Eager one

Estwick openly declares his interest in PM’s job

In the wake of a just-released public opinion poll, which shows that the popularity of both Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is at an all-time low, outspoken Cabinet Minister Dr David Estwick Monday publicly declared his interest in filling Stuart’s shoes at both the party and prime ministerial levels.

“I will say this: If Freundel Stuart steps away from the leadership of the DLP I will stand to lead it,” Estwick told Barbados TODAY in an exclusive interview, in which he contended that there was simply no one better to take over the leadership reins.

“I have served this country as acting Prime Minister on several occasions; as Minister of Health, National Insurance and Social Security; Minister of Economic Affairs, Trade, Industry Commerce and Small Business Development; Minister of Agriculture, Food Fisheries and Water Resources Management.

“I have served as the Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Cabinet and as Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the Cabinet and at the party level, General Secretary,” he said, while arguing that his Cabinet experience and his relationship with the masses of Barbadians speak for themselves.

His comments come amid a suggestion made yesterday by pollster Peter Wickham that Stuart should step aside and hand over the leadership of the party to Minister of Commerce and Industry Donville Inniss, with elections constitutionally due here by the middle of next year.

Wickham based his position on the results of the latest survey conducted by his Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) on behalf of the Nation newspaper, in which Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley emerged as the number one choice for Prime Minister with 52 per cent support, followed by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur with 18 per cent, and Stuart with eight per cent –– one point more than Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo who garnered seven per cent support among respondents.

The poll, which was conducted in the immediate aftermath of the May 30 Budget, also showed that support for embattled Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had plummeted, with him no longer being viewed as an obvious Stuart successor, mustering only 0.6 per cent support in terms of leadership preference behind Inniss (six per cent); and Estwick and Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy (three per cent).

However, while maintaining that he was the best man to run the DLP and the country, Estwick Monday dismissed both the pollster and the poll results entirely.

“My comment about the Peter Wickham poll is this: I do not read or listen to anything Peter Wickham writes or says. His polls are a reflection of him.

“[However], I will say this. I know, and the people in Barbados know, that I had to carry the bulk of the DLP’s political battles in the 2008 and 2013 general elections,” Estwick told Barbados TODAY, adding that this was evidenced by the crowd support for him at political meetings.

In fact, the outspoken Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management contended that the crowds went wherever he went on the campaign trail.

In further presenting his case for leadership of the party, Estwick pointed out that he had also served as the spokesperson on finance and economic matters for the DLP during the election campaigns.

He is therefore insisting that no other person in the Freundel Stuart Cabinet was as qualified as he was to lead the Government if Stuart were to call it a day.

The latest CADRES poll, which was released on Sunday, also suggested that the Mottley-led BLP was on course for a landslide victory in the next election, with support for both Stuart and his ruling DLP said to be at an all-time low of 11 per cent, compared to 51 per cent for the BLP. The remainder was undecided.   

It further indicated that satisfaction with the DLP Government was at 3.3 out of ten compared to 5.3 for the BLP.

However, while expressing confidence that the DLP will retain the Government, Estwick warned that polls did not vote, adding that he was looking forward to the next general election “because the future economic and social development of this country will not be advanced by criticism”.

He pointed out that Barbadians were an intelligent people.   

“Thus, the antithesis must be defined and articulated,” he stressed.  

27 Responses to Eager one

  1. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott June 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Time Will tell

  2. Tristan John
    Tristan John June 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    But did he lie? Lol

  3. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley June 26, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    “The boat is sinking, hold on to something, hold on to anything, the boat is sinking”.

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne June 27, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Beverley Headley, that Red Plastic Bag song is so tongue in cheek.

    • Rochelle June 27, 2017 at 6:52 am

      So true.

    • miche June 27, 2017 at 8:28 am

      What was said to indicate your assertion.

      • Leroy June 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        ‘Soca boat’ is analogy to barbados economy.

        ‘Hold onto something/anything’ is a warning to brace yourself or prepare for the worst.

        He also said ‘drop anchor’,,analogy to calling an election.

        Then near the end he said ‘watch the wave’ inferring there will be a tidal wave or a landslide victory at next election.

        So I conclude RPB thinks there will be a massive swing from the dlp to a different party next election.

  4. just observing June 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Happy that you know we are intelligent people. Know what that should tell you? Have a good guess.

  5. eddy murray June 26, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Holy smoke, trouble in town.

  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 27, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Shame on you Estwick. I thought you were different . . . . You do not have like Peter Wickham, in fact, you do not even have to read his poll, you should check the comments on social media, listen to the voices the people via the pulse of the people. In fact, you ask the Barbadians directly through a news clip how they feel about the DLP. I think you would pleasantly surprise that if any of you win back your seats, it will not be by the grace of God, put the snickering smile of Sir Grantley.

  7. The Negrocrat June 27, 2017 at 3:57 am

    The doctor is my friend for life, but I gotta admit that the talking crap.
    We voting BLP and UPP.

  8. jrsmith June 27, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Its best if politicians from the government just keep they mouths close , by doing so , they are just reminding the voters of they failed attempts at everything …………….
    I would agree if the (DLP) chooses a different person , as leader ,they will win the next election easily… ….. there is no political opposition in barbados,,, the only person is (Mia) on her own ….

    Bajans are so much in denial , they themselves scared of the politicians , dare to openly challenge the daily pressure which is enforced by the present , dishonest , lying , government as though bajans are hypnotized…………..
    My point 2 terms of …, no real jobs, tax increases, no real transport, sewage in the streets, no water from taps , increase in fatal road accidents , increase of undetected drugs, guns, robberies as in day light, 900 millions dollars , which cannot be accounted for , who from the opposition or any of the so call experts openly challenge , the government…..
    All the experts , all they do is use today’s paper as they soap box , because the dont have the ***s to directly challenge the government…………….. democracy as its worst……………..

  9. harry turnover June 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Imagine a pit bull as PM of Barbados with Dennis Kellman as deputy and Chris Sinckler forming he own Party cause nabody in DEM camp doan even want he as MOF not even Stuart…but he doan even know wha going on so he can’t tell he anything.
    You in see that when the IMF told Sinckler that the economy had turned the corner last November he bound pun it ,saying yeah yeah to all and sundry.Now that everybody is silent,he silent too.
    Estwick ,wunna yardfowls and Paling cocks wunna mean to tell me that at this 11th hour wunna doan know if Stuart gine lead wunna into the next election…ya mean he in tell wunna nutten yet ?
    Suppose Stuart do a Sandie and dun play sudden so all a wunna gine be in ducks guts.

  10. harry turnover June 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Dr.Estwick the crowds were behind you caused they wanted an evening of fun,jokes and your mannerisms on the platform.They wanted something to laugh bout…they were not laughing in agreement wid you ,they were LAUGHING AT YOU….but I won.t be surprised if ya get back in cause look who the BEES put to run against you…..a JOHNNY….ma boy… one John King.
    A PIT BULL vs a JOHNNY. ma boy.. lord have mercy !!

  11. Freeagent June 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I trust that the recent poll is not similar to the one in 2013. However, I pray that should the current PM decide not to lead the party into the next general election that members would not fight each other, but would elect the one who is best able to lead the party. Unity is strength. Let us pray that God direct our way and we would do what is right.
    Most of us are eager to see this party go but what will the other party do in light of the present economic situation? Let us look to God who will direct our path.

  12. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2017 at 8:07 am

    “He contended that there was simply no one better to take over the Leadership reins”. I thought that you vote for a Leader to the party.
    With such words coming from him , I sure won’t want to be with him on “land nor sea”.

  13. Greengiant June 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Infighting in both parties, Estwick has only expressed his opinion publicly. He’s the only one being honest about his desire, the others are all silent about their desires, and probably forming allies behind the scenes. The latter approach devides parties.

    Why would Wickham include Sukoo and Inniss in the a leadership popularity poll? Now he’s even suggesting who should lead the
    D L P. Is this because this particular minister has publicly expressed his tollerance for the issues that matters to Wickham?

    There is obvious division in both major parties, the public can easily see this if they understand politics at the party level. This year will be the year of revelations within the political landscape of Barbados, and many people will be surprised at the happenings.

    • harry turnover June 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Peter Wickham put Suckoo in the Poll to test the waters with a woman leading the Party just like the Bees with Mia.
      Wonder why he didn’t use Mara ?…DEM johnnies like to be associated with Leaders maybe he thought that she is not a leader.

  14. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Simply put,……… “POWER HUNGRY”. When in opposition what are you going to speak about in the HOUSE ??????.

  15. Big Man June 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    The Pm of the Eager 11 “The Don” has the majority of Dems on his side
    Just has to go to Governor General and state his case like the BLP did wid Mia

  16. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Go read the article in the other section of the press. “GUNS TOO EAST TO ACCESS”.

  17. Leroy June 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Before you sir Mr. Estwick get to hasty you have to win your seat first, the only certainty now is uncertainty.

    Funny thing is that when I look at the dlp I see no leaders.

  18. Milli Watt June 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    If Stewart is the DEVIL Estwick is the DEEP BLUE SEA and I can’t swim. Never thought I would say this but PM hold on till when the bell ring. What a Joke this has become! smh stupse

  19. SEXRASTA June 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    every body counting their chickens before them hatch ,every election the BLP going to win then on the final count it is DLP

  20. chris June 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    so why de drop ruel song?

  21. Belfast June 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Now that it is coming down to the wire, and Peters’ Poll appeared to have pricked a few souls, the scramble like crabs in a barrel has begun.
    When all is said and done, what is Estwick’s leagacy to this country?
    1 Mash up Agriculture.
    2. Poo – sharked the people of St Joseph and beyond with constant water shortages.
    3. Shut down the island’s most reliable and capable sugar factory.
    4. Planted many acres of Wild River Tamarind Trees.
    5. Placed do-do on the doorsteps on many a south coast hotel and residence.
    6. Approved the construction of a nuffnuff $Million palace in the Pine ,amid chronic rotten pipelines on the network.
    And he is seeking a pick as Prime Minister of this country?
    The present Prime Minister of Barbados has proven that small island states such as ours, do not need a Premier or a Prime Minister, just a few loud mouth self-serving wannaabe dictators in the Cabinet.

  22. Jherri Santana June 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Sigh…. How in God’s earth can Pit Bull declare he hand to be PM so early ..de Election bell aint even ring yet and fellas tossing hat in de ring already??

    All Stuart gotta do is pull a “Sandie” and people like Pitbull. Cash Only M LASHLEY, de Don and even Kelly, goin know who god dem serving!!!

    seriously doh… the Bajan electorate need to send a strong message to all current politicians… we are fed up!! Stop de grandstanding and blatant lying about de true state of affairs in this country..We need our political leaders to come clean with us FULL STOP!!! We done wid de lotta long talk..um is action we want now!!!!


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