PM Says Opposition Party Made Promise To Car Dealer In Exchange For Office

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A number of car dealers have pledged their support to the opposition, as a mark of protest over policies introduced by the Gaston Browne administration since it took office in 2014.

“I can tell you, for example, that our car policy has created some consternation for some of the car dealers,” Browne said Saturday on Pointe FM.

“I know a couple of them, they are literally very bitter towards my government because it seems as though they wanted us to protect them and at the same time to destroy what was an emerging used car industry in this country. Many young Antiguans ended up importing cars and selling them and they wanted us to introduce draconian policies to stop these people from trading in order to protect their business — we said to them ‘we can’t do it.’

“I know that one or two of them now they say they’re supporting our political opponents because they want to see the back of us, and our political opponents are giving them undertakings that if they get into office — which is wishful thinking — that they’ll reverse the policy,” Browne added.

The Prime Minister said this shows that the ABLP has the best team to run the affairs of the country.

“But it shows clearly again, when you have these incompetent and these poor individuals who just looking to fill their pockets — if you make a mistake and put them in government then they get manipulated by those individuals who literally want to protect themselves,” Browne said.

“In my case, myself and my government we will do always what is in the best interest of the people. Nobody, no businessman in this country, no individual can come and dictate to my government what we should do. No businessman can come and tell us we must change our duty free policy. They can do so, but we’re not going to march to their orders for sure.

“My position is, they can bex all they want, we have to protect and empower the ordinary citizens.”

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        • Yes, respond in that way because you can’t respond to the argument at hand. I’ll remember this when you call Antiguans lazy, bad-minded and a bunch of other derogatory names. Remember it’s ANTIGUANS like world boss who built a country that you are fortunate to enough to live in whereas you couldn’t dream of such benefits in Jamaica despite the many talented people who come from there. I will live to see you try to disrespect Antiguans again and I will remember this comment.

  1. What hogwash! Only YIDA and PLH and other major investors can tell Gaston and his government what to do and when to do it.

    • Smh… that hits my pocket directly…PM I saw Pringle going in a certain car dealership on Old Parham Road Thursday just after lunch….. maybe he was buying a new car

    • Charles, a special reminder for you:

      “Finance Minister Harold Lovell said Yida International Investment Antigua Limited, led by Yida Zhang, is seeking approval under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) as well as incentives under the Business and Tourism (Special Incentives) Act for a mega resort and residential development on Guiana Island and surrounding areas.
      “Government has approved the project and is willing to give the necessary concessions,” Lovell said.
      “We have done everything we can to facilitate the project and get it moving,” he added. “The possibilities exist that we do what is necessary in order to ensure that the project comes off the ground.”…Lovell said the government has been doing its part to ensure the mega project can move ahead full speed, but is waiting for the group to finalise its purchase from the Stanford liquidators. see Gov’t keen to offer incentives for Guiana Island project
      Article Published: May 9, 2014, Daily Observer

  2. Hon. Gaston Browne You are a true Leader. This shows that you look out for the Ordinary Citizens of this Country. No BIG Business Person can buy you. UPP is on the take..So They can try that with UPP. UPP will never see office in Antigua for many many years. So no need to worry. Hon. Gaston Browne continue to look after the Ordinary People. Blessings.

    • RUPERT MANN is there a difference whether you are bought by a big business person or investor. I am sure you would agree with me that there is no difference. The Prime Minister will be bought by Yida, PLH and the Chinese, if he has not been bought as yet hook line and sinker.

  3. Caring government now its time to lower the prices for the gasoline in this challenging times for all those vehicles that use gasoline daily . Empower us some more!

    • UPP was the worse government in Wadadli history. No oneb in their right mind can vote for these failed spiteful Politrickians again.

      • @Columbo Thomas
        A lot of people like this government because everybody can do as they like with no accountability.. Did you hear of so much thieving and corruption when UPP was in office?

        • yes, the heist of the school buses, Royal Antiguan sale, the jellybean side walks, the 1 million a mile road by the stadium, the sports field heist, the Giving away of all the ABST to Sandals couldn’t be for free, the wadadli power plant scam, I also wish the people of Antigua and Barbuda could get the details of the proposed Marriott for Antigua in 2007-08… the reason they decided against would really prove who Harold Lovell and the UPP are.

  4. I get it, only foreign interest like YIDA the bitcoin man and the hotel and supermarket baron can dictate to your government, you will even invite China to colonize Antigua.

    • Ruler I read an OMG article from about a month before the 2014 election where Harold Lovell made clear, he and his government would do all they can to ensure the YIDA project happens. It ended by saying that once the Stanford lands are acquired from the receiver, its full speed ahead. As far as Chinese, I recall a time in ANU, when unemployment was high yet BS had the Chinese working on installing street lights. Also recall the UPP admin making it clear via Ambassador Shoul (Of WPP fame) that the Chinese were indeed our friends. Recall the UPP actively advocating for Chinese tourists and the suggestion that we learn mandarin. Back then you had no issue with such but watch you now catching the demagogue bug. Hopefully sense one day will colonize your brain

      • Cornell, you always come with your hogwash trying to pull a red herrings across the trail. I can debunk most of your recent diatribes but will not waste my time. Perhaps you can find an online solution so your party can give the people of Antigua some stimulus like St kitts.

        In the mean time am going to listen to king fire song, “waiting on the stimulus Gaston”

        • Not sure who Cornell is, not sure how you can so badly misspell tenman. I gather in Trump land where i understand you now reside fact is easily called fiction. Must be some illness upp supporters have where you tune our truth, and harbor lies. Ruler go ahead refute this:

          “Finance Minister Harold Lovell said Yida International Investment Antigua Limited, led by Yida Zhang, is seeking approval under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) as well as incentives under the Business and Tourism (Special Incentives) Act for a mega resort and residential development on Guiana Island and surrounding areas.
          “Government has approved the project and is willing to give the necessary concessions,” Lovell said.
          “We have done everything we can to facilitate the project and get it moving,” he added. “The possibilities exist that we do what is necessary in order to ensure that the project comes off the ground.”…Lovell said the government has been doing its part to ensure the mega project can move ahead full speed, but is waiting for the group to finalise its purchase from the Stanford liquidators. see Gov’t keen to offer incentives for Guiana Island project
          Article Published: May 9, 2014, Daily Observer

          • Hughes weather your first name is spelt with one or two “l” is besides the point. Don’t ask me to refute nothing I was not in government, ask Lovell who is more than capable of defending himself.
            By the way I see you are supporting from the trough these days so your singing louder for your supper. Are you still on the citizenship by investment board? What about FSRC, are you a ghost worker there?

  5. This shows that UPP DO NOT give a DAMN about the ordinary Person. It boils my stomach to learn that The Leaders of the UPP would STOP the local ANTIGUANS FROM SELLING used Cars. This is a DAMN DISGRACE. UPP can promise all They want . UPP will NEVER be voted back into office. UPP DONE / FINISHED.ABLP for the next 100 years. UPP DAMN FORWARD. Cutting out the Local Person from making money. DEAN JONAS all the way in ST.GEORGE.

  6. That white man,known as,too big to fail.He dictates to you and your Cabinet all of the times.He usually gets what he pushes for.Who are you trying to fool.Do not bull dung us.

    • If the PM was an easy walk over, Butch Stewart would have gotten what he wants, Flow would have gotten what they want, Digicel would have gotten what they want, Scotia Bank would have gotten what they want and so on. But time and time we have seen that the PM stood his ground when other buckled and he even stood up to the IMF which others thought was foolish. And when he goes to speak in international forums like the UN he calls out the big bully of the USA without fear. he has really made us proud. And now we have seen him standing up against Mia and Ralph as they were trying to liquidate LIAT. That’s what you call a man with balls.

  7. Keep on voting for this imbecile. The writing is already on the wall.

    He only in it for his CREATIVE ENRICHMENT SCHEME.

    • Nothing wrong with creative enrichment. As long as it is legal. You guys would love to see people stay poor. like you. Do something useful with your life and create some wealth also for your children. that would at least give them a head start in life.
      Making money or creating wealth is not a dirty thing. It’s a good thing. We should all teach our children that. it would elevate us in our social and economic status.

    • Stop with your lastrine political Diatribes about one of the best Caribbean Leader. You don’t have to support the goodly gentleman but he is not stupid leader. May I suggest that you look into the mirror and you will see who’s the imbocile.

  8. Wearing these mask block the mind of alot of the citizens that they are not awaken, they cannot think straight. They do not understand the trick of the politicians they believe every thing they here , All of them study psychology to try and let people believe sweet lies. The first thing that came to my mind when i read this article is selling out the country to Yida which is the worst decision ever made by a caring government . In the the past Sandals was condemned for getting tax waivers . I havent seen the consistency. Caring in words not in action.

  9. Nuff respect PM Brown.. If it wasn’t for this initiative, I couldn’t have buy a car in this country.. Dem car dealers in Dadli too fking thief …

  10. The Prime Minister looks after the interests of the ordinary people, and that is why he is loved by thousands upon thousands. Thank you, sir, for your leadership. You make Antiguans proud. Face it, the man is a natural leader in the tradition of V.C. Bird, whose spirit is alive and well and walks among us.

  11. Whatever was promised to “local” businesses cannot compare to the giveaway to Yida. Antiguans open all you eyes and more so ears……

    • You said YIDA? Here is Lovell when he had the Finance portfolio :

      ““Finance Minister Harold Lovell said Yida International Investment Antigua Limited, led by Yida Zhang, is seeking approval under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) as well as incentives under the Business and Tourism (Special Incentives) Act for a mega resort and residential development on Guiana Island and surrounding areas.
      “Government has approved the project and is willing to give the necessary concessions,” Lovell said.
      “We have done everything we can to facilitate the project and get it moving,” he added. “The possibilities exist that we do what is necessary in order to ensure that the project comes off the ground.”…Lovell said the government has been doing its part to ensure the mega project can move ahead full speed, but is waiting for the group to finalise its purchase from the Stanford liquidators. see Gov’t keen to offer incentives for Guiana Island project
      Article Published: May 9, 2014, Daily Observer

      • Tenman Hughes you are supposed to be an intelligent person. Please tell me what turns upon your comments here. Yes YIDA approached the UPP government first with its Guiana Isalnd project. The UPP had certain concerns about the project and it was not started under its administration. Gaston Browne on the other hand gave YIDA certain undertakings (which I may add are inimical to the interests of this nation) even before he became Prime Minister.

  12. Thank you very much Hon. Gaston Browne. Because of what you have done my Family was able to buy a car. You have ALL my Family votes . This election We shall campaign for Hon. Gaston Browne and ABLP. Hon. Gaston Browne truly love Antiguans and Barbudans.

  13. You people are so gullible. You believe everything the PM says. This is just politics to play on your minds to get re-elected. Has Gaston ever lied?

  14. @LINDA: DID YOUR FAMILY BUY A USED CAR? SO BECAUSE OF THAT BUYING.YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM.YOU HAVE REALLY CHEAPEN YOURSELF AND BY EXTENSION YOUR FAMILY.THAT DUTY FREE WAS YOUR STIMULUS/STIMULI.ARE YOU LOB TOO MUCH FREEBS,CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE.

    • this one is not a lie….. trust this one..ask Pringle why he’s always by Hadeed and Harney Motors.. almost twice monthly

    • We are too gullible so we will vote for an administration that sees our plight and make policies for the most valuable to benefit..
      While the CAR DEALER gives UPP money to win an election so that they(upp) can make policies to benefit them(Car Dealers) and make bigger profits for themselves……

      Thanks PM and your Cabinet

  15. @ local today. Thx. Those ppl that drink the BLUE koolaid were deaf, dumb n blind at the same time. I am for country not for party. We must learn to give credit when n where it’s due. Those car dealerships get gov incentives and still trying to kill poor ppl with ridiculous prices. Lower your prices then SMH!! Big up yourself Hon. Gaston Browne!!!!

    • If it is one time I agree with Gaston Browne. Dem car dealers wicked nf. Da kinda price dem min want fu one car and till wan comprehensive insurance plus dem chuipd intrest rates.

  16. Thank You Hon. Gaston Browne for EXPOSING UPP and The New Car Dealerships. UPP has the NERVES to call People corrupt. They are making deals with New Car Dealerships although out of office. What a CORRUPT UPP. UPP never see POWER in Antigua again. JAMALE will definitely lose His seat. Hon. Gaston Browne thank you very much for EXPOSING this scheme !!!!

  17. I am SHOCKED and ANNOYED that TABOR , BLACK MAN , JANE DOE and ZACKIE will support the scheme developed by the UPP to stop the LOCAL small Business PERSON from selling used cars. The New car Dealers are dictating to UPP. SHAMEFUL. UPP you must practice what you preach. UPP is not for SMALL business Person .

  18. RUPERT MANN what scheme did the UPP develop to stop the sale of used cars? You need to stop regurgitating all the nonsense that comes from Gaston Browne’s mouth. He is slowly alienating all sectors of the society, except his immediate family and cronies, and he is now feeling the repercussions. With the lack of stimulus to the poor and vulnerable and also to small businesses, the repercussions will get increasingly worse as will Gaston’s negative and outlandish statements.

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