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Star (Roseau, Dominica). December 21, 1979.
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hEADULL, Librarian,
..-. stit.ue for thie study of
#5r V ?t* Stret, _
"Cabl. 02.*21
Te: Prn ,-, editor 2610
U.K. Media rf pi-ntc:
Colin Turner London) Ltd. l
122 ShQftesbiur Ave. W.i Vtutt 'Jtu
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Mr. Hakim Gordon's appeal to the Pri-
vy Council was allowed on the issue of
locus stand. His Counsel, Mr. F.E. Dega-
zoni argued the appeal for the Appellant
Sin London. Mr. Leolin Price Q.C.(Lead-
ing Counsel) and Mr. David. Ritchie ap.
p.eared for the Respondents.
The rest ofthe case 'for possession of
property will now proceed.
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At Castle Bruee and Rosalie Branch Meetings
memb.- rs of the Domiiica Amalgamated. Work-
o s Union le:ried that their Gen. Secretary "re
spending to call to represent his people in the
Smiuse" would become a candidate at the next
Genre Election. Spontaneous applause met the
aan6uncemeit Mr.A.F. Joseph will be an inde-

Mr.A Jos. pb

i ~ B~pf r~i

SThe Britlth Home Secretary, Mr, Roy Jenkins, has de.
cided that, with effectfrom I March 1975, citizens of
Commonwealth countries and holders of United King
4drm passports who are subjects to cnitrof under the United King.
dotl Imm~lgratlon Act 1971 will,be required to produce
completed landing and embarkation cards to immigra-
tion officers when entering and leaving the United
Kinldom. Passengers tt avaeling between Great Britain.
and other places if the Common Travel A ti (the' Uni,
ted Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Chaninel Is
land ard the Isleof Man) may be required, to complete
Cards underthe .United Kingdom Prevention of Terro-
rhm Supplemental Temporary Provfslons Order 1974,
Passengers will be .required to supply only the fol.
lowing details: name, occupation, date and place of
S birth, sex, nationality, passport number and full ad*
dress in the United K$igdom, They will als have et
".si gn the card.

Mr. Hakim Gordon

Tenders are invited for the spraying of
bananas in thcr i slanl of Domini ca for the:
control of .Loaf Spot Disease.
The total area in banana: is approxim-
ately-12,0o00 acres and it is oxporited that
as, amch of this acroago as poasiblo will
"b aerially sprayed. The acroagos not cap-
able of being sprayed Aorially will be
sprayed manually by the contractors.
Loaf Spot Control data forms to be used
by persons wishing to tender *ay be -btain-
od from the office of the Association, 13
Hanovor Street, Roseoa, Dominica,
Price per acre as roll as the oxtont to
which the entire island's -acroago undor
bananas can be aerially sprayed by th. :-
'tendering firm will, be factors influien ag .
tho award of the contract*
-The contractors shall koop in force. dur-"
ing the torm of the -contract, insurance.
with roputablo insurers indomnifying them
solves and the Association against all'
claims made, by third partoa .in respect of
personal injury or damage to property in-
cluding crops.
The Association shall at/its own expense
supply the contractors with spray oil 'and/
or any other materials for spraying ban-
anas ,
The contract shall be for a period ofu
one year in tho first instance.
Tenders should be submitted in seaead on-
volopos marked, "Tondors" addressed to tho
General Managr, Dominica Banana Growers
Associatiea, Roseou, Dominica, and saoild
roach hirs not later than 28th Ibbruary,
1975. Y. -W
1 h dx Jaou4ary, GNFALu MANAIGE.R

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I'1rictav, 3ailuarvc 17. 1975

--The news that Premier John is going to England on January 25 to
negotiate a lumber cutting and milling contract in which "Governmef&t" (i.e.
the taxpayers of Dominica) will hold a half share fillr me with a sense
of foreboding. We know that there is a desperate need to obtain foreign
i investment for Dominica but not at any. pice, please! And certainly not
just to bolster the election chances of the rump John Labour Party. On a
long term view aby worthwhile investment in a resuscitated local lumber
industry would (to be profitable) be large in value and disastrous in the
long run to our. ecology and our water catchment areas. The slow run-off
of rainfall through the dense carpet of the rain forest is what keeps the
-soil of Dominica moist and fertile like no other soil ip the world: des-
troy this and,first there would be massive soil, erosion,'flash floods and
landslides : following this, there would be a decrease in rainfall (due to
the raising of the temperature ori the-mountain tops --the clouds would not
form) and drought would become a commonplace. Imagine Dominica's mountains
*sticki ; up like 'bare rocks without their green verdure' Imagine our 365
rivers reduced to 36. It might take 25 years or ,even 50,.but it would
happen just the same. Few people realise that most of the deserts in the
world ar man-made ; even now the Sahara is spreading south, and thousands
of the inhabitants of-the Sudan central strip of Africa are dying of
drought and .hunger due to foolish land utilisation during the last 100 yeas
.So-much for the future -.the not-so-distant future of Dominica. What
of the immediate future for the Timber Industry? Possibly, if the lessons.
of ;OMCAN are le a&rnt, some profit for the Company and the:. Government,
certainly some sobs for Dominicans, most-ly of a labouring nature (how many
technicians did Domcan train?). It would not be any boost in general for
our economy,
What can we learn from the Domcan Fiasco? Selective cutting (of Gom--
ier only) is not viable in our dense forests, as gomier trees are too
scattered: other trees have to be cleared away with their underbrush to
drag out the timber. Pre-seasoning be f-ore sawing and planing is necessary
but takes time, and seasoning of planks is uneconomical except by ki1in-
drying; these factors are due -to our high relative humidity. These delays
before lumber, is available for sale locally or for shipment .overseas re-
quire a high figure for initial working capital. Bark sawdust and offouts
must be re-cyled to provide steam heat for kiln drying, nt burnt to the
detriment of the surrQundings,. Maintenance on the roads used by the indus-
try should be continuous.
The headsaw and planer ought either to be powered by the Lumber Conmpans
own electrical plant or, if to go on the D.E.S.-supply, be of the most mod-
erA design with heavy flywheels for inertia energy storage. Domcan's equ-.
ipnent was banred- equipment in Canada, and caused tremendous 30-second
fluctuations in power supply which wore out the governors on the turbines
and caused frequency troubles to. other consumers. The mill must be located
on tr. Leeward coast (for shipping), near a main road,, but not too near a
town or village, and should be fenced-and guarded. It should have its own
fire service. Reafforestation should not be delayed and the replants must
be selected from an ecological standpoint as well as for commercial usage.
I would like to suggest that if any timber scheme materializes, clear-
cutting should be practised on a striu basis in a series ofE-shaped fig-
ures, similar. in fact to the principle of coal mining. The-strips should
be some 50 -yards wide and follow the contours of the land. The vertical
of the 'E' is the access road. All timber should be used in.the strips
which should be fifty yards apart, thus leaving a. band of natural forest
to hold the soil and continue to propagate and grow.
A small army of well:-trained and cwell-paid inspectors should watch
over all cut-ting, reafforestation, roads and production to'see that the
.wealth, the capital wealth of Dominica, is not dissipated by greed, in-
effcir,-ccy or :carelessness. Bribery of an .Inspector might be made a crimi-
nal offence.
Timber cut would thus not be limited to gomier, and other woods should'
be sorted, milled and graded for furniture, house-building, boat building,
(Concluded on Page Six)


T)in h nTlirh

Pe- Th,~~reuarl~aau~aae~olu~ TAsrirr~w:a~w9

___________ -----4~srr ~ --rau

Schedule of Application frt Certifcat2 of Title and Notingg
thrreon and Cavea:s for week andingt th- ayy f Jarnuary t 9(
Date Requested Persorn Presenting Nature of request wheth-
er a Certiicate of Title of
Noting thereon or Caveat.
,,_ _ .,,,,,,M.,. .-iniM iilI 111111*M^I~~l^HR^ I^JTT MIlII*"*1 - -I~'l*l^

' Request dated Rommel
17 6 74 Lawrence
Presented by his Solicitor
9 1 75 M.Eugenia
at a.m Charles

Application of Rome
met Lawrence for
the issue of a first
certificate of ;t le
in rtepect of r. por-
ti" ionof land kinownr
as a Residential Lot
at Potteravi l in the
Pariah of St George
containing 20919
square feet and bount
ded as follows.

North Land of Maothew Garraway and Elizabeth Eat
Eliot Avvneue South Laitd of Ann Peltier Weat the
Caribbean Sem,

otoSi k edird'ti f) 18th ~y of Jnnuar 0,7

equesa t datedl Fiorentine I
25th Octobe I Magoire 1
1974 b hy her Soticitor
Presented' ranya Duptgny
15th January
etJ.aL^t^lJ.. I

Request for the isstas
of a First CGretificate
of Title in respect of
a portion of Iand in
the Parish of St. John
knowh as Lot A of
Champ Elysse.s coi
training 20 acres 3
roods 34 perchea and
bounded as follews:-

North and East by Cafe' West by Destine Estate
South East By land of Burton Maglolir.
B6:K]~~'M ,r,- Liiilaj~lnM__ir-ii. ^ T- ~ raa~n n eo narmilT ..Ulluiir.ll..^ .nfmj'--

Re quest dated Ena Eugene
the 14th day of by her soiicitor
i January 1975 CilmBa A.M
Presented Dupigny
the 15th day
Sof January

Request for the issue
of a Firct Certificate
of Title in respect of
a portion of land at
Morne Daniel in the
Paripabof St. George
in the Stat. of Donmi*|
nica@containing 1.530
acres and bounded as

North East by a Ravine separting it from land of Achllfe
Pinard South East by land of Cecil James South by
a Public Road separating it from Goodwii Estate North
West by land of Olier Johnson

Raqurabt dated
the 6th day of
January 1975
the .1th day
of January
at I I .lA.m.

by his Solicitor
Cilma A.M

Request for tlhe isstsc
of a First Certificate
of Title in respect of
a portion of land at
Marigot in the Pariah
of St. Andrew in the
State of Dominicl!
eontaiining 1974
square feet and boua
d4d as follows:-

North ahrt by a FPblic Road South West by a Public
Road West by land of Vaughan Davis and James Sylvester

JRqLst dated Jonathan
th 13th ay o Dacreay
JJanuary 1975 by his Solicito
Presented Cilma AM
jthe 15th day Dupigny
of January
|(6UUI i.0p__m__

Request fur the iss*ae
of.a First Certificate
ef Title in respect of
a potbion of land at
Wealty in the Parish
of St. Andrew in the
State of Dominica
containing 0.546
acres and bounded as

North by land of Foster Joseph South East by a Public
Road West by land of Ferdinand Benlamin
Cfe .r =d~

University of the West Indies

St Augustine, Trinidad.

Applications are invited for the following
posts at the University of the West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad.
i. Pro fessor of Agcicu!tural Economics
Dpt. of Agricurtural Economics and
Farm Management.
25 Translator- Interpreter in the ldsti-
tute Internatioai Reladons,
3. Research Fellow/Junior .Research
Fellow at the Institute of Internation
al Relations.
4, Lecturer in the Department of Me-
chanical Engineering.
5. Two vacancies for Lecturer/Asst.Lec-
turer, Dept. of Physics.
6. Lecturer/Ass.s Lecturer in Inorganic
Chemistry in t h e Department ol

Cave Hill Campus
Applications are invited for the follow-
ing posts at the U.W.I., Cavehill Cam
pus, Barbados:
I. Lecture /AssL Lecturer in Law.
2, Lecturer/AEst. Lerurer in Mathema-
3. Lecturer/ Asst.Lecturer in Physics.
4, Lecturers/Asst.Lecturers in Chemis-
try .
5. Lecurer/Asst.Lecturers in Biology.

Further particulars obtainable from the
Resident Tutor's Office, P.O. Box 8,
Elmshall Road, Roseau. -41 i-

Request dated Maurice Request for the issue
the 6th day of James Charkes i of a First Certificate
January '1975 by his Solicitor of Title in respect of
Presented Cilma A.M a portion of land
Sthe 15th daiy Dupigny !k. nwn a at at Ntew
of January "f'ownin the Pariah
19765 of St. George in t[e
at 10.30 a.m. State of Dominiea
.containing 2051
square feet a4n boun-
dsd at fUllews:-
North East by land of Felton Robinson South East by
Crown land South West by Cornw!! Screet North
West by fand of George Casrm!r

Rgistrar's Ofice, EPHRAIM F. GEORP.GF;
Roseaua. Domitica. Registrar of Titles
NOTE: Aiiy pvrSon who dctire io obi cbjc o the isuin4g of i'
Certlficateof title on the above appiicatioremay enter a Caveat
in the above office within six weeks from the date cf the r-irit
appearance of this schedule in the STAR Newspaper published
in this State or from the date when the notice prescribed by
law was last served on any owner or occupier of adjoining
Iland tI respect of which the appiicsiir made.




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Pafe Fep'r THE slir FxTkdy Jam -ir rr. R


Miss Elsie Ritchie wishes to thank each
Sand everyone who extended congratula-
tions and good wishes on her being awar
ded the Benemereni medal by his Holi
ness the Pope.

says Ehank you so much to the foltwiag:
Messrs. J. Astaphan & Co. Ltd.
S Eris Bakery
Fadeles Poultry Mort
Dominica Disilleries Ltd.
JU-C Factory (Botters Ltd.)
Ceca-Cola Factory -
for the magnificent help which they gave to make
the piubl:i. Heakih Seminar such a success.
Thank you!
Nursing Superindect.


.Produced and Botied in Greati ritain by
Vine Products Limited, Kingson-Upon-Thames

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SORRY nM Titic" wra squoezod out this voek,
MORFi words in dofeneo of Ros'o* & Geoats do--
forrod iutil noxt inaio. Ejditor.


The famous Medicated Skin Care Soap
- Cidal is back, but with a new form
la which provides a fragrant deodorant to
keep your skin clean and fresh.
CIDAL contains IRGASAN and is also
rich in Lanolin to make it o n e of the
smoothest, gentlest soaps around.
Obtainable in Toilet & Bath sizes


I i nica Electricity Servi es

il With effect from Monday the 2oth Jan I
uary, 1975 our p u b i c office 1il be I
Soperned half an hour earlier Mouday to
j Friday.
i The public office hours will therefore be:
.30 am iLoo pm )Mondays
I )Tuesdays and
j 2.oo pm 3.,o pm )Wednesdays
8. o am .oo pm )Thursda y
21o0 pm oo pm Fridays
00 - ij
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Temporary position in Book-Keeping
and Preparation of Simple Accounts.
A knowledge and experience in Book-
Keeping is requisite.
Salary to be negotiated.
Applications are to be forwarded to the
Secretary Manager, The Co-operative'
Citrus Growers Associaion, 21 Hano-
ver Street, to reach him not later than
I7th January 1975.
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Friday January M)7S '5

Pa&e Four



#ERE 419411Y


After receiving a letter from the
Perm. Se.,, Min. of Education ad.
Health which stated that the late
Mr. Bryson Victor "wasq free to walk
away from the institution and the
*responsibility of the Hospital ceased
when the disappearance was reported
to the Police". The General Secre-
tary of- the CiVil Service Association
replied that the GSA was pleased to
note "...no blame could therefore be
attached to the hospital staff." The
reply continued: "The Association
is not satisfied, however, that pro-,
per attention was given to the matter
,by the police and is of the opinion
that the responsibility of the police
i i such matters needs to be clari-
~led for the guidance of the hospital
'serv-ice and -the general public.
Further the Association would like
to know whether the lack of action 1W
the'police finds the edarsrementt of
the Ministry and the'police authori-
-ties, and whether the Ministry will'
seek an explanation from the police
authorities for the conduct of the
Portsmouth police in this matter ."

Mr. E.C. Loblack, who 'hs given the
Government of Dominica 32 years service,
and who was 52 years in politics in his
homeland, reminds us,that in 1949 he
represented Dominica at an ICFTt Con-
ference of 262 delegates from 95 coun-
tries;; he became a manber of the Gen-
eral Council of the ICFTU (Internation-
al Confederation of Free Trade .nions).
"In.1956," he writes, "I returned
to England again'to make representa4
tSbns on behalf of Dominica. Madam
Editor, you will remember a delegation
to the British Parliament: Mr. David
Jones MP was the Chairman. You, MAdam,
and myself went to the then Colonial
Office to set out Dominica's problems,
which we put before them with greit
hopes- that Dominica would be looked
after., Unfortunately, our beloved is-
land fell into the hands of 'Pocketi-
cians .
'"I would therefore lik6 to inform.
readers that I hear a rumour that a.
plot is forming to 'sel .Dominica to
Cuba or to overthrow the 'Government of
"Madamn going through that story I
discovered that the Dominica Govt. owes

A GROV ER REPLIES TO MR.STEVEiMS about V9Y million 'lThey have piles of
LMam P.Os here and there; so much so, I
Dear adam, I read with interest the was informed that there are merchants
article by Mr.W.S. Stevens in last who refuse to give Govt. any more credit
week's 'Star', but I would like to and when that happers, t1 hospital wil
point out that he is labouring under suffer mightily, I know a poor man who
a misapprehension when he states worked for Govt. and went for his pay
that the Citrus Grower has not yet at Christmas and New Year, and he -was
received a penny for fruit shipped told 'No money'.
on GeeEt Boats over three months ago. "We all k'ow'that people who owe mus
The Co-operative Citrus Growersss Therefore if there is anyone who
ociation of Dominica Ltd. first gave, intends to.sell Dominica, it must be
out advance payments to growers for those who owethis mighty debt, which
this fruit and has, aj of 8th Januay started piling up during the rule of
1975, paid out the, balance owing on M.rt E.0 LeBlanc." --E.C. LOBLACI
all: shipments up to and including
Shipment No. Five. The directors, of the Association have also tried hard
to find other outside markets- for Dominican grapefruit, but this is diffi-
cult when, as a whole, the world is: feeling poor, grapefruit is a luxury
product and the competition fierce.
With regard to L. Rose & Co. and their juicing plant, 2.8 cents per
pound may not sound much, but it must be remembered that, from the planter's
viewpoint, selling in bulk to a. guaranteed market is an advantage, especially
at the end of the grapefruit season when the trees. need to be cleared of
fruit so that the new crop can form. This offsets the uncertainties of the
higher priced huckster and Roseau Market trade and selling through local
shops. Furthermore, I presume that Rose's juicing, factory provides jobs
which ease the unemployment problem and would not have been raallable if the
factory had not been built.- Yours faithfully,
Member, The Co-operative Citrus Growers Assoc.iatoln on .minyp_ Ltd.



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Page ,$ T H E STA ri Jaiuary 17. 1975'.
CRICKET INDIA LEVELS WITH.W.I. EHarricane Fifi caused tremendous de-
India won the 4th cricket test -vastation in Honduras last year. On
match at Madras to draw level with Oct, 30 1974 DAWU appealed.to members
the West Indies 2-all. The fifth and and the public-to help the victims
,final test match which will be play- (families Of 6,000 dead and 3,000 badly
ed at Bombay from Jan. 23rd. has hurt; 80% of the economy destroyed).
been ex~ndea to six days in order Once more DAWU appeals for help, for
to guarantee a finish, those victims. Contributions may be
India batted first and scored a made directly into the Fund at Royal
paltry 190. Vishwanath 97 nQ.,Axndy Bank of Canada or at the Union's office;
Roberts got 7/64, B.Julien 2/12 aad 28 Kennedy Ave. All gifts will be pub-
L.Gibbs 1/31. West Indies cou)d not licly acknowledged.
do much better but for their last A f
pain Gibbs & Roberts who put on 27 N ANA0 (f. s4men(i))
reached 192. V.Richards 50, topscor- (2) Great administrative capacity.
er. Prassana-5/71, Bedi 3/40,Ghavi .(3) Virtue and justice of the kind
1/25 and Chandrtseikhar /453. proper to the particular form of govern-
India in their 2nd .innings scored ment, thus if what is just is not the
a respectable 256. Gaekwad 80, same in all governments, the quality of
Vihwanath 46 and Ghavi '5 n.o. justice' must also differ.
Roberts.. got 5/57 to finish with match What a man does ia an image of what
figures of 12/121. h is: his "external" conduct is only
West Indies in their 2n4 innings a manifestation of his "inner" life,
were, routed by the Indian spinners which is the life of the "real" man.
Prasanna 4/41, Bedi 3/29 and Chandra (PART II of this article next.issue)
sekhar 2/51- for only 154 runs to
lose the match by 100 runs.. Alvin-- -- SEREVE-OUR, ENVIROINMNT- J. Spector
Kallicharan the only batsman to show implement haiidles (spades,hoes etc.)
resistance was run but for 51 in the and any other small industries which
first ov(i after lunch. India won could be. encouraged to start up. For
with a day and a half to spare, haxidling these non-gomier timbers,
The 5th test match between Egland small co-operative sawmills could be
and Australia starts Jan.-25th at encouraged throughout the island,thus
Adelaide. -relieving the burden on the main'saw-
LEPA!UE A CORRECTION -mill and the road to it.
Cuthbert.Williams' of Spartans These notes are meant to be constrtc-
scored the 1st century in the Augus- tive and to make EVERYONE' realise
tus& regoire League against Smartias. that Dominica is unique. It must not.
Celtics United & Saints played to be ruined for a once-only political
an exciting draw at the Botanical. gambit or a get-rich-quick scheme.
Gardens last weekend. Henry John Any plan to tap our reserves of for-
Baptiste won the toss for Celtics; & est wealth (which, unlike Arab oil, is
sent in Saints to bat on a damp pitch replaceable) needs a great deal of.
They were dismissed for 102. Gray, consideration and skilled and exper-,
Samuel 8, H.:John Baptiste 4/26, T. ienced thinking. A hasty decision., .
Kentish 2/24, E.Jarvis 2/25 and K., might' cause the death of the Sleeping
Charles 1/19, Celtics in-their Giant. John SpeCtor.
turn at the crease started well put- U-NIOTS-PUND PERM. SEC.
ting on 44 for the first wicket. In arate letters despa
.They slumped to'56/5 and 78/8. Al$ In separate letters dispatched this
out for 95, L.Sebastian 351 N.PhiDlip week, the Bominica Civil Service Assoc.
out for 95, ISeboastlian 31, N.Plp and the Dominica Amalgated Workers Un-
in a fine spell of bowling 8/24,Bvubt ons tdthe Prme. (H Affis)
t@@@4 10 P t nd L ion told the PPrm,Sec. .(Home Affairs)
CeltiT 3if t cse of play f, in no mean terms that his Ministry'-s
Celtics U at close of play.
were 153/7. Lockhart Sebastian 97 position on "illegal -strikes" was in-
and ieoage 3. J.AbTrahan m 3/65. ..eeefensible. They both described the
Perm.Sec. s letter as a threat. We-
BOXING.'Jamaican-born Buny Johnson' shall print detailed paragraphs next
is new British & Commonwealth Cham-. week. .C remads that ILO has criti-
pion after. his 9th-round knockout eised the States Trades Disputes Act
of Danngv cAl.inden on.January 14th. and Civil Service Act..

Srintea a& luAOli shed-by the Proprietor R.E.Alifrey of 9opthall Mill House
at 26 Bath Road, Roseau, Dominica, yest Indies.

Part I by Christian M. David, KMA.
In an attempt to make an impartial andd ~alodoscbpic analysis of some of
the factors leading to the present political and economic crisis facing
Dominica, one cannot avoid finding oneself muddled in some of the most sor-
did, squalid and unsavoury sets of circumstances which, by their inter-
actions, have moved the island to the very edge of an economic and politi-
cal catastrophe.
In enumerating some of the relevant factors which affected the island's
political and economic progress, it is. judicious, for the benefit of those
who are less learned in the field of political science, to deal mainly with
some of the more salient factors that are easily comprehensible, while by-
passing the technical and scientific factors that are relevant in a politi-
cal system to students of political science.
One cannot help noticing that a very substantial proportion of the people's
of Dominica have not yet fully realized the magnitude of the danger threat-
ening the very foundation of the political and economic stability of this
island. Dominica is at present at the "cross-roads" of a political and
economic disaster, and the slightest political misapprehension could preci-
pitate the island into a political and economic catastrophe of such magni-
tude, that because of her very limited mineral and human resources could
take the island several decades to surmount the effects of this disaster and
accelerate her pace to peaceful economic and political stability.
Should Dominica fail disastrously, economically and& politically, thus
giving evidence to the outside world that the island it incapable of func-
tioning under its present constitutional status., then a very serious state
of affairs may arise: thu possibility of the re-imposition of extra-territor-
ial rule on the peoples of Dominica by certain powers would be real. And
however resented and intolerable such a state of affairs may be, it would be
within the ambit of the Charter of the United Nations. One cannot but be
saddened at this state of affairs that faces our island, and wonders how
much haVethe people of the island exposed themselves to modern political
education or is political education in Dominica still in its embryonic and
traditional stages of development, after two decades of responsible govern-
ment? Or have the peoples of the island lost the 'Will" to survive, and have
become demoralized and frustrated, as a consequence of the total failure of
the political and economic policies of those to whom their political and
economic destiny had been entrusted?
Dominicans have traditionally been a proud and sophisticated people, yet
it is beyond one's capacity to give any logical explanation, since the reason
for the continued existence of so high a degree of political gullibility,
perpetuated by certain sections of the electorate (a consequence of which
has made it possible for the continued manipulation of political powers by
opportunistic political activists who are in every sense devoid of the
totality of intellectual and political wisdom to comprehend and approach
syllogistically and rationally the political and economic issues affecting
the island.
Failure _Qf the Leadership
The failure of Dominica to make any obvious progress during the last two
decades may be attributed to a number of variables, but primarily lack of
effective leadership possessing creative ability, not sufficiently indepen-
dent to avoid being victims of political pressure groups, and the absence
of political perpsuiJty by these leaders to recognize the need for the poli-
tical participation of the peoples in the affairs of the island. In a com-
paratively small political establishment as ours, it is politically suicidal
to manipulate the function of government, and to achieve progress while
isolating the very people whose partnership and cooperation is indispensable
in invigorating and consolidating the domestic policies of the political
system, thus the political arrogance and superciliousness of the leadership
of the political systeM deprived it of the support and confidence of the
peoples, of the island upon whom its domestic economic policy depended.
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Friday. January 17. 1975 T HE S T A R Supplem ent i __)
CANDID COMMENTS......by W. S. StevensAN AiATOIY... (fr^ gPjIn every legi-
Britjah NewspDaer "OBSERVER" on timately estabisnea political sys em
Do minig there are peoples outside of the politi-
L w nomhinh.cla b cal arena whose advice on domestic eco--
Last week The ew Chronicle prub-la lic policies is far more valuable and
wished an article by Greg ha herla constructive to an administration than
enttlead Islani Gunming for the those who are committed to that adminis-
Dreads It is comforting to know comparatively small pol-
that oA the other ide of the Atlan- tration. In a comparatively small poli-,
that on the other s-ide of the Atllan- tical system as that existing in Domin-
tic in Britain the Dominica Govern- tical system as that existing in Domin-
ment bluff is known, understood and ic it is politically imperative that
government and peoples should work
expressed. The last paragraph reads, closely on domestic economic policies,
Britain's attitude means that Mr. that is "if the government has a domes-
John will have to work out his own tic economic policy at all", then the
solution.'' hs nt h implementations of its policy would be
Premier John has not heeded the less affected by the interposition of
advice that on Premier LeBlanc's any change in the external economic
resignation he, Mr.John, was. to .go programme
to the people at once instead of un- The economic disintegration of the
dertaking to clean up a mess that island is the primary outcome of the
his predecessor had. made,
The rticle seems to iply hat policies of the political leadership,
alh s lef t to you Dominicans: if which psychologically and effectively
Yoa is left to you Dominicans: if manipulated it to the utmost existing
you do not know what to do in a con- political mechanism to implement their
stitutional way with a Government poli tical mechanis to impleent their
that has ran amuck too many times... policies and to produce "known condi-
The Missing Anchor ettions'. It is particularly disturbing
She M issuing Anchor etc. to most Dominicans that the economy of
THE STAR emphasized the persistent the island has systematically disinte-
Wttitude of Padio Bominica in not grated within the two decades following
giving the news. This supposed news the granting of responsible government,
media will not tell us what happens that all the island's traditional indus-
in Dominica and we cannot fail to tries have given way to a banana indus-
emphasize this piece of arrogance, try, one of the most precarious econo-
We pay the piper and certainly we mies in any political system.
must persistently call the tune even A lack of political enlightment and
if with no results, pragmatism on the part of the political
As regards the Missing Anchor an- leaders of the past two decades isolated
other newspaper writes: "The public the peoples of the island from poll-icl -
*ants-to know the truth." It has zing, and thus denied them a magnificent
become an axiom that the Labour (Shoe)opportunity of access to the various
Government is not for the truth, political socializing forces within the
Cases of shooting are suppressed political system through which they'could
as if Dominicans are a set of dumb articulate their political interests
animals who do not speak. I refer and to effect changes conducive in im-
to a shooting case at Portsmouth and proving their life style. Creative abi-
the one around the Ministerial Build-lity among political leaders is a vital
ing as reported in THE STAR of last criterion for success within a political
week on page 6. system, it affords sufficient political
Then the C.S.A. refers to a.pa- leverage to the leadership, to diversify
tient whose much decomposed body was its policy to meet any contigency with-
found eight days after he was mis- out seriously affecting previously pres-
sing from the Portsmouth Hospital. cribed goals of the political system.
Will the Minister of Home Affairs The failure of the political leadership,
(Police), Premier John and the Mini-politically and economically, stemmed
ster of Health Mr.Christian, make primarily from the consequences of their
separate statements to the public on own folly.
this very disgraceful issue? __-.S.S Aristotle, one of the greatest politi-
OT, The day after Mr.Christian --cal philosophers,claims that three qua-
EDavid handed us his article Mr.n lifications are required of those who
David handed us his article (Supp. i are to fill the highest offices:
contd.) We learned that he was foundre to fill the highest oicto the es-
(1I) first of all, loyalt3y to the es-
ing a new political Party to be kno -ahlht~d, sttut on (~ ~
as "Caribbean- Eederal Party."- Edy (n 't