Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Blasts Critics
Speaking at the official renaming ceremony of the Vieille Case Primary School to the “Baroness Patricia Scotland Primary School” on Monday 14th December 2015, Prime Minister Skerrit said he was accused by some in Dominica for “being small minded, selfish and insular, but, on the day of the election in Malta, some made it through to the second round and ultimately to victory, while others did not.”
At a recent meeting of Heads of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, many Caribbean leaders made it clear their support of Guyana’s candidate Sir Ronald Sanders, the other Caribbean candidate for the post nominated by Antigua and Barbuda.
Following the debate, The United Workers Party said the way must be cleared for a single nominee from the region for the post.
According to the nation’s leader, “In the end common sense and reason prevailed and Baroness Scotland was duly elected as Commonwealth Secretary General, benefiting from the support of most Caribbean countries.
“What this all pointed to, however, was our readiness as a people and our maturity, or lack thereof as a civilization, to step onto the world stage…We will not be taken seriously as a nation, Ladies and Gentlemen if persons in high places continue to wear their ignorance as a badge of honor. There are times when we must close ranks as a people and as a nation and fall in behind the national flag. The campaign to elect a Commonwealth Secretary General was one such occasion and opportunity. There should have been no division in Dominica on this matter!”
Prime Minister Skerrit added that he was satisfied that the Baroness stood the best chance of winning and pointed out that she and her team “ran an excellent campaign.”
On the day of elections in Malta, Guyana withdrew its candidacy of Sanders after the first round of voting and threw its support behind Scotland as the compromise candidate.
Meantime, on her part, Baroness Patricia Scotland also responded to critics; who have questioned her Dominican nationality since spending majority of her life in Britain.
Baroness Scotland, who spoke Creole in various sections of her speech, stated that with the help of her parents, Dominica’s culture and language were instilled in her as well as her siblings.
“Dominica has had my soul, my whole life. When I entered into my mother and father’s home, I was home and that home was here. They made sure that we understood our culture that we spoke our language and we understood who we were.”
She also had words for critics of Prime Minister Skerrit and his administration.
“Di yo suce sel (tell them to suck salt),” she said.