ABLP Has Failed and Their Contract Should Be Canceled

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PRESS RELEASE: ABLP Has Failed and Their Contract Should Be Canceled 

Gaston Browne and the ABLP Administration were granted two terms by the people of Antigua and Barbuda, and it is election time, again.  It is the end of the term and the marking period is here.  Voters must look objectively at the performance of this Administration, during almost nine years in office.

A Government should be judged on its PERFORMANCE. Eight years ago, the ALP promised “More Jobs, More Investments and Less Taxes”. Has the ALP regime kept its major election promises?

Ushered into office having made grand promises to create an economic powerhouse. Gaston Browne touted a plan that would include mega investors, who would ensure that Antigua and Barbuda became the “Singapore of the Caribbean,” with the fastest growing economy.

His tenure began badly. Within 24 hours of being elected, he had signed an agreement with YIDA, about whose credibility the UPP had concerns.

“The UPP prides itself in doing proper due diligence on all investors, since, as our grandparents used to say, we believe in “take time and walk fast.” And it turns out that the UPP made the right call in moving cautiously with the YIDA deal. Because, here we are almost 9 years later, and YIDA has never gotten off the ground,” said UPP Political Leader, Harold Lovell.

But even if we accept that the Prime Minister erred in his pronouncements about YIDA, he continued to err, and has made over 30 more announcements of projects that have not panned out.

Gaston Browne will be remembered as a leader of headlines. There was hardly a week during the past eight years that the Gaston Browne Administration did not make a major announcement … with no delivery.

The recklessness continued to the point where even former Prime Minister Lester Bird warned Gaston Browne about announcing too many projects before establishing some type of track record and credibility. Sadly, from the grave, Sir Lester Bird’s words continue to resonate and reverberate.

So while Gaston Browne was given the mandate to create an economic powerhouse, he receives an “F” for his performance, since he can point to only one major investment in nearly nine years – the other viable ones having gone to other islands, as his own junior, Lennox Weston, has told the Nation.

And, yet, the Prime Minister’s pie-in-the-sky promises intensified recently, with the announcement of drones flying the skies and unmanned cars running the roads of Barbuda. This only shows that Gaston Browne is delusional – or indifferent to the real needs of the people.

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12 COMMENTS

    • Wow, looks like the ABLP BOTS and TROLLS are out in force today. Too late though, the critical thinkers and citizens have already decided … a long, long time ago.

      Good try though @ Really, you should have done all these nonsensical postings months ago when it mattered – Antiguans have woken up!

    • @ Really

      YOU ARE RIGHT , THEY HAVE DELIVERED HUNGER, STARVATION, TEAR-GAS, POT-HOLED ROADS, DUTTY COUNTRY, SCANDAL AFTER SCANDAL AFTER SCANDAL: ODEBRECHT, SYRIAN PASSPORT SCANDAL, ENRICHMENT BY MINISTERS, FTX SCANDAL, COLLAPSE OF GLOBAL BANK OF COMMERCE, UNPAID SUPPLIERS, STAGNATED ECONOMY , BRIBERY OF VOTERS, BUYING VOTES, PAYING PEOPLE FOR MOTOR-CADES…..ON AND ON AND ON
      ANTIGUA IS A FAILED STATE.
      THEY CANNOT EVEN PAY WORKERS OVERTIME. SOCIAL SECURITY AND PENSIONERS ARE CONSTANTLY PAID LATE.

    • The Gaston Browne Administration has been the worst performing government in the political history of this country. The only project that has been realized under his tenure is the establishment of the UWI campus at Five Islands. He needs to tell us about YIDA and WISEZ and the Willoughby Bay Project.

      • If what you say is correct, then how come the economy under their leadership grow year after year by more than 5%. And only because of Covid we saw a contraction, but right thereafter they are able to grow it again by over 7% and this last year by almost 8%.
        Under Lovell the economy contracted year after year after year just check the figures from the IMF and the World Bank. I have posted these figures numerous times, but like always you guys will persist in spreading your lies. And then you call others liars.

  1. VOTE AGAINST UPP/IMF!!!!
    vote FOR UWI FIVE ISLANDS AND ITS EXPANSION
    vote FOR TRANSSHIPMENT PORT (NEWLY REDEVELOPED)
    vote FOR HOME PORTING
    vote FOR IMPROVED ROADS
    vote FOR IMPROVED HEALTHCARE (KIDNEY TRANSPLANT ETC…)
    vote FOR 1000+ HOMES
    vote FOR EXCELLENT MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
    vote FOR INCREASED MINIMUM WAGE
    vote FOR INCREASED PASSENGER ARRIVALS
    vote FOR ABICE EXPANDED/UPGRADED
    vote FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRES EXPANDED
    vote FOR LOW CRIME RATE
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    vote FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS – BREAKFAST & LUNCH
    vote FOR TRANSPARENCY IN CABINET BRIEFING/NOTES
    vote FOR REOPENED JOLLY BEACH/WORKERS PAID
    vore FOR HIGH SPEED FIBER INTERNET
    vote FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
    vote FOR WIOC BEING 1ST TO BE LISTED ON ECSE
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    vote FOR REDUCTION IN FUEL PRICES AT THE PUMP
    vote FOR ACCREDITED Y.A.S.C.O. TRACK
    vote FOR OLYMPIC-SIZED SWIMMING POOL FOR ATHLETES
    vote FOR HAPI HOMES FOR THE INDIGENT
    vote FOR YEAP SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM
    vote FOR SCOTIABANK NOW OWNED BY LOCAL BANK
    vote FOR ROYAL BANK NOW OWNED BY LOCAL BANK
    vote FOR PLH IN BARBUDA
    vote FOR ABLP!

    #NextLevel
    #EconomicPowerhouse

    • … and don’t forget if you want another 50 wasted years for your children’s children in Antigua, then the advice that @ Hmmmmm is utterly nonsensical to say the least.

      GASTON BROWNE’S ACOLYTES ARE A VERY STRANGE SET AH PEOPLE – THEY LOVE GASSY MORE THAN THE COUNTRY!

  2. They failed so bad that we have the fasted growing economy in the region once again except for Guyana. And that coming out of a pandemic that halted commerce for months all over the world and cause millions of deaths. They failed that now our children can stay right here at home and get a university degree and oh boy have you see the signing ceremony today for the loan to expand the UWI Five Island. Big things are going to happen there in Five Island. The new University Town. And what do you say about our New Cargo Port? What a lovely building and soon Antigua will be the HUP in the Eastern Caribbean when it comes to transshipment of goods. So many things are happening, and you are crying like Chicken Little,”the sky is falling”.
    Antigua and Barbuda’s future is Safer and Brighter with Labour. ABLP. Five more years.

  3. The Gaston Browne Administration has been the worst performing government in the political history of this country. The only project that has been realized under his tenure is the establishment of the UWI campus at Five Islands. He needs to tell us about YIDA and WISEZ and the Willoughby Bay Project.

  4. I am truly happy that ABLP won election again, it’s truly a blessing for antigua and Barbuda 🇦🇬 that Mr.Gaston Browne is still the Prime Minister,and is no other person at the moment can Govern this country like Gaston Browne.

    We must not look at individual person, look at all the developments taking place,and how investors on island,we must be thankful,than to criticize…….

  5. If we should have a party in power that doesn’t cares about investors,and non nationals, certainly there would be problem, especially in a country that doesn’t export goods…

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