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Editor’s note: This article was written by Wilbert Connor from Dominicacentral.com:

Many Dominicans will remember the Mamo Declaration of 1999/2000. The Late Dame then said that “the UWP should be removed at any cost” at the 2000 general election.

The machinations put in place resulted in the Dominica Labour Party and the Dominica Freedom Party forming a coalition as joint forces against the United Workers Party. The governance of the UWP was short-lived, and they were out on January 31st 2000!

It is generally agreed therefore that former DFP supporters and independent voters formed a significant portion for the total number of votes for the DLP in 2000 and 2005.

For a historical background let us go back to 1980. When the DFP won in 1980, there was no other direction Dominica could have gone but up! The country had suffered years of loss, its economy in dismay after the ravages of Hurricane David in 1979. Also, there was political turmoil that had to be overcome. The DFP rode highly at an opportune time in this small island state’s history.

In 1995, there was the culmination of another cyclical downturn in the political and economic life of the country and the UWP took charge. In 1980 it was natural and man-made disaster. In 1995 it was economic and to a lesser extent political. In 2000 it was evidently political. It was a kind of neo-colonial philosophy manifesting itself then. It seemed that the few who owned most in the country wanted to have their say, and they did through their financial contributions. But they still could not do it on their own.

The defunct DFP that had died in 1995 became forceful again, not from the front but from the back, not pulling but pushing. The DLP could not win the general election on its own. The term coalition became commonplace, likewise the expression marriage of convenience.
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Photo:Schoolgirl on her way to primary school by Schwarzerkater.

Your Dominica Morning news roundup for Wednesday September 11th, 2008:

On the eve of a planned demonstration by Consumers against high utility rates CAHUR, Prime Minister Skerrit announces that Venezuela have agreed to build a new power in Dominica. How IRONIC! Mr. Skerrit – consumers want to see reductions in their electricity bills NOW… 😡

HATS goes to Cable and Wireless Caribbean, who announced yesterday that it will give support to the region to the tune of more than US$500,000 in cash and services to assist victims of the resent hurricanes and tropical storms that affected the region. Thanks for caring Cable and Wireless.

Since Former Opposition leader Earl William name has surfaced in another money scandal, much publicity is directed forwards the United Workers Party. But the newly appointed opposition Leader Ron Green says the new accusations against Party member Earl Williams will not affect the operations of the party and that it will take the appropriate measure. I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes Earl… 🙂

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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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