DNO POLL RESULT: Politicians should debate issues

debate pollAn online poll by DNO has revealed that a majority of readers who participated believe politicians should debate matters of national importance.

Recently leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, challenged prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, to a series of debates to discuss economic matters, foreign policy, good governance and the rule of law.

“We are issuing the challenge,” the UWP leader stated. “It is necessary for us to debate. We cannot be the last country in the world where no debate takes place, no debates take place among politicians from either side of the parliament. It is totally disgraceful. It is unacceptable.”

The government has remained largely silent on the latest challenge.

In light of this, DNO sought to get the views of readers with a poll.

The poll asked, “Should politicians participate in debates concerning matters of national importance?”

A total of 1,639 readers cast their votes in the poll.

1,404 readers, that is 86 percent, voted ‘yes.’

138 readers or eight percent voted, ‘It won’t make a difference.’

97 readers or 6 percent voted ‘no.’

DNO’s poll is NOT a scientific poll.

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108 Comments

  1. Laughable
    February 14, 2014

    DNO we already knew the results of the poll even before it was instituted. We know you blue blue blue lololololololoollllllllllllllllllll

  2. Emile Zapatos
    February 14, 2014

    Should politicians debate maters of national intrest? the answer has to be yes. But DNO is letting Linton trick them into promoting his own agenda just like he is doing at Q95. We already have a constitutional venue for such debates by and among people elected to represent us. There are legal process for example in the house of commons, the house of representative, the parliament and in our case the house of assembly.
    We already have an elected leader of the opposition and two elected members and nominated
    members from the UWP party who knows that. Linton tatics and tricks remind me of Hitler who gave us world war 2. He may be called Trickster.

  3. Emile Zapatos
    February 14, 2014

    UWP group are expert in talking noise like all tabloid journalist. They have a lot of show but no go. They should be in show business. They are touring like troubadors. They ask for transparency, but they fail to mention who is sponsoring these overseas tours. One can onlt speculate that their money may is coming from drug dealers and arm sellers

  4. Emile Zapatos
    February 14, 2014

    Should we ban or boycott the Legislative bodies made up of elective members of the house of assembly. In every country I know matters of government are debated at legislative bodies which is the constitutional process.

  5. Anonymous
    February 13, 2014

    Hope they are prepared to answer questions about DAAS.

    Good governance and transparency will be uwp downfall.

    This is the platform they are running on.

    Suprisingly, there are a lot of skeletons in their closet.

    Mr. Linton, Fontaine should no longer be considered as the prospective Minister of Finance, in light of the current disclosures about his activities in DAAS.

    • Emile Zapatos
      February 14, 2014

      For those UWP spoke persons Good governace mean if Linton say so is so. Transparency means look at other people but its not for them. They have never contested an election much less get elected but they already have a minister of finance. They have made the elected members of the UWP party moo moo.Is this a technical coup

  6. February 13, 2014

    Common Skerrit, Show some balls and put your Money where your mouth is :-D

  7. Labour to the Bone
    February 13, 2014

    We don’t need any debate because Lennox Linton is a journalist not a politician. There is no real politician in that party, so who is the PM going to debate with?

    • Emile Zapatos
      February 14, 2014

      Linton calculates that the PM will not agree to a debate with him since debating him would put him an the same level of political importance as the PM. He figure out that challenging the PM would cause embarrassment to the PM and put the PM in the sight of uwp supporters with more verbal ammunition. But labour party should not worry. WE have many carving knives to cut the tail of the 3 blind mice and their pipe pipers.

  8. February 13, 2014

    In Denmark, we got debates 24/7 by all parties
    Whats the big deal?, why Skerrit wont debate?
    He should debate and defend his policies, if he truely believe they are the best for Dominica and Dominicans

    • Simply the Truth
      February 14, 2014

      I would not endorse it. If you have been following Dominica’s politics and what has been transpiring and stated, this is a different type of debate. Dominica is a small country and Denmark is much bigger. Therefore, you cannot compare one to another. This is a different type of politics and debate.

    • Emile Zapatos
      February 14, 2014

      In Denmark those debates are between or among elected officials of an elected body not by journalist types trying to get publicity and attention

  9. True dat.
    February 13, 2014

    The hatred expressed against the PM here and on other media outlets by UWP suporters and leaders is exactly why the Labour Party will win again. I as an independent can’t even read some of these comments. The disrespect clearly throws me of. You call for change but change to what? My uncle has already said that he isn’t voting (UWP suporter), My brother now 18 and sister are now leaning towards Labour and by granny said that she finish with that. These people never voted labour have been UWP suporters. All because of the hatred and disrespect. Now you want debate when you cannot even control yourself? When you cannot respect another’s opinion? I’m looking for good change and not a change of people as I am seeing now. This is politics so please stop that hatred, not needed at all. By the way my wife has now registered to vote for the first time and she is still looking but has been tilt towards Labour. UWP still have time to recover. You cannot win with your hard core suporters, you need people like us.

    • Change is a must
      February 13, 2014

      @True Dat ..be truthful…Who has spewed more disrespect to Dominican over the past years?…For example…is none of your damn business…go to hell(x3) when asked about campaign financing…You labourite seem to have just woken up to the realities of politics in Dominica….and start feeling what we have felt for 14 years….But Change is a must not a n option…

      • Simply the Truth
        February 14, 2014

        It depends how you ask. If respectfully, you should receive a respectful response. If otherwise, be prepared for that too. This would apply to anyone. Some people lack diplomacy. When they talk and ask questions in an indifferent manner, they could turn others off. It is for this reason why there should not be any debate between the current government and the leader of the opposition. The latter has depicted that he harbors no love for the PM and this is hatred. Even at a distance we are no fools and are not deceived. It is too obvious.

    • ?
      February 13, 2014

      @True dat You must stop spewing garbage on this medium. Your hypocrite and sycophant. Who has shown more hatred to beggars like you more than Skerrit himself? He told you Go To Hell. It’s Not Your Dam Business where his corrupt Party gets money.He goes on the Animal Show and get engaged in rumshop politics with people who call Dominicans all kinds of unsavoury names. It is amazing that a lapdog of this corrupt party like you chose to make such asinine comment.Go beg him for a job because you seem to be singing for your supper. YOUR HYPOCRITE!

    • Anonymous
      February 14, 2014

      When u display disrespect to children they will eventually turn on u. To safeguard our nation with respect the likes of you should have asked the present PM to resign after he cursed the nation openly. Instead u there talking bulsit about respecting the PM. It’s de likes of u who cripple our nation by wanting us to accept n settle for less. I lost all respect for skerrit when he told us to go to hell n none of our damn business! Some of us no better.

    • Haha
      February 14, 2014

      That is what they don’t know.
      Let them carry on….
      Labour again!
      Haha.

  10. NicE n NaughtY
    February 13, 2014

    There should definitely be a debate the pm is so quick to insult and bring down people and he is afraid of a debate, shame on you!

  11. FAST N FURIOUS
    February 12, 2014

    DNO,with all due respect to you;but sorry to say your UWP poll is a damn joke and laughable.The result of your poll does not represent the majority of Dominicans.Stop portraying the UWP supporters who voted on your poll as the Dominican majority.

  12. Simply the Truth
    February 12, 2014

    I am being honest; not taking sides except what I have been reading on DNO specifically in the past months including noticing those biased thumbs down even though what is stated is the truth. It all depends whose side they are on.
    More often than not it is visible that the majority are on the side of UWP, giving the impression that they are in the majority. This does not mean that the majority of comments, especially those who are on the side of DLP, made it on this Website. Those readers who are affected are not deceived. Some make no comment to DNO.
    I would vote for a leaders’ debate. However, in view of what has been taking place in D/ca and the attitude of the UWP’s Leader, this debate would produce no fruitful results. It would be a war of words and vicious name-calling on his side and not worth it.
    I visualize the scene would not be a nice one to hear and read about. It would be one which will generate discord and hatred. It would be a waste of God-given precious allotted time. In this case, it is better not to have one.
    I do not think the PM should stoop low to pacify Lennox Linton’s demanding challenge including his party members, knowing what they are up to in addition to their supporters.
    Please spare D/cans this melee and disagreeable debate. Let there be peace on earth, in Dominica and campaign in dignity.

  13. February 12, 2014

    @Aye February 12, 2014–“86% of Dominicans are smart”

    No! That is 86% of 1639 (1404) of those who voted–not 86% of Dominicans–isn’t that figure around 70,000, in population? Correct me if I am wrong.

    And age did not matter here–any child who has an understanding mind could participate in that vote of DNO. So it is clear that many young people who are “under age” to vote in election took part in that pole.

    You people should start thinking for yourselves and stop copying or repeating the thoughts production of someone else, or other people, without any conviction of the perfect truth–that is bad for Dominica.

    The poor, weak, and slow “intellectual” process and production of you people has more to do with the reason for Dominica’s slowness in development, than any rule of “government”–they are just a few men and women.

    But you all continue to be like a “loud clanging cymbal” not taking heed of what is really happening. O my Dominica, may God continue to look upon you!

    • Helas!
      February 12, 2014

      stop calling the name of the most high in your mackacqwee, hypocrite!!!

      • February 12, 2014

        And you are the “saint” who does not understand that there are times we need to call to God for His deliverance eh?

        I don’t care about your “hypocrite” name calling. My name is already written in His book and it most surely is not hypocrite–can you say the same thing about yours?

        By the way God is not the name of the Most High–it is a placement to protect His Holy name–seem like you do not know Him well enough to even know that eh? So don’t worry about me, look about yourself.

    • February 13, 2014

      all that said just justify avoiding a debate; events you as a teenager participated in at school. what a shame!

    • forkit
      February 13, 2014

      if you was for jesus you would not support corruption and crime, cause that is all the debate afraid prime minister does.

      you love the crumbs and the duty free and the money and you doh care if it hurts our country, once you can get what you want.

    • I just come
      February 14, 2014

      but liz you did research already, don’t you know about representative sample? you don’t have to poll the entire population to generalize. And stop saying u for Jesus, Skerit is NOT Jesus.

  14. February 12, 2014

    Total vote is 1639. That figure is less then 3% of the whole population of Dominica. How can that percentage be “the people”?

    Those comments here sound like he said, she said, and yet he and she does not know what “they” said in the first place–my goodness gracious me!

    • Ben Dover
      February 12, 2014

      You must be a complete idiot. Do you know how polls work?

      Let me enlighten your small brains how polls work. Whenever polls are done, a ‘sample’ is normally used and not the entire population.

      For example when Gallup does polls in the US, they normally use a sample of 1,000 people spread across the US, with a margin of error of ±4 percentage points.

      From that sample, Gallup can pretty much get an idea of how people across the US think since they chosen from different demography. It would pretty much impossible to poll the hundreds of millions of Americans to know how people across the US think.

      I think you should stick to your bible blabbering and stop trying to grow a brain on other matters. I doubt you understand what I am trying to day.

      • February 12, 2014

        @Ben Dover February 12, 2014

        I thought you said you always used your real name when you are posting here? I have caught you before today, you know! And you know who you are as much I know it–along with DNO–unless you did not use your computer to write this comment.

        And with that sad keep your explanation to yourself–I do not need it. You have your right to your opinion and so do I.

        And I am saying it again “1404” in favor is not the opinion of the people of Dominica—Good evening!

      • Ben Dover
        February 12, 2014

        IDIOT….let me make it simple for you, since it seems is pou pou you have for your brains.

        You don’t need to drink a whole bowl of soup to know what the soup taste like. You can use a small spoon and pretty much know how the whole bowl tastes.

        Its a sample. Polls work the same way. You don’t need to poll an entire population to know what that specific thinks.

        Understand? Probably not.

      • BOOM BOOMMMMMMMMMMMM
        February 12, 2014

        @BEND OVER
        sweety there is a methodological way this randomly 1000 persons are selected BY Gallup hence this does not apply here.Even though polls are done in a particular way that still does not mean that that 1000 persons selected from their random interview will give an accurate picture.Read up some more on the internet where you will find many poll results which were wayyyyyy off. So you actually believe in your mind that because certain polls have been almost accurate after having selected a 1000 persons,then ALLLLLLLLLL other polls conducted with 1000 persons MUST BE ACCURATE? lolzzzzzzzzzzzzz u make me laugh

      • Simply the Truth
        February 12, 2014

        We are aware about polls and how they are conducted. No exception in Canada and Europe. However, it does not reflect the entire population and not even half; only a small percentage of those who participated. Just as it is stated, it is not scientific, polls are never accurate.
        There are some who wait to hear the results of the poll to vote since they cannot make up their mind which Party they will vote for. These are people who are neither here nor there.
        Frankly, I do not go by Polls to determine which Party I will vote for or should they participate in a debate. Nevertheless, if they are accurate, it is interesting to know the opinion of some people.
        There is no need for any Party Leader and members to panic and have anxiety over the results. Election Day will hopefully project the truth.

      • True that
        February 13, 2014

        The poll about thr speaker was pretty accurate and it was done the same way….stop living in denial

      • Joe
        February 13, 2014

        Bend Over,

        Do you know i voted twice on that poll? Once when i was at work and the other time when i was home!!! My vote counted both times, I think there are many persons like me!!!!

        The 1,000 people Gallup interviews are hand picked and they only give their opinions once, and like you said they interview persons all over the US (key word here – the US), this poll is open for persons all over the globe where Dominicans or friends of Dominica who uses DNO as their source of information to vote.

        So please get off your high horse of insults, stop the name calling, calm down and allow for good discussion.. The poll represents what READERS of DNO thinks of a Debate this might just be 800 people spread across the globe and may only have 200 or less actually residing in Dca voting in all categories!!!

        DNO cannot say all those who voted ‘No” are those who actually live on island whilst everyone who voted ‘Yes’ lives out of the island.

        You get my drift Mr. Pollster!!!!

    • Not Me Alone
      February 12, 2014

      @Lizavier4Jesus, Is it that you were too busy to run your mouth that you had no time to read so you could understand what you reading? Take a good look at the first paragraph: ” Online poll by DNO has revealed that a majority of readers who participated…” Did you see he was referring to MAJORITY OF READERS, and not majority of Dominicans? So what’s your point? In other words, it was only for readers of DNO and like in any election readers had a choice to vote or not to vote and they also had a choice in favor or against. Do you understand? Also if there is a village council election that is opened to all villagers and only 10% of villagers choose to cast their ballot, are you going to ignore the result because of the percentage that voted? That’s exactly what happened there. Copwan de voux?

      • February 12, 2014

        @Not Me Alone February 12, 2014

        You stupid individual! I do not care about what DNO wrote–I understand their message clearly. Read back where they told you “DNO’s poll is NOT a scientific poll”. Huuuuuuuuuuuh!

        You do not know that you simply confirmed what I am showing to all you fools, when you tell me that DNO is talking about the “majority of readers”, not the “majority of Dominicans”–who are the majority of “readers” compared to the majority of “Dominicans”?

        A few empty headed young bloggers, on DNO, cannot call to the Prime Minister for decision making in Dominica, whatsoever that decision may be–they are not the opinion of “the people” as you fools are claiming it to be. The men and women of Government are not a small boys and girls, playing in your backyards! Decision making for our country is not a joke.

        And so I am talking to you empty heads in Dominica, or wherever you all are, who have no intellects of your own–as I read through those stupid comments here–“like 86% of Dominicans are smart” from another idiot below”; did the message of DNO say that? You have already answered that question; and so that is what I cannot tolerate.

        Do we have only 1639 people in Dominica? How is that “opinion” to keep a debate by the leaders of Dominica–the opinion of the “majority of Dominicans”–as you all are claiming that the “people” wants a debate? Who are the “people” in 1404 votes? That figure is less than 2% of the population of Dominica, you fools–that figure is “not” the “people”.

        You and that so-called “Ben Dover” dummy above–you do not know who you are contending against. And so it would do you two much better if you would simply SHUT UP!!!!!!!!! You two, and the rest of you, with your empty heads like a “dried shell” and your talks which is like the sound of “Loud Clanging Cymbals” Now take that!

      • I just come
        February 14, 2014

        doe answer mamzel. she clearly is an unhappy woman.

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      That is the group called “Readers” the same group Skeritt says we don’t have enough of ,so the more readers You have the more the odds would be stacked against You .So does Your PM really want more readers?

      • John Paul
        February 12, 2014

        Keep preying on the ignorant while still pretending you want them to be well informed meantime your Administration is so secretive You could not even bear to tell us of Your Wedding! That is extreme!

    • haha
      February 13, 2014

      Sir, please get a BASIC STATISTICS TEXT BOOK and educate yourself on data collection and statistical interpretations. Understand the Belle Curve and Normal distribution. Understand percentage of confidence etc.. Then return her to speak…
      Do u really think we need to interview 70000 people to get a true picture of the population?

      A random sample is good enough and can mathematically represent the entire populations view at a 95% level of confidence.,,

  15. True that.
    February 12, 2014

    I am for a debate but haven’t we been debating in the House? Oh! No! UWP stayed away. So we debating when we want to.

    • ?????????????
      February 12, 2014

      @True that Skerrit cannot debate anywhere. He lacks the ability to debate.It’s just on the “Animal Show”, he can go run his mouth and insult people. But all this will be over soon. He will soon be disgracefully kicked out of office by the electorate.

      • True dat.
        February 13, 2014

        And when you prediction fails, what’s next?

  16. English teacher
    February 12, 2014

    Imagine Skerritt was an English Teacher,
    then Minister of education, now PM, but docking any challenge to debate on the important national Issues.

    Remember Dominicans, the Media Workers’ Association invited Ron Green, then UWP Leader and Skerritt, DLP Leader to a debate? It was the 2009 elections. Skerritt agreed to debate then all of a sudden pulled out. Remember? What is the man afraid of?

    Request pertinent information on matters concerning the people. No response. Nada. Nothing. Debate. No Nada. hiding. Cannot face the people. Afraid of the truth? Of the burning questions that would be asked.

    PM would not take the stand. Neither to be asked whether he had/have a French passport or to be asked about the corruption.So many instances. Facts a plenty to prove.

    • %
      February 12, 2014

      @English teacher But one thing he must answer and respond to, is when the electorate tell him to ‘get the hell out of our country’s governance’ later this year.

  17. February 12, 2014

    I think Roosevelt SHOULD WELCOME a debate. I do NOT think Roosevelt should engage in any debate with Thomson.

    ANY AND ALL DEBATES SHOULD BE BETWEEN “ROOSEVELT AND LENNOX”.

    Who does Lennox think he is to request debates between his people and the Prime Minister?

    The Prime Minister should NOT subject himself to Lennox’ level.

    Talk about DISRESPECT, this is DISRESPECTFUL. Roosevelt is the PRIME MINISTER, like it or not, he should be treated as such.

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      Nonsense ! Skeritt as a Politician is just the Head of the DLP When the House is Dissolved He has to defend His Party .The People are demanding debate who are You to say no?This is a Democracy not a Monarchy.Skeritt is spending too much time in Morocco and Monaco

    • Ma Doris/La Plaine
      February 13, 2014

      PM Skerrit is afraid to debate Dr. Fontaine, he fears “the good Doctor Mr. Transparency himself, Mr. Honesty and Good Goverance” will show and tell him how to move the peoples’ money into his personal account.

      • Anonymous
        February 14, 2014

        I have one word for Mr. Transparency, DAAS. Tell us how transparent you were when you transferred DAAS’ money into your personal account without the knowledge of the rest of the board members. Mind you, on three separate occasions. Can someone like you be trusted to handle our finances. The answer is NO, NO, NO, NO.

  18. Too Late
    February 12, 2014

    Where skerro will have the edge on lennox is in when they start talking about the greatest idea of the labour party for the last 14 years. skerro will certainly destroy lennox on the with the pit toilet revolution

    • _________________
      February 12, 2014

      Is it tje pit latrine revolution or the KAR-KAR revolution? Labour party greatest achievement.

      • John Paul
        February 12, 2014

        They make it sound like You can just install a flush toilet in the outhouse.For a flush toilet to work You need water line,You need the toilet then a septic tank and a septic field or soak away .Unless they talking about the Austrie model,Remember He talked about flushing someone down a pit toilet in Lagon.

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      Lennox sending Thompson to bait Skeritt,any fool can see that .Ha Ha Ha !

  19. Lougaoo Mem
    February 12, 2014

    Yes! Good initiative DNO. The people have spoken and now let’s see if Mr. Skerrit is politically mature to do the people’s call, and participate in debates on issues pertinent to the governance of our country.

    I doubt he’ll take the bait that’s good for exposing weaknesses and strengths of his governance styles. Like one of the comments said, “He’s in the mold of African despot like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.” Well said my friend.

  20. Massacre
    February 12, 2014

    If a man in power is afraid of debating, this should go to show us that He has done nothing to talk about in their 15 yrs in office.
    So where is all the development that DLP has been boasting about?
    Put your mouth where your self praise is and come on with the debate.

  21. February 12, 2014

    when thomson fontain and clatain shillingford come clean about the das money then we will debate

    • _________________
      February 12, 2014

      A buffoon like you that do not even know that ones name should be capitalize,cannot be a spokesperson for DASS.CAN YOU DEBATE?

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      Ha Ha Ha Has Skeritt come clean on anything?

  22. Truth
    February 12, 2014

    Why should an experienced PM be scared of a novice….He has 14 years in power …No debate means lack of confidence and no long term plans for the country…Infact the PM has demonstrated this short term vision by the vi-ke-vi way he makes decisions. It is all reactionary…the NEP for example was a response to the UWP economic forum. The country cannot continue to be run in that way…We have a responsible to act now in the interest of our children…Change is a must …Not an option!!!

    • _________________
      February 12, 2014

      @Truth When there are millions of skeletons in your closet, you ought to be afraid; UNDERSTAND! Your country is ruled by a gang, not a government. Were you one of those who put them there in 2009? I did so, and i am constantly contemplating to cut off the hand i made the ‘X’ with.

      • Helas!
        February 12, 2014

        I did so too, i still love my hand but for accountability sake and Dominica I contemplating a different vote this time especially if there is no debate.

        You see a debate would be wonderful knowledge!!!!!

  23. Cecil Joseph
    February 12, 2014

    They can come with as many debates as they want. Mr. Skeritt will beat them every day of the week, plus twice on a Sunday, once it has to do with the economy and not corruption.

    • Mike
      February 12, 2014

      Is Skerrit is a hiding under a rock? That is not what leaders do-they show up and face the music. Bullies run away and hide and come out with their possie like they bad and strong. They cannot stand on their own.

    • Roseau
      February 12, 2014

      Mr. Cecil, have you heard Skerritt speak latey? Skerro can only beat Linton or Thompson in Wmapwee!
      Skerro needs to acsentuate his words. It is shameful sometimes to allow my fellow West Indians to listen to him on the radio.

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      Are You saying He will lose the debate on corruption?

    • Anonymous
      February 13, 2014

      Even on corruption.

  24. February 12, 2014

    who is the people, the workers party. you all are not the marjority and no oposition cant stop the labour party from winning the next election. skro rules and who vex lost

    • Mike
      February 12, 2014

      back street boys- Folks we are dealing with some one with a full deck here- he has a loose screw soem where in his head.

  25. February 12, 2014

    lenox is not a dominican, because nothing good for the country they against it, so thats why my pm will not take them on

    • lange
      February 12, 2014

      that is a d…lie! if you listen to when Lennox speaks you would not be speaking such nonsense!
      some people are just

  26. Doc. Love
    February 12, 2014

    It will be interesting to see whether Skeritt has the guts to debate the novice. Last year when the poll results showed the Labor Party was favored to win the next General Election by 67%, Skeritt was in his glory. Again, when the poll showed that Dominicans were against the Independence boycott, as far as Skeritt was concerned, the people’s wishes should be accepted. What goes around comes around, the people have once again talked. Is he going to hide in Vielle Case or Long Island or is he going to accept the people’s wishes. You can run as far as you want, but you cannot hide.

    • JB CHARLES
      February 12, 2014

      Doc love change you name to Doc Hate PM Skerrit wasn’t hiding anywhere that’s why he visited his DOMINICANS in the tri-states. Do you know the meaning of hiding the PM is present every day for his people.

      • ?????????????
        February 12, 2014

        @J B CHARLES. JB your hypocrite Skerrit is hiding like a little coward. A weakling, and alittle boy with a toy.Whenever he visits some countries he does so in a secretive way. Can you tell us why he likes hiding so? Have you ever gone with him on one of those hiding missions? Are you hiding as well JB? Finally HYPOCRITE JB, what are you all hiding so?

      • Doc. Love
        February 13, 2014

        You cannot blame me for disliking a man who wants to make me a beggar.

  27. The Authorities
    February 12, 2014

    We the Authorities have advised PM Skerrit that his participation in any debate with the opposition party would be an exercise in futility and would be detrimental to is political career.

    Although his non-participation will reduce his Job Approval Rating, our calculations have shown that it would be much worse if he were to engage in a debate with the UWP.

    • February 12, 2014

      @The Authorities, why do you say if the PM were to engage in a debate with the UWP his “Job Approval Rating” would “reduce or much worse”?

      Can you be more explicit?

      • The Authorities
        February 13, 2014

        In light of the sensitive nature of our calculations, it has been determined that the details are to remain classified.

        Please accept our humble apologies.

    • Mike
      February 12, 2014

      Please declare yourslef?

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      The Authorities on taking Dominica to Hell in a hand basket .13 years where are the jobs?Oh Yes there were Jobs for Chinese Nationals but none for Dominicans who need to contribute to social security so that they can be taken care of in their old age

  28. Rereree
    February 12, 2014

    Through the DNO poll, voters have spoken.

    Let’s wait and see whether the prime minister will demonstrate his respect for popular opinion and do the honorable thing.
    But I am not holding my breath, although I would be pleasantly surprised if he does.
    If I am fearful about the future of democracy in this country it is because I have come to the conclusion, rather reluctantly, that this prime minister does not have democracy in his DNA. He seems to me to be more in the mold of an African despot, like Mugabe of Zimbabwe. That would be okay if the general public is content with being led in this fashion. The poll results suggest otherwise.
    So it obvious that the people are not getting what they legitimately deserve in terms of governance.
    That’s why this upcoming elections will be critical to determine the kind of representation this country will have.
    The writing is on the wall!

    • February 12, 2014

      @Rereree, (Referee) the Prime Minister do NOT have to demonstrate anything; however, I think he should participate in the debate.

      Hold your breath because you will need it. I hope you and others realize that the “POLL RESULT” is in FAVOR of a “DEBATE” and “NOT” of the “UWP”, because not ONLY UWP SUPPORTERS would like to hear the boys DEBATE.

      I agree that “this upcoming elections will be critical to determine the kind of representation this country will have.”

      I have not seen any “writing on the wall”. MAY THE BEST “MAN” WIN.

      • me
        February 12, 2014

        By the way, I think the PM would win the debate.

    • John Paul
      February 12, 2014

      mr. Skeritt is spending more time with Kings in their Kingdoms e.g : Morocco,Monaco.While He saying He getting for the Poor We have no idea what He getting for Himself and what He is giving away that is ours!

  29. %
    February 12, 2014

    Well i have no doubt that Skerrit will not debate, any of the issues.This time around however, he will not debate neither will he WIN the election. THE LOOK ON HIS FACE TELL THE GRIM STORY OF HIS FAILING AND AILING corrupt Labour party.
    Linton is intellectually smarter than Skerrit, so PM versus PM Linton will knock him down. Linton will ask certain questions of him which he will answer “Go To Hell” “It’s Not Your Dam Business”. Skerrit is very limited in communiocation skills, and in a debate he won’t be able to make up with his rhetorical gutter politics gabs.
    On ECONOMIC MATTERS honestly it is only TIM TIM that can take on the learned DOCTOR FONTAINE, an Fontaine will put Tim Tim to the canvas. Other than Tim Tim this corrupt party is a VERY DUNCE AND EMPTY PARTY.
    On Foreign policy matters, Linton will squeeze Skerrit to submission. Our foreign policy is in a mess, and this will be shoved down Skerrits throat by Linton in a debate.
    On the matter of good governance any kindergarten child can challenge Skerrit on the topic.Our governance is the worst that it has ever been in our history.
    On the rule of law,any “Team Dominica” candidate can take on any of the members of the corrupt Labour party, and will win comfortably.
    So i am confident that Skerrit will RUN AWAY FROM A DEBATE, BUT HE CANNOT RUN AWAY FRON AN ELECTION DEFEAT.
    The writing is on the wall. LABOUR PARTY WILL SOON BE DUMPED INTO A PIT LATRINE. Dominicans will this year come out of the brutal clutches and shackles of Skerrit and his cabal. Dominicans will be put into jobs, the rule of law will once again flourish in Dominica, and “””Team Dominica””” will make us feel like proud citizens of our beloved country.
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!

    • Change is a must
      February 12, 2014

      Well Said!!!!

    • T
      February 12, 2014

      % boy, you know how to hit a nail on its head.
      Skerrit will never debate, but his reign as Pm is over.

    • me
      February 12, 2014

      Do you know why the uwp never accepted the results of the last election? Because they were suppose to win. Hope you all don’t get too disappointed this time around.

  30. Bogoroy
    February 12, 2014

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Roy Williams
      February 12, 2014

      They are afraid of a novice, me daybar woa, woa :lol: .

  31. Dominiquen
    February 12, 2014

    No Debate with these foolish people!!! :mrgreen:

    • Change is a must
      February 12, 2014

      Guess you speak for yourself…Dummyquen

    • Mike
      February 12, 2014

      You mean Dominicans or Chinese? Stupid you have just indicted yourslef.

    • February 12, 2014

      you that is the foolish because debates a necessary
      between political leaders

  32. lavirod
    February 12, 2014

    If the Pm and his Cabinet are not convinced that the people are expecting him to debate and dig the UWP’s political grave we will have to conclude that he is scared of the opposite happening where the UWP will surely dig his/theirs

  33. lee
    February 12, 2014

    You all want copycat the United States now.

    • )(
      February 12, 2014

      @lee. Certainly this is one good or rather EXCELLENT example we can copy from the UNITED STATES.
      The outgoing Prime Minister of afraid of a novice?
      Well Labour is really on its death bed.

      • fil
        February 13, 2014

        People like you that are destroying the country with hatred there is more to come, it will not be the PM but God. I see it coming trust me.

    • lange
      February 12, 2014

      but you copying them already so what?
      Debates are healthy for any democratic country!

  34. Rastafari
    February 12, 2014

    I guess it’s on now!

  35. Anonymous
    February 12, 2014

    Skerro give the people what they ask of, pull up your big man pants and accept to debate.

    • JB CHARLES
      February 12, 2014

      Which people that ask those who want to buy the election by coming to the USA to beg……..

      • ?????????????
        February 12, 2014

        @ J B CHARLES. Skerrit of course. But no matter how much he beg, he has to be dumped this year. His corrupt cabal cannot continue making so many people beggars.Are you one of those beggars J B CHARLES?

  36. observer
    February 12, 2014

    This is a clear mandate by the people of Dominica, including DLP supporters, that we want a debate Mr. PM. Show that we are a democratic country!

  37. Bwois Powis Labor
    February 12, 2014

    I dare them to conduct the same poll on DA Vibes . First off the viewership is nothing and the few people that will vote on da Vibes the results will still be the same. So DNO expect the Laborites to criticize you guys or accuse you of partisan biasness.

  38. Aye
    February 12, 2014

    86% of Dominicans are smart.

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