Wickham says criticism of controversial statement by Skerrit is “much ado about nothing”

Wickham is a regional pollster

“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.

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89 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 15, 2019

    Just want to ask
    francine baron if Peter wickham and Hatley henry have our diplomatic passports.

  2. Willeb
    June 14, 2019

    This guy looking malnutrition. Really thought he was white. He needs nature island 😂 foods.

  3. Curious
    June 14, 2019

    I am not a pollster but I understand statistics very well. Mr Peter Wickham is very clear in what the people’s concerns are and realizing that those concerns have affected the standing of the DLP and recognizing that the people are weary of the Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit’s leadership, Mr Wickham tries to put his twist on things to make it look like the Honorable Lennox Linton is not liked by the people in an effort effort to influence people to vote for Prime Minister, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit and the DLP at the next general elections instead of voting favorably for Honorable Lennox Linton and the UWP – Team Dominica as the polls have been indicating.

    I wonder how much he was paid to try to continue to sabotage the image of the Honorable Lennox Linton in an effort to help the DLP at the next polls.
    I want to warn Dominicans that this Bajan is not interested in our well being as Dominicans. They already stole ROSS from us, what else do they plan to steal?

  4. Peter Azille, Sr.
    June 13, 2019

    One point of correction…the Prime Minister is head of the Government of the country. He or she and the other Ministers run the Government of the country not the country. The Private Sector organization provides leadership to the Private Sector but every business Owner/Manager runs his/her business. This applies to every Sector in the country’s Social and Economic Life. Only in China, Russia and North Korea where Dictatorship and one Party Rule exist do the Leaders believe that they run the countries and not just the Government. In places like China, even where business appear to exist, these businesses are all owned by State Owned Corporations (SOC) where most of the income go to the government and the operators receive special dispensation. Dominica is not such a country and will never become.
    What gives Wickham the authority to talk to that subject? When was he elected to government in Dominica? To whom is he responsible?

  5. The city observer.
    June 13, 2019

    Mr Peter Wickham i would like to make a bet with you. one million dollars united workers party will win the next general elections. If you don’t have a million dollars ask Skerrit to give it to you. That’s not much ado about nothing. ………….

  6. little yout
    June 13, 2019

    Elizabeth X and Joseph J i see you are very critical of popularity, Mr Wickham did say Skerrit was more popular. keep criticizing Skerrit popularity because he is right there with all the popular dictators.

  7. Lin clown
    June 13, 2019

    Since 2000 UWP talking about change.Election after election they are becoming more unpopular.Their Leader was EXPELLED from school and DEPORTED from Antigua.The guy went to the Privy Council playing Dr. of law and made a JA of himself.He went to Guyana made himself a bigger JA.This guy is an embarrassment to himself and Dominica.Called himself a CORPORATE EXECUTIVE was fired from the position at DCP.What kind of leader is that?Just look at his supporters ,Viewsexpress,Ibo France,La Plain Observer.Massacre,,%,Gabriel St.Jean ,Pipo bunch of people who known nothing about Dominica.Puppets singing for supper.DR.SKERRIT the Labour Party and supporters BUILD back DOMINICA,while you LAZY UWP were sitting scratching your behinds and talking BS.Trying to bring the country down with FAKE NEWS We will NEVER VOTE UWP.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 15, 2019

      Hon. Lennox Linton, is a credible man, one of his best result was declare and expose the various Bobols in Dominica that your Skerrit should have known about rather than ridiculous people like you all blindly supporting this fake failed incompetent Odd Minister and to where and how our nature isle has deteriorated. Your blind loyalty of Skerrit have forgotten to whose interest a government stand for, and that is the people of Dominica suffering under Skerrit and you fools out there trying to prompt Skerrit to a level that he is in and cannot get out because he has not presented himself as being diplomatic and qualified enough, sufficiently to be Prime Minister of Dominica where he has created poverty, and reduced our poor people to beggars and has killed our agriculture sector. Tell that clown Wickham that his focus should be on failed Skerrit and not the respectable Hon Linton. Go after Skerrit, he has failed us and our Dominica. We welcome Hon. Linton and his professional UWP Team.

  8. Kalinago Justice
    June 13, 2019

    Based on the majority of comments from my people rebutting weak-ham foolishness,I’ve started feeling proud of my once again, for being awakened!!! weak-ham deserve to be chased out of our Island!!!

  9. ManMike
    June 13, 2019

    How can your polls be free from bias. You seem to in bed with your client. I would think pollsters would be bias free.
    You dont seem to be to unbiased

  10. June 13, 2019

    Joseph thank you for understanding and extending my thought. You did it quite well, I couldn’t help smiling about it. Lol!

  11. Ibo France
    June 13, 2019

    Wickham is more of a political activist than a pollster just like Tony is to politics than to law. He acts like a typical mercenary once the price is right. Instead of dealing with the raw data collected, he makes political statements to favor his multi-millionaire client. In the end, truth shall prevail as it always does.

  12. Me
    June 13, 2019

    I remember a fews years back a political leader said ” I am in charge it is my time “

  13. Flat Tire
    June 13, 2019

    From the responses here Dominicans don’t seem to like you much mistah weak arm .. stay away from our elections please ross wasn’t enough? What all you want again?

  14. Child of Itassi
    June 13, 2019

    Et tu Barbados? This is adding insult to injury. After Mia took Ross away from us you have the nerve to come here and manipulate our election?
    Aye Dominique!! Even your closest friend taking advantage of you while Skerrit saying he run things.
    “The most unkindest cut of all”

    • viewsexpressed
      June 13, 2019

      Child of Itassi, He has to be a close confidante of that failed, incompetent Skerrit. The man is a failure and is local for national and regional fame. Well, that wont happen in Domininca especially as this clown Skerrit depends on outsiders to try and attempt to raise his profile, that has no credibility. Skerrit is a failure and has failed our Dominica. Mr. Wickham, can yo not do an article of the failure of Skerrit tenure. How’s he has fleeced our economy, or resources where we go for foreign currency is now depleted and gone, for example, Ross University in Barbados, what do yo say of that Mr. Wickham?
      Skerrit ust go, he has failed us, has been incompetent and we need a state enquiry in the Bin Bobo, Fertilizer Bobol etc. We need to know within the family circle of this Corrupt, voleur Labour government who attempted to or has usd and abused or states limited funds t purchase Bins and Fertilizer tat never arrived. The minister of the family in Pennsylvania is to account to us.

  15. Who DA Cap Fits
    June 13, 2019

    From the looks of things, the Brief Case Gang are hell bent on securing another turn on the seat of power.

    As I vividly recall, the country did not prosper during their previous reign. Their pockets allegedly benefitted under their rulership while our nation floundered and regressed.

    Just a little something for those with a short memory to chew on come election time.

  16. RandyX
    June 13, 2019

    No, indeed there is nothing there… The same way there is nothing there when we are talking about CBI account and the Venezuelan 100 Million. Skerrit is living the life style of a Millionaire and it’s there for everybody to see. No questions asked, nothing there… All you guys just keep on singing for your supper!

    • Voice of Reason
      June 13, 2019

      There is much meaning to the Prime Minister’s comments and Wickham knows that!
      It was nineteen years ago when we Dominicans were bent on having new, young leadership – “give the young man a chance” was the mantra, and we did. We were fooled by his deceptive smile, his dimples, his youth! Nineteen years later, we are worse off than where we began, given the massive influx of money to the country over the years.
      I can remember when the Freedom Party was in power, Eugenia was the Prime Minister and her position was recognized and respected, but decisions were made, not in a vacuum, but after much discussion with the ministers; she didn’t “run things!”
      Now our government is run by a young man who went from living on a teacher’s salary to being among one of the richest men in the Caribbean. We all know his riches did not come from prudent investments or lottery winnings, and we find nothing wrong with that! Seriously??

  17. Penvillian Dove
    June 12, 2019

    What Wickham says or thinks is not important. What is important is what we in the V/case Constituency, expeacially Penville people think. What we think is Clemo is our incoming parlrep, incoming minister and one day become our first Pm. We the people of Penville and the Vieille-case constituency cannot wait for Skerrit to ring the bell so we give him his marching orders, just as Catrelle gives batsmen when he gets them out. We don’t talk much but we know how to act and how to vote. For the first time we have Skerrit on the ropes. He is very scared. For the first time he has to go to the DIASPORA to try to recruit voters to come vote in his constituency. But we want him to know that when they come they will be voting Clemo. I am a labourite but noway am I going to live Clemo and vote Skerrit. Skerrit had 19 years to represent us and we and V/case don’t have a health center and he left Thibaud without a school. So we waiting on him. He could pass his envelopes but that won’t change…

  18. Flat Tire
    June 12, 2019

    But if mister Linton is so unpopular in Dominica and Mr skerrit is so popular then why the obsession with the overseas voters.? Tell.me
    Weak arm

    • viewsexpressed
      June 14, 2019

      Skerrit is “Scare-it” and that is where he is, on his way out. Skerrit, as a well known failed Prime Minister, oddly enough he has been incompetent, worthless, knows nothing of socio-economic development and has as his back up a bunch of illiterate stooges appears to be his advisors, and that is advisors to lose, because Skerrit is that failed loose loser. Wickham, please yo are a renown journalist mostly in Barbados and please do not come here thinking that yo are able to analyse the bigger picture of the situation in Domininca. We have been suffering for years and after 19 years Skerrit has reduced our people to Beggars and your commentary following the up coming election must focus on the 19 years of Skerrit`s failure, and you need to know why. So go about the island and see the poverty and ask the people why are e no longer producing bananas and farmers are crying. Skerrit has killed our agriculture sector for passports. We Welcome Hon. Lennox Linton and UWP professional Team.

      • June 14, 2019

        If Wickham had said the opposite, you all would be jumping and prancing. He did not say what you all wanted to hear – here goes the noise and anger. You all are something else.

        • viewsexpressed
          June 15, 2019

          DS, there is no way that Skerrit can ever, never come into the footsteps and intellectual of Hon Linton, What Hon Linton has achieved both here in Domininca and in Barbados and Antigua Skerrit will not and never rise at that level of intellectual and contractual work. He has failed being this Odd Minister, cannot comprehend yet what it is government with high level of decency, that is why we wat this failed Skerrit out of our government business. Skerrit is a failure and exceedingly incompetent and has failed us. He has killed our agricultural revenue and has farmers unemployed and reduced to Beggars and to be at the Red Clinic. How low and insulting can Skerrit be with his blind loyalists aby supporting i=him in the background. Shame, Shame on you people. Skerrit must Go, he is a big failure and has not right heading any government, not here in Domininca nor anywhere ese.. Skerrit must Go, Go away, get lost. We await Hon Linton and his professional UWP credible Team. We done UWP.

  19. Jack Sparrow
    June 12, 2019

    When people speak, you should listen… not only to what they say, but their choice of words and what they do not say.
    Mr. Wickham used an expression in his rebuttal… “A much ado about nothing”. This phase says a lot and tells me one of two things, if not both.
    1: “Much ado about nothing” was a play written by Shakespeare, interestingly it was a comedy.
    2: “The expression much ado about nothing” means : to complain about small maters with the word “ado” meaning making a big fuss.
    Whether Mr. Wickham meant this was just a ‘joke’ or it is just a ‘small matter’, Is very concerning to me. The expression “I RUN THINGS IN DOMINICA”, is a comment you would expect from a dictator, like Kim Un Jong of North Korea or Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, not a Prime Minister in a democratic country like Dominica or Barbados. If Mr. Skerrit said his “government run things”, perhaps I could be more forgiving. All I see is a Proud, arrogant, self-centered, narcissistic…

  20. Zandoli
    June 12, 2019

    Am I missing something? Where does this Bajan man get off telling Dominicans how to react to the words of a Dominican prime minister?

    As the saying goes: stay in your lane padna.

  21. My little take
    June 12, 2019

    Sad to say that but I agree with Wickham because really is Bajans that run things here. All that brainless pm does is implements what them Bajans tell him to do. So no, Skerrit does not run things is Bajans that running Dominica to the gutters.

  22. Goldstein
    June 12, 2019

    Wickham’s statement of much ado about nothing is also much ado about nothing according to Mr W. Shakespeare, who really runs things.

  23. I Vex man
    June 12, 2019

    But what the hell I seeing there now. These Bajans think they too run things in Dominica man? Why them flipping Bajans so involved in our politics? Is Bridgetown the capital of Dominica? Oh …. man these guys getting me vex man

  24. LNM - Labourite No More
    June 12, 2019

    Mr. Wickham all I will say to you is that you guys have gotten way too much of our money in the name of professional fees. That season is quickly coming to an end. Skerrit has not developed his people since he has outsourced all the experts and academia he needed to advise him. You all have a thing that goes like this, “Barbados is for Barbadians”, sir you all seem to have revised that to, “Barbados and Dominica are for Barbadians” well sir everything has an end and the end of milky our CBI in the name of good leadership, river dredging, economic and political advising is soon coming to an abrupt end. Please convey the news to Hartley, Mark and the Economist guy. Whilst you are please convey to Charley Jung because we have decided we want our country back. We have enough experts back a yard to “run tings in dominica my brother” just like your comrade and generous Dominican employer. We shall not renew his contract on election day. His rhetoric about Lennox Linton has no benefit…

  25. L power
    June 12, 2019

    Sir Wickham, that’s your opinion but it’s not respected because it is not based on facts. You do not understand why there is much significance about this statement, Mr Edison James said”i am in charge” and he was voted out. I am an objective labourite and the fact is Mr Lennox Linton is a much more intelligent, honest and astute leader than the prime minister. No man is an island so it’s God and the people of Dominica who run things. Mr Linton has grown in popularity but also you should realize his campaign is TEAM oriented while Skerrit campaign is focused around him. The fact remains that the UWP dubbled the amount seats in 2014 and took 3 seats from the labour party, so it means that Mr linton is getting more popular.

  26. Uwpite
    June 12, 2019

    Wickham the majority of Dominicans are highly educated and intelligent. You must know that by now. We also know an honest snd sincere leader when we see one. So stop disrespecting us. Go back to your country and leave us in peace. You have made enough money on us doing polls. You good times just come to an end.

  27. Gallileo
    June 12, 2019

    Mr. Wickham, I support your position. I am tired of warning UWP supporters to leave these petty issues alone. When the Labour Party made a big issue of the fantastic Mr James comments about him being on stage and incharge, though I was a labourite at the time I thought it was silly.
    Lets focus on things people care about, primarily their pockets and future. Speak of the hopelessness, speak of the low morale in the government department as qualified people are ignored for promotion in favour of much less or unqualified party supporters. Keep pushing but focus on baby babble discourages support as we appear as childish and not ready for leadership.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 15, 2019

      Gallileo, to watch Dominicans on a daily basis, in hunger, jobless, begging, turned into beggars, no jobs, unemployed, hundreds que up at the Financial Centre where they called to receive cash in hand and Skerrit and his rougue failed corrupt labour government distribute cash to hundred of poor mothers and families just to buy their loyalty. Skerrit has disrespected our parliament, our government and our people and reduced these poor families from all over Dominica as beggars. And with a failed, incompetent, loose politician named Skerrit being that so called Prime (Odd) Minister who has failed our Dominica
      is sickening to watch. Skerrit ust Go, he has failed us, he and his failed corrupt Labour Government.
      “Where is the money from Venezuela for the Kalinago people? Where has the Petro Caribe US$100 million gone? WHERE ARE ALL THE MILLIONS/BILLIONS FROM THE SALES OF OUR PASSPORTS?
      Skerrit, we need answers or else we will begin to protest in all over Domininca and arrest You. Get…

  28. Time will tell
    June 12, 2019

    The president is head of State not the PM.

  29. No free and fair elections
    June 12, 2019

    Ross University was snatched from Dominica and dispatched to Barbados. RUSM boosted Dominica’s economy during its 40 Years of operations here. Every Dominican knows that due primarily to his internal fear and through the strategy of impoverishment of the people, Skerritt has not shown any renorse, any empathy for the plight of the citizens of Portsmouth and environs, who earned a living from RUSM in Picard.
    Where was Skerrit It was Lennox Linton and team UWP who empathised with them, had meetings etc.

    Has Linton given/sold, to any international criminals, our diplomatic passports, in exchange for, you know what?

    Where is the money from venezuela for the kalinago people? Where has the Petro Caribe US$100 million gone? WHERE ARE ALL THE MILLIONS/BILLIONS FROM THE SALES OF OUR PASSPORTS?

    Skerritt, disregarded DLP’s own constitution and alone fire half of his colleagues in Gov’t.
    No free and Fair elections. That should be Wickham’s concern, but no…

  30. June 12, 2019

    “Much ado about nothing” is not to say that what PM Skerrit said has no grounds; it is a very “strong statement” to let Dominicans know that: “He has the Primary Authority over the affairs of our country and her people”, that is what some people fail to accept or do not understand.

    As the Prime Minister of Dominica, as far as the works of Government is concerned, there is nothing that can be done without the “okay” from PM Skerrit–the people of the opposition has to accept that fact.

    Mr. Letang is only standing on behalf of public workers (whatever) to take their issues to the Government; he cannot tell the Prime Minister what to do and what not to do; that is what PM Skerrit mean by saying: “My brother, I run things in Dominica”, not you!

    In other words, a “Commander in Chief” does not have a “commander” over him; otherwise, where would the head begins –so to speak

    • Viewsexpressed
      June 13, 2019

      Tell Skerrit go to hell..go to hell. Skerrit must go..he is a failure and must go. Id not now..tomorrow. Wickham…do please take your failed clown Skerrit with you to Barbados and send him to political and accountability school. Also to Ross University…keep him there. Idiotic behaviour.
      He is immature and has failed us. To

  31. Frank N Stein
    June 12, 2019

    So Wickham cannot give us figures but he can tell us Lennox is not favorred? You are a polster and you come here giving us opinions diguised as facts? Is it a Bajan thing to think we are stupid or is it the jumbie money talking? Sir it will do you well to save your dignity and credibility and move away with this BS. nothing you say is acceptable without the evidence. For your information, Skerrit tried to demonize Linton because there is nothing he can truly say about Linton thats negative. Skerrit has a closet full of skeletons while Linton is clean. I dare you to defend that! If there was anything on Linton Skerrit would not be here with stale talk from 20 years ago. Off with you!

  32. June 12, 2019

    When the maid/yard boy, (servant) in your house start to tell you they run things it’s time to show them the door plain and simple Peter Wickham; may I remind you that politicians are servants of the people they aren’t running …..

  33. Sharmaine
    June 12, 2019

    Who ask mister for his opining nuh stupes, man take a hike.

  34. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    June 12, 2019

    So it was Wickham who was sent out to use the International Airport as a vote catching scheme once again. I was patiently awaiting mention of the bogeyman airport from Labor, but Roosevelt was smart this time. Buried into the last few paragraphs, was mention about airlift in relation to completion of two new hotels on island. Well done Roosevelt. We are not easily fooled anymore.

  35. Shaka zulu
    June 12, 2019

    Well there is a reason why deception works. The devil uses it and is the best at it. Another tool of the devil is fear. He will make you believe that he created the heaven and earth and if you dont lust at him you will perrish even while you already on fire and your soul is burning. He is able to deceive you into thinking hell is ok because you dont know what worst may come your way. Skerrit likes no one but himself and will do whatever to suck the wealth out of Dominica. Lennox linton has been the one voice before politics who was brave enough question the man. Look at his response to kalinago in st. Thomas who asked him to account for balance of funds. He gets defensive, angry and spew hate. Our people view of leadership is twisted. I know skerrit long before he got in politics, i have never met Lennox Linton but i dont live in fear cause i have the power of the vote. Get rid of the crook RS and let new ideas prevail. When LL them start F ing up remove them likewise. Time for change.

  36. %
    June 12, 2019

    I will not approve of you Wickham interviewing me anyway ..Stop taking us for fools in Dominica .
    You will soon be see who run things in Dominica… Skerrit knows that he is already discarded like an old buggy or a bad soup!

  37. %
    June 12, 2019

    Wickham i find it strange that after you have conducted many polls for the sitting DLP, you are so tight lipped about the result though!!! We do know that Lennox Linton will soon be our Prime Minister ..Let your labourites say what they want, but the reality on the ground is that presently, honourable Linton is more loved than the dimpled buggy..
    By the way responding to this,does not mean that I listen to you at all times… In the real scheme of things you are a non entity…You don’t go through what we are going through under Skerrit’s brutal rule..We the real Dominicans will soon teach him who run things in Dominica!!!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

    • RandyX
      June 13, 2019

      If the result was such that the DLP was in the lead he would have broadcasted it all over the Caribbean. Let me tell all you, Wickham and Skerrit and his henchmen know very well that they are facing a election defeat. Having said that we need to be very vigilant because I have a strange feeling that Skerrit won’t go without a fight!

  38. dissident
    June 12, 2019

    i don’t expect this guy to have any manner of respect for the secretary general of the Piblic Service Union……this translates to a lack of respect for government workers.
    is now open season for you peter to be disrespected as well……you more meaningless than de statement you making.

    in BARBADOS you can’t talk so.
    this foreigner coming here with serious lack of respect for us

    BRING DAT LOW MINDED TALK TO DE NEXT DLP RALLY WHERE IT BELONGS

    RELEASE DE RESULTS OF YOUR POLLS NUH SCAREDY CAT?

    SKERRIT MUST G0!!!!! AND PETER WHICKHAM MUST GO!!!!!

    TIME WILL TELL!!!!

  39. Ibo France
    June 12, 2019

    Skerrit has the public purse at his disposal. He plays Santa Claus with it on the eve of an election. Some misguided simpletons are going to like that kind of short lived pleasure. Just by comparing the charisma of the two leaders, is this the criterion that was used to justify your biased and ludicrous findings? The masses have had nineteen years of misery, suffering, starvation wages, corruption, thievery, embarrassment, hunger, insults, massive unemployment, no savings, mendicancy, vagrancy, acrimony. If you, Mr. Labour Pollster, is so confident, please advise your paymaster to call the election at the soonest date possible. That’s what you do best, Mr. Wickham, go in the various Caribbean countries in the sub region, and try to influence the polling with your faulty, unverifiable, filthy data. Skerrit has given most of the people a steady diet of unfulfilled promises: international airport, geothermal energy, new brand cruise facility and other pie in the sky promises. Enough!

    • Berniard Joseph
      June 13, 2019

      I love your post and the fact that you can recognize the unreliability of any of this pollster polls. To see clearly how troubling any his results are or will be ask yourself this, if the pollster is giving opinion as to who is the better leader to lead the country how can he then produce a poll whose results are not broadly squed? And in answering this question think of this other question, how much have he made producing these poll results and how far will he go to protect that revenue stream? This is just the most perfect description of a person selling their soul.

      • Ibo France
        June 13, 2019

        The man is like a paid political mercenary. He, in my honest opinion, is more concerned about making baseless political statements to sway public opinion in his shopper’s favour. There is nothing fair or authentic about what he does. This is his mode of operation throughout the sub region. Even in his own country of Barbados he is lightly regarded and mostly ignored.

  40. Strength n Power
    June 12, 2019

    Wickham talk self! I agree with you. Get paid! Of course, you right. Make your big bucks.
    Because you know what? You would not have farted on Dominica or its government if the pay was not good and not worth it. So yes, talk my boy. Mwen daccord aypiw. Fatten your bank account and live your life. It is short. Enjoy it. Yes my boy. Ah ha… mmhhhhmm. Yes I.

  41. Faceup
    June 12, 2019

    Damage control..🤣🤣🤣

  42. Ibo France
    June 12, 2019

    Mr. Wickham is a Labour pollster and has done well financially from conducting business for the DLP. Despite his erroneous mouthing off, UWP and Mr. Linton shall prevail. The statement, “I run things” gives you a clear insight as to Skerrit’s dictatorial and narcissistic thinking. This is the said reason the country is ‘run down’, no consultation with the people nor the opposition. Employment, overseas travel, infrastructure, agriculture, sporting, entertainment and recreational facilities, crime, wages and salaries, pension, healthcare, the public service, public buildings, housing, manufacturing, fishing sector, every thing to sustain a comfortable living is abysmal. Skerrit is madly in love with Bajans. This DLP political pollster, his closest political advisors, many mega contractors are Bajans. He even handed ROSS to Barbados. Nothing will stop the Blue Tidal Wave from occupying the helm of government, long deserved.

  43. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 12, 2019

    Me Wickham is entitled to his opinion. Those of us who don’t only hear this off the rails statement by Skerritt, but sum up all the previous utterances, like “it is not your damn business where I get money” etc. know that Skerritt has shown his true colors over 15 years of dealing with his style of leadership. It’s not one that endears us, so let Wickham spin his spin, that’s what he’s being paid to do. Mr. Wickham, if it’s not something to be concerned about, then why are you addressing it?

  44. Tetecarlbass
    June 12, 2019

    What does Wickham know about Hon. Lennox Linton’s popularity, at this present time. If he wants to know about the popularity Hon Lennox Linton, he must listen to the Saturday and Tuesday nights DLP political radio shows. He must listen to all the DLP rallies all over the country and the only name he will hear is Lennox Linton. For his further information, their was a political meeting in Lagoon, a few years ago, Hon Lennox Linton’s name was mentioned, in particular by Skeritt, 2100 times, within four hours. He must support Skeritt’s statement, I know for sure, Dominicans cannot never forget the million of dollars, Bajan companies made off the DLP during the 2014 elections. Therefore, he is not stupid to publicly say anything adverse about Skeritt, even though he is thinking of it.

  45. JBaptiste
    June 12, 2019

    Meanwhile in Rome, the pope endorses the Catholic Church.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 15, 2019

      J. Baptiste, there is a big difference between the Church, the place of worship, the physical and the priest, Nuns, Bishops etc. The church as a place of worship has to be recognised and endorse at all times. What you and I must Not and never endorse within our place of worship the church (irrespective of faith) are; misbehaviour, insulting, abuse the place of worship, Priests those priests, lay Ministers, volunteers etc, who seem to be or engage in nefarious behaviour and bring our church, place of worship into disrepute and insult. We endorse the church fully, we condemn the poor and deceitful, disrespectful behaviours of priests, lay ministers, pastors, bishops, acolytes, volunteers etc.
      The church is a Physical building where we congregate and pray and reflect. We are the church, we show and practice our faith and confess of being naughty. But we are brave enough to be protect, promote of faiths, talk to all people regardless of faith and place of worship. Lets be playful & good.

  46. REAL!!!!
    June 12, 2019

    ” I Run Things” ……That has much to do with a DICTATOR talking.

    1. Chavez 2. Maduro 3.Hilter 4. Ed Amin.

    You never heard this from Fidel Castro because he cared about his people and made sure all shall eat while propelling his country to self sufficiency.

  47. I really didn’t expect anything else from you.skerrit have made his time and it’s time for him to go.you are carrying out your poll, are you getting paid?

  48. jamie
    June 12, 2019

    Wickham needs a life,i guess Skerrit has buttered his lips also.

  49. Looking
    June 12, 2019

    It really shows the DLP under serious pressure. This is classic case of damage control. The issue with Skerrit Vs Linton. Skerrit is very charismatic by using the states funds as his personal bank going around the island pretending to be Santa Clause. Linton doesn’t have those resources, i doubt any other PM would ever do that. The poor and vulnerable are being fooled into believing they have a savior while as Whikham says, questions of unemployment continues to plague the island. Huge amounts of cash is going to be spent on this election (We have not even seen Buju and Machel yet). For every dollar spent by DLP candidates to gain favor for votes, the island is going back further by decades. Sad reality.

    • %
      June 12, 2019

      That’s why such lavish wastage must be investigated by the new government.
      This is unprecedented abuse and profligate wastage of our money resources…

  50. Laplaine Observer
    June 12, 2019

    Wow. These guys will go down a rabbit hole to defend their leader.

  51. Really
    June 12, 2019

    Mr. Wickam. While I do not want to accuse you of lying, I would like to know what criterion you use when selecting whom you will interview. I live in Dominica and no one has ever mentioned you. Lennox Linton is more popular right now than he has ever been, considering the alternative. Everyone is seeing the light, even the Laborites.

    • June 12, 2019

      “Lennox Linton is more popular right now than he has ever been, considering the alternative. Everyone is seeing the light, even the Laborites”.

      @Really, there is two sides about being popular; one is on the positive side–like being well loved; the other is on the negative side– like being a nuisance. We can know the difference by the nature of the opinions. Popular doesn’t always mean good, you know!

      There are two people with that “popularity title” in Dominica. I am not surprised to know who you have chosen; seeing that you belong in the meg minority where your popular one belongs. Pitiful!

      • Joseph John
        June 13, 2019

        Elizabeth, Do you mean notorious, like pirates, bandits outlaws, gang bangers and mobsters. That is the uwp in toto. .Jesse James was “popular” so was Hitler.
        But benevolent popularity with strong humanitarian attributes is what describes the Dominica Labour Party…the party for all the people, for one and all, for every Dominican.

        • June 13, 2019

          Joseph thank you for understanding and extending my thought. You did it quite well, I couldn’t help smiling about it. Lol!

      • viewsexpressed
        June 15, 2019

        Elizabeth, I have been trying to get the right words that really suit and described you and your silly immature utterancn4cs. Her Goes:
        “One is on the positive side–like being well loved; the other is on the negative side– like being a nuisance. We know the difference by the nature your opinions. It is not difficult to observe, its goes a long way behind. Go back and read your blind utterances. There is nothing in your scripts of values, true Democracy, decency and Honesty in government, No Bobol. You see Elizabeth, that is where your failed Skerrit and corrupt Labour government is today and has been for 19 long corrupt lying years. Your Skerrit is a failure, immature and ridiculous in the decency and philosophy of politics and good governance. People like you have brought Skerrit to the bottomless pit and abys of corruption. Go try clean him up. You share same values. We know not what you stand for in principle, but to rap and rage false utterances about decent politics we condone.

    • Converted
      June 12, 2019

      That is an undisputed fact. I have come to realize that the dimples and false sense of charisma has not benefited the country as such but more the members of the party closest to the Prime Minister and ministers of governments
      Even those getting contracts have allegedly been in conversations about they having to dish- out kicks. It is clear that some get to eat all as opposed to the All Shall Eat mantra that I once subscribed to. Roosevelt Skerrit is my friend and brother. I can’t say the same about Lennox Linton but I am willing to support the latter in his bid to govern this country because I come to realize he is about country whilst the leader I have long admired is about self. If not, why drag Mel into this, what happens to their young children? I see greed and avarice even on her part too. In my view and in light of the concerns that Wickham has sighted, Roosevelt Skerrit’s leadership and stewardship of our economy is a very failed experiment. This time I am voting for…

  52. Frank N Stein
    June 12, 2019

    Garcon move dere! But what is this for us? Who needs your opinion? Give them to Skerrit his life depends on it? You will not tell us what to make ado about. Take your jumbie money and leave us alone.

  53. Linton Supporter
    June 12, 2019

    The boldness in you people from another country to continue to interfere in our election. You can use as much shakepeare you want but we will not be fooled by your cleverly attempt to try to give the impression that Dominicans don’t favour Mr. linton. You are right that he doesn’t match his opponent because Mr. Linton is a man of God, a man of integrity, a man who fights for Dominicans ,( many great men have been killed and jailed for fighting for the poor) Mr. Linton will not squander and gain riches on the back of my people. The majority in the country are poor( Wickham you sure know that) and Mr. Linton will not take advantage of their vulnerabilities and say, I run thing in Dominica. Instead Mr. Linton will ensure the people get out of poverty by creating employment and give Dominicans back their dignity to work hard and use it to put food on their table. I know many of my labourite friends don’t want to be begging, this is why they will vote UWP.

    • June 12, 2019

      “give the impression that Dominicans don’t favour Mr. linton”.

      Linton Supporter, first of all, that should be “Linton” not “linton”. So even the way you write his name is a “down” for him.

      Now according to the “news article”, Mr. Wickman said: “the Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton, who the pollster said, many people don’t seem to favour”

      He did not say “Dominicans” do not support. Well, are you not a Dominican? And I am sure there are others like you–only that they are the minority; that is where the problem lies, when it comes to getting the win–good Lord!

      • Linton Supporter
        June 13, 2019

        Elizabeth according to you, the government of Canada is paying a maid to clean your house. What a difference it makes when we work hard in our young days. No wonder you like dependency and encouraging the young people of Dominica to be idle and rely on the DLP to give them handouts.
        And majority of the people favour Mr. Linton which is the same as supporting him.
        I can see you pay much attention to my writing but you should instead
        ease the government of Canada of all that resources.
        And what surprise that a Dominican favours a Bajan as he gets rich on the tax payers of Dominica.
        And you putting the Lord in your writing but He always had the minority. So what does that tell you? You should read your Bible.

        • June 13, 2019

          “I can see you pay much attention to my writing but you should instead ease the government of Canada of all that resources”.

          @Linton Supporter, me, pay attention to your writing! Or is it the other way around, based on your comment above.

          Well, this is none of your business, but let it be known that I contributed to the resources that the Canadian Government is using to give me the services which I presently need.

          You are wrong to say that I encourage the “young people to rely on the DLP”. If you read my comments so much to remember one that I post some time ago, you would have seen me saying again and again, that the “Government cannot employ the whole population of Dominica”.

          When have you ever encourage them to get up from their buts, by giving them some ideas of how to help themselves? Or perhaps your mind is just as empty as theirs?

          Stop sounding like an empty rolling barrel, you all are deafening the ears of the rest of us.

      • viewsexpressed
        June 15, 2019

        “This failed, immature, incompetent so called Prime (Odd) Minister (Roosevelt Scare-it) is the worse, who the pollster failed to acknowledge, majority of people, especial people like me and others who are at the Financial Centre and observe the level of incompetence in Skerrit and the on going Bobol by-passing the Welfare Division and handing out cash to the poor people your so called Skerrit has created. We don’t seem to favour Skerrit is no more and he has failed our people over 19 years , with his 19 waste of time failed immature scare Mininisters.”

    • Ibo France
      June 12, 2019

      Well said! Excellently done! You have concisely put it in a nutshell but relayed the hollering cries of the masses so succinctly. Wickham does polls exclusively for the Labour Parties in the sub region, including his country of birth, Barbados, to sway public opinion in their favor, if you ask me. Read between the lines. His ELEPHANT in the room is likability which he claims favors Skerrit. The lifeless economy that is not producing any means of employment for able bodied people, is the greatest impediment to the reelection of Skerrit and the corrupt DLP hangers-on.

  54. Bwa-Banday
    June 12, 2019

    Wickham go away and pleaseeee stay out of Dca’ political and economic future. Your PM Mia Motley whom it is “alleged” is very gay, unfriendly with no charisma was criticized by Caribbean people just like you are critiquing Lennox. No level headed Can will make such a statement to you reference Lennox. Its only those who have allowed themselves to be poisoned or have have become rich under the DLP will make such idiotic statement. This narrative being peddled by DLP operatives like you has no factual basis and the more we hear it, the more it strengthens our resolve to remove Skerrit. Thats FAKE news from you all.

    No amount of polling will save Skerrit this time around. Mr. Linton SHALL be the next prime minister of Dca whenever the proverbial bell is rung. Hopefully you have already identified an attorney to defend you in a Dcan court so some time soon…

  55. UKDominican
    June 12, 2019

    It will be the voters, who will decide whether Skerrit’s pronouncement that he runs things in Dominica is much ado about nothing and not a pollster. I for one believe that Skerrit meant what he said and have drawn my conclusions accordingly.

  56. Not A Herd Follower
    June 12, 2019

    So, Wickham is part of the ploy to demonise Lennox Linton in the hope of defeating the UWP at the polls. The DLP (also known as the Skerrit Labour Party) and Wickham realise that DLP days in government will come to an end at the next elections. The strategy of the DLP and its lackeys is to denigrate Lennox Linton personally, hoping the denigration will appeal or even frighten the electorate into voting for Skerrit and his Labour Party.

  57. Constructively Dissatisfied
    June 12, 2019

    Folks, Mr. Wickham is right!!! With regards to the PM’s statement, there is nothing to see here. A statement can be benign or caustic depending on how it is interpreted.

    I will let my fellow posters be the judge based on the following simple questions: Was Skerrit elected to be in charge of the affairs of Dominica? Is Skerrit the Head of State? Is the Skerrit the duly elected leader of Dominica?

    If you answered yes to the preceding three questions then the answer is YES! Skerrit does run things in Dominica.

    Be reminded though, that you have the collective right and power, and opportunity to strip (or not) Skerrit of that honor and privilege come election day.

    • Channel 1
      June 12, 2019

      @Constructively Dissatisfied – Who really is supposed to RUN things in such a complex thing as a country – one supposedly a democracy?

      The elected government of the day & the supporting technocrats in the various ministries or the one man who heads that government?

      ————————————————————————————

      How comes when things go bad in Dominica under Roosevelt “I run things” Skerrit watch, it’s never his fault but is either Linton fault or UWP fault or a hurricane fault or imperialist forces fault or somebody else fault?

      Why did Roosevelt “I run things” Skerrit replace 13 candidates in the DLP for the upcoming elections when by his own pronouncement, is he dat “run things in Dominica”?

      Simple logic would suggest that if things are not going well in Dominica, it’s the ‘runner of things’ in Dominica who should be put out first.

    • Dominican
      June 12, 2019

      A hamfisted attempt to turn a P.R. disaster into a positive of some sort. It will not work because with that one vehement statement Mr. Skerrit disenfranchises not only Parliament but his entire cabinet. Words once spoken can not be taken back.

    • Jack Sparrow
      June 12, 2019

      Constructively Dissatisfied, your ignorance is appalling. Allow me put you straight.

      Was Skerrit elected to be in charge of the affairs of Dominica?
      No! The Government of Dominica is. And affairs are run by the government by decisions taken collectively by cabinet.

      Is Skerrit the Head of State?
      No! The Queen is, and her representative on Island is the President of Dominica Mr. Charles Sarvarin.

      Is the Skerrit the duly elected leader of Dominica?
      No! I answered this question before. He maybe the duly elected leader of the Dominica Labor Party, and he may be the Prime minister of our Government, but our Westminster style of Government is not a dictatorship. In making executive decisions he still needs to seek the approval ( albeit ceremonial) of the President. In addition decisions are taken collectively by Cabinet some of which needs to be ratified by parliament.

      So Skerrit really doesn’t run things… he can be remove with something as small as an x or a vote of no…

    • viewsexpressed
      June 12, 2019

      “I will let my fellow posters be the judge based on the following simple questions: Was Skerrit elected to be in charge of the affairs of Dominica? Is Skerrit the Head of State? Is the Skerrit the duly elected leader of Dominica?”
      In Response, Skerrit is a big failure, the worse we have seen in Domininca. Immature, incompetent, loose tongue, politically weak, knows how to get at people by offering handouts and cash to win venerable over. Has killed our agricultural base, has been selling our passports, serious engagement in BinBobol and Fertilizer Bobol. Skerrit is childish, has failed and Wickham is unable to convince of this failed Odd Minister Skerrit. He and his 19nwaorthless ministers are big of failures and have killed our Dominica.
      Skerrit must Go, Get ost, Go away, you have failed us. Too immature to hold this position. Bloody Childish.
      We welcome Hon. Lennox Linton and his competent highly professional UWP Team. We need change.

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      June 12, 2019

      Constructively dissatisfied, if it’s nothing there then why is Wickham addressing the matter. Zor quer nou sort?

  58. Channel 1
    June 12, 2019

    8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O ……………… oh so that’s why at the Labour rallies the main talking point “is Lennox Linton dis and Lennox Linton dat and Lennox Linton yadda, yadda, yadda…..”.

    Ah, so the plan is to try to demonize Lennox Linton in the minds of the electorate in the hope this psychological trickery will deter people from voting for him and the UWP eh.

    Well, tell (or rather command) Skerrit to call the elections now nuh. Ain’t all you fellas part of the advisory network that is ‘running’ him?

    • Joseph John
      June 12, 2019

      Much ado about nothing…..that is the uwp modus operandi because they have nothing to offer and can do nothing but fake accusations and TALK, TALK and MORE TALK.
      Skerrit should really call the election right now. Some of us are ready for the campaign with a dossier of information that will show undeniable hard evidence of UWP misbehavior. I know he will not call it before the hurricane season is over out of concern for national safety. He and the DLP government need all focus on Dominicans safety because of the obstructionist attributes of the uwp.

    • June 12, 2019

      Wickam .i mean weak yam..you are not a poll star instead you are a trick star..you even want all saints also..but soon you will not put foot d.a….time is longer than twine

    • Ibo France
      June 12, 2019

      You are right. Political campaigns are usually psychological warfare. The political party with no new or practical plans resorts to the most vicious personal attacks on the leader of the opposing party to try to define him/her as unfit to run the country. The country is in deep economic, social, political and physical mess and Wickham main focus is likability. Skerrit buys likability at the Red Clinic, NEP and with bad boys by giving away the country’s money. Is this sustainable? How is it this man missed the rampant corruption, numerous unfulfilled promises, the medieval infrastructure, darkness in government. Although he mentioned some concerns, such as, airlift in and out the country, astronomical unemployment, ability to build back better, underdevelopment of the island, these are just a few of the hundreds maladies plaguing the people.

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