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Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

Mine mine mine mine..He may not state this publicly, but Chairman of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Gaston Browne is focussing on becoming the country’s fourth prime minister. Sound farfetched?

Perhaps, but I have been reliably informed that Browne is mobilizing forces to become leader of the ALP before general elections, which are constitutionally due by March 2014.

If you ask Browne if this is the case, he may deflect a direct answer, but the plan is already in motion to take over from current ALP leader Lester Bird.



It is no secret that Bird, after regaining his Rural East seat five years after losing it to his "apprentice," Dr Errol Cort in 2004, wants to become prime minister again.

But at his age, and with concerns over his failing health, Bird’s expectations may not be realistic and the self-acclaimed "Comeback Kid" may just have to take a back seat.

That being said, my major concern is this notion that Gaston is mobilizing his team to become leader of the ALP and ultimately prime minister of Antigua & Barbuda.

Obviously, to become PM, he must become head of the ALP, and that may be more difficult than becoming the nation’s chief servant.

So let’s look at the first hurdle, which is convincing Labourites that he, Browne, is the best person to take over from Lester Bird.

Now for those who see further than mere words, I chose "take over from Bird" very carefully, and perhaps with more information at hand than most.

Anyway, one thing is certain. Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and the United Progressive Party are losing favour with the electorate.

Even Spencer admitted that the party is losing popularity, and he knows why.

The UPP’s mantra of transparency and accountability has been non-existent for a long time.

The Chinese Power Plant, the fences scandal, the "huffing" of Half Moon Bay, poor fiscal policies, and lethargic investment principles have all plagued the UPP.

The two-party system that we practice here in Antigua & Barbuda simply makes the ALP an alternative to the UPP.

Why would Bird give up now, with another chance at becoming prime minister (the ultimate comeback) so close at hand?

Some suggest that Browne will have to defeat Bird at an ALP convention something he (Browne) failed at before.

To beat Bird means a fight at the ALP convention, but sources say that Browne is not looking forward to a fight. Therefore, something else is in the works.

Here is what may be happening.



There is another MP, namely Molwyn Joseph, who is courting the idea of becoming leader of the ALP as well.

Both Browne and Joseph understand what Bird's name means to ALP supporters, and would like to have a peaceful transition of power in the ALP, rather than a war.

So, while none will state this publicly, Bird, it appears, is handing the torch over to Browne, and with that the chairman is sharpening up his image, and mobilizing his troops to become leader.

In the past, Bird suggested his willingness to lead the ALP into the 2014 elections, and once successful would pass the leadership to the next in line.

So then, where does Joseph fit in?

Browne has shown his willingness to fight Bird in the past, so a fight against Joseph may be something the City West MP would welcome as an easy walkover.

Interestingly, over the past six months or more, it was Joseph, not Browne or Bird, who has been leading the ALP against the UPP.

Whether or not Bird and Browne have an understanding, Joseph may still prefer his chances of beating Browne in a run-off for the leadership.

This is an interesting scenario, and not one that was conjured up. It’s the reality that is the ALP at this time.

Now to the general elections, where Browne or Joseph and the ALP will have to convince the electorate that they can lead Antigua & Barbuda out of the deepest financial rut it has been in.

Again, Browne has youth on his side, but that alone does not make for a good leader, and Browne has demonstrated in the past that his immaturity can be a hindrance.

And what about those other ALP MP’s? Will they rally their support behind Browne?

It appears that most of those MP’s and prospective candidates will march to Bird’s tune, and at this juncture, everything seem to be "going down Point" and City West.

Two months ago, Bird would have resisted any reference to "passing the torch," in spite of the fact that many have called for him to do so.

What then would have prompted the heir of Father of the Nation VC Bird to rethink that position?

Perhaps some introspection, or perhaps that "Mind of the Nation" poll that at least one media house, Queens Medal and all, may be keeping secret and confidential.



Bird went into a tailspin when recent comments by Peter Wickham suggested that he should “set off on a different political adventure” by leaving elective politics.

The former PM was irate and responded, “The ALP rejects the so-called advice of Peter Wickham as being deliberately aimed at undermining the leadership of the ALP, which is a repeat of his efforts in the run-up to the 2009 general elections."

He said, “In 2009, Wickham made equally offensive remarks about leadership, age and in-fighting. The electorate of the Rural East Constituency returned the Honourable Lester Bird to Parliament despite Wickham’s farcical claims.”

That response may be just more rhetoric coming from Bird, since sources in the ALP are convinced that Bird will not lead the ALP into the next general elections.

Perhaps Antiguans & Barbudans home and abroad should be getting accustomed to Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Perhaps Prime Minister Molwyn Joseph may be a better sounding name, or perhaps Prime Minister Doctor, Doctor Baldwin Spencer may be here for a long time.

You the people will have your say pretty soon.

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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#32 Rubbin alcohol » 2012-06-01 04:56

Magic why refer to the gentleman as Dr Dr. How original. I really think there should be a special category created for you on this site. I find it insulting I should have to see Dr newton articles in the same section as yours.
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#31 Fred » 2012-05-30 23:17

I can see the handful of Comrades who agaisnt gaston ramping up their opposition and posting numerous pseudo posts against him. They all know that Gaston is the only one in the ALP who has the credibility to lead the party with any semblance of a chance to win the next gen. elections. Its a pity that his opponents could hide behind pseudo names and multiple posts. Press on Gaston
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What's the motive

#30 UnderCover » 2012-05-30 22:30

Is it me alone that sees this opinion writer for who he real is? An agent of the UPP with marching orders to sow the seeds of discontent. A review of his latest articles will show his motive. This is the same person who just a few months ago went to America to promote sports tourism on behalf of the same government.
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Not close

#29 It Is Me » 2012-05-30 19:42

If any real political advisor worth anything was to advise the ALP they will tell them to look at Gaston Browne ... he will be easier to unite the people after a hard fought general elections than Molwyn would ... they must look at the big picture ... RUNNING THE COUNTRY ... plus Molwyn only won his seat by 18 votes last election ... can you imagine what would happen if he lost his seat as leader but ALP won ...LOL...SMH...
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@jeb

#28 Dig It » 2012-05-30 17:21

Jeb, well said! I will just add that our leaders and those aspired-to-be leaders should be given a "crash" course on "good-governance and ethics" before they serve the people! We should also have a "two-strikes" rule and your are out of governance, if you knowinly broke the trust of the people! It is time we "demand" more from our leaders and political parties! A&B belongs to us, not them!
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good questions.

#27 rupert j. » 2012-05-30 17:06

@fnpsr of all twenty four comments your coment makes the most sense by asking some of the most provocative questions that anyone can ask regarding the question of ones ability to lead his country, that is what should be of concern to people rather than the foolishness that some expouse. Thanks again keep coming up with the pertinent questions.
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Leadership fights are a big distraction to real issues!

#26 Dig It » 2012-05-30 16:52

Well, Magic, I thought all "ambitions" for leadership by the party's Chairman GB was on the back-burner, and, the focus willI be more on putting forward the best candidates and ideas to better the country in the country in 2014! Guess, I was wrong! It seems that they are plans in the making to throw "the Comeback Kid" LB either under the bus or the side of the road! I don't have a problem with any "transitions" of power in a democratic society. I do have a "problem," like some of you, with any transitions of power, in which, the individual or party is not "ready" to assume such "vital" role! Although GB may be a bright and smart young man, he does need to understand or take his role of leadership "seriously" in the public-eye, not only for his party but the country as a whole! Then, again, the Chairman really has to cope with the recent popularity of MJ. At this juncture, the opposition needs to solve its leadership problems, and, let the "issues-affecting-th e-country" be its core of communicating with the people!
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#25 Seaview » 2012-05-30 15:56

Tenman, I am not so sure where you see me attacking a local institution. If this pertains to the Ron Sanders issue, then you of all perssons should know that one does not and cannot obtain two knighthoods. It is written.
However the issue of doctorate is something else.
I never agreed with those who attacked Sanders or VC Bird Sr. Those who know me, would testify that I felt that such criticisms harm rather than mature our politics.
Finally it is not uncommon for a college to offer an honorary doctorate to someone even though the highest degree offered by that college is a Master's.
I just wish we were more mature in our politics.
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re: youth elijah

#24 hehe » 2012-05-30 15:36

besides, if you want to talk about lack of education in the public, I recommend you look no further than our school system. Don't look at the media to teach, but to report. What politics are taught in our schools? If our population is not capable of correctly understanding the politics in the country, I recommend the schools muscle up the political science cl**.
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re: youth elijah

#23 hehe » 2012-05-30 15:34

youth elijah, you are right technically speaking, but in the real world, you are wrong.
1. without the support of the ALP, Gaston won't be the prime minister. The UPP won't, the ALP won't and when none of the dogs want to let you in the house, you don't get in.
2. The UPP is the government. Because of the structure of our government, the UPP can outvote the ALP. So what few members the ALP have in "legislative arm of Government" are useless. If the UPP want something passed, they all vote for, and if they don't want it passed, they vote against. That, simply put, means the UPP have complete control, making them the government.
3. Antigua and Barbuda has a multi party system only on paper. Antigua always has been and always will be a two party system. People don't vote for independents because in Antigua and Barbuda, you are either ALP or UPP. It has nothing to do with media misinformation, the mindset of the people is just locked on UPP Vs. ALP. Besides, do you see any independents making waves? Any independents writing opinion articles on Caribarena? They lose firstly because they don't actually fight.
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@Dadliman - LACK OF CIVIC EDUCATION

#22 YOUTH ELIJAH » 2012-05-30 15:10

With all the misinformation on top of the lacking civic education in edifying our people on the workings of our Constitution, Gazette, Westminster system of Governance or even FPTP etc.. The majority of the electorate have been "LED" to believe that in our House of Representatives there is suppose to be divided - as in two sides a Government and an Opposition

FYI - Section 79 (# 1-7) of our National Constitution :-* clearly speaks to the only time "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" coming into play is when you have elected members of the Lower House who do not support the government... So all them MPs in Opposition are doing so by CHOICE in playing politics just because of ALP

In doing so they are opposing a government they are suppose to form.. What of the people that elected them to represent them in Parliament? Instead they are instead representing ALP interest instead of the people.
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Choice of leader

#21 jeb » 2012-05-30 14:57

Personally I would feel more secure about the future if a replacement for LB, when chosen by the ALP party, has first and foremost a lengthy resume of what it takes to run a country with the experience to go with it. It is not realistic to expect a potential leader to be fully qualified in every aspect of governance and that is where a very careful choice of advisors and an ability to listen, communicate and take advice is vital to success. On the personal character side decency/upstanding and the ability to set a good example and inspire confidence will hopefully be a must.
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...de pot a heat up...

#20 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-05-30 13:21

Greetings folks, while the debates which are swirling around our Nation are nothing new in the world of politics(politricks) , the manner in which these debates are conducted in our Nation, parallels "a cast iron pot on fire, filled with boiling water ready for crabs." It saddens me, to know that we cannot conduct our National Business in a more ethical manner, but then again what can we expect. I am sitting here, listening to Molwyn Joseph and others at a political meeting. Really folks, really, we have to wake up mentally.
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@ YOUTH ELIJAH

#19 DadliMan » 2012-05-30 12:27

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While those who campaigned or ran on ALP tickets CHOOSE to now sit in Opposition (opposing a government they suppose to form) they do so by choice...
What do you mean that they choose to sit in opposition? Why do you think they are called "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition"? They form part of the government only on paper. In our first-past-the-post, winner-take-all system, once you win the majority of seats in the lower house, you get all the marbles. The Ayes will always have it in a parliamentary vote.

Again I have to disagree with you. For all intents and purposes we do have a 2-party system. Even though there may be independents and other fringe parties, cumulatively the support they garner is statistically insignificant. In the same way, despite the presence of the Green Party, Libertarians, Constitution Party and other fringe parties, the USA is still referred to as a 2-party entity because it has 2 major political parties.
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Desallines

#18 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-05-30 12:23

I wonder how the heads of state feel now, hearing the Pm say," Nutten wrang wid that,chop them up,anybady come infront a you fu any tax,get out u cutliss an chap them up.I wonder how they feel now realizing he cannot call fiqures larger than thousands.We can all wonder.
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let's evaluate - part 2 & final

#17 fnpsr » 2012-05-30 11:37

It is not enough to gain leadership by default - one has to earn it. While some may think that GB may be the best candidate to replace BS, I do not know that unless you do a comprehensive evaluation of all the aspiring candidates, Red or Blue? With this information in hand an intelligent choice rather than an emotional choice can be made.

“Let’s fix the little things before we attempt to fix the big things.”
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let's evaluate - part 1

#16 fnpsr » 2012-05-30 11:36

Magic with all due respect you have not made the case as to why GB should be elevated to the position of the Prime Minister. As one blogger said, it is nothing more that red meat and I may add, Rum Shop Talk. As a journalist you have a responsibility to educate and inform your readers. I did not get anything from the article.

With that said your readers would have been better served if you had taken the time to talk about GB as a leader. For example, does he have the temperament to be Prime Minister and work closely with the Opposition to solve the ills of the island? Is he a leader and can he lead? What are his qualifications? What does he stand for? What is his passion and what makes him tic? What proposals has he proposed in parliament and how many have been enacted into law? How does his constituency measure up? Are his constituents happy and how has he improved their lives? Has he demonstrated and is he willing to put country above self and party? How does he propose to fix the economy and the high cost of living?

How does he propose to repair the damage to Antigua’s reputation? How will he move Antigua forward? Does he come with clean hands?
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#15 DadliMan » 2012-05-30 10:51

Magic, 2 years ago, I would have supported Gaston without batting an eye. However, recently, I think he has given himself a black eye with some of the stances he has chosen to take. With all the ignorance being done by the UPP, Molwyn seems to have taken the lead in fighting the UPP while Gaston chose to sulk in the background.

Gaston seems to be of the mindset that the ALP has already won the 2014 elections, so there is no work to be done. That attitude has caused him to lose face with the people. The electorate sees Molwyn as the one leading the charge against the UPP, with Gaston no where in sight. Up to today, despite all of the evidence, no one can accurately speak of Gaston's point of view on the fencing scandal or the power plant rip-off.
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Leadership by Deed and Not solely By Personal Desire

#14 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-05-30 10:27

I support the people that are working in the ALP to bring an end to the U.P.P. Comrade Molwyn Joseph is the best alternative when Lester decides to exit. The leader of the ALP will be decided by the Comrades and not by any outsiders.

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Gastons outbursts

#13 Dessalines » 2012-05-30 10:14

Picture the scene. Gaston becomes the PM. He holds a diplomatic passport and plans to travel to the US or the EU on state business.
The video and audio of (one of) his outburst at a public meeting allegedly calling the present PM a xxxxman (xoxosexuax) surfaces on Youtube. I wonder how the other heads of state would feel doing business with him. We all remember what happened to Buju Banton when his US work visa was revoked in response to his boom by by song (and he is just an entertainer) It would be interesting to see how this plays out.
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Not going to happen

#12 Judge Dredd » 2012-05-30 09:59

I wish people like Magic would do their home work before writing. Gaston has lost support within the ranks of the ALP who would have to elect him to be party leader. He has lost credibility. Every time he talks, he is saying something contrary to the party's position and only speaks when it benefits him personally.
The man with the stature and the mass support within the ALP is Molwyn Joseph and he is prepared to work with Lester Bird.
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YOUTH ELIJAH

#11 tenman » 2012-05-30 09:06

YOUTH ELIJAH, well said
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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT....

#10 YOUTH ELIJAH » 2012-05-30 08:43

While I agree GB may be eye BS job - Lets set the record straight on a few things

- Gaston doesn't have to be head of the ALP if he is elected to Parliament and wants to be Prime Minister... Section 69 (2b) speaks to how...

- UPP is not the government, no political party can be the government, according to our Constitution and Westminster System - the 17 men and women elected as representatives of the people in our last general election to the lower house collectively form the base / legislative arm of Government.. While those who campaigned or ran on ALP tickets CHOOSE to now sit in Opposition (opposing a government they suppose to form) they do so by choice...

- Antigua & Barbuda has a multi-party system - what of independents and other parties that vied for seats in past elections?), the only reason why its believed to be two-party is because the media, UPP & ALP are all guilty of swindling us into believing that these are our only choices.. Which is not so.. Independents will never see it through until the misinformation STOPS...
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Seaview

#9 tenman » 2012-05-30 08:36

Seaview I could not miss this opportunity: but was it not PM Spencer and some of his MP's, when in opposition, who used to call Saunders double sir? Did some of these same persons not attack VC's doctorate? Why the dislike when the PM gets his own medicine? Are you aware that the institution which gave the PM his second "doctorate" that the highest academic degree offered there is a Masters degree in Human resource? This is the only masters degree program they offer. Seaview its strange that you would attack a local body set up to offer awards based on performance in the same community yet advocate for one in some foreign country which offers no academic degree in the said field.

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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#8 Ian Best » 2012-05-30 08:33

@ Steve. The nation is fully aware that Gaston is the best option for the labour party. Replacing Lester with Molwyn would be a mundane, uninspiring decision that will do nothing to lift ALP or the nation. Antigua is indeed of enduring leadership not a stop gap leader that will plunge the party into a leadership squabble a few years from now. The majority of the country is satisfied that Gaston has the intellect, experience and commitment to uplift our country. Gaston does not come across as money hungry, pompous and aloof.

I am an independent supporter and I will support Gaston any day but I am warning the ALP not to give me no old scandal ridden politician to support. The handful of ALP supporters who hate Gaston must stop their hating and envy and support Gaston if they would like to get power in 2014.

By the way, everywhere I go people are calling for Gaston to become the next Prime Minister, I dont hear the other names. give the people who they want and stop tearing down Gaston.
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#7 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-05-30 08:32

No matter who leads one thing is sure,anything is better than what we have now, Dr,Dr,or Dumb& dumber(whatever the 2d,s mean) cannot do the job.The UPP must go at any cost,the sooner the better.
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THE MISINFORMATION NEEDS TO STOP....

#6 YOUTH ELIJAH » 2012-05-30 08:30

I'm sorry but Magic, I want to encourage you and your fellow colleagues in the media to start setting the record straight.... its high time that the media stop sending out misinformation specifically as it relates to politics in Antigua & Barbuda...

The average Jane or John Doe who are to caught up trying to live, do not take the time to properly study politics and verify info. etc and rely on the media to be literally spoon feed them what they need to know as they "expect" the media to have done the due diligence for them... This is why the political state of affairs has been so divisive cause in reality our people are not politically divided we are politically confused...
ALL THANKS TO THE MEDIA...
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#5 tenman » 2012-05-30 08:07

Magic you really know how to throw meat at a pit bull. Listening to LB last night, via ZDK (not his veranda), I got the hint that you are correct about him being unsure about his future. Like you I must say the silence and missing info on two major polls(Mind of the nation and census), speaks volumes. Its sad that information from the census, the unemployment rate, is kept quiet due to politics. Persons always lament the lack of this information but its now clear that its absence is purposeful. As far as the other "media" house, they have clearly betrayed the public's right to information while hypocritically attacking the government for doing the same thing
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Bacchanal in the ALP graveyard

#4 PLM » 2012-05-30 07:38

“Special Ed” Joseph has ambitions well above his limited intellect or abilities. He’s not even assured of retaining his own seat. Gaston “smack down” Browne is the only alternative. If he is to assume the leadership before the next elections, he’ll have to take out his nemesis at the convention. This current collection of knaves on the ALP front bench will never desert Lester. As a last resort, he can wait until after the election when the UPP are returned to power and smack down VC3 for the leadership after Lester has been put out to pasture.
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dr dr?

#3 Slapping Hand » 2012-05-30 07:35

NO MORE BALDWIN OR THE UPP! NO BODY ELSE COULD BE WORST THAN HE AND THEM!
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#2 Seaview » 2012-05-30 06:14

Magic, I thought you would be one of those persons who stays above the fray and refrain from joining a dunce brigade which continues to call PM Spencer Doctor Doctor. It is not uncommon for persons to receive more than one honorary doctorate from varying institutions.
I am trying to come to grips with the notion that you of all persons as sunk to this gutter-snipe situation. I expect better of you. I have read your articles with a level of respect and appreciation. For you to head to this doctor doctor crap, sends me another message.
And for those who are part of the dunce brigade in relation to this doctor doctor crap, it is far removed from the Ron Sanders double knighthood situation.
I just wish that we as a people would exercise a bit more common sense, but then again, granny said that common sense is not so common after all.
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RE: Gaston Eying Dr Dr BS's Job

#1 STEVE » 2012-05-30 05:32

On thing I know for sure, if Gaston becomes the Prime Minister of this country, it will be worst that under the U.P.P. and the Lord knows how bad it is under the U.P.P.
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