Estwick to speak his mind
Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick has hinted that he’s not happy with the way Government is handling the country’s economic challenges.
And the former finance minister is promising that in the coming days he’ll put forward his own position on how to deal with the economic challenges.
In a brief statement to reporters after the official handing over of the first of three molasses tanks to the Government by Preconco Limited, Estwick, who once served as Democratic Labour Party spokesman on finance and economics said:
“It would be a dereliction of my duty as a Barbadian not to outline to Barbadians my perspective, as a minister and as a citizen of this country, on why the Barbados economy is having its macro-economic challenges, whether or not our present path is the right one or the wrong one and what is the path I think should be pursued.”
“I can no longer sit silent when this debate is raging on and when the outcome of any action may seriously undermine the stability of this country . . . I was a man before I got into politics and I [will] stay one if I am out of it. But I am going to do what I have to do honestly and diligently in the interest of Barbados, and in the interest of my children and grandchildren to come,” he said.
Estwick added that “this is not the time to be pig-headed or . . . close off options.”
“This is the time for innovation. This is the time for creativity and this is the time that every single option must be evaluated clinically and surgically in the interest of Barbados,” he said.
Estwick pointed out that he was the only government minister who served as chairman of the Cabinet committee on economic policy and chairman of the infrastructure committee of the Cabinet.