From Louis B Robinson:
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, at this independence time when you are calling for unity and healing, it would be in the interest of yourself personally, and the nation as a whole to take the high road and honor the first prime minister of Dominica, a former leader of the labor Party, as well as the WAWU, Mr. Patrick Roland John.
While it is true that our history needs to be recorded, at least we should also have some intellectual honesty and integrity about it. Patrick John’s administration made a much more sustainable contribution to our development than any other government in the form of the National Bank of Dominica, The Social Security, the stadium, the DFP destroyed, he was so advanced that the concept of economic development zone (Free Zone) now been embraced by States and developed countries was introduced by him and citied by my friend Gabo among others. Even his foreign policy was far advanced of his other Caribbean leaders; although most of us at the time were critical of it due to apartheid, but we forgot that all the big powers were dealing with the same South Africa. He led the country into independence, and was its first Prime Minister, a fact that no amount of disrespecting can ever change.
These in my view are substantive contributions that need to be recorded,
Now for those of you itching to talk about coup and attempted coup remember our largest benefactor Chavez was convicted and served time in prison for attempting to overthrow the government of Venezuela, and now Dominicans worship him as though he is the second coming.
We need to take note, and these are the kinds of comparisons I like to see made with other countries, President Obama, upon taking office apologized to the world for alleged wrongs supposedly committed by the US, So when the government of Dominica passed a special law for just Mr. Patrick John, to deprive him of his freedom, after the courts had freed him, I believe The present government on behalf of the people need to do the honorable thing of which an apology must be the first state of rehabilitation of Dominica’s first Prime Minister Mr. Patrick Roland John.
Here is a citizen who was put into double jeopardy by his own government, by enacting a special law, and making that law retroactive, just for one citizen, now how vindictive, vicious, and wicked can your government get
It would be in the best interest of the Country and the current prime minister, to restore the first Prime Minister of Dominica, and the father of our independence, “Patrick Roland John” and accord him the honor and respect deserving our first Prime Minister, especially at this time when we are celebrating independence day, and we are calling for unify, peace, brotherly love, forgiveness, and pardon.