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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

left economically.

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.”

4 Responses to Abed: I told Dr Estwick to cross the floor

  1. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie January 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm


  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 30, 2014 at 6:14 am

    One year ago he was hoping to represent DLP now he is turncoat makes one wonder did he not realize this then,look like a political opportunist to me.

  3. Clyde February 1, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Abed and Estwick should form their own party along with Clyde Mascoll.
    None of these three could ever get my vote.

  4. ricardo February 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    they will get more thn your vote brother ,your vote is only one


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