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Tuesday deadline

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet have been given a three-day ultimatum to respond to Dr David Estwick’s alternative economic measures for Barbados.

Only after that, said the outspoken Minister of Agriculture this morning, will he make his next move.

Estwick told reporters he was giving the Prime Minister and other Cabinet colleagues three working days, starting Friday and ending on Tuesday, to say how they were going to treat the alternative fiscal proposals which he presented to them last Thursday, designed to restore growth in the economy.

Estwick, who was speaking at the end of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Barbados Water Authority’s mains water pipeline extension project at the Belle Pumping Station, insisted that he thought it right to give the Prime Minister –– and Cabinet –– time to study his “reasonable and credible” alternative, before deciding his next step.

The senior Government minister is on record as saying that his administration’s current economic measures were not working, and that “we cannot cut and tax our way out of a current account deficit of this magnitude [$1.1 billion], without seriously undermining economic growth, as we are attempting to do with the present round of austerity measures”.

He has even rejected his Government’s decision to send home 3,000 public sector workers, a policy which would have been collectively agreed to by Cabinet, of which he is a member.

When Estwick spoke with reporters this morning, he made it clear that whatever decision he took once he heard from Prime Minister Stuart, he would let his innner spirit be the motivator.

Asked what his political future would be if the Cabinet rejected his proposals, the Minister of Agriculture responded: “I will wait and see what it is that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet are going to do in regards to the things that I have said. And I think it is right to give them that opportunity; not for me to pronounce what I would do in the event that they don’t do.

“Once yuh start getting into that area, yuh start heading down a tit for tat road that I am not interested in getting involved in at this time,” he added.

“I usually allow my inner spirit to guide me in scenarios like these. And when that time comes that I believe that I need to take another stand, you could rest assured, that I will take it,” declared the senior Cabinet member.

”As I said before, I have to be true to myself, and I have to be true to the way I am trained; I have to be true to the way I perceive myself to be as a human being. So one thing I am not going to be is a liar and a hypocrite to myself. That is not going to happen. So wherever that ends, well it will end,” he stressed.

“[But] I will have to wait until the Cabinet and the Prime Minister come to some determination as to how it will [be] . . . ,” he added.

Estwick reminded journalists that when he first promised to go public on his proposals some weeks ago, he had also said he would give Cabinet the opportunity to hear his measures before doing so.

“I thought it was the right thing to do, and that is what I did. We had a full presentation Thursday, and obviously because of Cabinet secrecy, I can’t divulge what would have happened in Cabinet. But it honoured my responbility: that was to speak to the Cabinet of Barbados and present to them what I thought was a reasonable and credible alternative that we could possibly pursue,” recalled the former Minister of Economic Affairs.

”So I think the right thing for me to do now, is to give the Prime Minister some time. So it’s only, basically, three working days. We talking about Friday, Monday, Tuesday. I have to give them time to determine whether he would look at what I am saying favourably; how he would manage it with respect to the path we are on; how he is going make [that] judgement; if he is going to make a judgement; and so on. It is only the right thing to do, to give him and the Cabinet that opportunity,” Estwick asserted.

11 Responses to Tuesday deadline

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Man of the hour..

  2. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond February 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Guess hes on the other side now.

  3. Kerri-ann Katrina Reyes-Bichir
    Kerri-ann Katrina Reyes-Bichir February 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm


  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 20, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Watch this space.

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Give this man a chance if we as bajan want the economic problem to go away, because we as bajan is fast to criticized our own yet u never give or have the answers to what u speak bad of,bajan don’t like to give a person a chance to show if they can do that which a person say they can do,if I have a idea that can change the situation would u not allow me a test first b4 turning the idea down because each person have the power to create new ideas that can bring about something profound,we as bajan or to selfish as a country we or all we have if we can’t help our self’s from our own minds here we or helpless to our future…,

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

    We will allways be remembered as the country that couldnt fix its own problems,a man that can’t fix his own self is a foolish person he will live his hold life depending on the help of others…

  7. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

    The Queen of England fight for this country to the bitter end,many other Islands she give up on but our small Island here she had most pride in little Bristol I know my history don’t change it please we or still that country let’s show the world Y we as bajans or winners small but powerful…..

  8. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Bajans have become very Vile to each other an to the future of its younger generation,that’s Y our people or so hopeless an blind to how it was years ago when we work together as a unit remember the old time industry bajans live as One but less we forget….

  9. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Where have this once so Great Nation go wrong we or the GEM of the Caribbean sea…… .

  10. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Or we goin to let selfishness cause the downfall of our Nation,or u goin to put our feelings aside an rebuild our economy more faster stronger an more powerful then ever I believe we can with divine help as was in the days of young BIM were other Islands was in disbelief as to the power of the economy back then we had the Caribbean in our hands with our dollars strong currency power….

  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder February 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    We was the country most talk about we had the $$$$$$ we didn’t continue we played a bad hand in the economic game we didn’t invest in our country we let outsiders invest in our Island more then our self’s an look them same people have the $$$$$$$ an turn they back to us,with the Ideas of the man here we can take back the hold first on our economy an get back strong currencies goin its simple as that…


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