UPP’s plan will only yield temporary benefits

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In relation to your article: The UPP Will Remove Customs Duties On Certain Essential Food Items as a Cost of Living Adjustment Measure

This is a cheap shot. The benefits will only be temporary, and it will reduce your Government’s cashflows to give you a bad start. The same thing was done when the ABST was introduced: you were the Finance Minister and you reduced the tax on a lot of items: that had the effect of reducing prices of certain items, but also resulted in reduced profit margins on price controlled goods. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP FOR NEWS UPDATES.

This was exactly the cause why Bryson’s Food Emporium (Food City) quickly went bankrupt and out of business; this was exactly what happened to Bargain Centre Supermarket. A lot of businesses went bankrupt and closed down when you were the Finance Minister, and a lot of workers in the Private Sector lost their jobs. You are always trying to help, but end up making life harder for most people.

By the way, how would your Government finance such a plan. Because the taxes your Government should receive to pay salaries and run the country you are going to give it away, make the country bankrupt and then run to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Cap in Hand; they will lend you some money, but the conditionalities will be harsh and the people will suffer. I am not your enemy, Sir.

On the contrary, I really like you. But, you are always presenting some ‘bullshit’ to the people. Why do you think you are an expert on finance when you are not. To become a Finance Minister, or even a Prime Minister, you need to be properly qualified for the post: You need to have studied and have some experience in Economics, Statistics (at Degree Level) and be conversant with figures – so, some experience in dealing with figures will be very useful. Therefore, you should have been good at Mathematics or Accounting in School. I suspect that you were a bad Math student.

Since you are a former follower of the late Tim Hector, why on earth can’t you come up with an inspiring radical plan to transform our economy, such as nationalization of the hotel sector; pay the workers in United States currency or a bigger Antigua and Barbuda Dollar? Why can’t you mimic the American economy? why can’t you end the exploitation of our workers by foreign expatriate investors? Your biggest problem is that you believe that Harold Lovell will be the best leader of Antigua and Barbuda: but, that is far from the truth. Your biggest problem is that you don’t know your own limitations and you don’t listen to good advice from others. Our country needs a leader who can take it forward, not backward. You are not that person, Sir.

You are also a politician who doesn’t know when your time is up, and when you should quit the seen. You keep hanging on, repeating your failures, and becoming an embarrassment to yourself. Great politicians don’t exhibit that trait, only losers. Please do the right thing and quit the scene. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP FOR NEWS UPDATES.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Gaston you are quite busy penning articles. Why don’t you focus on running the country and providing relief to all the starving and vulnerable people. The plans will yield temporary benefits like all the social programs introduced by the UPP and none by the ALP to this day. Gaston Browne if you know what is good for this country you just FLED THE SCENE for good

  2. Writer, programs put in place during Hon. Baldwin Spencer’s administration of which Hon. Harold Lovell was part, are what ABLP are trying to take credit for today. ABLP under GB has not enact one program that immediately comes to mind nor has produced any results; other than enriching themselves at YOUR, expense!! So, which administration implemented programs with lasting (more than temporary) results?

  3. GASTON BROWNE YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A CONFOUNDED LIAR:
    BARGAIN CENTRE WAS SHUT UNDER THE ABLP’S TIME IN OFFICE.
    HAROLD LOVELL WAS NOT THE MINISTER OF FINANCE WHEN ABST WAS INTRODUCED, AND WHY WOULD A GOVERNMENT INTRODUCE ABST AND THEN SIMULTANEOUSLY REDUCE THE TAXES ON CERTAIN ITEM?
    YOU ARE CHATTING CHIT.
    AS YOUR ARTICLE SAYS, AND HAROLD SAYS, THIS WOULD ONLY BE A TEMPORARY MEASURE, FOR A LIMITED PERIOD AS THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY STABILIZES AND BRING RELIEF TO MANY HOUSEHOLDS.
    I AM A CPA AND HAROLDS UTTERANCES MAKE SENSE.
    U SUCKING THE LIFE BLOOD OUT OF THE RESIDENTS AND FOOLING PEOPLE AND PROVIDING NO RELIEF, YOU THINK YOU ARE OMNISCIENT AND KNOW IT ALL.
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH IMF? UPP NEVER SENT HOME ONE PERSON UNDER IMF, IN FACT IMF LOANED FUNDS AT 1% WHILST ABLP BORROWED AT ASTRONOMICAL RATES FROM COMMERCIAL BANKS, INCURRING MORE DEBT. WHICH IS BETTER FOR THE PEOPLE, PAYING LESS INTEREST UNDER THE IMF OR MORE INTEREST UNDER ABLP WHICH MAKE THEM NOW UNABLE TO PAY ALL THEIR SUPPLIERS!!!!!!
    YOU ARE JUST ROBBING ANTIGUA PEOPLE BLIND, BECAUSE WE DO NOT READ NOR KNOW THE FACTS…….
    TIME FOR YOU TO GO GASTON AND YOUR WICKED ABLP PARTY. (MORE TO COME)

  4. Gaston promised us a powerhouse and put us in a poor house. Temporary benefits better than nutten tarl. In 2014 he write off people light bill after the election, now you can’t even catch you hand before dem cut off you light. Too much tricks and gimmicks!

  5. Tell the people how many of the 500 homes are incomplete?
    How many are without proper infrastructure indoor?
    How many houses are under foreclosure?
    How many are left to make 500?

    The new PM of Grenada was told the treasury was empty the same way Lennox said in 2014 that the country was on the brink of collapse. What did you do to prevent such a collapse. ABLP scared the people to get vote now you running scared to call the election. Sound like the writer is saying the same scoundrels who said in 2014 that the government is broke, is telling the people the current government is also broke.
    UPP has support to take care of Antigua and Barbuda and ready to reset the country.

  6. Desperation has no boundaries. If people will be foolish enough to fall for Lovell and his cheap shot to being elected then so be it.

    • I would rather take a chance with Lovell and his policies than the pain and suffering levelled by this wicked uncaring LABOUR PARTY, no stimulus, no relief for high gas prices, no intervention for the exhorbitant increase in food and cost of living, ministers of government engaging in the sale of water to the detriment of the consumers.
      THERE IS SO MUCH POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, SO MANY PEOPLE HUNGRY , BUT ONLY YOU THE MINIONS ENJOYING THE SWEET OF THE LAND ALONG WITH THE ENRICHING MINISTERS.
      ABLP AND GASTON HAS TO GO. LET US TAKE A CHANCE ON LOVELL AS IT IS BETTER THAN TAKING THIS SUFFERING FROM GASTON.

    • People will vote for the Lovell and UPP because they have plans and solutions. Simply criticizing Lovell ain’t going to work this time.
      You are incredibly lazy. Instead of bringing answers to the suffering of people you tear down a man who has a plan yet say nothing about the current leader who ( guess what) has no plan

    • Desperation!!! What about Lovell is desperate? All he does is unfolds his plans for the country with genuine care. GB on the other hand is desperate. Please look up the definition!!!

  7. Gaston CLOWN BROWNE,
    Your plan was the Economic Recovery Committee. How much benefit has that given the people.
    Gaston Brown, you are a failed experiment!
    Gaston Browne you are an irrelevance
    Gaston Browne you are a wicked, thin-skinned, selfish, never-content, greedy man who think that wealth can buy class or happiness.
    Gaston Browne you are a disgrace!

  8. Everyone has a bad memory, under the UPP and Harold Lovell many small business went under with the introduction of the Certificate of Good standing which you had to get every three months, which tied together all your taxes ABST, property taxes, Income Tax, business tax. If any one of these were taxes out of date you couldn’t import, deep water ware houses were empty. They went back to 1972 to look a property tax and in most cases there records were wrong but if you couldn’t prove it you either pay or go out of business. ABST tax they came up with all kind of penalties if you were late a day or two but they never advised you in writing you were late and then in my case I had late interest of 150,000.00. I was paying every month but all of a sudden I owed this amount. I had to close my small business and find a job in a hotel. So Please think before you put the real criminal Harold and his gang back in power.

    • Do you live in Antigua right now? Hey, walk around and see how many places close down. Why? Contractors can’t get paid. Why? government owes everbody. I mean everybody!.
      Further, Gaston is in every business. Browne alone must eat.
      Life hard like hell in Antigua.
      When next you come to Antigua, talk to a pensioner, a LIAT worker, a Jolly Beach worker, a CASS worker, a Clare Vu worker, a Solid Waste Worker.
      Now, Government workers didn’t get pay for June.
      Antigua is a HELL HOUSE, under the ABLP and Gaston Browne
      I live here, do you?

  9. I would rather take a chance with Lovell and his policies than the pain and suffering levelled by this wicked uncaring LABOUR PARTY, no stimulus, no relief for high gas prices, no intervention for the exhorbitant increase in food and cost of living, ministers of government engaging in the sale of water to the detriment of the consumers.
    THERE IS SO MUCH POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, SO MANY PEOPLE HUNGRY , BUT ONLY YOU THE MINIONS ENJOYING THE SWEET OF THE LAND ALONG WITH THE ENRICHING MINISTERS.
    ABLP AND GASTON HAS TO GO. LET US TAKE A CHANCE ON LOVELL AS IT IS BETTER THAN TAKING THIS SUFFERING FROM GASTON.

  10. Some “temporary” things, do turn out to be more than temporary!
    Some “temporary” things, could just be the bridge over, the rising stream and rushing river.
    Some “temporary” things like a great #One Night Stand, can start a lengthy loving relationship.

    Hey…🤷🏾‍♂️

  11. The government received huge amounts of duty because of the high costs of goods coming to into the country including the high duty on imported food items. Even with the reduction of duty on imported food items, the government would still be raking in more revenue than before covid.
    I am trying to make sense of your letter, but it is obvious that you are either a hypocrite or a moron. Chose which one.
    You people say VC Bird was the best prime minister, did he even have a secondary education?

  12. Anytime upp win election Antigua empty cause nobody Tarl ago live yah secondly all non national going to get deported on another note Ik the US will be planning for y’all if upp win

  13. @ Just the Middle Man. That scare tactic not going work this time. Everybody suffering under under ABLP. RED AND BLUE!

    Imagine, the ABLP raise the Work Permit on non nationals.
    ABLP is the worst government ever!

  14. All of these poorly written articles with little to no fact or substance being posted on this platform reek of desperation. If ever someone was on the fence about who to vote for i can assure you that lack of any meaningful solutions coming from the ABLP would definitely put Harold Lovell and the UPP in a positive light. So instead of focussing your efforts on writing these elementary opinion pieces, you should focus on advising the ABLP on enacting policies that rival those being suggested by Harold Lovell. Otherwise stop wasting our times.

  15. We gave asston a chance he has failed us, only look for his personal interest. His time is up time for a change. A bunch of lousy People(ABLP)

  16. ARE YOU TIRED YET OF BEING MANIPULATED BY THE POLITICAL CLASS?

    The Right and the Left – The Red’s or the Blue’s, are each taking turns controlling us. It’s one big UNI-PARTY, taking turns controlling our lives. STOP for a minute and THINK ! Stop joining one team or the other… They win YOU loss. They win when we take sides against each other. They win when they succeed in dividing us into smaller and smaller groups, each fighting the other groups. THEY WIN AND WE THE PEOPLE LOSE.

    The political class wants to lead you (the individual) into COLLECTIVISM. Stand your ground and fight for your God given individually!

    We want to thank all the amazing ANTIGUAN patriots for joining together on this journey and for your faith in this biblical transition to individual greatness and freedom.

    It’s going to be a great year and definitely a year to get and be involved in taking back our world.

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    • SO, YOU THOUGHT THE ‘GREAT RESET’ WAS A MYTH?

      Every day, inflation is eating away at the value of our hard earned money as the prices of basic goods, like food and gas, skyrocket. Countries around the world are fleeing the US dollar, with BRICS nations announcing plans to create a new global reserve currency. Pair this with massive government spending under Biden, and the US is about to face an economic crisis that’s unparalleled in the history of our nation. Now, if you’re thinking, “We got through WWII, and the 70s gas shortages, and dot com crash etc. Just hold tight, and we’ll get through this too,” well, think again. The financial expert Andy Schectman, is sounding the alarm that the collapse of the dollar is imminent and the results will be catastrophic. He’s explaining exactly what this will look like, and how we can take action to protect ourselves right now.

      https://rumble.com/v1aksv5-what-a-collapse-of-the-dollar-means-for-your-savings-stocks-and-future-andy.html?mref=5epkv&mc=a8s5n

  17. ARE YOU TIRED YET OF BEING MANIPULATED BY THE POLITICAL CLASS?

    The Right and the Left – The Red’s or the Blue’s, are each taking turns controlling us. It’s one big UNI-PARTY, taking turns controlling our lives. STOP for a minute and THINK ! Stop joining one team or the other… They win YOU loss. They win when we take sides against each other. They win when they succeed in dividing us into smaller and smaller groups, each fighting the other groups. THEY WIN AND WE THE PEOPLE LOSE.

    The political class wants to lead you (the individual) into COLLECTIVISM. Stand your ground and fight for your God given individually!

    We want to thank all you amazing ANTIGUAN patriots for joining together on this journey and for your faith in this biblical transition to individual greatness and freedom.

    It’s going to be a great year and definitely a year to get and be involved in taking back our world.

  18. The Writer makes no sense…HERE IS WHY: Besides all the things everyone has mentioned here EVERYTHING is ALWAYS TEMPORARY ALL THE TIME 24/7/365 Of course it’s temporary but it’s effects WILL be the key and it’s ability to improve the lives and opportunities for people. These opportunities can have lasting effects if people use it right. It’s always this way. Noone can seriously expect this to be PERMANENT..JUS-A-LIKKLE-EASE ARF. Help me pull that old hand cart.

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