Abed: I told Dr Estwick to cross the floor
It’s better with the Bees.
That’s the advice former DLP candidate Taan Abed says
he has given to Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick on
three occasions in recent weeks, as he ponders his future in
the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
Abed, who was deposed by the DLP ahead of the last
general elections, said today he is now “99 per cent and a
half” behind the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP)
and he trying to get his personal friend Estwick to break
ranks with the DLP and join him.
“Every week we talk, we share a view,” said Abed.
“Last week he was by me, he [Dr Estwick] tell me, he
under pressure, very, very big pressure from dem. He can’t
take it no longer.
“I say, Look, take it easy before you get heart attack,”
revealed Abed, adding that it was clear to him that Estwick
was not happy with how the Government was running
Asked if Estwick’s dissatisfaction was over the fact that
he was not Minister of Finance, Abed said no, adding that if
“he wants to be Minister of Finance he has the capacity to
be Minister of Finance”.
“I told him if he go work with the Barbados Labour
Party, it is better for him. I told him that three times,” said
Abed, who has advised Dr Estwick to cross the floor.
When pressed to find out what was the source of the
minister’s present unease, he said several projects the
minister had proposed were turned down.
“He do about six projects. They rejected for process but
in the meantime, they do as they like,” said Abed.
He described Estwick as “a man who have a vision and
capacity in this country”, but insisted,“they don’t want
“You have people who are wasting time and space. You
are dealing with children, very immature,” said Abed.
“Errol Barrow died and as far as I am concerned DLP
died, dead . . . . These people are jokes,’ he complained.
Abed, who served on the executive for seven years and
was a member of the party for over 30 years got upset and
left after he was rejected for by the DLP’s executive council
for the Christ Church West constituency in favour of Verla
Depeiza. He said today: “The DLP is not like the one you
used to know,” adding that he had no intention of returning
to the party’s ranks.
“It is wasting time and space . . . . My God, let somebody
else lead. I’m sorry,” he said.
Abed, who is also not in favour of the Government’s
layoff plan for 3,000 civil servants, accused the Freundel
Stuart administration of saying one thing at election time and
doing the opposite. He is insisting that at the end of the day
between 10, 000 -15,000 workers will go home.
But he said, with tourism down and foreign investors
confidence down, there were very few options
He was heavily critical of both the Prime Minister and
the Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, saying they both
should step down while describing Clyde Mascoll, as another
personal friend and “the greatest man in finance”.
Asked if he would support Dr. Estwick for the position
of Minister of Finance, Abed, who is a mechanical engineer,
said such support was conditional.
“If he shifts to the Barbados Labour Party, not under the
Democratic Labour Party, I will give him support.”