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Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

Why Molwyn Leads Gaston, BirdA Caribarena.com poll on Wednesday saw Molwyn Joseph as the favourite to lead the Antigua Labour Party (ALP).

Joseph received 175 of the 504 votes cast - 21 more than Gaston Browne, who was second, and ahead of Lester Bird and Robin Yearwood, with 118 and 57 votes respectively.

Seven months ago, in a similar poll conducted on this site, Browne was the overwhelming winner, with Bird and Joseph in second and third places, respectively.



Of the 754 votes cast at that time, Browne claimed 358, Bird had 188, and Joseph took 126 of the total votes.

So what happened? How did Joseph leap from Bird and Browne this time around?

The simple answer may be that Joseph has been at the fore of these very hot and controversial issues concerning the Chinese Power Plant and the public fences.

Additionally, in the past year-and-a-half or so, Browne and Bird have been unusually quiet, especially as it pertains to these two matters. But it’s not just that simple.

Bird’s health is an issue; so too is his age.

I think that the electorate is looking for mature leaders with the ability to relate to an increasingly younger population.

After serving 10 years as prime minister of Antigua & Barbuda, some are of the view that Bird has had his time, and it time for someone else to take that responsibility.

Surely the concerns over Bird’s legal battle, namely the IHI matter, have to be on the minds of those who may not favour him over Joseph and Browne.

Browne, the youngest of the three, seemed to be the heir apparent, and certainly, seven months ago, those polled here voted overwhelmingly for him.

Though a number of people commenting on the poll conducted on Wednesday thought that Browne would be a good leader, some thought he was a bit immature.

True, Browne needed time to tend to private matters, and we all need that time, but surely he must have realised that would come at a cost for someone wishing to be not just be the leader of the ALP, but of Antigua & Barbuda.

The self-imposed silence on the above-mentioned matters seemingly hurt Browne more than it did Bird, who had different problems to deal with.

Also, Browne, rather than rally around the Chinese Power Plant, and to a lesser extent the public fencing issue, made at least two public statements on a matter that may have helped to cause his fall from grace.

The economic citizenship issue is a recent hot topic, with many Antiguans disagreeing with the government’s position on selling economic citizenship to qualified applicants.



Calling the prime minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines' statement on the issue “foolishness,” Browne showed a lack of political savvy.

Surely he could have and should have expressed his disagreement with Gonsalves in a more professional and respectful manner.

Many people in Antigua & Barbuda, while they may not share Gonsalves’ extreme stance, are not on Browne's side.

Is that the way Browne would speak to people of this country if he disagrees with them?

He has to take that into consideration, and if he doesn’t, then it’s at his own peril.

Leaders act, not just talk.

While Browne was inactive, Joseph, a man who seems unable to shed the stain of the Rolls Royce issue, has been pushing the Chinese Power Plant and public fencing matters.

He has become the face of the one "crying in the wilderness," begging the government to address their extremely poor fiscal policies.

Joseph also has that show on ZDK, Fire and Steel, with Max Hurst, putting him in the spotlight almost every day.

This poll is not scientific, and is mainly to test the pulse of Caribarena.COM's readers who are actively involved in the discussions on a daily basis.

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Lester-Gaston combination still the best

#24 Confucius » 2012-04-15 08:20

Given all the machinations, creative thinking and manouverings which gave rise to this poll and which have been playing out since its appearance in this medium, the one very telling and indisputable statistic is the fact that a Lester Bird - Gaston Browne team is what is most needed to take the ALP to victory.
Could these gentlemen and the rest of the party and country wake up to this reality? And could both men immediately start the process of planning and preparing for such a takeover and leadership of our country?
We the members of the public are watching and it is our future that stands affected by your actions. Now get to work for ours and the country's sake.
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#23 Ian Best » 2012-04-13 20:28

A leader must be bold enough to step out and lead. Molwyn is too afraid and insecured to announce any leadership ambition. Those of you who are betting on Molwyn are betting on a horse that will never enter the race... :D :D :D :D :D :D By the way, Molwyn loves any one but Molwyn and he could never lead Lester Bird in any real opnion poll.
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true red

#22 red » 2012-04-13 20:20

poll or no poll gaston should already be leader
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GASTON BEWARE

#21 GREY GHOST » 2012-04-13 17:36

Gaston, there are few things I will say, xesxer spoke to xxn within this week, and the conversation was about the leadership and what to do. xxn told xesxer to goforward the election, ignore the critics, keep Molywn close, and you, Robin and Asot as far away as possible.

xxx did not want to discuss any pending matters about IHI particularly with xxxt. So, arrangements are made to meet one of xxxxxr's emissary in a secure place for more details. Also, he is fearful that should arrive at V.C. Bird airport he will be arrested.

Ifyou want more news from Grey Ghost tune in...there is much,much more, nothing hides from Grey Ghost!
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@ morris again

#20 Skyewill » 2012-04-13 17:32

It could never be the solution as is but give credit for someone, anyone putting something on the table and is willing to present and defend it. Remember when they dais the world was flat? or man could not fly? today I was working with an insurance company who unvieled a GPS that locate people turning 65. it would take you right up tho their front door. The guy who thought of it was called crazy. Maybe next year when you can't find me you gps and it say his is in mexico typing on a blog to Caribarena, oops just got up for a glass of water. Ideas are to be built on. The St. Kitts thing lets just say a few years ago I was going up to Bayshore Penthouse when the IRS agents had a client who did business in Nevis in handcuffs coming down. I did not say I agreed I said countries are doing it in some form.
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@ morris

#19 Skyewill » 2012-04-13 17:16

It's not that it's simular but it has some components and I can see it not as a stand alone but a part of an economic plan. You know I am not a supporter of the plan he put on the table but to be fair to the guy, he did put something on the table and it got people debating. Not all ideas are going to be great ones but maybe, just maybe a plan can be improve on if all sides give input that would make such a program work. I still have issues with the security issues of his plan but like I said I did do the research and I found a ton of countries doing it in their own way. I can see it working in conjunction with my Empowerment zone idea. Antigua have a simular program now. Again my question is where are we going to find the brain power locally to run it.
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TIME FOR CHANGE

#18 GREY GHOST » 2012-04-13 17:15

Gaston, fear not those who speak the language of hate, truth will arise and you will conquer, the majority supports you. Yes, we are looking for young dynamic leadership,and I do think Gaston possess the capabilities, but he must assert his influence now. My good friend Gail Christian,is another,do not stay in the background, you are young, and dynamicl ift up your head, strengthen your shoulders,with the resolve that you too can renew the ALP.

It is time for the ancient leadership, their financiers and foreign partners know that this is a NEW ANTIGUA we are building, the old died today. Lets all resolve to make that change, forget partisan grievances,pick the best from both sides, dismiss both leaders,purge from the government to the opposition and renew our loving, beautiful country ANtigua & Barbuda!
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@Pete

#17 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-04-13 16:47

Thank God I am a member of the ALP and not Our Party.
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help

#16 rupert j. » 2012-04-13 15:55

Antigua yearns for new and dynamic leaders where are they, is there no one willing to step up to the plate and pick up the ball, come on there has to be better out there, please HELP.
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@ Skyewill

#15 Morris » 2012-04-13 15:37

I doubt very much that the program presented by GB is anything similar to that of Canada and the US, since he seems to always mention St. Kitts and Dominica. Currently, only three countries in the world practice the model in use by St. Kitts...Dominica and Austria are the other two.

Here is something to think about, if we couldn't attract FDI when times were easy do you think they would be flocking to our shores now that times are hard? This promise of FDI by both parties is nothing more than political sensationalism. Secondly, if this program was such a viable solution don't you think that just about every country would be adopting it as the answer to their economic sufferings? Thirdly, since our current infrastructure (physical, social/education, economic, security, and environmental must be revamped to acceptable standards if we hope to make this work, do you think they are prepared to do it? Again, it briefs well, but highly impractical at this point.

Right now, the driving/attractive forces are too weak compared to the strong restraining forces/negative aura (HMB, RAS, etc) that surrounds ANU.
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MP Joseph

#14 jeb » 2012-04-13 15:19

Beyond the comments that seem to deal with the personal…I think this poll demonstrates loudly that what has to be a cross section of people (whether scientific or not) voted for the person that has shown a steadfast capacity to methodically deal with the issues that are affecting every resident on a daily basis. I also agree with Magic that maturity along with “been there and done that” (experience) are the qualifications needed for a leader. Youth and inexperience tend to lead to impulsiveness. A&B are in such a deplorable state right now that it will take, for sure, someone who has the qualities that MP Joseph has displayed since ’09. He has not made an idiot of himself by not being able to read numbers and nonsensical statements about blood and wine. MJ comes over as a worldly, intelligent, caring person who can communicate with all walks of life and is not afraid to say it as it is. It is highly unlikely, in my view, that there would be a character change in a leadership situation (he would be crucified by the high tec. media etc. if he did). It is wise to elect a party leader that is popular with the majority.
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#13 STEVE » 2012-04-13 12:06

I was looking for some bloggers to laugh in their faces :lol: Anyone who knows politics and is an objective person looking at facts and not giving into emotions would know that Gaston Browne is and will remain BAD for the A.L.P. as far as holding any leadership position in that organization at this time in his development. Is Gaston smart? YES but he seems hungry for power to me. If people want you to lead them they will come for you Gaston. Don't go so hard for it. "It makes you look a power hungry fellow".
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#12 Johnny » 2012-04-13 11:31

Talk about lesser of three evils, huh
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this holds not water

#11 St. Philips North » 2012-04-13 11:08

This poll is not scientific, and is mainly to test the pulse of Caribarena.COM's readers who are actively involved in the discussions on a daily basis.
want the writer to know that it is not Caribarena readers who vote for the leadership of the party, it is party members, most of whom has know access to to Caribarena. also your poll voters would includes Upp, ALP and NO party voters. not only, the poll is not scientific, it is not even a poll.

Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/ian-magic-hughes/100218-why-molwyn-leads-gaston-and-bird.html#ixzz1rvucCG4a
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#10 Leghorn » 2012-04-13 10:36

A leader must be inspirational, respectful, and respected to be effective. The reality is, Gaston is currently lacking in these areas, where Bird's records speak for themsleves. In time, maybe Gaston will develop himself suitably to be at the helm of the ALP but I actually think that Molwyn is the fittest of the bunch to succeed Bird. However, I still believe that Bird should continue to lead the party until after the election is won when he can pass the baton to whomever he choses. The only reason why the UPP attacks Bird viciously and continuously is because they know he is the glue for the ALP. He is inspirational, respectful, respected and they fear him.
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#9 Anonymous » 2012-04-13 10:29

I was fighting Brown to keep Lester there but if you Guys are now pushing molwyn, the I am going with Brown because he is the better man.
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#8 Fred » 2012-04-13 10:11

Magic, gaston was commenting on Gonsalves threat to refuse entry of certain cl** of citizens with Antiguan passports. According to gaston, this could only be achieved through profiling. Gaston took no issue with Gonsalves stance on EC, he actually commended Gonsalves for his consistency. To refuse ligitimate passports granted by a state is indeed foolishness. I find gaston to be very mature in his thinking and is not afraid to take a position on hard issues including the EC. I disagree that he is going against the wishes of the people since he said that "ultimately its a matter for the people to be determined by consultations with them". Magic I didnt get the impression you were being malicious but u guys must be careful in not skewing the truth.
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Too early to call

#7 Confucius » 2012-04-13 09:21

Not for the strong is the battle; not for the swift is the race..............ke ep your eyes fixed on the finish line as leadership will emrge. Trust me on this one.
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GASTON ALL THE WAY

#6 ALP LOYALIST » 2012-04-13 09:18

FIRST THINGS FIRST THE ANTIGUA LABOUR PARTY IS LOOKING FOR DYNAMIC, CONSISTENT LEADERSHIP NOT OPPORTUNISTIC LEADERSHIP. GASTON BROWNE TAKES THE RISK THAT MOLWYN JOSEPH WOULD NEVER TAKE. GASTON BROWNE PUTS THE ORGANIZATION ON HIS BACK WHEN IT MATTERS. GASTON BROWNE IS PRESENTLY IN COURT AGAIN FOR THE SECOND TIME BECAUSE HE CHOOSE TO STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. GASTON BROWNE WILL NOT CARRY ANY ONE FAMILY ISSUE BECAUSE HE SEES SOME BENEFIT. LET THE MANIPULATED POLLSTERS KNOW THAT GASTON BROWNE IS THE NATURAL LEADER OF THE ANTIGUA LABOUR PARTY WHEN LESTER BIRD LEAVES. HE IS CLEAN, OBJECTIVE, WITH FRESH IDEAS AND HAS THE PEOPLE OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AT HEART; THAT IS WHAT MATTERS. HE HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT HE WILL FIGHT FOR US WHEN IT MATTERS, HE IS NOT ANY ONES PUPPET. GASTON BROWNE ALL THE WAY, HE HAS MY VOTE WHEN THE TIME COMES!!!!
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Economic Citizenship

#5 Skyewill » 2012-04-13 07:44

The problem with the idea is that persons have captioned it as "passports for sale and that's not so. In fact even though I look at the security risk I also see it as a part of a economic package that should include other components that have to include Antiguans at home and abroad. After doing some research I found parts of Browne’s Economic Citizenship plan practiced in many parts of the world including the US, UK, Canada, China, Spain, just to name a few. The difference is what they call it and how they package it. Some plans include Education and or expertise restrictions and some have business components. But they all offer citizens from other places the opportunity to come to the host country and bring something of value in exchange for right to operate in that country. Browne’s problem could be in his delivery and rivals wanting to shoot him down. I give Browne credit for having an idea and presenting it. Now that it is public and have been exposed to critics like myself he can tweak it. No one else has put anything on the table!
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#4 Pete » 2012-04-13 06:58

This poll should not be issued in your paper. It is NOT correct.In our Party GASTON BROWNE is our Leader.I agree that He must tone His criticism to a more professional level but that comes with age.He will grow up,give Him time.

He is a very intelligent individual.
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RE: Why Molwyn Leads Gaston and Bird

#3 DadliMan » 2012-04-13 06:43

Gaston has really dealt himself a black eye. He may yet be the Political Leader of the ALP, but he has proven to many of us that he is not ready right now.

His silence on many hot **on issues signals to me that he cannot put personal differences aside and work for a common good. He has got to realise that this is not about him. We want to rescue A&B, and we will do it with or without him. His stance on Economic Citizenship is contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of Antiguans and Barbudans. Yet, that has not stopped him from pushing this idea. The sooner he realises that he represents people and not himself, the sooner he may mature into the leader we thought he'd be.

I have often said that Lester Bird should ride off into the sunset. However, like him or not, he is the only person who can command respect from the different factions within the ALP. If he left right now, the party would be in serious trouble.
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molwyn he does his work

#2 blessed love » 2012-04-13 06:18

For me if u vote for brown ,u can as well vote for asot as prime minister.For me mr molwyn joseph is the best possible leader for the alp at this moment.lester bird i think is not in any good condition to lead his party,he can be more of an advisor if they get back in to power.gaston is to care free to run this country ,we just might hear from him on a cloudy day,that he dont have to be here, he have his own business.
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None fit at present!

#1 Maria » 2012-04-13 03:42

NOt one of dem fit to lead anything at present! We tired of the same politrickery that seem to be at the heart of Antigua poltics. As a matter of fact, only Jesus Christ can change the heart of men. Until then, I say gentlemen kindly go and rest you all bones!
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