LETTER: Undecided. Still on the fence

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DEAR EDITOR:

The radio stations are now saturated with political talk shows which is indicative that the nation’s general election is not too far away. It is obvious that the political parties are now getting into full gear to garner the support they need.. Some persons refer to the electoral season as the Silly season. Others may refer to it as the rhetoric season……. I prefer to refer to it as the season of political warfare.

Interestingly, as the political parties get into their political combat and are making every effort to convince the electorate that they will be the best party of  choice  to govern our beautiful twin island state, I must confess that I am within that cohort of persons who is still on the fence twiddling my fingers and pondering as to who I should vote for when election comes around.

In the interim, as I am trying to make up my mind, the great Chinese proverb keeps echoing in my thoughts ” If you give a man a fish he has food for a day; If you teach a man how to fish he has food for life.

Interestingly, I have made a conscious effort to use that ” Chinese proverb ” as a platform or template to help guide me to make the decision as to which party,  I think, would be the best choice.

As I continue to watch the political war & listen keenly to the messages emanated from each party, I observed that one party’s campaign seems to be focus on ” Reduction of Prices & introduction of social programs” while the other party seems to be advocating ” Empowerment / Entrepreneurship”.

To me, both messages have great value. However, according to my research, I have learnt that prices of goods may vary since we rely heavily on imports and so, taxes etc will never be static thus causing  a rippling effect on some programs that have been implemented. Therefore, the Govt of the day would have no other choice but to react accordingly, depending on the prices on the external market, which may or may not be beneficial to the citizenry.

On the otherhand, Empowerment / Entrepreneurship appears to be an effective tool that can be used to relieve oneself of the impact that would be incurred by any govt. Simultaneously, the same tool can make an individual self reliant & creative thus allowing one to save and extend their spending power.

Certainly, both scenarios do carry weight. However, as the concept of Empowerment & entrepreneurship gets clearer, I will admit that my scale is tilting towards the party who is advocating the ” empowerment” message.

So far, I have seen low income persons as beneficiaries of the program and are now living in middle class homes, owning vehicles, having access to university education etc. Ofcourse, my decision is not yet definitive. However, if I am not convince otherwise, the Empowerment  & Entrepreneurship program may just be the best way to go.

Fitzroy

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Come aaarrrff the fense before you panty / brief get rip….

    None of them DESERVED TO LEAD ANTIGUA OR ANTIGUANS …BUT GAS..US……. seems BETTER OF THE THREE….

    ANTIGUANS NEED TO LET POLITICIANS KNOW NOWBEFORE ELECTIONS …THESEARE Y DEMANDS MEET THEM OR NO VOTE.

  2. Fitzroy I share the same sentiment like you… Empowerment & entrepreneurship is definitely the way to go…… The track record has proven it

  3. Where is the empowerment and entrepreneurship? Like in SHARE CHARITY. You Antiguans must be sick.

  4. Fitzroy, entrepreneurship needs money and most Antiguans don’t make enough to pay their expenses and save money to go into business. Antiguans are mainly public servants and don’t even make $4000 per month and don’t qualify for them houses the government is building. Gaston like to talk about Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, but these are sweet nothing words. How many poor people do you know who have started businesses which are still going during the past forty years of the labour government. Those labour people talk big, but do little. A lot of Antiguans are buying cheap cars from Japan, but cars are not an investment. They will soon break down. What antigua needs is not more cars, but a better bus system. The economic power house still has no infrastructure and the island is still rundown and stink.
    We need a change in government. All the other Caribbean countries are way ahead of Antigua because they change their governments and see progress.

  5. Stop fiddling with the fence, because its clear there is one party that deserves your vote , and its ABLP. The other one UPP, needs to be quickly buried, because they are long dead and are only stinking up the place. The sounds you hear from them is actually gas (cadaverine, putrescine, indole and skatole)

    • That is the problem with people like you. You want the labour government to stay in power so you can continue to feather your nest. It appears that you believe Antigua should be a one party dictatorship but the day is coming when we will see the backside of the labour government. They shouldn’t own Antigua. We need change.

    • That is the problem with people like you. You want the labour government to stay in power so you can continue to feather your nest. It appears that you believe Antigua should be a one party dictatorship but the day is coming when we will see the backside of the labour government. They shouldn’t own Antigua. We need change.

  6. Let me help you make up your mind:

    a) IN BATTLE, look at the Ukrainian leader, he comes as he is to the public, IN COVID, look at your leader who masterminded the December 2020/January 2021 administration of a priceless vaccine (at the time) for HIMSELF right under your nose
    b) a leader says to his follower “you lost by ten votes, I ONLY want winners in my Cabinet”…now look who is back on the ticket? I would run FAST in the other direction if I was tintin
    c) a Cabinet that allows so many fumbles and so much backpeddling is obviously not ready yet…WHEN YOU STAND FOR NUTTIN

  7. Business savvy of one Shrewdness of the other Debonairness of the female
    But as his name says it all , now we seriously real broke , gas (cost a) ton won’t do as the one in front

  8. TICK TOCK TICK TOCK!
    WAITING TO SEE WHEN GASTON WILL COPY HAROLD’S PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE BRILLIANT
    ” MOM” PROGRAMME TO BENEFIT SINGLE MOTHERS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.

    GASTON THE COPY CAT
    GASTON THE FRAIDY CAT
    MEOW , GASTON THE FRAIDY CAT WHO TOOK THE VACCINATION IN SECRET! MEOW

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