'Even Antiguans are ashamed of PM Gaston Browne'

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

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Jamaica Observer online readers have taken Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne to task for his sustained attack on Jamaica-based Sandals and its principal Gordon “Butch” Stewart on Nationwide Radio . Here are some lightly edited comments responding to Sandals CEO Adam Stewart's defence of his father and his company on Nationwide, and as published in Monday's edition of the Jamaica Observer :

Joseph Adlam

Can't keep a good one down (Sizzla Kalonji, Solid as a Rock); no one can stop SRI now; although Browne set his trap he can't trap us now. What we telling Browne that we Jamaican a bun bad mind now and him must take way him self now, SING don't read to understand me now.


Entrepreneurial socialism is a clever turn of phrase that, like socialism, has been fully litigated. Take a long, hard look at those that have tried it (China excepted). It does not work well in small economies with low aggregate demand.

Bitcoin Marlon

Bang, Bang! Shots fired!!


Thank you, Adam! Obviously Browne has an axe to grind. If Browne thinks he has a case then he should take it to court. Not only is this man doing a disservice to his country but to Caricom as well. All well-thinking people of that country should rebuke his utterly ignorant rant. Sandals service and contribution throughout the Caribbean needs no introduction. Keep doing what you are doing, Adam, and the entire organisation.


I have been wondering if there is any major, black-owned hotel chain the size/scope of Sandals or Super Clubs around the Caribbean...why not so??


Prime Minister Browne is becoming more irrational by the day…firing one of his ministers because he was just being questioned by British police.


PM Browne seems on a mission to turn his country into a socialist paradise… How can you unilaterally rip up a contract signed in good faith by your predecessor, Mr Browne? Based on the facts, as I know them, the PM doesn't have leg to stand, or he would let the court decide. Maybe he is just plain, old bad mind, and don't want to see Sandals expanding, and wants a piece of the action.


Mr Stewart, in short, stones are only thrown at fruit-bearing trees. Jealousy is a hard, huge pill to swallow and the success of the Sandals Group affects those who are blinded with hate of their own failure. You and your company keep on expanding. If you were not a good hotel chain you would have collapsed or downsized a long time ago. You know your competition so keep on doing what you have to for the success of your chain of hotels. We love you all.


Maybe he should do shares, building hotels all over the world. His hotel brand is very good.


Small-Island, “bad mind” mentality.

Milton Scott

Well said, Adam!


Attitude determines altitude. I've decided from all of this whose attitude needs to be checked.

By the way, I heard the full interview. It would have been good to see Mr Browne's part of the interview in this article, just to bring clarity, transparency and balance to those who never listened to the journalists and Messrs Browne and Stewart.


Ok then, when you have the money, you have the power...

Allistair DeFour

It really tells us something if a big, old, experienced politician wants to butt heads with a successful, educated CEO. GASton will really stop at nothing to try… silence those that pose a threat to him. Since this tit-for-tat started, I have asked the question: “If Gaston knows the hotel business so well, where is his chain of properties?” This is tantamount to schoolyard bullying: Your Mammy didn't give you a snack, so you make yourself entitled to another student's biscuit/cake/money.

Gaston, were you bullied as a boy? Didn't your mother show you love? Didn't your father teach you to be a man and earn your own? Didn't granny tell you to leave people's business alone?

Gaston, as the current leader of this nation, I am not proud of you. You are not the embodiment of the values and morals that make us identify as Antiguans and Barbudans. You, Sir, have failed as a citizen. You have disappointed us as a human being. We hang our heads in abject shame.

From this interview alone, anyone can tell that Adam is a much more shrewd thinker and strategist who functions at a higher operational level than you ever have, GASton.

You can feel free to do his job for him, but at least let him have yours.


I think it is a case of biting the hand that feeds you!


It's good to see Sandals not issuing empty threats of leaving Antigua, knowing fully well that both parties need each other to keep the profits rolling.




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