Sir George Walter should have never been made National Hero, PM says

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Sir George Walter

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has accused the opposition United Progressive Party of celebrating people who are not deserving.

He was making reference to the appointment of Sir George Walter as National Hero.

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  1. George Walter is more deserving of being a national hero than Lester Bird.
    Gaston have some nerve, when we all know that all the wrong done to antigua by Lester overshadow what ever little good he may have done, yet was made national hero by you.

        • lol lol lol way to go to EVADE the question. If he was deserving of National Hero, then you would have already rattled off his list of accomplishments. For example, Dame Nellie Robinson, the first thing that comes to mind is EDUCATION. With George Walter, NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING comes to mind.

        • No, Cool Ruler, you are evading the question. We all know George did nothing to deserve this designation. I liked the guy as a person, BUT he sure isn’t a “hero”. Sorry, but true. I mean him no disrespect, but he simply wasn’t any kind of “hero”. What were his accomplishments?

    • Ruler you have been an advocate for Lovell’s leadership. Did you hear his statement re Leter Bird? Just recently (within the past week) he made clear that LB put the nations needs ahead of his own. Right after LB died here is Lovell repreenting UPP

      “The United Progressive Party (UPP) joins in mourning the passing of former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird.

      Sir Lester Bird made a sterling contribution to Antigua and Barbuda as a parliamentarian for 38 years.
      Harold E. Lovell
      Political Leader
      “see https://antiguanewsroom.com/the-united-progressive-party-expresses-condolences-on-the-passing-of-former-prime-minister-sir-lester-bird/

      Ruler the DNA one was even better (see https://antiguanewsroom.com/dna-expresses-condolences-on-the-passing-of-sir-lester-bryant-bird/ )

      “…As a politician, his contributions to the economic and social development of Antigua and Barbuda cannot be gainsaid and his leadership at both the OECS and CARICOM levels was impactful and valued by his peers…”

      Keep telling you stop allowing your bitterness to blind you

      • The opposition has class and would not speak evil of the dead. Gaston does not know what this is. Waiting for him to have a building constructed from beginning to end and naming it after himself.

      • Tenman you don’t want me to list the many scandal that Lester Bird has gotten Antigua into. Not to mention hearing his voice on the caribarena tapes of his involvement in the IHI matter.
        I really don’t care what Lovell had to say about Lester, unlike you that regurgitate whatever Gaston say, Lovell don’t speak for me on this matter.
        I would advise you and the readers get the following books to read and see how Lester Bird caused Antigua to be known as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
        All is Clouded by Desire by Alan Block
        Caribbean time bomb by Robert Coram
        A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
        Am sure you can get them on Amazon.

        • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

      • All this talk about national hero. Shucks! The only national hero that counts is to have one’s name written in the book of Life. All the accolades acquired from human beings count for NAUGHT. The real prize is to have your name written in the Lamb’s book of Life. What profit is it for a man to gain the world and still end up losing his soul’s salvation.

        So jump red, and jump blue: be more concerned about one’s status with the Creator. At the end of the day….no number of national hero, knighthood, doctorate, diploma, certificate or whatever else is awarded by man; can give eternal life. TRUTH!

        WORLD “CRYSIS”: WHEN JUDGEMENT STANDS, THE NATIONAL HEROES AND THE LIKES WILL BE WEEPING AND BEGGING FOR THOSE MAN GIVEN AWARDS TO BE TAKEN FROM THEM. TOO LATE WILL BE THE CRY!

        • No, Cool Ruler, you are evading the question. We all know George did nothing to deserve this designation. I liked the guy as a person, BUT he sure isn’t a “hero”. Sorry, but true. I mean him no disrespect, but he simply wasn’t any kind of “hero”. What were his accomplishments?

      • Oh. ..just one more thing. This national hero talk is just a precursor for the eventual Knighthood of the present attorney general before the next general elections.

        The prime minister now has his spin and twist doctors on island. They are in the strategy room…dealing, wheeling and sleazing the way forward to win the upcoming elections.

        These talks about national hero in regards to the late Sir George Walter is not an isolated episode. The strategists and propagandizers are in the SPIN room orchestrating plans for the next elections.

        Nah let ’em fool ya again, people.

        WORLD “CRYSIS”: THEIR DAY WILL COME AND THEY WILL TUMBLE DOWN

    • Just listening to the UPP Spokesman IAN ( MAGIC) HUGHES ( CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER) spent 2 years in JAIL. Now have the BIGGEST CHAT for UPP. These are the type of People UPP attracted.

      • Pete, is this true? It’s hard to believe ANY party would have a “convicted child molester” who (according to you) “spent 2 years in JAIL” as a “Spokesman”!!!!! What the hell is going on here. Is this true. Why isn’t there a univeral uproar???? Why aren’t the party faithful marching in the streets??? We all know child molesters are seemingly NEVER cured. This post disturbs me. Are you sure about the “facts”????? Again, what the hell is going on here!!!!! This can’t be true.

        • @ CHARMAINE
          Charmaine it is true…His name is IAN ( MAGIC) HUGHES . He was sentenced to two years in jail. Now He is the Chief SPOKESPERSON for UPP. Last night He was on the Observer Radio .
          Ask anyone of the UPP Executive’s such as D.GISEL ISAAC , HAROLD LOVELL or Anyone attached to the UPP. This is true. Charmaine let me know your findings.

    • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

    • Oh. ..just one more thing. This national hero talk is just a precursor for the eventual Knighthood of the present attorney general before the next general elections.

      The prime minister now has his spin and twist doctors on island. They are in the strategy room…dealing, wheeling and sleazing the way forward to win the upcoming elections.

      These talks about national hero in regards to the late Sir George Walter is not an isolated episode. The strategists and propagandizers are in the SPIN room orchestrating plans for the next elections.

      Nah let ’em fool ya again, people.

      WORLD “CRYSIS”: THEIR DAY WILL COME AND THEY WILL TUMBLE DOWN

    • Is this really tru?e, Gram? Or is this just a political rumor? The reality is IF any “convicted child molester” is waling the streets, something is very wrong. Pedophiles cannot be cured. That is why they need to be locked up for the remainder of their natural lives, if not in 1735 then the mental hospital, or at minimum lifetime confinement under house arrest. Somebody needs to clarify this. The accusation is just too much. Anybody have any facts. I hoppe it’s not true. Thank you.

      • ´Two years in jail is the time former sports reporter Ian ‘Magic’ Hughes is to serve for the sex crime of indecent assault on a 13-yearold girl. High Court Justice Keith Thom imposed the sentence yesterday after hearing from Hughes’ lawyer, John Fuller, who was at pains to get him to apologise for his actions. A social inquiry report painted a negative picture of the manner in which Hughes socialises with women.´

        The court was told that the violation had impacted the young victim so severely, she wanted to end her life and had engaged in self mutilation. In this case, Hughes, who was 50 years old at the time, touched the child’s breasts and tried to force her to kiss him more than once, while they were in his vehicle.

        https://antiguaobserver.com/magic-jailed-for-sex-crime/

        • There was a Leader in Antigua who touched the breast of a minor? Who was that Leader? I heard their voices on the IHI Tapes discussing that matter.

          • @Wharf Ratta was that leader you? Shame on you! You need to be dragged before the court so that you can be CONVICTED like Ian Magic Hughes.

    • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

      • Johnny, just read what Lovell and DNA have said about Lester. They lauded his greatness. They showed him the respect he earned. He IS a national hero. I never voted for him or his party, but I’m not stupid. The man IS a national hero.

  2. Lester Bird was also undeserving. But they seem to be handing these things and knighthoods like salt fish cakes.

    • Lester Bird has been hailed as “THE ARCHITECT OF MODERN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA” 🇦🇬

      By UPP and DNA

      Stop trying to deflect from George Walter not doing jack for this country!!!!! 😒

      Still waiting for someone to posit what George Walter did on even a basic level 🤔🙄

    • You may not like LBB and so do I but anyone who is honest and can read and research his accomplishments would have concluded that he deserves some form of accolade. But for GW is extremely difficult to find anything of worthwhile contributions. Baring political gamesmanship he couldn’t never ever be called a national hero. Sometimes the truth hurts but it’ll the truth.

  3. If for nothing else, George Walter brought democracy to Antigua’s politics by establishing a second political party. Can you imagine Antigua under the ALP alone?

    • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

  4. Lester? LoL. You name a hospital after him? Not everybody forgot about the video. I’m sure his supporters miss the stacks of fifties they got during the election campaigns. No politician in Antigua is a national hero. Y’all a bunch of thieves and criminals fighting for spoils…. from top to bottom.

    • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

    • @Dion Pelle. So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

  5. Somebody better tell this degenerate half-witted PM to leave Sir George out of his filthy mouth. Sir George did more in 5 years than the ALP did in 30. We have too many uneducated fools in exalted positions in Antigua who know nothing of the history of this country.

      • “Is PLM say so”
        Indigenous Antiguans know; and this is not the place for a history lesson. If you’re Antiguan, go to a bookstore and buy any book on 20th century Antiguan history.

  6. All now y’all can’t answer the question I see frequenting on this thread… plz state what Mr Walter contribution’s

    • Why are all the named Sirs in Antigua politicians or previous politicians? These politicians were elected and paid to do a job, but most of their time is spent creating self enrichment schemes. Has Antigua not produced any notable citizens who have gone beyond the call of duty and contributed to Antigua and Antiguans?

  7. Why are all the named Sirs in Antigua politicians or previous politicians? These politicians were elected and paid to do a job, but most of their time is spent creating self enrichment schemes. Has Antigua not produced any notable citizens who have gone beyond the call of duty and contributed to Antigua and Antiguans?

    • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

    • You are right Observation.

      They even knight tax evaders such as Sir Lift Rolls Royce Over the Port Fence, Molwyn Joseph.

      “In 1996, Joseph left his position as Minister of Finance after it was discovered that he had helped a friend import a 1930s Rolls Royce, using his position to bypass the normal import duties and taxes. Although the government’s immediate reaction was to deny that this had happened, the Solicitor-General issued a report in which he found that “the landing of the Rolls Royce car…was in violation of customs and port procedures”, facilitated by Joseph’s intervention.[11] With the growing pressure, Joseph resigned on 22 September,.[12] Now on the backbenches, Joseph became “senior parliamentarian in charge of refugees”, and as such was the government’s chief spokesperson when the eruption of a volcano in Montserrat led to 3,000 refugees fleeing the country and coming to Antigua and Barbuda.[13]”

      • So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

        • Dear “Hmmmm”, You noticde nobody has an answer to your question “what exactly has Mr. Walter done for his country that warrants him becoming a National Hero?” Nobody answers you because there is NO answer. So be it!

          • Dear Kristi. Yes see the trend of jumping over the question instead of addressing it head on. That is very telling.

  8. Gaston Browne surely knows how to deflect the attention away from himself. So now we’re talking about George Walter and not talking ahout him. Good try. This a Trump tactic. We want to talk about the here and now. Did Gaston bad play YIDA after they had made an agreement with Western Imperial? Did WI abandon their agreement for a sweeter deal from Gaston? This is as bad as the two women fighting on Greenbay Hill!

    • @Truthseeker – So………..what exactly has Mr. Walter done for this country that warrants him becoming a National Hero? Please BE SPECIFIC…..

  9. Not one comment here stating Sir Walters’ accomplishments. Lmao. Y’all advocating for him are real evasive, and I have no opinion.

    • Ruler I read the link and must tell you it does not answer the questions persons asked you. It can be argued what’s written there justifies what GB stated (ie he was a trouble maker). If that’s the jusstifiction then Wrigley George (perhaps even Chester Hughes )needs to be made national hero As far as my memory of his short time in office, I recall the many cotroversies (Blue chicken, Hallstead alegedly abusing his office to get money from the hotels re water, George being forced to fire his brother for corrupt acts, the then government trying to steal land from a family member of mine, Them locking up Tim Hector, CMC was an example of value destruction with the wastage, the lawless mentality (vigilante) like under the UPP (eg Jutice square) that made them think they were judge and jury. Now the good I recall hearing is Social security started under PLM (They too were derelict in handing in payments I have heard), They created some secondary schools, LIAT was started under PLM (see Brethen, based on that wrong link you provided, you are as lost as many re George Walter contribition)

      • Tenman don’t forget the Labour Code that was copied in every Caribbean territory, the Representation of the People’s Act and the founding of the Antigua & Barbuda Development Bank and being the main driving force to get the AT&LU to become owners of their own headquarters, fighting against VC Bird for the betterment of workers.

        He has also not brought any shame to the name of Antigua as Lester has done, with his many corrupt dealings and nefarious characters he attracted to this small country.

      • TENMAN you are so blinded by ALP partisan politics and your lack of understanding and appreciation for Antigua’s history that you fail to see the towering contribution of George Walter to that history. Boy, Walter’s contribution to the establishment of another union (the AWU) and the consequent break in the one party political system and end to the stranglehold of Birdism in this country is by itself enough to make George Walter a national hero. And by the way, when the political history of Antigua and Barbuda is written, there will be no government that has done more in five (5) years of governance than the PLM under the leadership of George Walter. You need to go and acquaint yourself with the history of the country over the last 60 years.

        • Sorry Tabor I forgot the steel frame building. According to your logic the man did such great things yet he and his party lost the elections and then essentially dissapeared from the scene and his party PLM disintegrated. One would think if he was cream, after he won the appeal, he would be back on top. Ask yourself why the electorate continued to turn their backs on him. A Hint: He was judged full of hot air. Tim Hector from what I recall from the Outlet judged him a failure and also predicted the UPP would see the same outcome

          • Tenman, you obviously never read the Outlet/fan the flame. There was no Antiguan Politician Tim Hector thought more highly of than Sir George. As for the election of 76, PLM actually won the popular vote. Also, Baldwin Spencer is a PLM man; Charlesworth Samuel was a PLM man; Donald Halstead was a PLM, so how did we “disappear? The scholarship is there. Educate yourself about Antiguan history before you come on de people site talking foolishness.

          • TENMAN your logic again is so flawed it is mind boggling. Didn’t the father of the Nation Sir VC Bird also lost an election against Selvin Walter in Rural West and as a result switched to running in Rural North. What really turns on that point. Also, please don’t forget the allegations of illegality made against Sir VC Bird. Those allegations are so damning I would not wish to repeat them here. However, they are allegations that could have landed him in jail. Further, don’t forget that the Court of Appeal exonerated Sir George of the bogus charges that were laid against him. Please stick to history and stop descending into nonsensical revisionism.

          • My Byam, it (Outlet) was literature for my house hold. Both you and Tabor need to stop with your revisionist history. I also recall when BS (who you call a PLM man) threw Hector out the party. I remember the articles Tim wrote as a result of that. Both men (BS and GW) never ivied up to expectations (hot air). BS will always be remembered for his accepting moneys in his private account. GW, the brutish nature of the government he led and his fall from grace, where he was never able to get up again. You all know in your hearts that Bird had help from those inside PLM. Tim Hector then later Roy Boyke predicted similar for the UPP (too much of self, little of nation)

    • “Cool Ruler” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 you are terrible at deflection. Up to now you or anyone else CANNOT NAME ANYTHING GEORGE WALTER DID TO DESERVE NATIONAL HERO STATUS.
      Just admit that it was a “just because” move by the PLM offshoot UPP 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      Lame and weak attempt 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  10. I vote Gaston Browne to be Antigua’s 1st National Creative Enrichment Schemer, Scamp and Teef. All that shit bag does is sell us out and rob us to line his pockets at any and all costs. Gaston Browne has never represented us. All he does is line his pockets at our expense and does not pay taxes on anything.
    $20K USD a month Gaston Browne gets for rent. How much property taxes has he paid in the past for that same place and how much will he pay now? My guess is nothing in both cases.

    Gaston Browne, Antigua’s 1st National Creative Enrichment Schemer, Scamp and Teef.

  11. instead of trying to build our little nation and try to solve the problems we are now facing, we take the time to curse and bring down who ever we can. Antigua is in a state of mess and we fight with each other for nothing. don’t you all see that we are moving backwards? we cant even do the three most important things that needs to be fore most looked after i.e. Heath, Education and Food. instead all that we do is open our big mouths and say nothing, raise our hands and do nothing, hopefully awake each day and just go about our selfish ways. What will it take for us to awake? As a born Antiguan and Barbudan i feel so ashamed to see what my little island state have become. What do we want, where are we now and where can we go???? the world is closing in on us and all we do is fight with each other. I pray each day for our God almighty to spare us the wrath of destruction that we prepare for ourselves.. Hearing the genuine cries of the people in need, sick, and hungry puts me in a bracket of tiredness. When help is given it seems to be taken away at the same time, so its like one step forward and two half steps backwards? Oh how i miss Antigua and Barbuda when it once was, Sigh!!

  12. All this talk about national hero. Shucks! The only national hero that counts is to have one’s name written in the book of Life. All the accolades acquired from human beings count for NAUGHT. The real prize is to have your name written in the Lamb’s book of Life. What profit is it for a man to gain the world and still end up losing his soul’s salvation.

    So jump red, and jump blue: be more concerned about one’s status with the Creator. At the end of the day….no number of national hero, knighthood, doctorate, diploma, certificate or whatever else is awarded by man; can give eternal life. TRUTH!

    WORLD “CRYSIS”: WHEN JUDGEMENT STANDS, THE NATIONAL HEROES AND THE LIKES WILL BE WEEPING AND BEGGING FOR THOSE MAN GIVEN AWARDS TO BE TAKEN FROM THEM. TOO LATE WILL BE THE CRY!

  13. I spoke to some elders and they told me George Walter is known for 2 things:

    1). BLUE CHICKEN
    2). SELLING STEEL FRAME TO BENJIES

    Anything else to be added to his list of National Hero Accomplishments?

  14. The Social Security was introduced by the PLM of George Walter. That Political Party(PLM) did build Secondary Schools around Antigua. Someone gave Guiana Island to an Asian man for peppercorn price. Was that man Gorge Walter? Then a man as the Leader of Antigua had the worst cost over run I have seen on a project, Mount St.John Hospital.

    • Social Security came from the Proverdence Fund that was similar to Social Security- PLM just changed the name with legislation- didn’t start it. Which secondary schools did PLM build different from 2 and half way did Ottos Comprehensive….. Beach Bum Robinson, did you ever hear about the steel frame building?

  15. I don’t think that anything that comes out of PM Browne is appropriate. I think the use of Point FM to curse Antiguans is a shame. Sir George Walters brothers, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces are all around and it’s so sad that one can speak so Ill at a past leader.

  16. What is the story with George Walter and the ´STEAL´FRAME?
    Where did he get the STELL FRAME?
    Was the STEEL FRAME his?
    What did he do with said STEEL FRAME?

    • @Really:George Walter as Premier,bought 2 sets of Steel Frames from the Government of Dominica for personal usage.He then sold one set to the Government of which he was the head of,for the prices of both sets of Steel Frames.He the lost the elections in 1976 to the ALP of VC Bird.They had an investigation into the Steel Frames and charged him with Misbehavior in Public Office.He was tried and found guilty sentenced to 1735.He subsequently appealed and won on Appeal.As far back as I could remember,no other Politician had ever been charged with such a crime of MISBEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC OFFICE.I often wondered with those IHI TAPES heard around this world and using of insider informations,enriching of self, concubines and family members.How is it no one in PUBLIC OFFICES WERE EVER CHARGED WITH SUCH CRIMES?

    • Ras.. How’s the NY Major Adams and his brother who he gave that 240K public job cutting it? Read somewhere he may need to write a letter to get an exception from their COI rules, to the ethics board. The said board has hinted there may not be an issue

  17. Gaston do not deserve to be a Prime Minister. He is greedy, lie, selfish, foul mouth, catch are every straw that passes by, wicked, lover of money etc, etc.

    • The PEOPLE (especially those in Point and Villa) will determine that! One man, One vote. Stop thinking you’re special.

      The STEEL FRAME appears to be the only thing special in this case. George Walter is UNDERSERVING of any recognition, much less that of “national hero”

  18. I am reading the comments and it would appear that most of you do not know your HISTORY.You would believe all and everything that comes out of Gaston Browne’s mouth unfiltered.If you do not know your History you are doomed to fail.

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