‘DLP Cabinet Minister Publicly Suggests That He Has “No Confidence” in Stated DLP Policies!’ by Henderson N. Bovell

‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’
Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. `What sort of people live about here?’
‘In THAT direction,’ the Cat said, waving its right paw round, `lives a Hatter: and in THAT direction,’ waving the other paw, `lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.’

  • From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Shortly before the recent general election date was announced, the DLP told the country that it had a “plan” and that it wanted more time. I recall having written an article in response, captioned: “More Time To Do What!” It now gets even more interesting!

Less than two weeks after "Sleepy" Smith tells Stuart to "fire a Minister" and within days of Stuart saying that his Cabinet are "eminent persons," Agriculture Minister David Estwick now signals to the country that he too has "no confidence" in the DLP's savage and barbaric austerity programme!

Less than two weeks after “Sleepy” Smith tells Stuart to “fire a Minister” and within days of Stuart saying that his Cabinet are “eminent persons,” Agriculture Minister David Estwick now signals to the country that he too has “no confidence” in the DLP’s savage and barbaric austerity programme!

This is an extremely serious vote of no confidence in Fruendel Stuart himself because the Prime Minister was just invited by Her Majesty (who lives thousands of miles from Barbados in Britain) to sit in her Privy Council as an advisor. But within days of that announcement, one of Stuart’s own Cabinet colleagues who live right here in Barbados - is essentially telling Barbados, Britain and the world – that he does not trust or have confidence in the DLP’ austerity programme. “Eminent persons” or not, Minister do not assign themselves!

This is interesting because a Minister of the alleged “eminent DLP Cabinet” now confirms that the DLP does not know the way forward! That essentially dismisses the wild allegation of DLP Ministers being “eminent,” given the literal interpretation of the word. David Estwick might be onto something! It is almost a year since it has been returned as the Government but no sign of any credible “plan,” and it remains “unclear,” exactly what the DLP is really doing, given the social, economic and now – political crisis and instability that exists in Barbados.

You cannot have your “already weak, incompetent government” – now imploding in a social and economic crisis, where people are already reported to be shooting at the Police!

Estwick knows that there was the announcement of a Medium Term Fiscal Strategy (MTFS) but that did not work, neither did the revised one! Estimates and Budgets were also delivered to fix problems that become worse. As an example, the August 2013 budget was supposed to fix the deficit but it somehow increased by some $145m. In a never-ending-series of trademark DLP blunders, a Mini-Budget and Ministerial Statement was then announced on December 13th 2013, which will not work either because the IMF tells us that at the end of March this year, the Deficit will still be some 9.5% of GDP! Essentially, that the gap will still be close to a billion dollars. Put another way, because of its fiscal recklessness and indiscipline, the DLP continues to spend a lot more than it has, but prefers to blame some ‘global crisis’ for causing it to have reduced revenue. David Estwick now removes that DLP’s excuse!
He seems to be confirming that despite all the pain and sacrifices Barbadians are being pressured; bullied and compel to endure and make – the crisis for Barbados and Barbadians will get even worse That is precisely what “Team BLP” has been saying all along!

But, with the country already downgraded to “JUNK” under its stewardship, and with it now beckoning ‘frantically‘ to the IMF for rescue, while staring a devaluation in the face – where exactly does Barbados and do Barbadians expect to go or be taken by this-failed-DLP-Government? Even Estwick seems to be sounding the alarm that something is seriously wrong! It is only reasonable to assume that as a Cabinet Minister he would have access to information and be privy to discussions that mortals like me, would not see and hear! What is it that would scare a man that does not seem to even fear, fear itself? Barbadians should take note.

The DLP has the largest Cabinet in the history of Barbadian politics. In fact, with a mere 267,000 people, the Barbados Cabinet is as large as President Obama’s America, which has a population of some 395 million people. DLP Ministers were not performing and the Cabinet was reshuffled. The Cabinet cannot be logically reshuffled anymore because that was done about 8-times already, since 2008! Albert Einstein has an explanation for that. He said that “insanity” is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Henderson N. Bovell is a former Chair of the National Assistance Board; Mr Bovell is also a noted social commentator and contributor to Radio Call-In programmes

Henderson N. Bovell is a former Chair of the National Assistance Board; Mr Bovell is also a noted social commentator and contributor to Radio Call-In programmes

Barbados! Where do you expect to go with this-failed-DLP-Government? In addition to causing a collapse of the Barbados economy, Business to close, Sector to fail, thousands to find themselves on the bread-line and poverty and the national debt to increase, there is one other thing the DLP can be credited for, that is - that it has destroyed the social partnership.

The workers do no trust the DLP or union leaders and while the employers do not have any confidence in the DLP – because of its own incompetence – the DLP has manufactured a fiscal crisis, which is causing employers, workers, consumers, investors and the unions – severe discomfort.

The DLP is a “dead-end” and an “unjustifiable cost overrun!” If there was no DLP-Government, there would be no discomfort or problem or threat of thousands losing their jobs or cause for private sector companies to collapse.

The DLP is only now realising that you can bluff your way as Opposition but not as the Government. There are major problems, which needs fixing but the DLP simply cannot cope or function in this highly demanding environment. It is clearly not ready to lead! Six years after being elected, it still has its training wheels on. That explains its flawed “Anti-Barbarbadian Policies;” poor judgment and bad decisions!

The DLP constitutes “bad government” and “horrible Governance.” There will be no confidence necessary to give Barbados a chance for any recovery or hope of growth, with the DLP as the Government. It is therefore frightening that Bajans would ‘sit on their hands‘ and wait for a miracle even while there is a capital flight from the country and despite the Church admitting that it will require a lot more than pray to rescue and restore Barbados. Minister Estwick seems to be emphasizing that point!

The problem for Barbados is that the DLP simply does not know what to do! One minute is says it has to “wait and see,” then it contradicts itself and says it is better to try a thing because doing something is better than doing nothing. So it tries to tax its way out of the recession it caused and when that did not work – it started firing thousands, which will cause and even deeper crisis and more human suffering! These are not numbers or statistics, these are Barbadians, families and lives being destroys. Broken families, but the DLP sees it as calculated casualties and collateral damage.

Barbados: Where do you expect to go with this-failed-DLP-Government? There is nothing wrong with Barbados or Barbadians. The problem is, this failed-DLP-Government simply cannot cope but want to hold-on to power it cannot justify having and that makes it extremely dangerous. If Minister Estwick is concerned why are you not afraid, especially when you know that the DLP is a Government you cannot trust or afford?

All eyes on you Mr. Stuart! Sleepy Smith told you: “fire a Minister;” I dare you! In fact, I double dare you!

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  1. a complete reversal.what we needed is a law which can recall governments when they are incompetent.
    no need to call elections now for we would have a oneparty state

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