COMMENTARY: Inflation & Hardships – Impacting Lives Negatively For All




At the recently concluded Heads of Government meeting for member territories of Caricom which was held in the Bahamas, Prime Minister of Barbados Hon. Mia Mottley sounded an alarm warning that all Caricom countries and citizens should prepare and brace themselves for high inflation and rising costs necessitated by continued high fuel prices and the war in Ukraine which is about to enter its second year.


To ignore this warning and to dismiss the possible implications would be catostrophic for us all.  It is certainly not something that we should take lightly as this could have very adverse long term  effects for most of our already struggling economies.


That is why I am appalled at  the overall handling of the crisis involving the 637 West Africans who came to our country as tourists.  Realistically, our economy, and our job market are NOT in a position to support them as there are no job guarantees locally and many of them might eventually become a burden on the state.  As we well know, there are Antiguans & Barbudans and other Caricom nationals out of jobs and are struggling to secure jobs even now.


Keeping the West Africans here would only compound an already bad situation and make life more difficult for all. .  We are already witnessing that the entry of these West Africans brought some  unsavoury habits that could be infiltrated by less than credible thugs who would want to reproduce the same conduct they practice in West Africa. here in Antigua.


I am appealing to the Government once more to do the right thing and repatriate them back to West Africa.    Let’s avoid the headaches and further embarrassment that this is likely to bring us in the future.

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  1. My name-sake Audley, I agree that based on the job market etc at the present moment, it is a bad decision to add ‘persons’ into our mix at this moment (I am including ALL persons).

    However my name-sake, in my opinion, persons in the government want to use the money/resources of the state to fulfill their personal fantasies/dreams.

    I am of the view that the people who share the opinion that ‘persons’ should not be injected into our labour market etc at this time, will have to bind together and move forward.

    Let the chips fall where they may.

  2. Mr Phillips you are once again on point with the current state of the airline affairs fiasco in Antigua.

    I still cannot fathom as to why our Ministerial cabinet members will not address the voting publics concerns?

    What a mystery dis yah, and witness the main protagonists current responses:

    Gaston 🥸 ‘Dance Abroad’ Browne SILENT; Chet ‘Tumble’ Greene SILENT; Max ‘Whey Him Dey’ Fernández SILENT; Colin ‘Invisible’ James SILENT; the entrepreneurial Nigerian Marvellous ‘Printer Man’ Mike SILENT (but I bet he mek GOOD GOOD money from this venture); Immigration Department officer Ms ‘Nepotism’ Yearwood SILENT, to name just a few.

    And don’t forget the SILENCE from 99.9% of the ABLP acolytes who have given the ABLP a free pass on the problems of the 637 abandoned Africans, displaced and dispersed in Antigua – all they can focus on is Jamale Pringle’s so-called speech impediment – mi haffi laugh 😂

    Another hard-hitting – tell it like it is – article sir …👍

  3. Yes we are small nation but it is my view that we are under populated. Hence our tax net is impacted upon. Social Security, Medical Benefits, Inland Revenue depends highly on contributions. The more contribution into the coffers, the better it is for our beneficiaries such as our pensioners. Increasing the population will be an asset to nation building. However, the rich & wealthy should contribute more & the social programs should be better managed.

  4. COMMENTARY: Inflation & Hardships – Impacting lives Negatively for All:.
    Audley Philip, speaking of hardship, thank God for the good heart of your first child’s grandmother, aunties and uncles and moreso, of his ambitious Mother and supportive step-dad so he could evade hardships in his life. Your hands were so far from your wallet to do the right thing (to support your child) despite of you having one of the highest paid job then (@ Cable & Wireless). Mr Boaster, be reminded that the sins of the father fall on the children, and Karma na mek joke. Would you like your daughter to be treated likewise? Answer up and be truthful!

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