LETTER: The Diagnosis of Gaston “Gaslighter” Browne

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Dear Editor,

Gaslighters are masterful manipulators. They subtly twist stories and turn them around to make it seem like the other person is at fault.

They often deflect attention and blame away from themselves, to make others feel guilty. This type of emotional manipulation is a disorder and it is called gaslighting.

If you want to hear what Gaston Browne is worried about, listen to the baseless accusations that he levies against his opponents.

In early May, PM Browne alleged that there are 3 rapists on the UPP slate of candidates. Most people were shocked at the outrageous statement that seemed to come out of nowhere.

Then the story shifted to a young woman who was molested by a UPP candidate as a child. According to the Prime Minister, the young woman approached him with the complaint about being raped by a candidate on the UPP slate.

That story was bandied about for about three weeks, until it was revealed that Addison Browne, his 43 year old brother was convicted of raping a 13-year old girl.

Now most people, knowing that a relative is facing rape charges, would steer clear of that subject. But not Gaston Browne.

The way his brain works is that he can gain an advantage by throwing mud first, to confuse the public ahead of the breaking story.

Emotional manipulation and projection have characterized Gaston Browne’s tenure as Prime Minister. Look at the case of the abduction of Choksi.

Whereas the PM of Dominica had little to say on the matter, Gaston Browne publicly declared that Choksi may have taken his girlfriend to Dominica on a romantic trip and got caught.  Again Browne used the opportunity to “get ahead of the story” and to distract and deflect from any accusations that could potentially be levied against him, ahead of the investigation and unfolding of the facts.

Then there was a rumor of a “goat in the garden.” Whereas most public officials would disregard such comments, the way Gaston Browne chose to deflect that argument was to begin to question the virility of Political Leader Harold Lovell.  It may have come across as bizarre, but it was gaslighting at work.

The case of the buses against Harold Lovell, Wilmoth Daniel and Jacqui Quinn, is another classic gaslighting tactic. That case has been thrown out twice in the courts. Yet Gaston Browne is determined to keep that negative story on the back burner, to create a halo of doubt and continue to undermine his opponents.

Interestingly, Gaston even gaslights members of his own team and several of his Ministers have been thrown under the bus, for extra effect.

Recently, Cutie Benjamin was accused of ordering a fire truck that was fit for Cooks Dump. Of course that was a “double deflection” designed by Gaston Browne, to mask the eBooks and the “single fire truck” scandals.

Some may dismiss these incidents as politics, but gaslighting is more than politics for Gaston Browne. It is a reflex defense mechanism that he just can’t help. It maybe even be characterized as a sign of immaturity, but it is a legitimate clinical diagnosis.

Gaslighters are domineering but work to present themselves as kind, generous, intelligent, and trustworthy. These manipulators use subtlety to their advantage. They undermine their victim, but in a way that isn’t so obvious or threatening.

They also deflect their victim’s arguments and objections by asserting that the victim is just tired, confused or overreacting.

But why does Gaston Browne engage in such behaviors? Simply put, gaslighting is a disorder. When someone deflects, they are trying to feel less guilty, avoid negative consequences, and put the blame on others.

A gaslighter will deflect their guilt onto the person who they believe is likely to accuse them. Self protection by obfuscation. It makes Gaston feel empowered and if he feels overwhelmed, he threatens his opponents with a lawsuit.

Similar to Donald Trump, Gaston is a dangerous gaslighter in name and nature! PAY ATTENTION.

Sincerely,

Sunbeam

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37 COMMENTS

  1. You do know using this media platform as a source to vent your OPINIONS is just as equal as gaslighting and not far from the same manipulative behavior u just wrote about.

    Seems like ur inspired by Gaston than all the envy ur indirectly writing.

    If it’s not that then u definitely have nothing else to write about and I literally felt like I was reading something a selfish little girl would write in her diary because she can’t get life her own way.

    Lmaoooo lmaooo sound so abused and victimized

    Please do better, thanks

    • @Laughing from the back of the classroom. Ok, Mr. Gaslighter, I believe you are Gaston responding under this alias.

    • Whoops seems like we all venting, you sounds like tie little girl’s defensive ride or die best friend just waiting patiently for the drama to begin

  2. Very interesting. A bag of hot air. Now we know how the raping story really go. Well. Well. Gaston nar wait fu last lick justice. He believe in knack dem first. Something to thing about.

    • Sandra Clark
      You want know bout corruption Sandra. Ask UPP, then come back and report to the public. Please and thank you

    • And absolute power corrupts you absolutely. It can change a man who has a heart of gold make him cruel, wicked self-centered and cold. Many Many, Many Organizations………Uncle Leroy.

  3. gaston browne is mentally ill. we really have to feel sorry for him. unfortunately, antigua and barbuda has to suffer because he is suffering. i hope he gets help!

    • Gaston: you need help
      Good lord who raised you 😳 ah you need help. Gaston need help like you momma. I rest my case

  4. If you know that your brother is charged with rape, why would you start accusing others of the same thing? Why bring attention to yourself. That is really strange. Let’s see if he brings it up on his radio station.

  5. Oh now I get it. Any letter to ANR supporting the PM and government the writer is being paid to write it but once a letter is against them it is the most brilliant piece of writing OK understand now.

    • You are missing the point @ Black HYPOCRISY or are you being MISCHIEVOUS in your comment?

      You well and know, that for every 10-15 editorial letters supporting Gaston Browne and the ABLP, you’ll get one that supports the UPP.

      If you haven’t noticed that, then I suggest again that you are either being mischievous or troublesome – WHICH IS IT?

      • Brixtonian: I read a lot of articles and a lot of comments on ANR and its clear once the letter is in favor for the government the author is being paid and its a bills**t letter ect or people like you who is one of the biggest critic of the government goes quite but once it against the government you come out in full support so miss me with the bs and go back to you day job which is critizing the government on ANR

        • The difference between me and you Black Hypocrisy, is that as a former ABLP supporter when Gaston Browne came to office, he let me and many other Antiguan Nationals with his promises.

          Here’s the difference?

          I do not blindly follow a political party if it has directly affected me and my family (I.e, in my case my business and the people that worked for me).

          Sadly, if you haven’t noticed, Antiguans are now getting a global reputation (though sadly unjust in my eyes), as a people that allow their government(s) to take advantage of them by accepting these issues:

          No wages; loss of overtime; water shortages; the delay in pension payments; poor housing, and a infrastructure that should have been updated years ago

          I’m a proud Antiguan National, but I want a government that’s looking out for the interests of its citizens.

          I’m sure you get my drift boss …

          • Well here is some news for you honey UPP ain’t it. Believe me they ain’t no better. Unless it is the same team from 2004-2009 I don’t see much of a difference. Harold Lovell may seems to check all of the boxes but unless you experience it you won’t understand where I am coming from.

        • It’s called the tides of change. The blue wave is coming to wash away the (Gaston) Browne dirt that has made such a mess in this country.

          • Economist
            You got that one wrong, you meant that Gaston Browne had the clean up the mess that the UPP made. Point of correction on your error.

  6. Well, well … Well!

    It’s about time that an editorial letter redressed the Gaston Browne and ABLP government bias on these ANR threads.

    UPP supporters have had to read and listen to the partisanship and one-sided nonsense from commentators letters to the ANR editor.

    The writer Sunbeam has gone someway to show the other side of the political coin; but nevertheless, this letter is somewhat a very low percentage of those that support ABLP.

    Hopefully now we will witness a more balanced viewpoint from all sides (including the DNA party), and the Antigua News Room will recognise this as well.

    FAIR PLAY ALL ROUND …

    • Ras Smood
      You move the SHIT CART THAT IN FRONT YAH YARD? UNTIL YOU MOVE UMMMM SHOT THE HELL UP. I rest my case

      • GASTONS BROTHER IS A RAPIST…THATS THE BIGGEST KARMA BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN ACCUSING PEOPLE OF RAPE AND NOW ITS IN FRONT OF HIS FACE HE IS TRYING TO DEFLECT……WHAT IRONY!!!!!!!
        THE GUY IS A PSYCHO, TURN ANY RATIONAL REASONING ON ITS HEAD.
        THIS IS A FACT , NOT FICTION………
        AND SINCE WE ON THIS TOPIC, WE MIGHT AS WELL DEAL WITH THE PAEDOPHILIA ISSUE HE SHARED WITH VC…..WHO BOTH LIVED WITH TEENAGE GIRLS, THEN HOPING PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR THAT.
        IF ANTIGUA PEEPLE VOTE U BACK IN POWER THEY ARE JUST A BUNCH OF WICKED PEOPLE

        • When did he live with teenage girls.
          Please specify the year. Cause I KNOW you not referring to any current person.
          If that’s what u saying u are a liar.

  7. It’s a character flaw. He can’t help it. His brain is hard wired in that way. What you see and hear. Is who he absolutely is. No doubt in my mind!

    Just Imagine l, what is happening on Wednesday’s when the Cabinet? He’s a bull in a CHINA SHOP!!

    • Hmmmmmm, is Ian “Magic” Hughes a UPP Candidate. You and your many aliases salivate re “Magic”. Now look at the this! The top dawg’s brother is a rapist. Take that.
      Gaston Browne’s brother is a rapist. WOW!

    • Is MAGIC running as a political candidate?

      YOU PEOPLE ARE SO SICK.

      KARMA IS REAL. PM BROWN IS THE ONE WHO SAY TO DUTTY THEM NAME

  8. Poverty
    Gaston Browne brother is running as a political candidate? YOU ARE THE SICK ONE INDEED. you be careful what you wish for KARMA IS REAL POVERTY. I REST MY CASE

  9. @ You cry cry baby you
    So they send you to clean the shit behind everybody’s comment. Looks like you are the custodian after hours to clean up everybody’s shit? I hope your silly comments made your feel better. Now back to the outhouse to resume your clean up futies. Don’t forget to clean the corners and continue to air out the linen. Carry on. Cleaning man or woman, get ready for another day of cleaning because more comments are coming. Your work will never be done.

  10. @Skyewill
    Checkout the satire in the calypso The Mighty Shadow: Goumangala (leeeeroooooy) released 2000, YouTube.

    Respect!

  11. A drop of Dettol:
    wait!!! Dettol ah who you and ah way you come from? Look BLUE FLY PLEASE DON’T BOTHER ME. Yes ah me them send fu clean up the shit outta you sinking mouth and that you smell stink ah. So let me carry on smartly. Anymore questions?

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