LETTER: Same Old UPP Playbook With A Twist – From UPP Chair Isaac

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D. Gisele

Dear Editor,

 

Recently I penned a letter to your portal in which among other things I sought to indicate to the readers of all political persuasions, the failure of the United Progressive Party (UPP) to win the 2014 and 2018 general elections and the party’s obdurate refusal to accept the political reality that they were soundly beaten by the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP); and, that on both occasions they had been rejected by the electorate after two terms in office.

On each occasion, they had convinced themselves and their supporters that they lost both elections “because the ABLP had bought the elections by widespread bribery of the voters, and the vote of the non-national voters, who they derided as ‘dem foreigners’.”

Lo and behold, my attention was drawn to an article on ANR that quoted statements attributed to the UPP Chairman D. Gisele Isaac, who stated ,”that the ABLP has been busy devising ways to buy the upcoming elections”, which she says “will be about big spending and free concerts in order to win votes”. She further speculated “that recent trips by PM Browne are to raise funds to ‘bring out’ the people, especially the youth, some of whom have already been receiving inducements from ABLP operatives.”

 

Your readers therefore can be excused for concluding that notwithstanding the UPP’s idle boast of winning the elections, it is already sensing defeat, probably as a result of its poor showing on Labour Day and the conspicuous absence of young voters at their march of the Blues. Readers can also conclude that Isaac’s statements are a pre-emptive excuse, when the UPP loses yet again.

 

I would suggest to Chairman Isaac, Party Leader Harold Lovell and the UPP hierarchy and base supporters, that the voting public has grown weary of its noisy talking points, which are completely devoid of policies, some of which are repeated ad nauseam.

  • The UPP is the party of choice (whatever this generalization means)
  • The giveaway of vast amounts of the people’s land
  • Government gave no “stimulus” (sic) to the people
  • The Ministers are personally enriching themselves
  • The failure to build 500 homes in 500 days (the government has built over 1,000 homes in 8 years inclusive of 2 years of Covid shutdown)
  • No water. No water. The UPP beats this drum, which they are entitled to do, but which is not a new problem and is exacerbated by the most severe drought in 100 years.

 

In addition, the UPP continues to insult the collective intelligence of the voting public by promising with a straight face to pay millions of dollars to Liat workers and the severed workers at Jolly Beach; neither of which are legitimate debts of the government of Antigua and Barbuda. They have also promised to pay public servants who failed to be vaccinated and preferred to stay away from work. They will also reduce the cost of gas at the pump, thereby subsidizing the increase of gas for the rich, the poor and the in-between, to the tune of millions of dollars, including the trucks and heavy-duty equipment used for commercial purposes and persons owning and driving high-end vehicles such as Mercedes, BMW, Lexus etc.  In addition to all of this, the UPP will do all of these things while also reducing import duties and taxes at the Port.

 

It is my considered view that Isaac, Lovell and the UPP candidates must “crap or get of the potty”. They must be called upon by the voting public to provide the proof to support their accusations made against the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, and must state definitively how they propose to finance their millions in giveaways while cutting taxes.

 

  1. If the ABLP Ministers have enriched themselves, it is incumbent upon the UPP to provide proof or shut up.
  2. If the government has given away the people’s land to foreigners and/or investors, a simple check at the Land Registry would provide proof to support the allegations. Bear in mind that the Yida and Seaforth lands were both privately owned; a fact that seems to escape the UPP.
  3. The UPP has solemnly promised to pay off the Liat debt, Jolly Beach workers et al; then they must state how it will raise the funds to do so.
  4. If the UPP seriously intends to subsidize the price of gas at the pump, no matter the price of crude on the world market, then they must explain how it will raise the funds to do so,
  5. Finally, the UPP appears to have the magic formula for reducing inflation, which even wealthy, first world countries are grappling with, so they need to enlighten the public, and indeed the world, as to how they will move from idle talk to action in this regard.

 

Making these elaborate and unattainable promises, knowing fully well that they cannot and will not be attainable, is political dishonesty to the highest degree, by doing so they are blatantly lying to its supporters and the voting public, which will neither forgive nor forget this political dishonesty. Indeed, the backlash from its disappointed supporters and followers could well spell the end of the party in its present form.

 

In addition, the voters must demand that each UPP candidate publish a curriculum vitae (a brief account of their previous career which could assist the voters in deciding whether the candidate should be elected and is fit to be a Parliamentarian and minister of government). The current sanitized versions of the candidates’ qualifications, for instance describing Pearl Quinn as a “banker” and Gloria Potter as a “restaurant manager”, is disingenuous and misleading. VOTERS MUST KNOW WHAT AND WHOM THEY ARE.

 

In this regard it must be noted that the UPP candidate for St. Mary’s North, Mr. Jonathan Joseph, has posted his CV, which he termed his “Professional experiences”. It reads as follows:

“My professional experiences span education, hospitality and trade unionism. As a community leader I have served in several positions including Treasurer of the Antigua and Barbuda Bus Association.”

 

This candidate, at least deserves some kudos for posting something. However, can anyone accept that the above qualifies him for Parliamentary and Ministerial responsibilities, notwithstanding his present position in the Senate.

 

The public must demand that the other candidates, whether radio host, attorney or unemployed, publish an account of their respective stewardships so that one can compare same with the qualifications, experiences and results of the incumbents. In this way the voters can make an intelligent and informed decision at the polls.

 

In a following letter, I will enumerate some of the outstanding accomplishments of the incumbent government under Prime Minister Browne, notwithstanding 2 years of the Covid pandemic, and the lockdown of the country with serious economic and financial repercussions.

 

NOMAD

 

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23 COMMENTS

  1. The 🐖🐷🐽 💄 approves of:

    1). CONVICTED PEDOPHILE IAN MAGIC HUGHES
    2) . SHERFIELD BOWEN to run as UPP no less in the same constituency where TESSA BARTHLEY lived.

    • NOMAD who ever you are, based on your need for candidates to have paper qualifications, the father of the nation Sir VC would not have qualified. Tell me what qualification Chet Greene has for example.

    • UPP stop campaigning ?. They run out of money. Question…..UPP ever take a poll . If they do…UPP realize that they are losing in all the polls.

  2. “If the ABLP Ministers have enriched themselves, it is incumbent upon the UPP to PROVIDE PROOF or shut up” 🎯

    Not baseless rumours, aspersions or gossip but PROOF!
    #ItsThatSimple

    • Smh are you blind, stupid or what? Even the SHARE CHARITY situation with Gaston and his wife is an example of corruption and self-enrichment.

        • @From The Sideline…#Time is longer, than rope, and #Health is better than wealth!

          The #Spirits along with Asot Michael will speak soon enough!

          #COLD CASES do get solved and proven too with advancing sciences technologies and viewing the same evidences with #Fresh Eyes and #Fresh Thoughts.

  3. Gladys Potter is no “restaurant manager”. She just really good at SCOOPING ICECREAM 🍦

    There is a youngman with a similar setup but his goal is to FRANCHISE HIS OPERATION and is actively working to make it happen.

    Gladys needs to move past discovering the perfect angle to tilt the icecream bucket to get the perfect scoop. Time to think like an ENTREPRENEUR not an employee Gladys.

  4. Fitzroy, if you hadn’t changed your name/alias a few times, and declared that you were an out and out paid up member of the ABLP’s government, people might have taken your ponderings, musings and ruminations a lot more seriously.

    Fitzroy or Nomad. All will be revealed when the time is right … REMEMBER, WHEN COCO RIPE IT MUS’ BUST.

  5. Where's the GUN that killed NIGEL CHRITIAN and when will shortie be charged for forging the PM signature??

    This article written by Gaston Brown and his USEFUL IDIOTS is just a recycle of all his previous articles over and over.
    WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS HELP THE POOR AND HUNGRY PEOPLE IN ANTIGUA WHO SUFFERING POVERTY BECAUSE THE POLICIES OF THIS WICKED ANTIGUA LABOUR PARTY.
    IF YOU HAVE DONE SO WELL WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TIRELESSLY WRITE THESE ARTICLES.
    WE KNOW YOU WILL WIN THE ELECTIONS SO CALL IT.
    YOU GUYS ARE TRYING SO DESPERATELY TO AVOID THE INEVITABLE AND FRIGHTEN THAT YOUR TROUGH WILL BE DRIED UP THAT YOU ARE PANICKING.
    GOD PUTS UP AND HE TAKES DOWN. SOON!
    JUSTICE FOR NIGEL. CORRUPTION WILL BE DESTROYED,

  6. Where's the GUN that killed NIGEL CHRITIAN and when will shortie be charged for forging the PM signature??

    NIGEL CHRISTIAN…….”WHAT WAS DONE IN DARKNESS WILL COME TO LIGHT”.

    WICKEDNESS AND EVIL WILL BE REVEALED AND THE PERPETRATORS WILL HAVE TO ANSWER.

  7. u noticed all the USEFUL IDIOTS WERE SILENT WITH REGARDS TO THE ARTICLE YESTERDAY ABOUT ONE OF THEIR ”HOLY SAINTS” COLIN JAMES AND THE PENULTIMATE DAY ABOUT THE ”RUBBISH MAN” MELFORD THAT HAROLD THRASHED????
    THEY HAVE CREEPED BACK OUT OF THEIR HOLE WITH THEM STUPIDNESS, REPEATING THEIR IGNORANCE ABOUT EDUCATION AND CV……
    LET MOLWYN, ROBIN, MAX FERNANDEZ ETC SHOW THEIR DOCTORATE DEGREES IN FOOLISHNESS….. YOU GUYS ARE JUST NASTY!!!!!
    LISTEN TO BRAMBLE TALK ABOUT YOUR ”NASTY” PRIME MINISTER. HE NEEDS LYSOL TO CLEAN HIS MOUTH

  8. The ABLP Crumb lovers and VERY DUNCE ELEMENTS ARE AT IT AGAIN! Sheffield Bowen and Lady Gladys Potter really making you mad. Objectives achieved. Stop wasting your time, especially with those long, boring, liard letters because on Election Day we will be voting the entire redeem team and there’s nothing you can do about that. So begin to work like the rest of us and get a real productive life.

  9. LMAO!!!!!! Nomad mash Annie corn hard🤣🤣🤣🤣 she coming hard aid she 100+ accounts🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 she using all kinda names, but her lame message is the same

  10. This is exactly what JOANNE MASSIAH said about UPP “same old playbook” after she REFUSED TO MARCH AGAINST GLOBAL PORTS!!!

    She describes the UPP as “comatose”

    • Where's the GUN that killed NIGEL CHRITIAN and when will shortie be charged for forging the PM signature??

      JOANNE ALSO CALLED ALL YOU ABLP USEFUL IDIOTS ”A BUNCH OF PAPPY SHOW”

  11. I am tired of listening to JOAN ( The Kindergarten) on Knight Observer radio show. Joan cannot discuss any topic. She is a one liner. No substance. Knight DUMP JOAN and TUITT. They are disgrace to your show.

  12. Faggetroy campaigning again, try to flood the media to sound relevant, not making any sense but just trying to keep money in shim pocket, just another selfish method of a vampire all shim see is blood.

    • The Wilmoth Daniel STRIPPER POLE BUS 🚌 is the official campaign transportation for the UPP. School children were robbed of their BUS thanks to the UPP

  13. KNIGHT show is for entertainment.No substance . Would NOT increase vote for UPP . His show is a NEGATIVE for UPP.

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