The word is mum!
As Cabinet ministers emerged just before six this evening from a marathon session that started this morning, each member refused to say a word as to whether their colleague Dr David Estwick had presented his expected PowerPoint alternative economic measures to the meeting.
Each minister approached by reporters stated they could not bring out Cabinet secrets, while some others suggested that in any case they did not have the authority to speak on Cabinet matters.
Journalists were referred to Cabinet chairman Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who they said was the only one who could speak to the matter.
Over the past couple of weeks Minister of Agriculture Estwick, a former Minister of Economic Affairs, had been publicly disagreeing with his Government’s fiscal measures, which he pointed out were the wrong ones to rescue the country and address its massive deficit.
Estwick had also openly said that the sending home of some 3,000 public sector workers or increasing taxes would not get the country out of its current economic decline.
Copies of letters which Estwick had addressed to the Prime Minister, and had been obtained by Barbados TODAY, urged Stuart to accept an offer from the United Arab Emirates government which was willing to wipe out the Government’s entire national debt and assist it on the road to sustainable growth.