PM Browne’s cash giveaway is likened to bribery and treating, while crashing UPP’s event is described as a bullying tactic

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REAL NEWS: “Disgraceful,” “Distasteful,” and “Bribery” are just some of the words used to describe Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s behaviour on Saturday, October 15, when he was captured, on video, handing out cash during the “Small Business Pull-up” staged by the United Progressive Party (UPP).

On Friday, October 14, the UPP’s Candidate for St. John’s City West, Alister Thomas, had alleged that Browne had been in the constituency the night before – giving out money ahead of the small-business support initiative.

Some persons say Browne’s action is a decades-old practice from the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) playbook for securing votes.  Others see it as “treating” ahead of the general elections, which are constitutionally due in March 2023.

While it might be said that the Prime Minister’s actions were not illegal and that they did not take place on Election Day – to suggest treating – one woman believes this inference can be strongly drawn.

Accordingly, she says the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) should look into this incident and lay out ground rules for political parties and candidates to follow.

Meanwhile, a man says that Browne continues to demonstrate his bullying and intimidation tactics by deliberately showing up when the UPP event was taking place.

He notes that, in areas where the caravan has already been, no other Labour Party candidate has turned up to menace the people.

The man adds that the ALP believes money is the solution to everything, and that it cannot win an election fairly – without resorting to buying votes.

Meanwhile, Alex Browne, the UPP Candidate for St. Phillip’s North, says that residents who choose to take money or jobs from Labour Party candidates should not feel obligated to vote for them.

He reminds voters that they are receiving such money and work only in the lead-up to an election; however, they were made to suffer for the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday’s Pull-up was the Party’s eighth edition of the exercise, which is geared at stimulating economic activity among small businesses.

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76 COMMENTS

  1. Treating is an electoral fraud criminal offence in the United Kingdom. Treating occurs when an election candidate or their agents offer material incentives for people to vote for them or to abstain from voting – Wikipedia.

    • Who says a politician handing out cash at election time in not unlawful? It clearly is unlawful and in the US or the UK a candidate would be charged and jailed for such behavior.

  2. UPP candidates bust out a half-dead $20 to buy a blue Gatorade and have the nerve to request their change back. Bunch a PAPPYSHOW jokers 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

    • @Smh

      Money is the only thing that Gaston and you minions could talk about?

      The love of money is the root of all evil. Gaston is evil and I only hope that Villa and Point people and Antiguans in general do not give them another chance in government to raid Antigua blind with their self enrichment schemes.
      The ABLP worship money.

    • The UPP is leading the way, creative, futuristic that a kill the copy cats Labourites. They can’t come up with any idea that will benefit the poupolation than to be treating them with goodies for election day.

      • @ KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR

        I can see you are still singing for your supper. Sorry…Knight will wait for the next 30 years for your SENATE seat ,you will old and grey. Knight , what will you be doing after 2023 election when ABLP WIN all 17 seats ? I believe observer radio will dump you. You are just a FOUL mouth. NO SUBSTANCE.

        • @ JIM. B

          YOU MADE A SLIGHT ERROR, THE ABLP WILL NOT WIN 17 BUT ALL 18 SEATS.

          USEFUL IDIOT 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

      • “Buller Man In Shining Armor” want a seat in our senate with his colleagues who are pedophiles, womanizers, drug dealers and Scamps..

    • @Smh: Yes, you are correct. ☹️Gaston handing out wads of cash 💰 is a much better example for our people as to how election campaigning should be run. Jacka**!

  3. We are now moving into unlawful and contemptuous territory with the ABLP’S monetary bribes prior to upcoming elections.

    This move has the awful stench of power at any costs, and any Antiguan who is condoning this conduct doesn’t want well for the country.

    FROM A PATRIOT WHO LOVES HIS COUNTRY 🇦🇬

    • @ BRIXTONIAN

      BRIXTONIAN, You do not love country. You are an UNEMPLOYED person kissing LOVEL AR…SE. BRIXTONIAN the brown nose. You have many years to wait. ABLP will win 17 SEATS.

      • I still note that education, constructive discourse and debating has passed you by @ JIM B. So sad!

        YOUR NO ANTIGUAN, AGAIN DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS CARIBBEAN FLAG? 🇦🇬

        Remember boss, Brixtonian is not only here to discuss and debate, but to EDUCATE the likes of you as well … 🤜🤛

      • @ JIM B

        AGAIN YOU MADE A MISTAKE, THEY WINNING ALL 18 SEATS.

        AND GASTON WILL BE CROWNED EMPEROR.

        🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

        • @ BRIXTONIAN and POVERTY

          These are TWO persons that are just against Gaston Browne , does not matter what is the issue. After March 2023 you Guys will bury your head in SAND. POVERTY ..you are an example of your name. That is where you will live.

          BRIXTONIAN ..You already know how I think about you. I will stress…Find a job and stop spending time on social media.

          • Hey @ DIM B & @ Jay “Who Rattled Your Cage” Jay, please do not hide away when Gaston Browne and his ABLP government eventually loses at the next General Election …

            As the saying goes: “When the going gets tough …”

          • @ JIM B
            There is a clip in circulation with a half-naked man rubbing himself on Gaston’s thigh and Gaston giving him money for the act. That happened on Saturday.
            Have you seen it? Shameful and disgraceful!
            This ties in with Gaston dropping his pant and showing his bottom to the world!

          • @ JIM B

            YOU ARE SO SMART- I THOUGHT YOU WOULD HAVE FIGURED OUT THE MEANING OF MY NAME.

            IT IS GASTON’S STATE OF AFFAIRS IN ANTIGUA THAT IS CAUSING ME AND THOUSANDS OF ANTIGUANS TO LIVE IN POVERTY.
            BUT I WOULD RATHER DIE OF STARVATION THAN TO ACCEPT HANDOUTS FROM ABLP, LIKE YOU. USEFUL IDIOT

      • @ From The Sideline Come on boss, you can do better than that … 🎶 WHEEELLL, 🎵 REEEWIND AND COME AGAIN!!! 🎧 🔉

  4. Did anyone expect anything better from the Chief Deplorable! It is common practice as we all know and have witnessed. If their is no law that governs that type of behavior. It is high time for that to happen .

    To brag about out what he did on RUM SHOP RADIO. Demonstrates the attitude of a man that feels he is Sire!

    Election Day soon come!

  5. It’s a pity that during COVID ABLP did little to help poor people. I hope Gaston will also help the poor and destitute vagrants that are walking around St. John’s. What is his plan to help get some of these people off the streets?

  6. The Pm is once again showing up the UPP Papy show. Saying they are supporting small businesses by spending a couple of dollars. in one stroke of the hand, he is giving the famously called for stimulus to the owners of these shop. You guys cannot match him, that’s why you guys are angry. You guys better find a more meaningful way to assist small businesses. Unless you are going to be there each day of the week spending your pittans. You’re all a big bad joke.

    • @ ……………..Pm showing up?

      You guys think that money is everything.

      Well tell your DOG, MONEY CANNOT BUY ‘CLASS’…………..AND THE MONEY HE IS SPENDING IS POOR TAXPAYERS PEOPLE MONEY, BECAUSE IF HE HAD WORKED HARD FOR IT HE WUD APPRECIATE IT MORE.
      GOD IS NOT SLEEPING.
      I HOPE HE AND ALL OF US WILL HAVE TIME TO REPENT OF RIPPING OFF POOR ANTIGUANS AND BARBUDANS.

      • Well said @ Poverty, 👍 the truth is really upsetting these ABLP generational supporters bad, bad bad …

        Keep unsettling and irritating them, because they PERVERSELY enjoy Gaston Browne messing up Antigua. Weird set ah people dem. Tarl!

        ANR THREADS ARE THE BEST … 🤜🤛

      • I like it when you guys make allegations you cannot back up with any facts. Just envy and jealousy won’t help you guys. Some people are just generous by nature. Others have plenty of money and live like paupers and don’t give a dime to the poor. Just remember what the Good Book says. To whom much is given, much is expected. And the more you give the more you receive. These are biblical principles.

        • Boss, don’t try and start quoting the Bible, I’ve read it from cover to cover (twice); and understand it a lot more, due to the fact I didn’t just read the popular scriptures.

          Here’s a Biblical quote from Matthew 7: 15-16 just for you @ From The Sideline:

          “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s 🐑 clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves 🐺

          “Ye shall know them by their fruits …”

          REMIND YOU OF ANYONE IN ANTIGUA AT PRESENT @ From The Sideline?

    • They(upp) spent $18 dollars at a shop in ottos and tried to video the lady(owner). After they left the lady said the spend was $18 ec dollars.

        • Remember this popular Caribbean phraseology:

          Annu every skin teet’ ah laugh wid you boss, dem more likely ah laugh at you … 😂

          • BRIXTONIAN want to appear intelligent. He looks up word in the dictionary and place in His narrative , don’t matter what the subject matter is….. BRIXTONIAN using words in wrong context. DUNCEY HEAD BRIXTONIAN.

    • @ The show I want you to see is the half-naked man rubbing himself on the Prime Minister’s thigh and the Prime Minister then paying him after the act.
      Have you seen it. It is all over social media,
      The Prime Minister’s stunt back-fired, and back-fired big time!

  7. “BULLYING”: Lovell allowing the big gut hotelier to hoodwink him into agreeing that his hotel can HOLD ON TO OUR ABST tax monies to the tune of $100,000,000.00+

    harold loveLIE is a real whimp!!!

    • @ Hmmmm GASTON GIVE BARRETT 50 PER CENT TAX REDUCTION ON ALL, ALL, ALL BARRETT’S HOTELS AND ALL HIS SUPERMARKETS.
      DEFEND THAT!

      HEY, MAYBE YOU CAN TELL US WHAT BARETT HAVE OVER GASTON.
      BTW, GASTON ALLOW BARRETT TO TAKE OVER BLACK PEOPLE BEACH ( LONG BAY)
      EVEN THOUGH GAS BOAST THAT HE WOULD STOP BARRETT.
      YOU SEE GASTON DON’T LOVE BLACK PEOPLE AND HE IS AN ELITIST

      • And do you have proof of that?
        It’s all good and well to make baseless accusations, but proving it is another game. And that is something you guys are always lacking in doing.

    • @ Hmmmmm
      You guys are so dumb- you are indirectly calling your Emiritus (Leader Lester Bird) a WHIMP, because UPP was only honouring the agreement with Sandals that LESTER BIRD SIGNED.

      LOOK HOW MUCH GASTON FOOL YA ALL- SO MUCH SO THAT YOU ALL CANNOT THINK FOR YOURSELF. IT WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME IF ALL OF YOU MINIONS EAT HIS ‘SHIT’ FOR DINNER: useful idiots

      • Upp could honor no agreement Lester made with ABST because ABST bill went to parliament 2006‐2007. Lester lost the election 2004.
        What is true here is that upp did not initiate the Sandals project as Harold looser Lovell dishonestly continue to pedal. Too Lie man
        He met an agreement in place the went in gave away future taxes……allowed sandals to collect in Antigua and Barbuda’s name but was able to bank in as apart of business profits …. CRAZY

        • @ Iman

          YOU ARE THE FOOL:

          LET ME EDUCATE YOU- THERE WAS NO ABST AT THE TIME, SO LESTER GAVE HIM THE HOTEL TAX AS CONCESSIONS, SO WHEN THE ABST CAME INTO EFFECT UPP HAD TO GIVE HIM THE EQUIVALENT EFFECT.
          YOU GUYS ARE SO STUPID AND DECEITFUL.

      • @Povery- stop make things up. When LB was in office there was nothing called VAT, The guess night tax continued after VAT was implemented. Cort waived the tax (VAT) illegally just before the 2009 elections. You do know Sandals was sued for pocketing the taxes? So to your mind it was ok for them to charge the guests the tax and then pocket the funds?

  8. Alex Browne????? A witch part he resurrect fram? Last seen clearing tables and washing dishes from leftover pizza crust 🍕 🍕 and cleaning spitty cups at the restaurant in Dockyard. Hussling to get the Whiteman paycheck ebbry month end and if any tips lef ova.

    What skill he bring to governance??? Nar now smaddy ask he fu help with ___________

    • @ SHERFIELD
      Gaston is walking around Point giving out money and because you know that it is wrong you are trying to change the subject. NICE TRY! The youth want decent leadership and we want a future.
      GASTON giving out money does not impress us because we know that he are giving away our land. What will be left for us.
      Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day but teach a man to fish and he will eat for alifetime

      • Your job is very important, please, you must try help and educate all of your peers to this way of thinking. Our country depends on ppl like you 👏🏻🙌

    • At least he is working for his paycheck,unlike many of you Labor Party Gastonites. There is a piece of Legislation known as the Integrity in Public Life Act 2004.Could someone,anyone,tell me why it is not being enforced. Those politicians go into the Parliament and passes Laws. Then they break those same Laws daily without consequences. When was the last time a ranking member of Parliament meet with the Integrity Commission? The Integrity Commissioners need to be fired and get those with backbones and balls to managed the Commission without fear or favor.

    • @ Sad But True

      THE UPP SPEND EC$87 GENUINE DOLLARS, IT IS ETHICAL CASH, NO FRAUD OR CORRUPT MONEY OR NEPOTISM, BUT GASTON MONEY AS MUCH AS HE MIGHT HAVE IS BLOOD MONEY.

      I HOPE NO ONE TAKES BLOOD MONEY FROM HIM, BUT EVEN IF THEY DO, THEY SHOULD VOTE DEM OUT, BECAUSE ITS THEIR TAX DOLLARS THE ABLP RIP OFF AND NOW GIVING DEM BACK.
      THERE IS NO WAY IN A MILLION YEARS THAT ABLP COULD EVER WIN AN ELECTION WITHOUT HANDOUTS AND BUYIN VOTES!!

    • @ Sad but true!
      At least it is not the money that Gaston Browne gave the half naked man for rubbing up on him.
      It is decent money from hard-working people

  9. Recall some years ago, A UPP candidate (Chanlah Codrington) showed up (the 2009 elections) at a ABLP event. Recall him being applauded for doing so. I gather with Browne its different because the UPP is scared of him? Interestingly it was a UPP person who placed a frame over him which states the right choice. Good to know they know the truth

    • @ tenman

      OK PAPPY SHOW.

      ALL GASTON DOES IS MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF. I WONDER IF HE HAD TAKEN HIS RASPERDOL ON SATURDAY.
      I WAS SCARED AS HELL FROM THAT MANIAC.

  10. Alex could be Minister of Education or Minister of Tourism. When you don’t know, you just don’t know. BIG UP ALEX

    • 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 yeah he sure could be. Right up there with Pearl “FOOTS” Quinn being Finance Minister with dem PISS POOR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS AT THE BANK on her file 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 The 🐍 🐍 🐍 as Agriculture Minister with 26 ACRES of FARMing FOOL land and OLD STOVE, OLD FRIDGE AND RUBBISH AND DUTTY PAMPERS 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 The UPP 🤡 show coming to a Cooks Dump near you. Gladys Potter the ICECREAM SCOOPER 🍦 as Junior Finance Minister and said that LIAT IS NOT IMPORTANT important.

      Mercyyyyy looks DUNCENISS and EMPTYHEAD NEARGAH!!!!! Peroxide you really jink too much peroxide fu chew. Eidah dat are u nak u head pan the concrete slab at East Bus station built by UPP 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤡

  11. If you think $87 bad what would you say about the $30 they spent in Seaview Farm. All now the shop owner vex.

    • @ Sad but true and Really.
      Every day in Antigua some section of the population goes out to protest because the government is not paying them.
      Today it was the Prison Officers.
      The members of the UPP are members of the general population who also feel the broken economy eg pensioners don’t get paid for September.
      So unlike Gaston who has benefitted from the TREASURY or Max Fernandez who got 6 million of tax payers money, the members of the UPP are like any other person living in Antigua and experiencing a hard time.
      But what is interesting, is this. The UPP can feel the pain of the shop owners because they are experiencing it too.
      Touching hearts. That is what it is all about!
      It is a pity that you don’t have one

    • @ The people who are vex with Gaston number in the thousands because they can’t get paid or work in inhumane circumstances.
      Imagine the prison officers can’t get drinking water and have to go to the ARG to relieve themselves..

      Every week, some or the other going on strike or protesting against Gaston.

      I you check it out, nearly in the history of Antigua have we had so much dissatisfaction.

    • Who the shop owner vex with? I’m sure these people didn’t walk into a full shop. So regardless how much was spent, the shop keeper should be grateful. If they weren’t happy they should have driven them out of the shop and give them their money back.

      If the UPP people had by pass their shop, it would have been a different story. These people spend gas money to come and support these businesses. What has the government given them? But as old people say ungratefulness is worse than witchcraft.

    • More SCURVY sound bites I see @ PETE. Do you have any idea how to put together a sentence?

      I’VE NEVER SEEN ONE YET … 🥱

  12. I keep on asking this one simple question. Are you, your family, friends, neighbors and by enlarge community better off today than you were 10 years ago? Be true to yourself and the voting finger will point you in the right direction.

    By the way tell Gaston he jeans pants too damn tight and he’s wearing his picknee shut. Grow up man! You pass you place.

  13. Remember before the election you did it at five island primary school , corrupting the children. Then you went over Barbuda you and your side kick Assot and did the same. Straight out of Assot play book, making you no different in any way that Assot. I believe that you can easily win this seat without this bullying, dictatorial behavior. Unless your pools is telling you something different? You use up the Villa sports field and build a clinic that you cannot supply with basic medical needs.
    1) Use tax payers money to supply Villa clinic with basic needs and proper staff
    2) You take away large chunk of village field and damage it back up after it was so nicely done. Villa young men during the pull up said they are not going to vote for you .
    3) You bullying everyone- You take over Westham field and on TV talking about Astro turf . Have you ever been on Astro turf in the heat of the day.
    4) The pull up has been in several constituencies and no one , not even the most ardent ABLP supporter showed any disrespectful behavior. They all complement the innovation.
    5) Leadership matters – Respect matters . Your party supporters are tired of your behavior. That is why you only have Evergreen , Lammin and the other turncoat idiot on your radio station. Who else would join you cussing people and telling lies. They have no choice.
    6) Most of your colleagues say lots of your pronouncements on your radio station saying Cabinet decision is the first time they hear them.
    7) Calvin Ayre better ask you to stop calling up his name on TV , especially close to an election. You’re the main reason why he is not liked by red or blue Antiguans. He needs to separate his business from politics. Have you ever thanked him for assisting so much of our people in time of medical emergencies.
    8) ABLP candidates wish they could win the election and you loose your seat.
    9) ABLP candidates and comrades don’t love and respect you like past ABLP leaders . Your dictator, threatening ways.
    10) You run government from Point FM. How many of the other candidates frequent your radio station. They prefer Observer opposition radio and even Ghet Greene radio station. Chet setting up his own little government/ empire. ACLM trained .
    11) Your mouth alone in town halls, on TV , in your public display and mostly on Point FM has moved the pendulum for what I conceder an easy( sweep) election for ABLP to win to a even Steven stage, with UPP gaining good momentum

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  15. PM said he was gonna do just that..Now what??? Ask Wilmoth Daniel how much Serpant got..BIG DUTTY CHUPTZZZZZ…

  16. There is no excuses one can find for any man that was taken to court for supporting his own children, beating a pregnant down a stairs, abusing a woman leader etc. He have a reputation of several women abuse. A leopard can’t his spot. a serpent will always crawl on its belly.

  17. All this back and forth about political parties, but do you all know and see that Antigua will not be s viable state in the next 5yrs? Many investors and entrepreneurs are seeking other Caribbean and south American countries for investment. You all stay there and fight amongst yourselves.

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