Estwick should join forces with BLP – Belle

Enough long talk!

Political scientist Dr George Belle Wednesday called on outspoken Government Minister Dr David Estwick to back up his words with action, while suggesting that Estwick could be the proverbial straw that eventually breaks
the back of the Freundel Stuart administration.

“It has fallen on him to take action beyond words,” Belle said.

Just Tuesday Estwick admitted to Barbados TODAY that he was not at all happy with the direction in which the economy was headed, while describing the Government’s economic programme as a failure.

It was the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management’s way of letting everyone know: “I had told them so”, after he had warned his governmental colleagues on numerous occasions that the Central Bank’s printing of money to support Government’s current expenditure, posed a real risk to its declining reserves.

Estwick has also been peddling the idea of an alternative economic strategy, even though his staunchest critics within the administration say his proposal for Government to borrow US$5 billion, which is the equivalent to the total size of the Barbados economy, is totally ludicrous and therefore would not be pursued by anyone with a modicum of common sense.

However, in the wake of the recent bitter public fallout between Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Governor of the Central Bank Dr DeLisle Worrell over economic and administrative strategy, Belle said Estwick’s comments were “further confirmation that not only outside the Government, but inside the Government there is a recognition of economic failure”, even though the veteran political scientist was anxious to see Estwick do a lot more than just complain.

“Dr Estwick has to go beyond saying that he told them so, he needs to bring the Government down by resigning. He has to resign from the Cabinet and vote against the Government in a no confidence [motion] against the Government,” he told Barbados TODAY, while suggesting that Estwick was key to any immediate effort to get rid of the Freundel Stuart Government.

Belle further suggested that with the Stuart administration currently commanding 16 seats in the Lower House, all that was needed was for Estwick to convince one of his colleagues to join him in quitting the Government.

“The people who are holding up this now would be [the independent members of parliament] Mr [Owen] Arthur, Dr [Maria] Agard and Dr Estwick and one more,” Belle said.

However, apart from Estwick he was not prepared to hazard a guess as to who on the Government side would be willing to leave at this stage in the national interest, given what he called the Government’s abysmal economic record of failure.

43 Responses to Estwick should join forces with BLP – Belle

  1. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold February 23, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Estwick hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  2. Mark Adamson February 23, 2017 at 2:22 am

    What is Barbados coming to with such a most absurd suggestion by Dr. Belle??

    Clearly Dr. Estwick has the option to resign from the DLP government, but has not been exercizing that option.

    As far as I am aware, there is no pressure by anyone – including himself – to resign from the government, so why should he?? and join the dastard BLP for the main and expressed purpose of helping to bring down the government????

    Is that the most Dr. Belle can come up with???

    It is entirely horrible to see that the BLP is further degenerating into a set of rabble rousers.

  3. Santini More
    Santini More February 23, 2017 at 2:50 am

    He should have taken that action many years ago, instead he voted with his cabinet friends to allow the Barbados economy to crash and burn.

    • Ione Mitchell
      Ione Mitchell February 23, 2017 at 4:27 am

      All bark and no bite. To me his words are meaningless.

    • Danny Colombian Clarke
      Danny Colombian Clarke February 23, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Agree Ione. This is not the first time he has run to the gate barking and throwing a fit but then when the owner comes out and calls him he just rolls over for a belly rub

      • harry turnover February 23, 2017 at 6:58 am

        Ha ha ! Danny boy ya shotting. Estwick the doan mek rain man is a bare mout giant….just like a paling cock ..on top de paling keeping bare noise when he ready.

    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco February 23, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Excellent analogy Danny Colombian Clarke

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray February 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Let him stay where he is, with the rest of his clowns and jockers.

  4. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 23, 2017 at 3:14 am

    And the plot thickens ….. not a bad idea but he would have to shave his tiny mustache off first 🙂

  5. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis February 23, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Lets wait till estimates to see how he votes because if votes for estimates bajans wont take estwick serious again because it would prove he all talk cant take a stand if he votes against estimates and independents also this can mean estimates would have to revoted and if estwick votrs against estimates i waking up speaking japanese next morning

  6. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Most DLP supporters now on the band wagon of the BLP hoping for hand-outs should the political situation change after elections. If you notice, most of the “yardfowls” now saying that it was WYNTER CRAWFORD and not the “DIPPER” that did most of the hard work for the DLP. One person even said boldly that he “hitched his wagon on to MIA from about 2 years ago”.

  7. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2017 at 4:32 am

    @James Austin Bynoe, that is his “cookie-duster” so it ain’t going no where. LOL, LOL, LOL.

  8. Zeus February 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Dr Belle above statement has done nothing but exposed the weakness of the BLP …..after years of criticizing the current administration I would have thought the next election would have been a landslide for the Bees without the assistance of a floor crosser ….his solution for breaking the backs of the DLP….. is for Dr estwick to cross the floor well well …..and he suppose to be a professional political scientist ….sounds more like a campaign manager for the BLP …

  9. Nanya Agul El
    Nanya Agul El February 23, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I think the i’s (eyes) have it. So tell me why he barking again??

  10. Hal Austin February 23, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Where is the balance? It is well and good having Belle ranting, but we need to get the other side. Was Dr Estwick available?

  11. Arlene Dan
    Arlene Dan February 23, 2017 at 6:28 am

    How far more the ship has to go before it sink!!!

  12. Peter February 23, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I have read these comments and must say that these people exhibited their true shallow partisan well being. Dr. Belle made an excellent suggestion. He is perhaps too far ahead in thinking. Dr. Estwick is an intelligent and politically astute person who, like Mia, can spontaneously speak on any subject matter with knowledge and integrity. Only two such individuals exist with this entire Caribbean region. were it not for his sharp, what absentminded Bajans call pit bull attitude, as shadow minister of finance back in David Thompson days, The DEMs would have NEVER made it back in power. Never mind tacticians like Payne whos agenda is ti slip in Marshall, nor Donville who talks a lot. Ad for Kelly, He’s dud. UPP is washed up rejects who doesn’t understand no Solutions Barbados and BIM are genuine fakes like PEP. No one else has offered Barbados a meaningful solution to this problem other than Estwick and up to this day Fruendel has not paid any attention. Like Zeus and Carson C Cadogan his head looks and behaves like a coconut. The commanders in George Street knows this only too well. Richard is their point man. Time will tell.

    • harry turnover February 23, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Peter you say de man head looks and behaves like a coconut ha ha ha ! a dry up one ready for husking or wha ? I used to say it looked like a cashew seed.

    • Colin February 24, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Agreed Peter. Each time Dr. Estwick has offered a solution we get these types of comments rather than critical thinking about what he is suggesting. We become caught in the partisan and personal attacks. We need all hands on deck regardless of party affiliation to correct the mess we are in.

  13. Dwayne Jack
    Dwayne Jack February 23, 2017 at 6:55 am

    This their last year in power, everybody knows the DLP can’t possibly get back in with such a poor performance record… so of course we gine hear things like this now

  14. Aneta February 23, 2017 at 7:24 am

    From a once strong strong DLP supporter I dun with dem. It is Dr. Estwick’s rights to do what he cares to. All wunna who can’t think above party either blind, dumb or deaf or like trump, live in lies. Dr. Belle is so right in his thinking. I rally behind his comments. This incompetent government brought most of us to our knees. Not in prayer but sorrow. THAT IS WHY I’M NOT VOTING FOR THOSE CLOWNS AGAIN. DEM GOT TO SHOW ME THE BALL THAT SHOOT NELSON

  15. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    The BLP should not take him now. Why would I want to take a man that destroyed his own ship on my ship. All along he know that the policies was not working. He and Mr inniss. They was not listening to no one. Look at the war between the finance Minister and the governor of the central bank. All of them was one. Now they are at war. If they did love this country as they say. They will resign and force the prime minister to call Election. They forget that they have kids and families coming.

  16. Peter February 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Angus Benn Get some sense man. That is human nature. couples meet, and in a few days they fall in love like there is no tomorrow. They get the best pre marriage counseling, get married at a big ass expensive wedding , maybe have a couple children then WHAM they get separated and divorced. Wha Happen? These are the same people who get in church and fly in the face of God and promise each other in front of a whole congregation that they will love each other through thick and thin, good and bad, for better or worse till death do they part. Yea right! People are people. As relationships grow older people drift apart. Some, few, get closer and stronger. That is what real love is. Both Dr. Estwick and Ms. Mottley are best equipped to carry this country forward. No one else can. If there are any, point them out to me.

  17. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt February 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

    BLP and DLP are the same if you want my vote you both know what to do . I am fed up with politicians. They lie too openly

  18. Clyde Thompson February 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Its is about time the “I told you so” stops and Mr. Estwick open the mouth of our weak prime minister Frundel by resigning from the DLP and forcing a shift in power or a general election.

  19. Dwayne Durant
    Dwayne Durant February 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Wishful thinking none of them don’t have the balls NONE waste of time all of them just trying to see how much money they can get before it all dry up

  20. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba February 23, 2017 at 9:20 am


  21. sticks and stones February 23, 2017 at 9:25 am

    The task of carrying Barbados forward lies in the hands of only those who are willing to tell Barbadians the hard facts which takes guts and intestinal fortitude along with telling society the days of govt holding hands of private and public sector has come to a screeching halt.Expenditure is wrecking havoc on the economy which makes it unsustainable and out of govt control.
    Govt can do a clean anslysis where expenditure is of most burdensome implenting incentives for public pursuit wherby govt and society can work together in helping to solve the nation econmic woes for the better good of the nation

  22. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba February 23, 2017 at 9:37 am


  23. Kevin February 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    You all should be worrying the some of the BLP politicians dont cross the floor to join the UPP. You all aint learn from what happen to Mia a couple years ago?

  24. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier February 23, 2017 at 10:12 am

    We do not need him and should the Barbados Labour Party decide to take him I will never vote for them again

  25. Sandra Lorde-Breedy
    Sandra Lorde-Breedy February 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    No way leh he stand weh he is

  26. Mikey February 23, 2017 at 10:49 am

    @Hal Austin,,, That is all you can contribute ???
    “balance” ???
    Do you not read in news items, “Mr/Ms. So-And-So” was not available for comment,,, or “There was no answer to Phone calls” ???
    What “balance” you keep talking about ???
    In fact, there is NO NEED FOR BALANCE to an idea or opinion stated by someone !!!
    What will the “balance” say ???
    Nothing can change or be proven by any “balance”.
    More importantly are “facts” and “truth” when it comes to journalism,,, You should be the first person to know that .

  27. Helicopter(8P) February 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

    The surpressing of economic activity during key months during the past twentyfour months has unfortunately brought us to this point in time. Both the Minister of Finance and the Central Bank’s Governor have the responsibility of correcting the prognosses of economic futures of their currency denomination by advising the Prime Minister on economic factors both domestic and foreighn. Pointing fingers has no bearing at this stage of buisness. A town hall meeting allowing all national to know of the type of measures that should have beem met would have cushioned the situation on a broad spectrum of nationals and allowed then not to have kneejurk reactions to the measures.

  28. Joan Worrell February 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    George Belle knows what he is talking about. Mia is in trouble. I believe he has seen the same results that I have seen about the latest poll done by the Caribbean polling guru.
    Do you know that Mia trails Freundel islandwide as next P.M ? 37% favour Freundel, 34 favour Mia, 10% favour Grenville Phillips, 10 % undecided and 9% say that they will not vote. However Dale Marshall fears better against Richard Sealy as possible alternatives. Dale won the favour of 45% to Richard’s 43%. Mr. Pollster is too ashamed to publish this data. Is this why he is urging Mia to get out there on Saturday 11th and march march march. Listen to his voice on the call-in-program. It is one of disappointment and desperation.

    • harry turnover February 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      THIRTY SEVEN % Barbadians favour Freundel to lead them or DEM ? if it is the former ,then it is FREUNDEL that is in trouble not MIA because DEM are doing their utmost to LOSE the election and get on with their pensions and their lives and leave the devaluation and harsh decisions to MIA and her crew.

  29. Hal Austin February 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Nice one Mikey. Glad to see journalistic balance does not matter to you. I think you should be editor.

  30. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    B like a banana , stick wid D bunch”.

  31. Joan Worrell February 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    @ Harry turnover
    Ask Mr. Pollster.. Things not looking up for Mia with a year to go. Freundel not doing well at all but my girl doing worse. Her only hope is that the 10% undecided, vote BBBB. My reading of the poll result is that Bajans want change but not with Mia as leader.

  32. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Saying it again , it’s gonna take the next Party in Office “4 straight terms” of running things before BDS begin to see any light out of the mess we are in .
    From way out left field BDS need 2 loans , one from JAPAN the other from CHINA. 6 billion $US each in order to come out of this hole.
    Anything less is useless.

  33. Milli Watt February 23, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I never did like pit bulls……NEVER!!!!!!!

  34. Mikey February 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    @Hal Austin,,, I learnt very early from the Lawyer who represented
    OJ Simpson that Truth and Facts in everything matter more than
    Balance. Balance is for Vendors who use weighing devices and “devil’s advocates”!!!


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