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Should Gaston be Trusted

Opposition leader Gaston BrowneLeader of the opposition Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party Gaston Browne is convinced that his party's lead in recent polls is insurmountable.


Browne, it seems, is already "counting his chickens before they hatch," and boldly stated that when he becomes prime minister of Antigua & Barbuda no one should fear victimization.


That of course is if you are a civil servant, according to the “want to be leader”.


The thing is, what does Browne mean when he said that no civil servant need to worry about victimization?




If Browne becomes prime minister, he should know that he has no power to fire any civil servant, so they need not fear any prime minister.


The interesting thing about Browne's statement, however, is that he went on to say that political appointees will have to go. That sound like victimization.


Browne tried to explain his “non victimization” by claiming persons appointed by the United Progressive Party to statutory boards will have to move aside for his own appointees.


So should I think that even if the most qualified person was appointed to a board, that that person would have to go simply because he/she was appointed by the UPP? How does that help the country?


I though that despite political affiliations, once we are citizens of Antigua & Barbuda we deserve the right to work and be respected and compensated for what we do.


Now while I am not claiming to be naive to the reports of victimization following elections, there is one main reason that Browne's statement is troublesome.


Browne has stated that he has the capacity and ability to grow the country's economy more than that of China's, the largest economy in the world.


Now if that is so, there will be more than enough work for citizens, which means we will have to go out and import workers.


Jamaicans, Guyanese, and persons from Santo Doming should be packing their bags. Not so fast!


If Browne can grow the economy like that, then why would he even need to send home “political appointees”?


Once we are all gainfully employed then one can conclude that the sending home or removal of anyone from any board is nothing but political victimization.


As a matter of fact, I think that Gail Christian would never believe such a statement from Browne.


ALP insiders have stated in private that the sole reason that Christian is no longer with the ABLP is because of her strong opposition to Browne in the leadup to the party's leadership race.

If I was to believe the ALP insiders, I would certainly not trust Browne on that issue.


Any and all non-established government workers should take a serious look at Browne's statement as well.


They are not civil servants in the true sense of the word and they may be vulnerable under a Browne-led administration.


The electorate should search Browne's ability to grow the economy, something that he has trumpeted for months.

Another thing, on the matter of trust - Vere Bird III was clear about the level of corruption that took place during the ABLP's leadership race.


It was so bad that Bird and a number of “diehard” supporters “fled the scene” and started their own True Labour Party.

Browne has touted his low tolerance for corruption, yet he has been accused of very grievous acts of corruption during that leadership race.


So who is Browne? One who is opposed to corruption or one who engages in or appeases those who engage in corrupt activities?


Maybe Browne's reluctance to distance himself from Asot Michael will give us some insight into the true Browne.


In recent times, a number of audio recordings have turned up revealing that Michael, by his own admission, took part in numerous corrupt activities.



Michael implicated former Prime Minister Lester Bird and MP for St Phillips North Robin Yearwood both members of Browne's ABLP.


If Browne was to be successful in the elections, Michael, Bird and Yearwood would serve in his cabinet.


With Browne so strict against corruption as he claims, why has he not looked into the alleged corrupt practices of these three individuals? Oh! Browne has an explanation.


The police, he suggests, have heard these tapes and have done nothing about them, so that should not be his responsibility. Alarming.


In the same breath that Browne made that declaration, he announced that if citizens reported wrongdoings by his ministers, he would deal with them.


I wonder how and why, since it is not the police who would be reporting his ministers' alleged offenses.


Trust is important, and right now Browne's statements leave too many unanswered questions.
As a concerned citizen I think that such examinations of one who wants to lead are critical to making proper and informed decisions.

Concerned Antiguan


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Should Gaston be Trusted

#32 Time to pay » 2014-02-17 10:03

SPENCER REALLY NEEDS TO GO...!!!! TIME FOR CHANGE... TIME TO GET HMB CLEARED UP SO A NEW HOTEL CAN GET STARTED. NEW JOBS.. NEW TAXES .. YES WE NEED A NEW GOVERNMENNT

COME OUT A VOTE... TIME FOR CHANGE...! :-)
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#31 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-15 22:41

It is absolutely shocking that anyone that Supports the UPP should even remotely anticipate using the word "TRUST" You,ll should be grateful that God is not like us,because if he was the writer of this would be struck down the second the word came out of his mouth.
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RE: Should Gaston be Trusted

#30 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-15 22:30

I guess Observer Radio has run out of steam, Crusader is best suited for the rum shop so its now Carib Arena who is the UPP, new Moses.
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Vote

#29 Annita » 2014-02-12 15:00

Our leaders have not been following the Constitution for the people or by the people. Im thinking of the Stanford Debacle. Why would the get in bed with that man? HMB, we could have paid them off at $45 Million. The Airport. Social Security. What about jobs? Where is all of the Stanford money paid into our Government. It's time to wise up!!! Brown Can be Trusted. New Voter. You have been around 10 years old when the UPP took power. You have no idea what has happened in all of those years.
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IVE MADE MY DICISION

#28 NEW VOTER » 2014-02-12 08:02

REALLY? DOES ANY ONE OF YOU REALLY TOOK THE TIME TOO SEE WHERE OUR COUNTRY IS HEADING TOO? I DO. AM A YOUNG VOTER AND I WILL BE VOTING IN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION , BUT HONESTLY I CANNOT VOTE FOR THE ABLP SIMPLE REASON EVEN THOUGH ITS ALLEDGE THAT BOTH PARTIES IS CORRUPT YOU HAVE TOO THERE FORE VOTE FOR THE LESS OF THE TWO EVIL. I THINK I KNOW WHO IS THE LESS OF BOTH CORRUPTION.
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How can you trust?

#27 anuson » 2014-02-11 21:52

How can you trust PM Spencer when he said October is the magic month. We have the investors lined up? How can you trust a man to lead when he laid in bed with HMB holdings and then jumped out and saddled Antigua and Barbuda with a 100 million dollar debt on a derelict piece of property? How can you trust a man when he looked you in the eye and said that the engines are new? How can you trust a man when he drank wine with paradise view residents to oppose the expansion of Sandals then run to the same investor to develop a Beaches in Antigua? How can you trust a man who went to R. Allen Stanford to beg for campaign money leading up to the 2004 election then turn on him and feed him to the US Government on a silver platter? PM Spencer has looked in the face of evil and sees himself. He has lost his bearing. NO longer does he has his "head on." Commical! If he ever did. They had a good game plan going into the 2004 elections with the poling of one Peter Wickham. The same fellow Dr. Leandro accusing of push poling. She should know all about that. What a set of characters. Gaston deserves a chance to lead. Let's see what he can do. Let's see if he can deliver. If he violate the public trust throw his ass out too!
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nuff said

#26 josephine son » 2014-02-11 21:36

Gaston Brown says the craziest things for a person in his position.I do not have a horse in this race but listening to Brown makes me cringe.I blame the members of his party because there must be better candidates in the ALP
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Gaston is a trusted Leader

#25 Patriot Mind » 2014-02-11 20:30

The ABLP's leader Hon Gaston Browne speaks truth to power! He will be a trusted leader who will make sound decisions in the best interest of Antigua & Barbuda!
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#24 fnpsr » 2014-02-11 20:11

Someone once said that "those who keep their ears to the ground to listen to 'polls', usually find themselves in a very undignified position".

"let's fix the little things with RWE before we attempt to fix the big things."
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CONCERNED CITIZEN MY EYE

#23 GARRAT » 2014-02-11 16:10

You are not a Concerned Citizen. You are the hired Consultant from the British Public Relations Company that is engaged for nearly US $1 Million to run the UPP Campaign. What you are seeking to do is to repair the tattered image of our corrupt Prime Minister. In your Country, the UK, when one Party win the other at a general election the incoming Govt. Chooses its team to help carry out it's program. Same here. So you and Spencer are sped arrow!
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Trust yourself!

#22 anuson » 2014-02-11 14:34

PM W. Baldwin Spencer says "they serve at my pleasure."
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RE: Should Gaston be Trusted

#21 NAMELESS » 2014-02-11 14:00

I would not TRUST GASTON BROWNE as far as I could throw him!!! Not even if they would pay me!! Heis no better than the company he keeps, and there is evidence to prove such...can we prime lands, can we say comments on the corruption aired here? KMT!!
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Should Gaston be Trusted

#20 SlyThatGuy » 2014-02-11 13:40

Why should any caring citizen of this nation trust Gaston? He has clearly demonstrated that he is the type of person that will cover up a serious crime when he flatly refused to name two of his colleagues he knew accepted bribes to say the Wadadli Power Plant engines were old. And don't forget, based on the evidence of tapes from their secretly recorded conversations, his role in shady dealings with Asot and Lester. According to the things mentioned on those tapes, he not only knew about the sordid and surreptitious activities of Asot and Lester, but he also had a role in it. Brown is certainly not worthy of trust after he was exposed by those recordings. Right now he is saying anything that he thinks will help him gain votes. Right, he will grow a bigger economy than China without any infrastructure. The odds of him doing that is the same as getting a man to get pregnant and give birth to a baby.
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It must be crazy season

#19 amnesia » 2014-02-11 13:29

Great article by concerned Antiguan.It does not matter how much truth is revealed on here some of the blind and inept ones will never see it . I have nothing against gaston but he is just bad for business. this was the same person who said that the people who were against the power plant are paid to say so.He changes his mind faster than the weather in the U S A.It is always true that a double minded man is unstable in all their ways. I must agree that he has victimized and back stabbed his own already.Just ask Robin about the leadership in parliament and how he was removed.
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COMMENT_TITLE_RE Should Gaston be Trusted

#18 Annita » 2014-02-11 13:14

Why wouldn't you write the same article about Spenser? Or should we just call you a water carrier? Write about how the trust is gone because of his dishonesty!! The behind closed doors deals that we don't know about!! Until a full audit is completed I would say stop calling the wrong kettle Black!!
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#17 City West » 2014-02-11 12:05

Gaston is the best. You can fight him, smear him but we the people will make him victorious.
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#16 ALP INSIDER » 2014-02-11 11:33

Trust Gaston???? Really..........I read the article the other day on Caribarena where the editor claims that Gaston lead a "banking group"!!!!!!! Which Gaston Browne?......his own bio online claims that he was a "senior manager" at Swiss American bank........he lies continuously!!!!!!!! ! He sabotaged Hyman Payne, Osbert Federick, Daven Joseph, Vere Bird 111, etc........instead he supports Asot, Robin, Lester, who are all questionable characters.......TRu sted????? And of course Gail!!!!!!!!!! what a ting?????? can he even face Gail ever again?
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#15 Time to pay » 2014-02-11 11:06

Skyewill is right again..!!!! Give Change a chance...! It only can get better...! :lol:
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#14 Duncy Bat » 2014-02-11 10:18

Unlike in the USA whereby two individuals are pitied together for the presidency in Antigua becoming the head of stater is determined differently. So for all of you who don't think Gaston can be trusted yet you vote ALP it is still ensuring his party becoming victorious and hence gaston being PM.

Me No Lub GB tall...but you vote for RY or LB etc dahhh
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#13 Hmmm » 2014-02-11 08:42

Gaston really has Prime Minister Spencer and his cohorts on the defensive. The more they talk about you the better. All publicity is good publicity. The good thing we all know Gaston so we do not need any overseas mercenaries to define him for us. March on to victory Gaston ! March on.
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Trust but Verify

#12 Mr. Byam » 2014-02-11 08:11

The LOO can be trusted as much as any other Politician. In the 70’s, Sir Vere fired PLM civil servants at will and defied all court orders and judgments. Appointees can and should be changed with a change in government. The new PM has a right to have “Browne People” in key positions. It is up to the voters to hold PM Browne accountable for the performance of “Browne People”. I would be shocked if the LOO did not secretly want to rid himself of Asian Village Bird or Robin de hood, but if he attempted that now he would not be the next PM. I would also be shocked if any of the “old guard” played a significant role in the new administration. “Bird and his union are dead”; Browne people killed Bird people and run de country!
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#11 trusting » 2014-02-11 07:56

lets forget about the article for one minute. if Antiguans really know Gaston they would know that he cannot be trusted. for one he is spiteful and vindictive. he is planning for Robin and Molwyn, as anyone who goes against him will pay the price. he is already planning on kicking out Robin if the boundaries change, to be replaced by who of all people: Asot.
if only for the reason of Gaston hanging on to and supporting and defending Asot, he Gaston should never ever be trusted because Antiguans don't want Asot in the management of their affairs. the ALP party is dis-united and in tatters all because of the leader Gaston.
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RE: Should Gaston be Trusted

#10 Weed Defender. » 2014-02-11 07:56

Politicians from both sides(ABLP & UPP) are trying their best to fool the electorates with this front of righteousness going into the general elections. The truth is both leaders are embracing corruption, on one hand you have a leader who is heal bent on keeping alleged conspirators (IHI) in a party which is campaigning on the mantra of change and on the other hand you have a leader who presided over the purchase of many properties, a power plant, construction of sidewalks, roundabouts and fences to the tune of millions for which there is no accountability. Now explain to me which is the better party? Old people say "sungu na better than lungu" and trust me it's aplicable it the case of both parties!
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#9 Maudlyn Lewis » 2014-02-11 07:55

Gaston is leading Baldwin in the polls by 18 percent and the UPP has now resorted to dirty, character assassination politics aided and abetted by Caribarena. Cant stop Gaston Browne - He is blessed.
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RE: Should Gaston be Trusted

#8 tenman » 2014-02-11 07:52

Writer I feel the need to chime in on a few things: The article, (perhaps you are referring to something else) about victimization, stated:
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Antigua St. John's - The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) is promising not to victimize any member of the United Progressive Party (UPP) if it regains government. Member of Parliament for St Peter Asot Michael told Parliament during debate on the 2014 budget, "We are not going to victimize anybody. We are not going to put anybody in jail neither. Our leader has already said that. You will be free to live in peace and tranquility in this your country." Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/news/politics/105967-ablp-will-not-victimize.html
Where political appointees are concerned, its well known throughout the world that after an election they tender their resignation. In fact, in some places its done before the election. Browne then has the option of picking them, if he so chooses.You then queried his ability to punish ministers, is it not the PM who makes the decision on who will be a minister? He also decides on their tenure. When it comes to political candidates, are you suggesting that Browne dictates who can run? The ABLP like the UPP, has a mechanism in place which decides who can run on the party's ticket and it involved more than just one person. Again, the tape(s) (you mentioned) is not usable evidence in a court of law.

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Dunceness personified!

#7 Concerned Voter! » 2014-02-11 07:32

"ALP insiders have stated in private that the sole reason that Christian is no longer with the ABLP is because of her strong opposition to Browne in the leadup to the party's leadership race."

1) Ignorance is bliss! Christian was the first person to support Browne to take over the Leadership!

2) There are too many Boards! However, you miss-represent the truth! Browne said that those who are deemed competent will remain! By the way, do you think "three questions" should be on the A & Development board? Or Shortshirt on the APUA Board?

3) After 10 years of this mal-administration, can you really justify more? After the WPP can they be trusted? When the Deputy says he was offered a bribe to buy a building at an inflated price, can they be trusted?

4) Maybe if you spoke out against the wrongs over the past 10 years, we wouldn't be in the corrupt stagnating state we're in now!

5) You write so much to say so little! I hope you are well compensated for purging your conscience - that is if you have one! :sigh: :sigh: :sigh:
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@ Wisdom

#6 Skyewill » 2014-02-11 07:12

You are correct. I truly don't know what point this writer is trying to make. every president or government head does this. Why say if Gaston can be trusted, is he worse than anyone? Who? Here we have a young black man who has proven that he is a true force for change and instead of embracing we criticize as if he could be worse than the same people who we are complaining about. GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE Some Antiguans have become hopeless and Browne means an opportunity for them to share a piece of the pie. BROWNE = CHANGE = HOPE
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#5 Fresh Water » 2014-02-11 07:10

Wisdom needs to understand that it matters not whether the article was written by a UPP supporter or not; what matters is the statements made therein are TRUE.
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Madness

#4 Cas » 2014-02-11 06:36

It is a fact that most ALP supporters do not read and only see to the tip of their noses. Anything that is told to them by their fellow redwing counterparts they just listen and run with it repeating it as the gospel truth. Clean up the ABLP in other words all of them needs their brains,hearts and minds cleaned. Antigua will go down if Gaston gets at the helm with Asot in tow.
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YES, YES, YES.

#3 Need to know » 2014-02-11 06:24

We can and should trust Gaston Browne to deliver on his promises. We trusted Baldwin Spencer and the UPP in 2004 and again in 2009 and they have not delivered. TIME for them to go. Gaston Browne a trusted leader who WILL deliver.
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I like Gaston for honesty

#2 Wisdom » 2014-02-11 06:00

When one pens a letter of this kind, it would certainly add credibility if the writer would identify him/herself. This is clearly a UPP planted letter intended to blunt the effectiveness and political gains of the Hon, Gaston Browne and his trek to becoming our next Prime Minister.
After the many instances of political victimization which followed the 2004 elections when we had the last government change in this country, I agree with Gaston to give assurances to public sector employees that they need not worry about their jobs. Political appointees to statutory boards all know, and it is an internationally accepted convention that all such persons should resign and allow a new government to confirm appointments, including re-appointments. Nothing in that position scandalous or undemocratic.
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RE: Should Gaston be Trusted

#1 Hmmm » 2014-02-11 05:44

Trusting Gaston would be a big mistake, his xxxe don't trust his colleagues don't trust him so why she we trust him?? Is it because of how he talks?? Well we should be concerned, listen to his words people not just the fluff. Gaston and Asot as leaders in this county will be of detriment to us all.
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