‘War of ham, turkey and toys’ is underway, but Vere Bird III says this is not the assistance that struggling residents need


The annual distribution of ham and turkey is underway, but Vere Bird III, a founding member of the True Labour Party, says the electorate will not be taken in by this gimmick, since voters continue to suffer.

Bird says this initiative is not enough to win over the many people who continue to struggle, and he asks how long the ham and turkey will last.

This is not what is needed to assist the poor people of this country, he states.

The distribution reportedly commenced in St. Peter last Friday, December 9, in what many persons are describing as “a war of ham, turkey and toys.”

Sitting MP Asot Michael and Antigua Labour Party-hopeful Rawdon Turner were both plying constituents with the Christmas treats, resulting in most households receiving two hams and two turkeys.

Meanwhile, distribution also was taking place in Rural East, the constituency of Maria Browne, the Prime Minister’s wife, who, up to past 8 p.m., allegedly was making the rounds, handing out both ham and turkey to residents.

The initiative also took place in St. John’s City East, where Melford Nicholas is the incumbent.

However, some people took to social media to criticize him, claiming that – while other Labour Party candidates were giving both – Nicholas was offering households a choice of either a ham or a turkey.

This Christmas, the initiative is being viewed as a pre-election gimmick, with some residents saying they were hoping for two hams and two turkeys, given that it is an election year.

SOURCE: Real News

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  1. While in st. Kitts they are giving Civil servants two months salary and citizens will be receiving dividends from their CIP program, Antigans are contented to settle for ham/turkey and some household goods and a little cash.

    Many Antiguans have short memories and forget that while during the pandemic, other countries were giving they citizens assistance, all Antiguans got was Romain noodles, Vienna sossage , Mac & cheese, sardines a little rice and cooking oil.
    Now that election is in the air, they are trying to put Santa clause to shame with all the freebies.

    • @Cool Ruler: let us assume that you are right, why didn’t u mentioned that where as in other countries persons were losing their, not one person lost their job in the public sector here Antigua….. Did forget about that….. ? I hope u r not suffering from memory lost!!!!!

  2. Welcome Vere Bird 111. Long time. Will you declare that you have joined UPP. UPP will Welcome You to join the CRIMINAL PARTY.

    • Pearl “FOOTS” Quinn
      Gladys Potter EMPTY HEAD
      Franz DeFreitas G-R-E-A-T-F-U-L
      Pringle CA-CAPA-TI-TAH and MASKses
      Serpent FARMing FOOL & DICTATOR
      Peter Redz CAN’T TALK
      Jonathan “VOTE ALP”
      King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe IMF
      Alex ABOUT TO EXIT
      Alister “inTERllectual” Thomas
      Richard “BULLY BEEF” Lewis


  3. Ham and Turkey won’t do for me. I need better better living conditions; water to bathe, an opportunity to own a home or a piece of land and better wages with the increased prices for good and services.

    both parties promising alot of things but who can really deliver? 🤔

    • @ 21st Century: it sounds like you have your morning and now trying to gain your night. If you invest your time wisely, there is no doubt that you would be a beneficiary of what you are seeking. There’s opportunity for everyone including you to be empowered. CHECK YOURSELF!!!!

  4. Yep. The ham and turkey giveaway is in full swing. Somehow, in light of the 8 years of suffering, hunger, teargassing, rubber bulleting, public insults, attacks on individuals in the media and of all places, in our parliament, I don’t think this will have the usual effect. I watched in amusement as the St.Peter folks chased behind the trucks, like beggars, trying to get as much ham and turkey or toys they could. This is sad to watch. Our country is 30 years behind because these same people will vote for this failure. God help us.

    • I totally agree @ Watching, the running behind a food truck is not only embarrassing to witness, but also on a world view that ABLP can’t see this is so wrong to garner voters in this manner.

      Reminds me of the time when Gaston Browne wad given away fried chicken 🐔 and fries 🍟 for the vaccine 💉

      Gassy stoop so low, he may as well be a snake 🐍 … OH WAIT!!!

  5. Please somebody get that 🤡 a new wig 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 when will he release his 17 can’t-de-dates???? Hope that car accident didn’t mess up he head too bad jack.

  6. And the blatant bribery continues. Nothing but pure blatant bribery. All them polistealures should be jailed.

  7. @Watching. Antigua, and unfortunately Barbuda, will continue to decline until people understand, WHY THE HAM AND TURKEY IS FREE!!

  8. @Zakie, you are so right. ALP has reduced our people to beggars and most of these, I mean no insult, are naive, uneducated, incapable of seeing the big picture, for better or worse, ALP supporters. Tried reasoning with some at one point and it was like talking to rocks. Futile. They even told me that they know ALP is destroying the country but they can’t vote otherwise. Wow!

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