Gaston seeks supporters for Turbidy/DeJoria
As if the terms of the De Niro project weren't bad enough at least he's A list. Gaston's open door to the queue of other greed-driven billionaires waiting for Barbuda's salt ponds and wildlife to be divvied up for their benefit is looking desperate. DeJoria donated to Ted Cruz' racism-driven election campaign in the US of A - maybe he has just found that out? But as our court case looms Gaston must be wondering how Antigua can claim the fastest economic growth in the Caribbean without securing his income from Barbuda land? That money certainly wouldn't be staying in Barbuda. His ridiculous assertion that Barbudans are 'virtually 100% subsidised by central government' was long disproved by an economist invited here by Council to research accurate data, to put to rest the same backward opinions perpetuated by the Bird government for over twenty years. And most Antiguans know this. This is why we have subsidised, cheaper-than-Antigua cooking gas - to offset the extra transport costs to us for basic everyday things. For a so called twin-island state we are fleeced daily by the Browne government - through airfares (except when they want to come here to party) and other indirect taxes as everything we do outside of Barbuda goes into an Antiguan business; even our money is saved in an Antiguan bank. So none of the Barbuda lobster exported, the fresh fish sold, the small independent family-run businesses, the homes built without mortgages, the sustainable tourism in small locally owned guest houses count, to the men in Antigua (and their friendly facilitators in Barbuda) who are only interested in money.