“A much ado about nothing”. That’s how prominent pollster Peter Wickham is describing the reaction to the statement by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that “I run things in Dominica”.
The statement which was made during the official launch of the DLP’s candidate for Roseau South recently dominated social media and the airwaves for several days, with the prime minister being heavily criticized.
Skerrit said he had embarked on a mission to meet with every public servant in Dominica.
“I have met with the junior clerks and I hear Thomas Letang telling me to stop meeting them. My brother, I run things in Dominica”, he said
But Wickham told Dominica News Online (DNO) in an exclusive interview last night, that the prime minister’s statement should not have any serious implications on his political future.
“The reality of it is that the prime minister runs the country and I don’t think that should surprise anyone” he said.
In fact, he told our reporter that in small island states like Dominica, it is quite normal for the head of government to meet with public servants privately.
“A country the size of Dominica with a population that small should be well accustomed to having a prime minister interact on all levels. Everybody and anybody meets the prime minister and people shouldn’t be surprised,” he added.
Meantime, Wickham recently conducted an opinion poll in Dominica and although he did not reveal any figures to DNO, he said there are issues that concern the people.
One of them has to do with the rebuilding of Dominica following Hurricane Maria in September 2017.
“People are concerned whether the bounce back after the hurricane was sustainable and with the hurricane season here, people want to know whether the island can withstand another disaster,” he added.
Wickham said based on his knowledge, people are also concerned about the long term development direction of the country.
“Questions of employment, the economy are of concern to the population. People are thinking about issues of airlift to accommodate the two major hotels that are coming on stream…” he added.
He said the “white elephant” in the room however, is the Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton, who the pollster said, many people don’t seem to favour.
“As I moved around, I get the sense that there is a level of displeasure and the belief that he doesn’t match Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit” he said.
He said while Dominicans may become weary of a prime minister who is in office for as long as Roosevelt Skerrit is, the alternative is not something that people are happy with.
This is not the first time that Wickham has claimed that Lennox Linton is not popular enough.
Wickham, who has conducted several opinion polls for the Dominica Labour Party, is expected to reveal the results of his latest poll soon.