King urges Estwick to stop blowing hot air

He has vowed to take the fight to Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick in St Philip West.

However, this did not stop Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate John King from offering Estwick some advice.

King said it was high time Estwick showed some courage and backed up his scathing criticisms of his own Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration’s economic policies with action.

Estwick, who has been accused of coveting the finance portfolio, has openly disagreed with Government’s handling of the economy and has even proposed alternative measures, which were rejected by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

On Tuesday, Estwick told Barbados TODAY Government’s economic programme was a failure – his way of saying, “I had told them so”, after he had warned his Cabinet 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.

King said the minister’s lack of action in support of his complaints was baffling.

“This is not the first time that [Dr] Estwick has come out and showed his disappointment or disapproval with the way things have been going with the party that he is a member of. In the past he has indicated in some instances that he would rather not be a part of these things. But these outbursts one after the other, what is it going to do? It has had no impact on the party in the past. What is really about? I’m totally confused,” King said.

The former calypso monarch wondered why Estwick remained a member of the DLP administration if he felt his opinions were not being taken seriously or he was being disrespected.

“How long would it take for you to make a decision that you don’t want to be a part of something where your views are not being taken into consideration? You don’t like the direction in which things are going, then why are you still there?

“What is it that would keep you in such a position? Obviously you can’t make the kind of contribution that you would want to make. My advice to him is very simple: if you are in any situation where you feel that people would want to disrespect you or have not the same interest as you, then leave,” King recommended.

He cautioned that the longer Estwick holds on to his Cabinet post, “the more you are saying to people, ‘well things may be going wrong but at least my interests are being served. I got a job, I’m getting paid and everything good for me’.

“That’s not the message that you want to send,” he told his political opponent.

“If your interest is to see Barbados thrive and prosper and you believe the party you are in is not doing that, then you need to spare yourself from that. As a concerned citizen and a right thinking Barbadian, I, John King, certainly would not stick around anything where I believe that people are disrespecting me or they are not going in a direction that I want to go or in a direction I know is profitable or beneficial to the populace of the country. I certainly will not come out with outburst after outburst and then nothing,” the former calypsonian stressed.

Additionally, King advised the minister that whether or not he agreed with his party’s position on a particular issue, Estwick could not separate himself from the party.

“Coming out and saying you wanted to do this and that, for me, sends a strange message because what are you saying then? That you are not a part of the party at all? If this is not the case, then Barbados is in more trouble that we actually think because what you are saying is that everybody doing what they like. That’s a very dangerous message,” King added.

However, the fledgling politician would not discuss whether or not Estwick should cross the floor, insisting this was a decision the minister would have to make of his own accord.

Looking at the overall picture, including the firing of Dr DeLisle Worrell as Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, King said the country needed patriotic people who were genuinely concerned about its development.

He added it was not the time for finger-pointing; rather all hands must be on deck to get Barbados on the right track.

“I think all these outbursts, the case with the Governor of the Central Bank and so on, we all need to take a deep breath and sit down and look at the picture truthfully regardless of who might get upset, who are going to point fingers, but decide we need different people or we need to join heads and see where to go from where. Wherever the people decide to go is fine with me, but we can’t be in a situation where all we are doing is talking, talking and there’s no action.  To me what is paramount is the direction that Barbados is going, not our own self-interests. It’s bigger than that,” King said.

It was only on Wednesday that political scientist Dr George Belle called on Estwick to quit the administration and join with the Opposition to bring down the Stuart Government.

6 Responses to King urges Estwick to stop blowing hot air

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 25, 2017 at 5:01 am

    We ain’t paying no attention to him because ever time they are national issues he and Donny keep unnecessary noise against they party but still vote in favor of they resolution. Why not go Independence if they are really not happy with they party.

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 25, 2017 at 6:46 am

    DEMs Collecting a monthly salary for doing SOD ALL! GET DEMs OUT!

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba February 25, 2017 at 8:14 am


  3. jrsmith February 25, 2017 at 7:04 am

    We will have the same talk, talk, come the next election and after that the same crap…
    Our politicians has learned from the white man , how to control our black people .. thats why we are always at the cross roads with tin cup in hand , waiting to be rescued…when last has any politician try doing anything in barbados for the good of the people……but they are always fixing things for some people……

  4. Mr bage February 26, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I am a Barbadian living in New york , still keep up with the Barbados issues in politics. I will not go too far in details with the things going on ih the news these days but I would like to send a message to the people of St Philip. Since the days of Winter Crawford and DD garner departure from government the parish of St Philip was neglected. Mr Estwick is a blow hard keeping a lot of noise but dos not care about what is going on , he comes out when he think the people is going against the government pretending only to keep his job. I hurd some of the people say which ever party he belong they are with him. I think the people of St Philip are blind or paranoid In the next election let him go.

  5. Greengiant February 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Johnny Ma Boy, remember there were four members of parliament from the government under Sir Lloyd who supported the then
    ” no confidence motion “. This brought the government to its knees triggering an election that was handed to the BLP on a platter. On the other hand John under Owen we saw the firing of Liz, Ronald, transfer of others, shuffling and reshuffling, with the many disagreements hidden from the public. We recently witnessed the public execution of a parliamentarian who had the testicles to challenge the leadership or management style of your BLP.

    I honestly don’t support neither party, further I’m a Johnny yes but too little a johnny to wish to represent either party. So king though the kingdom of electoral change is beckoning be careful you’re not singing with a backing band so badly out of tune with the needs of the people that your beautiful melodious voice goes unheard by the audience. Dr. Estwick is not fragile, neither is the members of this administration. United they will stand, and if they should fall they’ll still be united. They have been taught well while in opposition. You are new to this classroom, the qualifying standard has changed, so I suggest you focus on the needs of the people, tell them what you will do for them and forget about Estwick. Oh I forgot you may be waiting on the arrival of your text books from your teacher. Remember Ma Boy, you must first pay your petty fees to get your books. Latest books published by
    ” solutions Barbados “. Maybe you should read to succeed mate.


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