Hold up, doc!

DLP stalwart jeers Estwick over leadership ambitions

Cabinet Minister Dr David Estwick’s declaration that he was ready and prepared to replace Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as party and country leader has been mocked by a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stalwart.

Former trade unionist Robert Bobby Morris was particularly scoffing as he dismissed the idea of Estwick as Prime Minister with derisive laughter.

“Is Estwick presenting himself as a leader?” Morris asked Barbados TODAY when asked to comment on the development.

“How can I make any comment that is worthwhile? It is foolishness to tell the truth. Who went and put a microphone in his face?”

Following publication of an opinion poll in the Sunday Sun which showed support for Stuart and the DLP at an all-time low, 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,” he told Barbados TODAY in an exclusive interview, in which he contended that there was simply no one better to take over the leadership reins.

The opinionated minister touted his Cabinet experience, listing the various ministries he has headed during the DLP’s two terms.

He also boasted that he was the drawing card on DLP platforms during the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Philip Greaves was not as deriding as Morris in his reaction to the announcement.

However, he said Estwick should concentrate on retaining his St Philip West seat.

In the opinion poll conducted by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) on behalf of the Nation newspaper, 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 better than Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.

It 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, while the remainder was undecided.   

However, Morris roundly dismissed the survey, contending it was not scientific.

“I believe that the districts that were chosen were strategically chosen to get a result. It is nonsensical to say that Stuart can only get eight per cent of support of respondents. The poll does not touch base with reality at any point at all,” the former Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central told Barbados TODAY.

He hinted that the pollster Peter Wickham had deliberately selected districts with strong BLP supported in order to get that result.   

Sir Philip on the other hand, chose not to condemn the survey, stating instead there were times when polls suggested that a party would lose an election, only for that party to make a comeback and win.

“Polls are polls. No poll can tell you for sure how many seats a party will win,” the DLP stalwart said.

“You cannot go into an election believing that you cannot win. You should always enter believing that you can win.”

The survey found that satisfaction with the DLP Government was at 3.3 out of ten, compared to 5.3 for the BLP.

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

22 Responses to Hold up, doc!

  1. Cinderella Richards
    Cinderella Richards June 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Lol. These people something else. Power Hungry

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  2. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed June 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    another joker here to…..tell us what have you done since becoming the Caricom ambassador??? the fishing agreement any way near completing??

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  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 27, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    He said that the DLP fail the people. So he cannot be no leader.

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  4. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    It isn’t what he has done since he became ambassador?its what he did to become an ambassador .

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  5. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins June 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    https://youtu.be/pVuHN5Jbskk
    This one is for every politician in Barbados for the current silly season.
    Gentlemen start your antics, your captive audience awaits you.

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  6. Sean King
    Sean King June 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Stuart is still the leader and the eager ones starting to show up at the right time when Stuart and the party is at a all time low.

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  7. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson June 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Looka this now…trouble start…2 people that have been failures at their respective portfolios quarreling about a post where the holder has been a failure too …interesting indeed

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  8. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis June 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    wow

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  9. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke June 27, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Mr Morris hahahaha ,you laughing at what the Minister of Agriculture say, but I got jokes for you, since the passing of the Barbados Prime Minister,the Right Honorable ,David Thompson, all the ministers of the DLP,was playing don’t blame me games,then one minister came up with a different game,saying, I don’t care,all of them like little girls ,playing aring,a ring of roses, and going round in circles and falling down on each other. Hahahaha no one want him as prime minister ,solved the importation bill on food , do something about that.

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  10. Greengiant June 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    That’s all it’s about my dear. All politicians want power, and position to manipulate the benifits of the elected position. The salary may not indicate the high office held, because they’re executives who earn more in salary than parliamentarians, but it’s the financial benifits that come with the position that’s attractive. So those who believe that these BLP’s and DLP’s really care about the people, they only care about the people’s vote that will give the power of privilege to exploit and manipulate the position given. Nothing less than that. @Cinderella Richards

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  11. Alex Alleyne June 28, 2017 at 3:11 am

    VOTE CANDIDATE NOT PARTY.

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  12. harry turnover June 28, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Kelly gine soon come and state he credentials too.That he is the MOST experience of the lot, that he was in town longer than any one of them so long that he owns one.
    Thought DEM General Secretary said there is only one LEADER in DEM camp and that was settled but the BLP had 3 leaders that would have come to the fore after their General Conference and to stay tune.
    George boy…you like you did telling the people something in parables….I still tune in looking fa more .
    Stuart could cat-spraddled all ah DEM including PILGRIM by ringing de bell,but he likes to pompasett as PM ,so he gine to the baller again

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  13. Ernesta Catlyn June 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Tick tock; tick tock; tick tock

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  14. Roger Headley June 28, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Mr Morris, don’t be afraid – if you lose your pick, you lose your pick. Life goes on – you should not be hand to mouth. NCC and Beautify Barbados staff lose their picks and gone home every since – some with small children. You do not have any small children.

    See what you can achieve in the next few months to justify your pay for the last x years and don’t bother about Estwick

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  15. Zeus June 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Did i hear someone speak about fishing agreement lol….the person that is touted to be so brilliant and will make such a great leader mia mottley was given the task to find a fishing agreement what was the outcome …..some people reallh like living in a fools paradise

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    • Leroy June 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Trinidad aint want no fishing agreement dont matter what, how can she get one?

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  16. Jherri Santana June 28, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Steupse!!!!!

    These current bunch of politicians aint saying nuttin!!

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  17. Haskell Murray June 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I don’t how large was the sample population to come up with this opinion. That is the question which should be asked and not to dismiss the poll as foolishness, the poll could well be true if the sample population was large enough .

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  18. Meakai June 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    One would have thought that way more than 51% would be willing to publicly support the BLP at this time, but what do I know?

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  19. Rumboy June 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Donville Inniss and David Estwick should have made their moves eversince. If Donville Inniss continues to wait around, he will be left in the lurch. Donville I urge you to make your move. You look like a Prime Minister and sound like a Prime Minister.. You need to test your support

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  20. Rumboy June 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Thyme bottom longer than twine bottom

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