$ joke. Waste of time, energy and vote.

  15. Educated
    May 11, 2010

    Everything is for a season.!!! Every level headed Dominican knows what you doing,and for whom.!

  16. trouble
    May 11, 2010

    madam speaker,this things won’t last forever.

  17. ITASSI IN FLORIDA
    May 11, 2010

    I MEANT ‘DO NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN.’

  18. ITASSI IN FLORIDA
    May 11, 2010

    Why should Roosevelt ask for a one party State? This is DOMINICA; not CHINA, nor CUBA, nor VENEZUELA! Everyone should have an opinion. Everyone should decide for THEMSELVES. The PEOPLE decide who to VOTE for and LUCKILY the current party is in position. Who is to say that won’t change. If Roosevelt keep doing GOOD we keep him, when he starts to decline then we choose the alternative. Presently, Roosevelt is doing GOOD, so, he REMAINS. Roosevelt alone CANNOT DECIDE how many parties there should be. HONESTLY, if EVERY Parish wants a party let them have one. The end result is that the PEOPLE are the ones to DECIDE. Let’s say Roosevelt gets his way, he CANNOT make you VOTE. However, he might still be in position because all who voted for him in the past will vote for him in the future. Roosevelt, you’re my home boy but you should not FORCE a ONE PARTY STATE on the PEOPLE.

    Ms. Knight, do your job and do it RIGHT. Any letter received AFTER decisions are made should not be CONSIDERED a request for LEAVE. Unless it’s an EMERGENCY, one should not PLAN his absence and when he LEARN of the CONCEQUENCES decide to make his ABSCENCE EXCUSED. DO NO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN, TOMORROW WILL BE WORSE.

    THE EVIL THAT MEN DO LIVES WITH THEM. SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Ron
    May 11, 2010

    Eddie and his gang are trying to manipulate the speaker but she is holding her ground. Good job Madam Speaker. All the UWP is doing is blowing hot air. After all these years they still haven’t learned. It’s the same cry on Matt’s (Tom) and Jerry show day after day. What a bunch of losers.

    The UWP party needs a fresh approach if they want to run our beloved DA again. It’s time for their big brain advisors … to use some common sense rather emotions. It seems like while the UWP is playing Checkers the DLP is playing Chess. Come on Mr. James, stop the games. Ron is gone for good so please show some real leadership and avoid a leadership crisis in your party.

  20. son of the soil
    May 11, 2010

    they did not report to do the people work so they should be fired. Prevost is a smart man he went in to do the work he was elected to do

  21. only
    May 11, 2010

    … She does not have the power to declare a seat vacant and call for more elections….which are unconstituional.

  22. vain
    May 11, 2010

    Chek yourself, you too suffering from Uris symdrome! the house is yours? who gave you the power to declare seats vacant? you is President now? fly your kite, the longer rope has an end…

  23. Funny...
    May 11, 2010

    I am somewhat confused. Is there a stipulation in the Standing Order of the House of Assembly which states that in order for a member of the Parliament to be excused or given LEAVE, that member has to request LEAVE via correspondence with the Speaker of the House?

    I have placed the word LEAVE in capital letters because it is the operative word in this situation. Whether or not the actual word is of no consequence. The issue is, did these gentlemen indicate their inablility to attend sessions at the House of Assembly and request that they be excused.

    I hope this is not too much of a difficult question. Please clarify if possible. Anyone?

  24. agreed
    May 11, 2010

    French using Haitians in Dominica to manipulate the vote. How many haitians have got registered in these constituencies?
    How many votes will it take to change. The results?
    Remember it was 67000 registered voters in a population of 69k

    Manipulation by the french agenda. Fisheries, quarries, contracts, geothermal….nothing but dilution /population change
    To allow the french agenda

  25. LMAo
    May 11, 2010

    Hmm, Chavez, Castro, Skerrit…..

  26. Karkabeff
    May 11, 2010

    Ma Knight, please stop playing VICTIM. Yes, STOP the hypocracy! You know damn well that you are being used … We have not forgotten how hard you campaigned for a certain party during the last elections campaign.

    You interpretation of the the words “excuse” and “notify” are troubling to say the least. Technicalities in the way we interpret words and their meaning to justify our actions when it come to politics is sad and troubling to say the least. You have made yourself an accomplice by perpetrating the dismissal of the elected members who choose to stay out of parliament because of what they believe. In others words, you have said to the electorate of the affected constituencies that we don’t care what your parl. reps think or believe the important thing is that they suck it up and come to the house.

    You Ma Knight have to take blame for the political quagmire you have created because of your percieved need to please the Hon. Prime Minister. Now Skerrit can claim his hands are clean because the speaker based on her interpretation of the rules governing the house she acted accordingly. So, STOP looking for pity because there will be none from the majority. This is a situation can could be handled very easily. Any attempt to create a one party state is an insult to the very foundation and principles of Democracy.

    This is a very very sad situation regardless if you are labor, Freedom, UWP or whatever. while you may not be the architect of the One Party State Plan, your actions indicate you have been chosen to execute the plan in your capacity as Speaker of the House Of Assembly. History will record your actions with much disdain.

    This have left me to ask myself some serious questions one being the “real” role of the President of our fragile democracy. While I hesitate to mention this, I cant help but agree with the pundits that the role role the President is a useless one created for the sole purpose of rewarding powerful individuals for the political backing and good deeds to society on a whole. Therefore, while I don’t expect any action from the President or other legal minds in this regard, I still call on them to be the protectors of our democracy and quit singing for their supper. Our Democracy is at stake even when “some” issue appear to be trivial.

    So Ma Knight, do what is right and revoke you order! No pity for you because you are not the victim here. The real victims are the electorate in the affected constituencies and Dominica at large. STOP the engineering of the one party state! Dominica is NOT Venezuela and we will NOT sit idly by while you and your cohorts seek … ways … SAHME ON YOU!

    • Please!!!!
      May 11, 2010

      Do you really believe a political party having all 21 seats equals a ONE PARTY STATE?

      So when the Parliament is dissolved all seats are not for grabs? WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE INSISTING ON TALKING THIS RUBBISH/ WE ARE BRIGHTER THAN THAT SO STOP IT!!!!!!

      IF LABOUR GETS ALL 21 SEATS THEN THE PRESIDENT WILL APPOINT 4 SENATORS AS OPPOSITION IN THE HOUSE.

      I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT SO STOP TALKING THESE SHEET OK BOSSSSS!!!!!! I HATE TO HEAR EDUCATED PPL TALK SHEET!!!!

    • May 11, 2010

      Let her make hay while the sun shines. Her days are numbered.

  27. ALBERT P.
    May 11, 2010

    I HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE STRONGEST SUPPORTERS OF THE LABOUR PARTY, BUT HONESTLY, I LONG FOR THE DAY WHEN HONOURABLE SKERRITT IS NO LONGER IN OFFICE. IT’S TIME FOR MY COUNTRY TO MOVE ON. LET MR. GREEN AND THE REST RUN THE COUNTRY..THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT LET’S GIVE IT TO THEM. I AM FED UP OF THIS BACK AND FORTH NONSENSE.

    IN MY VIEW:
    THE UWP’S BEHAVIOUR IS NOTHING SHORT OF CHILDISH….THESE MEN BEHAVE LIKE THOSE CHILDREN WHO BRING THEIR BAT AND BALL TO THE FIELD, STAY AT THE ‘KRIS’ FOR ALMOST THE WHOLE GAME…THEN TAKE THEIR EQUIPMENT AND GO WHEN THEY GET OUT OR ARE ASKED TO FIELD.

    THE BEST THING TO DO WITH KIDS LIKE THAT….GIVE THEM THEIR D*MN THINGS… LET THEM PLAY WITH THEMSELVES.

  28. Observer
    May 11, 2010

    Madame Speaker,
    Hold your head up high. Do not let them throw you off track. Workass is just a bunch of sore losers. You within the Laws.

  29. dancea
    May 11, 2010

    There we go again. Continuing foolishness from the UWP. They could not do what dey doing if we were in a one-party state. they need to stop fooling people. Or trying to, just to remove shame from their eyes. My God, when is this going to end? THEY would be responsible for one-party Parliament if it happens. Not Skerrit. THEY decided not to take up their seats. Not Slix. Political commentator Peter Wickam made the same point. Did they hear him? He used the same language, I think — silly was how he described the UWP posturing. These guys need to get a life and stop making mas with our country’s politics.

  30. LawieBawie
    May 11, 2010

    Now I am really convinced that these guys are really jokers. If the PM openly declared at a meeting that he indeed wants a one-party state why then should these guys stay out of parliament although they know that this will help his cause. Damn jokers.

  31. javelin
    May 11, 2010

    Madame speaker you are undoubtedly the mouth piece of skerrit and labour party, no need to come and cry innocent here. UWP staying out and sending excuses is laughable, but you are no easy coconut yourself… your conduct, demeanor, vulgarity speaks volumes to your character. I have no respect for you, and frankly I grew up listening to house of assembly but since you came on the job, you have taken your political execution and … ways to a whole new low. I would not let a death man listen to you. Shame on you. You need to conduct yourself… Alix Boyd knight needs to stop the nonesense. Alix you have no authority to declare anyones’ seat vacant. You should have followed the rules and inform the house, then have the matter go to court. You too foward and flighty

  32. Don John
    May 11, 2010

    James and the UWP has been blaming the Speaker of the House, from the day they lost the Election to the Late Rosie Douglas, so this in nothing new, but they is an old saying which goes like this:
    “A BAD WORKMAN ALWAYS BLAMES HIS TOOLS” that is the UWP, they are blaming everyone but themselves, they were advice that is they miss 3 sitting they would OUT. The Speaker of the House did not make the Rules, and they know that.

  33. May 11, 2010

    Is’nt there someone in charge of the House? The UWP was pushing to make Earle’s seat vacant because he was absent for more than three sittings but he had a Medical reason.Someone must be in charge to make that ruling and the Speaker of the House of Assembly did that because she was so informed of the results of the last General Elections -Elections for the House of Assembly where the Speaker run things. Rules are rules for all members not for a few.

  34. Irie
    May 11, 2010

    As speaker of the house de woman has to have a little more decorum. She cannot ignore? She deliver her decision why she have to take on everything edison say? I find that woman getting on my nerves…..she cannot rise above all the politics and propaganda and just do her work. As speaker it is not her place to speculate why prevost come back. Do your work and shut up. Whoever have a problem with you when you doing your work, let them blahjay but when u have to stoop every minute to challenge what this one say or that one say offcourse you bound to appear partial….but then is not like she trying to be impartial anyway, she already declare where and with who she stands, what a joke that woman, best mamselle go and rest eh, I find my tax money paying for too much nonsense!

  35. SiangUK
    May 11, 2010

    Ron Green and UWP have lost what little comment sense they had.

    They boycott parliament and force a by-election and it is all the speakers fault.

    All they had to do is take the oath, when the House is in session, is to attend and then walk out.

    Something they have great exprecience in doing (walking out of the House).

    Yet they could not be bothered to even do that this time and it is the Speaker that is making a One party state possible.

    I am just shocked that some Dominicans, could still vote for people that can not see beyond their own nose and only listen their own voices.

    Roll on By-election.

    If voters in Marigot and Salisbury have any sense they will vote DFP to represent them.

    Becuase UWP are not concerned in providing the representation they were elected to do.

  36. May 10, 2010

    The wickedness that man do, does not die with them but lives with them.

    • Mr. know it all
      May 11, 2010

      Don’t blame life, blame the way how u live it. complacency helps to breed corruption, the speaker abides by advice. when challenged she leans on her articles. Different strokes for different folks..!

  37. Ride
    May 10, 2010

    this house need some cleaning up

    • Hmmmm
      May 11, 2010

      Clean up ur pot-shame first. Look unda ur bedd

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