PM Browne lists the UPP candidates who have no university qualifications

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Two prominent residents, an attorney-at-law and a businessman, have thrown their support behind Algernon “Serpent” Watts, after the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. George was ridiculed by opponent Dean Jonas, the MP for that constituency.

Sir George Ryan quotes the local adage, “Study-ation beat education,” while Charlesworth Tabor says those with paper qualifications should not mock those without.

Earning a degree is for one’s own self-esteem, Tabor says; but degrees do not speak to a person’s integrity, character or capabilities.

In the meantime, many residents have taken offence to Jonas’ comments.

In the upcoming general elections, they tell him, he should not seek votes from people without tertiary-level education or degrees, since, based on his criticism of Watts, he considers these persons less than equal to himself.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. While there will always be room for grassroots politicians with trade union or community organizing experience, candidates for parliament in general should have at least a 4 year degree. Many of the candidates for the UPP and ALP leave a lot to be desired.

    • A person with a degree does not mean that they can get the job done. There are many educated dunces out there. However, the persons without degrees or a formal education needs to bring something tangible to the table. It is clear that Serpant, Ms Potter, Peter Reds, Ms Quinn & Mr. Defreitas are very shallow. Their presentations at town hall meetings are like baskets comprising of water… It is extremely disappointing that none of the above have gone to advance themselves even with short courses since they are thinking of becoming administrators of the country’s affairs. Administration of the country’s affairs is serious business. Its people’s livelihood they would be dealing with. In addition, Antigua is percieved to have a very high standard, hence the people of Antigua would not want to be faced with the embarrassment of not having the proper representation on the regional & international stage. If we are true Patriots of our country, we would take our national anthem to heart to Raise Our Standard & Raise it boldly.

      • @ Bluddy Joke

        Does Robin. for e.g raise our standard and raise it boldly?

        Here is a man that MASH up the Grammar tree and you laud him?

        BTW FYI Mr Defreitas has a degree, which Gaston conveniently forget to mention 😊😊😊

      • @Bludfy Bloke
        Can Gaston prove that he has a university degree? On his radio station on Saturday, he was listing all the MPS in his ⎌government with university degrees. All he could say is that he has a secondary school education for sure. He can provide what he says is a bounce cheque. Produce his degree.

    • Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Effectively transcending and conquering the legacies of enchainment, impoverishment and racial denigration continue to elude us. Residual elements of the plantation based past continue to shape our societies and determine their trajectories.” Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor University of The West Indies!

      The Principal UWI Five Islands Campus highlighted the lack of Credentialed Persons in Antigua and Barbuda!!

      As a Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy it is discriminatory to require that Those seeking To be elected to Parliament be in at least some Tertiary education! The People who are being governed should demand nothing less!

      The World and “The Caribbean world has changed radically since the 1960s, and postcolonial generations have very different mentalities from those that went before.” Hilary Beckles! All Political Parties, ABLP, UPP, DNA and others, need to get with the educational necessities of the 21st Century! It’s very tempting to provide the Historical Referent Points in Time and Space on Education of the World’s People! We’ll leave that for another day but will use Me Gud Fren Charles as the Example!

      Me Gud Fren did Primary and Secondary Education on The Rock – in the Third World! He pursued Tertiary Education in the First World obtaining both Undergraduate and Graduate Credentials! Was that for self esteem! You be Da Judge! Later he obtained his Law Degree! That definitely would make not only his parents and family proud but would delight the Principal of UWI Five Islands Campus!

      It is absolutely daft to not see the necessity for People in Power in any field of human endeavor to not have a Tertiary Education! Point Final!

      “We must cultivate the spirit of the exceptional. … In the World through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.” Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of The Earth!

    • @ Mr BYAM
      Word on the street is that Gaston does not have a degree.

      26 failed projects. Repeat 26 failed projects! I guess the ABLP Cabinet might have degrees but they are a bunch of failures.

  2. Let the ABLP play their political games by talking about UPP’s qualifications for office.

    Why don’t we also look into the qualifications of the current cabinet ministers and see if their current positions in office match their degrees as well.

    I can bet your bottom dollar that many have degrees that doesn’t match what Gaston Browne has positioned them to do.

    For example, with the dire straights that our economy is in, does anyone in finance hold an economics degree?

    Yet again, more “dead cat” narratives by the ABLP government. Pure distraction!

    • You must be the dumbest person I have ever come across. So you want to say that a minister in government if he/she is a minister of agriculture needs to have a degree in agriculture. How dumb can you get. That is why we have technicians in the ministry. But if your level of education is not up to the standard of that of tertiary education you have a not so well-developed brain. And you cannot grasp certain concepts. You can easily be given a six for a nine. And especially reading certain documents is dazzling to you. I have run departments in companies not because I know anything about that department, but because I have management qualities and can therefore run any department. Sometimes when I do not trust the staff to give me certain advice, I would hire an external consultant to give me a report. And then compare that with what the staff was advising me to do. I’m not lawyer but when I need legal advice, I will take my contract to a law office to get vetted and explained to me in plain English. When I rent out houses, I have a lawyer prepare the lease agreement. Many tenants just sign without reading, that is their problem. Running a ministry simply means you have a certain level of education that you can manage the people in that department. And then these people must travel abroad to represent us in various forums. You sure want us to be the laughingstock if we send these un-educated fools that the UPP is bringing forward to us. None of them stand a chance to give us proper representation. Compared to the ABLP candidates, ALL of them can stand on their own in any international forum. By the way we used to have that problem in the Public Sector, but slowly but surely, we have improved that. Many of our Public Sector Servants are now very qualified. Just look at the staff in the Ministry of Finance Whitfield Harris, Rasona Davis Crump.

      • Says the person who admits that he worships Gaston Browne and would lick he a**e as well as his wife’s. Very disturbing revelation @ From The Sideline …

  3. @ GASTON BROWN

    QUESTION IS, DO YOU HAVE A DEGREE? DID NOT YOU HAVE RI RE-SIT A NUMBER OF PAPERS AND STILL DID NOT PASS YOUR EXAMS?
    A DEGREE DOES NOT SHOW COMPETENCE, AND IF FACT THERE ARE DEGREES OFFERED BY A NUMBER OF UNIVERSITIES THAT HAVE NO VALUE.
    I HAVE WORKED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME OUT OF UNIVERSITY WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR ARM FROM THEIR ELBOW. THEY LACK COMPETENCE. THERE IS A PLACE FOR A DEGREE TO SHOW SOME LEVEL OF MATURITY BUT PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE AND ACHIEVEMENTS TRUMP THEM ALL.

    • Totally agree with you @ Tangled.

      Gaston Browne is an educated individual, but is lacking common sense. The prime minister doesn’t think before opening his mouth.

      I’ve lost count on the occasions where what comes out of his mouth causes more issues than it resolves.

      You only have to witness his musings with his fellow CARICOM neighbours. Gassy full of knots!

      IF GASTON BROWNE HAS A POLITICAL ADVISOR, HE NEEDS TO DISMISS HIM OR HER FORTHWITH; AND IF HE DOESN’T, THEN HE NEEDS ONE URGENTLY …

  4. Gaston, if you and your ministers are so “bright”, how come you can’t get the damn JOBS going?

    With ABLP failing on over 26 projects, plus the other 10 Lennox Weston admitted slipped through their hands, we lost over 15 billion in investment and 7000 permanent jobs! Gaston should resign out of shame. Do the honourable thing.

    Oh yes, that’s right. A man that takes $20,000 US monthly rent from a failed investor that doesn’t even pay his workers… that’s not a man that will do the honourable thing EVER

    We need UPP in Government to get some of these ALP failed projects brought back to life, to provide jobs and an economic shot in the arm… using the Investment Authority or however else:

    1. Sunny Hill Project (Resort in Falmouth/Bethesda area)
    2. Beaches Resort by Sandals Resorts
    3. Half Moon Bay Hotel
    4. Morris Bay / Callaloo Cay Project
    5. Hotel Resort on Pelican Island and Residences on Maiden Island
    6. Labahia Hotel Resort & Condominiums (Marble Hill Business Hotel) by WIOC
    7. Long Bay Hotel Resort by WIOC
    8. Valley Church Hotel Resort by WIOC/PDVSA
    9. Amazon Call Center at Five Islands
    10. Marriott Autograph Hotel at Yeptons
    11. Beach Club at Fort James by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
    12. Renovation and Expansion of Halcyon Hotel
    13. Port Oasis Project at Side Hill
    14. NAMCO acquisition of Jolly Beach Hotel
    15. Best Western Hotel at Jolly Harbour
    16. Marriott Courtyard Airport Hotel
    17. Cedar Valley Golf Course Hotel
    18. Mike Tyson Hotel
    19. Bau Panel/UNOPS Project
    20. The Yida Project
    21. Willoughby Bay Project
    22. Western Imperial Special Economic Zone (WISEZ)
    23. Brova Idea Pearl Hotel – Partly Underwater Hotel
    24. USD $300 Million Hotel from Investors in Holland
    25. Paradise Found (Barbuda)
    26. Armand Hotel (Barbuda)

  5. @ GASTON

    DO THE FOLLOWING HAVE DEGREES:
    – YOUR ESTEEMED FATHER OF THE NATION VC BIRD, NEVER EVEN BEEN TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
    – ROBIN YEARWOOD
    -MOLWYN
    -YOURSELF

  6. Let’s talk of those university grads aka FS who pay youngster to do crime to make those in office back in a. Day look bad, thanks to the pride and Joy of the UPP who uplifted youngsters, while ABLP told them people want money not Education now you demeaning Demeaningcap to cook.

  7. @ GASTON

    ABLP IS AN ELITIST PARTY…….THEY LOOK DOWN ON POOR PEOPLE AND THE LESS EDUCATED.

    PEOPLE TEACH THEM A LESSON AT THE BALLOT BOX – GET RID A DEM, DO NOT VOTE FOR DEM BECAUSE LET THEM KNOW YOU DO NOT HAVE A DEGREE, DEM PASS DEM PLACE, WICKED SET A PEOPLE

  8. The Potty Mouth is insulting everyone that doesn’t have a degree. That show you how he look down on people. VC bird didn’t have those qualifications either but he cared for the people unlike this Potty Mouth who looks to enrich himself while others suffer

  9. So Gaston, you want to talk about who have degree in UPP? Well I am putting it to you that these people in ALP DO NOT HAVE a degree:
    YOU GASTON, YOU GASTON, AND YOU GASTON. You told us that you had some masters degree from Manchester University. Nutten tarl go so! No check bring up your name. Until you could say what year you got it, show us a copy of your degree so we could check it out, just shut up and stop crying people down. YOU LIE. YOU DO NOT HAVE A DEGREE.

    YOUR WIFE, MARIA THE GHOST WORKER. She says, no you say, she has a law degree. She took out photo in gown and cap. Not one photo in a university setting or receiving this degree. We know people hire people to do their online degree for them. Was it one of those? Until we could check it, SHE DOES NOT HAVE A DEGREE.

    NEXT BOW TIE. You told us in 2014 he was a doctor and you called him that and he answered. DISHONEST! The bunch ah aryuh. This year he tells us he finally got his doctorate and he take photo with a child and none in the university setting. Until we see the degree, HE AIN’T HAVE ANY DOCTORATE.
    Molwyn and Robin don’t have a degree, but we don’t hear them going around making it a big deal. So until we see the piece of paper from all 3 of you. JUST SHUT UP!

  10. Gaston Browne born 1967 let us do the maths, in 1979 he is in PMS until 1984, State Collage two years 1985 & 1986, Villa School teacher 1987-1988, Swiss American Bank 1989 – 1999, ALP politican 1999.

    My questions to the Gaston Browne?
    1. When did you go overseas for your university degree between 1989 – 1999?
    2. Did you get an online degree?
    3. Gaston I heard you say you have 17 years in banking 1989 – 1999 is 10 years in a failed banking institution call Swiss American Bank.

    Can someone who knows Gaston Browne tell me if I have this right.

    • @Knight in Shining Armor. Credible word on the street said that the bank sent Gaston to the UK for a short (several months) course in banking and as you indicated the timeline for one degree far less two does not quite fit.

  11. I am just trying to find out if Gaston Brown went into Politics without a degree in 1999.

    • @ Knight in Shinning Armor

      I know Gaston personally and I can vouch that he went into politics without a degree and still doesn’t have a degree. I know him, but that’s the thing about these ABLP Hypocrites, they accuse the UPP of things they are guilty of. THEY HAVE NO SHAME.

      He claims Daryl has a degree and Max Fernandez have a Masters degree. This is not true, he says these things for people to swallow. Ask Gaston to name the school and period of attendance so we can check them out – USEFUL IDIOT

      • @ Knight in Shinning Armor

        Does Rawdon Turner have a degree?

        THESE HYPOCRITES, WHEN IT’S NOT RAPE, IT’S DEGREES, THE RAPE LINE DID NOT WORK, WHAT NEXT? THEY CANNOT EVEN COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS FOR THE NATIONS WATER, ROADS, HIGH GAS PRICES AND COST OF LIVING CRISIS, BUT HAS TIME TO TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS.
        GET RID A DEM, THEY HAVE NOT SERVED ANY USEFUL PURPOSE BUT FOR ENRICHING THEMSELVES AND CRONIES. PURE NEPOTISM!!!

  12. The members of the ABLP are lacking in HONESTY, INTEFGRITY, CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP ABILITY.
    They are nothing but qualified thieves.
    They are a selfish bunch of bandits and renegades who are into politics for the sole purpose of enriching themselves.

  13. Somebody said that POINTE FM will be the downfall of Gaston Browne and I BELIEVE IT.
    He is pushing away the people that don’t have university degrees.

    Gaston Browne thinks he is better than other people.
    Gaston is elitist.

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  16. If you listen to his diatribe, none of the 39ers they claim to revere could get into their cult party today. Many of them only had 7th standard education and university degrees like Rohan Henry ect.

    • Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “No man loves the Messenger of ill.” – Sophocles, Antigone! All Political Parties and the electors should pay heed to the Message and not the Messenger!

      “There are too many idiots in the World. And having said it, I have the burden of proving it.” – Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of The Earth!

      The Thirty Niners were of a different Time and Space! “We’ve Come A Long Way Baby!”

      A&B, notwithstanding the personal advances made by many must educate and have more persons going into Higher Education.

      No society especially SIDS on the Caribbean and Lucayan Archipelagos can keep pace with the advances in the socio-economic, technology, and legal environment of the 21st Century without having a highly educated, trained, experienced cadre of motivated leaders who love these People of African Descent inhabiting these SIDS! The leadership is not reserved for those who seek elected office but includes the Entrepreneurial Class, The Bureaucrats and Technocrats, the Ecclesiastics, NGO, Sports Administrators, Managers and Supervisors, etc!

      We were I’ll served, and poisoned with “Studyation Beats Education!” This mere voice in the wilderness unabashedly states that Education, particularly Higher Education will be the gateway for People of African Descent to take their countries, nations, states, safely into
      the deep blue of globalization and to confront successfully colonialism and white supremacy capitalism! We must be equipped to confront the issue of “a redistribution of wealth. Humanity will have to address this question, no matter how devastating the consequences.” – Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of The Earth!

      We as a People of African Descent in this our International Decade 2015 – 2024 which is closing quickly must step up our game lest as Shakespeare said in Anthony and Cleopatra, “The Nature of Bad News infects the Teller!”

  17. more FACTS!!!! Alister Thomas, Gladys Potter, de likkle boy smith from Sea View Farm, Algernon, bunch a EMPTYHEAD people Harold loveLIE have licking his boots.

    • If the ABLP Cabinet is so bright, how come the country is in a mess.
      It means that having a degree does not mean you would be good at your job as a Minister of government.

  18. One thought or two.
    “We must be equipped to confront the issue of “a redistribution of wealth. Humanity will have to address this question no matter how devastating the consequences.” Refer to John French ll’s comment. This must be repeated over and over without limit until it is finally understood. It was our Caribbean labor that produced the economic wealth and cultural benefits of our colonizers. We must solve our economic and social problems ourselves. Nobody else will do it!
    STEM…….STEM…….STEM!!! Pre-K to tertiary! Our education system MUST PRIORITIZE STEM and business curriculum powered by our Caribbean creative Arts (consciousness) in every public school and organization year-round – in school, after school activities, summer.
    Our economic growth and social development REQUIRE that transformation from the colonial education for elite management and unskilled labor.
    We must get rid of our STEM INFERIORITY COMPLEX! STEM is achievable and rewarding for everyone, man and woman.
    Our people will then be able to start and build business enterprises and get things done to produce something of value.

    Respect!

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