Browne stands by his statement abour Sir George Walter

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Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne

Prime Minister Gaston Browne: My statement was made in response to an article in the Observer, penned by D.Gisele Isaac, dated January 4, 2022, in which she challenged the naming of certain buildings to celebrate the contributions of Sir, Lester, Sir Novelle Richards and Sir John St Luce.

She conceitedly argued that they these outstanding national icons, were not deserving. In response, I reminded her and others how they lowered the bar to national hero for Sir George.

I stand by my statement and my opinion; that Sir George’s one term as premier, his brief stint as GS of the AT&LU and his unfortunate incarceration for misbehavior in public office, involving the steel frame; does not rise to the level of National Hero.

His greatest fleeting success was his utilization of the office of GS in the AT&LU, to undermine Sir Vere to achieve power.

This is a statement I made when the UPP, made him a national hero and several years later, I am still of the same opinion.

In addition, the assertion that most of our secondary schools were established during his tenure as premier, is a monumental fabrication.

Ottos Comprehensive was constructed under the PLM tenure and Pares Secondary which started under Labour was completed during the PLM years.

The period Sir George served as premier was one of the the most difficult periods of economic hardship experienced by Antiguans & Barbudans.

Those who are of different view, should post the biography of Sir George with his contributions (no fabrications please).

Educate us on his representation, the causes he championed, the speeches he made, the initiatives to empower our people.

I was told that Alister said that George “use to knock down disrespectful employers.” That sounds like a celebration of violence.

Conferring National Hero status, should be based primarily on contributions and not on political affiliation.

An objective, non-partisan review of Sir George’s limited contribution would support my opinion.

I stand by my opinion.

You can shoot the messenger, but the facts remain.

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