By Aabigayle McIntosh
Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin is asking the public to discard what he terms “irresponsible” statements made by All Saints West Member of Parliament Anthony Smith as it relates to crime in the country.
During an interview on Observer Radio on Wednesday the United Progressive Party (UPP) MP stated the current state of crime and violence in the country.
He said the situation is quite alarming and society as a whole should take some of the responsibility.
Smith went on to state, “The core of this problem lies with the government of Antigua and Barbuda with Gaston Browne as our Prime Minister and Steadroy Benjamin as our Attorney General and things seem to be getting worst day by day where the situation is concerned”.
“I know I am young but this is not the Antigua that I know. I grow up in a peaceful place where you could leave your doors open and trust your neighbour to go into your house at any time.”
He suggested that more youth programs are needed, more resources for the police force, and more employment opportunities.
In response, AG Benjamin said he was rather surprised that the “totally inexperienced and novice of a politician” would make such remarks.
“This type of politics is unbecoming in Antigua and Barbuda. It creates divisiveness and shows the lack of courtesy for politicians in this state. To hear junior politicians, make these statements is indeed regrettable,” Benjamin said.
AG Benjamin said Antigua and Barbuda still has a relative rate when compared to other islands within the region.
He admits that within the region there is an upsurge in youth violence within the region, however, Antigua is not out of the ordinary.
Benjamin said he is surprised that Smith with starting his political career on this “degrading and disgusting low note”.