Estwick dismisses Eastmond, UPP as a waste

Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick is not shaking in his boots in fear of the latest political party to emerge here.

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) reject Lynette Eastmond today introduced the United Progressive Party (UPP), although she refused to disclose who would run for her fledgling party.

Estwick, who defeated Eastmond in St Philip West, paid little attention to the new party, casually dismissing the former Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development as nothing more than a three-time loser.

“The only comment I would make at this time is this: If after three election defeats – 2003, 2008 and 2013 this is how she wants to spend her time, I wish her well in her endeavours,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Estwick was not the only one disregarding Eastmond, who could not convince political scientist Peter Wickham that the new party would be relevant.

Wickham said the UPP’s chairman had a personal axe to grind and the party had been formed, not because of diverging political ideologies but by “Eastmond’s difficulties with the current leadership of the BLP”.

“She ran as a BLP candidate under Owen Arthur and the fact that she has no longer been chosen as a BLP candidate under Mia Mottley speaks volumes. So to leave the organization and to go outside says to me that she doesn’t have problems with the Barbados Labour Party itself but she has problems with Mia Mottley because she ran as a BLP candidate.

“This is especially so in a situation where the DLP [Democratic Labour Party] has not considered taking her as a candidate on this occasion. So her response is to go off and start a third party. So it feels kind of personal ” Wickham contended.

Eastmond had previously been linked to the recently formed Barbados Integrity Movement, comprising disgruntled members of the BLP.

She shut down the suggestion last month as propaganda, insisting she was “not a member of any new political party”.

“Unless they expelled me, I am still a member of the Barbados Labour Party,” she was quoted as telling one local newspaper.

She had also given a subtle hint of what was to come by stating she was still a political enthusiast and was looking forward to the next general election.

However, Wickham told Barbados TODAY he did not foresee the UPP having any impact on the next general election, while dismissing suggestions that the new party would split the opposition votes.

For this to happen, the pollster argued, the UPP would have to attract candidates of stronger political mettle since Eastmond did not have the presence which could reshape the political landscape.

“If you have a detractor in the shape of an Owen Arthur for example, I think that would be something that could create some political sensation. But if you have a BLP detractor who as a BLP candidate has never won an election, then what exactly are you projecting?  She [Eastmond] ran in the last three elections and lost . . . so she is a detractor but not a successful detractor.

“If you were able to attract a person who was a member of Parliament, like the example of the NDP under Dr Richard Haynes and he started off with himself and two other successful candidates for the National Democratic Party and ultimately he won a seat. So to say that she is a detractor is not something I agree with,” he said.

At the party’s launch at the Courtyard by Marriott this morning, Eastmond urged Barbadians to judge the viability of the new entity based on its candidates’ ability to do the job and not on their ability to attract political heavyweights. She contended that the time had come for Barbadians to look past “the pretty talk” and vote for candidate who can deliver.

25 Responses to Estwick dismisses Eastmond, UPP as a waste

  1. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams February 10, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Go fix the water woes and sewage problems……… Set of can’t do nothings! Politicians only care about themselves.

  2. hcalndre February 10, 2017 at 6:19 am

    These washed-up and discarded politicians seem to believe that their birthright is taken away from them when they are no longer a politician and would not go away.

  3. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan February 10, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Not a fan of yours but this is one time I can agree with u !!!!

  4. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis February 10, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Have faith Lynette. Donald Trump won an election. Anything is possible.

    • Nikolaos Yarde
      Nikolaos Yarde February 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Trump ran within the party stop the stupid comparison there is none

  5. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson February 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Any type option is better than no option at all there’s always a good thing in some when some new fires are lit.

  6. Sue Donym February 10, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Was skeptical (but hopeful) about whether the media had got Dr Estwick to talk about “waste” but alas that was just a pipe dream…
    Peter Wickham clearly doesn’t think we need a poll about political lightweights and where to find them

  7. Nicole Cumberbatch
    Nicole Cumberbatch February 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

    How is he so vocal about Eastmond but so silent on matters in his ministry?!?

  8. Harry February 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    she is a waste of time. Estwick however should be using his time to answer questions about BWA & the new sugar factory but guess thats asking too much………

  9. Greengiant February 10, 2017 at 7:38 am

    The only political detractors in Barbados are Peter himself and the other political scientists who are paid to mislead the masses. He too has an axe to grind with political parties or leaders who don’t support some lifestyles but it’s the people of Barbados who won’t accept that filthiness and no elected leader can’t either sister Pete.

    According to you Pete the only relevant alternative to the Dems is the Bees. We just got rid of them so after choosing between these two guard units for so many years. It’s time for changing of the guard company. We are playing on a type of pitch where both teams has found much difficulty negotiating the swing and you are just trying to save the hands of BLP players.

    • hcalndre February 10, 2017 at 11:12 am

      @Greengiant, don`t attack Peter, he is what he is and maybe you seeing out of one eye. If barbados was like a big, big tree and there was a high wind to shake that tree, you would be surprise to see how who would fall out of it.

  10. David Eversley February 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Where Mr. Estwick now come from all at a sudden. When the people had all the water issues he was no where to be found. Now all at a sudden he could jump out from is hiding place to respond to reports of an up-coming political party. He and his fellow companion Denis Kellman can hold hand. they both shy away from issues in they ministry. What a shame.

  11. Delores February 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I am scratching my head wondering what this is all about. Third parties have never done well in Barbados and if, three times you could not win a seat in one of the established parties, what could Lynette be thinking? Could one person think so highly of herself? Lynette, I don’t know her, may be a nice person but she has no political presence whatsover.

  12. Aneta February 10, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Green giant. U are not God. U sit in judgement of people. Who live in glass house shouldn’t throw stones. We know who Peter is. That is easy. Who are you? At least he is bold not to hide in the closet. It is disheartening that people believe they are God. Stupse.
    Anyone at this point is better than the ruling party I voted for. I will be happy to see the back of all o dem

  13. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 10, 2017 at 9:00 am


  14. Peter February 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Dr. David Estwick is a highly qualified individual who as Shadow Minister of Finance for the late England born David Thompson and the DEMS, literally single handedly brought down Arrogant Arthur and the BLP when he exposed Mariano Brown, Wilkinson. Hallam Nichols and many more. He was discarded by Fruendel and the DEM Commanders because they are afraid of his outspoken tenacity. So much so. they labeled him the Pit Bull. But that Pit Bull is very smart. By keeping quiet, he is destroying the Stuart lead DEMs. Stuart CANNOT do him anything as he is too timid and frighten. If he, Dr. Estwick and Miss Mia Mottley should only join forces and lead this country You all will be amazed at the come back. They are the only two individuals smart and intelligent enough to spearhead such a move. Donville Inniss is a talker. If he loved Barbados he would have resigned from Stuart’s team and people will love and respect hil more.

  15. Tony Waterman February 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Was the DLP not formed in the SAME Manner, Errol Barrow at Odds with Grantley Adams??? So what’s so different here ???
    Mr Estwick should learn the History of his Party’s Founding, before speaking Ill of this New Party’s Founder/Founding.

    WE do NEED a Viable third Party, to be a Power Broker in Bajan Politics.

    • Peter February 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      No Tony, It’s not the same. Dr. Estwick and Miss Mottley are the only two MOST intelligent Barbadian politicians who can speak on ANY topic of the cuff. Leaders like them no longer exist in our Caribbean. The others before them were good but in their time. NOT NOW.

  16. jrsmith February 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    A third party might work, but , not with the old has beens most of whom is past they sell by date. We dont need a new party to pick up on all of our yesterdays.
    Wonder what will they manifesto be based on…..

  17. jrsmith February 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    In barbados we dont need politics ,we need jobs for our people and money……..

  18. Smiley February 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    When the wicked rule the people groan BLP and DLP need to realize that the people are tired of their empty promises and mismanaged spending of our paid taxes.They don’t behave like the people who voted for them don’t matter.Arrogance instead of humility and getting rich while in power.Time for change.

  19. Jennifer February 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    You know what is funny???? it really does not matter who you put in power, it will be the same result. All of these politicians suffer from the same cooning and lost of identity virus. While the new ones will want their back wet. All this time they sitting and allow every TYPE of LOCUST to eat all the plants, both big and little.

  20. Jennifer February 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Our governments is a lot like obaaaama, sit in the drivers seat with little control of the vehicle, just puppeteers. The sooner my people realize that the better.

  21. kammie Holder February 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Lynette Eastmond, you have my support. Barbados does not belong to the BLP or DLP. Thus, many who feel betrayed by these two self serving entities will not vote for either whenever the elections are called. Its hoped your slate of candidates would of such ilk that the commend the respect and confidence of the masses.

    Barbados does not have a government problem, Barbados has a governance problem. The Time for Change is Now!

  22. Mark Adamson February 11, 2017 at 6:56 am

    The United People’s Party must hit the ground running. It must get amongst the vast majority of people wheresoever they are in the shortest possible time. It must come with serious, disciplined and committed candidates and must come with creative, progressive, nationalist and people centered policies.

    Mr. Peter Wickham has never had the experience of forming a political party. You see, many of these present/former local political studies lecturers and tutors have been massively failing this country by not going and forming their own parties and seeking to get in the House of Assembly and furthermore becoming Prime Minister and applying much of their political knowledge derived from their political studies to the art and science of government. Mr. Peter Wickham is one of those persons.

    Congratulations must go out to Ms Lynette Eastmond for providing national leadership so soon. Dr. Estwick and Mia Mottley – who is the worst BLP
    leader ever, could be as timid as ever as they fear her emergence and her gaining a foothold in the national politics of this country and helping to break – and which has long started – this stupid and embarassing DLP/BLP tweedle-dee tweedle-dum situation

    Ms Eastmond must inspire her followers and many others with hope and confidence of a brighter and better tomorrow for Barbados and the people thereof.

    And she must never forget to have an iron fist in a velvet glove.


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