Goodwin says the ALP’s anti-local business practices continue, which is why so many went under during the pandemic

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Former Ambassador to Cuba Bruce Goodwin says the sitting Antigua Labour Party Administration is not a government that has the best interest of the business community at heart.

He says this has been demonstrated in the past and continues to be the case at present.

Since 1989, Goodwin was deeply involved with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and – as the owner of a manufacturing company that produced souvenirs and apparel – was the president and founder of the Small Business Association.

Goodwin says the association was active as a business representative.

It believed that good business is facilitated by good politics and the political environment should be favourable to businesses for them to grow and thrive.

However, given the history of the Labour Party as an anti-local business organization, he says, he is not surprised that many indigenous businesses went under during the pandemic.

He says the anti-local business culture exists even today under this administration; and if one is not a member of the party, or associated with the ALP, then one’s business is stagnated, Goodwin says.

Meanwhile, the United Progressive Party (UPP) believes in creating an enabling environment for businesses to prosper.

It has demonstrated this through a number of ventures, including its “Small Business Pull-up” series, which had its finale on Saturday, December 10, in St. Phillip’s South.

After the UPP patronized and brought exposure to hundreds of small establishments throughout Antigua’s 16 constituencies, as well as to the Public Market, the ALP “cogged” the idea and executed a similar initiative at the market last weekend.

As a result, residents say the Administration continues to show that it is devoid of ideas.

One woman says the Labour Party just steals ideas and then boasts about the amount of money it spends in trying to outdo a party it claims is not fit to lead.

If the UPP destroyed the economy with its ideas, as the ALP charges, “then why is the Labour Party continuing to steal them?

Are they not afraid that these same ideas will destroy the country?” she asks.

SOURCE: Observer

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Oh Bruce please….that’s the best contribution you have to offer to prove your loyalty to THE UPP.
    tell us…was it criminal to use state funds to charter a flight from Cuba to vote in the election in which you took responsibility for Trevor “Harris” walker winning the Barbuda seat.?

    • @ Not trump

      Can’t you guys come up with something else. This same old tired comment? Come with something fresh.

      Yawnnnnnn

    • Let us not forget it is the same UPP had great ideas on paper that won them the election in 2004 & 2009 but begged the residents thereafter

      1. To ban ya belly & let’s ride out the storm together when APC pulled the plug bcuz they had no monies to pay them

      2. When one of their ministers cry out to the nation to give them a chance bcuz a learn dem a learn

      3. Now a we win a wa awe go do bcuz dem na know how fun run a country

      4. Drop the standard of the pass mark for our students

      5. Replaced our top brass of teachers & police men thus causing education to drop & insecurity to rise. Daily news reporting rapes etc

      UPP was the same team that had great ideas but could not get it right. As Lovell once said ” to be in opposition, is a batsman paradise” Running a country is certainly not like running a sweetie shop. UPP JUST NA READY……. E rather wosera wide slate dem hab now. NOT DEM AGAIN!!

  2. UPP still wants to be affiliate with a XENOPHOBIC, DISCRIMINATING ambASSador??? harold loveLIE has no shame left?

    Bruce Goodwin boast and brag on Observer radio that he loaded a plane with only UPP students to ENSURE THAT TREVOR WALKER WON HIS SEAT??? Only students who Bruce thought were anti-ABLP were allowed on that flight home. What an “ambASSador”!!!!!!! Discrimination against citizens at the hands of a UPP-appointed amabssador. He went as far as to take credit for Trevor Walker winning his seat. Don’t you recall the infamous interview? That was the interview in which he made it clear that the UPP was anti-foreigners. He called our Caribbean brothers and sisters “paupers” and derided them and their countries of origin. Do you need me to send you the clip? Bruce Goodwin said he single-handedly determined who boarded that fight home BASED ON THEIR POLITICAL PERSUASIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • @ Hmmmmmmmm

      It hurt so bad……like Gaston TEAR-GASSING EVERYONE, INCLUDING FOREIGNERS, THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH GASTON CUTIE AND HIS MINISTERS LOVE ANTIGUANS AND BARBUDANS. THEY TEAR GAS DEM ALL IN THEIR HOUSE, BREAK DOWN DEM DOH AND CAUSE MUCH PAIN AND SUFFERING, AND ANTIGUANS AND FOREIGNERS MUST PUT THEM BACK?
      I WOULD CHOOSE ANYONE BUT ABLP, EVEN THE DNA I WOULD RATHER WIN.
      WHAT A SCAR ON ANTIGUA WID DIS LABOUR PARTY GOVERNMENT.WICKED , WICKED WICKED.
      GET RID A DEM

      • @ Rovi

        Tell tenman that. All they care about is money. Talking about the man in financial difficulty.

        How many of them were in financial difficulty before 2014? All ABLP supporters think about is money AND HAM AND TURKEY. But God is not sleeping. Injustice will end one day.

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