What shall issue from Dr Estwick?
O dear, what can the matter be?
Dear, dear, what can the matter be?
O dear, what can the matter be?
Dr Estwick wanna clear the air.
(With apologies and respect to the original
We will hardly hear Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick singing the
praises of his Government any time soon. Or, should we? Well, certainly not,
if Dr Estwick’s bosom buddy Taan Abed has the remotest thing to do with it.
Mr Abed is on record as revealing that Dr Estwick has been under
pressure, presumably from his Cabinet peers, and has been shunted on
proposals and projects he has recommended or sought to implement.
If this is truly so, Dr Estwick has been cultivating an extraordinary supply
and measure of patience and tolerance, which would normally be beyond his
natural capacity to contain, and for which we should give him due adulation,
and the Freundel Stuart administration, some token of obeisance –– and
maybe the Ministry of Finance along with it.
But the goodly Minister of Agriculture has ostensibly reached breaking
point, and it may take colossal pacifying, immense mending of fences, and a
humongous amount of Stuart grandiloquence and elocution to steer him from
his current trajectory of stomach emptying.
And we all know there is a certain chutzpah with which Dr Estwick
We may reasonably assume that the ebullient St Philip West Member of
Parliament is not happy with the way his Government colleagues are handling
the country’s economic challenges, since he wishes so passionately to give
publicly his own take on the way forward.
“It would be a dereliction of my duty as a Barbadian,” he argues, “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 macroeconomic
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,”
Dr Estwick declared, adding that “this is not the time to be pig-headed or . . .
[to] close off options”.
So who are the obstinate and bullheaded in the Cabinet of Barbados?
Who are the stiff-necked that would spurn “innovation”? Who are the
intractable that would stymie “creativity”? Who are the dense that would
toss aside these options Dr Estwick insists ought to be “evaluated clinically
and surgically in the interest of Barbados”? Who?
If the St Philip West MP is not cajoled to recant, we could know
in a matter of days. And if confidant Taan Abed does indeed have his dream
come true, Dr Estwick will be addressing us from the other side. Or could it
come spectacularly from one of Mia Mottley’s People’s Assemblies?
These imageries are surely closer to reality than the bandied about
scenario of catching a black cat in the dark of night in a blackened room!
Dr Estwick’s fulmination, as some observers would refer to his most recent
declaration, is not to be dismissed.
That the minister has blown up publicly twice before, having reservations
about the said Government he has been serving in, ought not be used to
diminish his new manifestation.
Twice before, it may be strongly argued, it was about status, placement
and ego. This time around, the Member of Parliament has argued it is about
country! He will do what he must “honestly and diligently, in the interest of
Barbados, and in the interest of my children, and grandchildren to come”.
Who really is to say that Dr Estwick is not much like the old English
farmer and journalist William Cobbett, who from a very early age had
“imbibed the opinion that it was every man’s duty to do all that lay in his
power to leave his country as good as he had found it” –– or even better.
The next few days should tell.
Oh dear, what will the matter be?