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Politics is politics; though matter how you look at it. Political parties on a whole rarely seem to share anything in common, but the similarities are revealed if you know where to look.

It’s 2008 – by 2010 the present Labour Government would have already announced the date for the next general elections. And once again, the fate of Dominica hangs in the balance – as it did five years ago and five years before that.

And here again, the same questions are popping up in everyone mind: can we afford another five years of disparity? Can we afford to let it all come crashing down around us, with THAT party in office, now that the world economies are going through their worst financial crisis?

While they may be the same questions…maybe they’re not the right questions. Maybe we should be asking: why do they believe the way they do? How are we going to work together, if we can’t change each others’ minds? What makes us think so differently, anyway?

And why are these questions the same all over the world?

Contrary to popular belief, politics also happen outside of Dominica, and for the same reason: there’s a fundamental difference in how Dominicans living in the diaspora and how Dominicans living at home see the island. One thing is clear: we can no longer afford to ignore or condescend to people we don’t understand or agree with.

In the end, we ARE from the same island – and it’s facing some very pressing issues. We must shed our “differences” and work together if we’re going to solve them. And we must do this NOW.

Let’s change our perspective of each other, not just our location, because how we approach today’s questions is a question only we can answer.

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Tuesday night Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt announced on the state radio station (DBS) that Hon. Ambrose George will no longer be the Minister for Public Works & Infrastructural Development, and that Rayburn Blackmore was given Mr. George’s Ministry.

Prime Minister Skerritt also announced a Cabinet reshuffle. Rayburn Blackmore is now the Minister for Public Works & Infrastructural Development, PM Skerrit now undertake the responsibility of National Security. Senator Sonia Williams is now Minister of Education, Sports, Human Resource & Youth Affairs, and Hon. Vince Henderson was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Labour.

In other news, 25-year-old Yannick Lander was charged with the murder of 24-year-old Duane Pinard.

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In the past 6 to 7 weeks the issue of implementing the Integrity Act in Dominica has been the main topic on nearly all forms of traditional media in Dominica; whether it’s radio talk show, local television programming, and the word on the streets.

With repeated calls for the Labour government to implement the integrity in public office act of 2003 (which the Labour Party introduced in parliament), along with a petition (which is the idea of the former attorney general David and supported by all opposition groups), containing an excess of 5000 signatures of Dominicans here and abroad urging the hasty implementation of the law in Dominica.

Despite the fact that the former Dominica Member of Parliament has dismissed statements by economic development Minister Julius Timothy that integrity legislation is too expensive for the country. And when questioned about the increased pressure for the act’s implementation Skerrit said, “Pressured about what? We have work to do.

But just short of a month, after PM Skerrit told the media that his government won’t be pressured in implementing the Integrity Act, he announced that he has gave the go ahead – to start all the necessary proceedings leading up to the implementation of the act in Dominica.

———— Personal Note ————-

I personally, I’m surprised that the labour government took so long on this Integrity Art, when they were the ones fighting to implement the act while the UWP (United Workers Party) was in power. I can also recall the labour party government 2005 election campaign, which was base totally on suspected corruption on the part of the UWP.

I believe the Integrity Act is a great move for Dominica and it’s in the best interest of all Dominicans here and abroad. It’s not a Political thing, it’s a Dominica thing.

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