Former Economic Affairs Minister of Barbados under heavy fire as ruling DLP hold lashes from Devil’s Advocate
Even though he may still have a matter before the Committee of Privilege of Parliament – within days of making a wild allegation that the Leader of the Opposition does not know anything about economics – it would seem that such arrogance, as displayed by David Estwick, has been slapped-down by the Prime Minister resulting in him (Estwick) being relegated to now having responsibility for Fish Markets, rat poison and the termination of the giant African Snails.
Despite who ever is now Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, it is clear, especially given a recent confession – that Barbados’ economic policies now carry a: “made in Washington label” while the Ministry of Finance is already being run from Washington.
After the fourth Cabinet reshuffle in less than three years and after being told on the second occasion that the DLP had finally found the right mix, we now have more instability within the Government and at a time too when the DLP needs to settle down and get on with the job.
What we saw is essentially warm over cold soup. Merely shifting around the same people will not get the result Barbados needs and it is clear that the DLP lacks good talent to draw on. Perhaps that explains the over reliance on the IMF.
The other thing that is clear is that despite the national expression of sympathy for the Prime Minister – the DLP is losing control and the cracks are getting wider.
Can it be said about the most recent reshuffle – that the DLP is acting in the national interest? Or – is it acting in its own self-interest and survival? Secondly, why are we having these stop gap measures when clearly the country deserves better and can do better?