Disgusted Rural East resident pulls Bird-Browne’s file and gives her performance as minister and representative a failing grade


A “disgusted [St. John’s] Rural East voter” is calling on MP Maria Bird-Browne to fix the plethora of issues affecting the constituency, while taking umbrage at statements made by the representative’s husband, Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Browne declared recently that his wife deserves more credit than she has received from the Antiguan public.

He said that she should be lauded for her sterling handling of the housing portfolio, since she has exceeded expectations and built more houses than was originally intended.

However, via a letter published on social media, the constituent said s/he is flabbergasted at the PM’s comments.

The writer, who reportedly has been a resident of Rural East for more than 30 years, says Bird-Browne has done nothing to improve the lives of constituents.

The writer notes that, despite being the minister in charge of housing, Bird-Browne has not built a single structure in Rural East.

And, s/he adds, the structures built by Dr. Errol Cort, during the tenure of the United Progressive Party, are in various states of disrepair.

The writer complains that the baseball field in St. Johnston’s Village is in dire need of a fix-up and the grass is cut only when the Spanish community has some activity there.

The Pumpkin Houses at Simon Bolivar Park are in need of repair or a coat of paint, and the conference room at the same venue also needs attention, the letter says.

Addressing other communities, the writers says the drains and gutters, especially in Skerritts Pasture, are cesspools of foul-smelling water and mosquito breeding grounds;

the Clare Vue Psychiatric Hospital is in urgent need of attention; and a playground started by the MP’s uncle, Sir Lester Bird, remains unfinished.

The environs of the Clare Hall School are in need of sprucing up; the grass on the western side is higher than the fence; and Project Hope, a once-nice building, is in dire need of repair, the letter continues.

This is testimony of how much Bird-Browne cares about the youth in the constituency, the writer says, and adds that there is nothing in place for the elderly either.

The writer notes that it is common knowledge that Rural East is a haven for drug addicts; and, yet, nothing has been done to help those who have fallen victim to substance abuse, the person says.

Accusing her of showing her face only when it comes to money matters, the writer tells Bird-Browne that handing out money to young men, “which they invariably use to buy [marijuana] and alcohol, is not the remedy.”

The degradation is everywhere in Rural East, the writer warns, and Bird-Browne is being judged.

Accordingly, the person says, what her husband thinks about her performance will not matter come Election Day.


SOURCE: Real News

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  1. On this day 19 years ago, our beloved daughter, sister, niece, friend and classmate TESSA BARTHLEY was SHOT IN HER NECK by UPP candidate SHERFIELD BOWEN. He robbed not only us, but an entire community and nation of two patriots. Our hearts continue to grieve and break at the senseless death of our loved one by an officer of the court. Justice was miscarried, but we know that a day is coming. He robbed us of our kind, fun, caring and hardworking princess, but he cannot rob us of the beautiful memories we shared. ❤️

  2. I’ve said time and time again that Maria Browne wouldn’t last long in the private sector in a similarly held position.

    Furthermore, how does an uncle of Bird get such a position? I didn’t know about this other case of nepotism!


  3. Standin ovation to whoever wrote this letter! Absolutely spot on! Maria has no qualifications whatsoever to be a political candidate never mind the Minister of Lands!

  4. Please let the pm know that when you dig a hole for one, dig two because he continually demeans the young Upp candidates’ lack of experience. However, all of them have more work experience than his ‘dear wife.’ So let him know that while he is insulting them… he is also insulting her.

  5. “resident” (SINGULAR)! C’mon FAKE NEWS. Writing a story based on ONE opinion? Is that your journalistic standard?

    Kudos to the HON. MARIA VANESSA BIRD-BROWNE!! She is responsible for the HOUSING REVOLUTION in recent times in Antigua and Barbuda and making SUSTAINABLE HOUSING available to our citizens. Just drive by the PAYNTERS DEVELOPMENT, DENFIELDS, OLIVERS, ST. PHILLIPS and numerous villages across Antigua and Barbuda.


    1). increasing labour-intensive construction and maintenance technologies which generate employment in the construction sector;
    2). providing tax exemptions on building materials making them affordable for persons who are in need of low income housing;
    3). decreasing the rates of interest on loans provided for low income families;
    4).enforcing standards and other measure which promote increased use of energy-efficient designs and technologies.

    • Maria Browne is responsible for squat. It’s her husband running the show. Won’t be surprised she and him go over the map of Antigua every night to see what lands available for the taking. She is nothing more than another self enrichment scheme to add to the coffers of the Brownes.

  6. Condolences to the family of “that worker” who HUNG HIMSELF to escape all the bobul that went on under the UPP housing SCHEME. No need to mention his name, but we all remember that he took his life around the 2014 general elections. UPP HOUSING CORRUPTION took its toll on the poor fella. Suicide to escape UPP HOUSING CORRUPTION…….conscience is a man

    • And you telling everyone reading your hogwash, that 50 YEARS of Birdism and Browneism has improved the lives of Antiguans to-date?

      The only thing that is truthful is your name tag … 😁

  7. Nice try at deflecting but this article is exposing Maria’s incompetence. Other people do the little that you all are trying to give her credit for. Even labourites complain about the ignorance taking place in her ministry. Don’t believe me, listen to the pm’s station.

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