“Reprehensible” is how Damani Tabor describes the threat by the
Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and its St. Mary’s South candidate – that
Government will do nothing in a constituency that the ALP does not
This threat is seen as a means to force constituents into voting for
the ruling party’s candidate, so that infrastructure and other
projects – for which their tax dollars pay – are undertaken.
On Sunday, September 17, during the launch of the ALP’s St. Mary’s
South candidate, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the candidate
reiterated this threat.
Tabor, the UPP public relations officer, says the Party condemns the
statement and calls on all right-thinking taxpayers and residents to
reject it – and reject the Labour Party.
Tabor says it is this type of politics that keeps the people struggling,
and it has driven the healthcare system into the poorest state it has
ever been, with clinics around the island being closed.
According to the UPP spokesman, this posture is a violation of the
standard of service of any government. And it appears that, soon,
only those who support the ALP will be able to access certain
On the other hand, Tabor says, the UPP St. Mary’s South candidate,
Kelvin “Shugy” Simon, is offering an alternative way of governance:
one that would not exclude those who did not vote for him.
Tabor says that both the prime minister and Dwayne George have
made the “disqualifying” statement, and it will have a great impact
on their political careers.